All Events

Inscription, Digitization and the Shape of Knowledge

Date: February 7, 2017

How does the digitization of archival information influence knowledge? Learn about Dr. Lauren Kassell's 10-year project to digitize one of the largest surviving sets of private medical records in history—the 80,000 consultations recorded by the seventeenth-century astrologer-physicians Simon Forman and Richard Napier—with responses from New York University thought leaders across various fields. Panelists will respond from the varying perspectives of their own work.

Participants include:

  • Lauren Kassell, Director of the Casebooks Project, Reader in the History of Science and Medicine, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
  • Cliff Siskin, Henry W. and Alfred A. Berg Professor of English and American Literature, New York University
  • Lisa Gitelman, Professor of Media and English, New York University
  • Matthew Hockenberry, PhD Candidate, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
  • Moderated by Marion Thain, Associate Director of Digital Humanities for the Faculty of Arts and Science, New York University

Co-sponsored by NYU's Department of English.

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Perspectives on the Holocaust in the Postwar Era

Date: February 8, 2017

Join us for an insightful conversation about the legacy of the Holocaust in American public life, with particular attention to the role played by survivors. This event is offered in conjunction with “Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965,” on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, January 10-April 1, 2017. The exhibition includes works by Boris Lurie, a survivor of Buchenwald who emigrated to New York and founded the March Group of artists, who employed art as a tool for making polemical statements about the Holocaust and other hot-button political issues.

Participants include:

  • Hasia Diner, Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History; Director, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History, New York University

Co-sponsored by Grey Art Gallery.

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Ports, Foods, and Connectivities Across the Indian Ocean

Date: February 14, 2017

Travels on the monsoon among countless connected ports around the Indian Ocean and western Pacific formed spaces of mobility connecting East Asia with Southeast, South and West Asia, from ancient times. Seaborne mobility by migrants, merchants, warriors, and cultural activists shaped all of Asia for many centuries before it brought Europeans and launched global modernity. Subsequently, modern industrial infrastructure -- railways, steam ships, and deep-sea ports – further integrated this maritime region, leading to intensified circulations of people, goods, ideas, and tastes.

This panel examines two aspects of Indian Ocean connections. First, it examines the environmental, political, and economic reasons for the emergence of new ports. Second, it focuses on the circulations and mixing of food ingredients, food habits, and culinary tastes as examples of connectivities across the maritime spaces.

Brief talks will be presented and discussed by the following panelists.

  • “How New Ports Emerge? The Cases of Cochin and Malacca” by Tansen Sen, Professor of History, Baruch College, CUNY
  • “Bad Habits and Good Taste: Unconventional Circulations” by Krishnendu Ray, Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, New York University
  • “Kapitan Chicken: Materialized Maritime Connections in Nyonya Cuisine” by Mareike Pampus, PhD Candidate, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

The panel discussion will be moderated by David Ludden, Professor and Chair, Department of History, New York University.

Co-sponsored by NYU's Center for Global Asia.

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Threats to Freedom of Expression in the Age of Trump

Date: February 22, 2017

The election of Donald Trump has come with a broad attack on the press and on the freedom of political expression. What are likely to be the challenges to the First Amendment going forward, and how does America's history of robust dissent support the protection of speech and press today?

The panel will be discussed in conjunction with two new books: Stephen Solomon's Revolutionary Dissent and Floyd Abrams' The Soul of the First Amendment.

Panelists include:

  • Floyd Abrams, Renowned First Amendment Attorney, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP; Author, The Soul of the First Amendment (forthcoming in April)
  • Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, New York Law School; President of the American Civil Liberties Union, 1991-2008;  Author, Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights
  • Stephen Solomon, Associate Professor of Journalism, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University; Author, Revolutionary Dissent: How the Founding Generation Created the Freedom of Speech
  • Thomas Healy, Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School; Author, The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of Free Speech in America

Co-sponsored by NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States