May 9 – Blanche Wiesen Cook – Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 3

Book Talk: Blanche Wiesen Cook on Eleanor Roosevelt

Blanche Wiesen Cook will discuss her new book Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962 (Penguin Books, 2016) on Tuesday, May 9 (6:00 PM) at the Tamiment Library. A reception with wine and cheese will follow the lecture. This event is co-sponsored by the Frederic Ewen Center and the New York Labor History Association.

BLANCHE WIESEN COOK is a distinguished professor of history at John Jay College and Graduate Center, City University of New York. In addition to her biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, her other books include The Declassified Eisenhower and Crystal Eastman on Women and Revolution. She was featured on air in Ken Burns’s recent documentary, The Roosevelts.

Copies of Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3 will be available for purchase.

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



MAY 5 @ 6PM: PEN World Voices Lit Crawl / The Literary Mews “Teaching in Times of Trouble: The University as Sanctuary”

As part of Literary Mews Festival, and the PEN World Voices Festival Lit Crawl, Deutsches Haus at NYU presents “Teaching in Times of Trouble: The University as Sanctuary”, a conversation among Rosamond S. King, Katya Petrowskaja, current DAAD Chair in Contemporary Poetics at the German Department at NYU, and Fracine Prose and moderated by Atina Grossmann. The conversation will examine the complex challenges that professors and teachers find themselves faced with in the current political climate.
As a writer, how do you teach in troubled times? How political should you be, can you be, and do you want to be? What lessons and insights from the past and from other countries and cultures might provide guidance and shed some light on the complex challenges that professors and teachers in the United States currently find themselves faced with? Are there new limits to academic freedom? What role does the university play in a changing political climate like ours, what is the societal responsibility of its teaching staff, and can the university be a sanctuary? The accomplished international writers and professors participating in this timely conversation will explore these questions as part of the Literary Mews and Lit Crawl.
Rosamond S. King is a critical and creative writer and artist whose scholarly work focuses on sexuality, performance, and literature in the Caribbean and Africa. Her book Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination received the 2015 Caribbean Studies Association best book award, and her research has been widely published in venues such as Callaloo, Women and Performance, The Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, and The Journal of African-American Studies. King’s poetry collection Rock | Salt | Stone was recently published by Nightboat Books; individual poems have been published in more than two dozen journals and anthologies, including The Caribbean Writer, The Feminist Wire, Drunken Boat, and Poet Lore, and she has performed around the world. King is the creative editor of sx salon: a small axe literary platform, on the Board of Directors of the Organization of Women Writers of Africa, and is associate professor at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York.
Katya Petrowskaja was born in Kiev in 1970. She studied Russian literature and semiotics at the University of Tartu, Estonia, and received her Ph.D. in Russian Literature (dissertation: “Vladislav Khodasevich: Poetics of Prose”) at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. She moved to Berlin in 1999 and has lived there since. As a Russian-language journalist, she appeared at Radio Liberty/Free Europe, Deutsche Welle, Snob, and published op-eds with multiple periodicals. As a German-language journalist, she has written for German and Swiss newspapers such as TAZ and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Since 2011, she has been a regular columnist at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sontagszeitung (FAS), with an ongoing series of columns on photography. She has been a co-initiator and organizer of several international socio-political conferences including the Kiewer-Gespräche (Ukrainian-German Forum).  Petrowskaja’s first book, Vielleicht Esther (Maybe Esther), appeared with Suhrkamp in 2014. It won 7 international literary awards and has been translated into 20 languages. The English translation is forthcoming with Harper Collins in spring 2018. Some of her prizes and awards include: Premio Strega Europeo 2015,  Ernst-Toller-Preis 2014, Schubart Literaturpreis 2015 »aspekte«-Literaturpreis 2014, Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis 2013 (one the main literature prizes in the German-speaking world). Katya is currently the DAAD Distinguished Chair in Contemporary Poetics in NYU’s Department of German.
Francine Prose is the author of twenty-one works of fiction, including, most recently, the highly-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club: Paris, 1932. Her novel A Changed Man won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like A Writer. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director’s Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Francine Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in New York City.
Atina Grossmann is Professor of History in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union in New York City. Publications include Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany (2007, German 2012), Wege in der Fremde: Deutsch-jüdische Begegnungsgeschichte zwischen New York, Berlin und Teheran (2012), and Reforming Sex: The German Movement for Birth Control and Abortion Reform, 1920-1950 (1995); co-edited volumes on Crimes of War: Guilt and Denial in the Twentieth Century 2002) and After the Nazi Racial State: Difference and Democracy in Germany and Europe (2009), as well as Shelter from the Holocaust: Rethinking Jewish Survival in the Soviet Union (with M.Edele and S. Fitzpatrick) and The JDC at 100 (with A Patt, L. Levi, M. Maud), both forthcoming 2017. She is working, together with Dorota Glowacka, on a brief summary volume (Bloomsbury) on Gender and the Holocaust and her current research focuses on “Remapping Survival: Jewish Refugees and Lost Memories of Displacement, Trauma, and Rescue in the Soviet Union, Iran, and India,” as well as the entanglements of family memoir and historical scholarship.
Lit Crawl NYC brings literature to the streets via readings, discussions, and dozens of events full of readers, writers, and all-around literary merriment. Since 2015, Lit Crawl NYC has been jointly produced by Litquake and PEN America, an organization dedicated to defending free expression, supporting persecuted writers, and promoting literary culture. Please click here for the full schedule.
Events at Deutsches Haus are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to[at] As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event to ensure you get a good seat. Thank you!
“Teaching in Times of Trouble: The University as Sanctuary” is a DAAD-sponsored event.

Workshop | Finance Beyond Quality: The Humanities after Neoliberalism”

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Event Page HERE

Jumpstart Your Summer Writing

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There are over 100 days between the last day of the spring semester and the first day of the fall semester. Use this time to make progress on your writing project! Join us for an action-oriented session. Panelists will discuss how to kick-off your summer writing and how to approach editors about publishing your work.

  • Ulrich Baer — Vice Provost, New York University
  • Pamela Newkirk — Professor of Journalism & Director of Undergraduate Students, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University
  • Eric Zinner — Associate Director & Editor-in-Chief, NYU Press

Tuesday May 9th 2017, 2:15pm

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
Fifth Floor
New York, NY
United States
Map and Directions

InVisible Culture, Issue 28 CFP: “Contending with Crisis” deadline June 30th, 2017

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Issue 28: “Contending with Crisis” 

For its twenty-eighth issue, InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture invites scholarly articles and creative works that address the complex and multiple meanings of contending with crisis.

Defined by the global uncertainty of a world afflicted by varied and ambiguously interrelated states of emergency, the present can be seen as a critical historical conjuncture characterized by crisis. In the context of its worldwide occurrence, crisis refers irreducibly to a multitude of circumstances, events, and thematizations: military conflict, debt crises, issues of political representation, the mass migration and displacement of refugees, increasing ecological disruptions. Such ruptures in the social demand constant attention from individuals and communities, constituting a need for committed artististic and scholarly engagements with questions of what it means to be in crisis and how to deal with it.

Following Lauren Berlant’s understanding of crisis as “an emergency in the reproduction of life, a transition that has not found its genres for moving on,” we encourage authors to contemplate the fluidity/liminality of crisis, exploring both its emancipatory and repressive potentials. As an ongoing situation, a conceptual and rhetorical figure, an ideological representation and for many an urgent fact of life, the contemporary condition of crisis evokes a range of responses from those forced to contend with it.

For IVC 28, we invite contributors to explore visual representations and contestations of various states of crisis. How do crises emerge and perform in the visual field? How does the global situation of crisis reconfigure the possibilities of political representation? How do the material conditions of crisis constrain and transform everyday life and social organization? What kind of aesthetic responses and modes of cultural production proliferate in response? What forms of domination surface in times of crisis and how do they become realized in ensuing reorganizations of social orders? What productive potentials emerge or re-emerge in the face of specific and far-reaching crisis conditions?

Possible topics of exploration include, but are not limited to:

• Visualizing/representing crisis, the visual politics of crisis
• Political representation and subjectivity in/of crisis
• Uneven distribution of vulnerabilities along lines of race, gender, and sexuality
• Precarity, biopolitics and affective regimes of crisis and austerity
• Activism, social movements, visual and performative protest repertoires
• Creative responses to states of crisis, new modes of artistic production, aesthetics of resistance
• Collaborative aesthetics and the commons
• Material landscapes of crisis, crisis and urban space, austerity urbanism
• Aesthetics of rupture, ruin, abandonment
• Historiographies, afterlives of crises
• Crisis genres: crises of dispossession (debt crisis, moral discourse of indebtedness), crises of political representation (Arab Spring, global rise of neo-populist nationalisms, Brexit, 2016 US election), postcolonial crises, military crises (Syria, Ukraine), refugee and humanitarian crisis, ecological crises (climate change, Fukushima, DAPL)

Please send completed papers (with references following the guidelines from the Chicago Manual of Style) of between 4,000 and 10,000 words to invisible.culture[at] by June 30th, 2017. Inquiries should be sent to the same address.

Creative/Artistic Works
In addition to written materials, InVisible Culture is accepting works in other media (video, photography, drawing, code) that reflect upon the theme as it is outlined above. Please submit creative or artistic works along with an artist statement of no more than two pages to  invisible.culture[at] For questions or more details concerning  acceptable formats, go to or contact the same address.

InVisible Culture is also currently seeking submissions for book, exhibition, and film reviews (600-1,000 words). To submit a review proposal, go to or contact invisible.culture[at]

The journal also invites submissions to its Dialogues page, which will accommodate more immediate responses to the topic of the current issue. For further details, please contact us at invisible.culture[at] with the subject heading “Dialogues submission.”

InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (IVC) is a student-run interdisciplinary journal published online twice a year in an open access format. Through peer reviewed articles, creative works, and reviews of books, films, and exhibitions, our issues explore changing themes in visual culture. Fostering a global and current dialog across fields, IVC investigates the power and limits of vision.