February 16 – Strangers

Please join us on Thursday, February 16 for New Talks, with short lectures by Joseph Heathcott (SPE), Nina Boutsikaris (Lang), and Chiara Bottici (NSSR).

This event will take place in the Hirshon Suite (55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor) from 12:00-1:30pm.

Lunch will be served. RSVPs are encouraged.

Chiara Bottici is a philosopher and writer. She is Associate Professor of Philosophy at New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College. She is the author of Imaginal Politics: Images beyond Imagination and The Imaginary (Columbia University Press, 2014), A Philosophy of Political Myth (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and  Men and States (Palgrave, 2009). With Benoit Challand, she also co-authored Imagining Europe: Myth, Memory, Identity (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and The Myth of the Clash of Civilizations (Routledge, 2010). She also co-edited the collection of essays The Politics of Imagination (Routledge, 2011, with Benoit Challand) and The Anarchist Turn (Pluto 2013, with Simon Critchley and Jacob Blumenfeld). Her short stories have appeared in Il Caffe illustrato, while her novel Per tre miti, forse quattro was published by Manni Editore in 2016.

Nina Boutsikaris received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Arizona. Her work appears in Fourth Genre, Brevity, The Los Angeles Review, Hobart, and elsewhere. Recent awards and honors include a 2016 nomination for the Pushcart Prize, a notable essay in Best American Essays 2016, a 2016 Peter Taylor Teaching Fellowship at The Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop, and Redivider’s 2015 Beacon Street Prize for Nonfiction. In addition to her classes at Lang, she also teaches essay writing for Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Her current project revolves around an archive of intimacies, real and imagined.


Joseph Heathcott hails from the Industrial Midwest, where he grew up in a city named by Business Weekly as “one of the most miserable places to live in America.”  He is an Associate Professor in the School for Pubic Engagement, and has served as Chair of Urban Studies, Faculty Chair of Civic Engagement, Co-Chair of the Provost’s Urban Programs Committee, and Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives.  During the 2010-2011 academic year, he was the U.S. Fulbright Distinguished Chair for the United Kingdom at the University of the Arts in London, and Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.  He has also taught at the University of Vienna, the University of Maastricht, and the Catholic University of Portugal.  His essays, photographs, maps, and drawings have appeared in a wide range of venues, including books, journals, magazines, exhibits, DIY ‘zines, and radio broadcasts.  His most recent exhibits include Post-Acropolis Metropolis, installed at the Town Hall Galleries in Stuttgart, and BQ Borderlands, installed at the Queens Museum of Art.  He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Center for Urban Pedagogy and the Urban History Association, and on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Arts Writing by Students and the Journal of the American Planning Association.  Most recently he held the Mellon Distinguished Fellowship in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities at Princeton University




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