Imaging Civil Rights Protest—1900 – 2020

with Deborah Willis
Tuesday, December 7, 2020 • Monday, December 14, 2020
5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Applications and nominations are not yet open.

We will survey historic images, mostly photographic, which document the influential leaders and events of the civil rights movement. These images were intended to promote racial justice, end segregation, establish voting rights, and call attention to extreme poverty within Black communities in the United States and South Africa.

Deborah Willis is professor and chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she teaches photography & imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories. The recipient of a MacArthur and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Willis is the author of Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, and co-author of The Black Female Body A Photographic History; Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs. She has appeared in and consulted on media projects including the documentary Through A Lens Darkly and Question Bridge: Black Males, which received the ICP Infinity Award 2015, and American Photography, a PBS documentary. 

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Slavery & Native Americans

with Christian Crouch
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 • Tuesday, November 24, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications and nominations are not yet open.

Colonial and nineteenth-century Native/Indigenous history and Black history are often taught as separate topics, with the former placed outside the frame of U.S. national development and the latter considered overwhelmingly in terms of slavery in the antebellum Cotton Kingdom. This class offers a chance to consider the entwined themes of race and dispossession in the North, not the South, and to think about the connections between Native and Black individuals. The sources covered look at both material culture (including sculptures by Edmonia Lewis) and texts (such as the abolition narrative of Sophia Pooley) and will demonstrate why it is important to think of the intersection of the African diaspora with Native Studies when considering American history. The class will also offer ways to think of primary sources as visual histories, not just illustrations, which can enhance classroom discussions.

Christian Ayne Crouch is Associate Professor of Historical Studies and Director of American Studies at Bard College. She is the author of the award-winning Nobility Lost: French and Canadian Martial Cultures, Indians, and the End of New France, and her scholarship has delved into the Atlantic military culture, French imperial legacies, and the intersection of Native and African-American history and material culture. Her current book project, Queen Victoria’s Captive: A Story of Ambition, Empire, and a Stolen Ethiopian Prince, reevaluates East African colonial encounters and the human consequences of the world’s most expensive hostage rescue mission.

1965: The Year Music Changed

with Phil Galdston
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

A remarkable number of classics were released in 1965, including Like A Rolling Stone, Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag, My Generation, and Nowhere Man. They helped define the ‘counter’ in ‘counterculture.’ This class will primarily focus on one song from that seminal year, The Rolling Stones’s (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

Phil Galdston is a songwriter/producer whose body of work has made him one of the few in the field to score hits on virtually every major Billboard chart. Over 130 million copies of his songs and productions have appeared on nearly 80 million records worldwide in recordings by artists ranging from Celine Dion to Sheryl Crow, from Beyoncé to Kurt Elling, from Chicago to Vanessa Williams. He is Director of Songwriting at NYU Steinhardt and serves as the first Faculty Songwriter-in-Residence in University history.

LGBTQ+ Youth and Sexual Assault

with Shamus Khan
Thursday, November 12, 2020 • Thursday, November 19, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications and nominations are not yet open.

LGBTQ+ youth experience the highest rates of sexual assault of any group. This master class will consider research to help us understand why this happens as well as work with participants to develop a plan for how to help prevent such assaults (either as victim or potential attacker). Khan will draw upon ideas presented in his new book Sexual Citizens to think through how best to support the developing sexual citizenship of queer youth—helping them understand they have the right to say Yes and to say No to sex, and that those they are with have equivalent rights. We will talk through how youth can develop, in concert with their families and communities, a “sexual project” to answer the question of “what sex is for.” And how neighborhoods can create zones of equality, particularly those that take into account the experiences and needs of LGBTQ+ youth, in order to build safer, healthier communities.

Shamus Khan is professor and chair of sociology at Columbia University. He writes on culture, inequality, gender, and elites. He is the author, most recently, of Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus (with Jennifer Hirsch), Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School, The Practice of Research (with Dana Fisher), and Approaches to Ethnography: Modes of Representation and Analysis in Participant Observation (with Colin Jerolmack). He writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and has served as a columnist for Time magazine. In 2018 he was awarded the Hans L. Zetterberg Prize from Uppsala University in Sweden for being “the best sociologist under 40.”

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