Thursday, March 31, 2011

1st NYC Vegetarian Food Festival This Sunday!

Even if you aren't a vegetarian or vegan, the first ever NYC Vegetarian Food Festival promises lots of free and delicious food this Sunday, April 3rd. Check out the website:

Designing Mobility for Democracy: The Role of Cities (Workshop at NYU, 4/14)

Designing Mobility for Democracy: The Role of Cities
NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge
New York University

NYU, Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium.
60 Washington Sq. New York. 4th Floor
14 April 1:00pm - 5:00pm

"Urban transport is a political and not a technical issue. The technical aspects are very simple. The difficult decisions relate to who is going to benefit from the models adopted."

Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogota (1998-2001)

The Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University is hosting a half-day workshop on one of the critical dimensions of the contemporary city: mobility. Led by NYU Global Distinguished Professor Ricky Burdett, the open workshop will explore the social, cultural and political aspects of movement and transport systems and how they affect urban inequality. Speakers will discuss how time and space are mediated by a city's 'mobility DNA', and how transport patterns determine access to jobs, social facilities and the public realm. Drawing on recent innovations in transport policy and practice in Cape Town, London, Bogota, Seattle and New York, the workshop will also address the role of governance in making cities fairer and more democratically accountable to its citizens.


- Ricky Burdett, Global Distinguished Professor, NYU and Professor of Urban
Studies, London School of Economics

- Jon Orcutt, Director of Policy, Department of Transportation, City of New
York and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Robert F.
Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

- Richard Sennett, University Professor of the Humanities, New York
University, and School Professor of Sociology, emeritus, LSE

- Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University,
and Co-Chair Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

- Gerald Frug, Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law, Harvard University
Edgar Pieterse, Professor, and Director of the African Centre for Cities,
University of Cape Town

- Diane Sugimura, Director of Planning and Development, City of Seattle

- Fabio Casiroli, Professor of Transport Planning, Faculty of Civil
Architecture, Polytechnic of Milan

- Tim Stonor, Loeb Fellowship, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Managing
Director, Space Syntax Limited

Please RSVP here:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Graduate Student Spaces in Bobst Library

Looking for a place to do your work? Bobst Library has a variety of spaces to fit your needs.

Please see our guide to locate a space that matches your preferred research environment:

Be sure to check out our reservable graduate collaborative rooms. These rooms come in a variety of sizes, from small 1-2 person rooms, to 4-6 person rooms, to rooms that hold 10-12. To reserve a graduate collaborative room, please go here:

-- The NYU Libraries Graduate Student Working Group

Eight Draper Students Participate in Upcoming GSAS Threesis Challenge! (April 9)

By now, you've seen announcements about GSAS' upcoming Threesis Challenge on April 9th--a quick fire academic competition in which participants present the work of their thesis or other final project to a panel of judges in three minutes or less. GSAS has just made the list of participants available on their website, and we are delighted to congratulate and send our well wishes to the seven Draper students who are participating.

Draper's challengers (and the theses they are presenting) are as follows:

  • Christopher Cappelluti: Time - In - Narrative - As - Identity

  • Tamara Day: New and Multiple Versions of Creolite

  • Shanna M. Farrell: The Hudson River Project: Ecological Violence and the Fishing Community

  • Eric Hodges: Messianism in Ding Ling's The Sun Shines over the Sanggan River, and Zhou Libo's The Hurricane

  • Whitney Johnson: Dialogs of Identity in Roman Antioch

  • Justine Vianne Lee: Delinquency or Prevention?

  • Kyle Munkittrick: The Species Ethic and Human Enhancement

  • Kaitlyn Widlak: Mountains Are Your Mind: The Poet as Mythographer in Gary Snyder's Early Poetry
To see the full list of participants, see here. RSVPs can be made here. Remember that there will be an audience favorite award, so come out and support your fellow Draperites!

What You Can Do with a Ph.D. in the Humanities: This Friday!


Lisa Duffy-Zeballos, Director of Art Research, International Foundation
for Art Research
Claire Fowler, Senior Associate Dean, Princeton University
Deborah Gaines, Editorial Consultant
Michael Shae, Senior Editor, The New York Review of Books
David Speedie, Senior Fellow, Director, U.S. Global Engagement Program,
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Lisa Waller, Director of the High School, The Dalton School

Co-sponsored by:
The Humanities Initiative, the Graduate School of Arts and Science, and
the FAS Dean for Humanities Office

Friday, April 1, 2011, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
20 Cooper Square, 5th floor conference room

Reception to follow

An opportunity for Ph.D. students in the humanities to hear about the
professional journeys and choices of six talented individuals who have
made homes for themselves in a variety of careers. The afternoon will
feature brief remarks by colleagues in the fields of publishing,
secondary school education, academic advising, the arts, foundations,
and business. Students will then have the chance to speak individually
with our speakers.

To register, please click on the following link:

For more information contact Asya Berger, Director of the Humanities
Initiative, at

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Send Us Your Good News!

We're doing our annual round up of good news in the Draper community. If you are a current student or alum and have news to share--academic or not--about recent publications, exciting projects, conference participation, or any other exciting developments in your life, drop us a line!

We'll be compiling a post for the Draper blog with all the details soon, so please get in touch ( by April 22nd.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Internship Opportunities with Wassaic Project (NYC & Wassaic)

The Wassaic Project is currently seeking summer interns. Details are below.

Interns are deeply involved in the daily operations of our organization in a way that is seldom offered by an organization of our size. There are opportunities for programming, independent projects, and meeting professionals in the field.

Please forward widely to current students (seniors and graduate students preferred) and alumni.

Eve and The Wassaic Project Team



po box 220, wassaic ny 12592

Intern at the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY and NYC!

The Wassaic Project seeks:

Summer Session / May - August 2011

FIVE interns to work with Co-Directors in Wassaic NY and Music Director in NYC

  • 2 interns in Wassaic with a strong administrative and programming interest and/or background to work closely with the co-directors and the Exhibition and Education Programs
  • 1 intern in Wassaic with silk screening skills to work closely with the Artist Residency Program
  • 1 intern in NYC to work closely withe the Music Director and the Summer Festival music production team
  • 1 intern in NYC who is web focused to work closely with our Design Fellow and all staff members


Work with a group of young, passionate artists and curators at The Wassaic Project, a vibrant multidisciplinary arts organization in Wassaic, NY and New York City. Programming interns learn about aspects of curating and producing an art exhibition and arts and music festival, from curating, press, marketing, event planning, exhibition hanging, gallery management and more. Because The Wassaic Project is a small, young organization, interns have a unique opportunity to contribute to the long-term identity of the organization and take on substantial responsibility. Interns have the chance to manage their own projects and will work on our spring benefit, the residency application process and logistics, the Summer Festival application process, curation, promotion and installation, and will help manage our Artist Residency program and events. Inters will work directly with artists as well as the directors of The Wassaic Project.Music focused intern will meet musicians, work closely with our Music Director, Scott Anderson, in allaspects of curating, recruiting, promoting, and coordinating our festival musicians.

Web focused intern will be 2 days / week based in NYC and a strong programming background is preferred. You will work closely with all staff members including our Design Fellow to update our website and explore new ways to present our material via the web.Internships will be tailored to meet your particular interests and take advantage of your skills, from writing, to silk screening, to carpentry and installation, to anything else.

Interns must be passionate about The Wassaic Project's mission, have an interest in contemporary art, be detail-oriented, communicate well, and be able to climb lots of stairs.Wassaic is about 90 miles North of NYC and is accessible by car and by Metro North (train goes direct to Wassaic).


- housing is provided for interns working in Wassaic, NY
- work directly with Co-Directors, Music Director and Design Fellow
- meet and work closely with over 40 artist residents
- meet and work closely with over 100 Summer Festival artists
- modest gas and travel stipend
- 2 days of informational interview will be arranged with relevant arts professionals in NYC
- programming interns have access to the wood and metal shops and silk screen studios


Programming Interns, based in Wassaic, NY FULL TIME

  • Applicants must be responsible, have excellent interpersonal skills, be detail oriented and able to learn quickly, love art, and enjoy getting to know new people.
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft office suite, particularly word, excel and mail merge tools, basic blogging, facebook.
  • Please specify if you have silk screen printing skills.
  • Must be available to live onsite 5 days per week in Wassaic, NY, including weekends (days off will be weekdays). Housing will be provided, cars are recommended but not required.

Music Intern, based in NYC, PART TIME, based in Wassaic for the Summer Festival, August 3 - 8

  • Applicants must be responsible, have excellent interpersonal skills, be detail oriented and able to learn quickly, love art, and enjoy getting to know new people.
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft office suite, particularly word, excel and mail merge tools, basic blogging, facebook.
  • Familiarity with basic music equipment to assist with back end coordination a must


  • Applicants must be responsible, have excellent interpersonal skills, be detail oriented and able to learn quickly, love art, and enjoy getting to know new people.
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft office suite, particularly word, excel and mail merge tools, basic blogging, facebook, wordpress, css and html.
  • Must be willing to work with all staff members to realize web updates and design changes
  • familiarity with PHP preferred


Deadline: April 10
Send a single PDF file named: first_last_INTERNSHIPTYPE
(ex: Jane_Doe_PROGRAMING.pdf) to:

Please include in the following order:
  • Name, email, phone number, website (if applicable)
  • Which internship program are you applying for?
  • Do you have silk screen printing skills?
  • Contact information for 2 references (professional or professors)
  • BRIEF cover letter (half page tops) stating your interest in working with The Wassaic Project and something about yourself you think is interesting. What is your interest in the arts?
  • Resume
Applicants will be contacted by April 15th, whether or not they are asked to interview.


The Wassaic Project is an artist-run, sustainable, multidisiplinary arts organization located on an
historic farm in Wassaic, NY. We facilitate artists, performers, and participants to exhibit, perform, discuss, and connect with art, music, each other, our unique site, and the surrounding community. Artists-in-residence are encouraged to experiment with new ways of working that we share and celebrate during our public programs. Visitors to The Wassaic Project are inspired to see art in a new way in this unique and welcoming setting.

Our programs generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological, and disciplinary
boundaries. The Wassaic Project's activities include a year-round artist and musician residency, an annual summer festival, and a series of public programs throughout the year including open studios. We also offer studio visits/critiques for artists involved with the organization by guest curators and visiting artists, and artist workshops with community members.

The Wassaic Project values community engagement, experimentation, and having fun.

Reminder: Theses for May Graduates due April 18

Dear Students-

This is just a friendly reminder that the thesis submission deadline for all Draperites planning to graduate this May is Monday, April 18th at 6:00 PM. Students must submit their completed and approved theses--along with the necessary paperwork--no later than this date; theses submitted late will be held for August 2011 graduation. No exceptions are made to this rule, and students who do not meet this deadline will not be eligible to walk in either the GSAS convocation or all-university commencement ceremonies.

Students planning to graduate in August should submit their Thesis Topic Approval Form by April 18th as well.

Thesis paperwork (including reader's sheets, the Draper Exit Questionnaire, and a sample cover page) can be found on Draper's 'Forms' page.

If you have any questions or concerns about thesis submission or graduation, please feel free to email Draper or call our main line at 212.998.8070.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The DIY Museum: Re-Purposing the Past at The City Reliquary: Talk at Draper, 4/8

Draper and Museum Studies are proud to co-sponsor a talk with Leah Dilworth about the City Reliquary in Brooklyn. The talk will be held in the Draper office next week and all are welcome to attend. Please see below for more details.


The DIY Museum:
Re-Purposing the Past at The City Reliquary
Friday, April 8 -- 5:00 - 7:00 PM -- 14 University Place, Ground Floor

Leah Dilworth
Professor of English, Long Island University
Resident Academic, The City Reliquary

The City Reliquary is a not-for-profit community museum and civic organization in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Through permanent display of New York City artifacts, rotating exhibits of community collections, and annual cultural events, The City Reliquary connects visitors to the city's past and present.

Leah Dilworth is a Professor of English at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus. She has written and lectured widely on cultural meanings of tourism, collecting, the history of craft in America, and museums. She is the author of Imagining Indians in the Southwest: Persistent Visions of a Primitive Past and editor of Acts of Possession: Collecting in America.

Former Draper Faculty Fellow at CUNY Postcolonial Studies Group Colloquium Series (4/1)

Nicole Rizzuto, Draper's former faculty fellow in Literary Cultures, will be giving a talk as part of the CUNY Graduate Center's Postcolonial Studies Group Colloquium Series on April 1st. More information is below.

The CUNY Graduate Center Postcolonial Studies Group Colloquium Series 2010-2011

Nicole Rizzuto

Oklahoma State University

Confession and the Juridical Crisis of the Colonial State in Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat (1967) circles around the Emergency in Kenya, a traumatic historical event of anticolonial insurgency and counter-insurgency. In detailing this period of indefinite detention and torture undertaken in the name of a benevolent civilizing mission, the novel states that the struggle over two specific losses suffered under British colonialism are at the heart of the Emergency. Those losses are land and freedom. And yet, the work’s formal strategies simultaneously challenge this direct statement by indirectly constituting the Emergency as an event whose losses exceed that of territory and control of the polity; the Emergency is staged also as a crisis of the juridico-legal order by which the category “human” becomes the contested site of, and justification for, exceptional state violence. Placing Nggi’s writing in conversation with Judith Butler’s and Giorgio Agamben’s theorizations of sovereignty and bare life in modernity reveals how the novel might displace a Euro-centered trajectory in Trauma Studies. By elaborating a state of exception in Africa under colonial rule, A Grain of Wheat both calls for and enacts what Michael Rothberg terms “multi-directional memory,” by which the insights of Holocaust studies and postcolonial studies illuminate each other while addressing the ethico-politics of responding to occluded pasts.

April 1st at 2 p.m.

CUNY Graduate Center, Room 5409

All are welcome

Nicole Rizzuto is Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma State University. She has published on issues of testimony and trauma in journals such as World Picture and Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, and is completing a book manuscript entitled Spectral Witnesses: Testimony, Historical Memory, and the Modern Novel.

The CUNY Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

The Postcolonial Studies Group is a chartered organization of the Doctoral Students' Council. Please visit our website at Questions? Email Lily Saint at