Monday, February 8, 2010

NYU Graduate Forum Call for Self-Nominations

Sponsored by the
Graduate School of Arts and Science Dean’s Office


The Graduate School of Arts and Science is proud to announce the continuation of an innovative program for graduate students across New York University launched in January 2001.The Graduate Forum was established to encourage interdisciplinary inquiry into intellectual and moral problems, to question the foundations of the disciplines, and to experiment in translating basic research into a language accessible to a variety of audiences without oversimplification. Over the course of their tenure (two years or until graduation, whichever is shorter), Forum members develop a warm intellectual community that fosters creative cross-discipline discourse. At monthly dinners held during the academic year, Forum members have an opportunity to make formal presentations of their work and enjoy genuinely interdisciplinary dialogue in sessions moderated by Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, Catharine R. Stimpson, joined by Assistant Dean for the Office of Academic and Student Life, Kathleen Talvacchia, and facilitated by Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra, Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature and alumna of the Graduate Forum.

Graduate students interested in participating in the Forum may either nominate themselves or be nominated by their school dean, department chair, or director of graduate studies. Students whose work addresses modes of visual representation and their products in any culture or period should consider applying to the more specialized IFA Forum, which is co-sponsored by GSAS and the IFA. Nominations should consist of a letter of no more than 500 words stating why and how you would make a good member of the Forum, a curriculum vitae and a copy of your graduate transcript. Self-nominations should include a letter of recommendation from at least one NYU faculty member who can comment on your ability to contribute to the Forum.
Criteria for selection include a promising academic record, the capacity for innovative thinking, the ability to contribute to interdisciplinary inquiry, and an interest in the new technologies of education. Each Forum member will be paid an honorarium of $500 per semester for her or his active participation. Student membership in the Forum is for a term of two academic years (unless a student graduates earlier). The Forum strongly encourages students from diverse racial, ethnic, national and/or cultural backgrounds to apply. Please refer to our website for more information on past and present members as well as our meetings.

Nominations for membership beginning in the 2010 academic year will be due on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. They should be submitted electronically to Anna Antoniak at It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials reach us by the due date. The selection process may include interviews conducted in early April by current Forum members. The Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, Catharine R. Stimpson, will extend offers for membership by late April for a term to begin at the September 2010 Graduate Student Forum meeting.

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