EVENT | APRIL 19 – MAY 2 — CONCERT SERIES at the Avery Fisher Center


Feldstein Immersion Room
Avery Fisher Center, Bobst Library, 7th Floor


Friday, April 19 at 7:30 PM
Eric Lyon

Eric Lyon, composer, performing his own recent electroacoustic music.

Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 PM*
Matthew Whiteside, Pauline Kim, and Marianne Gythfeldt

Performance by Matthew Whiteside (composer and electronics), with Pauline Kim (violin), and Marianne Gythfeldt (clarinet).

Music by Mattew Whiteside, Linda Buckley, Claude Vivier, Elizabeth Hoffman, Molly Joyce, Annie Gosfield, and Mikel Kuehn.

*Correction 4/18/19: In the original blog post on April 10, 2019 the event time was incorrectly published as 8:00 PM.

Friday April 26 at 8:00 PM
Daniel Zea with Ensemble Mise-En

Daniel Zea, composer and electronics, with Ensemble Mise-En; Moon Young Ha, director. Compositions by Daniel Zea.

Thursday, May 2* at 8:00 PM
Amon Wollman

Amon Wollman, electroacoustic music, presented by Michael Schumacher.

*Correction 4/18/19: In the original blog post on April 10, 2019 the event date was incorrectly originally published as “Saturday, May 5” and performer name was misspelled.

AVERY FISHER CENTER – Feldstein Immersion Room
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 7th Floor
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

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.



New Databases: March 2019

The NYU Libraries regularly acquires new databases. Take a look at the new database we added to our collection in March 2019.

  • China and the Modern World is a series of digital archive collections sourced from libraries and archives across the world, including the Second Historical Archives of China and the British Library.
  • Global Environmental Justice Documentaries Collection is a database containing 25 documentaries selected by faculty at Whittier College, Yale, Brandeis and NYU. The subjects range from the hidden costs of fast fashion in Asia and forest preservation in Tibet to inner-city environmental issues in the US. Together these films promote understanding of the link between environmental issues and human rights and they support the search for solutions to complex global problems.
  • Manchuria Daily News Online: The English-language Manchuria Daily News (1908 – 1940), published in Dalian (Darien), presents Japan’s case for its presence in China. From 1932 the Manchuria Daily News promotes Japan’s newly founded vassal state Manchoukuo, as the showcase state for Japan’s cultural, political and technological leadership of Asia.Complemented here by Manchuria Magazine, Manchuria Month, Contemporary Manchuria and the Manchuria Information Bulletin, the Manchuria Daily News offers scholars of the modern history of Japan in China a multifaceted view of competing Japanese agendas in the China theatre.
  • Religions of America traces the history and unique character of religious movements that originated in or were re-shaped by the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The collection pays especially close attention to America’s unique role as a birthplace for new religious movements within the context of the nation’s origins as a home for religious dissenters.
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Archive: The Library and Archive at Shakespeare’s Globe specialise in Shakespeare in performance. It consists of three main collections: the Performance Archive, the Institutional Archive and Collected Archives. The Performance Archive consists of documents that reveal the process of creating each production at the Globe and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. It includes collections of prompt books, sheet music, show reports and photographs. The Institutional Archive consists of records, correspondence and minutes of the Shakespeare Globe Trust plus personal papers of key individuals. The Collected Archives are sets of material from individuals and organisations related to the Globe’s history such as the architectural material from Pentagram.


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.

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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.