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OPEN HOUSE: NYU English PhD - Shared screen with speaker view
Margaret McCurry
42:05
Hello everyone— it’s so exciting to see so many applicants! I have to leave this meeting early at 12:30, so before I go, I’d like to mention that Anh Nguyen and I are this year’s PhD student representatives. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions that you may have. My email is mm9659@nyu.edu :)
Kelvin
51:30
Will the recording be made available ?
Keerthana Krishnan
55:11
Hi everyone. This is Keerthana from India. I am having trouble staying connected due to low connectivity. The time difference between NYC and India is also a bit problematic for me. I might get cut off any second. I request the organizers to please share the recording with me. My email id is - keerthana.krishnan22@gmail.com
Lisa Gitelman
56:09
Okay, thank Keerthana. We can share the recording to anyone who emails Wendy or Lissette.
Lisa Gitelman
56:45
Here’s a link to this year’s doctoral handbook too, for what its worth (full of info): https://as.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyu-as/english/documents/PhD%20Handbook%202021-22%20FINAL.pdf
Alliya Dagman
01:00:17
We're planning to upload the recording of today's meeting to the NYU English Department website
Lisa Gitelman
01:00:40
Great, thank you
Alliya Dagman
01:07:39
We'll post the recording to this page: https://as.nyu.edu/english/graduate/information-for-prospective-phd-students.html
Nora Webb
01:11:20
Thank you everyone for your time! Are there any upcoming planned faculty sabbaticals?
Nora Webb
01:11:59
yes - sorry, my background is loud right now. Okay, thank you!
Rory Yarter
01:13:08
I'm interested in medieval literature. Which medieval languages are taught? Are there any opportunities to learn Middle or Early Modern Irish?
David Hoover
01:13:18
Most faculty take single-semester sabbaticals every 3-4 years, so a sabbatical isn't normally a big problem.
liz mchenry
01:15:25
Consortium universities: Columbia, Rutgers, Fordham, Princeton, and CUNY Graduate Center.
Hal Momma
01:15:56
Thank you very much for your message! Onf of our colleagues, Professor Carolyn Dinshaw, works on queer theory. We are also very close to the Department of Siicial and Cultlural Analysis, where there are many faculty members and wtudents workng on gender study and queer theory.
Lissette Florez
01:16:19
https://gsas.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/gsas/academics/inter-university-doctoral-consortium.html
Chelsea Ratzlaff (she/they)
01:16:22
How many students are you planning to admit this year?
Vladimir Lucien
01:17:10
Re: Queer Studies…There was also a course in Performance Studies (which you can take while in the English dept.) that was very popular last Fall.
Lisa Gitelman
01:18:34
We don’t have the exact # of our next cohort yet. 8? 7? Past cohorts have varied between 4 and 11 . . .
Chelsea Ratzlaff (she/they)
01:19:04
Thank you!
Lissette Florez
01:20:58
https://gsas.nyu.edu/bulletin/complit/AdvancedCertificate.html
Tanya
01:21:25
@Rory Yarter: For Irish, see https://as.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/as/research-centers/irelandhouse.html. In English, Hal Momma teaches courses on medieval languages :)
Rory Yarter
01:21:47
Thank you!
Alliya Dagman
01:23:09
https://as.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/as/departments/complit/graduate/certificates/poetics-and-theory.html
Alliya Dagman
01:23:27
^Poetics and Theory Certificate info!
Tanya
01:23:49
@Rory Yarter: [More on language study] There are also funding opportunities to study languages. I’m not sure about the specifics for medieval languages, but I have received a grant to study Latin.
Rory Yarter
01:24:24
Thank you! Latin is definitively an important language for studying the medieval period.
Isabel Griffith-Gorgati
01:25:11
Will the personal history statement be considered as well as the statement of purpose?
alleyfranke
01:26:29
Hi! I’m just wondering when we will receive a decision about whether or not we’ve gotten admitted into the program!
Aida Gureghian
01:26:38
Great to speak with you all! I have to run but if you have any questions, feel free to email me at Aida.gureghian@nyu.edu
Abby Sammons
01:26:47
Thanks everyone, really exciting stuff!
Chelsea Ratzlaff (she/they)
01:27:02
Expectations for students in terms of publications?
ucleees
01:27:11
Thanks so much everyone! I’d really like to learn more about the print culture working group?
Street, Sarah Catherine
01:27:13
Hi! Thank you so much for hosting this. I have two brief questions:
Tanya
01:27:34
@Safia: Lots of faculty in English work comparatively, so even though NYU has two separate departments (English // Comp Lit), I think one way to decide is to look at who you might want to work with, and where you want your home department to be.
Safia Mahmood
01:27:52
Perfect, thanks Tanya!
Sandra Lau
01:28:15
Are there any low-residency/distance learning options after we have completed our coursework and fields exams?
Street, Sarah Catherine
01:28:36
1 - How many years does the average student take to complete the program? And 2 - for the 20-25 page writing sample, should it be a standalone piece, or could we use, for example, a chapter of an undergraduate thesis?
Rebecca (she/her) - 5 SF/F
01:28:42
Are there opportunities for students to take courses in creative writing?
Alliya Dagman
01:29:12
Public Humanities initiative:
Alliya Dagman
01:29:13
https://as.nyu.edu/public-humanities-initiative/doctoral-fellowships.html
Tanya
01:29:19
@Chelsea: Good question! Publication is not required for the degree, but depending on your goals for the program, publication might be strongly encouraged. The department hosts workshops on publication, and faculty are great resources for helping students navigate publication ideas.
Olivia Griffith
01:29:21
Can the interviews take place online, or will they be in person?
Genevieve
01:29:26
About the certificate programs: I’m a graduate student at NYU and would like to know that if I take classes which apply to one certificate program now (as a masters) could I apply that class to the certificate program later, as a PhD candidate? I would like to earn a few certificates so this may help me to take classes and work towards this certificate now.
Vladimir Lucien
01:29:39
I’m going to hop off, but I’ll just say that it’s very important for international students to keep in contact with OGS (Office of Global Studies). They have a lot of useful information. I thought it important as there are, for instance, some relation between the number of credits one is pursuing in a semester and their F1 / J1 status etc. (I’m thinking about this in relation to the transfer of credits, however it is generally really good to visit their website and talk to them and keep in contact with them. They’re really great and helpful.)
liz mchenry
01:29:42
Sophia, the Departments of English and Comp lit are not connected at NYU, but we work very closely and there is a lot of overlap between the departments in terms of faculty. Zakir Paul and Mark Saunders, for instance, are Associated faculty, meaning that they can direct dissertations in our department.
Lisa Gitelman
01:29:43
Writing sample advice: any significant writing. If it’s part of something larger, tell us
Rory Yarter
01:29:46
I second Sarah's question about using chapters/pieces of longer works for the writing sample.
Chelsea Ratzlaff (she/they)
01:29:51
Thanks, Tanya!
Vladimir Lucien
01:30:03
Bye! And all the best!
Irum
01:30:09
Thank you for organising this! Can we request an extension in deadline for the submission of application?
liz mchenry
01:30:30
If your writing sample is is part of a larger project please put it in context for us!
Street, Sarah Catherine
01:31:18
Thank you! Would a brief cover letter suffice for contextualization?
Lisa Gitelman
01:31:32
Sadly the Grad School Admissions office handles incoming apps first, so extensions unlikely. Ask the Admissions folks, see what they say
Lissette Florez
01:32:10
The deadline is December 1. We do not give deadline extension.
Genevieve
01:32:19
Yes, Thank you!
alleyfranke
01:32:21
I’ve heard we receive a decision by March (regarding whether or not we’ve been accepted into the program). Is this BY March? Or does everyone hear back in March? Thank you!
liz mchenry
01:32:24
Yes! A cover letter (even brief paragraph) will help us understand the writing sample and where it might fit in your larger project.
Irum
01:32:30
Thank you!
Nora Webb
01:32:31
Echoing Olivia’s question from above - the third step with interviews - Can the interviews take place online, or will they be in person?
Anh Nguyen
01:32:45
To contextualize the writing sample: I have used an excerpt from my MA thesis, and just use a page at the beginning to provide context, where it fits in the larger project, etc.
Lisa Gitelman
01:32:47
Online interviews, very brief
Nora Webb
01:32:50
thank you!
Miriam Juárez
01:32:50
I have to hop off but just wanted to wish everyone good luck! feel free to stay in touch mgj259@nyu.edu
Olivia Griffith
01:32:56
Thank you
Tanya
01:33:00
@ucleees: Here’s the list of our current working groups: https://as.nyu.edu/english/about/working-groups.html
Tanya
01:34:28
The English department did support a Print Culture Working Group but I’m not sure that it’s happening this year. Lisa Gitelman might be able to add more?
Lisa Gitelman
01:35:07
There are *lots* of book history things going on right now, not a formal working group: opportunity knocks
Anh Nguyen
01:35:35
And you can organize your own working group!
liz mchenry
01:36:14
I am not sure who asked the question about a Print Culture working group, but this is one of the English Department’s strongest areas of study! Many of us would be interested in gathering!
Nora Webb
01:37:09
thanks everyone for your time - this was so helpful. I’m looking forward to applying!
Rebecca (she/her) - 5 SF/F
01:37:14
Can any piece of the writing sample be fiction? I’m in my last semester of an MFA in creative writing and so the majority of my thesis is fiction. It includes a short critical introduction about my genre, which is what I’d like to study more in-depth for my dissertation, but the introduction is less than 10 pages.
Sana Fatemi
01:37:15
Thank you!
Em Friedman (they/them)
01:37:25
Thank you so much for this. I’m excited to apply!
alleyfranke
01:37:40
Thank you all!
Sana Fatemi
01:37:41
Where can we find the recording for this meeting?
liz mchenry
01:37:43
Your writing sample should be a piece of critical writing, rather than creative writing.
Rebecca (she/her) - 5 SF/F
01:38:00
Good to know. Thank you!
Tanya
01:38:22
@Sandra Lau: I believe, yes!
Alliya Dagman
01:38:32
https://as.nyu.edu/english/graduate/information-for-prospective-phd-students.html
Sandra Lau
01:38:33
Thank you Tanya!!
Victoria Pekala
01:38:35
Thank you for the informative session!
Safia Mahmood
01:38:35
Thank you!
Chelsea Ratzlaff (she/they)
01:38:43
Thank you everyone! It sounds like a wonderful program and you all are lovely!
Genevieve
01:38:57
This has been very informative and clarifying, thank you everyone for taking the time to hold this!
liz mchenry
01:39:07
Thanks, everyone, for coming!
Ning Lee
01:39:13
Thank you for the session!
Julia M. Walton
01:39:16
Thank you all! It was great to learn more about the program.
Sana Fatemi
01:39:17
Thank you!
Laura DeLuca
01:39:17
Thank you for organizing this— this was very informative, and I am looking forward to applying!
BC
01:39:17
!Thank you
Olivia Griffith
01:39:19
Thank you so much
elena g
01:39:19
Thank you !!
Rory Yarter
01:39:20
Thank you everyone!
Julia Morgenstern
01:39:20
Thank you!
Deirdre Flood
01:39:23
Thank you!
Anne Elizabeth
01:39:25
Thank you!
clairecortese
01:39:25
Thank you!
Kristina Scurry
01:39:31
Thank you!
Vinky Mittal
01:39:35
Thank you!
Jing
01:39:36
Thank you all!