Humanities Events at NYU | November 26 – December 7, 2018

A selection of upcoming events at NYU within the humanities


Living OUT Loud: Queer HIV+ Storytelling

November 29, 6:00 PM
Kimmel Center for University Life, Room 802

Featuring a performance & dialogue by artist and activist, Timothy DuWhite, Living OUT Loud: Queer HIV+ Storytelling will explore how poetry and performance highlight the intersections of existing as a black queer man living with HIV. DuWhite has performed at esteemed venues like the Apollo Theater and is a writer and educator as well.

The Living OUT Loud series centers the narratives of queer and trans people living with HIV.

This event is free & open to the NYU and outside-NYU communities. You will need a valid photo ID to enter the building.

This is event is a part of the NYU LGBTQ Student Center’s HIV Awareness Week 2018. Other events for HIV Awareness Week include Free HIV Testing in the LGBTQ Student Center and Quench: HIV, PrEP, & What You Need To Know.

Sponsored by the NYU LGBTQ Student Center. 

Refugees at the Intersection: Art

November 29, 5:00 PM
295 Lafayette Street, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue,
2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012

As part of the Refugees at the Intersection series, WagRAC will be showcasing refugee artists and engaging in a discussion on how art impacts their lives.

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.


Sonic Sea (2017) Screening and Q&A 

December 4, 6:00 PM
NYU Production Lab 16 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003

Throughout the ocean, whales depend on sound to mate, find food, migrate, and defend against predators. A century ago the seas were silent, but now humans fill them with an unbearable cacophony – the sonic “bombs” of oil prospectors, the whirr of freight ships, the shrieks of military sonar – driving whales to death and disorientation. Sonic Sea (2017), narrated by Rachel McAdams and featuring Sting, tells the story of Ken Balcomb, a former Navy officer who solved the tragic mystery of a mass stranding, and the global network of scientists working to limit our deadly clamor.

Join us for the screening of Sonic Sea. Following the film, there will be a Q&A with Dr. Howard Rosenbaum, Ocean Giants Director, Wildlife Conservation Society, who will be joined by Environmental Studies and Animal Studies faculty and scholars including Jennifer Jacquet (Assistant Professor Environmental Studies, NYU) and Yanoula Athanassakis (Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative, NYU).

Co-sponsored by NYU Animal Studies, Nandini Thiyagarajan (Animal Studies Fellow, NYU).


Legacies of Reagan’s Cold War on Immigrants: Resistance and the Rise of a Detention Regime

November 29, 4:00 PM
Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, Quill Conference Room
70 Washington Square South, 10th Floor

As part of the Fall 2018 Cold War Center Seminar Series ​Kristina Shull (Harvard University) will discuss her paper “Legacies of Reagan’s Cold War on Immigrants: Resistance and the Rise of a Detention Regime” on Thursday, November 29. Hannah Gurman (New York University) will comment.

The seminar will take place from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in the Tamiment Library conference room on the tenth floor of the Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South. A reception with wine and cheese will follow the Q & A session.

This seminar is sponsored by the Center for the United States and the Cold War.


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.


Misdemeanorland: A Conversation with Issa Kohler-Hausmann on “Broken Windows” and the Troubling Reach of America’s Penal State

November 29, 12:00 PM
Furman Hall
245 Sullivan Street New York, NY 10012

In the early 1990s, the theory of “broken windows” radically transformed policing across the country.Twenty years on, its legacy is complicated and hotly debated. Data suggest that it may have led to significant reductions in crime across the country. But many argue that the collateral damage of broken windows has far outweighed its benefits. Are they right?

In her recent book, Misdemeanorland, Yale Law School Professor Issa Kohler-Hausmann argues that, under broken windows, lower courts have slid into a mode of processing cases that prioritizes speed and efficiency over justice. She shows how the policing experiment has subjected hundreds of thousands of people to surveillance and asserts that the lower reaches of the criminal justice system operate as a form of social control. Professor Kohler-Hausmann joins the Brennan Center for a public conversation.

 Sponsored by the NYU School of Law


Are We Post-Francophone Yet?

November 29, 6:30 PM
La Maison Française, 16 Washington Mews
(at University Place), NY, NY 10003

Kaoutar Harchi is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Musée du Quai Branly and visiting professor at NYU (French Literature, Culture and Thought and Institute of French Studies). A sociologist of culture, her work revolves around francophonie as an intellectual and social field and the trajectories of Algerian novelists who have obtained recognition in France. She is the author of Je n’ai qu’une langue et ce n’est pas la mienne (2016). She has also published three novels, including L’ampleur du saccage (Actes Sud, 2011).

Lia Brozgal is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at UCLA, with a special emphasis on France and North Africa. She is the author of Against Autobiography: Albert Memmi and the Production of Theory (2013); co-editor of Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today (2015); co-editor of Ninette of Sin Street (the first English translation of the Tunisian novella Ninette de la rue du Péché by Vitalis Danon); and author of essays on North African literature and cinema, beur cultural productions, chronicles of the Holocaust in North Africa, and Judeo-Maghrebi literature and film.

Co-sponsored by Department of French Literature, Thought, and Culture and Institute of French Studies


Lecture by Emily Braun: Burri, Caragaggio, and Neorealism between Film and Canvas

December 5, 6:30 PM
The Institute of Fine Arts, 1 East 78th Street

In conjunction with the exhibition NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932–1960
September 6–December 8, 2018
With Emily Braun, Art History, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.

RSVP to: https://tinyurl.com/BraunLec

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts and Grey Art Gallery.


America Addicted: Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

December 3, 6:15 PM
1307 L Street, NW Washington, DC 20005
Room: Abramson Auditorium

The current opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average 115 Americans die of an opioid overdose every day. It’s an issue that transcends all geographic and socioeconomic boundaries — affecting people of every ethnicity and age.

Join the NYU College of Global Public Health and John Brademas Center of New York University for America Addicted: Understanding the Opioid Epidemic, an event that aims to better understand the issues surrounding the use and abuse of prescription opioid medications. Through a short film, this event will tell a personal story of a mother who lost her son to a Fentanyl overdose. Immediately following the film, a panel of policy and research experts whose work focuses on combating the epidemic will join in a discussion with the film’s director.

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


Book Launch | The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey

December 3, 6:00 PM
20 Cooper Square
5th floor New York, New York 10003

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to join us for the launch event of Rowan Ricardo Phillips’s new book The Circuit, out now from FSG, featuring the author in conversation with Eyal Press.

In The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey, the award-winning poet—and Paris Review sports columnist—Rowan Ricardo Phillips chronicles 2017 as seen through the unique prism of its pivotal, revelatory, and historic tennis season. The annual tennis schedule is a rarity in professional sports in that it encapsulates the calendar year. And like the year, it’s divided into four seasons, each marked by a final tournament: the Grand Slams.

Phillips charts the year from winter’s Australian Open, where Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal renewed their rivalry in a match for the ages, to fall’s U.S. Open, when Maria Sharapova returned to the game as only she could—by shocking the world. Along the way, Phillips paints a new, vibrant portrait of tennis, one that captures not only the emotions, nerves, and ruthless tactics of the point-by-point game but also the quicksilver movement of victory and defeat on the tour, placing that sense of upheaval within a broader cultural and social context. Tennis has long been thought of as an escapist spectacle: a bucolic, separate bauble of life.

The Circuit will convince you that you don’t leave the world behind as you watch tennis—you bring it with you.

Co-sponsored by NYU Institute for Public Knowledge and New York Institute for the Humanities.


Latin Reel Special Screening: Rush Hour

November 30, 7:30 PM
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center

Rush Hour is a documentary film about the daily odyssey that involves moving from home to work in three different cities around the world: Mexico City, Istanbul and Los Angeles. Three stories, three cities and three characters in different contexts but similar realities that survive long journeys and time of life lost. Q&A with director Luciana Kaplan to follow.


Image from NYU Institute for Public Knowledge Webpage. Cover of Rowan Ricardo Phillip’s book “The Circuit”