Friday, February 3, 2012

Summer Internship Opportunity: Guantanamo Public Memory Project

Guantánamo Public Memory Project

Research Internship Summer 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 April 15, 2012.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Event Planning and Development Intern, Scenarios USA

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 2012 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 January 31st, 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:

DSO Happy Hour Today (2/2)

Please join us for the first Spring 2012 Draper Salon happy hour today at Amity Hall at 8:30pm.
Amity Hall
80 W 3rd between Thompson and Sullivan
See you there!


Submit Today! gnovis CFP Spring 2012

gnovis is currently accepting submissions for its Spring 2012 issue.

Submissions of original research from any discipline in the humanities and social sciences are welcome. Papers may address a full range of topics and historical periods. Topics may include, but are not limited to: art and propaganda, gender, race, ethnicity and identity, post-colonial and post-modern theory, nationalism and religion, performance art, photography and film, Web 2.0 and social media, mediated communication and digital representation, art and technology, politics and elections.

To be considered for our Spring 2012 Issue, papers must be submitted by Wednesday, February 15.

Questions about submissions may be directed to Lauren Barnett, Editor-in-Chief, at

Journal Articles Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions should be the FINAL version of the project, and should reflect graduate-level scholarly writing and research. Please do not submit projects in-process. These submissions will be rejected without review. Please ensure that papers reflect the most current research available at the time you submit.
  • All submissions should include an abstract no more than 250 words summarizing the project and conclusions.
  • Papers should be between 3000 and 7500 words (10-25 double-spaced pages), excluding citations. There are few exceptions to this rule.
  • gnovis accepts only MLA and APA style citations for all papers. Please ensure that your submissions are cited according to one of these style guides.
  • We encourage submissions from all scholars who are examining issues critically, to include students outside of Georgetown University, and independently practicing scholars.

How to Submit

Please submit articles via email to, following the instructions below:

1. In the body of the email, include:

  • your name
  • your school affiliation, program name, and year
  • contact information, preferably an email address checked regularly

2. Attach your submission as a file in an editable format (i.e. Word, Pages) and remove all personally identifiable information including your name, school and program if applicable, and contact information.

The Review Process

When a paper is accepted for review, it is anonymized to protect the author’s identity and then distributed to at least two peer reviewers. gnovis‘ peer reviewers are current students and alumni of the CCT program; they will read the project critically, paying close attention to both style and content and returned to thegnovis editorial team. If it meets gnovis‘ editorial standards, the project is then returned to the author for any necessary revisions. Once made, the project goes through a final check by the staff before being published in the next issue.


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gnovis is the online, peer-reviewed, scholarly graduate journal of Georgetown’s Communication, Culture and Technology program, and is devoted to presenting interdisciplinary scholarship that reflects broad interests in the intersection of culture and technology. Our mission is to present a forum in which graduate students from around the globe explore the relationships among technology, culture, media, politics, and share their original research.

Foucault Society, New Reading Group: The Courage of Truth (Feb 8)


Michel Foucault
The Courage of Truth

The Government of Self and Others II

Lectures at the College de France, 1983-1984

First Meeting:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5409
New York, NY

Please join us for our new reading group on Michel Foucault’s final lecture course, recently published by Palgrave Macmillan (2011).

Our intensive, semester-long group will meet every two weeks on Wednesday evenings at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Details are below and on our website.

Open to the public. Suggested donation: $5/meeting.



In the manuscript for The Courage of Truth, Foucault concluded by identifying a central point of contact in the complex relationship between veridiction-governmentality-subjectivation: namely, that of otherness. Taking these “last words” as a guideline, the Foucault Society’s new reading group will examine Foucault’s 1984 lecture course–which ended just before his death on June 25, 1984–as an “unfinished” problematization of truth and otherness. How may we join Foucault in re-thinking truth and government in relation to the problem of the other (l’autre)? How can the relationship to the other allow us, in various ways, to “get free of ourselves,” and to open up new possibilities and relations to truth?

Our close reading of the lecture course will be supplemented by short selections from The Government of Self and Others (Palgrave 2010), as well as Foucault’s earlier works on the history of madness, abnormality, sexuality, and other figures of “otherness.


Meeting 1: Wednesday, February 8

Lecture: 1 February 1984, First and Second Hours

Meeting 2: Wednesday, February 22

Lecture: 8 February 1984, First and Second Hours

Complete calendar to be announced soon.

Location and time for all meetings:


CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5409

We will cover one entire lecture (first and second hours) at each meeting, which will be held approximately every two weeks. We expect to conclude in June.

In order to develop a productive dialogue among group members, we ask that participants commit to attending most sessions.

Questions? Please contact Kevin Jobe at

Reading Group Coordinator:

Kevin S. Jobe is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Stony Brook University. His research interests lie at the intersection of political philosophy and the philosophy of race. He presented "The Biopolitics of Homelessness" at the Foucault Society's Colloquium Series in May 2011.

About the Book:

For table of contents and more information about The Courage of Truth from Palgrave Macmillan, click here.

About the Foucault Society:

The Foucault Society is an independent, nonprofit educational organization offering a variety of programs dedicated to the critical study of the ideas of Michel Foucault (1926-1984). All of our events are open to the public. We welcome new participants who have an interest in Foucault's work and its impact on diverse areas of inquiry, including critical social theory, philosophy, politics, history, culture, gender/sexuality studies, and the arts.
Twitter: @foucaultsociety

Aberrant Waste: Ocean Plastics: A talk by Max Liboiron, 2/15

NYU Bobst Library's Coles Science Center presents:

"Aberrant Waste: Ocean Plastics" A talk by Max Liboiron

DATE: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
TIME: 5:30-7:00PM
LOCATION: Bobst Library, 2nd floor, South wing, Avery Room
RSVP required:

There is plastic in every ocean in the world. Plastic is a unique pollutant that defies current theories and practices of pollution control we have come to depend upon. This illustrated talk will focus on a single sample of ocean plastics taken from the North Pacific Ocean and follow the threads of how it was collected, how samples are used in science and advocacy, their place in the popular imagination, and how an individual specimen can and cannot scale up to illuminate a new global pollution that will characterize the twenty-first century.

Max Liboiron is a PhD candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU and is the Regional Co-Director of the Plastic Pollution Coalition East Coast. You can find more about Max's work on plastics at

For more information about the talk, please contact Jill Conte at

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Notice about summer class schedule and registration

Dear Draperites,

While we know that the search function in Albert now includes summer courses, we want you to be clear that most departments do not have their full course schedules set yet, including Draper.

We will send an announcement to this listserv when our schedule is up, closer to February 13. The last day to register for the Summer Session I is not until May 20, so you have plenty of time to consider your summer course choices.

Draper does not have an official advisement period for summer classes. After February 13, if you want to enroll in summer courses, please email for approval.


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Jennifer Egan: Rewiring the Real (Conversation at Columbia, 2/7)

Columbia University is sponsoring a conversation with the author Jennifer Egan. Read on for an event description and links to further information.

Jennifer Egan: Rewiring the Real

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
420 West 118th Street

A conversation with Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit From the Goon Squad as well as Look at Me and The Keep. Moderated by Willing Davidson, fiction editor of The New Yorker.

Rewiring the Real is a yearlong series of conversations with writers about the interplay of literature, technology and religion, including Mark Z. Danielewski on April 24.

Recycle Your Old Cell Phones, Glasses, Greeting Cards at NYU in February!

Dear Members of the NYU Community,

The NYU Administrative Management Council's Community Service Committee is running a recycling items collection drive during the months of January and February for the NYU community.

Drop Off Collection Items being sought include:

old cell phones
holiday, birthday, and general greeting cards -- only the front of the cards, please -- please rip the back of the card off before donating it.

Collection Item sought for that will be picked up include:

canes, crutches and walkers

Please see the following web location for further information, including drop off locations :

Please circulate this information within your area to others.

Apply for GSAS' Second Annual Threesis Challenge for MA Students - TODAY Jan 31

Today is the long awaited Threesis Challenge deadline. Draper encourages applications to GSAS' second annual Threesis Academic Challenge for Master's students. Eight of Draper's students participated in last year's challenge and two of our students were semi-finalists. More information about Threesis is below or is available on the GSAS website here. The application is attached, or can be picked up in hard copy in Draper's office.

As the information states below, "submit your application today."

Best of luck!

Save the date and submit your Application today for the 2012 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge will be held on March 30th (qualifying rounds) and March 31st (final rounds)

The application for the 2012 GSAS
Threesis Academic Challenge is open! This academic competition is for GSAS Master's Students. Students present the work of their thesis or final project (eg. creative project, science experiment or research paper) to a panel of judges in accessible language 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 a grand prize of $1,000 and other prizes while learning to organize ideas and speak about them persuasively in a fun, academic atmosphere.

Look at what one competitor had to say about last year's experience:

The Threesis encourages students to take a step back from their research to see how it sits in a world outside of academia. It is about explaining what you are writing about in a way that grandma and grandpa, mom and dad and the random person that you meet on the street can understand. It is the opposite of what were are trained to do in our masters work and that's what makes it so challenging.
Jailee Rychen 2011 GSAS
Threesis Winner

Have you submitted your 2012 Threesis application? To submit your application, send the application and your abstract to Applications are due by January 31st!

Watch the highlight video from last year's competition here:

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dalai Lama Fellowship Available, 2012 - 2013

New York University is one of eight universities to offer the Dalai Lama Fellowship, an international program of the Dalai Lama Center.

One fellow will be chosen from each university to receive up to $10,000 toward a year-long project of his of her design in one of four focus areas:
1. diminishing violence;
2. mitigating income and wealth inequities;
3. encouraging cross-cultural and inter-religious communications and understanding;
4. promoting environmental sustainability.

All full-time students - undergraduate, graduate and professional students - who will be enrolled at NYU in Academic Year 2012 – 2013, are invited to apply. Dalai Lama Fellowship Application

Application Deadline: February 21, 2012

Please direct any inquiries to or 212 998-2329.


Monday, January 30

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Room 802
Free; Open to public; photo ID required for entry into Kimmel

Attend this conversation about the face of immigration and reform in 2012. The event coincides with the release of the book, Green Card Stories. Panelists are Saundra Amrhein (journalist and Green Card Stories author), Stephen Yale-Loehr (immigration lawyer and Cornell professor), and Randolph Sealey (orthopedic surgeon and green card holder). Photo ID is required for the Kimmel Center. For more information, click here. Co-sponsored by Umbrage Editions and the NYU Office for International Students and Scholars.

Call for Objects: Lucrece Project, NYU English

Call For Objects!

The Object Ethnography Project investigates how objects accumulate stories as they move from one life to another. We are looking for donations of objects—any kind of object—and the stories that come with them. Members of the public are invited to take these objects in exchange for a new story about them starting March 15th, 2012. The final online exhibit will include a photograph of theobject, its original story, and its adoption story. Examples here:

We are now seeking objects! If you have an item with a story, from a sentimental oven mitt to a first generation iPod, and you would like to donate to this project, please mail it and its story to:

Lucrece Project
Att: Object Ethnography Project
NYU English Department
19 University Place, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Stories can be handwritten, typed, or emailed (to max.liboron at They can be any length, format, or language. All objects must include a story.

You can also hand-deliver objects and stories to Max Liboiron, Marisa Solomon, or Vincent Lai within New York City.

We are accepting objects until March 31st, 2012.

If your object is broken, members of the Fixers Collective have generously offered fix-it workshops on February 23rd, March 8th and March 22nd, 2012 at New York University’s Kimmel Center, Room 901, 7-10 pm. If you would like to join a Fixers Collective workshop to fix any item, whether it is donated, adopted, or otherwise, please contact Vincent Lai (Vincent at