All Events

Distracted Reading: Acts of Attention in the age of the Internet

Date: September 27, 2016

Central to the humanities is the theorization and practice of modes of attention (to cultural artifacts, and to other aspects of the world). Indeed, many of us devote much time to finding ways to redirect our students’ attention away from the distractions of their electronic gadgets. But what if we consider how their distributed focus might model new acts of attention and new ways of reading: how might we rethink pedagogy and/or our own research methods in an era of hyper-connectivity? This event is cosponsored by the NYU FAS Office of Educational Technology.

Panel 1: Sound & Image

Jaime E. Oliver La Rosa
Assistant Professor of Music, NYU

Marina Hassapopoulou
Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies, NYU

Martha Hollander
Professor, Dept. of Fine Arts, Design, Art History, Hofstra University

Panel 2: Text

Suzanne England
Professor of Social Work, NYU

Ethna D. Lay
Assoc. Professor of Writing Studies, Assoc. Director of Digital Research Center, Hofstra University

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
United States

Environmental Humanities Series: Sparks of Life: Electricity, Animality, and Film

Date: October 6, 2016

“Sparks of Life: Electricity, Animality, and Film," a Lecture by Anat Pick. From cinema to electroshock therapy to the electric chair, electricity has always exuded ambivalent powers as both animator and killer. Focusing on the story of the condemned Topsy in Thomas Edison’s Electrocuting an Elephant (1903), this talk explores the intersections of electrical and political power in the age of visual spectacle. This event is cosponsored by the Department of Environmental Studies, the Department of Cinema Studies and the Animal Studies Initiative.

Anat Pick
Professor of Film, Queen Mary's College, University of London, UK

Una Chaudhuri
Professor of English, Drama, and Environmental Studies

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
United States

Environmental Humanities Series: An Inquiry into the Metaphysics of Others

Date: October 13, 2016

Join us for a public lecture by renowned French anthropologist Philippe Descola (Collège de France), with an introduction by Dale Jamieson. If, as Deleuze said, philosophy is the art of inventing concepts, then one may wonder why the philosophical resources of the largest part of humankind were, barring a few exceptions, generally ignored by professional Western philosophers. As a result, anthropologists have been led to play the part of ‘field philosophers’, bringing back in their notebooks other gnoseologies, other ontological systems, other political philosophies, other theories of the self, the interest of which has begun to be felt beyond anthropological circles, both as critical tools and as lived experiences of a radical alterity. However, the transposition of this conceptual alterity in a philosophical metalanguage remains extremely difficult for reasons that the lecture will explore.

Co-sponsored by:
Animal Studies Initiative
Department of Anthropology
Department of Environmental Studies
Center for the Humanities, Environmental Humanities
Institute of French Studies
Maison Française

Event Location:
Vanderbilt Hall Room 204
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY

NYU DH Internship Project Showcase

Date: October 18, 2016

This event showcases the work done by the Brine and Polonsky Digital Humanities Scholars in 2016. The projects represent a wide range of disciplines, and a vibrant diversity of topics (e.g. text encoding; visualization; mapping), on which the graduates have collaborated with faculty mentors over summer 2016. Cosponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Science.

Brine Digital Humanities Scholars* and Polonsky Digital Humanities Scholars**



Kris Minhae Choe: "Digital Aponte: Writing, Painting, and Making Freedom in the African Diaspora"
Regina Harsanyi: "Artist Archive Project: David Wojnarowicz Knowledge Base and Website"
Lia Kramer: "documenting computer-based artworks in the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum"


Irene Soto: "Mapping Coins: A Visualization of Economic Integration in 4th-Century Egypt"
Yanoa Pomalima Carrasco: "Inka Road System: history and voices of a living heritage"



Ming Yan Kwok: "TEI and Literature: Encoding the 'Michael Field' diaries"
Jonathan Armoza: "The New Fascicles"


Josh Krutchen: "The Interface Experience: 40 Years of Personal Computing"
David Sugarman: "The Map Precedes the Territory"

* Funded through the generous support of the Jessica E. Smith and Kevin R. Brine Charitable Trust.
** Funded through the generous support of the Polonsky Foundation

Deena Engel
Clinical Professor, Department of Computer Science, NYU

Tom Augst
Associate Professor, Department of English, NYU


Marion Thain
Associate Director of Digital Humanities, NYU

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
United States