Friday, December 9, 2011

Draper Student Profile: Angela Leroux-Lindsey

Angela Answers the Draper Dozen
1. When did you start at Draper?
Fall 2010.

2. Are you a full or part-time student?
Part-time; I work full-time at NYU to subsidize my MA tuition.
3. Where are you from?
I grew up just outside of Boston.
4. What are your primary research interests?
Science studies and its intersections with lit theory.
5. Why did you choose to pursue an interdisciplinary degree at Draper?
My interests are sort of widespread, and I wanted a program that would allow me to explore the connecting threads of what could be considered disparate fields.
6. What do you plan to do after Draper?
I’m not sure yet.
7. Do you have any special activities or projects outside of your academic work?
I’m the editor of a literary magazine, as well as for an independent publishing company; I’m also a freelance writer.
8. How does living and studying in New York impact your educational experience?
The access to so many intellectual and artistic outlets—from the NYPL to the Bowery Poetry Club to the World Science Festival—is intoxicating, and really inspires me to participate in events and projects outside of NYU, which in turn inform my academic work.
9. Is there any one place (museum, library, shop, park, etc.) in New York that is your favorite? Why?
That’s an impossible question, ha! I love Central Park, and the Frick, and the Strand, but would have to say that listening to live music or a poetry reading in the East Village is my favorite “place” in the city. Working full-time and being in school can be a hectic schedule, and occasionally it’s a relief to sit, have a drink, and let my mind do nothing but enjoy what’s happening around me.
10. Coffee or tea?
11. Are you a fan and/or user of social media? Why or why not?
Sure, I think social media is an easy, effective, and fun way to connect. I use Facebook, I blog.
12. What was the last book you read for fun (not for class or research)?
The Pale King by David Foster Wallace. Also—if I can plug—Instructions for Killing the Jackal by Erica Wright is phenomenal.
13. If you were not in academia, what would you be doing?
I think being a nature photographer would be pretty awesome.

Submit Your Resume for Wasserman's Class of 2012 Resume Book

Class of 2012 Resume Book Collection
December 12 - January 26, 2012

Graduation will be here before you know it! The early stages of your job search should begin now. Beginning Monday, December 12 - Thursday, January 26 at 3pm, the Wasserman Center for Career Development will collect resumes for theClass of 2012 Resume Books. These books will be distributed to hundreds of employers in industries such as finance, marketing, engineering and technology, advertising, public relations, entertainment, health care, consulting, non-profit, government, education, real estate and many more. and serve as one source for recruiting Class of 2012 graduates.

To be eligible to participate:

- Be officially recognized by the University as receiving an academic degree (Bachelor, Master or PhD) in January, May or September 2012 (certificate candidates, MBAs and Law students are NOT eligible).

- Get your resume critiqued and signed off on by the Wasserman Center of NYU-Poly Career Center staff before the deadline. Click here for the Wasserman walk in hours schedule. Click here for the NYU-Poly walk in hours schedule. This must take place even if a counselor has looked at your resume in the past.


The John Brademas Center’s Congressional Internship Program

Per the NYU Minute newsletter:

John Brademas Center’s Congressional Internship Program

The John Brademas Center Congressional Internship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with an in-depth look at the U.S. Congress, and gives them an outstanding opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the field of politics and policymaking at the federal level. The program is an eight- to 10-week paid internship that runs during the summer, and students are placed in the office of a Member of Congress in Washington, D.C., to work on research projects under the supervision of faculty. For more information and the application, visit this website.

Asian American Comics in a "Post-Race" Era, 12/20

NYPL librarian Raymond Pun invites all Draperites to the following event!

Program: Asian American Comics in a "Post-Race" Era
Tuesday, December 20th, 1:15-3 pm
in the South Court Auditorium in the NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
42nd St and 5th Ave

More info here:

Teach-In on Immigrant Rights, 12/11

December 11
Noon - 4:00 PM
61 Broadway at Wall Street (PSC-CUNY Building)
Lunch Provided / Spanish Translation

The IWJC [] is hosting a teach-in on Sunday, Dec 11 that is open to the public. Although immigrants’ and immigrant workers’ rights have been emphasized in protests on the West Coast, these issues and populations have been less attended to in this area. The teach-ins will present an opportunity for people interested in these issues to hear from members of workers' centers, immigrant community groups, and non-traditional labor organizations. Students interested in popular education styles would particularly enjoy themselves.

Internship at 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:

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

NETWORKED NY CONFERENCE- Abstracts due 12/15

The Colloquium in American Literature and Culture at New York University invites paper proposals for our 2012 spring conference, "Networked New York." This symposium will take place on Friday, March 9, 2012.

We envision this conference as a forum for examining systems of interrelation among writers and artists who live, work, commune, and clash in New York City, whether physical New York (the city's buildings, streetscapes, neighborhoods), digitized New York (its blogs, websites, tweets), or institutional New York (its libraries, archives, museums). We aim to enable discussion about literary, artistic, and intellectual coteries in New York - both historic and contemporary - and to consider the influence of such communities on the cultural production the city generates as well as on the city itself. To these ends, we hope to include papers from a range of historical and disciplinary contexts. Potential paper topics include but are not limited to explorations of the following:

- Neighborhood dynamics and artistic communities
- Collaborations among artists, writers, readers, viewers
- Circulation of ideas and materials
- New York street life and material culture
- Urban space and identity
- Sites, scenes, and modes of interaction
- Digital media and the city

Please send a brief CV and abstract, 300-500 words in length, to Annie Abrams and Blevin Shelnutt at by December 15, 2011. Please direct any questions about the conference to this address.

Triple Canopy: Annual Call for Proposals from Artists & Writers

Triple Canopy is pleased to announce its third annual call for proposals. Commissions will be considered under six project areas and published in the course of the next year. Artistic, editorial, and technical staff will work closely with contributors as they develop the best approach to realizing their projects on the Web, from the conceptual phase to the design and technological production.

Recipients receive:

• Three to six months of artistic, editorial, and technical support 

• Honorarium of up to $300 as well as material costs 

• Opportunity to present the project to an audience in the form of a reading, workshop, or discussion 

• Opportunity for inclusion in our annual print publication, Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy, as well as our ongoing broadsheet series 

• Archiving and long-term maintenance of the final project by technical staff

Triple Canopy welcomes artist projects that treat the Internet as a medium and seek to develop ideas that engage with—but reach beyond—its specific qualities and attendant modes of readership and viewership; artful reporting, intelligible philosophizing, distinctive fictionalizing and the like. Because of Triple Canopy's unique interface we encourage writers not to be bound by the standard styles of magazine, art, and academic writing.

Applications are due by midnight on Monday, February 13, 2012. Applicants will be notified by March 1 whether their proposals have reached the second round of review. Commission recipients will be announced on April 3. Projects will be developed in collaboration with Triple Canopy for publication in the online magazine (or live presentation in New York) between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

View our submission guidelines »

View past commission recipients »

Triple Canopy is an online magazine, workspace, and platform for editorial and curatorial activities. Working collaboratively with writers, artists, and researchers, Triple Canopy facilitates projects that engage the Internet's specific characteristics as a public forum and as a medium, one with its own evolving practices of reading and viewing, economies of attention, and modes of interaction. In doing so, Triple Canopy is charting an expanded field of publication, drawing on the history of print culture while acting as a hub for the exploration of emerging forms and the public spaces constituted around them. Triple Canopy is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

Triple Canopy gratefully acknowledges The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, The Buddy Taub Foundation, CEC ArtsLink, Chamber Music America, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Experimental TV Center, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Council for the Humanities, New York State Council on the Arts, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, and the Orphiflamme Foundation, as well as the many individuals and in-kind contributors who have generously given their support.

What is the Occupy Movement? pt. 2 - 12/9, 7pm

What is the Occupy Movement? pt. 2

Friday 7pm | December 09, 2011
NYU Kimmel Center (Room 905/907) | 60 Washington Square S., NYC

Speakers: Hannah Appel (OWS Think Tank Working Group), Brian Dominick (Z Media Institute), David Graeber (Author, Debt: The First 5000 Years), Erik Van Deventer (NYU), Nathan Schneider (Waging Nonviolence)

The recent #Occupy protests are driven by discontent with the present state of affairs: glaring economic inequality, dead-end Democratic Party politics, and, for some, the suspicion that capitalism could never produce an equitable society. These concerns are coupled with aspirations for social transformation at an international level. For many, the protests at Wall St. and elsewhere provide an avenue to raise questions the Left has long fallen silent on:

What would it mean to challenge capitalism on a global scale?
How could we begin to overcome social conditions that adversely affect every part of life?
And, how could a new international radical movement address these concerns in practice?

Although participants at Occupy Wall St. have managed thus far to organize resources for their own daily needs, legal services, health services, sleeping arrangements, food supplies, defense against police brutality, and a consistent media presence, these pragmatic concerns have taken precedent over long-term goals of the movement. Where can participants of this protest engage in formulating, debating, and questioning the ends of this movement? How can it affect the greater society beyond the occupied spaces?

We in the Platypus Affiliated Society ask participants and interested observers of the #Occupy movement to consider the possibility that political disagreement could lead to clarification, further development and direction. Only when we are able create an active culture of thinking and debating on the Left without it proving prematurely divisive can we begin to imagine a Leftist politics adequate to the historical possibilities of our moment. We may not know what these possibilities for transformation are. This is why we think it is imperative to create avenues of engagement that will support these efforts.

Towards this goal, Platypus will be hosting a series of roundtable discussions with organizers and participants of the #Occupy movement. These will start at campuses in New York and Chicago but will be moving to other North American cities, and to London, Germany, and Greece in the months to come. We welcome any and all who would like to be a part of this project of self-education and potential rebuilding of the Left to join us in advancing this critical moment.

The Platypus Affiliated Society
October 2011

The Platypus Affiliated Society, established in December 2006, organizes reading groups, public fora, research and journalism focused on problems and tasks inherited from the “Old” (1920s-30s), “New” (1960s-70s) and post-political (1980s-90s) Left for the possibilities of emancipatory politics today. |

Monday, December 5, 2011

Call for Papers: Thinking Through Collapse (Due this Wednesday, Dec. 7)

Please note the deadline for submission is this Wednesday: December 7th.

Thinking Through Collapse

Friday, March 23, 2012

In the past year we have been confronted with many sites of present and impending collapse: the collapse of oppressive regimes in the Arab world, a global economy pushed to its limits, our own political system in paralysis, the teetering of the fourth estate, continuing environmental collapse and so on. In each of these sites, visions of apocalypse exist alongside those of renewal, inviting the imagination of new forms of organization and sustainability. In the academy, they are prompting new interdisciplinary assessments of the conditions – historical, social, political, economic, cultural, technological – that have brought us to these limits, and are forcing the question: where might we go from here?

In light of the above, the 2012 Neil Postman Graduate Conference takes Thinking Through Collapse as its theme. We hereby invite faculty, masters students and doctoral candidates whose work touches on questions of limits, collapse and renewal across disciplines to submit proposals for our spring conference.

Email ("call for papers" in the subject line) with a 300 word abstract of scholarly or artistic work widely related to the conference theme.