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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 celebration of Michael Graves fifty years in practice, a daylong conference will be held with sessions on "Teaching Architecture," "Drawing as Thinking," and "Design at Scale," plus an initial overview of Michael's career and the work of the office. The day will culimate with conversation between Michael and Adele Chatfield-Taylor, who has had a long career in the arts, and notably served as president and CEO of the American Academy in Rome from 1988 until the end of 2013.
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Symposiums, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Past as Prologue: Symposium on the Occasion of Architect Michael Graves's 50th Year in Practice
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Have you ever thought that something wasn’t fair and that you wanted to change it? Visit the exhibition to learn how New Yorkers have fought for change over the past 350 years. After exploring the gallery, create your own button that expresses a view or idea about a cause that is important to you.
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Gallery Talks, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Exhibition Tour: Pushing Buttons: Activist New York
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Jan Karski was a hero of the Polish resistance who risked his life to smuggle the first eyewitness testimony of the Holocaust out of Nazi-occupied Poland and raise the alarm among Allied leaders. He has been honored as Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem in Israel, and in 2012 was posthumously granted the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Wanda Urbanska, the president of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, will chair a panel of experts to celebrate Jan Karski's centennial this year and the recent republication of his riveting Wartime memoirs. In the panel discussion, led by Wanda Urbanska, learn more details about the life and achievements of this extraordinary man.
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Discussions, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Jan Karski: Humanity's Hero
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The Right Amount of Wrong is a group show featuring Diane Bowen, Julia Colavita, Sarah Hewitt, Roxanne Jackson, Rachel Kohn, Victoria Manning, Elizabeth Knowles, Jasmine Murrell, Sono Osato, and Kris Scheifele. The artists discuss their work in the show.
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Gallery Talks, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Artists Talk: The Right Amount of Wrong
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A conversation between artist Qiana Mestrich and curator Susan Bright on how an American chemical company made fashion history and inspired thousands of mothers to name their children after a nylon fabric.
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Talks, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Artist Talk: Qiana Mestrich
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An artist talk with Ryan Wallace, whose solo show Slo Crostic is currently on view, with David Kennedy Cutler. Cutler wrote the catalogue essay for the exhibition and is represented by Derek Eller Gallery. His work is currently on view at Halsey McKay, East Hampton. The two will engage in a dialogue about their work and the various influences on their divergent practices.
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Gallery Talks, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Artist Talk: Ryan Wallace and David Kennedy Cutler
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Noted mosaic artist Haifa Bint-Kadi joins environmentalist Curt Collier to discuss the role of street art in furthering social and environmental justice and as a mechanism for expressing the wants and needs of a community. Bint-Kadi is the founder of Community Engagement Through the Arts, C.E.T.T.A., an initiative of Groundwork Hudson Valley that uses a community arts model and a grassroots approach in using art to address community needs. Together Collier and Bint-Kadi will address the impact and critique of street art from Banksy to neighborhood graffitist.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Talks, November 23, 2014, 11/23/2014, Conversations About Street Art
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An exciting multimedia presentation featuring rare film footage and archival recordings that explore the life, music, and extraordinary impact of the soprano whose fiery dramatic portrayals made her the most exciting opera singer of her time.
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Slide Lectures, November 23, 2014, 11/23/2014, The Life and Music of Maria Callas
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This show considers work in multiple media, focusing on the relationship of various genres and media to one another. Here, ephemeral sculptures are captured as photographs; letterpress prints invoke the aesthetics of video; performances are recorded as drawings; sound is captured in objects; and photographs are abstracted into paintings. Rather than privileging one medium over another, the exhibition looks at their interdependence and what happens when a work is understood through the context of a new medium.
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Gallery Talks, November 23, 2014, 11/23/2014, Gallery Tour: Under Another Name
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James Barrie (1860-1937) is known today, if at all, as the creator of Peter Pan, the boy who didn't want to grow up. Yet, he wrote many other works that were so successful with the public that he has been described as “the Andrew Lloyd Webber” of Edwardian theatre in London. He had six major plays produced in London's West End, and produced uncountable shorter works of drama, fiction, and journalism. And he was a feminist, from his earliest surviving works until the end of his life. The prime of his career, roughly 1900-1914, coincided with British women’s bitter and often violent struggle for the right to vote and other rights. The female characters in all of Barrie’s plays are presented as responsible, intelligent, vibrant — and adult — human beings. In this presentation, speaker Cheryl Payer considers four of his short plays that most directly express his feminism: The Twelve-Pound Look, about a trophy wife who decides to become self-supporting; The Ladies’ Shakespeare, in which Barrie revised The Taming of the Shrew to reveal that it was Kate who was manipulating Petrucchio all along; The Fatal Typist, in which he made fun of gendered body language, and The Little Policemen, puncturing sexist slanders against the suffragettes.
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Lectures, November 24, 2014, 11/24/2014, The Women Who Grow Up: Feminism in the Works of James Barrie
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Young Breton women were for
 a long time the stereotypical domestic servants in Paris.
 In this lecture, Leslie Moch explores their migratory path from rural Brittany to settlement in the French capital, and looks at the roles that work and religion, strategies of adaptation, and the organizations they create play in defending their interests and helping them to claim their rights.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Lectures, November 24, 2014, 11/24/2014, Serving Paris, Serving the World: Gender, Domestics, and Migration
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This illustrated lecture examines the internal contradictions within the flow of capital that have precipitated recent crises.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Slide Lectures, November 24, 2014, 11/24/2014, David Harvey discusses his book Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism
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A talk by artist and faculty member David Row.
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Talks, November 25, 2014, 11/25/2014, Artist Talk: David Row
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This illustrated lecture surveys the origins of New York City's food industry and the rise of New York as both a metropolis and food capital in the 19th century.
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Slide Lectures, November 25, 2014, 11/25/2014, Cindy R. Lobel discusses her book Urban Appetites
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Join the staple Friday Night Book Group for their discussion of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow. Please read the book first.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, November 28, 2014, 11/28/2014, Friday Night Book Group
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A panel discussion on how technology is rapidly democratizing business in the 21st century.
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Discussions, November 29, 2014, 11/29/2014, Small Business of the Future: The Complete D.I.Y. Era
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Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art explores the ways in which contemporary artists use Ebony and Jet as a resource and as inspiration in their practices. The show features over thirty works by a multi-generational, interdisciplinary group of sixteen artists. It includes photography, painting, sculpture and sound works that will occupy the Museum's Main galleries and Project Space.
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Gallery Talks, November 30, 2014, 11/30/2014, Gallery Tour: Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art
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The AIDS Memorial Quilt was created 2​7​ years ago as a work of community activism to protest the appalling lack of attention by the US health agencies to an increase in improbable fatalities ​among gay men in the United States. Its first inception unfolded in October 1987 on the National Mall in Washington DC as part of the March for Gay Rights; it included 1,920 Quilt panels. In 2014, the Quilt ​now ​encompasses more than 48,000 panels, representing 60 countries and commemorating more than 93,000 names. It is the largest living memorial of its kind in the world. Dean of the School of Media Studies Anne Balsamo presents a brief history of the creation of the Quilt as the context for a demonstration of three new digital experiences​ that are designed to extend viewing of the textile Quilt. As examples of media art activism, these digital memorial applications were created to extend the reach of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and to augment the practices of cultural remembering.
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Talks, December 01, 2014, 12/01/2014, Designing Digital Experiences for the AIDS Memorial Quilt
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Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Day With(out) Art with a keynote lecture by Tom Sokolowski and a panel discussion of arts activists including Avram Finkelstein, Joy Episalla, Luis Carle, Nancy Brooks Brody, and Tony Whitfield discussing the future of AIDS advocacy. Tom Sokolowski worked with Visual AIDS to create the astonishingly effective PR campaigns -- Day Without Art and the now-familiar red ribbon -- to promote global AIDS awareness and action. In his keynote lecture, "The Red Ribbon that Changed the World: 25 Years of AIDS activism and Day With(out) Art," he will talk about how these revolutionizing campaigns began, how they changed over time, and how they are relevant now.
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Talks, December 01, 2014, 12/01/2014, How Art and Design Activism Changed AIDS for You, and How It Still Can
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Romare Bearden constantly made the color he constantly looked for. His collages mirrored and enacted what critic Laura Harris calls the aesthetics of black social life, moving against the brutalities of removal and enclosure that structure global black experience and, therefore, the modern world. A Black Odyssey refers, though, not only to Afro-diasporic travel and travail but also to an anoriginary movement of in the art of the West that blackness has come to signifythe polyrhythmic, oral-formulaic, insurgent innovation that was also Homers home away from home. In this panel, a multi-disciplinary group of artists and scholars will sit in with Bearden, gathering with and around his Odyssean practice, his restless, wandering devotion to the scrap, the fragment, the musical moment, and his abiding in and with the imagination, whose enduring philosophical racialization renders it both disposable and appropriable. The intensity of Beardens commitment to the aesthetic contact and content of black social life in its broadest dimensions will serve as an impetus for a wide-ranging discussion of the protocols and implications of improvisation in music, literature, theology, cinema, dance and critical theory. Along with Bearden and, most importantly, the audience, the panel hopes to form a new experimental band.
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Symposiums, December 02, 2014, 12/02/2014, Improvisation in the Arts
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This presentation examines the consequences of migration for political transformation in origin communities in China. Lu broadens previous scholarly focus on the transnational activism of politically conscious migrants to include “unselfconscious transnationalism” that is more common and potentially more influential. Speaker Yao Lu is assistant professor of sociology at Columbia University. Her research focuses on how migration and immigration intersect with social, economic, and political processes across diverse contexts. She is especially interested in understanding the role of migration in social and political change in migrant-sending areas.
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Lectures, December 02, 2014, 12/02/2014, The Case Of China: How Migration Shapes Political Attitudes and Participation in Origin Communities
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A lecture by visiting research scholar Ethan Harkness. Reception to follow.
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Lectures, December 02, 2014, 12/02/2014, Forecasting Fate in Early China
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Kass Morgan is the bestselling author of The 100, the inspiration for the hit CW television show of the same name. She studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now lives in New York where she also works as a book editor. She’s currently finishing the third book in The 100 series, which she’ll complete as soon as she finds a coffee shop in Brooklyn that allows laptops on the weekends. Moderated by Caron Levis, faculty, School of Writing, and author of Stuck with the Blooz.
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Discussions, December 02, 2014, 12/02/2014, Writing for Children Forum: Kass Morgan
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The winner was never in doubt. But the seemingly comfortable victory margin belied the drama that took place along the way. The governor's race had more surprises than anyone would have imagined: the Moreland bombshell, Zephyr Teachout's robust primary showing, and RGA Chair Chris Christie’s snub of Rob Astorino. What does this election tell us about the state of politics in New York? What does it portend for the next few years in Albany? And does it tell us anything about Cuomo's prospects in a potential presidential bid? With: - Kate Albright-Hanna, Teachout communications director - Alexis Grenell, City &amp; State - Peter Kauffmann, senior advisor to the NYS Democratic Committee - Michael Lawler, Astorino campaign manager - Brian Murphy, CUNY Baruch College - William O'Reilly, Astorino consultant - Jessica Proud, Astorino spokesperson - Zephyr Teachout, Democratic primary candidate - Matt Wing, Cuomo communications director - Moderator: Rob George, The New York Post
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Discussions, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, 2014 Campaign Roundtables: The NYS Governor and State Senate Races
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For decades, transportation experts have anticipated a sweeping technological transformation of the way Americans travel, and the transportation system they use to do so. That transformation has arrived at all scales – from individual trip planning to the design and management of regional mass transit systems. But, in a distinct shift from the last 50 years, when transportation innovation in the United States was shaped by big public infrastructure projects like the Interstate Highway System, this transformation is being driven by the private sector. Silicon Valley has set its sights on the transportation system as its next big opportunity, and its first moves have triggered conflicts with regulators at every level of government. But how will this historic surge of investment and invention into the transportation sector impact existing infrastructure and land use patterns, travel behaviors, regulatory frameworks and financing structures, and the practice of transportation planning and management? This symposium will explore the recently published report, Re-Programming Mobility: The Digital Transformation of Transportation in the United States. Key questions include: -What new technologies and services will have the broadest impact on mobility? -How might new mobility technologies and services impact land use patterns? -What kinds of organizational changes will transportation regulators, funding agencies, and planning institutions need to begin preparing for now, and what kinds of skills and practices will transportation planners need in the future? Panelists: Stacey Hodge, New York City Department of Transportation; Greg Lindsay, Visiting Scholar, Rudin Center; Benjamin De La Peña, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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Discussions, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, Re-Programming Mobility: What Do Smart Phones and Self-Driving Cars Mean for Future Cities?
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An evening panel presentation of industry professionals discussing how music makes money now. /> Since the advent of digitized music, the methods of making, using and delivering music have grown exponentially. As a result, many royalty revenue streams and creative ways of monetizing music have emerged. The ways in which music is now marketed, bundled, downloaded, streamed, and otherwise used have resulted in many opportunities and challenges, and have kept legislation and business practices moving at an accelerated pace to keep up. Payments have changed considerably since the heyday of record royalties, making it more important than ever to understand how the new licensing, financing and payment models affect the income of music creators. Panelists: Hayley Rosenblum: Music Community Manager, Kickstarter Bill Stafford: Co-Founder, Missing Link Music Publisher Chris Tuthill: Director of Touring and Artist Development, TCI Barry Heyman, Esq: Entertainment Lawyer, Heyman Law Moderator: Michelle Bogre, Esq.
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Discussions, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, Music Business Now: How Music Makes Money
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In this lecture, Hilary Mason discusses how people engaging in everyday actives are generating more and more data. The result is an amazing source of insight into human behavior, because it is one based on actual behaviors, not merely samples. Mason reviews the evolution of the technology that makes this kind of analysis possible and shares current examples of the best new applications and services being built on top of such data. Hilary Mason is data scientist in residence at Accel Partners, scientist emerita at bitly, cofounder of HackNY, cohost of DataGotham, and member of NYCResistor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, Data as a Technical Superpower
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A lecture with Eelco Runia, author of Moved by the Past. No registration required.
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Lectures, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, East Asian Historical Thought in Comparative Perspective: What History Is, Knows, Does
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John Freeman is an essayist, critic, and former editor of Granta and former chair of the National Book Critics Circle. His books are How to Read a Novelist and The Tyranny of Email: The Four-Thousand Year Journey to Your Inbox, and his reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and in many other publications around the world.
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Lectures, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, Writing and Thinking about the Critical Essay
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Speaker Vicki Caron is the Diann G. and Thomas A. Mann Professor of History and Modern Jewish Studies at Cornell University. She has published a number of books and articles, including Between France and Germany: The Jews of Alsace-Lorraine, 1871–1918 and Uneasy Asylum: France and the Jewish Refugee Crisis, 1933–1942.
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Lectures, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, Toward the Christian Republic: The Impact of Vatican Policy on Catholic Antisemitism on the Eve of the Dreyfus Affair
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Lucy Raven is an artist based in New York. She works primarily with animation and the moving image. Her movies and installations have been shown at art and film spaces internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; MuMOK, Vienna; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Wavelengths at the Toronto International Film Festival; Forum Expanded at the Berlinale, and in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, among others.
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Talks, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, Artist Talk: Lucy Raven
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Gay Talese, as a writer for the New York Times and Esquire Magazine in the 1960s, helped to define literary journalism. Among his classic books are The Kingdom and the Power, Honor Thy Father, Thy Neighbor’s Wife, and Unto the Sons. He also wrote one of the most famous magazine articles ever writer, “Frank Sinatra has a Cold.” Among his many awards, Talese has won the Norman Mailer Prize for distinguished journalism.
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Talks, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, Gay Talese, Iconic American Author
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Building upon the exhibition How Things Don't Work: The Dreamspace of Victor Papanek, this symposium will explore design, future-making and speculation at the intersection of broken systems and social change. Guests: - Stuart Candy, Futurist - Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA - Gerald Bast, Rector, University of the Applied Arts Vienna - Alison Clarke, Director, Victor Papanek Archive - Fiona Raby, Professor Industrial Design, University of the Applied Arts Vienna - Jamer Hunt, Director, Graduate Program in Transdisciplinary Design
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Symposiums, December 04, 2014, 12/04/2014, Permanent Garbage: Victor Papanek and Beautiful Visions of Failed Systems
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Kerstin Brätsch's gregarious practice moves fluidly between mediums and between individual and collective practice. Brätsch creates strange hybrids of painting, design, and performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, December 04, 2014, 12/04/2014, Artist Talk: Kerstin Brätsch
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The Center for Public Scholarship presents a conversation that will focus on how to generate the political and social change necessary to confront climate change. Robert Jay Lifton, author of many books, including, most recently, Witness to an Extreme Century (a memoir) and currently working on a book comparing nuclear and climate threats. Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science, Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University; author of many books, most recently The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future with Eric Conway. Moderator: Tom Engelhardt, editor, writer, and author; creator of TomDispatch.com, a project of the Nation Institute, at which he is a fellow.
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Discussions, December 04, 2014, 12/04/2014, Confronting Climate Change: Insights from the Nuclear Disarmament Movement
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Philosophy Professor Johanna Oksala (University of Helsinki) will give this talk.
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Lectures, December 04, 2014, 12/04/2014, Political Subjects in the Era of Climate Change
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A lecture by Edward Bleiberg of the Brooklyn Museum.
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Lectures, December 04, 2014, 12/04/2014, The History of the Ptolemaic Collection at the Brooklyn Museum
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As technology has become more engaging and interactive, many new tools have opened up to writers and poets to engage their readers. This is a two-day symposium on the future of technology and literature. Julie Buntin, Illya Szilak, Andy Hunter and Flavia Rocha will discuss innovative ways poets and writers are pushing how readers interact and experience literature through technology.
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Symposiums, December 04, 2014, 12/04/2014, Innovative and Immersive Literature Symposium
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Featuring Artistic Director Joseph Colaneri and students of the Young Artists Program, this event is a lecture with live musical examples.
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Talks, December 04, 2014, 12/04/2014, Opera Conversations
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Even those who enjoy mathematical puzzles can enjoy them a bit more by knowing a few new tricks that can help solve the toughest ones. Dartmouth College professor, mathematician and puzzle expert Peter Winkler will share tips and techniques for solving math puzzles and lead the group in an effort to find solutions to some intriguing puzzles. Best suited for ages 12 and up.
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Talks, December 05, 2014, 12/05/2014, Mathematical Puzzles and the 'Tricks' You Need to Solve Them
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As technology has become more engaging and interactive, many new tools have opened up to writers and poets to engage their readers. This is a two-day symposium on the future of technology and literature. Readings by Matthea Harvey, Rick Moody, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, Marcio-André, Ram Devineni and Rene Veron.
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Symposiums, December 05, 2014, 12/05/2014, Innovative and Immersive Literature Symposium
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This show considers work in multiple media, focusing on the relationship of various genres and media to one another. Here, ephemeral sculptures are captured as photographs; letterpress prints invoke the aesthetics of video; performances are recorded as drawings; sound is captured in objects; and photographs are abstracted into paintings. Rather than privileging one medium over another, the exhibition looks at their interdependence and what happens when a work is understood through the context of a new medium.
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Gallery Talks, December 07, 2014, 12/07/2014, Gallery Tour: Under Another Name
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Infrastructures of Labor explores how infrastructures are not just technical artifacts but are comprised of human labor. From networked infrastructures in the global North to do-it-yourself “people as infrastructure” systems in the global South, the panelists will present research considering how human bodies and communities are interwoven with the built environment and its technological systems. PANELISTS: Kafui Attoh / Assistant Professor of Urban Studies / The Murphy Institute / CUNY Catherine Fennell / Assistant Professor of Anthropology / Columbia University Malini Ranganathan / Assistant Professor / School of International Service / American University Rosalind Fredericks / Assistant Professor / Gallatin School of Individualized Study / NYU MODERATOR: Penny Lewis / Associate Professor of Labor Studies / The Murphy Institute / CUNY
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Discussions, December 08, 2014, 12/08/2014, Infrastructures of Labor
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Unconditional cash transfers are the controversial innovation changing the international development landscape. Organizations like GiveDirectly transfer money to poor clients living halfway around the world, who are then free to use the money as they please. While GiveDirectly is the only NGO set up for the sole purpose of distributing unconditional cash transfers, cash transfers are quickly becoming a popular development intervention. DFID estimates that 1 billion people in emerging markets receive them each year. For example, economist Jenny Aker has studied the use of cash transfers in disasters, including the differences between handing out vouchers, physical cash, and sending money via cellphones. Join the founders of GiveDirectly, Jenny Aker, and Timothy Ogden of FAI for a discussion about what this trend means for those living in poverty, for microfinance, and for the development industry as we know it. The discussion will be followed by a networking reception. Panelists: Jenny Aker, Assistant Professor, Tufts University Johannes Haushofer, Assistant Professor, Princeton University Paul Niehaus, Co-Founder and President, GiveDirectly Jeremy Shapiro, Co-Founder, GiveDirectly Moderated by: Timothy Ogden, Managing Director, Financial Access Initiative
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Discussions, December 08, 2014, 12/08/2014, How Unconditional Cash Transfers are Transforming International Development
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A conversation on Adler's book with the translator Peter Filkins, the writer George Prochnik, and Eric Banks, Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities. One of only a few death camp survivors to fictionalize his experiences, the Prague-born H. G. Adler is a strong missing link between Kafka and Sebald in German literature. The New Yorker called Adler’s first two novels Panorama and The Journey “modernist masterpieces” and the New York Times Book Review compared his work to Joyce, Kafka and Gertrude Stein. Now his magnum opus, The Wall, the final installment of Adler’s Shoah trilogy and Adler’s crowning achievement as a novelist, has been translated by Peter Filkins and is available for the first time in English.
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Discussions, December 08, 2014, 12/08/2014, A Discussion of H.G. Adler's Novel The Wall
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With: Peter Baker is chief White House correspondent for The New York Times. His latest book is Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, which takes the reader on a gripping and intimate journey through the eight years of the George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney administration, arguably the most controversial presidency in recent decades. Nina Khrushcheva is associate professor of international affairs. Her latest book is The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey Into the Gulag of the Russian Mind, which examines political and social mindsets of modern Russia, and its people who are too easily settled by "stability and order" often promised by the Kremlin strongmen, be it Joseph Stalin or Vladimir Putin, Stalin’s ideological successor.
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Discussions, December 08, 2014, 12/08/2014, Fifty Years of (Cold) War and Peace: Vladimir Putin's Russia and US Foreign Policy
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Why do those with low income and little political influence have higher mortality rates and lower life expectancy than those with greater wealth and influence? Why do African-Americans have almost three times the infant mortality of whites? Dr. Richard Hofrichter helps us reflect on the ways racism and class exploitation are fundamental causes of inequity in the distribution of disease and illness. He will explore how dominant public narratives in both popular culture and public health practices have obscured imbalances in political power; and he will invite us to reflect on how our belief in those narratives allows some population groups to have worse health and lower life expectancies than others. ​
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Symposiums, December 09, 2014, 12/09/2014, The Politics of Health Inequity: Public Narrative and Social Justice
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A talk by Professor Luca Giuliani. Michelangelo's seated statue of Lorenzo de' Medici created for the nobleman's grave in the Sagrestia Nuova of San Lorenzo supports its left elbow on an object that scholars generally call a casket. Closer inspection however reveals that it depicts neither a casket nor any other object of use; it is quite simply a carefully smoothed ashlar block decorated with a mask. This detail has consequences for the way Michelangelo transformed his material, stone, into a subject of his art. Stone as a subject, in turn, directs our attention on the artistic production of the work. Although Michelangelo completed this particular statue, it thus leads to a better understanding of all the sculptures he left unfinished - a phenomenon that struck his contemporaries as a conspicuous characteristic of his art and that since then has provided the occasion for a wide range of interpretations.
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Lectures, December 09, 2014, 12/09/2014, Flesh or Stone? Michelangelo's Statue of Lorenzo in the Medici-Chapel
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The third Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin of this season will feature soprano Danielle de Niese, one of the most exciting and admired young artists in opera today. A star at Glyndebourne, the Met and elsewhere, she plays leading roles in Italian-language operas by Handel, Gluck, Mozart and other composers. This season she is Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Met.
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Discussions, December 09, 2014, 12/09/2014, Adventures in Italian Opera: A Conversation with Soprano Danielle de Niese
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A lecture, film screening, and marionette demonstration by award-winning TV producer-writer-director and historian Tony De Nonno. De Nonno will discuss the life and legacy of puppeteers Mike and Aida Manteo, their children and grandchildren. Their family is bound together by a Sicilian folk tradition that spans a century in New York through Papa Manteo’s acclaimed Sicilian Marionette Theater, first established on Catherine Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy in 1918. He will share thoughts, insights, knowledge and experiences as this exciting 5,000-year-old journey into the origins and artistry of the puppeteering tradition unfolds before the audience’s eyes.
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Lectures, December 11, 2014, 12/11/2014,  Celebrating the Sicilian Marionette Tradition in New York
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Moyra Davey is a Canadian-born artist who began her career in the early 1980s. Her work in photography, video and writing often explores familiar objects, encouraging viewers to consider the details of everyday life that are generally overlooked.
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Talks, December 11, 2014, 12/11/2014, Artist Talk: Moyra Davey
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An exciting multimedia presentation featuring rare film footage and archival recordings that explore the life, music, and revolutionary impact of Louis Armstrong on 20th-century musical culture - and how the Yiddish melodies sung by his Jewish “godmother” later found their way into his own music.
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Slide Lectures, December 12, 2014, 12/12/2014, The Genius of Louis Armstrong
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Featuring presentations by Dieter Grimm and Miguel Poiares Maduro with a commentary by Gráinne de Búrca. The event will be moderated by Christine Landfried. Dieter Grimm is Professor emeritus of Law at Humboldt University in Berlin and Visiting Professor at Yale Law School. He was a Justice of the Constitutional Court of Germany as well as the Rector of the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study) in Berlin. Miguel Poiares Maduro is the Portuegese Minister for Regional Development. He was a Professor of Law at the European University Institute in Florence and a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School. He was also an Advocate General of the European Court of Justice.,br&gt; Gráinne de Búrca is the Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law at NYU and Director of the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law &amp; Justice. She was a Professor at Harvard Law School and at the European University in Florence.
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Forums, December 12, 2014, 12/12/2014, Futures of the European Union
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The first part of the program features a slide-show presentation of historic photographs on Asian-American legal history by Hon. Denny Chin, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Chin will moderate the second part of this event which includes a conversation with the pioneering Asian-American judges in New York: Hon. Randall T. Eng, Hon. Peter Tom, and Hon. Dorothy Chin-Brandt.
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Discussions, December 15, 2014, 12/15/2014, Asian-Americans and the Law: New York Pioneers in the Judiciary
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Yvonne Rainer is an American dancer, choreographer and filmmaker, whose work in these disciplines is frequently challenging and experimental. Her work is sometimes classified as minimalist art.
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Talks, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Artist Talk: Yvonne Rainer
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Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art explores the ways in which contemporary artists use Ebony and Jet as a resource and as inspiration in their practices. The show features over thirty works by a multi-generational, interdisciplinary group of sixteen artists. It includes photography, painting, sculpture and sound works that will occupy the Museum's Main galleries and Project Space.
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Gallery Talks, December 21, 2014, 12/21/2014, Gallery Tour: Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art
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Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art explores the ways in which contemporary artists use Ebony and Jet as a resource and as inspiration in their practices. The show features over thirty works by a multi-generational, interdisciplinary group of sixteen artists. It includes photography, painting, sculpture and sound works that will occupy the Museum's Main galleries and Project Space.
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Gallery Talks, December 28, 2014, 12/28/2014, Gallery Tour: Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art
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Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill and Program Annotator James M. Keller discuss Danish composer Carl Nielsen and The Nielsen Project.
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Discussions, January 07, 2015, 01/07/2015, Perspectives on Nielsen: A Conversation with Clarinetist Anthony McGill
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Moderated by artist and arts writer Melissa Stern.
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Discussions, January 08, 2015, 01/08/2015, The Psychology of Art and the Art of Psychology
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