Thursday, April 19, 2012

Message for Grads from NYU Libraries as End of Semester Nears

It's hard to believe the end of the semester is almost here already!

Please keep in mind that the librarians at NYU Libraries are here to help you with your last research tasks during this crunch time such as chasing down those difficult citations and keeping yourself organized. Make an appointment for consultation help by filling out the form at or use our Ask a Librarian service to get immediate help at

-- The NYU Libraries Graduate Student Working Group

Course Announcement | Reality and Documentary Television, Summer 2012

Reality and Documentary Television, a non-GSAS summer course is open to Draperites for enrollment. Interested students should contact Robert at regarding registration.

SUMMER COURSE (Graduate level)

Reality and Documentary Television

MCC-GE 2147-001; CINE-GT 1603-001

Instructor: Susan Murray

Meets: M/T/W/TH 10-12:45; May 21-June 8, 2012

Since 2000, we have witnessed the proliferation of "reality" genres across all areas of cable and network programming schedules. While there are specific explanations for the rise of the current wave of reality, reality programming is not new to television and has developed out of and in relationship to other non-fiction television forms--specifically game shows, participation programs, magazine news programs and, of course, documentary. This course will survey the history and development of documentary and reality television and its implications for the aesthetics, form, business and culture of television. Students will develop analytical skills needed to understand the aesthetics and culture referenced and created by the documentary tradition and reality-based programming as well as the business and marketing strategies that have been instituted in relationship to it.

Susan Murray is Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU. She is the co-editor, with Laurie Ouellette, of two editions (2004, 2008) of Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture and the author of Hitch Your Antenna to the Stars: Early Television and Broadcast Stardom (2005).

Comp Lit Colloquium: Jay Garcia, 4/27 "Richard Wright's Comic Corrective"

After an extended hiatus, we are delighted to herald the return of the
Comparative Literature Colloquium series next Friday, April 27.

Associate Professor Jay Garcia, who joined our faculty last fall, will give
a talk entitled:

"Richard Wright's Comic Corrective"

The talk will be based on an article currently in the works. Please pick up
a copy from the Comp Lit office (in a clearly labeled box behind the front
desk), or email Jay for a digital copy (

Friday, April 27
4-6 p.m.
Draper seminar room: 22-24 8th St.

There will be ample time for questions and discussion, fueled as always by
light refreshments.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

German Idealism and Psychoanalysis - A Lacanian Perspective. Convo w/ Slavoj Zizek, Alenka Zupancic, Mladen Dolar

Friday, April 20th, 6:30 p.m.


German Idealism and Psychoanalysis - A Lacanian Perspective. A conversation with Slavoj Zizek, Alenka Zupancic and Mladen Dolar.

What if psychoanalysis, rethought by Lacan, offers a unique approach to the actuality of German idealism? All three interventions will elaborate different aspects of this hypothesis: the Freudian and the Hegelian unconscious; sexual difference as an ontological problem; Hegel's materialist reversal of Marx.

Read More here

Monday, April 16, 2012

Draper's Year-End Party, May 9

Save the Date!

Join Us! You'll have this much fun! (via Flickr Commons here)

Draper's Year-End and Graduation Celebration
Wednesday, May 9
Starts at 5:30
Draper Map Room
14 University Place, 1st Floor

Join us to celebrate the end of another great year at Draper and to toast this May's graduates!

Food and drink will be served; friends and family welcome.

Save the Date for the DSO's Upcoming Conference: Arriving at Confluence (Sat. April 28)

Arriving at Confluence
Saturday, April 28
3:00 - 6:00 PM
14 University Place, 1st Floor

Wine and refreshments will be served.  

Arriving at Confluence is an interdisciplinary graduate conference organized by the Draper Student Organization. This semester’s conference focuses on the connections between social upheaval and new forms of media/art.

Presentations include:

“Toward a Cinema of Revolution: 18 Days in Tahrir Square”
Walker Gunning

“Dawn of the Web: Cyber Anxiety and Zombies”
Weldon Press

“And out of the rubble comes a glorious noise: Artistic Responses to Violence & Collapse in Ireland”
Yvonne Garrett

“Street Art Intervention: ‘Ossario’”
Nicholaus Gutierrez

As well as fiction and poetry selections from the Draper Program’s graduate journal, Anamesa.