Friday, December 2, 2011

Two Weeks from Today...

Two Important Reminders for Friday, December 16!

Thesis Submission for January Graduates

Please be reminded that those of you who intend to graduate this coming January will need to submit your completed and approved Master's thesis to Draper no later than one month from today: Friday, December 16. Any theses received after 6:00 PM on December 16 will be held over for May graduation. There will be no exceptions.

For more information on thesis guidelines, please see Draper's Web site, here:

All thesis related forms--including a sample cover page and second reader sheets--can also be downloaded from the Draper website, here:

If you have any questions or concerns about the thesis submission or graduation processes, please feel free to email us at

Draper's Year-End Celebration Party

After you've turned in your thesis and/or had your last class for the semester, stop by Draper to celebrate the end of another busy year with food, wine, and general merriment. Feel free to bring your loved ones!

Let us know if you're coming: RSVP to

End of Semester DSO Volunteer Opportunity

Holiday Volunteer Opportunity!
December 10th
Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens

Come out and volunteer at Variety the Children's Charity's annual holiday party, organized by Draper's own Valentine Lysikatos! Variety invites over 1,000 children from all over New York City to enjoy a day filled with crafts, dancing and delicious treats. Volunteers help serve food, face paint, help with craft making and share the merriment of the holidays with children from some of NYC's most underserved communities. For more information and to sign up visit:!/varietyny?sk=app_4949752878 or email and we'll send you the form.

Threesis Challenge: Win $1K

The Graduate School of Arts and Science announces the second annual GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge!

Qualifying rounds take place March 30, 2012 and finalists compete on March 31, 2012.

The Threesis Challenge is an academic competition where GSAS master's students present the work of their thesis/final project (e.g., creative project, science experiment and/or research paper) to a panel of three faculty judges in accessible language that a non-expert can understand in three minutes or less. Competitors are judged on how well they grasp the subject of their thesis, their ability to discuss the topic to non-experts and presentation skills.

Students compete for grand prize of a $1,000 and other prizes while learning to organize ideas and speak about them persuasively in a fun academic atmosphere. This competition is adopted from the Three Minute Thesis Challenge currently taking place in Australia and New Zealand. The Master's College is proud to bring this "American Idol" style academic competition to this hemisphere.

You can watch a video highlighting last year’s Threesis Academic Challenge for an inside view of how it works. Just click this link:

Applications are available in the Draper office. Completed submissions are due to by January 31, 2012.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Poe Showcase - Thursday, 12/1

Community members and NYU students will come together to showcase an array of artistic mediums in celebration of Edgar Allan Poe. Drama, readings, animation and artwork are just a few of the creative expressions that will highlight the life and work of this mysterious story-teller.
Reception to follow in the Poe Room. This event is free and open to the public. Please bring photo ID for entry. Click here to print a flyer for this event.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
6:00 - 8:00 PM
NYU's School of Law
Furman Hall, Room 216
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
(between West 3rd Street and Washington Square South)
RSVP to NYU's Office of Government and Community Affairs at 212.998.2400 or
Sponsored by: NYU's Office of Government and Community Affairs and Lois Rakoff, Community Director of the Poe Room

Conference on "Commodities and Migration," December 8 & 9, 2011

Commodities and Migration: Things out of Place

Conference: December 8-10, 2011

Department of English, New York University

Migrations move not only people but also things. This conference will consider the ways in which movements of people have changed the meanings, uses and exchanges of the things they carried, the things they left behind, the things they came to sell, to plant, to propagate or to re-function. Reading commodities in their travel, circulation and translation into new forms allows us new means to study material cultures, migration histories and diasporas. What are the changes in meaning, use, or value of a commodity when it migrates or when it is transformed by a migrating person or population? What happens to commodities across time and space? Translation? Profanation? Vernacularization? Authentification?

This is the third and final conference of the Leverhulme-funded international research network ‘Commodities and Culture in the Colonial World, 1851-1914’ (

The conference will feature a two-day public conference open to all on December 8th and 9th, followed by a one-day workshop limited to the network participants and invitees on December 10th.


December 8

Great Room, 19 University Place

9.30-9.45: Welcome and Introduction

9.45-11.00: Session 1

Elaine Freedgood (English, NYU)

"Ghostly Migrations"

Priyanka Anne Jacob (Ph.d. student, Princeton)

"A Taste for Catholic Spoils: Fashion, Dispossession, and Equivocal Objects in Daniel Deronda."

Mia Chen (Ph.d. student, CUNY)

"Money/Commodity/Fetish: Hard Cash and Paranoid Capitalism."

Chair: Tanya Agathocleous (English, Hunter College, CUNY)

11.00-11.15: Coffee

11.15-1.15: Session 2

Zeynep Celik (Distinguished Professor of Architecture, New Jersey School of Architecture, NJIT)

"In Algiers: Persistent Memories, Mobile Memorials."

Adam McKeown (History, Columbia University)

"Rethinking the 'Coolie': Chinese Labor as Commodity"

Isobel Armstrong (Emeritus Professor of English, Birkbeck, University of London)

“The Traffic in Representations”

Chair: Jini Watson (English, NYU)

1.15-2.15: Lunch

2.15-3.30: Session 3

Arjun Appadurai (Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU)

“Objects and Persons in the Age of Financialization”

Hasia Diner (Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History, NYU)

"Roads Taken: Jewish Peddlers and the Discovery of Their New World."

Chair: Brian Murray (English, King’s College, London)

3.30-3.45: Coffee

3.45-5.00: Session 4

Martin Harries (English, NYU)

Dog Food, Ending in Beckett”

Elizabeth DeLoughrey (English, UCLA)

“Natural Modernities: Shells of War”

Chair: Patrick Deer (English, NYU)

5.00-6.15: Session 5

Josephine McDonagh (English, King’s College, London)

“Village Peoples”

Supriya Chaudhuri (English, Jadavpur University)

“Migrated Objects: Between Commodity and Fetish”

Chair: Judith Plotz (English, The George Washington University)

6.30-8.00: Reception


Friday, December 9th.

Great Room, 19 University Place

9.30-11.00: Session 6

Regenia Gagnier (English, University of Exeter)

‘Dream of a Red Language: on the Global Circulation of Critical Literatures.’

Ian Henderson (English, King’s College, London)

‘Victoria's Planet: commodities, culture and 'her subjects at the antipodes'.’

Respondent: Paul Young (English, University of Exeter)

11.00-11.15: Coffee

11.15-12.45: Session 7

Stephen Muecke (University of New South Wales)

'The Composition and Decomposition of the Commodity'

Marget Long (Cooper Union)

‘The Jenny Lind Head Rest and Notes on Feeling Photography Less’

Respondent: Toral Gajarawala (English, NYU)

12.45-1.30: Session 8

Elizabeth Gunner (WISER, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)

'Soundwaves - Radio as Commodity and Object of Dispute: South Africa in 1960'.

Respondent: Joseph Napolitano (Ph.d. student, English, NYU)

1.30-2.15: lunch

2.15-3.30: Session 8

Alison Wood (Post-doctoral fellow, Cambridge University)

‘Zoological Things, Global Traffic and the Idea of a Secular Clerisy.’

Rabia Shahzad (Ph.d. student, English, NYU)

From Deception to Dexterity: The Indian Juggler and the English Fakir’

Fariha Shaikh (Ph.d. student, English, King’s College, London)

‘‘Mystical Holes' and 'Crooked Pins': The Production of Authenticity in Printed Emigrants' Letters’

Respondent: John Maynard (English, NYU)

3.30: 3.45: Coffee

The conference is generously supported by: the Leverhulme Trust, UK; the Humanities Initiative, NYU; Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU; the Anglophone Project, NYU; Department of English, NYU; the Fales Library and special Collections, NYU; Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, NYU; and RH Gallery, New York.

Elizabeth Bishop Centennial Conference: This Thursday and Friday (12/1; 12/2) at Gallatin

To the NYU and NYC Community:


Co-organized by the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Poetry Society of America, with the support of the NYU Humanities Initiative.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC at the Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Washington Place


6-6:45 pm: Seeing Elizabeth Bishop, by Eric Karpeles

7-8:30 pm: Bishop in Brazil Screening & Discussion, by Helena Blaker, Brett Millier, Barbara Page, and Lloyd Schwartz, with Alice Quinn

FRIDAY, 12/1

1-2:30 pm: Elizabeth Bishop and Modern Art, by William Benton and Peggy Samuels, with Lisa Goldfarb

3-4:30 pm: Editors' Roundtable, by Joelle Biele, Saskia Hamilton, Lloyd Schwartz and Thomas Travisono, with Jonathan Galassi

5-6pm: Gallatin Poet/Poetry Teacher and Student Poetry Reading, by Emily Fragos, Scott Hightower, and students Jacqueline Allen, Emma Behnke, Stephanie Rodas and Luke Vargas

6:30-8 pm: Celebratory Poetry Reading, by Frank Bidart, John L. Koethe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Maureen McLane, Mark Strand and Jean Valentine

RSVP & questions: WP Coordinator Molly Kleiman,

In new window Print all NYU International Education Grad Student Conference, 2012 - CALL FOR PROPOSALS


*** Submission Deadline: Monday, January 16, 2012***

The International Education program at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development is pleased to host its Seventh Annual International Education conference. We invite abstracts for presentations at the conference, to be held at New York University’s Washington Square campus, March 29 and 30, 2012.

This year’s conference, "Advancing Global Education in Austere Times" seeks to bring together academics and practitioners from a variety of disciplines to discuss the impact of a global climate of austerity on the provision of education. Improving quality and extending access remain aspirations at all levels of education globally, but cuts to public spending and international development assistance will undoubtedly affect these objectives. Specifically, we seek to explore:

How does austerity affect the development, implementation and evaluation of education in different contexts? Who are the main actors in these processes and what are their roles?

How does the impact of austerity vary globally? Does austerity hinder the provision of education or can it be beneficial?

Are there constructive responses to austerity measures for academics and practitioners to undertake? Where and to whom can we look for these ideas?

Proposals not directly related to these themes are also welcome.

The interdisciplinary field of international education provides a unique opportunity to address these topics from a variety of academic and practical perspectives. Participants from any discipline are encouraged to apply. By bringing together scholars, researchers, and practitioners, we hope to come to new understandings of the nature of our work in the field and in the classroom. Both doctoral and masters' students are encouraged to submit proposals, as this is a graduate student conference.


We seek individual and/or group proposals for paper presentations. We will primarily use panel format for our sessions, although proposals for other kinds of presentations may be submitted. Individual papers will be grouped in topical panels, arranged after proposals have been accepted and confirmed. LCD projectors and Power-point equipped PC laptops will be available for all sessions.

Individual Paper Proposals:

* Title of paper

* Presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, and title

* Mailing address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers

* An abstract of 150-200 words

* Three keyword descriptors

Group Paper Proposals:

* Title of the panel session

* All names, institutional affiliations and titles

* All mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, telephones and fax numbers

* An abstract of 150-200 words for the panel

* An abstract of 150-200 words for each individual paper

* Keyword descriptors for panel

Please e-mail your submissions to by Monday, January 16, 2012.


The 2012 Conference will be hosted at New York University’s Washington Square campus, primarily in buildings associated with the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Information about travel to and from New York, accommodation options, fees, and procedures will be provided in a few weeks. Please visit our website, for further information.

Free NYU Chorale Concert Tomorrow, 12/1

Draper student Sonia Nayak is part of the NYU Chorale, which will be performing in concert tomorrow night: Vivaldi Magnificat, Mozart Ave Verum, and Schubert Mass in G, under the direction of Maestro David Rosenmeyer.

Thursday, December 1
Frederick Loewe Theater -- 35 W. 4th St.
Admission is free!

Internship Opportunity Through Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Spring 2012

Guantánamo Public Memory Project
Research Internship Spring 2012

About the Guantánamo Public Memory Project
“Guantánamo” has become an international symbol of torture, detention, national security, and conflict over America’s “War on Terror.” After more than a decade of bitter struggle over whether and how to “close Guantánamo,” in 2011, nearly 200 prisoners remain at the US naval station, or GTMO. The unique qualities of the site – its legal ambiguity, political isolation and geographic proximity, and architectures of confinement – have been used and reused for a wide range of people and purposes. These include Cuban workers in exile after the Revolution; Haitian refugees with HIV, first welcomed as asylum seekers but then confined in tent cities as threats to public health; and the War on Terror’s “enemy combatants.” GTMO and its residents have been inextricable, if often invisible, parts of America’s deepest policy conflicts: immigration, public health, human rights, and national security.

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project seeks to build public awareness of the century-long history of the US naval station at Guantánamo, Bay, Cuba, and foster dialogue on the future of this place and the policies it shapes. The Project will collect stories, documents, photos, videos artwork, and oral testimonies from different perspectives and time periods throughout GTMO’s 100 year history. It will bring that material to the public through a website, traveling exhibit, curriculum, public programs, and other media. The Project will also invite diverse people to share their own stories of GTMO and engage in debate about the larger issues this site and others like it across the world raise. It originated as a project of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, which currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Project. The Project is now being developed by a growing collaboration of universities and organizations, coordinated from Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights as part of its Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability.

About the Position
Researchers will identify and compile primary and secondary source material on GTMO’s history in a variety of media to serve as the foundation for an exhibit opening December 2012 and a curriculum to be used starting September 2012. The exhibit and curriculum have been divided into themes/subject areas. For each, researchers will:
  • Compile a packet of material, including secondary sources that provide background on the subject, articles, websites, images, video footage, oral histories and candidates for interviews.
  • Research, price, and secure permissions for images and any other material that requires it.

In addition, researchers will:
  • Conduct research for rapid response to events in the media (anniversaries; histories of particular camps; historical perspective on new decisions) as necessary.
  • Report regularly to other members of the Project team (other historical researchers, oral historians, bibliography developers), coordinating searches and sharing material as necessary.

  • Ability to commit at least 10 hours/week for at least one full semester
  • Graduate student in history, public history, museum studies, education, American Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, or related field
  • Background and research experience in one or more subject areas related to GTMO’s history, such as 19th/early 20th century American imperialism, Caribbean studies, refugee policy, military history, Cold War
  • Knowledge of Spanish or Haitian Creole a plus
  • Excellent organization skills and ability to work independently and creatively

How to Apply
Please send resume and cover letter to

The deadline for applications is December 16, 2011.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Two American Lit and Culture Talks at NYU Tomorrow

The New York University

Colloquium in American Literature and Culture


Reading the Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine: American Literature and Culture, 1870-1893

A talk by Professor Mark Noonan of New York City College of Technology (CUNY)


The New York World, The Cosmopolitan, and the Race to Write the World American

A talk by Professor Kevin Riordan of NYU Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, November 29

13-19 University Place, Great Room

New York University

6:00 p.m.

All are welcome!

Refreshments will be served.