Friday, March 11, 2011

Bobst Launches LibX (Browser Extension for Researchers & Scholars)

Bobst library has recently launched a web browser plugin which "lets scholars connect to resources offered by their library." According to a recent article published in Connect, NYU's Information Technology newsletter, "The NYU version of LibX allows you to:
  • Access NYU's collection of books and electronic resources alongside search results in Google, Yahoo Search, Amazon, and WorldCat
  • Highlight text on any web page and search for the highlighted term in NYU Libraries' resources; a simple right-click of the mouse enables you to search BobCat, NYU databases, WorldCat and more"
LibX also embeds an NYU search button in your browser, "making it a simple matter to conduct a keyword search of Bobcat for the desired item."

For more information on LibX, check out the full article, here:

The LibX plugin can be downloaded from the library website, here:

Send Us Your Acceptance News!

Dear Students:

Many of you have applied to Ph.D. programs, law school, and MFA programs and are starting to receive responses. Draper would be delighted to congratulate you and to announce your acceptances on our blog, so please let us know what your next step in academia will be!

If you would prefer that Draper not share your good news, however, please still tell us if you are accepted to a doctoral or other graduate program this year. We also want to hear from you if you haven't been accepted. This information is compiled annually for the graduate school and goes a long way in encouraging more Master's-centered programming and resources to be developed within GSAS.

Send your good news to draper[dot]program[at]nyu[dot]edu

A Celebration of Czeslaw Milosz (Polish Institute of NY): 3/21

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Czeslaw Milosz's "trust in the delicious joy-bringing potential of art and intellect was protected by strong bulwarks built from the knowledge and experience that he had gained at first hand and at great cost."
- Seamus Heaney, 2004

The Polish parliament has declared 2011 the Milosz Year in honor of one of Poland's greatest cultural figures, and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York is honored to announce the first US event in an international celebration of the centennial of the birth of Nobel Prize winning poet, essayist, translator, and scholar, Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004).

The Unterberg Poetry Center, which hosted six readings by Czeslaw Milosz during his lifetime, now in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York have invited Milosz's friend and Berkeley colleague, poet Robert Hass, translator and Milosz biographer Clare Cavanagh, and one of the most important contemporary Polish poets also dividing his time between Poland and the US, Adam Zagajewski, to read and reflect upon the poet's life and work at the 92nd Street Y.

One hundred years after his birth, fifty-seven years after the publication of his seminal essay [The Captive Mind], Milosz's indictment of the servile intellectual rings truer than ever: "his chief characteristic is his fear of thinking for himself."
- Tony Judt, New York Review of Books, 2010

Branded a "catastrophist" by critics of his early poetry in the 1930s, publishing underground at great risk during the Second World War, challenged by leftist intellectuals in Paris in the 1950s for seeking asylum from the Polish Communist government, criticized by Polish emigres for having served as a diplomat in the same government, joining the anti-war movement at Berkeley in the 1960s, and questioned by conservative Catholics as a heretic at his burial,
Czeslaw Milosz lived a full life as an independent thinker and as an inspiration to others struggling against the prevailing forces in their own contexts. Milosz spent over 40 years in the United States, becoming an important figure in the West Coast poetry scene, across the country, and throughout the world, and many of the Milosz Year events in the United States in 2011 will focus on his time in America and his American legacy.

2011 MILOSZ YEAR USA Calendar

92Y Milosz 2011

Polish Cultural Institute | 350 Fifth Avenue | Suite 4621 | New York | NY | 10118

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Foucault Society Colloquium: Sovereignty & Governmentality in Butler & Foucault: 3/24

The Foucault Society, NYC
2011 Colloquium Series: New Research in Foucault Studies

We are delighted to announce the second colloquium in our new series:

Thursday, March 24, 2011
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5409
New York, NY

Verena Erlenbusch (University of Sussex and Emory University)
"Sovereignty and Governmentality: Mapping Power With Butler and Foucault"

This paper investigates the relation between sovereignty and governmentality by comparing and contrasting the work of Judith Butler and Michel Foucault. It argues that Butler’s reworking of this relationship is supported by Foucault’s genealogy of liberalism. Both Butler and Foucault shun any attempt to formulate a unitary theory of power and instead insist on the coexistence of multiple forms of power. For Foucault, this coexistence takes the form of a superimposition of different kinds of power, while Butler identifies an anachronistic resurgence of sovereignty within a field of governmentality. The paper concludes that Butler’s account of power under conditions of a permanent War on Terror anticipates and at the same time recreates the narrative Foucault developed in more depth in his lectures on biopolitics.

Speaker bio:
Verena Erlenbusch is a PhD candidate at the University of Sussex and a visiting research scholar at Emory University. Drawing from the work of Foucault, her dissertation, entitled "A History of Terrorism in the Age of Freedom," traces a philosophical history of terrorism and situates it within a wider development of contemporary power relations.

About the Colloquium Series:
The Foucault Society's Colloquium Series provides a forum for new research and works-in-progress, and an opportunity for both junior and senior scholars to share new work with a friendly and supportive audience of colleagues.
Open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please send an e-mail to Shifra Diamond, Colloquium Chair, at

About the Foucault Society:
The Foucault Society is an independent, non-profit educational organization offering a variety of forums dedicated to critical study of the ideas of Michel Foucault (1926-1984) within a contemporary context.


**For directions to the CUNY Graduate Center, please see:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Flickr Commons Photofinds: Spring Break!

As many of you head off to warmer climes for Spring Break, those of us left in the city will just have to make due with these pics of sandy relaxation:

Tourists on the Public Beach (Monroe County, FL) circa 1975
U.S. National Archives Collection

Atlantic City Beach circa 1905
Photo by William M. Vander Weyde, George Eastman House Collection

Constitution Beach - Within Sight and Sound of Logan Airport's Takeoff Runway 22R (1973)
Photo by Michael Philip Manheim, U.S. National Archive Collection

Barbados Flip 1955
The National Archives UK Collection

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Two NYU Exhibitions: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Two on-campus exhibitions are commemorating this event, its consequences, and its enduring historical lessons.

“The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: One Hundred Years After”
Multimedia exhibition curated by the Tamiment Library
NYU Open House (528 LaGuardia, between Bleecker and W. 3rd Streets)
On exhibit until May 2011

Art ● Memory ● Place
Collaborative Exhibition between the Grey Art Gallery
and NYU Graduate Students in Museum Studies and Public History
100 Washington Square East
January 11 - March 26 / April 12 - July 9

Monday, March 7, 2011

Participation Invited in NYU's Upcoming Celebration of Edgar Allan Poe

Arlene Peralta, the community liason for NYU's Government and Community Affairs Office, invites Draper students to propose events for the semi-annual celebration of the "life, times, and work of Edgar Allan Poe" this April. More information about the upcoming celebration, as well as past events, is included in Ms. Peralta's message below.

If you are interested in participating or proposing an event for the Poe celebration, please contact Ms. Peralta directly at arlene[dot]peralta[at]nyu[dot]edu.


Twice a year the University and the local community comes together in honor of the life, times and works of Edgar Allan Poe. We have been able to provide free events based upon Poe in the past which have included book-signings, performances, scholarly lectures, and creative interpretations of Poe’s pieces. During our most recent event in November, we had a student led production perform an interpretation of Poe’s journey writing “The Raven.” The event was followed by a reception, where audience members and participants were able to experience the Poe Room, which houses artifacts and a comprehensive, illustrated time line of his life.

With the ideas and suggestions of community members, we’ve been able to produce interesting events that people passionate about Poe look forward to attending. Any ideas or suggestions that you may have would be great, and I hope that the Draper program can be involved in some way with this year’s event.

Please feel free to contact me with any ideas or questions that you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!



Travel Grants Available for Students Studying Ancient World

NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies is once again offering grants for summer or term-time study through its Antonina S. Ranieri International Scholars Fund. These grants are intended to support academic travel abroad by Arts and Science undergraduate or graduate students who are studying any aspect of the ancient world. Grants are generally under $1,500 and may be taken in conjunction with other awards. The Ranieri Fund supports both independent study (e.g., research in foreign libraries) and participation in formal programs (e.g., Goethe Institute language courses, archaeological digs, and international conferences).

Students should submit a brief description of their project explaining how it relates to their studies, an itemized budget, CV, and detailed letter of support from an FAS faculty sponsor. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2011 for this summer or the next academic year. Decisions will be made by the Advisory Committee of the Center, and winners will be notified of their decision on or about Friday, April 29.

For more information or to submit an application, email Dean Matthew Santirocco at

Mapping New Media: Symposium at Bard this Month

The Bard Graduate Center will be holding a symposium on Mapping New Media on Friday, March 25, 2011 from 1:00 to 5:00pm.

Maps are a wonderful metaphor for the new media world. But even more, digital mapping has altered the way that we perceive and represent space. This symposium will offer presentations and discussions about these new forms of cartographic methods in the digital humanities. We will look at old maps and new ones, learn about historical data and geo-spatial techniques, and study New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

The afternoon will be devoted to two presentations along with a roundtable and reception.


Aligning Past and Present: New Tools for the study of Historical Geography

Matthew Knutzen, Geospatial Librarian, New York PublicLibrary Map Division

New Deal Visions, Post-War Plans? Visualization, Remapping, and the Politics of Urban Space

Janice Reiff, Associate Professor, Department of History, UCLA



Matthew Knutzen, Geospatial Librarian, New York PublicLibrary Map Division Janice Reiff, Associate Professor, Department of History, UCLA

Wendy Bellion, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, University of Delaware

David Jaffee, Professor, BGC

All events take place at the BGC Lecture Hall in 38 West 86th Street, New York City between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West.

For general information, please contact

For RSVP click here or go to

Draper Alumna Lit Journal--Trans Lit Mag--Call for Submissions!

Draper alumna Christina Phelps (2oo8) contacted us with the following announcement about the online literary journal that she started this fall, Trans Lit Mag. For more information about the journal and information on how to submit see below.
This past fall I started an online literary magazine called trans lit mag. The idea is that it is continuously expanding, quarterly, and name changing. Issue #1, as our first transmission, was called "transmission." Issue # 2 is called "transience" and is ongoing until March 21, when we move on to Issue # 3: "transform." The title isn't so much a theme as a loosely defined guiding principle. You can read all about our call for submissions and our submission guidelines on our blog, where there is also a link to the first issue.

The trans lit mag team has been up to a lot of really exciting things lately. We had our first reading, featuring six talented readers at Txikito (a Basque restaurant in the heart of Chelsea), and we are preparing for Issue #3, transform.

trans lit mag is looking for fiction, poetry, artwork (including a cover), and literary nonfiction. Check out our Submission Guidelines and then send your beautiful work to

Special attention will be given to pieces that play with form in some way, but this should be very loosely translated. Transform comes from the Latin word meaning to change in form, and characters often do undergo a change in appearance or character, but we can also be changed by what we experience – as readers, as artists.

Issue #3 will begin March 21 and run through June 20. There are no deadlines.

And forward this to anyone who might be interested. I hope you enjoy reading the magazine as much as I have. Cheers,



Reminder: MA Thesis Workshop This Friday: 3/11

Master's Thesis Workshop
Friday, March 11 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Draper Map Room

Led by Professor Steven Moga and Robin Nagle

This workshop is primarily intended for students who are in the early phases of thesis preparation, but also for those at later stages of the process. Students will receive guidance on how to refine their topics and narrow the scope of their theses, and on some of the basic mechanics of writing their work.

RSVPs are appreciated:
Email or call 212.998.8070 to let us know if you'll be attending.