Monthly Archives: February 2015

Deconstructing Rome | Thursday, March 5th, 6:00pm

The Department of Italian Studies is hosting an event next week that might be of interest to Draper students. Please see below for details!

Deconstructing Rome

with Federica Pedriali, University of Edinburgh/Harvard University

Thursday, March 5th, 6:00 p.m.

Casa Italiana Zerili-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street, Auditorium

In her lecture, Professor Federica Pedriali will discuss the idea of Rome in cinema, architecture, and politics. She will focus on two films from 2013: Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar-winning La grande bellezza and Gianfranco Rosi’s Sacro Gra, a documentary about life along the Grand Raccordo Anulare, the highway encircling the city. Putting these films into dialogue with key theoretical readings by contemporary thinkers and urban planners, she will frame a selective deconstruction of the eternal city, untangling the themes of its intertwined great narratives.
Deconstructing Rome

Check out Draper alumna April Pierce’s piece, “Oxford’s Marginalia Obsession,” in the New Yorker!!

We are proud to say that Draper alumna April Pierce (’11) has a piece, “Oxford’s Marginalia Obsession,” published in the New Yorker! Give it a read at the link below!

Polonsky Foundation Graduate Student Workshops in Digital Humanities

For Draperites who are interested in digital humanities:

Bobst Library and GSAS are partnering to offer the 2015 Polonsky Foundation Graduate Student Workshops in Digital Humanities. The workshops provide NYU graduate students an intensive introduction to tools and methods for digital scholarship through day-long, hands-on sessions with experts in the field. The topics cover diverse approaches to research, ranging from text markup and analysis to data visualization and mapping.

Space is limited. You must register to attend. All workshops will be held in Bobst Library.

The workshops include:

Bibliographic Metadata for Digital Humanists, April 3rd, 9:30-4

Taught by Molly Hardy, American Antiquarian Society

This workshop will introduce methods for extracting metadata from different types of online catalogs and will include a brief overview of Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC), the chief format for bibliographic information.

Geospatial Analysis and the Digital Humanities: Principles, Tools, and Process, April 10th, 9:30-4

Taught by Andrew Battista and Him Mistry, NYU

Digital humanists often incorporate Geographic Information Systems (GIS)  into the process of interpreting texts and culture. This workshop will explore some of these methods as we integrate several data sets into GIS software and mapping platforms designed for digital humanities inquiry.

Copyright Issues for Digital Humanists, April 17th, 2-5pm

Taught by April Hathcock and Monica McCormick, NYU

This workshop will start with an overview of general copyright issues, and then delve into specific issues and practical applications of copyright law in digital humanities.

DH101, May 27th, 9:30-4

Taught by Miriam Posner, UCLA

Many DH projects rely on a core set of skills: finding, cleaning, and organizing data; asking meaningful questions of that data; and visualizing it. In this workshop, we’ll work together on one set of sources, going from zero to DH project over the course of a day.

DH DevOps: Core Skills and Foundations, May 29th, 9:30-4

Taught by Dennis Tenen, Columbia University

Building on the DH101 workshop, we will cover the foundations of critical computing in the humanities.

Introduction to TEI, June 2nd, 9:30-4

Taught by Deena Engle and Marion Thain, NYU

This session will teach the basics of coding in XML (eXtensible Markup Language) using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines.

Large Scale Text Analysis with R, June 3rd, 9:30-4

Taught by Mark Algee-Hewitt, Stanford

In this workshop, we will explore the different methods through which text mining can be used to “read” text in new ways.

Introduction to Project Development, June 8th, 9:30-4

Taught by Jennifer Guiliano, IUIPU

This workshop will explore the fundamentals of project planning and design.

Content, Curation, and Publication: Using WordPress and Omeka to Tell Scholarly Stories, June 10th, 9:30-4

Taught by Kimon Keramidas, Bard Graduate Center

This workshop will explore how the platforms WordPress and Omeka can help scholars publish their work by creating dynamic digital publications and exhibitions.


Tomorrow! Cold War Seminar- Jacob Zumoff- The Comintern and American Communism in the 1920s- February 26

For Tamiment Library’snext seminar on February 26th, Jacob Zumoff will be presenting on “The Comintern and American Communism in the 1920s.” The presentation will draw from his book The Communist International and US Communism, 1919-1929 (Brill, 2014). I have attached PDFs of the introduction to Jacob’s book along with two of the other chapters that he will focus on in his presentation. Timothy V. Johnson, NYU’s Librarian for Africana Studies, Anthropology and Food Studies, will be the commentator.
The seminar will take place from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Tamiment Library conference room, on the tenth floor of the Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South. A reception with wine and snacks will follow the Q & A session.
You can find more information about Tamiment Library/Center for the United States and the Cold War seminars and events here:

GSAS Career Development Events!

Here are some upcoming events from GSAS and Wasserman!

Dear GSAS Students,

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) of the Graduate School of Arts and Science and the Wasserman Center for Career Development invite you to join the following two career development events designed specifically for students within the Graduate School of Arts and Science.

Marketing Your Graduate Degree in Your Home Country
Tuesday, March 3rd, 3:00 pm | Room 120, Silver Center
Hoping to return to your home country after you graduate? Prepare yourself for a successful transition by learning how to market your graduate experience.  Light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP for this event, please email by Monday, March 2, 2015.

Alumni Panel: Using Your Degree in a Unique Way
Wednesday, April 1st, 6:00 pm | Room 120, Silver Center
Not sure what you want to do after graduation? Come hear from a panel of alumni who are using their particular advanced degree in a unique or non-traditional way. Learn how they used the skills from their graduate studies to succeed and gain tips on how to do the same. Light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP for this event, please email by Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

If you should have any additional questions, please email