Past Events

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


Les Registres de la Comédie-Française à l’épreuve de la pratique

Date: October 15, 2014

The digitization of the Comédie-Française’s administrative records for the period between 1680-1793 offers a wealth of new data for expanded areas of scholarly investigation and analysis of productions and theater audiences. At the same time, new understandings of 17th and 18th century theater practice pose new questions and possibilities for contemporary presentations of the classical repertoire.

This initiative will be the first opportunity to study the administrative records of la Comédie-Française from 1680 to 1793, using a database built by a French and US team, and to perform some of the re-discovered plays of this period.

(Sessions in French and English)

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


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