Professor John Hopkins to lecture in Cleveland

17 Oct
Forum at Sunset. Genesis of Roman Architecturea

Forum at Sunset

Professor John North Hopkins will deliver the keynote address at the Cleveland Symposium, Built Environments and Performances of Power, to be held Friday, October 26, 2018.  The annual symposium is a joint program between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art.  His talk, “Early Rome and the Principles of Urban Accretion” will survey the shift from architectural history to study of the built environment and evidence from Rome of a continuity across traditional scholarly divides.


Professor Ann Macy Roth Lecture at University of Toronto

17 Oct
Bald Queen

Bald Queen


Prof. Ann Macy Roth has been invited to speak on ancient Egyptian queens at the University of Toronto on Saturday, November 3rd.  Her talk will be part of the 43rd Annual Symposium on Ancient Egypt, Queens of Ancient Egypt from the Age of the Pyramids until the Coming of the Romans, sponsored by the Canadian Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities/Société pour l’Étude de l’Égypte Ancienne.  Her talk is entitled “Bald Queens with Pointy Shoulders and other Egyptian Royal Women of the First Twelve Dynasties.”

The Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities/Société pour l’Étude de l’Égypte Ancienne
43rd Annual Symposium on Ancient Egypt:
From the Age of Pyramids until the Coming of the Romans
Rm. 1050, 5 Bancroft Ave., campus of the University of Toronto9:15 Introductory remarks
9:20 -10:15:  Bald Queens with Pointy Shoulders and other Egyptian Royal Women of the
First Twelve Dynasties
Prof. Ann Macy Roth, New York University

Need a stamp?

11 Oct

Come to the DAH and we will give you a stamp!

Students Don’t Vote… for Want of a Postage Stamp?

September 28, 2018

A suburban Washington, D.C., county is urging college students to participate in this November’s election by voting “in-person absentee” at polling places in their hometowns while visiting during fall breaks.

The reason? At least a few students can’t seem to figure out where to buy postage stamps to mail in their absentee ballots, according to an informal survey of interns posted to county departments.

A focus group arranged over the summer by Fairfax County, Va., found that many college students who plan to vote via absentee ballot don’t send their ballots in because they are not exactly sure where to buy a stamp.

County spokeswoman Lisa Connors told WTOP radio that college students in the focus group said they will “go through the process of applying for a mail-in absentee ballot, they will fill out the ballot, and then they don’t know where to get stamps.”

Finding a U.S. Post Office or other location that sells stamps, Connors said, “seems to be like a hump that they can’t get across.”

The focus group included college interns from several county departments, WTOP reported.

Fairfax County, located west of Washington, D.C., is home to several colleges, including George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College and an extension campus of Virginia Tech.

“They all agreed that they knew lots of people who did not send in their ballots because it was too much of a hassle or they didn’t know where to get a stamp,” Connors said. “Across the board, they were all nodding and had a very spirited conversation about, ‘Oh yeah, I know so many people who didn’t send theirs in because they didn’t have a stamp.’”

Kate Hanley, secretary of the Fairfax County Electoral Board, said officials are working to give college students information about voting where they’re registered because it’s “very confusing and it has a lot of pieces that can sort of go wrong in the middle of it.”

Even if students can’t find a post office, they needn’t skip the election: U.S. Postal Service policies say unstamped absentee ballots are to be delivered like other mail and “must never be returned to the voter for additional postage.” Postage is collected upon delivery, or at a later date, from the election office.


11 Oct

Dear NYU Community,

Just a reminder: The deadline to register to vote in New York State is tomorrow (Friday, October 12), and most other states have similar cutoffs. Registration takes less than two minutes, so we hope you’ll use this last opportunity if you haven’t done so already. You can go to to register or request an absentee ballot.

As we approach Election Day, which is Tuesday, November 6, visit NYU Votes for information on events, polling stations, and more.

Thanks so much for your participation, and hope to see you at the polls.


Lynne Brown
Senior Vice President
University Relations and Public Affairs
New York University

Silsila fall 2018 Lecture Series, Matters of Mediation/Bodies of Devotion “THE PROPHET AS A SACRED SPRING: LATE OTTOMAN HILYE BOTTLES” Christiane Gruber, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

10 Oct



Glass bottle with a hilye showing a depiction of Mecca, Ottoman lands, late 19th century. Topkapı Palace Museum Library, Istanbul, G.Y. 1413. 

Along with the Prophet Muhammad’s relics, verbal icons of the Prophet known as hilyes count among the most popular forms of devotional art during the late Ottoman period. While manuscript paintings and compositions mounted on wooden boards have been the subject of scholarly inquiry, an otherwise unknown type of hilye production involves the insertion of verbal icons into glass bottles. Today, three such “hilye bottles” are held in the Topkapı Palace Library, where they remain unstudied and unpublished. This talk aims to present these newly uncovered artworks and explore their possible meanings and functions, among them their acting as a new kind of prophetic pharmacon during the late nineteenth century, at which time Muhammad was concretized and ‘imbibed’ as the ultimate elixir vitae.

Christiane Gruber is Professor and Associate Chair in the History of Art Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research  interests span medieval Islamic art to contemporary visual culture. She has authored three books and has edited a dozen volumes on Islamic book arts, ascension texts and images, images of the Prophet Muhammad, and modern visual and material culture. Her talk on hilye bottles is related to her next book, The Praiseworthy One: The Prophet Muhammad in Islamic Texts and Images.

Silsila: Center for Material Histories is an NYU center dedicated to material histories of the Islamicate world. Each semester we hold a thematic series of lectures and workshops, which are open to the public. Details of the Center can be found at:

Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: 4 Washington Square North, 2nd floor

RSVP here:

*Space is limited. If for any reason you have rsvp’d and cannot attend, please use the RSVP form to let us know.


8 Oct



Alumni Lecture

4 Oct