Monthly Archives: September 2014

NYU Human Rights Fellowship – $5,000 Award!

Dear Student,

We are pleased to announce a very exciting opportunity for NYU students studying international human rights, broadly defined. The Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights will provide several selected NYU students with $5,000 each for extended internships or research projects to be conducted in Summer 2015.

Students will propose their own Summer projects. These should be affiliated with organizations that position themselves as working in a human rights framework and have the capacity to host students and incorporate them in the substantive aspects of their work. The host organization should also have the administrative capacity to assist students with the logistics of their stay in the country. The projects will be uncredited and, normally, unpaid.  It is anticipated that the fellowship will allow students to contribute to the organization’s work while gaining experience in the human rights field in ways that complement their academic trajectories at NYU.

We take a broad and interdisciplinary approach to human rights and are open to diverse types of engagements and locales. The following are examples of the kind of projects that would qualify:

–Working on-site with a rural community group in Kenya seeking to ensure access to potable water

–Interning with a museum in Santiago to create an archive of material related to human rights memorials in the region

–Building a website for an organization in Delhi on an international campaign to advance affordable access to anti-retrovirals

–Interning at an NGO in Washington, D.C., that investigates and publicizes human rights abuses related to the War on Terror

–Working with a Roma organization in France to raise awareness of anti-discrimination laws

–Conducting research with an academic team at a Mexican university studying how farmers’ cooperatives practice sustainable agriculture to advance food security

–Working with an environmental group in Abuja to address corporate accountability for oil spills in the Niger Delta

–Working with a theater company in Johannesburg on a play about women and the truth commission in South Africa

–Interning with the United Nations in Geneva on development policy and indigenous communities

The Fellowship Program entails a year-long commitment that involves the following:

I. Spring 2015

Fellows are required to attend and participate actively in a 0-credit biweekly seminar. Fellows must also enroll in a related 2-credit independent study with a faculty mentor (their adviser or another NYU faculty member) in which they explore some aspect of their intended project.

II. Summer 2015

Fellows must commit 9-12 weeks of full-time work on the project. If the project is located abroad, this means living on-site for 9-12 weeks. Fellows must write and publish at least four blog posts about their experiences.

III. Fall 2015

Fellows must present their work to the NYU community at the group’s annual Human Rights Symposium. This will involve a substantial 10- to 12-page paper and / or a panel presentation.


The program is open to all undergraduate students in degree-granting programs at NYU and to master’s students at Gallatin, Wagner, Tisch, Steinhardt, the Global Institute of Public Health and the Graduate School of Arts & Science. All Fellows must plan to be in residence in NYU Washington Square in Spring 2015, and undergraduate fellows must plan to graduate no earlier than January 2016.

Students selected to be Fellows must commit to participate in all elements of the program as outlined above, including the seminar, independent study, blog posts and final report and presentation.



Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 3.


Application Process

Propose a viable human rights-related project with a specific organization that has agreed to host you as a Fellow; propose a related independent study project for Spring 2015.

See the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights Application form for specific instructions and requirements.

You can find the application here:


Interested students should plan to attend one of the following Information Sessions, all of which will take place in the Gallatin Building, 1 Washington Place:

Tuesday, Sept. 30,  11-Noon, Rm. 801

Friday, Oct. 3,  2-3 pm, Rm. 401

Friday, Oct. 10, 2:30-3:30 pm, Rm. 401


Also, meet the 2014 Human Rights Fellows at the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights Symposium:

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 5:30-7 p.m., with reception to follow

NYU School of Law, D’Agostino Hall

108 West 3rd St.


Prof. Vasuki Nesiah is the academic director of the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights; Assistant Dean Patrick McCreery is the group’s administrative director.

For more information, visit or contact Gallatin’s Office of Global Programs at:

Piketty Talk Announcement

Live stream viewing of Thomas Piketty’s sold-out talk at the New School
Discussion following, led by Justin Jackson, Draper’s Faculty Fellow in Global Histories
Friday, October 3
5:15 pm
14 University Place

SCEPA Presents Thomas Piketty (SOLD OUT)

Thomas Piketty’s best-selling book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, serves as a watershed example of the dual contradictions of capitalism, proving that the last century was characterized by a sharp divergence between social classes. He warns that the main driver of inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth—threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values.

Following Piketty’s remarks, New School Professor Anwar Shaikh and New School PhD Heather Boushey will present their own comments as well as join in a panel discussion to answer the question, where do we go from here?

Participants include:
 – Thomas Piketty, Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics
 – Anwar Shaikh, Professor of Economics at The New School for Social Research
 – Heather Boushey, Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Link to the New School event site here.

Justin Jackson is a historian whose research and writing focuses on the United States in the world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His scholarship brings global and international perspectives to bear on American and world histories in a variety of subjects, ranging from U.S. colonialism and neo-colonialism in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, warfare, labor and work, and political violence.

Refreshments will be served.

Writing Videos are Live — Master’s Thesis

Below please find links to these informative videos that Chris Alexander created targeted at Master’s students.
Conquering the Master’s Thesis
Essential Strategies to Prepare for the Writing Process with Mosette Broderick (
Finding New Perspectives Through Research: Approaches to Thinking About Scholarly Debate with Andrew Lee (
Enhancing Connections: Using a First-person Narrative with Perri Klass (
Tools & Technologies: Resources To Organize Your Writing Process with Margaret Smith (
Writing, Rewriting, Wrapping Up: Navigating the Home Stretch with Stéphane Gerson (

GC CUNY conference: Application deadline extended to October 5

The GC CUNY Conference, “Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites,” has extended its deadline until October 5th. More info below!

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. Some of the questions this conference seeks to answer include, but are not limited to:

• How does the city an author inhabits influence the creative process? Do writers have their own abiding cities?

• How can cities become texts in themselves? Are all cities writeable?

• How has the historical destruction of cities, whether by natural disaster or war, shaped thought? What do we make of what is left behind?

• How can cities represent the territory of cultural and individual memory? How are, for instance, monuments and public spaces implicated in this?

• How do physical and temporal distances alter cities? • How does art create and reuse the myths of Athens, Rome, Alexandria, Jerusalem, Mexico City, and other ancient cities?

• Which cities have worked as models for political and ethical behaviors over time?

• In what ways, and to what effect, do we build new cities above the old? What happens to the cities underneath?

• How does the movement of horizontal exchange and vertical growth affect modern and postmodern conceptions of cities?

• How do specters of cities haunt literature and art?

• In what ways, or to what extent, are ancient cities transposed into modernity? How or do cities and other geographical locations endure (self-)translations?

• When do capitals wield their power as economic, social, cultural, and symbolic capital?

• How have cities affected individual consciousness and notions of the self? Do cities have the power to bestow and threaten the individual identity?

• What is the place of the private self in the res publica that the city represents? Does the city force a division of our public and private selves, or may the two to be joined somehow?

• A great many utopias, from Plato to Mario Chiattone, were urban. What is the urban utopia of today, and how is it reshaping the existent cities?

• In what ways has the city informed the ‘construction’ of the pastoral?

• In what ways are cities and multilingualism, or the coexistence of languages, related?

• How have certain cities, real or imagined, informed our ideas about cosmopolitanism and provincialism?

• How do cities serve as points of contact for sexual, racial, and political negotiations?

• How have universities and educational institutions generally affected cities throughout history and vice versa? How have our conceptions of the two informed or influenced each other?

Please email a 250 word abstract to by October 5, 2014, and include your Name, Affiliation, Paper Title, and any technology requests.

Interview with Lisa Darms, Curator of Radical Art at Bobst

Lisa Darms is a curator of radical art. She is the Senior Archivist at the Fales Library & Special Collections at NYU and founder of the acclaimed Riot Grrrl Collection.
She is also teaching The Historian and Visual Record this semester, a crosslist between Draper and the History department.
In an interview with MIXED MEDIA, Darms discusses the wonders of David Wojnarowicz’s journals and the fine lines  between artworks and archival documents.