Monthly Archives: April 2014


Between Savage and Civilized: Negotiating a Space for Indigenous Art in the 21st Century

Between Savage and Civilized: Negotiating a Space for Indigenous Art in the 21st Century

Free talk tomorrow, 4/29! 6:00-8:00pm

Co-presented with your very own NYU Draper Program, and featuring our Art Worlds fellow, Mario Caro!

Click on the link for more details and to RSVP.

What does it mean to be an “Indigenous artist” working between his/her own community and the contemporary global art world? To what degree has the global art world embraced the “tribal”, and the “tribal” interfaced with western art? These are some of the questions Brett Graham will explore, drawing from examples in his own work, and recent indigenous art exhibitions such as Sakahan: International Indigenous Art. Mario Caro (Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, NYU Draper Program) provides an introduction.

Fwd: unCOMMON Salon: Robin Nagle’s “Labors of Waste and the Value of Knowledge” 4/24 @ 6:00pm, Bobst Library

Dear colleagues,  


We would like to invite you to the second installment of the Spring semester for the salon series, unCOMMON. Please share the announcement with your departments as well. Thank you and we hope to see you there!


Eimmy, Laurie, and Lee Ann (the unCOMMON salons committee)



Presented by Business & Government Documents, Coles Science Center, Social Sciences & Humanities Reference Center

Labors of Waste and the Value of Knowledge


A talk by Dr. Robin Nagle

Thursday, April 24th from 6:00 – 7:30pm 
Bobst Library, 5th Floor West,  Media Viewing Center          


An effective means of managing garbage is necessary for any urban area to thrive. This talk delves into the history and contemporary details of New York City’s municipal solid waste management system and reveals the surprising complexities of what most people assume is a straightforward task. What kinds of expertise are necessary to do the job well? How are these forms of knowledge acquired?  Given their importance in the daily well-being of the city, how is such knowledge valued or discounted, and by whom? What’s the consequence of invisibility when it’s a regular part of life for a workforce of 10,000 people?

 Robin Nagle’s most recent book, Picking Up, is an ethnography of New York’s Department of Sanitation. As part of her research, she was hired as a New York City sanitation worker. During her time on the job, she loaded out trucks, operated mechanical brooms, and plowed snow. She is the anthropologist-in-residence for the DSNY, is a clinical associate professor of anthropology, and directs the Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in the Graduate School of Arts and Science.

 Light refreshments will be served. 

All are welcome!

Please click to RSVP at: unCOMMON Salon

Draper fall 2014 schedule and registration


While registration technically opens on Albert at the end of the month, Draper (and many other departments) are still putting together our course offerings for the fall semester.
We hope to have our schedule up by the end of May, and, as usual, will hold advising in August.
If you see courses in other departments that interest you, you are free to contact those departments about registering, however, you will still be expected to have an advisement appointment at Draper later in the summer.
Please stay tuned for more information on our fall schedule and advisement.
Thank you!

FW: REMINDER: TONIGHT!!!! Comp Lit Majors’ Choice Lecture with Alexander Galloway, Eugene Thacker, and McKenzie Wark

Dear Students and Faculty,

You are invited to the Comp Lit Undergraduate Major’s Choice Lecture with Alexander Galloway, Eugene Thacker, and McKenzie Wark!  This is part of the annual “Majors’ Choice” lecture series organized by Comp Lit undergrads.




Mediating the Nonhuman


Comp Lit Undergraduate Majors’ Choice Lecture

with Alexander Galloway, Eugene Thacker, 

and McKenzie Wark


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

6pm to 8pm

19 University Place, Great Room



The Comp Lit Undergraduate Majors’ Choice Lecture is an annual event open to the public organized by Comp Lit students–presenting topics in literature, critical theory, philosophy, and writing. Previous speakers include Judith Butler, Laurence Rickels, and Gayatri Spivak.


Alexander R. Galloway is associate professor of media studies at New York University and lives in New York, NY. He is the author of four books on digital media and critical theory, most recently, The Interface Effect. Eugene Thacker is associate professor in the School of Media Studies at the New School and lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of many books, including After Life, also published by the University of Chicago Press. McKenzie Wark is professor of liberal studies at The New School for Social Research and lives in Queens, NY. His books include A Hacker Manifesto and Gamer Theory.


Always connect—that is the imperative of today’s media. But what about those moments when media cease to function properly, when messages go beyond the sender and receiver to become excluded from the world of communication itself—those messages that state: “There will be no more messages”? In this book, Alexander R. Galloway, Eugene Thacker, and McKenzie Wark turn our usual understanding of media and mediation on its head by arguing that these moments reveal the ways the impossibility of communication is integral to communication itself—instances they call excommunication. In three linked essays, Excommunication pursues this elusive topic by looking at mediation in the face of banishment, exclusion, and heresy, and by contemplating the possibilities of communication with the great beyond. (Quoted from the University of Chicago Press Website)


Best Regards, 
Tycho Horan, Willis Plummer, and Lindsay Zackeroff

Congrats to our Threesis Finalists and Semi-Finalists!

Huge congratulations to Draper students Allison Collins and Elizabeth Crawford, who both made it to the final round of the annual Threesis competition last Saturday! They have each earned a $300 prize from Draper for this accomplishment.

Out of a record 164 applicants, 9 Draper students made it to the semi-finals (out of total of 56 students): Eman S. Hassan, Sarah Jones, Elizavetta Koemets, Florence Madenga, Anjali Malhotra, Caroline Benoit McNamara, Nancy Ross, and our aforementioned finalists. Allison and Elizabeth were 2 of only 12 students who made it to the final round. That means Draper owned about 16% of this entire competition.
We are so proud of all our students who had the courage to participate in this fantastic, challenging event.
The Washington Square News has a great write-up here. And you can see Elizabeth (far left) and Allison (second to left) in the finalist photo below.
Well played, Draperites!