author, editor, translator, professor, Uli baer
Ulrich Baer is a professor of German and Comparative Literature and serves as Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities, and Diversity in the Provost’s Office. In this capacity he works to support our faculty’s research, teaching, and other professional activities, coordinate the arts and humanities in all of NYU’s schools and institutes, and strengthen NYU’s ongoing effort to create the most diverse and inclusive community of outstanding faculty, students, and staff. He oversees several of the Provostial institutes and centers, serves on the NYU Trustees Academic Affairs Committee, and co-chairs the Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Committee and the Graduate Committee. Since 2014 he has been Co-Director of the Center for the Humanities at NYU.
From 2007 until 2012, he served as NYU’s Vice Provost for Globalization and Multicultural Affairs, overseeing NYU's network of Global Academic Sites around the world.
Vice Provost Baer received his B.A. from Harvard in 1991, and his Ph.D. from Yale in Comparative Literature in 1995, and was first appointed at NYU as Assistant Professor of German in 1996. A widely published author, editor, and translator, he is an expert on poetry, literary theory, and photography, and has published extensively on these and other topics. He has lectured in many locations around the world on the globalization of higher education, and on diversity as the means to institutional excellence. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, NYU's Golden Dozen Teaching Award (twice), a Getty Research Fellowship, and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship. Among his books are The Rilke Alphabet,Beggar's Chicken: Stories from Shanghai, Hannah Arendt zwischen den Disziplinen (co-editor),The Claims of Literature: A Shoshana Felman Reader (co-editor), Rainer Maria Rilke: Letters on Life (translator and editor), Spectral Evidence: The Photography of Trauma, the anthology 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11, and Remnants of Song: Trauma and the Experience of Modernity in Charles Baudelaire and Paul Celan.
This book introduces photography into the rapidly expanding arena of interdisciplinary debates about collective trauma, memory, and representation. Arguing that photography and traumatic events have a common structure, Baer pleads with great sensitivity for an ethical way of seeing -- witnessing -- that both respects and responds to the unknowable reality of trauma. A welcome contribution to an urgent discussion.
110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11 is a surprisingly supple commemoration of disaster. Short-short stories and poems by New York writers are the collection's raison d'Etre, but personal testimony creeps in as well. The best entries approach the subject most obliquely or humorously-Jonathan Ames's Nabokovian "Womb Shelter," David Hollander's moving "The Price of Light and Air," Nathalie Handal's lovely "The Lives of Rain," Lev Grossman's hilarious "Pitching September 11," among many others. More predictable are the "where-I-was-and-what-I-thought" pieces (often by the better-known writers). Overall, this collection proves the transformative power of art.
In 'The Rilke Alphabet', which appeared in German in 2006, Baer foes where few Rilke enthusiasts have gone before, tracking echoes of Rilke's difficulties with autoeroticism into the poetry itself. . .Baer this makes good on his promise to 'disturb' our sense of Rilke. . .[equally] instead of pressing to show that Rilke was either a great poet, and basically a good person, or an artist whose work in comprised by his bigotry and political wrong-headedness, Baer provocatively, but also subtly, opens up the discussion.
Spectral Evidence: The Photography of Trauma
110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11
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The Rilke Alphabet
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