Humanities Events at NYU | Dec. 4 – 17, 2017

A selection of upcoming events at NYU within the humanities


Race, Spirit, and Justice

Dec. 4, 2017, 7:00 – 9:30PM

Kimmel Center for University Life 60 Washington Square South

What role do spiritual and religious people have to play in conceptualizing and bringing about a more racially just world? How does faith affect the road to social change and how might it shape our goals and messages? This event will feature leadership from five faith traditions engaging in these questions.

Sponsored by the NYU Global Spiritual Life


HALE: A Discussion on Disability

Dec. 4, 2017, 5:30PM

1 Washington Square North, Parlor

HALE tells the story of Hale Zukas, the “grandfather” of the disability movement.

Following the screening will be a moderated panel on disability and its intersections with social work featuring the filmmaker. Light snacks and refreshments provided.

Sponsored by NYUSWOPP


Race and Politics in America

Dec. 4, 2017, 6:30 PM

20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor Commons

Join the NYU John Brademas Center and NYU Skirball for a dialogue on Race & Politics in America. Lead by Jonathan Capehart, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, member of the Washington Post editorial board, writer for the PostPartisan blog, and host of the CapeUp podcast, the discussion will take place with April Ryan, White House Correspondent for American Urban Public Radio, named 2017 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, and Michael Steele, former Chair of the Republic National Committee and MSNBC contributor.

Sponsored by NYU Skirball Talks


“You Should Have Left”: A Conversation between Daniel Kehlmann and Eric Banks

Dec. 4, 2017, 6:30 PM

NYU Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews

A reading by Daniel Kehlmann from his novella “You Should Have Left” (Penguin Random House 2017) and a conversation between the author and Eric Banks, the director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU.

Hosted by the Deutsches Haus and DAAD.


Rachel Buff – Against the Deportation Terror: Organizing for Immigrant Rights in the 20th Century

Dec. 5, 2017, 4:30-6:00PM

The Tamiment Library,70 Washington Square South, Room: 10-03

Rachel Ida Buff will discuss her new book Against the Deportation Terror: Organizing for Immigrant Rights in the Twentieth Century (Temple University Press, 2017).

Hosted by the Tamiment Library and Sponsored by Frederic Ewen Center.


Jordan’s Long War

Dec. 4, 2017, 5:00PM

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, 255 Sullivan Street

Since World War I, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been linked to nearly every major war in the Middle East. Typical narratives portray a country and a monarchy “weathering” and “surviving” the tides of regional conflict. This project charts a different investigation into the political economy of war and crisis in Jordan. It historically charts the effects of the monarchy’s preparation for war and chronic regional conflict on pathways of state building and socio-economic development. The country’s civil war in 1970 was a critical turning point. In the decades after, fiscal crisis and state weakness deepened, in stark contrast to the steady advance of military and security capacities. Since the late 1980s, Jordanian society has responded with periodic revolts and rebellion. Today, Jordan’s military is hailed as Washington’s most important Arab ally but of more importance are the costs of that achievement.

Hosted by NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies


Perfect Storm: Puerto Rico’s Hurricane History and Lessons for Resilience

Dec. 4, 2017, 12:00 PM

20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

The year in which the U.S. pulled out of the Paris Climate Accords may turn out to be the one in which we started to view climate change not as an abstract worry but as a concrete fact, the year in which we learned to habitually gaze with worry at late summer clouds forming over the Atlantic. In the Caribbean, it’s been ever thus. When will the U.S. start paying a different kind of attention to these islands—not as mere playgrounds or battlegrounds, but as reconnaissance posts from which to look for encroaching dangers and be ready to quickly act to protect and save lives?

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge, the Cities, Cultures, and Climate Change Working Group, and the Urban Democracy Lab


Picasso’s Guernica in New York: From Political Icon to Museum Masterpiece?

Dec. 5, 2017, 6:30PM

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center,53 Washington Square South, Auditorium

Guernica, Picasso’s painting for the Spanish Republican Pavilion in the International Exposition of Arts and Techniques of Paris in 1937, had a strong impact on the New York School.

It was first exhibited in New York City in May 1939 as a political icon within a campaign to raise funds for the Spanish Republic refugees. In November 1939 it was exhibited again, but this time as an undisputed modern art masterpiece within a great retrospective exhibition on Picasso’s oeuvre at the Museum of Modern Art. In keeping with these two meanings, Guernica became an important stimulus for abstract expressionist artists. In it they found a way to express the connection between the artist’s inner self and the problems of his time, which confirmed the social role of the artist as an individual.

Sponsored by NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center.


New York City Up and Down

Dec. 5, 2017, 7:00PM

La Maison Française, 16 Washington Mews

As part of the Fall 2017 Cold War Center Seminar Series, John Tiplady will discuss “Policing Americanism: J. Edgar Hoover’s F.B.I. and the Deportation of anti-Stalinist Radicals, 1941-1953.”

Hosted by La Maison Française.


Working the System: A Political Ethnography of the New Angola

Dec. 6, 2017, 5:00PM

Africa House, 44 Washington Mews

A book talk with Jon Schubert.

Hosted by Marron Institute and NYU Furman Center.


The Invention of Celebrity: A Conversation with Historian Antoine Lilti

Dec. 6, 2017, 6:30PM

La Maison Française, 16 Washington Mews, New York

Hosted by La Maison Française.


Islamic Law and Qajar Society

Dec. 7, 2017, 5:00PM

Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, 255 Sullivan Street

A lecture by Nobuaki Kondo, ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Hosted by Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies


Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask

Dec. 7, 2017, 6:00PM

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, Screening Room , 53 Washington Square South

A film screening. Directed by Isaac Julien and Produced by Mark Nash (1995, 70 min)

Hosted by King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center


The Silent Fall of an Empire in 1200 BCE

Dec. 7, 2017, 6:00PM

ISAW Lecture Hall

The events causing the end of the Hittite empire at the end of the Late Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean are still unknown, but while its causes have been widely discussed, little to no attention has been devoted to the lack of memory of it, as well as the lack of a clear attempt by later polities to claim the legacy of the Great Kings of Hatti. The talk will focus on the perceptions of the fall of the empire, and the non-uniform trajectories of its aftermath. The lack of central power allowed local groups to develop several political experiments. By the 9th century these were transformed into regional monarchies. Phrygia and Urartu are widely known to the great public. The talk will present evidence in support of the existence of a third one: the Land of Tuali.

Hosted by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World


Becoming the World’s Most Powerful Woman: Angela Merkel and the Transformation of United Germany

Dec. 10, 2017, 6:30PM

42 Washington Mews, 10003 New York

A reading by Joyce Mushaben from her new book, “Becoming the  World’s Most Powerful Woman:  Angela  Merkel and the  Transformation of United Germany,” followed by a conversation between her and Christian Martin, the current Max Weber Chair in German and European Studies at New York University.

Hosted by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Deutsches Haus at NYU


MARGIN reads Messy Bodies: Queer Bodies

Dec. 11, 2017, 6:00PM

Room 222, 19 University Place

A film dedicated to the topic of HIV-positive status and AIDS, told through 16 micro-stories of youths met through the experience of Milan’s Associazione A77. They talk about discretions, fears, loneliness, anguish of death, but also about the will and the hope to keep living a normal life underlining the need to love and to be loved.

Hosted by NYU Medieval and Renaissance Center


Yemen’s Political and Humanitarian Crisis

Dec. 12, 2017, 12:30pm – 2:00pm

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, 255 Sullivan Street

A conversation with Sheila Carapico, Political Science and International Studies, University of Richmond, and Ibrahim Qatabi, Yemeni American political analyst, human rights advocate and organizer, Center for Constitutional Rights

Hosted by NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies


Image: From event Jordan’s Long War