Monthly Archives: May 2012

Volunteers Needed for Draper Open House

Each summer, Draper hosts Open Houses for prospective students and applicants. These are densely-attended events at which we explain the program and our degree to prospective students. Draper’s administration and faculty can provide a great deal of information about the program, but many prospectives are also eager to speak directly with current students.

We’ll host our first Open House on Wednesday, May 30 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM and the second on Thursday, June 14, also from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. It’s our hope to have current students on hand to speak to Open House attendees before and after the formal presentation, which will start at 6:15 and last about 45 minutes. If you would be free to join us, it would be a great help to us and the prospective students.You would just be asked to field basic questions about your experience at Draper and NYU–typically, applicants want to know about class size, interactions with professors, social/scholarly involvement in the Draper community, etc. We’ll be happy to offer gift certificates to the NYU bookstore for those who are able to attend the full event.

If you’d like to volunteer for either of the open houses, please email Larissa directly at larissa[dot]kyzer[at]nyu[dot]edu.

Congratulations to our Hirschhorn Award Nominees and Winners!

Draper would like to congratulate our 2011-2012 Hirschhorn Award nominees and winners! The Hirschhorn is given annually to the most outstanding thesis written by one of our students during the previous year. Theses are judged on the originality of the project, the strength of the research, and the quality of the writing.

This year we had thirteen total nominees and a tie for the award! The winners were Joey McGarvey (May 2012) and Scott Kaplan (January 2012). Their thesis titles and abstracts are below.

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Call for Applications: Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship

The call for the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship has just been announced by the U.S. Department of Education. For program information and application, please see the program link on the GSAS Scholarships and Fellowships website: 

NYU Deadline: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 4 PM

Please upload your application electronically, and then submit your signed hard-copy original and 2 copies to the Office of Academic and Student Life, 6 Washington Square North, 2nd Floor. 

You may contact Anna Antoniak (anna.antoniak[at] with any questions or concerns.

Chris Iverson on the "Acceptance in German Literary and Visual Culture" Conference at the University of Washington

 A guest post by Draperite Chris Iverson, 
recipient of one of Draper’s recent travel grants
Over May 11th and 12th, 2012, I attended The University of Washington’s Graduate Student Conference 2012, Acceptance in German Literary and Visual Culture, in Seattle, Washington and presented my paper, “Rubble Films on the German and International Screens.” The experience was amazing, as it was my first time presenting at a conference, and the panels covered a broad range of time periods and genres of German and international cultural products. The range of the conference proved impressive, with the notion of “acceptance” arising in many different forms, from the acceptance of a single writer or thinker into the German canon to the notion of the perception of Germany itself from without.

Deadline Extended CFP: The Crisis of the Book (Due 6/1)

The Crisis of the Book: Worlds of Opportunity, Worlds of Change
October 18–20, 2012
The Governor Hotel
Portland, Oregon

Hosted by the Reed College Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program
Call for papers deadline is extended to June 1, 2011. Download guidelines
From scroll to codex, printing press to computer screen, revolutions in technology have changed the way we receive and process information, and even the way we think about ideas. This interdisciplinary conference will place the transformation in print culture in a historical framework, and will reflect upon the changing nature of text delivery and the experience of reading.
How is knowledge produced? What role does the book play as cultural, material, and sacred object? What is the place of the modern library in the electronic age? How does the field of new media studies reflect evolving social contexts? How do we “see” graphic novels or navigate through hypertext fiction? What questions concerning copyright and intellectual property does the digital age raise?
Reading is at the heart of what we do in the academy, both personally and professionally. What is the future of your practice of reading? Please join us for a lively discussion of how knowledge is produced and disseminated.

We are now accepting proposals for presentations — deadline is extended to June 1. Download guidelines

The conference will run from Thursday evening, October 18, 2012 through Saturday noon, October 20. The pre-conference workshop will be held Thursday, October 18.  Conference banquet will be held Friday evening, October 19. We strongly advise reserving your hotel room early to secure the desired room/rate at The Governor Hotel, a small, historic hotel with limited rooms in each price category.
Registration and hotel terms and fees: Download Registration form: Download