Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Call for Applications: The Graduate Forum

New York University

Sponsored by the

Graduate School of Arts and Science Dean’s Office

Spring 2011

The Graduate Forum, now entering its tenth year, is accepting applications from students across New York University for participation beginning in September 2011.

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 Forum members become part of an intellectual community that fosters creative cross-disciplinary discourse. At monthly dinners held during the academic year, Forum members make formal presentations of their work and enjoy genuinely interdisciplinary dialogue in sessions moderated by Acting Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, Malcolm Semple, joined by Assistant Dean for the Office of Academic and Student Life, Kathleen Talvacchia, and facilitated by Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra, a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature, and an alumna of the Graduate Forum.

Graduate students interested in participating in the Forum should submit an application by Tuesday March 8, 2011. Applications should consist of a letter of no more than 500 words describing your interest in the Forum and why you would make a good member, a curriculum vitae and a copy of your graduate transcript (unofficial copies are accepted). In addition, all nominations should include a letter of recommendation from at least one NYU faculty member who can comment on the student’s ability to contribute to the Forum. Students whose work addresses modes of visual representation and their products in any culture or period should consider applying to the more specialized Forum on Forms of Seeing, which is co-sponsored by GSAS and the IFA.

Considerations 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 applications from students of diverse racial, ethnic, national and/or cultural backgrounds. Please refer to our website ( www.nyu.edu/ graduate.forum) for more information on past and present members as well as our meetings.

Nominations for membership beginning in the 2011 academic year will be due on Friday, March 11, 2011. They should be submitted electronically to Anna Antoniak at anna.antoniak@nyu.edu. The selection process may include interviews conducted in early April by current Forum members. Dean Semple will extend offers for membership by late April for a term to begin at the September 2011 Graduate Student Forum meeting.

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