Monday, August 7, 2023

The Urban Politics of Climate Change: a conversation with Naomi Schiller

The present work of Naomi Schiller, associate professor of anthropology at CUNY's Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, rises to meet climate change struggle by focusing on her own neighborhood of the Lower East Side, Manhattan. I first heard about Professor Schiller's work through the the Center for the Humanities' Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research for which we were both fellows in the "blue humanities." This past semester, I had the privilege to sit down with Professor Schiller and learn more about her approach to climate activism, which blends academic scholarship with community organizing. -Eric Dean Wilson

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Exploring the Liminal Space of Inter-Rituals by Three Chinese Female Artists

On the 30th of March, the exhibition, “Inter-Rituals: Between Materiality and Performances” took place at the Caelum Gallery in Chelsea. Curated by Jin Wang, Ph.D. student in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, the exhibition featured works by three Chinese female artists working in the US, Kun Hong, Yin Zhang, and Yinglun Zhang. Hui Peng and Dohyun Gracia Shin, both Ph.D. candidates in Theatre and Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center, reviewed the three performances on the opening night of the exhibition.

Cover image: The Letters of Rosemary & Bernadette Mayer, 1976–1980
Wednesday, May 24, 2023

On The Letters of Rosemary and Bernadette Mayer, 1976–1980: An Interview with Gillian Sneed and Marie Warsh

The Letters of Rosemary and Bernadette Mayer, 1976–1980 documents a connection between sisters. But further, it documents a period of unrivaled intellectual exchange between them, where physical distance from one another and major periods of personal artistic development conspired to produce letters that were vulnerable, adventurous, and inspired. Editors Gillian Sneed and Marie Warsh spoke with me about how the project developed, how the letters served the Mayers as a means of both communication and creative practice, and how they serve readers as documents of pivotal moments for late 70s art and literary history.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Speculating the Environment: An Interview with Claire Donato and Audrey Lindsey

The breadth and depth of our environmental crises encourages us to think beyond the bounds of traditional academic disciplines. As part of our series exploring the Environmental Humanities, Claire Donato and Audrey Lindsey discuss Speculating the Environment, their new seminar at Pratt, which invites collaboration between the arts, humanities, and sciences as a way to imagine radically new perspectives on and relationships to climate change.

Friday, January 27, 2023

The Art and Poetry of Susan Weil’s Poemumbles

Vanessa S. Troiano, a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, reflects upon working with American artist Susan Weil to document her nearly 40-year practice of synthesizing art and poetry into daily poemumbles. Supported by an archival grant from Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, Troiano’s research forms part of her dissertation, “Susan Weil: Artistic Trailblazer,” the first scholarly monograph to survey Weil’s career.

A wide open sky over a beautiful blue lake. The sky is spare with wispy white clouds. A few sailboats dot the surface of the lake towards the horizon. Closer to the camera, one can see sand and the underwater foliage
Thursday, January 5, 2023

Submerging Within the Environmental Humanities

For the first of a series of essays exploring the environmental humanities, Eric Dean Wilson reflects on his experience as the writer-in-residence at the University of Bern’s 2022 Transhumanities Summer School, themed “The Ecological Imperative.” Meeting artists and scholars who were similarly concerned with how the humanities might play its part in progressive climate action, Wilson elaborates on the idea that, for the humanities to become truly environmental, it might take a total re-structuring of the disciplines.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Storytelling as Healing Practice: A Retrospective on Kamau Ware at the Graduate Center, CUNY

In this post, Mindscapes Graduate Research Assistants Helena Najm, Nawal Muradwij, Dunni Oduyemi, and Alexandra Rego discuss the event they organized with Kamau Ware, a storyteller and founder of the Black Gotham Experience, in May 2022. The event was organized as part of the Center's collaboration on Mindscapes, Wellcome's international cultural program on mental health and well being.

Screenshot of Marina Romani's Italian translation of Celina Su's Route 1095.
Thursday, November 3, 2022

On Translation, Responsibility, Solidarity: Celina Su’s Route 1095

In this essay, artist/translator/educator Marina Romani details her experience translating the poem ‘Route 1095’ by CUNY faculty member Celina Su, a longtime collaborator of the Center for the Humanities and the Lost and Found series. Romani details translation as a site of friendship and sociality, and as a way to interrogate one’s position in a globalized world. As Romani writes, “Our collaboration is a way to highlight margins and subtexts of our cultural and linguistic experiences. It’s a way to live across / with rather than in / on, to inhabit a different kind of belonging.”

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Wild Intelligence: An Interview with Lost & Found editor M. C. Kinniburgh about her new book on poets' libraries

Lost & Found Editor Ammiel Alcalay interviews Lost & Found Editor Mary Catherine Kinniburgh on the origins and journey from CUNY Graduate Center student and Lost & Found scholar to her present position as partner with Granary Booksand the book that she wrote along the way. Her new book Wild Intelligence: Poets' Libraries and the Politics of Knowledge in Postwar America published by UMass Press in collaboration with Lost & Found Elsewhere takes up case studies of four poets and their libraries: Charles Olson, Diane di Prima, Gerrit Lansing, and Audre Lorde.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Archive to Come Is a Garden

Archives in Common is a collaborative project radically situated in the space-time of the pandemic as it has been lived in the South Bronx. The project and website can be thought of as a living archive of mutual aid initiatives and other collaborative and creative efforts devised since April 2020 by the Saavedras, an undocumented immigrant family of Mixtec origins. Conceptually, “Archives in Common” has sought to answer: How does one create an archive in common that is consistent with the mutual aid ethics, especially during a pandemic? This has been our guiding question for the past two years—and continues to be.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

No Research About Us, Without Us: Discussing the Public Science Project’s Community-Based Research Practice with Co-Founder Michelle Fine

Michelle Fine, co-founder of the Public Science Project at The Graduate Center, speaks with Queenie Sukhadia about about the work that the Public Science Project does, Critical Participatory Action Research as an epistemology shaping publicly engaged research commitments, as well as how the task of collaborating with communities demands researchers to center their accountabilities.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The Value of Early and Diverse Public Engagement: An Interview with Linda Alcoff, Co-Director of the Mellon Public Humanities Program at Hunter College

Linda Martín Alcoff, co-director of the Mellon Public Humanities Program at Hunter College, speaks with Queenie Sukhadia about encouraging students to think about publicly engaged work early in their educational trajectories, while also emphasizing that publicly engaged humanities projects are not necessarily funnels into graduate school.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Blue Humanities: Interview with Eric Dean Wilson

I had the pleasure of interviewing Eric Dean Wilson, author of After Cooling: On Freon, Global Warming, and the Terrible Cost of Comfort, and Teaching Fellow in the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research through the Center for Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Eric gave insight on the fascinating intersections of environmental humanities, discussing his recently published book from conception through publication.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Embracing Your Whole Self through Your Public Commitments: An Interview with Kendra Sullivan

Kendra Sullivan, Director of the Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research, speaks with Queenie Sukhadia about the potentials and practices of public humanities including how they break down the binary of inside/outside academia, integrating the manifold expertise each person brings toward this work, and building institutional structures that support publicly engaged scholarship.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Meet the Mindscapes 2022 Cohort

In this post, Mindscapes Graduate Research Assistants Helena Najm and Dunni Oduyemi introduce the Mindscapes project and the rest of their cohort at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

A CUNY Public Humanities Map

In this blog post, Aurash Khawarzad describes a creative mapping project, The Public Humanities Map, which charts the scope and relationships among publicly engaged humanities work across CUNY and our Andrew W. Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.