Past Events

Environmental Humanities: Disaster and Environmental Justice

Date: February 10, 2016

We are pleased and excited to announce the first event of the On Being Human Event Series and the Environmental Humanities Event Series. Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction and staff writer for The New Yorker, as she and, NYU Sociology Professor Eric Klinenberg address the pressing themes of disaster and environmental justice. This event is free and open to the public.

Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1999. She has written dozens of pieces for the magazine, including profiles of Senator Hillary Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Her series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” appeared in The New Yorker in the spring of 2005 and won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine award. Also in 2006, she received the National Academy of Sciences Communication Award in the newspaper/magazine category and was awarded a Lannan Writing Fellowship. In September 2010, Kolbert received the prestigious Heinz Award which recognizes individuals who are addressing global change caused by the impact of human activities and natural processes on the environment. She has also been awarded a 2010 National Magazine Award in the Reviews and Criticism category for her work in the New Yorker, and the Sierra Club's 2011 David R. Brower Award. She recently won the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism from the American Geophysical Union.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, a book about mass extinctions that weaves intellectual and natural history with reporting in the field, was a New York Times 2014 Top Ten Best Book of the Year. The Sixth Extinction also won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in the General Nonfiction category and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle awards for the best books of 2014.

Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology, Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, and Research Director for the federal Rebuild By Design competition. He is the author, with Aziz Ansari, of the international bestseller Modern Romance, and author of the critically acclaimed books Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone (The Penguin Press, 2012), Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media (Metropolitan Books, 2007), and Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2002). In addition to his scholarly publications, and he has contributed to The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineRolling StoneLe Monde DiplomatiqueThe London Review of Books, and This American Life(NPR).

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held on the 7th floor of 20 Cooper Square.

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

Digitization: What is Lost and What is Found?

Date: November 17, 2015

We are getting ever greater access to cultural works online through digital representations, but how far are those representations hindered by data losses and the processes of translation into the digital? Conversely, to what extent might they enable us not just easier access to existing objects but, more radically, the ability to see or hear things we have never been able to see or hear before? This panel event will reflect on these questions and present innovative digitization work from across the humanities disciplines at NYU.

Sebastian Heath
Clinical Assistant Professor of Ancient Studies, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

W. Gerald Heverly
Librarian for Classics, Hellenic Studies, and Philosophy

Elizabeth Hoffman
Professor of Music

Thelma Thomas
Associate Professor of Fine Arts
Institute of Fine Arts

Moderated by:

Marion Thain
Associate Director of Digital Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Science

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

Jumpstart Your Summer Writing and Learn How to Publish Your Book

Date: May 14, 2015

Join us for an action-oriented session on how to kick-off and sustain your summer writing and how to turn your manuscript into a published book.
Hear from a panel of experts --editors, an accomplished author, and a writing coach -- about their experience and get answers to your questions.
Get practical advice on making this summer count! Faculty and graduate students in the humanities and related fields are invited to attend.
Susan Ferber
Executive Editor for American and World History, Oxford University Press
Jennifer Hammer
Senior Editor, New York University Press
Theresa MacPhail
Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, Stevens Institute of Technology
Writing Workshop Coach, New York University
Pamela Newkirk
Professor of Journalism, New York University

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

Technologies of Memory: Digitization and the Future of the Nineteenth Century

Date: May 5, 2015

What is the archive of the nineteenth-century history of reading?  And what will be its content and contours in the wake of wide-scale digitization? To address these questions, this talk looks in two directions: first, at the evidence of use in individual nineteenth-century books and, second, at the changing nature of academic research libraries after Google.  Out of copyright, non-rare, and often fragile due to poor paper quality, nineteenth-century printed books are both richly served and particularly imperiled in the new media ecosystem.  As scenes of evidence, they are at once exposed and occluded by the digitization of our library collections. Co-sponsored by NYU Digital Humanities.

Main speaker:
Andrew Stauffer
Associate Professor, Director of NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship)
University of Virginia

Matthew Gold
Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities
Executive Officer, M.A. Program in Liberal Studies
Graduate Center, City University of New York

Marion Thain
Associate Director of Digital Humanities (Faculty of Arts and Science)
New York University

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

Mapping Your Future: What Can You Do with a B.A. in the Humanities?

Date: May 4, 2015

The Humanities Ambassadors Club will host a career panel talk featuring an all-star line up of professionals from a variety of careers. Presenters will talk briefly about how their background in the Humanities has helped them be successful in their career. Following the panel talk, students will have an opportunity to form small groups and ask questions of speakers in a more intimate roundtable setting.

Raena Binn (B.A. from the Gallatin School, NYU)
Senior Account Executive, Abernathy MacGregor

April Hathcock (B.A. in French)
Scholarly Communications Librarian, NYU

Chris Leslie (B.A. in English)
Co-Director, Science and Technology Studies Program, NYU Poly

Brock McIntosh (B.A. in History & Sociology)
Policy Analyst, Community Organizer, Former Military Police Officer

Peter Mendelsund (B.A. in Philosophy)
Author, Book Designer, Penguin Random House

Laura Perez (B.A. in Literature)
Child Protection Team Leader at DPKO (United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations)

Event Location:
Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY