Friday, October 1, 2010

Announcing Draper's New Travel Grants

Draper is delighted to announce that as of this month, our students will be able to apply to the program for financial assistance to attend scholarly conferences. Draper has five travel grants in the amount of $200 each, which will be distributed over the course of the academic year.

Interested students will need to submit an application to the program. Winners will be selected at random from these submissions at the end of each application cycle.

For more information on application procedures, please review the instructions on the Travel Grant Application, which can be found on our website’s Forms page, here:

Over the last few years, more and more Draper students have started participating in scholarly conferences, and many have asked about receiving funding to help defray attendance costs. We are very happy to be able to offer these grants in recognition of our Draperites’ accomplishments.

If you have any questions about these grants or the application process, please email us at

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Call for Submissions: DSO Colloquium on Practice (Due Oct. 15)

Please see below for a message from Draper student Alex Ponomareff about this semester's DSO Colloquium. Email Alex directly with questions at


Dear Draperites,

We are looking for papers, projects and presentations for this fall’s DSO Colloquium on ‘Practice’.

All aspects and interpretations of the topic are welcome. Your paper could address such things as:

· Practice as the work needed to achieve a goal. This includes the notions of practice making perfect, as well as it relationship with ideas of progress and perfectibility, and the notion of being out of practice.

· What is entailed when different fields and activities are labeled practices, such as the practice of reading or writing and also the medical or legal practices? What is different between a practice and a craft or a line of work?

· The practical as it relates to the impractical, the irrational, and the pragmatic.

· The practical joke, in its relationship to other forms of humor and to studies of humor in general.

· Discussions of praxis and its relationship to the theoretical.

· The manner in which our graduate studies are practice for a later life in the academy or for other fields that one might enter. Also, the notion of this colloquium as a form of practice.

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 Alex at

The DSO Colloquium on Practice is scheduled for Friday 3 December at 6:30.

Proposals (200 words) are due by 15 October to

Please feel free to contact Alex with any questions.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Upcoming Lecture: Secularism, Sex, and Religious Liberty (10/6)

NYU Abu Dhabi Lecture Series in New York City: The Demands of Tolerance

Secularism, Sex, and Religious Liberty

October 6, 2010 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Location: 19 Washington Square North

This year-long lecture series probes the complexities and modalities of tolerance, not solely as a matter of individual virtue but as a social and political challenge. The lectures explore the limits and demands of tolerance when under pressure by fervently held religious, sexual, social, and political beliefs.

Saba Mahmood, Associate Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology, the University of California, Berkeley

Joan Scott, Harold F. Linder Professor, Institute for Advanced Study

Linda Gordon, Professor of History, New York University

Space is limited. Please RSVP to

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