Monthly Archives: March 2014

Heyman Center Events of Interest to Draperites

The Heyman Center at Columbia has some events coming up that might be of interest to Draperites: an evening with poet Jorie Graham; a conference on history and psychoanalysis, and a conference on modern capitalism and the humanities, to name a few. Check these and other events out at:

April 1st : Nurith Aviv, Yael Feldman & Avital Ronell


NYU French Department & La Maison Française

cordially invite you to the US premiere of



a film by Nurith Aviv

(in French & Hebrew with English subtitles, 64 min , 2013)


followed by a discussion

with Prof. Yael Feldman

and Prof. Avital Ronell


Tuesday, April 1st6-8 pm

19 University Place, 1st floor auditorium


Following the screening of AnnouncementsNurith Aviv will discuss her film with Prof. Yael Feldman (Abraham Katsh Professor of Hebrew Culture at the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies; Affiliate Professor of Comparative Literature, NYU) and Prof. Avital Ronell (University Professor of the Humanities, NYU; Jacques Derrida Professor of Philosophy and Media, European Graduate School). The roundtable will be moderated by Raphael Sigal (Ph.D. student, French, NYU).


The movie

Announcements paints the portraits of seven women reflecting on the same theme. Their starting point is the announcement to Hagar, Sarah and Mary as in the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Koran. Their thoughts spread out and weave a new web, drawing strands from their associations and interpretations of these texts. And by talking about their own history, their personal myths, they work up to subjects such as the birth of image in the Christian world or that of poetry in ancient Greece. Announcements is a film about the movement of thought, the power of words, the secret of the voice, and the seduction of the image. It stars Barbara Cassin, Marie Gautheron, Ruth Miriam HaCohen Pinczower, Marie José Mondzain, Haviva Pedaya, Sarah Stern and Rola Younes.


The director

Nurith Aviv, born in Tel Aviv and living in Paris, is the first woman to be director of photography in France. She shot over a hundred fiction and documentary films, with directors such as Agnès Varda, Amos Gitai, René Allio, Jacques Doillon and others. As a director, she made 10 documentary films that have been unanimously saluted by the press. Among them she directed a trilogy on language: From language to language (2004), Spoken language, sacred language (2008), Translating (2011). Over the past ten years, the screening of her films have been followed by interventions of leading intellectuals, such as Hélène Cixous, Julia Kristeva, Michel Deguy, Pierre Pachet, Jacques Roubaud, Marcel Bénabou, Sylvie Germain, and many others. In 2009, Aviv received the Edouard Glissant Prize in recognition to the importance of her work.




MCC Graduate Courses | Summer 2014

Please see below for information on two graduate courses being offered by Steinhardt’s Media, Culture, and Communication department this summer that may be of interest to ​Draper​ students.
If interested, please first email Robert Dimit for important registration info.
MCC-GE 2149-001 Cultural History of TV
Susan Murray
Summer Session I, May 27 – June 14, 2014
Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 12:00 – 2:45 PM | 4 credits

MA Area of Study: Visual Culture and Cultural Studies
This course will survey the cultural and industrial history of American television. Students will come to understand how technological innovation, regulatory bodies, advertisers, network heads, creative producers, and audiences have interacted with economic, social, and political forces to shape television over time. We will also discuss the methodological practices and concerns involved in the writing of media histories, specifically the history of broadcasting.
Please contact the instructor, Susan Murray (, with any questions.
Susan Murray is an associate professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She is the author of Hitch Your Antenna to the Stars! Early Television and Broadcast Stardom (2005) and the co-editor, with Laurie Ouellette, of two editions of Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture (2004; 2009). She is currently writing a history of color television in the U.S., which is under contract with Duke University.
MCC-GE 2166-001 The Global City and Media Ethnography
Allen Feldman
Summer Session I, May 27 – June 14, 2014
Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 4:55 – 7:40 PM | 4 credits
MA Areas of Study: Global and Transcultural Communication; Visual Culture and Cultural Studies
Global urbanism harbors multiple actualities, designed and imagined space, performative inscription and collective memory, embodied sensation and digital simulacra. This seminar engages participant-sensation, observant participation and the affective fabric of techno-mediatic forms of life. Our terrain is sensory-centered research through visual, sonic and haptic cultures and media archeologies. The research process will focus on the sensory envelope of the self and the interface of a media skin shaped by technics and culture. The curriculum is aimed at students in the humanities, the arts and social sciences seeking practice-led skills at the intersection of social aesthetics and evidence-based multi-media inquiry. Our practice-led pedagogy empowers self-reflexive contextual and critical understandings of mediatic and sensory subjectivity in the creative process of research, in post-research curation-exhibition, dissemination and archival performances. 

Please contact the course instructor, Allen Feldman (, with any questions.  

Allen Feldman has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the emergency zones of Northern Ireland and South Africa and among the homeless infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in New York City. He teaches visual culture, performance studies, and philosophy of media. Through numerous publications he pioneered the political ethnography of embodiment and the senses. He has designed and team-taught practice-led seminar-clinics with documentary film-makers, photographers, installation and digital artists in Budapest, Paris, Ljubljana and Dublin, and has written exhibition catalogue essays on immersion, web, and installation art for shows and on-line exhibitions in New York City and Lisbon.

Reminders! MA writing workshop is tomorrow (new time) and Ph.D. Bootcamp starts Saturday!

Spring MA Thesis Writing Workshop
Led by Emma Heaney and Robin Nagle
Friday, March 28
Draper Map Room
14 University Place
Will you be writing your thesis sometime in the next few semesters? Wonder where to start and how to get organized? Curious about honing a topic and finding an advisor? The thesis writing workshop will answer these and other pressing questions. Emma Heaney and Robin Nagle will help you learn how to approach the project with less stress and more focus (even if you won’t be writing your thesis for a while).
Ph.D. Application Bootcamp
A multi-session workshop led by Theresa MacPhail & Alan Itkin
Please note: Students *must* have attended a PhD Application Workshop to participate in the Bootcamp. Both sessions of the Bootcamp are required. 

Session One: Saturday, March 29,  Noon – 2:00 pm

Session Two: Saturday, April 12,  Noon – 2:00 pm

Draper Map Room

14 University Place


So you know that you want to get a Ph.D. You’ve attended the Ph.D. workshop at Draper and you’ve decided that academic life is right for you. Now the real fun begins. 

You need to put together a great application, an application that sings your praises to admissions committees, that entices them into offering you a great admissions package. But, in order to do that, you have to know a few things first.

This bootcamp is designed for students who know that they want to go on to doctoral study. Over the course of two sessions, we will prepare you for the Ph.D. application process by helping you to get your research proposals in shape. These personal statements are the keystones of your entire application; we  can’t stress enough how much they matter to your success in gaining entry to the program(s) of your choice.

In session one of the series, we’ll spend some time discussing what you’ll need to do for session two. In sum, you’ll need to come to session one with some idea of the discipline(s) you’re interested in. You’ll also need to have some idea about the schools/cities/programs in which you can envision yourself for the next 5-7 years of your academic life. Then, we’ll discuss strategy for Ph.D. applications and homework for the next session.WARNING: This is a bootcamp. There will be a large amount of research, prep work, and writing for session two.

In the second session, you will be responsible for bringing a draft of a personal statement with a semi-fleshed out research project to class for work-shopping and peer review. In addition, you must bring a list of your top 5 schools/programs and know which professors you might want to work with – or who might want to work with you – at each school. You should be able to explain the differences among the programs (each school typically has its own approach to the disciplines) and how you’ll craft a slightly different personal statement for each unique program. 
These events are for Draper students only.

Fwd: Another article and an interview, from Alex

Congrats to the following Draperites who have recently had work published!

From current student, Nancy Ross:

— Letter translations that were published in Temporales, the online journal of the Creative Writing in Spanish program at NYU: 
These three letters can serve as an introduction to the collection of letters, Cartas a Ricardo, that Rosario Castellanos wrote to her husband, Ricardo Guerra Tejada. In her letters, Castellanos struggles to define herself in her multiple roles: writer, teacher, mother, stepmother and wife. Nancy thinks of her translations of this work into English as a kind of conversation. 

From Draper alumn Alex Carp:

— A a mini-profile of Bruce Schneier, the cryptographer who recently revealed that he’d been working with Glenn Greenwald to decipher the NSA/Snowden documents. At Politico Magazine:
— For Guernica’s issue on the American South, an interview with Bryan Stevenson, an Alabama public-interest lawyer who is known mostly for taking cases related to the death penalty, unfair sentencing, and prosecutorial misconduct, but who recently started a different kind of project: locating former slave markets and lynching sites across the country, and, for the first time, marking these sites publicly and officially, as worthy of historical significance and commemoration.