Dear Alumni and Friends of the Graduate School of Arts and Science:
The Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) has just completed a memorable 125th academic year, and I am delighted
to share some of the highlights.
One important objective last year was to prepare GSAS for full participation in the exciting growth of our Global Network University (GNU) as it organically connects the NYU community to the idea capitals of the world. We are working closely with the University's global team on a number of fronts, including plans for new graduate programming at our NYU sites in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. In addition, we are discovering that some of our students and faculty have vigorous research collaborations with important institutions very close to some of NYU's global sites, and we are finding useful ways to connect those activities to the GNU. Read More
The Threesis: An Academic Challenge to Think Big and Talk Small
Start with a serious academic gathering - say, a conference. Add a strut-your-stuff talent show similar to "American Idol" with the academic acumen of a TED Talk, include generous prize money, complete with a festive ambiance, and you have the ingredients for an innovative new scholarly event called the Threesis.
Modeled on a three-minute thesis exercise popular in Australia, the Threesis trains graduate students in the sometimes elusive art of sharing their research with a general audience, and in a form that ignores academic conventions. Instead of a somber lecture or a sonorous seminar, the Threesis asks scholars to explain their work clearly, passionately, and fast.
Malcolm Semple, Acting Dean of GSAS, gave the Threesis its North American debut at NYU this past spring. Read more
A Conversation with Darin Strauss, Alumni Achievement Award Winner
Darin Strauss (M.F.A. '97) is the author of the internationally bestselling novels Chang & Eng, The Real McCoy, and More Than It Hurts You, which have been translated into fourteen languages and published in nineteen countries. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Library Association's Alex Award, and his books have been listed as New York Times Notable Books and NPR's Best Books of the Year. His most recent work, Half a Life, won the National Book Critics Circle award and is a memoir that explores the tragic repercussions of a car accident in which Strauss was involved as a teenager. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in NYU's Creative Writing program. Read more