Fictions of America: A Conversation on Firsts

Join Ulrich Baer and Smaran Dayal as they discuss their co-edited anthology, “Fictions of America: The Book of Firsts”Join Ulrich Baer (Director, NYU Center for the Humanities) and Smaran Dayal (Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature, NYU) as they discuss their co-edited anthology, Fictions of America: The Book of Firsts. Fictions of America presents “first” literary works that broke barriers, inaugurated new traditions, and prove that the imagination of diverse authors was one of the most powerful forces in shaping our nation. Moderated by Nicholas Boggs (Clinical Assistant Professor of English, NYU)The Center for the Humanities is committed to making our…

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Funeral Diva: Pamela Sneed in Conversation with Karen Finley

Join us for a conversation with Pamela Sneed and Karen Finley on Funeral Diva—a poetic memoir about coming-of-age in the AIDS era"In this collection of personal essays and poetry, acclaimed poet and performer Pamela Sneed details her coming of age in New York City during the late 1980s. Funeral Diva captures the impact of AIDS on Black Queer life, and highlights the enduring bonds between the living, the dying, and the dead."Featuring Pamela Sneed, Artist and Author of Sweet Dreams, Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery and Funeral DivaKaren Finley, Artist, Author and Professor of Art and Public…

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Circling Around Disability in Dance

Circling Around Disability in Dance: A Conversation with Alice Sheppard and Jennifer Homans Alice Sheppard (Choreographer/Dancer) and Jennifer Homans (Writer and Director of The Center for Ballet and the Arts) meet to see and discuss Sheppard's work and perspectives on dance and disability, aesthetics, embodiment, and virtuosity.

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Writing Matters: Collaborative Writing

Join Jennifer Morgan, Faye Ginsburg and Rayna Rapp on the deeply rewarding, but challenging task of collaborative writing Writing with colleagues can be deeply rewarding, resulting in new ideas and methodologies, but there are challenges to sharing a by-line. Join us for a round-table discussion on collaborative writingFeaturingJennifer Morgan, Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis at NYU and co-editor of Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in North AmericaFaye Ginsburg, David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology at NYU and co-editor of Media Worlds: Anthropology on New TerrainRayna Rapp, Professor of Anthropology at NYU and co-author of Cripping the New Normal:…

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Latinx Art: Book Roundtable and Discussion

An exciting roundtable on Latinx Art: Artists, Markets & Politics by Arlene Davila Join the NYU Center for the Humanities and the Latinx Project for a rountable with artists and curators on Arlene Dávila's Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, and PoliticsFeaturingRonny Quevedo ( Artist), Elia Alba (Artist), Juana Valdes (Artist) and Marcela Guerrero (Assistant Curator, Whitney Museum).Moderated by Karen Mary Davalos, Professor of Chicano and Latino Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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Broadway to Main Street: How Showtunes Enchanted America

The music of Broadway is one of America 's most unique and popular calling cards. In Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America, author Laurence Maslon tells the story of how the most beloved songs of the American Musical Theater made their way from the Theater District to living rooms across the country. 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.Featuring Laurence Maslon, Arts Professor, Associate Chair, Grad Acting Program, NYU Tisch, in conversation with Amanda Vaill, Biographer, Journalist, and…

Environmental Martyrs and the Fate of the Forests

Featuring Rob Nixon, Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professor in the Humanities and the Environment at Princeton University and author of his most recent book, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. This talk will address the current surge in environmental martyrdom against the backdrop of the resource wars across the global South. Rob Nixon asks: what is the relationship between the sacrificial figure of the environmental martyr and the proliferation of sacrifice zones under neoliberal globalization? And, in the battles over the fate of the planet’s forests, what is the relationship between the fallen martyr and the…

The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe: Brittleness Integration Medicine and the Great War

This event is at capacity. Registration does not guarantee seating. Seating is first-come, first-serve. The injuries suffered by soldiers during WWI were as varied as they were brutal. How could the human body suffer and often absorb such disparate traumas? Why might the same wound lead one soldier to die but allow another to recover? In The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe, Stefanos Geroulanos (Professor of History, NYU) and Todd Meyers (Associate Professor of Anthropology, NYU Shanghai) uncover a fascinating story of how medical scientists came to conceptualize the body as an integrated yet brittle whole. Responding to the harrowing…

A Death of One’s Own

To be or not to be—who asks this question today, and how? What does it mean to issue, or respond to, an appeal for the right to die? In A Death of One’s Own: Literature, Law, and the Right to Die, Jared Stark takes up these timely questions by testing predominant legal understandings of assisted suicide and euthanasia against literary reflections on modern death from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Rigorously interdisciplinary and lucidly argued, Stark’s wide-ranging discussion sheds critical light on the disquieting bioethical and biopolitical dilemmas raised by contemporary forms of medical technology and legal agency. Join us…