Past Events

Writing Outside the Box

Date: April 1, 2014

FINAL-4-1-14-Writing-Outside-the-Box-PosterUniversity presses continue to be a key venue for scholars to publish their work, but trade houses are often surprisingly welcoming of books by academics. What circumstances lead authors to turn to publishing for a general readership, and how do editors at such publishing houses think about their relationship with scholarly authors? What books are most successful when this route is pursued, and how do editors and academic authors discover each other? In two panels, a group of distinguished authors and editors discuss aspects of the process, both personal and professional, and provide their own considerations on the relationship of the university and the publishing industry today. This event is co-sponsored with the New York Institute for the Humanities and will be moderated by the Institute’s Director, Eric Banks and Jane Tylus, Professor of Italian Studies and Faculty Director of the Humanities Initiative.

AUTHORS:

Joan Breton Connelly
Classics, NYU

Greg Grandin
History, NYU

Jo Labanyi
Spanish & Portuguese, NYU

EDITORS:

Erika Goldman
Bellevue Literary Press

Alex Star
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Robert Weil
Liveright / W.W. Norton

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


Writing Presidential Histories: Timothy Naftali and Evan Thomas

Date: March 11, 2014

3-11-14-Writing-Presidential-Histories-Poster-WebFrom the early years of the republic to the 21st century--from Parson Weems to Doris Kearns Goodwin--presidential historians and biographers have created lasting impressions of the individuals who have held the nation's highest office, their scholarship informing and influencing generations of readers. Some books about presidents prove so central to our interpretation of American history they become history in their own right. But shaping the world's understanding of such powerful and influential figures comes with special responsibility, as political winds and sympathies shift over time, records are declassified, and new information from historical witnesses comes to light. Presidential historians Timothy Naftali and Evan Thomas will explore the dynamics of how declassification and privacy issues make revisionism inevitable. Eric Banks, Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities, will moderate the discussion. Co-sponsored with the New York Institute for the Humanities and the NYU Division of Libraries.

Timothy Naftali is Director of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University, and co-director of NYU's Center for the United States and the Cold War, and of the Frederic Ewen Academic Freedom Center. From 2007 to 2011, he was the first director of the newly federalized Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, and prior to that was founding director of the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs. Naftali is the author or co-author of “One Hell of a Gamble”: Khrushchev, Castro and Kennedy, 1958-1964; Blind Spot: The Secret History of American CounterterrorismKhrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary; and George H. W. Bush. He is currently completing a presidential biography of John F. Kennedy.

Evan Thomas
 is an American journalist and the author of eight books, including Robert F. KennedyIke’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the WorldThe Very Best Men: The Early Years of the CIASea of Thunder (about the war in the Pacific), and a biography of American Revolutionary John Paul Jones, the latter two New York Times bestsellers. A former Washington Bureau Chief and Editor at Large for Newsweek, he has written more than one hundred cover stories, and has won two National Magazine Awards. He has been a regular weekly panelist since 1992 on the syndicated public affairs talk show “Inside Washington,” and has appeared on numerous television shows as a commentator, including PBS’s “Charlie Rose” and “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” Since 2007 Thomas is a Ferris Visiting Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.

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


Writers Writing: Maaza Mengiste and Gilbert King

Date: March 4, 2014

FINAL-3-4-14-Writers-Writing-Maaza-and-Gilbert-WebMaaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, and Gilbert King, author of Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America discuss their writing processes and how they use history in their work.  The authors will also read and discuss selections from their writing.

Maaza Mengiste is a Fulbright Scholar and the award-winning author of Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, selected by the Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books. The novel was named one of the best books of 2010 by Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly and other publications. Her fiction and nonfiction writing can be found in the Guardian, the New York Times, BBC Radio 4,Granta, and Lettre International, among other places. Her second novel, The Shadow King, is forthcoming.

Gilbert King is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, which was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.  In its citation, the Pulitzer Committee described the book as "a richly detailed chronicle of racial injustice," and Thomas Friedman of the New York Times called it "must-read, cannot-put-down history."  Devil in the Grove was also named runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and was a finalist for the Chautauqua Prize and the Edgar Award.

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


Great New Books in the Humanities: Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon

Date: February 26, 2014

2-26-14-Great-New-Books-Dictionary-Poster-FINALThis is an encyclopedic dictionary of close to 400 important philosophical, literary, and political terms and concepts that defy easy--or any--translation from one language and culture to another. Drawn from more than a dozen languages, terms such as Dasein (German), pravda (Russian), saudade (Portuguese), and stato (Italian) are thoroughly examined in all their cross-linguistic and cross-cultural complexities. Spanning the classical, medieval, early modern, modern, and contemporary periods, these are terms that influence thinking across the humanities.

Originally published in French, this one-of-a-kind reference work is now available in English for the first time, with new contributions from Judith Butler, Daniel Heller-Roazen, Ben Kafka, Kevin McLaughlin, Kenneth Reinhard, Stella Sandford, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Jane Tylus, Anthony Vidler, Susan Wolfson, Robert J. C. Young, and many more.The result is an invaluable reference for students, scholars, and general readers interested in the multilingual lives of some of our most influential words and ideas.

Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon
Edited by Barbara Cassin
Translation edited by Emily Apter, Jacques Lezra & Michael Wood

Panelists include:

Emily Apter is professor of comparative literature and French at New York University.

Jacques Lezra is professor of Spanish, Portuguese and comparative literature at NYU.

Michael Wood is the Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton University.

Moderated by Jane Tylus, Professor of Italian Studies at New York University and Faculty Director of the Humanities Initiative at NYU.

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


Using Digital Tools in the Classroom and in Research

Date: February 11, 2014

2-11-14-Digital-Tools-in-the-Classroom-Poster-FINALSince academia is continually enhanced and challenged by emerging technologies, faculty and students have the opportunity to explore new ways to integrate technology into their research. Join us to hear a panel of faculty and graduate students present case studies of successful digital projects for teaching and to share best practices and new approaches to using technology in their research.

Panelists:

Maeve Adams, Assistant Professor, English, Manhattan College

Collin Jennings, PhD Candidate, English Department, FAS, NYU

Nicole Starosielski, Assistant Professor, Department of Media, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt, NYU

Nicholas Wolf, Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, Irish Studies, FAS, NYU

Moderated by Jennifer Vinopal, Librarian for Digital Scholarship Initiatives at NYU

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