NYU Humanities News

Great New Books in the Humanities: Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism: An Archive by Hala Halim

View more photos from this event “To read Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism is to learn,” panelist Mark Sanders commented, “both as the author instructs and by the reader’s own formation.” In this lively discussion of Hala Halim’s  recent book, Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism: An Archive (2013) panelists explored themes such as cosmopolitanism and class, eurocentrism, colonial subalternity, and the […]

Apply now to join the leadership team of NYU’s first ever Humanities Ambassador Club for undergraduate students

Attention NYU Sophomores and Juniors: Apply now to join the leadership team of NYU’s first ever Humanities Ambassador Club for undergraduate students! With support from the Humanities Initiative at NYU, the club will organize a series of events during the Spring 2014 semester to strengthen the voice and identity of the humanities undergraduate student community, […]

Verdi’s Third Century: Italian Opera Today

An International Conference • New York University October 9-13, 2013 • Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and the Humanities Initiative As we approach the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), interest in his operas remains undiminished. Verdi’s music continues to travel around the world in live performances and recordings, and new technologies–from the internet […]

The Expanded field and other more fragile states of mind

Eve Meltzer reading from her new book, Systems We Have Loved: Conceptual Art, Affect, and the Antihumanist Turn (Univeristy of Chicago Press, 2013) Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:30PM Eve Meltzer is Associate Professor of Visual Studies at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Art History. Her […]

“Re-Thinking Literature” Conference hosted by The Center for French Civilization and Culture

New York University’s Center for French Civilization and Culture will host “Re-Thinking Literature,” a conference that will consider the meaning and significance of “literature” today, September 19 through 21 at NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center (100 Washington Square East [between Waverly and Washington Place]). In the fall of 1966, Johns Hopkins University hosted “The Language […]

Between African Americans and Japanese: Traveling Texts

A two-day symposium on the cross-pollination between Japanese and African-American literature and culture

Welcome to the new Humanities Initiative website!

We are immensely proud to present a newly-relaunched website for the Humanities Initiative! Built from the ground up, our new home on the Internet has been designed to help you learn about our many events, grant programs, and activities. Among the many improvements, you’ll find a completely new event registration system, high quality photos and […]

New 2014-15 Fellowship Applications

Today, the Humanities Initiative is proud to announce our fellowship programs for the 2014-15 academic year. Each year, the HI sponsors some 25 fellows—both graduate students and faculty—to pursue their research interests in the broad fields of the humanities. We would like to invite all interested students and faculty to apply for this year’s round […]

Congratulations Anna Deavere Smith, 2012 NEH Humanities Medalist

The Humanities Initiative cannot be more excited to congratulate actress, playwright, and NYU University Professor Anna Deavere Smith on winning a 2012 National Humanities Medal this week from President Obama, for her years of engaging work in the theater and on the TV screen. She has devoted much of her career to discovering the American […]

Congratulations to Sharon Olds, Recipient of 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

The Humanities Initiative is proud to announce and celebrate the outstanding achievement of NYU Professor of English Sharon Olds, who received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her collection, Stag’s Leap (Alfred A. Knopf). The New York Times stated that “the poems in Stag’s Leap were written after the breakup of Ms. Olds’s 30-year […]