Events: Week of September 28, 2020
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Items of Value in the Western Indian Ocean

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

Stephanie Wynne-Jones, University of York

The concept of value is central to exploring the material world of the Swahili, a culture defined by its trading relationships with both African and international partners. Yet, scholars have rarely questioned how value was conceived, where it resided and for whom, or how it related to different material practices. This paper will explore these questions in relation to the archaeological record of materials from the 8th - 15th century Swahili coast, putting these into the context of a broad web of trading relationships that encompass the African interior as well as the Indian Ocean world.

Stephanie Wynne-Jones is an archaeologist specialising in eastern Africa. She has directed projects across the region, notably on the Swahili coast, exploring aspects of precolonial urbanism and society. She has a particular interest in material culture and has published widely on past interactions with objects and with the built environment, including a 2016 book A Material Culture: Consumption and Materiality on the Coast of Precolonial East Africa (Oxford).

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: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Time: 12:20- 2:30 EST


Only registered attendees will be able to access this event.
Deutsches Haus at NYU and STILL Magazine Presents:

“Herr Gröttrup setzt sich hin,’ and other stories: A Conversation with
Sharon Dodua Otoo” 

Deutsches Haus at NYU and STILL Magazine present “’Herr Gröttrup setzt sich hin,’ and other stories: A Conversation with Sharon Dodua Otoo” with Sharon Dodua Otoo, Tina Campt (moderator), and the translators Katy Derbyshire, and Patrick Ploschnitzki. The conversation will focus on Dodua Otoo’s award-winning short story "Herr Gröttrup setzt sich hin," the translation process into British- and American English, and the question of representation and diversity in the German literary landscape.

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM EST

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

This year's lineup, programmed by Mary Jane Marcasiano, celebrates two of Brazil's most iconic musicians as it features the North American premiere of Georges Gachot's Where Are You, João Gilberto?, and the New York Premiere of Lula Buarque de Hollanda's Gilberto Gil Anthology Volume 1. Both movies will be available to stream starting Tuesday, September 29 to audiences across the U.S.

Additionally, the virtual film series will also present a free, special tenth-anniversary screening of the ultimate Brazilian music documentary, Beyond Ipanema, on Monday, October 5. Live conversations with the directors and special guests will be held on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th of October and will be available through Cinema Tropical's Facebook page.

THIS WEEK: Georges Gachot's Where Are You, João Gilberto? and Lula Buarque de Hollanda's Gilberto Gil Anthology Volume 1 will be available to stream.
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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:

Presented by NYU Asian Film & Media Initiative (AFMI), Cinema Studies

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020
Time: 12:30-2:00 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.

NEXT WEEK: 1910s: Organized Workers
Date: Monday, October 5, 2020
Time: 12:30 PM EST

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.

NEXT 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

NEXT WEEK: Archives & Activation / / Platforms and Politics
Date: 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

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

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
COMING UP: The Protracted Present of Uprising
Date: October 20, 2020
Time: 6:30 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

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