Monthly Archives: July 2011

Introducing Mario A. Caro, Draper’s New Faculty Fellow in Art Worlds

Draper is delighted to introduce Mario A. Caro as our new faculty fellow in Art Worlds. Dr. Caro will be teaching two courses for Draper in the fall–Introduction to Art Worlds I and Topics in Art Worlds–and more information on those classes will be available shortly. His bio is below; please join us in welcoming him to the program.


Mario A. Caro is a researcher, curator, and instructor of contemporary Indigenous art. His research topics include the representation of Indigenous cultures within the museum; the visual production of an “aesthetics of nostalgia” within photographic practices; art historical methodologies and the production of colonial discourses; and, most recently, essentialism and Native art practices. He has also curated various national and international exhibitions and was the curator of exhibitions at Alaska House, New York in Soho.

Dr. Caro completed his doctorate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, and has taught at various institutions, including The Evergreen State College, Otis School of Art and Design, and Indiana University, where he held the post of Public Scholar for Civic Engagement. He has published widely on the history, theory, and criticism of contemporary art, and is the founding editor of Invisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture.

His work within the academy complements his endeavors to further global cultural exchange. He serves on the boards of various organizations focused on art residencies and is the current president of Res Artis, an international network of art residencies focused on promoting the worldwide mobility of artists. Dr. Caro is committed to combining his interdisciplinary scholarship with his community-oriented organizing and curating activities.

"Ozzy’s Leap" by Draper Alumna Dinika Amaral Published

Draper alumna Dinika Amaral (May 2011) has published a short story entitled “Ozzy’s Leap” in Heavenly Tales, an anthology of stories all about “everyday people whose lives were forever changed…simply by the presence of a cat.” Fiona B. McKinney, the anthology’s editor, contacted Dinika and commissioned her story, which Dinika says was inspired by a friend’s cat.

The proceeds from the sale of Heavenly Tales will go to three cat shelters.

Congrats, Dinika!

Anamesa Spring 2011 Issue Available Online

Dear Draperites,
Through the break we at Anamesa have been hard at work, and have some exciting news to share!
First and foremost, we are happy to announce that the Spring 2011 issue is now available online! Please visit to have a look, and while you’re there check out our past issues and submission information for Fall 2011. There is also a link to the journal on the Draper homepage.
You can now find updates from Anamesa on Facebook as well. Please follow us to stay in the loop on upcoming meetings, deadlines, and other information.
And finally, we will be making a presentation at the Draper orientation and start of semester party on September 1 where we will be introducing our plans for the Fall semester, answering questions, signing up new staff and handing out journals. If you’d like to get involved please come, and if you can’t make it email us at to get added to our mailing list.
We hope you’ve been enjoying your summer, staying cool, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
All the best,
The Editors
an interdisciplinary journal

Information on Fall Advising and Registration

Dear Students:

As many of you are aware, Draper will begin taking appointments for fall 2011 academic advising this coming Monday, July 25. Appointments can be scheduled by calling Draper’s main line at 212.998.8070. To be fair to all of our students, we cannot schedule advising appointments via email.

The following information should be useful to you as you prepare for advisement and registration:

  • Advising will run from Monday, August 15 – Thursday, September 1.

  • Remember that all students who are taking credit-bearing courses *must* have an advising appointment before they will be given access codes. Students who will not be taking classes but will be completing their theses in the fall should register for Maintenance of Matriculation (MM) with Class Number 1631. For more information on what MM is and why you need to register for it, please see Draper’s FAQ page for current students here.

  • If you cannot attend your advisement appointment in person, you can schedule a phone appointment. New students are encouraged to come in for advising in person, if at all possible.

  • Draper’s fall course listings are available on our website ( Please note that these listings are currently more accurate than those found through Albert, but that due to the new registration system, some details–particularly for crosslisted courses–are still being finalized. Course information will be complete by the time advisement begins.

Registration Open for AGSLSP Conf: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Water (Saratoga Springs, NY)



October 13-15, 2011
Saratoga Springs, NY
Host: Skidmore College

As an element necessary to sustain life on the Blue Planet, water has played and continues to play a paramount role in all aspects of human existence. Yet water has also served as a trigger for conflict and has caused devastating cataclysms, as Hurrican Katrina and the recent flooding in Pakistan so pointedly illustrate. Water is both a blessing and a curse, yet it is crucial to life, pervading art, politics, society, science, and basic human survival.

How does water appear in different contexts and function in different miliuex? How can a dialogue among disciplines illuminate and address problems and solutions to issues presented by this vital natural resource? How can the past inform our understanding of the importance of water in the present and guide our actions in the future? Join us in Saratoga Springs to grapple with the harmony and dissonance inherent in water as the source of life and strife and as inspiration for creativity and invention.

For more information on conference registration, accommodations, and the full program schedule, see