Monthly Archives: June 2015

Cool upcoming seminars on the Battle of Waterloo in the Age of Napoleon and Revolution

Hey Draperites! There are several interesting seminars coming up on the Battle of Waterloo in the Age of Napoleon and Revolution, presented by the WBAI University of the Air and the New York Military Affairs Symposium. See more info below and in the attached flyer!

Friday, June 122015
7:00 PM
The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmens’ Club

283 Lexington Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets)

10:30-1:00 PM
Albert Nofi, Independent Scholar
J.David Markham, Napoleon International Society
Jim Dingeman, Pacifica Radio
Frank Radford, New York Military Affairs Symposium
Alex Stavropoulos, CUNY
Michael V. Leggiere,University of North Texas
Saturday, June 20,2015
10:30 AM-4:30 PM
66 Leroy Street in Greenwich Village in Manhattan

Hey Draperites! Call for papers for “Immunity/Community,” the 2015 Stony Brook University Dept of Cultural Analysis and Theory graduate student conference!

There’s an upcoming a call for papers for the 2015 Stony Brook University Dept of Cultural Analysis and Theory graduate student conference! More details below and in the attached flyer:



2015 Stony Brook University Dept of Cultural Analysis and Theory

 Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 w SBU Manhattan

Whence the urge to immunize? Wherein the possibilities for community? This conference will explore the tension between immunity and community in defining subjectivity, given the current political climate that both withholds protection and rules out community.

In the Ebola crisis, immunity was in part determined by nationality and by race; in Ferguson, on Staten Island, and in Baltimore, only certain bodies bear the brunt of broken policing practices. In both cases, the “immune” have the luxury to choose whether to intervene or not while the marginalized and targeted have little choice but to become part of the “communities” of the violated. Immunity is configured in relation to community, as reinforced by Eula Biss in On Immunity, in which the idea of protecting ourselves from disease is tied to factors that point beyond the individual. While those who refuse vaccines tend to be white and higher income, those affected by their choices are the undervaccinated: the poor, the underinsured, and the just-born. Thus, constructing “immunity” along the lines of personal choice misses the point that this choice has repercussions beyond the self and family. Correspondingly, the Italian philosopher Roberto Esposito in his biopolitical work opposes the notion that “immunitas” is even possible within “communitas”–in short, he states, one can never be fully immune in a community without fundamentally dissolving one’s relationship with it.

Representations of immunity and embodiments of community are plentiful in art and literature. On one hand the human body is envisioned as an enclosed space that guards itself against the overwhelming, excessive, or dangerous influences of the exterior world. In Baudelaire’s poetry the figure of the flâneur functions against the backdrop of bustling Parisian streets. In the existentialist-feminist novels of Simone de Beauvoir, agency is claimed by a sole actor against a patriarchal system. On the other hand, subjectivity is constructed in relation to a community: from the profound “spots of time” of Wordsworth’s poetry, when the great vistas of nature dissolve individual minds, to Barbara Kingsolver’s novel Prodigal Summer, which reveals the interdependent web of union between humans, local animal species, and horticulture in rural Virginia, individual subjectivity is lost in more powerful and meaningful human-human or human-nature communities. Thus a tension emerges between protecting against the crowd and desiring union beyond oneself.

We look now for artistic, political, and philosophical expressions of this tension between autonomy and interdependence, and how they are defined in relation to one another. What can a consideration of immunity and community bring to current understandings of privilege, the body, and our unequal vulnerabilities?

Possible paper topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

— Alternate constructions of literary or textual subjectivities

— Cultural representations of disease, contagion, and immunity

— Biopolitics, particularly papers that mix the topic with cultural or textual analysis

— Analyses of communities or interdependence in literature/film/popular culture

— Analyses of human-animal or human-environment relationships in text, culture or politics

— Ethics of climate change, disease, or environmental collapse

— The interplay between biology and lived experience

— racial/class/gender privilege or exploration of these subjectivities in literature or film
Abstracts of 300 words or less should be submitted to by August 1st.

Graduate Student Job opportunities at NYU’s Center for Multicultural Education and Programs!

NYU’s Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP) is currently looking to hire two graduate student assistants!

NYU CMEP enhances the NYU experience by fostering a more inclusive, aware and socially just community. As Graduate Student Employee for CMEP, responsibilities will primarily be focused around CMEP’s initiatives, which involve diversity education and social justice programming.

The position is 20 hours per week at $20/hour. CMEP is looking for hires to start on Monday, August 10, 2015.

Find out more details about the position qualifications and responsibilities, as well as more information about CMEP in the attached documents! Also feel free to visit CMEP’s website for even more info about the program:

GSE_PositionDescription_SNJ_Spring2015 (5) (1) GSE_PositionDescriptionforRK_Spring2015

Part-Time Instructor Employment Opportunity: SAT & GRE Prep

Classroom Teaching Opportunities at Sherwood Test Prep

Posting Description

Test Preparation Instructor Positions
We are seeking test preparation instructors for our 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 semester/quarter lecture, lab, discussion, etc. 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:  employment[at]  Interviews and hiring are to commence immediately.

Teaching test preparation is a fun and rewarding experience.  As an instructor you will have the opportunity to help bright, high-achieving students achieve their goals and dreams of entering their first choice Universities and programs.  We hire good people who are intelligent, compassionate, honorable, and dependable.  All test prep instructors are respectfully treated as faculty members and are afforded autonomy and latitude in the courses they teach.

At Sherwood Test Prep, our work is to help others.

Mark Algee-Hewitt Digital Humanities talk this Thursday, 1pm Bobst Library, NYU

Thursday 6/4
Avery Room, Avery Fisher Center (NYU Bobst Library 2nd floor) for a talk by Mark Algee-Hewitt, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, Associate Director of the Stanford Literary Lab, Department of English, Stanford University.
Dr. Algee-Hewitt’s talk is titled: Data and the Critical Process: Knowledge Creation in the Digital Humanities.
What happens when the material of the humanities is transformed into data and algorithmically parsed in current Digital Humanities work? What do we gain by bringing computational methods to bear on literary historical or critical questions and, when we do so, how do we fundamentally change the kinds of questions that we can ask?  In this talk I explore the meaning behind the practical aspects of Digital Humanities analyses as I probe the delicate balance we maintain as we apply the critical methodologies of the humanities to the algorithmically derived, statistically significant data that lies behind our results.
Coffee and snacks provided.