Monthly Archives: July 2014

Roommate Opportunity

Second Year Draperite Matthew Zundel is seeking a new roommate to sign a lease with, or to move into a place where someone needs a room filled. His search criteria are as follows:

I am currently looking for someone to sign a lease with starting out this new year. As per rent and location I am looking to spend no more than $750/mo but preferably $700 or lower. I’m looking primarily in Harlem/Washington Heights/Inwood and in various parts of Brooklyn. Move in/lease signing could either be September 1st or October 1st, depending on your own interest and availability.

And just a little bit more about me, I focus on Gender and Sexuality within the program and I will be writing my thesis on an Italian gay liberation theorist and his literary works. I’ve had an unforgettable experience in Draper so far, and would very much like to finish my last year in the company of more draperites!

If you are at all interested in either signing a lease with me or having me fill a vacancy in your room then you can email me at mpz214[at]

Thanks so much for your time and here’s to an exciting new school year!

NYU Animal Studies Initiative Offering Funding to Graduate Students

The NYU Animal Studies Initiative will make two awards of $3,000 each to support NYU graduate students participating in Minding Animals 3, which will be held in New Delhi, India, January 11-18, 2015. Minding Animals is the premier event for animal studies scholars from around the world.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is August 15th. For more information and to submit an abstract, visit the conference website here.


Part-time Employment Opportunity: Sherwood Test Prep Seeking SAT/ GRE Instructors

Test Preparation Instructor Positions

Sherwood Test Prep is seeking test preparation instructors for GRE and SAT classes. These are part-time positions with classes once per week on Sundays. We seek intelligent, charismatic instructors who have both top test scores and excellent teaching skills. Our company has a social mission to provide top caliber test preparation courses at a value price. Team Sherwood is committed to the social responsibility of accessible test preparation courses: Everyone deserves to put their best score out there.

Salary: $40/hour for GRE classroom instruction; $30/hour for SAT classroom instruction.


Education: Current graduate or professional student (Ph.D. (or equivalent), Master’s, J.D.); or Completed Ph.D. (or equivalent), J.D., or Master’s degree.
Test Scores: Top-tier test scores on one of the following: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or SAT.
Teaching Experience: Have taught at least one university semester/quarter class. Prior university teaching experience is required.
Quantitative and Verbal Skills: Must have BOTH excellent math and verbal/writing skills. Sherwood Test Prep Instructors teach the entire course.
Consistent Sunday Commitment: We seek team players who are flexible and can teach on consecutive Sundays throughout the entire year. We only take off four weekends per year (those corresponding to): Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Instructors can teach from 3 to 6 hours per weekend.

If interested, please send your (1) Cover Letter, (2) Resume/Vita, and (3) Test Scores to: Interviews and hiring are to commence immediately.

For more information visit

Call for Papers: Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature and the Italian Specialization at the CUNY Graduate Center present the annual interdisciplinary conference entitled Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites to be held on November 13 and 14, 2014.

“Abiding cities” refers to the traces that remain not only physically but also in our imagination, especially when sites undergo transformation and disruption. Throughout history, geographic and metaphorical places have been a source of inspiration as well as lasting products of the artistic process. Real and imaginary settings, from New York and Rome to Helicon and the Land of Oz, have been built and recast by a variety of authors who have forged cities within our collective imaginary. Among them are writers and scientists, philosophers and cartographers, film directors and explorers: Plato, St. Augustine, Shakespeare, Marco Polo, Thomas More, Piranesi, Balzac, Borges, Woolf, Elsa Morante, Christa Wolf, Thomas Mann, Amitav Ghosh, Ben Okri, Vikram Chandra, Norman Bel Geddes, Federico Fellini, Woody Allen, Italo Calvino, and many others.

We invite papers from all disciplines focusing on works from any period that explore the idea of “abiding cities” in literature, philosophy, theory, visual arts, film, and social sciences.

For full details please visit the Conference Website.

Please email a 250 word abstract to by 20 September 2014, and include your Name, Affiliation, Paper Title and any technology requests.

Travel Grant Winner!

We are delighted to announce that Maria Arettines has won the Draper travel grant for the May 1 – June 30 drawing period. This $200 award will help defray the cost of traveling to the National Women’s Studies Association conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico where she will present her paper “Dismantling Borders, Reconstructing Peace: Feminist Reunification Politics in Cyprus”.

Congratulations, Maria!

Our next drawing will be on November 3rd. If you will be travelling for an upcoming conference, consider applying! You can submit your application any time between now and October 31st, 2014.

The application and more information can be found here: