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Congratulations to Peter Lucas, Winner of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship

Photos by Orizon Carneiro Muniz, Courtesy of Peter Lucas

Draper congratulates Professor Peter Lucas on being one of eight professors at NYU to be awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for 2011. “Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise,” Peter and the other recipients were selected from a batch of over 3,000 applications.

Peter teaches “International Studies in Human Rights” for Draper each fall, but is also affiliated with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) program in GSAS and the Open Arts program in Tisch. When not teaching at NYU, Peter–an accomplished photographer and filmmaker–often works on projects highlighting memory, trauma, and personal narrative in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

It is for one of his photography projects–The Last Hour of Summer–that Peter was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. As he explains on his website, the project started with the discovery of 200 black and white photos that he found and bought at a flea market in Rio:

“Most of the pictures were women on the beach at Ipanema. Although we did not know who the photographer was at first, he took two self-portraits of himself in the mirror. He also dated his pictures on the verso. The time frame of 1962/1963 correlates with that golden period just before the 1964 military coup in Brazil and represents the “Last Hour” before the change.

With some clever research in Ipanema we eventually found people who were able to identify the late Orizon Carneiro Muniz as the photographer. Muniz was not a professional photographer, but a local weekend photographer with a deep love for women and the beach. In an attempt to find the people in the pictures, we mounted an exhibition in 2007 at Casa Laura Alvim on the beach in Ipanema. With substantial press coverage of the show, we finally met many friends that Muniz photographed. Over 45 years later, most of the people in the photographs are still living in Rio.

Among the people we met at the exhibition was a friend who had the remaining photos from Orizon Carneiro Muniz. There were 5000 more photographs. I purchased the photos and negatives in 2009. Using the entire archive as a visual base, we are planning a feature-length documentary film with production beginning in 2011. There are several stories in the pictures but the essence of the film will be documentation and remembrance of those incredible years just before the coup when Ipanema emerged as a global cultural sensation.”

Using Muniz’ photographs, Peter developed a series of exhibitions and also a book (co-authored with Mauricio Lissovsky) called The Last Hour of Summer: The Lost Photos of Ipanema, which is forthcoming from Brazil’s Casa de Palavra press. With the support of the Guggenheim fellowship, he will be able to finish the documentary film that these photographs also inspired.

As Peter explained in a recent article for CLACS, the film will combine several narratives, using Muniz’s found photos as a point of departure to examine the cultural and historical moment of Ipanema on the threshold of the military coup in 1964.

“Using the entire archive for the film, we will then interview other people who will speak on the political nature of these images. The photos were largely taken in the years just before the military coup in Brazil in 1964. Brazilians sometimes refer to this time as the “last hour.” As documents of this last moment before the dictatorship, the photographs evoke innocence, beauty, hope, naiveté, wonder, and youth. The photos also represent the last hour of the classic black and white snapshot before the widespread introduction of Kodacolor film in 1964. Photographic historians and photographers will then be interviewed to speak about the images from the perspective of personal photography.

Spiraling further out, the fourth story involves the cultural history of Ipanema in the early 1960s. While these photos were being taken, Tom Jobim was writing his most famous songs a few blocks away and in 1964, Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto would win the Grammy and introduce Bossa Nova to the world. As Americans discovered Ipanema, the first surfers from California arrived in Brazil in 1964 and they began to surf the waves at Arpoador, the first beach at Ipanema. And the final story is how these photos also documented this threshold moment when Brazilian women begin to change in so many ways. Their style, their beauty, and the way they walked the beach would forever captivate the world.”

To see images from The Last Hour of Summer and Peter’s other photographic essays, check out his website: http://peterlucas.net/

Travel Grants Available for Students Studying Ancient World

NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies is once again offering grants for summer or term-time study through its Antonina S. Ranieri International Scholars Fund. These grants are intended to support academic travel abroad by Arts and Science undergraduate or graduate students who are studying any aspect of the ancient world. Grants are generally under $1,500 and may be taken in conjunction with other awards. The Ranieri Fund supports both independent study (e.g., research in foreign libraries) and participation in formal programs (e.g., Goethe Institute language courses, archaeological digs, and international conferences).

Students should submit a brief description of their project explaining how it relates to their studies, an itemized budget, CV, and detailed letter of support from an FAS faculty sponsor. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2011 for this summer or the next academic year. Decisions will be made by the Advisory Committee of the Center, and winners will be notified of their decision on or about Friday, April 29.

For more information or to submit an application, email Dean Matthew Santirocco at cyberdean@nyu.edu.

Announcing Draper’s New Travel Grants

Draper is delighted to announce that as of this month, our students will be able to apply to the program for financial assistance to attend scholarly conferences. Draper has five travel grants in the amount of $200 each, which will be distributed over the course of the academic year.

Interested students will need to submit an application to the program. Winners will be selected at random from these submissions at the end of each application cycle.

For more information on application procedures, please review the instructions on the Travel Grant Application, which can be found on our website’s Forms page, here: http://www.draper.fas.nyu.edu/object/draper.forms

Over the last few years, more and more Draper students have started participating in scholarly conferences, and many have asked about receiving funding to help defray attendance costs. We are very happy to be able to offer these grants in recognition of our Draperites’ accomplishments.

If you have any questions about these grants or the application process, please email us at draper.program@nyu.edu.

Dean’s Student Travel Grant Program

Dear students,

We’ve had some inquiries lately about possible funding for students to travel to conferences. While Draper is not yet able to offer travel funds for conferences, we do want to make sure that students are aware of the Dean’s Student Travel Grant Program. This program “provides funds to graduate students in the humanities, social sciences and sciences for travel to professional meetings and conferences to present invited papers or posters.” Much more information can be found here.

We hope this is helpful!


Robert Holmes Travel/Research Award for African Scholarship

GSAS has announced its Summer Fellowships and Awards, which includes the Robert Holmes Travel/Research Award for African Scholarship. More information on the terms of the award is below.

Draper can nominate one student for this award. If you are interested in applying, you must submit your application to Draper no later than Tuesday, February 16th. Draper will then consider all applications and select a candidate to nominate in time for the March 1st deadline. Further information on submission guidelines can be found below and on the GSAS website, here: http://gsas.nyu.edu/object/grad.acadlife.springawards

Please feel free to contact Larissa Kyzer at larissa.kyzer@nyu.edu with questions you have about this process.



Two awards of $2,500 for summer 2010 are available for outstanding graduate students to support study and research in Africa. Doctoral student applicants should, within one year of the award, expect to complete remaining coursework and other requirements (qualifying, comprehensive and language exams). Exceptional Master’s students, proposing research contributing to their theses, are eligible to apply for departmental nomination. The awards support the research and study abroad of scholars in the humanities and social sciences and may be used for visits to research sites, such as archival resource facilities, libraries, and fieldwork locations that will be necessary for later sustained dissertation research. Award recipients are expected to make a presentation of the research as part of the Africa House programming, if possible in fall 2010. Doctoral students nominated but not selected for the Holmes Award will automatically be considered for the GSAS Predoctoral Summer Fellowship, which is in the amount of $2,000. Each department in which eligible work is being conducted may nominate one student.


Submission Instructions and Deadlines

Students are nominated for these awards through their department. Students should check with their departments for internal application deadlines.

Departments must submit ALL original paper documents for nominated applicants no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 1, 2010. It is recommended that student and department submitted material be double-spaced, Times New Roman, font size 12 point, for text and Times New Roman, font size 10 point, for headers and footers. Furthermore, a single scanned PDF of the entire application should be emailed to Kristofor Larsen at kristofor.larsen@nyu.edu by the Department Administrator no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 1, 2010.

Application forms for students and departmental administrators

Note: The submission guidelines have changed since the last academic year. The Office of Academic and Student Life is no longer accepting the various documents included in the application separately from the application itself. If you have questions concerning this process please feel free to contact Kristofor Larsen at kristofor.larsen@nyu.edu.

GSAS Office of Academic and Student Life
6 Washington Square North, 2nd Floor
(212) 998-8060