Past Events

Publish your first book!

Date: December 11, 2014

Join us for this action-oriented session on how to publish your first book in the humanities. This will be a roundtable discussion designed for post docs and junior faculty in the humanities and will feature editors from university presses and scholars, who will share their publishing experience.

There are 44 days between the last day of the fall semester 2014 and the first day of the spring semester in January 2015. Use these 44 days to make good progress on your book or article.

The discussion will be structure at around big questions:

  • Can I double submit?
  • How far does my manuscript have to be done to submit?
  • Should I publish an article now or wait for the entire book to be finished?
  • When is the best time to write?
  • How do I find a good and supportive writing group?
  • How long is too long?
  • Is e-publishing acceptable?
  • Will an e-book count for tenure?

Panelists include:

Susan Ferber
Oxford University Press

Ellen Chodosh & Eric Zinner
New York University Press

Joy Connolly
Dean for the Humanities, New York University

Lauren Benton
Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University

Ulrich Baer
Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities and Diversity, New York University

 

*This event is limited to post docs and junior faculty only*

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


Great New Books in the Humanities: Political Performance in Syria by Edward Ziter

Date: December 9, 2014

Political Performance in Syria charts the history of a theatre that has sought the expansion of civil society, challenged existing Arab power structures, and imagined alternate political realities. While most of the works examined are oppositional, the book also considers the work of pro-regime artists. Placing performances in their historical context allows the reader to grasp how theatre makers have intervened in central debates in the Arab World, and to see the potential of theatre and performance to help build a vibrant civil society even in the aftermath of a bloody conflict.

Panelists:

Naila Al Atrash, Stage Director , Actor, Professor of Acting, Damascus, Syria

Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, Professor of History, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University

Edward Ziter, Associate Professor of Drama, 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: 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


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


Whitman Among the Bohemians: Book and Website Launch, and Tour of Pfaff's Cellar

Date: October 16, 2014

For several years just before and just after his 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass appeared, Walt Whitman regularly frequented Pfaff’s beer cellar in downtown Manhattan. The basement bar was the gathering place of America's first bohemians, and was described in the local press as "the trysting-place of the most careless, witty, and jovial spirits of New York,—journalists, artists, and poets." Come hear about the bohemians of antebellum New York who supported, slept with, parodied, and drank with Walt Whitman at a pivotal moment in the poet's life and career.

Joanna Levin (Chapman University) will discuss the new essay collection Whitman Among the Bohemians, co-edited by Edward Whitley.

Edward Whitley (Lehigh University) will demonstrate the recent updates to "The Vault at Pfaff's: An Archive of Art and Literature by the Bohemians of Antebellum New York".

Karen Karbiener (NYU) will lead a walking tour to and inside the site of Pfaff's Cellar.

Moderated by Thomas Augst (NYU), Associate Professor of English

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