Great New Books in the Humanities

Empress of the East

Date: December 5, 2017

A discussion of Leslie Peirce’s new book, Empress of the East, the life story of Roxelana (Hurrem in Turkish), beloved concubine of Suleyman the Magnificent and the only queen the Ottomans ever knew. Challenging the persistent view that Roxelana’s scheming undermined the empire, the book argues that the changes she and Suleyman wrought instead strengthened the dynastic regime. Roxelana’s most consequential accomplishment was the aggrandizement of the imperial harem’s political stature. The book hopes to move the history of sixteenth-century women rulers eastward, geographically beyond what the traditional narrative tells us about female power. The panel brings perspectives from outside the empire as well as from later Ottoman times.

Lale Can
Assistant Professor of History, City College, CUNY

Leslie Peirce
Silver Professor of History, NYU

Jane Tylus
Professor of Italian, Comparative Literature, NYU

Larry Wolff
Silver Professor of History, NYU

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


When Modern Men Became Feminists

Date: November 7, 2017

A panel discussion of the men's engagement with women's rights from the early 20th century on, with New York Times columnist Gail Collins and biographers Christoph Irmscher and Brooke Kroeger. Panelists will also discuss Brooke Kroeger's new book The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote. Co-sponsored by the Arther L. Carter Journalism Institute, Yale University Press, and SUNY Press.

Gail Collins
New York Times columnist
Author, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Story of American Women from 1960 to the Present
Author, America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines

Christoph Irmscher
Author, Max Eastman: A Life
Provost Professor in English and George F. Getz Jr. Professor, Indiana University

Brooke Kroeger
Author, The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote
Professor, NYU Arther L. Carter Journalism Institute

Event Location:
NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003


The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music

Date: October 17, 2017

Join us for a panel discussion of Licia Fiol-Matta's new book, The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music. Panelists will engage the book's central concept of "the thinking voice" as a practice of listening, discussing voice as a "full emptiness": a performed gap out of sync with gender and genre. Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

Licia Fiol-Matta
Professor, Spanish & Portuguese, NYU

Gayatri Gopinath
Associate Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU

Jack Halberstam
Professor of Gender Studies and English, Columbia University

Fred Moten
Professor of Performance Studies, NYU

Rubén Ríos Ávila
Professor of Spanish & Portuguese, NYU

Alexandra Vazquez
Associate Professor of Performance Studies, NYU

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


Cultivation and Catastrophe: The Lyric Ecology of Modern Black Literature

Date: October 10, 2017

Join us for a panel discussion of Sonya Posmentier's new book, Cultivation and Catastrophe: The Lyric Ecology of Modern Black Literature. Going against the grain of scholarship that has situated modern black diasporic agency largely in metropolitan sites, the book traces a black literary history of environmental and social disaster while exploring the possibilities and limits of poetry as an archive for black modern culture in its many forms. Panelists will discuss the significance of black poetry for theories of modern lyric, as well as for conversations about environmental change and crisis.

Brent Edwards
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Tao Leigh Goffe
Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU

Sonya Posmentier
Assistant Professor of English, NYU

Evie Shockley
Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University

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


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