The FRN Network Summer 2023 program will be held in-person at New York University in New York City (Manhattan campus). The seminars will each provide interdisciplinary approaches to diverse topics and perspectives in academia emphasizing teaching methodologies that will have a direct impact on the undergraduate curriculum and educational experience.
When & Where
WhenJune 5–9, 2023
WhereNew York University’s Washington Square campus
Wednesday, March 8 at 11:59pm ET
Seminar Schedule. Seminars run Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a midday communal lunch. Seminar conveners may adjust the class schedule in response to participant needs. Special events may also be held during the week. Participants are required to attend the full week of seminar meetings and maintain 90% attendance overall.
Seminar Materials. Eligible participants are provided with all required seminar materials (books, articles, laboratory equipment, and entrance fees).
Accommodations & Meals. Limited housing accommodations are provided to participants who live more than 50 miles from the program site. All admitted participants are provided with some meals during the program period.
Application Procedure. Applicants should submit the completed application along with all of the following:
- A statement of intent that indicates how the seminar participant will apply what is learned at the home institution
- A current CV
- A letter of support from either the division dean or department head, who is well-acquainted with the applicant’s area of research
- Their institutional liaison officer’s approval
Please note that applicants may apply to either the week-long Network Summer series or one of the summer visiting scholar programs.
This Year's Seminars
About the Seminar
Human health is a precarious matter. COVID-19 has laid bare not only the fragility of our bodily well-being on a mass scale, but it has exposed both the social ties and fault lines which define communities. The ills of the body politic—its institutional failings and systemic inequities—have reproduced themselves in the sick bodies of its citizens. The traumatic visibility of these events has sparked calls to radically reimagine our communities, to re-envision the ways in which we live, labor, govern and take care of one another. But it also demands that we consider the nature of health itself and what it means to be healthy. Was, or is, health ever solely the matter of sound and invisible bodily functioning? Where does the healthy, individual body begin and the web of interpersonal, economic, political, even religious forces surrounding it end? That is, when is the body not the body politic?
This seminar will address these questions and more by exploring conceptions of health, disease, and ways of taking care from the ancient world to modernity. Moving from the palace cultures of ancient Babylon and pharaonic Egypt to the city states of Greece and cosmopolis of Rome, we will examine how early medical ideas of health and sickness were contoured and contested by prevailing social, economic, and religious factors. But so too, similar and shifting pressures influence our ideas of “wellness” today, as gym memberships and cold-pressed juice betoken lifestyle as much as of health, and vaccination becomes a shibboleth of political affiliation. While (happily) the differences between our world and Galen’s remain many and substantial, it remains true that a deep exploration of ancient health can reveal profound truths about our own health-scape. This seminar is designed for historians and faculty who teach across interdisciplinary disciplines, the sciences, and the humanities.
About the Convener(s)
Calloway Scott (he/him) is an assistant professor of classics at the University of Cincinnati, where he works as a cultural historian of ancient Greece. His interests are drawn towards the intersections of social life and the life-sciences in the ancient world, especially ancient medicine. Inspired by turns in medical history and medical anthropology, his current book-project examines the ways health and disease were conceived of and experienced as biological, social, and political phenomena in antiquity. Similarly motivated by the ties that bind science and society, a second book project will examine the shifting concepts of heredity and the hereditary in the ancient Greek world. Among other things, he is interested in the historical formation of the Hippocratic corpus; conceptions of the body and embodiment; and the nature of dreaming, divination, and their relation to “scientific” epistemologies. He is also on the board of The Society of Ancient Medicine and Pharmacology, where he helps to promote both scholarly and public-facing projects in support of the medical humanities. His teaching ranges widely from the history of Greece, ancient medicine, religion and magic, to the history of objectivity and empiricism.
About the Seminar
The past 2-3 years have been challenging for most of us, causing increased levels of distress, anxiety, and grief. In this session, Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji will discuss the benefits of enduring self-care coping skills to counteract the effects of continuous traumatic stress. This seminar will cover a wide range of topics, such as COVID-19, civil unrest, socio-political conflict, natural disasters, workplace fatigue, and what to do about it! Designed for a cross-disciplinary group of participants, this seminar is for everyone. Dr. West-Olatunji will review the literature on various topics related to burnout and enduring self-care and include experiential exercises and field trips to make this week-long adventure fun and informative.
About the Convener(s)
Cirecie A. West-Olatunji (she/her) is the Melba Fortuné Martinez Endowed Professor in the counselor education program and director of the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University of Louisiana. She is a past president of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD). In addition, she has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development (JMCD). Nationally, Dr. West-Olatunji has initiated several clinical research projects that focus on culture-centered community collaborations designed to address issues rooted in systemic oppression, such as transgenerational trauma and traumatic stress. Cirecie West-Olatunji has conducted commissioned research under the auspices of the National Science Foundation, ACA Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, federal Witness Assistance Program, Spencer Foundation, American Educational Research Association, and African American Success Foundation. Her publications include two co-authored books, numerous book chapters, and over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to national presentations, Dr. West-Olatunji has delivered research papers in Eastern and Western Europe, the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas. Additionally, she provided consultation in a PBS initiative to create a children’s television show focusing on diversity through KCET-TV in Los Angeles, CA (“Puzzle Place”). Dr. West-Olatunji has also provided consultation to the Center for American Education in Singapore and the Buraku Liberation Organization in Japan to enhance their early childhood and counseling initiatives. In 2018, Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji was recognized as an ACA Fellow.
About the Seminar
Immigration policy in the United States occurs at the intersection of two competing and seemingly incompatible frames of discourse: a “nation of immigrants” or a “nation of laws.” An alternative (“gatekeeping nation”) framing suggests that immigration policy, prior to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, was based on the racialization of ethno-racial groups targeted for exclusion, detention, or deportation. Racialization renders an ethno-racial group as the “Threatening Other” regardless of citizenship status in periods of perceived or actual crisis—economic dislocation (forced repatriation of Mexicans and Mexican Americans, Chinese Exclusion Act); disease (bubonic plague in San Francisco’s Chinatown); war (Japanese internment during WWII, militarization of the Texas Borderlands during Mexican Revolution, the War on Terror); and demographic change (eugenics movement). Racialized representations of the “Threatening Other” in the popular imagination shaped the contours of immigration discourse and policy in the United States from the late 19th Century to the 1960s.
The seminar interrogates immigration policy through the lens of racialized representations of the “Threatening Other” in film, documentaries, theater, political cartoons, newspapers/magazines, and government propaganda. Seminar participants will explore these sites of popular discourse and imagination to reveal the racial logic implicit in the gatekeeping function of US immigration policy. This seminar is designed for faculty who utilize interdisciplinary course material in their courses that focus, in part or in whole, on race or immigration.
- Familiarity with multiple frames of immigration discourse (nation of immigrants, nation of laws, gatekeeping nation).
- Familiarity with racialization as a process of constructing the “Threatening Other.”
- Familiarity with the gatekeeping function of US immigration policy.
- Exploration of pedagogical challenges in using cultural productions (film, documentaries, theater, political cartoons, newspapers/magazines, and government propaganda) as sites of racialized representations.
- Development of a learning module that integrates racialized representations of immigration for their course syllabi.
About the Convener(s)
Michael Rodriguez (he/him) is Professor of Political Science at Stockton University in New Jersey where he also coordinates the University’s Washington Internship Program. He teaches courses in Political Science (Race & Politics, Politics of Immigration, Senior Seminar Capstone) and the Honors Program (Life of the Mind). His scholarship includes a co-authored book, Race & Identity in Hispanic America, and book chapters in edited volumes on birthright citizenship, racial violence, civil rights, and critical pedagogy. The primary interest in his teaching and scholarship is the metacognitive dimensions of how racial subjects and immigrants are constructed in academic discourse and the popular imagination. Rodriguez holds degrees in Political Science from Princeton University, the University of Texas, and Temple University.
About the Seminar
Since the emergence of talking pictures in the late 1920s, the formal unity of sonic and visual media has become conventionalized and is often overlooked. And yet, the ways in which images and sounds complement, corroborate, or contest one another in audiovisual media remains an important topic for consideration at the level of both aesthetics and politics. This course probes these questions, investigating the ways in which both looking and listening closely to media objects might engender new forms of subjectivity and relation to the world. Touching on the work of an array of artists such as Julie Dash, the Black Audio Film Collective, Pauline Oliveros, Beyoncé, Dario Argento, and Robert Bresson, and theorists Theodor Adorno, Frantz Fanon, Michel Chion, and Mara Mills, this course examines interrelations of sound and image through a range of media topics, themes, and contexts including the voice, musical scoring, music videos, sampling/remix aesthetics, foley art, the development of early film sound, and disability alongside practical workshops for basic sound recording and mixing.
About the Convener(s)
Leo Goldsmith (he/him) is a New York-based scholar, critic, and curator who works at the intersection of experimental moving-image media, documentary film, media ecologies, and digital culture. He completed his Ph.D. on found footage and moving-image circulation at New York University in the Department of Cinema Studies in 2018. He has taught film and media studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School; Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, Brooklyn College; Harvard University; and NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
With Robert Stam and Richard Porton, he is a co-author of Keywords in Subversive Film/Media Aesthetics (Wiley 2015), for which he contributed an afterword on the aesthetics of oppositional digital media strategies. His forthcoming book on the radical documentary practices of British filmmaker Peter Watkins was awarded an Arts Writers Grant by Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation in 2015. He was the co-editor of the film section of the monthly arts and politics newspaper The Brooklyn Rail from 2011 to 2018. His critical writing has appeared in 4Columns, Film Comment, Artforum, Cinema Scope, and The Village Voice. He currently serves as an advisor to the programming team of the New York Film Festival. Website
About the Seminar
This seminar takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of race, sexuality, and gender in the 20th century U.S. city. Although focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities, the class adopts an expansive understanding of marginalized genders and sexualities to include a range of identities and experiences outside of dominant racialized concepts of heterosexuality. Possible topics include queer theories about visibility and identity; histories of Progressive-era urban reforms, the Great Migration, and pre-Stonewall sexual minority communities; debates about the Moynihan Report and “culture of poverty” theories; historical and contemporary LGBT and queer social movements; public sex, gentrification, street safety, and the politics of violence; and everyday nightlife, performance, and cultural production. The class will also cover key methods in LGBT and queer studies (historical, ethnographic, and discourse analysis); site visits to LGBT/queer archives and historic locations; and discussions of different pedagogical practices common in LGBT/queer studies classrooms.
About the Convener(s)
Christina B. Hanhardt is an Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies and an affiliate of the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on the historical and contemporary study of U.S. social movements and cities since the mid-20th century, with an emphasis on the relationship between race, gender, sexuality, and the politics of poverty and punishment. Her first book, Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence (Duke University Press, 2013), is a history of LGBT activism against violence in New York and San Francisco from the mid-1960s to the early 2000s, framed in the context of debates about poverty, gentrification, and policing. Safe Space won the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Best Book in LGBT Studies, and honorable mention for both the American Studies Association’s John Hope Franklin Prize for Best Book in American Studies, and the Lora Romero Prize for Best First Book in American Studies that highlights the intersections of race with gender, class, sexuality and/or nation. Hanhardt teaches classes in LGBT studies and queer theory, American studies, U.S. social movements, urban studies, and other topics. She was the winner of the 2013 Undergraduate Studies Teaching Award at the University of Maryland.
About the Seminar
In this seminar designed for undergraduate instructors teaching in all disciplines, participants will discuss, learn, and practice strategies for integrating writing, critical thinking, and active reading at a variety of levels, and into various disciplinary and interdisciplinary subjects, with particular focus on research in an age of disinformation. The seminar will stress meta-discursive approaches, including writing as thinking and writing to learn, that guide students to become researchers adept with online sources and alternative media, as well as with embodied research.
This seminar will progress from best practices in the teaching of writing across the disciplines to research-specific pedagogies, including strategies for topic generation, assignment design, teaching online research, and source engagement. Each day will include an introduction to two subjects, time for discussion, and related activities. Participants will have the opportunity to share, compose, and/or revise their own relevant research assignments. This year’s course will take full advantage of NYC, integrating place-based methodologies for teaching writing: two to three afternoons will be dedicated to experiential activities across the city, and one day will be entirely devoted to writing place and the close reading and writing of “texts” all around us. Interdisciplinary faculty across institutions, domestically and internationally, including those with and without writing pedagogy training, will benefit from this course.
- Learn best practices of Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) pedagogy.
- Learn best practices of Place-Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy.
- Experiment with WAC and PBL pedagogies both as designers and participants, to then take to their institutions and students.
- Consider the affordances of embodied and online research practices.
- Learn methods for teaching ethical research practices, including combatting disinformation.
- Design their own discipline-specific prompts, assignments, and activities that integrate writing, research, and place.
About the Convener(s)
Diana Epelbaum (she/her) is Associate Professor and Director of the Academic Writing Program at Marymount Manhattan College. Her scholarship is interdisciplinary, bridging Writing and Rhetoric, Early American Literature, and History of Science. She is a reading specialist and educator trained in a balanced literacy approach who has spent her career in deep engagement with writing, reading, and thinking pedagogies. A recipient of The New York Times “Teachers Who Make a Difference Award,” Diana now teaches interdisciplinary history of science, literature, and FYC in the Writing about Writing model—and trains faculty in classroom metacognition.
Tahneer Oksman (she/her) is Associate Professor and former Director of the Academic Writing Program at Marymount Manhattan College, where she teaches classes in writing, literature and comics, and journalism (cultural criticism). Prior to MMC, she was co-coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program at Brooklyn College, and she has facilitated many writing workshops over the years. Tahneer is the author of “How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?”: Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs, and the co-editor, with Nancy K. Miller, of the forthcoming Feminists Reclaim Mentorship: An Anthology.
About the Seminar
This seminar is designed for both beginner and intermediate grant writers across disciplines from STEM to the Arts. It is also for academic administrators, student affairs personnel, and professional staff. Structured like a workshop, this seminar will introduce some of the most helpful grant writing resources available online and will include readings on how to construct a grant.
Are you a faculty member who needs release-time or sabbatical support to pursue your research or artistic endeavors? Do you want to equip a lab with sophisticated equipment? Are you a department chair or academic administrator seeking to expand a successful program or secure support for undergraduate student research or a new student activity? Are you an IT specialist or librarian seeking additional resources? All these needs can be satisfied if you can learn to write competitive grants.
We will examine the components of a successful grant proposal: finding a potential funding source, analyzing an RFP (Request for Proposals), researching and stating the need for the grant, writing appropriate goals and objectives, describing the proposed activities and methods, and developing a credible evaluation plan and a realistic budget. The presenters will share their experience and accumulated wisdom, however, at the heart of this week-long seminar, there is the opportunity for each participant to make substantial progress in developing their own idea into an actual grant proposal.
Each participant is asked to bring an idea for a grant proposal. We want you to write a one-page concept paper outlining your idea for a grant that either supports your research or a program on your campus. Tell us about (1) why your project is needed, (2) your goals and objectives, (3) what you plan to do, (4) how you would evaluate your project, and (5) how much money you estimate it would take. By sharing your specific ideas with the conveners, they will be able to offer personalized, targeted guidance.
About the Convener(s)
Beverly and Robert Kahn (she/her and he/him).
Beverly and Bob Kahn are political scientists who have written grant proposals together and separately for many years. After receiving their doctorates from Indiana University where she specialized in Italian politics (winning both a Fulbright and Rome Prize) and he specialized in African American political ideology – they both taught at the University of South Carolina and The Ohio State University for 17 years before going off on separate careers as administrators.
As an academic administrator, Beverly has served in the roles of dean, vice president, and provost at Fairfield University, Pace University, and SUNY-Farmingdale and has authored more than $20 million in grants. In her most recent position at SUNY-Farmingdale, Beverly authored and secured more than $12 million in major grants, including a First in the World Grant, a Title III grant, and an SSS Trio grant (plus renewal) from the U.S. Department of Education, as well as a Smart Grid grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and an NSF S-STEM grant. Bev retired in fall 2020.
Bob has served as dean, vice president, and grants director at Rockland, Bergen, Queensborough, and LaGuardia community colleges. In eight years at LaGuardia as grants director, Bob’s college brought in more than $100 million in grants – highest among City University of New York Community Colleges, higher than several CUNY four-year colleges, and usually more than twice as much as the CUNY community college in second place. Bob is now retired after 27 years in community college administration.
On the side, they raised two adorable children who are now amazing adults.
Frequently Asked Questions
How large are the seminars?
Seminars typically have between 10 and 25 participants, depending on the popularity of the seminar, number of seminar conveners, and available facilities.
Where does the Network Summer program take place?
The FRN Network Summer program is hosted at New York University on the Washington Square campus located in New York City (Manhattan). Specific classroom locations are provided prior to arrival.
When can I expect to receive notification on my application status?
Applicants receive email notification on the status of their Network Summer application in early April.
Do I need to register with the FRN?
Yes, registration is required and you will not be allowed into campus buildings unless you have an FRN-issued name badge. Registration details are provided to participants upon acceptance to the program.
What is the cancellation procedure for this program?
Participant cancellations received after the communicated and posted deadline will incur a $250 cancellation fee. In addition, you may be asked to return any program-related materials provided by the Faculty Resource Network.
Do I need to have access to email?
Yes, participants need to have an active email account. We will frequently contact you via email with information related to the seminar.
What mailings may I expect to receive?
Each candidate will receive an acceptance or waitlist email, an email with information on housing arrangements, an email about accessing electronic course materials, and additional emails as necessary.
I haven’t received any emails from your office. What should I do?
Will I have computer access?
It is recommended that you bring a laptop to use during your stay.
Will I have internet access?
Yes, internet guest access will be provided to participants for the duration of the program period.
Will I have access to campus libraries as a participant?
Library access may only be granted if your seminar requires library access as part of the course objectives. Otherwise, library access will not be granted to participants.
Will I have access to hard copies of the readings published on the electronic course materials site?
Hard copy versions of materials on the electronic course materials site will not be provided. We recommend that participants print and bring all articles available on the electronic course materials site for your seminar if helpful.
Do I need to make my own travel arrangements?
Yes, participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements. The Faculty Resource Network does not subsidize travel.
How do I get to the NYU campus?
I will be driving to New York City. Where can I park?
On-street parking is extremely difficult in New York City. Commercial parking garages are available in the NYU vicinity. You may inquire about daily and weekly prices by calling them directly. The NYU website has a comprehensive list of neighborhood parking garages. Unless you will need your car for a specific purpose, we recommend that you leave your car at home, and consider using public transportation within the city.
What are the COVID requirements for travel to New York City and the NYU campus?
All members of the NYU community – students, faculty, employees, vendors, affiliates, and visitors – are required to be up-to-date on their COVID vaccinations, including a booster if eligible. Participants will be required to upload proof of vaccination to NYU’s portal, and to have that documentation accepted by NYU.
Fully vaccinated people do not need to test before traveling, although they are encouraged to do so. All COVID protocols are subject to change based on NYU guidelines and New York City and State mandates.
What housing accommodations are available?
The FRN provides housing to eligible participants in an NYU student campus dorm to include a shared bedroom within a suite. Participants may choose their roommate or have one randomly assigned based on gender. Participants are not required to stay in campus housing and may consider making their own housing arrangements. Off-campus housing, including hotels and short term rentals, is not subsidized by the FRN and will be an expense incurred by the participant. It is recommended that if participants choose an off-campus housing option that it is within four miles of NYU’s Washington Square campus (zip codes 10003 and 10012).
Who is eligible for NYU campus housing?
Housing accommodations are provided for participants who reside more than 50 miles from NYU’s Washington Square Campus in New York City.
Participants living within 50 miles who wish to reside on campus may arrange housing accommodations, upon payment of a fee, by contacting the FRN office for more information and to check on housing availability.
Can my family stay with me in my NYU residence?
NYU housing policy explicitly forbids anyone other than the FRN participant from occupying NYU residential housing. No exceptions are made and the policy is strictly enforced.
Family and friends may find reasonably priced accommodations at a number of hotels and bed & breakfasts in or close to Greenwich Village. The FRN does not specifically recommend any hotels.
Can I extend my stay past the end of June?
NYU’s residence facilities are fully booked by conferences and seminars during the summer. It is not possible to extend your stay beyond the dates specified in the acceptance letter.
Does NYU provide health insurance / medical coverage during my residency?
No. Medical coverage is the responsibility of each individual participant. We encourage participants to check with their insurance company on policies regarding medical emergencies while away from home.
Will I have phone service in my room?
No. We recommend that you bring a cell phone for use during your stay.
Will I have voicemail in my room?
No. The rooms are not equipped with voicemail.
If I need to receive mail or a fax, what address can I use?
Mail and faxes for participants may be sent to the FRN at 212-995-4101, and may be retrieved from the FRN office during regular business hours. Please keep in mind that FRN staff will have limited contact with the office during Network Summer program week.
What personal items should I bring with me to NYU’s residence hall?
Each room will be provided with a linen packet containing a sheet, blanket, and towel. For your comfort, we recommend you bring your own extra-long twin sheet, towel, hangers, alarm clock, toiletries, and personal belongings for the week. Rooms are not equipped with amenities and are air-conditioned.
Will I have access to the NYU gym?
NYU gyms are not open to short-term visitors. A number of commercial gyms are available in the neighborhood, each offering access for a day or week at a given rate.
Which meals are provided, and which do I need to provide?
The FRN provides breakfast and lunch each day of the seminar week, Monday-Friday. Dinner is not provided.