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Steinhardt’s Academic Initiatives and Global Programs asked us to circulate the following summer course description to our students.

Please contact the course instructor, Marcelo Suarez-Orozco (mso3@nyu[dot]edu) with any questions.

Remember that Steinhardt courses are outside of GSAS. Draper students can only transfer a *maximum of eight credits* from outside GSAS to their degrees, so please contact Robert Dimit (robert[dot]dimit@nyu[dot]edu) if you plan to enroll in this summer class.

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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration

Course # INTE-GE.1545, INTE-GE.2545
Meets Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 2:00 – 5:00pm
5/21/2012 – 6/9/2012
4 points
Graduate students from all schools are welcome to enroll in this course.
The objective of this course is to introduce students to a sampling of recent theoretical and empirical work, in various academic disciplines, dealing with immigration. We will achieve this objective by systemically examining very recent research in comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives with a particular focus on the emerging Inter-American immigrant system. Students will learn about the most recent trends in Latin American, Caribbean, and to a lesser extent Asian migration to the US, and will compare the nature of current immigration scholarship in the United States to developments in other postindustrial settings. An examination of the comparative materials will highlight isomorphic conditions – as well as difference – in immigration debates, policies, processes, and outcomes. This course will be interdisciplinary. We shall examine recent data and theoretical work in a variety of fields
such as economics, education, law, policy, psychology, sociocultural anthropology, sociolinguistics, and sociology.
Please contact the course instructor, Marcelo Suarez-Orozco (mso3@nyu[dot]edu) with any questions.

Summer Grad Courses in Media, Culture, and Communication

The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC) in Steinhardt asked us to circulate the following summer course descriptions to our students. If you have questions about the classes, please contact Jillian Sullivan (jillian.sullivan@nyu.edu) in MCC directly.
Remember that courses in MCC are outside of GSAS. Draper students can only transfer a *maximum of eight credits* from outside GSAS to their degrees, so please contact Robert Dimit (robert.dimit@nyu.edu) if you plan to enroll in one of the classes below this summer. 
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   DEPARTMENT OF MEDIA, CULTURE, AND COMMUNICATION   
SUMMER 2012 COURSES
MCC-GE 2147 Reality and Documentary TV
Professor Susan Murray
May 21 – June 8, 2012
Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu 10.00 AM – 12.45 PM
Class#: 4395 (4 credits)
This course will survey the historical development and shifting definitions of documentary and reality television. We will explore the ways in which television has understood and utilized non-fiction formats at particular historical moments; trace the formations and deployment of realist aesthetics; explore the ethical obligations/problematics of these forms and their practitioners; examine the implications and meanings of documentary/reality hybrids; and consider the reception of and cultural meanings derived from particular documentary and reality texts and subgenres.
MA Area of Study: Visual Culture and Cultural Studies

MCC-GE 2166 The Global City and Media Ethnography
Professor Allen Feldman
May 21 – June 8, 2012
Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu 4.55 PM – 7.40 PM
Class#: 1969 (4 credits)
This courses focuses on the theories and methods of media/sensory ethnography, visual culture, performance studies, through the linked topics of transcultural and trans-local processes, diaspora identities, the post colonial and human rights. The curriculum is aimed at graduate students from diverse disciplines who want to explore creative media practice as a research methodology. Through social historical and trans-cultural ethnographic perspectives practice-led pedagogy promotes a self-reflexive contextual and critical understanding of the use of media for the conduct and dissemination of research and the creation of social knowledge through participatory cultural production.
MA Area of Study: Global and Transcultural Communication; MA Research Course
MCC-GE 2137 Visual Cult/Politics of Memory: Global Perspective
Professor Marita Sturken
Buenos Aires, Argentina
June 4 – June 22, 2012
Class#: 2148 (4 credits)
*Requires Department Consent & Application
This course examines the intersections of visual culture, commemorative politics, social movements, and nationalism in an analysis of the politics of memory in the global context.  We will examine the debates and contestations over memorialization and artistic engagements with the memory of traumatic events in several key sites around the world, including Argentina, the United States, Chile, Germany, and South Africa.  The course will have a particular focus on the politics of memory at work in Argentina over the memory of its “dirty war” from 1976-1983, with visits to particular sites and projects in Buenos Aires in which artists, architects, and activists are engaging with questions of memory and the aftermath of trauma.  It will put these local sites into comparative dialogue with examples of artistic and architectural memorialization in other contexts such as the memorialization of 9/11 in the United States, of the Holocaust in Germany, of Apartheid in South Africa, and of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile.
We will examine the key role of visual culture in the politics of remembrance and the relationship of commemorative politics to social movements.  The realization of memory through architecture, design, art, photography, digital media, and museums has been central to the politics of the memory of violence and trauma over the last few decades.  Through explorations of how art, photography, and design have played a key role in shaping cultural memory in these contexts, we will investigate the aesthetics of memory, the role of pedagogy in remembrance, the spatialization of memory, and the deployment of memory through these forms into political action.  The course will draw on the scholarship in visual culture and memory studies to examine the politics of memory from a global perspective.
The course will take place over a three week period in Buenos Aires, meeting regularly at the NYU-Buenos Aires site and with field trips to relevant sites in the city, including the Parque de la Memoria, ESMA (a former military school and site of torture that is now a museum and cultural center), the Plaza de Mayo, and Memoria Abierta, a nonprofit organization that has produced a Topografia de la Memoria through the work of designers and architects. We will take one trip to Rosario, 180 miles away, where the country’s first national Museum of Memory was recently opened and where grassroots memory art is visible in streets throughout the city.
Guest speakers in Buenos Aires will include architects, designers, and activists involved in memorial projects in the city. 
The course will be conducted in English, with additional recommended readings in Spanish for bilingual speakers.

Sample Syllabus


MCC-GE 2383 Topics Global: Censorship/Social Movements and Alternative Media
Professor Brett Gary
June 27 – August 14, 2012
Paris, France
Class#: 4177 (4 credits)
*Requires Department Consent & Application
This course will explore concepts of media censorship, cultural and political anxieties and instability, and social movement media, primarily in the United States and France. It will center on understanding how cultural hegemony is attained, but how established norms are  subverted and challenged through the formation of political and cultural counter-publics and resistance movements.
Examples will be drawn from the past fifty years in France and the US. The course will include walking tours that track the student uprisings in Paris in May ’68, Algerian and Vietnamese contestations of French colonialism, and the neighborhoods of self-exiled African American writers Richard Wright and James Baldwin. Other sites will also be visited, such as the church of Saint Bernard de la Chapelle (a symbolic focus of the contemporary movement for immigrants’ rights), and one of the locations of the altermondialiste (global social justice) movement ATTAC.  For the U.S. we will consider the Berkeley-based Free Speech movement, the civil rights and anti-war movements, and more recently, police management of the anti-war marches in 2003 and suppression of protests at the GOP conventions in 2004 and 2008, and the Occupy Wall Street movement.
While considering mainstream journalistic coverage of resistance movements, along with various forms of censorship in French and US media, we will also explore how resistance movements have developed their own communications strategies involving various media, including print, film, and social media, along with staging sit-ins, protests, marches, strikes, occupations and other techniques of mobilization and communication.   A variety of media formats will be reviewed, from tv, film and print media, to social media.  Please contact jillian.sullivan@nyu.edu for a sample syllabus.  

Two Upcoming Talks: Latin American Media Today / Building American Indian Studies Inside and Outside of Academia

Two Upcoming Talks of Interest at NYU:

Latin American Media Today

NYU Steinhardt professor Juan Pinon, visiting scholars, and journalists will examine the nature and ongoing global configuration of Latin American media today. The panel will analyze new developments in traditional media and discuss issues of representation, diversity, and democracy. The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, 5:30 pm at 20 Cooper Square, 4th floor. For details, click here.

Building American Indian Studies Inside and Outside of Academia

Join us for a presentation by Dr. Ned Blackhawk, Professor of History and American Studies at Yale, and Dr. Theodore Van Alst, Assistant Dean of Yale College and Director of Yale’s Native American Cultural Center. All are welcome. Thursday, Feb. 23, 12:00 noon at the NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, Room 201. Please RSVP at cmep@nyu.edu.

via the NYU Minute e-newsletter

Call for Papers: Thinking Through Collapse (Due this Wednesday, Dec. 7)

Please note the deadline for submission is this Wednesday: December 7th.



Thinking Through Collapse

Friday, March 23, 2012

In the past year we have been confronted with many sites of present and impending collapse: the collapse of oppressive regimes in the Arab world, a global economy pushed to its limits, our own political system in paralysis, the teetering of the fourth estate, continuing environmental collapse and so on. In each of these sites, visions of apocalypse exist alongside those of renewal, inviting the imagination of new forms of organization and sustainability. In the academy, they are prompting new interdisciplinary assessments of the conditions – historical, social, political, economic, cultural, technological – that have brought us to these limits, and are forcing the question: where might we go from here?

In light of the above, the 2012 Neil Postman Graduate Conference takes Thinking Through Collapse as its theme. We hereby invite faculty, masters students and doctoral candidates whose work touches on questions of limits, collapse and renewal across disciplines to submit proposals for our spring conference.

Email mcc.events@nyu.edu (“call for papers” in the subject line) with a 300 word abstract of scholarly or artistic work widely related to the conference theme.


Graduate Study Abroad Classes Steinhardt This Summer: Info Session Tomorrow, 2/1

Dear Students:

Steinhardt’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication has asked us to share the announcement below about their summer study abroad classes. All of these classes are graduate level. If you are interested in enrolling in any of these courses, please consult with Robert Dimit directly at robert.dimit@nyu.edu.

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Learn more about summer study abroad opportunities in Media, Culture, and Communication at our upcoming information session:

Tuesday, February 1 @ 5:30 pm
Media, Culture, and Communication department couches (239 Greene Street, 7th floor).

Professors Marita Sturken, Terence Moran and Nicholas Mirzoeff will introduce their respective courses and be available to answer questions.


Memory, Architecture and Design: Comparative Perspectives
Marita Sturken (Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU) and Brigitte Sion (Religious Studies, NYU)
New York: May 31 – June 2
Buenos Aires: June 5 – June 22

Propaganda and Persuasion in International Cinema
Terence Moran (Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU) and John Downing (Communication, Southern Illinois University, American University of Paris)
Paris: tentatively May 29 – June 18

Globalization, Memory and Visual Culture
Nicholas Mirzoeff (Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU) and Waddick Doyle (Communication, American University of Paris)