Friday, February 17, 2012

Comp Lit event: ALBERTO TOSCANO lecture - FEB 27

You’re cordially invited to a lecture sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature with support from Media, Culture and Communication:

Alberto Toscano

“Uses and Abuses of Abstraction”

Monday, February 27


19 University Place, Great Room (1st floor)

Alberto Toscano is a cultural critic, social theorist, philosopher and translator best known to the English-speaking world for his translations of the work of Alain Badiou, including Badiou’s The Century and Logics of Worlds. He served as both editor and translator of Badiou’s Theoretical Writings and On Beckett.
His work has been described both as an investigation of the persistence of the idea of communism in contemporary thought and a genealogical inquiry into the concept of fanaticism. He is the author of The Theatre of Production (2006), and his book Fanaticism: The Uses of an Idea was published in 2010. Toscano has published numerous articles on contemporary philosophy, politics and social theory.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Reminder! NYU closed on Monday, 2/20

Please be reminded that NYU offices close at 4pm on Friday, 2/17 and will be closed all day on Monday, 2/20, for the President's Day weekend.

There will also be no classes on Monday.

Enjoy your long weekend!

Talk Tonight, 2/16 - The Spectral Politics of DEFA: Hamlet in the East

The Department of German invites you to a talk by

Professor Larson Powell (University of Missouri, Kansas City)

The Spectral Politics of DEFA: Hamlet in the East

Thursday, February 16th at 5:00pm
Great Room, 1st Floor of 19 University Place

This talk will be given in English

Prof. Powell specializes in 20th century literature and film (especially DEFA and film music). His first book, The Technological Unconscious in German Modernist Literature centers on the representation of nature in German prose and -- especially -- poetry by Rilke, Benn, Brecht, and Döblin from the years 1900 to 1945. He is currently, an Associate Professor of German at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

DSO Forum (with Pizza) This Friday, 2/17, Noon - 2:00 PM

Hey everyone,

The D.S.O. Forum is back this semester. We'll have our first meeting this Friday, the 17th from high noon 'til 2pm in the Map room.

There will be free pizza!

This week we'd like to talk about the presidential election. So if you'd like, bring an article or editorial loosely pertaining to American politics to discuss. If you don't feel like talking politics that's fine too. Just come, eat, and hang out; it's very casual!

Here's a couple of articles Valentine and I at the D.S.O. thought were worth discussing... Eurozone leaders 'call of Greece crisis talks' and Repulsive Progressive Hypocrisy, by Glenn Greenwald.

And If you wouldn't mind, please RSVP at (so we know how much pizza to buy).

See you on Friday!
Draper Student Organization

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The City in Winter: Photographs by Draper Professor Peter Lucas

Draper adjunct Peter Lucas, who teaches "International Studies in Human Rights," will be showing his most recent photographic project, "The City in Winter" at the New School's Skybridge Art & Sound Space. The opening reception is this Wednesday, February 15.

The Skybridge Art & Sound Space

Eugene Lang College / The New School

65 West 11th Street / 66 West 12th Street

Third Floor Passageway


Photographs by Peter Lucas / Graphic design by Garry Waller

February 15 – March 21, 2011

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 15th, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The Skybridge Art & Sound Space is proud to present The City in Winter, a recent photographic project by Peter Lucas.

In 1990, the late Belgian poet Francois Jacqmin published a book of poems entitled Le Livre de la Neige (The Book of the Snow). Each poem is ten lines; a classical format the French call dizain, a mode of writing that opens a space for expression but withdrawals from any overt meaning or resolution. With each poetic image, Jacqmin evokes a subtle philosophic query, a deft meditation on the ephemeral nature of existence, and a hushed description of the elemental condition of wintertime.

Using Jacqmin’s poems as inspiration, Lucas began to photograph New York during the winter to find visual equivalents. Since the poems are essentially quiet and placeless, he intuitively chose moments when nothing seems to happen and no location in particular can be marked. Shooting with negative space to accommodate the overwriting of poems, each image has been thoughtfully designed by graphic artist Garry Waller. The resulting photo/poems explore the possibility of opening each image to a deeper dimension, a fragment of a story, a whisper of something else, beyond the visual silence of the city in winter.

Reminder: Send Us Your Award Info for the GSAS Bulletin! (Deadline 2/22)

Don't forget to send us your award information!
We need to have it no later than Wednesday, February 22 in order to include it
in the GSAS Bulletin.


Dear Students:

Every year, the Office of Academic and Student Life assembles a list of students who have received fellowships and awards during the current academic year for the GSAS awards webpage. If you've received an award or fellowship this year (2011-2012)--we'd love to include it on GSAS' list, so please send us the name of any awards you've received, as well as any pertinent information about the organization you received it from.

If you'd rather not have your name included in the bulletin, please do still send me your information with a note that it should be kept private. Information about our students' awards and fellowships is helpful for us to have for our own reporting purposes, even if you don't want it made public.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Two Upcoming Talks: Latin American Media Today / Building American Indian Studies Inside and Outside of Academia

Two Upcoming Talks of Interest at NYU:

Latin American Media Today

NYU Steinhardt professor Juan Pinon, visiting scholars, and journalists will examine the nature and ongoing global configuration of Latin American media today. The panel will analyze new developments in traditional media and discuss issues of representation, diversity, and democracy. The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, 5:30 pm at 20 Cooper Square, 4th floor. For details, click here.

Building American Indian Studies Inside and Outside of Academia

Join us for a presentation by Dr. Ned Blackhawk, Professor of History and American Studies at Yale, and Dr. Theodore Van Alst, Assistant Dean of Yale College and Director of Yale’s Native American Cultural Center. All are welcome. Thursday, Feb. 23, 12:00 noon at the NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, Room 201. Please RSVP at

via the NYU Minute e-newsletter

Upcoming Professional Skills Events at Wasserman / Funded Internship Award

The following events at the Wasserman Center were announced in a recent 'NYU Minute' email blast. Of particular interest to Draper students may be the last item mentioned, the Funded Internship Award, which is a $1,000 award for "students pursuing unpaid internships at non-profits, government agencies, arts organizations and other industries that do not traditionally pay their interns..." Applications for the award are due (via NYU CareerNet) on February 21.


Wasserman Center Events

  • Women's Foreign Policy Group Mentor Fair; Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6:30 pm, Kimmel Center
    Network informally in round table discussions with senior-level experts. Featuring International Development, NGOs, United Nations, Human Rights, Foreign Service, Communications and International Law, Health, Business. RSVP required at, (Event is full but sign up for the waitlist!) Free for NYU Students.

  • The Wasserman Center Professional Skills Series (RSVP through NYU CareerNet)
    • How to Write a US Resume and Cover Letter; Tuesday, Feb. 14, 12:00 noon
      Gain the skills to write a compelling cover letter and resume. Learn the specifics of preparing your resume and cover letter for the U.S. job search.
    • Telling Your International Student Story; Wednesday, Feb. 15, 12:00 noon
      This presentation will highlight ways to present your international student experiences as a strength and asset to prospective employers.
    • Communicating Effectively Through Your Job Search; Wednesday, Feb. 15, 5:00 pm
      In today’s job market, the competition is stiff. There is a hidden world of job searching. This seminar will focus on strategies of how to tap into the positions and how to develop more professional contacts.
    • Getting the Job: Job Search Techniques and Interview Skills that Work; Thursday, Feb. 16, 12:30 pm
      Learn about the power of networking and meeting the right people in your field. Then learn about interview preparation, proper attire, and appropriate responses to difficult questions.
    • S.T.E.M. Boot Camp
      Please join us on Friday, March 23, 2012 for an exciting one-day career exploration conference focusing on careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Highlights include seminars facilitated by industry leaders, interviewing tips and networking opportunities! Apply ASAP via NYU CareerNet, Job # 842337.
    • Non-Profit Boot Camp: Skills to Change the World
      The NYU Wasserman Center has teamed up with Morgan Stanley to host "Non-Profit Boot Camp: Skills to Change the World" to provide students with an exciting non-profit career exploration workshop designed to debunk myths and explore the realities of working in the non-profit world. Hear from a panel of professionals, speakers, and participate in a networking event. Friday, Mar. 30, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Wasserman Center. Apply ASAP via NYU CareerNet, Job ID: 842196.
    • Government & Non-Profit Expo
      Travel to Washington, DC to meet employers hiring for full-time employment and internships in the government, non-profit, and public service sectors. To sign up for a bus to DC or learn about other travel options, log into NYU CareerNet and click on Events. Transportation is provided by the Wasserman Center on a first-come/first-served basis. Registration is required in advance. Friday, Feb. 17, 10:00am to 3:00pm at Georgetown University. For info, call 212.998.4730.
    • Engineering & Technology Career Fair at NYU-Poly
      Explore full-time, part-time and internship opportunities in fields including engineering, computer hardware/software, technology, science, management, and digital media among others. Wednesday, Feb. 29, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at NYU-Poly, Jacobs Gymnasium.
    • Funded Internship Award
      The Wasserman Center for Career Development is accepting spring semester applications for the Funded Internship Award. Students pursuing unpaid internships at non-profits, government agencies, arts organizations and other industries that do not traditionally pay their interns may apply for this selective $1,000 award. Apply on NYU CareerNet, Job ID: 840998. Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 2:00 pm.

Poetics & Theory/Comp Lit Events in Feb/March/April - start FEB 14 with SHIRA WOLOSKY talk

The Poetics and Theory Certificate Program, with support of the Department of Comparative Literature, invite you to the first (and all!) in a series of Spring 2012 events.


"Transcendence and Poetics: Levinas and Robert Frost"

FEBRUARY 14 4-6:00pm

19 University Place, Great Room (1st floor)

Professor Wolosky is Professor of American Studies and English Literature at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


February, March and April 2012

The following events are sponsored by the Poetics and Theory Program -- with financial and moral support from the Department of Comparative Literature.

· Tuesday, February 14 4-6:00pm Shira Wolosky

Hebrew University

Lecture: "Transcendence and Poetics: Levinas and Robert Frost"

19 University Place, Great Room (1st floor)

· Friday, February 24th - Saturday, February 25th

Conference: Anachronic Shakespeare

100 Washington Square East/Silver Center, Jurow Hall (1st floor)

See for program details.

· Saturday, March 3rd


“Flirtations: Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction”

19 University Place, Great Room (1st floor) All day

See for program details.

· Monday, March 5th 6:30-8:30pm SEMINAR with Dirk Quadflieg

Goethe University & Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Philosophy, Columbia University

“Reification: Lukacs and Honneth” (readings TBA)

19 University Place, room 224

NOTE: Seating is limited! Come early!

· Thursday, March 8th 4-6:00pm LECTURE with Dirk Quadflieg "Reification"

19 University Place, room 222

· Monday, March 26th 6-8:00pm Kiarina Kordela

Macalester College

Lecture: “Spinoza’s Resistence”

19 University Place, Great Room (1st floor)

· Monday, April 2nd 6-8:00pm Katrin Trüstedt

University of Erfurt

Lecture: "Translation, Transference and Sublation in The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare - Hegel - Derrida"

19 University Place, Great Room (1st floor)

Reminder: Anamesa Call for Submissions (Deadline Next Week: 2/17)


Anamesa, Spring 2012

blur boundaries, re-imagine links, explore the between

Anamesa, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal of graduate student writing and art based at New York University, is now accepting submissions for its Spring 2011 print issue. Current and recent graduate students across all disciplines are encouraged to send in their writing–including but not limited to academic essays, creative non-fiction, reportage, interviews, reviews, short stories, and poetry–and visual art of any sort, keeping in mind that the journal is a printed publication. Anamesa considers material from a variety of subject matters and selects creative, intelligent works that reflect the transdisciplinary nature of the graduate community.


Works of writing should be 6000 words or less. Nonfiction works must include an abstract of 200 words or less. Academic papers must adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style. All submissions are blind-reviewed so there should be no author-identifying information in the text of the written work, although author’s contact information should be included in the cover sheet as detailed below. Although the publication will be in English, we are also interested in texts in translation.

Visual art submissions must be in digital format with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI and minimum size of 5 x 7 inches.

The submission deadline is Friday, February 17.

Send submissions and inquiries to Please include a cover page with your name, departmental affiliation, expected degree and date, telephone number, and email address (this can be in the body of your email). We accept multiple submissions, but we ask that you place each submission in a different email message. All submissions should be emailed with the subject heading listing the relevant genre (e.g., “nonfiction,” “fiction,” “poetry,” or “art”).

For further information and to view previous issues of Anamesa, visit Printed copies of Anamesa are available at the office for the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Humanities and Social Thought at 14 University Place.

Call for Participation in Study on Trauma and Violence Course Experience

Dear Draperites,

Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies student Kari Weiterschan is conducting research on the experience of students who have taken certain Trauma and Violence courses. Please see below for specifics, including compensation. Draper is not involved in this study, so if you're interested, please use the contact info below.


Studying Trauma?

You are welcomed to volunteer for participation in a paid research

RESEARCH AIMS: To investigate student’s responses to trauma course material
in graduate curricula at New York University.

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: Participant must be 18 years of age and should be
currently enrolled in or have graduated from an N.Y.U. graduate program within
the past two years. Participant should have taken one or both of the following
courses: Case Seminar on Trauma Studies: Transdisciplinary Reappraisals
of Clincal Work (E63.2505) or Trauma: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives
(APSY-GE 2500).

TYPE OF ACTIVITY: Participant will be asked to sit for an interview conducted
by a peer researcher. During this time, the participant will be asked to provide
information about their experience in one of the specified trauma courses.


BENIFITS: Participants who complete the interview process will receive a $20
VISA gift card.

If you are interested in volunteering to participate in this study please contact the
peer researcher at ACADEMICTPROJECT@GMAIL.COM for more information.

CFP: Arriving at Confluence, DSO Graduate Conference (Due 3/1)

Arriving at Confluence

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at New York University

“Thus I have made as it were a small globe of the intellectual world, as truly and faithfully as I could discover.” - Francis Bacon, 1605

The John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University is pleased to announce a call for papers for our first graduate conference, Arriving at Confluence. The conference will be held on Saturday, April 28th, 2012.

Confluence here means bringing the knowledge and methodologies of multiple academic disciplines together. The modern world in particular may best be understood at the points where different bodies of knowledge, different means of exploring the world, and different ways of expressing insight meet. This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore how contemporary issues and recent global phenomena can be better understood through the interaction of multiple discourses in a variety of academic fields, including not only the social sciences but also the natural sciences and humanities.

Understanding the knowledge enterprise as a search for answers to questions that often transcend traditional disciplinary limits has implications for discussions on a variety of topics, including (but certainly not limited to): the state and popular government, capitalism and markets, revolution and evolution, socialism, nationalism, globalization, corporatism, mass media and technology, modernism and postmodernism, identity and diversity.

We invite papers by current graduate students from all disciplines. These may be theoretical, empirical, applied, or narrative (or a combination of the above). We are particularly interested in work that crosses traditional academic boundaries, applying ‘conventional’ insights and methodologies to novel problems, and/or applying new ways of thinking and organizing knowledge to old questions. We are also interested in work that considers new ways of expressing insight in a heavily mediated world where traditional forms of narrative and exposition may (or may not) be giving way to paradigms in digital mediation. We are interested in contributors who examine the questions of modernity through the lenses multiple disciplines.

Arriving at Confluence will also feature work by selected contributors to the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 issues of Anamesa, the Draper Program’s interdisciplinary journal.

Please submit a 300-350 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper/presentation to by March 1st, 2012. Accepted presenters will be notified by email no later than March 8th, 2012.