Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Myth of Manliness in Irish National Culture, Seminar Next Tuesday: Feb. 15

Glucksman Ireland House and the MA Program in Irish and Irish-American Studies will host a seminar with Joseph Valente, Professor of English at SUNY Buffalo,on his new book,
The Myth of Manliness in Irish National Culture, 1880-1922
(Illinois UP).

The seminar will be at Ireland House on Tuesday, February 15, from 4:00 to 5:30
One Washington Mews on Fifth Avenue, ground floor.

The seminar will discuss the introduction ("The Double Bind of Irish Manhood") and Chapter 1 ("The Manliness of Parnell"); both are available as .pdf files from Professor John Waters (john[dot]waters[at]nyu[dot]edu).

Professor Valente is the author of James Joyce and the Problem of Justice: Negotiating Sexual and Colonial Difference (Cambridge UP, 1995), Dracula's Crypt: Bram Stoker, Irishness, and the Question of Blood (Illinois, 2002); he has edited the groundbreaking collection Quare Joyce (Michigan, 1998) as well as Disciplinarity at the Fin-de-Siecle (with Amanda Anderson, Princeton UP 2002), as well as journal issues on Joyce and Homosexuality (James Joyce Quarterly Spring 1994), Joyce and the Law (James Joyce Quarterly Spring 2002), and Urban Ireland (Eire-Ireland, Winter Spring 2010). He has also authored more than 40 articles in Romanticism, 19th century studies, Modernism, Irish Studies, and Literary and Cultural Theory.

The seminar will be of interest to students to students and faculty working in post-colonial studies, nationalism, and gender and sexuality studies, as well as those interested in Modernism, Irish literature, and literary theory.

MLK Week Lecture and Event, Today: 2/10

Check out for more Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week events.

On February 10, 1961, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech on the campus of New York University that advocated for civil rights and championed nonviolent protest for social change. For the sixth-consecutive year, the University will commemorate Dr. King’s visit and his legacy by hosting a weeklong schedule of special events and programs. This year’s theme is intended to remind us of the spirit of Dr. King’s message to come to together, work toward positive goals and change our world for the better.

MLK Faculty Lecture: 4:00 PM
Kimmel Center, Room 405

As a featured event of MLK Week 2011, Rogan Kersh will deliver the NYU MLK Lecture and you are cordially invited. Rogan Kersh, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, has been a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in Health Policy, a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, and Luce Scholar. His publications include Dreams of a More Perfect Union (Cornell University Press, 2001), a study of U.S. political history; Medical Malpractice and the U.S. Health Care System (Cambridge University Press, 2006); and articles and op-ed pieces in numerous academic and popular journals. He is also a frequent television and radio commentator on U.S. political issues.

Rogan Kersh is also one of the Office of the Provost, 2011 recipient of the New York University Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award.


MLK Week Featured Event: February 10, 2011

Skirball Center for Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South

On February 10, 1961, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. met with members of the NYU community during a three-hour visit. Join us as NYU commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's visit to NYU. Provost David McLaughlin will present the MLK Humanitarian Award to Dr. Fritz Francois (WSC '93, MED '97, '07) of NYU Langone Medical Center for his work on Haitian relief. Additionally the evening will showcase special guests, such as Tony Award winner, Lillias White, along with tributes and performances that include the first African American to serve as the Former Governor of New York State, the honorable David Paterson and much more.

Co-sponsored by the Multicultural Alumni of NYU.

David Paterson

Former Governor of New York State, the Honorable David Paterson

Lillias White

Tony Award winner, Lillias White

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Flickr Commons Photofinds for Valentines Day

Galt Museum and Archives

As avid readers of our venerable blog will remember, last semester we posted weekly gems from the Library of Congress' Flickr collection. The LoC collection is notable not only for its hidden treasures, it is also remarkable in that it was integral to the development of the Flickr "Commons," a copyright free, social tagging experiment that has vastly expanded in the last few years. (More on the Flickr/LoC partnership here, for all you open-access, social-tagging enthusiasts.)

From now on, our photo finds will be drawn not only from the LoC collection, but the larger Commons. Participants in the Commons range from the Brooklyn Museum and the National Maritime Museum to the Bergen Public Library and NASA, so the photo collection is exceptionally diverse. It's a great resource, so check it out sometime and send us your favorite finds to post.

For now, though, some Valentine's Day inspired photos (all of these came up in a keyword search for "valentine"):

McCall Style and Beauty (1939)
Part of the George Eastman House Collection

Meisje met jonge leeuwen in Artis (1961)
From the Nationaal Archief Collection

Valentine Dance, School (1956)
Library of Virginia

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Congrats to Our January 2011 Grads!

All of us at the Draper Program are delighted to congratulate you on your January 2011 graduation and new master's degree.

We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Keep in touch!

Image: Robin Nagle (2010)

CFP: gnovis, a peer-reviewed graduate journal - due 2/15

gnovis is the online, peer-reviewed graduate journal of Georgetown University's Communication, Culture & Technology program. gnovis is devoted to presenting interdisciplinary scholarship that reflects broad interests at the intersection of culture and technology. Our mission is to provide a forum for graduate students from around the globe to explore the relationships between technology, culture, media, and politics, and to share their original research.

Spring 2011 Call for Papers

We welcome submissions of original research from any discipline in the humanities and social sciences. Papers may address a full range of topics and historical periods. Topics may include, but are not limited to: art and propaganda, gender, race, ethnicity and identity, post-colonial and post-modern theory, nationalism and religion, performance art, photography and film, Web 2.0 and social media, mediated communication and digital representation, art and technology, politics and elections.

But don't delay -- the deadline is February 15th.

To be considered for our Spring 2011 Issue, papers must be submitted by Tuesday, February 15, 2010, and must adhere to the submission guidelines available below and at:

Questions about submissions may be directed to Lauren Barnett, Assistant Editor-in-Chief, at

Submission Guidelines
  • All submissions should be the FINAL version of the project, and should reflect graduate-level scholarly writing and research. Please do not submit projects in-process. These submissions will be rejected without review. Please ensure that papers reflect the most current research available at the time you submit.
  • Papers should be between 3000 and 7500 words (10-25 double-spaced pages), excluding citations. There are few exceptions to this rule.
  • gnovis accepts only MLA and APA style citations for all papers. Please ensure that your submissions are cited according to one of these style guides.

We encourage submissions from all scholars who are examining issues critically, to include students outside of Georgetown University, and independently practicing scholars.

How to Submit

Please submit articles via email to, following the instructions below:

1. In the body of the email, include:
· your name
· your school affiliation, program name, and year
· contact information, preferably an email address checked regularly

2. Attach your submission as a file in an editable format (i.e. Word, Pages) and remove all personally identifiable information including your name, school and program if applicable, and contact information.

The Review Process

When a paper is accepted for review, it is anonymized to protect the author's identity and then distributed to at least two peer reviewers. gnovis' peer reviewers are current students and alumni of the CCT program; they will read the project critically, paying close attention to both style and content and returned to the gnovis editorial team. If it meets gnovis' editorial standards, the project is then returned to the author for any necessary revisions. Once made, the project goes through a final check by the staff before being published in the next issue. Issues are published in the fall and spring of each year, with special themed issues possible throughout the year, depending on current events and submission topics.

Is my paper a good fit for gnovis?

The most important questions to ask as you consider submitting a project to gnovis are: Does it contribute new ideas to the field? and Will it provoke further research and conversation? To decide if your topic is appropriate, on the other hand, we recommend perusing our existing journal articles and blog postings.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Two Egypt Events Co-Organized by Draper Student Ali Abbas (Today and Tomorrow!)

Draper student Ali Abbas has assisted in the organizing of two timely events on the recent uprising in Egypt. Please see below for details. Please note that RSVPs are requested for both tonight and tomorrow's events, which you can do online here:


Dear Colleagues,

Please join us for a two-part discussion on Egypt’s popular uprising:

Revolution: Informal Conversation about the Events in Egypt and the Region
Monday, February 7, 3:00-4:30pm

NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd floor, Student Lounge

Over the past few days we have seen the ousting of Tunisia’s President by popular protests and the rise of demonstrations in Jordan and Yemen. Now Egypt has captivated the world with its revolution-in-action. What triggered these events and how might they impact the United States and the world? Bring your questions, thoughts and comments to a casual conversation over hot cocoa about the events in Egypt and the region.

Session Facilitators:

Natasha Iskander, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, NYU Wagner
Waad El Hadidy, Senior Associate, Research Center for Leadership in Action, NYU Wagner

The Egyptian Revolution: Collective Leadership or Leadership Void?
Tuesday, February 8, 12:30 – 2:00pm
NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd floor, Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Egypt is swept up in massive pro-democracy demonstrations – a collective movement of millions spearheaded by no one figure or group. While the movement is an example of collective leadership at its best, the decades-long suppression of opposition and pluralism has left no immediate candidate ready to lead the country. Join us for a panel conversation on leadership and the Egyptian revolution, as we make sense of the unfolding events based on first-hand accounts from colleagues in Tahrir Square.
A light lunch will be provided.


Mona Eltahawy, Award-winning columnist and regular CNN commentator on Arab issues
Watch Mona on Bill Maher

Omar Cheta, History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU

Karim Tartousseih, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU

Rania Salem, Sociology, Princeton University

Waad El Hadidy, Research Center for Leadership in Action, NYU Wagner

These events are sponsored by the Research Center for Leadership in Action, NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Program at the College of Arts and Science