Humanities Events at NYU | Nov. 6 – Nov. 19, 2017

A selection of upcoming events at NYU within the humanities


Hurricane Season: Sovereignty & Catastrophe in the Caribbean

Nov. 6, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00PM
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South

A roundtable on the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria. How have environmental and colonial histories shaped recent events? What fragile infrastructures and uncertain sovereignties have been revealed?

Hosted by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Co-sponsored by Africana Studies at the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis.


The Big Picture: What’s At Stake in Trump’s America

Nov. 7, 2017, 9:30AM – 8:00PM
NYU Law, Tishman Auditorium, 40 Washington Square South

An all-day symposium investigating the rise of Trump and America’s turn towards authoritarian rule. This symposium is the culminating event to a series of essays published daily on Public Books in the weeks preceding, in which leading intellectuals address what’s at stake in Trump’s America for a wide range of topics.

Hosted by Institute for Public Knowledge and Public Books.


When Modern Men Became Feminists

Nov. 7, 2017, 6:00PM
NYU Center for the Humanities, 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor

A panel discussion of the men’s engagement with women’s rights from the early 20th century on, with New York Times columnist Gail Collins and biographers Christoph Irmscher and Brooke Kroeger.

Hosted by the Center for the Humanities.


Women of al-Raqqa and Beyond: New Art, Film, and Writing from Syria

Nov. 7, 2017, 6:30PM
Silver Center, 31 Washington Place, Room 207

With the 2011 uprising, women began openly participating in art and culture, and a feminist critique of masculinity and militarism emerged. Join author Malu Halasa to examine the new art, film, and writing from Syria.

Hosted by NYU Global Liberal Studies.


A Celebration of the Life and Writings of Kenneth Silverman

Nov. 8, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00PM
The Fales Library at Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South

A memorial event featuring various NYU speakers, honoring Kenneth Silverman.

Sponsored by the Department of English, the Biography Seminar, the Dean of the Graduate School, and the Dean of the Humanities.


Race, Racism, and Xenophobia in a Global Context III

Nov. 9, 2017, 9:00AM – 1:00PM
The European Parliament, Brussels, Room A5E-2

How does the current migration crisis in Europe and rising Islamophobia help us better understand the similarities and differences between the U.S. and Europe? La Pietra Dialogues is co-hosting the third Race, Racism and Xenophobia Conference at the European Parliament in Brussels on November 9, following previous editions in Florence and New York.

Hosted by MEP Cécile Kyenge in collaboration with La Pietra Dialogues.


Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees

Nov. 10, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00PM
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th St.

Featuring Emily Brandt, Cathy Linh Che, Martha Collins, Brandon Courtney, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gardner McFall, Josephine Rowe, Monica Sok, and Paul Tran. Hosted by anthology editor Laren McClung.

Hosted by the Creative Writing Program.


Sound X Color: Somos Mucho Mas

Nov. 10, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30PM
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th St.

A performance by and discussion with feminist MC La Fine on social change in Cuba.

Co-sponsored by Africana Studies at the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.


The Body Remembers: Memory and Dance with Alma Guillermoprieto

Nov. 13, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30PM
Studio, The Center for Ballet and the Arts, 16 Cooper Square

Alma Guillermoprieto (CBA ’17), a Mexican writer and reporter, danced from an early age in Mexico and in New York. During this public seminar, Guillermoprieto will explore the relationship between memory and dance.

Hosted by the Center for Ballet and the Arts.


The ‘Crisis’ Humanities, and the Digital Humanities? New Directions in the Humanities

Nov. 14, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30PM
NYU Center for the Humanities, 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor

We invite you to take part in a conversation about the future of the humanities. Where should we be headed, how are we responding to the ‘crisis’ in the humanities, and what is the role and significance of the digital humanities within these new trajectories?

Hosted by the Center for the Humanities. Part of the Digital Humanities Event Series.


Techniques of Care

Nov. 16, 2017, 10:00AM – 5:00PM
239 Greene St., Floor 8

The ancient meaning of care included both anxious worry and a solicitude in “caring for.” This symposium considers cultures of telephony broadly and its impact on kinship structures, affinities and relations. We ask how remote forms of care reconfigure patients into consumers, black and brown domestics into computers, victims into survivors, incarcerated into the community-surveilled.

Hosted by the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication.


“The Fearless Benjamin Lay” with Marcus Rediker

Nov. 16, 6:00 – 8:00PM
20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor

The Fearless Benjamin Lay chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a singular and astonishing man—a Quaker dwarf who became one of the first ever to demand the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world. Please join us as we celebrate the launch of this publication with a presentation by author Marcus Rediker.

Hosted by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.


Coconut Milk with Freelove: A Reading with Dan Taulapapa McMullin and Sia Figiel

Nov. 17, 2017, 12:30 – 2:30PM
14A Washington Mews

Please join us for a celebration of friendship, literature, poetry, Sia’s five-O birthday, and a chance for the NYU community to hear and talk with two of the most celebrated and treasured artists of Oceania, Dan Taulapapa McMullin (Coconut Milk) and Sia Figiel (Free Love).

Presented by the Native Studies Forum. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Native American & Indigenous Student Group.

Image from The Big Picture: What’s at Stake in Trump’s America