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Conference |
Urban Resilience to Weather-Related Extreme Events in the US and Latin America. Join researchers from the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network alongside practitioners, government representatives, and environmental justice leaders from 10 United States and Latin American cities who will share progress, challenges, and needs for building resilience to climate change in cities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Conferences, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Resilient Cities, Livable Futures
City Walk |
It is here, as much as anywhere, where American history started. It's where the first US Congress assembled and produced the Bill of Rights and where President George Washington took his first oath of office. It's here where the world's most important stock exchange and one of the most famous bridges stand. And it is here where an unspeakable tragedy took place and where a rebirth is underway.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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City Walks, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
Park Walk |
Discover some of the Central Park secret sites that West Siders know and love: a lost village, a poetic garden, and a bridge with a spectacular view. Join Central Park Conservancy guides on this tour through Central Park's historic and picturesque west side. Highlights of this tour include Winterdale Arch, Delacorte Theater, Shakespeare Garden, the Swedish Cottage, and Ladies' Pavilion. Tour ends near 72nd Street and Central Park West.
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11:00 am
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Park Walks, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, West Side Stories Tour
Film |
Stars: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge.Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever. 118 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Films, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Edward Zwick's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back 2016 (2016): Man vs. Conspiracy
Lecture |
After the collapse of the Soviet Union and for the first decade of Vladimir Putin’s presidency, little attention was paid to Russia’s national identity. Putin governed in a time of economic recovery without relying on a guiding ideology. In recent years, however, the Kremlin has begun to build a national identity for Russia, one that borrows from both its Soviet and Imperial past as well as incorporates conservative principles from the Russian Orthodox Church. At the same time, Russia has positioned itself more firmly in contrast to Western and American political values and reasserted its military might in Eastern Europe. Maria Lipman will explore questions related to this ideological turn. Where did it originate and how has the process of building a guiding ideology played out? What are the possible paths for ideological evolution in Russia?Speaker Maria Lipman is a Russian political analyst and commentator, and is currently a visiting Distinguished Fellow of Russian Studies at Indiana University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Lectures, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, The Kremlin Turns Ideological
Concert |
Take a 30-minute lunch break for your soul with Bryan Dunnewald, Organ Student at the Curtis Institute of Music.
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Lunchtime Organ Recital
Other |
During these limited hours, visitors can explore the normally closed sanctuary at their own pace along the rustic trail. See how the conservancy has restored this native woodland garden for birds and other wildlife. The wood-chipped trail is uneven; please wear appropriate shoes. This ecosystem is a protected area and home to many flora and fauna. No groups, dogs, bikes, or strollers. Free and self-guided. Space is limited.
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1:00 pm
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Others, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Nature Sanctuary Open Hours
Tour |
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
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1:00 pm
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Tours, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Concert |
Cathedral organists provide a 30-minute break for mind, body and spirit on Mondays at 1 pm with an entertaining and informative demonstration of the Cathedral’s unparalleled Great Organ.
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Great Organ: Midday Monday
Gallery Talk |
Bringing to vivid life the emotions of the people of ancient Greece, and prompting questions about how we express, control, manipulate, or simulate feelings in our own society, A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC–200 AD is a path-breaking exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Guided Exhibition Tour: A World of Emotions
Classical Music |
Program:J. S. Bach: Clavier-Übung III: Dies sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot, BWV 679J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.5, BWV 1050, Movement 1D. Buxtehude: Ist es recht, BuxWV 54J. D. Heinichen: Concerto in D, S 266J. S. Bach: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 9Features musicians from the period-instrument ensemble New York Baroque Incorporated and soloists from The Choir of Trinity Wall Street.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Bach at One
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments. This tour takes place Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 2pm, and Saturdays at 10am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Harlem Tour
Film |
Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Marjorie Main.Newlyweds who hit the honeymoon road with a 40-foot trailer in tow.96 min.
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2:00 pm
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Films, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Vincente Minnelli's The Long, Long Trailer (1953): Lucy-Desi Movie Vehicle
Workshop |
Learn about the online social network Twitter.
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2:30 pm
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Workshops, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Twitter Basics Workshop
Lecture |
In the Gilded Age, muckraking encouraged the belief that citizens, armed with facts, could bring corrupt politicians and corporations to justice. After a period of immense popularity, however, muckraking lost status, partly for appealing too easily to feelings. Who could have predicted that a British aristocrat would revive this quintessentially American form?  Dubbed “Queen of the Muckrakers” by Time (to her great delight), Jessica Mitford broke with muckraking’s sentimentality to restore its civic power, changing American laws from funerals to prisons. She joked that her muckraking contained “something to offend everyone” but, in fact, her targets were always those in power, always those who exploited others more vulnerable. Jessica Mitford, born (in 1917) to wealthy, eccentric, right-wing aristocrats, was not raised to muckrake. Mitford not only traveled far afield from her right-wing upbringing, she also, as lecturer Carla Kaplan will show, created a pathway for other progressives and radicals to follow. In the current context of false news reports and officials who deny the relevance of facts, the kind of muckraking that Mitford practiced, along with her model of the citizen-activist, becomes more relevant than ever. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
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Lectures, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, The Muckraking Life of Jessica Mitford
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The Mediterranean’s Iron Age – roughly 1200-600 BCE – may be regarded as one of its most dynamic periods of history. Although it is not its first era in which people across the sea exchanged goods, ideas, values, customs, practices, and technologies, the difference is the scale to which this occurred. The interactions that resurged from the tenth century onwards eclipsed their Bronze Age antecedents in geographical, material and ideological scope. The period is characterized perhaps most of all by the movement of peoples from their homeland to areas far away on an unprecedented scale, notably the settlement of Greeks and Phoenicians in the central and western Mediterranean, which began in the ninth and eighth centuries.With: Tamar Hodos
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Lectures, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Globalizing the Mediterranean's Iron Age
Concert |
Nathan Raskin, Collaborative Piano 6 p.m. Yilan Zhao,Piano 6 p.m. Stella Chen, Violin 8 p.m.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Student Recitals
Film |
Stars: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer.A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. 119 min.
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6:00 pm
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Films, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons (1988): 3-Time Oscar Winner
Film |
The documentary begins with the 1944 Nazi massacre of Monte Sole, Marzabotto, as told by mayor Romano Franchi through the story of his family of farmers who witnessed the massacre of nearby Faggiolo. It is followed by witness accounts by the survivors. 50 min.Followed by a Q+A with director Stefano Ballini.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Films, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Italian Documentary: Stefano Ballini's Monte Sole - Landing Memories (2016)
Film |
As a family from India moves in to a desert neighborhood in Southern Israel in the 1960's, the family's eldest, beautiful daughter discovers friendship and romance with the lovely local French girl. The film also explores the hardships and surprises that come with the integration of multiple families from different ethnic backgrounds (from the diaspora) and their struggle with immigration and prejudice.110 min.6:00 – Enjoy Moroccan and Indian delicacies6:30 – Screening
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Avi Nesher's Turn Left at the End of the World (2004): Israeli Drama
Film |
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands.A Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with a prostitute. 111 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Mike Figgis' Leaving Las Vegas (1995): Oscar for Nicolas Cage
Talk |
Award-winning historian, writer, and longtime activist Barbara Ransby is Distinguished Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative. Ransby is author of the highly acclaimed biography, Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision, which received eight national awards and international recognition, and Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson. As an activist, Ransby was an initiator of the African American Women in Defense of Ourselves campaign in 1991, a co-convener of The Black Radical Congress in 1998, and a founder of Ella’s Daughters, a network of women working in Ella Baker’s tradition.
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Talks, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Barbara Ransby, Longtime Civil Rights Activist
Talk |
The classic essay "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge," written by the Founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Study Abraham Flexner, is reprinted this year, with a new companion essay by current IAS director, Robbert Dijkgraaf.In 1939 Abraham Flexner wrote that humanity’s great scientific and creative advances have been spurred by people who were “driven not by the desire to be useful but merely the desire to satisfy their curiosity...curiosity, which may or may not eventuate 
in something useful, is probably the outstanding characteristic of modern thinking. It is not new. It goes back to Galileo, Bacon, and to Sir Isaac Newton, and it must be absolutely unhampered.”It was this idea that spurred Flexner to found the Institute for Advanced Study. Intending it as a “paradise for scholars,” IAS attracted the likes of Albert Einstein, John Von Neumann, Kurt Gödel, Hetty Goldman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, George Kennan, and Freeman Dyson. Among the faculty in its 85-plus-year history have been 33 Nobel Laureates and 41 of the 56 Fields Medal recipients. They have generated major advances in nuclear energy, computing, physics, and countless other fields.But, in 2017, Robbert Dijkgraaf writes, “Driven by an ever-deepening lack of funding, against a background of economic uncertainty, global political turmoil, and ever-shortening time cycles, research criteria are becoming dangerously skewed toward conservative short-term goals that may address more immediate problems but miss out on the huge advances that human imagination can bring in the long term.”Can the demands of now be reconciled with the vision that Flexner laid out almost 90 years ago? Dijkgraaf will speak about this question and the vitality of Flexner's ideas as we head toward the future.
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Talks, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Meandering to the Point: The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge
Book Reading |
This book uncovers the massive, systemic forces behind gentrification in New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York.
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Book Readings, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Peter Moskowitz discusses his book How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood
Discussion |
As required by a 2014 state statute, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has just issued official sea level rise projections. They reflect a range of possible scenarios; at the high end, sea level in the New York City area could rise 75 inches (6.2 feet) by the year 2100.This program will explore how these projections, now that they are embodied in a formal regulation, will affect a broad range of decisions in building and infrastructure siting, design, construction and materials; insurance and financing; environmental impact review; and securities disclosure.Moderator:Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change LawSpeakers:- Kate Orff, Associate Professor & Director, Urban Design Program, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation- Mark Lowery, Office of Climate Change, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation [tentative]- Pippa Brashear, Director of Planning and Resilience, SCAPE Landscape Architecture DPC- Thaddeus Pawlowski, Associate Urban Designer, New York City Department of City Planning
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Discussions, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, New York Sea Level Rise Projections: Implications for Law, Land Use, Buildings and Infrastructure
Concert |
Artur Balsam Competition for Duos: Final Round
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Concerts, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Student Recitals
Jazz |
A jazz concert with:Ned Otter, tenor saxophoneTardo Hammer, pianoJohn Webber, bassMark Taylor, drums
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Concerts, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, The Ned Otter Jazz Quartet
Lecture |
Slip into the covert history of New York City and follow in the footsteps of four centuries of spies. Explore New York’s finest hotels and most elegant office towers, as well as its toughest docks and most derelict tenements, through the eyes of an active agent. Along the way, you’ll learn the identity of America’s first Spy Master, find out who “heard it through the Grapevine,” and see what on earth the Bronx has to do with the Bolsheviks.  The history of espionage in New York City predates the nation itself. From the Revolution to the present day, covert ops have flourished in the five boroughs. This lecture-based class will offer a survey of the city’s cloak and dagger personalities and locales. We’ll discuss how New York City’s myriad parks, miles of subway, and millions of residents created the perfect environment for a city of spies. Grab your fake passport and join us!Presented by Lucie Levine, a licensed New York City tour guide with a B.A. in History. She’s a native New Yorker with a passion for the city’s fascinating social, political and cultural history, and she especially loves sharing information about New York with others. When she’s not giving tours, you’ll find her exploring the city, cooking, or hanging out in a local coffee house with a good book.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:15 pm
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Lectures, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, 'Bronx Man Leads Russian Revolution' and Other Stories of Espionage in New York City
Tour |
For some performers, the show must go on… even after death! The Ghosts on Broadway Tour, led by a veteran New York City talent agent, will introduce you to these notorious theater legends who appear after the lights go dim. You’ll hear about the Broadway impresario who haunts the theater that bears his name. His apparition shows up on opening nights to congratulate the cast or “pinch” the leading ladies’ bottom. Jazz age parties are heard almost nightly from his long abandoned apartment over his theater.
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Tours, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Ghosts on Broadway Tour
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New York is a skyscraper city and there is no better time to view Manhattan’s icons than after the sun sets and the lights go on. Fueled by competition and a dash of audacity, New York City is still producing one of mankind’s most remarkable skyline. NOTE** THIS TOUR SPENDS MUCH TIME INDOORS OR IN SUBWAYS AND GREAT FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS. Please note they do utilize the subway on this tour so you will need $5 for subway.Takes place Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Tours, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
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Learn all about downloading music, videos, images and more, including streaming and sharing.
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8:30 pm
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Workshops, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, Digital Media Basics
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