Monthly Archives: April 2012

Steinhardt course, "Higher Education and the Engaged Imagination" – taught by GSAS dean Catherine Stimpson

Anyone interested in enrolling in the below course should first talk to Robert Dimit (robert.dimit@nyu.edu). Full syllabus available by contacting draper.program@nyu.edu
New Course for Steinhardt School, Offered through the Higher and Post-secondary Education Program
INSTRUCTOR: Catharine R. Stimpson
University Professor and Dean Emerita, Graduate School of Arts and Science
Senior Fellow, The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy
COURSE NUMBER:  HPSE GE 2130
COURSE TIME: Fridays, 12:00pm-1:40pm
COURSE TITLE:  “Higher Education and the Engaged Imagination: Representations of Colleges and Universities” 
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Popular beliefs about higher education arise as much from literary, and cultural, sources as from academic and professional research. This innovative course interrogates the idea, “How do we know what we know about higher education?” By applying a humanistic method the course engages the imagination of writers and readers,  in discovering and re-discovering the meaning, history, and purposes of higher education. Through the lens of literature, but also of the other arts and media, students will understand the hopes, fears, and conflicts associated with higher education.
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DSO Conference: Arriving at Confluence — THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 3-6pm at Draper

"The Arts of Memory" – NSSR Interdisciplinary Memory Conference, The New School – April 26, 27

This Thursday and Friday! Join us for:

The Arts of Memory

The Fifth Annual Interdisciplinary Memory Conference
The New School for Social Research, NYC
Thursday and Friday, April 26-27, 2012



EVENING KEYNOTES:
Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
(Orozco Room, 66 West 12th St, 7th Floor)

“An Archive of Threat”


Peter C. Van Wyck 
Graduate Media Studies Program Director
Associate Professor in Communication Studies
Concordia University
Drawing from an archive of images arising from two book projects – Signs of Danger: Waste, Trauma, and Nuclear Threat and The Highway of the Atom – this text will trace a route from Canada’s far north, to Japan, Finland and New Mexico. Its itinerary concerns the constellation of effects – with respect to memory in particular – wrought by atomic and nuclear threats and disaster.  
Keynote followed by a reception.


Friday, April 27, 6:30 p.m.
(Wolff Room, 6 East 16th St, 11th Floor)

“Memory Palaces — the Renaissance and the Contemporary World”

Lina Bolzoni Global Distinguished Professor of Italian Studies
New York University
An ancient tradition teaches the art of memory. This art builds palaces in the mind in which to place images that help us to remember. While this tradition may at first sight appear radically remote from the world we live in today, it nevertheless regularly resurfaces in different forms. This talk describes the most famous “theatre of memory” of the Renaissance, the magical-hermetic Theatro of Giulio Camillo, and draws comparisons with the Encyclopedic Palace of the World (now in the American Folk Art Museum of New York), the brainchild of an Italian emigrant who developed this project for Washington Mall in the 1950s. Further contemporary employments of the ancient memory techniques may be observed in the life and works of historian Tony Judt and writer Siri Hustdvedt, opening up intriguing questions as to why such reemergence should occur at this particular historical juncture.
Keynote followed by a reception.



CONFERENCE PANELS:

Thursday, April 26, panels begin at 2:00pm and end at 6:00pm at 66 West 12th St:

  • Discourses of Memory: Scientific, Historical, Popular
  • Socialist & Post-Socialist Memory Shifts: Public and Private Records
  • Philosophy & Theory
  • Digital Memory

Friday, April 27, panels begin at 9:00am and end at 6:00pm at 6 East 16th St.:

  • Architecture & Built Environment
  • Bodies, Burials, and Graves
  • Senses and Experience
  • Relocated Memory
  • Countermemories
  • Performing Public History
  • Memory in Movement: Translating & Reimagining Social Relations
  • Concrete, Leather, & Other Mnemonic Objects



The 2012 Interdisciplinary Memory Conference focuses on contemporary arts of memory, playing on the title of Frances Yates’ influential text The Art of Memory (1966), in which she traces mnemonic techniques from the classical age to the Enlightenment. 

Participants will discuss the arts and artifices of memory practice, including those embedded in physical forms, such as photographs and memorials, as well as in actions, such as exhumations, walking tours, and online interaction. Interdisciplinary in scope, the conference reaches for new ways to conceptualize the arts of memory through the visual, tactile, textual, and synesthetic expressions of the past. 

The full conference schedule is available online:http://www.newschool.edu/nssr/subpage.aspx?id=78306

For more information: www.nssrmemoryconference.com

Richard Sieburth Receives Guggenheim Fellowship, 2012

Draper is pleased to congratulate Richard Sieburth, Draper’s master teacher in Literary Cultures, for receiving a 2012 Guggenheim fellowship for translation. He is working on a new edition of Late Baudelaire.

Sieburth, who holds appointments in NYU’s Comparative Literature and French departments, is an accomplished translator, whose previous publications include a dozen translations from the French and German, such as Georg Büchner’s Lenz, Walter Benjamin’s Moscow Diary and Gérard de Nerval’s Selected Writings and The Salt Smugglers, as well as critical volumes in the field of Pound studies. Most recently, he released Ezra Pound, New Selected Poems & Translations through New Directions.
Brooklyn Rail offers an excellent interview with the Guggenheim fellow circa 2010. Read Sieburth’s thoughts on the exact craft of translation and on the role of the author’s ego. http://www.brooklynrail.org/2012/03/books/richard-sieburth-with-adam-fitzgerald

Friday, April 27, 6:30pm – Lina Bolzoni, "Memory Palaces" — The New School – The Arts of Memory Conference

The NSSR Interdisciplinary Memory Group invites you to the following event: 

Friday, April 27, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

EVENING KEYNOTE AND RECEPTION

(The New School for Social Research, Wolff Conference Room, 6 East 16th Street, 11th Floor)

“Memory Palaces – The Renaissance and the Contemporary World”

Lina Bolzoni
Global Distinguished Professor of Italian Studies
New York University

 

An ancient tradition teaches the art of memory. This art builds palaces in the mind in which to place images that help us to remember. While this tradition may at first sight appear radically remote from the world we live in today, it nevertheless regularly resurfaces in different forms. This talk describes the most famous “theatre of memory” of the Renaissance, the magical-hermetic Theatro of Giulio Camillo, and draws comparisons with the Encyclopedic Palace of the World (now in the American Folk Art Museum of New York), the brainchild of an Italian emigrant who developed this project for Washington Mall in the 1950s. Further contemporary employments of the ancient memory techniques may be observed in the life and works of historian Tony Judt and writer Siri Hustdvedt, opening up intriguing questions as to why such reemergence should occur at this particular historical juncture.


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This keynote address will be given in conjunction with “The Arts of Memory,” the Fifth Annual Interdisciplinary Memory Conference at The New School for Social Research, Thursday, April 26 – Friday, April 27, 2012.


More information is attached and the full conference schedule is available on the conference website:

The evening event and conference are both free and open to the public — please join us!

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NSSR Interdisciplinary Memory Group
“The Arts of Memory” — The 5th Annual NSSR Interdisciplinary Memory Conference — Thu., Apr 26 – Fri., Apr. 27, 2012
http://www.nssrmemoryconference.com