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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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A presentation by Human Rights Watch Central Asia Researcher Steve Swerdlow on political imprisonment in Uzbekistan. This Human Rights Watch report highlights the cases of 34 of Uzbekistan's most prominent individuals imprisoned on politically motivated charges, some of whom have been imprisoned for over two decades, and calls on the Uzbek government for their immediate and unconditional release.
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Lectures, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014, 'I Will Hold Out Until the Very End': Politically Motivated Imprisonment in Uzbekistan
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Dr. Ricardo Lorenzetti is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Argentina and a tenured Professor at the University of Buenos Aires. He holds several Doctor Honoris Causa awards from Argentine and Latin American universities, and is the author of more than 35 books and more than 150 articles in specialized law reviews. Amongst other distinctions, Lorenzetti serves as the Co-President of the United Nations Environment Program's World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability.
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Lectures, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014, The Argentine Supreme Court: A View from the Chief Justice
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With: Gari Ledyard, King Sejong Professor Emeritus Discussant: George Kallander, Associate Professor, Department of History, Syracuse University.
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Lectures, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014, Hong Taeyong on China: An 18th Century Korean Sirhak Scholar's Views
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Presented by Paul E. Stanwick (Independent Scholar).
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Lectures, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014, Portraits of the Ptolemies: Greek Kings as Egyptian Pharaohs
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Join an expert panel reflecting on Bosnia's 2014 general elections. What challenges and opportunities do the elections bring to the future of Bosnia and the wider Balkan region? The distinguished panelists will provide interesting insight into the dynamics of domestic and regional political and societal developments. Questions and Answers session will follow after the speakers' presentations.
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Discussions, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014, Bosnia's 2014 General Elections: New Possibilities and Challenges Going Forward
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Join Brett Littman, curator of Xanti Schawinsky: Head Drawings and Faces of War, for a walkthrough of the exhibition.
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Gallery Talks, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014, Curator's Talk: Xanti Schawinsky: Head Drawings and Faces of War
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VICE, a magazine focused on arts, culture, and news topics, began as an online zine in Montreal in 1994. Five years later, the founders moved it to New York where they expanded the magazine to VICE Media (now headquartered in Williamsburg) and created divisions that include: the magazine, a website, a film production company, an HBO news series, a record label, a publishing imprint, a network of online video channels including VICE.com, TehCreatorsProject.co, Motherboardtv, Fightland.com, Noisey.com, and Thu.mp, and much more.
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Discussions, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014, From Punk Zine to Major Media Force: Vice Magazine
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As a respected writer on contemporary art and curator to Deutsche Bank, which holds one of the largest and most respected private collections in the world, Alistair Hicks is both a commentator and tastemaker, and uniquely placed to give an overview of the art world today. In this lecture, he introduces some of the most significant artists working in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, and shows how they express the rapid social changes around them.
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Lectures, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014, The Changing World of Contemporary International Art Today
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Professor Maria Rubert de Ventós is a Barcelona-based architect, urban designer and illustrator. She received her degree in architecture (1981) and her doctoral degree (1993) from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Currently teaching urbanism at the Masters and Doctoral Programs of Barcelona School of Architecture (UPC), she has been invited professor to different European (Winterthur, Kassel, Ferrara, Palermo, Venice, Paris) and American Universities (Santiago de Chile, Medellín).
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Lectures, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014,  Antoni Gaudí: Barcelona Backdrop
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This debate, featuring a transatlantic panel, will question whether some words and ideas are just too hateful for public life. Speakers: - Brendan O'Neill Editor, spiked - Greg Lukianoff President, FIRE - Nadine Strossen campaigner and academic - Wendy Kaminer lawyer and social critic
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Discussions, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014, Free Speech for Haters?
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A discussion with Ana Gomes will feature a welcome by Alexander Cooley, Professor of Political Science and Deputy Director for Social Sciences Programming at the Harriman Institute, and will be moderated by David Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-Building and Rights at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Ana Gomes has been a member of the European Parliament since 2004. She is a full member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and of the Subcommittee for Security and Defence, as well as a full member of the Delegation for the relations with the United States and the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean.
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Discussions, October 31, 2014, 10/31/2014, The EU Response to Deadly Conflict: Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine
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Although one of the oldest – if not the oldest - technique of fine art, drawing is fresh and new. Many artists use drawing not only to express their emotional situation and feelings, but also to create their personal view on different worlds and work on individual concept papers. On the occasion of the special exhibition of the great Austrian draughtsman Alfred Kubin (1877-1959) at Shepherd Gallery in New York, this lecture by art historian Peter Assman, gives an overview on the function and importance of drawing in today`s Austrian art world. Experienced artists, for whom drawing is central to their oeuvre, are compared with younger names still looking for their original paths in the fascinating field of “the art of the line”.
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Lectures, October 31, 2014, 10/31/2014, The Art of the Line: An Insight into Contemporary Austrian Drawing
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Ten years date of birth and ten east to west side Manhattan Avenues separate two renowned authors in their distinct and distinguished literary field. Vicissitudes of life bring the two close together, without their ever having met in New York City to the extent both can be viewed as soul brother &amp; sister or, at least, soul mates. Join Saint-Exupery expert Howard Scherry as he discusses children's authors Margaret Wise Brown ("Writer of Songs and Nonsense," as she wished to be remembered on her Maine Island engraved epitaph) and Antoine de Saint-Exupery (legendary aviator and author of the fairy tale "unique in all the world").
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Lectures, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Margaret Wise Brown and Antoine de Saint-Exupery: Parallels in Their Life, Comparison in Their Literature
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Join curator Andria Hickey for a tour of the exhibition and a discussion of this multi-faceted global project.
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Talks, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Exhibition Tour: Danh Vo: We The People
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A presentations by Dennis Raverty, Ph.D., Art Historian. Topic: The Protestant Christ of Rembrandt - Rembrandt sought a realistic Jesus in the faces of the contemporaneous Jews of Amsterdam who had fled the Spanish Inquisition.
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Lectures, November 02, 2014, 11/02/2014, Reformation/Counter-Reformation: European Art in the Age of Religious Struggle
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A discussion featuring Jill Godmilow, Independent Filmmaker and Emeritus Faculty at University of Notre Dame. Since 1966, Jill Godmilow has been producing and directing non-fiction and narrative films including the Academy Award nominated Antonia: A Portrait Of The Woman (1974); Far from Poland, (1984) the post-realist documentary feature about the rise of the Polish Solidarity movement; Waiting for the Moon (1987), a feminist/modernist fictional feature about the lives of the literary couple Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein (1st prize, Sundance Film Festival); Roy Cohn/Jack Smith (1995), a cinematic translation of a theater piece by performance artist Ron Vawter; What Farocki Taught, a replica and interrogation of a short film by German filmmaker Harun Farocki about the production of Napalm B during the Vietnam war, and most recently, a 6 hour, DVD archive, Lear ’87 Archive (Condensed) about the work of the renown New York City theatrical collective, Mabou Mines, at work on a fully gender-reversed production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear”.
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Talks, November 03, 2014, 11/03/2014, Staying Out of the Torture Room: The Post-Realist Documentary
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Conceptual artist Leslie Hewitt joins award-winning cinematographer and artist Bradford Young in a conversation with Thomas J. Lax, Associate Curator of Media and Performance Art, MoMA. For a half-decade, Hewitt and Young have worked together, making site-specific moving-image installations that have been on view at The Kitchen, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Menil Collection, the MCA Chicago, and the Lofoten International Art Festival. Together, their work considers fluid notions of time, the relationship of still to moving images and the specificity of place. The evening begins with a short screening and reading, and will be followed by a dialogue informed by James Baldwin's relationship to collaboration, visuality and representation.
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Discussions, November 03, 2014, 11/03/2014, The Legacy of James Baldwin in Contemporary Art
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This illustrated lecture takes a step back in time to revisit the architectural legacy of what was once most famed resort destination in the world, the Catskills. New York's bygone Borscht Belt district helped shape American culture and history. This presentation relives the stories behind the the majestic mountain houses of the nineteenth century and the glamorous mid-century hotels of the Borscht Belt: Grossinger’s, the Concord, and the Nevele, the theaters and nightclubs, the lavish lobbies where bellhops welcomed celebrities, and the large dining rooms that served thousands of rich kosher meals each day.
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Slide Lectures, November 03, 2014, 11/03/2014, Ross Padluck discusses his book Catskill Resorts: Lost Architecture of Paradise
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Dean Moss and Samita Sinha and others discuss the term "narrative."
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Discussions, November 03, 2014, 11/03/2014, What Is 'Narrative?'
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Two of the most influential avant-gardists of the late 20th century are George Maciunas, charismatic ringleader of the seminal group Fluxus, and Dick Higgins, mercurial proprietor of the legendary small press, Something Else Press. Speaker Barbara Moore worked with both men in the formative mid-1960s and was a close witness to their sometimes fractious relationship that resulted in two distinctly original, but dissimilar, publishing programmes.
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Lectures, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, Some Things in Flux: The Publishing Agendas of Dick Higgins and George Maciunas
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Branko Milanovic, Presidential Professor at CUNY Graduate Center, will give a talk. Milanovic is a leading scholar on income inequality who was Lead Economist in the World Bank's research department. He is the author of The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality and numerous articles on the global income distribution.
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Lectures, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, Current Trends in Global Inequality and Implications for Politics and Economic Justice
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A talk by artist and faculty member Alix Pearlstein.
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Talks, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, Artist Talk: Alix Pearlstein
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Eda Kriseová is the celebrated author of numerous works including Václav Havel: The Authorized Biography and a former member of the Czech president’s senior staff. A dissident with political ties during the Velvet Revolution, she first studied journalism and ethnology at the University of Prague, then worked until 1968 for the magazines Mladý svět (Young World) and Literární noviny (Literary Gazette). In 1969 she accepted the position of a reporter in the journal Listy.
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Lectures, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, From Illusion to Reality, with Czech Journalist and Writer Eda Kriseová
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Author and artist Sarah Plimpton will present a lecture on the history of FAI's magnificent Villa del Balbianello, located on Lake Como. The 18th-century villa was purchased in 1919 by her great uncle, Congressman Butler Ames, who carefully restored the villa and its beautiful gardens.
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Talks, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, Villa del Balbianello, an 18th-Century Villa on Lake Como
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This illustrated lecture introduces the audience to eggs from many species—some endangered or extinct—from around the world. Most are housed at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History.
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Slide Lectures, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, Mark E. Hauber discusses his book The Book of Eggs: A Life-Size Guide to the Eggs of Six Hundred of the World’s Bird Species
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Join Péter Forgács and Alan Berliner, two of today’s leading experimental and documentary filmmakers, for a conversation about Forgács’ Letters to Afar, a new immersive video art installation. The Budapest-based Forgács creates work that use archival or “found footage” in unexpected ways, blurring the line between public and private narratives. Brooklyn-born Alan Berliner has been called “America’s foremost cinematic essayist” and “the modern master of personal documentary filmmaking.”
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Discussions, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, New Narratives Out of Old Film
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Photographer and artist Cig Harvey presents an overview of her recent projects, including You Look at Me Like an Emergency (Schilt, 2012) and her forthcoming Gardening at Night (Schilt, 2015), as well as her work with such clients as New York, Harper’s Bazaar (Japan), Kate Spade and Bloomingdales.
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Talks, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, Artist Talk: Cig Harvey
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Join Eddie Redmayne for a moderated conversation about his new film The Theory of Everything. Based on Jane Hawking’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen Hawking, the film tells the touching story of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking’s first marriage.
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Discussions, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, Meet the Actor: Tony Award Winner Eddie Redmayne
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David Lean’s iconic 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia is one of the foundation myths of the modern Middle East. Patricia Goldstone, Los Angeles Times journalist and NEA-award-winning playwright, explores the backstory of that film in the campaign waged by the British Foreign Office to bring America into World War I on the Allied side, and in the fraught, triangulated relationship between T.E. Lawrence and two Jewish propagandists, Aaron Aronsohn and his sister, Sarah.
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Lectures, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, World War I Propaganda and the Creation of Lawrence of Arabia
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Gisli Palsson, professor of Anthropology at the University of Iceland, will deliver a lecture. Palsson's most recent book is Anthropology and the New Genetics (2007). Currently, Palsson’s research focuses on the social implications of biotechnology, personal genomics, genetic history, environmental change, and Arctic exploration. Palsson has done anthropological fieldwork in Iceland, the Canadian Arctic, and The Republic of Cape Verde.
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Lectures, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Anthropologies of Life
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The recent reports of sexual assaults on college campuses have opened a new debate about notions of masculinity, sex and gender relations. This panel will explore the roots of campus-based sexual violence, strategies to address and prevent it, as well as the implications for the recent California initiative to document and verify sexual intimacy among students. Speakers: - Colleen Cash, President, Hunter Undergraduate Student Government - Jane Sovern, Deputy General Counsel, City University of New York - Carole Vance, Anthropology, Columbia University - Nona Willis-Aronowitz, co-founder of Tomorrow magazine, journalist and Fellow at Roosevelt Institute - Moderator: Lynn Chancer, Chair, Sociology
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Discussions, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Yes Means Yes: Understanding Sexual Violence on College Campuses
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Artist Duane Michals, editor Christopher Lyon, curator and author Linda Benedict-Jones photographer and writer Jonas Cuénin, arts critic Allen Ellenzweig, architecture critic Martin Filler, curator and writer Marvin Heiferman and curator Cay Sophie Rabinowitz converse about the two new books, ABCDuane (Monacelli Press) and Storyteller (Prestel Publishing), published in conjunction with the exhibitions Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals and Duane Michals: Collector opening at Carnegie Museum of Art in November. The discussion is moderated by Christopher Lyon.
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Book Discussions, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Storyteller: An Art Book Event
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Join director Dana Brown and motorcycle racer Robbie Maddison for a moderated conversation and audience Q and A about their new documentary. A modern take on his father Bruce Brown’s 1971 Academy Award–nominated documentary On Any Sunday, Dana’s film goes even deeper into the fascinating world of motorcycle racing.
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Discussions, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Meet the Filmmakers: Dana Brown and Robbie Maddison of On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter
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On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this event explores the wide-ranging ways in which the GDR was imagined and re-imagined in a variety of film and televisual contexts during the decades before, and immediately following the end of Germany’s political division. Introducing a broad range of subjects and sociocultural frameworks, ranging from transnational connections between GDR cinema and other national film cultures to posthumous expressions of nostalgia, the presentations evoke some of the ambiguities, contradictions, and undeniable richness embedded within East Germany’s visual heritage.
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Forums, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, And That Was the GDR: Revisiting East German Imaginaries
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A talk with His Excellency Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Singapore's Ambassador to the U.S., moderated by Duncan McCargo, Senior Research Affiliate.
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Lectures, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Southeast Asia and the United States
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Simona Forti will discuss her work and her new book, The New Demons. Rethinking Evil and Power Today, published by Stanford University Press. She will be in conversation with Adriana Cavarero, Professor of Political Philosophy at the Universit degli studi di Verona.
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Lectures, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Is Evil Still a Meaningful Concept Today?
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Paul Muldoon is the poetry editor of the New Yorker and the author of twelve collections of poetry, including Moy Sand and Gravel, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003, Horse Latitudes (2006), and the forthcoming One Thousand Things Worth Knowing. He lives in New York and teaches at Princeton.
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Forums, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet
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Roman-born New York-based fashion and celebrity photographer Fabrizio Ferri is one of Italy's most renowned talents worldwide. During a prolific career, which has spanned over 30 years, he has captured the beauty, sensuality, and soul of many top models and stars, including Naomi Campbell, Isabella Rossellini, Julia Roberts, Roberto Bolle and Sting. In this conversation, Fabrizio will reveal many “behind the scenes” anecdotes, show some of his extraordinary videos, talk about his commitment to the American Ballet Theater, and share his longtime passion for music.
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Talks, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, I Am a Camera:  A Conversation with Fashion Photographer Fabrizio Ferri
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This illustrated lecture features one of the twentieth century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson. It is an up-close look at the charmed life of the legend, a man whose joyful genius transcended age, language, geography, and culture—and continues to beguile audiences worldwide.
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Slide Lectures, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Brian Jay Jones discusses his book Jim Henson: The Biography
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Lizzie Skurnick is republishing the classic children’s books about an Eastern European Jewish immigrant family living on the Lower East Side in the early 20th century. A panel will discuss the books’ author Sydney Taylor, as well as the influence the series has had on their lives. The panel will include Taylor biographer June Cummins, writers Anna Holmes, Rebecca Traister, historian Hasia Diner, and Skurnick.
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Discussions, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, All of a Kind Family
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Physician and microbiologist Martin Blaser will discuss how changes in the human microbiome brought on by microbe-killing behaviors such as overuse of antibiotics and hand sanitizers.
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Lectures, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Antibiotics and Obesity
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Born in 1972, Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker Edgar Arceneaux makes films, drawings, and installations as complex arrangements of association that examine relationships between disparate histories. Since 1999, Arceneaux has continued to create numerous film and video works that have been screened and exhibited internationally.
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Talks, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Artist Talk: Edgar Arceneaux
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Mayor Bill de Blasio will unveil 45 new community schools this month in a much-touted effort to help low-income students. But which schools need the most help? And what kind of supports will have the greatest impact? A new report by the Center for New York City Affairs explores these questions in elementary schools, documenting how high absenteeism rates and community challenges can bedevil schools in low-income neighborhoods. They propose a new measure of poverty, designed to identify the highest needs schools, and discuss what should come next in the mayor's bid to reduce poverty's effects on students. Introductory remarks by: Richard Buery, deputy mayor for strategic policy initiatives, City of New York In discussion with: - Rudy Crew, president, Medgar Evers College, City University of New York - Kevin Dahill-Fuchel, executive director, Counseling in Schools - Patricia Mitchell, principal, PS 48, William Wordsworth - Sheena Wright, president and CEO, United Way of New York City Moderated by: Kim Nauer, education research director, Center for New York City Affairs
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Discussions, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Missing Link: What Absenteeism and Risk Load Reveal About NYC's Lowest-Income Schools
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MODERATORS: - Patrick Bolton, Barbara and David Zalaznick Professor of Business; President of the American Finance Association - Anu Bradford, Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization; Director, European Legal Studies Center - Jeffrey N. Gordon, Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law; Co-Director, Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy
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Conferences, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, A Global Agenda for Financial Stability: Have We Tamed the Too-Big-to-Fail Financial Institution?
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A talk with J​ason Ng,​ lawyer and adjunct lecturer​,​ Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong. Moderated by Stephanie Balme, Alliance Visiting Professor of Law, School of Law.
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Lectures, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Occupy Central: Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement
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A discussion with Iuliana Marcinschi on human rights issues in Moldova. Marcinschi is the director of Centrul de Informare in domeniul Drepturilor Omului (Human Rights Information Center - CIDO), an NGO for the promotion of human rights and democracy in the Republic of Moldova.
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Lectures, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Who Are The Moldovans and Where Are They Heading? A Discussion on Identity, Human Rights, and Aspirations of the Citizen
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A talk with Professor David Lavin.
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Lectures, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Social Enterprise and Cross Cultural Management with Brazil
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With: Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.
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Lectures, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, The North Korean Human Rights Conundrum
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With: Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.
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Lectures, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, The North Korean Human Rights Conundrum
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Bruce Hainley lives and works in Los Angeles. A contributing editor at Artforum, he is the author of two books of poetry, one of which, Foul Mouth, was a finalist in the National Poetry Series. With John Waters, he wrote Art—A Sex Book. He teaches in the MFA programs of Art Center College of Design and the Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California.
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Talks, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Artist Talk: Bruce Hailey
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Professor Claudia Baracchi of the Universita degli Studi di Milano will give a talk.
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Lectures, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, On Violence
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Presented by Jessica Rawson (University of Oxford). While ancient Chinese ritual implements were made of bronze and jade, the peoples of the steppe favored gold and iron, most especially from 700 BC. The talk will discuss cultural boundaries between the Chinese and their steppe neighbors. Reception to follow.
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Lectures, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, The Lure of Gold and Iron: China and the Steppe in the First Millennium BC
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Shamita Das Dasgupta and Sayantani Dasgupta will discuss the increasingly commercial practice of transnational surrogacy, with a particular focus on India. Filmmaker and producer Vaishali Sinha will show clips from her film "Made in India."
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Discussions, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Life Outsourced: Globalization and Transnational Surrogacy in India
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A talk by Anya von Bremzen, award-winning author of Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing. What was it like to live in a country where every edible morsel carried an emotional and political meaning? From Lenin to Stalin, from Khrushchev to Gorbachev, award-winning Anya von Bremzen explains the complex and tragic history of the Soviet twentieth century through the prism of food.
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Discussions, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, The Poisoned Madeline: Food, Family, History in the USSR
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This illustrated lecture provides a global and social history of the meal including brunch in the United States, Western Europe, South Asia and the Middle-East and takes us on a tour of a modern meal around the world.
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Slide Lectures, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Farha Ternikar discusses her book Brunch: A History
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Kim Addonizio is an American poet and novelist. She has won two NEA Fellowships and a Guggenheim fellowship.
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Talks, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Distinguished Writers Series: Kim Addonizio
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Marking the 100th anniversary of World War I, this is a series of discussions by eminent historians, who will look at attempts to prevent war in 1914 and today’s ongoing efforts to achieve international peace.
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Conferences, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Voices for Peace: 1914/2014
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This unique event critically commemorates the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, bringing scholars, artists, journalists, and others to discuss how the intervening years have impacted the lives of former East and West Germans and today’s political landscape in Germany and beyond. The symposium brings together a rich combination of voices to reflect on a quarter-century since the end of the Cold War. Panelists will explore generational change, art and memory, what it means to be “left” in united Germany, and political, economic, media and cultural shifts since 1989.
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Symposiums, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Exit Ghost? 25 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Critical Commemoration of German Re-Unification
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An address by Mo Yan, Nobel Laureate in Literature, 2012. Introduction by: John Coatsworth, Provost of the University; Professor of International and Public Affairs and of History. Moderated by: Lydia Liu, Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. The address will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
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Lectures, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Nobel Laureate Mo Yan and Chinese Literature
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A panel discussion with Seyla Benhabib, François Ewald, Bernard E. Harcourt, George Kateb, and Emmanuelle Saada. In his late Collège de France lectures, Michel Foucault opened up new paths for research, many of which have only come to light now as a result of the recent publication of the lectures. Ranging from the concept of security to the notion of truth-telling, to the relationship between veridiction and juridiction, to the arts of governing, the hermeneutics of the self, and the notion of "voluntary inservitude," the late lectures represent a font of new material to allow us to think with Foucault.
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Discussions, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Michel Foucault: The Late Lectures
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A talk by acclaimed Russian film critic and writer Anton Dolin. Dolin has spent the last fifteen years working in a variety of fields, including national radio, television, and print media. He has published a number of articles in Gazeta, Expert, Moscow News, Vedemosti,Iskusstvo Kino and Afisha. He has also published several books, including Lars von Trier: Control Works (2004), Takeshi Kitano: Childhood's Years (2006), Catch-XXI: Cinema of Our Century (2010), and German (2011).
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Lectures, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Film in Putin's Russia: Conformism and Resistance
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With Andreas Kupper.,br&gt; Lecture: 7:00-7:30 PM Observing (weather permitting): 7:30-9:00 PM Astronomy Q&amp;A / Slideshows: 7:30-9:00 PM
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Lectures, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Juggling with Black Holes - Plus Stargazing
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Commemorating the 80th anniversary of three-strip Technicolor, Indianapolis- based film historian Eric Grayson will give his immersive and mesmerizing presentation of how color began and developed through the history of the cinema. Starting with three images that represent the color spectrum, Grayson will take the audience on a journey through hand-tinting and stenciling, Kinemacolor, Technicolor, Cinecolor, Kodachrome, and Eastmancolor, using entertaining and eye-catching examples of these groundbreaking processes and developments - all presented from actual motion picture film.
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Talks, November 08, 2014, 11/08/2014, The Story of Color in the Movies
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This talk will explore the translation history of Anna Karenina, and the particular role played by Constance Garnett and Louise and Aylmer Maude in establishing Tolstoy's reputation in the English-speaking world. This will lead to a discussion of some of the novels less well-known, but surprisingly revealing aspects, as seen from the grass-roots level of a contemporary translator, and through a comparison of the fictional Anna with her real-life British contemporary Louise Jopling, a reconsideration of the novels relationship to the woman question in late 19th-century Russia. Speaker Rosamund Bartlett is a writer, scholar and translator based in Oxford, who specializes in both music history and literature.
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Lectures, November 10, 2014, 11/10/2014,
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Join the School of Media Studies for a discussion featuring Andrew Uroskie, Associate Professor of Modern Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University in New York. This talk will consider “Selma Last Year,” a largely forgotten multimedia installation that took place during the Winter of 1966 as part of the New York Film Festival’s fleeting interest in Expanded Cinema.
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Talks, November 10, 2014, 11/10/2014, Selma Last Year: Site-Specificity and the Origins of Expanded Cinema
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Within the field of dance, the creation process often demands that dancers develop methodologies, movement vocabularies and conceptual frames. Previously seen as the exclusive domain of choreographers, dramaturges and directors, these procedural boundaries are now shifting and eroding creative hierarchies in live performance. This has produced new, mostly undocumented relationships to working processes and bodies of knowledge. The Dancer as Agent began in 2013 as a conference held at University of Dance and Circus in Sweden. This conversation will focus on some of the topics that emerged from that conference.
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Discussions, November 10, 2014, 11/10/2014, Dancer as Agent
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What kind of pressure do
 Arabic revolutionary, theatrical and performance texts exercise on “American” translation? Do these texts bear a linguistic excess, a resistance within themselves, a potential to “other” translation paradigms aiming 
to domesticate them? These questions and more are the
 focus of this panel, chaired by Carol Martin, series editor of the forthcoming anthology Tahrir Plays and Performance Texts from the Egyptian Revolution, and featuring the volume’s editors and translators, Mohammed Albakry and Rebekah Maggor. The event includes a staged reading of one work in the collection delineating the role, the work, and the concerns of women during the revolution in Egypt, a monodrama, They Say Dancing Is a Sin, conceived in collaboration with Hani Abdel Nasser and written by Mohamed Abdel Mu’iz.
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Discussions, November 10, 2014, 11/10/2014, Tahrir Plays and Performance Texts: Politics, Aesthetics, Translation
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This illustrated lecture reveals how environmentalists, citizens, their lawyers, and a growing opposition coalition, despite enormous resource disparities, were able to defeat this project supported by presidents, senators, governors, and mayors, much of the business community, and most unions.
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Slide Lectures, November 10, 2014, 11/10/2014, William W. Buzbee discusses his book Fighting Westway: Environmental Law, Citizen Activism, and the Regulatory War That Transformed New York City
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How might “The Rape of Lucrece” shed light on current conversations about “rape culture” in the United States and on college campuses? New York Magazine writer Vanessa Grigoriadis, activist, Columbia graduate, and SAFER board member Marybeth Seitz-Brown, and Associate Faculty member Cyd Cipolla discuss the movement against campus sexual assault and what it tells us about women’s voices – and continued silencing – in the public sphere.
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Discussions, November 10, 2014, 11/10/2014, I Am Lucrece: Rethinking Sexual Violence
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The Monday Night Reading Group discusses The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell. Read the book and join in. They're a welcoming bunch.
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Book Discussions, November 10, 2014, 11/10/2014, Monday Night Reading Group
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7:00pm - Reception 7:30pm - Discussion, followed by Signing In conversation with MICHAEL DARLING.
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Talks, November 10, 2014, 11/10/2014, Artist Talk: Anne Collier
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Drawing on new archival sources, Professor Sarotte describes the fall of the Berlin Wall as a chaotic accident, rather than a planned event orchestrated by Western and Eastern political leaders. The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall details the events that led to the collapse, including a series of decisions made by various revolutionaries, dictators, and Stasi officers.
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Lectures, November 11, 2014, 11/11/2014, Mary Elise Sarotte discusses her book The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall
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A talk with author Raanan Rein, Tel Aviv University, with commentary from Jose Moya, Barnard College and Federico Finchelstein, The New School.
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Lectures, November 11, 2014, 11/11/2014, Futbol, Jews, and the Making of Argentina
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Ending impunity for war criminals is a vital task of our age. Dan Plesch will discuss recommendations for reinforcing the work of the International Criminal Court from research into Nazi crimes and the war in Iraq, with commentary on current events in the Middle East.
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Talks, November 11, 2014, 11/11/2014, The Search for International Criminal Justice: War Crimes from World War II to Tony Blair
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5:30pm WELCOME Matthew S. Santirocco, Senior Vice Provost, Professor of Classics, and Angelo J. Ranieri Director of Ancient Studies; Peter Meineck, Clinical Associate Professor of Classics, Founder and Program Director, Aquila Theatre 5:45pm OPENING ADDRESS Telling Who We Are, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law 6:15pm A FEMALE PHILOCTETES, BASED ON SOPHOCLES Three Passages 7:00pm RESPONSE Nancy Sherman, University Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University 7:15pm AUDIENCE DISCUSSION Peter Meineck and Nancy Sherman, Moderators 7:30pm RECEPTION
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Conferences, November 11, 2014, 11/11/2014, War Stories: Ancient and Modern Narratives of War
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A talk by artist and faculty member Gianni Jetzer.
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Talks, November 11, 2014, 11/11/2014, Artist Talk: Gianni Jetzer
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Artist Susan Silas discusses her work. Her talk is part of the BFA Fine Art Visiting Artist lecture series.
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Talks, November 11, 2014, 11/11/2014, Artist Talk: Susan Silas
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Dr. Steven Victor has pioneered what today is known as “aesthetic dermatology.” Over a thirty year period, Victor has developed groundbreaking procedures and products to make people feel and look their best. He is a cosmetic dermatologist at ReGen Medical and Victor Dermatology and Rejuvenation. He is doing research with stem cells in the hopes of reversing and retarding the aging process. He does work on many celebrities and public figures.
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Talks, November 11, 2014, 11/11/2014, Dr. Steven Victor, Cosmetic Dermatologist
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An evening with Andrew Hoyem, Peter Mendelsund, Francoise Mouly, and Julie Mehretu as they discuss the art of the book as a physical object.
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Discussions, November 11, 2014, 11/11/2014, A Celebration of Arion Press
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Join the non-fiction book group in their discussion of Marco Polo by Laurence Bergreen. Please read the book first.
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Book Discussions, November 11, 2014, 11/11/2014, Non-Fiction Book Group
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Much of the effort to regulate foreign investment for sustainable development focuses on the actions of host states, overlooking the role of home countries. In recent years, however, there has been growing dialogue over whether, in addition to supporting their firms in making foreign direct investments, home countries should also monitor or regulate the activities of companies operating abroad, for example, with regards to the disclosure of tax payments, or impacts on human rights, the environment, or development. Legal experts have argued that home countries have extraterritorial obligations under international law, including with respect to regulating the activities of both publicly controlled as well as private companies. The increasing pressure on home countries to monitor or regulate the overseas activities of multinational companies also results from a sense of moral duty, the desire for greater coherency of governmental policies and actions, and perceptions of potential political or economic self-interest. Yet, while home countries have influence over outward investors, are willing to exercise extraterritorial power in certain contexts, and are often committed to sustainable development, their policies and actions are not always coherent. This conference looks at home country measures that have been taken unilaterally or multilaterally to monitor or regulate foreign investment, why states have taken these measures, whether they have a duty to do so, what lessons can be learned from both successful and failed attempts, and what further efforts may be useful or necessary to regulate investment for sustainable development.
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Conferences, November 12, 2014, 11/12/2014, Raising the Bar: Home Country Efforts to Regulate Foreign Investment for Sustainable Development
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A seminar featuring Adam Yarinsky from ARO and Jeffrey Schnapp from Harvard's metaLAB. How are our perceptions of time and space shaped by the constantly shifting movement of natural light within an interior space, and what role do architectural materials and finishes play in forming these perceptions? How can new lighting technologies expand historical applications of artificial light and affiliation with natural illumination? Given our rapidly expanding understanding of the powerful effects of lighting conditions on the human body, what can cutting-edge scientific research tell us about the impact on our health as we move through and inhabit these highly changeable and interactive spaces? These are just some of the issues to be addressed in The Changing Room.
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Lectures, November 12, 2014, 11/12/2014, The Changing Room: Time, Space and Light
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Sociologist Eiko Ikegami’s research and teaching focuses on comparative historical sociology, Japanese society, economic sociology and the sociology of culture. Her current work focuses on public spheres in comparative perspective, civility, state formation and capitalism in Japan, and identities, network, and social change. She is the author of The Taming of the Samurai: Honorific Individualism and the Making of Modern Japan and Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and Political Origins of Japanese Culture, which won five book prizes in fields from cultural and political sociology to Asian studies.
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Lectures, November 12, 2014, 11/12/2014, Gods, Power, and Common Folks: City and Religion in Japan
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From stylist to recipe developer, to photographer and designer, creative people shape our experiences with food. Moderators Hannah Kirshner and Terri Lee use art and design principles in their culinary work. Curious about how others blend these disciplines? They have invited Emilie Baltz, Amelia Coulter, Shannon Mustipher, and Emilia Terragni to discuss careers that touch both food and art.
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Discussions, November 12, 2014, 11/12/2014, Taste Makers: Creatives in the Culinary Arts
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Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the novel Land of Love and Drowning, and the short story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony.
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Forums, November 12, 2014, 11/12/2014, Fiction Forum: Tiphanie Yanique
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Panelists include: Y. Alp Aslandogan, President, Alliance for Shared Values Mark Meirowitz, Professor of Humanities, SUNY Maritime College Fathali Moghaddam, Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University Amberin Zaman, Journalist, The Economist
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Discussions, November 12, 2014, 11/12/2014, Turkey under Erdoğan: Is it Still a Model of 'Islamic Democracy?'
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The visionaries, who plan to revitalize the de-commissioned underground trolley terminal below Delancey Street into a subterranean park, come to discuss the history and future of the space.
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Discussions, November 12, 2014, 11/12/2014, The Lowline
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Much of the effort to regulate foreign investment for sustainable development focuses on the actions of host states, overlooking the role of home countries. In recent years, however, there has been growing dialogue over whether, in addition to supporting their firms in making foreign direct investments, home countries should also monitor or regulate the activities of companies operating abroad, for example, with regards to the disclosure of tax payments, or impacts on human rights, the environment, or development. Legal experts have argued that home countries have extraterritorial obligations under international law, including with respect to regulating the activities of both publicly controlled as well as private companies. The increasing pressure on home countries to monitor or regulate the overseas activities of multinational companies also results from a sense of moral duty, the desire for greater coherency of governmental policies and actions, and perceptions of potential political or economic self-interest. Yet, while home countries have influence over outward investors, are willing to exercise extraterritorial power in certain contexts, and are often committed to sustainable development, their policies and actions are not always coherent. This conference looks at home country measures that have been taken unilaterally or multilaterally to monitor or regulate foreign investment, why states have taken these measures, whether they have a duty to do so, what lessons can be learned from both successful and failed attempts, and what further efforts may be useful or necessary to regulate investment for sustainable development.
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Conferences, November 13, 2014, 11/13/2014, Raising the Bar: Home Country Efforts to Regulate Foreign Investment for Sustainable Development
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Director of MFA Fine Arts program Simone Douglas is running this conference, which will explore the challenge of exhibiting and conducting artist research outside traditional exhibition and performance environments. The conference will include international faculty: Professor Brad Buckley from Sydney College of Art, Professor Bruce Barber from Nova Scotia College of Art &amp; Design, Dr. Les Joynes from Renmin University of China, and Professor Su Baker of University of Melbourne.
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Symposiums, November 13, 2014, 11/13/2014, Project Anywhere Fine Arts Symposium
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With: - Joseph Chinyong Liow, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for East Asian Studies, Lee Kuan Yew Chair in Southeast Asian Studies - Dr. Thomas B. Pepinsky, Associate Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University; Joshua Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia, Council on Foreign Relations.
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Lectures, November 13, 2014, 11/13/2014, New Directions in Southeast Asian Politics
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Darra Goldstein, founding editor of Gastronomica and Professor of Russian at Williams College, will be speaking on aristocratic dining in 19th-century St. Petersburg, based on a translation she has just finished with Marian Schwartz of Yuri Lotman’s “High Society Dinners,” which looks at a year’s worth of menus (1878-1879) served in the home of the nobleman Petr Pavlovich Durnovo. Lotman was a founder of semiotics in Russia and was known for his brilliant cultural and literary criticism. She was thrilled when his book appeared in 1996, but as she began working on it, she discovered that Lotman had probably never stepped into the kitchen – his commentary is filled with all kinds of interesting errors that she will be elaborating on.
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Talks, November 13, 2014, 11/13/2014, Aristocratic Dining in 19th-Century St. Petersburg
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Rebecca Morris (born 1969 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an abstract painter based out of Los Angeles who is known for her compositional aptitude. She is also the author of Manifesto: For Abstractionists and Friends of the Non-Objective.
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Talks, November 13, 2014, 11/13/2014, Artist Talk: Rebecca Morris
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A talk by philosopher Etienne Balibar, a professor at Universit de Paris X-Nanterre and University of California, Irvine.
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Lectures, November 13, 2014, 11/13/2014, Can We Say: After the Subject Comes the Stranger?
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This illustrated lecture celebrates photographs of riders and their bikes and features striking images portraying the ultimate style guide for anyone who pedals their way through the Big Apple.
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Slide Lectures, November 13, 2014, 11/13/2014, Sam Polcer discusses his book New York Bike Style
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In an age of pervasive public monitoring and personal sharing, can individual privacy really exist? The advent of drone and smartphone photography, metadata mining and wearable cameras has had an effect on anyone who walks down a street, uses email, posts a video or searches online for a companionship. This panel discussion — scheduled to coincide with the exhibition “Taking a Closer Look at Surveillance Culture through Photography,” at the Open Society Foundations’ New York location, and also inspired by “Surveillance.01,” an exhibition at the Independent Filmmaker Project — features artists, critics and industry professionals who engage with a wide variety of surveillance photography.
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Discussions, November 13, 2014, 11/13/2014, Surveillance Photography: Personal, Public and Profit
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Join this new reading group focusing on books written by female authors. A mix of fiction and non-fiction, this month's selection is Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night by Barbara J. Taylor. Come and join the discussion.
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Book Discussions, November 13, 2014, 11/13/2014, Women's Reading Group for Women and Men
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George Eliot: Ethicist. Philosopher. Therapist? From Virginia Woolf’s pronouncement that Middlemarch is “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people” to Rebecca Mead’s My Life in Middlemarch, the author George Eliot has staked a uniquely intimate claim in the lives of her readers, as if she understood the human condition better, more carefully, and more sympathetically than anyone else. With: Nicholas Dames, the Theodore Kahan Professor of Humanities in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University; David Kurnick, Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University; Deborah Nord, Professor of English at Princeton University; and Wendy Anne Lee, Assistant Professor in the English Department at New York University.
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Discussions, November 14, 2014, 11/14/2014, Knowing George Eliot
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With Norah MacKendrick, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University. Shopping for food has become increasingly complex as consumers decipher product labels with multiple claims, such as “certified organic”, “100% Natural” and “BPA-free packaging.” In this talk, Norah MacKendrick discusses the phenomenon of “precautionary consumption” — the attempt to avoid potentially harmful ingredients through careful consumer practices. Drawing on semi-structured interviews undertaken in New York and Toronto, she explores how mothers, as the primary shoppers for the family, navigate the complexities of a consumer landscape awash in labels promising that foods are safe and wholesome.
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Talks, November 14, 2014, 11/14/2014, 'I always read the label': Managing Risk through Precautionary Consumption
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A lecture by Manuele Gragnolati (University of Oxford). Focussing on the connection between textuality, subjectivity and politics, this talk explores analogies and differences in the late works by Pier Paolo Pasolini and Elsa Morante. The aesthetics of both authors resists linearity and allows for the articulation of paradoxical pleasures that cannot be inscribed in a normative logics of development, conversion, or productivity. In this sense the late texts by Pasolini and Morante deploy a political aesthetics that replicates a queer form of sexuality, but while Pasolini enacts self-shattering and oblivion, Morante embraces inversion, fluidity and memory.
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Lectures, November 14, 2014, 11/14/2014, Sexuality and Textuality in Pier Paolo Pasolini and Elsa Morante
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Have you ever thought that something wasn’t fair and that you wanted to change it? Visit the exhibition to learn how New Yorkers have fought for change over the past 350 years. After exploring the gallery, create your own button that expresses a view or idea about a cause that is important to you.
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Gallery Talks, November 15, 2014, 11/15/2014, Exhibition Tour: Pushing Buttons: Activist New York
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Presented by Lorenz Rahmstorf (University of Copenhagen). While it is seems “evident that the “step” in the pace of culture change in the Greater Indus Valley is coincident with the beginnings of Mesopotamian trade with Meluhha, and the general growth of maritime trade in the Gulf," the role of weights in this process has so far not been studied in great detail.
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Lectures, November 17, 2014, 11/17/2014, Weights and Trade Relations between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley
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The great Romantic poet Giacomo Leopardi's finest work was Night Song of a Wandering Shepherd in Asia. Two experts offer a reading and discussion. As Helen Vendler says, Leopardi's poetry is charged on the one hand with a helpless longing, both sexual and philosophical, and on the other hand by a bitterness that was both personal and political. Jonathan Galassi (the president and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is the acclaimed translator of the 2012 English edition of Leopardis poems. He has also translated the poetry and prose of Eugenio Montale and is the author of two volumes of poems, Morning Run and North Street. Giorgio Ficara is teaching a weekly graduate course in Columbia's Italian Department; he is the third annual Compagnia di San Paolo/Italian Academy Distinguished Visiting Professor.
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Discussions, November 17, 2014, 11/17/2014, Silent Moon: On Leopardi's 'Canto Notturno'
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A panel discussion moderated by William McAllister, senior research fellow and director of the Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellows Program/INCITE, Columbia University. Panelists include Susan Craine, director of community and corporate programs, New York Cares; Moon (a.k.a. Alex Lowery), actor, Theatre of the Oppressed; Katy Rubin, director, Theatre of the Oppressed; and Heidi Schmidt, public affairs manager, office of external affairs, New York City Department of Homeless Services.
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Discussions, November 17, 2014, 11/17/2014, No Fixed Address: Art as an Advocacy Tool for the Homeless
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Society needs non-fiction: the Founders saw to that with the First Amendment. But writers need institutional supports, and many of these have been subverted by technology. Can writers adapt and stay true to their ideals? They grapple with that question as a way of celebrating the forty-fifth anniversary of The Washington Monthly. There will be a screening of How Washington Really Works, a 30-minute documentary about the magazine and its founder Charlie Peters. A panel discussion will follow moderated by Suzannah Lessard, with Nick Lemann, Joe Nocera, Nick Thompson, and Steve Waldman.
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Discussions, November 17, 2014, 11/17/2014, The Washington Monthly's 45th Anniversary Celebration
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This illustrated lecture distills the harrowing, hilarious, and inspiring details of civilian and military life on both sides of the Atlantic. Her story highlights her father’s flight from the Nazis through Europe with his family when he was fifteen, his arrival in the United States in 1941, and his sojourn as a refugee student at New York’s Dwight School before his basic training in the U.S. Army. He reversed his role as a young Jew on the run in Europe to occupy a position of authority in the U.S Army Intelligence Corps, and went from being persecuted by to prosecuting his oppressors.
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Slide Lectures, November 17, 2014, 11/17/2014, Nina Wolff Feld discusses her book Someday You Will Understand: My Father's Private World War II
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The growth of the electronic book, or e-book, market has been staggering, rocketing from $68 million to $3 billion in the U.S., from 2008-2013. The numbers are even more impressive, when you consider that the category did not exist for major publishers until 2008. In this session, hear from some of the leading e-book producers and publishers, and will delve into the considerations that producers and authors now face in an industry that is more interactive than ever.
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Discussions, November 17, 2014, 11/17/2014, From Pages to Pixels: Producing Enhanced e-Books
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Edward Hirsch is an American poet and critic who wrote a national best seller about reading poetry. He has published eight books of poems and is a celebrated lecturer on the subject of poetry. He was a McArthur Genius award winner and is currently president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Hirsch is also the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Conner Writer-in-Residence as well as the Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas Lecturer.
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Talks, November 17, 2014, 11/17/2014, Writer Talk: Edward Hirsch
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A family confronts long-buried secrets as it struggles for forgiveness and redemption in New York Times bestselling author Garth Stein's breathtaking new novel.
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Book Discussions, November 17, 2014, 11/17/2014, Garth Stein reads from his book Sudden Light
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Stephan Wolfert combines his own personal military experiences with the speeches from a number of William Shakespeare’s soldiers. Why Shakespeare? After six years in the army battling PTSD, Wolfert hopped off an Amtrak deep in the mountains of Montana and wandered into a theatre where he saw Shakespeare’s Richard III. Wolfert was so moved that he left the Army and went to graduate school for theatre.
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Talks, November 17, 2014, 11/17/2014, Cry Havoc: An Exploration of the Trauma of War from the Perspective of a Military Veteran
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An engaging roundtable discussion. Three leading academics and business representatives will discuss the transformation of Public Relations industry in Eastern Europe, its overlap with politics and influence on those in power.
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Discussions, November 18, 2014, 11/18/2014, Media, Business, and Politics in Eastern Europe: Public Relations Development and Its Power
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Speaker: Kati Marton. We are daily reminded of the danger posed by quiet, alienated men pursuing secret lives in our midst. In a different era, Noel Field lived such a life. Field’s hidden faith was Communism, his God, Stalin. A mysterious and obscure figure in the annals of the Cold War, Field should be as well known as Alger Hiss or Kim Philby.
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Lectures, November 18, 2014, 11/18/2014, Noel Field: The Last Stalinist
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A talk by artist, writer and faculty member Thyrza N. Goodeve.
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Talks, November 18, 2014, 11/18/2014, Artist Talk: Thyrza N. Goodeve
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William Vázquez, advertising and lifestyle photographer and co-chairman of American Photographic Artists New York, talks about his work with such clients as Abbott Labs, Direct Relief, Duracell, Mastercard, Mead, Pfizer and Samsung.
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Talks, November 18, 2014, 11/18/2014, Photographer Talk: William Vázquez
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Maestro Maurice Peress traces the influence of Dvorak and the 'New World' Symphony through his American students and "grand-students," including Ellington, Gershwin and Copland.
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Lectures, November 18, 2014, 11/18/2014, Dvorak to Duke Ellington
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A lecture featuring Viren Murthy, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Wisconsin.
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Lectures, November 18, 2014, 11/18/2014, What History Is, Knows, Does: China
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With Cesare Civetta, conductor and music director of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra in New York City and the author of "The Real Toscanini: Musicians Reveal the Maestro." This mixed-media memorial lecture features Pete Seeger, one of the most potent musical activists in the 20th and 21st centuries, and details little known facts about his life.
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Slide Lectures, November 18, 2014, 11/18/2014, A Tribute to Pete Seeger
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Sharon Lockhart was born in Norwood, Massachusetts, in 1964. Her recent solo exhibitions include Milena, Milena, at Bonniers Konsthal, Stockholm (2014) and Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2013), as well as Sharon Lockhart /Noa Eshkol, at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, and the Jewish Museum, New York, NY (2012), among several European venues. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
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Talks, November 18, 2014, 11/18/2014, Artist Talk: Sharon Lockhart
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Wendy Lesser, a writer and the editor of The Threepenny Review, and Hermione Lee, whose previous books include biographies of Virginia Woolf and Edith Wharton, discuss Lee’s new biography of the Booker-Prize winning English writer Penelope Fitzgerald.
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Discussions, November 18, 2014, 11/18/2014, On Writer Penelope Fitzgerald
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Explore Maya Hayuk's new site-specific mural, part of her Chem Trails series, now on view in the lobby of Columbia's Miller Theatre. The evening begins with an intimate talk with the artist about her process and influences, moderated by Gallery Director and Chief Curator Deborah Cullen.
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Discussions, November 19, 2014, 11/19/2014, Artist Talk: Maya Hayuk
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New York Philharmonic archivist and historian Barbara Haws and cultural historian Majda Kallab Whitaker discuss highlights of Dvorak's New York residency, including the premiere of the 'New World' Symphony in 1893. Dvorak chamber music performance by ArtsAhimsa String Quartet.
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Lectures, November 19, 2014, 11/19/2014, Dvorak's New York
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Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome examines women’s strategies of empowerment, both spiritual and material, in the Aládurà church in the Nigerian homeland and 
its immigrant communities in 
the United States, especially since the 1980s. Scholars agree that women’s roles in these churches are circumscribed by prohibitions against menstruation and women in the immediate postpartum period. Yet Okome shows how, despite these formal restraints, Aládurà women find ways to exercise significant power in practice and why this is more pronounced in Nigeria than in the U.S. immigrant churches.
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Lectures, November 19, 2014, 11/19/2014, Gender, Power and Leadership: Aládurà Church Women in Nigeria and the U.S.
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Domna Stanton discusses her new book that examines shifting notions of gender in 17th-century France and probes the specifics of conformity and resistance to gender norms from a feminist perspective. Her conversation with Madeleine Dobie will also expand to consider differing French and American perspectives on gender studies in the present day.
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Lectures, November 19, 2014, 11/19/2014, Domna Stanton discusses her book The Dynamics of Gender: Women Writ, Women Writing in Seventeenth-Century France
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Exploring the role of toy and novelty cameras in contemporary photography, this panel uses them as a point of entry into a broader discussion of analog photography as it exists today in the digital landscape. Featuring panelists Christopher Salyers, Buzz Poole, Michelle Bates, Christopher Bonanos, Paul Kwiatkowski, Christian Polt, and J. K. Putnam, who have deep knowledge of these types of cameras – from Lomography to Polaroid – and the photographers who use them. The discussion ranges from the marketing of photography to fine art and collector culture. The panel is moderated by Arezoo Moseni.
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Discussions, November 19, 2014, 11/19/2014, Camera Crazy: Analog Photography
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A conversation with Pato Hebert, Associate Arts Professor of Art &amp; Public Policy; Refilwe Nkomo, South African performer, community organizer, and theater producer; and Robert Sember, South African anti-apartheid worker and current producer in the New York queer house and ball scene.
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Gallery Talks, November 19, 2014, 11/19/2014, Discussion of the Exhibition Ernest Cole, Photographer
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What determines how dark or light a mystery is? With moderator Lokke Heiss, and panelists Jillian Abbott, Larry Light, Ed Lin, and S.A. Solomon.
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Discussions, November 19, 2014, 11/19/2014, 50 Shades of Noir: Is Noir the New Black?
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Authors Christina Baker Kline and Kate Manning come together to talk about how the events of the 19th century inspired their respective work. Kline's Orphan Train is the story of a child sent to the Midwest on an orphan train, but now grown up is uncovering the mystery of her past. Manning's My Notorious Life fictionalizes the life of a midwife who became powerful, wealthy, and controversial in her practices of supporting women's reproductive rights.
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Discussions, November 19, 2014, 11/19/2014, Authors Christina Baker Kline and Kate Manning discuss their work
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Rochelle Feinstein’s works often weave together her own subjectivity with historical and vernacular associations, an expansive painting lexicon, and the mythologies and matter of popular culture. The result is an a-stylistic yet deeply personal body of work, each gesture deliberate and vacillating between earnestness and irreverence.
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Talks, November 19, 2014, 11/19/2014, Artist Talk: Rochelle Feinstein
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Michael Leja, professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, studies the visual arts in various media (painting, sculpture, film, photography, prints, illustrations) in the 19th and 20th centuries, primarily in the United States. His work is interdisciplinary and strives to understand visual artifacts in relation to contemporary cultural, social, political, and intellectual developments. He is especially interested in examining the interactions between works of art and particular audiences.
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Talks, November 19, 2014, 11/19/2014, Quick and Dirty: Early News Images for the Masses
Book Discussion |
Join the long-running fiction reading group for a discussion on The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Please read the book first.
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Book Discussions, November 19, 2014, 11/19/2014, Fiction Reading Group
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"There is a lot going on in and among the works in Carissa Rodriguez’s surgically precise New York gallery debut. The more you think about them, the busier it all becomes." - New York Times
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Talks, November 20, 2014, 11/20/2014, Artist Talk: Carissa Rodriguez
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Dvorak scholar Michael Beckerman explores the musical "back stories" of the 'New World' Symphony.
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Lectures, November 20, 2014, 11/20/2014, The 'New World' Symphony: From Happy Birthday to the Song of the Robin
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A talk with Christine Landfried, Max Weber Chair for German and European Studies at New York University.
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Lectures, November 20, 2014, 11/20/2014, How to Enhance the European Public Sphere
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The creators of Sesame Street pioneered a new approach to early childhood education 45 years ago when they set out to use the power of television to help prepare young children for school. Today, Sesame Street continues to evolve with the media landscape to reach children with educational content in new ways. Join the creative team from the Sesame Street Innovation Lab as they show how they utilize multiple platforms and new technologies to create Sesame Street video games, websites, and mobile applications enjoyed by families around the world. Plus, get a peek at a brand new interactive game created by the Sesame Content Innovation Lab and Gigantic Mechanic. (For Adults.)
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Talks, November 20, 2014, 11/20/2014, Sesame Street: A Digital Playground
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Christov-Bakargiev is an internationally esteemed curator, author and researcher into the histories of art. She is curator of the 14th Istanbul Biennale, to be held September 5–November 1, 2015.
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Talks, November 20, 2014, 11/20/2014, Curator's Talk: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
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Professor Mark Burry is a practising architect who has published internationally on two main themes: the life, work and theories of the architect Antoni Gaudí, and putting theory into practice with regard to ‘challenging’ architecture. He has been Senior Architect to the Sagrada Família Basilica Foundation since 1979 pioneering distant collaboration with his colleagues based on-site in Barcelona.
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Lectures, November 20, 2014, 11/20/2014, The Digital Potential of Antoni Gaudí's Singular Approach to Design
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With Hershey H. Friedman and Linda Weiser Friedman, authors of "God Laughed: Sources of Jewish Humor." />\ Humor has had a profound effect on the way the Jewish people see the world, and has sustained them through millennia of hardships and suffering. The authors survey the humor of the ancient Jewish texts — the Hebrew Bible, the Talmud, and Midrash — in a clear and entertaining manner.
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Slide Lectures, November 20, 2014, 11/20/2014, Laughing with God: How Old is Jewish Humor Really?
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A lecture by Professor Daniel Medin (Professor of Comparative Literature, The American University of Paris). This lecture considers Robert Walser's portraits of "Jewish Berlin" at the turn of the century. He never spoke of it as such, but the majority of Walser's professional interactions in the Hauptstadt were in fact with assimilated Jews. His representations of these individuals in poems, letters and feuilletons reveal the tremendous social pressures exerted upon their identity. An outsider by temperament (but also as a Swiss national in the Prussian capital), Walser proves a remarkably shrewd reader of Paul Cassirer, Walther Rathenau, and others among the city's leading cultural lights.
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Lectures, November 20, 2014, 11/20/2014, Fundamental Outsiders: Robert Walser and Jewish Berlin
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The Japan/Korea Music Symposium will explore interconnections in Korean and Japanese popular music in the latter half of the 20th century. This symposium is the first in what will be a series of events at Columbia over the next several years aimed at exploring connections in scholarly work on Korea and Japan. The symposium will feature introductory and concluding remarks by Michael Bourdaghs and three panels, each composed of two scholars working on music and sound in Korea/Japan.
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Symposiums, November 21, 2014, 11/21/2014, Korea/Japan Music Symposium
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Donna Lieberman has been the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union since December 2001. Under Lieberman's leadership, the NYCLU is widely recognized as the state's leading voice for freedom, justice, and equality - advocating for those whose rights and liberties have been denied, especially for those most marginalized by society. She will talk about what’s better, worse and pretty much the same for civil liberties under Cuomo and as NYC has transitioned from Bloomberg to De Blasio. Topics will include government support for religion; stop and frisk and other policing issues; education; reproductive justice; immigration and LGBT rights.
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Talks, November 21, 2014, 11/21/2014, Civil Liberties in NY: What a Difference a Year Makes
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With Christina Pease. Lecture: 7:00-7:30 PM Observing (weather permitting): 7:30-9:00 PM Astronomy Q&amp;A / Slideshows: 7:30-9:00 PM
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Lectures, November 21, 2014, 11/21/2014, Constellations R Us - Plus Stargazing
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In celebration of Michael Graves fifty years in practice, a daylong conference will be held with sessions on "Teaching Architecture," "Drawing as Thinking," and "Design at Scale," plus an initial overview of Michael's career and the work of the office. The day will culimate with conversation between Michael and Adele Chatfield-Taylor, who has had a long career in the arts, and notably served as president and CEO of the American Academy in Rome from 1988 until the end of 2013.
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Symposiums, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Past as Prologue: Symposium on the Occasion of Architect Michael Graves's 50th Year in Practice
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Have you ever thought that something wasn’t fair and that you wanted to change it? Visit the exhibition to learn how New Yorkers have fought for change over the past 350 years. After exploring the gallery, create your own button that expresses a view or idea about a cause that is important to you.
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Gallery Talks, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Exhibition Tour: Pushing Buttons: Activist New York
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Jan Karski was a hero of the Polish resistance who risked his life to smuggle the first eyewitness testimony of the Holocaust out of Nazi-occupied Poland and raise the alarm among Allied leaders. He has been honored as Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem in Israel, and in 2012 was posthumously granted the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Wanda Urbanska, the president of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, will chair a panel of experts to celebrate Jan Karski's centennial this year and the recent republication of his riveting Wartime memoirs. In the panel discussion, led by Wanda Urbanska, learn more details about the life and achievements of this extraordinary man.
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Discussions, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Jan Karski: Humanity's Hero
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A conversation between artist Qiana Mestrich and curator Susan Bright on how an American chemical company made fashion history and inspired thousands of mothers to name their children after a nylon fabric.
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Talks, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Artist Talk: Qiana Mestrich
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James Barrie (1860-1937) is known today, if at all, as the creator of Peter Pan, the boy who didn't want to grow up. Yet, he wrote many other works that were so successful with the public that he has been described as “the Andrew Lloyd Webber” of Edwardian theatre in London. He had six major plays produced in London's West End, and produced uncountable shorter works of drama, fiction, and journalism. And he was a feminist, from his earliest surviving works until the end of his life. The prime of his career, roughly 1900-1914, coincided with British women’s bitter and often violent struggle for the right to vote and other rights. The female characters in all of Barrie’s plays are presented as responsible, intelligent, vibrant — and adult — human beings. In this presentation, speaker Cheryl Payer considers four of his short plays that most directly express his feminism: The Twelve-Pound Look, about a trophy wife who decides to become self-supporting; The Ladies’ Shakespeare, in which Barrie revised The Taming of the Shrew to reveal that it was Kate who was manipulating Petrucchio all along; The Fatal Typist, in which he made fun of gendered body language, and The Little Policemen, puncturing sexist slanders against the suffragettes.
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Lectures, November 24, 2014, 11/24/2014, The Women Who Grow Up: Feminism in the Works of James Barrie
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Young Breton women were for
 a long time the stereotypical domestic servants in Paris.
 In this lecture, Leslie Moch explores their migratory path from rural Brittany to settlement in the French capital, and looks at the roles that work and religion, strategies of adaptation, and the organizations they create play in defending their interests and helping them to claim their rights.
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Lectures, November 24, 2014, 11/24/2014, Serving Paris, Serving the World: Gender, Domestics, and Migration
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This illustrated lecture examines the internal contradictions within the flow of capital that have precipitated recent crises.
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Slide Lectures, November 24, 2014, 11/24/2014, David Harvey discusses his book Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism
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A talk by artist and faculty member David Row.
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Talks, November 25, 2014, 11/25/2014, Artist Talk: David Row
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This illustrated lecture surveys the origins of New York City's food industry and the rise of New York as both a metropolis and food capital in the 19th century.
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Slide Lectures, November 25, 2014, 11/25/2014, Cindy R. Lobel discusses her book Urban Appetites
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Join the staple Friday Night Book Group for their discussion of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow. Please read the book first.
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Book Discussions, November 28, 2014, 11/28/2014, Friday Night Book Group
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