Past Events

Great New Books in the Humanities: The Singing Turk

Date: November 9, 2016

Join us for a discussion about Larry Wolff’s new book, The Singing Turk, about 18th-century operas and understanding this cultural phenomenon in the context of European-Ottoman relations. This book is about the huge repertory of (mostly now forgotten) operas about Turks that were performed during the long 18th century (from the 1680s to the 1820s), including works by Handel, Rameau, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, and Rossini, as well as many other less well known composers. The discussion will consider what the figure of the singing Turk meant in European Enlightenment culture, and, more generally, how such operas may be considered in the context of the Christian-Muslim encounter in European history. This is event is co-sponsored with the NYU Center for the Ballet and the Arts.

This event will include the live performance of "Singing Turk" music by Mozart and Rossini, performed by basso David Salsbery Fry and soprano Joanna Curtis, accompanied by Michael Beckerman at the piano.

Larry Wolff
Silver Professor of History, Director, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, NYU

Leslie Peirce
Silver Professor of History, NYU

Michael Beckerman
Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music, NYU

Event Location:
Center for Ballet and the Arts
16 Cooper Square
New York, NY

Environmental Humanities Series: Captured at Sea: Trafficking, Slavery, and Illegal Fishing on the Open Ocean

Date: November 1, 2016

This event discusses the intersection of human slavery, trafficking, and illegal fishing on the oceans -- how does it happen, why it persists, and what can be done.

Daniel Pauly, Sea Around Us Project, UBC/Visiting Distinguished Professor NYU
Abby McGill, International Labor Rights Forum
John Hocevar, lead oceans campaigner, Greenpeace USA
Ian Urbina, Reporter, New York Times
Moderator: Jennider Jacquet, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies

Cosponsored by:
Department of Environmental Studies

Event Location:
Vanderbilt Hall (Tishman Auditorium)
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY

Race, Racism and Xenophobia in a Global Context II

Date: October 28, 2016

How does racism and discrimination operate in different geographical contexts, reflecting local tensions and prejudices and intersecting with issues of nationality, class, gender, religion, marginality, citizenship, and globalization?

How does location affect the way in which we think about the social constructions of race and race relations?

What role do historical experiences of slavery, discrimination and colonialism play?

How does the current migration crisis in Europe and rising Islamophobia help us better understand the similarities and differences between the U.S. and Europe?

Following last spring’s successful ‘Teach-In’ at NYU Florence, La Pietra Dialogues is bringing its ‘R2X’ dialogue to New York, with the support of the NYU Florence R2X student team and featuring scholars, artists, and activists from across NYU.

What can we gain from a transatlantic reflection on these issues?

To learn more about this event, visit La Pietra Dialogues.

View the program.

Event Location:
Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center
31 Washington Place
New York, NY

Environmental Humanities Series: Love & Death in the Anthropocene

Date: October 24, 2016

Four acclaimed writers show why fiction plays a particular and crucial role in accounting for the world in which we live today, how we got there, and what will become of it. Conversation with Ulrich Baer, Dale Jamieson, Bonnie Nadzam, and Roy Scranton. Moderated by Yanoula Athanassakis.

Co-sponsored by:
Animal Studies Initiative
Department of Environmental Studies
Department of English

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

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"



Cherrie 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

Marion Thain
Associate Director of Digital Humanities, NYU

Deena Engel
Clinical Professor, Department of Computer Science, NYU

Tom Augst
Associate Professor, Department of English, NYU


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