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Trumpet Fiction, Hosted by Ducts.org: Liberal Studies Writing Faculty Read at KGB Bar Saturday, November 9th

On Saturday, Nov 9, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, NYU Liberal Studies faculty will read fiction at KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, NYC. Hear Ifeona Fulani, Stephen Policoff, Michael Rectenwald and Tim Tomlinson read new and old fiction. This Trumpet Fiction event is hosted by Ducts.org. Further details are available here.

Global Secularisms Conference Schedule

The schedule for the Global Secularisms Conference hosted by the Global Liberal Studies Program is now available on the conference website. The conference will be held on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16, at New York University in New York, NY. Stay tuned for paper abstracts and the titles for plenary session papers, to be posted soon.

Tim Tomlinson to Read with Nicole Callihan and James Braly at KGB

Global/Liberal Studies Master Teacher Tim Tomlinson will read with Nicole Callihan and James Braly at KGB, 85 E. 4th St, on Saturday, Apr 13, at 7pm. Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. He ran workshops at the 2013 Shanghai International Literary Festival, and he read and taught at the 2012 Philippines International Literary Festival in Manila. In May he’ll appear at the Silliman National Writers Workshop on Negros, Oriental in the Philippines. He is the fiction editor of the webzine Ducts. This year, two of his poems have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Recent poems and stories appear or are forthcoming in Asia Writes, Caribbean Vistas, The Dirty Napkin, Extracts, The Tule Review, and Unshod Quills. Nicole Callihan writes poems, stories and essays. Her work has appeared in, among others, Painted Bride Quarterly, Salt Hill, New York Quarterly, North American Review and Cream City Review. Find her on the web at www.nicolecallihan.com. James Braly’s first book, Life in a Marital Institution (20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Memoir) was published by St. Martin’s Press on April Fools for Love Day (April 2). More at http://www.JamesBraly.com. More information on the reading is available here.

Rob Fitterman to Read with Ron Silliman at Dia Art Foundation Event on March 4th

Rob Fitterman, poet, essayist and Master Teacher in the Global/Liberal Studies Program at NYU, will read with the poet Ron Silliman in the Dia Art Foundation Readings in Contemporary Poetry Series. The reading will be held on March 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM at 535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor. Details and short samples from the poets’ work can be found here.

Brendan Hogan Co-organizes Conference in Florence

Brendan Hogan, Ph.D., a Master Teacher in the Global/Liberal Studies Program at NYU, is co-organizer and participant in a conference in Florence entitled Democratic Representation in Crisis: What kinds of theories for what kinds of research, and to what ends? The conference will be held on April 9 and 10 at NYU Florence, Villa La Pietra, and EUI, Villa La Fonte. See the bios of all the participants on the conference website, here.

Call For Papers: Global Secularisms

The Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University has issued a Call For Papers for its inaugural academic conference on Global Secularisms, to be held in New York, NY, on November 15 and 16, 2013. Following is an excerpt from the CFP:

“In recent years, secularism has become a subject of pressing importance for philosophers, social scientists, activists, and theologians. Secularism received renewed scholarly attention with the publication of Charles Taylor’s important book A Secular Age in 2007, which prompted significant responses, including Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age (Michael Warner, Jonathan Van Antwerpen, and Craig J. Calhoun eds., 2010). Other important contributions to the discourse have included The Joys of Secularism (George Levine, ed., 2012).

“From a global perspective, Western secularism, and for example the American debate regarding the separation of church and state, appear as very parochial issues. Secularism is a vexed topic with global implications and consequences, affecting virtually every part of the world, every nation state and every culture, traditional or modern. Questions related to secularism have become increasingly urgent and involve enormous real-world implications. From the emergence of the “new atheism,” to battles over shariah law in Europe and the Middle East, to the reemergence of religion in the politics of India, to battles over the authority of science in the United States, to struggles both intellectual and political over the shape of the public sphere, the question of secularism proves critical.

“This conference hopes to appeal to scholars and creative authors from the major divisions of the academy, including the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as to independent scholars and writers from outside of the academy.”

See the conference website for more information.

Global Secularisms

The Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University welcomes papers for its inaugural conference on Global Secularisms.

Liberal Studies Announces First Academic Conference

On Decmeber 13, 2012, Fred Schwarzbach, the Dean of Liberal Studies, announced the first academic conference to be hosted by the Global/Liberal Studies Program, and called for volunteers to join the conference steering committee. The conference topic is secularism.

The steering committee will be chaired by Michael Rectenwald. The following faculty members have joined Michael on the committee: Emily Bauman, Sean Eve, Brendan Hogan, Luis Ramos, Mitra Rastegar, Martin Reichert, Anthony Reynolds, Minu Tharoor, Elayne Tobin, and Kyle Wanberg. George Levine, the Literary scholar, prolific intellectual, and Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, has been instrumental in working with Michael Rectenwald to launch the conference, and will be an honorary member of the conference steering committee.

A call for papers will be issued soon, and a conference website will be established. Stay tuned for further announcements.