Sheril Antonio

Dr. Antonio is an Associate Arts Professor in the Department Art and Public Policy at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and also serves as the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives



New York University




Film, Cinema Studies

Professional Experience


New York University


Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives


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Happy Persian New Year

Happy Persian New Year, Happy Nowruz, sometimes spelled Norouz or Norooz. This holiday will take place on  March 20 2017, but, depending where you are this will of course occur at different times. This site gives the exact times of the Persian New Year 1396 for various locations world-wide. That day also marks the first day…

Work Life Balancing Act

“The days you work are the best days” Georgia O’Keeffe Many years ago, I gave a talk for NYU’s Faculty Resource Network called The Balancing Act: Teaching, Administrative Work, Writing and Other Things… The other name for the talk was “On Wearing Many Hats” which was phrase I was fond of. Given that I work at a…

Full Moon

The next full moon is October 16, 2016 –  tomorrow… Not sure how many of us pay attention or know much about the moon phases but I’m particularly fond of the crescent moon. Of all the phases it is the one I contemplate the most, after the full moon of course, and I find it…

Slavery in America

In February of 2014 I read in Variety that Steve McQueen’s 2013 film 12 Years a Slave was going to be taught in U.S. high schools. Well, it came to pass. The film, book and study guide will indeed be distributed in American public high schools. What an achievement.  During my own education, I learned…


Rain is something we all experience – differently… Some of us like the sounds. In fact, 8,727,589 and counting like these sounds of rain. Some of us appreciate the sights. The way things look while its raining,   or the glossy look of things after.     Some of us like the smell of rain – in perfumes.…

The Conversation About Race

As discussions about race percolate again in America, sometimes violently, we need to realize that we are always talking about race even when we are not talking about it. Omission is an essential part of the conversation. We have been witnessing this resurgence in the media lately from all sectors of daily life, from local…

What Teaching Teaches Teachers

If you are a teacher, you won’t be surprised about just how much teachers learn from their students. I have the privilege of teaching a freshman writing class to young artists at NYU called “The World Through Art” and an advanced film culture and criticism class called “Anatomy of Difference: The Other in Film”- both…

Clouds on the Road to Mindfulness

I recently walked into an office conversation and overheard a colleague say “you can tell a lot from someone’s instagram.”  After joining the cluster and listening –  I rather quickly began wondering what the person thought they could tell from my photos. “You like clouds” was the reply when I finally asked. In thinking about…

Snow *

What we call winter in these parts (Northern Hemisphere) officially began on Sunday, December 21, 2014 and will end on Thursday, March 19, 2015. While we are not sure what this winter’s weather will be overall or day-to-day, we do know that last winter was said to be too cold even for polar bears and…

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

In anticipation of the first of many “new years” to come – on January 1, 2015 – some traditions tend towards the making of “New Year’s Resolutions.”  I however, have veered from that with a slightly different practice. I got the idea at a church many years ago at a New Year’s Eve service. The…


On Parenting a Parent

Nothing prepares you for the job of parenting a parent. Nothing! It does not matter what your relationship with that parent is or how old you are, the day the roles change the entire world feels different – because for you – and for them – it is different. There are so many reasons why,…


Iran Is in Asia

Iran is in Asia – so are 43 other countries. As I prepare film clips for the 5th week of the “Anatomy of Difference” class I’m teaching in Arts Politics this semester – “A look at Asian cinema” – I wonder how many of my students are aware of the full list of countries on…


Thank You Tree Huggers!

I have always appreciated trees as part of nature and intellectually, I was indeed aware of the life giving oxygen they provide daily. After reading this article in the Atlantic however, I now have a much deeper appreciation for trees. It turns out that trees contribute a great deal to our health and well being.…

Global Assimilation

What Is Global Assimilation?

Assimilation in the traditional sense- according to means both absorbing and being absorbed: 1. the act or process of assimilating, or of absorbing information, experiences, etc.: the need for quick assimilation of the facts. 2. the state or condition of being assimilated, or of being absorbed into something. 3. the process of adapting or…

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