EVENT | Mar. 27 through May 20 — Mindfulness Sessions at Bobst

Feeling stressed and scattered? Tight in your neck and shoulders? Learn some techniques to leave you feeling focused and ready to tackle the end of the semester.  

Join us for meditation and seated yoga mini-sessions


All sessions in Bobst Library Room 745
70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

Monday, March 27 at 3:00 – Ellie

Tuesday, April 9 at 3:00 – Brian

Wednesday, April 24 at 3:00 – Mistral

Tuesday, May 14 at 3:00 – Brian

Monday, May 20 at 3:00 – Ellie

Provided in partnership with MindfulNYU.

EVENT | April 18 — VIOLET HOLDINGS: LGBTQ+ Highlights from the NYU Special Collections

Violet Holdings: LGBTQ+ Highlights from the NYU Special Collections 

An exhibition curated by Hugh Ryan

Opening Reception
Thursday, April 18, 6:00-8:00 PM



Remarks at 6:30 by Hugh Ryan, author of When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History (St. Martin’s Press, 2019) and Marvin J. Taylor, Special Collections Curator for the Arts

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

Graphic: NYU Stonewall 50 banner purple with rainbow stripes. Text: Look Back. Move forward. nyu.ed/stonewall50.




6:00-7:30 PM

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
7th Floor Commons 
• 20 Cooper Square • New York, NY 10003

The State of Media, Truth, and Democracy in 2019


How have misinformation campaigns on social media and elsewhere shaped our politics? How has the term been framed by all segments of the political spectrum since the 2016 campaign? 

This forum will examine the evolution of fake news, the science behind it, and how it could shape the 2020 election.

Kia Wright of WNYC/The Nation moderates a panel of renowned media experts 

  • Michelle GoldbergOp-Ed Columnist for the New York Times
  • Rick PerlsteinHistorian/Journalist, Author of Nixonland and Invisible Bridge
  • Jay Rosen — Media Critic, NYU Professor of Journalism


A FREDERIC EWEN CENTER FORUM | Sponsored by the Frederic Ewen Center, the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Instituted and the Tamiment Collections

EVENT | Apr. 9 — unCOMMON Salon: Rogues, Rebels, and Revolutionaries – A History of Data Visualization

A History of Data Visualization

Presented by Michael Diamond
Academic Director of the Integrated Marketing and Communications department at NYU’s School of Professional Studies

Tuesday, April 9, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Room 745

Open to the Public | Light refreshments will be served

The practice of data visualization emerged in the eighteenth century as a discipline tied to science and political economy. Over the next few centuries, the field was driven by a series of radical innovators.  They used their innate creativity and natural instinct for storytelling, harnessed to the power of human vision, to invent, re-make and literally re-shape the graphs and charts we know and love today. This talk explores the story of pioneers such as William Playfair, Charles Minard, Florence Nightingale, W.E.B. Du Bois, John Tukey, and Hans Rosling — who not only charted the course for the discipline but used data visualization to drive change in society and find a signal in the noise.

RSVP for this event

Michael Diamond is the Academic Director of the Integrated Marketing and Communications department at NYU’s School of Professional Studies. Michael is a Lecturer in Theater Management at the Yale School of Drama, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Baruch/CUNY, teaching Marketing Management to Executive MBAs.  Prior to his roles in academia, for almost twenty years, Michael worked at Time Warner Inc. and its affiliated companies, where he held senior positions in the areas of marketing, strategy, and operations.

Learn more about our unCOMMON Salon Series

EVENT | April 3 — Anthony Reed to Deliver Fales Lecture

The Annual Fales Lecture

Anthony Reed
Black Maybe: Notes on Black Writing, Aesthetics, and Value

Wednesday, April 3 at 6PM

Fales Library Reading Room 
Bobst Library • 3rd Floor
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

The re-emergent debates around race and the avant-garde rhyme with, or serve as proxy for, similarly re-emergent debates about the relationship between class and race, on the one hand, and the status of mass media on the other. In both sets of arguments the value of experience is at stake, and partisan arguments on all sides tend to re-stage the fundamental terms of the supposed antagonism without either historicizing it or asking what work the idea of an opposition does in the present. Whatever the limits of Kenneth Warren’s polemical (and problematic) claim that the conditions for a distinct African American literature have passed, it sounds an important critical call to reconsider the politics of so-called “identity politics” as well as the supposed “politics of form.”

Starting from the premise that new discursive and representational horizons are at stake for contemporary black writers, this lecture wades into that debate by proposing that in the apparent documentary or archival turn among such writers as Tyehimba Jess, Claudia Rankine, Robin Coste Lewis, and others amounts to the emergence of a new aesthetic formation that can help us think about the possibilities of a political art in the present.


Headshot of Anthony Reed.

Anthony Reed is Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at Yale University. His 2014 Freedom Time: The Politics and Poetics of Black Experimental Writing won the MLA’s William Sanders Scarborough Prize. He is currently finishing a book that examines the recorded collaborations between poets and musicians during and after the Black Arts era through the interrelated transformations of media, aesthetic, and politics. He is also currently working on a project concerned with poetry in the context of the fall of South African apartheid and the rise of the neoliberal state.

The Fales Lecture is co-sponsored annually by NYU Special Collections and the English Department. Established and sustained by a gift from Haliburton Fales, 2nd (1919-2015), the lecture explores historical, current, and emerging themes in English and American literature.

EVENT | Feb. 21 — unCOMMON Salon: Unionizing the Impossible

Uncommon Salon Series text over black and white image of a crowd of men wearing hat.UNIONIZING THE IMPOSSIBLE:
Ernesto Galarza and La Alianza de Braceros de México en los Estados Unidos, 1942-1964

Presented by Mireya Loza
Assistant Professor of Food Studies in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at NYU

Thursday, February 21, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Room 745

Open to the Public | Light refreshments will be served

Soon after the first Mexican guest workers started arriving to the US through the Bracero Program, they challenged policy restrictions that prohibited them from organizing unions. As one of the first organizations created to represent these men, “La Alianza de Braceros,” sought to improve the conditions of braceros in both the US and Mexico.

This talk explores Alianza’s transnational strategies and the organization’s relationship with the prominent labor activist, Ernesto Galarza. Galarza worked with Alianza to incorporate guest workers into his American unionizing efforts. However, after he grew frustrated with the Mexican government’s repressive treatment of Alianza, he changed his tactics from unionizing braceros to working to end the Bracero Program itself. The subsequent demise of Alianza solidified the growing divide between Mexican and American labor in US agricultural fields.

RSVP for this event

Mireya Loza is an Assistant Professor of Food Studies in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. Her areas of research include Latinx History, Social Movements, Labor History and Food Studies. Her book, Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual and Political Freedom (UNC Press), examines the Bracero Program and how guest workers negotiated the intricacies of indigeneity, intimacy, and transnational organizing. 

Learn more about our unCOMMON Salon Series

EXHIBITION | 1923: Public Domain in the University Archive

The New York University Archives is pleased to announce the opening of its latest exhibition.

1923: Public Domain in the University Archive

Graphic of public domain mark 1923

The Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Reading Room, Bobst Library
Now – May 22, 2019
Free and open to the public* during reading room hours.

Prepared by ARL/SAA Mosaic Fellow, Jasmine Sykes-Kunk, with assistance from graduate student, Lingyu Wang, features materials from collections held at the New York University Archives.

To commemorate the first release of works into the public domain since 1998, this exhibition examines works in the collection that recently moved into the public domain and their relationship to the greater University community.

The exhibition features an interactive component and users are encouraged to share their “remixes” using the hashtag, #NYUpublicdomain.

To learn more about copyright laws check out the Copyright Research Guide created by NYU’s Scholarly Communication Librarian, April Hathcock. 

Plan Your Visit

This exhibition is open to the public during Reading Room hours.

*Non-NYU visitors, please go to the Library Privileges window in Bobst Lobby to get a visitor pass. The last passes are issued 30 minutes before the reading room closes. 

Bobst Library, 10th Floor
70 Washington Square South | New York | NY | 10012