Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Professor Zachary Turpin (CAS ’03) on Uncovering Lost Literature and Tips for Picking the Right PhD Program

Zachary Turpin, professor of American Literature at the University of Idaho, and literary sleuth responsible for uncovering lost Walt Whitman writing and unknown poetry by Anne Sexton, shares what these discoveries mean for literary scholars and readers, and how to pick the right PhD program for you.
Zachary Turpin

What did you study at NYU?

I studied English and American Literature.

What interests you about studying literature?

In high school, I devoured a lot of classic literature and took AP classes that meant a lot to me and figured I would do something with English. 

What drew you to a career in academia?

An important question! Honestly, I'm not sure there's much of an answer, but what I can say is that even as an undergrad, I knew very well that I was made to be some sort of educator, yet when I tried my hand at secondary education I found myself wanting something more. In the end, I might have been a high school English teacher—and a very happy one!—but my PhD program gave me the chance to try on a number of different hats before making a final decision, and I quickly realized that my obsessions tended in one direction and one direction only...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Writer and Activist, Jamia Wilson (GSAS ’09), Recipient of the 2018 GSAS Alumni Achievement Award

Jamia Wilson headshot
Photo credit: Aubrie Pick
Jamia Wilson (GSAS ’09) is the Executive Director and Publisher of Feminist Press at City University of New York. She is the youngest person and first woman of color to hold this position at the press. In the past, she has worked as an Executive Director for Women, Action, and the Media, as a TED Prize Storyteller, and as Vice President of Programs at The Women’s Media Center.  She is the author of Young, Gifted and Black and co-author of Road Map for Revolutionaries, and wrote the introduction and oral history to Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World. She has been a powerful force at the intersection of social justice movements and media for over a decade.

On Saturday, October 27, Dean Phillip Brian Harper will present Jamia Wilson with the 2018 GSAS Alumni Achievement Award at the GSAS Dean’s Lunch. To register for Alumni Weekend on October 26–27 and the GSAS Dean’s Lunch, visit this link:

What's your favorite memory of NYU?

My favorite memory of NYU happened when I walked into Dr. Heather Luke's class about gender and exceptionalism and discovered two former colleagues from my past work at Planned Parenthood. Both of these brilliant women worked in different offices in different states, and we found each other again in a classroom near Washington Square.

Jamia Wilson: her story continues

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Caroline Ballard (LS '13) on Life as a Public Radio Host

Caroline Ballard headshot
What did you study at NYU?

I earned a B.A. in Global Liberal Studies with a concentration in Contemporary Culture and Creative Production and a minor in French. It was an exciting time because we - the Class of 2013 - were the first class to be accepted as GLS majors and go through all four years of the program. It also required a year of study abroad which I was very excited about!

Do you have a favorite memory from your time at NYU?

When I was studying abroad at NYU Paris, there was a sponsored trip for students to the Dordogne region of France. It was the most incredible thing I did all four years. We visited several different caves that had prehistoric paintings in them, walked through an elaborate terraced garden, toured a medieval town, and ate delicious food - plus it was all paid for by the school. The way prehistoric people used the natural shape of the cave in their paintings to make them “move” with torchlight has stayed with me. I’d love to go back!

Caroline Ballard: her story continues

Friday, August 17, 2018

Spotlight on the Class of 2018

Students admitted to NYU's College of Arts and Science hold citizenship in over 100+ countries. We caught up with an international student, a first generation student, a transfer student, and a student who studied abroad, to find out about life post-graduation and their favorite memories of their time at NYU.

Calogero DiMaggio (CAS ’18)

Calogero DiMaggio (CAS ’18)

What did you study at NYU?

During my time at NYU, I majored in Biology on the Pre-Health track. I also minored in CAMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies) and Chemistry.

What is your favorite memory of your time at NYU?

Being a College Cohort Leader for CAS during my last two years at NYU was my favorite part of the NYU experience. Not only was I able to expand into another micro-community of great CAS students and amazing staff, but I also had the privilege of working with first year students as they transitioned to life at NYU and within New York City.

Can you tell us about your experience as a first generation college student?

At first, I definitely found it a bit difficult to transition to college classes with large lectures and weekly recitation sessions. However, by working with my TAs and professors, attending office hours, and forming study groups with classmates, I was able to adjust during my first year. After that, things became much easier and I found myself eager to get more from my college experience outside of the classroom. Heading into college I didn’t realize how important internships, clubs, and even on-campus jobs were. My advice to all first generation students is to ask for help when needed and each semester push yourself to continue to add extracurricular activities in order to enhance your college experience as much as possible.
Calogero DiMaggio: his story continues