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Comp Lit Colloquium on Archives: April 22

Please join us for the April installment of the NYU Comparative Literature Colloquium Series

Friday, 4/22, from 3-5 p.m. in 19 University Place, room 222

“Staging Archives”
Professor Cristina Vatulescu,
Departments of Comparative Literature, Russian & Slavic Studies
“East European Secret Police Archives: Reading Dilemmas”
Professor Peter Nicholls,
Department of English
“Living with the George Oppen Archive”

Reception to follow.

Cristina Vatulescu received her Ph.D in Comparative Literature from Harvard in 2005 and came to NYU after a year as a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Her first book, Police Aesthetics: Literature, Film and The Secret Police, a study of the relationships between cultural and policing practices in twentieth century Eastern Europe, was recently published by Stanford University Press. Taking advantage of the partial opening of the secret police archives in Russia and Romania, Police Aesthetics focuses on their most infamous holdings-the personal files-as well as on the agency’s less known involvement with cinema. Two articles stemming from this project, “Arresting Biographies: The Secret Police File in The Soviet Union and Romania,” and “Politics of Estrangement: Tracking Shklovsky’s Device in Literary and Policing Practices” have been published in Comparative Literature and Poetics Today. Vatulescu’s current project is a crosscultural exploration of the interplay of documents and fictions in twentieth century literature, cinema, as well as in legal texts and practices.

Peter Nicholls has published widely on twentieth-century writing, with recent works including Modernisms: A Literary Guide (2nd ed. 2008) and George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism (2009). He is especially interested in connections between American and European poetry, and in the political and economic dimensions of literary texts. Nicholls arrived at NYU in 2009 after many years at the University of Sussex, where he was Professor of English and American Literature and editor of the journal Textual Practice.

For more information: http://comparatorium.wordpress.com/

Wojnarowicz Screening & Panel, Co-Organized by Draper Student: Feb. 1

(David Wojnarowicz Photographed by Peter Hujar)

Draper student Emily Colucci has co-organized an upcoming event with Performance Studies, which will include a screening of David Wojnarowicz’s film “A Fire in My Belly” and a panel discussion. Draper students are invited to attend the event and the following reception. More details are below.


Performance Studies Lecture Series in conjunction with the Draper Program Presents

A Fire in Our Belly: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Tuesday February 1st, 7-9pm

721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Room 612 With Marvin Taylor, Thomas Crow, Karen Finley and Leon Hilton

Artist David Wojnarowicz’s archives are housed at Fales Library and Special Collections on the third floor of Bobst Library at NYU, and the film ‘A Fire in My Belly,’ an edited version of which the National Portrait Gallery removed from its exhibition ‘Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,’ was on loan from Fales.

This event brings together members of the NYU community to address the myriad and ongoing issues raised by the censoring of this important work.

Reception to follow

Please visit our Facebook event listing to RSVP:


Oral History in New York: Archives and Public History Brown Bag Lunch Discussion: Dec. 3

The NYU Archives and Public History Program first Friday brown bag lunch series presents:

– Oral History in New York: Planning, Implementation and Use –

Friday December 3, 12:00-2:00pm
King Juan Carlos Center (53 Washington Square South), Room 607

The Archives and Public History brown bag lunch series continues on Friday, December 3rd for a panel discussion featuring oral historians from the New York area. Speakers will discuss their recent and ongoing projects as well as the diverse uses of oral history in exhibits, research projects and education.

Please RSVP to Margaret Fraser at mfraser522@gmail.com by Wednesday, December 1.

Speakers include:
  • Amy Starecheski, Columbia Oral History Research Office, recently worked on the Telling Lives Project in Chinatown and currently working with squatters
  • Sady Sullivan, Director of Oral History at the Brooklyn Historical Society
  • Nina Talbot, artist and oral historian, recently curated the exhibit “Painting Brooklyn Stories of Immigration and Survival” at the Brooklyn Historical Society

The Archives and Public History Program first Friday brown bag lunch series is organized in part by the NYU student chapter of the Society of American Archivists

Archives & Public History Brown Bag Lunch: Grant Writing (April 2)

NYU Archives and Public History Program brown bag lunch series
Grant writing
Friday April 2, 12:00-2:00pm
King Juan Carlos Center, room 607

Please join us for the final Archives and Public History Program brown bag lunch of the spring 2010 semester, which will feature a discussion about applying for and utilizing grant money in archival and historical institutions. Speakers include:

Barbara Haws, archivist/historian of the New York Philharmonic and alum of the archives and public history program. Haws has performed much successful fundraising, and has received a substantial grant from the Leon Levy Foundation to digitize 1.3 million pages of the orchestra’s archive, which can be searched here.

Maurita Baldock, also an alum of the program and curator of manuscripts at the New York Historical Society. Baldock has recently received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Mike Nash, head of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives, and an extremely successful grant writer and creative fundraiser.

And Peter Wosh, director of the Archives and Public History Program, who has been a grant recipient from NEH and NHPRC as well as a number of state agencies, and a review panelist for many state and national agencies.

Please bring a brown bag lunch. Complimentary drinks and desserts will be provided.

Please RSVP to Kate Dundon at katedundon@gmail.com by Tuesday, March 30.

Archives and Public History: Brown Bag Lunch on Art and Archives (3/5)

NYU Archives and Public History Program brown bag lunch series
Art and archives
Friday March 5, 12:00-2:00pm
King Juan Carlos Center, room 607

The Archives and Public History brown bag lunch series continues on Friday, March 5 for a discussion on art and archives. Marvin Taylor, director of the Fales Library and Special Collections, and Lucy Oakley, head of Education and Programs of the Grey Art Gallery will examine issues surrounding the curation and installation of Downtown Pix: Mining the Fales Archive 1961-1991, now on display at the Grey Art Gallery. Additionally, Christine Licata, assistant curator of Taller Boriqua (“workshop Puerto Rican”) will discuss the challenges of archiving artwork associated with this 40-year-old East Harlem arts non-profit.

Please bring a brown bag lunch. Complimentary drinks and desserts will be provided.

Please RSVP to Kate Dundon kcd206@nyu.edu by Tuesday, March 2.