Monthly Archives: January 2017

Join the discussion ! Cities and Immigration in the age of Trump

Where:Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South
When?  Thursday, January 26th, 9:00am – 11:15am 
RSVP by filling out the form below !
In his first 100 days in office, President-Elect Donald Trump intends to cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities—part of broader commitment to reduce unauthorized immigration. This raises a number of important questions. What makes a city a “sanctuary city“? How might the new administration go about defunding them? How will sanctuary cities respond to federal pressure? More broadly, what motivates cities and states to develop policy with immigrants in mind and, beyond the issue of sanctuary cities, what role might we expect cities and states to play on the issue of immigration during the Trump Presidency?
Join the Marron Institute and the NYU School of Law as they address these and other questions about cities and immigrationduring the Trump Presidency.

Panel I—Sanctuary Cities

Confirmed Speakers:
Melissa Mark-Viverito—Speaker, New York City Council
Dara Lind—Journalist,
Alina Das—Associate Professor of Clinical Law & Co-Director of Immigrant Rights Clinic, NYU

Moderator: Clayton Gillette, Max E. Greenberg Professor of Contract Law & Director of the Marron Institute, NYU

Panel II—Immigration: the Role of Cities and States

Confirmed Speakers:
Adam Cox—Roert A. Kindler Professor of Law, NYU
Aaron Renn—Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Kate Brick—Director of State and Local Initiatives, Partnership for a New American EconomyModerator: Brandon Fuller, Deputy Director of the Marron Institute, NYU

Light refreshments provided.
This event is open to the public.

Upcoming events at Deutsches Haus ! “Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century” and “We’ll Always Have Casablanca”

Monday, January 30, 6:30 p.m: “Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century”

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Deutsches Haus at NYU and the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU present a lecture by Konrad Jarausch on “Broken Lives.”

On the basis of five dozen autobiographies of the cohort born during the Weimar Republic this lecture explores the shared experiences and tropes of memory by ordinary Germans during the tumultuous twentieth century. By engaging the fascinating stories of individual fates from a perspective of below, it sheds new light on the rise, impact and consequences of the Nazi dictatorship and the subsequent division of Germany.
Find out more about the event here.

January 11 – January 24: The 26th New York Jewish Film Festival

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The 26th edition of the New York Jewish Film Festival is once again bringing to you the finest narrative and documentary films from around the world that explore the diversity of Jewish experience.

Check out the detailed schedule here and discover some German proramming highlights.

Social Media Highlight

“Is that Kafka? 99 Finds”: An Evening with Reiner Stach and Kurt Beals

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In a reading at Deutsches Haus at New York University the author Reiner Stachposed this challenging question by giving an insight into his highly acclaimed three-volume biography of Kafka based on 99 exciting discoveries.

If you want to find out more about the “real” Kafka, watch the whole event on Deutsches Haus’s YouTube channel.

Become a HAUS-CLUB member

Join Haus-Club for 2016-17, and take advantage of all the benefits offered to Deutsches Haus members, such as discounts on language classes, preferred seating at all their cultural events, and discounts at German, Swiss, and Austrian restaurants and businesses.

Learn more about the perks available to members and register here.

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Spring Welcome Week workshops for graduate students !


As another spring semester kicks off, NYU Libraries are offering a chance to brush up your skills with a series of Graduate Student workshops. These workshops focus on learning how to organize your bibliographies, finding out to how to track down tricky citations, understanding the intricacies of processing and analyzing data, and even simply knowing your way around an American research library. For the complete listing of these sessions, and to sign up:

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Book Talk ! Feb. 8 – Dan La Botz – What Went Wrong? The Nicaraguan Revolution

Book Talk: Dan La Botz on
What Went Wrong? The Nicaraguan Revolution

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Dan La Botz will discuss his new book What Went Wrong? The Nicaraguan Revolution: A Marxist Analysis (BRILL, 2016) on Wednesday, February 8 (4:30 PM) at the Tamiment Library. A reception with wine and cheese will follow the lecture. This event is sponsored by the Frederic Ewen Center.

Dan La Botz is the author of several books on labor, social movements, and politics in Mexico, Indonesia, the United States, and Nicaragua. A Fulbright Fellow in Mexico, he earned a Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati with his dissertation, “‘Slackers’: American War Resisters and Communists in Mexico, 1917-1927” (1998). He currently teaches sociology at Brooklyn College and graduate seminars in Labor Studies at the Murphy Institute of the CUNY. He was for 20 years the editor of Mexican Labor News and Analysis and is a co-editor of New Politics: A Journal of Socialist Thought.

RSVP: email[at] with guest name(s) & event title.

Deadline Extended: CFP Brown French Studies Graduate Conference: Mémoire/Rupture

Below is the CFP for Equinoxes, the annual graduate conference of the Brown UniversityDepartment of French Studies.The theme of this year’s conference is “Mémoire/Rupture” and it will be held April 21-22, 2017. The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to February 15, 2017.
April 21-22, 2017 | Brown University | Providence, Rhode Island

Keynote: Odile Cazenave

Professor of French, Boston University

Memory is a deceptively simple concept, seemingly universal in its experiential familiarity,
yet handled in a diverse variety of ways by writers and theorists across literary,

philosophical, psychological, and historical fields. We are at once aware of memory’s

essential role in perception and identity, and of its glaring instabilities, gaps, and

(mis)appropriations—its often violent ruptures. Equinoxes 2017 aims to highlight and

explore the notion of memory as it plays out in French and Francophone contexts and

corresponding cultural productions.

From Lumières theories of selfhood as a continuity of consciousness, to more modern

questions of psychoanalysis, repression, and trauma theory, the modes and mechanisms

of remembering—or failing to remember—are critical to individual identity construction.

At the same time, memory is collective as well as individual: historical narratives, national

identities, and traditional cultural practices are all constitutive of, and predicated upon,

acts of remembrance (as well as national acts of conscious and unconscious forgetting).

How do personal and public memory intersect, and what is the interplay between their

respective lacunae? How can art and language recreate lived personal or historical

moments? How do commemoration, narration, and canonization affect the ways that we

remember, and the gaps in those memories? What is at stake in the interaction between

dominant and subaltern modes of memorialization? And how do public discourses of

memory appropriate and complicate individual relationships to events?

As an interdisciplinary conference, Equinoxes encourages submissions from a variety of

fields including but not limited to history, ethnography, anthropology, literature, media

studies, sociology, art history, and political science, provided that the presentation relate

to French or Francophone spheres.

Possible topics of discussion might include:

o Memoirs/autobiographies

o Childhood/childhood narratives

o Trauma

o Psychoanalysis/repression/the Unconscious

o Pathology: amnesia, Alzheimer’s, insanity, etc.

o National/historical Identities

o Postcolonial legacies

o Canonization

o (Film) Adaptation/retellings

o Lieux de mémoire

o Subject Formation

o Survivor Narratives

o Spectrality/ghosts/hauntology

o Nostalgia

o Denial/regret/remorse

o Reclamation

o Cultural inheritances/heritage

o Material history/relics/artifacts

Graduate students who wish to participate in the conference should submit an abstract

of no more than 250 words. Abstracts must be sent, as attachments, to

brown.equinoxes[at] before February 15, 2017. Emails should include the

author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Presentations, whether

in English or in French, should not exceed 20 minutes.