Monthly Archives: January 2013

February Event – Martin Evans “The French Republican Front and the ‘Civilising Mission’ of 1956: Algeria, the Cold War and the Third Way”

Dear colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to attend the first talk of the Elihu Rose Lecture Series in Modern Military History. The guest for the inaugural lecture is Martin Evans (University of Sussex), whose most recent book, Algeria: France’s Undeclared War, was published last year – very timely, as we also commemorated the 50th anniversary of the end of that war.
The event is open to all and will take place on Thursday February 28th, beginning at 1830, at the Maison Francaise, with a reception to follow. Please see the attached poster for full details and a short description of the talk.

Valerie Deacon

Call For Papers: DSO Conference:Elliptical & Ephemeral

Elliptical & Ephemeral
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference @ New York University
hosted by the
John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought
The Draper Student Organization is pleased to announce a call for papers for the spring 2013 graduate student conference, Elliptical & Ephemeral. The conference will be held on Saturday, April 20th, 2013.
Elliptical or ellipsis, meaning “the omission from speech or writing of a word or words that are superfluous orable to be understood from contextual clues.”
From the Greek elleipsis and elleipein, to ‘leave out.’
Ephemeral, meaning “lasting for a very short time,” or “having a very short life cycle.”
From the Greek ephēmeros, ‘lasting only a day.’
The elliptic is a defining characteristic of the contemporary environment; bullet points, sounds bites, cliff notes, “take aways” “tl;dr”, etc. Likewise, Ephemera surround us, competing for our attention, one moment to the next. The reduction of knowledge into discrete, semi-contextualized bits alters our understanding of history, society, events, and texts. Extracting limited pieces from larger historical moments, movements, lives, and texts, we may or may not be able to adequately convey nuanced insight. Is it possible to be both concise and comprehensive?
We invite interdisciplinary papers and presentations by current graduate students from all disciplines. These may be theoretical, empirical, applied, or narrative (or a combination of the above). We are interested in work that crosses traditional academic boundaries, such as…
Artistic, media, and textual topics may include (but are not limited to):
• Close analysis of a particular piece of visual art, including bits of audio and|or visual media.
In-depth, close reading of short poetry, or passages (no more than several paragraphs) from larger works of philosophy, fiction, and nonfiction.
• Word-by-word analysis of short, translated texts.
• Unfinished works.
• Close analysis|explanation of mathematical & logical formulae.
• Other forms of abridged, symbolic communication such as: programming languages, musical notation, diagrams, infographics, etc.
Topics concerning history, politics, economics, and current events may include:
• Sudden, unexpected, brief events.
• Short lived people, places, ideas, organizations, social movements.
• The politics and economics of small spaces.
• Geographic bottlenecks.
• Snapshot moments of lives, events or movements.
• Analysis of one day|week|month within a major event|movement; the cause|effect behind that small period.
• The sociopolitical “ingredients,” necessary variables, or limiting factors in much larger equations, catalyzing to engender monumental change.
In addition to papers, we encourage unorthodox formats, including artistic pieces, presentations featuring games or other interactive elements, as well as collaborate work and panel presentations.
Please submit a 150-300 word abstract for a 10 minute paper/presentation to by March 1st, 2012. We will email responses within three to five days.
The conference will also feature work by selected contributors to recent print issues of Anamesa, the Draper Program’s interdisciplinary journal. Find more info about Anamesa at

Threesis Applications Due Tomorrow!

The GSAS Threesis Application is only open for 1 more day!!! Don’t miss out on an opportunity to win $1000 in this academic competition. Send your completed application to by Friday, February 1st

Take advantage of this invitation to engage with an interdisciplinary community of scholars while building on communication skills, having fun and possibly walking away with $1000.

Last year’s 1st place winner Christopher Cappelluti’s had this to say about the Threesis experience: 

”When a prospective employer asks about what you know or what you can do, you don’t hand over a fifty-page thesis to explain yourself. Instead, you keep it simple. The Threesis Academic Challenge is an opportunity to distill your fifty-page work of genius into an understandable business card. It is more than an exercise in academics; it is preparation for real life situations and conversations. It is a test to see if you truly understand what you’ve spent so much time and money learning. The Threesis prepared me to explain my research to anyone—from experts in the field to strangers at an airport.”

You can request your application by sending an email to

Send your completed application to by February 1st.

Check out highlights from last year’s challenge and the winning presentations here:

To compete in the GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge you must apply, participate in a Threesis mentoring workshop and advance out of the Qualifying Rounds held on Friday, April 12, 2013 and the finals take place the following day, April 13, 2013 in the afternoon. You could win this year, but only if you apply by February 1st.

PANEL next week! One Billion Rising: From Delhi to Steubenville

One Billion Rising – From Delhi to Steubenville: Global Perspectives on Gender Based Violence
The panel is being held in anticipation of NYU Grad Women’s production of the Vagina Monologues and this year’s V-Day Spotlight Campaign, One Billion Rising. There have been several recent horrific incidents of gang rape, abroad and at home. This panel will discuss these recent events in both the US and India, as well as the overarching culture of rape that stretches across country boundaries and encompasses both stranger rape and intimate partner violence. We will explore what, if any, legal protections exist, and the various legal or cultural actions available to victims. We will hear from panelists who have worked with victims of rape and domestic violence in the US, India, and elsewhere, and learn what cultural and legal barriers prevent victims of rape and domestic violence from seeking restitution. And, most importantly, we will learn what positive steps forward we can initiate to protect victims and prevent future violence against women, globally.

Panelists will include advocates from Sanctuary for Families, Partners for Women and Justice, Wishwas, Women’s Refugee Commission, and the Sex Crimes Bureau of the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office.

Refreshments will be served!

February 6th, 2013, 6:30pm – Vanderbuilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, Rm 210

Please RSVP to All are welcome.


Room for rent $470 (incl. utilities)

Good afternoon Draperites,
If anyone is looking for an apartment, see below for details and contact info.
My apartment has a room for rent, in case anyone is looking for a cheap place.
Here are the details:
$470/Mo (includes utilities)
Journal Square (Jersey City)
Small room in a three bedroom apartment.
Share kitchen and bathroom.
No living room or other shared spaces.
Two other roommates are:
– Me (Kevin McKouen): 2nd year Draper student
– Frank: older (50’s?) Italian guy. Nice, friendly, cooks a lot at night.
We are both clean and quiet.
Great place to stay and save money, especially if you spend most your time on campus.
We are approx. 10 minute walk to PATH station.
Neighborhood is not very clean, but is safe.
PATH station is at 6th Ave. & 9th St. (very convenient).
PATH monthly pass is $73 (cheaper than metro)
If interested, please contact Kevin McKouen at: