Past Events

The Other Side of Wall Street

Date: October 19, 2017

Kamau Ware will give a talk about his work about the impact of the African Diaspora on the making of New York City, which will be moderated by Professor Jennifer Morgan. Learn more about Kamau Ware, his work at Black Gotham Experience, and how these initiatives are bringing New York's Black heritage into public consciousness.

Kamau Ware
Founder & Lead Creative, Black Gotham Experience
Founder & Principal Photographer, Kamau Studios
Author, Other Side of Wall Street

Moderated by Jennifer Morgan — Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis, History, NYU

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


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


Jumpstart Your Summer Writing

Date: May 9, 2017

There are over 100 days between the last day of the spring semester and the first day of the fall semester. Use this time to make progress on your writing project! Join us for an action-oriented session. Panelists will discuss how to kick-off your summer writing and how to approach editors about publishing your work.

  • Ulrich Baer — Vice Provost, New York University
  • Pamela Newkirk — Professor of Journalism & Director of Undergraduate Students, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University
  • Eric Zinner — Associate Director & Editor-in-Chief, NYU Press

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