Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

NYU offices (including Draper) will close at 4:00 PM today in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will remain closed on Thursday and Friday, but we'll be back open during regular business hours on Monday, November 28.

Have a great holiday!

For some holiday-inspired laughs, check out the "Literary Turducken" fest on Twitter. "The Literary Turducken combines not one, not two, but three classic works into one, in the spirit of the turkey+duck+chicken creole classic."

GSAS Funding Opportunity Open to MA Students

Dear Students:

GSAS has announced a funding opportunity for GSAS graduate students, which you are encouraged to apply for. The Delores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship competition for grant year 2012-2013 is now open. This scholarship was established to “support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.”

More information on the fellowship--including the application--is available on the GSAS website, here: Contact the office of Academic and Student Life with questions by phone at 212.998.8060 or by e-mail at

The application deadline for the Delores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship is Friday, January 6, 2012.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Internship Opportunity: Scenarios USA

Event Planning and Development Intern


The Event Planning and Development Intern will work under the supervision of and in close partnership with the Director of Development and the Database Manager. The Event Planning and Development Intern will assist in achieving major development department goals: assist in the management of 2011 REAL DEAL Awards and Gala logistics and work with the Database Manager to develop the resources in Convio Common Ground including input and tracking for the event and foundations/corporations cultivation as well as other database tasks.

The Event Planning and Development Intern is a leading contributor to Scenarios USA program development and Scenarios USA seeks a passionate and persuasive representative of the organization and its mission. Scenarios USA is a small but very accomplished organization. This position will provide a great deal of experience in event planning and development to a responsible and ambitious candidate.


Event Planning (75%)

· Assist with production of event journal

· Prepare correspondence: edits, proofreads, and formats reports, documents, etc.

· Research topics as needed for gala

· Assist in the planning and execution of logistics surrounding our annual gala

· Create, organize and maintain program and event files as needed

· Field telephone calls and emails about gala as needed

· Ensure that internal follow-up is completed; assist with follow-up to donors and volunteers

· Enter information into and help manage database

General Development/Database Maintenance (25%)

  • Assist in the tracking and entering of event donor information
  • Keep track of event donations
  • Make copies, collate, and distribute materials
  • Organize information in electronic and hard copy files

Reports to: Director of Development

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Start Date: ASAP

Hours: 3 days per week – hours flexible

Compensation: lunch and transportation reimbursed


· Bachelor’s degree

· Superior organizational skills, attention to detail

· Excellent interpersonal and communications skills; ability to interact effectively with a range of stakeholders.

· Fluent English

· Experience in a professional environment

· Experience in supporting program, conference, and/or event planning preferred

· Demonstrated proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, internet research, email, and file management (prefer Microsoft Office Suite); experience with Constant Contact and/or fundraising software preferred

· Commitment to the mission of Scenarios USA

To apply:

Send cover letter and resume by December 18th, no calls please.

By email:

Subject line: Event Planning and Development Intern

By mail: Event Planning and Development Intern Search

Scenarios USA

80 Hanson Place, Suite 305

Brooklyn, New York 11217

Scenarios USA seeks to hire staff who reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.

Equal Opportunity Employer: This position will be filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

About Scenarios USA:

Scenarios USA believes that by valuing youth and investing in their stories, we can strengthen academic achievement, promote civic engagement, and support young people in becoming responsible and healthy individuals. Every aspect of the Scenarios USA program – from the classroom discussion and reflection to the script-writing contest, to the film production, to the public speaking engagements – is a two-way street that gives young people the power to work as full partners with teachers, professional filmmakers, and community and youth advocates. This formula has been proven effective in our program evaluation, and we are proud that The Ford Foundation, our top funder, continues to cite Scenarios USA as a model in the fields of education, youth development and adolescent health. For more information:

Draper Offices Close for Thanksgiving, 11/23 at 4pm

Please be informed that the Draper offices will close for Thanksgiving break tomorrow, 11/23 at 4:00pm and will remain closed until resuming regular hours on Monday, 11/28.

Wishing everyone a lovely long weekend and happy Thanksgiving!

Journalism Course Open to Draper Students: Writing for a Wide Readership

The Carter Journalism Institute has opened one of its spring courses, "Writing for a Wide Readership," to outside students. This class is not crosslisted with Draper, but can be taken toward our degree requirements. If you have any questions about credit distribution, contact Draper at Otherwise, you can contact Matthew Stehney directly at for information on how to enroll.

JOUR-GA 60.001 Writing for a Wide Readership:

How to translate the specialized languages of particular disciplines in order to reach a larger public is at the heart of this course. Too often, specialists find themselves hostage to the arcane tongues of particular disciplines. Yet they possess knowledge that often cries out to be understood by a broader public. The course will concentrate on the structure of good storytelling, the marshaling of evidence, the unfolding of convincing narrative, and the rhetorical style necessary for turning useful work into memorable writing. Good writers are good readers and this course will explore some of the more successful practitioners of public writing and the art of advancing an argument for a general readership, including, among others, Lewis Thomas, George Orwell and Joan Didion.

Monday, November 21, 2011

NYPL Event of Interest

An NYPL librarian brought the event below to our attention as something that might be of interest to Draper students:

From “Beach Party” to “Woodstock”:
The Pop Cultural Revolution of Sixties America

Wednesday, November 30 at 6 PM
in the South Court Auditorium in the Stephen A. Schwarzman
NYPL 42nd St and 5th Ave

More info here: