Tuesday, August 8, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
15 White Street
TriBeCa, New York City
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
15 White Street
TriBeCa, New York City
It takes two to tango, but what happens when you’re having trouble finding a second? This is the question that’s dealt with in the literal sense by Nancy Green in “On paying for it: Ten cents a dance (adjusted for inflation)”, which was recently published on Salon. The essay talks about the night Green paid her teacher to dance with her, after experiencing frustration over trying to find a partner in a tango environment where there are more women than men. She describes various types of tango throughout the piece:
The Argentine tango is a deceptive dance. From the outside, it can look like an intimate conversation that, once started, is best finished off the dance floor. Deeply woven in each other’s arms, lips brushed up against a cheek, and with its leg-entwining antics, you’d think the tango was all sex. What makes it so intoxicating, though, is that the tango is really an inside job — a hypnotic, dancing meditation. The goal, and then the pleasure, is to dance as one, to tango’s time-honored steps, to be so merged that the separate self is abandoned.
Nancy Green keeps about blog about learning to tango called Nancy Learns the Tango, but this particular piece was developed in Nicole Kear’s Writing Your Memoir course. Green also wrote a testimonial to the great time she had in that class:
Even at 59, the first day of school was as terrifying as it was exciting. The fear lasted for but a minute…well…maybe for 15 minutes.
Nicole, in her delightful and insightful way, and through example, discussion, homework, writing prompts and critique, lead us down the revealing path of how to craft a personal essay or memoir. As it turns out, it’s not so scary. I learned so much from Nicole, and from my fellow classmates. I’d even crafted an essay during the course that was possibly ready for the big time.
I researched publications that accepted personal essays, sat up straight in my chair, dusted off my wits, made a few grammar and punctuation corrections, and hit send.
A month later, I sent a kind reminder to the handful of publications. I heard back almost immediately from an editor at Salon who thanked me for the “nudge” and said she’d love to publish the piece. This was a Thursday morning and the essay made its prime-time-digital-debut the following Sunday.
The course Writing Your Memoir is being offered this fall, along with a slew of other classes that will allow you to hone your writing skills, no matter your age or dance style:
The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for several exciting new and improved Diploma programs.
Diploma programs provide students with in-demand job skills, networking opportunities, and access to industry experts as well as small class sizes, flexible schedules, and affordable pricing.
Diplomas are available in the subjects below. Please click on the links to learn more about each diploma and to apply. Applications are due September 1st.
Art and Design (in-person or hybrid in-person/online)
Global Art Business
Historic Preservation Studies
Visual and Performing Arts Administration
Language and Translation (online)
Professional Legal Interpreting (Chinese/English)
Professional Legal Interpreting (Spanish/English)
Professional Medical Interpreting (Chinese/English)
Professional Medical Interpreting (Spanish/English)
Professional Translation (Arabic to English)
Professional Translation (English to Spanish)
Professional Translation (Spanish to English)
Professional Translation (French to English)
Professional Translation (Language Neutral)
Media and Communications (in-person or hybrid in-person/online)
Copyediting, Proofreading, and Fact-Checking
Digital Filmmaking: From Script to Screen
Writing for Television
If you would like to speak to an academic representative to get more information about the diplomas or advice on what courses to take, please contact our in-house experts at the Center for Applied Liberal Arts.
For Art & Design and Media & Communications:
For Languages & Translation:
We look forward to seeing you this Fall!
As part of the core curriculum, MS in Professional Writing students in the Principles of Information Architecture course, taught by Dr. Steven Goss, learn about information architecture and user experience through the study and practice of techniques used to develop websites and web apps. For their final projects this past spring, students were asked to develop a website prototype based on a mock request for proposal (RFP). In response to the mock RFP, students sought ways to match innovative methods for information presentation with the specific needs of their target audiences– which varied across projects. After submitting their prototypes, the class took on the role of RFP reviewers and voted for the strongest prototypes. The following student website prototypes were ranked the highest in the course (in no order):
Park Slope Loop by Julia Joy
This prototype is a neighborhood blog and guide to Park Slope, Brooklyn. However, the prototype is designed to be adaptable to any neighborhood. The purpose of Park Slope Loop is to inform and engage the community through a comprehensive directory of locales and events, as well as through blog articles featuring neighborhood observations, insider knowledge, and local humor. The site also invites users to interact and post free classifieds ads. While stock photos and placeholder text are presently used throughout, the eventual goal of this project is to generate original written and visual content.
Copper Square Community Site by Lisa Roth
The purpose of the Copper Square Community Site is to facilitate communication between the residents of the Copper Square development and their Homeowners’ Association. Designed to fostering a sense of community, Copper Square Community Site encourages resident engagement within the private social section of the site. While community residents are expected to be the primary site users, public elements are also included to promote the community to potential residents as well.
Happy Gut by Erin Leigha Hunt
Happy Gut is a new health-related website that aims to inform, empower, and inspire men and women to take control of their own health by learning functional medicine techniques that will prevent, treat, and manage chronic illness. Happy Gut provides information on up-to-date proactive approaches that address the underlying root of illness in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract or “gut,” rather than traditional techniques that simply treat and mask symptoms with medications. Happy Gut provides practical dietary guidelines (diets and nutritional supplements) and will help users connect with a certified functional medicine practitioner in their geographical region to begin their journey toward optimal health and wellness.
Book Club Chatter by Lilach Mollick
Book Club Chatter is a site for book club members. It serves as a virtual meeting place and resource for those seeking information, reviews, podcasts, and discussion forums about books they are currently reading or plan to read. The site prepares book club participants for a discussion about the book, arming them with reviews, interviews, and insights. Book Club Chatter includes forums for user discussion, new editorial content written for the site, and external content.
A.N. Author by Lauren Neeley
Many authors have stale, uninteresting websites. Even writers with impressive readership often let their personal sites take a backseat to busier platforms like Twitter and Facebook. These authors are underusing valuable digital space that could be leveraged for branding and promotion. The A.N. Author prototype offers a template for authors to build their own websites. Through effective design, this template helps ensure efficient use of web space and invites users to connect with an author’s body of work. This prototype reflects the first phase of development; phase two will incorporate a dynamic homepage that streams social media content.
For more information about the MS in Professional Writing program please visit: http://www.scps.nyu.edu/academics/departments/humanities-arts-and-writing/academics/ms-in-professional-writing.html
The United Nations Development Programme is seeking volunteer Portuguese interpreters for a program this September. The Equator Initiative is a UNDP program promoting solutions of sustainable development for indigenous and local communities around the globe. You can read more about their mission and events here: http://www.revamping.equatorinitiative.org/
For more details about the volunteer position, please contact Aline da Silva, UNDP Program Assistant, at email@example.com.
Applications are now open for the new online Diploma in Professional Translation (available in 5 language pairs: A>E, E>S, S>E, F>E, and language-neutral) and Diploma in Professional Legal or Medical Interpreting (available in Chinese/English and Spanish/English)! Please see our website for more information: https://www.sps.nyu.edu/professional-pathways/diplomas/language-and-translation.html
We are also offering a variety of online Career Advancement courses in Translation in more than 7 language pairs, including English to Portuguese:
TRAN1-CE9777001 Arabic to English Legal Translation
TRAN1-CE8576001 English to French Technical Translation
TRAN1-CE9979001 English to Portuguese Legal Translation
TRAN1-CE8826001 English to Spanish Medical Translation
TRAN1-CE9600001 French to English Translation of Contracts
TRAN1-CE9023001 German to English Automotive Translation
TRAN1-CE8035001 Spanish to English Translation for Marketing and Advertising
While the Center for Applied Liberal Arts does not have the same kind of alumni network as the rest of New York University, that doesn’t mean it is nonexistent. Students continue to keep in touch, as is the case with two former students who took classes with professor Susan Hartman who shared their accomplishments.
Tracy Gates, a children’s book editor who took Hartman’s Feature Writing course, was recently admitted to the literary reportage program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She decided to make this career change after starting her own blog, Squeaky Feet, and falling in love with feature journalism, and we wish her the best of luck as she continues to pursue her goals.
Another alumna from Hartman’s Feature Writing course is Ximena Cebreros, a Mexican TV host and journalist. For her final writing assignment she worked on a personal essay about being forced to bind her breasts when she was playing the role of Annie. She worked on the piece further with Hartman after the course ended, and she recently had it published in Teen Vogue as “Unbinding My Breasts.”
For those interested in honing their own nonfiction writing skills, Susan Hartman’s Interviews and Profiles course, which is being offered this fall.
This Spring semester, the Center for Applied Liberal Arts officially launched the Diploma in Global Art Business, a program which prepares students for careers in the arts by giving them specialized training in navigating the art market, understanding regulations and how art is valued, managing collections, and the intricacies of art transactions. For their final project, students presented on an art collection of their own design, from conception through its acquisition, taking into consideration preservation and other long-term issues. Pictured at left are students Liu Di and Lu Xie with instructors Martha Blackwelder, Sabine Wilson, and Patrick Regan.
In our non-credit student studio art program, students explored figure drawing, painting, photography, and using a variety of techniques and materials to create art. Pictured at left are students from Claire Rosenfeld’s Drawing and Painting with Mixed Media during a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
While students in Ben Copperwheat’s new course the Fashion Designer as an Artist looked at contemporary art and fashion collaborations, students in other art history courses explored Matisse, Picasso, Vienna at the turn of the century, and other significant artists and movements through lectures and visits to NYC landmarks such as the Museum of Modern Art, Neue Galerie, Cooper-Hewitt, and others.
This summer, take advantage of CALA’s numerous course offerings in the arts. Stay tuned for more information on the Diploma in Global Arts and new diplomas in Visual and Performing Arts Administration and Historic Preservation Studies to be launched in Fall 2017.
Summer 2017 Courses
and many more! See the full list of NYU SPS courses here
See our website for details: http://www.scps.nyu.edu/academics/departments/foreign-languages/academic-offerings/ms-in-translation.html
NYCT Administrator Position Opening Up
October 1, 2017
The NYCT is beginning its search for a new Administrator!
-Are you interested in supporting the NYCT, its mission, and its members? -Are you detail-oriented and do you like interacting with people?
Here’s an opportunity you’ll want to consider!
-Having served the Board as Program Director and Administrator for five years, I will be stepping down from my position on September 30, 2017.
If you’re interested in more information, please email Louise Gennewine at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a translation course at CALA this summer!
TRAN1-CE8008001 Introduction to CAT and Terminology Management (language-neutral)
TRAN1-CE7000001 Introduction to Translation (language-neutral)