Monthly Archives: March 2010

Draper student speaking at Materials of Persuasion Symposium, 4/23

Draper student Everett Kramer will be speaking at the Materials of Persuasion Symposium this April, at the Bard Graduate Center uptown. Information, including RSVP info, is below. Congratulations, Everett!

The Bard Graduate Center for Studies
in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture
18 West 86th Street
New York, New York 10024

Materials of Persuasion, Graduate Student Symposium
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024
April 23, 2010

Critics passing judgment, clergy seeking converts, advertisers selling products, and politicians running for office are all in the persuasion business. Persuasion is the key to the art of rhetoric, but there has always been a material dimension to persuasion as well.

Objects are vehicles of persuasion. We are persuaded to purchase and consume objects, and we use them to persuade others, to mediate the identities we put forth, and our interactions with each other. The roles of persuasive objects change over time as they pass from hand to hand. The mutable relationships between material objects, people, and desire are powerful, tantalizing subjects of study. So how does persuasion factor into these fluid equations? Makers, buyers, and users all have unique perspectives on the art of persuasion, as well as unspoken intentions that are constantly at work beneath the surface. Some of these intentions may be deceptive – persuasion can have a dark side. Finally, persuasion rests upon various types of evidence – what must we see in order to believe?

Graduate students from diverse fields will be discussing the above questions through a variety of lenses at the Bard Graduate Center located at 38 West 86^th Street (between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West) on Friday April 23. Breakfast and coffee will be served beginning at 9:00am, the talks will commence at 9:30am. Below is a list of the speakers. We invite scholars from all fields to attend the lecture. Please RSVP to, seats are limited.


Grace Ong-Yan (University of Pennsylvania, Graduate Program in Architecture)“From wrapping leftovers to modern architecture: Persuasion Strategies of Aluminum”
Dean Lampros (Boston University, American and New England Studies Program) “Mansions as Marketing: The Fashioning of Self Image and the Sale of Luxury Goods by the American Funeral Industry, 1920-1980”
Maria Shevzov (Winterthur Program in American Material Culture) “Marketing Homespun as Modern: Rabun Studios, 1936-1958”
Alexandra Oliver (University of Pittsburgh, History of Art and Architecture) “Capturing Socialist Style: fashion photography in East Germany”
Karin Jones (University of Missouri, Art History) “The Exotic and The Emphatic: Decorative Arts and the Colonial Section of the Exposition Internationale de Bruxelles, 1897”
Nicholas Genau (University of Virginia, History of Art and Architecture) “A Persuasion of Victory: Calixtus II and Spolia at Santa Maria in Cosmedin”
Everett Kramer (New York University, Draper Interdisciplinary Masters in Humanities and Social Thought) “An Arsenal of Teapots”

Keynote Speaker: Tim Burke, Professor of History, Swarthmore College

Israel and America series from the Taub Center this April

The Taub Center for Israel Studies at New York University presents:
Israel and America: The Special Relationship

This series will feature three speakers who have played important roles in shaping and analyzing the diplomatic relationship between Israel and America.

Thursday – April 8, 2010
Walter Russell Mead, Council for Foreign Relations
“Does Israel Need a Lobby in America?”

Thursday – April 15, 2010
Aaron David Miller, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
“The U.S., Israel and American Jews: A Negotiator Looks Back”

Thursday – April 22, 2010
Itamar Rabinovich, New York University
“Israel and America: Where We Stand Now”

All Lectures will take place at:
19 University Place – Lecture Hall 102
New York City, NY

This series is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP required.
Please RSVP to: or call (212) 998-8981

DSO Colloquium Paper Titles Announced

The DSO has announced the titles of the papers that will be presented at their spring conference on Friday, April 9th starting at 7:00 PM in the Draper Map Room:

Alex Ponomareff:
“Little Boxes: A brief excursion into the panels of American comic books”

John Allen:
“The Structure of an Empirical Theory of Taste”

Sarah Broderick:
“One Creator + One Creature = One Trickster: Secondary Title as Frame for Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus

Archives & Public History Brown Bag Lunch: Grant Writing (April 2)

NYU Archives and Public History Program brown bag lunch series
Grant writing
Friday April 2, 12:00-2:00pm
King Juan Carlos Center, room 607

Please join us for the final Archives and Public History Program brown bag lunch of the spring 2010 semester, which will feature a discussion about applying for and utilizing grant money in archival and historical institutions. Speakers include:

Barbara Haws, archivist/historian of the New York Philharmonic and alum of the archives and public history program. Haws has performed much successful fundraising, and has received a substantial grant from the Leon Levy Foundation to digitize 1.3 million pages of the orchestra’s archive, which can be searched here.

Maurita Baldock, also an alum of the program and curator of manuscripts at the New York Historical Society. Baldock has recently received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Mike Nash, head of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives, and an extremely successful grant writer and creative fundraiser.

And Peter Wosh, director of the Archives and Public History Program, who has been a grant recipient from NEH and NHPRC as well as a number of state agencies, and a review panelist for many state and national agencies.

Please bring a brown bag lunch. Complimentary drinks and desserts will be provided.

Please RSVP to Kate Dundon at by Tuesday, March 30.

Race, Culture & Black Identity series tomorrow, 3/25

The Institute of African-American Affairs, Afro-Latin@ Forum, and
Programs in Africana Studies and Latino Studies at NYU present:

Race, Culture & Black Identity in the U.S.
3-part series

The ways that people of African descent in the U.S. have defined themselves have always been complex but recent demographic changes are posing new questions and new challenges. Can one become Black? Can one “migrate” into blackness? What does it mean to be Black when you aren’t African American? What are the processes that permit or discourage changes in our understanding of blackness?

“Tangled Origins: Race, Culture & Black Identity in the U.S.” is a series of three conversations at New York University that will look at the shifting notions of race and the current redefinitions of “blackness” throughout the U.S. Discussions will center on the overlapping complexities in the histories, cultures and politics among peoples of African descent.

Join us for the final part of this series, where we engage creativity and cultural expression.


Thursday, March 25, 2010, 6:00 PM
Where: Department of Social & Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor New York, NY 10003

Performances & Readings by Charan P., Kevin Nathaniel Hylton, & R. Erica Doyle

Panel Discussion & Conversation with Awam Amkpa, Juan Flores, Angelique V. Nixon, & Rich Blint