Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Conversation with Award-Winning Acclaimed Director & NYU Tel Aviv Professor of Film Eytan Fox

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 PM
Location: 721 Broadway, Room 006
Co-Sponsored by New York University’s Office of Global Programs, Bronfman Center of NYU, the Center for Multicultural Education & Programs, and Kanbar Institute of Film & TV

Reminder: Draper Thesis Workshop this Friday, March 28, 5:00pm

Please note the time change for this week’s Thesis Workshop!

Spring Thesis Writing Workshop
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).

NEW TIME for unCOMMON Salon: 19th Century New York City Booksellers with Kristen Highland April 2, 5pm

The Bookstore in Nineteenth-Century New York City 

A talk by Kristen Highland

Wednesday, April 2nd @ 5pm
Bobst Library, 5th Floor West,  Media Viewing Center          


The romantic image of the independent bookstore—haven of book lovers, cultural bulwark, and literary playground—obscures the historical reality of selling books—the rapid turnover, looming bottom lines, and peripatetic stores. Yet bookstores have always been more than the sales tallies or even the books lining the shelves. This talk examines the social and cultural life of bookstores in New York City from 1820 to 1860. Using GIS technology to map bookstore locations and movements, Highland traces the retail landscape of a growing bookselling center and presents select case studies to explore how the physical spaces and marketing strategies of nineteenth-century retail booksellers helped shape the definition and familiar form of today’s bookstores. An understudied component of literary history, the retail bookstore participated in the lively and varied cultural life of antebellum New York City. In the shadow of today’s escalating panic over the future of the brick-and-mortar store, it is critical to explore the past of the bookstore. 

Kristen Doyle Highland is a PhD candidate in the English Department at NYU. Her dissertation project focuses on the social and cultural life of antebellum New York City bookstores, and broader research interests include book history, spatial humanities, and early American culture. She is a graduate coordinator of NEWYORKSCAPES, a graduate-faculty research collaborative on cultural geography and humanities scholarship at the Humanities Initiative.

 Light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP click here: 

Draper’s Bringing The Numbers – Threesis Style

Draper has eleven students competing in this year’s Threesis competition! 
They’ll each be presenting non-academically-worded spiels about their thesis research in three minutes, with just one slide, to a panel of judges on Friday, April 11
The final round, which you can attend, will be Saturday, April 12, at 4pm in Kimmel, and we hope they all make it!
Regardless, we are super proud and wish them the best of luck. More information on the Threesis is below. And here, in alphabetical order, are your Draper 2014 competitors:
Allison Collins
Elizabeth Crawford
Sarah Jones
Elizavetta Koemets
Madalyn Lucier
Florence Madenga
Caroline Benoit McNamara
Nancy Ross
Eman Said Hassan
Rebecca Straub
Anjali Malhotra
Congrats, Draperites!



Threesis Academic Challenge

On behalf of The Graduate School of Arts and Science, Dean Lauren Benton cordially invites you to attend the fourth annual GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge.

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: Final Round begins at 4:00pm. Doors open at 3:30pm.
Location: Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Room 401

RSVP through this link

The Threesis Academic Challenge is an academic competition for GSAS master’s students. Students present the work of their thesis or final project (e.g. creative project, science experiment or research paper) in three minutes or less to a panel of judges in accessible language a non-expert can understand. Competitors are judged on how well they grasp the subject of their thesis, their ability to discuss the topic to non-experts, and presentation skills. Students compete for a grand prize of $1,000 and other prizes while learning to organize ideas and speak about them persuasively in a fun, academic atmosphere. 

GSAS will award prizes totaling $2,500 and departments participating in the GSAS Threesis Incentive Program will award $300 to finalists from participating departments and programs. By attending the event you will have a chance to vote for the 2014 GSAS Threesis Audience Choice Winner. 

Wine and cheese reception to follow the program. 

Special thanks to the Wasserman Center for Career Development and to the Subject Librarians of Elmer Holmes Bobst Library

Click here to learn more about the event and see video of winning presentations as well as highlights from last year’s event.

Humanities Initiative Panel Discussion: Writing Outside The Box

University presses continue to be a key venue for scholars to publish their work, but trade houses are often surprisingly welcoming of books by academics. What circumstances lead authors to turn to publishing for a general readership, and how do editors at such publishing houses think about their relationship with scholarly authors? What books are most successful when this route is pursued, and how do editors and academic authors discover each other? In two panels, a group of distinguished authors and editors discuss aspects of the process, both personal and professional, and provide their own considerations on the relationship of the university and the publishing industry today. This event is co-sponsored with the New York Institute for the Humanities and will be moderated by the Institute’s Director, Eric Banks and Jane Tylus, Professor of Italian Studies and Faculty Director of the Humanities Initiative.6:00pm – 8:00pm EDT At 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
Visit for more info.