Humanities Events at NYU | October 15 – 26, 2018

A selection of upcoming events at NYU within the humanities


From Tuscany to Harlem: James Baldwin and Yoran Cazac’s Little Man Little Man: A Story of Childhood

October 18, 6:00 PM
Villa Sassetti, Via Bolognese 106, Florence Italy

Dr. Boggs will discuss the collaboration between James Baldwin and Yoran Cazac, a French painter and illustrator living in Tuscany. Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood was recently republished to great acclaim by Duke University Press.

Sponsored by La Pietra Dialogues 

French Natures

October 26, 9:30 AM – 6:45 PM
La Maison Française, 16 Washington Mews (at University Place)

Each culture maps its understanding of the physical world (nature, physis) in different ways. This conference-festival  thus asks: what do French and Francophone literature, film, visual art, theater, and philosophy make of our planet? How can they help us understand our world marked by environmental catastrophe?

Sponsored by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy; NYU Center for French Language and Cultures; The Florence Gould Foundation; Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage (EHESS, CNRS); Department of French Literature, Thought and Culture (NYU); The NYU Center for the Humanities; La Maison Française NYU.


NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932-1960

Sept 6 – Dec 8 2018, Daily 
Grey Art Gallery NYU 100 Washington Square East, NYC

“NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932–1960” portrays life in Italy before, during, and after World War II through the lens of photography. While neorealism has largely been associated with literary and cinematic depictions of dire postwar economic conditions, this exhibition draws attention to the period’s many photographers. “NeoRealismo” features approximately 175 photographs—primarily vintage prints—by over 60 Italian artists. Many of the works are paired with the original format in which they appeared—illustrated magazines, photobooks, and exhibition catalogues. In addition, “NeoRealismo” includes significant books and essays that influenced the era, and references landmark films via excerpts and movie posters. Organized by Admira and curated by Enrica Viganò, the exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated publication.

Hosted The NYU Grey Art Gallery.


Dante, Franciscan Poverty, and the Donation of Constantine 

October 25, 6:30 PM
Casa Italiana Library, 24 W 12th Street

Was Dante a Franciscan? An analysis of the Donation of Constantine in relation to Dante’s political and theological arguments proves that Dante had strong affinity to Franciscan thinkers and their work certainly influenced his rejection of church wealth.

Presented by the NYU Department of Italian Studies and Colloquium in the Humanities


The Persecution of Jews in Italy

October 26, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Casa Italiana Library, 24 W 12th Street

The armistice of September 8th, 1943. The German occupation. The Italian social republic. The German arrests. The Italian arrests. Internment camps in Italy. Massacres and deportations to Auschwitz. Statistics. Underground life and survival. Reactions in society.

Michele Sarfatti is the author of seminal works on the Jews and the anti-Semitic persecution in Modern Italy. His groundbreaking study, The Jews in Mussolini’s Italy: from Equality to Persecution, Madison 2006, drastically changed the way in which historians consider the Mussolini’s Racial Laws and the persecution of the Jews in Italy. He has been Coordinator of the activities (1982-2002) and Director (2002-2016) of the Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea CDEC, Milan. He is one of the founding editors of the e-journal Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History. He is a member of Scientific Committees of Fondazione Museo nazionale dell’Ebraismo italiano e della Shoah, Ferrara, and of Fondazione Museo della Shoah, Roma.

To R.S.V.P., send an email to Molly Engelmann (molly@primolevicenter.org)

Presented by NYU Department of Italian Studies 


CIT.I.ZEN.SHIP: Reflections on Rights

October 4, 2018 – January 18, 2019
Department of Photography & Imaging Galleries
721 Broadway Lobby & 8th floor

The Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in collaboration with For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative presents cit.i.zen.ship: reflections on rights with photographs, works on paper, writings, and video that reflect on human rights and notions of citizenship.

“To accept one’s past—one’s history,” wrote James Baldwin in The Fire Next Time, “is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought.” The theme of the exhibition reminds us that our actions today will affect the future, just as the actions of courageous individuals during the Civil Rights Movement changed the world.

Conceptually and characteristically, each of the artists uses different symbolic references to visually represent the definable issues surrounding civil rights, resistance, environmental issues, immigration, race, class, gentrification, gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, voting rights, disability rights, prison reform, freedom of speech and more. They use documentation, process, history, and personal experience to engage the politics of this nation and pave the way for new narratives in the future.

cit.i.zen.ship: reflections on rights is part of the For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, a new phase of For Freedoms programming to encourage broad participation and inspire conversation around November’s midterm elections. Building off of the existing artistic infrastructure in the United States, For Freedoms has developed a network of over 300 artists and 200 institutional partners who will produce nationwide public art installations, exhibitions and local community dialogues in order to inject nuanced, artistic thinking into public discourse. Centered around the vital work of artists, For Freedoms hopes that these exhibitions and related projects will model how arts institutions can become civic forums for action and discussion of values, place, and patriotism.


MexicoNow: 68 Voices by Gabriela Badillo

October 18, 6:00 PM
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, NYC

68 Voices is a series of animated shorts that retell 68 indigenous stories narrated their native tongues. Created by Gabriella Badillo under the premise that “no one can love what they do not know,” 68 voices seeks to strengthen bonds between indigenous and non-indigenous language speakers; fostering pride in the indigenous communities that make up Mexico’s cultural richness.

Q&A with Gabriela Badillo to follow.

Sponsored by MexicoNow


Slipping Secrets: Transparency or Demise?

October 18, 6:15 PM
1307 L Street, NW Washington, DC 20005
Room: Abramson Family Auditorium

In 2010, WikiLeaks, a non-profit organization that publishes submissions from anonymous whistleblowers, in a partnership with some of the most important news publications, began releasing thousands of classified diplomatic cables sent between the U.S. State Department and consulates and embassies around the world. Three years later, former National Security Agency subcontractor Edward Snowden leaked top secret information about surveillance activities by the NSA. More recently, the Panama Papers became the biggest data leak in the history of journalism: over 11 million documents containing financial information about offshore entities were revealed.

Does the big leak era signal that transparency has replaced fairness as journalism’s main paradigm? Does this mark the imminent decline of the journalism format and the rise of a new form of communicating information through interactive, opinion-based, interest-driven networks of corporations and individuals?

Join journalist Santiago O’Donnell, author of ArgenLeaks, for a dialogue about the era of big leaks. NYU DC Academic Writing Specialist Alicia Gleason will join O’Donnell for this dialogue.


Queer Trouble in Caribbean Art and Activism

October 23, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
CSGS, 285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor

Two award winning artist-scholars reflect on the intersections of LGBTQI and feminist arts, activism, and politics in the Caribbean. King and Nixon address how their own work moves between these different registers. They also discuss how they see contemporary queer Caribbean performance, literature, and visual art engage and resist the ongoing violences of colonial and postcolonial histories, and how these works offer us vibrant models of desire, embodiment, and collectivity.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Contemporary Art Research Collective; Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture; and the Program in Africana Studies, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis.


Film Screening: Capturing the Flag

October 23, 6:30 PM
1307 L Street, NW Washington, DC 20005
Room: Abramson Family Auditorium

As the 2016 National Election unfolds around them, a diverse team of charismatic voter protection volunteers travel from New York City to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where they learn their skills at the polls – years in the making – are no match for the insidious game of modern-day voter suppression. How will they continue in the fight for democracy’s most sacred promise to its citizens: the right to vote?

Director and Producer, Anne De Mare, Producer, Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, and Producer and Film Subject, Laverne Berry, will join us for a discussion after the film.


Kaeten Mistry – The Struggle of Dissent: Phillip Agee and U.S. National Security Whistleblowing

October 25, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
The Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, Quill Conference Room
Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, 10th Floor

As part of the Fall 2018 Cold War Center Seminar Series Kaeten Mistry (University of East Anglia) will discuss his paper “The Struggle of Dissent: Phillip Agee and U.S. National Security Whistleblowing” on Thursday, October 25. Carolyn Eisenberg (Hofstra University) will comment.

Sponsored by the Center for the United States and the Cold War.


Image from the French Natures website.