Humanities Events at NYU | Oct. 9 – Oct. 22, 2017

A selection of upcoming events at NYU within the humanities


Cultivation & Catastrophe: The Lyric Ecology of Modern Black Literature

Oct. 10, 2017, 6:00 PM
NYU Center for the Humanities, 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor

Panelists will discuss the significance of black poetry for theories of modern lyric, as well as for conversations about environmental change and crisis. Donations for hurricane relief will be accepted.

Hosted by the NYU Center for the Humanities. Part of the Great New Books in the Humanities series.


Writing Animals: A Symposium

Oct. 11, 2017, 3:00 – 8:00 PM
NYU Center for the Humanities, 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor

“Writing Animals: A Symposium,” will feature a conversation on animal genres between authors and faculty of Animal Studies at NYU, followed by a book sale and keynote address.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Animal StudiesCenter for the HumanitiesEnvironmental HumanitiesDepartment of English and Creative Writing Program. Part of the Environmental Humanities series.


A Queer Response to Climate Change — What Would Walt Whitman Do?

Oct. 11, 2017, 6:30 PM
NYU Welcome Center, 50 West 4th St., 1st Floor, Shimkin Hall

Comic storyteller and LGBTQ activist Peterson Toscano takes on the biggest issue of them all–global warming–and does so with humor, heart, and hope.

Hosted by the Office of Sustainability. Co-Sponsored by Environmental Humanities. Part of the Environmental Humanities series.


Making Negro Literature: Writing, Literary Practice, and African American Authorship

Oct. 13, 2017, 12:30 PM
244 Greene St, Room 106

The Print Culture Working Group invites you to join Professor Elizabeth McHenry for a hands-on workshop and talk on “Making Negro Literature: Writing, Literary Practice, and African American Authorship.” RSVP to MC Hyland at mc.hyland@gmail.com.

Sponsored by the NYU Center for the Humanities.


Our Vampires, Our Selves: Immigrants, Desire, Fear

Oct. 13, 2017, 6:00 PM
NYU Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Film Center, Theater 200, 36 E. 8th St.

Screening of “NYSFERATU | Symphony of a Century” followed by a conversation with filmmaker Andrea Mastrovito and NYU religious studies scholars Simran Jeet Singh and Angela Zito.

Co-sponsored by NYU Religious Studies, NYU Cinema Studies, and the NYU Center for Media Culture and History.


Canon / Archive : Franco Moretti in Conversation with Leah Price and Nicholas Dames

Oct. 16, 2017, 6:00 PM
20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor

Franco Moretti in conversation with Leah Price and Nicholas Dames, moderated by Virginia Heffernan on Computer-Aided Criticism & the Stanford Literary Lab and beyond.

Hosted by the New York Institute for the Humanities.


Elizabeth Ford: Stories Worth Telling

Oct. 16, 2017, 5:30 PM
NYU School of Medicine, 550 1st Avenue, Schwartz E Lecture Hall

Join the Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine as Dr. Elizabeth Ford, Chief of Psychiatry for Correctional Health Services for New York City’s Health and Hospitals, explores the crossroads of mental health and the criminal justice system in her new memoir Sometimes Amazing Things Happen.

Hosted by the Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine.


The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music

Oct. 17, 2017, 6:00 PM
NYU Center for the Humanities, 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor

Panelists will engage the book’s central concept of “the thinking voice” as a practice of listening, discussing voice as a “full emptiness”: a performed gap out of sync with gender and genre.

Hosted by the NYU Center for the Humanities. Co-sponsored by Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Part of the Great New Books in the Humanities series.


Global Lecture Series: China Miéville

Oct. 19, 2017, 4:30 PM
Jurow Hall, NYU Silver Center, 100 Washington Sq. East

Renowned science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany will join China Miéville — writer of “weird fiction” and three-time recipient of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction Literature — for a conversation about their shared genre, real-world monsters, and more.

Hosted by Liberal Studies.


Back to the Future in Afghanistan? Prospects for U.S. – Russia Cooperation in a Time of Regional Uncertainty

Oct. 19, 2017, 5:00 PM
The Harriman Institute, 420 West 118th Street, 15th Floor

Please join the Harriman Institute and New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia for a discussion with leading Afghanistan experts from both Russia and the United States, including Barnett Rubin (New York University), Ekaterina Stepanova (IMEMO), and Dipali Mukhopadyay (Columbia-SIPA).

Hosted by the Harriman Institute and Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. Part of the Columbia-NYU New York Russia Public Policy Series.


The Other Side of Wall Street

Oct. 19, 2017, 6:00 PM
NYU Center for the Humanities, 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor

Kamau Ware will give a talk about his work about the impact of the African Diaspora on the making of New York City, which will be moderated by Professor Jennifer Morgan.

Hosted by the NYU Center for the Humanities. Co-sponsored by the NYU Archives & Public History Program.


Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production

Oct. 20, 2017, 12:00 PM
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, 255 Sullivan St.

To mark the publication of Assuming Boycott, this conversation will focus on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and the cultural boycott of Israel, the lessons that BDS activists can learn from the anti-apartheid struggle and other, contemporary boycott campaigns, and the challenges that activists face in the form of anti-BDS legislation, censorship, and the rise of the far Right in Israel, the United States, and elsewhere.

Hosted by the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.

Image from Writing Animals: A Symposium