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60 free events take place on Tuesday, September 17 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!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out September 17 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of September . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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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All events, things to do on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Rebuild by Design: How to Design Successful Urban Planning Interventions in an Era of Climate Crisis
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free events nyc Forgotten Soldier (2018): Saving Hundreds from Auschwitz (New York premiere of the film, which won festival awards)
free events nyc The Disorder of Discourse: Restaging a Michel Foucault Lecture
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Workshop | Total Body Conditioning Fitness Class


With Ashley McKelvey. Increase overall muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance in this 45 minute truly high intensity interval training class. Optimize workout time using bodyweight movements to build power and stamina. All fitness levels are welcome, for ages 18 and over. Tuesdays, September 3-October 29, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Total Body Conditioning Fitness Class

Workshop | Morning Fitness


One hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises. For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their workouts, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build. Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can't be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost. Led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Every Tuesday and Thursday
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Morning Fitness

Workshop | Tai Chi in the Park


A morning class provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Master Hyland Harris. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 7-September 26, 2019
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Workshops, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Tai Chi in the Park

Birdwatching | Bird Walk at The Battery


Explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in The Battery. The walk will be led by Gabriel Willow, an educator from NYC Audubon. Gabriel is an experienced birder and naturalist, and is well-versed in the ecology and history of New York City. Tuesdays, Spetember 3-October 8, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Bird Walk at The Battery

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
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
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Tours, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Workshop | Zumba Jumpstart


A fitness dance party with upbeat Latin music of Salsa, Merengue, Hip Hop and more! Enthusiastic Instruction creates a fun community of dancers who learn new dance steps each week. Bring your friends!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Adult Coloring Club


Discover the fun and calming benefits of coloring. Color, relax and enjoy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Adult Coloring Club

Workshop | Resume Help


Applying for a job? Update your resume, or even start from scratch. Learn how to craft a resume that will help you land that interview.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Resume Help

Film | Aquaman (2018): Underwater Kingdom Heir Coming To Land


Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land. 143 min. Director: James Wan. Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe. Aquaman grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film based on a DC Comics character, surpassing The Dark Knight Rises; it was also the fifth highest-grossing film of 2018 and 20th highest of all-time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Aquaman (2018): Underwater Kingdom Heir Coming To Land

Jazz | Dixieland Jazz With The Gotham Jazzmen


The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; David Hofstra on bass; and Ernie Lumer on clarinet.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Dixieland Jazz With The Gotham Jazzmen

Workshop | Guided Falun Dafa Meditation Class


Stress relief, gain wisdom and work toward enlightenment
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Guided Falun Dafa Meditation Class

Lecture | The War Scare That Wasn’t: Able Archer 83 and the Myths of the Second Cold War


Did the Cold War of the 1980s nearly turn hot? Much has been made of NATO’s November 1983 Able Archer 83 command post exercise, which the literature typically casts as having nearly precipitated a nuclear war. Warsaw Pact policy-makers, according to the conventional wisdom, suspected that the exercise was more than just a rehearsal of nuclear escalation and concluded that a surprise nuclear attack was imminent, nearly launching a preemptive strike of their own. This talk overturns this narrative using new, international evidence from the political, military, and intelligence archives of the Eastern bloc. First, it shows that the much-touted Warsaw Pact intelligence effort to assess Western intentions and capabilities, Project RIaN, which supposedly triggered Eastern fears of a surprise attack was nowhere near operational at the time of Able Archer 83. Second, it presents an account of the East’s sanguine observations of Able Archer 83, disproving accounts which allege that the exercise nearly escalated to nuclear war. In doing so, it advances debates not only in the historiography of the late Cold War, but also pertaining to the stability of the nuclear peace and the role of perception and misperception in policy-making. Speaker Simon Miles is on the faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy as an Assistant Professor in 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, The War Scare That Wasn&rsquo;t: Able Archer 83 and the Myths of the Second Cold War

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, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Bach at Noon

Author Reading | City of Black Gold: Oil, Ethnicity and the Making of Modern Kirkuk


Professor Arbella Bet-Shlimon from the University of Washington discusses her new book, where she analyses Kirkuk, Iraq’s most multilingual city, for millennia home to a diverse population. Kirkuk is Iraq’s most multilingual city, for millennia home to a diverse population. It was also where, in 1927, a foreign company first struck oil in Iraq. Kirkuk soon became the heart of Iraq’s booming petroleum industry. Over the decades that followed, oil, urbanization, and colonialism shaped the identities of Kirkuk’s citizens, forming the foundation of an ethnic conflict.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, City of Black Gold: Oil, Ethnicity and the Making of Modern Kirkuk

Classical Music | Organ Recital


Claudia Dumschat, organ. Since 1999 organist Claudia Dumschat has been Organist and Choirmaster at Church of the Transfiguration, where she conducts the Choir of Men & Boys, the oldest such choir in America. She also founded the Transfiguration Camerata, Girls Choir and Cherub Choir there, and she has served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Arnold Schwartz Memorial Concert Series, which has produced over fifty concerts since its inception in 2004. Her repertoire includes orchestral and choral music, chamber music, oratorios, and operas. In a New York Times review of an all-Bach concert, her playing was described as "brilliantly assertive.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Organ Recital

Concert | Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz


Summertime, and the livin’ is easy... so swing on by for toe-tappin’ performances by New York’s finest, playing ragtime, stride, and jazz to your heart’s delight. With: Yuka Aikawa, Jazz, Composer, Accompanist
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Concerts, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

Lesson | Public Speaking


Public speaking is an essential skill in today's workplace and a valuable ability to have to further your endeavors in whatever you're doing. A continuing series held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, this program is led by experienced public speakers in a supportive environment. All materials for this workshop are provided. Public speaking (also called oratory or oration) is the process or act of performing a good speech to a live audience. This type of speech is deliberately structured with three general purposes: to inform, to persuade and to entertain. Public speaking is seen traditionally as part of the art of persuasion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Public Speaking

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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Gallery Talk | T. C. Cannon: At the Edge of America: Exhibition Tour


A 45-minute tour. One of the most influential, innovative and talented Native American artists of the 20th century, T.C. Cannon embodied the activism, cultural transition and creative expression that defined America in the 1960s and 1970s. Learn how Cannon interrogated American history and popular culture through his Native lens and exercised a rigorous mastery of Western art historical tropes while creating an entirely fresh visual vocabulary.
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Gallery Talks, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, T. C. Cannon: At the Edge of America: Exhibition Tour

Tour | Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour


Highlights include a discussion of the history of the site, information about architect Cass Gilbert and viewings of the Collectors Office with its Tiffany woodwork, Reginald Marsh murals and the 140-ton rotunda dome, designed and built by Rafael Gustavino.
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Tours, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour

Workshop | Learn the Art and Science of Bubble-Making


We’ve all blown soap bubbles before. But have you ever blown a bubble big enough to stand inside? Or one long enough to jump over? Open your eyes to the magical world of bubbles at this family-friendly weekly program with Bubble Man NYC. Tuesdays, July 23-September 24, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Learn the Art and Science of Bubble-Making

Workshop | Origami Workshop


Learn the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. All ages and skill levels are welcome; materials are provided. Tuesdays, July 23-September 24, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Community Rowing


Village Community Boathouse provides free, no experience necessary Community Rowing on the Hudson River. After a brief orientation, participants will be split into crews with an experienced coxswain to steer the boat and a mixture of experienced and new rowers. The boats, Whitehall Gigs, are stable, traditional working boats for four rowers and a coxswain. Please note: Rows will last between one and three hours, dependent on weather, tides, and destination. Participants are expected to help launch, retrieve, and clean the boats each session. Community rowing is open to all, although some physical agility is required. The focus of the program is teamwork and recreation in a safe and respectful environment. Each participant must sign a waiver. Life jackets are provided. Expect to be out in the hot sun for several hours - bring water and sunscreen! Tuesdays, June 25-October 29, 2019
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Workshops, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Community Rowing

Workshop | How To Make Time To Write


Writers, is time your enemy? Maybe you write on the subway. Or in coffee shops. But is there ever enough time? In this monthly workshop, you will be in a community where you can talk about who you are as writers. Then how can a daily writing practice be developed that allows people to live their lives while writing, all at the same time? No experience with writing is necessary, just a desire and commitment to make a writing practice part of your life. Please bring a notebook and a pen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky. Guided 75-minute walking tours led by knowledgeable volunteer guides will offer you an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Reading | Poetry and Epistles or Letters


This is an event where people gather to examine the works of established poets. The theme of the event is Poetry and Epistles or Letters. Like letters, poetry is a means of communication, and at times poetry takes the form of an epistle, often easy to spot because of a title which reads, “To ….” The verse form of letters was popularized during the time of the Roman Empire by Horace and Ovid. Much of the Bible takes the form of verse epistles. Courtly poets during the seventeenth century adopted the form for love letters. Poetic letters may be addressed to a specific person and consequently intimate, to one fictionalized person from another, to a large audience as a letter to the world, or to oneself in a confessional form. Whether a poem is in the form of a letter or is about letters, choose a poem that has meaning to you. And if you can, come with copies for others to share. Can’t locate a poem you want to bring? Browse the poetry section at the library or check out Poetry Foundation or poets.org.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Poetry and Epistles or Letters

Author Reading | April Dawn Alison: A Monograph


Erin O’Toole discusses her book on the LGBT artist. 
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Opening Reception | Richard Serra: Forged Rounds


From the artist: "Weight is a value for me--not that it is any more compelling than lightness, but I simply know more about weight than about lightness and therefore I have more to say about it, more to say about the balancing of weight, the diminishing of weight, the addition and subtraction of weight, the concentration of weight, the rigging of weight, the propping of weight, the placement of weight, the locking of weight, the psychological effects of weight, the disorientation of weight, the disequilibrium of weight, the rotation of weight, the movement of weight, the directionality of weight, the shape of weight."
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Opening Receptions, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Richard Serra: Forged Rounds

Opening Reception | Richard Serra: Reverse Curve


From the artist: "Weight is a value for me--not that it is any more compelling than lightness, but I simply know more about weight than about lightness and therefore I have more to say about it, more to say about the balancing of weight, the diminishing of weight, the addition and subtraction of weight, the concentration of weight, the rigging of weight, the propping of weight, the placement of weight, the locking of weight, the psychological effects of weight, the disorientation of weight, the disequilibrium of weight, the rotation of weight, the movement of weight, the directionality of weight, the shape of weight."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Richard Serra: Reverse Curve

Workshop | A Plein-Air Drawing Workshop


Artist James Powers will give a talk and lead a plein-air drawing workshop. In conjunction with his exhibition Fastnet: Plein-Air Drawing at Freshkills Park.
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Workshops, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, A Plein-Air Drawing Workshop

Discussion | Expanding the World of Literature


How hard is it to remain within our comfort zones when we read and write? How does the writer’s gaze remain unwittingly locked by long-established conventions? As the world’s economic power bases have begun to shift away from Western nations of the past few decades, writers from non-Western conventions have begun to question the boundaries of literature, using rapidly changing social structures to propose a new relationship between reader and writer. Drawing from his new novel, We, the Survivors, Malaysian author Tash Aw discusses ideas of language, race, class and national identity with Mark Mazower.
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Discussions, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Expanding the World of Literature

Discussion | Getting Carbon Tax Rates Right


As presidential candidates, policymakers and businesses take a renewed interest in comprehensive federal climate policy, it's clear that the details of any policy could make or break its success. Carbon taxes are frequently proposed as a cornerstone climate policy solution, but a chief concern for policymakers is how much to charge for each ton of carbon dioxide emissions. Please join leading experts at the Center on Global Energy Policy, the Environmental Defense Fund, and Tufts University to explore approaches for setting carbon tax rates and the implication of different choices, from emissions reductions to energy prices and economic outcomes. Panelists include: Susanne Brooks, Senior Director of U.S. Climate Policy & Analysis at the Environmental Defense Fund; Noah Kaufman, PhD, CGEP Research Scholar; and Gilbert E. Metcalf, PhD, John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and Professor of Economics at Tufts University.
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Talk | Our America: Utopia and Persistence of a Jewish Family


Anthropologist Claudio Lomnitz (Columbia University) talks with fellow historian Jose Moya about Lomnitz's most recent book, Nuestra America: Utopia y persistencia en una familia judia. The memoir relays the epic journey of his grandparents from the Russian and Austro-Hungarian empires through the Soviet Union, Romania, Peru, Colombia, Germany, Israel, the U.S., Chile, and Mexico. Documenting their struggles to adapt to ever-changing social and political contexts, Lomnitz paints a fascinating and inspiring portrait of an immigrant family able to flourish in the most adverse circumstances
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Talks, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Our America: Utopia and Persistence of a Jewish Family

Discussion | The Russian-Speaking Community and the Trump Presidency


The majority of Russian-speaking immigrants in the U.S. are Republican-leaning. According to U.S. News and World Report, 70% to 75% of Russian and Ukrainian immigrants voted for Republican candidates in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. While Brooklyn, New York, leans blue overall, in the 2016 election Trump received up to 81% of the vote in some precincts of the Russian-speaking enclaves of Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay. Russian speakers in the U.S. are divided intergenerationally, with many older voters preferring Republicans for their historically tough stance on Russia while younger voters are becoming more actively involved in protesting Trump. Trump, however, has not maintained the Republicans' traditionally tough stance on Russia, and he uses his office as a bully pulpit fostering anti-immigrant language during a time of mass shootings targeting ethnic minorities, including one at a synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburg that welcomed many Russian-speaking Jewish immigrants in the 70s, 80s, 90s. The assailant chose that synagogue for its support of HIAS, an organization that has brought many Russian-speaking immigrants to the U.S. Despite these seeming contradictions to their values, the older Russian-speaking community continues to support Trump. This is a panel discussion featuring Steven Kaplan, host of the radio and TV show Tolkovishche with Seva Kaplan and Rafael Shimunov, an artist and activist from Queens. Moderated by Professor Anna Katsnelson.
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6:00 pm
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Discussions, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, The Russian-Speaking Community and the Trump Presidency

Discussion | The Venezuelan Diaspora and Fashion


Three New York-based Venezuelan expats — Maria Eugenia Escovar, from Chanel jewelry public relations; Monica Sordo, jewelry designer; and Yliana Yepez, luxury handbag designer — will discuss Venezuela’s fashion industry amidst political turmoil.
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Discussions, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, The Venezuelan Diaspora and Fashion

Workshop | Writing Circle


This writing circle is an exploration in creativity. It is informal in style and structure: there is no experience necessary. It is based on writing and talking about what is written.
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Workshops, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Writing Circle

Author Reading | On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal


Renowned author Naomi Klein's latest book gathers for the first time more than a decade of her impassioned writing about the climate crisis. With reports spanning from the ghostly Great Barrier Reef, to the annual smoke-choked skies of the Pacific Northwest, to post-hurricane Puerto Rico, Klein makes the case that we will rise to the existential challenge of climate change only if we are willing to transform the systems that produced this crisis.
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Author Readings, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal

Author Reading | The Grandest Madison Square Garden: Art, Scandal, and Architecture in Gilded Age New York


When completed in 1890, the (second) Madison Square Garden complex on the northeast corner of Manhattan's Madison Square featured the tallest tower in the country, from its base to the 18-foot sculpture of a nude Diana. Art historian Suzanne Hinman examines the lives and achievements of the two creative minds behind the building, architect Stanford White and sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, as a gateway to explore the art, architecture, and popular entertainment of Gilded Age New York City. For her illustrated talk, Hinman will focus on White’s struggle to get the building constructed, its initial reception, and eventual destruction in 1925 to make way for the New York Life Building skyscraper.
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Author Readings, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, The Grandest Madison Square Garden: Art, Scandal, and Architecture in Gilded Age New York

Author Reading | The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg: A Biography


Eleanor Randolph’s new book offers a revealing portrait of the business innovator, philanthropist, and former New York City mayor who continues to make national headlines. Randolph, a veteran New York Times reporter and editorial writer had unprecedented access to the famously private Bloomberg for this biography. She joins in a discussion with Sam Roberts, longtime New York Times columnist and editor.  
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Author Readings, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg: A Biography

Discussion | A Gendered Brain? Shattering Sexist Science


Neuroscientists Gina Rippon, Daphna Joel, and Giordana Grossi discuss the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience that dispel the myth of male versus female brains. The panelists will challenge the historical and political conditions that produced ideas about binary gender differences in people’s brains, discuss how and why these misperceptions have persisted into the 21st century, and reveal how human brains are in actuality highly individualized, profoundly adaptable, and full of unbounded potential.
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Discussions, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, A Gendered Brain? Shattering Sexist Science

Workshop | Moving for Life Workout


Moving for Life is a gentle work out that begins with breathing exercises, then moves into active aerobic dancing that strengthens body awareness. Tuesdays, August 27-September 24, 2019
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Discussion | Rebuild by Design: How to Design Successful Urban Planning Interventions in an Era of Climate Crisis


In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Obama administration launched Rebuild by Design, an innovative design and planning competition for projects that promote resilience in the face of climate change. This event brings together two people closely involved in this effort -- Shaun Donovan, the former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; and Kate Orff, an Associate Professor. They will discuss how we might design successful, inclusive urban planning interventions in an era of climate crisis.
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Discussions, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Rebuild by Design: How to Design Successful Urban Planning Interventions in an Era of Climate Crisis

Workshop | Seaport Fit: Trooper Fitness Bootcamp


Trooper Fitness Bootcamp is team-oriented conditioning session that involves cardio and strength training methods, where each trooper is responsible for their fellow troopers’ success. It’s the partner accountability and team exercises that make this class an exhilarating challenge. This class will improve overall conditioning, stamina/ endurance, strength, and the best part, mental toughness. This class is built to challenge you in a way that empowers both your mind and body, and helps you reach those 2019 fitness goals.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Seaport Fit: Trooper Fitness Bootcamp

Slide Lecture | WeAreLeonardo: Da Vinci as a Young Man


A presentation of WeAreLeonardo, a project by Italian mixed-media artist Vittoria Chierici focused on visually portraying Leonardo Da Vinci as a young man, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his death. Chierici will take the audience on a journey by virtually leaping into her photojournalistic suitcase, the final work that contains the full development of her research. A time-lapse film will accompany the presentation. The event will feature a talk by Prof. Dennis Geronimus, Chair of the Department of Art History, titled In "Leonardo's Own Words (and Images): A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man."
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Slide Lectures, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, WeAreLeonardo: Da Vinci as a Young Man

Workshop | Yoga in the Park


Stretch, breathe, and find your inner peace at evening yoga classes. Bring a mat. Tuesdays, April 30-September 17, 2019
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Poetry Reading | 4 Poets Read Their Work


With: Laure-Anne Bosselaar Patrick Donnelly Julia Guez Maya Phillips
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, 4 Poets Read Their Work

Discussion | 50 Years of Sesame Street


Since 1969, Sesame Street has brought educational and entertaining television to children all over the world. Many NYU alumni have contributed to the 50-year legacy. Join us for a panel of current and former executives to hear about the history, social impact, and future of Sesame Street. NYU alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to meet Sesame alumni after the panel. Moderated by Cheryl Gotthelf, Former Vice President of Sesame Workshop Schools Division. Panelists: -- Ben Lehmann, Vice President and Executive Producer of Sesame Street -- Miles Ludwig, Vice President, Digital Media Group at Sesame Workshop -- Chris Cerf, Composer of over 300 songs for Sesame Street -- Ira Wolfman, Former Editor-In-Chief and Group Vice President at Sesame Workshop -- Sonia Manzano, Former Cast Member (Maria) and Writer of Sesame Street Schedule: 6:30 PM Doors Open 7:00 PM Panel with Q&A 8:30 PM Dessert Reception
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Discussions, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, 50 Years of Sesame Street

Author Reading | Crossfire Hurricane: Inside Donald Trump's War on the FBI


Josh Campbell, a career special agent who served under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald J. Trump, will be discussing and signing his riveting, fly-on-the-wall account of the historic investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.
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Author Readings, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Crossfire Hurricane: Inside Donald Trump's War on the FBI

Book Discussion | Darkness at Noon: Classic Novel and Anti-Fascist Text


In print continually since 1940, Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon has been translated into over 30 languages and is both a stirring novel and a classic anti-fascist text. Set in the 1930s at the height of the purge and show trials of a Stalinist Moscow, it’s a haunting portrait of an aging revolutionary, Nicholas Rubashov, who is imprisoned, tortured, and forced through a series of hearings by the Party to which he has dedicated his life. As Koestler fled France at the beginning of World War II, his original German manuscript of Darkness at Noon was lost and the world was left with a hastily made English translation. In 2015, a German graduate student stumbled across an entry in the archives of the Zurich Central Library that is a scholar's dream: a copy of Koestler’s original, complete German manuscript for what would become Darkness at Noon, thought to have been irrevocably lost in the turmoil of the war. Scribner is now publishing Darkness at Noon as Arthur Koestler intended, edited by Michael Scammell, and translated by Philip Boehm.
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Book Discussions, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Darkness at Noon: Classic Novel and Anti-Fascist Text

Author Reading | Fatal Cajun Festival: Killer at a Concert


In Ellen Byron's novel, Louisiana B&B owner Maggie Crozat kicks up her heels at a country music festival–but she’ll have one foot in the grave if she can’t bring the killer of a diva’s hanger-on to heel.
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Film | Forgotten Soldier (2018): Saving Hundreds from Auschwitz (New York premiere of the film, which won festival awards)


Forgotten Soldier tells the story of "Master of Bluffing" Salomon ("Sally") Noach, a Dutch citizen who risked his life in Vichy, France to save hundreds from deportation to Auschwitz. The film follows Noach's daughter, Lady Irene Hatter, as she goes in search of the truth behind her father's story. This is the New York premiere of the film, which won festival awards in the UK, Canada, and the U.S. A discussion will follow with Lady Irene Hatter, her brother Jacques Hatter, and survivor Herman Veder who is featured in the film. Director: Lucile Smith 69 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Films, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Forgotten Soldier (2018): Saving Hundreds from Auschwitz (New York premiere of the film, which won festival awards)

Author Reading | Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent


Insurgent Empire shows how Britain’s enslaved and colonial subjects were active agents in their own liberation. What is more, they shaped British ideas of freedom and emancipation back in the United Kingdom. With author Priyamvada Gopal.
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Author Readings, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent

Performance | The Disorder of Discourse: Restaging a Michel Foucault Lecture


Because of the radical nature of his work, Michel Foucault's 1969 appointment to a chair at the prestigious College de France was a watershed moment in French intellectual life. With actor Guillaume Bailliart, Fanny de Chaille proposes a restaging of his inaugural lecture, "L'Ordre du discours (The Order of Discourse)," which was later published as a book but never recorded. In doing so, she re-imagines a historical moment while continuing Foucault's investigation of the relations between power and language. Dancer, choreographer, and theater director Fanny de Chaille likes to separate text from movement, allowing the two modes of expression to rediscover each other and work within the context of that separation. After studying aesthetics at the Sorbonne, Fanny de Chaille worked with Daniel Larrieu at the Centre choregraphique national in Tours, France, where she collaborated with Rachid Ouramdane, and participated in projects by artists Thomas Hirschhorn and Pierre Huyghe. Beginning in 1995, she has created her own installations and performances, while continuing a rich series of collaborations, in particular with writer Pierre Alferi. Paul-Michel Foucault (1926 - 1984), generally known as Michel Foucault, was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, social theorist, and literary critic. Foucault's theories primarily address the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they are used as a form of social control through societal institutions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, The Disorder of Discourse: Restaging a Michel Foucault Lecture

Dance Performance | Dance Works-in-Progress


A program of non-curated shared showings of experimentation and work-in-progress, for artists at all stages of their development. The events are centered around an audience discussion moderated by a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence or an occasional guest, where we will experiment with different feedback methods to support and inform the artists’ process. Featuring: August & Company Mia Martelli Leah Samuels, Cauveri Suresh
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Dance Performances, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Dance Works-in-Progress

Discussion | Photography in Mexico Today


Celebrating the upcoming launch of the “Mexico City” issue of Aperture Magazine, artists Iñaki Bonillas, Pablo López Luz, and Mayra Martell discuss photography in Mexico today, from the conceptual to the political. This panel is moderated by New York-based Mexican writer Álvaro Enrique. Each artist’s work is featured in the “Mexico City” issue, which illuminates the diverse image culture in North America’s largest metropolis and the ways Mexican photographers are pushing new visions in the medium.
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Discussions, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Photography in Mexico Today

Poetry Reading | Poetry World Series 2019


Two teams of some of NYC's best poets will take turns batting at topics pitched to them by the audience. Fastballs, curveballs, knuckleballs: they won't know what's coming next! Eminently qualified umpires will score each batter's reading, and the winning team takes the series title. Hilarity and/or *breathtaking* work guaranteed. With Dorothea Lasky, Monica Youn, Jan-Henry Gray, and more to be announced.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Poetry World Series 2019

Lecture | Prepositional Existence, or Perhaps Only a Preposition Can Save Us


Irving Goh's talk will center around the preposition “to.” Through conceptual phrases that mobilize that very preposition, namely Levinas’s “face to face,” Derrida’s democracy-, justice-, and hospitality- “to-come,” Irigaray’s I love to you,” and Nancy’s “being-to,” Goh will draw out the preposition’s ontological, ethical, and political stakes. Irving Goh is President’s Assistant Professor of Literature at the National University of Singapore.
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Lectures, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Prepositional Existence, or Perhaps Only a Preposition Can Save Us

Talk | Private Landscapes: Hong Kong Cartoonist Chihoi in Discussion


Since the late 90s, Chihoi's work has spanned the spectrum of indie comics, from independently published graphic novels to a newspaper strip about a father/ daughter relationship that was serialized for years in Hong Kong.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Talks, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Private Landscapes: Hong Kong Cartoonist Chihoi in Discussion

Workshop | Stargazing in the City


Take a romantic walk along the park and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights. In the event of rain, the event will be cancelled. Tuesdays, July 23-October 29, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Stargazing in the City

Author Reading | Transnational Sci-Fi


A celebration of new anthologies Reasdymade Bodhisattva and The Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction. Sci-fi authors Alice Sola Kim and Nur Nasreen Ibrahim in discussion with Editor Ruoxi Chen and more for a reading from these books, their own work, and discussion of the new frontiers of Sci Fi.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, Transnational Sci-Fi
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