Humanities Events at NYU | November 13 – 20, 2018

A selection of upcoming events at NYU within the humanities


Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America

November 19, 6:30  PM
566 LaGuardia Pl

In conjunction with the publication of Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America (Oxford University Press), this talk will investigate the immense appeal of the Broadway song book as heard by millions of Americans through original cast albums, pop recordings, radio, and television. The panel represents more than a half-century of experience recording the greatest Broadway scores. An unique event, of interest to anyone who loves Broadway music and loves to listen to it.

With Laurence Maslon (Arts Professor, Grad Acting, host), Ted Chapin (Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization) , Thomas Z. Shepard (record producer, Company, Sweeney Todd) and Kurt Deutsch (record producer, The Last Five Years, The Book of Mormon).

Co-sponsored by the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program

Transforming Classics: 150 Years of Classical Studies in New York

November 13, 5:30 PM
Silver Center for Arts and Science, Hemmerdinger Hall, Room 102
32 Waverly Place, or 31 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003
(Enter at 31 Washington Place for wheelchair access)

Presented by the NYU Center for Ancient Studies and the Society for Classical Studies and cosponsored by the NYU College of Arts and Science, the Department of Classics, and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.


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.


Film Screening: Luchino Visconti’s The Earth Trembles (La terra trema)

November 14, 6:00 PM
Michelson Theater, Tisch School of the Arts
Room: 721 Broadway, Room 628

Luchino Visconti made The Earth Trembles (1948) as a fictional film about a rural Sicilian fishing family and their daily challenges in overcoming poverty and exploitation. Although Luchino Visconti initially conceived The Earth Trembles as a documentary, he ultimately made a fictional film about a rural Sicilian fishing family and their daily challenges in overcoming poverty and exploitation. Like films by other Italian neorealists, Visconti’s were influenced by the documentary form—as seen, for example, in Man of Aran, a 1934 production by groundbreaking ethnographic filmmaker Robert Flaherty, which depicts a fishing family on Ireland’s Aran Islands. 160 min. In Italian with English subtitles. Introduced by Pegi Vail, Center for Media, Culture and History, NYU, with short clips from Man of Aran.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Center for Media, Culture and History; Department of Cinema Studies; Glucksman Ireland House; and Grey Art Gallery.


The Price of Aid: The Economic Cold War in India

November 14, 4:30 PM
Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Room 10-03
70 Washington Square South, 10th Floor

David Engerman will discuss his book The Price of Aid: The Economic Cold War in India (Harvard University Press, 2018).  Engerman is a specialist in international history at Yale University. Between receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley in 1998 and joining Yale in 2018, he was on the faculty at Brandeis University. He is the author of three books – Modernization from the Other Shore; American Intellectuals and the Romance of Russian Development (Harvard, 2003), Know Your Enemy: The Rise and Fall of America’s Soviet Experts (Oxford, 2009), and The Price of Aid: The Economic Cold War in India (Harvard, 2018) – and the editor or coeditor of multiple collections. His work has been supported by major fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other sources. Engerman has been especially active in the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), winning both the Stuart L. Bernath Book and Lecture prizes and serving as elected president in 2016.

Sponsored by the Tamiment Library and the Frederic Ewen Center.


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.


A conversation with Cezanne Cardona and Francisco Font Acevedo

November 15, 12:00 AM
King Juan Carlos I Center Auditorium
55 Washington Square S

Puerto Rican writers, Cezanne Cardona and Francisco Font Acevedo will be featured by Prof. Rubén Ríos Ávila (NYU).

Cezanne Cardona Morales is a novelist, short story writer, professor,and columnist. In 2009 he won one of the Puerto Rico’s most prestigious literary awards, the Short Story Prize of the newspaper El Nuevo Día. In 2010 he published his first novel, La velocidad de lo perdido (Terranova Editores) He was included in El ojo del huracán, the new anthology of Puerto Rican short story writers (Editorial Norma) and in Kill the Ámpaya, The Best Latin American Baseball Fiction (Mendel Villar Press). In 2018 published Levittown mon amour, a short story collection.

Francisco Font Acevedo was born in Chicago in 1970. He’s the author of three fiction books: La troupe Samsonite (The Samsonite Troupe), 2016; La belleza bruta (Raw Beauty), 2008; and Caleidoscopio (Kaleidoscope), 2004. A forthcoming book, Santurce, un libro mural (Santurce, a Mural Book), written in collaboration with Rafael Trelles, will be published by the end of the year. He currently works as an interpreter and lives in Philadelphia.

This event will be in Spanish.

 Co-sponsored by the Andrés Bello Chair in Latin American Cultures and Civilizations and the King Juan Carlos I Center.


In the Halls of Justice: Social Movements and the National Lawyers Guild (1940s-1980s)

November 15, 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Tamiment Library Quill Conference Room
70 Washington Square South, 10th Floor

As part of the Fall 2018 Cold War Center Seminar Series ​Camilo Lund-Montano (Center for the United States and the Cold War) will discuss his paper “In the Halls of Justice: Social Movements and the National Lawyers Guild (1940s-1980s).” Elizabeth Schneider (Brooklyn Law School) will comment.A reception with wine and cheese will follow the Q & A session.

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


Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora

November 15, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Jurow Hall, Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, 1st Floor

Panelists will discuss Gopinath’s Unruly Visions (Duke UP, 2018), which brings queer studies to bear on studies of diaspora and visuality, tracing the interrelation of affect, archive, region, and aesthetics through an examination of a wide range of contemporary queer visual culture. Spanning film, fine art, poetry, and photography, the book stages unexpected encounters between work by South Asian, Middle Eastern, African, Australian, and Latinx artists such as Tracey Moffatt, Chitra Ganesh, Akram Zaatari, and Allan deSouza. Unruly Visions shows how their art functions as regional queer archives that express alternative understandings of time, space, and relationality.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute; Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Contemporary Art Research Collective; Department of Social & Cultural Analysis; and South Asia @NYU.


Conversation: Italian Humanist Photography, with Martina Caruso, David Forgacs, and Maria Antonella Pelizzari

November 16, 6:00 PM
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street

In this conversation, Martina Caruso, Assistant Director for Art, Architecture and the Creative Industries, British School at Rome, will discuss her recent book, Italian Humanist Photography from Fascism to the Cold War (Bloomsbury, 2016), with David Forgacs, Contemporary Italian Studies, NYU, and Maria Antonella Pelizzari, History of Photography, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, Department of Italian Studies, and Grey Art Gallery.


The Public Sphere: Dialogue or Spectacle?

November 19, 6:00 PM
239 Greene Street, Floor 8, New York, NY

Ari Adut presents from his latest book Reign of Appearances (Cambridge, 2018), which uses a variety of cases to reveal the logic of the public sphere, including homosexuality in Victorian England, the 2008 crash, antisemitism in Europe, confidence in American presidents, communications in social media, special prosecutor investigations, the visibility of African-Americans, the Islamic veil, and contemporary sexual politics. To be followed by a conversation on how to conceptualize the public sphere, politics and spectacle at this particular moment in history.


Film Screening: Giuseppe De Santis’ Bitter Rice (Riso amaro)

November 19, 6:30 PM
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
24 West 12th Street

In Northern Italy’s Po Valley, an earthy rice-field worker (Silvana Mangano) falls in with a small-time criminal (Vittorio Gassman), who with his girlfriend (Doris Dowling) is planning a daring heist of the crop. Bitter Rice (1949) is both a socially conscious look at field workers’ hardships and a melodrama of sex and violence—neorealism with a dose of pulp, enhanced by meticulously choreographed tracking shots by director Giuseppe De Santis and cinematographer Otello Martelli. 109 min. In Italian with English subtitles. Criterion Collection. Introduced by Jenny McPhee, Center for Applied Liberal Arts, School of Professional Studies, NYU.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò; Center for Applied Liberal Arts, School of Professional Studies; and Grey Art Gallery.


Image from NYU Grey Art Gallery Webpage. Tranquillo Casiraghi, People of the Torretta, Sesto San Giovanni, Milan, c. 1950 © Eredi Tranquillo Casiraghi