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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!

Gallery Talk |
Join us for this exceptional opportunity to discuss the reciprocal relationship between minimalism in sculpture and architecture, focusing on the fundamentals of material and space. Delicious Korean Food specially selected by the artist will be served following the talk. Jong Oh creates minimal sculptures made of hand-painted string, delicate jewelry chains, tiny nails, stones, Plexiglas, metal rods and weights and an occasional graphite line that suggest basic geometric shapes and respond to the natural qualities of light and space of a site.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Feb 7
3:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, February 07, 2016, 02/07/2016, Artist Talk: Jong Oh
Book Discussion |
The book up for discussion this month will be Dave Eggers' fascinatingly philosophical sci-fi novel. Centered around one young woman’s experience working for a powerful internet company, The Circle raises important questions about democracy, privacy, and ethics in an increasingly technological world.
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Mon, Feb 8
6:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, February 08, 2016, 02/08/2016, Contemporary Classics Book Discussion: Dave Eggers' The Circle
Discussion |
With: Pierre Vimont, Alex Cooley, and Tarik Amar, moderated by Adam Tooze. The European Union and the United States have joined efforts to try to contain and resolve the crisis in Ukraine. This close cooperation has not been without its tensions. Speakers at this roundtable discussion will compare the EU and U.S. approaches to the crisis and efforts to address it, and will also present their visions of possible outcomes to the conflict.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Feb 8
6:00 pm

Free
Discussions, February 08, 2016, 02/08/2016, The EU, the U.S., and the Crisis in Ukraine
Book Discussion |
The Monday Night Reading Group discusses The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud. Read the book and join in. They're a welcoming bunch.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Feb 8
7:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, February 08, 2016, 02/08/2016, Monday Night Reading Group
Discussion |
A panel conversation with Farai Chideya, Tanya Selvaratnam, Elizabeth Ziff, and Ethan Herschenfeld, in conjunction with the release of Chideya's newest, The Episodic Career.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Feb 8
7:00 pm

Free
Discussions, February 08, 2016, 02/08/2016, Art and Work: Surviving and Thriving as a Creative Person
Talk |
With: Dr. Rudina Jasini, Oxford D.Phil in Law, Legal Consultant for Impunity Watch.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 9
12:30 pm

Free
Talks, February 09, 2016, 02/09/2016, Kosovo's Special Crimes Court and Its Implications for Justice and Democracy
Talk |
Shigesuke Kashiwagi, CFO of Nomura Holdings, will share his experiences building a global business at Japan's leading securities and investment banking company. He will talk about the firm's ambitions and challenges integrating Lehman Brothers' Europe and Asia franchises, as well as the broader challenge of building a profitable and sustainable international business. He will also share his perspectives on the future of Japan's globalization in terms of corporate strategy, organization and culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 9
12:30 pm

Free
Talks, February 09, 2016, 02/09/2016, From Japan's Leading Securities Company to Asia's Global Investment Bank: History, Challenges and Ambitions
Book Discussion |
Lush Life by Richard Price
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Tue, Feb 9
5:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, February 09, 2016, 02/09/2016, Book Club Discussion
Talk |
Games are an exciting yet controversial tool for learning and cognitive development. Daphne Bavelier, an expert in cognitive neuroscience, will describe how entertainment and action-packed video games, initially thought as mindless, can induce brain plasticity and a surprisingly vast array of improvements. Jan L. Plass, a scholar and designer of learning with simulations and games, will discuss how games need to be designed to be effective for learning and for development of cognitive skills. Both will present their research findings and then engage with the audience in a lively conversation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 9
6:00 pm

Free
Talks, February 09, 2016, 02/09/2016, Making Waves: Your Brain on Video Games
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture explores New York's central role in fueling the nationwide craze for folk music in postwar America. It shows that the city’s artistic, political, and commercial assets helped to shape a breeding ground for the folk music revival, one of the great cultural phenomena of the twentieth century.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 9
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, February 09, 2016, 02/09/2016, Stephen Petrus discusses his book Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival
Talk |
Alexander Chee’s first novel, Edinburgh, is a winner of the Michener Copernicus Prize, the AAWW Lit Award and the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize, and was a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year and a Booksense 76 selection.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 9
6:30 pm

Free
Talks, February 09, 2016, 02/09/2016, Fiction Forum: Alexander Chee
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The American Psychological Association’s involvement in supporting harsh interrogation tactics in Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo Bay, and the CIA "black sites" has been one of the biggest ethical failures of this organization. Speaker Steven Reisner was one of the leading figures in exposing the secret complicity of the APA with the White House and US intelligence community in support of the CIA and the Pentagon’s ”enhanced” interrogation program. In this talk he will discuss the ethical failures of the APA and the efforts that have recently resulted in the APA’s revising its policies, sharply curtailing the use of psychologists at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Feb 9
6:30 pm

Free
Talks, February 09, 2016, 02/09/2016, From Resistance to Resistance: A Narrative of Psychoanalytic Activism
Discussion |
Panelists discuss how the French model of integration is responding to the growing diversity within French society. They explore some of the findings of a new large-scale study which traces the social trajectories of 1st and 2nd generation immigrants in France through their experiences with education, employment, family formation, identity formation, and experiences of discrimination.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 9
6:30 pm

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Discussions, February 09, 2016, 02/09/2016, A Diverse Nation: The French Model of Integration
Slide Lecture |
When Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995, an employee discovered a large collection of suitcases in storage in an attic. Many of these pieces of luggage contained the personal belongings of former patients. John Crispin has photographed the suitcases and their contents; his images offer a window into the lives and personal stories of patients admitted between 1910 and 1960. He will share the photos and what they reveal about the past.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Feb 9
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, February 09, 2016, 02/09/2016, The Stories of the Suitcases
Talk |
Archie Rand discusses his five-year long project, The 613 — the visual transformation of every one of the 613 mitzvahs into a painting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 9
7:00 pm

Free
Talks, February 09, 2016, 02/09/2016, Artist Talk: Archie Rand
Lecture |
A talk with Urmas Paet, Member of the European Parliament from Estonia and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 10
12:30 pm

Free
Lectures, February 10, 2016, 02/10/2016, The Unending Challenges for Europe: Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel?
Discussion |
Welcome Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction and staff writer for The New Yorker, as she and Sociology Professor Eric Klinenberg address the pressing themes of disaster and environmental justice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 10
5:00 pm

Free
Discussions, February 10, 2016, 02/10/2016, Environmental Humanities: Disaster and Environmental Justice
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The name Jonas Mekas is synonymous with alternative cinema and film culture in New York. Meet and talk with “The Godfather of American Avant-Garde Cinema.” Born in a Lithuanian farming village, Mekas was liberated from a German forced labor camp and he eventually moved to New York in 1949 and began filming. In 1954, he and his brother Adolfas started Film Culture magazine, which soon became one of the most important film publications in the U.S. In 1958, he began his popular “Movie Journal” column in The Village Voice, and in 1962 he founded the Film-Makers’ Cooperative, followed by the Filmmakers’ Cinematheque in 1964, which eventually grew into Anthology Film Archives, and is recognized today as one of the world’s largest and most important repositories of avant-garde cinema. Mekas has also published a dozen volumes of poetry and prose. His films and art have been shown at the Venice Biennale, documenta of Kassel, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the Centre Pompidou, and the Serpentine Gallery, among other museums and institutions. His film work includes such titles as The Brig (1964), Walden (1968), Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1971), Lost Lost Lost (1976), As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2001), and Out-takes from the Life of a Happy Man (2012).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 10
6:00 pm

Free
Talks, February 10, 2016, 02/10/2016, Jonas Mekas, Founder of Anthology Film Archives and 'the Godfather of American Avant-Garde Cinema'
Discussion |
Author Sasha Issenberg, Professor and Committee on Global Thought member Michael Doyle, and Director of Global Reports Nicholas Lemann attend a panel discussion on medical tourism, global healthcare, and Issenberg’s new book “Outpatients: The Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism.”
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Wed, Feb 10
6:00 pm

Free
Discussions, February 10, 2016, 02/10/2016, Planes, Trains, and Root Canals: The New World of Medical Tourism
Talk |
Author Luc Sante’s books include Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All your Darlings, and The Other Paris. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Grammy (for album notes), an Infinity Award in Writing from the International Center of Photography, and Guggenheim and Cullman Fellowships. He has written for the New York Review of Books since 1981, has written for many other periodicals, and since 1999 has been Visiting Professor of Writing and the History of Photography at Bard College.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 10
6:30 pm

Free
Talks, February 10, 2016, 02/10/2016, An Evening with Author Luc Sante
Gallery Talk |
Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Global/Local 1960–2015: Six Artists from Iran.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 10
6:30 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, February 10, 2016, 02/10/2016, Artist Talk: Saina Maghsoudy Louyeh
Book Discussion |
Rock legend Dave Stewart, the prolific musician, songwriter and producer behind Eurythmics and dozens of pop hits, presents a no-holds-barred look into his remarkable life and career. From drug-fueled adventures, A-list collaborations and relationships to his hit-producing creative process, Sweet Dreams Are Made of This shares the incredible stories of Stewart's life in music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 10
7:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, February 10, 2016, 02/10/2016, Dave Stewart reads from his book Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: A Life In Music
Discussion |
Dagmar Riedel, associate research scholar, Columbia University, in conversation with Guy Burak, subject librarian for Middle Eastern Studies, will discuss the large collection of Persian lithographs of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 11
12:30 pm

Free
Discussions, February 11, 2016, 02/11/2016, Persian Lithographs of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries
Book Discussion |
They will be discussing KINDRED by Octavia Butler.
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Thu, Feb 11
5:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, February 11, 2016, 02/11/2016, Morningside Heights Book Discussion Group
Discussion |
A panel discussion led by Carey Purcell about women's role in theatre and the current political and socio-economical climate facing them.
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Thu, Feb 11
5:30 pm

Free
Discussions, February 11, 2016, 02/11/2016, Women in Theatre: A Panel Discussion
Lecture |
Art historian Krista Thompson examines the work of Tom Lloyd, a black artist among the first wave working with light and electronic technologies in the 1960s. Lloyd’s early role in the mainstream art world of 1960s New York is belied by the bare archival and material traces that remain of his work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 11
6:00 pm

Free
Lectures, February 11, 2016, 02/11/2016, Black Light: Tom Lloyd, Lorraine O’Grady and the Effect of Art Historical Disappearance
Discussion |
Celebrate alumni and past and present faculty featured in the recently published Thirty Years of Emerging Voices: Idea, Form, Resonance, which will be on sale at the event. Following an introduction by Anne Rieselbach, the event will feature a Pecha Kucha with faculty and alumni included among the previous thirty years of Emerging Voices, and a panel conversation on emerging disciplinary and hybrid models of practice with recent graduates and current students, moderated by Alan Brake, US Editor of Dezeen.
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Thu, Feb 11
6:00 pm

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Discussions, February 11, 2016, 02/11/2016, Emerging Voices: Transforming Models and Practices
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture explores anagrams, palindromes, the highest-scoring Scrabble plays of all time, the birth of the World Scrabble Championship, as well as many of the more colorful figures that inhabit this subculture.
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Thu, Feb 11
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, February 11, 2016, 02/11/2016, John D. Williams Jr. discusses his book Word Nerd: Dispatches from the Games, Grammar and Geek Underground
Discussion |
A discussion with Celia Ipiotis, creator and producer of the television series “Eye on Dance”; Julie Malnig, professor and dance historian; and Michael Dinwiddie, professor, playwright, and cultural historian of African American life. Performance by Chafin Seymour, dancer/choreographer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 11
6:30 pm

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Discussions, February 11, 2016, 02/11/2016, African American Footprints Leading to the Future
Talk |
Shahpour Pouyan, artist in in the exhibition Global/Local, will discuss his work with Murtaza Vali, a Brooklyn-based art historian, curator, and critic whose writing has appeared in Artforum, ArtReview, Art India, Bidoun, and ArtAsiaPacific.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 11
6:30 pm

Free
Talks, February 11, 2016, 02/11/2016, Artist Talk: Shahpour Pouyan
Discussion |
Samantha Hunt is the author of The Invention of Everything Else, winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, and Mr. Splitfoot, published in January. Christopher Sorrentino’s novel Trance was a National Book Award Finalist. His new novel is The Fugitives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 11
7:00 pm

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Discussions, February 11, 2016, 02/11/2016, Writers in Conversation: Samantha Hunt / Christopher Sorrentino
Conference |
As the polar ice cap continues to melt, the Arctic is becoming an increasingly significant arena for international conflict and cooperation on trade, transit, energy, environmental, scientific, and security issues. The collapse of global oil prices has created new uncertainties in the region, with some surprising consequences. Join top Russian and Western scholars and policy experts discuss the current state of U.S.-Russian relations in the Arctic, and debate the future potential for conflict and cooperation between the two most powerful Arctic states.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Feb 12
9:00 am

to 4:15 pm

Free
Conferences, February 12, 2016, 02/12/2016, U.S.-Russia Relations in the Arctic
Discussion |
Ttwo renowned intellectuals - Amitav Gosh and Prasenjit Duara – will have a conversation on climate change and capitalism in Asia.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Feb 12
5:30 pm

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Discussions, February 12, 2016, 02/12/2016, Global Warming and the Rise of Asia
Book Discussion |
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 food and cooking. Whether it's a novel that deploys sumptuous food imagery, a journalistic examination of what and how we eat, or where our food comes, or your favorite cookbook or foodie memoir, they'd love to hear about it!
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Fri, Feb 12
6:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, February 12, 2016, 02/12/2016, Open Book Night
Symposium |
In honor of the Albert Murray Centennial, this symposium will elaborate the Alabama-born Harlemite's distinctive contribution to American thought and letters. From vernacular to fine art, downhome particulars to cosmopolitan and universal implications, Murray swings aesthetic statement in omni-American hues, and confronts entropy with excellence and epic affirmation despite the blues of the human condition.
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Sat, Feb 13
9:00 am

to 5:30 pm

Free
Symposiums, February 13, 2016, 02/13/2016, Albert Murray, an American Original: Novelist, Essayist, Thinker
Gallery Talk |
Join curator Brett Littman and Raphael Rubinstein, essayist for Bartlett's recent painting exhibition at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia, for a walkthrough of the exhibition.
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Sat, Feb 13
2:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, February 13, 2016, 02/13/2016, Gallery Tour: Jennifer Bartlett: Hospital
Lecture |
A talk with Hannes Adomeit, a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, D.C.
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Mon, Feb 15
12:00 pm

Free
Lectures, February 15, 2016, 02/15/2016, German-EU-Russian Relations: Dissolution of the 'Strategic' and 'Modernization' Partnerships
Talk |
The Department of Literary Studies presents a guest lecture by Christopher GoGwilt, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Fordham University. Professor GoGwilt is the author of The Passage of Literature: Genealogies of Modernism in Conrad, Rhys, and Pramoedya; The Fiction of Geopolitics: Afterimages of Culture from Wilkie Collins to Alfred Hitchcock; and The Invention of the West: Joseph Conrad and the Double-Mapping of Europe and Empire.
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Tue, Feb 16
4:00 pm

Free
Talks, February 16, 2016, 02/16/2016, Windows and Conrad's Art of Darkness: Framed Readings and Reading Frames
Talk |
An overview of sleep and sleep disorders presented by Daniel A. Barone, MD.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 16
5:00 pm

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Talks, February 16, 2016, 02/16/2016, Sleep and Sleep Disorders
Gallery Talk |
Join a 30-minute docent-led tour.
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Tue, Feb 16
6:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, February 16, 2016, 02/16/2016, Gallery Tour of Printing Women: Three Centuries of Female Printmakers, 1570-1900
Discussion |
During the 2016 cycle, the United States’ campaign finance system finally and completely jumped the shark. Candidates raised hundreds of millions for SuperPACs which may have as much, if not more, influence over outcomes than the actual campaigns themselves. How did this transform campaign strategy? What are the implications for governance? And is there anything citizens can do to reverse this trend? Witness and question a highly influential panel of campaign operatives as they discuss the new Wild West world of campaign finance: - Zach Allen, Democratic fundraising consultant - Raj Goyle, Member, Obama 2012 National Finance Committee and former Kansas legislator - Christina Greer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Fordham University - Jack Oliver, Finance Chair, Right to Rise PAC, SuperPAC supporting Jeb Bush - Adam Smith, Communications Director, Every Voice - Ken Vogel, Chief investigative correspondent, POLITICO - Moderated by Jeff Smith, Assistant Professor
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Tue, Feb 16
6:30 pm

Free
Discussions, February 16, 2016, 02/16/2016, The New Wild West: Money and the 2016 US Presidential Election
Talk |
"Ephemera" is not a thing but a classification. The category of "ephemera," like the category of "literature," is not transparent, timeless, or universal, but a classification, existing in history, that has done and continues to do powerful rhetorical, practical, ideological, and disciplinary work. Paula McDowell discusses how collectors, librarians and archivists, literary scholars and others have defined "ephemera" since the 1960s, and earlier in the past. In eighteenth-century in Britain, arguing that the categories of "ephemera" and "Literature" were reciprocally constructed as part of an attempt to control the spread of print.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 16
7:00 pm

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Talks, February 16, 2016, 02/16/2016, Making and Breaking the Category of Ephemera: The Eighteenth Century as Test Case
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Valerie Jaudon and Pepe Karmel, associate professor of art history, will discuss her work, including her involvement in the Pattern and Decoration movement, with its interest in abstract Persian ornamental forms such as arabesques.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 16
7:00 pm

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Talks, February 16, 2016, 02/16/2016, Artist Talk: Valerie Jaudon
Discussion |
The year is 1943. A maestro falls ill and an unknown 25-year-old conductor becomes front-page news. Scholars and artists come together to tell the story.
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Tue, Feb 16
7:30 pm

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Discussions, February 16, 2016, 02/16/2016, Leonard Bernstein Takes Over the New York Philharmonic
Discussion |
Join Artist-in-Residence Jack Gray in this community-building roundtable, open to all, that offers space for informal, intimate dialogue and knowledge exchange, and will guide Gray’s semester-long residency focused on contemporary indigenous performance.
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Wed, Feb 17
6:00 pm

Free
Discussions, February 17, 2016, 02/17/2016, Forging Connections Between Indigenous and Artistic Communities in New York
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture features the stories and history of two of Manhattan’s most desirable neighborhoods for more than 150 years.
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Wed, Feb 17
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, February 17, 2016, 02/17/2016, Alred and Joyce Pommer discuss their book Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square
Talk |
Fresh from recent, well-received solo shows in New York City at the Brooklyn Museum and Yancey Richardson Gallery, South African photographer and activist Zanele Muholi will discuss her work, including the photography and documentary films she produced with and about black lesbians.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 17
6:30 pm

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Talks, February 17, 2016, 02/17/2016, Photographer Talk: Zanele Muholi
Discussion |
With Global/Local authors Julia Pelta Feldman, and Kara Fiedorek, both Institute of Fine Arts; and Ally Mintz, Visual Arts Administration.
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Wed, Feb 17
6:30 pm

Free
Discussions, February 17, 2016, 02/17/2016, A Conversation on the Exhibition Global/Local 1960–2015: Six Artists from Iran
Book Discussion |
This month's title being discussed is A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. Read the book and come join in.
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Wed, Feb 17
7:00 pm

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Book Discussions, February 17, 2016, 02/17/2016, Upper Eastside Fiction Reading Group
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Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is an artist based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her work draws from experiments in film, ethnography, and theater, and develops out of periods of observation and documentation in which the camera is present as an object with social implications and as an instrument mediating aesthetic thought.
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Wed, Feb 17
7:00 pm

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Talks, February 17, 2016, 02/17/2016, Artist Talk: Beatriz Santiago Muñoz
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Tatsuo Yamasaki, Japan's Former Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, will talk about his perspectives on the global economy and international finance given his experience, with special attention to topics such as the Chinese economy, AIIB and Greece.
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Thu, Feb 18
12:30 pm

Free
Talks, February 18, 2016, 02/18/2016, The Latest Landscape of International Finance
Book Discussion |
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 Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara.
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Thu, Feb 18
2:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, February 18, 2016, 02/18/2016, Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
Lecture |
This lecture will address the so-called ‘posthuman’ turn in contemporary feminist theory in the light of shifting perceptions, the effects of globalization, and the impact of inhuman factors like wars and conflicts. Speaker Rosi Braidotti, Professor at Utrecht University, is an incredibly influential contemporary philosopher and feminist. She is largely heralded as pioneer of European Women's Studies.
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Thu, Feb 18
4:00 pm

Free
Lectures, February 18, 2016, 02/18/2016, Posthuman Feminism
Discussion |
Exhibition curator Joseph R. Wolin will lead a panel discussion featuring several of the artists included in the show.
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Thu, Feb 18
4:00 pm

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Discussions, February 18, 2016, 02/18/2016, Open This End: Artists Discuss the Exhibition
Gallery Talk |
Literary Greenwich Village features photographed ink drawings of historic literary sites in Greenwich Village. In his distinctive style of pen-and-ink sketch situated precisely within a photograph’s frame, Golebiewski’s exhibition captures authors’ and poets’ buildings and apartments.
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Thu, Feb 18
6:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 18, 2016, 02/18/2016, Nick Golebiewski discusses his exhibition Literary Greenwich Village
Talk |
The fourth Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin of this season will feature Italian baritone Ambrogio Maestri, who has achieved the rare distinction of total ownership of an iconic role. His interpretation of Verdi’s Falstaff, which he continues to refine, is definitive. He also excels in other core Italian repertoire and appears at the Met this season in Cavalleria Rusticana and the title role Don Pasquale.
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Thu, Feb 18
6:30 pm

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Talks, February 18, 2016, 02/18/2016, Adventures in Italian Opera: A Conversation with Baritone Ambrogio Maestri
Book Discussion |
Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku.
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Thu, Feb 18
6:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, February 18, 2016, 02/18/2016, Book Discussion Group
Talk |
Award-winning action painter Kohut discusses the methods and motivations behind his new project as part of The Name of The Project Is Project Itself series.
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Thu, Feb 18
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Talks, February 18, 2016, 02/18/2016, Artist Talk: Michal Kohut
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The three-time Tony Award–winning director (Hairspray and Coast of Utopia) shares wisdom gained over five decades in the theater.
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Fri, Feb 19
7:30 pm

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Talks, February 19, 2016, 02/19/2016, Jack O'Brien, 3-Time Tony Award-Winning Director
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The library is hosting a Random House rep who will buzz about forthcoming books and give readers the inside scoop on summer and fall titles. Advanced Readers Copies, book catalogs, and Keep Calm and Read On tote bags will be available for attendees.
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Sat, Feb 20
11:00 am

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Talks, February 20, 2016, 02/20/2016, Book Buzz
Discussion |
Paul Kaplan, author of Jewish New York, leads a roundtable discussion on the sights, sounds and tastes of Jewish New York, with a focus on the cultural, culinary and historic treasures of the Lower East Side. Panelists to be announced.
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Sun, Feb 21
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Discussions, February 21, 2016, 02/21/2016, Jewish New York
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When the 2016 Summer Olympics were awarded to Rio de Janeiro late in 2009, Brazil was enjoying a decade-long economic boom and the country seemed poised for a leap to global power status. But when the games open next August 6, the mood in Rio is sure to be a sour one. Since the end of 2014, Brazil has been mired in the worst corruption scandal in its history, with its political institutions and leaders discredited, and the economy has shifted into reverse and is actually shrinking. What went wrong? And what makes this tropical giant tick? Speaker Larry Rohter has spent thirty years as a foreign correspondent and cultural reporter for The New York Times. Before that he reported from Latin America and Asia as a correspondent and critic for Newsweek, The Washington Post, the Sunday Times of London and Rede Globo of Brazil.
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Mon, Feb 22
9:30 am

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Lectures, February 22, 2016, 02/22/2016, A Primer on Brazil: Global Giant
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Speaker Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, has addressed a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy: political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice and the welfare state. His books (among them Just and Unjust Wars, Spheres of Justice, The Company of Critics, Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad, and On Toleration) and essays have played a part in the revival of practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life.
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Mon, Feb 22
6:00 pm

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Lectures, February 22, 2016, 02/22/2016, Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions
Mon, Feb 22
6:30 pm

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Talks, February 22, 2016, 02/22/2016, Straus Park II: More Bloomingale Neighborhood History
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Join a 30-minute docent-led tour.
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Tue, Feb 23
6:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 23, 2016, 02/23/2016, Gallery Tour of Printing Women: Three Centuries of Female Printmakers, 1570-1900
Talk |
Sara Lipton is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Stony Brook and the author of Images of Intolerance: The Representation of Jews and Judaism in the Bible moralisée, which won the Medieval Academy of America’s John Nicholas Brown prize. The recipient of fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Huffington Post
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Tue, Feb 23
7:00 pm

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Talks, February 23, 2016, 02/23/2016, Artist Talk: Sara Lipton
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A reading and conversation in conjunction with the launch of Victor LaValle's new novella, The Ballad of Black Tom. With LaValle, Ryan Britt (author of Luke Skywalker Can't Read), and Emily Asher-Perrin (contributor to Tor.com).
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Tue, Feb 23
7:00 pm

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Discussions, February 23, 2016, 02/23/2016, Reinventing Fantasy
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More than one year ago, concerned that ordinary citizens would be locked out of the presidential nominating process, the magazine The Nation argued that a vigorously contested primary would be good for the candidates, for the Democratic Party, and for democracy. Two months later, Senator Bernie Sanders formally launched a campaign that has already transformed the politics of the 2016 presidential race. Meanwhile, the GOP primary season featuring Donald Trump's political emergence and Ted Cruz's extreme nativism has been both volatile and unexpected. Join the conversation on the 2016 election with some of The Nation's keenest political minds. Audience questions will follow the moderated discussion.
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Tue, Feb 23
7:00 pm

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Discussions, February 23, 2016, 02/23/2016, Beyond the Horse Race: Protest, Power and Election 2016
Book Discussion |
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
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Wed, Feb 24
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, February 24, 2016, 02/24/2016, Harlem Heights Book Discussion Group
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The Snow Child by Eowen Ivy
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Wed, Feb 24
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, February 24, 2016, 02/24/2016, Book Club Discussion
Slide Lecture |
Dr. Robert Kachko's illustrated lecture spotlights the advances in our understanding of aging and age-related cognitive decline. Through the use of diet, acupuncture, and lifestyle interventions, it is possible to slow down the aging process and add quality years of life.
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Wed, Feb 24
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, February 24, 2016, 02/24/2016, Healthy Aging and Dementia
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Panel discussion moderated by Priscilla P. Soucek, Professor in the History of Art, with speakers Layla S. Diba, independent scholar and curator; Maryam Ekhtiar, associate curator of Islamic art, Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Massumeh Farhad, chief curator and curator of Islamic art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, who will demonstrate the ways in which Iranian artists in the 20th and 21st centuries have created works that also reflect aspects of their local traditions.
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Wed, Feb 24
6:30 pm

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Discussions, February 24, 2016, 02/24/2016, Situating Iranian Modern and Contemporary Art
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A reading and celebration of Well-Read Black Girl book club, with Camille Rankine, Margo Jefferson, Ashley C. Ford, and Morgan Parker. Hosted by Glory Edim.
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Wed, Feb 24
7:00 pm

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Discussions, February 24, 2016, 02/24/2016, Reimagining the Literary Canon
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This month's selection is Black Boy by Richard Wright. Please come prepared.
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Thu, Feb 25
5:45 pm

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Book Discussions, February 25, 2016, 02/25/2016, Book Discussion Group
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A panel discussion exploring and celebrating the practice of musical response to racial tensions and issues of police brutality in the United States. A panel of academics and artists alike will discuss recent examples of musical response during the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the greater tradition of activism-through-music in America.
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Thu, Feb 25
6:00 pm

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Discussions, February 25, 2016, 02/25/2016, Who Is the Black Messiah? Activism Through Music
Talk |
Peter Ahlberg, exhibition curator of "Please Make This Look Nice", and designers Frank DeRose, Hjalti Karlsson, Paul Sahre, and Jan Wilker present a series of short lectures followed by Q&A.
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Thu, Feb 25
6:00 pm

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Talks, February 25, 2016, 02/25/2016, 'Please Make This Look Nice': Lectures by Designers
Talk |
Eileen Myles’s 1994 novel Chelsea Girls was re-issued by Ecco Press in 2015. Her most recent work is I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975-2014.
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Thu, Feb 25
7:00 pm

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Talks, February 25, 2016, 02/25/2016, Writer Talk: Eileen Myles
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The politics of virtue have once again come to dominate public discourse in China as officials have begun the most significant anti-corruption campaign of recent decades. Chinese citizens have been seeking truth, virtue, and beauty in a variety of texts, practices, and sites. Confucian ritual, Christianity, Buddhism, as well as medical and psychological self-help, doctrines of “positive thinking,” have all proliferated. The phrase zhen, shan, mei – here translated as “true, good, beautiful– encapsulates total goodness, a phrase used in everything from self-help literature to soap-opera television, associated with both idealism and naivete. We use it to open a discussion across the bounds of languages and disciplines, on the politics and economics of the forms of virtue in contemporary China.
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Fri, Feb 26
10:00 am

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Conferences, February 26, 2016, 02/26/2016, True, Good, Beautiful: Politics and Forms of Virtue in Xi Jinping-Era China
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Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, while spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in a traditional style.
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Fri, Feb 26
8:00 pm

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Conferences, February 26, 2016, 02/26/2016, Simple Gifts, Award-Winning Folk Duo
Conference |
This conference asks how we can sustain the material, financial, creative, cultural, spiritual, and communal resources necessary to maintain the vitality of our communities, movements, and critical feminist inquiry.
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Sat, Feb 27
10:00 am

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Conferences, February 27, 2016, 02/27/2016, The Scholar and the Feminist: Sustainabilities
Talk |
Islam Nusantara, or Islam of the East Indies, refers to the world’s largest Muslim majority. It offers a tolerant alternative to violence in the name of Islam. Akhmad Sahal will speak about Islam Nusantara and the degree to which it can confront jihadism.
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Mon, Feb 29
12:00 pm

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Talks, February 29, 2016, 02/29/2016, Islam Nusantara: An Indonesian Challenge to the Ideology of Islamic State
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Those over 50 are taking longer to find a job and yet their overall unemployment rate is the lowest for any age group. You will learn how to: - Turn questions about age to your advantage - Seek opportunities where experience is an advantage - Connect with and convey your desire to work - Deal with small things that get in the way
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Wed, Mar 2
6:00 pm

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Lectures, March 02, 2016, 03/02/2016, Why being over 50 is not  the end of your career
Gallery Talk |
In her exhibition, Abergil examines the ways in which American families memorialize their relatives killed in military conflict. Abergil traveled throughout the U.S. to meet with relatives of fallen soldiers and military personnel and to document their methods of coping with loss through the preservation of personal effects.
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Sat, Mar 5
3:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, March 05, 2016, 03/05/2016, Artist Talk: Inbal Abergil
Lecture |
Our resumes are given the impossible task of conveying our entire experience and our total value. In many circumstances it is the only way people know us. Let your resume speak in ways that serve you, to convey what it needs to and to sell you. Career coach, Win Sheffield will focus on the essentials of the resume, so you can get on with your career.
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Thu, Mar 10
2:00 pm

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Lectures, March 10, 2016, 03/10/2016, Making Your Resume Work For You
Discussion |
Join Kara Nicholas, archivist at the legendary Cone Mills, denim industry veteran Andrew Olah, Professor Jeffrey Silberman, and Emma McClendon, curator of the exhibition Denim: Fashion’s Frontier, for a panel discussion on the current state of the denim industry and where it is heading in the 21st century.
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Thu, Mar 10
6:00 pm

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Discussions, March 10, 2016, 03/10/2016, 21st-Century Denim
Lecture |
When we find ourselves in the job market, it is natural to turn to job ads and listings to find a job. Much of the effort put into responding to ads is misplaced. Learn the ins and outs of how and why employers place ads and what part they can play in your overall job campaign. Career coach Win Sheffield will cover when and how to respond to ads.
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Tue, Mar 15
12:00 pm

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Lectures, March 15, 2016, 03/15/2016, How to use job listings to your advantage
Lecture |
Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, Mar 21
6:00 pm

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Lectures, March 21, 2016, 03/21/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
Discussion |
Join fashion industry leaders Charlotte Cowles, senior features editor of Harper’s Bazaar; Becca McCharen, founder of the futuristic fashion line Chromat; and stylist Christian Stroble for a discussion of the many ways that collaboration inspires and enriches their work.
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Wed, Mar 30
6:00 pm

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Discussions, March 30, 2016, 03/30/2016, Collaboration in Fashion
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Visual artists Natalie Frank and Kirsty Mitchell join Colleen Hill, curator of the exhibition Fairy Tale Fashion, to discuss the use of fairy tale imagery their work. Frank’s recent exhibition, The Brothers Grimm, featured 25 chalk and pastel drawings. Mitchell’s dream-like photographs intertwine fantasy, literature, and personal meditations.
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Thu, Mar 31
6:00 pm

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Discussions, March 31, 2016, 03/31/2016, Fairy Tale Imagery in Fashion
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Join New York-based designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag and Bone for a rousing conversation with curator Emma McClendon. Rag and Bone began with a single pair of jeans, then grew into a global fashion brand with a philosophy of expert craftsmanship and attention to detail.
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Wed, Apr 13
6:00 pm

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Discussions, April 13, 2016, 04/13/2016, Rag and Bone: Behind the Global Fashion Brand
Lecture |
Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, Apr 18
6:00 pm

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Lectures, April 18, 2016, 04/18/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
Lecture |
Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, May 16
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Lectures, May 16, 2016, 05/16/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
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As chairman of the Jewish Agency, he speaks with great authority on a panoply of issues and Israel-related topics, including religious pluralism, the unity of the Jewish people and the challenges of being chairman of the largest Jewish global organization in the world. Mr. Sharansky is also Deputy PM in several Israeli governments, founder of the political party Yisra’el B’Aliya, recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a human rights activist.
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Mon, May 16
7:00 pm

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Talks, May 16, 2016, 05/16/2016, An evening with Natan Sharansky, one of the greatest Jewish voices of his generation
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Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, Jun 13
6:00 pm

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Lectures, June 13, 2016, 06/13/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
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Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, Jul 18
6:00 pm

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Lectures, July 18, 2016, 07/18/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
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Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, Aug 15
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Lectures, August 15, 2016, 08/15/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
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Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, Sep 19
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Lectures, September 19, 2016, 09/19/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
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Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, Oct 17
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Lectures, October 17, 2016, 10/17/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
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Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, Nov 14
6:00 pm

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Lectures, November 14, 2016, 11/14/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
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Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, Dec 12
6:00 pm

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Lectures, December 12, 2016, 12/12/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
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