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49 free events take place on Thursday, February 20 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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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 example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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Thursday, February 20, 2020

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Conference | New Ruralities in Mexico: Phenomenology and Genealogies


This conference shall be dedicated to the exploration of the phenomenology of new ruralities in Mexico, and to establishing some of the historical parameters of this great contemporary transformation. Thus, alongside anthropology and sociology of Mexico’s new ruralities, they hope to develop at least some rudimentary guidelines for the study of their multiple historicities, with special attention to emerging class formations, new life-worlds, the renegotiation of property relations, family and community structures, environmental degradation, and political expression. These are subjects to which Friedrich Katz made robust contributions during his time, including in his classical essay on peonage and haciendas during the Porfiriato, and in his distinctive view of agrarian politics presented in his masterwork on Pancho Villa, to name two salient examples.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, New Ruralities in Mexico: Phenomenology and Genealogies

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 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

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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Tours, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, City Hall Tour For Individuals

Author Reading | A New Imperial History of Northern Eurasia: A Fresh View


Ilya Gerasimov and Marina Mogilner's book is the first synthetic work produced within the rising field of the new imperial history of post-Soviet space to be formatted as a popular history course for a general audience. The work aims to convey complex methodological ideas and findings from advanced scholarship in plain language and without footnotes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
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Author Readings, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, A New Imperial History of Northern Eurasia: A Fresh View

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term 'baroque' has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was 'maestro di capella' at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today's music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi's advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 10, 2019 to May 20, 2020.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Bach at Noon

Gallery Talk | American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection: Exhibition Tour


Everyone has a story to tell--a life lived, witness to and participant in events both private and shared. Such moments are captured by American folk and self-taught artists in powerful visual narratives that offer firsthand testimony to chapters in the unfolding story of America from its inception to the present. American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection showcases more than seventy stellar works of folk and self-taught art from the museum's premier collection. Beautiful, diverse, and truthful, the art illuminates the thoughts and experiences of individuals with an immediacy that is palpable and unique to these expressions. The artworks are organized into four sections--Founders, Travelers, Philosophers, and Seekers--that respond to such themes as nationhood, freedom, community, imagination, opportunity, and legacy. Evocative visual juxtapositions and accessible contextual information further reveal the vital role that folk art plays as a witness to history, carrier of cultural heritage, and a reflection of the world at large through the eyes, heart, and mind of the artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection: Exhibition Tour

Poetry Reading | Literature Out Loud: Modern Love Poetry


Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join to celebrate literature in bite-size servings! Read aloud, enact, and discuss passages of classic and contemporary literature from across the globe. This month, the foundation and evolution of love poetry will be explored. In this session, understand and discuss the complex evolution of love poetry in our modern era, from Adrienne Rich to John Berryman to Pablo Neruda. All literary enthusiasts are welcome! Participate in literature, connect with other readers, and take with you a bit of literary insight to season the rest of your day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Literature Out Loud: Modern Love Poetry

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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Workshops, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Lunchtime Meditation

Classical Music | Music in Midtown


Music in Midtown begins the spring semester with the Trio Entartete, a chamber group comprised of three of New York City’s most in demand performers: violist Junah Chung, pianist Eric Huebner, and saxophonist Tim Ruedeman. Their programs are a celebration of the life and music of a generation of composers who were suppressed by the Third Reich. The trio’s mission is to bring awareness to this wonderfully rich and diverse repertoire from composers whose voices have been silenced far too long.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Music in Midtown

Classical Music | Organ Recital With Jeremy Filsell


Jeremy Filsell, organ. Organist Jeremy Filsell has made a complete recording of the six Organ Symphonies of Louis Vierne on the 1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ in Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, Rouen, and the organ music of Arthur Wills and Francis Pott, amongst many others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Organ Recital With Jeremy Filsell

Lecture | Water, Power and Management in Ceará, Brazil


This is a presentation on the structuring of the Ceará model of water resources management, considered to be the most efficient in Brazil. Speaker: Jawdat Abu-el-Haj, Federal University of Ceará.
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Lectures, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Water, Power and Management in Cear&aacute;, Brazil

Classical Music | Works By Mozart and Schubert For Violin And Fortepiano


Cynthia Roberts, violin; Yi-heng Yang, fortepiano. Pianist Yi-heng Yang has been noted by The New York Times for "astonishing skill and vividness." Ms. Yang was winner of The Juilliard School's Mozart Piano Concerto Competition and the Haddonfield Symphony Concerto Competition. She has been a soloist with The New Juilliard Ensemble, the York Symphony Orchestra of Toronto, and The Juilliard Orchestra, performing in such venues as Lincoln Center Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls. Violinist Cynthia Roberts appears regularly as concertmaster for the Clarion Orchestra, Musica Angelica and performs with the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and Smithsonian Chamber Players. In Europe, she has performed as concertmaster of Les Arts Florissants and appeared with Orchester Wiener Akademie and the London Classical Players.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
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Concerts, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Works By Mozart and Schubert For Violin And Fortepiano

Book Club | The Mayor of Casterbridge By Thomas Hardy


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 The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy will be discussed.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, The Mayor of Casterbridge By Thomas Hardy

Lecture | Immigration and the Remaking of Black America


Speaker: Tod G. Hamilton, Associate Professor of Sociology and Faculty Associate of the Office of Population Research, Princeton University
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Talk | It's a White Man's World ... Even in Multicultural Toronto


The Toronto metropolitan area is rapidly becoming a ‘majority minority city’ marked by social differentiation within and between ethno-racial minorities. Even in this officially multicultural city, gendered white privilege persists among the adult children of immigrants. To understand why white men from the second generation still do better in the Toronto labor market than minorities and women, who are often more highly educated, this talk compares and contrasts the employment experiences of second generation men and women. Speaker Valerie Preston is Professor in the Department of Geography at York University, Toronto, Canada.
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Talks, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, It's a White Man's World ... Even in Multicultural Toronto

Master Class | Violin Master Class Withh Lee Chin


As soloist, violinist Lee Chin has collaborated with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ludwigsburg Festival Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Ukraine, National Symphony Orchestra of Chile, Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, Avignon Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia. She has performed at major concert halls and festivals in Asia, Europe and Americas including the Royal Albert Hall, Osaka Symphony Hall, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Beijing Concert Hall, City Hall in Hong Kong, among others.
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Concerts, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Violin Master Class Withh Lee Chin

Lecture | "Out, you green-sickness carrion": Womb Diseases as Female Agency on the Shakespearean Stage


With: Amy Kenny of University of California, Riverside.
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Lectures, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, "Out, you green-sickness carrion": Womb Diseases as Female Agency on the Shakespearean Stage

Opening Reception | 2 Arts Shows: Richard Hart / Tom Kotik


Tom Kotik’s work searches for and revels in the intersections of sculpture and music, form and sound, creation and composition. As both a practicing sculptor and (rock!) musician, Kotik is on a continuous journey to form an aesthetic language from these two creative drives. Transforming stereo equipment and soundproofing materials into sculptural forms, Kotik’s work offers a ritualistic meditation on our experience of sound and silence. In his newest work, Kotik replaces literal sound equipment with abstract forms of amplifiers and guitars to imply sound without even a whisper. A newcomer to New York from South Africa, Richard Hart’s work also alludes to unseen forces and ritualistic practices. Hart is inspired by the spiritual landscape of Africa, from witchcraft and Muti, to Shembe and the Zionist movement. Hart sees in African religions a sort of mash-up, a willingness to combine elements of Western religion, superstition, and traditional healing. It is this cut-and-paste attitude to religion and indeed life in Africa, that is central to Hart’s practice. Working in photography, painting, mixed media, video and assemblage, his pieces create a new and imagined hybrid of unknown rituals and mysterious totems.
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Opening Receptions, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, 2 Arts Shows: Richard Hart / Tom Kotik

Opening Reception | Before It Sinks In: Paint and Pastel


An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Carolyn Case. Through paint and pastel, Case articulates time as space: what came before sets a foundation for what comes after, and while the paintings offer a sense of resolve, the playful gaps between now and then suggest the possibility for infinite expansion.
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Opening Receptions, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Before It Sinks In: Paint and Pastel

Opening Reception | Bismuth: Exploring Built-Up Environments


A solo exhibition of new paintings by New York-based artist Gerasimos Floratos. This will be the artist’s first show with the gallery as well as the first in the city since his solo debut at White Columns in 2016. On view will be a suite of new large-scale paintings that continue the artist’s exploration of built-up environments and its physical and psychological structures.
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Opening Receptions, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Bismuth: Exploring Built-Up Environments

Gallery Talk | David Reed: New Paintings: Artist Tours Exhibition


David Reed and curator Jeffrey Weiss will give a tour of the exhibition. The pair will discuss the outsize works in the show, some over a decade in the making, and how they respond to the galleries, testing and maximizing their spatial boundaries. Indexically numbered rather than titled, the works are painted in either intense, otherworldly colors or primarily blacks and grays, as if contrasting the delirious possibilities of the full-color moving image with the austerity of grayscale.
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Gallery Talks, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, David Reed: New Paintings: Artist Tours Exhibition

Author Reading | Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights


How the automobile fundamentally changed African American life―the true history beyond the Best Picture–winning movie. Dr. Sorin recovers a forgotten history of black motorists, and recounts their creation of a parallel, unseen world of travel guides, hotels, and informal communications networks that kept black drivers safe. At the heart of this story is the famous Green Book, which made possible that most basic American right, the family vacation, and encouraged a new method of resisting oppression.
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Author Readings, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights

Opening Reception | Mama ‘19: Dissolving and Reappearing


The latest body of work by Hungarian born, New York-based artist Rita Ackermann: a suite of new paintings in which figures and motifs rise to the surface of canvases, only to dissolve and reappear elsewhere again.
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Opening Receptions, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Mama &lsquo;19: Dissolving and Reappearing

Film | No One Knows About Persian Cats (2018): Iranian Musicians Try to Get to London


Iranian musicians Negar and Ashkan look for band members to play at a London concert - and the visas that allow them to leave Tehran to do so. Director: Bahman Ghobadi Stars: Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad, Hamed Behdad 106 min.
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Films, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, No One Knows About Persian Cats (2018): Iranian Musicians Try to Get to London

Opening Reception | Sistergarden: A Dizzying Daisy-Chain of Faces


Ellen Berkenblit’s Sistergarden populates the main space with eleven large-scale paintings that form a dizzying daisy-chain of faces. Each face emerges from a velvety abyss with unbridled intensity and a noticeable shift in palette. The artist’s signature electric colors now merge with earth tones and twilight blues. This otherworldly color language, coupled with formal choices in cropping, creates a subplot of intrigue. Berkenblit’s compositions intentionally exclude narrative attributes, allowing the viewer to focus on the emotional qualities of paint application, brushstroke, and shape.
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Opening Receptions, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Sistergarden: A Dizzying Daisy-Chain of Faces

Film | Swing State Florida (2019): Political Documentary


A documentary film in three chapters (The Fields of Immokalee, Liberty City, After Michael) dives into three critical Florida communities that we believe will be influential in swaying the 2020 US election. These are communities used and misused by the political process; they are relied upon for electoral victories, but what do they receive in return? Director: Samuel George The documentary will be followed by a panel discussion with journalist and producer Soledad O'Brien and New York Times international editor Michael Slackman and Samuel George.
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Films, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Swing State Florida (2019): Political Documentary

Talk | After the Gig: How the Sharing Economy Got Hijacked


When the “sharing economy” launched a decade ago, proponents claimed that it would transform the experience of work—giving earners flexibility, autonomy, and decent incomes. It was touted as a cure for social isolation and rampant ecological degradation. But this novel form of gig work soon sprouted a dark side: exploited Uber drivers, neighborhoods ruined by Airbnb, racial discrimination and rising carbon emissions. Several of the most prominent platforms are now faced with existential crises as they prioritize growth over fairness and long term viability. Based on nearly a decade of research, this talk will analyze what went wrong and discuss ways forward for platforms and workers that are capable of realizing the promises of the early days. Speaker Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College.
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Talks, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, After the Gig: How the Sharing Economy Got Hijacked

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: The Unknown One


This exhibition, comprised of new photographic and photo-sculptural works by Jasmine Murrell, explores representation, oral tradition, and the expression of strength through portraiture.
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Gallery Talks, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Artist Talk: The Unknown One

Discussion | Ecocriticism in French Studies: Where Are We Now?


As ecocriticism has burgeoned in literary studies and throughout the humanities, its presence has been somewhat limited in the field of French and Francophone literature. This panel will open with a discussion of the state of the field of ecocriticism in French Studies and then move into case studies of ecocriticism coming to bear on 20th- and 21st-century French-Language Literature. By expanding ecocriticism beyond the Anglosphere, this panel will tackle how climate catastrophes have registered differently on the European mainland and throughout the former French empire. With: -- Lucas Hollister is Assistant Professor of French and Italian Languages and Literatures, Department of French and Italian, Dartmouth University.  -- Hannah Freed-Thall is Assistant Professor of French Literature, Thought and Culture, Department of French Literature, Thought, and Culture, NYU. -- Morgane Cadieu is Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of French, Yale University.
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Discussions, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Ecocriticism in French Studies: Where Are We Now?

Discussion | First-Generation Writers Talk About Learning Their Art


Novelists Mary Gordon, Edwidge Danticat, Mary Beth Keane, and Cecily Wong read from their works, share experiences as first-generation students at Barnard, and discuss the college’s impact on their development as writers.  
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Discussions, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, First-Generation Writers Talk About Learning Their Art

Lecture | The Roads of Black Digital Practice


Lecturer Jessica Marie Johnson researches black diasporic freedom struggles from slavery to emancipation. As a digital humanist, Johnson explores ways digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent.  
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Lectures, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, The Roads of Black Digital Practice

Talk | An Award-Winning Actor from Poland


Omar Sangare graduated from the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, Poland, where he studied with the Oscar-winning director Andrzej Wajda. He was awarded a scholarship to The British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. While there, he worked with Derek Jacobi, Alan Rickman, Michael Kahn, and Jeremy Irons. Dr. Sangare holds many film, television, and radio credits. For his one-man drama True Theater Critic, he was voted The Best in Acting by The New York International Fringe Festival.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, An Award-Winning Actor from Poland

Lecture | LGBTQ Education, Gender Ideology and the New Far Right in Brazil


Jair Bolsonaro won the Brazilian presidency in 2018 in part by mobilizing conservative opposition to policies to combat lgbtqphobia and promote gender equality instituted by Workers Party administrations. This presentation will map and contextualize political disputes around sexual and gender diversity education, linking these to movements for democratic enlargement and conservative restoration in the last two decades. Speaker: Alexandre Bortolini, Brazilian LGBTQ activist, and Master in Education. Ph.D. Student in Education from Universidade de São Paulo.
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Lectures, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, LGBTQ Education, Gender Ideology and the New Far Right in Brazil

Workshop | Lyons Den Power Yoga


Founded in November 2013, Lyons Den Power Yoga is an infrared-heated power yoga studio and the only Baptiste-style studio in Manhattan. Lyons Den Power Yoga is recognized as a hub for Baptiste Yoga worldwide. The practice at The Den is designed to empower individuals with focus, training and insight that supports individuals to achieve consistent results in the most important areas of their lives and has an incredibly inclusive community.
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Poetry Reading | New Works by 3 Poets


With: James Cagney, Xandria Phillips, and Cedric Tillman.
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Poetry Readings, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, New Works by 3 Poets

Conference | The Holocaust in Yugoslavia and the Balkans: A 2-Day Conference


Screening of documentary film Besa: Rescue in Albania - A documentary film about the Jewish rescue in Albania during World War II. A story told by Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who speak about the nobility of the Albanian people who put their own lives in danger in order to save those of their visitors. A touching recollection of events and ordeals that Albanians and Jews went through before, during and after WWII. Released in 2009, runtime of 30 minutes.
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Conferences, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, The Holocaust in Yugoslavia and the Balkans: A 2-Day Conference

Discussion | The Opposite of Freedom: Detention in the Land of the Free


A panel discussion exploring the history of United States’ immigrant detention policy, and how it brought us to where we are today. More than 52,000 immigrants and refugees are currently detained in facilities across the United States. Some see immigrant detention as a deterrent and the enforcement of law and order. To others, it’s a human rights crisis that puts up inhumane barriers to migrants seeking safety and opportunity. This panel of experts discusses the history of immigrant detention, how and why detention policies have expanded over time, the impact on migrants (including rising numbers of children) and communities, and the work being done to address current issues. Speakers: -- Emily Kassie, Director of Visual Projects, The Marshall Project -- Julia Preston, Contributing Writer, The Marshall Project -- Nancy Hiemstra, Stony Brook University, author of Detain and Deport: The Chaotic Immigration Enforcement Regime -- Amelia Marritz, Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow, staff attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services
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Discussions, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, The Opposite of Freedom: Detention in the Land of the Free

Poetry Reading | 2 Poets Read


Edward Hirsch has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, the Prix de Rome, and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award. In 2008, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Sharon Olds (pictured) is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Odes (2016) and Stag’s Leap (2012), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and England’s T. S. Eliot Prize.
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Poetry Readings, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, 2 Poets Read

Author Reading | In Jerusalem: Three Generations of an Israeli Family and a Palestinian Family


Lis Harris presents an entirely fresh take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that examines the life-shaping reverberations of wars and ongoing tensions upon the everyday lives of families in Jerusalem.
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Author Readings, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, In Jerusalem: Three Generations of an Israeli Family and a Palestinian Family

Film | Profu'/Teach (2019): Romanian Teacher Goes His Own Way


A peculiar math teacher from Transylvania is becoming a local Don Quijote when he quits the conventional educational system and opens a private lectures office in his own two-room apartment. Director: Alex Brendea 82 min. In Romanian with English subtitles.
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Films, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Profu'/Teach (2019): Romanian Teacher Goes His Own Way

Author Reading | The New York Rounds: A Doctor's Observations


Author Alexander Stessin, who lives in the US and works as a doctor, writes about a doctor’s observations amidst his work with diverse patients in New York and New Delhi.
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Classical Music | Canadian Pianist Recital


Canadian pianist Vanessa May-lok Lee is much sought after as a collaborative pianist. Having made her Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern Auditorium) debut in 2014, she has appeared in recital with Jorgen van Rijen (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic), Jesper Busk S?rensen (Berlin Philharmonic), and Jeffrey Beecher (Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble; Toronto Symphony Orchestra) among others.
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Concerts, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Canadian Pianist Recital

Discussion | Prosecuting Domestic Terrorists


In 2019, high profile attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Gilroy, California, raised questions about how these killers are prosecuted. Despite the public perception that attacks like El Paso and Gilroy are acts of domestic terrorism, “domestic terrorism” is not a formal federal crime. Mary McCord of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and Seamus Hughes of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism discuss what constitutes “domestic terrorism” and the challenges in prosecuting it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Prosecuting Domestic Terrorists

Book Club | Science Fiction Book Club: The Dispossessed


The Science Fiction Book Club, hosted by Emma and Javier, will be discussing Ursula K. LeGuin's novel
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Science Fiction Book Club: The Dispossessed

Lecture | The States of Instituting


MA Curatorial Practice presents Greek art critic and curator iLiana Fokianaki, who will discuss State of Concept, her groundbreaking art institution in Athens, and the unique position of contemporary Greece as a site to rethink the Western canon and the way it “eats up” complex localities that do not always share its ideal political or economic trajectories. Fokianaki founded State of Concept in 2013. The institution has worked with such leading artists as Keren Cytter, Laure Prouvost, Hito Steyerl and Jonas Staal, while collaborating with international curators such as Nick Aikens and WhW. In 2019, State of Concept launched the first research grant for Greek female artists over 35.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, The States of Instituting

Master Class | Master Class With Pianist Hailed By The New York Times


Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has been described as “brilliant” (The New York Times), “new star of new music” (The Los Angeles Times) and “one of our era’s most brilliant pianists” (Pitchfork). She enjoys a diverse career collaborating with many of the world’s most renowned composers and ensembles. “'Sonatra' is a milestone of composition, and Vicky Chow’s recording of it is a milestone of pianism." The New Yorker
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Master Class With Pianist Hailed By The New York Times

Forum | No Ban: A Community Call to Action


A forum to discuss the expanded travel ban which includes four African countries – Nigeria, Eritrea, Tanzania, and Sudan. Speakers: -- Amaha Kassa is founder and Executive Director of African Communities Together, a national membership organization of African immigrants and their families which he founded in 2012. -- May Malik serves as the Deputy Commissioner for External Affairs at the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, where she leads the agency's work in three distinct teams: Communications, Intergovernmental Affairs, Outreach & Organizing and Public-Private Partnerships. -- Samah Mcgona Sisay was actively involved with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and served as a student advocate for two years in the Immigrant Rights Clinic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Forums, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, No Ban: A Community Call to Action

Concert | Salsa Legend Who Was Tito Puente's Musical Director


Johnny "Dandy" Rodriguez is a salsa legend and world-renown bongocero. Having performed and served as musical director for Tito Puente's orchestra for 33 years, "Dandy," as he's universally known, is a veteran of Tito Rodriguez, Machito, Willie Rosario, Celia Cruz, Fania All-Stars, Ray Barretto and virtually the entire pantheon of salsa's pioneers. His New York City-based "Dream Team" is a tight-knit unit that performs the band's entire repertoire entirely by ear. Performing without the boundaries of written music, every rendition of the band's repertoire of salsa classics and descargas reaches dizzying new heights of danceable excitement.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Salsa Legend Who Was Tito Puente's Musical Director

Comedy Club | Laughs Comedy Show


A weekly free stand-up comedy show featuring comics who have appeared on Comedy Central, College Humor, MTV and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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