Monthly Archives: November 2015

Margaret Gray-Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic- December 1

Margaret Gray will discuss her book Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic on Tuesday December 1(6:007:30 PM) at the Tamiment Library. This event is sponsored by the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives and the NYU Steinhardt Food Studies Program

Margaret Gray is Associate Professor of Political Science at Adelphi University. Gray’s book Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic about New York farm workers and food politics was published by the University of California Press (2014). Gray won the Best Book Award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Best Book Award from the Labor Project of the American Political Science Association. Her work focuses on the intersection of food politics and the conditions of low-wage, non-citizen workers in the agro-food industry.

Copies of Labor and the Locavore will be available to purchase.

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Job Posting — 9/11 Interpretive Guide

The 9/11 Memorial Museum is now looking for Part-Time Interpretive Guides to join their team. Below is the link for the job posting.

Position Overview:
The 9/11 Memorial Museum’s Interpretive Guide Program plays a key role in our educational mission. Interpretive Guides lead artifact-based public tours to Museum visitors interested in learning about the World Trade Center, 9/11 and its precursors and aftermath, and the rebuilding of the site. In addition, they lead tours of the 9/11 Memorial. Intensive initial training will be provided by Memorial Museum staff.

How to Apply:
 Include job title in the email subject field.
 Please state the location where job posting was seen.
 Send cover letter and resume to
 Please visit our website at

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Personal Narratives, Global Identities

Professor Anna Deavere Smith
ASPP-GT 2013-001
4 points
Class meets Sundays from 1/31 to 4/10
1:00pm – 5:00pm
A story of self – of a product one wants to sell, or a mission statement one wants to put forward – is an important part of moving about in the world, whether for personal, professional, political or artistic reasons. The seeds of those stories are within us. This course will use acting and performance techniques to broaden students’ personal narratives. Students will create performance pieces and in the process, they will expand their self-awareness as well as their awareness of others.
This is an interdisciplinary class, and we encourage students from all departments to participate. If you are interested in narrative of any kind: interactive or linear storytelling, games or invented worlds, this class is for you. If you are interested in identity and how it is represented in business, in the realms of social justice, in education or in personal life, this class is for you.
Limited enrollment. To apply for this course, send an email to Use the subject line Application for Personal Narratives. Attach your resume to the email as a pdf file. You should also create a 2-minute (maximum) video in which you introduce yourself and speak about why you would like to take this course. Please upload the video to the web and include the link in your email (rather than attaching the full video.) Applications are due on/before Monday, November 23rd at noon. Contact Stephanie Schneider in Professor Smith’s office with any questions. 212-998-1813.

Media Res #2 at Bobst tomorrow (Nov. 17) @ 5 PM


Media Res #2
NYC Digital Humanities Lightning Talks

NYU Bobst Library on the 2nd floor in the Avery Room (West side)
5 pm Tuesday, November 17th
Building on the success of its inaugural event, Media Res #2 will showcase a range of graduate student DH work happening across NYC universities. Students will give short (5-minute) interactive presentations of their digitally based projects, introducing us to a range of tools and possibilities for teaching and research. We hope that this event will continue to foster a growing network of cross-institutional collaborations between graduate students, and help make visible the diversity of DH being done here in the city. Excerpts from participants’ abstracts are listed below.

TWiC (Topic Words in Context) is a highly interactive data visualization meant to facilitate the exploration of LDA topic models of textual corpora.

“Independent Crusaders Project” concentrates on preparing somewhat prosopographical portraits of crusaders who went to the East without association with the more popular papally-sanctioned crusades.

“East of East: Mapping Community Narratives in South El Monte and El Monte” is an ongoing public history and digital archiving project created by the South El Monte Arts Posse (SEMAP).

CUNY Syllabus Project will provide providing a way to search, compare, and visualize syllabi across institutions, disciplines, and departments.

“Reading histories of New York City women, 1789-1805: The case of the missing Gothic novels” draws on the early circulation records (1789-1805) of the New York Society Library to explore the reading histories of the Library’s female members with an eye toward genre, publication history, and borrowing trends.

“Exploring Place in the French of Italy” features visualizations of spatial data extracted from a corpus of French language texts, as well as downloadable data, “micro-essays,” and longer form essays.

This presentation describes Git-Lit, an open-source, community-centered initiative to parse, version control, and publish to GitHub roughly 50,000 scanned public-domain books from the British Library, thereby facilitating decentralized, open-access, and democratic scholarly editing.

“Reading as Navigation: Mapping the Spatial Affordances of the American Novel” proposes an experimental reading of space in the American novel that examines the concrete structure and experience of spatiality to consider gaps between natural environments and individual readers.

“Uncanny Seduction: Masculinity, Pickup Artists, and The Uses of Social Media In Social Skills Training Communities”  examines the remediation of masculine gender through practices of intimate training in seduction skills with women, performed among men (and so-called “pickup artists”) in NYC “seduction communities”.

The Roots and Routes of Boylesque” addresses the historical and political aspects of the under-theorized history of self-identified male bodies by examining boylesque, a new genre growing out of the neo-burlesque, in context of the larger history of male striptease in NY, the US, and globally.

“Graphic Information Systems in the Humanities” focuses on the periodical literature of mid-Atlantic colonies and states between 1730 and 1850, and my maps show the locations, numbers, and types of newspapers present in the American colonies during each decade of that period.

Event with Poet and Labor Organizer Rodrigo Toscano — Nov. 30th @ 6:30 PM

Please join us on Monday, November 30th at 6:30 PM for a reading and discussion with poet and labor organizer Rodrigo Toscano.

Hosted at the Tamiment Library and Roger F. Wagner Labor Archive.
70 Washington Square South (Bobst Library, 10th floor)

Co-sponsored by
The Modern and Contemporary Colloquia
The Graduate Student Organizing Committee

Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
And with support from the NYU department of English.

Rodrigo Toscano’s newest book of poetry, Explosion Rocks Springfield, is due out from Fence Books in spring 2016. His previous books include Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater, To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities. His poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Voices Without Borders, Diasporic Avant Gardes, Imagined Theatres, In the Criminal’s Cabinet, Earth Bound, and Best American Poetry. Toscano has received a New York State Fellowship in Poetry, and was a National Poetry Series selection.Toscano works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers and the National Institute for Environmental Health Science. He lives in the Faubourg Marigny of New Orleans.

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University form a unique, internationally-known center for scholarly research on Labor and the Left. The primary focus is the complex relationship between trade unionism and progressive politics and how this evolved over time. Archival, print, photograph, film, and oral history collections describe the history of the labor movement and how it related to the broader struggle for economic, social, and political change.