Monthly Archives: March 2014


Lecture Series Open to Draper Grad Students – Mondays: March 31-April 21

NYU-Pecout Brochure-page-001Lecture Series Open to Draper Grad Students - Mondays: March 31-April 21

I am writing with regard to an upcoming lecture series in Italian Studies that may be of interest to students in Draper. Professor Gilles Pécout of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris is a Visiting Professor at NYU and will be giving a lecture series open to graduate students. The series is entitled Becoming Both Italian and Mediterranean: Fragments of a Political Discourse of the Mediterranean in 19th-Century Italy and will be held on four consecutive Mondays: March 31, April 7, April 14 and April 21. Attached please find a poster and brochure with more information. We ask that you please publicize this event to students in your department.

Professor Pécout will also be giving a public lecture entitled Fighting for Freedom in the Mediterranean: Italian international armed volunteers in Greece in 1897 next Tuesday, March 25th at 6 PM at the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. More information can be found at this link:

Best regards,

Genevieve Brightwell
Department Administrator, Italian Studies
New York University
24 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011
tel: (212) 998-3859

Next Week at The Heyman Center, March 24 – March 28




Next Week

Drones and the Obama Administration
with Steve Coll, Manan Ahmed, Philip G. Alston, and Mark Mazower

Wednesday, March 26, 6:15pm  
Pulitzer Hall, Lecture Hall Room 301

Botanically Queer
with Catriona Sandilands

Thursday, March 27, 4:30pm  
Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

The Scope of Socialist Modernism
with Vladimir Kulić

Thursday, March 27, 5:30pm  
Schermerhorn Hall, Room 612

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Draper Director in Time Out New York

Draper Director in Time Out New York

Draper Director Robin Nagle is featured in the Public Eye section of this month’s Time Out New York magazine, discussing her role as the Anthropologist-in-Residence at New York’s Department of Sanitation. Check out the piece, below. Congrats, Robin!

Travel Grant winner!

We are delighted to announce that Robin Preiss has won the Draper travel grant for the January 1 – Feb 28 drawing period. This $200 award will help defray the cost of traveling to the International Music Libraries Association conference in Antwerp, Belgium, where she will present her paper “Web Archiving for Music History.” 
Congratulations, Robin! 
Our next drawing will be on April 30th. If you will be travelling for an upcoming conference, consider applying! The application and more information are here.

Call for Roundtable Participation: Urban Humanities

Cultural Geography and Graduate Scholarship in the Humanities: A Roundtable on Digital Methods
12:30 pm-2:30 pm

We invite graduate students working on projects that use digital methods to explore cultural geography to participate in a seminar-style roundtable as part of the upcoming Urban Humanities Symposium at the Humanities Initiative at NYU on Friday, April 11, 2014.

This roundtable aims to facilitate an open discussion among MA and PhD students interested in applying the concepts and tools of digital scholarship and cultural geography to humanities-based research. We hope the occasion provides an opportunity for graduate students across disciplines to share ideas, questions, and challenges related to the design of research projects involving digital tools, the methods and concepts of spatial analysis, and the potential contribution of such methods to humanities scholarship. Each participant will have an opportunity to briefly present his or her current project and engage in a larger discussion about spatial humanities methods and processes.

Digital approaches to cultural geography and urban humanities may include GIS and mapping, 3D modeling, creating spacio-cultural datasets, designing repositories for data, or creative visualizations and articulations of space and place. Graduate student participants may be at any stage in their projects, from conception and planning through completed product. If you are interested in sharing your project and participating in this cross-disciplinary discussion, please send a brief 250-word project description/expression of interest by Friday, March 7 to Kristen Highland and Blevin Shelnutt at

NewYorkScapes is a research community exploring the concepts, tools, and resources in the digital humanities to the study of urban space.  Through conversation and collaboration among scholars, archivists, artists, and activists, it seeks to facilitate the development of projects related to interpretation, curation, and communication of the documentary record of New York City, and projects engaging with the aesthetics, art, literature, design and other experiences of the city.  What new opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration do digital tools afford scholars working in these areas? How might new digital tools make the art, culture and history of New York visible in new ways, to new publics?  How might multidisciplinary inquiry into the city’s evolving cultural geographies foster critical engagement with institutions, media, spaces, and performances that continue to shape urban experience and humanist practices in the 21st century?