Without congressional action, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will expire on March 5, 2018. We do not know what the results of congressional debate will be for DACA or how these will influence other immigration issues and statuses. The Anthropology Department’s goal is to support you during this uncertain time. NYU will continue to support undocumented students, staff and faculty. If you are or someone close to you is undocumented or have DACA or temporary protected status, please know that there are many things you can do before March. The following link provides practical steps you can take as well as connections to NYU immigrant defense initiative which can help with legal advice and referrals (http://as.nyu.edu/anthropology/undergraduate/resources/daca-students.html). NYU provides additional information and resources for students here. We want to remind you during these disconcerting times that you are a valued member of our community.
Cliff Jolly has been awarded a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Primatology Society. You can read more about the winners of the IPS Lifetime Achievement Award, here.
NYU Doctoral students Alia Ayman and Melissa Lefkowitz recently published an edited transcript of their organized panel discussion “Making the Rounds: Ethnographic Film in Circulation” in the Cultural Anthropology website’s Visual and New Media Review. The event featured five anthropologists, filmmakers, and industry professionals whose work is integral to thinking about ethnographic film today to discuss their perspectives on the genre: Alice Apley, Executive Director of Documentary Educational Resources; Rachel Chanoff, Director of THE OFFICE performing arts + film; Faye Ginsburg, David B. Kriser Professor and Director of the Center for Media, Culture, and History at New York University; Toby Lee, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University; and Pegi Vail, Associate Director of the Center for Media, Culture and History. You can read more about the event here.
In Fall of 2017, after a decade as founding and ongoing director of the university-wide NYU Council for the Study of Disability, anthropology professor Faye Ginsburg (and co-director Mara Mills (Associate Professor, Media, Culture & Communication) received Provostial Funding to launch the new Center for Disability Studies (CDS). We are really excited to have not only a strong inter-disciplinary and cutting-edge initiative, but also to bring this important field into the center of anthropological study, as Ginsburg and Rayna Rapp argued in a groundbreaking article in 2013. http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-anthro-092412-155502
The Center for Disability Studies is discussed below in this short piece. https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/news/2017/9/22/NYUs_Incubator_for_Disability_Research_and_Activism
NYU Doctoral candidate Angelo Baca (Hopi/Diné) was recently chosen by the National Parks Conservation Association’s (NPCA) “Ten under Forty list” of dynamic cultural activists who make up the Next Generation Advisory Council. As part of his work in the NYU Culture & Media program and as a cultural activist, Baca directed the widely circulating documentary Shash Jaa’ : “Bears Ears” and has been active in establishing NYU’ s new minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies. In addition to working on his doctoral thesis on the struggle to protect Bears Ears, Angelo is working as Cultural Resource Coordinator for the Bears Ears Inter-tribal Coalition; his op-ed on Bears Ears was recently published in the NY Times. Read what the National Parks Conservation Association had to say about why he was chosen to be one of the ten people honored by the NPCA.
An Annual One Day Symposium For Advanced Undergraduates
This one-day symposium for advanced undergraduate students of color (juniors and seniors), and those with a BA or MA who are considering pursuing a Ph.D., introduces students to NYU faculty and graduate students from all four sub-fields of anthropology (cultural, biological, linguistic and archeological). The symposium features a workshop to demystify careers in the academy, a workshop on preparing a successful application, and smaller topical discussions of specific areas of research.
This is a part of NYU’s Anthropology Department initiative to increase the diversity of its students and faculty. All symposium events are free and meals are provided, but no travel funds are available.
Applicants to the symposium can either nominate themselves or be nominated by a faculty member at their current or past institution. Please note that we do NOT ask for letters of recommendation as a part of the application, only for contact information for potential faculty referees.
The 2018 Workshop will be Friday March 30, 2018.
Application due date: Thursday, February 1, 2018 by midnight.
Please use this link for further information and application instructions:
Congratulations to Ph.D candidate Angelo Baco, whose opinion piece Bears Ears is Here to Stay was published in the New York Times on December 8th, 2017. Be sure to check out his powerful and important piece here. To read more about Angelo’s research interests, be sure to check out his student profile.
Congratulations to Sonia Das, whose monograph Linguistic Rivalries: Tamil Migrants and Anglo-Franco Conflicts (Oxford University Press 2016) was awared the Edward Sapir Book Prize Honorable Mention at this year’s American Anthropological Association conference. For more information about Sonia’s research, please check out her faculty profile.