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51 free events take place on Wednesday, February 27 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

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Here is what we find especially interesting on the free events scene in the month of June: New York Philharmonics Concerts in the Parks, Metropolitran Opera Recitals, Make Music New York Day which always takes place on June 21st, Washington Square Music festival on Tuesday nights.

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
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free events nyc Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor (1987): 9-Time Oscar Winner
free events nyc Is Poverty a Political Choice?
free events nyc Works by J.S. Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and Schumann
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Tour | 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
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Tours, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Master Class | Vocal Master Class


As an opera singer, Eva Hess Thaysen has sung more than 40 roles on stage, mainly as a principal soloist with The Danish National Opera (Den Jyske Opera). She has performed with all Danish Symphony Orchestras and has also appeared with The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Malmo Symphony Orchestra. She has performed at festivals all over Europe and has recorded extensively, including songs by Carl Nielsen (Rondo), Charlotte in “The Sleeping Draught” with the Danish Radio Sinfonietta (Dacapo), songs by American composer Dan Marmorstein (Classico), and numerous recordings of contemporary Danish music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, Vocal Master Class

Film | Affair in Trinidad (1952): A crime film-noir starring Rita Hayworth


Nightclub singer and her brother-in-law try to find her husband's killer. Director: Vincent Sherman. Starring Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Alexander Scourby. Affair in Trinidad has an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design. The movie is notable as Hayworth's "comeback" film after four years away from Columbia.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, Affair in Trinidad (1952): A crime film-noir starring Rita Hayworth

Film | Turbo (2013): Animated sports comedy


A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500. 96 min. Director: David Soren. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph. Turbo grossed $83,028,128 in North America and $199,542,554 in other countries for a worldwide total of $282,570,682.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, Turbo (2013): Animated sports comedy

Tour | City Hall Tour for Individuals


The tour of City Hall includes a discussion of the building's history, art, architecture, and civic function. The building is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions, such as the office of the Mayor of New York. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, New York City Hall is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Faith and National Fratricide


Professor David Elcott will discuss insights from a book he is editing with political analyst and theologians in Indonesia, India, Israel, Central Europe and the United States. He will discuss the increased linkage of populism, nationalism and the use of religious identity to fuel anti-democratic values and policies across the globe. He will present findings on how a call to tribalism, xenophobia and anger are gaining strength and how religion is the propellant.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, Faith and National Fratricide

Lecture | Methodological Approaches in Human Rights: Gendered Practices as Rituals of Knowledge


Dr. Cristina Dragomir presents the work she conducted with a semi-nomadic community in Tamil Nadu, South India. Using her ethnographic experience, in this talk she reflects on the role that her gender played in gaining access into the field and how it shaped the data co-generation. The presentation is based on three years of fieldwork Dr. Dragomir conducted with the Narrikurovars, a community also called by others as “Gypsy.” Describing in detail one encounter in which she was taken by surprise and became a part of a beautification ritual, she reveals how moments of entering the field are gendered rituals of knowledge that need to be explored, reflected upon and explained. Pizza will be served!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, Methodological Approaches in Human Rights: Gendered Practices as Rituals of Knowledge

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 11, 2018 to May 22, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, Bach at Noon

Concert | 2019 City Skate Concert


A presentation of the Ice Theatre of New York. For the past 30 years, Ice Theatre of New York has created and advanced ice dance as a performing art form and provided education and presented public performances for people of all ages. Come experience the balance, flow and flight of skating.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, 2019 City Skate Concert

Workshop | Battery Park City Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School for Music and Art, the BPC Chorus is open to all adults who love to sing. Learn a mix of contemporary and classic songs, and perform at community events throughout the year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Chess for all ages


Come learn to play or demonstrate your prowess!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour | Federal Reserve Bank Tour


Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
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Tour | Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus


Join this tour to learn more about the history, architecture, and sculpture of Columbia and the Morningside Heights campus. Whether you're an amateur New York City historian or visiting campus for the first time, you will leave the tour knowing more about our storied past. Given that the tour route is outdoors, please be aware that tours are occasionally suspended due to inclement weather.
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Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation


Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Wednesdays at One: Music for Piano


Juilliard artists share their talent with the community in these free, hour-long lunchtime concerts throughout the season.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Wind Quintet


Alexandra (Lexie) Kapilian is principal bassoonist of the Columbia University Orchestra and has played with several chamber ensembles. Lexie previously studied bassoon with Donna Muncil, at the New York State Summer School for the Arts where she studied with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. Lexie was selected for the New York All-State Festival twice, including as principal bassoonist of the All-State Symphony.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Two time Oscar nominated North Country (2005): Miner Faces Sexual Harassment


A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit. 126 min. Director: Niki Caro. Starring Charlize Theron, Jeremy Renner, Frances McDormand. The screenplay by Michael Seitzman was inspired by the 2002 book Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler, which chronicled the case of Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Company. The film was shot in the towns of Eveleth, Virginia, Chisholm, and Hibbing in northern Minnesota; Minneapolis; and Silver City and Santa Fe in New Mexico.
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Films, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, Two time Oscar nominated North Country (2005): Miner Faces Sexual Harassment

Workshop | Figure Drawing Workshop


Challenge your artistic skills by drawing the human figure using a variety of materials. Models will strike long and short poses while an artist/educator offers constructive suggestions and critique.
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Classical Music | The Mannes Orchestra Performs Works By Strauss And Gounod


David Hayes, conductor. Program Charles Gounod Petite symphonie Richard Strauss Suite in B-flat, op. 4 Conductor David Hayes prepared and conducted Philadelphia Singers for performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. Served as cover conductor for the New York Philharmonic; and for Sir Andre Previn on the Curtis Symphony Orchestra's 1999 tour of Europe with soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter. He has also guest conducting engagements with Louisiana Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Los Angeles Master Chorale & Sinfonia Orchestra, and Verbier Festival in Switzerland with percussionist Evelyn Glennie, and others. Known for their bold and adventurous programming, David Hayes and the Mannes Orchestra have been hailed by The New York Times for playing with "inviting warmth and solidity," and for their "intensity of focus."
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Concerts, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, The Mannes Orchestra Performs Works By Strauss And Gounod

Master Class | Vocal Master Class With Broadway Artist


Actress Jennifer Johns-Grasso has toured with six Broadway National and International Tours as well as performed extensively in NYC and Regional Theatre. Favorite roles include Reno in Anything Goes, The Narrator in Joseph…Dreamcoat, Betty in White Christmas, The Mother in A Christmas Story, Princess Puffer in Mystery of Edwin Drood. Her TV/film credits include: All My Children, One Life to Live, Strangers with Candy, Oz, Saturday Night Live, 3,2,1 Contact, Law and Order, Garden State, Moulin Rouge, Kate and Leopold, Hairspray, and more. 
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Master Class | Piano master class


Pianist Walter Delahunt has played with some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Zara Nelsova, Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich and the legendary violinist Ida Haendel, with whom he has played several times in Japan, Korea, Israel, the United States and Canada. He was professor at the Vienna Academy of Music between 1984 and 1997 and has recorded for Panton (Prague) and BMG Japan.
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Opening Reception | Rosy-Fingered Dawn: Group Show


Featuring: Bianca Beck, Caroline Wells Chandler, Genevieve Cohn, Carla Edwards, Tamar Ettun, Kimia Ferdowsi Kline, Paul Gagner, Asuka Goto, Shaun Leonardo, Aparna Sarkar, Whoop Dee Doo
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Opening Receptions, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, Rosy-Fingered Dawn: Group Show

Master Class | Guitar master class


Guitarist Allan Neave has been a regular guest at many of the world’s leading musical festivals including the Edinburgh International, St Magnus, Cheltenham, Lorient, Iserlohn International Guitar Festivals, as well as performances at Tartan Week, New York in 2012. He has worked with many influential musicians including Nikita Koshkin, David Fennessy, Hans Werner Henze, Gordon McPherson and Stephen Dodgson.
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Author Reading | The English Wife


New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig, will talk on her scandalous novel, The English Wife,  set in the Gilded Age, full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder. Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life in New York: he's the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, and he's recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she's having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad. Bay's sister, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to uncover the truth, convinced that Bay would never have killed his wife, that it must be a third party, but the more she learns about her brother and his wife, the more everything she thought she knew about them starts to unravel. Who were her brother and his wife, really? And why did her brother die with the name George on his lips? Lauren Willig is the author of historical novels. She is best known for her Pink Carnation series, which follows a collection of Napoleonic-Era British spies. 
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Author Reading | Italian author discusses her writing


Join professor and author Maria Laurino as she discusses her writing. In her book, Were You Always Italian?, Maria Laurino sifts through the stereotypes bedeviling Italian Americans to deliver a penetrating and hilarious examination of third-generation ethnic identity. With "intelligence and honesty" (Arizona Republic), she writes about guidos, bimbettes, and mammoni (mama's boys in Italy); examines the clashing aesthetics of Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace; and unravels the etymology of southern Italian dialect words like gavone and bubidabetz. Her second book is Old World Daughter, New World Mother: An Education in Love and Freedom. In the second-generation immigrant home where Maria Laurino grew up, “independent” was a dirty word and “sacrifice” was the ideal and reality of motherhood. But out in the world, Mary Tyler Moore was throwing her hat in the air, personifying the excitement and opportunities of the freedom loving American career woman. How, then, to reconcile one’s inner Livia Soprano—the archetypal ethnic mother—with a feminist icon? Combining lived experience with research and reporting on our contemporary work-family dilemmas, Laurino brews an unusual and affirming blend of contemporary and traditional values.
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Author Reading | BFF’s: The First in the Alex’s Dreams Trilogy


A fascinating story of teenager Alex and her friends, BFFs captures the everyday lives of a colorful cast of characters moving into young adulthood and experiencing dating, relationships, and academic and social pressures. This memorable novel also delves into highly intriguing, more complicated territory. With author Alexander Rutherford.
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Film | Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor (1987): 9-Time Oscar Winner


The story of the final Emperor of China. Stars: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole. 163 min. In 1987, Bertolucci, one of the greatest Italian film directors of his generation, directed the epic The Last Emperor, a biographical film telling the life story of Aisin-Gioro Puyi, the last Emperor of China. The film uses Puyi's life as a mirror that reflects China's passage from feudalism through revolution to its current state. The Last Emperor was the first feature film ever authorized by the government of the People's Republic of China to film in the Forbidden City. At the 60th Academy Awards, The Last Emperor won all nine Oscars for which it was nominated: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Music, Original Score and Best Sound.
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Films, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor (1987): 9-Time Oscar Winner

Lecture | Charted Territories and Unmapped Science: How Good Ideas Come Without a Place and Originator


Science and technology are regional and local and hence they have also been told in terms of nations, states and political events. We know such histories. From China in particular: Origins, innovation and creativity all have a place and a time. However, in Chinese history ideas have a history, no origin, trajectories and no creator; innovations are assemblages of the given, novelty can only come from what already exists. Would it be attractive to tell China’s history of science in such terms? What history would it be? And can modern science be told in such terms, and would it mean it would lead to a different science? In my talk I will present my historical research envisage such concerns. Speaker Dagmar Schäfer‘s main interest is the history and sociology of technology of China, focusing on the paradigms configuring the discourse on technological development, past and present. She has published widely on the Premodern history of China (Song-Ming) and technology, materiality, the processes and structures that lead to varying knowledge systems, and the changing role of artefacts—texts, objects, and spaces—in the creation, diffusion, and use of scientific and technological knowledge.
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Lectures, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, Charted Territories and Unmapped Science: How Good Ideas Come Without a Place and Originator

Workshop | Getting Started in Genealogy Research


Start your family history research at NYPL. Learn about the library’s genealogy resources, discover essential research methods and strategies, identify relevant records and how to locate them, and organize your family research information. This class will help guide your investigations, and provide: an overview of library resources an introduction to essential research methods and strategies tips on how to locate relevant records and documents a framework to keep your information organized
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Discussion | How Investors Make Companies Better Global Citizens


Featuring: Fabiana Fedeli, Managing Director; Global Head of Fundamental Equities, Robeco Laura Nishikawa, Managing Director, ESG Research, MSCI Inc. Fiona Stewart, Lead Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank Moderator: Alicia Ogawa, Director, Project on Japanese Corporate Governance and Stewardship, Center on Japanese Economy and Business
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Workshop | How to Benefit From A Recruiter For Job Search


The most successful job seekers incorporate several employment strategies to land their next job. One strategy is to enlist the help of a recruiter -- a "matchmaker" who lives and breathes the job search process and introduces qualified candidates to companies with open positions. Staffing agencies recruiters will talk about their experience in the preparation of resumes, the use of cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and other job search tools. Learn how staffing agencies work and how best to include them in your job search.
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Screening | Mom...I'm a Slayer: Coming Out in '90s Fantasy Television


Pose. Transparent. Vida. Each of these programs reflects the recent boom in creation of characters and plot lines that work to reflect the endless diversity of an intersectional LGBTQ+ community. Only two decades ago, queer and (even more rarely) trans characters were all but relegated to guest character arcs -- or they were gay, white, upwardly mobile and good for a laugh on Will and Grace. But another, subtler, and historically pervasive type of queerness existed on American screens if one looked a little closer at the slayers, witches, and Amazonian warriors dominating primetime. This is a screening of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s “Graduation Day Part II" and an evening of discussion surrounding Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Xena: Warrior Princess, and much more as they take critical looks at the coming out metaphors couched in 1990s American fantasy television. Panelists Heather Hogan (Autostraddle) and Kristin Russo (Buffering the Vampire Slayer, Everyone is Gay) will lead a discussion on the ups and downs of changes in portrayals of queer and trans identities today, as well as the centuries-old tradition of literary and cinematic queer subtext and coding.
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Conference | Narrative in the Natural Sciences and Humanities


While all disciplines employ narrative in their work to summarize and communicate their theories, methods, and results, the realm of narrating (more colloquially known as storytelling) has traditionally been considered a literary or historical endeavor under the purview of the humanities and social sciences. This is no longer the case. As evidenced by the burgeoning fields of narrative medicine and science communication, narratives and narrating are also important tools for the natural sciences. Neuroscientists have even recently proposed that “narrative” may be a better way of theorizing about the processes by which the brain represents the context used to sort and order memories in order to create a timeline of events. In light of this development, the conference seeks to explore the following topics: -- What “narrative” means, and the role it plays, in the humanities, social sciences, journalism, law, the natural sciences, and medicine. -- Why humans create narratives–perspectives from anthropology to neuroscience. -- Narrating with “qualitative” and with “quantitative” data. -- Communicating to the public through narratives and storytelling.
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Discussion | The Black Experience in America: The Black Aesthetic


The event looks at how today’s creatives use the Black aesthetic to explore and articulate the world through their lens. Frequently, those who contribute and develop the Black Aesthetic compliment social, political and cultural disruptions of hegemonic industries and ideologies—whether intentionally or not—the presentation of Black bodies, thoughts, ideas and creativity offers a perspective that is still embedded in not only the Black experience, but is integral in the American framework. Participants: Sheril Antonio and Ifeona Fulani
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Author Reading | Demos Assembled: Democracy and the International Origins of the Modern State 1840-1880


Previous studies have covered in great detail how the modern state slowly emerged from the early Renaissance through the seventeenth century, but we know relatively little about the next great act: the birth and transformation of the modern democratic state. Demos Assembled (University of Chicago Press, 2018) provides a fresh, transatlantic understanding of that political order’s genesis, and sheds new light on the subsequent reciprocal influence that American thinkers and politicians had on the establishment of post-revolutionary regimes in France.
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Author Readings, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, Demos Assembled: Democracy and the International Origins of the Modern State 1840-1880

Author Reading | Modern HERstory


From the civil rights movement and Stonewall riots to Black Lives Matter and beyond, Blair Imani features seventy champions of progressive social change in Modern HERstory, a colorfully illustrated collection of profiles suitable for all ages. The featured trailblazers come from backgrounds and communities that are traditionally overlooked and under-celebrated: not just women, but people of color, queer people, trans people, disabled people, young people, and people of faith. These powerful stories of the leaders and movements that are changing the world as we know it will inspire readers to become change-makers themselves. Blair Imani, founder and Executive Director of Equality for HER, a nonprofit educational platform, will be joined in conversation by Jamia Wilson, director of the Feminist Press at CUNY, author of Young, Gifted, and Black and contributor to Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World. 
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Author Reading | Too Much and Not The Mood: Poetic Essays


Durga Chew-Bose is the author of Too Much and Not The Mood (FSG, 2017). Her writing appears on websites such as Hazlitt, The Hairpin, BuzzFeed, Grantland and Papermag. She has contributed articles to The Guardian and The Globe and Mail, and to the magazines GQ, Interview, n+1 and Adult. Born in Montreal, Chew-Bose now lives in Brooklyn.
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Lecture | Dante Without Footnotes: Why Dante Is for Everyone


Why does Dante still speak to us with great urgency and power, and how is it that he remains accessible despite the seemingly-vast distance in time and culture between his world and ours? Lecturer Ron Herzman is Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at SUNY Geneseo and serves as the Director of Education and Outreach for the Dante Society of America. He has taught Dante at Geneseo, at Georgetown, and at Attica Correctional Facility, as well as directing fifteen Summer Seminars for School Teachers on Dante for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Lectures, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, Dante Without Footnotes: Why Dante Is for Everyone

Talk | Is Poverty a Political Choice?


Since being named the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights in 2014, speaker Philip Alston has investigated extreme poverty in countries as diverse as Ghana, Mauritania, Chile, China, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In a conversation with former New York Times foreign correspondent Calvin Sims, Alston will share his perspective on what needs to be done to end poverty.
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Talks, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, Is Poverty a Political Choice?

Symposium | Screenwriters Sharing Their Experiences


Novelist Richard Russo and a panel of authors-turned-screenwriters discuss the creative challenges involved in writing for the big and small screens. Featuring Ron Currie Rebecca Dinerstein Richard Russo Emily Schultz Richard Russo—whose novels Nobody’s Fool and Empire Falls were adapted for the screen—is joined by three fiction writers who have straddled both the book and film worlds to discuss the process of adapting one’s own works as well as collaborating on original screenplays. Ron Currie is a screenwriter, novelist, and author of the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award-winning God is Dead;  Rebecca Dinerstein, whose adaptation of her own novel The Sunlit Night premiered at the 2919 Sundance Film Festival; and Emily Schultz is the best-selling author of The Blondes, which is currently in development at AMC, and for which she is the Executive Producer.
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Discussion | Urban Intersections: Black, Queer Lives in New York City


Few calls to action have been as powerful in movement building as that of the Combahee River Collective in 1977. The collective, composed of Black feminists who identified as and with the working-class and lesbians, demanded an active commitment “to struggling against racial, sexual, heterosexual, and class oppression,” seeing as their “particular task the development of integrated analysis and practice based upon the fact that the major systems of oppression are interlocking.” Decades later, this intersectional politics helped buoy the Movement for Black lives, Black Lives Matter, Black Youth Project 100, and other 21st century campaigns for racial, gender, class, and sexual justice. In celebration of Black History Month, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, and the boundless, ongoing relevance of the Combahee River Collective’s message, this event brings together key activists working at the intersections of Black and queer politics in New York City. Panelists: -- Kiara St. James, Co-Founder and ED of New York Trans Advocacy Group -- Kleaver Cruz, Founder, The Black Joy Project -- Jewel Cadet, Black Youth Project 100 -- Moderated By: Ayasha Guerin, New York University, Doctoral Candidate, SCA and Urban Democracy Lab Doctoral Fellow in Urban Practice Note: Our featured image is of Pauli Murray, lawyer, Civil Rights Activist, Episcopal Priest, and (briefly) New Yorker. Murray identified as a lesbian and a recent biographer described her retroactively as “transgender.” Presented as a part of Gallatin’s Black History Month programming.
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Author Reading | Good Kids, Bad City: A Story of Race and Wrongful Conviction in America


Good Kids, Bad City is the true story of the longest wrongful imprisonment in the United States to end in exoneration, and a critical social and political history of Cleveland, the city that convicted them. Award-winning journalist Kyle Swenson discusses his first book, the true story of the longest wrongful imprisonment in the United States to end in exoneration, and a critical social and political history of Cleveland, the city that convicted them. In an immersive exploration of race in America, Swenson investigates this disgraceful miscarriage of justice, and how the corruption and decay of Cleveland led to their wrongful imprisonment. In the early 1970s, three African-American men—Wiley Bridgeman, Kwame Ajamu, and Rickey Jackson—were accused and convicted of the brutal robbery and murder of a man outside of a convenience store in Cleveland, Ohio. The prosecution’s case, which resulted in a combined 106 years in prison for the three men, rested on the more-than-questionable testimony of a pre-teen, Ed Vernon. The actual murderer was never found. Almost four decades later, Vernon recanted his testimony, and Wiley, Kwame, and Rickey were released. But while their exoneration may have ended one of American history’s most disgraceful miscarriages of justice, the corruption and decay of the city responsible for their imprisonment remain on trial. Interweaving the dramatic details of the case with Cleveland’s history—one that, to this day, is fraught with systemic discrimination and racial tension—Swenson reveals how this outrage occurred and why. Good Kids, Bad City is a work of astonishing empathy and insight: an immersive exploration of race in America, the struggling Midwest, and how lost lives can be recovered.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, Good Kids, Bad City: A Story of Race and Wrongful Conviction in America

Poetry Reading | Invasive Species: Searing, Politically Charged Poems


Marwa Helal's searing politically charged poems touch on our collective humanity and build new pathways for empathy, etching themselves into memory. This work centers on urgent themes in our cultural landscape, creating space for unseen victims of discriminatory foreign (read: immigration) policy: migrants, refugees--the displaced. Helal transfers lived experiences of dislocation and relocation onto the reader by obscuring borders through language. Marwa Helal is the author of the chapbook I Am Made To Leave I Am Made To Return and winner of BOMB Magazine's Biennial Contest. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, Helal currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Author Reading | Psychopomps: Family and Queer Community


Psychopomps a book of essays from trans writer Alex DiFrancesco. This essay collection tackles topics of family, queer community, transition, and the queer spirituality.
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Author Reading | Securing Europe after Napoleon: 1815 and the New European Security Culture


After the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, the leaders of Europe aimed to establish a new balance of power. The 1815 Congress of Vienna ushered in the emergence of a genuinely European security culture. Securing Europe after Napoleon offers new insights into the military cooperation, ambassadorial conferences, transnational police networks, and international commissions that helped produce stability. Ido de Haan, a co-editor of the book, is Professor of Political History at Utrecht University and Queen Wilhelmina Visiting Professor at Columbia University. Beatrice de Graaf is Professor of History of International Relations & Global Governance at Utrecht University. Brian Vick is Associate Professor of History, Emory University. Adam Tooze, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History & Director of the European Institute.
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Plays, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, A Broadway actor in a play about a legendary filmmaker

Talk | A Conversation with Author Nicholson Baker


Nicholson Baker was born in Manhattan in 1957 and grew up in Rochester, New York. He has published sixteen books—including The Mezzanine (1988), U and I (1991), Human Smoke (2008), The Anthologist (2009), and Substitute (2016)—and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Essays. Baker and his wife Margaret Brentano have two children; they live on the Penobscot River in Maine.
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Talk | Artist Talk: New Media Art


Hakan Topal is a new media artist living and working in Brooklyn. He is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media at Purchase College. He has exhibited his work at the 8th and 9th Istanbul Biennials; apexart, New York; Thyssen- Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Vienna; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; MoMA PS1, New York; Platform, Istanbul, the 9th Gwangju Biennale; and ICP Museum, New York. Topal represented Turkey in various international exhibitions, including the 49th Venice Biennial Turkish Pavilion.
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Author Reading | Mother Winter: Searching for a Missing Parent


Russian sentences begin backward, Sophia Shalmiyev tells us on the first page of her striking, lyrical memoir. To understand the end of her story we must go back to her beginning. Born to a Russian mother and an Azerbaijani father, Shalmiyev was raised in the stark oppressiveness of 1980s Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). An imbalance of power and the prevalence of antisemitism in her homeland led her father to steal Shalmiyev away, emigrating to America, abandoning her estranged mother, Elena. At age eleven, Shalmiyev found herself on a plane headed west, motherless and terrified of the new world unfolding before her. Now a mother herself, Shalmiyev depicts in urgent vignettes her emotional journeys as an immigrant, an artist, and a woman raised without her mother. She tells of her early days in St. Petersburg, a land unkind to women, wayward or otherwise; her tumultuous pit-stop in Italy as a refugee on her way to America; the life she built for herself in the Pacific Northwest, raising two children of her own; and ultimately, her cathartic voyage back to Russia as an adult, where she searched endlessly for the alcoholic mother she never knew. Braided into her physical journey is a metaphorical exploration of the many surrogate mothers Shalmiyev sought out in place of her own—whether in books, art, lovers, or other lost souls banded together by their misfortunes. Mother Winter is the story of Shalmiyev’s years of travel, searching, and forging meaningful connection with the worlds she occupies—the result is a searing observation of the human heart and psyche’s many shades across time and culture. As acclaimed author Michelle Tea says, “with sparse, poetic language Shalmiyev builds a personal history that is fractured and raw; a brilliant, lovely ache.” Sophia Shalmiyev emigrated from Leningrad to NYC in 1990. An MFA graduate of Portland State University, she was the nonfiction editor for The Portland Review and is a recipient of the Laurels scholarship and numerous Kellogg’s fellowship awards. She has a second master’s degree in creative arts therapy from The School of Visual Arts, where she worked with survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Her work has appeared in Vela Magazine, Bellows American Review, Electric Lit, The Seattle Review of Books, Ravishly and The Literary Review, among others; all with a feminist lens. She is also at work on a novel and an essay collection. She lives in Portland.
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Discussion | Queer Identity and Creativity


A discussion with five accomplished alumni about how queer identity and the shifting landscape of queer political liberation impacts their work as artists and creatives. Panelists include: Caroline Berler (MFA 2017 Social Documentary) Alexa Cassaro (MFA 2015 Illustration as Visual Essay; BFA 2013 Illustration) Annie Malamet (MFA 2015 Photography, Video and Related Media) Antonio Pulgarin (BFA 2013 Photography) Eric Rhein (MFA 2000 Fine Arts; BFA 1985 Fine Arts).
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Concert | Works by J.S. Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and Schumann


Magdalena Baczewska, piano. Program J.S. Bach/Busoni Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ J.S. Bach Aria variata alla maniera italiana Debussy Estampes Schumann Kinderszenen Chopin Barcarolle, Op. 60 R.A. Arjomand Two Pieces for Piano (2017) Chopin Polonaise, Op. 53 "Heroic" About the Musician Polish-American pianist and harpsichordist Magdalena Baczewska has been acclaimed as a “world-class” musician (The American Record Guide), lauded as “eloquent and technically flawless” (The Washington Post) and “highly sophisticated and truly admirable” (The Weekend, New York) in her “taste and admirable sensitivity” (Palm Beach Arts Paper). Having performed as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, China National Symphony, and Macao Symphony, among others, she has also made appearances with violinist Joshua Bell and Tan Dun, with whom she has shared extensive orchestral and chamber collaborations. She has appeared in New York’s Carnegie Hall, San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, Beijing’s National Center for Performing Arts, Guangzhou’s Opera House, Shenzhen’s Polytheater, Paris’ Salle Cortot, among others.
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Concerts, February 27, 2019, 02/27/2019, Works by J.S. Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and Schumann
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