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Women Innovators in Culinary History

Date: October 22, 2014

In the emerging arena of food studies, there is growing interest in the people whose lives and work have shaped our relationships to food and cooking. Food scholars who have examined women in culinary history discuss the use of existing historical archives and the creation of their own archives to help fill out the historical record.

Dr. Tracey Deutsch, Associate Professor of History , University of Minnesota

Dr. Erin Branch, Assistant Teaching Professor, Wake Forest University

Dr. Megan Elias, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Sara Franklin, Doctoral Candidate in Food Studies, New York University

Moderated by Amy Bentley, Associate Professor, Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, NYU

Event Location:
The Humanities Initiative at NYU
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Great New Books in the Humanities: Critical Terms for the Study of Gender

Date: November 11, 2014

In the introduction to Critical Terms for the Study of Gender, Dr. Catherine Stimpson and Dr. Gilbert Herdt call attention to the ways in which “gender systems pervade and regulate human lives—in law courts and operating rooms, ballparks and poker clubs, hair-dressing salons and kitchens, classrooms and playgroups.” With regard to the interdisciplinarity of Gender Studies, the editors suggest that “Exactly how gender works varies from culture to culture, and from historical period to historical period, but gender is very rarely not at work. Nor does gender operate in isolation. It is linked to other social structures and sources of identity.” The twenty-one essays in this volume of the University of Chicago Press’s “Critical Terms” series consider the rapidly changing study of gender in very different disciplinary contexts. This event is co-sponsored by the New York Institute for the Humanities.

Event Location:
The Humanities Initiative at NYU
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Great New Books in the Humanities: The Feminine Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos

Date: November 18, 2014

Dr. Emanuela Bianchi’s new book explores how Aristotle's ideas about sex and gender in his biological writings permeate his physics, metaphysics, and cosmology, and argues that the traditional understanding of the female as allied with passive matter should be supplanted by an understanding of the feminine as what disrupts the teleological system. The analysis connects with recent biological and materialist political thinking, and makes the case for a new, antiessentialist politics of aleatory feminism.

Dr. Emanuela Bianchi, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, New York University

Dr. Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research

Dr. Claudia Baracchi, Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Milan-Biococca

Moderator: Joy Connolly, Dean for the Humanities and Associate Professor of Classics, New York University

Event Location:
The Humanities Initiative at NYU
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Great New Books in the Humanities: Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City by Ara Merjian

Date: December 2, 2014

Dr. Ara Merjian’s new book examines how the Metaphysical cityscapes of Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978), which were painted in Paris on the eve of World War I, redirected the course of modernist painting and the modern architectural imagination alike. The book considers the two most salient dimensions of the artist’s early imagery: its representations of architectural space and its sustained engagement with the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Dr. Merjian is an Associate Professor of Italian Studies at New York University, where he is an affiliate of the Institute of Fine Arts and the Department of Art History.

Dr. Ara Merjian, Associate Professor of Italian Studies, New York University

Event Location:
The Humanities Initiative at NYU
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States