Thursday, February 18, 2010

February 13 - April 4, 2010
Exhibition Curated by Draper Alum Patrick Grenier ('04)

Since the middle of the 19th century artists have imagined utopian worlds and hoped to create new aesthetic forms for a peaceful society. This optimistic attitude continues despite post-modern rhetoric and global terrorism. Glimpses of this positive force were seen in President Obama’s 2008 campaign. The exhibition will investigate how artists use delusional optimism and senselessness through performance and interactive works to sustain hope. A public program, including films and music, will delve into historical moments when the odds against freedom, equality and justice were unimaginable.

Featuring artwork by:

Sarah Anderson
Daniel Bejar
Douglas Boatwright
Joseph Borelli
Mike Calway-Fagen
Zoe Chan
Jinkee Choi
Tim Clifford
Johannes DeYoung
William Graef
Tobin Hines
Tom Hughes
James Jaxxa
Jayson Keeling
Tina Laporta
Sarah McCann
Anne MacGuire
Mustafa Maluka
Yoko Ono
Tattfoo Tan
Cody Vanderkay

On display at the
Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island

DSO Colloquium -- "The Frame" -- Call for Papers

Dear Draperites,

We are looking for papers, projects and presentations for this spring's DSO Colloquium on 'The Frame'.

All aspects and interpretations of the topic are welcome. Your paper
could address such things as:
  • in visual art: how the frame signals the limits of the art object, what happens when it is ignored or violated, how it functions as a (de?)politicized boundary
  • in literature: the frame narrative, the critical or historical frame for a work, non-literary textual frames such as newspapers, magazines
  • in cinema: the physical frame as unit of composition, how this physical frame negotiates intentionality - what is included/ excluded, the possibility of a frame-less cinema
  • in history: the frame of reference, the perspective or context, the impact of historiographical practice on the accessibility or invisibility of such frames
  • in archive/museum studies: the archive as frame for the primary text, tensions between physical and intellectual frames for archival holdings, the curatorial frame, its neutrality, transparency or mediating effect
  • in law/politics: the frame as set-up, conspiracy, the frame imposed against one's will
This colloquium is limited to Draper students and provides an excellent opportunity to speak about a project you are working on and get input and ideas from your fellow students. Presentations will be 15-20 minutes long and do not have to be based on a completed project. Often a paper that is still in progress will yield a more fruitful discussion. That said, completed projects are very welcome as well.

For those interested in helping out with the selection committee, organizing the colloquium, or moderating please email Christine at

The DSO Colloquium on The Frame is scheduled for Friday 26 March at 6:30.

Proposals (200 words) are due by 28 February to

Please feel free to contact Christine with any questions.

Foucault Society Reading Group 2/19

The Foucault Society, NYC

Winter 2010 Reading Group

Foucault(s) Beyond Foucault: Essays, Interviews, Lectures (1976-84)

Final meeting -- Friday, February 19, 2010, 7:00-9:30pm

CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5414**

As our Fall 2009/Winter 2010 reading group wraps up, please join us for a lively discussion of Foucault's classic essay on Kant, "What is Enlightenment?" along with the lesser known, "Kant on Enlightenment and Revolution." We thank all of you who have participated in this eight-session group, and we hope to see you on Friday.

Special thanks go to reading group organizer Aaron Weeks (Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center) for all of his hard work.

Stay tuned for news about upcoming Foucault Society events. We will be issuing a call for proposals soon, so if you would like to organize future Foucault Society reading groups, please let us know.


--Michel Foucault, “What is Enlightenment?” in Ethics: Subjectivity and Truth (Essential Works, Vol. 1), ed. Paul Rabinow, New York: The New Press, 2006.

--Michel Foucault (1983), “Kant on Enlightenment and Revolution” in Economy and Society, 15(1): Feb 1986, 88-96.

Open to the public. Please come prepared with a question or section of the text to discuss with the group. Suggested donation: $5/meeting. No one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay.

For more information or to RSVP, e-mail us at (Please note new e-mail address, although we will continue to receive mail at
**Please go to Room 5414. However, if we are not in that room, a sign will be posted on the door directing you to the room we're in. If you have questions, please call Aaron Weeks: (917) 796-9910.**

For directions to CUNY Graduate Center, go to:


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.



Website: (Sorry -- not recently updated.)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

DSO Social tomorrow - 2/18

a little DSO social

come unwind with us at the end of a Thursday
we'll have wine and cheese and more
you're welcome to bring friends!

Thursday, February 18


KJCC Room 109

KJCC = King Juan Carlos Center
53 Washington Square South / between Sullivan and Thompson Streets

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Upcoming M.A. Thesis Writing Workshop at Draper

M.A. Thesis Writing Workshop
Led by Professors Robin Nagle and Rebecca Colesworthy

Friday, February 26, 5-7 PM
Draper Map Room

This workshop is primarily intended for students who are in the early phases of thesis preparation, but also for those at later stages of the process. Students will receive guidance on how to refine their topics and narrow the scope of their theses, and on some of the basic mechanics of writing up their work.

RSVP's are appreciated--call 212.998.8070 or email to let us know if you'll be attending.

Anamesa needs editors!

It's not too late to get involved with Anamesa!

We have just closed our call for submissions, and are starting in on reading all of the papers, poetry, short fiction, and plays, and taking a look at all the fantastic art that was submitted--and we need your help in selecting what should be published in Anamesa, and we definitely need more editors to work one-on-one with our authors to put the final touches on the submissions.

All of our submissions have been posted to our Blackboard site, and if you are interested in becoming involved with Anamesa, please email the senior editorial staff at anamesa.journal[at] so that we can grant you access. All of our editors MUST attend at least one selection committee (more details below), and be familiar with all of the submissions so that we can engage with one another on equal footing. One caveat: If you submitted to Anamesa (and thank you for doing so), you cannot attend the selection committee in which your piece will be discussed. That is, if you sent in a poem, please attend the non-fiction selection committee only.

And, because of the overwhelming number of submissions, we are going to hold two editorial selection committees in the coming weeks. Here's the details:

Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: TBD

Friday, February 26 at 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: Draper Map Room

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at anamesa.journa[at] for further information. We look forward working with you and making this issue the best ever.

[And, don't forget to come to the event this Thursday at 8:30 at 53 Washington Square South. It's a little wine and cheese social with the DSO. More info on our Facebook page.]

GSAS Graduate Student Council Recruiting for All-University Games

See below for an announcement from the GSAS Graduate Student Council:

Attention GSAS Students!

The GSAS Graduate Student Council (GSC) is actively recruiting interested GSAS students to participate in the 2010 All University Games! Do you enjoy playing a sport(s)? Do you enjoy watching sporting events? GSC wants to hear from you! Please see the attached flyer for details about how to participate in the All University Games!

All University Games
Thursday, February 18, 2010
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Coles Sports and Recreation Center

- The GSAS Graduate Student Council


The All University Games (aka All U-Games) is an annual Olympic style event where NYU schools participate in friendly sporting competition against one another. GSAS students are needed to participate! Put your athletic skills to good use and meet new people from across GSAS and NYU. All athletic skill levels welcome; enthusiasm and a fun filled sports minded attitude preferred!

All University Games
Thursday, February 18, 2010
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm (see schedule of events below)
Coles Sports and Recreation Center

Each player will receive a free GSAS All University Games t-shirt, power bars, refreshments and a $10 dollar "Thank you" gift card. Spectators who come out to cheer on our GSAS team will also receive a free t-shirt and will be entered for a chance to win a special prize in our "Support Our Team" raffle!Players and spectators can participate as much or as little as your schedule allows!

For more information or to communicate your interest to participate, please contact Pencheng Song, GSAS Graduate Student Council President at:

Please be sure to include your full name, activity of interest, gender, degree level and GSAS department by Wednesday, February 10th!

AND/OR, communicate your interest to participate in the All-U Games by attending the:

General Graduate Student Council General Meeting & All University Games
Planning Meeting
Monday, February 8th
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm
GSAS Graduate Student Lounge


2010 All U Games Schedule of Events
Thursday, February 18th
Coles Sports and Recreation Center

5:30 pm
*Sign-In - T-shirt Distribution

6:00 pm
*3 on 3 Co-Ed Basketball (6 players, 1 male and 1 female needed at all
*Volleyball (4-6 players can play, must be 2 of each gender)

7:15 pm
*Rock Wall (1 player)
*Limbo (2 players)
*Rock-Paper-Scissors (10 players)

8:15 pm
*Tug-of-War (10 players, 5 each gender)

9:15 pm
*Dodge Ball (6 to 10 players, at least 3 of each gender)

10:00 pm

Join the team by email Pengcheng today and/or attend Monday's planning meeting!

-Graduate Student Council Executive Board