Events: Week of October 5, 2020
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Cinema Tropical Presents:
Music+Film: Brazil

Presented in collaboration with Brasil Summerfest and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University, this year's special online edition will take place from September 29 to October 5 on

Q&A with directors Guto Barra and Béco Dranoff on Monday, October 5, 7pm EDT on Cinema Tropical’s Facebook page.
NYU Libraries Presents:

Frederic Ewen Center Panel: Ibram X. Kendi & Kathleen Belew,
moderated by Linda Gordon

The Frederic Ewen Center, in partnership with NYU Libraries, the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation (OGI), the Office of the Provost, and NYU Press, presents Confronting White Power in 2020, a discussion with Ibram X. Kendi, Kathleen Belew, and Linda Gordon.

Date: Monday, October 5, 2020
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST
Webinar Series: Jews, Class, and American History
Hosted by Jewish Currents, co-sponsored by the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History
Here is a story you might find familiar: the early 20th century was a golden age of Jewish working-class radical activism. But after World War II, upward-mobility, suburbanization, and assimilation into whiteness caused many Jews to lose their moorings and embrace increasingly conservative ideas. The new organized “Jewish Establishment” exponentially grew its wealth and influence and began to undemocratically shape Jewish communal life.

How much of this narrative is true? And what does it mean for communities struggling for justice today?

These and other pressing questions will be discussed by our participants, who range from historians of American Jews, to scholars of labor, gender, wealth, philanthropy, to journalists, politicians, teachers, and political organizers. Join us for this exciting intellectual and historical event.

Monday, October 5 at 4:00 PM - 1910s: Organized Workers
Tuesday, October 6 at 4:00 PM - 1950s: Affluence and its Discontents


Book Talk | The Power of the Periphery: How Norway Became an Environmental Pioneer for the World

This event is a virtual discussion that will be live-streamed via Youtube and Twitter. Guests can pose questions via Twitter.

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you for a book talk for The Power of Periphery: How Norway Became an Environmental Pioneer for the World featuring the author Peder Anker.

What is the source of Norway’s culture of environmental harmony in our troubled world? Exploring the role of Norwegian scholar-activists of the late twentieth century, Peder Anker examines how they portrayed their country as a place of environmental stability in a world filled with tension. In contrast with societies dirtied by the hot and cold wars of the twentieth century, Norway’s power, they argued, lay in the pristine, ideal natural environment of the periphery. Globally, a beautiful Norway came to be contrasted with a polluted world and fashioned as an ecological microcosm for the creation of a better global macrocosm. In this innovative, interdisciplinary history, Anker explores the ways in which ecological concerns were imported via Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in 1962, then to be exported from Norway back to the world at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM


[Online] Silsila Fall 2020 Lecture Series, Islam in Africa: Material Histories Presents:

François-Xavier Fauvelle, Collège de France

The interconnection between several regions of Sub-Saharan Africa with the rest of the medieval oecumene is now a well-established fact. However, the multiple forms of these interconnections remain to be carefully studied. Based on his own experience of discovering several Ethiopian Muslim cities from the Middle Ages, including the capital of the sultanate of Ifât, as well as comparisons with medieval Northwest and East Africa, Fauvelle observes that many African polities of the time had their capital on ecological thresholds. Hence it is suggested that such counter-intuitive environments may explain both how these “broker states” functioned as commercial interfaces with the Islamicate world and why many once-famous sites still remain elusive to the researchers.

François-Xavier Fauvelle, is an Africanist historian and archaeologist, and Professor at the Collège de France. He was the coordinator of several historical and archaeological research programs in Ethiopia, and for the last ten years has been leading the French-Moroccan program of excavations at Sijilmâsa, an Islamic medieval city in Morocco. He is the author of around 150 academic articles, and the author or editor of around 20 books, including The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages (Princeton University Press, 2018).

Silsila: Center for Material Histories is an NYU center dedicated to material histories of the Islamicate world. Each semester we hold a thematic series of lectures and workshops, which are open to the public. Details of the Center can be found at:

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2020
Time: 12:30 - 2:30 PM EST


Only registered attendees will be able to access this event.


***Please note: This lecture will be held in German.***

Deutsches Haus at NYU and the Department of German NYU present a lecture by Elisabeth Bronfen on “Angesteckt: Zeitgemässes zur Pandemie und Kultur.” Taking as point of departure Freud’s timely thoughts on war and death, this lecture will present some of the tropes in our cultural pandemic archive that might help us get our heads round the current crisis. These include the analogy between a virus pandemic and the vampire Nosferatu, the femme fatale as super spreader  as well as Mary Shelley's post-apocalyptic speculative fabulation "The Last Man".

To RSVP for this event, please click here. Registration is (as always) free and open to the general public. Only registered attendees will receive Zoom webinar information via email prior to the event. You can download Zoom here.

In this forum, we look to deepen our reflections as individuals and as members in higher education following the recent events that have highlighted racial injustice in our country. We will explore questions including: What role do universities play, if at all, in the pursuit of racial justice? How might we, as members of academic communities, meaningfully engage with the issue of racial justice? 


Dehlia Umunna, Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

Jennifer Lackey, Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University


Tony Lin, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Research at New York Theological Seminary

This event is hosted by the Veritas Forums at New York University, Northwestern University, and Harvard Law School. It is free and open to the public.

The Veritas Forum seeks to engage university students and faculty from all backgrounds in life's hardest questions. Please reach out to me if you have any questions!

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 PM ET
Registration - Facebook Event

Black, Brown, and Green Voices Series:
Dr. Kimberly DaCosta and Dr. Miriam Nyhan Grey

Black, Brown and Green Voices represent a targeted documentation strategy of the Archives of Irish America by giving voice to the diversity of the Irish diaspora by recording life histories with Black and Brown Irish America.

Kimberly McClain DaCosta, a sociologist, is especially interested in the contemporary production of racial boundaries. Her book, Making Multiracials: State, Family, and Market in the Redrawing of the Color Line (Stanford University Press, 2007), explores the cultural and social underpinnings of the movement to create multiracial collective identity in the United States. She is currently working on a study of the advertising industry and the structural, economic and cultural dimensions of ethnic marketing. Before coming to NYU, Professor DaCosta taught in African American Studies and Social Studies at Harvard University. She teaches courses on race in different societies, families, and consumerism in international perspective.

THIS WEEK: Kimberly McClain DaCosta, New York University, author of Making Multiracials: State, Family, and Market in the Redrawing of the Color Line (Stanford University Press)
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time: 12:30- 1:45 PM EST

THIS WEEK: Archives & Activation / / Platforms and Politics
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time: 12:30 PM (NYC) | 7:30 PM (Beirut) | 9:30 AM (LA)
Date: Friday, October 9, 2020
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM EST


Upcoming Department Events:

Global Asia

Global Asia Colloquium 

1. Nicola di Cosmo: “Environmental Aspects of the Mongol Conquest”
November 5th, 8AM EST/9PM CST = 9AM NY time
2. Jonathan Brack: “Religious Tolerance and Interreligious Encounter in the Mongol Empire.”
November 12th, TBD
3. Michal Biran: “The Mongol Imperial Space: From Universalism to Gocalization.”
December 3rd, TBD


Upcoming Events in Other Departments:

Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Presents:

Bernhardt Labor Journalism Forum

Join us for a panel with Steven Greenhouse and Natasha Bunten and to celebrate the winners of the 2020 Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize
The Bernhardt Prize honors journalism that furthers the understanding of the history of working people. The event and the prize honor the vision of the late Debra E. Bernhardt, who worked in so many different realms to share the hidden histories of working people.

This year we also celebrate the 20th Anniversary paperback edition of the book that displays many of the materials she brought to the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives--Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives.

Steven Greenhouse, longtime labor reporter for the New York Times and author most recently of Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, will join Natasha Bunten, co-founder and director of the Cultural Workers Education Center for a panel discussion about the role of historical context in successful labor journalism.

The 2020 prize goes to two important and timely articles:

Josh Eidelson, "How the American Worker Got Fleeced," with data analysis and graphics by Christopher Cannon, Bloomberg Businessweek, July 2, 2020.

David Unger, “Which Side Are We On: Can Labor Support #BlackLivesMatter and Police Unions?” New Labor Forum, July 6, 2020, New York, NY.

New York Labor History Association and NYU's Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives sponsor this award in order to inspire more great writing for a general audience about the history of work, workers, and their organizations. The award is co-sponsored by LaborArts; Metro New York Labor Communications Council; and the NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Time: 6:00 -7:30 PM EST

The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities at
Columbia University Presents:

Roy Foster, On Seamus Heaney
Join us for an online conversion with Professor Roy Foster about his new book, "On Seamus Heaney" (Princeton University Press, 2020). Published this fall, "On Seamus Heaney" is a vivid and original account of one of Ireland’s greatest poets by an acclaimed Irish historian and literary biographer. Professor Foster will be in conversation with NYU's Dr. Kelly Sullivan.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 12:30-1:45 PM EST

Cultures of War and the Postwar:
Guerrillas in Search of Peace: Talk by Photojournalist Malcolm Linton

NYU Cultures of War and the Postwar is excited to welcome celebrated photojournalist Malcolm Linton to discuss his new book, Metamorphosis: Guerrillas in Search of Peace, an intimate photo record of the last days of one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most notorious guerrilla groups, the FARC in Colombia, South America. The book recently won first prize in the International Latino Book Awards 2020 in the political/current affairs category.

For more details on any of the above, please contact Emily Foister (, Patrick Deer (, Peter Krause ( or Andrew Zuliani (

Since its formation in 2013 The NYU Cultures of War and the Postwar Research Collaborative has aimed to contribute to the debates around war culture and to produce concrete outcomes for post-war cultural policies which bridge the divides between academia, veterans, the military, activists, writers and creative artists in today’s challenging global climate.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM EST
RSVP IS REQUIRED: Please email to be sent the meeting link on the day itself.

This event is free and open to the public.
Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Presents:

Ecumenical Liberalism and Civil Rights in Cold War Chicago

A cold war seminar with Ian Rocksborough-Smith.
This project explores the activities of Catholic liberals who worked against racism in several urban U.S. settings – notably Chicago, Boston and New York.

Ian Rocksborough-Smith teaches history at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia. His primary research interests include the study of late 19th and 20th Century United States, public history, urban studies, and histories of race, religion, and empire in the Atlantic world. He has published in The Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research, Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, Harvard University’s African American National Biography, The Journal of American Studies of Turkey and The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. His book is available for order from the University of Illinois Press entitled: Black Public History in Chicago (April/May 2018).

Commentator- Sara Rzeszutek is an associate professor of history at St. Francis College. She has contributed chapters to Freedom Rights: New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement and Red Activists and Black Freedom: James and Esther Jackson and the Long Civil Rights Revolution. She is the author of James and Esther Cooper Jackson: Love and Courage in the Black Freedom Movement (University Press of Kentucky, 2018)

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM EST

Dr. Michael Doorley, 22nd Annual Ernie O'Malley Lecture
Justice Daniel Cohalan, or the ‘Judge’ as he became known, is best remembered today for his tempestuous relationship with Irish nationalist leader Éamon de Valera during the latter’s visit to the United States in 1919-1920. Cohalan deserves more attention than this and the story of his life as an American politician and Irish-American nationalist encapsulates the complex relationship between Irish America and Ireland during the early decades of the Twentieth Century.

Date: Friday, October 16, 2020
Time: 12:30-1:45 PM EST

COMING UP: NYU Alumni Networking Event
Date: Friday, October 16, 2020
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM EST

SASA Monthly Book Club/Live Author Q&A

Dr. Bart Ehrman is a New Testament scholar and Distinguished professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written and edited over 30 books, including three college textbooks and six New York Times bestsellers. He is mostly known for his work on textual criticism, the historical Jesus, and the origins and development of early Christianity.

His latest book, “Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife”, takes on some of the most fascinating questions of human existence: where does the idea of heaven and hell come from, and why have these concepts remained popular among Christians, even though they don't appear in the bible?

Hosted by Tine Rassalle
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM EDT

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COMING UP: The Protracted Present of Uprising
Date: October 20, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM EST
Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Presents:

Amy C. Offner- Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the America

Join Amy C. Offner, as she explores the untold story of how U.S. development efforts in postwar Latin America helped lead to the dismantling of the U.S. welfare state.

Amy C. Offner is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Her book, Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas, was published by Princeton University Press in 2019.

This event is sponsored by the Center of the United States and the Cold War, a partnership between NYU's Department of History and the Tamiment Library at NYU Special Collections.

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 PM EST


Four day Virtual Public Conference on the recent archaeological and historical research in Israel.

Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Presents:

K. Kevyne Baar- Broadway and the Blacklist

During the era often commonly known as McCarthyism, many motion picture and television creators were blacklisted for supposed communist ties. There remained, however, a creative outlet that still welcomed these artists—theatre. K. Kevyne Baar explores the role theatre played during this turbulent period, covering the formation of the Theatre Guild (which birthed the Group Theatre), the short-lived Federal Theatre Project, and the investigations of the motion picture and television industries, and Broadway, by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).

Activist, actor, archivist, historian and union stage manager K. Kevyne Baar brings a lifetime of professional, personal, and academic experience to Broadway and the Blacklist. She lives in Davis, California.

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 PM EST
John Connolly, The Dirty South: A Thriller

Join this online event to celebrate the American launch of John Connolly's new novel,
The Dirty South: A Thriller.

John Connolly, the "New York Times" bestselling author of "A Book of Bones" goes back to the very beginning of Private Investigator Charlie Parker’s astonishing career in his brand new novel "The Dirty South: A Thriller" (Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books). John will be in conversation with NYU’s Dr. Miriam Nyhan Grey and Dr. John Waters. The interview will form as an online pre-taping of NYU’s public radio program, "This Irish American Life", which airs weekly on WNYE 91.5 FM and

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time: 1:00- 2:15 PM


Professor Louise Richardson on
Seamus Heaney

Professor Richardson worked alongside Seamus Heaney while both were at Harvard University, a period during which he served as Oxford Professor of Poetry. She was Seamus Heaney’s personal contact when he was conferred with an Honorary Degree by the University of St Andrews during her tenure as St Andrew’s Vice-Chancellor. Professor Richardson will be introduced by the President of New York University, Andrew Hamilton.

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time: 12:30- 1:45PM EST

Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Cold War Seminar:
Seth Blumenthal (Boston University)
 ‘Architect of the Republican Revival:’ Bill Brock and the Post-Watergate GOP

Commentator: Timothy Naftali (New York University)

Sponsored by the Center for the United States and the Cold War

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 PM EST

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Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Cold War Seminar:
Yana Skorobogatav (Williams College) 
"From Death to Life: Soviet Death Penalty Abolition and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Commentator: Anne O'Donnell (New York University)

Sponsored by the Center for the United States and the Cold War

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 PM EST

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News & Announcements:

Call for Applications for The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU Fellowship Program
Applications are due by 9:00 AM EST on November 2, 2020.


For more information please visit The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU Fellowship Program 
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