Monthly Archives: September 2010

Call for Submissions: DSO Colloquium on Practice (Due Oct. 15)

Please see below for a message from Draper student Alex Ponomareff about this semester’s DSO Colloquium. Email Alex directly with questions at


Dear Draperites,

We are looking for papers, projects and presentations for this fall’s DSO Colloquium on ‘Practice’.

All aspects and interpretations of the topic are welcome. Your paper could address such things as:

· Practice as the work needed to achieve a goal. This includes the notions of practice making perfect, as well as it relationship with ideas of progress and perfectibility, and the notion of being out of practice.

· What is entailed when different fields and activities are labeled practices, such as the practice of reading or writing and also the medical or legal practices? What is different between a practice and a craft or a line of work?

· The practical as it relates to the impractical, the irrational, and the pragmatic.

· The practical joke, in its relationship to other forms of humor and to studies of humor in general.

· Discussions of praxis and its relationship to the theoretical.

· The manner in which our graduate studies are practice for a later life in the academy or for other fields that one might enter. Also, the notion of this colloquium as a form of practice.

This colloquium is limited to Draper students and provides an excellent opportunity to speak about a project you are working on and get input and ideas from your fellow students. Presentations will be 15-20 minutes long and do not have to be based on a completed project. Often a paper that is still in progress will yield a more fruitful discussion. That said, completed projects are very welcome as well.

For those interested in helping out with the selection committee, organizing the colloquium, or moderating please email Alex at

The DSO Colloquium on Practice is scheduled for Friday 3 December at 6:30.

Proposals (200 words) are due by 15 October to

Please feel free to contact Alex with any questions.

Upcoming Lecture: Secularism, Sex, and Religious Liberty (10/6)

NYU Abu Dhabi Lecture Series in New York City: The Demands of Tolerance

Secularism, Sex, and Religious Liberty

October 6, 2010 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Location: 19 Washington Square North

This year-long lecture series probes the complexities and modalities of tolerance, not solely as a matter of individual virtue but as a social and political challenge. The lectures explore the limits and demands of tolerance when under pressure by fervently held religious, sexual, social, and political beliefs.

Saba Mahmood, Associate Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology, the University of California, Berkeley

Joan Scott, Harold F. Linder Professor, Institute for Advanced Study

Linda Gordon, Professor of History, New York University

Space is limited. Please RSVP to

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Internship Available at Non-Profit: Bolder Giving

Bolder Giving, a nonprofit working to inspire and support donors to give at their full lifetime potential (, seeks a responsible student to collaborate with its Executive Director on a research project leading to a book-length academic text focused on the role of philanthropy in social change. The internship is for 8 or more hours/week. Hours and schedule are flexible, some work may be done off-site. A meal and travel stipend of approximately $650-900 will be provided, depending on days/month. Main tasks include entering data into RefWorks, reviewing scholarly texts and writing abstracts/summaries, and conducting online research through a range of reference databases to identify additional resources. Other clerical work and errands may be required. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning about contemporary philanthropy and policy change and to build skills in academic research and data management. Please email your cover letter and resume by October 20th to:

Smithsonian Museum Day

Draper student Emily Miranker wrote to share information about Smithsonian Museum Day, which allows registered participants free entrance to participating museums. More information is below. Thanks, Emily!


Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Media in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket. If you go to the link below and enter, you can receive a free admission chit to a participating museum of your choice for tomorrow, Sept. 25th.

NYU Starts Bike Share Program

NYU now has free bikes available for students, faculty, and staff to borrow at five locations around campus. For more information, see the Sustainability website, here: