Friday, September 3, 2010

Notice Re: Creating a Memorial Museum

A message from the Museum Studies Department:

Note to students taking
G49.3330-001 / G65.3330-001
Topics in Museum Studies:
Creating a Memorial Museum

The first meeting of the class WILL NOT take place on Wednesday, September 8, due to Rosh Hashanah,
but will be held on
Friday, September 10, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm
at 240 Greene Street, Room 410

Three Books for Surviving Grad School (via NPR)

Draper's Director, Robin Nagle, would like to share the following: 

Help from an unlikely source? Three books for surviving grad school, courtesy of NPR.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tips for New Graduate Students (via ProfHacker)

Greetings and salutations, Draper students!

This post from ProfHacker, a very useful higher-ed blog, claims to be for first-year PhD students. In fact, it's applicable to *any* first-year grad student in the humanities or social sciences. I encourage you to read through it; it is rich with wisdom.

-- Robin

Introducing Steven Moga, Draper's New Faculty Fellow in The City

Draper is delighted to introduce Professor Steven Moga, who will be joining us this fall as our new faculty fellow in The City. He will be speaking at Draper's orientation tonight along with the rest of our faculty fellows. Professor Moga's bio is below; please join us in welcoming him to the program!


Dr. Moga recently completed his Ph.D. in urban studies and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His dissertation, entitled “Bottoms, Hollows, and Flats: Making and Remaking the Lower Section of the American City,” analyzed the historical phenomenon of low-lying urban districts as human settlements associated with poverty and marginality. He received two awards to support this research: a 2009 Trustees Merit Citation from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the 2010 Hal Rothman Research Fellowship from the American Society for Environmental History.

His research interests include city planning and urban environmental history, historic preservation, community development, and urban design politics. As a photographer, he brings a strong visual sense to his work: making photographs as fieldwork, using visual analysis as a research method, and critically assessing urban images. He views city planning history as powerful tool for the consideration of built form and the study of the urban landscape. He advocates for more equitable, better planned, and more meaningful places, seeking to use the power of physical design to affect social improvement in a manner that respects history and welcomes progressive social change.

Tonight, 9/2: Orientation & Welcome Party

Thursday, September 2, 2010
Introductions and Presentations start at 5:00 PM
in the Silver Center, Room 207

Students can go directly to Silver at 100 Washington Square East, or meet at Draper before 5:00 PM and walk over with staff.

Dumpling reception to follow in Draper Map Room.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Call for Papers: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) website, here:

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing

19th Annual Conference

The Book in Art & Science

Washington, DC
14 July - 17 July, 2011

Submissions are invited for the nineteenth annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) to be held in Washington, DC, Thursday, 14 July through Sunday, 17 July 2011. The sponsors of the conference are the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library and Institute, and the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Evoking Washington's status as an artistic and scientific center, "The Book in Art & Science" is a theme open to multiple interpretations. Besides prompting considerations of the book as a force in either art or science or the two fields working in tandem, it also encourages examinations of the scientific text; the book as a work of art; the art and science of manuscript, print, or digital textual production; the role of censorship and politics in the creation, production, distribution, or reception of particular scientific or artistic texts; the relationship between the verbal and the visual in works of art or science; art and science titles from the standpoint of publishing history or the histories of specific publishers; and much more. As always, proposals dealing with any aspect of book history are welcome.

Click the appropriate link to access the appropriate electronic submission form.

If you want to propose a session with an alternative format, please email the program committee at the address below to obtain a special form for such submissions.

Sessions will be 90 minutes in length, including three twenty-minute papers and a discussion period. In addition, the program committee will consider proposals for sessions using other formats, for example, roundtables or demonstrations of resources and methods. We encourage proposals for fully constituted panels, but we also welcome proposals for individual papers. While SHARP membership is not required to submit a proposal, all presenters must be members of SHARP before the registration deadline for the conference.

The deadline for both panels and individual proposals is 30 November 2010. Proposals for panels should list the session chair and names of participants along with abstracts for each talk. All abstracts should be no more than 400 words. The program committee will determine which proposals to accept and will notify proposers about its decision.

SHARP has allotted $5,000 to fund 7 to 10 travel grants to help scholars with limited funds attend the conference. Grants typically will not exceed $500, although one or two awards may be slightly higher if circumstances warrant. Scholars interested in being considered for such grants should complete the appropriate section of the proposal form.

For proposal questions, please email the Program Committee This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
For all other questions, please email the Organizing Committee This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .