On 2 May, Eugene Ostashevsky, poet, translator, and NYU professor, will discuss The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi, his poetry novel about communication challenges in a relationship between a pirate and a parrot who are shipwrecked on a deserted island.
The Pirate, just published in the U.S. by the New York Review of Books, has also appeared in French and German translation, the former as Le Pirate qui ne connaît pas la valeur de pi – Chapitre 1.
Ostashevsky, himself an award-winning translator from Russian and Italian, will talk about the challenges and opportunities of writing and publishing a creative book, and especially a multilingual one. He will also talk about pirate language, animal intelligence, and other minds. Of course, he will also read passages from The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi.
A recent article in Les Echos, a financial newspaper published in France, covered the creative writing program at NYU Paris which it described very favorably. The article (in French) is available here: http://www.lesechos.fr/week-end/perso/developpement-personnel/0211263727398-apprends-moi-a-devenir-ecrivain-2026118.php.
NYU Paris is moving to a new academic center on the Boulevard Saint-Germain in the Latin Quarter, the vibrant cultural and intellectual heart of Paris. The center will have more space, be closer to major universities and cultural institutions, and benefit from the many resources of its new neighborhood.
The move will enable NYU Paris to better serves its education and research missions by allowing NYU Paris to leverage and expand its deep institutional and individual academic relationships, and to embrace a broader academic agenda. The new center will have the capacity to accommodate the increasing undergraduate student interest in Paris as well as the wide-ranging interests of NYU faculty and graduate students in research collaborations.
The new location will facilitate exchanges with NYU’s longstanding partners, including the Universities of Paris I, III, VII and X, as well as Sciences Po, many of which are located in close proximity to the new center. It will also place NYU Paris within short distance to major academic and cultural institutions such as the Bibliothèque Nationale, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure, the Sorbonne, the Louvre, the Collège de France, the Pompidou Center and more, affording our students greater opportunities to engage in Paris’s rich artistic and intellectual life.
With expanded classroom, office, and study space, the new center will be able to accommodate more undergraduate and graduate students as well as visiting faculty and graduate students through the establishment of a branch of the Global Research Institute (there are currently institutes in London, Berlin, and Florence). NYU’s Global Research Institute encourages research collaborations, both by facilitating and supporting existing relationships as well as by helping to support new ones.
The newly renovated academic center will include seminar rooms and classrooms, a library/reading room, a computer lab, a lecture hall, and a top floor lounge with a stunning view of the Paris skyline. “We have many fond memories of the charming townhouse in the 16th arrondissement that has been our home for the past forty years,” said Henriette Goldwyn, acting director of NYU Paris, “but there is no question that students and faculty alike will gain from the resources of the center and the dynamism of our new neighborhood.”
An expanded array of academic pathways to Paris will be available as well. In preparation for the move to the new academic center, departments and schools in New York, both those already offering courses in Paris and those interested in being represented there, explored opportunities for partnerships or affiliations in Paris. A complete list is available here: http://www.nyu.edu/global/global-academic-partnerships-and-affiliations.html.
NYU Paris will start operating in its new location by the beginning of the Summer 2014 term.
NYU Paris remains committed to sustaining the vision that has defined the program since its inception, namely, the in-depth teaching of French language and culture as a means to help students foster new perspectives on the world around them. This is reflected both in the breadth of courses offered in the undergraduate program, that range from language and literature to courses on French history, contemporary society, international relations, French and European cinema, and more, and the center’s several graduate programs.
Graduate study at NYU Paris includes Masters in French Literature, in French Language & Civilization, and a two-year program in Teaching French as a Foreign Language in conjunction with the Steinhardt School (the only program of its kind). Just launched this year with the NY-based Program in Museum Studies, a new cooperative agreement allows students to earn an M.A. in French Language & Civilization in Paris and an Advanced Certificate in Museum Studies in New York.
Our first “soirée littéraire” was launched in November in the NYU Paris library. Well attended by students and colleagues alike, the evening featured Eugène Nicole, visiting professor from the French Department and author of L’Oeuvre des mers. Professor Nicole gave a transcendent talk about the tiny French island Saint Pierre and Miquelon, off the coast of Canada, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where he was born; there was a big signing and reception with lively discussion at the end.
Mansouria Mokhefi, NYU Paris Instructor and Middle East Program Director at Institut Français des Relations Internationales launched a series of brown bag lunch seminars on current events, addressing first the crisis in Syria and then the Arab Spring viewed from France. These informal and politically-themed lunchtime seminars led by a specialist are conceived and tailored for undergraduate students, to pique their curiosity about the rest of the world, to look beyond what is presented in the news, and especially to ask questions. Future events will tackle the thorny question of the Roma situation in France and the upcoming municipal elections and their significance in an increasingly heated political scene.
NYU Paris will be moving to a new academic center in the Latin Quarter in Summer 2014. With its long-standing relationships with the best Parisian universities and specialized schools, NYU Paris has long been on the cutting edge of Parisian intellectual life, a quality that will be enhanced through our move to this new space. Located in the thriving historic and intellectual heart of Paris, the new academic center will allow students the opportunity to benefit from the boundless cultural, artistic, and academic institutions of this wonderful neighborhood, including the Sorbonne, the Collège de France, the Collège des Bernardins, and the Cluny Museum, to name just a few.