Monthly Archives: August 2016

Sept. 13 – Women First Responders, 9/11, and the Struggle for Equality

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In commemoration of the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, a roundtable discussion on “Women First Responders, 9/11, and the Struggle for Equality” will be held at Tamiment Library on September 13 (6:00-8:00 PM). A reception with wine and cheese will follow the panel. This event is co-sponsored by the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives and the Frederic Ewen Center.
The narrative of the national tragedy of 9/11 is often expressed through a gendered lens, with frequent references to “policemen” and “firemen.” However, hundreds of women firefighters, police, and emergency medical personnel were among the first responders and three women first responders – PAPD Captain Kathy Mazza, EMT Yamel Merino and NYPD officer Moira Smith — lost their lives trying to save the lives of others. The women first responders’ stories have rarely been told. Now, fifteen years after 9/11, a panel will discuss how these women’s lives have changed and how women are faring in NYC’s emergency services.
Moderator: Brenda Berkman, a first responder to the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11. Berkman was the pioneering firefighter responsible for filing the lawsuit which resulted in the first women being hired by the New York City Fire Department in 1982. She retired in 2006 at the rank of Captain, and is currently is exhibiting her print series “Thirty-six Views of One World Trade Center” at District Council 37’s gallery.
Panel participants:
Mary Carouba, an investigative social worker and co-author of the book, Women at Ground Zero: Stories of Courage and Compassion.
NYPD Inspector Terri Tobin
EMS Captain Doreen Ascatigno
Firefighter Regina Wilson, the first woman President of the FDNY Vulcan Society
Firefighter Sarinya Srisakul, President of the United Women Firefighters.
In conjunction with the panel discussion, an exhibit drawn from the “Brenda Berkman Files Regarding September 11, 2001” and the “United Women Firefighters Records and Photographs” Collections (Wagner Labor Archives) will be on display until December 16, 2016.
Copies of Women at Ground Zero will be available for purchase.
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Sept. 15 – Anatole Dolgoff – Left of the Left

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Anatole Dolgoff will discuss his book Left of the Left: My Memories of Sam Dolgoff (AK Press, 2016) on Thursday, September 15 (6:00 PM) at the Tamiment Library. A reception with food and wine will follow the lecture. This event is sponsored by the Frederic Ewen Center.
Anatole Dolgoff is the son of prominent anarchists Sam and Esther Dolgoff, and was quite literally born and raised among the Wobblies and anarchists of the latter two-thirds of the twentieth century in the United States. He was for many years an Associate Professor of Physics at CUNY and is currently Professor of Geology at the Pratt Institute.
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Anamesa Call for Submissions Fall 2016

Fall 2016

DEADLINE: Sunday, October 4, 2016 at 5PM

Anamesa is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of graduate student writing and art based at New York University. Tracing its conceptual origin to Platonic philosophy, Anamesa stands for the “in between,” and sets as its purpose to blur boundaries, re-imagine links, and explore the interstices of academia. Anamesa considers material from a variety of subject matters and selects creative, timely, and intelligent works that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the global graduate community.

Submissions of writing and visual art are accepted from current and recent graduate students across all disciplines. We seek academic essays, creative non-fiction, reportage, interviews, reviews, short stories, poetry, photography, drawings, paintings, film stills, posters, prints, and other art works.

The theme for this issue is “Glass Ceilings” and we encourage submissions that provoke thought or discussion about this topic, though off-theme submissions are also welcome.

Glass Ceilings

“Glass ceiling” is a core metaphor of the feminist movement. It is worth noting that this ceiling is singular. But what of other ceilings? For different individuals and groups in our society, the glass ceilings are many and varied. Yet all of these ceilings help constitute each other. All of them are barriers to better lives.

This is why Anamesa has opted for the theme of our fall 2016 issue to be “glass ceilings”–an acknowledgement of multivalency when it comes to the systemic limitations applied to certain groups of people. What do we mean by “glass ceilings?” Glass ceilings are the social structures that hinder marginalized factions’ ability to succeed at an institutional level while guarding the privilege and stability of those above the ceilings. Further, those affected by institutional oppression know about surviving under glass ceilings. Our society claims that all people are entitled to their lives, that they have the right to make their own decisions about how they want to live those lives. Our society insists that all people can seize the opportunity to better their own conditions, as well as the lives of their children. How do we truly live up to these claims on a societal and individual level and how do we discuss glass ceilings in life and across academic disciplines?

Glass ceilings pervade our culture, although they are often ignored. We must identify them in so that we might shatter preconceived notions that reinforce such despotic conditions. We must look both outward and inward. In this way, we will begin to know our personal and collective glass ceilings.

What’s your glass ceiling?


Potential fields/topics for submission include: history, personal identity, memory, self-consciousness, economic and political power structures, borders and boundaries, diaspora, subalterns, trauma, temporality, spatiality, symbolism, literary/artistic influence, authorship, anthropology, gender, sexuality, identity politics, familial relations, class/racial/religious divisions and hierarchies, immigration, visual arts, film, painting, photography, technology, architecture, geography, sociology of space, phenomenology, neuroscience, psychoanalysis, history, post-modernism, post-structural theory, deconstruction, ecology, urban studies, language, translations, and communication.

Submission Requirements

  • All submissions must be print-ready.
  • All submissions should be 6,000 words or fewer. For non-fiction submissions, please include a 100-200 word abstract.
  • Essays should be formatted to follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition; please use endnotes, double-spaced, on a separate page following the body of the text.
  • All fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions must be in .doc or .docx file format
  • All art submissions must be in digital format (.jpeg) at 300 DPI or higher and a minimum of 5x7in.
  • Please include a cover page with your name, university, department, expected degree and date, telephone number, and e-mail address. The cover page should be a separate document from the submission.
  • DO NOT include any identifying information in the body of your submission.  All submissions are blind-reviewed, so identifying information should only appear on your cover page.
  • We accept submissions in any language, but an English translation must accompany all non-English texts.
  • We accept multiple submissions (up to 5 pieces per author), but we ask that each submission be submitted individually (with an exception for multiple poems, which can be submitted together).
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable
  • All submissions must include the genre of the submission in the subject heading of the email.

E-mail all submissions to anamesa.journal[at] with the genre of the submission listed in the subject heading of the email.




Fall 2016 Graduate Student Library Workshop Series

NYU Libraries invites new graduate students to join them at their Annual Graduate Student Reception. It is a great opportunity to meet your subject librarian, as well as mingle with your fellow graduate students over some complimentary food and drinks. They  will be giving away NYU Bookstore gift certificates to some lucky attendees. The reception will take place:

–> Thursday, September 15th, 5:30-7:00, 8th-floor North Reading Room, Bobst library

Please RSVP by going to