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Say It Ain’t Snow! How New York Battles Winter with Robin Nagle, PhD

Thursday, January 14

6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required Open this link to register for this program.
NYU Lecture Hall at 19 University Place, near 8th Street
[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]

[photo credit: Robin Nagle, 2003 Presidents Day Storm]

Snow has played a surprisingly important role in shaping contemporary New York. The flakes may look pretty while they’re coming down, but a heavy snowfall can have devastating consequences.

This talk explores what it takes for New York’s Department of Sanitation, the agency in charge of snow removal, to clear the streets. Nagle will explain why the city is uniquely vulnerable to severe storms and how we dealt with snow before the era of mechanized plows. Despite the sophistication of today’s snow removal technology, much of the work requires the same tactics now as those used in centuries past.

Robin Nagle, director of NYU’s Draper Program, is Sanitation’s anthropologist-in-residence and author of the book Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014)

Open this link to register for this program.

Co-sponsored with The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

Emma Heaney Speaking at CSGS February 10!

Draper Faculty Fellow Emma Heaney will be giving a lecture on Tuesday, February 10 at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality:

Half-Sisters, Radical Queens, Lesbian Separatists, & Non-Men: Second Wave Trans Feminism

a lecture by Emma Heaney

February 10, Tuesday
6:30 to 8 pm

Emma Heaney, Draper Program, New York University

Respondent: Margaux L. Kristjansson, Anthropology, Columbia University

This talk moves off from archival documents of trans feminist political thought and struggle in the 1970s to suggest how trans feminist thought and practice — both “then and now” — can clarify two points that stalled 1970s feminist projects: (1) how can we be liberated “as women” when it is precisely the historical content of “woman” we seek to escape, and (2) can woman operate as a political category when women’s experiences are so vastly different according to race, class, and cis versus trans experience? Rather than a queer transcendence of the term “woman,” trans feminism of the 70s and today teaches that the violent enforcement of womanhood on cis women and the violent prohibition of this identity from male assigned at birth people are the twinned processes that produce the revolutionary collectivity that fights back against misogynist violence.

Humanities Initiative Conference Room
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

This event is free & open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

For more information about this event, please contact the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at 212-992-9540 or csgs(at)nyu.edu.

Literary Cultures Professor Alan Itkin Featured in The Germanic Review

The latest issue of The Germanic Review is out, and it contains a special section on the writer Jean Améry guest-edited by our Literary Cultures professor, Alan Itkin.  The section includes an introduction and article on Améry written by Itkin. The special section is based in part on a panel at NYU’s Deutsches Haus in 2012.

The full text is available here. Enjoy!

DSO Speaker Series Wed, 11/20: “Thank You Suharto: How I Became an Academic”

Draper Student Organisation presents:

John W. Draper Program Speaker Series

“Thank You Suharto: How I Became an Academic”

Wednesday, Nov 20 at 8:45pm
14 University Place

(pizza and refreshments will be provided)

Prof. Taylor M. Easum

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Draper Program

Taylor M. Easum is an historian of Asia, with a keen interest in Thailand and urban history. He recently completed his Ph.D. in History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research lies at the intersection of cities, power, and space in Asian history. In his research and writing, Dr. Easum explores the relationship between local history and broad historical queries, such as the nature of empire or the spread of nationalism. He is particularly interested, for example, in refocusing historical debate away from the Asian metropolis and toward the intermediate, secondary, and smaller cities of the region. His ongoing research into the urban historical traditions of mainland Southeast Asia also deals with issues of historical preservation, memory and identity, especially as manifested in urban space.



The Draper Student Organization is proud to announce the 2013-2014 “John W. Draper Program Speaker Series”. This year’s series will feature a remarkable selection NYU professors who share their latest academic research as well as their experience in the academic world.

Reflecting the John W. Draper Program’s belief that the pressing issues of humanities and social sciences are most fruitfully explored through cross-disciplinary approaches, each year’s speaker series presents prominent professors from across the spectrum of departments at NYU’s Graduate School of Arts & Science. 


Book Launch Party for Maia Ramnath’s Two New Publications This Friday, May 4

This Friday, the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU will be holding celebration and discussion of Maia Ramnath’s two recent book publications. Maia is Draper’s most recent faculty fellow in Global Histories and is currently teaching “Intro to Global Histories II” and “Topics in Global Histories: From Third World to Global South.” 
Many continued congratulations, Maia!

Friday, May 4
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

A celebration and discussion of Maia Ramnath’s two new books: 

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Haj to Utopia: 

How the Ghadar Movement Charted Global Radicalism and Attempted to Overthrow the British Empire. 

(UC Press, December 2011)

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Decolonizing Anarchism: 
An Antiauthoritarian History of India’s Liberation Struggle
(AK Press, 2012)