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New York attracts world's best minds to its shores: they come here to interact with each other at conferences and seminars, and while they are here they are often invited to give a talk, a lecture, to be a part of a public discussion. We at Club Free Time give you an opportunity to be a part of it: to watch how those best minds in the world work! Don't miss the opportunities that only New York City (NYC) provides!

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In New York City, you can talk with and listen to the best minds in the world without spending a dime! Just take a look at free talks, lectures, discussion, seminars, conferences listed on this page below!

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Sat, Aug 27
10:30 am

to 12:30 pm

Free
Talks, August 27, 2016, 08/27/2016, Fighting Blindness Support Group
Book Discussion |
Please read the book before arriving at the discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Aug 29
4:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, August 29, 2016, 08/29/2016, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
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This session will appeal to science fans by explaining the Bayesian process – and how we can then think about time and “time travel,” which the laws of physics do not actually forbid.
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Mon, Aug 29
6:30 pm

$10 suggested donation
Lectures, August 29, 2016, 08/29/2016, Time Travel: Hypothesis Rules with Dr. Stuart Kurz
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This illustrated lecture describes the author's journey to Eastern Europe and Israel to solve mysteries in her family’s past by delving into World War II and Holocaust history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Aug 29
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, August 29, 2016, 08/29/2016, Susan J. Gordon discusses her book Because of Eva: A Jewish Genealogical Journey
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Ian McEwan's novel is about a respected High Court Judge specializing in Family Law and living in Gray's Inn Square.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 30
3:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, August 30, 2016, 08/30/2016, Book Club: The Children Act
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A joint presentation with Shelley Fox, Donna Karan Professor of Fashion, and Juliana Sissons, designer and lecturer in Pattern Cutting. The converstion will be moderated by Dr. Christina Moon, Assistant Professor in MA Fashion Studies.The presentation is an examination of both the designer and the pattern cutter’s working process in the designing of clothing. By referencing specific collections from the Shelley Fox clothing archive, both speakers attempt to communicate their working process by highlighting key topics. This conversation serves to deepen the understanding of the fashion community, including academia and students, and the complexities and possibilities that occur in building a working relationship with designers and pattern cutters. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 30
5:30 pm

Free
Discussions, August 30, 2016, 08/30/2016, Cutter Designer Cutter: Cutting as Design
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Stephan Eirik Clark.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 30
6:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, August 30, 2016, 08/30/2016, Book Discussion Group: Sweetness #9
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Join artists Benjamin Marra and Josh Bayer for a lively discussion about process, influences and what it means to be cartoonists who are much indebted to comics history as they are committed to making their permanent mark on comics future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 30
7:00 pm

Free
Discussions, August 30, 2016, 08/30/2016, Artists in Discussion: Benjamin Marra and Josh Bayer
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First, view an episode of the acclaimed new Viceland series Woman, in which executive producer and host Gloria Steinem and an all-female team of journalists investigate the troubling prevalence of sexual assault in the U.S. military.Stay after the screening for a live talk-back with Steinem, host and interviewer Katherine Keating, and Vice journalists.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Aug 30
7:30 pm

Free
Discussions, August 30, 2016, 08/30/2016, Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military: A Discussion Featuring Gloria Steinem
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Join Ahmed Veriava as he discusses the politics of poverty in post-apartheid South Africa.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 31
6:00 pm

Free
Lectures, August 31, 2016, 08/31/2016, Mbeki’s Economic Theology: Poverty, the Two Economies, and the Government of the State in South Africa
Book Discussion |
Discuss the memoir by by Wednesday Martin.
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Wed, Aug 31
6:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, August 31, 2016, 08/31/2016, Book Club: Primates of Park Avenue
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Discuss the book by Patricia Highsmith.
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Wed, Aug 31
6:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, August 31, 2016, 08/31/2016, Book Club: Strangers on a Train
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture shows that the same evolutionary forces of cooperation and competition have shaped both humans and animals and that Identical emotional and instinctual drives govern our actions. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 31
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, August 31, 2016, 08/31/2016, Nathan H. Lents discusses his book Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals
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How do we make sense of the increasing menace of racial terror in America? Is there a pattern to this racial violence? What is the history of this criminalization of black women?  Why is there no mercy for black women in the criminal justice system?  And how have black women challenged these injustices in the criminal justice system?Join the conversation with Sarah Haley, Keisha Blain, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor as they explain the role of race and gender not only in punishment but also in the making of Jim Crow modernity. They will explain why race and gender matter for understanding violence, degradation and mass incarceration then and now as well as the ways black women have resisted these unjust systems.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 1
6:00 pm

Free
Discussions, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Black Women and the Criminal Justice System
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The emergence of fracking as a key issue in the Democratic presidential primary was evidence of the power of the grassroots movement against extreme energy extraction. In an illustrated lecture based on her new book, Wenonah Hauter—called a "real life anti-fracking superhero" by actor Mark Ruffalo—will trace the history of the monopolistic energy giants, the regulatory failures that allowed fracking to flourish, and challenge the misconception that gas is a 'bridge fuel' to a clean energy future.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 1
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Wenonah Hauter discusses her book Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment
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Discuss the book by Lauren Groff. At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Sep 3
11:00 am

Free
Book Discussions, September 03, 2016, 09/03/2016, Book Club: Fates and Furies
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Labor— its importance in our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. You will explore how labor, in its broadest sense, can elevate or undermine our humanity.With: Monica Weiss
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Sep 4
11:00 am

Free
Discussions, September 04, 2016, 09/04/2016, Colloquy on Work
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Everyone Loves TED! It's even better when you can discuss the talks with other people. This will be a lively discussion with selections of contemporary ethical themes. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 6
2:00 pm

$5 suggested donation
Discussions, September 06, 2016, 09/06/2016, TED talk
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In 1920 and 1921, Tristan Tzara, co-founder of the Dada movement, planned an ambitious anthology: Dadaglobe. This volume was to have been 160 to 300 pages long and printed in an edition of 10,000 copies. The project ran into budgetary and interpersonal problems and was never published. What remained after its demise were over 100 artworks and 100 texts that had been sent to Tzara for its pages, many of which were specifically created for it.Adrian Sudhalter has spent the last six years identifying and locating the intended contributions to Dadaglobe and reconstructing this book based on indications Tzara left behind in his archive. Many of the artworks intended for Dadaglobe are considered icons of 20th century art, but their origin in this volume have long been forgotten.This conversation between Sudhalter, an art historian and resident of the New York Public Library's Frederick Lewis Allen Memorial Room, and Mary Ann Caws, a world-renowned scholar and translator of Dada and Surrealist texts, moderated by MoMA Assistant Curator Samantha Friedman, considers the ways in which artworks and texts are transformed, translated, and transmuted on the printed page.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 6
6:00 pm

Free
Discussions, September 06, 2016, 09/06/2016, Dadaglobe Reconstructed: A Discussion of the Artworks and Texts
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Join bell hooks and Jill Soloway for this conversation.In both of their careers, bell hooks and Jill Soloway have been deeply committed to using the autobiographical to create greater awareness of injustice and generate critical discourse. The early feminist movement was dedicated to the proposition that the personal is political. This insight has come to be increasingly mocked and ridiculed. But hooks and Soloway believe that by excavating the personal and its politics, we find we are both stronger in our efforts to liberate ourselves in the world. We become more capable of becoming true peacemakers. We are more able to love justice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 6
6:00 pm

Free
Discussions, September 06, 2016, 09/06/2016, Ending Domination: The Personal Is Political
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This illustrated lecture tells the captivating and forgotten story of an intelligent, loyal, and clever woman who had a front-row seat to history in the making. Dr. Steven Lomazow, co-author of FDR's Deadly Secret and an FDR Library Trustee, will introduce Kathryn Smith.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 6
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, September 06, 2016, 09/06/2016, Kathryn Smith discusses her book The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency
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In present Japan, gekiga loosely refers to a body of Japanese comics (manga) with a long narrative (story manga) that is oriented toward teen and older male readers, typically with little or no humor. In manga criticism, gekigahas been defined in contrast to mainstream manga in terms of visual style and content. This talk explores the socio-historical and cultural context of the development of gekiga by examining the shifting media ecology of Japanese comics industry, important comics artists and their works, and the impact of gekiga on other artistic and cultural practices. The focus will be on two major “alternative” magazines: Garo (1964 – 2002) and COM (1967-1972), both of which offered an outlet for innovative, unorthodox, and transgressive artists. Speaker Shige (CJ) Suzuki is Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature at Baruch College, where he teaches courses in Japan Studies such as Japanese literature, film, and popular culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 6
7:00 pm

Free
Talks, September 06, 2016, 09/06/2016, Pushing the Boundary of Manga: Gekiga and Japanese Counterculture
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This informal lunchtime food discussion group will include topics such as nutrition, greenmarkets, cooking techniques, knife skills, and a presentation of books from our collection. They'll highlight a seasonal vegetable and share recipes that give it a starring role. This week's vegetable is everyone's favorite: KALE! They'll "chiff" through some of those large green leaves and if you don't know what that is, c'mon over with your favorite kale recipes to share and find out. Don't forget to bring your lunch!
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Wed, Sep 7
12:30 pm

Free
Discussions, September 07, 2016, 09/07/2016, Food for Thought Foodie Forum
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Richard Russo.
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Wed, Sep 7
3:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, September 07, 2016, 09/07/2016, Book Club: Everybody's Fool
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Stephanie Danler’s book Sweetbitter was released from Knopf this year. She holds an MFA in creative writing. Moderated by Helen Schulman, fiction coordinator, the Creative Writing Program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 7
6:30 pm

Free
Forums, September 07, 2016, 09/07/2016, Fiction Forum: Stephanie Danler
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Elena Ferrante.
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Thu, Sep 8
5:15 pm

Free
Book Discussions, September 08, 2016, 09/08/2016, Book Club: My Brilliant Friend
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Celeste Ng.
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Thu, Sep 8
5:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, September 08, 2016, 09/08/2016, Book Discussion: Everything I Never Told You
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Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer who has built a thriving business with a social purpose. She will talk about facing and overcoming business challenges, and will share with us millenary wisdom from the Buddha and other enlightened sages, all the way through the importance of companies to do good and have a social purpose, which millenials value for business. She will also share good habits that bring us peace, are an integral part of understanding ourselves and others, and make life and business better, happier, more productive and more successful. 
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Thu, Sep 8
6:00 pm

Free
Talks, September 08, 2016, 09/08/2016, From Millenary to Millennial Wisdom
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Faced with the wholesale corporate restructuring of cultural institutions, the artists entertain the inevitability of the financialization of educational and cultural systems as well as the possibilities of resituating them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 8
6:30 pm

Free
Talks, September 08, 2016, 09/08/2016, Post-Democracy Paradise-Lost: A Presentation by Artists Casey Gollan and Victoria Sobel
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A historical lecture presented by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.
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Thu, Sep 8
6:30 pm

Free
Lectures, September 08, 2016, 09/08/2016, East River The Heart of New York
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This illustrated lecture reinterprets President Lyndon Johnson’s much-debated War on Poverty from the perspective of its foot soldiers in New York City, showing how 1960s antipoverty programs were rooted in a rich local tradition of grassroots activism and policy experiments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 8
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, September 08, 2016, 09/08/2016, Michael Woodsworth discusses his book Battle for Bed-Stuy: The Long War on Poverty in New York City
Gallery Talk |
Gallery conversation on Charlotte Moorman, with Lisa Corrin and Corinne Granof, curators of the exhibition A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 8
6:30 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, September 08, 2016, 09/08/2016, A Conversation on Artist Charlotte Moorman
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Join a discussion with the performers and scholars involved in September 8th's production of The Ghost of Elsinore: Every Tzara Has His Dada, a contemporary theatrical collage celebrating the centenary of DaDa and its Hamlet-admiring visionary Tristan Tzara. Play by Ion Pop and Stephana Si Ioan Pop-Curseu.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Sep 9
12:00 pm

Free
Discussions, September 09, 2016, 09/09/2016, The Ghost of Elsinore: Every Tzara Has His Dada: A Discussion with Performers and Scholars
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They are having a book social! They hope you’ll come and share a book you loved reading! What to expect at Open Book Night: 1. Introduce your book with its title, author, publication date and genre (mystery, memoir, play, etc.). One book per person. 2. Tell what it’s about and why you loved it in 2 minutes or less. 3. They want to have fun, so no negative criticism please. 4. Learn about titles of books that you may enjoy and share with your friends. This month's theme is "Game Changers."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Sep 9
6:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, September 09, 2016, 09/09/2016, Open Book Night
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New York is one of two states in the U.S. that charges youth who are 16-18 as adults in the criminal justice system. How can we raise awareness through arts advocacy about this important human rights issue? Partnering with Brian Lewis, adjunct professor and senior teacher at exalt, which works with young people in the criminal justice system, and arts activist Rasu Jilani, this weekend-long symposium includes an academic course, workshops, panel discussions, and arts events that focus on youth in the criminal justice system and the "Raise the Age" campaign.Thinking Out Loud: Arts Advocacy and Youth in the System will feature a number of artists and activists who work in a variety of disciplines with youth who are caught in the criminal justice system. The goal of the event is to raise consciousness about issues surrounding the age of criminal responsibility in New York state. It will be a high-profile event moderated by Rasu Jilani from The New Museum. It will also include Liza Jessie Peterson reading from her new book All Day about her work leading writing workshops with 16-17 year olds at Rikers Island. This symposium is unique because the young people most impacted by the issues- court-involved teens- will share their stories and perspectives with legal professionals, legislators and the public. By sharing their stories, exalt hopes to provoke the imaginations of individuals with the power to enact policies and shape legislation that can ultimately determine the likelihood that young people can pursue educational advancement, professional development, and criminal justice system avoidance, OR continue to face a punitive system that incarcerates them, stunts their potential and limits their opportunities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Sep 9
6:30 pm

Free
Symposiums, September 09, 2016, 09/09/2016, Thinking Out Loud: Arts Activism and Youth in the System
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Visiting scholar Professor Robin Curtis' talk will offer a reconsideration of the term immersion, which has long been linked first and foremost to experiences made possible through technologies of virtual and augmented reality. Her research has made a case for a more nuanced understanding of immersive experience, beyond the parameters of representational realism or simulation that commonly are believed to define immersion, towards an understanding of the manner in which abstraction can also invite immersive engagement, highlighting other processes at work that may be at the root of immersive experience but were heretofore neglected.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Sep 9
6:30 pm

Free
Lectures, September 09, 2016, 09/09/2016, Immersion and Abstraction
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Books:Mark Twain. The One Million {pound}  Bank NoteHenry James.  Beast in the Jungle
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Sep 10
10:30 am

Free
Book Discussions, September 10, 2016, 09/10/2016, Classic Literature Reading Group
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Carson McCuller.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Sep 10
10:30 am

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Book Discussions, September 10, 2016, 09/10/2016, Book Club: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Talk |
If you couldn't work because of a serious injury or debilitating illness, how would you pay your bills and protect your family's standard of living?  Kelly Welles explains how disability insurance can lessen the financial hardship of losing your paycheck.          
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Sep 10
12:00 pm

Free
Talks, September 10, 2016, 09/10/2016, What Everybody Needs to Know About Disability Insurance
Forum |
For over 15 years the Forum has provided the LGBT community and its friends an open opportunity to gather and informally discuss important works of philosophy. The texts to be discussed (up to 50 pages). All are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Sep 10
2:45 pm

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Forums, September 10, 2016, 09/10/2016, LGBT Philosophy Forum
Symposium |
New York is one of two states in the U.S. that charges youth who are 16-18 as adults in the criminal justice system. How can we raise awareness through arts advocacy about this important human rights issue? Partnering with Brian Lewis, adjunct professor and senior teacher at exalt, which works with young people in the criminal justice system, and arts activist Rasu Jilani, this weekend-long symposium includes an academic course, workshops, panel discussions, and arts events that focus on youth in the criminal justice system and the "Raise the Age" campaign.Thinking Out Loud: Arts Advocacy and Youth in the System will feature a number of artists and activists who work in a variety of disciplines with youth who are caught in the criminal justice system. The goal of the event is to raise consciousness about issues surrounding the age of criminal responsibility in New York state. It will be a high-profile event moderated by Rasu Jilani from The New Museum. It will also include Liza Jessie Peterson reading from her new book All Day about her work leading writing workshops with 16-17 year olds at Rikers Island. This symposium is unique because the young people most impacted by the issues- court-involved teens- will share their stories and perspectives with legal professionals, legislators and the public. By sharing their stories, exalt hopes to provoke the imaginations of individuals with the power to enact policies and shape legislation that can ultimately determine the likelihood that young people can pursue educational advancement, professional development, and criminal justice system avoidance, OR continue to face a punitive system that incarcerates them, stunts their potential and limits their opportunities.
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Sat, Sep 10
6:00 pm

Free
Symposiums, September 10, 2016, 09/10/2016, Thinking Out Loud: Arts Activism and Youth in the System
Discussion |
On this fifteenth anniversary, in spoken and sung words, with full and heavy hearts, a community reflection will be shared. Where were we then? Where are we now? How can we do our part in this world to promote loving kindness and peace?With: Dr. Anne Klaeysen and the Peace of Heart Choir
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Sep 11
11:00 am

Free
Discussions, September 11, 2016, 09/11/2016, 9/11 After 15 Years: A Reflection
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Tony Award-winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones (Bridge and Tunnel) will take to the stage to discuss her new one-woman play, Sell/Buy/Date. The exuberant new show is inspired by the real-life experiences of people affected by the sex industry, and preserves the full humanity of voices seldom heard in the theater. Jones will be in conversation with Joan Morgan, an award-winning journalist and author, and a provocative cultural critic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Sep 12
6:30 pm

Free
Talks, September 12, 2016, 09/12/2016, Tony Award winner Sarah Jones discusses her new play Sell/Buy/Date
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Election season is on the mind - the election of 1800, that is. Join scholars Brian Murphy and Joanne Freeman for a conversation about the critical juncture in 1800, with Alexander Hamilton on the decline, Thomas Jefferson on the rise, and a new trajectory for America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Sep 12
6:30 pm

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Discussions, September 12, 2016, 09/12/2016, Hamilton and the Election...of 1800
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This is the first a public ten-session course on the Constitution taught by Prof. Akhil Reed Amar of Yale Law School on Monday evenings. The course will be based on Prof. Amar's forthcoming book, The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era (Basic Books). In it Prof. Amar, a constitutional scholar, considers the biggest and most bitterly contested debates of the last two decades and provides a passionate handbook for thinking constitutionally about today’s headlines.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Sep 12
6:30 pm

Free
Lectures, September 12, 2016, 09/12/2016, The Constitution Today
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With: Mel Haber.Frank Sinatra once said, "For my money, Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business." Through video footage, this illustrated lecture traces the career of Tony Bennett from his first big hit, "Because of You," recorded in 1951, to a recent TV appearance in 2014 in which he sings "How Do You Keep the Music Playing." During this presentation, we hear Bennett sing such favorites as his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," as well as such gems as "All the Things You Are," "Stranger in Paradise," "The Shadow of Your Smile," and "It Had to Be You." 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Sep 12
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, September 12, 2016, 09/12/2016, A Tribute to Tony Bennett
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Anita Diamant. 
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Mon, Sep 12
7:00 pm

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Book Discussions, September 12, 2016, 09/12/2016, Contemporary Classics Book Discussion: The Boston Girl
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To launch the New York Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season, explore Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s time in New York and the American influences on his most famous work: Symphony No. 9, From the New World, premiered by the New York Philharmonic in 1893. Professor Michael Beckerman, the Philharmonic’s Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence and the author of Dvořák and His World, is joined by a cast of historic characters to uncover the meaning and reception of African-American musical sources at the dawn of the Progressive Era and how they contributed to the development of an American musical voice.Michael Beckerman, speaker. 
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Mon, Sep 12
7:30 pm

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Talks, September 12, 2016, 09/12/2016, Philharmonic Insights - Origins of a New World Voice: NYC in 1893
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As part of New York Textile Month, United Nations officer Simone Cipriani discusses his work in Burkina Faso and Mali, touching upon the subjects of hand-weaving, natural dyes, textiles in the supply chain of fashion and the use of new fibers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 13
4:00 pm

Free
Talks, September 13, 2016, 09/13/2016, Textiles for the Ethical Fashion Initiative
Book Discussion |
Discuss the great short novel by James Joyce.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 13
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, September 13, 2016, 09/13/2016, Book Discussion: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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Noted philosopher Avital Ronell delivers a talk on ballet centering on philosophy’s largely disavowed dependency on dance. Beginning with Kant’s “pink ballet slippers,” and encompassing the work of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and others, Ronell examines the significance of dance moves on various conceptual grids.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 13
6:00 pm

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Lectures, September 13, 2016, 09/13/2016, *Dis-tanz:* Distance and Dance in Nietzsche and Heidegger
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Reading and discussion by writers in the Best American Essay anthologies. With Robert Atwan, Kristin Dombek, Amitava Kumar, and Mason Stokes.
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Tue, Sep 13
6:30 pm

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Discussions, September 13, 2016, 09/13/2016, The Essay in the World
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James D. Zirin, author of Supremely Partisan: How Raw Politics Tips the Scales in the United States Supreme Court, argues that the Court has become increasingly partisan and explains how we arrived at the present situation.
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Tue, Sep 13
6:30 pm

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Lectures, September 13, 2016, 09/13/2016, The Future of the Supreme Court in the Post-Scalia World
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Tommy José Stathes is an archivist, historian, exhibitor, distributor, and educator in the realm of early animated films. Stathes is best known in film history circles for creating the Bray Animation Project research initiative; the Cartoons On Film early animation release label and Cartoon Roots Blu-ray home video releases; supplying early animated films to and co-hosting them on Turner Classic Movies; as well as for the 16mm Cartoon Carnival film series in New York City. He is also Consulting Producer on Cartoon Carnival: The Documentary, an educational film about silent- era animation as well as Stathes’ related work in archiving and exhibiting this subgenre, which is currently in production.
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Tue, Sep 13
7:00 pm

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Talks, September 13, 2016, 09/13/2016, Artist Talk: Tommy José Stathes
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Join Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for an engaging discussion to mark the launch of the Forced From Home exhibition. Using a combination of first-hand field experience and top-level insight, the speakers discuss some of the most pressing needs of refugees and internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in MSF's projects around the world, and explain why this is the time to focus attention on this important and pressing issue. MSF Executive Director Jason Cone explain why it is vitally important that MSF speak out now, and aid workers share stories of how displacement has affected their patients in places like South Sudan and the Middle East. Plus, the Mayor’s commissioner for immigrant affairs will bring the discussion back home: how is the impact of this crisis seen in New York City?A Q+A will follow the discussion.Panelists:Jason Cone, MSF-USA Executive Director.Commissioner Nisha Agarwal, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.Dr. Africa Stewart, OBGYN and Forced From Home tour guide. Dr. Stewart has completed four assignments with MSF, in South Sudan and Nigeria.Michelle Mays, nurse and project coordinator for MSF programs in Nigeria, Jordan, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, and India.Opening remarks by Professor Miriam Ticktin, Associate Professor of anthropology and co-director of Zolberg Institute for Migration and Mobility.
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Tue, Sep 13
7:30 pm

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Discussions, September 13, 2016, 09/13/2016, What We See: Stories from the Global Refugee Crisis
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A presentation by Dr. Marina Cap-Bun, professor at Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania, and a musical performance/lamentation by Romanian folk artist Ludovica Muresan.
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Wed, Sep 14
12:00 pm

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Lectures, September 14, 2016, 09/14/2016, The Romanian Mythology of Death
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Literature on the Fascist regime’s reaches in the Americas has a distinguished history going back to Gaetano Salvemini, whose recording of, and sharp commentary, provides today’s scholars with an invaluable source. In the 1970s, John P. Diggins began groundbreaking research in this field, followed in the next decades by Phillip V. Cannistraro and other international scholars. In the past two decades, with a large amount of primary sources still untapped, research has began to investigate the modalities through which Fascism sought to control Italians abroad and, through them, maintain relations with countries that were not under totalitarian rule. Italian Americans’ self-images during those years were shaped by propaganda, foreign press reports, economic interests, and the establishment of the Fascist League of North America on the one hand, and by the Regime’s cultural and educational showcases along with a network of local police informants, on the other.Fascism, however, was forced to adapt its methods to the requirements and style of the American society and values producing ambiguous cultural and political categories that continued to operate after Mussolini’s fall and the end of World War II. How did the Italian American community and their leadership negotiate their position and role within the larger horizon of the relations between the US and Italy and the US and the Catholic Church? How did ethnic leaders and intellectuals of Italian background interpret the relation between dictatorship and democracy within the Italian communities in the US? To what extent were Italian American radicals also antifascists? How did they respond to Fascism and what relations did they develop with the mainstream Italian American population, by and large supportive of Fascism, and with various factions of Italian antifascist in exile?This seminar is a first step toward addressing these questions by analyzing some aspects of Fascist outreach in America, its reception and consequences.
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Wed, Sep 14
5:00 pm

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Discussions, September 14, 2016, 09/14/2016, Fascism and Italian-American Culture
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Discuss the book by Susannah Cahalan.
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Wed, Sep 14
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, September 14, 2016, 09/14/2016, Book Club: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
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Discuss the book by Theodore Dreiser.
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Wed, Sep 14
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, September 14, 2016, 09/14/2016, Book Discussion: An American Tragedy
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Author Barry Yourgrau comes for a two-for-one evening—a sneak preview of reissues of his books of surreally magical stories, “Haunted Traveller” and “Wearing Dad’s Head,” upcoming Sept. 27 from Arcade Publ.; and a celebration of the paperback publication of “Mess,” his memoir of clutter, collecting, and hoarding.“A fascinating read by a hoarder about the psychology and culture of hoarding.” - New York TimesYourgrau will read, take questions, and sign his books.
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Wed, Sep 14
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, September 14, 2016, 09/14/2016, Barry Yourgrau reads from his book Mess
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Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic and author, will speak on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities. Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce Goldberger.
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Wed, Sep 14
6:30 pm

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Lectures, September 14, 2016, 09/14/2016, Pulitzer Prize winner talks about the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs
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This illustrated lecture offers a front-seat view of the action in the streets of New York City during and following Occupy Wall Street.
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Wed, Sep 14
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, September 14, 2016, 09/14/2016, Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky discusses his book The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement
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A roundtable discussion led by activist, author, and graduate Cecily McMillan about how privilege can be used as a tool in social justice efforts. McMillan will be joined by Hernan Carvente of the Vera Institute, Five Mualimm-ak, Co-Founder of Incarcerated Nation Corp., and activist JLove Calderón.How can whites support the struggle against The New Jim Crow? With the #BlackLivesMatter movement re-igniting a global conversation about civil rights, how do we work to remove the barriers to active participation for everyone in the fight for social justice, creating the mass mobilized movement that we're all waiting for? With the fifth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street taking place this September, its impact on modern social movements will also be discussed. 
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Wed, Sep 14
7:00 pm

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Discussions, September 14, 2016, 09/14/2016, The Nation at TNS: Mobilizing Privilege Against The New Jim Crow
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Panel discussion and performance moderated by Joan La Barbara, composer, performer, sound artist, and faculty member, with speakers David Behrman, composer; Ed Friedman, poet, writer, former director of the Poetry Project, St. Mark’s; Alison Knowles, interdisciplinary artist and founding member of Fluxus; and Carolee Schneemann, multidisciplinary artist. Speakers will discuss experimental music and performance works of the 1960’s and ’70s, the advent of Fluxus, the influence of John Cage, and how performance art has evolved from its seminal roots. Performances will include an updated version of David Behrman’s Runthrough (1967), which initially used home-made synthesizers with flashlight-activated sound distribution circuitry to move sounds around a multi-channel loudspeaker system; and Philip Corner’s Solo with …  (1964), which is believed to be the first work commissioned by and written for Charlotte Moorman.  Cellist Bryan Hayslett, PhD candidate in Music Performance, will also perform.
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Wed, Sep 14
7:30 pm

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Forums, September 14, 2016, 09/14/2016, Experimental Music and Interdisciplinary Arts: Explorations on the Edge
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A talk with Mark von Hagen, recently appointed interim Director of the ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian & Eastern European Studies.
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Thu, Sep 15
12:00 pm

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Lectures, September 15, 2016, 09/15/2016, From Cold War to Civilizational Conflict: On Learning, Relearning, and Unlearning
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Discuss the book by John Steinbeck.
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Thu, Sep 15
2:00 pm

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Book Discussions, September 15, 2016, 09/15/2016, Discuss Great Books in a Great Space: Cannery Row
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A lecture on Chinese independent films by Prof. Paul Pickowicz (UCSD).
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Thu, Sep 15
3:00 pm

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Lectures, September 15, 2016, 09/15/2016, The Tangled Dynamics of Independent Filmmaking in China: Memory, Identity, and Protest
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Dr. James Tabery offers a historical perspective on personalized and precision medicine.
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Thu, Sep 15
5:00 pm

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Lectures, September 15, 2016, 09/15/2016, Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture
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Two internationally renowned South African artists, Gavin Jantjes and Nandipha Mntambo discuss art and their respective diverse engagements with the nation’s culture, society and history. Mntambo and Jantjes represent different artistic generations in South Africa, spanning the apartheid years and the post-apartheid present. Contextualizing their unique insights into transitions in art and culture within and outside of the country, this discussion marks the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising, a turning point in the struggle against apartheid.First come, first seated.
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Thu, Sep 15
6:00 pm

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Discussions, September 15, 2016, 09/15/2016, Freedom as Form: artists Gavin Jantjes and Nandipha Mntambo talk art, culture, history
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New Yorkers go through hundreds of millions of plastic shopping bags, coffee cups, take-out clamshells, soda straws, and other single-use items every day – all in the name of convenience. But that short-term convenience comes with long-term costs to the environment and our health. Journalist Susan Freinkel, author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, talks about how the rise of plastic helped create a culture of convenience and how to live with the disposables we can’t seem to do without.
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Thu, Sep 15
6:30 pm

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Talks, September 15, 2016, 09/15/2016, New York's Love Affair with Plastics
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This illustrated lecture offers a provocative and original exploration of the cultural, economic and political forces driving religious conversion in the Western world.
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Thu, Sep 15
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, September 15, 2016, 09/15/2016, Susan Jacoby discusses her book Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion
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Writing about books—starting conversations about a novel, a poem, a literary career—combines passion with dedication. Five active literary and cultural critics, all members of the National Book Critics Circle board, will discuss the art of writing about books. These panelists differ in background and experience; some write for legacy newspapers, others for online venues. All represent criticism as an engaging activity that challenges each to be perpetually in search of the new. Joining us are Michael Miller, Jane Ciabattari, Michele Filgate, Kate Tuttle, and Walton Muyumba with moderator Tom Beer. 
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Thu, Sep 15
7:00 pm

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Discussions, September 15, 2016, 09/15/2016, National Book Critics Circle: Expanding the World of Literary Criticism
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Barbara Moore — independent scholar, a close associate of Charlotte Moorman’s, and director of the Peter Moore archive — mines the archive for never-before-seen and rarely-seen photographs chronicling the avant-garde festivals Moorman organized between 1963 and 1980.
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Thu, Sep 15
7:00 pm

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Slide Lectures, September 15, 2016, 09/15/2016, Speed-Dating the Avant-Garde: 15 Festivals in 45 Minutes
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A talk by Hannes Klug, screenwriter, journalist, and author of the recently published Schauplatz Film: New York, followed by a conversation between Hannes Klug and Barbara Natalie Nagel, Assistant Professor at Princeton University's Department of German.
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Fri, Sep 16
6:30 pm

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Talks, September 16, 2016, 09/16/2016, From the Streets to the Screen: Exploring New York’s Cinematic Identities
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Celebrating the work of Shakespeare - a poet of incomperable legacy - on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death, Yomi "Greeds" Sode and Miles Hodges explore what it means to be young men and poets in 2016 through performance and prose. 
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Fri, Sep 16
7:00 pm

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Discussions, September 16, 2016, 09/16/2016, A Reflection on Shakespeare
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Discuss the book by Kristin Hannah.
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Sat, Sep 17
10:30 am

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Book Discussions, September 17, 2016, 09/17/2016, Book Club: The Nightingale
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Join Dr. Joseph Chuman as he talks about the Progressive Era and Ethical Culture's place in it.
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Sun, Sep 18
11:00 am

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Discussions, September 18, 2016, 09/18/2016, How Ethical Culture Helped Save American Society: history and inspiration
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Inwood artist Marc Shanker is exhibiting this month a series of etchings representing Sephardic proverbs in English and Ladino, the Sephardic language that preserved Medieval Spanish. Meet the artist and tour the exhibit. Light refreshments will be served.
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Sun, Sep 18
2:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, September 18, 2016, 09/18/2016, Gallery Tour: Traces of Sepharad
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Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, Sep 19
6:00 pm

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Lectures, September 19, 2016, 09/19/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
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“Identity is, to me, an exploration of all the possibilities of being. It is the opposite of the monolithic. I don’t know whether I became a writer because I was made up of so many pieces of the world, or whether being a writer has made me aware of the wealth of this multiplicity. I sometimes feel that it is a dance on the wire of possibilities and this, for me, is both a literary credo and a life credo. As people tend to entrench themselves behind the barriers of a fixed, immutable identity, I believe our chance of survival is in the exact opposite: in embracing our hybridity, in accepting that identities are soluble in one another, in recognizing that the other is ourselves.” Ananda Devi is a novelist and scholar born in Trois-Boutiques, Mauritius in 1957. She has lived in Ferney-Voltaire, France (near Geneva) since 1989, after having spent some years in Congo-Brazzaville. As an ethnologist and a translator, Devi is sensitive to the interconnection between identities and languages. Choosing to write in French, her novels and short stories also incorporate Creole and Hindi. Her incisive, lyrical and shrewd style offers the French language new cultural and linguistic scope linked to her native island.\
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Mon, Sep 19
6:00 pm

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Lectures, September 19, 2016, 09/19/2016, Vanishing Lines, Soluble Boundaries, Sliding Identities
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Hardly another German gothic story has had as sustained an impact as E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Sandman. One year after the end of the first World War, Sigmund Freud places it at the center of his essay on the uncanny, while Ernst Lubitsch recasts it in his romantic comedy Die Puppe. At the heart of both re-visitations lies the omnipotence of an enchanted vision that endows in-animated objects with a life of their own. Hitchcock’s Vertigo, in turn, explores the dark inversion of such visual screen magic, not without its own touch of black humor.Speaker Elisabeth Bronfen is professor of English and American Studies at the University of Zürich, and, since 2007 Global Distinguished Professor in the German department. She specializes in the interface between literary and visual culture, historical transformations through various media, psychoanalysis, and gender studies. Her publications include Specters of War: Hollywood’s Engagement with Military Conflict, Night Passages: Philosophy, Literature and Film, and Mad Men, Death and the American Dream.
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Mon, Sep 19
6:30 pm

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Talks, September 19, 2016, 09/19/2016, Charmed Visions: E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 'Sandman' on Screen
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Lynne Cox, International Swimming Hall of Famer, delivers this illustrated lecture about super athleticism and human frailty, about invincibility and the sudden (mind-altering) repercussions of illness, and about the triumph of spirit, surrender, and love against it all.
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Mon, Sep 19
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, September 19, 2016, 09/19/2016, Lynne Cox discusses her book Swimming in the Sink: An Episode of the Heart
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The undeclared Russo-Ukrainian war has substantially changed the political views and geopolitical orientations of many Ukrainians. Even more crucially, it caused some shift in identities and value systems. The ethnically Russian and Russophone part of the Ukrainian population was challenged in particular by the events and was targeted by the Russian propaganda. Most of them, except for the Russia-occupied Crimea and Donbas, stood up for the Ukrainian cause and surprised many foreign observers, let alone the Kremlin, with their newly discovered Ukrainian patriotism and civic loyalty. Speaker Mykola Riabchuk is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Political and Nationalities’ Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and a member of the editorial boards of Krytyka, Porownania, and Journal of South Eastern Europe.
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Tue, Sep 20
12:00 pm

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Lectures, September 20, 2016, 09/20/2016, Examined by War: New Bonds and Old Cleavages in Post-Maidan Ukrainian Society
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Discuss the book by Alice Hoffman. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro—the Father of Impressionism.
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Tue, Sep 20
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, September 20, 2016, 09/20/2016, Book Club: Marriage of Opposites
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About the speaker:Gary Wilder is in the Ph.D. Programs of Anthropology, History, and French and is the Director of the Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World (Duke University Press, 2015) and The French Imperial Nation-State: Negritude and Colonial Humanism Between the World Wars (University of Chicago Press, 2005). He is currently co-editing a volume with Jini Kim Watson entitled The Postcolonial Contemporary (to be published by Fordam University Press) and is working on a book of essays entitled Radical Humanism and Black Atlantic Criticism.
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Tue, Sep 20
6:00 pm

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Lectures, September 20, 2016, 09/20/2016, Cooperative Commonwealth: W.E.B. Du Bois's Radical Humanism
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In the Brazilian megalopolis of São Paulo, multiple types of poor and mobile populations share the need for shelter, legal protection, and the access to other social rights. Migrants and refugees, who currently reach the city in their search for a better place of living, have to interpret the city’s networks and institutions, their logics of differentiation as well as their own position vis-à- vis other vulnerable groups. In her talk, Dr. Heike Drotbohm will concentrate on the notion of displacement, which is currently employed both in the field of humanitarian aid as well as by occupy movements, who put it at the center of their social, legal and public acts of resistance. As she intends to show, the term and its political implications prove to be contradictory for people who have experienced dispossession and are asked to join the fight against neoliberal modes of property.
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Tue, Sep 20
6:00 pm

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Lectures, September 20, 2016, 09/20/2016, Exploring Contradictory Politics of Displacement: São Paulo’s Humanitarianism and Occupy Movements
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Nine contemporary artists respond to excerpts from documents written by leaders of the American Revolution in the current public art exhibition Race and Revolution, curated by Katie Fuller on Governor’s Island in New York. Artists Talwst, Nona Faustine, and Cannupa Hanska Luger of the Race Revolution collective, will join Katie Fuller in a moderated conversation about historical memory and the influence of archival material on a contemporary art and activism.
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Tue, Sep 20
6:30 pm

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Discussions, September 20, 2016, 09/20/2016, Race and Revolution
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Seymour Chwast is co-founder of Push Pin Studios and has been director of the Pushpin Group where he reintroduced graphic styles and transformed them into a contemporary vocabulary. His designs and illustrations have been used in advertising, animated films, and editorial, corporate, and environmental graphics. He has created over 100 posters and has designed and illustrated more than thirty children’s books.
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Tue, Sep 20
7:00 pm

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Talks, September 20, 2016, 09/20/2016, Artist Talk: Seymour Chwast
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This informal lunchtime food discussion group will include topics such as nutrition, greenmarkets, cooking techniques, knife skills, and a presentation of books from our collection. They'll highlight a seasonal vegetable and share recipes that give it a starring role. This week's vegetable is everyone's favorite: KALE! They'll "chiff" through some of those large green leaves and if you don't know what that is, c'mon over with your favorite kale recipes to share and find out. Don't forget to bring your lunch!
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Wed, Sep 21
12:30 pm

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Discussions, September 21, 2016, 09/21/2016, Food for Thought Foodie Forum
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The Lightning Challenge: Doctoral Students showcases the academic and creative excellence of the college's doctoral students, challenging them to impart the significance of their dissertation research to a general audience with engaging and exciting presentations limited to just three minutes.  
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Wed, Sep 21
5:00 pm

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Colloquiums, September 21, 2016, 09/21/2016, The Lightning Challenge: Doctoral Students
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Find out what makes a great city—not a good city or a functional city but a great city. Join Alex Garvin, Regina Myer, and Dan Biederman for a discussion with The New York Times’ Michael Kimmelman about the attributes of great cities and what other cities can learn and replicate. A great city is not an exquisite, completed artifact but a dynamic, constantly changing place that residents and their leaders can reshape to satisfy their demands. The panelists discuss what people who shape cities can do to make a city great.
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Wed, Sep 21
6:00 pm

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Discussions, September 21, 2016, 09/21/2016, What Makes a Great City?
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Leonard Marcus is one of the world’s leading authorities on children’s books and their illustration. He is the author of more than 20 pioneering books in his field including Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; Minders of Make-Believe; The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth; and Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing.
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Wed, Sep 21
6:30 pm

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Forums, September 21, 2016, 09/21/2016, Writing for Children and Young Adults Forum: Leonard Marcus
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Co-founder, president, and Congressional lobbyist of the Institute for Science and Human Values,  Toni Van Pelt will discuss the history of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and outline the damage it has done to date and the potential for future damage. She will also discuss ways you can help to stem the tide of religious special exemptions to the rule of the law and to assist and insist in the establishment of secular moral principles in American Culture.
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Wed, Sep 21
6:30 pm

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Lectures, September 21, 2016, 09/21/2016, Religious Freedom or License to Discriminate
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This illustrated lecture offers ways to fight today's pervasive digital surveillance -- the collection of our data by governments, corporations, advertisers, and hackers.
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Wed, Sep 21
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, September 21, 2016, 09/21/2016, Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum discuss their book Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest
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The Kindred Talks explores the links between arts and activism on the complex topics raised by MAPP International's productions, such as climate change, immigration, and more. These public forums gather artists and activists whose work shares a common theme of urgent meaning to us all—as individuals and as a community.What Precedes War, and What Follows In Its Path? is a conversation with four creators whose projects reflect the pre- and post-wartime culture of loss, destabilization, and violence: Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal; Peruvian-born photographer Milagros de la Torre; writer, director, actor, and theater puppet artist Dan Hurlin; and Japanese-born U.S. playwright and theater artist Chiroi Miyagawa.Moderated by journalist and author Chris Hedges. 
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Wed, Sep 21
7:30 pm

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Discussions, September 21, 2016, 09/21/2016, The Kindred Talks: What Precedes War, and What Follows In Its Path?
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A lecture by Prof. Guobin Yang (U. Penn), as well as an exhibition, reception, and film screening.
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Thu, Sep 22
4:00 pm

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Lectures, September 22, 2016, 09/22/2016, Embodied Memories of the Cultural Revolution
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Discuss the book by Jeff Hobbs.
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Thu, Sep 22
5:45 pm

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Book Discussions, September 22, 2016, 09/22/2016, Book Club: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
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Increasingly, scholars are finding that Native American history does not stop at the water’s edge. New and forthcoming work suggests that our old vision of the Native past as a grounded, territorial story is incorrect: from first contact onwards, indigenous people travelled the world and shaped events far from American shores. Ranging from the Pacific to the Arctic to the Caribbean to the Atlantic, the true history of indigenous mariners, whalers, diplomats, and pirates challenges our understanding of how Native people responded to and participated in European global expansion. Speaker Andrew Lipman is an assistant professor of history and the author of the award-winning book The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast.
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Thu, Sep 22
6:00 pm

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Lectures, September 22, 2016, 09/22/2016, Facing East From Indian Waters: The Maritime and Global Turn in Native American History
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This engaging discussion will pay tribute to the dynamic women of 409 and 555 Edgecombe, some of whom history has been relegated to the background, eclipsed by the famous men they married. These influential personages include Shirley Graham Du Bois, Dr. Mamie Phipps Clarke, Louise Thompson-Patterson, and Eslanda Goode Robeson. Rosemari Mealy, J.D., Ph.D. will be in conversation with Tina Campt, Ph.D. A pop-up exhibition will be featured.
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Thu, Sep 22
6:30 pm

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Discussions, September 22, 2016, 09/22/2016, When Sugar Hill Was Sweet: A Woman’s Work Is Never Done
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Dr. Sheldon Solomon, Professor of Psychology will host an engaging dialogue about determining our next president in the upcoming election. He will present social psychological research on why people vote the way they do. Dr. Solomon’s work has been featured in the award-winning documentary film Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality. He is co-author of In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror and The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life.
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Thu, Sep 22
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Discussions, September 22, 2016, 09/22/2016, Election 2016 Fatal Attraction: why people vote the way they do
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The capacity of cities to deal with uncertainty paramount demands high-performing urban resilience measures. As such, creating an enduringly resilient city means innovations etched in steel, bricks and mortar as well as through ‘softscape’ innovations now emerging. Urban resilience also means changes in land use along with better and more equitable ways to protect a city'’s people. Realizing these innovations requires that cities give high priority to advancing the emerging capacities to foster new approaches to climate risk management. Speakers: Nancy Anderson, The Sallan Foundation; Hon. Dawn Zimmer, Mayor, Hoboken; Chris Ward, AECOM; former Executive Director, Port Authority of NY and NJ; former Commissioner, NYC DEP; Michael Gerrard, Professor and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law; Joyce Rosenthal, Mailman School of Public Health; Kate Orff, Columbia GSAPP; Nico Kienzl, Atelier Ten; Juan Camilo Osorio, NY Environmental Justice Alliance; Megan Linkin, SwissRe.
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Thu, Sep 22
6:30 pm

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Discussions, September 22, 2016, 09/22/2016, Ensuring Urban Resilience, Come Hell or High Water
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This illustrated lecture explores the transition of the district from industrial space to artists’ enclave to affluent residential area, focusing on the legacy of urban renewal in and around SoHo and the growth of artist-led redevelopment.
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Thu, Sep 22
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, September 22, 2016, 09/22/2016, Aaron Shkuda discusses his book The Lofts of Soho: Gentrification, Art, and Industry in New York, 1950-1980
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Political scientist Lara Brown is an expert on presidential aspirants and elections from the 1790s to the present. Her books include Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants and The Presidential Leadership Dilemma. She has analyzed how ready presidents have been to serve in the Oval Office.
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Fri, Sep 23
1:00 pm

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Lectures, September 23, 2016, 09/23/2016, Opportunists and the American Presidency: An Historical Perspective
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From 19th-century studio practice through the independence era, African photography has best been known for modes of portraiture that crystallize subjects' identities and social milieus. Even contemporary art photographs are often interpreted as windows into African lives, whether actual or theatricalized.
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Fri, Sep 23
4:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, September 23, 2016, 09/23/2016, Curator's Tour: The Expanded Subject: New Perspectives in Photographic Portraiture from Africa
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This spring marked loss of a major artistic and cultural icon - Prince.  Even President Barack Obama publicly mourned him and the United States Senate passed a resolution praising his achievements. Prince has had such a strong impact – from the boundary-pushing music he wrote and played, the musicians he supported, to the image and fashion he projected. He garnered fans worldwide across age, race, gender, sexual orientation and music genres.In honor of what would have been Prince's 58th year and inspired by the Black Lives Matter's hashtag acknowledging Prince's passing, faculty Julia Ott, Simon Critchley, Deva Woodly and Claire Potter reflect on the unique place The Purple One will forever hold in the cultural zeitgeist, followed by a dance party celebration of his amazing music and visual style.
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Fri, Sep 23
6:30 pm

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Discussions, September 23, 2016, 09/23/2016, #PurpleReigns: A Tribute to Prince
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If you collect, read, or are just interested in classic Pulp magazines and you live in or near NYC, you want to know about the Gotham Pulp Collectors Club. They are pulp readers and collectors who meet once a month to talk about their favorite subject: popular fiction magazines from the first half of the 20th century. They discuss what they've been reading along with new developments in the fields of reprints, movies, TV, auctions, conventions, "New Pulp" fiction, and more.
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Sat, Sep 24
1:00 pm

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Discussions, September 24, 2016, 09/24/2016, Gotham Pulp Collectors Club
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Stars: Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn.A dentist pretends to be married to avoid commitment, but when he falls for his girlfriend and proposes, he must recruit his lovelorn nurse to pose as his wife. 103 min.
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Sat, Sep 24
2:00 pm

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Slide Lectures, September 24, 2016, 09/24/2016, Gene Saks' Cactus Flower (1969): Oscar for Goldie Hawn
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Curt Collier will reflect on how Ethical Culture has shaped his environmental work and how relational based, not dogma based, ethics can indeed transform the world.
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Sun, Sep 25
11:00 am

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Discussions, September 25, 2016, 09/25/2016, Ethics of Action
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Lileana Blain-Cruz is a theater director whose work takes on a variety of forms, from devised events, to radical interpretations of classical works, to installation and performance art and new plays. In Open Studios, audiences can learn more about her latest work-in-progress, a multidisciplinary theatrical project.
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Sun, Sep 25
3:30 pm

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Talks, September 25, 2016, 09/25/2016, Multidisciplinary Theatre: Open Studios with Lileana Blain-Cruz
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Discuss the candidates and party views on health care and the effect the election is expected to have on academic medicine.
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Mon, Sep 26
4:00 pm

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Forums, September 26, 2016, 09/26/2016, Election Forum: Health Care in the 2016 Election
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Authors of color who are excluded from the traditional publishing industry are increasingly turning to self-publishing. As an indie author, Zetta Elliott has the freedom to write about the things that matter most to the members of her community, rather than waiting for approval from the gatekeepers who lack the cultural competence needed to truly appreciate the work of non-traditional authors. Elliott’s imprint, Rossetta Press, produces stories that are culturally specific and organic—not forced through a filter in order to be labeled "universal". Diverse books can foster cross-cultural understanding at an early age. At a moment when 75 percent of whites have no friends of color, and public schools are rapidly "resegregating", the need for diverse children’s literature is greater than ever.
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Mon, Sep 26
6:30 pm

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Talks, September 26, 2016, 09/26/2016, Inclusivity and Indie Authors: The Case for Community-Based Publishing
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Herb Klitzner tells us about what’s coming up in the robot world. Social robots are designed to engage with us humans in a collaborative way – like taking over our complex tasks, or simply waiting for us in line. To be effective, these robots need to interact with humans (or other robots) empathically, so empathy needs to be programed into their “consciousness.”
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Mon, Sep 26
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Lectures, September 26, 2016, 09/26/2016, Speaking of Science: Social Robots and Compassion
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Discuss the book by Leslie Jamison. From personal loss to phantom diseases, this essay collection explores the meanings and manifestations of empathy in society. Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize.
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Tue, Sep 27
3:00 pm

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Book Discussions, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Book Discussion Group: The Empathy Exams
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Nikole Hannah-Jones is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, where she focuses on education and civil rights. Before joining The Times she worked as an investigative reporter at ProPublica, and before that at local papers in Portland and North Carolina; she has also contributed segments on education to This American Life. Her work on the re-segregation of America's housing and its schools has won numerous awards. She will be in conversation with the Journalism School's George Delacorte Professor of Magazine Journalism Keith Gessen.
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Tue, Sep 27
6:00 pm

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Talks, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Segregation Today: A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine
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Kicking off National Voter Registration Day 2016 with performances and a conversation about voting rights and the impact of the immigrant vote in the 2016 federal elections.   
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Tue, Sep 27
6:00 pm

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Discussions, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, NYC Votes Red, White, and Blue Bash: A Party with a Purpose
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A talk by Stephanie Gripne, Founder and Executive Director of the Impact Finance Center. Learn about investment strategies that support sustainability and social justice.
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Tue, Sep 27
6:00 pm

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Lectures, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Social Impact Investing for Sustainability
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Who can forget the strange and wondrous end of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, in which Hermione, the wronged and long-dead queen, is restored to life? Although definitely among the first, the Bard was certainly not the last artist whose imagination was captivated by the notion of the dead woman’s return. Just think of Hitchcock’s Vertigo or Christian Petzold’s Phoenix or David Fincher’s Gone Girl. Join cultural critic Elisabeth Bronfen as she takes us on a journey from Renaissance literature through contemporary cinema to explore the aesthetic and philosophical import of this mysteriously powerful literary trope. Professor Bronfen, of the University of Zurich and New York University, is the author of the groundbreaking Over Her Dead Body: Death, Femininity, and the Aesthetic and, most recently, Mad Men, Death, and the American Dream.
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Tue, Sep 27
6:00 pm

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Lectures, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, The Challenge to Avert Tragedy: The Winter’s Tale Refigured in Vertigo, Phoenix, and Gone Girl
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Discuss the book by Michel Houellebecq.
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Tue, Sep 27
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Book Discussion Group: Submission
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Storyteller Regina Ress shares stories of the best human impulses in response to the attack on September 11, 2001.
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Tue, Sep 27
6:30 pm

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Talks, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Compassion, Generosity and Grace: Stories from 9/11
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Discuss the book by Louis L’amour.
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Tue, Sep 27
6:30 pm

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Book Discussions, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Western Book Discussion: The Man from the Broken Hills
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Four of contemporary crime fiction’s most exciting writers—Megan Abbott, Laura Lippman, Alison Gaylin and Alafair Burke—will talk about their work, and discuss what the rise in popularity and success of crime novels by women says about the current state of both this genre and our society. This panel will be moderated by Laura Miller of Slate. 
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Tue, Sep 27
7:00 pm

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Discussions, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Women in Crime Fiction
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About the speaker:Martha Rust is an associate professor of English at New York University, specializing in late-medieval English literature and manuscript culture. Her first book, Imaginary Worlds in Medieval Books: Exploring the Manuscript Matrix (Palgrave, 2007) envisioned the confines of a medieval manuscript as the potential territory of a virtual world; her current book project, Item: Lists and the Poetics of Reckoning in Late-Medieval England theorizes the list as a device that enables thinking in a variety of modes. She has also written about comics and picture stories in an essay entitled “It’s a Magical World: The Page in Comics and Medieval Manuscripts.” 
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Tue, Sep 27
7:00 pm

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Lectures, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Circles, Lines, and Coils: Picturing Life Stories in Medieval Manuscripts and Rolls
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About the speaker:Martha Rust is an associate professor of English at New York University, specializing in late-medieval English literature and manuscript culture. Her first book, Imaginary Worlds in Medieval Books: Exploring the Manuscript Matrix (Palgrave, 2007) envisioned the confines of a medieval manuscript as the potential territory of a virtual world; her current book project, Item: Lists and the Poetics of Reckoning in Late-Medieval England theorizes the list as a device that enables thinking in a variety of modes. She has also written about comics and picture stories in an essay entitled “It’s a Magical World: The Page in Comics and Medieval Manuscripts.”
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Tue, Sep 27
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Lectures, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Circles, Lines, and Coils: Picturing Life Stories in Medieval Manuscripts and Rolls
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A lecture by Valerie Lester. Lester’s illustrated presentation will set Bodoni’s work in the context of his era (1740-1813). She will examine his progress as a printer, beginning with his early years in his father’s printworks in Piemonte, proceeding to his years as an apprentice at the press of College of the Propaganda Fide in Rome, and culminating in his 45 years of work at the court of Parma.
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Wed, Sep 28
6:00 pm

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Lectures, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Bodoni: The Face Behind the Face
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Discuss the book by by Anthony Doerr. The lives of a blind French girl and a young German radio operator cross paths during World War II in this 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning novel.
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Wed, Sep 28
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Book Club: All The Light We Cannot See
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Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker and author, will speak on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities. Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce Gopnik.
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Wed, Sep 28
6:30 pm

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Lectures, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, The New Yorker writer talks about the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs
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This illustrated lecture traces the historical threads connecting the two men and offers the audience a distinct perspective on the era they so enlivened with their designs.
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Wed, Sep 28
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Hugh Howard discusses his book Architecture's Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson
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Lecturer: Ali Benmakhlouf, Professor of Philosophy at l’Université Paris-Est Créteil and a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. A specialist of medieval Islamic philosophy, political theory, and Frege, he is the editor of the Arabic edition of the Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon. Respondent: Daniel Heller-Roazen, Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. He is the author of Dark Tongues: The Art of Rogues and Riddlers; The Fifth Hammer: Pythagoras and the Disharmony of the World; and The Enemy of All: Piracy and the Law of Nations.
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Wed, Sep 28
7:00 pm

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Lectures, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, A Contemporary Perspective on Arabic Medieval Philosophy
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Discuss Graham Greene's classic exploration of love, innocence, and morality in Vietnam.
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Thu, Sep 29
4:30 pm

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Book Discussions, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Book Club: The Quiet American
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Populism in both the United States and Europe relies heavily on establishing a narrative through mass and social media. Often, as in Britain's Brexit debate or the current US presidential election, commentators suggest that we seem to be living in a post-fact society.Drawing on his new book Free Speech: Ten Principles For a Connected World (Yale University Press), Timothy Garton Ash reflects on the new challenges to free speech that have arisen even in countries where people enjoy constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression. The free speech we need for democracy, he argues, requires more than just the negative liberty of freedom from prior constraint by the state.Reception to follow.
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Thu, Sep 29
6:00 pm

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Lectures, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Free Speech In an Age of Trumpery: A Lecture by Timothy Garton Ash
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A lecture by Dana Renga, Ohio State University.Why is it that we forge deep relationships with onscreen characters whom we would regard as undeserving of positive ethical judgment were we to meet them in our day-to-day lives? Why is it that, via the medium of television, we invite them into our homes, even though we would strive to protect ourselves from their nonfictional counterparts? How does narrative transform ‘villains’ into more ethically complex characters while still representing their villainous behavior? To answer these questions, this talk looks at the representation and appeal of criminals when they are the subject of popular fictionalized accounts, focusing on a selection of recent, well-known Italian Sky television series that humanize and create sympathy for perpetrators.
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Thu, Sep 29
6:30 pm

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Talks, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Angels of Evil: Sympathetic Perpetrators on Small Italian Screens
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Panel discussion moderated by Hannah B Higgins, professor of Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago, with speakers Saisha Grayson, PhD candidate, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Sophie Landres, PhD candidate, Stony Brook University; and Joan Rothfuss, author of Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman (MIT Press, 2014). These scholars—all specialists  in Charlotte Moorman’s work—will focus on the charismatic cellist who lent her talents and energies not only to numerous performances with erstwhile composer and Fluxus artist Nam June Paik but also to the radical, experimental scene of  1960s and ’70s New York—a pivotal moment in late-20th century art.
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Thu, Sep 29
7:00 pm

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Discussions, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, A Moorman-Eye View of New York’s Changing Avant-Gardism
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Currently, nostalgia is an omnipresent phenomenon. This goes for popular culture, where retro aesthetics have turned into a dominant mode of design, as much as for political decision making processes which – like parts of the race for the U.S. American presidency or the BREXIT – are driven by ‘longings for a time that never was.’ Yet how does nostalgia work? Why does it sell? And what do we actually talk about when we talk about nostalgia? In her talk, Sabine Sielke explores the complex cultural work nostalgia manages to accomplish in times of (supposed) acceleration and multiply motivated cultural anxieties. Nostalgia, she argues, is not so much a psychological disposition or a characteristic of certain objects, but a phenomenon of modernism and modernization inextricably entwined with the rise of technologies of reproduction.
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Fri, Sep 30
6:30 pm

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Talks, September 30, 2016, 09/30/2016, Nostalgia for the New
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Planned Parenthood is being presented the Ethical Humanist Award: Still fighting for women's rights after 100 years! This is the first time the Award is being given to an organization, marking the moral courage and tenacity of so many who have worked for women’s rights.Award Presentation Film and Panel discussion with prominent speakers in the field: “The Politicizing of Women’s Health and Sexuality: What we can we do about it.”
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Fri, Sep 30
7:00 pm

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Discussions, September 30, 2016, 09/30/2016, Film screening and discussion on women's rights
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Peter Laurence, author of Becoming Jane Jacobs, and Robert Kanigel, author of the upcoming book Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs, will speak on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities. Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce Laurence and Kanigel.
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Thu, Oct 6
6:30 pm

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Lectures, October 06, 2016, 10/06/2016, Legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs
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Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, Oct 17
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Lectures, October 17, 2016, 10/17/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
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Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, Nov 14
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Lectures, November 14, 2016, 11/14/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
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Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, Dec 12
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Lectures, December 12, 2016, 12/12/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
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