Humanities Events at NYU | April 22 – May 6, 2018

A selection of upcoming events at NYU within the humanities


Living Untouchable: Identity, Activism & the Human Rights of Dalit Women

April 25, 6:30 PM
295 Lafayette Street, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012

Join us for the opening of Living Untouchable: Dalit Women in South Asia, the Spring 2018 exhibition at the Gallery Space at Wagner. Curated by Frankie Crescioni-Santoni, the exhibit features images by documentary photographer Sara Hylton. It is presented in conjunction with the panel discussion Living Untouchable: Identity, Activism & the Human Rights of Dalit Women.

Caste-based discrimination is a human rights issue affecting more than 260 million people globally, the majority of whom are Dalits living across South Asia. Dalit women and girls are one of the most vulnerable and at-risk groups, as they experience the weight of their caste with the triple burden of caste, class, and gender. Over the course of several years, Sara Hylton has been able to access a wide spectrum of stories from Dalit women in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. With a naturalistic approach to portraiture and landscape photography, her Dalit series explores issues of intersectional discrimination and inequity, while at the same time poignantly capturing her subjects with a deep sense of dignity and intimacy.

Presented by the Gallery Space at Wagner and the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at NYU Law.


What’s in a Name? A conversation on naming conventions in Criminal Justice

April 25, 3:30 PM
Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, Room 405/406

Join us for a timely conversation on political correctness and naming conventions in criminal justice.

Names matter. Referring to a person by the wrong name can be disrespectful, and inappropriate labels can be offensive. Names signal feelings towards their object—they can be used to classify, divide or hurt. The right name is easy to understand and clarifies our thought. Incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women face language that can stigmatize them long after their release. Our conversation starts from the question: What is the best way to refer to people who have been affected by the criminal justice system?

Panelists include: Michelle Jones, Jose Diaz, and former students of Rikers Debate.

Hosted Rikers Debate Project, The Petey Greene Program, & Teach For America @ NYU. 


Fallism and the Cultural Politics of Decolonization in South Africa

April 24, 6:00-8:00 PM
English Department Event Space Room 106, 244 Greene St, New York, NY 10003

The Postcolonial, Race, and Diaspora Studies Colloquium at NYU
invites you to “Fallism and the Cultural Politics of Decolonization in South Africa.” Please join us for a discussion on the FEES MUST FALL movement and decolonizing education with three activists from the University of Western Cape (UWC). Speakers: Lucy Graham, Research Fellow at UWC, Xolani Zekani, Postgraduate student at UWC, and Sive Shosha, Law student at UWC.

Hosted The Postcolonial, Race, and Diaspora Studies Colloquium, and the NYU English Department. 


Maureen McLane, Finalist for Publishing Triangle / Audre Lorde Award

April 25, 7:00 PM
208 W 13th, Room 210

Faculty member Maureen N. McLane’s book Some Say: poems is a Finalist for the Publishing Triangle/Audre Lorde Award for one of the “Best LGBTQ Books of 2017”! You can hear her and other finalists in all genres on Wednesday, April 25th, and/or attend the awards ceremony on Thursday April 26th, at which The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to Sarah Schulman.

The Finalists Reading; Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 PM: at The Bureau of General Services–Queer Division, located in Room 210 of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th Street in Manhattan, between Seventh Avenue and Greenwich Avenue. The Center and The Bureau are both fully wheelchair-accessible.

Hosted by NYU Department of English. 


Jonathan Rose, Readers’ Liberation

April 26, 12:30 PM
Berol Seminar Room, Fales Library

The Print Culture Working Group, sponsored by the NYU Center for the Humanities, invites you to join Professor Jonathan Rose (Drew U.) for a discussion of his newest book, Readers’ Liberation, out last month from Oxford University Press. Lunch will be served.

To guarantee a place–and to receive a copy of Rose’s book (while our supplies last!) or a PDF of an excerpt, please RSVP to MC Hyland (mc.hyland@gmail.com).

Presented by the NYU Department of English and The Print Culture Working Group. 


Postcolonial Spatialities Conference

April 26-27
244 Greene St. Event Space

While postcolonial theory is necessarily invested in questions of space, it has not produced the multi-layered theories of space, spatiality, and space-making that the late 1980s and early 1990s seemed to promise. This conference on Postcolonial Spatialities will thus wrestle with spatial theories as they are currently constituted but with a view to reviewing them with postcolonial perspectives at the level of example and of theory.

Presented by the NYU Department of English. 


Slave Pasts in the Present: Narrating Slavery through the Arts, Technology, and Tourism

April 27-28
Venue: KJCC Auditorium // 53 Washington Square South, New York

Over the past few years, slavery has become a frequent theme in contemporary culture. Even though the topic has always been central in countries such as Brazil and the United States, it seems we have been watching more movies, soap operas and TV series on slavery than ever. Tourists are visiting historical sites and engaging in tours on the history and memory of the slave trade all over the Atlantic world. Crowds are packing museums on African-American culture. Slavery is represented in dance in popular festivals such as Rio’s carnival. Not surprisingly, slavery is a topic as sensitive as it is trendy. Video games and children’s books are provoking discussions among school age parents. Movies are becoming public controversies. And the discussions over memorials and statues that deal with the slave past set the stage for political protests all over the United States.

This symposium aims to discuss the ways in which slavery is narrated in the tourism and entertainment industries. Is it right to visit sites of tragedy and genocide as tourists? Are we witnessing a process of spectacularization of slavery in the arts? What are the boundaries between spreading the knowledge on a crime against humanity and stimulating its cultural consumerism? Is it possible to portray slavery in a videogame? How to balance sensitivity to the topic, historical accuracy and artistic creativity? How to interpret the different modes of reactions by the public? Are those initiatives helping us fight racism? Bringing together a group of intellectuals from different countries and backgrounds, we will address these questions and their broader significance in contemporary societies connected by the tragedy of its slave past.

Organized by Keila Grinberg, Spring 2018 Andrés Bello Chair in Latin American Cultures and Civilizations at New York University.


The Inaugural Dr. Jack G. Shaheen Memorial Lecture: Ralph Nader

May 3, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
NYU Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion 60 Washington Square South, 10th Floor

In celebration of the life and work of the late Dr. Jack G. Shaheen (September 21, 1935 – July 9, 2017), the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies co-host the Inaugural Dr. Jack G. Shaheen Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by Ralph Nader on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The prominent Arab American political activist and presidential candidate called Dr. Shaheen a friend and colleague, and his lecture “Ethnicity: Values, Virtues, and Vexationswith Special Attention to Arab Americans” will address the impact of Dr. Shaheen’s work in combating anti-Muslim and anti-Arab discrimination in the United States.

Michele Tasoff and Michael Shaheen, Dr. Shaheen’s children, will also offer remarks, alongside Sut Jhally (Executive Director, Media Education Foundation), Greta Scharnweber (Former Associate Director, NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies), and Jack Tchen (Founding Director, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU).

Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, NYU Division of Libraries, NYU Abu Dhabi, Provost’s Global Research Initiatives Program, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU Iranian Studies Initiative, Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity & Strategic Innovation, NYU Department of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, Ottoman Studies at NYU, Jadaliyya, NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, and NYU Program in International Relations.


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