Humanities Events at NYU | December 10 – 21, 2018

A selection of upcoming events at NYU within the humanities


Soft Environments

Exhibition: December 7 – 14, All Day
Textile Arts Center 26 W 8th Street

Created in collaboration as a part of “Soft Environments (Projects in Crafts)” with Victoria Manganiello at NYU Steinhardt.


Book Launch | Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities

December 11, 5:30 PM
14A Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003 United States

Join us on Tuesday, December 10 at 5:30pm for the launch of Alain Bertaud’s new book from MIT Press, Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities. In it, Bertaud argues that operational urban planning can be improved by the application of the tools of urban economics to the design of regulations and infrastructure. Drawing on five decades of urban planning experience in forty cities around the world, Bertaud links cities’ productivity to the size of their labor markets; argues that the design of infrastructure and markets can complement each other; examines the spatial distribution of land prices and densities; stresses the importance of mobility and affordability; and critiques the land use regulations in a number of cities that aim at redesigning existing cities instead of just trying to alleviate clear negative externalities. Bertaud concludes by describing the new role that joint teams of urban planners and economists could play to improve the way cities are managed.

This event is co-hosted by NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management, NYU’s Development Research Institute, and NYU’s Urban Planning Student Association.


Emergence: Inside Out

Exhibition: December 17 – 20, 2018
Opening Reception: December 17, 11am – 2pm
Barney Building Commons
34 Stuyvesant Street

The culmination of art therapy sessions held in collaboration with the NYU Steinhardt Graduate Art Therapy Program and the Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders of NYU Langone Health.


Foucault in Poland: A Silent Archive

December 10, 6:30 PM
Event Space at 244 Greene Street

Please join the NYU Cultures of War and the Postwar on Monday 10th December to discuss an essay coauthored by Cristina Vatulescu and Anna Krakus. “Foucault in Poland: A Silent Archive,” searches for the archival traces of Foucault’s reminiscence of a 1959 honey trap set up by the Polish secret police (SB) with the help of Foucault’s lover. Our research spanned over almost a decade and seven archives, including the SB archives. Its finds and no-hits lead us to reconsider Foucault’s call for an archeology of silence. The article was recently accepted for publication by Diacritics as a “contribution to Foucault studies but also theories of the archive more broadly.”

The NYU Cultures of War and the Postwar Research Collaborative aims to contribute to the debates around war culture and to produce concrete outcomes for post-war cultural policies which bridge the divides between academia, veterans, the military, activists, writers and creative artists. It is supported by the Department of English, NYU.


The Arrow of History: Literature, Colonial Legacies and Postcolonial Futures

December 13, 2018 12:30–1:45pm
Jerry Labowitz Theater for the Performing Arts
1 Washington Place, First Floor

Published in 1958, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart speaks to the ravages of colonialism and the challenges and tragedies that continue to accompany the making and unmaking of worlds after colonialism. A landmark of 20th-century world literature that has been translated into over fifty languages, the novel opens up discussion regarding decolonization and our collective futures. To celebrate the novel’s 60th anniversary alongside the 70th birthday of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, join us for a discussion with the former President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, Chinelo Achebe-Ejueyitchie (University of Massachusetts, Boston), Christopher Gevers (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa), and Adedamola Osinulu (Liberal Studies, NYU), for a discussion moderated by Vasuki Nesiah (NYU Gallatin).

This event is open to the public and is co-sponsored by NYU Liberal Studies and NYU Gallatin.


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.


Image from NYU Gallatin .