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The School of Making Thinking / Residency Program for Artists and Academics

Dear Students:

This announcement was sent directly to Draper as the organizers thought it would be of particular interest to our students. Please note, however, that the School of Making Thinking is not affiliated with Draper or NYU.


The School of Making Thinking / Residency Program for Artists and Academics

Application deadline: April 1, 2012

LOCATION: The Yellow House B&B (near Roscoe, NY)

Organizers: Aaron Finbloom, Abraham Nowitz, Claire Epstein

Program dates:

Session A June 1, 2012 – June 30, 2012

Session B July 2, 2012 – July 15, 2012

Session C July 16, 2012 – July 30, 2012

Email contact: aaron.finbloom@gmail.com

The School of Making Thinking (SMT) is a summer residency program where artists and academics think, create, and live together in a communal setting. SMT’s mission is to create a unique environment where participants are able to create original work that challenges disciplinary conventions of art-making and thinking.

Our program asks: How does art deepen thought and provoke questioning? And how is thinking enacted through creative mediums? By bringing artists and academics together in an interdisciplinary space, SMT seeks to blur the line between these two conventionally distinct practices and to challenge the limits of each.

The School of Making Thinking sets itself apart from traditional residency programs in three important respects.

First, SMT participants hail from a far more diverse range of disciplines. Our alumni are botanists, dancers, playwrights, painters, poets, philosophers, fiction writers, audio documentarians, filmmakers, performance artists, and PhD candidates from English and American Studies departments. Second, collaboration is an essential component of each participant’s project. Third, SMT is a school in which participants teach and learn from one another.

Applicants are asked to submit a project proposal. It may be a work-in-progress, a brand new idea, or a work in its final stages. Completion of one’s project during the residency is not the goal. Rather, the focus at SMT is placed on development, exploration and experimentation. Projects vary greatly, but generally include three essential components. First, each project asks a fundamental question about ourselves or our world. (How do the stories we tell shape our experience of the world? What is a good death? How do biological brain activity and emotional response interact as memories are recalled?) Second, each project seeks to answer its question through one or more creative / intellectual practices—research, writing, conversation, photography, building, painting, meditation, filmmaking, performance, etc. Third, each project includes a collaborative component through which the rest of the SMT community can participate, challenge and contribute to the work.

Please visit our website for more information-


Good News! Updates & Announcements from Draper Community Members

Hilarie Ashton (January 2011) will be publishing her essay, “Urban (as) Flâneur: Narrator and City in Edgardo Vega Yunque’s The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow Into The Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle,” in LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES: Critiques of Contemporary Cinema, Literatures, Politics and Revolution (Academica Press) later this year or early in 2012.

Hilarie will also present her paper “The Doppelganger Artist: Reuse and/or Originality in Postmodernity and Popular Music” at the Canadian Association for American Studies Conference this November.

Mario Cancel-Bigay is a musician and songwriter. He will be performing his original compositions “I Got my NYU Card,” “I Don’t Have to Wear a Tie,” “Please Forgive Me, I’m Unemployed,” “Matriarchal Revolution,” “In the Subway,” and other witty and poetically critical songs at Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. in Harlem) on Thursday November 10th. Have a listen to Mario’s music and find out about his upcoming performances at http://www.myspace.com/mario-cancel/

Heather Dodge (December 2010) recently presented her paper, “The New Animal Taxonomy: ‘rendering’ animals visible in Sue Coe’s slaughterhouse sketches,” at the 2nd Annual European Conference for Critical Animal Studies in Prague. In March, she will present another paper entitled, “Going to the Dogs: human and dog relationships in Marlene van Niekerk’s Triomf” at the Northeast Modern Language Association’s 2012 Convention.

She is also delighted that a co-authored paper, “The New Virtual Librarian: Learning to teach and teaching to learn digital literacy, ” will be published in a special issue of Learning, Media and Technology sometime in 2012.

Russell MacKenzie Fehr (January 2009) presented at the Graduate Student History Conference and at the California Conference for the Promotion of History in October. He expects to be ABD by June of 2012.

April Fisher (May 2009) published her short story “Ecology” in the October edition of Burnt Bridge (http://burntbridge.net/). She gave her first reading in Brooklyn on Oct 12, 2011, at Linger Cafe’s short story writer series. More of her stories can be found at http://aprilbacon.com.

Yvonne C. Garrett (Draper 2010) and her fellow-poet Mary Ellen Sanger have put out their first book of poetry, Waiting for the end of the world: Thoughts of bullfrogs and guerrillas, through their own small press. The collection is available through Amazon, here.

Andrea Hines (May 2010) began a new position in August as the Executive Assistant to the Institute Director at NYU’s Neuroscience Institute.

Jess Kelly was invited to present her paper “Post-Colonial City Planning and Police Homicide in Derry, Northern Ireland and Los Angeles” at UPenn for the International Herbert Marcuse Society’s “Critical Refusals” conference in October.

Jess’ paper, which discusses the similarities between the racialized violence and riots that occurred after the Rodney King incident and The Troubles in Northern Ireland, is the jumping-off point for her thesis research on the reactionary punk subculture of 1970s Northern Ireland – an exploration of the anti-capitalist, anti-establishment subculture (ethnicity?) and its rejection of the religious sectarianism and subsequent violence.

Additionally, Jess’ thesis abstract was accepted as one of 14 finalists for a special punk issue of the journal Patterns of Prejudice which will publish 12 of the 14 finalist papers in 2013.

Ji Hyuck Moon (May 2011) published his first collection of short stories, Two Nights With a Lion, in Korea this September. Ji Hyuck plans to translate this work into English in the near future and is currently looking for a literary agent.

Ji Hyuck was also recently hired as an adjunct instructor in NYU’s East Asian Studies Department. He is teaching one Elementary Korean Class this fall and says that teaching students the Korean language inspires him as a writer.

Devin D. Moss, M.S. Ed has been hired as LGBT Program Coordinator at the University of South Carolina November 1st. This is a newly created position at the institution, and he is thrilled to lead initiatives that will create safe and inclusive environments for LGBT students.

Kathleen Reeves (May 2011) published her article “Bodied Time and Ghosted Narrative in The Body Artist” in Concordia University’s Journal of Religion and Culture in September. Kathleen presented the article as a paper at Concordia’s 16th annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference “Crossroads and Borders,” in February. She attended the conference with additional assistance from one of Draper’s Travel Grants, which she was the recipient of in November/December 2010.

Kathleen’s article can be downloaded in .pdf format from the journal website, here. (Her article is second to last in the issue.)

Cara Ryan began an internship at the Interfaith Center Of New York, working on the Catholic-Muslim Social Services Project on September 1st. The project, which involves Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, various churches, mosques and social services in the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan, complements Cara’s thesis, a study of the relationship between American Catholic and Muslim communities.

Corinne Woods was recently hired as the Production Manager for the inaugural year of the All for One Theater Festival, a ten day festival celebrating solo performance which begins 11.11.11 at Theatre 80 St. Marks.

And lastly…

Congratulations to former Draper Global Histories Fellow/current adjunct Maia Ramnath on her first major publication: Haj to Utopia: How the Ghadar Movement Charted Global Radicalism and Attempted to Overthrow the British Empire.

You can read the first chapter and/or purchase the book at the publisher website: http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520269552

Send Us Your Good News!

It’s time for another round up of good news in the Draper community. If you are a current student or alum and have news to share – academic or otherwise – about recent publications, exciting projects, conference participation or any exciting developments in your life, drop us a line!

We’ll be compiling a post for the Draper blog with all the details soon, so please get in touch. Updates should be sent to Lauren at ljr307@gmail.com by October 28th.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Eight Draper Students Participate in Upcoming GSAS Threesis Challenge! (April 9)

By now, you’ve seen announcements about GSAS’ upcoming Threesis Challenge on April 9th–a quick fire academic competition in which participants present the work of their thesis or other final project to a panel of judges in three minutes or less. GSAS has just made the list of participants available on their website, and we are delighted to congratulate and send our well wishes to the seven Draper students who are participating.

Draper’s challengers (and the theses they are presenting) are as follows:

  • Christopher Cappelluti: Time – In – Narrative – As – Identity
  • Tamara Day: New and Multiple Versions of Creolite
  • Shanna M. Farrell: The Hudson River Project: Ecological Violence and the Fishing Community
  • Eric Hodges: Messianism in Ding Ling’s The Sun Shines over the Sanggan River, and Zhou Libo’s The Hurricane

  • Whitney Johnson: Dialogs of Identity in Roman Antioch
  • Justine Vianne Lee: Delinquency or Prevention?
  • Kyle Munkittrick: The Species Ethic and Human Enhancement
  • Kaitlyn Widlak: Mountains Are Your Mind: The Poet as Mythographer in Gary Snyder’s Early Poetry

To see the full list of participants, see here. RSVPs can be made here. Remember that there will be an audience favorite award, so come out and support your fellow Draperites!

What You Can Do with a Ph.D. in the Humanities: This Friday!

Lisa Duffy-Zeballos, Director of Art Research, International Foundation
for Art Research
Claire Fowler, Senior Associate Dean, Princeton University
Deborah Gaines, Editorial Consultant
Michael Shae, Senior Editor, The New York Review of Books
David Speedie, Senior Fellow, Director, U.S. Global Engagement Program,
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Lisa Waller, Director of the High School, The Dalton School
Co-sponsored by:
The Humanities Initiative, the Graduate School of Arts and Science, and
the FAS Dean for Humanities Office
Friday, April 1, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
20 Cooper Square, 5th floor conference room
Reception to follow
An opportunity for Ph.D. students in the humanities to hear about the
professional journeys and choices of six talented individuals who have
made homes for themselves in a variety of careers. The afternoon will
feature brief remarks by colleagues in the fields of publishing,
secondary school education, academic advising, the arts, foundations,
and business. Students will then have the chance to speak individually
with our speakers.
To register, please click on the following link:
For more information contact Asya Berger, Director of the Humanities
Initiative, at asya.berger@nyu.edu