Friday, April 7, 2017

Blair Simmons (CAS ’16) on Creating “Staging Wittgenstein” Which was Accepted into the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Ella Barnes (Tisch ’16) Photography
Alumna Blair Simmons (CAS ’16) created her play “Staging Wittgenstein” when she was awarded the DURF research grant her senior year at NYU. She presented the theory of the piece at the 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference. Her play was later workshopped and staged for Dixon Place on January 28, 2017. It has since been accepted into the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and will be performed at the festival in Scotland this August.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Greg Howard (GSAS '12) reflects on NYU and his Experience as a Journalist So Far

Greg Howard is currently a writer for The New York Times, and was recently named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for 2017.  He has written for a variety of publications, including Deadspin, The Village Voice, The Dallas Observer, and Esquire.  We spoke with him about his experience at NYU (which included a nerve-wracking elevator ride) and his journalistic writing thus far, centered on what kinds of topics he enjoys writing about.

What did you study at NYU?

I went to the journalism school, but it was for magazine writing, which was a specialization, and I [studied] under Meryl Gordon [Director of Magazine Writing at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute], but I had a bunch of teachers—David Samuels, Lisa DePaulo—who were two of my favorites along with Meryl.  Magazine [articles] are profiles and investigations, [and] more of a long form thing, so [it consisted of] how you would go about constructing a long form story.  It was a lot of fun.  We put together a fake magazine as a small group.  A lot of us wanted to become magazine editors, not just writers, so you could take editing classes and stuff like that.  It was cool.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sherrie (ARTS ’66) and Michael Pollack (ARTS ’64) on How They Fell in Love on the NYU Heights Campus Fifty Years Ago

The Pollacks will be celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary on July 16, 2017. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we sat down with them to find out the secrets to dating on campus, making love last, and their “fifty-year love affair.”

How did you meet?


Michael: Our story starts in the spring of 1963. There were two fraternities on campus which were very active in student government, Phi Epsilon Pi, which I was a member of, and Phi Sigma Delta. Generally each fraternity would have a candidate for each office, and you had to get enough signatures to be included on the ballot. Once that was done, the presidents of each fraternity would meet and determine who would move forward for the election and who would withdraw.

One day, I was in the student center looking for students to sign my petition. I walked in to the newspaper office, and saw this lovely blonde lady sitting at a desk. I asked her if she would sign my petition. She said “no.”

Sherrie: I didn’t know him, and I wasn’t signing his petition. He knew right off the bat…I was a little confrontational.

Michael: I was somewhat taken aback. I told her that it wasn’t as if she would have to vote for me, it was just to get me on the ballot. But I couldn’t persuade her.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Alumna Kristina Shull (GSAS ’06) on Giving a Voice to Individuals in Immigration Detention Centers

Kristina Shull is a lecturer in the Department of History at UC Irvine and an activist who shared with us how her education shaped the work she does to bring attention to the problems facing immigration and immigration detention centers in the United States.

Photo credit: Axel Dupex for the Open Society Foundations
Can you talk about your experience at NYU and how it helped shape what you do now?

I am so grateful for my time at NYU.  The interdisciplinary Master’s Draper Program in Humanities and Social Thought was foundational in several ways.  It allowed me the flexibility to pursue and hone my intellectual interests, and it introduced me to theories and methods for understanding issues like immigration detention within the larger frameworks of global histories and human rights.  The program’s rigor prepared me well for doctoral work, and its opportunities for community engagement helped me envision a career in academic activism.  I think it’s most important contribution in shaping my career path was providing a model for a “hybrid” approach to making academia actionable in the world, where history can be marshaled as a catalyst for change.