Thursday, November 4, 2010

NYU Colloquium in American Literature and Culture: Next tue. Nov 9

The New York University

Colloquium in American Literature and Culture


Thomas Heise (McGill University – and NYU English alumnus)

“An Overview and an Underview: Uneven Development and the Social Production of American Underworlds”


Judith Irwin Madera (Wake Forest University)

“Creole Topos: Hemispheric Regionalism and the Writing of Alice Dunbar Nelson”

Tuesday, November 9

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

13-19 University Place, Room 222

New York University

All are welcome!

Refreshments will be served.

For more information:

So You Want to Get a Ph.D. in the Humanities

Found by Robin Nagle:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

NYC Rare Book & Manusc-ript Workshop: Next Monday, Nov. 8

2010-2011 NYC Rare Book & Manuscript Workshop: Session 4

Theological, Literary, and Historical Resources

of the Burke Theological Library

Monday, November 8, 2010, 4-6pm (Burke Library)

John Weaver, Director Burke Library, Union Theological Seminary

Michael Ryan, Director Rare Book & Manusc-ript Library, Columbia University

The fourth session of the NYC Rare Book and Manuscript workshop will provide an introduction to the holdings of the Burke Theological Library. Drawing on the Burke Library’s extensive special collections, John Weaver and Michael Ryan will present the scholarly resources available to students of Theology and Religious Studies, the History of the Book, and English Literature and History. Burke’s holdings include especially strong collections of pamphlets, bibles, catechisms, prayer and song books, and sermons—with emphasis on the literature of the German and English Reformations, as well as American revivalism and missionary movements. An examination of distinguishing features of these books and pamphlets – their paper, type, typography, illustration and bindings – will approach their history as a multifaceted and evolving relationship between religious texts and literary and historical contexts.

To sign up: Send an e-mail to letting us know you'd like to attend. Please sign up only for events that you are fully prepared to attend. A waiting list will be maintained. All events are free of charge.

Please feel free to contact one of the NYU coordinators with any questions at We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fellowship Opportunity at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Cranbrook Academy of Art, a preeminent graduate school of art, design and architecture, is pleased to announce a unique teaching fellowship. Cranbrook seeks applicants working in the fields of Critical Theory and/or Contemporary Art, Craft and Design Theory for a one-semester residential teaching fellowship for Fall 2011. Candidates must hold an advanced degree in their field (MA or higher, PhD preferred), have graduate-level teaching experience and an interest in the links between theory and visual art/design studio practice. The Fellow will give two public lectures and conduct discussion groups with graduate students. They will also be asked to review student art work and participate in occasional studio critiques. Opportunities also exist for creative curatorial, research or other projects while in residence. This position is well-suited to an emerging professional, although all levels are invited to apply.

Fellowship includes:
Travel stipend toward R/T travel to campus and/or professional activities
Housing (private apartment on campus)
Fellows must reside on campus and be free from professional duties during fellowship (September 12- December 16, 2011)

Application must be postmarked by December 1, 2010.

To apply, send 3 copies of a packet that includes:
· Completed Application Form (download here)
· Letter of interest
· Academic CV (including bibliography of published work)
· Proposal of Series (to include lectures and discussion topics)
· Names and contact information for three references (must include telephone number)

Mail application to:
Sarah Turner / Critical Studies Fellowship
Cranbrook Academy of Art
PO Box 801
39221 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801

Founded in 1932, Cranbrook Academy of Art is located on a National Historic Landmark campus in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The country’s only independent graduate-only program in visual art, architecture and design, Cranbrook offers an intense and intimate learning experience for 150 graduate students in a community of studio-based programs where Artists-in-Residence mentor students to creatively influence contemporary culture.

For more information, contact Sarah Turner at the address above

NYU Survey Service, Qualtrics, Now Available for Students

Hello from NYU Libraries/ITS Data Service Studio!

Working on a survey research project? Want a tool that will take your survey project to the next level? Try Qualtrics!

Our new NYU Survey Service provides Qualtrics, a tool for creating and administering web-based surveys. This service is available to current faculty, retired faculty, administrators, staff, and students in degree programs.
· You can access the NYU Survey Service through the Research tab in NYUHome
· Check out the NYU Survey Service (Qualtrics) guide at for more info and to get started!

The Data Service Studio can also help you with your statistical, qualitative, or GIS analysis project. Visit our homepage at
Samantha Guss
Data Services Librarian
Bobst Library, New York University
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
(212) 992-7304

Reminder: MA Thesis Workshop, 11/19 (Note Later Start Time!)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Draper Halloween Pics!

Hope you all had fun this weekend--send us your Halloween costume pics and we'll post them below.

Here's Craig Knox, as a Plague Doctor:

Craig's wife made his mask by hand, and it won a prize in The Theater for the New City's Halloween Costume Ball.

NaNoWriMo Begins Today!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual event in which participants set a goal of writing a 175 page (50,000 word novel) between November 1st and 30th. From the website:
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

In 2009, we had over 165,000 participants. More than 30,000 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

You can register on the NaNoWriMo website--let us know if you participate. Happy Writing!