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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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The celebrated Newman and Oltman Guitar Duo will perform works by composers associated with the MannesSchool of Music, including Aaron Copland, Clarice Assad, as well as current composition faculty members Paul Moravec, Lowell Liebermann, David Loeb and Robert Cuckson. In keeping with the duo’s tradition of inviting Mannes students to perform with them on their Mannes concerts, mezzo-soprano Tal Heller will join them for a set of Aaron Copland songs.  Hailed as a “revelation to hear” by The Washington Post, the Newman and Oltman Guitar Duo’s phenomenal musicianship places them solidly at the top of their field. Their innovative programming, matchless technique and ensemble precision, combined with their commitment to expanding the repertoire for guitar duo, make them a chamber ensemble of world renown. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Feb 19
4:00 pm

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Talks, February 19, 2017, 02/19/2017, The Newman and Oltman Guitar Duo performs Copland and others
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Feb 20
6:00 pm

Free
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. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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Latin poet Horace claimed: « Ut pictura poetica », (poetry is similar to painting). Ever since the Antiquity, painting has been an inspiration to poets and novelists, and writers, from Diderot to Baudelaire, from Balzac, and Zola to Artaud, Apolinaire, Picasso and Braque.Anka Muhlstein and Caroline Weber will delve into the passionate involvement with the fine arts of French novelists Balzac, Zola, Proust, Huysmans, and Maupassant, based on Anka Muhlstein’s new book, The Pen and The Brush: How Passion for Art Shaped Nineteenth-Century French Novels (Other Press, 2017). Muhlstein and Weber will explore the crucial role that painters play as characters in their novels, together with the profound influence that painting exercised on the novelists’ techniques, offering an intimate view of the intertwined worlds of painters and writers at the time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Feb 20
7:00 pm

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Discussions, February 20, 2017, 02/20/2017, The Pen and The Brush
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Join a 30-minute docent-led tour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 21
5:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 21, 2017, 02/21/2017, Gallery Tour: A Curious Hand: The Prints of Henri-Charles Guerard
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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?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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Discuss the book by Adam Johnson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 21
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, February 21, 2017, 02/21/2017, Book Club: The Orphan Master's Son
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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This illustrated lecture combines science and philosophy with first-hand accounts of the remarkable intelligence of the octopus and explores how primitive organisms bobbing in the ocean began sending signals to each other and how these early forms of communication gave rise to the advanced nervous systems that permit cephalopods to change colors and human beings to speak.The authorshares from his underwater adventures and sheds new light on the octopus brain and the human brain.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 21
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, February 21, 2017, 02/21/2017, Peter Godfrey-Smith discusses her book Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
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Discuss the novel by Andrew Vachss.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Feb 21
7:00 pm

Free
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). 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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Rear Admiral Susan Orsega, Chief Nurse Officer of the United States Public Health Service, the main division of the US Department of Health and Human Services, will lead this symposium with a panel of senior USPHS nurse leaders engaged in pivotal roles improving significant population health issues. Topics include: water safety in Flint, Michigan; public health emergencies and disasters; HIV/AIDS risk; and work affecting health in vulnerable populations across the nation.RADM Orsega will open the symposium highlighting career opportunities in the USPHS and discussing the critical roles USPHS nurses play in the health of families and communities nationwide. Nursing faculty will moderate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 22
1:00 pm

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Symposiums, February 22, 2017, 02/22/2017, Achieving Health of the Nation: US Public Health Service Nurses Address Health Equity
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture is a delightful exploration of American language, taking the audience on an extraordinary and beautiful tour through the American vernacular.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 22
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, February 22, 2017, 02/22/2017, Josh Katz discusses his book Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse , and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Kang Han.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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Discuss the book by Bernard Malamud.
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Thu, Feb 23
5:45 pm

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Book Discussions, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Book Club: The Fixer
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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. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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 
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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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Pianist and composer Samora Pinderhughes will perform his 2016 album The Transformations Suite. The work combines music, theatre, and poetry to examine the radical history of resistance within the communities of the African diaspora. Continuing in the tradition of artists such as Bob Marley, Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, and Tupac Shakur, the Suite paints a musical picture of the current state of social inequality and injustice in the United States and beyond.
   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, Samora Pinderhughes and Band perform The Transformations Suite
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The panel will include experts on government MWBE programs, representatives from large businesses that recruit MWBE partners, and successful small MWBE owners. Light refreshments will be served.
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Thu, Feb 23
6:30 pm

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Discussions, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Growing Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises in New York
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There are changes that are happening faster than anyone predicted a decade ago. While technology will create opportunity for new, high-paying jobs and require alternative education and training programs, policy makers have also begun talking about how our social safety net will need to adapt as a result of automation. This panel discussion will explore the full range of potential answers to automation, concluding with an open Q+A for the audience. Free food and drinks will also be offered. List of speakers:- Chris Hughes, Co-Chair, Economic Security Project- Douglas Wood, Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning, Ford Foundation- Nell Abernathy, VP of Research and Policy, Roosevelt Institute- Annie Lowrey, Writer, Politics and Economic Policy- Jake Schwartz, CEO and Co-Founder, General Assembly 
   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, The Automated Workforce: The Future of Work and the Social Safety Net
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture explores the rock scene's half-century connection to New York.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 23
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Steven Blush discusses his book New York Rock: From the Rise of The Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB
Gallery Talk |
Join artist Tyler Coburn and art historian Katie Anania, postdoctoral fellow at the Morgan Library and Museum, for a conversation about the theory and practice of chance- and machine-generated texts. Through a combination of reading aloud and intimate discussion, Coburn and Anania will explore what it means to be a reader in the digital age.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 23
6:30 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, Artist Talk: Tyler Coburn
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During this special live-taping, host Julian Fleisher addresses (and undresses) the musical passions of performer/composer Stephin Merritt (pictured), mastermind of the Magnetic Fields. Merritt and Fleisher will debate, kvetch, confess, and celebrate some favorite songs and recordings as they try to answer the question: what makes the Great American Songbook so darned great?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 23
7:00 pm

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Discussions, February 23, 2017, 02/23/2017, The Naked American Songbook
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10:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Opening Remarks10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Anglo-American Connections and the French Resistance Charlotte Faucher, University of Warwick Transnational Cultural Resistance:  Free France, the British Council, and the French Cultural Institute in London  Valerie Deacon, New York University The Transnational Nature of Escape, Evasion, and Humanitarian Resistance in France    1:30 – 3:15 p.m. Resistance and the Empire Eric Jennings, University of Toronto The First Resistance:  French Equatorial Africa and Cameroon, 1940-1943 Martin Evans, University of Sussex Colonial Consequences: The Complex Aftermaths of World War Two Resistance and the End of French Algeria, 1945-1962 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Navigating Boundaries Within and Beyond the Nation Ludivine Broch, University of Westminster Resistance and the Question of Race: Raising National and Transnational Concerns Olivier Wiewiorka, École normale supérieure de Cachan Has (Western) Resistance Been a European Phenomenon? 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.  Concluding Remarks – Resistance Legacies in Transnational Perspective
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Fri, Feb 24
10:00 am

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Conferences, February 24, 2017, 02/24/2017, The French Resistance in Transnational Perspective
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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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Fri, Feb 24
1:30 pm

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Conferences, February 24, 2017, 02/24/2017, Ukrainian Statehood 1917-1921: Institutions and Individuals
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Diane Chamberlain.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 25
10:30 am

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Book Discussions, February 25, 2017, 02/25/2017, Book Discussion Group: The Silent Sister
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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 class 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. We 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 25
3:00 pm

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Lectures, February 25, 2017, 02/25/2017, Radical Demands for Land and Freedom in New York, 1829–1848
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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The arrival in Italy of migrants from Africa, while igniting heated debate on immigration, has urged Italians to reconsider their historical connections with the African continent and assess new cultural relationships. In the poetry anthology Migrazioni/Migrations, renowned Italian and Nigerian poets headed by Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka tell the choral story of how Africa and Italy have always been united by a common sea and a shared experience of migration.The book editor, Alessandra Di Maio, and writer Maaza Mengiste will converse about how this project has come to life, and how poetry and photography remain powerful instruments of resistance in the global era.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Feb 27
6:00 pm

Free
Discussions, February 27, 2017, 02/27/2017, Thus Spake Orunmila! Words and Images in the Black Mediterranean
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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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Presented in partnership with the exhibition Black Fashion Designers, this program celebrates the audacity of fashion trailblazers Pat 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.
   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, Between The Lines: Model Behavior with Pat Cleveland and Bethann Hardison
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This illustrated lecture tells the personal stories of seventeen African-American men and women who lived in the South Bronx before the social and economic decline of the area that began in the late 1960s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Feb 27
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, February 27, 2017, 02/27/2017, Bob Gumbs discusses his book Before the Fires: An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx from the 1930s to the 1960s
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A conversation on the shifting responsibilities, obligations, purposes, and even definitions of American journalism.Featuring:Dean Baquet (pictured), Executive Editor of The New York Times Shawna Thomas, DC Bureau Chief of VICE NewsJose Antonio Vargas, Founder of Define AmericanJacob Weisberg, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Slate Group
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Mon, Feb 27
7:00 pm

Free
Discussions, February 27, 2017, 02/27/2017, Forecasts for the Fourth Estate: Journalism in 2017, Featuring New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet
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Discuss the book by Helen Oyeyemi..
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Tue, Feb 28
3:00 pm

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Book Discussions, February 28, 2017, 02/28/2017, Book Discussion Group: Boy Snow Bird
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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

Free
Lectures, February 28, 2017, 02/28/2017, Transcultural Tibet
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Join a 30-minute docent-led tour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 28
5:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, February 28, 2017, 02/28/2017, Gallery Tour: A Curious Hand: The Prints of Henri-Charles Guerard
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Dan Charnas.
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Tue, Feb 28
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, February 28, 2017, 02/28/2017, Business Book Club: Work Clean
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This illustrated lecture celebrates the wonderful diversity of churches in New York City’s oldest borough.
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Tue, Feb 28
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, February 28, 2017, 02/28/2017, Richard Panchyk discusses his book Manhattan Churches
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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One of the first dialogues between Brazilian and Jewish cultures took place at a so-called Yiddish Avenue. This neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, where the majority of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe settled in the 1920s, was also referred to as Little Africa, with Jews and African Brazilians living side by side and attending samba performances on adjacent streets.In celebration of the Brazilian national holiday of Carnival, and less than two weeks before Jewish festival of Purim, this multi-media presentation explores the history of cultural integration of Jewish community in Brazil. Brazilian Judaica scholar Bernardo Sorj noted that despite the fundamental difference between Brazilian culture  of “optimistic fatalism” and Jewish  tradition of “pessimistic willfulness,” the  immersion into Brazilian culture is highly therapeutic for the Jews, as it is an excellent antidote for their historical traumas. While commercial relations and open mindedness of Brazilians led to increasing cultural connections, the process of integration of Jewish community coincided with the development of Carnival as Brazilian cultural icon.  The evening will feature videos from Carnival shows with Jewish themes. The impact of these performances on the image of the Jews in Brazilian society and its lessons for the Jewish community will be discussed. The evening will conclude with an overview of works by Brazilian artists inspired by Klezmer music and Brazilian films that refer to Jewish themes. Lecturer Alex Minkin is an independent scholar and social activist, focusing his research on Brazilian culture. He is the founder of Ticún Brasil, an innovative social justice NGO that implements educational, social and art projects in Rio de Janeiro, as well as organizes Brazilian cultural events in New York since 2008. Minkin lectured at Brazilian Endowment for the Arts and published articles on Brazilian culture at Jewish Currents and Sounds and Colours. He is currently working on a book Seven Waves of Umbanda that traces the origins of this Brazilian religion. 
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Wed, Mar 1
6:00 pm

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Slide Lectures, March 01, 2017, 03/01/2017, Between Carnival and Purim: Brazilian and Jewish Cultural Encounter
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Discuss the book by Paul Beatty.
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Wed, Mar 1
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, March 01, 2017, 03/01/2017, Inwood Book Discussion Club: The Sellout
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The Bloomingdale School of Music, established 52 years ago, has been in its current home -- row houses built in 1899 on West 108th Street -- since 1972. Erika Floreska will talk about the history of the school and its influence on the life of the Upper West Side and will share historical photos of the school and its students.
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Wed, Mar 1
6:30 pm

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Lectures, March 01, 2017, 03/01/2017, From Home to School: The History of the Bloomingdale School of Music
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This illustrated lecture explores the many ways that saving and restoring the historic fabric can help a city create thriving neighborhoods, good jobs, and a vibrant economy.
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Wed, Mar 1
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, March 01, 2017, 03/01/2017, Stephanie Meeks discusses her book The Past and Future City: How Historic Preservation is Reviving America's Communities
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With the flow of finance, people, and influence across national borders undermining the traditional sovereignty of the nation-state, this event explores alternative ways that we might think about the definition and role of how a space is delimited and ruled. The conversation considers new technologies including the structure of the stack as described by theorist Benjamin Bratton. In several texts Bratton describes the relationship between different types of automated calculation such as mobile apps, smart cities, and cloud platforms amongst others. In recent years Bratton, as well as other academics and artists, have developed substantial discourse around this term, considering how these seemingly invisible structures that inform and underpin our everyday lives operate in ways that are akin to older, more familiar models of the market and the state and also how they differ.This panel brings those conversations together with the history and contemporary moment of the No DAPL protests, one of the largest gatherings of indigenous nations in one place that has gained significant momentum and visibility in the news to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline.ParticipantsNobu Aozaki, artistBenjamin Bratton, Professor, Speculative Design; Director, Center for Design and Geopolitics, University of California, San DiegoTyler Coburn, artist and writerJaskiran Dhillon, Assistant Professor of Global Studies and AnthropologyAdelita Husni-Bey, artistDaniel Sauter, Associate Professor of Data Visualization
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Thu, Mar 2
4:00 pm

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Colloquiums, March 02, 2017, 03/02/2017, Mobility and Post Democracy: Indigeneity, Stack, Sovereignty
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The Intersectional Black Panther History Project is changing the leading man narrative and highlighting the stories of women’s struggles inside the revolution. This conversation about the Black Panthers will be led by Angela LeBlanc Ernest (The Most Qualified Person to Handle the Job: Black Panther Party Women, 1966-1982), Robyn Spencer (Associate Professor of History at Lehman College, City University of New York), Mary Phillips (The City University of New York (CUNY)-Lehman College, African and African American Studies, Assistant Professor), and Tracye Matthews (Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago).
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Thu, Mar 2
6:00 pm

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Discussions, March 02, 2017, 03/02/2017, The Intersectional Black Panther History Project
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Exotic, romantic, exquisite, the least known major Venetian mid-Quattrocento altarpiece is the sole work by Fra Negroponte, still in its original site, the cavernous, obscure San Francesco della Vigna. Professor Colin Eisler will discuss this great painting, restored by Save Venice in 2008 with funding from the Boston Chapter of Save Venice.
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Thu, Mar 2
6:30 pm

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Lectures, March 02, 2017, 03/02/2017, A Thieving Friar's Unique Masterpiece
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This illustrated lecture provides a fascinating look at the twelve days leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor—the warnings, clues, and missteps.
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Thu, Mar 2
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, March 02, 2017, 03/02/2017, Pulitzer winner Steve Twomey discusses his book Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack
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For the past decade, StoryCorps and the museum have recorded powerful stories about people killed in the attacks on September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay reflects on the importance of this endeavor and how it fits into the human tradition of storytelling.
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Thu, Mar 2
7:00 pm

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Talks, March 02, 2017, 03/02/2017, StoryCorps: The September 11th Initiative
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Inspired by one of David Markson's late works of fiction, this panel invites authors of non-traditional fictions to discuss their work, writing processes, inspirations, and motivations. Such hybrid forms are books that mix fiction and non-fiction, books that employ intertextuality, that use research and the documentary impulse in some way, or involve the intermixing both lyrical and more prose-like approaches. With Laurie Sheck, David Shields, Shelley Jackson and Wayne Koestenbaum. Moderated by Lucy Ives. 
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Thu, Mar 2
7:00 pm

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Discussions, March 02, 2017, 03/02/2017, This is Not a Novel: An Author Panel
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NY’s ReelAbilities and Moscow’s Breaking Down Barriers Film Festival are pleased to present a new two-country initiative focused on advancing the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs). This project, conducted under the auspices of Eurasia Foundation’s US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange, will examine portrayals of PWDs in film and other media, and explore how these portrayals are connected with larger issues of inclusiveness and accessibility in the US and Russia. The participants in this panel will discuss the various ways disability issues are being handled in their local communities.
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Fri, Mar 3
3:00 pm

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Discussions, March 03, 2017, 03/03/2017, Reel Exchange: Roundtable on Disability in Film
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A lecture by Megan MacKenzie of the University of Sydney.
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Fri, Mar 3
7:00 pm

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Lectures, March 03, 2017, 03/03/2017, Beyond the Band of Brothers: The US Military and the Myth that Women Can’t Fight
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Discuss the book by Nina George.
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Sat, Mar 4
11:00 am

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Book Discussions, March 04, 2017, 03/04/2017, Book Discussion Group: The Little Paris Bookshop
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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.
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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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Featuring US and Russian tablet-based innovations, virtual reality experiences and more, this event will give you the chance to meet US and Russian experts and hear more about their work using adaptive technology for people with disabilities. These include new tablet-based apps for children with developmental disabilities, new digital storybooks specifically for deaf and hard of hearing children, and a new virtual reality program for wheelchair users.
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Sat, Mar 4
2:00 pm

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Discussions, March 04, 2017, 03/04/2017, Reel Exchange: Technology and Disabilities
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This class 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. We 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, Mar 4
3:00 pm

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Lectures, March 04, 2017, 03/04/2017, Radical Demands for Land and Freedom in New York, 1829–1848
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NY’s ReelAbilities and Moscow’s Breaking Down Barriers Film Festival are engaged in a Social Expertise Exchange program under the auspices of the Eurasia Foundation. Join a panel discussion and learn best practices from our guests.This program will allow you to learn more about how to make films accessible for people with disabilities. Hear the perspectives of US and Russian professionals as they discuss some of the lesser-known techniques for ensuring that your films are open to the widest possible audience.
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Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm

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Discussions, March 04, 2017, 03/04/2017, Reel Exchange: Making Film Accessible
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ReelAbilities is celebrating advocacy and honoring individuals who are leading the way for inclusion and accessibility. Join an intergenerational panel discussion featuring disability rights advocates discussing the accomplishments of the movement and the pressing issues they face today. 
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Sun, Mar 5
12:00 pm

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Forums, March 05, 2017, 03/05/2017, Passing the Torch — Advocacy Forum
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Discuss the book by Robert Kolker.
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Mon, Mar 6
4:00 pm

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Book Discussions, March 06, 2017, 03/06/2017, Book Discussion Group: Lost Girls
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This illustrated lecture tells the remarkable story of how America’s largest city has struggled for more than thirty years to meet the crisis of modern homelessness through the landmark development, since the initiation of the Callahan v Carey litigation in 1979, of a municipal shelter system based on a court-enforced right to shelter.
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Mon, Mar 6
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, March 06, 2017, 03/06/2017, Thomas J. Main discusses his book Homelessness in New York City: Policymaking from Koch to de Blasio
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In the 18th century, Bridgetown, Barbados was heavily populated by both enslaved and free women. Marisa J. Fuentes, author of Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive, takes us through the streets of Bridgetown with a runaway; inside a brothel run by a freed woman of color; to the gallows where enslaved people were executed; and within violent scenes of women’s punishments. In the process, she interrogates the archive to expose the ongoing effects of white colonial power that constrain what can be known about these women. Fuentes, Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and History at Rutgers University, will be in conversation with Jennifer L. Morgan, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University.
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Tue, Mar 7
6:30 pm

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Discussions, March 07, 2017, 03/07/2017, Enslaved Women and the Ethical Practice of History
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Discuss the book by Katy Simpson Smith.
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Wed, Mar 8
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, March 08, 2017, 03/08/2017, Book Discussion Group: The Story of Land and Sea
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As the head of Grove Press, Barney Rosset liberated American culture from the constraints of Puritanism. This illustrated lecture explores how Grove's landmark legal victories freed publishers to print what they wanted, and traces Grove's central role in the countercultural ferment of the sixties and early seventies.
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Wed, Mar 8
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, March 08, 2017, 03/08/2017, Michael Rosenthal discusses his book Barney: Grove Press and Barney Rosset, America’s Maverick Publisher and the Battle Against Censorship
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Speaker: Lewis Eliot, PhD Candidate, University of South Carolina. Abolition in the British Caribbean has been celebrated as a vital cornerstone in the ending of slavery in the Atlantic basin. The realities of life for the now free Afro-Caribbean people, however, remained dangerous, given the consistent threat of re-enslavement from slavers from Latin America, Caribbean pirates, and nefarious people traffickers. This talk will examine the ramifications of this trade for the imperial governments involved, the smugglers capturing and selling their prohibited cargoes, and most importantly for the newly re-enslaved.
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Thu, Mar 9
12:00 pm

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Lectures, March 09, 2017, 03/09/2017, Illegal Trade in Human Flesh: Illicit Slave Trading in the Atlantic World, 1833-1867
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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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Edward S. Curtis is famous for his monumental effort to photographically document traditional Native North Americans in the early twentieth century before they succumbed to assimilation. He is equally infamous within scholarly circles for fabricating a romantic and stereotyped image of Native people at odds with their actual lives at the time. Based on extensive research with one of the tribes prominently featured in Curtis's work, including the collaborative restoration of his spectacular 1914 melodramatic feature film, In the Land of the Head Hunters, Dr. Aaron Glass will address the controversy surrounding Curtis's pictures and assert that we can read a history of Indigenous agency and modernity through the veneer of his colonialist nostalgia.
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Thu, Mar 9
6:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, March 09, 2017, 03/09/2017, Complicating Curtis: Fact/Fiction/Photo/Film
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In 1864 a U.S. army doctor dug up the remains of a Dakota man who had been killed in Minnesota. Carefully recording his observations, he sent the skeleton to a museum in Washington, DC, that was collecting human remains for research. In the “bone rooms” of this museum and others like it, a scientific revolution was unfolding that would change our understanding of the human body, race, and prehistory. This illustrated lecture unearths the story of how human remains became highly sought-after arti…
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Thu, Mar 9
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, March 09, 2017, 03/09/2017, Samuel J. Redman discusses his book Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums
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Enduring a Seder sometimes feels like a 40-year schlep through the desert. Enter Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel, and Adam Mansbach, whose new Haggadah parody, For This We Left Egypt?, ensures that good Jews everywhere will never have to sit through another boring Seder again.The award-winning comedy writers will be joined by standup comedian and radio host Ophira Eisenberg. They'll talk Passover survival, tips for making it through any family holiday meal, and how every step of the Seder, from the first cup of wine to finding the Afikomen, can be much funnier than you imagined. Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize–winning humor writer and bestselling author whose work has appeared in hundreds of newspapers.Alan Zweibel is an original Saturday Night Live writer and has won 5 Emmy awards for his work in television for The Late Show with David Letterman and Curb Your Enthusiasm.Adam Mansbach is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Go the F**k to Sleep and You Have to F*****g Eat, as well as the California Book Award–winning novel The End of the Jews.Ophira Eisenberg is a standup comedian and the host of the NPR/WNYC show Ask Me Another.
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Thu, Mar 9
7:00 pm

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Discussions, March 09, 2017, 03/09/2017, For This We Left Egypt?: Surviving the Seder, Featuring Humorist Dave Barry
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They are having a book social! They hope you’ll come and share a book you loved reading! What to expect at Open Book Night: 1. Introduce your book with its title, author, publication date and genre (mystery, memoir, play, etc.). One book per person. 2. Tell what it’s about and why you loved it in 2 minutes or less. 3. They want to have fun, so no negative criticism please. 4. Learn about titles of books that you may enjoy and share with your friends. This month's theme is "Books Go to the Movies."
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Fri, Mar 10
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, March 10, 2017, 03/10/2017, Open Book Night
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Discuss the book by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
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Sat, Mar 11
10:30 am

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Book Discussions, March 11, 2017, 03/11/2017, Book Club: The Sympathizer
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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, Mar 11
12:30 pm

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Discussions, March 11, 2017, 03/11/2017, Modern Art and Ideas Meet-Up
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This illustrated lecture offers a daring and original history of dining out in America as told through ten legendary restaurants.
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Mon, Mar 13
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, March 13, 2017, 03/13/2017, Paul Freedman discusses his book Ten Restaurants That Changed America
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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.
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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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The fifth Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin of this season features Nadine Sierra, the soprano from Florida who, in short order, has achieved great acclaim in the world’s major opera houses. The fickle audience at La Scala demanded an encore at her debut in Rigoletto; she was one of the youngest winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council award and debuted at the Met as Gilda. She returns this season as Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Ilia in Idomeneo.
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Tue, Mar 14
6:30 pm

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Talks, March 14, 2017, 03/14/2017, Adventures in Italian Opera: A Conversation with Soprano Nadine Sierra
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This event will be moderated by Aurora Flores, President of Aurora Communications. Panelists will include Maria Dominguez, Artist/Owner and Operator of Arte Dominguez; Nina Saxon, Owner/Operator of The Nina Saxon Project; Nancy Lepre, President/Principal of Avante Contracting Corporation; and Taina Traverso, Founder/CEO of Taina's Touch Arts Enterprise.
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Wed, Mar 15
6:00 pm

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Forums, March 15, 2017, 03/15/2017, 6th Annual Women's Entrepreneurial Forum
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In this illustrated lecture and film screening, writer Esther Schor and director Sam Green trace the life of the invented language Esperanto. The lecture will be followed by a screening of the documentary The Universal Language (30 minutes) and a Q+A with the presenters.
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Wed, Mar 15
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, March 15, 2017, 03/15/2017, Esther Schor discusses her book Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Dream of a Universal Language
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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 Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad.
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Thu, Mar 16
2:00 pm

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Book Discussions, March 16, 2017, 03/16/2017, Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
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This is the second installment of this wildly popular panel, celebrating the best in contemporary women writers of crime, mystery and thriller genres. This time they’re joined by Susan Isaacs, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Lisa Lutz and Laura Joh Rowland, with moderator SJ Rozan. 
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Thu, Mar 16
7:00 pm

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Discussions, March 16, 2017, 03/16/2017, Women in Crime Fiction Panel
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A lecture by John Fahey, U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
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Fri, Mar 17
7:00 pm

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Lectures, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, World War I in the Forgotten Austro-Hungarian Empire
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Discuss the book by Jay Kristoff.
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Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm

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Book Discussions, March 19, 2017, 03/19/2017, Book Club: Nevernight
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Slip into the covert history of New York City and follow in the footsteps of four centuries of spies. Explore New York’s finest hotels and most elegant office towers, as well as its toughest docks and most derelict tenements, through the eyes of an active agent. Along the way, you’ll learn the identity of America’s first Spy Master, find out who “heard it through the Grapevine,” and see what on earth the Bronx has to do with the Bolsheviks.  The history of espionage in New York City predates the nation itself. From the Revolution to the present day, covert ops have flourished in the five boroughs. This lecture-based class will offer a survey of the city’s cloak and dagger personalities and locales. We’ll discuss how New York City’s myriad parks, miles of subway, and millions of residents created the perfect environment for a city of spies. Grab your fake passport and join us!Presented by Lucie Levine, a licensed New York City tour guide with a B.A. in History. She’s a native New Yorker with a passion for the city’s fascinating social, political and cultural history, and she especially loves sharing information about New York with others. When she’s not giving tours, you’ll find her exploring the city, cooking, or hanging out in a local coffee house with a good book.  
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Mon, Mar 20
7:15 pm

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Lectures, March 20, 2017, 03/20/2017, 'Bronx Man Leads Russian Revolution' and Other Stories of Espionage in New York City
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Discuss the book by Ali Smith.
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Tue, Mar 21
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, March 21, 2017, 03/21/2017, Book Club: How to Be Both
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Discuss the book by Jeanette Walls.
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Tue, Mar 21
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, March 21, 2017, 03/21/2017, Book Club: The Glass Castle
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Since March 2011, the conflict in Syria has evolved into a complex war, pitting regional and international powers against jihadist groups, and at times, against each other. Having returned recently from the battlefront in Syria, Barak Barfi, a research fellow at the New America Foundation, examines options for containing the bloody conflict.
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Tue, Mar 21
7:00 pm

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Talks, March 21, 2017, 03/21/2017, Making Sense of Syria
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The functions of memoir are multifarious; from preservation to commemoration, investigation to discovery. Join memoirists Peter Selgin (The Inventors), Sheila Kohler (Once We Were Sisters), and Dawn Raffel (The Secret Life of Objects) in an exploration of the purposes of memoir writing—both for author and reader—and how one transforms personal memories into literature. 
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Tue, Mar 21
7:00 pm

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Discussions, March 21, 2017, 03/21/2017, The Meaning of Memoir: An Author Panel
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This is an essential event on acquiring and working with a literary agent. Joining us will be Claudia Ballard of WME, Jacqueline Ko of Wylie Agency, and Anjali Singh of Ayesha Pande Literary, with Electric Literature’s Halimah Marcus moderating.
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Wed, Mar 22
7:00 pm

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Discussions, March 22, 2017, 03/22/2017, Agents and Agency: Building a Writing Career
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Arturo Toscanini left an indelible mark on the New York Philharmonic, both musically and politically. Drawing on materials from the Philharmonic’s archives and collections of Toscanini’s letters, writer and Toscanini expert Harvey Sachs surveys the New York Philharmonic milestones that defined Toscanini at the height of his career.
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Wed, Mar 22
7:30 pm

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Lectures, March 22, 2017, 03/22/2017, Toscanini 150: 'The Maestro' Lives On
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Discuss the book by Erik Larson.
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Thu, Mar 23
5:45 pm

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Book Discussions, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, Book Club: Dead Wake
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This presentation explains the role of a District Attorney and the criminal justice process in New York County, including what happens from arrest through sentencing.
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Thu, Mar 23
6:00 pm

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Talks, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, Arrest to Sentence: An Overview of the Criminal Justice Process
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One of the most momentous works in modern theatre history started as an archiving project. In 1974 a group of “Gypsies” (Broadway dancers) gathered together along with choreographer/director Michael Bennet to record oral histories about their lives. By the summer of 1975 Marvin Hamlisch, Ed Kleban, James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante transformed these stories into a genre-redefining Broadway hit that would go on to be the first Olivier Award winning musical. This is a conversation with original members of the cast and crew of A Chorus Line, illustrated by artifacts from the Library’s archives.
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Thu, Mar 23
6:00 pm

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Discussions, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, Curtain Up Conversation: A Chorus Line Reunion
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The enduring influence of H.P. Lovecraft can be seen everywhere…if you know where to look! Paul La Farge (The Night Ocean), Victor LaValle (The Devil in Silver), Ellen Datlow (Lovecraft’s Monsters), and W. Scott Poole (In the Mountains of Madness: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft) explore the ongoing relevance of his work on fiction and creative writing.
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Thu, Mar 23
7:00 pm

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Discussions, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, H.P. Lovecraft: Past, Present, and Future
Discussion |
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, Mar 25
12:30 pm

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Discussions, March 25, 2017, 03/25/2017, Modern Art and Ideas Meet-Up
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This illustrated lecture explores how America’s first metropolis grappled with the challenge of provisioning its inhabitants.
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Mon, Mar 27
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, March 27, 2017, 03/27/2017, Gergely Baics discusses his book Feeding Gotham: The Political Economy and Geography of Food in New York, 1790–1860
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Discuss the book by Mikhail Bulgakov.
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Tue, Mar 28
3:00 pm

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Book Discussions, March 28, 2017, 03/28/2017, Book Discussion Group: The Master and Margarita
Slide Lecture |
Drawing on the author's recent book as well as current events, this illustrated lecture analyzes several examples of jokes—American, Jewish, Irish, Egyptian, Eastern European, etc.—and some hard cases of offensive jokes and cartoons that have provoked visceral reactions from various cultural communities. It also considers the uses of humor for enhancing cross-cultural understanding in contemporary social and political life.
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Tue, Mar 28
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, March 28, 2017, 03/28/2017, Carol C. Gould discusses her book Sharing Jokes across Cultures: Problems and Possibilities
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Guest curator and moderator Ja’nell Ajani introduces artist Lina Viktor, whose practice is described as a “merging of photography, performance, and abstract painting,” in conversation with Amy Sall, writer and lecturer in the Culture and Media Studies department at The New School University. Visually Speaking by Founding Curator Terrence Jennings, spotlights recognized and unrecognized photographers of our time and explore the photography’s influence on art, culture, and the urban landscape.
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Wed, Mar 29
6:30 pm

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Talks, March 29, 2017, 03/29/2017, Artist Talk: Lina Viktor
Slide Lecture |
In this illustrated lecture, a veteran war correspondent describes her journeys to remote mountain communities across the globe—from Albania and Chechnya to Nepal and Colombia—to investigate why so many conflicts occur at great heights.
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Wed, Mar 29
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, March 29, 2017, 03/29/2017, Judith Matloff discusses her book No Friends but the Mountains: Dispatches from the World's Violent Highlands
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Matthew S. Hopper’s Slaves of One Master: Globalization and Slavery in Arabia in the Age of Empire, a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Prize, explores the history of the African diaspora in Arabia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The book links the personal stories of Africans to the impersonal global commodity chains their labor enabled, demonstrating how the growing demand for workers created by a global demand—including from the United States—for Persian Gulf products led to the enslavement of Africans in eastern Arabia. Hopper, Professor of History at California Polytechnic State University, will be in conversation with Eve M. Troutt Powell, C. Brown Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Tell This in My Memory: Stories of Enslavement from Egypt, Sudan and the Ottoman Empire.
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Thu, Mar 30
6:30 pm

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Lectures, March 30, 2017, 03/30/2017, Slavery and Globalization in Arabia
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This illustrated lecture provides a vivid sense of what New York looked like, sounded like, smelled like, and felt like over the centuries of its development and maturation into the city we know today.
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Thu, Mar 30
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, March 30, 2017, 03/30/2017, Tyler Anbinder discusses her book City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York
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The world is struggling to understand how ISIS has captured both territory and the imagination of its ardent followers. Senior fellow and director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution Will McCants explores the continuing transformation of the extremist threat and the means of defeating it.
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Thu, Apr 6
7:00 pm

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Talks, April 06, 2017, 04/06/2017, The Future of the Jihadist Threat
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How can religion and religious leaders work together to push back against extremism and stereotypes? Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer (pictured), president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and Samar Kaukab, executive director of Arete at the University of Chicago, discuss the relationship between foreign policy and American democracy.
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Wed, Apr 26
7:00 pm

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Discussions, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, On Faith and Friendship in an Age of Extremism
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America’s initial military response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks involved a handful of American Special Operations forces secretly sent into Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Former special forces commanders Maj. Mark Nutsch (pictured) and retired Master Sgt. Scott Neil discuss their unconventional warfare missions atop horseback in the first days after 9/11.
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Tue, May 2
7:00 pm

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Discussions, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, The Horse Soldiers
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On July 22, 2011, 77 Norwegians, most of them teenagers, were murdered by a single terrorist in Oslo and on nearby Utøya island. Historian Tor Einar Fagerland (pictured) and architect Atle Aas discuss the work of creating two memorial sites that commemorate this national tragedy.
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Wed, May 24
7:00 pm

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Discussions, May 24, 2017, 05/24/2017, Terror and Memory in Norway: The July 22 Attacks
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