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

In New York City, you can talk with and listen to the best minds in the world without spending a dime! Just take a look at free talks, lectures, discussion, seminars, conferences listed on this page below!

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Artists, writers, and activists will affirm their values to resist and reimagine the current political climate. Speakers include Gina Beavers, Chinatown Art Brigade, Aruna D’Souza, Avram Finkelstein, Chitra Ganesh, Guerrilla Girls, Paddy Johnson, Carin Kuoni, Kalup Linzy, Naeem Mohaiemen, Tracie Morris, Uche Nduka, Trace Peterson, Laura Raicovich, Martha Rosler, Mira Schor, Dread Scott, Gregory Sholette, and others to be announced.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Jan 20
11:00 am

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Forums, January 20, 2017, 01/20/2017, Speak Out on Inauguration Day
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A talk with Martha Merrill, Associate Professor of Higher Education at Kent State University and Coordinator of the program's International Education and College Teaching Certificates.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 20
12:00 pm

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Lectures, January 20, 2017, 01/20/2017, Inequality in Quality: Elites, English, Europe, and the U.S. in Post-Soviet Higher Education
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Artist Ruth Patir has invited guest artists and teachers to consider the dream as a site of political intervention. Participants include: musician Jackson Randall, performance artist Virginia Lee Montgomery, Tamar Ettun with performance collective, The Moving Company, choreographer Lauren Bakst in collaboration with Effie Bowen, comedic artist Morgan Bassichis, screenings of new video work by Liz Magic Laser and Ruth Patir, and an hour-long Gaga movement class (open to all levels) taught by Lee Scher. All events on this day are free and open to the public. The schedule: 3PM: Installation by Ruth Patir with live score by Jackson Randall (ongoing)3:30PM: Dream readings compiled and edited by Sheila Heti, performed by Storm Garner, Clinton Powell, Amir Farjoun, and Linda Simon.4:30PM: Gaga Class, taught by Lee Scher, open to all levels of dance experience. (Wear comfortable clothes!)5:30PM: Virginia Lee Montgomery6:00PM: Tamar Ettun and The Moving Company (Movers: Mor Mendel, Tina Wang, ruby onyiynechi amanze)6:45PM: Lauren Baskt in collaboration with Effie Bowen7:15PM: Dream readings compiled and edited by Sheila Heti, performed by Storm Garner, Clinton Powell, Amir Farjoun, and Linda Simon.8:00PM: Morgan Bassichis8:30PM: Screening of "Primal Speech" (2016) by Liz Magic Laser8:45PM: Screening of "Sleepers" (2016-2017) by Ruth Patir
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Jan 20
3:00 pm

Free
Discussions, January 20, 2017, 01/20/2017, Inauguration Day: Conversations and Readings Reflecting on the 2008 and 2016 Elections
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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.In the twenty-five years since the end of the Soviet Union, the Caucasus region (north and south Caucasus) has played a defining role in shaping security and political dynamics across the wider Euro-asia region. The conflicts of the Caucasus have been at the centre of these developments. Drawing on a three year study into the dynamics of armed conflict across the region in the post-Soviet period, the research presented here highlights growing interlinkages between the region's conflicts, the emergence of a Caucasus regional conflict and security complex, and a 'breakout' of conflict from the region into neighbouring conflicts in Syria/Middle East and Ukraine/Black Sea. With the conflicts of the Caucasus increasingly interlinked with wider security developments, the presentation will consider where the risks of conflict escalation lie and sources of stabilisation that might be reinforced to prevent further deterioration of security in the region.Speaker Neil Melvin is Director of Studies at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). At SIPRI, Dr. Melvin is also responsible for work on Russia and the Euro-asia region, with a particular focus on security and conflict issues in the Caucasus and the Black Sea region.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jan 23
12:00 pm

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Lectures, January 23, 2017, 01/23/2017, CANCELLED***The Risks of Internationalized Conflict in the Caucasus: Sources of Overspill, Escalation and Stabilization***CANCELLED
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Speaker: Toshihiro Nakayama, Professor, Keio UniversityModerator: Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Columbia University
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jan 23
12:00 pm

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Lectures, January 23, 2017, 01/23/2017, U.S. Presidential Election: The View from Japan -- The Future of the U.S.-Japan Alliance
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As President-elect Trump fills out his cabinet, there exists much uncertainty about what his election will mean for U.S. energy and environment policy. Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a panel discussion to discuss with three senior energy and environment advisors to President George W. Bush—Jim Connaughton, former Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Jeff Kupfer, former Deputy Secretary of Energy, and Bob McNally, former Senior Director for International Energy on the National Security Council. Mr. Connaughton, Mr. Kupfer, and Mr. McNally will offer their insights on what we can potentially expect from the new administration. Center Director, Jason Bordoff will moderate the discussion following their remarks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jan 23
5:30 pm

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Discussions, January 23, 2017, 01/23/2017, Energy and Environment Policy Under Trump
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This illustrated lecture explores the author's memoir, a story about love, nourishment, and how dinner with a friend can, in the words of M. F. K. Fisher, “sustain us against the hungers of the world.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jan 23
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, January 23, 2017, 01/23/2017, Isabel Vincent discusses her book Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship
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Speaker Anthony DePalma spent 22 years as a reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times. For much of that time he focused his attention on Latin America, especially Mexico and Cuba, but he also travelled widely and reported from places as diverse as Albania, Montenegro, Guyana and Suriname. In 2001 he published Here: A Biography of the New American Continent. His second book, published in 2006, was The Man Who Invented Fidel, about U.S.-Cuba relations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Jan 24
4:00 pm

Free
Talks, January 24, 2017, 01/24/2017, Weighing Fidel's Legacy and Assessing Trump's Reality
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Professor Frances Negrόn-Muntaner will lead a panel discussion about the myths, challenges, and victories of Latino voters in 2016 and what comes next. Panelists include:* Cristina Beltrán, New York University Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and Director of Latino Studies* Arturo Carmona, former Sanders for President Deputy Political Director and mitú Head of Community Engagement and Public Affairs* Maria Hinojosa, anchor and executive producer of NPR’s Latino USA* Mark Hugo Lopez, director of Hispanic Research at the Pew Research Center (invited)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 24
5:00 pm

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Discussions, January 24, 2017, 01/24/2017, What Really Happened? Latinos and the 2016 Elections
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Over the last decade, China has dramatically increased its engagement with the South Caucus states of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Regional trade with China has grown exponentially, while China will further increase its investments in the region’s most important infrastructure as part of its Belt and Road initiative. Please join a discussion with panelists Lincoln Mitchell, Emil Sanamyan, and Michael Cecire, moderated by Julie George.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 24
5:00 pm

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Discussions, January 24, 2017, 01/24/2017, China and the Caucasus: New Partnerships and Regional Implications
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The program will explore a specific aspect of European efforts to foster the shaping of a shared historical landscape: museums of memory and history. Speakers will take into consideration various museums, analyzing the circumstances in which each was planned and realized, derailed, abandoned or kept in a limbo. Is there a common thread in the rush to portray history as museum display and the crisis that have affected various museums?Participants:Guri Schwarz (University of Pisa)Aline Sierp (University of Maastricht)Jan Grabowski (University of Ottawa)Laure Neumayer (University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne)Gabor Sonkoly (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)Anna Di Lellio (The New School)Daniel Levy (Stony Brook University)Mark Weitzman (Simon Wiesenthal Center, IHRA)
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Tue, Jan 24
5:00 pm

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Symposiums, January 24, 2017, 01/24/2017, Museums and the Memory of Nazi-Fascism, the Holocaust and World War II: Toward a Shared European History?
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Beatriz Williams.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 24
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, January 24, 2017, 01/24/2017, Chelsea Book Discussion Group: A Certain Age
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Cunningham is the curator of education at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Her teaching career spans almost 10 years and has afforded her the opportunity to teach in a variety of environments. She has practiced inquiry-based learning methodologies at cultural institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, where she helped create the internal wiki database and pedagogical approach for engaging visitors through the museum's award-winning ASK app. At New-York Historical Society she prepared lesson plans that focus on K-12 schools' interest in American history as well as more didactic approaches in tertiary level classes as a lecturer at City University of New York and New Jersey City University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 24
6:00 pm

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Talks, January 24, 2017, 01/24/2017, Stephanie Cunningham, Curator and Art Educator
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Dandies and Romantics is a lively discussion between Monica L. Miller (pictured), associate professor of English and Africana studies, and Caroline Weber, associate professor of French. The evening will cover topics of fashion, ranging from the political impact made by Marie Antoinette’s clothing choices to how “black dandies” play with identity and alter expectations. Miller and Weber are guaranteed to delve into pop culture, historical trends, music icons, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 24
6:30 pm

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Discussions, January 24, 2017, 01/24/2017, Dandies and Romantics
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture tells the oral history of the squatting movement through a close look at a diverse group of Lower East Side squatters
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 24
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, January 24, 2017, 01/24/2017, Amy Starecheski discusses her book Ours To Lose: When Squatters Became Homeowners in New York City
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Discuss the book by Loren D. Estelman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 24
6:30 pm

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Book Discussions, January 24, 2017, 01/24/2017, Book Discussion Group: The Long High Noon
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Claudia Marks is a New York City-based photography and creative director with over 20 years' experience in publishing and image making. Currently a senior art director at Getty Images, she will lay out the nature of stock photography and the manner in which photographers can become contributors at Getty.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 24
7:00 pm

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Talks, January 24, 2017, 01/24/2017, The Nature of Stock Photography
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Featuring the exhibit The Family Archive, works of Ira W. Martin, PPA president from ca. 1929-1937, and a gallery talk by Rick Wester, below, and Jessica Hunter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 24
7:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, January 24, 2017, 01/24/2017, The Family Archive: A Gallery Presentation
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Rubén Blades, the iconic award-winning Panamanian singer, songwriter, actor, musician, activist, and politician will be in conversation with NYU Professor Carlos Chirinos about how he has used his music to advocate for social change and the future of Latin music.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 24
7:30 pm

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Talks, January 24, 2017, 01/24/2017, Conversations in Latin Music: Rubén Blades
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A talk with Ghia Nodia, director of the International School of Caucasus Studies at Ilia Chavchavadze State University in Tbilisi, Georgia.
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Wed, Jan 25
12:00 pm

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Lectures, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, The Paradoxical Stability of Georgian Politics
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A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 25
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
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Museum President and CEO Michael S. Glickman in conversation with Alice Greenwald, Director of the National September 11 Memorial Museum Two lower Manhattan museum directors discuss the impact of 9/11 on the downtown community and the rebirth that has happened in the years since.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Jan 25
3:00 pm

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Talks, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, After 9/11
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A panel discussion with Caroline Bithell, University of Manchester; Carl Linich, Bard College; Brian Fairley, Wesleyan University; discussant Lauren Ninoshvili, Columbia University; and chair Marina Kaganova, Columbia University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 25
4:15 pm

Free
Lectures, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, Discourse of Authenticity in Georgian Folk Music
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By all accounts, not only is the story of The American Geographical Society of New York unique, but cartography at the Society and its place in the overall history of American cartography, is singular as well. Indeed, it may be argued that the cartographic achievements of the Society were unparalleled for institutions of its kind. Miklos Pinther, the Society's last Chief Cartographer, will trace and illustrate three principal stages during a 125-year period of the oldest organization in the United States focused on geography: 1851-1899, characterized essentially by illustrative cartography; 1900-1948, a period of experimental and exploratory mapping; 1949-1976, the era of thematic and atlas cartography.Pinther will describe the main projects and highlight the personal accomplishments of key players in the Society's history. In 1978, the Society closed its departments in New York and moved its Library and Map Collection to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Pinther, in addition to being the Chief Cartographer for the American Geographical Society. has been an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University, and Chief Cartographer for the UN  and is long-time member of the New York Map Society.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 25
6:00 pm

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Lectures, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, The History of Cartography at the American Geographical Society
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Hope Jahren.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 25
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, Book Discussion: Lab Girl
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Filled with countless insights and treasures, the new book Four Generations: The Joyner Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art is a journey through one of the most exceptional collections of art in America, and through the momentous legacy of African and African Diasporan art from the last hundred years. In celebration of this timely publication, join Christopher Bedford, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Thomas Lax, and Fred Wilson, in a conversation moderated by Sheena Wagstaff. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 25
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, Book Discussion: Four Generations: The Joyner Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art
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Photojournalist Bryan Shih and historian Yohuru Williams explore the history of the Black Panther Party, alongside portraits of former Panther members as they are today, in the stunning book, The Black Panthers: Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution. Shih and Williams will share their experiences unearthing less often told stories of rank-and-file BPP members and reflect on the history of the organization. A book signing will follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 25
6:30 pm

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Talks, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, The History of the Black Panther Party
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This illustrated lecture spotlights one of the largest and most significant public projects to be built in New York in a generation, unravels the many obstacles faced during the development of the park and suggests solutions that can be applied to important economic and planning issues around the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 25
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, Joanne Witty discusses her book Brooklyn Bridge Park: A Dying Waterfront Transformed
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A conversation with renowned Argentinian photographer Aldo Sessa, who has been documenting port cities along the Atlantic coast throughout his 60-year career. Based primarily out of Buenos Aires, Sessa's frequent travels include a yearly visit to New York City, where he has captured a changing landscape through creative and innovative images taken from "another angle." Sessa has published over 40 books on photography and his work has been included in over 200 exhibitions globally.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 25
6:30 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, Photographer Talk: Aldo Sessa
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Modern neuroscience has continuously enhanced our understanding of meditation by showing how the mind is deeply connected to the physical brain. Without falling into scientific materialism or idealism, Culadasa will be leading a discussion on a meditative path that is based on phenomenological inquiry but utilizes the findings of brain science to enrich our understanding of the mind. Learn more about how to start a meditation practice, or how to take your meditation sessions to new heights. Join a discussion, Q+A, and book signing of The Mind Illuminated.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 25
7:00 pm

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Talks, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, Light on Meditation: The Science of Meditative Success
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MFA Design for Social Innovation presents Doug Powell, a distiguished designer at IBM, who will talk about the changing role of design in corporations for the department's Global Guest Lecture class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 25
7:00 pm

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Talks, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, The Changing Role of Design in Corporations
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How should we confront the threat that the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress pose to the achievements and values of the American left? How can the left defend hard-won gains while building a viable opposition against Trumpism in the long term?Featuring:- Bhaskar Sunkara is editor and publisher of Jacobin magazine. - Nancy Fraser is a professor of philosophy and politics at The New School for Social Research and author, most recently, of Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis. - Paul Berman is author of The Flight of the Intellectuals, A Tale of Two Utopias, and a columnist for Tablet magazine. - Robert Master is co-chair of the New York State Working Families Party and political director for District 1 of the Communication Workers of America. - Deva Woodly is assistant professor of political science at The New School and author, most recently, of The Politics of Common Sense: How Social Movements Use Public Discourse to Change Politics and Win Acceptance. Moderated by Michael Kazin, editor of Dissent and author most recently of War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 25
7:00 pm

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Discussions, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, Trumpism: How Should the Left Respond?
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On the eve of the New York Philharmonic’s three-week festival dedicated to Tchaikovsky and composers close to him, conductor Semyon Bychkov discusses the inspiration behind the festival’s programming and music. What can we learn from Tchaikovsky’s closest confidantes and what is it about his music that makes us love it so deeply? 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 25
7:30 pm

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Talks, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, Beloved Friend: Tchaikovsky and His World
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Speaker: Philip Misevich, PhD, Assistant Professor of History at St. John’s University, Lapidus Center Fellow.African Muslims were present in almost every region of the Americas during the 19th century. The names of Africans rescued from slave ships provide us with valuable clues to their migration patterns across the Atlantic. These data suggest that, at the time while most West Africans came from the bights of Benin and Biafra, the majority of Muslims left from Upper Guinea.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 26
12:00 pm

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Lectures, January 26, 2017, 01/26/2017, The Transatlantic Muslim Diaspora to Latin America in the 19th Century
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Noah Hawley.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 26
4:30 pm

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Book Discussions, January 26, 2017, 01/26/2017, Book Club: Before the Fall
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All thought and behavior is organized in time. Everything we do—from picking up a glass of water to the daily rhythms of eating and sleeping—rely on timed signals from the body and brain that convey information about the right time to do it. The mechanisms of our brains allow us to organize the temporal structure of our actions and physiology on scales ranging from milliseconds to days. Like the air we breathe, we are not often aware of time but it is the infrastructure for all our everyday functions. When these mechanisms become disordered or fail to offer temporal information to guide our behavior, it can contribute to the symptoms of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, and substance abuse. Speaker Peter Balsam’s recent work focuses on how anticipation underlies motivated action, research that can be harnessed to suggest new treatment strategies. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 26
6:15 pm

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Lectures, January 26, 2017, 01/26/2017, The Brain is a Time Machine
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This illustrated lecture features the exciting collection of new images of America's two most interesting cities taken over some 40 years, captured in black and white and color photography;
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 26
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, January 26, 2017, 01/26/2017, Photographer Lloyd Ziff discusses his book New York/Los Angeles, Photographs: 1967-2015
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The year 2017 marks 25 years since the outbreak of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the subsequent consistent building up of interlocking institutions in, with and for the region. Yet, the year 2016 saw the start of the challenging of those institutions and so far the indications are that those challenges will not end anytime soon. The roundtable’s objective is to share and discuss which transatlantic perspectives remain pertinent and how political cooperation can be maintained in a situation dominated by nationalist discourse on both sides of the Atlantic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 27
12:00 pm

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Discussions, January 27, 2017, 01/27/2017, The Balkans, the E.U., and the U.S.
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Béla Pintér is considered one of Europe's most influential playwrights, directors, and actors. While deeply rooted in classical theater tradition, Pintér’s singular approach fuses comedy, tragedy, and live music to create contemporary productions based on critical and ironic observations of Hungarian society.A panel discussion with Pintér will be held in conjunction with his company's N.Y. premiere performance of Our Secrets. Additional panelists to be announced.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 27
1:00 pm

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Discussions, January 27, 2017, 01/27/2017, Béla Pintér, One of Europe's Most Influential Playwrights and Actors
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Discuss the book by Isabel Allende.
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Sat, Jan 28
10:30 am

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Book Discussions, January 28, 2017, 01/28/2017, Book Discussion Group: The Japanese Lover
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Hyon Gyon is based in New York, U.S. She received her B.A. from Mokwon University in Korea and her M.A. and PhD from Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan. She had one-person and group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, the Carnegie Art Museum, the Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto; Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco; and Shin Gallery, New York. Hyon Gyon’s work is included in, the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, and the Kyoto City University of Arts, among others. She has received several fellowships and awards, including the Asao Kato International Scholarship, the Kyoto Cultural Award and the Tokyo Wonder Wall Competition Prize.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jan 28
11:00 am

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Gallery Talks, January 28, 2017, 01/28/2017, Artist Talk: Hyon Gyon
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The new Modern Art and Ideas learner meetups are for anyone in or around the New York City area. Even if you're not enrolled in the attendant course, you are welcome to stop by and join in the conversation.They have made arrangements for meetup participants to each receive a pass to MoMA if you wish to continue the conversation in MoMA’s galleries. And if you’re from another location and are visiting New York during one of the meetups, feel free to stop by.
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Sat, Jan 28
12:30 pm

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Discussions, January 28, 2017, 01/28/2017, Modern Art and Ideas Meet-Up
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Sure, you have to master your camera’s technology, all those menus and buttons, but then what? Photography is about so much more than shutter speeds and sensor sizes. It’s about gesture and light, about your eye and your thought process, your ideas and your insight. But how do you hone that eye? How do you stay inspired to keep making pictures? Where does the urge to keep creating self-assignments come from? How do you utilize the great technology available to us to fully express yourself and keep it fresh? Come hear the always enlightening and ever curious Mel DiGiacomo as he touches on these questions (and more), and helps you to see your own work, and the work of others, in new ways. In a career spanning four decades he has never lost his love of photography nor his need to chase great pictures. Where does this wellspring come from?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jan 30
1:00 pm

Free
Talks, January 30, 2017, 01/30/2017, The Great Beyond: How a Photographer Stays Inspired
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Noah Hawley.
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Mon, Jan 30
5:00 pm

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Book Discussions, January 30, 2017, 01/30/2017, Mystery Monday Book Club: Before the Fall
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Roberta Russell welcomes you to hear about the latest research findings in her eye-opening, results-driven Report on Permanent Weight Loss. Three out of 4 Americans are overweight or obese. Anyone who is able to use what has been learned from research findings will have a better chance at achieving life-long weight loss. However daunting, permanent weight loss, defined here as a five-year sustained loss, is the most powerful tool available to turn the tide toward health.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Jan 30
6:00 pm

Free
Talks, January 30, 2017, 01/30/2017, Long-Term Weight Loss DeMystified
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This talk maps the intersections of politics, psychoanalysis, and psychiatry in France in the aftermath of May ’68. For many thinkers during these years, Marxism could offer a theory of alienation to explain why the protesters had taken to the streets, but it was unable to account for why the revolution was systematically aborted.  Why were libidinal politics consistently repressed by the “fascism in our heads,” “the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the thing that dominates and exploits us,” to quote Michel Foucault? In this context, several of these thinkers – including Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari – turned to psychiatry in the hope of finding a new theory of the subject that could embrace and reclaim these libidinal politics.  This talk revisits this history and explores the possibilities behind a politics of the psyche.  Speaker Camille Robcis is an Associate Professor of History at Cornell University and the author of The Law of Kinship: Anthropology, Psychoanalysis, and the Family in Twentieth-Century France.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jan 30
6:00 pm

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Lectures, January 30, 2017, 01/30/2017, The Politics of the Psyche
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Majora Carter redefined the field of environmental equality, starting in the South Bronx at the turn of the century. Now she is leading the local economic development movement across the USA.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jan 30
6:30 pm

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Talks, January 30, 2017, 01/30/2017, South Bronx Savvy: A Conversation with Environmental Activist Majora Carter
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In August 1955, a fourteen-year-old black boy visiting Mississippi from Chicago named Emmett Till was abducted from his family’s home in the middle of the night by white men who believed that Till had harassed one of their wives; he was beaten, murdered, and dumped in a river with a cotton-gin fan tied to his neck by barbed wire. The atrocity, which persisted during the trial of his killers and their acquittal by an all-white jury, rattled a nation and helped fuel the modern civil rights movement. Two groundbreaking accounts of the lynching that changed a generation re-examine the life, death, and legacy of Emmett Till. Historian Timothy Tyson and PEN Award–winning author John Edgar Wideman will speak about their new books, The Blood of Emmett Till and Writing to Save a Life, with historian Nell Irvin Painter, author of the New York Times bestseller The History of White People.Timothy Tyson’s The Blood of Emmett Till records one of the most comprehensive accounts of Emmett Till’s story, using for the first time trial transcripts that had gone missing for a half century and a revelatory interview with Carolyn Bryant, the woman Till had supposedly harassed, near the end of her life. John Edgar Wideman’s Writing to Save a Life plumbs the story through Louis Till, Emmett’s father, who was hung for rape and murder by the U.S. Army in Italy a decade before his son’s death.
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Mon, Jan 30
6:30 pm

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Discussions, January 30, 2017, 01/30/2017, Emmett Till: True Stories of an American Tragedy
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On the basis of five dozen autobiographies of the cohort born during the Weimar Republic this lecture explores the shared experiences and tropes of memory by ordinary Germans during the tumultuous twentieth century. By engaging the fascinating stories of individual fates from a perspective of below, it sheds new light on the rise, impact and consequences of the Nazi dictatorship and the subsequent division of Germany.Speaker Konrad H. Jarausch is Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Senior Fellow of the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam. He has founded the Center for European Studies at UNC and was director of the ZZF. He has written or edited about forty books on German and European history of the nineteenth and twentieth century. His last publication was "Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century" (Princeton, 2015), which was awarded the Bronislaw Geremek prize.
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Mon, Jan 30
6:30 pm

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Lectures, January 30, 2017, 01/30/2017, Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century
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This illustrated lecture features a decade of NYC graffiti and street art, a time period which saw a seismic shift in the public perception and acceptance of the artform.
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Mon, Jan 30
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, January 30, 2017, 01/30/2017, Katherine 'Luna Park' Lorimer discusses her book Unsanctioned: The Art on New York Streets
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Discuss the book by Patti Smith.
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Tue, Jan 31
3:00 pm

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Book Discussions, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Book Club: Just Kids
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This illustrated lecture explains how dogs perceive the world through their most spectacular organ—the nose—and how we humans can put our under-used sense of smell to work in surprising ways.
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Tue, Jan 31
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Alexandra Horowitz discusses her book Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell
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Shiza Shahid co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Her seed-stage venture capital fund and platform, NOW Ventures, supports mission-driven startups whose financial successes make the world a better place. Shiza will share her story and discuss what it takes to become a successful social entrepreneur and change-maker.
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Tue, Jan 31
7:00 pm

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Talks, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Shiza Shahid: Entrepreneur, Investor, and Women’s Rights Advocate
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Since the coining of the word “homosexual” in the late 1800s, up until the decline of the city’s light industry post-WWII, the Brooklyn waterfront has served as a complicated refuge for working class queer people, providing economic opportunity, inexpensive housing, social privacy, and sexual possibility – as well as police surveillance, racist exclusion, gendered fetishization, and the financial instability that haunts many low-income communities.In this talk, Hugh Ryan will examine the working-class queer waterfront spaces of Brooklyn—from the military factories that gave all women (but especially lesbians) economic freedom and social privacy, to the complicated transgender visibility on display at the freak shows of Coney Island, to the cooperative houses created by queer artists during times of economic hardship. The talk will be organized around five major thematic sections: Factory Life, Coney Island, Outlaw Sexuality, Queer Communes, and Sailors.
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Tue, Jan 31
7:00 pm

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Lectures, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, The Queer Histories of Brooklyn’s Working Waterfront
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This is an an exhibit of framed sheet music that tells a story of collaborations between the neighboorhood’s black and Jewish composers, performers, and music publishers during the late-19th century into the 1930s. 
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Wed, Feb 1
12:45 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Gallery Tour: Harlem's Black and Jewish Music Culture (1890-1930)
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Discuss the book by Kristin Hannah.
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Wed, Feb 1
3:30 pm

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Book Discussions, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Riverside Book Discussion Group: The Nightingale
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The idea that emotions matter in politics is a common place. Nonetheless, it could be immediately objected that despite the prevalence of emotions, we should not discard the fact that politics is above all, if not "essentially", a matter of ideas, values, principles or rational argumentation. The concept of "affect" in Spinoza's philosophy overcomes this tedious antinomy insofar as it gives the most general characterization of the effect produced by one thing on another. If affects are the real engine of politics, they can nowhere be better seen than in crisis times. Institutions are supported by affects, and they prevail and impose their norms only as long as they succeed in properly affecting people. Conversely, they are in danger whenever the formation of a common opposite affect causes people to break with the institution rules. Political crises, uprisings and what we will generally call, following Spinoza, "seditions", appear then as a bifurcation in the dynamics of the collective affects.Speaker Frédéric Lordon is an economist and Director of Research at the CNRS, Paris. He is the author of many works including Willing Slaves of Capital: Marx and Spinoza on Desire, published by Verso Books in 2014. 
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Wed, Feb 1
6:00 pm

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Lectures, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, The Affect of Politics (Thinking our Times with Spinoza)
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This is a fireside chat about the business of comedy, where they’ll give attendees a peek behind the curtain about what goes into making comedy work. More funny folks are experimenting with comedic mediums, more clubs are opening for standup, and comedy is being woven more effortlessly into the fabric of pop culture on a daily basis. What does it take, beyond the performance, to make comedy as a business successful?Moderated by Taylor Moore, comedian and comedy curator at Kickstarter, in conversation with Justine Giannino, Manager of Original Programming (Current Series & Development) at IFC TV; JD Amato, Director and Executive Producer of The Chris Gethard Show; Jasmine Pierce, Writer at Reductress and Heidi Vanderlee, Publicist at Shark Party Media.
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Wed, Feb 1
6:30 pm

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Discussions, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, The Business of Comedy
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Dean Bobbie Berkowitz moderates a discussion on the potential implications of the 2016 election on U.S. healthcare policy. Panelists include: Dean Glenn Hubbard of the Business School, Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive Wilhelmina Manzano of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Senior Advisor at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center Ellen-Marie Whelan.
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Thu, Feb 2
4:00 pm

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Discussions, February 02, 2017, 02/02/2017, Cost and Quality in Healthcare: Experts Assess Today's Trends
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Discuss the book by Ben Fountain.
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Thu, Feb 2
5:15 pm

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Book Discussions, February 02, 2017, 02/02/2017, Muhlenberg Book Discussion Group: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
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In an interview with the Paris Review, Elena Ferrante stated, “The text contains more than we imagine.”  This seminar engages with the internationally renowned Neapolitan Quartet as it follows two women who live through tumultuous social, cultural and political times. There is much to be explored and discussed as the novels are intelligent and psychological, tender and fierce, brutal and nuanced. You will explore the Quartet’s mythic qualities, created in the landscape of Naples and revealed through the details of history and the mutable facets of friendship.This is the first of a five-session course. The Professor: Susan Barile is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the English Department of Hunter College, where she has taught American literature for eight years.  She received her Ph.D. from The Graduate Center and is presently editing the letters of Edith Wharton and art historian Bernard Berenson.   She is also the author of The Bookworm’s Big Apple: A Guide to the Booksellers of Manhattan.Please read My Brilliant Friend before you come to the session.
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Thu, Feb 2
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, February 02, 2017, 02/02/2017, The Neapolitan Novels of Elena Ferrante
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Discuss the book by Graham Greene.
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Thu, Feb 2
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, February 02, 2017, 02/02/2017, Book Discussion: Brighton Rock
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BFA Fine Arts presents Brian Boucher, a senior writer at artnet News and previously a writer and editor at Art in America. Boucher will present an overview of his work in the field over the last 15 years, and discuss what he sees as key developments in the visual arts today, touching on subjects ranging from the art market and the media to the politically and socially critical art projects that he follows.
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Thu, Feb 2
7:00 pm

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Talks, February 02, 2017, 02/02/2017, Brian Boucher, Former Editor at Art in America
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In 1961, Jeanne Lee made her first recording, a duo session with Ran Blake, who she was to continue to have close ties with for the rest of her career. It was an album of standards, and received at the time little recognition in the U.S. Until rather recently, the next known recording of Lee was on a 1968 lp with the Gunter Hampel Group, where she manifests assorted types of vocal experimentalism. As part of a larger project tracing the trajectory of Lee's full career, this talk will offer a close reading of her 1961 interpretations of standards, supplemented with additional performances of standards recorded in Europe in 1963 and 1966 that are now available.
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Thu, Feb 2
7:00 pm

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Lectures, February 02, 2017, 02/02/2017, This Ain't A Hate Thing: Jeanne Lee and the Subversion of the Jazz Standard
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A lecture by Professor Joel Whitebook, Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Presenting material from his new book, Professor Whitebook will investigate the psychoanalytic significance of Freud's problematic relationship to music.
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Thu, Feb 2
8:00 pm

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Lectures, February 02, 2017, 02/02/2017, Freud's Tin Ear: The Significance of Freud's Aversion for Psychoanalysis
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Famed TV documentarian Laura Flanders hosts a conversation with leaders in the news media about news in the era of "post-truth". The post-truth era is defined by debate that is framed largely by appeals to emotion, disconnected from the details of policy, and by the repeated assertion of talking points to which factual rebuttals are ignored. Post-truth differs from traditional contesting and falsifying of truth by rendering it of "secondary" importance.
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Fri, Feb 3
12:00 pm

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Discussions, February 03, 2017, 02/03/2017, Where Will We Get Our News in a 'Post-Truth' Era?
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The CUNY Institute for Demographic Research presents this lecture by Dr. David A. Jaeger. Light refreshments will be provided.
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Fri, Feb 3
1:00 pm

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Lectures, February 03, 2017, 02/03/2017, Monastic Competition in 11th‐13th Century Germany
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A lecture by Kelly DeVries of Loyola University Maryland.
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Fri, Feb 3
7:00 pm

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Lectures, February 03, 2017, 02/03/2017, The Battle of Campaldino, 1289: The Battle that Made Dante
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A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Sat, Feb 4
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 04, 2017, 02/04/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
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This first of five classes will focus on the politically significant yet seldom acknowledged common ground between a section of labor reformers and political abolitionists in New York on questions of land and freedom for all citizens, regardless of race. Through an investigation of personal papers, public lectures, and newspapers of the period leading up to the Mexican-American War, this class will trace the transformation of radical reform traditions from practices divided along racial lines, to movements with shared goals and priorities. You will see how in the lead-up to this conflict, Northern reformers were pushed to develop innovative political and social organizations in an effort to break the pattern of compromise with the slave South, and how Paineite (after Thomas Paine) circles of agrarian radicals and abolitionist networks organized—sometimes in tandem—to form a Northern cross-class opposition to slavery.
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Sat, Feb 4
3:00 pm

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Lectures, February 04, 2017, 02/04/2017, Radical Demands for Land and Freedom in New York, 1829–1848
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A one-day symposium about the explosion of affordable virtual and augmented reality technologies. The event will take a critical look at the impact of new mass media technologies such as the Gear VR/Oculus Rift, Google Daydream/Cardboard, HTC Vive, MS Hololens and their “immersive” effects on theater, games, news, and entertainment. Are these technologies as disruptive as the mobile phone? Are they accessible to all voices of the social spectrum? How are these media affecting the form of stories as they shift from passive to the self-directed exploration? Claims about the medium’s empathic effects abound but are they inciting viewers to action? How can we use these media to transform the learning experience in educational settings, in particular in art and humanities classes? And more.
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Sun, Feb 5
8:30 am

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Symposiums, February 05, 2017, 02/05/2017, Immersive Storytelling Symposium
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The Untold Stories of Broadway author Jennifer Ashley Tepper tells the tales of Broadway's lost theaters. While we have 41 houses standing, there have been dozens of other Broadway theaters over the years that have been demolished or forced into disuse. From the lavish Mark Hellinger Theatre, once home of My Fair Lady and Jesus Christ Superstar (now the Times Square Church)... to the Edison, once home of Oh, Calcutta! (now the Edison Ballroom)... to the treasured Morosco, Helen Hayes, Bijou and others that were torn down to build the Marriott Marquis, go behind the scenes at the theaters that are no longer. Tepper will be joined by several guest interviewees from her book series who have worked in these lost houses to give audience members a unique perspective on what they were like. 
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Mon, Feb 6
6:00 pm

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Talks, February 06, 2017, 02/06/2017, Lost Broadway Theaters
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A talk with Katerina Tertytchnaya, DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford and predoctoral fellow at Columbia Universtiy, and Yana Gorokhovskaia, postdoctoral research scholar at the Harriman Institute.
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Tue, Feb 7
12:00 pm

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Lectures, February 07, 2017, 02/07/2017, Subnational Protests in Russia Post-2012
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Every day, there are headlines about destabilizing phenomena such as ISIS, the Syrian refugee crisis, and brinksmanship between North and South Korea. Chris Meeske discusses the overall state of the world’s economy and the implications of some current events for both investors and everyday citizens as they navigate an increasingly inter-connected global marketplace.    
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Tue, Feb 7
6:00 pm

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Talks, February 07, 2017, 02/07/2017, The Global Economy and Markets: Overview of the World in 2016
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Mark Thomas Gibson is a faculty member. He was born in Miami in 1980. He received a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale in 2013. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions, and most recently co-curated with William Villalongo Black Pulp! at Yale University Art Gallery.
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Tue, Feb 7
6:00 pm

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Talks, February 07, 2017, 02/07/2017, Artist Talk: Mark Thomas Gibson
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This conversation will focus on how women wield images of their bodies online as a tool of power and/or as sexual objectification, exploring the question of who is allowed to use their body in this way. What are the implications of bodies imaging themselves online in the name of feminism? What are the rules of feminism now? Should there be boundaries and definitions? The conversation will be moderated by artist and writer Carmen Winant. Additional speakers to be announced.Carmen Winant (b. 1983, San Francisco) is an artist, writer, and professor of visual studies and contemporary art history at Columbus College of Art and Design. Winant received her BA from UCLA and masters degrees in critical studies and fine arts from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2011; in 2010, she was a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 2016, she had solo exhibitions at Skibum MacArthur (Los Angeles) and Fortnight Institute (New York), respectively titled Pictures of Women Working and Who Says Pain is Erotic?. Winant is a frequent contributor to Artforum.com, The Believer, Aperture, and Frieze. She is currently at work on an experimental book about the nature of practice.
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Tue, Feb 7
6:30 pm

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Discussions, February 07, 2017, 02/07/2017, On Feminism: Our Bodies Online
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Gillian Laub is best known for long-term projects that, she says, "search for a deeper understanding of family and tribe in all its forms."  Her most recent project, Southern Rites, is the result of a decade working in Georgia exploring issues of lingering racism in the American South. Southern Rites, a feature-length documentary film, premiered on HBO in May 2015 and a monograph of the same title was published by Damiani in 2015.
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Tue, Feb 7
7:00 pm

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Talks, February 07, 2017, 02/07/2017, Gillian Laub, Filmmaker and Photographer
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A talk with Nazibrola Janezashvili, former Executive Director at the Unity of Judges of Georgia Association and a previous participant in the Human Rights Advocates Program.
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Wed, Feb 8
12:00 pm

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Lectures, February 08, 2017, 02/08/2017, Challenges Facing the Judiciary in Georgia
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This is an an exhibit of framed sheet music that tells a story of collaborations between the neighboorhood’s black and Jewish composers, performers, and music publishers during the late-19th century into the 1930s.
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Wed, Feb 8
12:45 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 08, 2017, 02/08/2017, Gallery Tour: Harlem's Black and Jewish Music Culture (1890-1930)
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With Susan Corke, Director, Countering Antisemitism and Extremism, Human Rights First.The Internet is increasingly being used as a platform for people to openly express xenophobic and anti-Semitic views, contributing to false narratives intended to spread fear. In a democracy that ensures freedom of expression, what can concerned citizens do to counter hate speech?
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Wed, Feb 8
3:00 pm

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Talks, February 08, 2017, 02/08/2017, Haters Emboldened in US and Europe: Online, on the Political Extremes, and in the Streets
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Speaker Juan Obarrio analyzes current articulations of national and trans-national governance, new rounds of accumulation and simultaneous social inclusion and exclusion, taking Mozambique as a case study.Juan Obarrio is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University.
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Wed, Feb 8
6:00 pm

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Lectures, February 08, 2017, 02/08/2017, Private/Public Sovereignty: Articulations of Law and Capital in an African Postcolony
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Get a fresh perspective on today’s most pressing issues at a special screening and talk-back with some of the great minds behind Vice.
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Wed, Feb 8
7:30 pm

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Discussions, February 08, 2017, 02/08/2017, Vice Media: Watch and Learn
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A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Thu, Feb 9
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 09, 2017, 02/09/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
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From heat waves to droughts, hurricanes, typhoons, and floods, cities the world over are increasingly vulnerable to the extreme forms of weather catalyzed by anthropogenic climate change. At the same time, they are also riven by social and political conflicts - from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, Spain’s Indignados, and the Black Lives Matter movement - sparked by the extreme inequalities generated by neoliberal racial capitalism. Indeed, as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy demonstrated in New Orleans and New York, vulnerability to “natural” disasters is above all a social calculus. This presentation looks at attempts to build resilience in New York following Hurricane Sandy, asking what such efforts say not just for other cities such as New York but about the shape of the urban future in general. Speaker Ashley Dawson is Professor of English at the College of Staten Island/CUNY.
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Thu, Feb 9
4:30 pm

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Talks, February 09, 2017, 02/09/2017, Extreme City: Climate Change and the Urban Future
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Dr. Jacqueline Joon-Lin Chin delivers this talk on precision medicine, privacy, and family relations.
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Thu, Feb 9
5:00 pm

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Lectures, February 09, 2017, 02/09/2017, Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture
Thu, Feb 9
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, February 09, 2017, 02/09/2017, Morningside Heights Book Discussion Group: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
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Featuring:·         Justin Moore, AICP, Executive Director of NYC Public Design Commission·         Signe Nielsen, Commissioner of NYC Public Design Commission and Principal at Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects·         Therese Braddick, Deputy Commissioner of Capital Projects for NYC Parks (moderator)
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Thu, Feb 9
6:00 pm

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Discussions, February 09, 2017, 02/09/2017, Rethinking Public Space: How Can Government Agencies Rethink Guidelines, Concepts, and Expectations to Sustain Lasting Values?
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The United States is one of the wealthiest countries the world has seen, yet we live in extreme inequality and insecurity. From day laborers and factory workers to freelancers and academics, precarity is the new normal. Jobs, wages, health care, pensions: nothing is assured. Yet there is nothing inevitable about this precarity: it is the result of policy choices, and we, as a country can choose a new future. Many scholars and activists are sharing new visions for a more just, equitable society. Join a conversation exploring the pros and cons of a universal basic income, baby bonds, reverse income taxes, and other bold ideas to rewire our inequitable economy. Featuring: - Cathy Albisa, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI)- Darrick Hamilton, Associate Professor of Economics and Urban Policy - Patrick Mason, Professor of Economics and Director African American Studies at Florida State University and Chairperson of National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) Moderated by Maya Wiley, Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management and Senior Vice President for Social Justice
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Thu, Feb 9
6:00 pm

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Colloquiums, February 09, 2017, 02/09/2017, A New Social Contract: Guaranteeing Dignity in a Precarious Economy
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Ananda Breed, co-director of the Centre for Performing Arts Development at the University of East London and author of Performing the Nation: Genocide, Justice, Reconciliation, explores the uses of performance and indigenous forms of mediation in the reconciliation processes following the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The event is cosponsored by the Barnard College Department of Theatre, Stages of Inquiry; the Barnard Center for Translation Studies; and the Willen Seminar in Translation Studies.
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Thu, Feb 9
6:00 pm

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Lectures, February 09, 2017, 02/09/2017, Translating Post-Genocide Recovery: Kubabarira, Justice, and Grassroots Performance Associations in Rwanda
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In this talk, Professor Camisha Russell describes how notions of race have organized the American concept of kinship. She argues that this history of the association of race and kinship in the American imaginary allows race to serve as a proxy for kinship in the contemporary fertility clinic. 
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Thu, Feb 9
6:00 pm

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Lectures, February 09, 2017, 02/09/2017, 'I Just Want Children Like Me': Race as a Proxy in American Kinship
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Ever wonder what happened to the beautiful, magical ballfield where Field of Dreams was filmed?  Did you know it's been Iowa's most popular tourist attraction since 1990, the year after the film was first released?Join Denise Stillman, principal owner of the Movie Site where the classic was filmed, for an intimate conversation as she shares stories of what it's like to live in the majestic white farmhouse. She'll also discuss the history of the Field of Dreams Movie Site, and you'll get a chance to hear her inside stories of what has happened at the Field since the filming and be inspired by her plan to preserve the Field for generations to come.Please note: There is no seating at this event. They'll mingle over conversation and cocktails. 
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Thu, Feb 9
6:30 pm

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Talks, February 09, 2017, 02/09/2017, Conversation and Cocktails with the Principal Owner of the Field of Dreams Movie Site
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A close look at the roles, needs, and contributions of black women and girls in the context of the Black Lives Matter Movement moment. Nikole Hannah-Jones moderates a conversation with Monique W. Morris, author of Pushout, Monifa Bandele, VP and Chief Partnership and Diversity Officer at MomsRising, and Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, renowned author, civil rights advocate, and founding scholar of Critical Race Theory.
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Thu, Feb 9
6:30 pm

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Discussions, February 09, 2017, 02/09/2017, Women’s and Girls’ Lives Matter
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Join in celebrating two volumes exploring trans-generational transmission of trauma--its on-going impact, its effects on the 'other' and its repair and our resilience.  Wounds of History takes a new view in psychoanalysis using a trans-generational and social/political/cultural model looking at trauma and its transmission. The view is radical in looking beyond maternal dyads and Oedipal triangles and in its portrayal of a multi-generational world that is no longer hierarchical. This look allows for greater clinical creativity for conceptualizing and treating human suffering, situating healing in expanding circles of witnessing. The contributors to this volume look at inherited personal trauma involving legacies of war, genocide, slavery, political persecution, forced migration/unwelcomed immigration and the way attachment and connection is disrupted, traumatized and ultimately longing for repair and reconnection.Presentations and active discussion with light food and beverages.
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Thu, Feb 9
7:00 pm

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Book Discussions, February 09, 2017, 02/09/2017, Book Launch: Wounds of History: Repair and Resilience in the Trans-Generational Transmission of Trauma
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Whether focused on social practice, creative placemaking, or industry collaborations, residencies today provide important models of support for artists in all these areas. Through panel discussions, spotlight presentations and audience exchanges, the symposium aims to thoughtfully and critically examine the connecting and diverging points between the needs of communities, artists’ needs for materials and professional support, and those commissioning and underwriting such initiatives.Speakers include Julia Kaginskiy (New Inc., New York), Theo Edmonds (IDEAS xLab, Louisville KY | New York), Jaret Vadera(artist, New York), Gia Hamilton (Joan Mitchell foundation, New Orleans), Ruth Borgenicht (artist, NJ), Jane Philbrick (artist, Boston | New York), Maureen Chung and Laura Schwamb(Project61), Tom Finkelpearl, Shirley Levy, and Diya Vij (NYC Department of Cultural Affairs), Sara Reisman (Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation), Sheetal Prajapati (artist, curator and educator, New York), Tania Bruguera (Havana, Cuba | New York), Regine Basha (Pioneer Works), William Powhida (artist, New York), Steffani Jemison (artist, New York), Francesca Fiore(artist, New York), and Sarah Calderon (Artplace America)-
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Fri, Feb 10
9:00 am

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Symposiums, February 10, 2017, 02/10/2017, Embedded, Embedding: Artist Residencies, Urban Placemaking and Social Practice
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On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, this event will offer an opportunity of dialogue among scholars and practitioners of the Eropean Union, who will reflect upon the Treaty of Rome in a historical perspective and discuss the future of the EU.Speakers include:  Victoria De Grazia (Professor of History and Acting Director of the European Institute)Rui Tavares (Visiting Scholar at NYU Remarque Institute, former Member of the European Parliament)Adam Tooze (Professor of History), Nadia Urbinati (Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies)Joao Vale de Almeida (Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to the United Nations)Pierre Vimont (Visiting Professor at the European Institute, former Executive Secretary General of the European External Action Service). 
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Fri, Feb 10
11:00 am

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Discussions, February 10, 2017, 02/10/2017, The EU at 60: Europe Since the Treaty of Rome
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Common consensus says that investment in human capital is correlated with improved welfare, including health, wages, and occupational status. Schmitz’s pioneering work contributes to understanding of the causal role of the quality of education in economic outcomes as well as unmeasured innate ability. This study uses 30 years of earnings records, matched with genetic and sociodemographic data, to explore whether school quality in childhood modifies the association between genetic propensity for educational attainment and lifetime earnings.Speaker Dr. Lauren Schmitz's research bridges theory and methods in economics, sociology, and genetic epidemiology to explore ways in which biological predispositions interact with economic and social environments to promote or impede health and social mobility across the lifespan. Her current research focuses on how economic disadvantage and related social stressors combine with genotype to affect health disparities at older ages.
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Fri, Feb 10
11:00 am

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Lectures, February 10, 2017, 02/10/2017, Nature vs. Nurture: Does School Quality Trump Genetics?
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This roundtable discussion on the remarkable tradition of early modern Venetian women’s writing features readings from works penned by courtesan Veronica Franco; dissident Baroque nun Arcangela Tarabotti; outspoken Jewish author, poet, and intellectual Sara Copia Sullam; and proto-feminist theorist Moderata Fonte.Panelists:Meredith Ray, University of PennsylvaniaLynn Westwater, George Washington UniversityAnn Rosalind Jones, University of PennsylvaniaVirginia Cox, Moderator
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Fri, Feb 10
6:30 pm

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Discussions, February 10, 2017, 02/10/2017, Sirens of La Serenissima: Creative Women and Feminist Forerunners in Early Modern Venice
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In his five-decade career in movement and theater art, David Gordon has confessed his memoires, connected the dots of history, and uncovered new meaning in words and gestures. Meet the producer and stage manager that make reality from Gordon’s deeply personal and unconventional ideas. Surrounded by the relics of Gordon’s past productions, Pickup Performance Co’s Producer Alyce Dissette and Stage Manager Ed Fitzgerald share their perspective on collaborating with David Gordon. 
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Fri, Feb 10
7:00 pm

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Discussions, February 10, 2017, 02/10/2017, Stage Manager Confessional: Calling David Gordon
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The new Modern Art and Ideas learner meetups are for anyone in or around the New York City area. Even if you're not enrolled in the attendant course, you are welcome to stop by and join in the conversation.They have made arrangements for meetup participants to each receive a pass to MoMA if you wish to continue the conversation in MoMA’s galleries. And if you’re from another location and are visiting New York during one of the meetups, feel free to stop by.
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Sat, Feb 11
12:30 pm

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Discussions, February 11, 2017, 02/11/2017, Modern Art and Ideas Meet-Up
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“Among of the most exhilarating cultural goings-on in the City!” - Travel expert Arthur FrommerCelebrate the joys and power of great talk! Choose from exciting topics to discuss with 6-8 other lively-minded New Yorkers. Share your thoughts, experiences, ideas, feelings, and insights.  And enjoy a TED talk (video) on How to Have a Better Conversations.   
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Sat, Feb 11
1:00 pm

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Discussions, February 11, 2017, 02/11/2017, Conversation Day: Let's Talk, New York
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Discuss the book by Colson Whitehead.
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Sat, Feb 11
10:30 pm

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Book Discussions, February 11, 2017, 02/11/2017, Book Club: The Underground Railroad
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This event focuses on "proliferation" as a feature of contemporary social and political interaction that the digital sphere facilitates. Early sociologists like Gabriel Tarde and Emile Durkheim were interested in crowds and their all-absorbing mentality that could overpower rational thought and action in individuals. Proliferation, or the overwhelming abundance of some phenomenon, is thus construed as a uniquely modern experience. The speakers on this panel consider the affective response social media elicits and the profusion of information we encounter in contemporary society. Together they discuss how contemporary media has the ability to obscure meaning and how we arrive at the selection of what is made to mean.  The afternoon program is in the hands of a hypnotist who will determine what we do as a public.  Participants:  - Dominic Pettman (pictured), Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College and Chair of the Liberal Studies Program - Hugh Raffles, Professor of Anthropology and Director, Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography, and Social Thought - Deva Woodly, Assistant Professor of Politics
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Mon, Feb 13
4:00 pm

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Colloquiums, February 13, 2017, 02/13/2017, Post Human, Affect, Proliferation
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BFA Visual and Critical Studies presents an evening with Gregg Horowitz, professor of philosophy at Pratt Institute. Horowitz will discuss the formal adventures of hoarding: the compulsive inability to discard possessions. To what extent can the hoarder’s melding of overvaluation and indifference cast light on artistic practices that strive to save things from the esteem and disesteem characteristic of standard hierarchies of value? Artists discussed will include Alighiero e Boetti (pictured), Agnes Martin, and Paul McCarthy. The evening will conclude with a brief Q+A.
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Mon, Feb 13
6:30 pm

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Talks, February 13, 2017, 02/13/2017, Hoarding, or Adventures in Form
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Giacomo Casanova was a product of 18th-century Venice's culture of sensuality and Enlightenment. Today his name is synonymous with “great lover”—and for good reason. Over the course of his lifetime Casanova claimed to have seduced more than one hundred women. Notorious for his insatiable libido and rakish behavior, the full story of Casanova's life is much less well known.Biographer Laurence Bergreen will speak with author and psychosexual therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer about his new biography Casanova: the World of a Seductive Genius. Beginning with Casanova's troubled childhood in Venice, Bergreen reveals Casanova's meteoric rise from impoverished child of the lower classes to the famous writer, notorious libertine, and self-invented genius whose name still resonates today. Throughout, Bergreen's portrait of a crumbling Venetian empire sets the scene to explain the man who was truly a product of his place and time.
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Mon, Feb 13
6:30 pm

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Discussions, February 13, 2017, 02/13/2017, Casanova: Seduction and Genius in Venice: A Discussion Featuring Dr. Ruth Westheimer
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Discuss the book by Hoah Hawley
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Tue, Feb 14
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, February 14, 2017, 02/14/2017, Book Club: Before the Fall
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This is an an exhibit of framed sheet music that tells a story of collaborations between the neighboorhood’s black and Jewish composers, performers, and music publishers during the late-19th century into the 1930s.
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Wed, Feb 15
12:45 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 15, 2017, 02/15/2017, Gallery Tour: Harlem's Black and Jewish Music Culture (1890-1930)
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With curator Melissa Yaverbaum.Hear the stories of displaced children from World War II and meet some of the survivors from Kloster Indersdorf, a center for displaced children that was near Dachau.
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Wed, Feb 15
3:00 pm

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Talks, February 15, 2017, 02/15/2017, The Lost Children of Kloster Indersdorf
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"Economic Reforms in Cuba: Present and Future" Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva, Revista Temas "Prospects for Cuba's Emerging Usufruct Farmers" Mario González-Corzo (pictured), Lehman College, CUNY "Post-Fidel Dynamics" Mauricio Font, Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies
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Wed, Feb 15
4:00 pm

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Symposiums, February 15, 2017, 02/15/2017, Transforming Cuba: Economic Reforms Beyond 2016
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Discuss the book by Bernice McFadden.
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Wed, Feb 15
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, February 15, 2017, 02/15/2017, Harlem Heights Book Discussion Group: The Book of Harlan
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Ishmael Houston-Jones is an award-winning choreographer, author, performer, teacher, curator, and arts advocate known for his improvisational dance and language work.
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Wed, Feb 15
6:00 pm

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Talks, February 15, 2017, 02/15/2017, An Evening with Award-Winning Choreographer Ishmael Houston-Jones
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The Cold War was fought on many fronts, with dance as a powerful weapon in its arsenal. The ballet wars of the 1950s and 1960s, including high-profile defections, captured international headlines, but numerous forms of dance from folk dance and modern dance to rock and roll were drawn into an ideological struggle that pitted capitalist freedom again communist oppression.  Dancing the Cold War, a three-day international symposium, brings together scholars, artists, critics, and others to explore the multiple dance encounters that took place during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States as well as the allies, clients, and surrogates of those countries in different parts of the world.  It will consider the impact of touring and the mass media in challenging ideological certainties and the changes that transformed the Russian dance community in the immediate post-Soviet period.
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Thu, Feb 16
12:00 am

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Symposiums, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Dancing the Cold War: An International Symposium
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“Carlos the Jackal” is perhaps the most notorious terrorist of the Cold War. Born as Ilich Ramírez Sánchez in Venezuela, before turning thirty, the self-proclaimed Marxist revolutionary-cum-hired gun established one of the most feared terrorist groups of the time. During the 1970s and 1980s, Carlos and his associates attacked British, French, Israeli, Saudi, Iranian as well as Arab targets and, by 1982, the Venezuelan topped President Francois Mitterrand’s assassination list. Having set up a basis in Hungary and spent almost a decade visiting and transporting weapons through the territory of Soviet-allied countries, Carlos is often seen as the exemplar of Eastern Bloc support for international terrorism. However, as newly-released Eastern European secret service documents show, by the early 1980s, The Jackal had become a liability and a reputation hazard for Moscow’s satellites. Fearful of the increasingly maverick Carlos and his Group, these states set up a web of intelligence alliances aimed at pushing terrorists out of their territory. This article analyses the Eastern Bloc’s changing attitude towards the enfant terrible of Cold War terrorism as well as the nature of this emerging ‘anti-terrorist’ coalition. By doing so, it aims to revise the literature on intelligence liaison and anti-terrorism alliances, thus far distorted by an over-concentration on experiences of the West. Speaker Daniela Richterová researches intelligence alliances between state and non-state actors during the Cold War. She earned her graduate degree in War Studies at King’s College London.
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Thu, Feb 16
12:00 pm

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Lectures, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, 'My Name is Carlos and I am a Good Person': Communist States and Carlos the Jackal
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Speaker Meredith Ray, Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Delaware and President of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, is the author of Margherita Sarrocchi’s Letters to Galileo: Astronomy, Astrology, and Poetics in Seventeenth-Century Italy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); Daughters of Alchemy: Women and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy (Harvard University Press, 2015); and Writing Gender in Women’s Letter Collections of the Italian Renaissance (Toronto University Press), winner of an American Association for Italian Studies Book Prize. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Currently she is working on a new project examining women’s intellectual exchanges between early modern Italy and Poland.
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Thu, Feb 16
12:00 pm

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Lectures, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Early Modern Women and Communities of Science
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A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Thu, Feb 16
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
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Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is Persuasion by Jane Austen.
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Thu, Feb 16
2:00 pm

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Book Discussions, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
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Stars: Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rosario Dawson.This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America. 135 min.
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Thu, Feb 16
2:00 pm

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Book Discussions, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Chris Columbus' Rent (2005): The Stage Musical
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"Since 2011 events in the Middle East have left social theorists wondering how to study the apparent antinomy between the rise of Islam in politics and aspirations to participatory democracy. I will focus on the history of Islamic reformist thought from its defensive posture before colonialism to its evolution in the global era towards forms of cosmopolitanism questioning national and cultural identity while asserting a Muslim ethos. I analyze modalities of this evolution as well as the reactions is has triggered among Islamic scholars, Islamists, and lay scholars in Algeria, Egypt and Iran. Is this trend best studied as ushering in a new modernity or does it require a rethinking of the premises of sociological theory?" Lecturer Marnia Lazreg is professor of sociology at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She is the recipient of a number of fellowships at the Bunting Institute (Harvard University); the Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women (Brown University); the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (Italy); and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
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Thu, Feb 16
4:30 pm

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Lectures, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Gendered Pathways to Culturalism and Cosmopolitanism on the Islamic Periphery
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In recent decades, the production of fine art has become increasingly highly capitalized. Large scale, luxury materials, and outsourced fabrication have all been used to create distinction in a highly competitive market. In this talk, based on his book Art in the Making (co-authored with Julia Bryan-Wilson) Glenn Adamson will critique the politics of contemporary art production and offer some thoughts on the history and possible future of art making.Glenn Adamson is currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art. A curator and theorist who works across the fields of design, craft and contemporary art, he was until March 2016 the Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. He has previously been Head of Research at the V&A, and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee.
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Thu, Feb 16
6:00 pm

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Lectures, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Narratives of Making in Contemporary Art
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In her trenchant analysis of U.S. history, literary critic and Black feminist scholar Hortense Spillers considers the aftermath of the notion of partus sequitur ventrem—the “American ‘innovation’ that proclaimed that children born of an enslaved mother would also be enslaved.” In this lecture, Spillers engages the idea of the “shadow” family to explain one of the tectonic shifts in the concept and practice of social relations in the New World from the 18th century—a period of profound contradiction and change when dangerously hegemonic definitions of race, gender, and family took hold—onward.
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Thu, Feb 16
6:30 pm

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Lectures, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Shades of Intimacy: Women in the Time of Revolution
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Join Dawn Tripp (Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe,) Roxana Robinson (Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life,) and author and critic Donna Seaman (Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists) for a fascinating exploration of the intersections of fact and fiction in creative writing, and the struggles facing women trying to break through preconceptions in art.
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Thu, Feb 16
7:00 pm

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Discussions, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Intersections of Art and Life
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Professor of Architecture Reinhold Martin will engage this semester's Max Kade Visitng Professor, Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky, in a discussion of modern philosophies of technology ranging from Benjamin to Heidegger, Deleuze/Guattari and Simondon.
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Thu, Feb 16
8:00 pm

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Lectures, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Habit and Habitation: On Walter Benjamin's Media Asthetics and Philosophy of Technology
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David Goldhill, author of Catastrophic Care, assesses the U.S. health-care system and concludes that it is dysfunctional and undisciplined. At a time of uncertainty about the future of the healthcare system, Goldhill offers a unique set of critiques and new ideas toward a solution. Sponsored by the Institute for Retired Professionals.
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Fri, Feb 17
1:00 pm

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Talks, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Why Everything We Think We Know About Healthcare is Wrong
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A conversation with Grammy-winning record producer Ian Brennan about the relationship between music and social justice. He'll discuss his experiences in Malawi recording inmates of Malawi's maximum security facility, the Zomba prison, share videos and recordings, and we'll explore how, in Brennan's view, "Innovation has almost, without fail, routinely risen culturally from the bottom to the top...many of the most important artists historically have originated from less than auspicious circumstances."
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Fri, Feb 17
6:00 pm

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Talks, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, The Zomba Prison Project: Social Justice Through Music
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A lecture by CPT Antonio Salinas of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
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Fri, Feb 17
7:00 pm

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Lectures, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Julius Caesar's Art of War: A Graphic Portfolio of Battlefields and Tactics in the Commentarii de Bello Gallico
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If you collect, read, or are just interested in classic Pulp magazines and you live in or near NYC, you want to know about the Gotham Pulp Collectors Club. They are pulp readers and collectors who meet once a month to talk about their favorite subject: popular fiction magazines from the first half of the 20th century. They discuss what they've been reading along with new developments in the fields of reprints, movies, TV, auctions, conventions, "New Pulp" fiction, and more.
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Sat, Feb 18
1:00 pm

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Discussions, February 18, 2017, 02/18/2017, Gotham Pulp Collectors Club
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A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Sat, Feb 18
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 18, 2017, 02/18/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
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Discuss the book by James Baldwin.
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Sat, Feb 18
3:00 pm

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Book Discussions, February 18, 2017, 02/18/2017, Upper West Side Community Read Book Discussion: Go Tell It on the Mountain
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A talk with András Riedlmayer, Director of the Documentation Center of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University.
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Mon, Feb 20
6:00 pm

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Lectures, February 20, 2017, 02/20/2017, Killing Memory: Ethnic Cleansing, Genocide and the Targeting of Cultural Heritage in the Balkan Wars of the 1990s
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Amidst a moment of vibrant reimaginings of August Wilson’s work, both on stage and screen, this conversation will contemplate the meaning of his work and legacy, explore the practice of contemporary practitioners of stage and screen craft, and imagine the future of the trajectory of black storytelling. Producer Kamilah Forbes, playwright Chisa Hutchinson, and writer, actor, and recording artist Carl Hancock Rux participate in a conversation moderated by Professor and Director of the August Wilson Society, Dr. Sandra G. Shannon. 
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Mon, Feb 20
6:30 pm

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Discussions, February 20, 2017, 02/20/2017, Theater Talks: The August Wilson Effect
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Barnard has always been, as Columbia University’s full title has it, “in the City of New York,” but has it always been “of the City of New York”? Professor of history Robert McCaughey says that for much of its first 90 years Barnard resisted the urban essence of its identity, preferring instead to identify with the “country college” sylvan ideal of the other Seven Sisters. Only in the last four decades has the College fully embraced the gritty and energizing implications of its urban setting. How did this change of attitude help Barnard grow into the institution we know today? And what took it so long?
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Tue, Feb 21
6:00 pm

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Lectures, February 21, 2017, 02/21/2017, Location, Location, Location: Barnard’s Belated Embrace of Its Urban Identity
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Malcolm X wrote that Fidel Castro “achieved a psychological coup over the U.S. State Department when it confined him to Manhattan, never dreaming that he’d stay uptown in Harlem and make such an impression among the Negroes.” In collaboration with the Malcolm X Museum, this program will explore the impact of Malcolm X’s invitation to Fidel Castro on liberation movements in the African diaspora, and in today’s social climate in the wake of Castro’s death.
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Tue, Feb 21
6:30 pm

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Discussions, February 21, 2017, 02/21/2017, After Death, a Psychological Coup
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Discuss the novel by Andrew Vachss.
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Tue, Feb 21
6:30 pm

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Book Discussions, February 21, 2017, 02/21/2017, Detective Novel Discussion: Sacrifice
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Twice a recipient of Guggenheim Fellowships and a New York State Council for the Arts Fellowship, Thomas Roma's work has appeared in international exhibitions, including one-person shows with accompanying books at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the International Center of Photography.
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Tue, Feb 21
7:00 pm

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Talks, February 21, 2017, 02/21/2017, Thomas Roma, Acclaimed Photographer
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In the beginning of the 1990s, New York City had less than 350 units of housing for an estimated 13,000 homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Those left outside were relegated to makeshift encampments or the shelter system, whose physical design—large rooms with rows of beds—allowed colds and infections to easily travel among people with compromised immune systems. In response, four members of ACT UP formed Housing Works. Understanding that housing is a form of health care, the organization has gone on to build over 200 units of permanent and transitional housing, providing vital medical, dental, and mental health care, job training, legal aid, and other supportive services to over 20,000 clients to date. Along the way, the Housing Works confronted NIMBYism in Soho, Harlem, and the Lower East Side; sued the Giuliani Administration and won; opened a popular bookstore/cafe and thrift stores that fund housing and provide jobs; built residential and medical facilities; and never stopped speaking out.Housing Works History is a multimedia timeline that traces these interconnected stories over 25 years. From permanent to transitional housing, and scattered-site apartments to congregate buildings, how were the designs of housing units calibrated to client needs? How did their shape change over time—as medical research advanced and New York City gentrified—and what political challenges persist today?  In this conversation, Housing Works History editor and producer Gavin Browning, filmmaker Laura Hanna, and designer Glen Cummings will be joined by writer Felix Burrichter (PIN–UP magazine) and designer and cultural historian Mabel O. Wilson (Columbia GSAPP). 
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Tue, Feb 21
7:00 pm

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Discussions, February 21, 2017, 02/21/2017, Housing Works History: HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, and Design
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This is an an exhibit of framed sheet music that tells a story of collaborations between the neighboorhood’s black and Jewish composers, performers, and music publishers during the late-19th century into the 1930s.
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Wed, Feb 22
12:45 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 22, 2017, 02/22/2017, Gallery Tour: Harlem's Black and Jewish Music Culture (1890-1930)
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Speaker: Leo Garofalo, Associate Professor of History, Connecticut College.From 1471 to 1700, enslaved and free Africa- and Europe-born African people made up perhaps 20% of southern Iberia’s urban populations. As sailors, soldiers, traders, artisans, and servants, they became part of Spanish expansion into the Americas and Asia, and raiding and trading in Africa. Archival documents from the 1530s to 1680s reveal struggles for survival by individuals and families in a branch of the African Diaspora rooted in Europe. Through their movement and resettlements, they helped shape Iberian, IberoAmerican, and Philippine societies.
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Thu, Feb 23
12:00 pm

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Lectures, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Afro-Iberians as Black European Sailors, Soldiers, Travelers, and Traders in the Spanish Empire During the 1500s and 1600s
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A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Thu, Feb 23
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
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This paper investigates the mothers of illegitimate children in medieval Europe and their encounters with the law. Men and their illegitimate children have received some scholarly attention, but we know very little about the mothers. Fathers and their legal rights and obligations concerning their illegitimate children are likewise the subject of far more detailed discussion in medieval canon law and secular law codes. Mothers of illegitimate children, meanwhile, particularly married women, and the legal relationships of these mothers to illegitimate children, have received far less attention, both in the contemporary legal and non-legal sources, and also in modern scholarship. Lecturer Sara McDougall is Associate Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her first book, Bigamy and Christian Identity in Late Medieval Champagne (U Penn, 2012) examined the earliest known prosecutions for bigamy in medieval Europe.
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Thu, Feb 23
4:30 pm

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Lectures, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Bastards and Their Families in Medieval Europe
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Discuss the book by Kang Han.
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Thu, Feb 23
4:30 pm

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Book Discussions, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Book Club: The Vegetarian
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The fourth Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin of this season features Diana Damrau, a beloved coloratura soprano and one of the opera world’s most in-demand artists. She excels in the music of Mozart, Verdi, Massenet, Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti and will appear this season at the Met as Juliette in a new production of Roméo et Juliette and as Elvira in I Puritani. 
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Thu, Feb 23
6:30 pm

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Talks, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Adventures in Italian Opera: A Conversation with Coloratura Diana Damrau
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This event is a first step in organizing a strategy to challenge each profession, their associated institutions and the communities they serve; the goal is to create on over­-arching social justice platform; to realize health equity in social work, psychology, and addiction in NYC. Featuring special guests: NASW-NYC Task Force of Social Workers of African Descent  The Center for Optimal Living 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 23
6:30 pm

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Discussions, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Actualizing the United Nations' Decade for People of African Descent
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This event is a first step in organizing a strategy to challenge each profession, their associated institutions and the communities they serve; the goal is to create on over­-arching social justice platform; to realize health equity in social work, psychology, and addiction in NYC. Featuring special guests: NASW-NYC Task Force of Social Workers of African Descent  The Center for Optimal Living 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 23
6:30 pm

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Discussions, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Actualizing the United Nations' Decade for People of African Descent
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This two-day conference will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Ukrainian Revolution and the creation of the modern Ukrainian state.The conference will focus both on the important institutions that were founded under the Ukrainian Central Rada/Ukrainian National Republic, the Ukrainian State of Hetman Pavlo Skoropadsky, the Ukrainian National Republic under the Dyrectoria, and on the individuals that formed them. These state institutions proved to be essential in organizing and giving structure to Ukrainian political, educational, cultural and religious developments at that time. The successes and failures of these initiatives provided models that were both emulated and adjusted in subsequent years and that continue to inform Ukrainian nation-building efforts today.  The conference will examine the lasting impact of these individuals and institutions on Ukrainian culture and scholarship.
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Fri, Feb 24
1:30 pm

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Conferences, February 24, 2017, 02/24/2017, Ukrainian Statehood 1917-1921: Institutions and Individuals
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This two-day conference will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Ukrainian Revolution and the creation of the modern Ukrainian state.The conference will focus both on the important institutions that were founded under the Ukrainian Central Rada/Ukrainian National Republic, the Ukrainian State of Hetman Pavlo Skoropadsky, the Ukrainian National Republic under the Dyrectoria, and on the individuals that formed them. These state institutions proved to be essential in organizing and giving structure to Ukrainian political, educational, cultural and religious developments at that time. The successes and failures of these initiatives provided models that were both emulated and adjusted in subsequent years and that continue to inform Ukrainian nation-building efforts today.  The conference will examine the lasting impact of these individuals and institutions on Ukrainian culture and scholarship.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 25
11:00 am

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Conferences, February 25, 2017, 02/25/2017, Ukrainian Statehood 1917-1921: Institutions and Individuals
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The new Modern Art and Ideas learner meetups are for anyone in or around the New York City area. Even if you're not enrolled in the attendant course, you are welcome to stop by and join in the conversation.They have made arrangements for meetup participants to each receive a pass to MoMA if you wish to continue the conversation in MoMA’s galleries. And if you’re from another location and are visiting New York during one of the meetups, feel free to stop by.
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Sat, Feb 25
12:30 pm

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Discussions, February 25, 2017, 02/25/2017, Modern Art and Ideas Meet-Up
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This 'show-and-tell" talk examines the ideological messages embedded in vernacular photographs preserved in private archived of former Soviet citizens. More specifically, it will focus on vernacular photography as a micro-technology of power, one that translates into everyday terms and naturalizes for subsequent generations such profoundly ideological constructs as empire, nation and citizenship.Speaker Olga Shevchenko is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Williams College (Massachusetts), where she teaches courses on social theory, postsocialism, sociology of consumer culture, photography, and social memory.
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Mon, Feb 27
12:00 pm

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Lectures, February 27, 2017, 02/27/2017, Empire in the Album: Soviet Travel Photography and Generational Memories of Socialism Today
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Inspired by Pat Cleveland’s memoir, Walking with The Muses, this program celebrates the audacity of fashion trailblazers Cleveland and Bethann Hardison, while exploring paths taken by black models, designers, and industry insiders to render visible diverse aesthetics found in communities of color around the world. They paved the way for a new generation of black slayage on and off the runway.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Feb 27
6:30 pm

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Discussions, February 27, 2017, 02/27/2017, Model Behavior: Fashion Trailblazers
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A lecture by Prof. Tsering Shakya, and exhibition opening reception.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 28
4:00 pm

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Lectures, February 28, 2017, 02/28/2017, Transcultural Tibet
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A must for emerging writers: they’ve partnered with Electric Literature and The Authors Guild to present a series of events aimed at giving you the 101 when it comes to your career. In this first of the series, panelists Yuka Igarashi (Soft Skull Press, Catapult,) Michelle Legro (New Republic,) and James Yeh (VICE) will discuss how to pitch for online, and the ways in which writing for the web differs to print. Moderated by Lincoln Michel of Electric Literature.
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Tue, Feb 28
7:00 pm

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Discussions, February 28, 2017, 02/28/2017, What Editors Want: Writing for the Web
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The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, Leonidas Kavakos, is joined by composer Lera Auerbach to discuss the challenges and rewards of creating a new musical work. Discover the backstory of Auerbach’s violin concerto—a New York Philharmonic commission—and step into a performer’s mind days before he gives the world premiere.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 28
7:30 pm

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Discussions, February 28, 2017, 02/28/2017, The Challenges and Rewards of Creating a New Musical Work
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Hal Rubenstein examines one of the twentieth century's most fascinating decades, the 1960s, through the dual lens of fashion and film. A founding editor of InStyle magazine, Rubenstein has also written for The New Yorker, Elle, Interview, Vogue, and many other publications.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 1
6:00 pm

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Talks, March 01, 2017, 03/01/2017, Fashion and Film: The 1960s
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Giovanni Aloi examines the history of artists working with animals, and the implications this has for notions of authorship and collaboration.This talk evaluates the challenges involved in human/animal relations that currently unfold in contemporary art. Determined to overcome the objectifying iconographies of animal representation in classical art, contemporary artists are more than ever before committed to envision new human/animal engagement. Notions of authorship, skill, aesthetics, and meaning are thus brought into question by the inclusion of living animals in the processes of art making. In this context, creativity and collaboration become new markers of the limits and potentialities involved in rethinking the very boundaries of artistic practice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 4
2:00 pm

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Talks, March 04, 2017, 03/04/2017, Animals in Contemporary Art: Objectification, Creativity, and Collaboration
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How can emotionally connecting with parks and public spaces make communities stronger, healthier and happier?With:·         Peter Kageyama, author “For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places”·         Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, Commissioner of NYC Parks (moderator) 
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Thu, Mar 9
6:00 pm

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Discussions, March 09, 2017, 03/09/2017, For the Love of Cities
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Join Alexander Joseph, editor of Hue magazine, for a lively conversation about the diverse future of menswear with four designers: Auston Bjorkman, founder of Sir New York, a "gender non-specific menswear" firm; Andrew Morrison, winner of the 2016 Out magazine Fashion Vanguard Award; and Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough, who draw on their military and athletic backgrounds for their forward-thinking tailoring and sportswear using natural textiles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Mar 14
6:00 pm

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Talks, March 14, 2017, 03/14/2017, New Directions in Menswear
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