We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality…an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future. The future is queerness’ domain. Queerness is a structuring and educated mode of desiring that allows us to see the future beyond the quagmire of the present. The here and now is a prison house. We must strive, in the face of the here and now’s totalizing rendering of reality, to think and feel a then and there. Some will say that all we have are the pleasures of the moment, but we must never settle for that minimal transport; we must dream and enact new and better pleasures, other ways of being in the world, and ultimately new worlds … Queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality or concrete possibility for another world.
… Jewish children never, it emerged, begged to be taken to church. Rather, they begged for decorated trees and Santa Claus. Jews replied with Hanukkah.
It’s University Press Week—a perfect opportunity for us to spotlight a few of the incredible folks behind NYU Press!
Meet the newest members of our community with this round-up of Q&As (clockwise from top):
Stay tuned to our blog for more Q&As with folks from across departments—coming soon!
It’s University Press Week! So why not check out some of the great university presses on Tumblr?
- Baylor University Press
- Cambridge [University Press] Exhibitions
- Duke University Press
- Georgetown University Press
- McGill-Queen’s University Press
- MIT Press
- Northwestern University Press
- NYU Press
- Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) [That’s us!]
- University of Chicago Press
- University of Texas Press
- University Press of Kentucky eBook Exchange
- Yale University Press
Did we miss anyone? Let us know and we’ll add to the list.
Our university press friends on Tumblr! Great list, OUP. <33
Here’s what’s up: Wednesday October 16th - Wednesday October 23rd
Here are the upcoming events from Wednesday October 16th through Wednesday October 23rd featuring NYU Press authors!
Wednesday 10/16 6:00PM | Charlene Mires
1154 Boylston Street, Boston MA
Charlene Mires, author of Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations, will present an illustrated talk about the dramatic, surprising, and often comic story of civic boosterism awakened by the UN’s search for home.
Thursday 10/17 12:30PM | Constance Rosenblum
JCC on the Palisades, Tenafly NJ
Constance Rosenblum, author of Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City, shares the intimate stories of how New Yorkers who reside in places as Park Avenue palaces, brownstone apartments, mansions, lofts and garrets really live.
Thursday 10/17 6:15PM | Theresa Morris
1250 Albany Avenue, Hartford CT
Theresa Morris, author of Cut It Out: The C-Section Epidemic in America, will speak about her new book at the Albany Branch of the Hartford Public Library.
Thursday 10/17 7:00PM | Mark Anthony Neal
1201 Fayetteville Street, NC
Mark Anthony Neal, author of Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities, will explore the criminalization of the black male image in contemporary popular American Culture and how these distortions often lead to antagonism toward black men in the public imagination.
Friday 10/18 8:30AM - 6:00PM | Kim Richman
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles CA
Dr. Kim Richman, author of Courting Change: Queer Parents, Judges and the Transformation of American Family Law, will be the keynote speaker at the UCLA symposium “What We Talk About When We Talk About Queer.”
Friday 10/18 12:00PM - 2:00PM | Arlene Dávila
300 East Orange Mall, Tempe AZ
Arlene Dávila, author of Culture Works: Space, Value, and Mobility Acorss the Neoliberal Americas, is the featured speaker at the Comparative Border Studies Fall 2013 Scholar-in-Residence Colloquium at Arizona State University.
Saturday 10/19 4:00PM | Mark Anthony Neal
151 West Randolph Street, Chicago IL
Mark Anthony Neal, author of Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities, will be a featured speaker at “Hip Hop: Movement Beyond the Music.”
Tuesday 10/22 7:00PM | Bernadette Barton
310 College Street, Barbourville KY
Bernadette Barton, author of Pray the Gay Away: The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays, will speak about her book at Union College.
Wednesday 10/23 4:00PM | Marjorie Heins
University of Michigan, 100 Hutchins Hall
Join Marjorie Heins, author of Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge, for the university of Michigan’s annual lecture honoring three professors (Davis, Markert, Nickerson) who were unjustly fired in the 1950’s.
Wednesday 10/23 6:30PM | Constance Rosenblum
91 Orchard Street, New York NY
Constance Rosenblum and guests Mary Sansone, Carol Zakaluk, Kim Ima, Bharati Kemraj and Jose Diaz Oyola, all of whom are profiled in her book Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City, will discuss their lives, their homes, and their deep roots in New York City.
Wednesday 10/23 6:30PM - 8:30 PM | Robert Ji-Sing Ku, Martin F. Manalansan IV, Anita Mannur
19 West 4th Street, New York NY
Robert Ji-Sing Ku, Martin F. Manalansan IV, and Anita Mannur, editors of Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader, discuss Eating Asian America with Krishnendu Ray (Chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health, NYU Steinhardt) alongside some of the most prominent figures in Asian American food.
For more information, check out our events page here.
This Thursday, October 10th, 2013 from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM at Columbia University’s Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, Professor Mark Anthony Neal will be speaking for IRWAG’s Queer Futures series on his book Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities.
Looking for Leroy is an analysis of the complex ways in which black masculinity has been read and misread through contemporary American popular culture. Neal argues that black men and boys are bound, in profound ways, to and by their legibility. The most “legible” black male bodies are often rendered as criminal, bodies in need of policing and containment. Ironically, Neal argues, this sort of legibility brings welcome relief to white America, providing easily identifiable images of black men in an era defined by shifts in racial, sexual, and gendered identities.
Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University, where he won the 2010 Robert B. Cox Award for Teaching. He is the author of What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture, Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic, Songs in the Keys of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation, and New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity.
Reception to follow. Copies of Looking for Leroy will be available for purchase. We hope to see you there!
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15) by checking out events at your local library, or browsing through one of these classic Latino/a Studies books!
Clockwise from top left: The Latino/a Condition: A Critical Reader, Second Edition; Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America; Latino Spin: Public Image and the Whitewashing of Race; Latino/a Popular Culture; Loca Motion: The Travels of Chicana and Latina Popular Culture.
Was one of Brooklyn’s finest in Harlem in 1939? This Sid Grossman photo of “Harlem Loiterers” from the Prints Collection at NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture has created quite a stir since being posted to the Center’s Facebook page the other day. Why? Because the man on the right looks a heck of a lot like Jay-Z (for evidence, check out these photos of Jay-Z when he visited The New York Public Library in 2010). Cue Twilight Zone music, right? Schomburg’s Curator of Digital Collections Sylviane A. Diouf found the photo while researching an exhibition, and said, “I was immediately struck by the similarity to Jay-Z and actually laughed out loud … I still hope somebody will tell us who that young man really was.”
So is Jay-Z a time traveler? Is this someone else - anyone know who? What do you think?
Have you seen this photo of the 1939 Jay-Z doppelgänger? It was uncovered back in May by Sylviane A. Diouf, author of Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas.
Congratulations to Robert Bullard, author of The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities (NYU Press, 2012) for receiving the 2013 John Muir Award, the Sierra Club’s top prize!
According to the Sierra Club, the John Muir award is awarded annually to “honor a distinguished record of leadership in national conservation causes, such as continuing John Muir’s work of preservation and establishment of parks and wildernesses.”
Bullard’s “own brand of environmentalism” is specifically self-defined as:
"an environmental movement driven by, and focused on, the needs of low-income and minority communities…the burgeoning green campaigns of the early 1970’s were ‘not addressing our issues.’" (Washington Post)
The Wrong Complexion for Protection overviews eight decades worth of government response to emergencies—including environmental and public health emergencies, toxic contamination, industrial accidents, and bioterrorism threats—to show that African Americans are disproportionately affected. Learn more about the book on our website.