Friday, November 13, 2009

"Collective," an art exhibit featuring Draper student Jean Shepard

NYU and UCATS announce the opening of “Collective,” a multimedia art exhibit.

“Collective” is an exciting multimedia art exhibit featuring UCATS members of New York University. This is the first show of what hopes to become and annual event for the artists of the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Technical Staff at the university. The opening reception will be held at NYU’s Kimmel Center, at 60 Washington Square South, on Dec. 4 from 5 to 8p.m., and the works will be on view Nov. 25 through Jan. 31.

The exhibit is an example of UCATS and NYU coming together as a community to foster and showcase the talents of their members and employees. “It is very encouraging, as an NYU employee, to feel the support of the union and the university towards the abundant creativity of its members and employees respectively,” said Jane O'Mahony, one of the artists represented in the exhibit.

Artists featured in the show are Sarah Bahr, David Fry, Amy Hendy, Sonia Horan, Joan Carol Hutcheson, Roslyn Kelly (Paris Woods), Michael Krieg, Daniel Lega, Ljubisha Milenkovic, Mya K. Myint, Jane O’Mahony, Liz Schnore, Jean Shepard, Mathias Sias, Naomi Tarantal, Michael Tice, Betty Tsang, and Pauline Roony Yeargans.

Some of the works in “Collective” will be displayed in the first-floor windows of the Kimmel Center at 60 Washington Square South, where they can be viewed by passers-by 24 hours a day. The rest of the show will be hung in the center’s Commuter Lounge Gallery and Stovall Family Gallery on the second and eight floors respectively.

The indoor galleries will be open Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-midnight; and Sunday, noon-8 p.m. The center will be closed from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3. Visitors to the indoor galleries must show a government-issued photo ID.

For more information on “Collective,” visit or contact UCATS’ Liz Schnore at (212)998-1420 or

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Panel Discussion with Kathryn Bond Stockton & Bethany Moreton: November 20

The Queer Child: Or Growing Sideways in the 20th Century
Kathryn Bond Stockton
With comment by: Jose Muñoz (Performance Studies, NYU)

(Series Q, Duke University Press) Children are thoroughly, shockingly queer, as Kathryn Bond Stockton explains in The Queer Child, where she examines children's strangeness, even some children's subliminal "gayness," in the twentieth century. Estranging, broadening, darkening forms of children emerge as this book illuminates the child queered by innocence, the child queered by color, the child queered by Freud, the child queered by money, and the grown homosexual metaphorically seen as a child (or as an animal), alongside the gay child. What might the notion of a "gay" child do to conceptions of the child? How might it outline the pain, closets, emotional labors, sexual motives, and sideways movements that attend all children, however we deny it?

Kathryn Bond Stockton is Professor of English and Director of Gender Studies at the University of Utah. She is the author of Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where "Black" Meets "Queer," also published by Duke University Press, and God between Their Lips: Desire between Women in Irigaray, Brontë, and Eliot.

To Serve God and Walmart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise
Bethany Moreton
With comment by: Nikhil Singh (SCA/History, NYU)

(Harvard University Press) The world's largest corporation has grown to prominence in America's Sun Belt-the relatively recent seat of American radical agrarian populism-and amid a feverish antagonism to corporate monopoly. Moreton unearths the roots of the seeming anomaly of corporate populism, in a timely and penetrating analysis that situates the rise of Wal-Mart in a postwar confluence of forces, from federal redistribution of capital favoring the rural South and West to the family values symbolized by Sam Walton's largely white, rural, female workforce (the basis of a new economic and ideological niche), the New Christian Right's powerful probusiness and countercultural movement of the 1970s and '80s and its harnessing of electoral power. Giving Max Weber's Protestant ethic something of a late-20th-century update, Moreton shows how this confluence wedded Christianity to the free market. Moreton's erudition and clear prose elucidate much in the area of recent labor and political history, while capturing the centrality of movement cultures in the evolving face of American populism. (Publishers Weekly)

Bethany Moreton is Assistant Professor of History and Women's Studies at the University of Georgia.

Moderator: Michael Cobb, Prof. of English, University of Toronto

Special thanks to our co-sponsors:
Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU: American Studies; and Gender and Sexuality Studies
History Department, NYU
Performance Studies, NYU
Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, NYU

November 20, Friday
4 to 6 PM

Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

For more information, please visit:

Event and panel host: Lisa Duggan (SCA, NYU)

Foucault Society reading group meeting

The Foucault Society, NYC

Fall 2009 Reading Group
Foucault(s) Beyond Foucault: Essays, Interviews, Lectures (1976-84)
The third meeting of the Foucault Society's Fall 2009 Reading Group will be on Friday, November 13, 7:00-9:30pm.
Location: CUNY Graduate Center , 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5414.

Texts for discussion:

--Michel Foucault, "Questions of Method." (In Power: Essential Works of Michel Foucault 1954-1984. James D. Faubion, ed.; Robert Hurley, trans., New York : The New Press, 2000).

--Michel Foucault, Remarks on Marx: Conversations with Duccio Trombadori. R. James Goldstein and James Cascaito, trans. (New York: Semio-text(e), 1991).

Please come prepared with a question or section of the text to discuss with the group.

To access the readings:

For a limited time, readings are available on GoogleDocs to reading group participants. For access instructions, please write to reading group organizer Aaron Weeks at

About the Reading Group:

This reading group explores lesser-read works from Foucault's later period, 1976-84--between the publication of The History of Sexuality's first volume in 1976 and the later two volumes in 1984. Challenging the critical view of these years as an eight-year silence for Foucault, we hope to show that this was an incredibly productive, if intellectually troubling, time for him. We aim to move beyond the tendency of some social theorists to preserve, as in a fossil, the Foucault of Discipline and Punish or The History of Sexuality, Volume I (reducing his ideas to a few pages on panopticism or a slogan, "power/knowledge"). We also interrogate the critical tendency to focus on reconciling this "break" between Foucault's early and late work. (After all, how could the antihumanist who proclaimed the death of Man turn to such a homely problem as the self, o r the astute historian of disciplinary power turn to the question of ethics?) Recognizing that the recent publication of Foucault’s lectures on state racism, governmentality, and liberalism is beginning to generate new approaches, we also maintain that work remains to be done on his shorter pieces.

We will read lectures, interviews, and essays by Foucault, many of which have become available in English translation only in the past decade. Beginning with Society Must Be Defended, we first consider Foucault's intimations of a methodological crisis in Lectures 1 and 2. We then follow Foucault's various trajectories and intellectual experiments--his methodological concerns, his encounter with Iranian politics, his re-engagement with Kant, and his experiments with an ethics of the self. Rather than aiming to reconstruct a continuous intellectual history or determine the real or final Foucault, we will treat the apparent discontinuities and ruptures of thought in these texts as so many Foucaults capable of destabilizing the author function. What new directions for our own contemporary research are opened up by Foucault's work of this period?

Suggested Donation: $5/meeting. No one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay.

Open to the public. No experience necessary. Advanced researchers and graduate students will be encouraged to share their research in progress.

For more information or to register: Contact Reading Group Organizer, Aaron Weeks (Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center ) at

About the Foucault Society:

The Foucault Society is an independent, non-profit educational organization offering a variety of forums dedicated to critical study of the ideas of Michel Foucault (1926-1984) within a contemporary context. The Foucault Society is a 501 (c) (3) recognized public charity. As such donations are tax deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.




Tuesday, November 10, 2009

NYU Colloquium in American Literature and Culture tomorrow

The New York University

Colloquium in American Literature and Culture


“Williams, Whitman and the Prosody of American Empire"

Greg Londe, Princeton University


“Street Trees, City Forests, and New York City's Urban Ecology”

Mark Feldman, Stanford University

Wednesday, 11 November

6:00 p.m.

13-19 University Place, Rm. 222

New York University

All are welcome!

Refreshments will be served.


Greg Londe is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at Princeton University specializing in 20th and 21st century Anglophone poetry. Mark Feldman is a Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University, and his talk is part of a larger book project entitled Urban Ecologies: New York City ’s Visionary Urbanisms.

For more information:

Monday, November 9, 2009

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