Humanities Events at NYU | May 7 – 20, 2018

A selection of upcoming events at NYU within the humanities


People’s Cities: A Summit

May 8, 7:30 – 9:30  PM
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, NYU Gallatin, 1 Washington Place, 1st Floor

Will cities save us? In the last decades we have witnessed a resurgent interest in cities, accompanied by a great deal of urban optimism, even in the face of the exclusion and inequalities of our cities. Cities have become a privileged target of investment, as professionals and elites have rediscovered urban cores as desirable locations. At the same time, cities have become a veritable laboratory for new technologies in transportation and infrastructure, ones that promise to be more sustainable and resilient. And most recently, urban progressivism has captured the imagination of many large cities, like New York, Barcelona, London, and Los Angeles, and smaller ones, like Jackson, MS, and Berkeley, CA. Such places have played important roles in advancing innovative progressive policies, but also as symbolic beachheads holding up socially just principles in the face of global tides of conservative and reactionary politics playing out at the national level. And yet a number of questions remain about the viability of progressive strategies at the local level. 

Join us for an exciting public debate and conversation about the possibilities — and limits —  of municipal, and city-led, politics. Moderated by Juan Gonzalez (of Democracy Now, and author of Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities), confirmed participants so far include Gerardo Pisarello (Deputy Mayor of Barcelona), Kali Akuno (author of the Jackson Plan), Margit Mayer (Professor of Political Science and co-editor of Cities for People, Not for Profit: Critical Urban Theory and the Right to the City), and Carlina Rivera (NYC Councilwoman, 2nd Council District).

Co-sponsored by Urban Democracy Lab, NYU Collaborative on Global Urbanism, Department of Metropolitan Studies, and Deutsches Haus at NYU.


Trafficking in Women from Nigeria to Italy: A Crisis of Modern Slavery

May 10, 6:00 PM
Villa Sassetti, Via Bolognese 120, Florence Italy

Cindy Dyer, Vice President for Human Rights of the Vital Voices Global Partnership, and Evon Idahosa, the Founder of Nigerian NGO PathFinders Justice Initiative, will discuss the problem of sex trafficking and the work their organizations are doing to combat it.

Hosted NYU Florence and La Pietra Dialogues. 


Jumpstart Your Summer Writing

May 9, 2:00-3:30 PM
NYU Center for the Humanities, 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor

There are over 100 days between the last day of the spring semester and the first day of the fall semester. Use this time to make progress on your writing project! Join us for an action-oriented session. Panelists will discuss how to kick-off your summer writing and how to approach editors about publishing your work.

Hosted The NYU Center for the Humanities. 


Delirious Consumption: A Seminar with Sergio Delgado Maya

May 9, 5:00 PM
Event Space, 244 Greene St

Please join the Organism for Poetic Research and Cordilleras for a seminar with Sergio Delgado Moya to discuss his recently published work of criticism, Delirious Consumption: Aesthetics and Consumer Capitalism in Mexico and Brazil. For recommended readings on Octavio Paz and Lygia Clark, please email zane.koss@nyu.edu. Refreshments will be served.

Cosponsored by the Organism for Poetic Research and Cordilleras, and the department of Spanish and Portuguese.  


Press Release Party: Barricade

May 12, 7:00 PM
Verso, 20 Jay St., Brooklyn NY 11201

The first issue of Barricade: A Journal of Antifascism and Translation (Cicada Press) will see the light this May. Barricade is a platform for international antifascist and antiauthoritarian literature. It is a direct response against the increasingly vocal forces of the populist, nationalistic and chauvinist reaction. Barricade has an eye to the present, while seeking to establish manifold connections between antifascists across time and linguistic divides. It is dedicated both to the practice and theory of translation, in the name of solidarity and the better world.

Sponsored by the NYU Department of Comparative Literature. 


Filial Translation: A Reading in Arabic and English

May 14, 6:00 PM
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
50 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012

NYU Tisch Department of Art & Public Policy is delighted to invite you to Filial Translation, an evening of poetry reading and conversation with Arts Politics M.A. Candidate (’18) Ikram Lakhdhar and her mother, Tunisian Poet, Sondes Baccar. For her independent study, Lakhdhar translated excerpts from Baccar’s poetry from Arabic to English for the first time and will share moments of intimacy and discovery during the process. This filial exchange is an exploration of the role of translation to transcend cultural and linguistic borders. The event will include an introduction by Kathy Engel, Poet and Chair of Department, Art & Public Policy, NYU Tisch School of the Art. RSVP to Kristin Killacky at ksk281@nyu.edu

Presented by the NYU Department of Art and Public Policy. 


Image from NYU’s Urban Democracy Lab website.