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 (GLS '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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Photographer and Former MTV News Reporter Tabitha Soren Lewis (WSUC ’89)

Photo Credit: Lou Noble
Many of our alumni remember Tabitha Soren Lewis as a reporter on MTV throughout the 1990s. She was the recipient of the NYU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994. She has since become a professional photographer, and in 2017 she published “Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream,” a book of her photos documenting 21 baseball players selected for the Oakland A’s 2002 draft class. We recently caught up with Tabitha who shared her memories of NYU, MTV, and the inspirations behind her photographs.

What’s your favorite memory of NYU?

In my freshman year I was working at Washington Square News on the top floor of the Loeb Student Center and I remember looking down the hall at the students working at the NYU radio station and thinking that they were having more fun. They were wearing leather jackets and had punk rock hair, and Michael Stipe and members of the Sex Pistols were coming in and out of the elevator. I knew that I wanted to be a reporter very early. I worked for the newspaper my freshman year, then I started reading the news for the radio station. I also edited the WNYU magazine.
Tabitha Soren Lewis: her story continues

Monday, May 14, 2018

Vinoo Varghese (CAS ’96), Criminal Defense Attorney, on Why He Mentors NYU Students

Vinoo Varghese pictured with CAS students
Vinoo Varghese (CAS ’96) of Varghese & Associates, P.C., has hired a number of NYU students over the years, to battle prosecutors. From left to right: Charles Calkins (CAS ’18), Vinoo Varghese (CAS ’96), Katie Lanphere (CAS ’18), and Shirley Foo (CAS ’18)
Vinoo Varghese frequently appears as a legal expert on CNN, CBS News, and Fox Business News, among other television networks. He has been rated as a New York Metro Super Lawyer and a Martindale AV Preeminent attorney in the white collar criminal defense arena for the past several years. Since 2014, he has acted as an alumni mentor to NYU College of Arts and Science students. We caught up with Vinoo at the Varghese & Associates, P.C. offices to find out his advice for the Class of 2018.

What did you study at NYU?

I majored in Philosophy and studied Religion while I attended NYU. I’d competed in Speech and Debate in elementary school and high school, and during my first year at NYU. During my junior and senior years, I had a great experience acting as a Resident Assistant (R.A.) in Goddard, and I was a Conference Assistant for two summers. I grew up in Brooklyn and Queens, so I was a local.

During my sophomore year, I became the President of the NYU South Asian Students Association aka Shruti, which was very active on campus. I also started a successful petition to have Hindi added to the curriculum, and in my senior year I got to take the first Hindi class offered at NYU.
Vinoo Varghese: his story continues

Monday, April 16, 2018

CAA Board Member Florby Dorme (CAS '16) on his Experience as a Fulbright Scholar

Florby Dorme
What did you study at NYU?

I studied at the College of Arts and Science, where I majored in philosophy while also taking courses on the pre-health curriculum. 

What’s your favorite memory from NYU?

There are so many memories to choose from so I can’t exactly settle on one, but some of my favorite memories at NYU included experiences and events with people where I felt safe, included, and able to express myself completely and fully. Some events and organizations I had a great time with include: Academic Achievement Program (AAP), Gentlemen Of Quality (GQ), Opportunity Program (OP), Pre-Health Advisory Board (PHAB),  Comm*Unity, Alternative Breaks, MLK Jr. Scholars, and my study abroad experience.
Florby Dorme: his story continues

Monday, February 12, 2018

Jesse Vaughan (LS ’09, CAS ’11), 30 Under 30 Education 2018 Honoree and Co-founder of Landed

Jesse Vaughan
Jesse Vaughan is a co-founder of Landed, a startup that helps educators become homeowners near the communities they serve. He shared his experiences as an NYU student and his advice for alumni looking to create their own startup businesses.

What did you study at NYU?

I majored in Economics and minored in Politics and Business. If I were to go back in time, I would have taken more more courses, particularly in life sciences and/or Computer Science. Most of all, I miss the greenfield feeling of studying as an undergrad. After I left school, I realized how much of a privilege the experience of university is. 

What's your favorite memory of NYU?

No singular moment stands out in my NYU memory, however, collectively, the experiences studying in Prague stand out among my most cherished memories. I really made some great friends there and the feeling of being a part of a small community that was different and special, in an unfamiliar sea of language and culture, helped me define a personal identify.
Jesse Vaughan: his story continues

Monday, January 29, 2018

Stephanie Samedi (CAS ’17) on her DURI Project and How It Shaped Her Career Goals

Stephanie Samedi

What did you study at NYU?

My major was Social & Cultural Analysis. I focused on American Studies and Africana Studies through examining history and current events. In the SCA program, we studied sociological theories, and I conducted a lot of research in my four years. My degree in Social and Cultural Analysis equipped me to utilize interdisciplinary scholarship to focus on issues of social justice.

What is your favorite memory of your time at NYU?

I have a lot of favorite memories! I would have to say that my experience studying in Florence for a semester is my number one. I had a seamless academic experience, in terms of my credits and requirements. It was a great opportunity to experience the language and the culture, and learn about the history of the Tuscany region. I was a research intern at La Pietra Dialogues at NYU Florence and examined immigration policies in the European Union. I interviewed experts in the field, such as members of the United Nations, and wrote blog posts. I was able to transfer the skill sets I had developed in New York to my work in Florence.
Stephanie Samedi: her story continues