Events Archive

James Baldwin's Story of Childhood: A Symposium

Date: September 11, 2018

*This event is at capacity. Registration does not guarantee seating. Seats are first-come, first-serve.*

Join us for the launch event for a new edition of James Baldwin’s book, Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood (Duke University Press) featuring a panel of scholars, archivists, and contributors, including Baldwin’s nephew Tejan Karefa-Smart and his niece Aisha Karefa-Smart. Hosted by the book's co-editors Nicholas Boggs (Department of English, NYU) and Jennifer DeVere Brody (Department of Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford).

Aisha Karefa-Smart
Author and Educator

Tejan Karefa-Smart
Photographer and Digital Media Artist

Steven Fullwood
Independent Archivist and Curator

Dagmawi Woubshet
Ahuja Family Presidential Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania

Moderated by Sybil Cooksey, Clinical Assistant Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Humanities and the NYU Department of English. Reception to follow.

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Jumpstart Your Summer Writing

Date: May 9, 2018

There are over 100 days between the last day of the spring semester and the first day of the fall semester. Use this time to make progress on your writing project! Join us for an action-oriented session. Panelists will discuss how to kick-off your summer writing and how to approach editors about publishing your work.

Ulrich Baer
Vice Provost for Faculty and Undergraduate Academic Affairs; Professor, Department of German, New York University

Susan Ferber
Executive Editor, Oxford University Press

Martha Hodes
Professor of History, New York University

Theresa MacPhail
Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, Stevens Institute of Technology

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Listening to History

Date: April 17, 2018

How do we make oral histories more accessible to a public audience? This round-table convenes activists and historians from different fields to discuss their projects in presenting oral histories through podcasts and exhibits, crafting coherent narratives out of exciting but often unwieldy sources. What audiences can these publicly-minded initiatives incorporate? How do the demands of narrative structure these histories? What are the promises and pitfalls of such an approach? Panelists include:

Cynthia Tobar 
Welfare Rights Initiative Oral History Project; Cities for People, Not for Profit: Gentrification & Housing Activism in Bushwick

Cassie Wagler 
NYC Trans Oral History Project

Christine Mladic Janney
Public Humanities Fellow, NYU

Moderated by Joan Flores-Villalobos, Ph.D. Candidate, African Diaspora History, NYU.

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Fashion and Animals: Ethical Fashion and Environmentalism

Date: April 10, 2018

How can animal rights and fashion work together toward a sustainable future?

Joshua Katcher, author of the forthcoming Fashion Animals, will be in conversation with Kym Canter to discuss the complicated relationship between fashion and animals, and how this relationship has significant environmental impact.

Featuring Joshua Katcher (Founder & Creative Director, Brave Gentleman; Founder & Editor, TheDiscerningBrute.com; Instructor of Fashion, Parsons The New School) and Kym Canter (CEO and Creative Director, House of Fluff).

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Building Project-Based Research Communities Around Humanities Data

Date: April 3, 2018

How might we build collaboration into the curation and interpretation of data in the humanities? How might a tool that facilitates the sharing of humanities data enable new kinds of networked research communities?

Following an introduction by Clay Shirky, Vice Provost for Educational Technology at NYU, Thomas Augst (English, NYU) and Nicholas Wolf (NYU Libraries) report on NewYorkScapes and its new accompanying website, a collaborative venture between NYU College of Arts and Sciences, NYU Libraries, and NYU IT, to build ties among researchers through project-based collaboration and support for place-based learning. With Seth Kaufman, founder of Brooklyn developer Whirl-i-gig, they will also introduce a prototype of  Inquisite, an open-source environment for building and sharing data collections for the purposes of teaching and research.

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States