Calculating Capitalism (Day 1)

Columbia University, The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room - 2960 Broadway
8:15am, $0

8:15am9:30am Welcome and Introductory Remarks: William Deringer, Society of Fellows in the Humanities 9:30am11:30am Panel I: "Reasons" Chair Timothy Alborn Lehman College, CUNY Unfolding Rationality: Visual Memory, Performative Accounting and Order Paolo Quattrone University of Edinburgh Business School Calculating Characters in Victorian Fiction Nancy Henry University of Tennessee, Knoxville Excavating Data Tombs: Business Data Mining and the Critique of Artificial Reason Continue Reading »

Climate Change Demands We Change. Why Aren't We? (Day Two of Two)

New School, University Center - 63 Fifth Avenue, Tishman Auditorium
10am - 4pm, $0

The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children

Columbia University, Knox Hall - Room 207, 606 West 122nd Street, 5th floor
12pm, $0

Against the Closet: Black Political Longing and the Erotics of Race

The Graduate Center - 365 Fifth Avenue, 4406: English Student Lounge
4pm, $0

Contemporary French Poetry in the US: Translating, Publishing, Adapting

McNally Jackson - 52 Prince Street
8pm, $0

Saturday, 26 April

Calculating Capitalism (Day 2)

Columbia University, The Heyman Center - 2960 Broadway, Floor 2 (Common Room)
8am, $0

8:00am9:00am Welcome and Introduction 9:00am11:00am Panel III: "Futures" Chair Rebecca Woods Society of Fellows in the Humanities Calculating the Value of the Future in the Early Modern Past William Deringer Society of Fellows in the Humanities Weather Prophets and Cotton Profits: Forecasts, Markets, and the State in the Gilded Age Jamie Pietruska Rutgers University Calculations and the Futures of Student Debt Continue Reading »

Monday, 28 April

Democratic Imaginaries of Media and Culture

New School, Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12 Street, Room A510
11am - 12:30pm, $0

As technologies migrate to distant corners of the globe, so too do the utopic imaginaries with which they are proselytized. What this constructs is a dynamic all too common in the history of science and technology, where a limited set of practices, values, and ways of knowing end up dominating the discourses by which we understand technology. As a result, many contemporary pundits of media studies either see new media technologies as inherently revolutionary or simply dismiss them as the fetish of Silicon Valley. Dr. Ramesh Srinivasan’s story takes us out of this unfortunate binary Continue Reading »

Lucy R. Lippard: Undermining

Swiss Institute - 18 Wooster Street
5pm, $0/Rsvp

Award-winning author, curator, and activist Lucy R. Lippard is one of America’s most influential writers on contemporary art, a pioneer in the fields of cultural geography, conceptualism, and feminist art. Hailed for "the breadth of her reading and the comprehensiveness with which she considers the things that define place" (The New York Times), Lippard now turns her keen eye to the politics of land use and art in an evolving New West.Working from her own lived experience in a New Mexico village and inspired by gravel pits in the landscape, Lippard weaves a number of fascinating themes—among them fracking, mining, land art, adobe buildings, ruins, Indian land rights, the Old West, tourism, photography, and water—into a tapestry that illuminates the relationship between culture and the land Continue Reading »

Private Sponsorship of Public Spaces

New School - 2 West 13 Street, Room M101
6 - 8pm, $0

Jonathan Monk on Alighiero e Boetti

Dia: Chelsea - 535 West 22 Street, Floor 5
6:30pm, $6

Panel Discussion, Jacob Riis: How the Other Half Lives

Tenement Museum - 103 Orchard Street
6:30pm, $0

Dissent Spring Issue Launch: Our Technology and Theirs

61 Local - 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn
7pm, $0

Mona Simpson, Norman Rush, and Ann Close in conversation

McNally Jackson - 52 Prince Street
7pm, $0

Tuesday, 29 April

Memory, Authenticity, Scale, Emotion
A Discussion with the Architects of the 9/11 Memorial Museum

New School, Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12 Street, The Auditorium
5 - 7pm, $0

1968: The Literary Year as an Anachrony

Columbia University, International Affairs - 420 West 118 Street, Room 1219
6 - 8pm, $0

The Story of Data: Visualization, Mapping, and Photography

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore - 547 West 27th Street
6 - 8pm, $0/Rsvp

As part of the Photography, Expanded initiative, Aperture Foundation, Magnum Foundation, and Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project present a panel discussion that explores the visual storytelling potential of big data and mapping. From our smartphones to the city power grid, massive amounts of data are collected and monitored on a daily basis, radically transforming how socioeconomic conditions are understood and managed. This new reality has major implications for our ability to access and share public information, while raising critical issues about privacy. How can documentary photographers utilize publicly available data sets to reinforce the intent behind their work? How might data visualization and mapping techniques help bring viewers, participants, and advocates closer to the issues? How can photographers safely access and share data in lieu of increasing online security threats? Join us as we learn about digital strategies employed in data science, geography, journalism, and critical design that may be applied to photography projects for social impact Continue Reading »

Ulrich Baer: The Rilke Alphabet

NYU, The Humanities Initiative - 20 Cooper Square, Floor 5
6 - 8pm, $0/Rsvp

An Evening with Michael Ondaatje

Columbia University, Schapiro Hall - 605 West 115 Street, Davis Auditorium
6:15pm, $0

Cubed: Nikil Saval with Chad Harbach

Powerhouse Arena - 37 Main Street, Brooklyn
7 - 9pm, $0

Yes, the place where we spend so much of our waking hours has a history. From “Bartelby the Scrivener” to “The Office,” from the wood lined corner office to the open plan cubicle farm, where we work says as much about how we have worked with every passing generation as who we have aspired to become. Now in CUBED: A Secret History of the Workplace, n+1 editor Nikil Saval uncovers the surprising, and surprisingly unexplored, truth about how the best intentions of planners, architects, designers and executives have fallen short of producing a happy environment for the American worker. CUBED begins at the beginning—from the first clerks of the Scrooge and Cratchit era of counting houses to the early skyscrapers of the industrial era Continue Reading »

Wednesday, 30 April

Alexander von Humboldt and the Order of Nature
Aspects of Culture and Landscape in the Americas

Hunter College - 695 Park Avenue North Building, Room 1527
11am - 5:30pm, $0

Cultural Heritage in Troubled Times: War Damage, Pillaging, and Saving the Monuments

NYU Institute of Fine Arts - 1 East 78 Street
6pm, $0/Rsvp

Amy Smith-Stewart

School of Visual Arts - 136 West 21 Street, Room 418F
7pm, $0

IRL Club: An Evening with the Internet
Hosted by Adrien Chen

The Bell House - 149 7th St, Brooklyn
7:30pm, $3

A Celebration of Muriel Spark

ISSUE Project Room - 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
8pm, $0

ISSUE Project Room and New Directions present an evening of anecdotes and admiration celebrating the life and work of author Muriel Spark, featuring New Directions President and Publisher Barbara Epler, New York Times columnist Maud Newton, Paris Review Contributing Editor Sadie Stein, T Magazine Senior Editor Emily Stokes and Culture Editor Thessaly LaForce. New Directions’ Publicity Director and Associate Editor Michael Barron moderates.Muriel Spark (1918-2006) has been lauded for writing “some of the best sentences in the English” (The New Yorker) and for being “The most original and brilliant British novelist” (The New York Review of Books) Continue Reading »

Friday, 02 May

Tales of Two Germanys: Maxim Leo and Yascha Mounk

New York University, Deutsches Haus - 42 Washington Mews
6pm, $0

Friday, 09 May

Gentrifying the Congo: Claire Bishop with Renzo Martens

The Graduate Center - 365 Fifth Avenue, Floor 9 (Skylight Room)
6 - 8pm, $0

Renzo Martens is a controversial Dutch artist and filmmaker who in 2010 founded the Institute for Human Activities, an arts-based development program in Democratic Republic of Congo that brings together artists, thinkers and specialists. With a nod to precedents in cities like New York and Berlin, the Institute aims to turn art production into an engine of economic growth in Congo, hoping to improve the lives of the people around its settlement. Renzo will present the Institute of Human Activities and discuss its relationship to his previous work in the Congo, the documentary film “Episode III: Enjoy Poverty”. In conversation with Claire Bishop (Art History, Graduate Center, CUNY) and Ashley Dawson (English, College of Staten and Graduate Center, CUNY) Continue Reading »

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