Monthly Archives: January 2011

Join Anamesa! Rescheduled kick-off meeting Tuesday, 2/1

Join Anamesa!

Come to our rescheduled Spring 2011 kick-off meeting to meet your fellow graduate students and learn how you can get involved:

Tuesday, February 1st at 6:30-9:30pmKing Juan Carlos Center, Reading Room

Anamesa, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary anthology of graduate student work, is published twice yearly, and based out of NYU’s John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The journal has just wrapped up its last issue, titled Intersections, and is keen on moving forward in a big way: more submissions, more editorial input from everyone, more art, more design, and more fun. Anamesa is one of the few graduate student forums in the country that not only engages with issues of transdisciplinarity, but produces a printed product.

Volunteering for Anamesa is not a tremendous time commitment, but it is a community of highly motivated editors who are passionate about publishing. And we need new staff members at all levels of the organization:
• article editors
• selection committee members
• proofreaders and copy editors• editors for our online version
• layout and design
• publicity

Interested? Be sure to come by the general meeting on Tuesday, February 1st at 6:30-9:30pm in the Reading Room of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center. If you have any questions before the meeting, feel free to contact the senior editorial staff at You can also learn more about the journal and read our latest issue at, and be sure to fan us on Facebook.

See you then!

Julie Baumgardner, editor-in-chief
Alex Ponamareff-editorial director
Phil Arnone, Louis Gulino, Nick Gutierrez & Christine Olson- Senior Editors

an interdisciplinary journal

Grad Students: Learning to Read Again (via Chronicle of Higher Ed)

Robin Nagle suggests our students take a look at the article “Learning to Read, Again,” which was published in The Chronicle of Higher Education this weekend. It begins as follows:

Learning to Read, Again

By Gary Alan Fine

Academics take reading for granted. We learned to read in first grade, and those skills have served us well ever since. Like fish in water, we hardly notice the transparent medium in which we swim.

Writing is a skill that we are continuously taught, a skill that is graded. But reading is different. When academics have trouble understanding texts—and we do—the problem is usually with texts and with our background knowledge, not the act of reading itself. And when we do have a reading problem, we tend to medicalize it as dyslexia, suggesting that proper reading is normal and natural—especially for advanced scholars. That tendency is not particular to higher education, however. After the elementary years, schools pay little attention to the mechanisms of reading. We read as if all texts, even the most complex, were Dick and Jane.

Graduate Study Abroad Classes Steinhardt This Summer: Info Session Tomorrow, 2/1

Dear Students:

Steinhardt’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication has asked us to share the announcement below about their summer study abroad classes. All of these classes are graduate level. If you are interested in enrolling in any of these courses, please consult with Robert Dimit directly at


Learn more about summer study abroad opportunities in Media, Culture, and Communication at our upcoming information session:

Tuesday, February 1 @ 5:30 pm
Media, Culture, and Communication department couches (239 Greene Street, 7th floor).

Professors Marita Sturken, Terence Moran and Nicholas Mirzoeff will introduce their respective courses and be available to answer questions.

Memory, Architecture and Design: Comparative Perspectives
Marita Sturken (Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU) and Brigitte Sion (Religious Studies, NYU)
New York: May 31 – June 2
Buenos Aires: June 5 – June 22

Propaganda and Persuasion in International Cinema
Terence Moran (Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU) and John Downing (Communication, Southern Illinois University, American University of Paris)
Paris: tentatively May 29 – June 18

Globalization, Memory and Visual Culture
Nicholas Mirzoeff (Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU) and Waddick Doyle (Communication, American University of Paris)

CFP: AGLSP Conference – due May 1

Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP)


Source of Life and Strife: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Water
October 13‐15, 2011, Saratoga Springs, New York

Hosted by the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, Skidmore College
As one of the elements necessary to sustain life, water has played and continues to play a
paramount role in human existence. Artists—from painters to writers to dancers—have
drawn on images of water or its lack for inspiration. Native Americans of the Southwest
did rain dances to end droughts. Classical mythology abounds with figures associated with

Waterfalls from Niagara to Iguazú to Yosemite to Victoria Falls inspire awe. Fountains
adorn our major cities, imitating the natural phenomenon of geysers. Wishing wells reveal
our innermost desires and fears, and rainbows are associated with good luck, pots of gold,
and covenants with the Deity.

Cities first arose along the banks of rivers or the shores of seas because of easy
communication and commerce. Canals, like the Suez, the Panama, and the Erie, have
facilitated travel, and dams provide hydroelectric power. Mineral baths and drinking water
from springs have created vacation sites and health spas. Glaciers and icebergs capture our
attention, as do clouds and fog.

Yet water has also served as an issue of conflict or has caused devastating cataclysms, as
Hurricane Katrina or the flooding in Pakistan so pointedly illustrate. In our contemporary
world, global climate change, acid rain, the overuse of fertilizers, seepage from refuse and
animal waste, industrial waste, oil spills, and human negligence all threaten the clean water
supply and thus imperil the existence of all living things.
Wars have been fought to secure access to fresh water or to shipping from seaports. The
British built an empire on their dominance of the sea, defeating other nations and gaining
access to faraway cultures and natural resources.

By bringing together voices from various disciplines, presenters at this conference will
highlight the harmony and dissonance inherent in water. Papers should be 20 minutes long
and presented, rather than read, to conference attendees. Please submit a 1‐2 page abstract
electronically to Sandy Welter at Skidmore College ( by May 1. Be
sure to write “AGLSP Submission” in the subject line.

Party Tonight! (Friday, 1/28)

Hi all,

We’re back in business today and our party tonight is going ahead as planned. Details are below. We hope to see you there!