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Humanities Events at NYU | March 5 – 25, 2018

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A selection of upcoming events at NYU within the humanities

Reparative Seizure in the Jamaican Lotto Scam

March 5, 12:00 PM
Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor
Join the Race and Public Space Workshop of the Institute for Public Knowledge for a lecture by Jovan Scott Lewis about how disadvantaged black youth in Jamaica engaged in the practice of international “lottery scamming” mobilize a reparative logic.
Hosted by Race and Public Space Workshop of the Institute for Public Knowledge.

Cajal and the Enchanted Loom, by Rodolfo Llinás

March 6, 6:30 PM
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South
Rodolfo Llinás is Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Physiology & Neuroscience at the NYU School of Medicine. This event is part of the exhibit The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, held at NYU Grey Art Gallery between January 9 and March 31, 2018.
Hosted by the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center and NYU Grey Art Gallery.

Distinguished Scholar: Christina Sharpe on Black. Still. Life.

March 7, 4:00 PM
NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, 20 Cooper Square, Fourth Floor
A lecture with Christina Sharpe about Black. Still. Life. and parts of In the Wake. It will address the current project’s (Black. Still. Life.) concerns with weather, stillness, soil, and the wake of slavery. Sharpe will think through part of the work of the Equal Justice Initiative as well as Torkwase Dyson’s Strange Fruit Series.
Hosted by the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis

This Land Is Our Land: Nature and Nationalism in the Age of Trump

March 7, 6:30 PM
NYU Law, Tishman Auditorium, 40 Washington Square South
A lecture by Jedediah Purdy (Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law, Duke University Law School). How did a ‘War on Coal’ come to stand for an existential fight among Americans, and between different ideas of the country? How did we move from a band of self-styled ‘patriots’ occupying a wildlife refuge in Oregon in 2015 to the President stripping protection from national monuments in 2017 – with support from those same ‘patriots’? How does denial of climate change hold together various other denials – of interdependence, ecological limits, and global justice? What images of the natural world, and the human place in it, are entangled in the politics of Donald Trump’s presidency and the nationalist right?
Co-sponsored by The New York Institute for the Humanities and Princeton University Press

We Are Irreplaceable: A Night of Film & Poetry by Emerging Artists of Color

March 7, 6:30 PM Rescheduled: March 30
A/P/A Institute, 8 Washington Mews
Join us for an evening of cinema and poetry from the Asian, Caribbean, and African diasporas. The program will begin with poetry from Giselle Buchanan, Jess X. Snow, Rami Karim, and Terrance Daye, and continue with a screening of short films by current Tisch Graduate Film students of color: Sontenish Myers, Prashanth Kamalakanthan, Jess X. Snow, and Terrance Daye. We’ll end with a discussion about how film and poetry can open a portal to a world in which communities of color are seen, held, and healed.
Presented by the Tisch Graduate Film Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Community-Building. Sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Graduate Film Program in the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Peter Behrens: “Families, Histories, Novels”

March 8, 7:00 PM
Glucksman Ireland House, 1 Washington Mews
Peter Behrens’ first novel The Law of Dreams won the Governor-General’s Literary Award, Canada’s oldest and most prestigious book prize and is published in nine languages. The New York Times Book Review called his second novel, The O’Briens, “a major achievement” and Megan O’Grady, writing in Vogue, calls Carry Me, his latest novel, “another meditation on history and destiny . . . that make[s] the past feel stunningly close at hand.” Carry Me recently won The Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature.
Hosted by Glucksman Ireland House.

Dangerous Numbers

March 9, 6:00 PM
NYU Journalism, 20 Cooper Square, Seventh Floor
In Syria and Iraq’s ongoing conflicts, severely under-reported civilian death tolls help to keep major conflict off of the front page. Award-winning journalists Rania Abouzeid, author of the forthcoming No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria, and Azmat Khan, co-author of The Uncounted, will discuss the numbers and the larger significance of under-reporting conflict. Discussion will be moderated by Distinguished Writer in Residence Eliza Griswold.
Hosted by Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Beauty Can be Dangerous to Your Health

March 15, 6:00 PM
ISAW Lecture Hall, 15 E 84th St.
A lecture by George Saliba (Columbia University). The talk will address the circumstances under which beautifully illustrated manuscripts could become dangerous to your health. While the production of illuminated manuscripts certainly enhanced the beauty – and thus the price of the manuscript – this beauty almost always came at a price.
Hosted by Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.

What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain

March 20, 5:30 PM
Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science, 100 Washington Square East
What makes Mona Lisa’s smile elusive? What produces a dynamic illusion in Pointillist paintings? And why did Picasso think “colors are only symbols”? Margaret Stratford Livingstone, a professor at Harvard University’s School of Medicine, will consider these questions in “What Art Can Tell Us about the Brain,” NYU’s Annual Irving H. Jurow Lecture.
Presented by NYU’s College of Arts and Science in conjunction with the exhibition “The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramon y Cajal,” on view at NYU Grey Art Gallery

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Argentinian Poet Maria Negroni

March 21, 7:00 PM
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South
Poetry reading and conversation with Argentinian poet Maria Negroni, director of the Masters in Creative Writing Spanish at Universidad del Tres de Febrero (Buenos Aires). This event is held in Spanish.
Sponsored by NYU MFA Creative Writing in Spanish Program.

The Rise of the Global Right: Feminist/Queer Critiques

March 22, 6:30 PM
5 Washington Place, Room 101
A panel discussion with Lisa Duggan, Masha Gessen, Svati Shah, & Neferti Tadiar. From a forthcoming issue of the feminist journal Signs dedicated to “Gender and the Rise of the Global Right,” to a recent panel at the Pratt Institute on the same topic, feminist and queer scholars and activists are urgently calling our attention to how the rise of right-wing authoritarian regimes is predicated on an investment in toxic masculinity and its attendant homophobia, transphobia and misogyny. This panel brings together feminist/queer scholars and activists to discuss the convergences, and important distinctions, between the gender and sexual politics that undergird the consolidation of power of Trump in the U.S., Putin in Russia, Modi in India, and Duterte in the Philippines.
Co-Sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Department of Social & Cultural Analysis Studies.

Image: Still from Sontenish Myers’s Cross My Heart. Image courtesy of A/P/A Institute event page.