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Anthony W. Marx: Reconsider the $350 million plan to remake NYC's landmark central library

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(Update March 2014)  We are now running an email campaign asking New York Mayor de Blasio to follow through on his commitment to halt the Central Libary Plan!  To send your email, please go here:

(Update July 2013) The following letter to the President of the New York Public Library, Anthony Marx, was written in the Spring of 2012 to express opposition to the Central Library Plan, which would irreparably damage the 42nd Street Library – one of the world’s great research libraries and a historic landmark.  The plan also calls for the sale of the Mid-Manhattan Library (at 40th Street and 5th Avenue), one of the most heavily used branch libraries in the country. At enormous cost to New York City and its taxpayers, the plan would demolish the 42nd Street Library’s historic seven-story book stacks, install a circulating library in their stead, and displace 1.5 million books to central New Jersey. The new circulating library would replace the Mid-Manhattan Library and the Science, Industry and Business Library (at 34th and Madison), despite being less than one-third the size of the two existing libraries.

Initially, the letter was circulated by email.  750 signatures from librarians, scholars, artists, writers, students, and (as one person described herself) “ordinary users” arrived in record time, among them Nobelist Mario Vargas Llosa; Pulitzer Prize winners Frances FitzGerald, Margo Jefferson, David Levering-Lewis, Edmund Morris, Art Spiegelman, and Annalyn Swan; writers Tom Stoppard, Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Lethem, Amitav Ghosh, Luc Sante, Annie Proulx, Colm Toibin, Peter Carey, and Colum McCann; Anne Waldman, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets; John Palattella, literary editor of The Nation; historians Natalie Zemon Davis and Ramachandra Guha; Lorin Stein, editor of the Paris Review; Jackson Lears, editor of Raritan; and the editors of the journal n+1;  Lawrence Weschler, head of the New York Institute for the Humanities; Srinivas Aravamudan, President of the Consortium of Humanities Councils and Institutes; and Jonathan Galassi, President of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

We hope you will sign this letter and circulate it to others. The more names we collect, the better. The goal is to bring the CLP out into the open and to have a frank and critical discussion of what it will mean for the future of the NYPL, the People's Library.

In the past month, there has been dramatic progress in the fight against the Central Library Plan.  Two lawsuits have been filed to prevent demolition of the stacks, NYC Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has announced his opposition to the plan, and New York State Assemblymember Micah Kellner held a hearing on the plan at which the New York Public Library pledged for the first time to commission an independent financial analysis of the cost of the plan and its alternatives. For more information and the latest updates on our fight against the Central Library Plan, please visit


Anthony W. Marx, President
New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018

Dear Dr. Marx:

We write as scholars, writers, researchers, and teachers who have long benefited from the services and collections available to us at the four research facilities of the New York Public Library. We are alarmed by the Central Library Plan, which seems to us to be a misplaced use of funds in a time of great scarcity. The budget cutbacks of the past five years have had disastrous effects for the NYPL’s research libraries, and especially 42nd Street:

*the skilled staff vital to supporting our research activities—curators, archivists, bibliographers, and librarians—has been drastically reduced in number;

*the Slavic & Baltic division and the Asian & Middle Eastern division have been entirely eliminated; and there is no full-time curator for the Slavic collection;

*the Schomburg Library in Harlem—the place to do research on African-American history—has been allowed to deteriorate through the postponement both of capital improvements and of computer upgrading; and

*the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center is no longer a haven for scholars and critics. Many of the reference librarians who specialized in dance, music, recorded sound, and theater were eliminated, moved off the reference desks, or offered buyouts.

Instead of addressing these issues, the CLP will spend over $300 million on a restructuring of the 42nd Street building which includes a huge expansion of public space, the removal of stacks (and the 3 million books in them), and the creation of a circulating library in the building. While we understand that it may be necessary to store some books in order to make room for others and that more computer access may be necessary for users of the library, the changes planned envision a much more radical transformation.

NYPL will lose its standing as a premier research institution (second only to the Library of Congress in the United States)—a destination for international as well as American scholars—and become a busy social center where focused research is no longer the primary goal. Books will be harder to get when they’re needed either because of delays in locating them in the storage facility or because they have been checked out to borrowers. Those of us who also use university libraries know how frustrating it is to discover that the book we need immediately is checked out or lost. And we worry about the effects of removing the stacks that now support the glorious Rose Reading Room. More important, perhaps, is that the CLP seems to make no mention of restoring the staff positions that have been lost and that are critical for the functioning of a major research institution.

One of the claims made about the CLP is that it will “democratize” the NYPL, but that seems to be a misunderstanding of what that word means. The NYPL is already among the most democratic institutions of its kind. Anyone can use it; no credentials are needed to gain entry. More space, more computers, a café, and a lending library will not improve an already democratic institution. In fact, the absence of expert staff will diminish the accessibility of the collections to those who aren’t already experienced researchers, narrowing the constituency who can profitably use the library. They will be able to borrow books, to be sure, but they won’t be inducted into the world of archives and collections if staff aren’t there to guide them. Also, in the age of the web, we need, more than ever, skilled, expert librarians who can assist us in navigating the new databases and the back alleys of cyberspace. We understand that it is often easier to raise money by attending to buildings (and naming them), but the real need at the NYPL is for the preservation of a great library and the support of its staff.

We appreciate the fact that you have established a committee consisting of some critics of the CLP to advise you. We hope you will take a hard look at the plan you’ve been given and revise it so that the splendid culture of research embodied by the NYPL can be maintained. We think the money raised can be better used to preserve and extend what already exists at 42nd Street. Change is always necessary, but not of the kind envisioned by the CLP.


Domenick Acocella, City College CUNY

Jarrietta Adams, Center for Worker Education, CCNY

Neil Agarwal, Graduate Center CUNY

Jean-Christophe Agnew, Yale University

Brinton Ahlin, New York University

Ammiel Alcalay, CUNY Graduate Center

Robert Alegre, University of New England

Meena Alexander, Graduate Center CUNY

Sarah Allan, Dartmouth College

Esther Allen, Baruch College

Harriet Alonso, CCNY

Bruce J Altshuler, New York University

Benjamin Anastas

Bonnie Anderson, CUNY Graduate Center

Anthony Anemone, The New School

Gil Anidjar, Columbia University

Emily Apter, New York University

Bettina Aptheker, University of California, Santa Cruz

Jonathan Arac, University of Pittsburgh

Lorraine Aragon, University of North Carolina

Srinivas Aravamudan, Duke University

John Michael Archer, New York University

Rae Armantrout, University of California, San Diego

Abe Ascher, Graduate Center,  CUNY

Kiran Asher, Clark University

Roark Atkinson, Ramapo College of New Jersey

James Atlas, Atlas & Co.

Jane Augustin

Dolores Augustine, St. John's University

Shira Backer, Bryn Mawr College

John S. Baick, Western New England University

Deirdre Bair, Independent Scholar/writer

Deborah Baker, Brooklyn, NY

Andrea Baldi, Rutgers University

Ian Balfour, York University, Canada

David Ball, Smith College

Nicole Ball, Smith College

Henryk Baran, SUNY Albany

Tani Barlow, Rice University

Eric Barry, Rutgers University

Miriam M. Basilio, New York University

Christopher Baswell, Columbia University & Barnard College

Ian Baucom, Duke University

Rosalyn Baxandall, SUNY Old Westbury

Daphne Beal

Adam H. Becker, New York University

Seymour Becker, Rutgers University

Gail Bederman, University of Notre Dame

Stephen Behrendt, University of Nebraska

Juliet Bellow, American University

John Belton, Rutgers University

Giovanna Benadusi, University of South Florida

Thomas Bender, New York University

Marion Berghahn, Berghahn Books

Diana Berkowitz, Queensborough Community College

Bill Berkson, San Francisco Art Institute

Elizabeth Bernath, University of Toronto

Susan Bernofsky, Queens College CUNY

Alison Bernstein, Rutgers University

Charles Bernstein, University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Bernstein, Barnard College

Laurie Bernstein, Rutgers University, Camden

R. B. Bernstein, New York Law School

Yuliya Bir, Cataloger, Harvard Law School Library

Elizabeth Blackmar, Columbia University 

James J. A. Blair, Grad Center CUNY

Ruth Bloch, University of California, Los Angeles

Carol Bloom

Carla Blumenkranz, n+1 journal

Yve-Alain Bois, Institute for Advanced Study

Felicia Bonaparte, City College of New York

Eileen Boris, University of California, Santa Barbara

Mauricio Borrero, St. John's University

Margaret Bostwick, John Jay College/CUNY

Paul A. Bove, University of Pittsburgh

Alexis Boylan, University of Connecticut

Susan Boynton, Columbia University

Laura Bracken, Lewis-Clark State College

Gloria Bragdon, Grad Center CUNY

Kim Brandt, Columbia University

Francesca Bregoli, Queens College CUNY

Sarah Brett-Smith, Rutgers University

Renate Bridenthal

Darryl Brock, Berkeley, CA 

Stephen Eric Bronner, Rutgers University

Ethel Brooks, University of the Arts London, UK

Peter P. Brooks, Princeton University 

Virginia Brooks, Brooklyn College CUNY

Elizabeth Brotherton, SUNY New Paltz

Olga Broumas, Brandeis University 

Carolyn A. Brown, Rutgers University

Elizabeth A. R. Brown, Brooklyn College/CUNY

Jerome S Bruner, New York University

Helena Buescu, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Phong Bui, Publisher, Brooklyn Rail

Jane Burbank, New York University

Kate Burlingham, California State University, Fullerton

Kathryn Burns, University of North Carolina

Judith Butler, Columbia University & University of California, Berkeley

Caroline Walker Bynum, Institute for Advanced Study & Columbia University

David Byrne

Raul Alejandro Martinez Ca?on, New York University

Anne Callahan, MIT

Linda Camarasana, SUNY Old Westbury

Ardis Cameron, University Southern Maine

Marilyn Campbell, Rutgers University E484Press

Isabel Sobral Campos, CUNY

Anna Marie Cantwell, Rutgers University

Jane Caplan, University of Oxford, UK

Elisheva Carlebach, Columbia University 

Siobhan Carroll, University of Delaware

Antonia Castaneda, St. Mary's University, TX

Madeline H. Caviness, Tufts University

Mary Ann Caws, Graduate Center CUNY

Vanessa Ceia, New York University

John W. Chambers, Rutgers University

Michelle Chase, Bloomfield College

Ranita Chatterjee, California State University, Northridge

Tanya Chebotarev, Curator, Bakhmeteff Archive, Columbia University

Catherine Ciepiela, Amherst College

S. Hollis Clayson, Northwestern University

Paul G. E. Clemens, Rutgers University

Federica Kaufmann Clementi, University of South Carolina

Cornelius Collins, Fordham University

Kathleen Collins, Librarian, John Jay College/CUNY

Maritza E. Colón, Columbia University

Michele Cone, Author & independent scholar

Brian Connolly, University of South Florida

Joy Connolly, New York University

Philip Connors

Sandi Cooper, CUNY

Ken Corbett, New York University

Alfred Corn, Cambridge UK

Francois Cornilliat, Rutgers University

Catalina Arango Correa, New York University

Paula Cossart, Université Lille CeRIES, France

Debbie Cox, Curator Arabic Collections, The British Library, UK

Caleb Crain, Brooklyn, NY

Kate Crehan, College of Staten Island CUNY

Thomas Crochunis, Shippensburg University

Ashley Cross, Manhattan College

Richard Crouter, Carleton College, Canada

Margaret Cruz

Emily Curtin, CUNY Graduate Center

Suzanne G. Cusick, New York University

Andrew Daily, University of Memphis

Francesca Dal Lago, Collegè de France

Jake Dalton, University of California Berkeley

Nicholas Dames, Columbia University

Daniel D'Arezzo, Argentina

Emily Davidson, York College

Belinda Davis, Rutgers University

Lydia Davis, Bard College

Natalie Zemon Davis, Princeton University & University of Toronto

Ashley Dawson, Grad Center CUNY

Marcia Decker, Librarian

Ruth DeFord, Hunter College CUNY

Carl N. Degler, Stanford University

Marianne DeKoven, Rutgers University

Brian Delay, University of California, Berkeley

Alexandra deLuise, Queens College Art Center

Dolores DeLuise

William Deresiewicz, NYC

Annalise Kinkel DeVries, Rutgers University

Marta M Deyrup, Librarian & Professor, Seton Hall University

Arcadio Diaz, Princeton University

Stephanie Dickey, Queen's University, Ontario, Canada

Jean Dickinson, Librarian, University of California, Berkeley

Morris Dickstein, Graduate Center CUNY

Mario DiGangi, CUNY

Carolyn Dinshaw, New York University

Arif Dirlik

Golbert Doctorow, The Harriman Institute

Lura Dolas, University of California Berkeley

Andrew Scott Dolkart, Columbia University 

Ana Dopico, New York University

Daniela Dover, New York University

Doug Dowd, Cornell University

Jim Downs, Connecticut College

Grazyna Drabik, CCNY

Mary L. Dudziak, University of Southern California School of Law

Lawrence G. Duggan, University of Delaware

Stephen Duncombe, New York University 

Marcela Echeverri, College  Staten Island CUNY

Andrew Edwards, Princeton University

John Efron, University of California, Berkeley

Andrea Rosso Efthymiou, Yeshiva University

Ben Ehrenreich

Susan Einbinder, Hebrew Union College, Ohio

Uri Eisenzweig, Rutgers University

Eric Eisner, George Mason University

Madeleine Elfenbein, University of Chicago

Tamer El-Leithy, New York University

Yaakov Elman

Mohamed Kamal Elshahed

Laura Engelstein, Yale University

Jonathan Epstein, John Jay College/CUNY

Brad Evans, Rutgers University

Stuart Ewen, Hunter College CUNY

Judith Ezekial, Université de Toulouse le Mirail, France

Crystal Feimster, Yale University

Paula Feldman, University of South Carolina

Margaret Ferguson, Librarian, University of California Davis

Ada Ferrer, New York University

Sibylle Fischer, New York University

Leslie Fishbein, Rutgers University

Sandy Fitterman-Lewis, Rutgers University

Frances FitzGerald, The New Yorker

Richard Fitzsimmons, Librarian, Pennsylvania State University

Melissa Flashman, Trident Media Group

James V. Fleming, Princeton University

John V. Fleming, Princeton

William Flesch, Brandeis University 

David Fogelsong, Rutgers University

Darcie Fonatine, University of South Florida

Meghan Forbes, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Joyce Foster, Williams College

Frank.Warren, Queens College/CUNY

Carmela Vircillo Franklin, Columbia University

Deborah Franzblau, College of Staten Island CUNY

Nancy Fraser, The New School

Paul Freedman, Yale University

Joanne Freeman, Yale University

Amanda Frisken, SUNY at Old Westbury

Larry Frohman, SUNY-Stony Brook

Renaud Gagne, Cambridge UK

Jonathan Galassi, Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books

Rivka Galchen

Ziva Galili, Rutgers University

Sandra Gambetti, College of Staten Island CUNY

Deborah Gardner, Hunter College

Milton Gatch, Union Theological Seminary

Haidy L Geismar, New York University

Alix Genter, Rutgers University

Laura George, Eastern Michigan University

Sean Gerrity, Graduate Center CUNY

Judith Gerson, Rutgers University

Keith Gessen, n + 1 Journal

Amitav Ghosh

Molly Giblin, Rutgers University

Michael Gitlin, Hunter College CUNY

Jon Giullian, Slavlib subscriber

Elizabeth Goetz, CUNY

Kenneth Gold, College of Staten Island CUNY

Chad Alan Goldberg, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Janet Golden, Rutgers University

Francine Goldenhar, New York University

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Harvard University

Linda Gordon, New York University

Manu Goswami, New York University

Anthony T. Grafton, Princeton University

Shane Graham, Utah State University

Greg Grandin, New York University

Bruce Grant, New York University

Jane Greenlaw, Retired NYPL Librarian

Justina Gregory, Smith College

Mark Greif, n+1 Journal

Gerald N. Grob, Rutgers University

Helen Gross

Irena G. Gross, Princeton University

Michael Gross

Mimi Gross

Atina Grossmann, New York University Cooper Union

A. Tom Grunfeld, SUNY Empire State College

Rochelle Gurstein

Janet Gyatso, Harvard Divinity School

Nathan Ha, University of California, Los Angeles

Marilyn Hacker, CUNY Grad center

Mark Von Hagen, Arizona State University

Samira Haj, Graduate Center CUNY

Lee Hall, Independent Scholar

Murphy Halliburton, Queens College

Susan Halstead, Curator Slavic Collection, British Library, UK

Susan Reynolds Halstead, Curator Czech & Slovak, British Library, UK

Jeffrey Hamburger, Harvard University

A. S. Hamrah, n+1 journal

Lila Marz Harper, Central Washington University

William V. Harris, Columbia University

David C. Hart, Cleveland Institute of Art

Jonathan Hartmann, University of New Haven

Karen Hartnick

Molly Haskell, NYC

Alan Hausman, Hunter College/CUNY

Mary Hawkesworth, Rutgers University

Jack Hawley, Barnard College

John Stratton Hawley, Barnard College

Anthony Heilbut

Rachel Heiman, The New School

Marjorie Heins, New York University

Anissa Helie, John Jay College/CUNY

David Henderson

Ruth Henderson, Librarian, City College of New York

Gail Hershatter, University of California, Santa Cruz

Stephanie Hershinow, Johns Hopkins University

Dagmar Herzog, Grad Center CUNY

Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College

Walter Hess

Susan Heuman

Colin Higgins, Librarian, St. Catharine's College Cambridge UK

Joe B. Hill

David Hinton

Nancy J. Hirschmann, University of Pennsylvania

J Hoberman, Cooper Union

Martha Hodes, New York University

Roger D. Hodge

Hilde Hoggenboom, Arizona State University

Denis Hollier, New York University

Beth Holman

Brooke A. Holmes, Princeton University

Oliver Hoover, Editor and Curator, American Numismatic Society

Susan Schmidt Horning, St. John's University

Florence Howe, NYC

Susan Howe, SUNY Buffalo

Martha Howell, Columbia University

Andrew Hsiao, Verso Books

Jane S. Hu, McGill University, Canada

A. B. Huber, New York University

Peter J. Hudson, Vanderbilt University

Amy Hughes, Brooklyn College/CUNY

Lynn Hunt, University of California, Los Angeles

Stephanie Insley

Marguerite Iskenderian, Music Cataloger, Brooklyn College Library

Sarah Ruth Jacobs, Graduate Center CUNY

Matthew Frye Jacobson, Yale University

Karl Jacoby, Brown University

Natalia Jagannathan

Alice Jardine, Howard University

Margo Jefferson

Dianne Johnson-Feelings, University South Carolina

Pierre Joris

Ben Kafka, New York University

Amy Kaplan, University of Pennsylvania

Marion Kaplan, New York University

Temma Kaplan, Rutgers University

Priscilla Karant, New York University

Rebecca Karl, New York University

Pepe Karmel, New York University

Barrie Karp

Demetra Kasimis, Yale University

Ben Katchor, The New School

Marion H. Katz, New York University

Stanley N. Katz, Princeton University

Nadezhda Kavrus-Hoffmann, Independent Scholar

Joel Kaye, Barnard College

Donald R. Kelley, Rutgers University

Elizabeth Kendall, Eugene Lang College

Ellen Kennedy, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Political Science

E. Tammy Kim, CUNY, Graduate Center

Ann Kjellberg, Little Star Journal

Stuart Klawans, Ruder Finn Communications Agency

Stacy S. Klein, Rutgers University

Terry Knickerbocker, New York University

Jerome Kohn, Hannah Arendt Center, New School

Anne Kornhauser, CCNY

Adam Kosto, Columbia University

Barbara Kowalzig, New York University

Christopher Kramaric, Yale University

Paul A. Kramer, Vanderbilt University

Joseph Kramp, John Jay College/CUNY

Rosalind Krauss, Columbia University

Rachel Kravetz, Graduate Center CUNY

Jeffrey Kroessler, Librarian, John Jay College/CUNY

Victoria Kuhr

Molly Laas, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Kathleen Lamantia, Librarian, Stark County District Library, Canton OH

Mark Lamster

Yvette Florio Lane, Rutgers University

Antonia Lant, New York University

Danielle Lanzet, Chris Calhoun (Literary) Agency

Robert Lapides, Manhattan College

Renee Larrier, Rutgers University

William Larsh, Librarian, Polish Studies, Yale University

Charlotte Latham, Queens College CUNY

Beth Lau, California State University, Long Beach

Antonio Lauria, New York University

Aldo Lauria-Santiago, Rutgers University

John Lauritsen, Independent Scholar

J. E. Law , Swansea University, UK

John Law, Swansea University, UK

Jackson Lears, Rutgers University

Adrian LeBlanc

Dorota M. Lech, Berlin, Germany

Andrew H. Lee, Librarian, Bobst Library, New York University

Jennifer B. Lee, Curator Performing Arts, Columbia University Library

David Lelyveld, William Paterson University

Jonathan Lethem, Pomona College

David Levering-Lewis, New York University

George Levine, Rutgers University

Michael Levine, Rutgers University

Rhoda Levine

Marcus Levitt, University of Southern California

Sharona Levy, Brooklyn College

Hong Liang, Yale University

Natasha Lightfoot, Columbia University

Herbert Lindenberger, Stanford University

Michael Lindgren

Julie Q. Livingston, Rutgers University

Zachary Lockman, New York University

Laurence Lockridge, New York University

Dee Longenbaugh, Sitka, Alaska

John Loughery, NYC

David Ludden, New York University

Richard Lufrano, College of Staten Island CUNY

Steven Lukes, New York University

Victoria Lunzer, Librarian, University of Vienna, Austria

Raechel Lutz, Rutgers University

Christopher Lyon, The Monacelli Press

Benjamin Lytal, Newberry Library, University of Chicago

Ian MacDougall, Columbia University Law School

Robert Machado

Arien Mack, The New School

Laurie Manchester, Arizona State University

Elena Mancini

Alan Mandell, SUNY Empire State College

Velina Manolova, Graduate Center CUNY

Jane Marcus, CUNY

Vida Margaitis, Librarian, Harvard University

Norman Markowitz, Rutgers University

James H. Marrow, Princeton University

Margaret Marsh, Rutgers University

James Martin

Lucia Martinez, University of Pennsylvania

Cate Marvin, College  Staten Island CUNY

Carla Massey

John S. Mayer, New York University

John Maynard, New York University

Elizabeth Mazzola, CUNY

Maisie McAdoo

Steven McGrail, Rutgers University

Sarah Blake McHam, Rutgers University

Michael McKeon, Rutgers University

Lynn McLeod, Retired Librarian, Toronto, Canada

Elizabeth Mcmahon, Librarian, NYPL

Adam Mekler, Morgan State University

Jordana Mendelson, New York University

Ben Mercer, College of Staten Island CUNY

Bill Merod, Soka University, CA

Jim Merrod, Soka University, CA

Ruth Milkman, Graduate Center CUNY

David Miller

Leslie Miller, The Grenfell Press

Michele Mitchell, New York University

Phillip Mitsis, New York University

Rebecca Mlynarczyk, Graduate Center CUNY

Seth Moglen, Lehigh University

Molly Molloy, Librarian, Stanford University

Ted Mooney

Edmund Morris

Jacob Morris

Karl Morrison, Rutgers University

Susan Brind Morrow

Brian Morton, Sarah Lawrence College

Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, Yale University

Dorothea von Mucke, Columbia University

John Mulryan, St. Bonaventure University

David Munns, John Jay College CUNY

Laure Murat, University of California, Los Angeles

Timothy Murray, Cornell University 

Fred Myers, New York University

Linda Neiberg, Graduate Center CUNY

Judith Nemethy, New York University

Catharine T. Nepomnyashchy, Barnard College

William Van Nest, Sir Sandford Fleming College, Ontario, Canada

Frederick Neuhouser, Barnard College

Joshua Neustein

Barbara Newman, Northwestern University

Steven Newman, Temple University

Mae Ngai, Columbia University

Mary Nolan, New York University

Betsey Norland

Sydney Van Nort, Librarian, City College of New York

Anne Norton, University of Pennsylvania

Michael Nylan, University of California, Berkeley

Kate Nearpass Ogden, Stockton College

Laura O'Keefe, Librarian, NY Society Library

Ferris Olin, Rutgers University

Susan Oliver, University of Essex, UK

Susan O'Malley, Graduate Center CUNY

Thomas Ort, Queens College CUNY

Michael J. Osborne, Librarian & bookseller

Patrick O'Sullivan

Miranda Outman-Kramer, Managing Editor, Signs

Ron Padgett, Academy of American Poets

John Palattella, The Nation

Andrew Palmer

Thalia Pandiri, Smith College

Elizabeth C. Parker, Fordham University

Harold Parker, University of Pennsylvania

Duygu Parmaksizoglu, CUNY, Graduate Center

Sneh Patel, New York University

Silvana Patriarca, Fordham University

SJ Pearce, New York University

Marta Chavez Peixoto, New York University

Martha Perlin

Ross Perlin

Nina Perlina, Indiana University

Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University

Charles A. Petersen, n + 1 Journal

Anthony Petro, New York University

Svanur Pétursson, Rutgers University

Dia Philippides, Boston College

Louis Phillips

Pablo Piccato, Columbia University

Krystyna Piorkowska, Muzeum Wojska Polskiego, Poland

Gerald Pirog, Rutgers University

Jeanine Plottel, Hunter College, CUNY

Brenda Plummer, University of Wisconsin, Madison 

Adam Plunkett

Leah Plunkett, Harvard Law School

Jennifer Poggiali, Lehman College - CUNY

Dana Polan, New York University

Patricia Polansky, University of Hawaii

Fanette Pollack

Sarah Pollack, College of Staten Island CUNY

Tanya Pollard, Brooklyn College/CUNY

Katha Pollit, The Nation

Michael Polson, Graduate Center CUNY

Kenneth Pomeranz, University of California, Irvine

Jacquelyn Pope

Christopher Prendergast, Kings College, Cambridge UK

Alexander Provan, Triple Canopy

Sara Pursley, CUNY

Julie Leininger Pycior, Manhattan College

C.M. Pyle, Columbia University

Barry Qualls, Rutgers University

Laura Quinney, Brandeis University

Jon Rachmani, Grad Center CUNY

Alicia Ramos, Hunter College CUNY

Peter Ranis, CUNY Graduate Center

Rayna Rapp, New York University

Shirley Rausher

Kandice Rawlings, Rutgers University

Amelia Reesor, Transylvania University, Kentucky

Mariana Regalado, Librarian, Brooklyn CUNY

Nancy Freeman Regalado, New York University

David Reid, Rutgers University

Lisa Reilly, University of Virginia

Joanne Reitano, La Guardia Community College CUNY

Melissa Renn, Harvard Art Museums

Nancy Renn

Nicholas Rennie, Rutgers University

Silvia Rennie

Benjamin Resnick-Day, Rutgers University

Irina Reyfman, Columbia University

Joseph Rezek, Boston University

Bruce Robbins, Columbia University

Camille Robcis, Cornell University 

Mary Louise Roberts, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Yael Roberts

Corey Robin, Brooklyn College and CUNY

Alice Robinson

Jeffrey C Robinson, University of Colorado, Boulder

Stephane Robolin, Rutgers University

Judith Rodenbeck, Sarah Lawrence College

Susan C Rogers, New York University

Gordon Rogoff, Yale University

Renato I Rosaldo, New York University

Hannah Rosen, University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Ruth Rosen, University of California, Berkeley

Noah Rosenblum, Columbia University

Alex Ross, The New Yorker

Andrew Ross, New York University

Ellen Ross, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Morris Rossabi, Columbia University

Guenther Roth, Columbia University

Karen Routledge, Parks Canada, Calgary

Sheila Rowbotham, UK

Nina A. Rowe, Fordham University

Matthew Rowney, Wertheim Study

Everett Rowson, New York University

Jay Rubenstein, University of Tennessee

Andrew N. Rubin, Georgetown University

Ryan Ruby, York College, CUNY

Teofilo Ruiz, University of California, Los Angeles

Frances Ruoff, Kingsborough Community College CUNY

Salman Rushdie

Nancy Ruttenburg, Stanford University

Charles Rzepka, Boston University

Sam Sacks, Open Letters Monthly

Nanette Salomon, College  Staten Island CUNY

Roberta L. Salper, Brandeis University 

JC Salyer, Grad Center CUNY

Margaret Samu, Yeshiva University

Kristin Samuelian, George Mason University

Romy Sanchez, Sorbonne, France

Martha A. Sandweiss, Princeton University

Jeannette Sanger, Books&Co Imprint

Luc Sante, Bard College

Manuel Sanudo, Librarian, Queens College

Masha Sapp, Librarian, Washington University

Nikil Saval, n+1 Journal

Sylvia Schafer, University of Connecticut

Donna Schaper, Judson Memorial Church

David M. Schaps, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

William Schipper, Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada

Jane C. Schneider, Graduate Center CUNY

Peter T. Schneider, Fordham University

Johanna Schoen, Rutgers University

Ellen Schrecker, Yeshiva University

Kyla Schuller, Rutgers University

Christine Schutt

Will Schutt, Writer & Translator

Claire Schwartz

Martin Schwartz, University of California, Berkeley

Donald M. Scott, Queens College CUNY

Joan W. Scott, Institute for Advanced Study

Jerrold E Seigel, New York University

Gunja SenGupta, Brooklyn College CUNY

Michael H. Shank, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Mary Shaw, Rutgers University

Scott Sheidlower, York College, CUNY

April Shelford, American University

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Evie Shockley, Rutgers University

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Lee Siegel

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Carole Silver, Yeshiva University

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Herbert Sloan, Barnard College

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Kathryn Smith, New York University

Namara Smith, n+1 Journal

Neil Smith, Graduate Center CUNY

Susan Smith-Peter, College of Staten Island CUNY

Julia Sneeringer, Queens College, CUNY

Cal Snyder

Maynard Solomon

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Arthur Spears, City College CUNY

Joaneath Spicer, Curator, Walters Art Museum

Art Spiegelman, NYC

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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University

Zrinka Stahuljak, University of California, Los Angeles

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Kate Stanley, Columbia University

Rebecca Stanton, Barnard College

Sam Stark, Harper's Magazine

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Lorin Stein, The Paris Review

Michael Steinberg, Brown University

Judith Steinhoff, University of Houston

Pat Steir, Pat Steir Studio

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Nina Stojkovic, City College of New York

Emily Stokes

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Ida Susser, Hunter College, CUNY

Constance R. Sutton, New York University

Annalyn Swan, NYC

Nanora L. Sweet, University of Missouri, St. Louis

James Swenson, Rutgers University

Neferti Tadiar, Barnard College

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Joan Templeton

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Sinclair Thomson, New York University

Lynne Tillman, SUNY Albany

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John Trumpbour, Harvard Law School

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Laura Ann Twagira

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Mario Vargas Llosa, Lima, Peru

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Diane Williams

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Emma Lee Yu, Librarian, Brooklyn College Library

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