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ROTC Field Day, May 14, 1924

ROTC Field Day, Ohio Field, University Heights Campus, May 14, 1924. Courtesy of the NYU Archives.


Veterans Day and Beyond


Performances, art shows, lectures, sports, conferences—with so much going on at NYU, there’s no excuse for an empty calendar. Here are just a few of the illuminating experiences on offer this week.

NYU Creative Writing presents “Poets on War—Insights on a Global Conflict,” with readings by Hugh Martin, Heather Raffo, Zohra Saed, and Brian Turner, on Friday, November 7.

NYU historian Jeffrey Sammons, co-author of Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality, speaks at a tribute concert to James Reese Europe (396th bandleader credited with bringing jazz to Europe) by the Randy Weston African Rhythms Orchestra at Skirball on Sunday, November 9.

Sammons and Tisch's Ed Guerrero, an associate professor in cinema studies and author of Framing Blackness: The African American Image in Film also joins a roundtable discussion with artists and historians on the 369th Regiment’s place in popular culture following a screening of the documentary “Men of Bronze: The Black American Heroes of World War I” on Monday, November 10.

The Rise-Marie Lewent Conference on Veterans Day, Tuesday November 11, explores the theme of “WarStories: Ancient and Modern Narratives of War” performance, discussion, and scholarship.

Also on the 11th, as part of the unCommon Salon series at Bobst library, Tait Keller lectures on how the First World War ushered in a century of not just violence, but also tremendous environmental change.

And the NYU Military Alliance and NYU students in the military march in the annual New York City Veterans Parade, which begins with an opening ceremony at the Eternal Light Monument (5th Ave. and 23rd Street) at 10 am on the 11th and proceeds north on 5th Avenue to 52nd Street.

Finally, a look at veterans in the news around NYU:

  • NYU Wagner Global Executive MPA student Jayson Browder, a multi-decorated U.S. Air Force and Iraq veteran, has been named a Carnegie New Leader by the Carnegie Council for Ethic in International Affairs.
  • Redeployment, a book of short stories by Phil Klay, an Iraq veteran and alum of NYU’s Veterans Writing Workshop, is a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction. Read a Q&A with Klay here.
  • Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing students John Grimmett and Jason Carlson have written a musical, “Rain Down the Ruin,” about the effect of the war in Afghanistan on one American soldier’s family. Watch a clip from a recent performance below.


These are only a few highlights. For more on all that’s going on this week, consult the NYU events page.


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