LPD Alumni Arfa Rehman awarded the Falcon Scholarship to study at Oxford University
Fall 2013 LPD Alumni Arfa Rehman has been awarded the Falcon Scholarship to study at Oxford University next year. Arfa is currently completing her B.A. in Social Research and Public Policy and Visual Arts at NYU Abu Dhabi. During her semester at NYU Florence Arfa was a key member of LPD´s graphic design team. Arfa used her graphic design talents to co-found NYU Abu Dhabi´s The Design Collective and also served on the leadership board of the Women´s Leadership Network. She is currently researching entrepreneurial activity and related policies in the United Arab Emirates and plans to study comparative social policy at Oxford. Congratulations Arfa!
Remembering Professor Juan Flores
We are very sorry to report the death of our friend and colleague Juan Flores. Professor Flores was a Global Research Fellow at NYU Florence in Spring 2014 and, with his wife and collaborator Miriam Jimenez, spoke to students about the experience of Afro-Latin@s in World Perspective. Our community offers its condolences to Professor Flores´ family.
Contemporary Poetry and Publishing - Creating Global Connections (student dialogue)
December 2nd at 1.00PM join us for a dialogue on the changing from of poetry publication, the impact of global experiences on poetry, and the contemporary poetry scene in Florence and abroad. The talk will be accompanied by readings from guest poets and students. Read more.
Inside American Politics
On November 13-14 NYU Florence’s La Pietra Dialogues hosted a round table with top U.S. Republican and Democratic political consultants, advisors and scholars who discussed the outcome of the midterm elections, what the results mean for the concluding years of the Obama presidency, what we can expect in the upcoming presidential elections and who the likely primary and general election candidates would be.
The EU in Focus series takes NYU Florence students to Brussels!
A group of NYU Florence students travelled to Brussels to visit the EU institutions as part of NYU Florence´s EU in Focus series. Students explored the history, institutions, decision-making processes, and the economy of the EU over the first half of the semester and got an inside look at how the EU functions on the ground. Students focused on two specific policy areas: immigration and the environment. For more on the EU series, including reports from this semester´s Dialogues visit the EU in Focus page here.
NYU Florence student Opheli Garcia Lawler shares her experience in Brussels on the LPD Blog, see ´A Great Time in Brussels´. For a list of materials students brought back from Brussels that you can consult in the LPD student space click here.
Black Italia - September 29 - October 18, 2014
How are Africans represented in the Italian imagination? How is Italy changing under the pressure of immigration? In the lead up to this Spring’s exhibition and international conference on Blackamoors hosted by NYU Florence, Professor Alessandra Di Maio will organize an exploration of the significance of Black Italy.
Join us for a dialogue ´A Nation of Migration: Voices and Visions from Africa´ with Senegalese-Italian writer Pap Khouma and Professor Awam Amkpa, Africana Studies and Tisch School of the Arts, New York University on October 20, Villa La Pietra
Video - The Contemporary Museum in Italy since 1990
This conference brought together curators, cultural officials, scholars, and directors of museums and fondazioni to discuss the status of the Italian museum today. Discussion topics included the fondazione system in Italy, museum administration, cultural policy, the organization of temporary exhibitions, collection building, and the role of the fashion and banking industries in contemporary art patronage. Watch the video
The EU in Focus series gets underway with a talk by Professor Nicolo´ Conti
Professor Nicolo´ Conti kicked off LPD´s Europe in Focus series with his talk on EU Institutions and Decision-Making Processes. Conti provided an overview of the unique structure of the EU and took students inside the complexity of the decision-making process. Students asked questions about the role of lobbyists (they have a big role), EU foreign policy (one of the EU´s least unified policy areas), and the admission of additional members (unlikely for now). Conti also had a question for the students: "Should Europe become more supranational?" Students expressed divergent views, reflecting the internal debate in Europe about the future of the EU.
LPD Student Team Portfolio 2013-2014
Enjoy highlights from the work of the LPD student team during the 2013-2014 academic year on the LPD Student Team Portfolio 2013-2014. Thank you to all of the students who worked so hard to make the Dialogues so rich and interesting for our NYU Florence campus community and for the wider Florentine community this year. Students can submit additional work through the Tumblr page on a mobile device (or submit directly to firstname.lastname@example.org) . We look forward to continuing the Dialogue with you from your new ´homes´.
Keep up to date with La Pietra Dialogues
Do you want to find out more about La Pietra Dialogues? See some of the fantastic work that students who worked with us last year did? Learn about our past Dialogues? This is the place for you. We will soon be posting information about our 2014-2015 program. In the meantime, feel free to browse these pages. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date. Incoming and outgoing NYU Florence students, you can also join our network on LinkedIn to get and stay in touch.
M.A. in Italian Studies NYU Florence
Come and learn about the M.A. PROGRAM IN ITALIAN STUDIES on November 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Villa La Pietra, Salone.
NYU’s Department of Italian Studies offers the possibility to obtain an M.A. in Italian Studies in one year at its beautiful site in Florence, the historic Villa La Pietra. Students may take all 32 credits for the M.A. while studying at La Pietra. The 12-month program includes seminars and coursework at NYU Florence and the Università degli Studi di Firenze, as well as independent studies directed by faculty in New York or Florence.
In Dialogue with Writers - Walking on the Bones of Shadows: The Experience of Writing the Book Prayers for the Stolen
See yesterday´s interview in Italy´s La Repubblica with Jennifer Clement on the problem of human trafficking, arms trafficking and insecurity in Mexico in the wake of the disappearance of 43 student teachers in Iguala, Mexico
Call for applications: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowships
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is one of the leading think-tanks in Washington, DC, highly respected throughout the world for its thoughtful, academic responses to international crises. Their Junior Fellowships offer an extraordinary opportunity to work for a year in Washington, DC, as a paid research assistant to some of the world’s best scholars in the realm of international relations. According to the institution’s website, “Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony, and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.”
The 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship program is now accepting applications
The 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw are now open. The deadline to apply is January 8, 2015.
For the past 16 years, the Humanity in Action Fellowship has brought together international groups of students and young professionals to study human and minority rights in Europe. Beginning with the Second World War and the Holocaust, the Fellowship explores the histories and contemporary issues of diversity and minority rights in Europe. Key areas of inquiry include national identity, immigration, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, political extremism and discrimination of Roma – all seen through the specific lens of the five countries in which the Fellowship takes place.
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo´ - New York University
Get updates and follow the events of Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo´ from New York University NY. The programs deal with literature, cinema and both political and social reflections and involve prominent Italian artists, scholars and politicians in an open dialogue with Americans on Italian life and culture. Most of the events are recorded. See them online at: www.casaitaliananyu.org.