Draper Student Organization News

We have a couple bits of news from the Draper Student Organization:


We have had a great response from new Draperites for our Mentor/Mentee Program and we need more mentors!  Please consider honing your mentoring skills and expanding your network by signing up to be a mentor!



 with completed forms or questions.)
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The goal of the Draper Student Organization is to connect Draper students and one way of doing so is through our informal mentor program.  The DSO Mentor Program brings first and second semester Draper students together with senior Draper students to form new connections and allow students to benefit from the experiences of fellow Draperites.
MENTEE: If you are a new incoming Draper student, please consider signing up to be a mentee.  You will be matched with a senior Draper student based on similar interests, backgrounds, and/or goals who will become your mentor.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk about life as a Draper student.
MENTOR: If you are a more senior Draper student, please consider signing up to be a mentor.  You will be able to share your wisdom, experience and advice and will gain valuable mentoring skills that will be an asset for your future career.
The DSO Mentor Program could help you widen your network with just the right people to enhance your career, get through your class assignments, or simply have insightful discussions over the topics you’re interested in.  We will match mentors and mentees based on the information they provide and connect them by email. Mentors and mentees can then decide how, where, when, and how often they want to connect. Sign up today, expand your network, and form a new mutually beneficial and lasting relationship. We encourage mentees to become mentors in the future.
Please fill out the attached form (it is an editable PDF) and email to 


dsonyu@gmail.com by Friday, August 30.  We will match up mentors/mentees and contact you bySeptember 3rd.

2) REMINDER!  Please fill out the Draper Student Organization Survey so we can use our resources for the events you want!  It will take less than 5 minutes!!

Hello Draperites!

The Draper Student Organization (DSO) would like to get your feedback and suggestions on events and programs. For those of you that are new to Draper or have not heard about the Draper Student Organization, the DSO is a student run organization specific to the Draper Program.
Our mission statement is as follows: The Draper Student Organization seeks to foster community, academic dialogue, and collaboration between students within the Draper Program, as well as students within other interdisciplinary GSAS programs. We do this through the planning and promotion of academic and social events such as conferences, colloquiums, forums, lunches, and social mixers.
We would like your help to let us know what events will be the most beneficial to you so we can properly focus our resources and put on the most successful events.  Please fill out the survey at the link below:
Thank you so much for taking a few minutes to provide suggestions!
In addition, we are looking for anyone who is interested in getting more involved with the DSO.  Our open positions are as follows (but not limited to!):
Social Events Coordinator
Academic Events Coordinator
Conference Coordinator
Marketing Coordinator
Please email dsonyu@gmail.com if you are interested in hearing more about getting involved with the DSO in an above position or in some other way.  For new Draperites starting this fall, we are looking forward to talking with you at orientation on August 29.
3) Our fall 2013 conference: 

Contaminated Language: Distortions, Innovations, Misrepresentations, and Neologisms


An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at New York University


Presented by:

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 Fall 2013 graduate student conference, Contaminated Language.

The conference will be held on November 16, 2013.


In his famous essay “The Task of the Translator,” the philosopher Walter Benjamin argued there were two distinct categories of language. The first was “pure language”; God’s language in which the concept, material, and word were one. In turn however, human language was defined by its inconsistencies and imperfections—concept, material, and word were not wholly unified. Difference is found within and across languages. It was the goal of the translator, Benjamin contended, to bring the languages of mankind closer to God’s: to strive for purity.


Following Benjamin, how then might language be considered impure or contaminated? How do inconsistencies, variances, and imperfections create conflict within language? How many interpretations could there be of the phrase “lost in translation”? How might the idea of cross contamination be applied in an interdisciplinary sense? Can we ever get back to an “ur-language” (pure language)? How are methods of communication distorted or innovated? Such questions can apply not strictly to linguistics but other forms of communication in general


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 all the above). We are interested in work that crosses traditional academic boundaries.


Possible themes for papers include but are not restricted to:

*      How social movements translate between cultures

*      The varied meanings of social labels and categories

*      How language changes over time

*      Comparing different languages

*      Analyzing relationships between linguistic networks

*      Examining other non-linguistic methods of communication

*      Semiotics

*      Kinship between languages

*      Development of a language over time

*      Dead or spoken languages

*      Media and communication studies

*      Analysis of the development of language within popular culture: jargon, slang etc.

*      Language as it pertains to culture/religion

*      Written and/or oral language

*      Language within literature

*      The language of disciplines/professions

*      Linguistics

*      Philology

*      Poetry

*      Language as representing or misrepresenting point of view and/or reality.


In addition to papers, we encourage unorthodox formats, including artistic pieces, presentations featuring games or other interactive elements, as well as collaborative work and panel presentations.


Please submit a 150-300 word abstract for a fifteen-minute presentation/paper to dsonyu@gmail.com by September 30, 2013.

We will email responses within one week. 

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