Weird History: Headspace 1.0

On the eve of the NYUAD student documentary theater project Headspace, we revisit the first edition via a conversation with authors Laura Evans, Veronica Houk, Sachi Leith, and Valentina Vela.

NYUAD community members are invited to attend
Headspace on December 13 at 2:00 p.m.
in the amphitheater.

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International Awards and World Literature

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe gave the field a name.
Grega Ulen meditates on what’s happened to it since then.

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Place, Language, and Literature

Part two of Jamie Sutherland’s conversation with the judges for the 2015 Man Book International Prize.

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Frankenstein and His Progeny

An Electra Street colloquium.
This week: Waïl Hassan and Tomi Tsunoda join
Katherine Schaap Williams, Deborah Lindsay Williams,
and Cyrus R. K. Patell.

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What's on Your Bookshelf: Glenn Wharton

Paloma Saco-Vértiz talks the museum studies scholar about what he’s been reading lately.

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Frankenstein and His Progeny

An Electra Street Colloquium

 

Reimagining a Classic

What I found most interesting about Organs, Tissues, and Candy Games, the recent NYUAD student production created in collaboration with the Zoukak Theater Company from Lebanon, was its exploration of the ways in which the human body can be appropriated for purposes... read more

Frankenstein in Baghdad

I’m speaking about Frankenstein in Baghdad, a novel by Ahmed Saadawi, an Iraqi novelist who was born in Baghdad in 1973. This novel won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction earlier this year. As its title suggests, the novel was inspired by Frankenstein,... read more

Frankenstein and Technophobia

Let’s begin with a word that isn’t in either the 1818 or the 1831 texts of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: robot. In fact, the word robot wasn’t coined until 1921, when it first appeared in the play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by the Czech... read more

 

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The game is reasonably straightforward. Pass cards around from one player to another until someone collects a set of four. Each player can only hold four cards in her hand at once, and choosing to keep a new card means discarding another. Once someone has “four of a... read more

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