Entries by NYU Center for the Humanities

Voices of New York – Renee Blake

Voices of New York is a project undertaken by Professor Renée Blake (in the Departments of Linguistics and Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University) and her undergraduate students (in the course The Language of America’s Ethnic Minorities). The goal of the project is to hear the voices of immigrant communities in New York City (NYC), and learn about the people behind them.

NYU Professor Named a Leading Global Thinker of 2016

Wafaa Bilal, artist and associate arts professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, has been named one of the Leading Global Thinkers of 2016 for his advocacy work.

RHUNHATTAN: A TALE OF TWO ISLANDS

I strive to uncover invisible, suppressed stories that lie in the geopolitical shadows of colonialism and migration. As the 2016-17 Artist-in-Residence at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, I will research the social history of plants via spice routes and botanical expeditions to create a multiplatform project, Rhunhattan.

Distracted Reading: Acts of Attention in the Age of the Internet

Central to the humanities is the theorization and practice of modes of attention (to cultural artifacts, and to other aspects of the world). Indeed, many of us devote much time to finding ways to redirect our students’ attention away from the distractions of their electronic gadgets. But what if we consider how their distributed focus might model new acts of attention and new ways of reading: how might we rethink pedagogy and/or our own research methods in an era of hyper-connectivity?

Shave Ice, Hawaii’s Can’t-Miss Treat (Just Ask the President)

Our fellow, Hi’ilei Julia Hobart, was featured in the New York Times talking about the role of ice in the history of Hawaii.

From Smart City to Quantified Community: A New Approach to Urban Science

Urban planning as a profession shifted radically after World War II. A result of the military development of systems engineering and optimization processes for radar and missile control, planners attempted to apply complex systems models and new decision-making algorithms to create optimized solutions to dynamic problems.

Digital Humanities and Educational Technology; Two Perspectives

During a keynote address given in 1990, prominent educator and scientist Seymour Papert ruminated on disciplinary innovation (13). Imagining both a nineteenth-century surgeon and teacher with the ability to time travel, he noted that the surgeon would be completely out of sorts in the world of modern medicine, though the teacher would find the contemporary scene more familiar than not.