Message From Jack Tchen

We’ve organized a brainstorming symposium bringing together diverse
specializations to formulate what can be termed Pacific worlds studies.
This will be examining historical framings and content, but also the
forms in which these changes can begin to happen. As you know, I
certainly think of archives building as an integral part of this work.
So please consider inviting staff, colleagues, and students.

In addition to featuring the new Pacific-related scholarship of Bruce
Cumings and Gary Okihiro and many stellar NYU faculty and beyond, key
conversations will feature Rick West, the founding director of the
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and pioneering
publisher Andre Schiffrin, the guiding light at Pantheon Books and The
New Press (who first published E.P. Thompson, Studs Terkel, Marguerita
Duras, Foucault, Chomsky, and many more).


*Remappings: Asias / Pacifics / Americas Symposium
1. Decolonizing ‘America’s Pacific’*

An A/P/A Institute symposium rethinking the conventional categories of
U.S. history.
“Decolonizing ‘America’s Pacific’” will be the first of a series of
symposia exploring the
multiple movements of people, practices, goods, and ideas in and through
Oceania ­
what Fijian philosopher Epeli Hau’ofa has called “a sea of islands.”

*Date: Friday, March 5, 2010
*Time: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

NYU Silver Center
100 Washington Sq. East
Hemmerdinger Hall, 1st Floor
(enter on Washington Place)
New York, NY 10003

*/FREE and open to the public.
/RSVP by March 3rd
*Online: , Email: , or Call: 212-992-9653


*9:00am ­ Registration

9:30am ­ Welcome
Ulrich Baer, Vice Provost, NYU
Jack Tchen, A/P/A Institute, NYU

*9:45am-11:15am ­ Opening Remappings
*”Pacific Ascendency and American Power”
Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago

“Toward a Pacific Civilization”
Gary Okihiro, Columbia

*11:15am-12:45pm ­ “Americas”*
Chair: Tom Bender, NYU
Karen Kupperman, NYU
Maria Montoya, NYU
Jasbir Puar, Rutgers–New Brunswick
David Roediger, University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana
Nikhil Singh, NYU

*12:45pm-1:45pm ­ Lunch and Book Table*
Lunch Session Talk – “Conversation on a New Ethics of Global Museum
W. Richard West, Jr., Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

*1:45pm-3:15pm ­ “Pacifics”
*Chair: Nicholas Mirzoeff, NYU
Keith Camacho, UCLA
Haidy Geismar, NYU
Ed Guerrero, NYU
Margo Machida, University of Connecticut-Storrs
Matt Matsuda, Rutgers-New Brunswick

*3:15pm-4:45pm ­ “Asias”
*Chair: Marilyn Young, NYU
Nina Cornyetz, NYU
Henry Em, NYU
Adam McKeown, Columbia
Satya Mohanty, Cornell
Ngo Vinh Long, University of Maine-Orono

*4:45pm-5:15pm ­
*”Conversation on a Publisher’s /Political Education/”
Andre Schiffrin, Founder, The New Press

*5:15 Closing comments*
Lauren Benton, Dean of Humanities, NYU
Jack Tchen, NYU

*5:30pm ­ Reception and Book Table*

*/Co-sponsored by
/*Office of Multicultural Affairs at Columbia University
NYU Department of Media, Culture and Communication
NYU History Department
NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs

*Supported by
*NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis and Asian/Pacific/American
Studies Program
NYU Humanities Initiative
NYU Native Peoples Forum
Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race at Columbia University
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Rutgers Collective for Asian American Studies
CUNY Asian American / Asian Research Institute

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017

Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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