Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Upcoming Talk at Bobst: Doing Science in the Open: 9/19

"Doing Science in the Open" by Michael Nielsen, Ph.D.

Monday, September 19, 2011 (please RSVP below)
Bobst Library, 2nd floor, AFC Avery Room

On Monday, Sept 19, the Coles Science Center and the NYU Libraries Information Futures Group present "Doing Science in the Open" by Michael Nielsen, PhD. In this talk, Dr. Nielsen will describe some leading-edge projects to show how online tools can radically change and improve science (using projects in Mathematics and Citizen Science as examples). He will talk about why these tools haven’t spread to all corners of science, and how we can change that.

Michael Nielsen is an internationally known scientist who helped pioneer the field of quantum computation. His book about open science, Reinventing Discovery, will be published by Princeton University Press in October 2011.

Refreshments will be served.

**RSVP required:

For more information, please contact Margaret Smith <>

Monday, August 29, 2011

GSAS Fall 2011 New Student Orientation Series

Dear Students:

You may have already received this information from GSAS, but if not, please see below for information on GSAS' Fall 2011 New Student Orientation Series. A partial schedule is included below, but check the website ( for the full schedule and to register for the event. Please note that registration is mandatory if you plan to attend any of the sessions.


GSAS Fall 2011 New Student Orientation Series

The Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) is pleased to announce its preliminary Orientation offerings for the Fall 2011 semester. The GSAS Orientation Series consists of two main components, stand alone individualized sessions and a generalized “Core” Orientation. This series is meant to supplement the specific guidance provided by academic departments and administrative offices.

The Fall New Student Orientation Series is designed to offer new students a range of informational programs that are tailored to match the interests of the diverse students admitted to GSAS each year. Although attendance for the Orientation Series is not mandatory, students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Registration for the Orientation Series will begin on Monday, August 22, 2011. Please bookmark this site and check back for important updates, including event location information, at that time.

GSAS Fall New Student Orientation Series Preliminary Schedule

Graduate Students of Color Lunch
(Intended for newly admitted GSAS students from the United States)
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Students are encouraged to join us for a networking lunch for domestic students of color. Students will have the opportunity to meet new and advanced graduate students of color and hear advice from faculty and administrators on strategies on how to make a smooth transition to graduate school.

Financial Aid, Bill Payment and Registration Workshop
(Intended for newly admitted GSAS Master’s students)
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The financial aid, bill payment and registration processes can be daunting for newly admitted students who are trying to accumulate themselves to the University. Join us for a discussion that will demystify these processes and meet administrators who will answer your general questions.

GSAS Core Orientation
(Open to newly admitted GSAS students)
Friday, September 9, 2011
12:00 noon to 4:00 pm

Students can expect to learn about the Graduate School’s structure, hear strategies how to successfully navigate academics, social and community life, hear from advanced graduate students about their experiences, learn about the academic support and student affairs resources available to you as graduate students, learn about program that are offered by the University.

Core Orientation Schedule:

12:00 noon Orientation Check-in

12:15 – 12:25 Welcome, Introductions and Orientation Series Overview

12:25 – 12:40 GSAS 101 & Tips to Help You Get Started

12:40 – 12:45 Graduate Student Government (GSG) Student Welcome

12:45 – 1:30 GSG Leader’s Networking Lunch

1:30 – 2:25 Plenary Session: Graduate Student
Perspectives: “What I Wish I Knew”

2:25 – 3:10 NYU Libraries: Resources and Subject Area Specialties

3:10 – 3:40 Student Health Services: A Health and
Disability Services and Wellness Overview

3:40 – 3:50 Graduate Student Life @ NYU

3:50 – 4:00 Core Orientation Wrap-Up, Upcoming Orientation
Series Events

CFP: Grad Student Workshop in Planning History (Due 10/3)

Graduate Student Workshop in Planning History
Call for Graduate Student Participants

The Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) invites graduate students enrolled in master’s degree, professional, and PhD programs to participate in the Graduate Student Workshop in Planning History to be held at the 14th National Conference on Planning History in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 17-20, 2011 (conference website:

The workshop will focus on the production and communication of research in planning history and continues SACRPH’s tradition of providing graduate students with an intellectual and social climate to launch their careers and contribute to the scholarship of city and regional planning. During the workshop, students will work in small groups with a senior faculty member to address questions and receive feedback on their research projects. Student proposals will be distributed to student and faculty participants in advance of the workshop.

• One paragraph bio, covering your work and educational background, your contact information, and anything relevant about your teaching and research profile.
• One paragraph abstract summarizing your research project.
• 2-4, double-spaced pages describing your research project, or part thereof, which will be the focus of discussion for the workshop.
• 2-3 questions that you are most interested in discussing at the workshop.

Questions listed in your proposal may be specific or general, and may cover topics such as: 1) cultivating research ideas; 2) research strategies: finding sources, identifying archives, and working with archivists; 3) getting good feedback; 4) writing: developing proposals, organizing and revising articles and chapters, etc.; and 5) publishing or presenting research on the job market. Expect the workshop discussion of your proposal to begin with and build on your questions.

October 3, 2011: Student proposals due to Sarah Jo Peterson (
October 10, 2011: E-mail confirmation of participation.
October 31, 2011: Student proposals distributed to small groups and faculty participants.
November 18, 2011, 4:45-6:30 pm: Graduate Student Workshop


Sarah Jo Peterson, PhD
SACRPH Board and
Senior Research Associate
Urban Land Institute

Lynette K. Boswell
PhD Candidate of Urban and Regional Planning Department
University of Maryland

Call for Papers: Precarity, Labor, Gender, & Performance (Feb. at NYU, Co-Sponsored by Draper)

Dear Students:

Draper will be co-sponsoring the "Affect Factory: Precarity, Labor, Gender, and Performance" conference below with the NYU-based journal Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory this coming February. The conference organizers are encouraging paper submissions from our students. Please see below for the call for papers and more information.


The Affect Factory: Precarity, Labor, Gender, and Performance

The New York University-based journal, Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, will be hosting a conference on the NYU campus, February 10 and 11, 2012.

Life and work, and their dependence upon one another, are often imagined as increasingly precarious. At the same time, “creative capital” invests a kind of promise in precarity. The manipulation of affect is stock in trade for art production, theatrical and performance labor, and now constitutes everyday anxieties about work and living in the current economy. “The Affect Factory: Precarity, Labor, Gender, and Performance,” a two-day conference hosted by Women & Performance, reconsiders the feminist critique of the relation of time and work, material and immaterial labor, waged and unwaged emotional labor. Are we living in the affect factory?

These are timely considerations in light of the recent popularity of outsourced, delegated, and participatory performances, and their inclusion in traditionally object-oriented museum spaces. This conference will bring together scholars in visual art, performance studies, sociology, history, feminist and queer theory, critical ethnic studies, and transnational studies, for an interdisciplinary dialogue on precarity, labor, performance and affect as social and political, as well as constitutively relational or between bodies.

“The Affect Factory” conference is in concert with the upcoming special issues "Precarity" and "Precarious Situations," from TDR and Women & Performance respectively. Emma Dowling, Lecturer in Ethics, Governance and Accountability at Queen Mary's University in London, will be the keynote speaker.

Possible topics include:
• Labor, gender, and affect
• The impact of the experience economy and celebrity culture on arts institutions
• Dancers, performance artists, members of the public and amateur performers in delegated and/or outsourced performance
• Capitalism, affect, and aesthetics
• Sincerity, sentimentality, simplicity and/or antagonism in the imaginary of precarious situations
• Situations regarding labor in art and performance history from the Situationist International/Autonomia to the present
• Curation of outsourced performance and affective labor
• Critical ethnic and racial perspectives on outsourced performance
• Everyday affective delegation
• Resistance and precarity

Please send a 250 word abstract and CV to by October 15, 2011.

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Art & Public Policy, Comparative Literature, the Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program, English, and Performance Studies at New York University and the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University. ~

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Reduced Hours and Staffing at Draper, Monday, August 29

Dear Students:

Although NYU expects that campus offices will be open on Monday, August 29th, we anticipate that at the very least, Draper will have reduced hours and staffing tomorrow. If you have business or concerns that can be delayed until later in the week, we ask that you wait to come to the office to handle these matters until we are back to a normal schedule. Otherwise, please email with any pressing concerns and we will let you know how we can help you at present.

We'll be sending out another announcement about NYU hours and the continuation of academic advisement this week when we have more news from the university. We hope that all our students and faculty are safe and well as the city gets back to normal.