The New School
October 27, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the Academic Events Fund awards for 2010–2011. The Academic Events Fund was initiated last year to support faculty-organized lectures, seminars, symposia, and other forums that advance scholarly discourse and collaborative work across the university. Of the 29 applications received this year, 13 awards were made based on the recommendations of a faculty selection committee.

Andrew Arato, Dorothy Hart Hirshon Professor of Political and Social Theory, NSSR; Yoav Peled, Speier Visiting Professor of Sociology, NSSR; and Nehal Bhuta, assistant professor of International Affairs, NSGS and Milano. Support for Constitutional Revolutions, Real and Imagined, a conference on recent constitutional transformations in several countries.

Jonathan Bach, associate professor of International Affairs, NSGS and Milano, and Alexandra Delano, assistant professor of Global Studies, NSGS and Milano. Support for Protection and Promotion: The Changing Role of Diplomacy in Transnational Immigration, a workshop exploring the changing role of migrant-sending states and the empowerment of migrants as political actors.

Nehal Bhuta, assistant professor of International Affairs, NSGS and Milano; Miriam Ticktin, assistant professor of Anthropology, NSSR and Lang; and Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, professor of International Affairs, NSGS and Milano. Support for The Practices of Human Security and Human Rights, a workshop examining different genealogies and practices of security.

Nevin Cohen, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, NSGS and Milano, and Radhika Subramaniam, curator for the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and assistant professor of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons. Support for programs associated with Living Concrete/Carrot City, an exhibition examining the connections between food production, neighborhoods, health, and the environment.

Julia Dault, full-time instructor of Writing, Parsons. Support for Silent Clowns: From "Modern Times" to "Zelig," a film series to explore the influence of Charlie Chaplin and the silent film genre on American film comedy.

Coco Fusco, associate professor of Fine Arts, Parsons; Yvonne Watson, associate professor of Fashion Design, Parsons; Bill Gaskins, part-time associate teaching professor, Parsons; Michelle Materre, assistant professor of Media Studies, NSGS and Milano; Tony Whitfield, associate dean for Civic Engagement, Parsons; and Jesse Villalobos, manager of the Parsons Diversity Initiative. Support for Black Studies in Art and Design Education: Past Gains, Present Resistance, Future Challenges, a conference on curricular reform to integrate Black cultural studies and Black communities into art and design education.

Arien Mack, Alfred and Monette Marrow Professor of Psychology, NSSR; William Hirst, professor of Psychology, NSSR; Mala Htun, associate professor of Political Science, NSSR and Lang; Elzbieta Matynia, associate professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies, NSSR; Richard Bernstein, Vera List Professor of Philosophy, NSSR; James Miller, professor of Political Science and Liberal Studies, NSSR; and Ann Snitow, associate professor of Literature and Gender Studies, Lang. Support for The Body and the State: How the State Controls and Protects the Body, a conference on the body as a human rights arena.

Michelle Materre, assistant professor of Media Studies, NSGS and Milano. Support for Re-mixed and Re-mastered: Defining and Distributing the Black Image in the Era of Globalization, a conference on global distribution opportunities for media-makers of color.

Inessa Medzhibovskaya, assistant professor of Literature, Lang. Support for Tolstoy in the 21st Century, a conference exploring Tolstoy's life and legacy on the occasion of the centenary of his death.

Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, assistant professor of Architectural History and Theory, Parsons, and Wendy Scheir, director of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Archives Center, Parsons. Support for a panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibition Radical Shifts: The Transformation of Interior Design through the Parsons Lens, which will examine the 1960s reformation of Parsons’ Interior Design program and its broader implications for design.

Cecilia Rubino, assistant professor of Theater, Lang, and Sarah Montague, part-time assistant professor, Lang. Support for Open Air: Towards a Contemporary Discourse on Radio Theatre, a symposium exploring the history, social relevance, and aesthetics of American radio theatre.

Val Vinokur, assistant professor of Literary Studies, Lang, and Carolyn Berman, assistant professor of Literature, NSGS and Milano. Support for The Art of the Kvetch: Jewish Humor as Secular Judaism, a panel discussion exploring modern Jewish humor.

Jennifer Wilson, assistant professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Lang; Aaron Fry, associate professor of Studio Methods, Parsons; Carol Overby, assistant professor of Design and Management, Parsons; Jim Osman, assistant professor in the School of Design Strategies, Parsons; and Heico Wesselius, assistant professor of Design Management, Parsons. Support for Visualizing Finance 1.0: Developing a Common Language, a symposium on the use of illustration and other visualization techniques to explain financial concepts.

More information about these programs can be found on the university events calendar, divisional websites, or New School News. The Office of the Provost is pleased to support these events and grateful to the faculty members who are working to organize them on behalf of the university.

Tim Marshall

Tim Marshall

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