Great New Books in the Humanities

Theorizing Sound Writing

Date: May 2, 2017

What promise does sound knowledge hold for cultural analysis? How might we not only write sound but sound theory differently? In addressing these concerns, the authors in Theorizing Sound Writing also make an intervention into the ethics of academic knowledge, one in which listening is the first step not only in translating sound into words, but in compassionate scholarship. As a method of inquiry, both listening and sound writing expand not only what is known but also how we come to know (and be) as public intellectuals and artisans of sounded, vibrating worlds.

Participants include:

  • Deborah Kapchan — Associate Professor of Performance Studies, New York University
  • J. Martin Daughtry — Associate Professor of Music, New York University
  • Carol Muller — Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania
  • Tomie Hahn — Associate Professor of Performance Ethnology; Director, Center for Deep Listening, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Alex Waterman — Musician; Scholar; Author

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


Politics on Campus: From the 2015 Protests to the Trump Presidency

Date: April 18, 2017


Why did American campuses burst into protest in November 2015? And how have our universities responded? Building on "Campus Politics," a recent book by Jonathan Zimmerman, this panel will examine diversity, sexual assault, trigger warnings, and the wide range of other issues that have sparked campus controversy in recent years.

Panelists include:

  • Juan M. Calero C. — Bachelors of Arts Candidate, Latino Studies and Religious Studies, Class of 2018, New York University
  • Robert Cohen — Professor of Social Studies Education, New York University
  • Michael Funk — Clinical Assistant Professor of Higher Education, New York University
  • Crystal Parikh — Associate Professor of English and Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University
  • Jonathan Zimmerman — Professor of History of Education, University of Pennsylvania
  • Moderated by Ulrich Baer — Vice Provost, New York University

"Campus Politics" will be on sale at the event at a 20% discount.

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


Counternarratives: a reading and conversation with John Keene

Date: March 21, 2017

Join us for a reading and discussion of John Keene's acclaimed novel, Counternarratives. The book is a collection of novellas and stories that offers new perspectives on familiar characters and histories — ranging from Huckleberry Finn and Langston Hughes to the American Revolution and early colonial South America — as inspired by real events and records. Panelists discuss the book's unique format and its political and historical commentary.

Panelists include:

  • John Keene, Associate Professor, Departments of English and African American Studies, Rutgers-Newark
  • Phillip Brian Harper, Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature and Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University
  • Sonya Posmentier, Assistant Professor of English, New York University
  • Moderated by Nicholas Boggs —Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Research and Advisement, Department of English; Faculty Coordinator, The Contemporary Literature Series

Co-Sponsored by The Contemporary Literature Series and The Postcolonial, Race and Diaspora Studies Colloquium in the Department of English.

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


Japan, North Korea and Abduction: A discussion of Robert S. Boynton's "The Invitation-Only Zone"

Date: February 28, 2017

Join us for a discussion that unearths what was once considered an urban myth, the secretive North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens between 1977 and 1983. Discover these citizens' stories, somehow too strange to be believed as true, and how they shaped the relationships between two nations.

North Korea abducted dozens of Japanese citizens in the late nineteen-seventies and held them, in secret, for decades. In 2002, after years of denying any role in the abductions, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il met with Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, and confessed the state's role in the hope that doing so would bring economic aid from Japan. The meeting had the opposite effect and the abductions remain one of the most pressing issues in Japan and Northeast Asia. In "The Invitation-Only Zone," Robert S. Boynton tells the story of the abductions, using the events to explore the history of Japanese-Korean relations.

Panelists include:

  • Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History Chair, Committee on Global Thought Weatherhead East Asian Institute/Columbia University
  • Robert Boynton, Associate Professor, New York University
  • Charles K. Armstrong, The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences, Columbia University

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 Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003