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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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121 free talks, lectures, discussions in New York City (NYC)

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!

Book Discussion |
Discuss the memoir by Paul Kalanithi.
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Sat, Dec 3
11:00 am

Free
Book Discussions, December 03, 2016, 12/03/2016, Fort Washington Book Discussion Group: When Breath Becomes Air
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Amaris Modesto will guide guests through the creative process behind making a scent.Modesto is a mixed media and fragrance artist who believes in putting forth new possibilities in the midst of chaos. Born and raised in smelly New York City, her handcrafted, all natural room and body fragrance line, SENSE, is haiku-bred aromatherapy, creating smell-good, safe creative spaces and beings -- with candles, soaps, perfume oils, and room sprays paired with original poetry and local DJ mixes to compliment the desired vibe.A digital content strategist with a passion for social change, Amaris truly believes art is the core change agent for the world, and we need catalysts, like inspiring space, to tap into the creativity needed to make powerful statements through art. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 3
1:00 pm

Free
Talks, December 03, 2016, 12/03/2016, Making Sense's Scents
Book Discussion |
Discuss the novel with Friends of Dickens.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 3
1:00 pm

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Book Discussions, December 03, 2016, 12/03/2016, Book Discussion Group: Great Expectations
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Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach Barbara Phillips will help participants get greater clarity about what is holding them back from what they want in their lives – and learn simple strategies to move beyond perceived limitations into a life they love living.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 3
2:00 pm

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Talks, December 03, 2016, 12/03/2016, Break Free from Limiting Beliefs: How to Live a Life You Truly Love
Gallery Talk |
Artist, curator and arts worker Matthew Deleget joins artist and educator Paul Sunday to discuss the new series of photographs Archive / Improv created specifically for his Photo Walls in Picture Collection exhibition series in collaboration with Arezoo Moseni. The work is considered in the context of the current moment in photography, hybrid practices and post-minimalism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 3
2:30 pm

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Gallery Talks, December 03, 2016, 12/03/2016, Artist Talk: Paul Sunday
Talk |
Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera, with a libretto by Amin Maalouf, was commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000. It will have its Metropolitan Opera premiere in December with a new production by Robert Lepage, featuring Eric Owens as the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips as his lover on the other side of the sea. Kaija Saariaho will be joined by medieval musicologists and literary scholars to discuss the opera’s connections with troubadour song.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 3
3:00 pm

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Talks, December 03, 2016, 12/03/2016, Composer Kaija Saariaho discusses her opera L’Amour de loin and the troubadours
Gallery Talk |
To commemorate Washington’s emotional farewell to his officers that took place in the Long Room on this date in 1783, a special reenactment of General Washington’s farewell, by John Lopes, will occur throughout the day. Visitors can also take docent-led tours of the Museum, snap a photo in the colonial costume photo booth, and decorate colonial desserts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Dec 4
11:00 am

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Gallery Talks, December 04, 2016, 12/04/2016, Washington’s Farewell
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Emma Donoghue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 5
4:00 pm

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Book Discussions, December 05, 2016, 12/05/2016, Mystery Monday Book Club: The Wonder
Discussion |
With the nation in financial crisis, U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) was a leading co-sponsor of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, the biggest overhaul of the financial regulatory system since the Great Depression. What have the reforms accomplished, and what remains to be done to prevent future economic collapse? He speaks with Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, New York Times columnist, and distinguished professor in the Ph.D. Program in Economics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Dec 5
6:30 pm

Free
Discussions, December 05, 2016, 12/05/2016, Is Financial Reform Working? NY Times' Paul Krugman in Conversation with Ex-Congressman Barney Frank
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture offers insights into one of the most creative, dynamic cities in the modern world. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 5
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, December 05, 2016, 12/05/2016, Ellen Freudenheim discusses her book The Brooklyn Experience: The Ultimate Guide to Neighborhoods and Noshes, Culture and the Cutting Edge
Discussion |
The election is over. Now the future awaits, and the lives of women – of us all – will be transformed. What shifts of policy and culture can we expect for women under President Donald J. Trump? How should we respond as citizens to advance the cause of justice and equal opportunity for women from today forward? To meet that challenge, how will we ourselves change?Join a forum with six esteemed thinkers on how women’s lives could dramatically change during the 45th U.S. presidency.PANELISTS: Rana Abdelhamid · organizer/Founding President, WISE Susana Cook · performance artist/writer/director Margo Jefferson · memoirist/Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Elizabeth A. Sackler, PhD · public historian/arts activist Adrienne Truscott · choreographer/circus acrobat/dancer/writer/comedianMODERATOR: Catharine R. Stimpson · feminist scholar
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Dec 5
7:00 pm

$5
Discussions, December 05, 2016, 12/05/2016, What Will Be Different? A Discussion on Women’s Lives After the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
Tue, Dec 6
10:00 am

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Conferences, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Top research scientists on our future, technology, etc; interactive activities and more
Slide Lecture |
A presentation by Sidney Rocke, Chief Counsel for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, on the government's fight against counterfeiting. This visual presentation will highlight the many little-known security features in the new $100 bill and will shed light on the global issue of counterfeiting US money and what is being done to prevent it.Rocke provides legal advice and counsel on a wide range of issues to the BEP, which is the agency that prints billions of dollars a year in US currency. Among his accomplishments at the BEP, Mr. Rocke advised changing the agency’s regulations to place the burden of proof on the suspected swindlers, and he drafted regulations requiring them to convince a judge that their mutilated or counterfeit money is real.Presentation will be followed by audience Q+A. Feel free to bring your lunch.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 6
12:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, The Fight Against Counterfeiting
Talk |
Senior faculty member Teresa Ghilarducci, Professor of Economics and Director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, delivers this talk.
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Tue, Dec 6
4:00 pm

Free
Talks, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Do Older Workers Lower Younger Workers' Wages? The Political Economy of Aging
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Nate Silver has established himself as today’s leading statistician through his innovative analyses of political polling. He first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when he correctly predicted the results of the presidential election in 49 of 50 states, along with all 35 U.S. Senate races. In 2012, FiveThirtyEight predicted the election outcome in all 50 states. His 2016 forecasts, though, have come under some scrutiny. FiveThirtyEight has made Silver the public face of statistical analysis and political forecasting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Dec 6
5:00 pm

Free
Talks, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Nate Silver, Editor-in-Chief of FiveThirtyEight
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Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup, has been called out for its labor practices. Human rights and labor organizations have condemned the treatment of migrant workers and have called the small gulf nation a modern slave state. While Qatar has been singled out for its labor practices, forced labor arrangements, whether formally sanctioned or informally implemented, are widespread internationally and are profoundly compatible with modern capitalist production. This talk draws on a qualitative examination of the construction industry in Qatar to examine the ways in which compulsion is used in global production systems to meet production challenges. Speaker Natasha Iskander is Associate Professor of Public Policy at New York University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 6
6:00 pm

Free
Talks, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Bonded: Migrant Workers, Global Capitalism, and the Rise of Unfreedom
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The modern era of civilization is marked by immense networks of complicated, interdependent systems and rapidly evolving technologies. Many of these technologies, while born from academia, are implemented and refined in the world of industry. As today’s complex ideas are put into practice, there is an increasing tendency for things to fail, and an urgent desire to prevent such failures.Dr. Troy Morgan, the speaker, is a Managing Engineer at Exponent, specializing in the risk analysis and performance assessment of structures under extreme loading such as earthquakes, wind, flood, and explosions. He has performed extensive research on the use of innovative seismic isolation and energy dissipation devices.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 6
6:00 pm

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Talks, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, The Intersection of Mythbusters, CSI, and Civil Engineering
Talk |
MFA Fine Arts faculty member and New York City-based performance artist Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow speaks about her work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 6
6:00 pm

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Talks, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Artist Talk: Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow
Discussion |
A panel discussion featuring several distinct nonprofit organizations coming together to discuss the mission of their organization, their current and future programming goals, and the critical role art not-for-profits play in supporting emerging and mid-career artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 6
6:30 pm

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Discussions, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Support and Be Supported: Nonprofits and the Arts
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture showcases New York City’s architectural history and richness, surveying a broad range of styles and building types: colonial farmhouses, Gilded Age mansions, churches, schools, libraries, museums, and the great twentieth-century skyscrapers that are recognized throughout the world. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 6
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel discusses her book The Landmarks of New York: An Illustrated, Comprehensive Record of New York City's Historic Buildings
Discussion |
ISIS has threatened global security by capturing territory, enslaving minorities, and killing civilians. It has targeted ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, prompting the US government to declare that the terrorist group is committing genocide. These atrocities have spurred the current tide of refugees that is overwhelming Europe and has left hundreds of thousands of people displaced.Non-state actors such as ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram have changed our understanding of who perpetrates mass atrocities. The international community has a range of traditional military, diplomatic, and economic tools at its disposal to respond to these killings. But how do these options differ in responding to terror groups and preventing further atrocities? Cameron Hudson, director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, will join expert panelists for a discussion moderated by Clifford Chanin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Dec 6
7:00 pm

Free
Discussions, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Genocide in an Age of Terror: The Challenge of Protecting Civilians and Preventing Atrocities
Lecture |
Sequential narration in satiric prints is most famously associated with the “modern moral subjects” of William Hogarth (1697–1764): Harlot’s Progress (1732), A Rake’s Progress (1735), Marriage A-la-Mode (1745), and Industry and Idleness (1747) among others. Less well-known is the broad spectrum of legacy “progresses” produced by subsequent generations drawing both on Hogarth’s narrative strategies and his iconic motifs.James Gillray’s forays into Hogarthian progresses kept the idiom relevant for further development by later graphic satirists including G.M. Woodward, Richard Newton, Charles Williams, Williams Elmes and George Cruikshank whose works will also be considered in this talk.Speaker Cynthia Roman is Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings, The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. She is editor and contributor to Hogarth’s Legacy distributed by Yale University Press, 2016. 
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Tue, Dec 6
7:00 pm

Free
Lectures, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Hogarthian Progresses in Eighteenth-Century Graphic Satire
Discussion |
Join members of the Orchestra past and present for an up-close and personal reflection spanning decades. From milestone events to endearing traditions, learn more about the culture of this historic institution from the inside out. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 6
7:30 pm

Free
Discussions, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, New York Philharmonic Insights: Living History
Lecture |
Syaru Shirley Lin, Professor of Political Economy at Chinese University of Hong Kong and Adjunct Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, gives this talk.
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Wed, Dec 7
12:00 pm

Free
Lectures, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Taiwan's China Dilemna
Discussion |
A public panel with experts on what's ahead for Mexico’s telecommunications. The event will feature a keynote address by Secretary of Communications and Transportation Gerardo Ruiz Esparza and a panel discussing Mexico’s latest developments in the telecommunications sector since the enactment of the reform approved in 2014. Topics for debate include the status of implementation and new regulatory framework, digital inclusion, the Mexico Conectado program, the new competitive environment, investment opportunities, and how to address remaining challenges and opportunities for the public and private sector.Registration: 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.Introductory Remarks by Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza: 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.Panel Discussion: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 7
2:30 pm

Free
Discussions, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Telecommunications in Mexico: An Overview
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by David McCullough.
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Wed, Dec 7
3:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Book Discussion Group: The Wright Brothers
Discussion |
A public panel of distinguished experts to discuss energy trends and investment opportunities in the Western Hemisphere, with a particular focus on Latin America. Topics for debate include energy integration, infrastructure projects throughout Latin America, and how recent geopolitical developments affect the energy landscape and price dynamics in the region.Registration: 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Panel Discussion: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 7
5:00 pm

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Discussions, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, The Western Hemisphere's Energy Landscape in 2017 and Beyond
Gallery Talk |
Stop in for a glass of wine and docent-led highlights of the exhibition.  Each Wednesday through December 28.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 7
5:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Lecture |
Professor Johan Mathew (Rutgers University) will deliver this talk. Mathew is an economic historian with a particular interest in crime and illicit commerce and how they shape capitalist markets. Geographically, he has focused on the western Indian Ocean but he studies and teaches transnational and global history more generally. Before joining Rutgers he was jointly appointed in the Departments of History and Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 7
6:00 pm

Free
Lectures, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Unveiling Money: Counterfeits, Arbitrage, and Finance Across the Arabian Sea
Slide Lecture |
This presentation of Dr. Marcel Sternberger's work includes previously unknown portrait photographs and interviews with notable historical figure such as: Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, George Bernard Shaw, and Indian Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Dr. Sternberger developed his own unique brand of psychological portraiture. Stressing interpersonal dynamics, he interviewed his subjects while photographing them: maneuvering the sessions to produce ephemeral, emotional visages that he captured forever. Dr. Sternberger’s photographs, featured in publications worldwide, were also used as the basis for the U.S. Roosevelt dime and for covers of Freud’s Moses and Monotheism and Nehru’s Glimpses of World History.The talk will include a short biography of Dr. Sternberger, a presentation of his portrait photographs of both famous and everyday people, a description of his psychological technique, and a reading from the recently published The Psychological Portrait: Marcel Sternberger’s Revelations in Photography.Speaker Jacob Loewentheil is an author, traveler, antiquarian bookseller, and rare photography dealer. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in psychology. His first book, The Psychological Portrait: Marcel Sternberger’s Revelations in Photography, explores the work of portraitist Marcel Sternberger through previously unpublished photographs, documents, and interviews.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Dec 7
6:00 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, The Psychological Portrait: Unknown Portraits of Einstein, Roosevelt, Freud, Frida Kahlo, and Others
Book Discussion |
A lively discussion of Edna O'Brien's novel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 7
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Book Discussion Group: The Little Red Chairs
Lecture |
A talk with Aina Begim, postdoctoral fellow at the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 7
6:15 pm

Free
Lectures, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, In Pursuit of Profits: Politics of Time, Risk, and Expertise in Financialized Central Asia
Discussion |
With his new book, The Banjo: America's African Instrument, Laurent Dubois, Professor of Romance Studies and History at Duke University, has written an illuminating biography of an instrument that was an essential part of black culture on Caribbean and North American plantations. Renowned singer and tenor banjo, guitar, and cello player Leyla McCalla will be in conversation with Dubois.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 7
6:30 pm

Free
Discussions, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Banjo Stories and Songs from Haiti and New Orleans
Lecture |
Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, and Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Professor of Humanities at NYU, 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 Sassen and Sennett.
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Wed, Dec 7
6:30 pm

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Lectures, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, The Legacy of Writer and Preservationist Jane Jacobs
Lecture |
Speaker James Wood is Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard University and a book critic at The New Yorker magazine. His most recent book is The Nearest Thing to Life, shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 7
6:30 pm

Free
Lectures, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Writing and Thinking About the Critical Essay
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Richard Taruskin, “America’s public musicologist,” applies his broad cultural analysis, wit, and humor to 21st-century classical music. As in his acclaimed book The Dangers of Music, he provokes debate, asking, what is the artist’s relationship, and obligation, to society? He is the author of the six-volume Oxford History of Western Music and a regular contributor to the New York Times. Taruskin’s talk will be followed by a discussion with Professor Scott Burnham, with a musical interlude. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 7
6:30 pm

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Lectures, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, The Many Dangers of Music
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lectures takes the audience on a lively tour of how the English language is evolving before our eyes -- and argues why we should embrace this transformation, not fight it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 7
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, John H. McWhorter discusses his book Words on the Move: Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally)
Talk |
The artist Roxy Paine in conversation with award-winning art critic and international curator Christian Viveros-Fauné.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 7
7:00 pm

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Talks, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Artist Talk: Roxy Paine
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Burnett is a Detroit native whose grandfather inspired his interest in manufacturing, as he was a watchmaker by trade. After working in the watch industry, he decided to start his own line, Steel Cake, having watches made overseas. Though previously designing and overseeing production for big brands, he found that manufacturing as an independent brand overseas would be a much different experience. Extended turnaround periods, language barriers, and continuous manufacturing errors brought the Steel Cake Watch line to a close. In 2010, Burnett decided to start a line of leather goods (The Brooklyn Bakery) using domestic manufacturers in order to maintain control over the quality of production and form closer relationships with the suppliers and contractors. In 2011 Burnett partnered with Tanya Menendez on The Brooklyn Bakery to manage sales and operations. After pairing with Burnett on the accessories brand, Menendez suggested that they develop a resource that would assist designers in finding American manufacturers. With Burnett’s background in manufacturing and Menendez’s experience with operations, they began to develop the blueprint for what is today known as Maker’s Row.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 7
7:00 pm

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Talks, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Matthew Burnett, Founder of Maker's Row
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Jacki Zehner is the Chief Engagement Officer and former President of Women Moving Millions, a non-profit organization with a big and bold mission to mobilize unprecedented resources for the advancement of women and girls. In 1996, Jacki became the youngest woman and first female trader to be invited into the partnership of Goldman Sachs and she has spent her career as a financial executive, consultant, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Join us for a discussion with Jacki, moderated by Marie C. Wilson of The White House Project. Working to end gender inequality with bold beliefs, bold voices, and bold leadership.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 7
7:00 pm

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Talks, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Jacki Zehner, Former President of Women Moving Millions
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Kristina Erfe Pines, editor of Spoonful Magazine, is joined by such notable food writers and food biz owners as Martha and Marley Spoon's Jennifer Aaronson, Ben Mims, Chitra Agrawal and Sarah Polite to share their secrets to delightful holiday entertaining. Foodies and armchair cooks alike will learn the latest insights and innovative ways to create memorable experiences through food at home.
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Wed, Dec 7
7:00 pm

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Discussions, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Holiday Entertaining Tips with Spoonful Magazine Contributors
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A discussion with international architects and historians to celebrate Le Corbusier’s Architectural Heritage by UNESCO.A group of Le Corbusier’s sites have been added to the World Heritage list by Unesco on July 17, 2016. The announcement of the admission of the 17 buildings by Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris – better known as Le Corbusier, in seven different countries (France, Belgium, Germany, India, Japan, Argentina, and Switzerland) is an unprecedented recognition of modern architecture  in its full scale and geographic diversity.The sites represent more than a half-century, of what Le Corbusier described as his “patient research.” Among them, the Capitol complex in Chandigarh, the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, the house of Dr. Curutchet in La Plata, Argentina, and the Unité d’habitation in Marseille reflect the imaginative solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new forms and techniques in order to answer the needs of society.
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Wed, Dec 7
7:00 pm

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Discussions, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Le Corbusier’s Architectural Heritage
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Thu, Dec 8
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
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The current state of the left political spectrum feels devastated and broken. The current focus on identitarian politics from “progressives” often falls short of addressing the larger problems that arise from our positioning within capitalism. The intention of this series of lectures is to offer basic insights and an analysis of capitalism and the socialist alternative, and in particular the role and place of art within these two systems.Brujas’s constant public engagement with “identity” as women of color and as skateboarders has often been presented by external sources as a marketing piece, or as a spinoff from street culture and the economy surrounding it. Examples like this demonstrate that, for youth operating in the creative economy, it is essential to understand not only their relationship with their identities but also their entanglement with the larger economic and labor systems that play a significant (and often under-recognized) role in defining identities.The School of Politics reflects one of the Brujas’s primary goals: to spread political awareness as our society moves further away from democracy while power remains concentrated in the hands of the elite. 
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Thu, Dec 8
5:00 pm

Free
Lectures, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Collective Creativity
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Annie Dillard.
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Thu, Dec 8
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Book Discussion Group: The Abundance
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How can a writer best change the hearts and minds of readers when they believe strongly about a social or political issue, how do translators help adapt writers’ ideas for different cultures, and how does a book’s cover add meaning and impact to the message? Tonight, there will be a talk with two of guest writers from Europe: Mihkel Mutt, who employed satire in his novels as a means to talk about life under Communism in Estonia and later, after Independence, used more direct means in his essays and journalism; and Szczepan Twardoch, who takes a more philosophical and sociological approach as he writes along a line separating reality from fantasy, psychology from realism, to tell very human stories. Together they’ll be joined by acclaimed translator Alta L. Price, whose work on design-related texts like Jürgen Holstein’s The Book Cover in the Weimar Republic examines the critical role cover design plays in catching the reader’s attention and subverting expectations. Tonight’s conversation is moderated by acclaimed translator, Peter Constantine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 8
6:00 pm

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Discussions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Writing to Change Hearts and Minds
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Robert Hoyland, Professor of Late Antique and Early Islamic Middle Eastern History, delivers this lecture. The emergence of Islamic civilization has remained a key focus of his research and is the subject of his latest book (In God’s Path: the Arab Conquests and the Creation of an Islamic Empire. Reception to follow.
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Thu, Dec 8
6:00 pm

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Lectures, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Muhammad’s Community and the Spread of Monotheism in Late Antique Arabia
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Alexey Titarenko was born in 1962 in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, and lives and works in New York, where he is represented by Nailya Alexander Gallery. He will discuss his seminal series "City of Shadows," created in St. Petersburg in the early 1990s during the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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Thu, Dec 8
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Gallery Talks, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, City of Shadows: An Artist Talk by Alexey Titarenko
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The third Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin features Cori Ellison, Dramaturg at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in England who is on the Vocal Arts Faculty at The Juilliard School. Her expertise and eloquence on everything operatic has benefitted singers and audiences.
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Thu, Dec 8
6:30 pm

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Talks, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Adventures in Italian Opera: A Conversation with Dramaturg Cori Ellison
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A historical lecture presented by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.
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Thu, Dec 8
6:30 pm

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Talks, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Green-Wood Cemetery
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Brooklyn-born Jamel Shabazz has been capturing New York life since he was 15 years old. In his gaze were his peers, members of the local Mosque, elders in their Sunday best, families--all members of communities that shared familial bonds. He recently released a new book, Pieces of A Man. Shabazz will be in conversation with photojournalist, curator and filmmaker, Akintola Hanif, to discuss his photographic contributions to “preserve world history and culture.”
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Thu, Dec 8
6:30 pm

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Discussions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Visually Speaking: Photographer Jamel Shabazz
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How do you describe a Mozart sonata in words so the notes sing and dance on the page as vividly as if you were hearing them? And how does the work of a painter, sculptor or visual artist influence the work of a writer? Masters of each form have influenced each of the guests – join Ann Cotten (pictured), Stefan Hertmans, Martí Sales, and Krisztina Tóth as they discuss these influences and reflect on the ways in which music and art have shaped and influenced their own work. Moderated by author and publisher of Open Letter Books at the University of Rochester, Chad W. Post.
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Thu, Dec 8
6:30 pm

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Discussions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Writing Under the Influence of Music and Art
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This illustrated lecture features videos of Stephen Sondheim and traces his career starting from the early days when he wrote the lyrics for "West Side Story" and "Gypsy" to his work as the writer of both words and music for such shows as "Company," "Sunday in the Park with George," and "Sweeney Todd." Among the many memorable songs highlighted are "Send in the Clowns," "Not While I'm Around," "Not a Day Goes By," and "Being Alive." Artists spotlighted singing his songs include Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, Sarah Vaughan and Elaine Stritch. With Mel Haber.
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Thu, Dec 8
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Words and Music of Stephen Sondheim
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Making an explosive entrance onto the Irish and UK literary scene with rave reviews in the Sunday Times and The Guardian, Colin Barrett’s book of short stories, Young Skins is set in the small rural town of Glanbeigh, a place whose fate took a downturn with the Celtic Tiger, a desolate spot where buffoonery and tension simmer and erupt, and booze-sodden boredom fills the corners of every pub and nightclub. Here and in the towns beyond, the young live hard and wear the scars. Tommy Wieringa’s Little Caesar  is the story of a child’s faith despite parental betrayal and of the importance of self sacrifice, while his IMPAC Dublin Literary Award long-listed, Joe Speedboat,  follows the inhabitants of a sleepy rural town of the fictional Lomark in the municipality of Westervelt in the Netherlands, and is a supersonic story of an unlikely alliance, and a fast dash to grow up.Don’t miss this conversation about friendship and youth, of families and their scars, and the portrayal of a very particular time in a young boy’s life, moderated by associate editor at Grove Atlantic, and publisher and editor in chief of Stonecutter Journal, Katie Raissian. 
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Thu, Dec 8
7:30 pm

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Discussions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, New Literature from Europe Festival 2016: Coming of Age
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Authors invent worlds and people so vividly that we believe them to be real and true. They create imaginary characters and settings that are oftentimes easier to believe than what we watch on the evening news. Sometimes fiction is more believable than fact.  Journalists, on the other hand, are relied upon to deal only in fact. Yet sometimes, authors step away from their imaginary worlds to become journalists who report on facts and real-life situations and characters or reversely, journalists give up the truth to write fiction. What happens in that process and can we really trust what an author writes when they’re being a journalist? Join award-winning BBC journalist, author and filmmaker, Michael Maher, along with Susana Moreira Marques, Asle Skredderberget, and Matei Visniec (pictured), as they consider whether an author makes a reliable journalist and, conversely, if a journalist can change gears to write a work of fiction?
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Thu, Dec 8
8:00 pm

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Discussions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Inventing Realities: Authors in Conversation
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The current state of the left political spectrum feels devastated and broken. The current focus on identitarian politics from “progressives” often falls short of addressing the larger problems that arise from our positioning within capitalism. The intention of this series of lectures is to offer basic insights and an analysis of capitalism and the socialist alternative, and in particular the role and place of art within these two systems.Brujas’s constant public engagement with “identity” as women of color and as skateboarders has often been presented by external sources as a marketing piece, or as a spinoff from street culture and the economy surrounding it. Examples like this demonstrate that, for youth operating in the creative economy, it is essential to understand not only their relationship with their identities but also their entanglement with the larger economic and labor systems that play a significant (and often under-recognized) role in defining identities.
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Fri, Dec 9
4:00 pm

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Lectures, December 09, 2016, 12/09/2016, Youth, Culture and Labor
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Five authors representing a new generation of Hungarian literature meet NYC audiences in a special showcase. The event featuring the launch of The Dispossessed by Szilárd Borbély (HarperCollins), the presentation of the new issue of The Hungarian Quarterly (review copies will be available gratis) and a panel discussion on recent developments in Hungarian literature. Participants: Géza Röhrig, Gábor T. Szántó, Andrea Tompa, Krisztina Tóth, Benedek Totth. On show: Photographer Anna Tihanyi presents her Lucie Award-winning set piece series Berlin bhf. Followed by the New Literature from Europe festival official reception at the Consulate General at 8pm.
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Fri, Dec 9
6:00 pm

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Discussions, December 09, 2016, 12/09/2016, Hungarian Literature in Focus
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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 "Winter Reads."
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Fri, Dec 9
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, December 09, 2016, 12/09/2016, Open Book Night
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An intimate discussion about the art of poetry, featuring four very different poetic voices from Europe – Elena Alexieva
from Bulgaria and the author of Ladder on the Heart and Face of Killer Angel; Ann Cotten whose poetry plays with perspective, an intrinsic part of her poetic process; Immanuel Mifsud (pictured) who sees similarities between the way his own life is evolving and that of a fish in an aquarium; and Krisztina Tóth whose poetry deals in an emphatic, reflected and sometimes ironic way with everyday scenes and conflicts. Together, they’ll be in conversation with acclaimed poet, playwright and literary travel writer, Nathalie Handal.
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Fri, Dec 9
6:30 pm

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Discussions, December 09, 2016, 12/09/2016, Poetry In Motion
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In recent Serbian cinema, coming-of-age narratives are frequently offered as frameworks for a critique of social, cultural and economic circumstances of precarity rooted in the country’s ongoing post-socialist transition. This focus on troubled youth in films such as Barbarians (Ivan Ikić, 2014), Skinning (Stevan Filipović, 2010) and Tilva Rosh (Nikola Ležaić, 2010) often highlights male subcultures and allows for an inspection of the links between nationalism, youth rebellion, post-conflict trauma and social class. Lecturer Dijana Jelača is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.
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Fri, Dec 9
6:30 pm

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Lectures, December 09, 2016, 12/09/2016, Millennial Girlhood and Social Class in Serbia’s Transitional Cinema
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Discuss the book by Anne Bronte.
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Sat, Dec 10
10:30 am

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Book Discussions, December 10, 2016, 12/10/2016, Classic Literature Reading Group: Agnes Grey
Gallery Talk |
Slavin's 40 year chronicle of groups and gatherings will be on exhibit, including many pictures presented in the United States for the first time. Slavin is both a still photographer and film director. His monographs include PORTUGAL, WHEN TWO OR MORE ARE GATHERED TOGETHER, and BRITONS. Refreshments will be served.
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Sat, Dec 10
2:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, December 10, 2016, 12/10/2016, Artist Talk: Neal Slavin
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We carry some characters from books around with us like they’re trusted friends. We feel as close to them as we would to flesh and blood human beings we’ve known, loved, or loathed. We have strong feelings about them, we trust or distrust them, they make us laugh and cry. They’re as living and breathing as the reader. What’s the secret to making characters come to life, inhabit life-like bodies and feel life-changing emotions? What’s the magic that goes into making the description of a person in words spring to three-dimensional life? Join award-winning guests from Europe, Szczepan Twardoch, Asle Skredderberget, and Tommy Wieringa, as well as New York Times bestseller Elizabeth Flock (pictured), as they describe how they breathe life into their unforgettable characters. Moderated by writer, translator, and co-founder of New Vessel Press, Ross Ufberg.
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Sat, Dec 10
3:00 pm

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Discussions, December 10, 2016, 12/10/2016, Character Building: Authors in Discussion
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Come throw poetry in the atom smasher with death, essays, grief, television, orientalism, science fiction, wandering, and ghosts. This event on hybrid forms and migrant thoughts features writers Madhu Kaza, Janice Lee, and Sun Yung Shin, the latter two appearing in a rare New York visit. They’ll explore poetry as a discursive site not unlike the essay--and also poetry as a site for encounters with the dead. Fans of Teju Cole, Maggie Nelson, and Bhanu Kapil, come through! Explore death! Explore hybridity! Explore the unbearable!
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Sat, Dec 10
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Discussions, December 10, 2016, 12/10/2016, Poetry Versus Essay Versus Ghost
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Join our European guests Colin Barrett, Mihkel Mutt, and Immanuel Mifsud, along with award-winning American author Deborah Eisenberg, as they discuss the special challenges and rewards of keeping a fresh voice in the condensed framework of the short story form. How are writers of short stories able to tell such big and memorable narratives in so few words? Joining them as moderator is Benjamin Nugent (pictured), whose short stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Best American Short Stories, and Tin House, among others.
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Sat, Dec 10
4:30 pm

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Discussions, December 10, 2016, 12/10/2016, The Art of the Short Story
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We live in an age of near constant disruption. Innovations in various industries push the creative envelope and advance the social good by offering radically new ways of approaching accepted industry practices. But can such disruption happen within the "ivory tower"? Or does one need to look beyond the traditional campus to find new ways of reaching and best serving today's new and wider audiences? What can traditional education providers learn from non-accredited academic institutions to help reimagine the learning landscape?Join thinkers at the vanguard of discourse - and practice - of education’s rapidly shifting frontier. Panelists will explore innovations in learning modalities, discuss advances in education access, and share insights.Moderator: Cynthia Lawson, Vice President, Distributed and Global EducationPanelists: Julia Foulkes, Professor of HistoryRob Kingyens, Founder and CEO, Qubed Education
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Sat, Dec 10
6:00 pm

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Discussions, December 10, 2016, 12/10/2016, What is an Open Campus? Beyond the Ivory Tower
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"The election of Donald Trump has generated an atmosphere of anxiety and fear unprecedented in the history of the modern presidency. And rightly so. The future looks uncertain but dark. However frightening for progressives, it is especially so for vulnerable minorities — Muslims, immigrants, people of color, as well as fellow citizens who receive their health insurance from the Affordable Care Act and are one medical bill away from financial ruin. But think global warming, and we are all imperiled as the fate of the planet ostensibly rests in the hands of Mr. Trump, a climate-change denier.People are anxious and a sense of despair is understandable. But human beings cannot remain in despair for long, and anxious for even less so. At some point we must reclaim our hope. Speaking for myself, I abjure false hope. I am emotionally averse to Pollyanna-ish assertions of cheeriness when the facts speak otherwise. So my question is, can we find sources for an empirically-based hope? I think we can, and I will be examining these sources." --Speaker Joseph Chuman
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Sun, Dec 11
11:00 am

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Talks, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Finding Hope in Times of Despair
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French activist and attorney Serge Klarsfeld in conversation with award-winning journalist and author Andrew Nagorski.Perhaps most famous for unmasking Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon, Klarsfeld discusses how he and his wife Beate continue to seek justice for the victims and survivors of SS war crimes and the French Vichy collaborators.
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Sun, Dec 11
2:00 pm

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Talks, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, The Nazi Hunters
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An afternoon of interactive presentations, performances and panel discussions addressing the State of Hip Hop Music, Culture and Community, prompted by student-developed inquiry. Over the course of the semester the class has explored the history, development and Diaspora of Hip Hop through the portal of the Elements (MCing, DJing, Breakin’, Graffiti, Beatboxing, Beatmaking, Photography and Journalism). The guided investigation and independent research have produced Essential Questions into which we’ve dug deep.
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Sun, Dec 11
3:00 pm

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Symposiums, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Hip Hop Skills, Style and Science
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With Mexico now nearly 80% urbanized, Mexican urban planners and citizens face immense challenges from over-congestion of roadways to providing basic services. Although Mexico has generated innovative responses to such challenges, such as creating “double-decker” transit routes for cars and shutting down major portions of the capital for pedestrians and bicyclists, what are the implications of an increasingly urbanized Mexico?  What does this means for its citizenry and the nation’s political discourse? How are politicians and urban planners seeking to respond to these challenges? Policy Paradoxes: The Case of the Double-Decker Transit Routes for Cars in Mexico City David López, The New School How is it that a progressive government like that of Mexico City in the early 2000s supported privatizing the city's roads system? By studying the case of the double-decker transit routes for cars in Mexico City, this presentation will discuss the interests and pressures at work in the privatization of a public good. In the Shadow of the Metropolis: Informal and Public Housing in Mexico City David Yee, Stony Brook University A mounting housing crisis in 1950s Mexico City forced architects, politicians, and residents to develop new forms of housing and urban planning in order to confront the challenges of modernization. This presentation will discuss the cultural and socio-spatial dimensions of Mexico’s attempts to find housing solutions for the millions of migrants who arrived to Mexico City in the middle of the twentieth century. Moderator: Eric Zolov, Stony Brook University
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Mon, Dec 12
4:00 pm

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Discussions, December 12, 2016, 12/12/2016, Urbanization in Mexico: Responding to Challenges
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Writing a crime novel involves several elements, the least of which may be the crime itself. The best crime novels skillfully combine character, plot and scene, and in this panel they will discuss how the writer comes up with the idea for the novel or short story, and then how he or she puts it together. In discussing this, we'll also give tips to readers on how best to read a crime novel, what to look for, and how to look for it.Panelists Include:Reed Farrel ColemanSJ RozanS.A. SolomonCharles Salzberg
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Mon, Dec 12
5:30 pm

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Discussions, December 12, 2016, 12/12/2016, How to Write (and Read) a Crime Novel
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 12
6:00 pm

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Lectures, December 12, 2016, 12/12/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
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Lilly Maier details a remarkable story to arise out of the horrors of the Holocaust. Over 10,000 mostly Jewish children could be rescued, because their parents were willing to separate from them. From Nazi Germany, Austria, Poland, and Czechoslovakia these children – aged two to 16 – were brought to safety in Great Britain and France starting in December 1938. Many of them later emigrated to the United States. The Kindertransport saved these children, but it also had very distinctive and often traumatic long-term effects on their later lives. Lilly Maier is a Fulbright scholar, historian, and journalist.
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Mon, Dec 12
6:30 pm

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Lectures, December 12, 2016, 12/12/2016, The History of the Kindertransport and Its Long-Term Effects
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This illustrated lecture captures Muhammad Ali up close and unguarded in the run-up to the "Rumble in the Jungle," a historic boxing match in Zaire on October 30, 1974.
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Mon, Dec 12
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, December 12, 2016, 12/12/2016, Peter Angelo Simon discusses his book Muhammad Ali: Fighter's Heaven 1974
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Speaker: Hitoshi Tanaka, Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute, Ltd.Moderator: Takako Hikotani, Visiting Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy.
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Tue, Dec 13
12:00 pm

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Lectures, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, US Presidential Election: The View from Japan
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by John Lewis.
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Tue, Dec 13
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Book Discussion Group: March: Book One
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Kameelah Janan Rasheed is an artist, writer and former public school social studies teacher. Through immersive text-based installations, large-scale public text pieces, publications, sound projects and discursive programming, her work engages with both figurative and literal language to explore how we narrate the connections between the past, present and future. In her interdisciplinary and research ­intensive practice, she considers ideas of selective legibility and opaqueness as a political strategy; the tension between narrative contingencies and narrative resolutions; as well as black traditions of covert literacies and self-publishing.
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Tue, Dec 13
6:00 pm

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Talks, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Artist Talk: Kameelah Janan Rasheed
Lecture |
Lecturer Yitzchak Jaffe is a Visiting Assistant Professor. As an anthropological archaeologist who studies the development of complex societies in Ancient China, his research investigates interaction among different social groups and the ways in which culture contact creates and shapes social identities. His work draws inspiration from contemporary scholarship on culture contact, colonialism and globalization and how these engender new food-ways, mortuary practices and other social practices. Reception to follow.     
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Tue, Dec 13
6:00 pm

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Lectures, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, A Cumulative Han Culture: Paradigms of Tradition and History in the Study of Early China
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This illustrated lecture explores the authors' mission to revitalize Ashkenazi cuisine with recipes that draw inspiration from Jewish bakeries, neighborhood delis, old-fashioned pickle shops, and their own childhood kitchens.
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Tue, Dec 13
6:00 pm

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Slide Lectures, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Jeffrey Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern discuss their book The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods
Discussion |
A timely and important conversation with Sam Tanenhaus and Richard Wolin reflecting on the 2016 election and its implications for the future of American politics.  The 2016 election has raised fundamental questions about the well-being of democracy in America. It has also raised important questions about the health of the two-party system and the future of the Republican Party. It is in this spirit that political analysts and pundits have been wondering aloud: is “Trumpism” a blip on the radar, or is it likely to become an enduring feature of the American political landscape? If the latter is the case, what type of political challenges and upsets might we expect in the future? 
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Tue, Dec 13
6:30 pm

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Discussions, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Does American Conservatism Have a Future? The 2016 Election in Retrospect
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George Herriman’s biographer Michael Tisserand revisits the years when boxing, funny animals, and the one cartoonist’s genius produced comics’ most enigmatic character.Michael Tisserand’s biography of George Herriman, Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White will be published by HarperCollins in December 2016. His previous books include The Kingdom of Zydeco and the Hurricane Katrina memoir Sugarcane Academy. He lives in New Orleans. 
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Tue, Dec 13
7:00 pm

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Talks, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Gone Krazy: The Early Days of George Herriman and Krazy Kat
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Beginning in the mid-1980s, photographer Chris Verene has been chronicling the small community of Galesburg, Illinois, which is home to three generations of his family. His talk is part of the i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture series, which features presentations by digital photographers, hardware and software developers and industry experts.
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Tue, Dec 13
7:00 pm

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Talks, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Photographer Talk:  Chris Verene
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Renowned food writer Mark Bittman moderates a discussion on a topic of central importance to all New Yorkers: how the food on our tables is affected by public policy. Bittman is the author of 20 books, including the How to Cook Everything series, and a former New York Times columnist (The Minimalist) and Opinion writer on cooking, health, agriculture, and more. Participants include Gergely Baics (Barnard College), who will speak about his new book Feeding Gotham: The Political Economy and Geography of Food in New York, 1790-1860; Marion Nestle (NYU), who will report on the late Joy Santlofer’s new book Food City: Four Centuries of Food-Making in New York (for which she provided a foreword) and her own work on the politics of food; and Nick Freudenberg, distinguished professor of public health at Hunter College and the Graduate Center and director of the CUNY Doctor of Public Health program, who will discuss food policy issues facing the city.
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Tue, Dec 13
7:00 pm

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Discussions, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Feeding Gotham: The History and Future ​of Food Policy in New York City
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Are you retired? About to retire? Thinking about retiring? Welcome to the “new” retirement. Baby boomers are healthier and living longer than previous generations. They are pioneers in the search for a meaningful and purposeful “third act”. Come join speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach Barbara Phillips to clarify (or re-clarify) what is most important to you at this stage of life and learn from other retirees.
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Wed, Dec 14
3:00 pm

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Talks, December 14, 2016, 12/14/2016, The New Retirement: Finding Purpose in Your 'Third Act'
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Stop in for a glass of wine and docent-led highlights of the exhibition.  Each Wednesday through December 28.
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Wed, Dec 14
5:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, December 14, 2016, 12/14/2016, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
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Discuss the book by Lily King.
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Wed, Dec 14
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, December 14, 2016, 12/14/2016, Book Discussion Group: Euphoria
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Discuss the book by Kristin Hannah.
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Wed, Dec 14
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, December 14, 2016, 12/14/2016, Book Club: The Nightingale
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On the occasion of the publication of the catalog for The Artist’s Museum, an exhibition on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston from November 16, 2016–March, 26, 2017, the artists in the exhibition Carol Bove, Anna Craycroft and Sara VanDerBeek are joined in conversation by Dan Byers, Mannion Family Senior Curator at the ICA/Boston.
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Wed, Dec 14
6:00 pm

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Discussions, December 14, 2016, 12/14/2016, Contributors discuss the exhibition The Artist's Museum
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A curator’s tour of an  exhibition exploring the vital creative character and dramatic social context of pre- and post-revolutionary Odessa, Ukraine (formerly Russia) through the work of two of the city’s most important artists – the writer Isaac Babel and the painter Yefim Ladyzhensky.
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Wed, Dec 14
6:30 pm

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Gallery Talks, December 14, 2016, 12/14/2016, Curator's Tour: Odessa / Оде́сса: Babel, Ladyzhensky, and the Soul of a City
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Celebrated novelist Dana Spiotta (Stone Arabia, Eat the Document) returns to the Center to talk about her latest book, the critically acclaimed. Spiotta will be joined in conversation by the award-winning master of American fiction George Saunders. 
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Wed, Dec 14
7:00 pm

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Discussions, December 14, 2016, 12/14/2016, Dana Spiotta discusses her book Innocents and Others
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Join Jonas Mekas, John Richardson, and Edmund White as they discuss Claude Arnaud’s passionate and monumental biography of Jean Cocteau–which reassesses the life and legacy of one of the most significant cultural figures of the twentieth century.
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Wed, Dec 14
7:00 pm

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Book Discussions, December 14, 2016, 12/14/2016, A Conversation on Claude Arnaud's biography Jean Cocteau: A Life
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A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Thu, Dec 15
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
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Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.
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Thu, Dec 15
2:00 pm

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Book Discussions, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
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They will be discussing the book by Cynthia Bond.
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Thu, Dec 15
4:00 pm

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Book Discussions, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, Harlem Book Group: Ruby
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Famous for his work on Chicago, Cabaret, and other musical theater masterworks, composer John Kander transformed American musical theater, along with his songwriting partner Fred Ebb.  Celebrating his many successes in London and New York, the Library welcomes Kander for a Curtain Up Conversation. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about Kander’s writing process, hear his memories from Broadway and the West End, while observing rarely seen artifacts from the Library’s collections.
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Thu, Dec 15
6:00 pm

Free
Talks, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, John Kander, Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-Winning Composer of Cabaret and Chicago
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Dr. Markus Gabriel, Chair in Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy and Director of International Center for Philosophy, University of Bonn, will first reconstruct some recent arguments designed to show that the naturalistic worldview fails. It is not the case that we have to integrate all phenomena in a causally closed universe or nature which is fundamentally material-energetic, and, as such, does not contain mental states or events.
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Thu, Dec 15
6:00 pm

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Talks, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, How to Conceive of the Mind After Naturalism’s Failure(s)
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Speaker Carolivia Herron ’s children’s book, Nappy Hair, which caused a major national controversy on diversity education in 1998, was published while Carolivia was rediscovering and affirming her Jewish identity. The book was banned in Brooklyn and elsewhere because community members didn’t want a white teacher teaching about black hair. The banning catapulted the book onto the best seller list, and sent Carolivia to Jewish communities nationwide - - sparking a conversation that expanded the Judaic journey of Nappy Hair from a backyard picnic in Washington, DC, to the media extravaganza that is New York City. 
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Thu, Dec 15
6:30 pm

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Talks, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, Banned in Brooklyn: The Judaic Journey of Nappy Hair from Washington, DC to NYC
Discussion |
New York has long been America's premier "city of immigrants." This panel will explore past and current municipal efforts to provide safe haven to those seeking asylum, and assess the challenges presented by state and federal law.   Mae Ngai (Columbia) will provide an overview of modern U.S. immigration law. Francisco Goldman ofThe New Yorker will discuss the politics of sanctuary. Camille Mackler, Director of Legal Initiatives, New York Immigration Coalition, and Heather Axford, Central American Legal Assistance, will report on sanctuary activists. Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, will provide an administration assessment of the current state of affairs. Julia Preston of the New York Times will moderate.
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Thu, Dec 15
6:30 pm

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Discussions, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, Sanctuary City: Asylees, Refugees, and Migrants in NYC
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A talk by Jose Roca, the founder and artistic director of FLORA ars + natura, an art and residency-based space in Bogota, Colombia, that specializes in the relationship between art and nature. He will be in conversation with Gabriela Rangel, director of visual arts and chief curator, the Americas Society, New York, and Ana Sokoloff, a leading art advisor who has championed the Colombian scene worldwide for the last two decades. Together, they will discuss the role of independent spaces in the context of the broadening art scene in Colombia, focusing on the evolving process that has shaped FLORA.
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Thu, Dec 15
6:30 pm

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Discussions, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, Remapping the Landscape: Culture, Nature, Politics and the Place of Change
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Sat, Dec 17
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Symposium |
Playwright, poet, and author Heiner Müller (January 9, 1929 – December 30, 1995) is considered the most significant German dramatist of the 20th-century after Bertolt Brecht. Müller’s Hamletmachine represents an iconic and enigmatic text in post-dramatic theatre that has been highly influential on a global scale for writers, directors and dramaturgs. During the 1970s, Müller got permission to temporarily leave East Germany to visit America. Müller’s journeys in the U.S. included cross-country car trips and visits to San Francisco, Texas and New York City—an experience that ultimately changed the aesthetics of his work.The all-day symposium will trace Müller’s artistic and political thinking and artistic practice during his American journeys, where he witnessed the decline of Socialism at home and the rise of Neo-Capitalism in the U.S. International theatre artists, scholars, friends and former students will revisit the dramatist’s journey through America with screenings, an exhibition of documentary materials, excerpted readings of selected work, short lectures, and panel discussions.
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Mon, Dec 19
10:00 am

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Symposiums, December 19, 2016, 12/19/2016, Heiner Müller‘s Discovery of America
Discussion |
Writing a crime novel involves several elements, the least of which may be the crime itself. The best crime novels skillfully combine character, plot and scene, and in this panel they will discuss how the writer comes up with the idea for the novel or short story, and then how he or she puts it together. In discussing this, we'll also give tips to readers on how best to read a crime novel, what to look for, and how to look for it.Panelists Include:Reed Farrel ColemanSJ RozanS.A. SolomonCharles Salzberg
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Mon, Dec 19
6:15 pm

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Discussions, December 19, 2016, 12/19/2016, How to Write (and Read) a Crime Novel
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture features the most important and influential obits from the newspaper's archives. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Dec 19
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, December 19, 2016, 12/19/2016, William McDonald discusses his book The New York Times Book of the Dead: 300 Print and 10,000 Digital Obituaries of Extraordinary People
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Saroo Brierley.
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Tue, Dec 20
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Book Club: A Long Way Home
Gallery Talk |
Stop in for a glass of wine and docent-led highlights of the exhibition.  Each Wednesday through December 28.
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Wed, Dec 21
5:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Book Discussion |
Discuss the play by Tennessee Williams.
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Thu, Dec 22
5:45 pm

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Book Discussions, December 22, 2016, 12/22/2016, Book Discussion Group: The Glass Menagerie
Book Discussion |
Discuss the novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
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Tue, Dec 27
3:00 pm

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Book Discussions, December 27, 2016, 12/27/2016, Book Club: The Sympathizer
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Dashiel Hammett.  
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Tue, Dec 27
8:00 pm

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Book Discussions, December 27, 2016, 12/27/2016, Detective Novel Discussion: The Maltese Falcon
Gallery Talk |
Stop in for a glass of wine and docent-led highlights of the exhibition.  Each Wednesday through December 28.
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Wed, Dec 28
5:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, December 28, 2016, 12/28/2016, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Thu, Dec 29
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, December 29, 2016, 12/29/2016, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Slide Lecture |
As we remember the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and its relevance to American diplomacy today, this illustrated lecture tells the rich personal narratives of sailors, soldiers, pilots, admirals, emperor, and president as they take their place in history—some for the first time in public discourse. 
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Thu, Dec 29
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, December 29, 2016, 12/29/2016, Craig Nelson discusses his book Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Thu, Jan 7
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Thu, Jan 14
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, January 12, 2017, 01/12/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Sat, Jan 16
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, January 14, 2017, 01/14/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Thu, Jan 21
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, January 19, 2017, 01/19/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Wed, Jan 27
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Sat, Feb 6
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 04, 2017, 02/04/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Thu, Feb 11
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 09, 2017, 02/09/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Thu, Feb 18
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Sat, Feb 20
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 18, 2017, 02/18/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
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A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Thu, Feb 25
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
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