Monthly Archives: October 2010

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Draper Alumnus Scott Bankert on the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Conference, October 2010

Scott Bankert graduated from Draper in May 2010. He presented a paper entitled “Impossible Cities: Personal Accounts of Wonder in the Global Everyday” at the annual conference of the Association for Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) in Dallas in early October. The theme of the conference was “The Transformation of the 21st Century City.” Scott has shared some thoughts about his experience at the conference below.

Scott was also recently interviewed for in.ter.reg.num: check out his interview here.


The AGLSP conference in Dallas this month was absolutely incredible. What a wonderful group of smart and kind people. There were chemists, novelists, anthropologists, economists, and migration scholars, as well as medieval scholars and classicists. The inclusion of novelists and poets seemed to me a big draw for Draper students, as so many of them are writers as well as scholars. Much advice about the writer’s life- agents, balancing commitments, etc. -was discussed.

This year, they announced that there is a big push to create doctoral liberal studies programs – Georgetown now has one and UC Davis as well, with a few more schools planning to follow suit such as Stanford, OU and SMU. This is always something that has boggled me about the NYU program – that we have not expanded Draper it into a Ph.D. program.

The attendees graciously received my presentation – each presenter was given 30 minutes to present and up to 15 minutess of Q&A – now that’s the way to treat a scholar! There was no rivalry or trying to shoot anyone down – it was all very open and down to earth. Several other students/recent grads presented alongside top experts in their field. I was invited back next year and intend to return. The topic will be about water.

In the future, I’d make sure to always send the AGLSP conference info to all Draper students and also call for entries for their journal, Confluence – it’s a top notch journal that takes fiction as well as papers – reminded me a lot of Anamesa. This was my first conference and I cannot imagine being treated with more respect and admiration than by AGLSP.


Call for Papers: The Conference on New York State History (Proposals Due 12/31)

The Conference on New York State History
June 2—4, 2011

Sponsored by New York State Historical Association in collaboration with New York State Archives Partnership Trust
Co-sponsored by NewYork Council for the Humanities

Call for Papers Deadline:
December 31, 2010

Submit proposals to:

Field Horne, Conference Chair
Conference on NYS History
Box 215, Saratoga Springs,
NY 12866-0215
(518) 587-4962

Individual paper abstracts, panel proposals,workshop plans, and other program suggestions are invited for the 2011 conference to be held in Cooperstown. Presentations may consider any aspect of the history of New York State over the past 400 years. Diverse theoretical perspectives and innovative methodological approaches are welcomed.

What is the Conference?

The Conference on New York State History is an annual meeting of academic and public historians, librarians and archivists, educators, publishers, and other interested individuals
who come together to discuss topics and issues related to the people of New York State in historical perspective and to share information and ideas regarding historical research, programming, and the networking of resources and services. Ten to fifteen presentation sessions,workshops, and a keynote address permit more than fifty individuals to take part
in the formal program.

Special consideration is accorded first-time presenters, graduate students, and local government historians. The conference is self-sustaining and is organized by a committee
of historians from a variety of institutions across the state. Interested parties are encouraged to discuss proposals and any conference-related ideas with Field Horne, conference chair (e-mail preferred). The Program Committee will meet to consider proposals in mid-January. Applicants will be notified immediately thereafter.

What to submit:

All proposals must be received by December 31, 2010 at 5:00 PM. If at all possible, submit a Word document by e-mail ( proposal should be a one-page description of each 25-minute presentation—not the full manuscript—and must include the following information at the top of the page: paper and/or session titles, names, postal addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of all participants, and all equipment needs and scheduling requests. It should also briefly discuss sources,methodology, and argument. All program participants are required to register for the conference.

How to submit:

Send proposals to Field Horne (address and e-mail at left).

Commentators sought:

Qualified commentators for sessions are needed. Please indicate your willingness, with your areas of expertise, in an e-mail to the conference chair.

The Conference on New York State History
June 2—4, 2011
New York State Education Department
Cultural Education Center, Suite 9C49
Albany NY 12230

Call for Papers • Deadline December 31, 2010

Chuck Wachtel Reads with Breyten Breytenbach, 11/4

Draper’s own Chuck Wachtel (who teaches The Human Fact each fall) will be reading from his new novel 3/03 at the NYU Bookstore on Thursday, November 4th at 7:00 PM. He will be joined by South African poet and and activist Breyten Breytenbach, who will read from his recent poetry collection Voice Over: A Nomadic Conversation with Mahmoud Darwish.

More information about this event is available on the NYU Bookstore website, here:

Perspectives on Performance: Stony Brook Graduate Music Symposium

CFP: Perspectives on Performance: Stony Brook Graduate Music Symposium

The Stony Brook Music Department announces its inaugural Graduate Music Symposium, to be held February 11-12, 2011. We welcome graduate students from all disciplines to submit paper or lecture-recital proposals on various aspects of musical performance. The symposium will feature a keynote address by Ellen Rosand (Yale), as well as a performance of Handel’s Acis and Galatea by Stony Brook’s award-winning Baroque Ensemble. Suggested topics for our symposium include:

  • Performers and their publics
  • Pedagogy and performance practice
  • Theorizing performance
  • Ethnographies of performances and performers
  • Performing as embodied knowledge
  • Identity politics and performance
  • Performers and composers
  • Liveness and mediation

We invite submissions of 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers or 40-minute lecture recitals. Please submit proposals to by Friday, December 10. Stony Brook is accessible via MacArthur Airport, the Long Island Rail Road, and the Bridgeport/Port Jefferson ferry. Housing with Stony Brook graduate students will be available for presenters staying overnight. For more information, please visit