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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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With: Marcus Meitzner, Associate Professor, College of the Asia Pacific, Australian National University.
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Lectures, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, Indonesia’s Presidential Election: Analysis and Outlook

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Lectures, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, Art history lecture
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The remembrance of World War I was being planned from the earliest days of combat: writers, officials, civilians and combatants meditated on its legacy throughout the conflict. This talk will explore the controversies and innovations in forms of commemoration in British, French and American contexts, from debates over where to bury the dead, how to name them, and how to acknowledge the diversity of religious beliefs within a global fighting force. Speaker Joanna Scutts is a literary critic whose essays and book reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, and The New Yorker online.
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Lectures, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, World War I: Memory and Modernism
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From New York’s Pop Art scene to Venezuela’s folk traditions and Argentina’s Otra Figuración, learn more about Marisol’s unique influences. Deborah Cullen, Chief Curator, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, and Kalliope Minioudaki, Feminist Art Historian, join a lively discussion about the artists and movements that came together in Marisol’s distinctive approach and her use of assemblage. Immediately prior to the discussion, be sure to check out the special film screening of Andy Warhol’s experimental film, Kiss (1963; 54 minutes) with a special cameo by Marisol, a long-time muse and friend of Warhol’s at 5:30pm.
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Discussions, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, Reframing Marisol
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With Steven Dubin, Professor of Arts Administration, Columbia University, and author of a forthcoming book on the culture wars in South Africa. Ernest Cole (1940–90), one of South Africa’s first black photojournalists, compassionately but unflinchingly portrayed the lives of black people as they negotiated apartheid’s racist laws and oppression. Ernest Cole: Photographer features over 100 rare black-and-white gelatin silver prints from Cole’s remarkable archive.
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Gallery Talks, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, Exhibition Talk Ernest Cole: Photographer
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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 lecture on the life and music of Louis Armstrong, the father of jazz, explores his single-minded journey through a life devoted to sharing great music with millions. Little-known anecdotes are shared as well as inimitable recordings and video footage from the great musician's career, including recordings of his trumpet playing and singing.
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Slide Lectures, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, A Tribute to the Great Louis Armstrong
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League of Kitchens provides immersive experiences where immigrants teach intimate cooking workshops in their homes. The organization's founder Lisa Gross, food writer Molly O'Neill, and trained immigrant homecooks will be in conversation about the power of cultural exchanges through cooking and eating together.
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Discussions, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, League of Kitchens
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With: Robert Lepage, internationally celebrated director, playwright, actor, designer, and filmmaker.
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Lectures, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, Creating Outside the Frame
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Carol J. Oja speaks about the artistry of African American baritone William Warfield, whose relationship with the Philharmonic began at the summer Stadium Concerts with his performance as Joe in a concert version of Show Boat in 1952. The lecture includes clips of the 1951 MGM film featuring Warfield as Joe and his 1976 performance with the Philharmonic in London narrating Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait with Leonard Bernstein conducting.
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Talks, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, Intertwining Histories: William Warfield, Show Boat, and the New York Philharmonic
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The fourteenth annual Dance and Fashion symposium will explore how dance costume has inspired fashion, and how fashion designers have increasingly been creating dance costumes. Topics include Rei Kawakubo's collaboration with Merce Cunningham and Rick Owens' fashion shows featuring steppers. There will be approximately sixteen speakers, including all nine contributors to the companion book to the concurrent exhibition Dance and Fashion. Invited speakers include Marc Happel, costume director of the New York City Ballet, designer Narciso Rodriguez, dancer Wendy Whelan, and artist and photographer Ann Ray.
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Symposiums, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Dance and Fashion Symposium 2014
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Featuring dancers, designers, curators, and scholars, this international, interdisciplinary symposium will examine the synergy between dance and fashion. Topics will include ballet, modern dance, tango, and stepping.
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Symposiums, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, 14th Annual Dance and Fashion Symposium
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We are living through a moment of tremendous change at the intersection of race, religion, and sexuality, which has significant implications both for those who study and practice religion alike. This conference will bring scholars, activists, and religious leaders together to explore a range of historical and contemporary phenomena associated with religion, race, and sexuality, as they coalesce and converge.
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Conferences, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality? Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics
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While the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted citizenship rights to millions of former slaves, its mandate simultaneously imposed unprecedented limitations on the citizenship rights of white male Southerners. Those limitations purported to permanently disqualify from public office holding tens of thousands of Confederate soldiers, officials, and sympathizers who had earlier taken an oath to uphold the laws of the federal government. Following ratification, however, a more nuanced scene unfolded as Congress - first in drabs, then in a flood - extended amnesty to nearly all of those affected. Their stories, and the story of the failed implementation of the Amendment, narrate a crisis of constitutionalism not seen again in the US until Prohibition. Speaker Taja-Nia Henderson is associate professor at Rutgers School of Law, Newark.
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Lectures, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Framing Treason: War, Reconciliation and Memory in the Making of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
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This year the Italian Jewish Studies Project is held in connection with the international symposium Legacies of the Italian Occupation in Ethiopia organized by Maaza Mengiste and Ruth Ben Ghiat. Speakers: Emanuela Trevisan (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice) Taamrat Emmanuel Between Colonized and Colonizer Brook Abdu (Research Fellow at the Capucin Franciscan Research and Retreat Center, Addis Ababa) Taamrat Emmanuel in Post-Italian Ethiopia (1941-1948)
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Forums, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Ethiopian Jews Under Fascist Rule
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With: Sam Perry, Assistant Professor of Korean and Japanese Literature, Brown University.
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Lectures, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, From Across the Genkai Sea: Kim Talsu and the Korean War in Japan
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As the labor market continues its slow return to health following the Great Recession, there is growing concern that unemployed workers just don’t have the skills needed for the jobs employers are trying to fill. But in fact, there is little evidence to suggest that skill shortages are a serious problem in today’s labor market. Professor Katharine Abraham will review the evidence and consider why there is a widespread perception of a serious skills mismatch when the data seem to be saying otherwise. She will conclude with a brief discussion of implications for policy.
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Lectures, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Is There a Skills Mismatch Problem and What Does the Answer Imply for Policy?
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The famous ellipses that punctuate Stendhal’s Le Rouge et le noir tend to intervene when the story comes too close to one of two topics: sex and politics. Andrew Counter argues that Stendahl's use of ellipses to designate forbidden sexual or political topics was a basic convention of early 19th-century public discourse.
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Lectures, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Sex, Politics, and Silence in Restoration France
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Jennifer Dunning talks with acclaimed modern dancer Dudley Williams about his roots at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts and his long and illustrious career with the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
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Talks, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, A Conversation with Dancer Dudley Williams
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Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879–1962) was a mover and shaker of the modern world, whose claims to fame began in her radical Greenwich Village salon in the 1910s and increased after she married her fourth husband, Antonio Lujan, a Taos Pueblo Indian, and began a utopian community that brought leading figures in painting, photography, music, dance and Native American rights activism to her estate in northern New Mexico (1918-1947). In this illustrated lecture, the well-known biographer and cultural critic examines her life through the lenses of venereal disease, psychoanalysis, and sexology and shows the audience how her struggles with identity, sexuality, and manic depression speak to the lives of many women of her era.
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Slide Lectures, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Lois Palken Rudnick discusses her book The Suppressed Memoirs of Mabel Dodge Luhan: Sex, Syphilis, and Psychoanalysis in the Making of Modern American Culture
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The lecture will bring together students, faculty, staff and community members to discuss topics of policy and social justice beyond the classroom. The lecture will feature a distinguished panel moderated by Michelle DePass, Dean of the School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, including Maya Wiley, Counsel to Mayor DeBlasio and founder of the Center for Social Inclusion; Fred Blackwell, CEO of The San Francisco Foundation; and Juliet Ellis, Assistant General Manager for External Affairs, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, with faculty discussant Rick McGahey, Director of Environmental Policy and Sustainability.
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Lectures, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Public Policy in Action: Advancing Economic and Social Inclusion in America
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In his Theologico-political Treatise Spinoza asks the question: what does it mean for a text to be the word of “God”? Focusing more particularly on the case of the Muslim sacred book, the Quran, Souleymane Bachir Diagne examines the question of the translation of the infinite Word into a human finite language and explores the implications (religious, philosophical, political) of that primordial “vertical” translation for the translations for the original chosen (therefore sacred) language into other human tongues.
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Lectures, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, The Impossible Translation of the Word of God
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A lecture by Professor Nicola Behrmann (Professor of German, Rutgers University). A critical reflection on current historiographical approaches, this lecture addresses the intrinsic relationship between archive and the historical avant-garde movements.
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Lectures, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Giving Up Nothing: Archiving Woman in the Avant-Garde
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We are living through a moment of tremendous change at the intersection of race, religion, and sexuality, which has significant implications both for those who study and practice religion alike. This conference will bring scholars, activists, and religious leaders together to explore a range of historical and contemporary phenomena associated with religion, race, and sexuality, as they coalesce and converge.
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Conferences, October 24, 2014, 10/24/2014, Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality? Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics
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The fourteenth annual Dance and Fashion symposium will explore how dance costume has inspired fashion, and how fashion designers have increasingly been creating dance costumes. Topics include Rei Kawakubo's collaboration with Merce Cunningham and Rick Owens' fashion shows featuring steppers. There will be approximately sixteen speakers, including all nine contributors to the companion book to the concurrent exhibition Dance and Fashion. Invited speakers include Marc Happel, costume director of the New York City Ballet, designer Narciso Rodriguez, dancer Wendy Whelan, and artist and photographer Ann Ray.
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Symposiums, October 24, 2014, 10/24/2014, Dance and Fashion Symposium 2014
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This symposium examines the legacies of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia as experienced by Ethiopians. History can only go so far to tell us about what took place during Italian rule - and its consequences. In Ethiopia, visual and storytelling cultures have been main vehicles of postcolonial expression. The three panels look at how performance, writing and storytelling, and visual arts narrate this difficult period and its legacies for several generations.
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Symposiums, October 24, 2014, 10/24/2014, Legacies of the Italian Occupation in Ethiopia
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Featuring dancers, designers, curators, and scholars, this international, interdisciplinary symposium will examine the synergy between dance and fashion. Topics will include ballet, modern dance, tango, and stepping.
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Symposiums, October 24, 2014, 10/24/2014, 14th Annual Dance and Fashion Symposium
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At the height of her career, Clementine Paddleford was the most widely read and respected food journalist in America. She traveled thousands of miles each year, often piloting her own plane, collecting recipes and culinary folklore, and publishing her findings in This Week, the Sunday syndicated magazine of her newspaper, The New York Herald Tribune. Although Paddleford’s fame was eclipsed by later writers and chefs who were able to capitalize on the reach of radio and television, she remains a fascinating figure, credited by many, including James Beard, with introducing readers to the concept of “American regional cooking.” This presentation will situate Paddleford’s work and legacy within some of the other circulating discourses of her time. Speaker: Erin Branch is currently Assistant Teaching Professor at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC where she teaches courses in writing and rhetoric.
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Lectures, October 24, 2014, 10/24/2014, Feast and Famine: Ethos and Place in American Food Writing
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Join the staple Friday Night Book Group for their discussion of Ethan Frome and selected stories by Edith Wharton. Please read the book first.
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Book Discussions, October 24, 2014, 10/24/2014, Friday Night Book Group
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With post-doctoral researcher Nicholas Stone. At the center of almost every galaxy sits a supermassive black hole, with a mass between a million and a billion times that of our own sun. These behemoths are usually difficult to observe, but on rare occasions will eat an unlucky, nearby star. This talk will discuss the agonizing demise of stars that are torn apart by hungry supermassive black holes, and how astronomers use their death throes to learn about important questions in astrophysics and Einstein's theory of general relativity. This lecture will be followed by guided star-gazing with telescopes (weather permitting).
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Lectures, October 24, 2014, 10/24/2014, Stripping Stars: The Exciting Lives and Untimely Demise of Stars Near Supermassive Black Holes - Plus Stargazing
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Authors for a new book published on the occasion of the exhibition will present their original research on the changing ideas about memorial monuments and commemorative landscapes. Speakers will include: Woodlawn Cemetery's historian Susan Olsen; Professor Andrew S. Dolkart, director of Historic Preservation, Columbia University; Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, curator of American Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Charles D. Warren, architect and architectural historian.
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Symposiums, October 25, 2014, 10/25/2014, Sylvan Cemetery: Architecture, Art and Landscape at Woodlawn
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Organized around the late, under-acknowledged dancer Fred Herko, this one-day symposium will illuminate Herko's experimental entanglements with the Judson Dance Theater, Andy Warhol, Jill Johnston and other figures of his time. In an effort to conjure the past, present and future relevance of this dance artist, eight guests, artists, scholars and writers engage in a series of conversations that they are calling The Herko Dialogues. Guests are Kyle Bukhari, Yve Laris Cohen, Adrienne Edwards, Claudia La Rocco, Raja Feather Kelly, Tavia Nyong'o, Jillian Peña and Jen Rosenblit.
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Symposiums, October 25, 2014, 10/25/2014, Fred Herko: A Crash Course
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A central issue of concern to the Congolese populace at large is the transition from the current government to a new one in 2016. President Joseph Kabila's second term in office will expire in December 2016 and, per the Congolese constitution, he is not permitted to run for a third term. His political party has signaled that they will seek to change the constitution in order to allow Kabila to run again. Congolese civil society, youth, faith leaders and opposition forces have called for Kabila and his political party to respect the country's constitution. In addition, the United States via Secretary of State, John Kerry and Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region Russ Feingold has called on Kabila to step down at the conclusion of his second term and organize elections to usher in a new government and peaceful transition. A key component of the Peace Framework established by the United Nations and 11 African countries to advance peace in the Congo calls for the Kinshasa government to subscribe to the principles of good governance, which entail respecting Congo's constitution. A panel of experts is to discuss Congo's prospects for a peaceful democratic transition in 2016. Panelists TBA. Moderated by Jason Stearns (Congo Siasa).
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Discussions, October 25, 2014, 10/25/2014, Peace and Stability in the DRC: The 2016 Elections and Congo's Constitution
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A presentations by Dennis Raverty, Ph.D., Art Historian. Topic: Sacred Themes in Secular Dutch Painting - The Protestant Netherlands stripped their churches of art, but religious themes permeated their still life, landscapes and scenes of everyday life.
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Lectures, October 26, 2014, 10/26/2014, Reformation/Counter-Reformation: European Art in the Age of Religious Struggle
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With Curt Collier. Thirty-two years ago, sociologists James Q. Wilson and George Kelling promoted their “broken-window theory” as a way to explain the behavior of people regarding public disorder and community neglect. The theory was used to defend policing strategies under then Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the “quality of life” ordinances inspired by the theory were used to explain the dramatic decrease in crime in the early 90s in New York City. Recently, the theory has come back into debate with the appointment of Police Commissioner William Bratton, who was the chief advocate of broken-window theory inspired policies under Giuliani. What does the Broken-Window Theory purport and why has it become so controversial? What evidence supports the theory, and what evidence supports other underlying causes of the behavior?
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Talks, October 26, 2014, 10/26/2014, Crime and the Broken Window Theory
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Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989 is the first museum survey of Los Angeles-based conceptual artist Charles Gaines's early work. The exhibition features seventy-five works from the beginning of a singular career that now spans four decades. The tour will have something for everyone: adults, families and kids of all ages are welcome.
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Gallery Talks, October 26, 2014, 10/26/2014, Gallery Tour: Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989
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A talk by C.M. Naim (Prof. Emeritus Chicago).
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Lectures, October 27, 2014, 10/27/2014, Urdu Mystery Fiction: The First Fifty Years
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Building on his pioneering work in the science of molecular gastronomy, physical chemist Hervé This introduces us to the next profound revolution coming to our kitchens: note-by-note cooking.
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Talks, October 27, 2014, 10/27/2014, Note-by-Note Cooking: The Future of Food
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Jen Percy is the author of Demon Camp. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, the Indiana Review, AGNI, Best Women's Travel Writing, among others, and has been featured on National Public Radio and BBC’s World News. Percy has won a number of awards for her writing, including scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the first place award in American Short Fiction's Story Contest, and multiple academic fellowships.
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Talks, October 27, 2014, 10/27/2014, Nonfiction Forum: Jen Percy
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Seventy-five percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves — from soda to soup, crackers to condiments — contain genetically engineered ingredients. This illustrated lecture explores the long-term effects of these foods on human health and ecology and the public concern that has been steadily intensifying because so many of these effects are unknown.
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Slide Lectures, October 27, 2014, 10/27/2014, Sheldon Krimsky discusses his book The GMO Deception: What You Need to Know about the Food, Corporations, and Government Agencies Putting Our Families and Our Environment at Risk
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A history talk by John Tauranac, subway scholar.
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Talks, October 27, 2014, 10/27/2014, The IRT’s 110th Birthday
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Photographer and faculty member Isaac Diggs and artist Edward Hillel talk about their collaborative project 125th: Time in Harlem (IDEH, 2014) with writer and historian Vicki Goldberg. A reception and book signing follow the discussion.
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Talks, October 27, 2014, 10/27/2014, Photographer Isaac Diggs and Artist Edward Hillel in Conversation
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With: Urvashi Butalia, Suketu Mehta, Pankaj Mishra, Vikas Swarup, and Vishakha Desai.
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Discussions, October 27, 2014, 10/27/2014, India Beyond Technology and Yoga: The Power of Literature in  Globalizing World
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With: Lila Davachi, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neural Science. For decades research has tried to understand the relationship between cognitive operations during an experience and later memory of that experience. However, it is also known that experiences leave an imprint that can be replayed during post-experience time periods, such as awake, rest, and sleep. Professor Davachi will present her recent work identifying and characterizing post-experience brain activity and its contribution to memory for experiences past.
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Lectures, October 28, 2014, 10/28/2014, The Rhythms of Memory
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A talk by artist and faculty member Petah Coyne presented by MFA Fine Arts.
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Talks, October 28, 2014, 10/28/2014, Artist Talk: Petah Coyne
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This visual presentation explores the many ways that the city and its citizens have begun to incorporate the urban archipelago ecology into plans for a livable and sustainable future.
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Slide Lectures, October 28, 2014, 10/28/2014, May Joseph discusses her book Fluid New York: Cosmopolitan Urbanism and the Green Imagination
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Erin Shirreff was born in British Columbia, Canada, in 1975. Her most recent exhibition, Concrete Buildings, presented at Artpace in San Antonio, Texas, in 2013-14, featured two videos created from footage and still images captured during her artist residency at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, in 2010. Upcoming solo exhibitions of her work will be presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, in 2015-16. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
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Talks, October 28, 2014, 10/28/2014, Artist Talk: Erin Shirreff
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With: Yves Charles Zarka (Université Paris 5-Sorbonne, rédacteur en chef de la revue Cités) /> Simon Critchley (The New School, Philosophy) Gabriela Basterra (NYU, Comparative Literature) Abraham Anderson (Sarah Lawrence, Philosophy) Jean-Charles Darmon (Institut Universitaire de France) Avital Ronell (NYU, German) Moderated by John Richardson (NYU, Philosophy)
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Discussions, October 28, 2014, 10/28/2014, Philosophy in France Today
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Come learn about the spectrum of asexual experiences and identities through a screening of the film (A)sexual followed by a panel from Aces NYC.
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Discussions, October 28, 2014, 10/28/2014, Asexuality: An Introduction
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Leslie Klinger, editor of the new H.P. Lovecraft collection, and horror writer Peter Straub, discuss the work and impact of this genre-changing master of horror and science fiction.
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Book Discussions, October 28, 2014, 10/28/2014, Book Discussion: The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft
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Celebrate the US paperback release of Hungarian writer Antal Szerb’s novel, Journey by Moonlight and the memoir that provided the basis for the book, Szerb’s The Third Tower. The Third Tower is a beautiful, slim travelogue following Szerb's journey through Italy in 1936—a journey overshadowed by the coming war and charged with intense personal nostalgia. Szerb, who was in his mid-thirties at the time, was later deported—in late 1944—to a concentration camp where he died months later.brbr The Third Tower is a rich companion text to Journey by Moonlight, a masterful novel set in Italy, which Szerb wrote following his travels there. It’s equal parts dark comedy, madcap adventure tale, thriller, and romance, and the book is considered by many to be Szerb’s masterpiece and a classic of twentieth-century literature. Novelist Julie Orringer and NYRB Classics editorial director Edwin Frank will discuss the novel and the memoir as well as Antal Szerb’s prolific career and tragically short life.
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Book Discussions, October 28, 2014, 10/28/2014, Rediscovering Antal Szerb’s Italy
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This talk will focus on the theories of Edward Bernays and his Freudian influences, with particular focus on Bernays’ work with Woodrow Wilson and the affective relationship of key policies during and after WW1. How can we critique commodities, production, consumption and propaganda in relation to Debord’s concept of the society of the spectacle and Marx’s commodity fetish? Speaker Nina Trivedi is a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art, in London in the department of Critical and Historical Studies.
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Lectures, October 29, 2014, 10/29/2014, Propaganda and Political Spectacle
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As part of a weeklong program of events to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Fred Herko, his biographer Gerard Forde talks with Herko’s friend and collaborator Billy Name about Herko, Judson Dance Theater, Warhol and the birth of the Factory.
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Lectures, October 29, 2014, 10/29/2014, Fred Herko: Warhol’s First Superstar
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The unbelievably riveting adventure of an unlikely young explorer who emerged from the jungles of Africa with evidence of a mysterious, still mythical beast — the gorilla — only to stumble straight into the center of the biggest debate of the day: Darwin's theory of evolution.
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Book Discussions, October 29, 2014, 10/29/2014, Book Group: Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debate, and the African Adventure That Took Victorian World by Storm by Monte Reel
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Welcome the Delhi-based trio Raqs Media Collective, world-renowned artists whose work intersects contemporary art, historical enquiry, and philosophical speculation. In part, their work responds to history’s ghosts, restlessness, and today’s India.
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Lectures, October 29, 2014, 10/29/2014, History’s Ghosts: Raqs Media Collective
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This illustrated lecture argues that well-designed cities are the key to solving America's great national challenges: environmental degradation, unsustainable consumption, economic stagnation, rising public health costs, and decreased social mobility. If we develop them wisely in the future, our cities can be the force leading us into a new era of progressive and prosperous stewardship of our nation.
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Slide Lectures, October 29, 2014, 10/29/2014, Vishaan Chakrabarti discusses his book A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America
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London was celebrated on the Lower East Side when he was elected the second Socialist Congressman in 1914. Biographer Gordon Goldberg, historian Danny Soyer and Rosalyn Baxandall, who is London's grand-niece as well as a professor of American studies, will discuss London's impact and influence.
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Discussions, October 29, 2014, 10/29/2014, Meyer London, Legendary Politician
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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
Symposium |
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
Gallery Talk |
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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A talk by artist and faculty member David Row.
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Talks, November 25, 2014, 11/25/2014, Artist Talk: David Row
Complimentary Tickets

to shows, concerts ... (CFT Deals!)

Theater | Musical about heroism and love during WWII

Regular: $69.50; Member: $0.00

Theater | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

Regular: $75; Member: $0.00

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