Friday, March 30, 2012

Witness to an Extreme Century: Thoughts on Scholarship and Activism. A Talk by Robert Lifton, 4/4

Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies
The Humanities Initiative
Interdisciplinary Freud Colloquium

are proud to present a lecture by

Dr. Robert J. Lifton
Lecturer in Psychiatry at Columbia University; author of numerous books, including Witness to an Extreme Century: A Memoir; Death and Life: Survivors of Hiroshima (Winner of the National Book Award ); and The Nazi Doctors (Winner of the Los Angeles Times book prize).

Witness to an Extreme Century:
Thoughts on Scholarship and Activism
Wednesday, April 4 from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.12 Waverly Place, Room G08

Everyone is welcome.
Given that space is limited, we suggest that you arrive early.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Threesis Reminder! This Saturday at Kimmel! Free Wine and Cheese!

The GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge hosted by the Graduate School of Arts and Science Master's College is this Saturday!!!

As you know, seven of our very own Draperites will be competing to get into this final round. Come support all the Threesis Competitors and vote for the recipient of the audience choice award.

Saturday, March 31st - Final Round begins at 4:00 PM.
Doors open at 3:30 PM.

NYU Kimmel Center for University Life,
60 Washington Square South, Fourth Floor, New York, NY

Please RSVP for this event through the link below

A wine and cheese reception will follow. This event will have an audience choice award worth $750 in prize money, so you being there will have a direct impact on the event's outcome. Please come out to support students from across the Graduate School.

Check out last year’s event’s highlights and winning presentations here:

Check Out Draper's Summer Writing Workshops

Every summer, Draper offers a workshop course called "Preparation for Graduate School: Summer Writing Workshop." Although this course was originally designed for incoming graduate students, it has also been very useful to some Draper students after completing their first semesters in the program. 

If you'd like to brush up your writing skills this summer, the course will be offered in both summer session one (with Prof. MacPhail) and summer session two (with Prof. Moga). It's a pass/fail class which can be taken for two credits, or as a non-credit course (there's a flat fee of $1,000 for the non-credit section; regular tuition applies to the two credit sections). There are no access codes for Draper's summer courses, so you can just enroll directly on Albert. 

Course descriptions for both Prof. MacPhail and Prof. Moga's workshops are below. Email Draper ( with any questions about the course or summer registration. 

Summer Session One: 5/21 - 6/29

Summer Writing Workshop
Prof. Theresa MacPhail

Mondays, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Draper Map Room

Section 001: non-credit 
Section 002: two credits

This course introduces incoming and first-year graduate students to the practice of academic writing. We’ll cover some of the specific forms and styles that graduate students routinely encounter, including: grant proposals and prospectuses, abstracts, book  and literature reviews, critical essays, and research papers. We’ll also seek to demystify the writing process by discussing some of the practical problems that writers face and breaking down the process into manageable tasks at each stage.
Because this course is a practical, hands-on workshop, it will be centered around what you write from week to week, as well as in-class writing activities including peer review, feedback, editing, and discussion. Readings will consist of short articles on particular aspects of writing, and examples of the genres we are working with.

Aside from the writing you produce during the course, you should also have a longer paper that you would like to revise, either something in progress or previously written for another course. It doesn’t have to be a fully polished piece but it should have a recognizable shape with introduction, body and conclusion fleshed out. In case you do not have a suitable paper available, we can make other arrangements.

Summer Session Two: 7/2 - 8/10

Summer Writing Workshop
Prof. Steven Moga

Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Draper Map Room

Section 003: non-credit 
Section 004: two credits

This course focuses on academic writing in the form of short essays and research papers. Designed as a workshop, it aims to teach students practical skills for success in graduate school through weekly writing assignments, in-class writing and editing exercises, readings about academic writing, and discussion. Topics include style and tone in academic argument, writing with clarity and sophistication, the use of jargon and technical language, time management and the term paper, and the writing process.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

NYU Commencement and GSAS Convocation for May Graduates

Attention, soon-to-be graduates!

As you may know, there are two celebrations scheduled for students graduating this May: the GSAS Convocation and the NYU Commencement.

GSAS Convocation is specific to the graduate school. Graduates' names are read aloud, and a Draper representative is on stage to hood and congratulate graduates. This year, Convocation is on May 11, at 11:00 a.m., in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.

NYU Commencement is a University-wide ceremony held at Yankee Stadium for all NYU students graduating in the spring. Commencement this year will be held on May 16.

Specific information about tickets, attire, arrival times, and related receptions can be found on the respective websites for these ceremonies. Ticket and attire deadlines vary, so please pay close attention to those.

We wish you all the best between now and May!

Draper Student Dave Ferris Co-owns and Operates a B&B in Downtown Brooklyn

It's true! We just read about it in the L Magazine. It's called 3B and it's communally owned and run by a group of people who communally live one floor below. Pretty neat concept, we think.

You can read and see more about the B&B itself, its owners, and its ethos -- or book a room, if you need a getaway -- at the official website. Congrats, Dave and Co.!
Steinhardt's Academic Initiatives and Global Programs asked us to circulate the following summer course description to our students.

Please contact the course instructor, Marcelo Suarez-Orozco (mso3@nyu[dot]edu) with any questions.

Remember that Steinhardt courses are outside of GSAS. Draper students can only transfer a *maximum of eight credits* from outside GSAS to their degrees, so please contact Robert Dimit (robert[dot]dimit@nyu[dot]edu) if you plan to enroll in this summer class.


Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration
Course # INTE-GE.1545, INTE-GE.2545
Meets Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 2:00 – 5:00pm
5/21/2012 – 6/9/2012
4 points

Graduate students from all schools are welcome to enroll in this course.

The objective of this course is to introduce students to a sampling of recent theoretical and empirical work, in various academic disciplines, dealing with immigration. We will achieve this objective by systemically examining very recent research in comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives with a particular focus on the emerging Inter-American immigrant system. Students will learn about the most recent trends in Latin American, Caribbean, and to a lesser extent Asian migration to the US, and will compare the nature of current immigration scholarship in the United States to developments in other postindustrial settings. An examination of the comparative materials will highlight isomorphic conditions – as well as difference – in immigration debates, policies, processes, and outcomes. This course will be interdisciplinary. We shall examine recent data and theoretical work in a variety of fields
such as economics, education, law, policy, psychology, sociocultural anthropology, sociolinguistics, and sociology.

Please contact the course instructor, Marcelo Suarez-Orozco (mso3@nyu[dot]edu) with any questions.