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New York attracts world's best minds to its shores: they come here to interact with each other at conferences and seminars, and while they are here they are often invited to give a talk, a lecture, to be a part of a public discussion. We at Club Free Time give you an opportunity to be a part of it: to watch how those best minds in the world work! Don't miss the opportunities that only New York City (NYC) provides!

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

        

Discussion | Practical Philosophy Meetup in the Park


The goal of the Practical Philosophy Club is to create a community that is open to discussing ideas that can be used practically in everyday life. This group isn’t aligning necessarily with the specific scope that traditional "philosophy“ and "practical philosophy“ may have in the academic world. They don't have topics that are off-limits and look to discuss all sides of a topic in order to: 1. Help you understand your point of view, 2. Give you different perspectives, and 3. Realize that we all have some common ground and just because someone isn't on your "side" doesn't mean they are your enemy. They value communication, simplicity, balance, honesty, and discernment as values to live by, and look to build a community around these values. The typical meeting is about 10-15 minutes of banter to warm up before they move to introduce the weekly discussion topics. If the group is large they will split into separate groups so as to maintain a conversational tone within the discussions. With 15 minutes left, they bring all of the groups together and take a group photo and conclude.
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Sun, Apr 21
4:00 pm

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Discussions, April 21, 2024, 04/21/2024, Practical Philosophy Meetup in the Park

Lecture | Dalit History is Poster History (online)


Shrujana N. Shridhar, a Mumbai-based artist and illustrator, and Christina Dhanuja, the co-founder of Dalit History Month, lead a presentation on the literary and political movements led by the Dalit Panthers. This conversation will delve into the Dalit Panther Archive’s digitized treasures—posters, magazines, and revolutionary poetry—and their transformative impact on Marathi literature. The Dalit Panthers and the Little Magazine movement challenged the entrenched norms of Marathi literary circles in the 1970s, by bravely confronting dominant caste perspectives that had long dictated the aesthetics, linguistics, and thematic directions of prose and poetry. They explored the radical reimagining of expression by dismantling oppressive gazes and ushering in an era of authentic voices and diverse narratives. This presentation will uncover the struggles and triumphs of visionary leaders, and the communities that enabled them to navigate India’s changing political and cultural landscape, leaving an indelible mark on the trajectory of anti-caste literature and creative expression. It offers a journey through time and ideology, with insights into the power of literature that challenges, provokes, and inspires change. It presents an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of those who dared to disrupt literary fiefdoms.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Apr 22
12:00 pm

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Lectures, April 22, 2024, 04/22/2024, Dalit History is Poster History (online)

Discussion | Is This Me?: Films by Maryam Tafakory


A Q+A with filmmaker Maryam Tafakory to discuss her films Mast-del, Irani Bag, Nazarbazi, and Chaste/UnChaste.  Through collages of original and found footage, Tafakory's films reflect on identity and the censorship of intimacy and sexuality in post-Revolution Iran. Mast-del explores queer identity inside and outside of post-Revolution Iran through altered visuals, new and archival. Irani Bag is a video essay, focusing on the restriction of physical intimacy and demonstrating to its viewers "how to touch without touching." Nazarbazi tells a story of desire, control, and love in Iran through a collage of found footage. Chaste/UnChaste examines the limitations of labeling women's bodies as chaste/unchaste through depiction of Iranian women in film.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Apr 22
1:00 pm

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Discussions, April 22, 2024, 04/22/2024, Is This Me?: Films by Maryam Tafakory

Gallery Talk | Tall Timber: The Future of Cities in Wood: Curator's Tour


Nature meets technology where we live and work. The exhibition introduces Mass Timber to the general public through architectural models, material samples, videos, and drawings that present some of the most interesting, innovative, and beautiful examples of buildings conceived in this new system of design and construction. World Architects finds our exhibition "timely and impactful" and Architectural Record calls the show "an essential overview of the still-emerging construction system and its possibilities." The Museum's director and curator, Carol Willis, will offer a tour of the exhibition.
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Mon, Apr 22
3:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, April 22, 2024, 04/22/2024, Tall Timber: The Future of Cities in Wood: Curator's Tour

Lecture | Impact of Discrimination on Integration of Emigrants from an Aggressor Country: Evidence from a Panel Survey of Russian Migrants (in-person and online)


Following the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, up to one million Russians fled their homeland, marking the most significant brain drain since the Soviet Union’s collapse. While some host countries view the highly educated and politically active migrants as an asset, integrating nationals of the aggressor state has presented challenges. Many migrants face institutional restrictions aimed at sanctioning Russia, alongside varied experiences of discrimination from local populations. This study delves into the effect of discrimination on the assimilation intentions of Russian migrants, focusing on language learning as a key indicator. Laitin’s model of identity building suggests that migrants’ willingness to assimilate depends on the perceived benefits, including acceptance by the host society. Following the model, Sergeeva assumes that discrimination signals to migrants that the host country’s society does not accept them, making learning the local language a less rational choice. Utilizing a cross-sectional panel survey, the study establishes a link between discrimination and integration, differentiating between the effects of discrimination experienced from local citizens and local institutions on language acquisition. Findings reveal that societal discrimination significantly dampens migrants’ willingness to learn local languages and diminishes their trust in and attachment to host societies, unlike institutional discrimination, which shows no such effect on language learning. These insights contribute to an understanding of the impact of nationality-based discrimination, highlighting the role of societal acceptance in the successful integration of political migrants. Speaker Ivetta Sergeeva is a PhD candidate at the European University Institute in Florence.
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Mon, Apr 22
4:00 pm

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Lectures, April 22, 2024, 04/22/2024, Impact of Discrimination on Integration of Emigrants from an Aggressor Country: Evidence from a Panel Survey of Russian Migrants (in-person and online)

Talk | Eduardo De Filippo's Theater (online)


On the 40th anniversary of Eduardo De Filippo's death, the life and career of one of the most important actors and playwrights in Italy is told in two parts. The second part focuses on Eduardo's solo career as a playwright, actor, head of a theater company, as well as on the legacy he left behind.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Apr 22
5:00 pm

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Talks, April 22, 2024, 04/22/2024, Eduardo De Filippo's Theater (online)

Discussion | New Perspectives on Land, Territory and Agrarian Reforms in Bolivia, Peru and Mexico


A panel discussion with Carmen Soliz( University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Anna Cant (London School of Economics and Political Science), Emilio Kouri (University of Chicago) and Sinclair Thompson (New York University).
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Mon, Apr 22
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Discussions, April 22, 2024, 04/22/2024, New Perspectives on Land, Territory and Agrarian Reforms in Bolivia, Peru and Mexico

Lecture | Ideological and Issue Voting in Polarized Societies: Turkish Elections in the Last Decade


A lecture by Mert Moral, Sabancı University
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Mon, Apr 22
6:10 pm

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Lectures, April 22, 2024, 04/22/2024, Ideological and Issue Voting in Polarized Societies: Turkish Elections in the Last Decade

Book Discussion | The Caravaggio Syndrome: A Fusion of Historical, Queer, and Speculative Fiction (in-person and online)


In Alessandro Giardino's novel, Leyla is a headstrong Brooklyn-born art historian at a prestigious upstate New York college. When she meets feckless young computer technician Pablo at a party, she quickly becomes pregnant with his child. There's only one problem: she can't stand him. And one more problem: her student Michael wants Pablo for himself. Amid this love triangle, the objects of Leyla and Michael's study take on a life of their own. Trying to learn more about Caravaggio's masterpiece "The Seven Works of Mercy," they pore over the journal and prison writings of maverick 17th-century utopian philosopher Tommaso Campanella, which, as if by enchantment, transport them back four centuries to Naples. And while the past and present miraculously converge, Leyla, Michael, and Tommaso embark on a voyage of self-discovery in search of a new life. In this fusion of historical, queer, and speculative fiction, Alessandro Giardino combines the intellectual playfulness of Umberto Eco with the psychological finesse of Michael Cunningham. Alessandro Giardino is Chair & Associate Professor of Italian and Francophone Literature at Saint Lawrence University. Born in Naples, he studied at the University of Bologna, UC Berkeley, and McGill University. He has written extensively about Caravaggio's cultural circles, as well as Italian and French literature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Apr 22
6:30 pm

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Book Discussions, April 22, 2024, 04/22/2024, The Caravaggio Syndrome: A Fusion of Historical, Queer, and Speculative Fiction (in-person and online)

Book Discussion | Pink Gold: Shrimp, Women and Work in Mexico


An ethnography of women seafood traders in Mexico with the author, María L. Cruz-Torres.  The “shrimp ladies,” locally known as changueras in southern Sinaloa, Mexico, sell seafood in open-air markets, forming an extralegal but key part of the economy built around this “pink gold.” Over time, they struggled to evolve from marginalized peddlers to local icons depicted in popular culture, even as they continue to work at an open-air street market. Pink Gold documents the shrimp traders’ resilience and resourcefulness, from their early conflicts with the city, state, and federal authorities and forming a union, to carving out a physical space for a seafood market, and even engaging in conflicts with the Mexican military. Drawing from her two decades of fieldwork, Cruz-Torres explores the inspiring narrative of this overlooked group of women involving grassroots politics, trans-border and familial networking, debt and informal economic practices, personal sacrifices, and simple courage. She argues that, amid intense economic competition, their success relies on group solidarity that creates interlocking networks of mutual trust, or confianza, that in turn enable them to cross social and political boundaries that would typically be closed to them. Ultimately, Pink Gold offers fresh insights into issues of gender and labor, urban public space, the street economy, commodities, and globalization.
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Tue, Apr 23
1:00 pm

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Book Discussions, April 23, 2024, 04/23/2024, Pink Gold: Shrimp, Women and Work in Mexico

Book Club | Poetry Discussion Circle: Poems with Humor


Join fellow poetry enthusiasts in unpacking the layered meanings of poetry through an informal group discussion. Each session focuses around a theme that celebrates the diversity and range of the poetic form and contemporary poetry culture. Tease your mind with poems that make you laugh during April, aka National Poetry Month! Readings are selected from Poetry Magazine, Poetry Foundation, and poets.org.  Please note that contemporary poetry deals frankly with contemporary issues and all works discussed are artistic expressions selected for an adult audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Apr 23
2:30 pm

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Book Clubs, April 23, 2024, 04/23/2024, Poetry Discussion Circle: Poems with Humor

Gallery Talk | Dive Deeper into The Whitney Biennial (online)


Explore themes in the Whitney Biennial—from the fluidity of form, perception, and experience to historical and current land stewardship to concepts of selfhood.
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Tue, Apr 23
3:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, April 23, 2024, 04/23/2024, Dive Deeper into The Whitney Biennial (online)

Talk | Stargazing in the Park


A 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 to see rare celestial sights. No experience is necessary and telescopes will be provided between sunset and park closure.
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Tue, Apr 23
5:00 pm

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Talks, April 23, 2024, 04/23/2024, Stargazing in the Park

Book Discussion | Koreaworld: A Cookbook


Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard celebrate the launch of their new cookbook, a vibrant exploration of Korean cuisine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Apr 23
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, April 23, 2024, 04/23/2024, Koreaworld: A Cookbook

Discussion | Braving a New World: Audio Theater & the Climate Crisis


Every artform can open us up to our own ability to take meaningful action on the climate crisis. The New School and the Climate Museum are delighted to co-present a program examining and presenting audio theater dedicated to this end. Storytelling holds great power across human cultures, and so does the oral tradition. The increasing variety and availability of contemporary audio culture, including podcasts and audiobooks, has generated renewed interest in audio theater--not widely heard since the radio dramas of the early twentieth century. This event will share work from artists focused on climate justice who are redefining ‘sound art’ forms. The panel will be moderated by Cecilia Rubino and Sarah Montague (The New School) and include Darian Dauchan (Poet/Musician), Chantal Bilodeau (Arts & Climate Initiative), Lanxing Fu (Superhero Club/Big Green Theater), and Ben Williams (Elevator Repair Service).
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Tue, Apr 23
6:00 pm

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Discussions, April 23, 2024, 04/23/2024, Braving a New World: Audio Theater & the Climate Crisis

Book Discussion | Committed: On Meaning and Madwomen


Suzanne Scanlon's raw and masterful memoir about becoming a woman and going mad—and doing both at once.   When Suzanne Scanlon was a student at Barnard in the 90s, grieving the loss of her mother—feeling untethered and swimming through inarticulable pain—she made a suicide attempt that landed her in the New York State Psychiatric Institute.   After nearly three years and countless experimental treatments, Suzanne left the ward on shaky legs. In the decades it took her to recover from the experience, Suzanne came to understand her suffering as part of something larger: a long tradition of women whose complicated and compromised stories of self-actualization are reduced to “crazy chick” and “madwoman” narratives. It was a thrilling discovery, and she searched for more books, more woman writers, as the journey of her life converged with her journey through the literature that shaped her.   Transporting, honest, and graceful, Committed is a story of discovery and recovery, reclaiming the idea of the madwoman as a template for insight and transcendence through the works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Janet Frame, Audre Lorde, Shulamith Firestone, and others.
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Tue, Apr 23
6:30 pm

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Book Discussions, April 23, 2024, 04/23/2024, Committed: On Meaning and Madwomen
Tue, Apr 23
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Book Discussions, April 23, 2024, 04/23/2024, Tony-Winner and Pulitzer Prize Winner

Discussion | US Climate Leadership: Equity and Justice in the Green Transition


Communities across the U.S. are taking community-driven climate action by updating their infrastructure to reduce emissions and make urban life safer, healthier, and greener for everyone. But equity advocates want to make sure that the process of “greening” America’s infrastructure prioritizes those who are most impacted by climate change and pollution. From updating electrical systems in dense residential areas, to ensuring that communities of color are prepared for the boom in climate-related careers, advocates are working toward building cities in which everyone can thrive.  This is a discussion about equity, infrastructure, jobs, and the urban energy transition. Featuring the “father of environmental justice,” Dr. Robert Bullard (Texas Southern University, Bullard Center for Environmental & Climate Justice), Jade Begay (Indigenous Rights Advocate and Climate Researcher) and Leah Thomas (Intersectional Environmentalist), we’ll dig into the issues, opportunities, and solutions driving an equitable transformation for America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Apr 23
7:30 pm

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Discussions, April 23, 2024, 04/23/2024, US Climate Leadership: Equity and Justice in the Green Transition

Discussion | Curatorial Roundtable (online)


A talk with Defne Ayas on how to navigate the times and contexts we operate in. Drawing from several case studies across the globe, Ayas will reflect on her practice with a focus on artists and curators as ultimate collaborators for the (co-)creation of possible future vectors of politics, institutions and their representation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Apr 24
9:00 am

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Discussions, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, Curatorial Roundtable (online)

Book Discussion | The New Minority: People Without a Migration Background in the Superdiverse City (online)


After more than forty years of discussion, research and policies aimed at migrants, their children and their grandchildren, it is high time for a book focusing on a group that has been overlooked in the integration debate: people without a migration background. In many major European cities, this group has become a numerical minority. How do they experience today’s superdiverse cities? With author Maurice Crul.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Apr 24
12:30 pm

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Book Discussions, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, The New Minority: People Without a Migration Background in the Superdiverse City&nbsp;(online)

Discussion | A Talk About Alexei Ratmansky -- One of the Most Important Ballet Choreographers Working Today


Alexei Ratmansky, former director of the Bolshoi, recently choreographer in residence at American Ballet Theatre, and current choreographer in residence at New York City Ballet, is one of the most important ballet choreographers working today. In her recent book The Boy from Kyiv, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Marina Harss traces his trajectory from his early days in Kyiv to his peripatetic dancing career, through his international breakthrough with The Bright Stream to the present. Harss will discuss and show video footage from Ratmansky's days as a dancer in Ukraine, Canada, Denmark, and Russia, as well as footage of some of his first works for the stage. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Apr 24
1:00 pm

Free
Discussions, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, A Talk About Alexei Ratmansky -- One of the Most Important Ballet Choreographers Working Today

Talk | TrUDL: A Path to Anti-Racist, Anti-Ableist Inclusion (online)


Speaker María Cioè-Peña (Penn Graduate School of Education) is a bilingual/biliterate education researcher and educator who examines the intersections of disability, language, school–parent partnerships, and education policy. Taking a sociolinguistic approach and stance, she pushes and reimagines the boundaries of inclusive spaces for minoritized children.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm

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Talks, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, TrUDL: A Path to Anti-Racist, Anti-Ableist Inclusion (online)

Gallery Talk | Americans in Paris: Artists Working in Postwar France, 1946-1962: Exhibition Walkthrough


With JaBrea Patterson-West, Graduate Curatorial Assistant
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Apr 24
6:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, Americans in Paris: Artists Working in Postwar France, 1946-1962: Exhibition Walkthrough

Book Discussion | Jamie Wyeth: Unsettled


A major monograph of the American realist artist, descendant of one of America’s most revered artistic families, and painter of dark and uneasy subjects. This book traces a persistent vein of intriguing, often disconcerting, imagery over the career of renowned artist Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946), famous for his hyperrealist paintings of farm animals and Maine lighthouses. The focus in this volume is on the chilling thread that runs through his work, present but not overwhelming, and ever-evolving with his style and subjects. Whether he is introducing curious characters or surveying strange landscapes, Wyeth is at home with uneasy subjects and a master of the unsettled mood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Apr 24
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, Jamie Wyeth: Unsettled

Book Discussion | Life Underground: Encounters with People Below the Streets of New York


Beneath the surface of Manhattan’s Riverside Park run railroad tunnels, disused for decades, where over the years unhoused people have taken shelter. The sociologist Terry Williams ventured into the tunnel residents’ world, seeking to understand life on the margins and out of sight. He visited the tunnels between West Seventy- Second and West Ninety-Sixth Streets hundreds of times from 1991 to 1996, when authorities cleared them out to make way for Amtrak passenger service, and again between 2000 and 2020. Williams' lastest book charts a dispossessed space of New York City. The story he tells is not only about the specific people living in this  underground but about those living a shelterless life in the city. Every person underground is linked within a web of overlapping social worlds, above and below the ground. By delineating these social networks, Life Underground, through distinctive ethnographic eye and deep empathy, Williams provides an understanding of what life under below the surface entails.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, Life Underground: Encounters with People Below the Streets of New York

Book Discussion | The Sociology of Literature: The World Surrounding the Words


Gisèle Sapiro, the leading theorist of the sociology of literature, will present her book on the history, methods, and potential futures of this growing field of study, which finds its origins in the French Enlightenment, and its most salient expression as a sociological pursuit in the work of Pierre Bourdieu. Sapiro refutes the common criticism that the sociology of literature does not take the text to be the central object of study. Sapiro describes methods for analyzing the roles and behaviors of agents and institutions (publishing houses, prize committees, etc.) in the circulation and reception of texts. The book emphasizes the rich interdisciplinary nature of the approach, which draws on literary history, sociology, postcolonial studies, book history, gender studies, and media studies, while also defending the sociology of literature as a discipline in its own right.
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Book Discussions, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, The Sociology of Literature: The World Surrounding the Words

Discussion | Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Margo Jefferson in Conversation


An evening with celebrated author, Margo Jefferson, as she sits down with Honor Moore to discuss her work. Jefferson's unique work fuses cultural criticism and memoir. She will be reading from and talking about her most recent book, Constructing a Nervous System. Jefferson is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, the National Book Critics Circle Award for her memoir Negroland, and most recently the Wyndam Campbell Prize.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Margo Jefferson in Conversation

Discussion | Tall Timber: Bicoastal Beginnings and Where are We Now? (in-person and online)


The program features architects Thomas Robinson of Portland, Oregon-based LEVER Architecture and Chris Sharples of SHoP in New York City to discuss their first Mass Timber high-rise designs and to link those beginnings to their current work. In 2015, Robinson and SHoP were the co-winners of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize, a government-sponsored competition directed at stimulating innovation in high-rise applications in Mass Timber construction. While neither Framework – LEVER’s proposal for a 12-story, mixed-use building – nor 475 W. 18 St., SHoP’s design for a 10-story Manhattan apartment building near the High Line, were ultimately built, the projects advanced the goals of establishing fire, seismic, and other testing to apply to later projects. Over the past decade, LEVER and SHoP have continued to explore Mass Timber. On the West Coast, LEVER is completing several large-scale commissions, including the Adidas Headquarters Expansion in Portland, Oregon, and a creative office complex in L.A., 843 N Spring Street, as well as the addition to the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art. SHoP’s portfolio in wood includes two tech headquarters across continents, the new headquarters for YouTube in San Bruno, California and the award-winning Atlassian Central in Sydney, Australia. A 42-story Mass Timber, steel, and concrete tower, Atlassian Central will become the world’s tallest hybrid Mass Timber building upon completion in 2027.
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Discussions, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, Tall Timber: Bicoastal Beginnings and Where are We Now? (in-person and online)

Discussion | Translationship: Examining the Creative Process Between Authors & Translators (In Person AND Online!)


Relationships between authors and their translators are each unique in their own way, moving across time and over many miles in a special conversation that invokes a sharing of feeling and culture. As our global connectivity expands, translated works are becoming highly sought after by both independent and mainstream publishers in many countries, and even more so in places where censorship and restrictions on speech and expression exist. Please join Annelise Finegan, Director of Graduate Studies in Translation and Interpreting at NYU; Antonina W. Bouis, award-winning translator and cultural strategy advisor; and Ernesto Mestre-Reed, Guggenheim Fiction Fellow in conversation with Karen Phillips, the Executive Director of Words Without Borders, as they discuss their creative process and how translation promotes greater cultural awareness and representation.
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Wed, Apr 24
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Discussions, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, Translationship: Examining the Creative Process Between Authors & Translators (In Person AND Online!)

Book Discussion | The Rebel's Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon


Author Adam Shatz is the US editor of The London Review of Books and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and other publications.
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Wed, Apr 24
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Book Discussions, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, The Rebel's Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon

Book Discussion | 2 New Books on Biology


Two brilliant writers have a conversation on scientific history and the origins of life. Janina Wellmann's Biological Motion: A History of Life is a captivating exploration of the changing definitions of life in biology, studying the foundational relationship between motion and life. To answer the question "what is life?", prize-winning historian of science Janina Wellmann engages in a transdisciplinary investigation of motion as the most profound definition of living existence. Caroline Arni's Of Human Born: Fetal Lives, 1800-1950 is a new history of the concept of fetal life in the human sciences. At a time when the becoming of a human being in a woman's body has, once again, become a fraught issue--from abortion debates and surrogacy controversies to prenatal diagnoses and assessments of fetal risk--Of Human Born presents the largely unknown history of how the human sciences came to imagine the unborn in terms of "life before birth."
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Wed, Apr 24
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Book Discussions, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, 2 New Books on Biology

Gallery Talk | Artists on Artists Lecture


Artist Cheyney Thompson lectures on artist Robert Irwin.
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Gallery Talks, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, Artists on Artists Lecture

Slide Lecture | Robert Nickelsberg: Residents of Greenpoint


Since the middle of the 19th century, Greenpoint has been a migration hub of New York City. Then, in the 1970's, the neighborhood saw a big influx of Polish migrants seeking a better life in America. The immigration to Greenpoint resulted in the creation of Little Poland, with Polish shops, cultural centers, and financial institutions. Despite demographic changes, until now, Greenpoint remains a symbol of Polish immigration to the United States. Currently, there are 170,000 residents of Polish heritage engaged in all spheres of New York's daily life -- they are your neighbors, policemen physicians, or your child colleagues. The residents still living in Greenpoint were photographed by Robert Nickelsberg between 2020 and 2023. Robert Nickelsberg worked as a Time Magazine contract photographer for nearly thirty years, specializing in political and cultural change in developing countries. He was named the 2013 Winner of the Overseas Press Club's Olivier Rebbot Award. His photographs have been exhibited in various cities around the USA and the world. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Slide Lectures, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, Robert Nickelsberg: Residents of Greenpoint

Discussion | Six Futures of Russia—Why We Need History (In Person AND Online!)


Several weeks after Vladimir Putin turned 71, the Russian Federation president announced his intention to stand for a fifth term in elections that took place in March of this year. Putin’s predetermined victory will keep him in office until 2030, when he will be 78. But “self-styled tsars,” as historian Stephen Kotkin writes, face an acute succession crisis. Unable to rely on heirs through blood and compelled to simulate elections, Putin’s personalistic autocracy and, more broadly, Russia, face serious questions about the future. Stephen Kotkin examines the uncertain times ahead, and the ways in which our understandings of the past can help us see potential paths forward. The program will open with a short talk by Bogdan Horbal, the curator for Slavic and East European collections.
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Discussions, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, Six Futures of Russia&mdash;Why We Need History&nbsp;(In Person AND Online!)

Discussion | Speaking Soundly: An Interview with Met Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato


This program spotlights Speaking Soundly, a weekly podcast that's your ticket to back-stage discussions with world-renowned musicians. The show offers candid and compelling conversations with today's top performers as they speak about their creative process and lives as artists. Your host, Metropolitan Opera Principal Trumpet David Krauss, leads a live interview with American mezzo-soprano and three-time Grammy Award winner Joyce DiDonato. Over her nearly 30 year career, DiDonato has performed with most of the world's leading opera companies and orchestras, most recently at The Metropolitan Opera in the role of Virginia Woolf for their smash-hit The Hours.
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Wed, Apr 24
7:30 pm

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Discussions, April 24, 2024, 04/24/2024, Speaking Soundly: An Interview with Met Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato

Lecture | The Diversification of China's International Development Instruments (online)


Explore the evolution and diversification of instruments in China's international development practices, including its deployment of foreign aid and development finance, as well as its evolving role in international security arrangements and global economic governance institutions. Prof. Xiaoyang Tang will draw from her decades of research to offer an overview of Chinese development finance and its changing characteristics. Prof. Min Ye will discuss the motivations behind China’s Belt and Road Initiative from the perspective of Chinese domestic politics and trace its evolution over time.
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Lecture | The Smartness Mandate: Neo-liberalism, AI, & Politics


This talk interrogates the history of models of decision-making and agency in machine learning, neo-liberal economic thought, and finance in order to understand how reactionary politics , civil rights, and technology are being reformulated in our present. While the relationship between the Right, post-truth, suggestion algorithms, and social media has long been documented, rarely there has been extensive investigation of how ideas of choice and freedom become recast in a manner amenable to machine automation, financialization, and to particular brands of post-1970s alt-right discourses. An analysis of this history demonstrates a new logic within algorithmic and artificial intelligent rationalities that intersects with, but is also not merely a repetition of, earlier histories of reason, eugenics, sexism, and racism. This situation provokes serious challenges to political action, but also to our theorization of democracy, collectivity, and diversity. Speaker Orit Halpern is Full Professor and Chair of Digital Cultures at Technische Universität Dresden.
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12:15 pm

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Conference | No End of History: Crooked Circle of Democracy and Authoritarianism


On April 25th 1974, after years of a brutal decolonization war, a group of left-wing officials of the Portuguese Army started a rebellion that caused the downfall of the Portuguese colonial and authoritarian regime. The Carnation revolution, as this rebellion is known today, inaugurated what has been described as the third democratization wave. This was followed by the collapse of military juntas, the end of authoritarian governments, and the fall of communist and apartheid regimes across Southern and Eastern Europe, Latin America, East Asia, and Southern Africa. This third wave, between 1974 and 2000, further cemented the idea of liberal democracies and multiculturalism as a predetermined destination for all modern societies. However, the last 25 years of resurgence of populist leaders, far right movements, ethno-nationalist parties, and anti-minority violence, challenged the wishful thinking of those that considered the democratizing effects of the wave permanent.  The conference will engage with the legacies of the third democratization wave and the new authoritarian turn across the globe. 
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Discussion | The Geopolitics of the Greater Middle East after October 7 (online)


AJU President Jeffrey Herbst and Greg Treverton discuss Israel's security and American foreign policy following October 7. The Hamas attacks on October 7 and the subsequent war in Gaza upended political relations across the Middle East, with important implications for Israel's security and American foreign policy.
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Thu, Apr 25
3:00 pm

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Discussions, April 25, 2024, 04/25/2024, The Geopolitics of the Greater Middle East after October 7 (online)

Book Discussion | Feminism, Capitalism, and Ecology: Approaches to Global Crises


Johanna Oksala’s book is a philosophical response that brings together feminist and ecological approaches to solving the global environmental crisis that the capitalist economic system has created.
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Book Discussion | Pizza Night: Deliciously Doable Recipes for Pizza and Salad


Make pizza night a weekly tradition with these 52 seasonal pizzas paired with salads for a complete meal—from the award-winning author and creator of the popular blog Alexandra’s Kitchen. Making great pizza isn’t complicated. Whether you’re using a kitchen oven, a grill, or an outdoor pizza oven, it all starts with the dough. Alexandra Stafford presents four simple doughs—thin-crust, pan, Neapolitan-style, and gluten-free (plus sourdough variations)—and easy techniques for perfecting your crust. From there, you can create a variety of delicious pizzas, including Detroit-Style Pizza for a Crowd, Classic Margherita Pizza, and Winter White Pizza with Garlic and Herbs. You can make it the same day or ahead; make it extra cheesy and decadent or go the healthy road—pizza-making easily adapts to busy schedules and tastes and requires little in special equipment.
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Book Discussion | The Paris Novel: Heartfelt European Adventure


A dazzling, heartfelt adventure through the food, art, and fashion scenes of 1980s Paris—from the bestselling author Ruth Reichl.
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Discussion | Art Tracks: On the Potentials of Railway Spaces in NYC


A panel exploring art interventions along railway tracks All aboard as they delve into the artistic possibilities of New York City's railway system! The tradition of art in train stations runs deep in the city. This panel will focus on new formats of art in train stations and along railroad tracks and explore emerging opportunities for independent artists.  They will begin with a historical journey led by Wendy Feuer, who will provide insights into the inception of the MTA Arts program and its evolution into a cornerstone of today's cityscape. The focus then shifts to contemporary initiatives. Kanya Rhedrick will give an overview of the current landscape of Art at Amtrak, while Curtis Springstead will lead you through the story of the disused Waldwick interlocking tower, a historic gem, poised for a transformative role as an art space for train passengers.
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Discussion | Climate & Environmental Justice in Harlem


Exploring the reality of how the growing risks of rising heat, more intense storms, and a history of environmental injustice continue to generate disproportionate climate impacts in communities like Harlem as well as the community leadership working to overcome this history. What is government doing to address these risks and get at the root causes of our climate crisis? How can community organizations and residents partner with local businesses, academic organizations, and government to cause real change in policy and outcomes?
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Discussion | Latin Voters and the 2024 Presidential Election


A panel with Latin politics experts to discuss the importance of the 2024 presidential election for Latin communities and the role of Latin voters in the election. Presenters include Yalidy Matos (Rutgers University), Yamil Velez (Columbia University), and Cristina Beltr?n (NYU) organized and moderated by Domingo Morel (NYU Wagner).
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Discussion | Syncretism and Sustainability


Sites of Impermanence artists Sanford Biggers, Willie Cole, and Mel Kendrick will participate in a moderated discussion about formal innovation through the use and reuse of materials, hybridity, and the melding of different traditions of making. The discussion is presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Rail, and moderated by William Corwin. In ancient Greek, the term synkrētismos meant a “union of communities,” specifically to oppose a common enemy. Only in the seventeenth century was the word Anglicized to mean “the union of different religious beliefs.” This term now filled an emerging descriptive need for a process of cultural diffusion and hybridity that emerged through colonization. The artists will discuss how syncretism, with its fraught history, relates to their sculptural practices, and how looking back to move forward informs their work.
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Discussion | Artist Talk: Shorter Than This Day


This exchange between artist Sarah Sze and writer Teju Cole will celebrate Sze’s ambitious site-specific Public Art Fund sculpture Shorter Than The Day, now permanently on view at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B. Commissioned in 2020 with LaGuardia Gateway Partners, Sze’s work evokes the passage of time through an intricate constellation of photographs. Hundreds of images form a mirage-like sphere that appears to float in midair. Each photograph is a snapshot of the sky above New York City taken over the course of one day. In her conversation, Sze will discuss the process behind this project and, alongside Cole, explore how their artistic practices capture non-linear experiences of time and the urban environment.
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Conference | Digital Platform Economies – Value from Data?


A host of studies demonstrate the perils of digital platforms and automated systems: algorithmic bias, algorithmic harm, data privacy, and deep fakes. What is less clear are the myriad ways that digital platforms structure economic/financial relations and transactions in the first place. Understanding processes of data valuation is a crucial aspect of broader inquiries into the promises and perils of digital platforms. This 2-day conference showcases programmatic research on data valuation. Each session considers the question: How do platforms produce value and monetize those value forms? The sessions are designed to stimulate discussion about value forms and valuation processes through particular lenses: digital assets, Web3 tokenization, digital twins, automated optimization, and generative AI. The discussions will consider the extent to which standard concepts (rent, commodity, property, accumulation) are relevant to these cases and examine continuities and discontinuities across different modes of digital value production.
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Talk | Tenement Tour: Life & Death in 1918 (online)


A specialized virtual program examining what made the influenza pandemic of 1918 so devastating and how New York City’s government and residents responded to the global health crisis. Through the story of Sarah and Jacob Burinescu, immigrants from Russia and Romania, and their children, they’ll examine parallels between the 1918 influenza pandemic and our own recent experiences with COVID-19 and consider how we might remember these events in the years to come.
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Discussion | The Role of the Modern Tibetan Intellectual (in-person and online)


A wide-ranging conversation between pioneering Tibetan sociologist Dr. Gyal Lo and Professor Robert Thurman, moderated by acclaimed activist Lhadon Tethong. The event will launch Dr. Gyal Lo's groundbreaking book on the life of the Sixth Gung Thang Rinpoche, and conversations will revolve around Rinpoche's monumental contributions to Tibetan culture, literature, and identity. Gung Thang Rinpoche was one of the most influential Tibetan scholars of the last century, and Dr. Gyal Lo had a front row view of how Rinpoche survived the tumultuous events of the Cultural Revolution and played a pivotal role in reviving Tibetan language and culture in the 1980s.
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Thu, Apr 25
6:30 pm

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Discussions, April 25, 2024, 04/25/2024, The Role of the Modern Tibetan Intellectual (in-person and online)

Book Discussion | The End of Family Court: How Abolishing the Court Brings Justice to Children and Families


At the turn of the twentieth century, American social reformers created the first juvenile court. They imagined a therapeutic court where informality, specially trained public servants, and a kindly, all-knowing judge would assist children and families. But the dream of a benevolent means of judicial problem-solving was never realized. A century later, children and families continue to be failed by this deeply flawed court. The End of Family Court rejects the foundational premise that family court can do good when intervening in family life and challenges its endless reinvention to survive. Jane M. Spinak illustrates how the procedures and policies of modern family court are deeply entwined in a heritage of racism, a profound disdain for poverty, and assimilationist norms intent on fixing children and families who are different. And the court’s interventionist goals remain steeped in an approach to equity and well-being that demands individual rather than collective responsibility for the security and welfare of families.
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Lecture | China's Role in the Global Debt Landscape (online)


Delve into the composition of Chinese development finance, comparing it to the World Bank, and examine how the Global South perceives its local impact. Prof. Yan Wang will situate Chinese development finance in the global debt landscape by comparing it with World Bank loans. Dr. Ammar Malik will draw on large datasets to discuss the impact of China’s overseas development finance on the Global South at large. Mr. Mustafa Sayed will offer a local interpretation of the nature of Chinese loans to Pakistan and their role in the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the first and flagship economic corridor in China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
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Conference | Digital Platform Economies – Value from Data?


A host of studies demonstrate the perils of digital platforms and automated systems: algorithmic bias, algorithmic harm, data privacy, and deep fakes. What is less clear are the myriad ways that digital platforms structure economic/financial relations and transactions in the first place. Understanding processes of data valuation is a crucial aspect of broader inquiries into the promises and perils of digital platforms. This 2-day conference showcases programmatic research on data valuation. Each session considers the question: How do platforms produce value and monetize those value forms? The sessions are designed to stimulate discussion about value forms and valuation processes through particular lenses: digital assets, Web3 tokenization, digital twins, automated optimization, and generative AI. The discussions will consider the extent to which standard concepts (rent, commodity, property, accumulation) are relevant to these cases and examine continuities and discontinuities across different modes of digital value production.
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Gallery Talk | Francesca Woodman: Exhibition Tour


The exhibition presents key prints from approximately 1975 through 1980. Photographing in Providence, Rhode Island; Rome; Ravenna, Italy; and New York, Woodman situated herself and others within dilapidated interiors and ancient architecture to compose her tableaux. Using objects such as chairs and plinths along with architectural elements including doorways, walls, and windows, she staged contrasts with the performative presence of the figures, presenting the body itself as sculpture. In the Self-Deceit series (1978), she photographed herself nude in a room with crumbling walls, standing, crawling, or crouching with a frameless mirror. Through compositional fragmentation and blurring, Woodman throws into question the conceit that photography offers a revelation of the self.
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Lecture | The Birth of a Pleasurescape: Montevideo in the 1910s-1920s


A lecture by Adrián Márquez, PhD Candidate at Stony Brook University in the Department of History.
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Lecture | American (Slavery) Caste, not Race


Lionel McPherson argues that the permanent, stark social disadvantage of Black America is best understood as a caste phenomenon, as in a fixed, color-conscious, social status hierarchy. Caste analysis of American color consciousness calls attention to the intergenerational nature and national specificity of the Black American situation, rooted in American inherited slavery and enforced segregation. Race analysis, by contrast, traffics in flat blackness, turning Africa-identified descendants of American slavery (capital “B” Black Americans) from a distinctive national people, neither native nor immigrant, into a vague racially “black” people. What McPherson calls “race intrigue” principally functions as a distraction—from the subjugation, exploitation, and nonrepair of the historical American “Slaves”/“black” caste—by (mis)directing focus from Black (American) equality politics to some tepid antiracism, or general anti-antiblack racism, agenda.
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Book Discussion | How Do I Draw These Memories?: An Illustrated Memoir


Jonell Joshua spent her childhood shuttling back and forth between Savannah and New Jersey - living in grandparents' homes during the times her mother, struggling with mental illness, needed support to raise her and her brothers. Together the family found a way to keep going even in the darkest of times. This is an illustrated memoir about nostalgia, faith, the preciousness of life, and unconditional love.
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Fri, Apr 26
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, April 26, 2024, 04/26/2024, How Do I Draw These Memories?: An Illustrated Memoir

Talk | Artist Talk: Poster Cult (in-person and online)


As one of Switzerland’s foremost poster designers, Dafi Kühne produces diverse work that plays with the contrast between old production tools and modern layouts. While printed on traditional presses from the 1960s, his posters do not look like typical letterpress prints. Instead, they connect to the history of letterpress production while pushing the boundaries through modern tools of what is possible. Through the use of of analog printing presses, computers, lasercutters, and freshly cast hot-metal-type, he creates wildly creative, large-format posters. From his vast letterpress studio in the Swiss Alps, Dafi Kühne simultaneously drives poster culture and upholds the cult of the poster. In this talk, Dafi will give insight into his processes and his approach to Swiss typographic poster design.
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Conference | Language: What Is It Good For?


Successful communication can result in human flourishing and cooperation, while  misunderstanding proliferates suffering. Words do not have stable, precise definitions, but “have those meanings which we have given them,” as Wittgenstein notes—new with each interpretational circumstance. Subjective and cultural forces shape the way we interpret signs, which makes our daily connection through language profound. Yet the human capacity to animate signs, by imbuing sound (and movement) with sense, remains beyond scientific understanding. Language is both one of the most fundamental elements of the human experience and one of the least understood, illustrating the need for a creative reexamination of the human language faculty.  This interdisciplinary conference will share innovative thoughts about language use and linguistic communication. This one-day conference is inspired by the twin observations that opportunities designed specifically to initiate cross-disciplinary collaborations are rare, and that graduate students are ideally poised to take advantage of such opportunities to generate influential new insights and frameworks. The conference will feature talks and poster presentations in the morning and early afternoon. In the late afternoon, speakers will participate in identifying persistent questions and themes emerging from the presentations, as well as potentials for targeted collaborations.
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Conference | (Anti-)Colonialisms and its Afterlives: Renewing and Rethinking the Debate


According to some scholars, the various traditions of criticizing colonial modernity in the human sciences (rather than literary criticism)—postcolonial, decolonial, settler colonial, and anti-imperial, are now spent. Some disagree. Certain approaches and themes associated with these fields, to be sure, have been rendered anachronistic by ongoing socio-political transformations that have taken place within and across the countries of the peripheral fringe and the metropolitan core (including neoliberal globalization, mass migration, the proliferation of ethno-racial enclaves and camps for stateless peoples, the spread of populism) have blurred the boundaries between them; others have been ossified by intra-disciplinary academic debates and still others by ideologically monistic perspectives.  Without ignoring or belittling the criticisms that have been leveled against these counter-colonial traditions by critics and sympathizers alike, this conference seeks to rethink and renew them by having them engage with and transform each other’s understanding of the current and untimely aspects of the receding present.  
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Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Atomic Terrain


Atomic Terrain will talk about the show How to Make a Bomb, a geopolitical gardening project that uses a rare species of rose—the Rosa floribunda “Atom Bomb” rose—to examine the structural connections between horticulture, state power, and nuclear colonialism.
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Conference | (Anti-)Colonialisms and its Afterlives: Renewing and Rethinking the Debate


According to some scholars, the various traditions of criticizing colonial modernity in the human sciences (rather than literary criticism)—postcolonial, decolonial, settler colonial, and anti-imperial, are now spent. Some disagree. Certain approaches and themes associated with these fields, to be sure, have been rendered anachronistic by ongoing socio-political transformations that have taken place within and across the countries of the peripheral fringe and the metropolitan core (including neoliberal globalization, mass migration, the proliferation of ethno-racial enclaves and camps for stateless peoples, the spread of populism) have blurred the boundaries between them; others have been ossified by intra-disciplinary academic debates and still others by ideologically monistic perspectives.  Without ignoring or belittling the criticisms that have been leveled against these counter-colonial traditions by critics and sympathizers alike, this conference seeks to rethink and renew them by having them engage with and transform each other’s understanding of the current and untimely aspects of the receding present.  
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Talk | How to Break into Comedy


The Manhattan Comedy School, New York City’s premier comedy training ground, is celebrating National Humor Month by offering a free seminar, “Breaking into Comedy”. This engaging and informative session will provide aspiring comedians with the tools and knowledge they need to launch a successful career in the world of laughter.    The seminar will offer an ideal learning environment for everyone from total beginners to more advanced comedy enthusiasts. It will explore a wide array of essential topics, such as: ·         Learn Basic Skills: Learn the secrets of joke writing and finding humor in everyday life. 5 ways to get stage time in NYC, 6 beginner mistakes to avoid, 5 things all new comics need to do, when to audition, and much, much more.  ·         Stage Presence and Performance: Overcoming performance anxiety and finding your on-stage persona and hook. ·         Navigating the Comedy Landscape: Discover the various avenues available to comedians today, from stand-up routines to the ever-growing realm of online platforms like YouTube and TikTok.
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Book Discussion | My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones (In Person AND Online!)


Join WNYC's Alison Stewart and Stephen Graham Jones for a live conversation about his book, My Heart is a Chainsaw, an homage to slasher films that also manages to defy and transcend genre. On the surface is a story of murder in small-town America. But beneath is its beating heart: a biting critique of American colonialism, Indigenous displacement, and gentrification, and a heartbreaking portrait of a broken young girl who uses horror movies to cope with the horror of her own life. Jade Daniels is an angry, half-Indian outcast with an abusive father, an absent mother, and an entire town that wants nothing to do with her. She lives in her own world, a world in which protection comes from an unusual source: horror movies; especially the ones where a masked killer seeks revenge on a world that wronged them. And Jade narrates the quirky history of Proofrock as if it is one of those movies. But when blood actually starts to spill into the waters of Indian Lake, she pulls us into her dizzying, encyclopedic mind of blood and masked murderers, and predicts exactly how the plot will unfold.
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Book Discussion | The Northeast Corridor: The Trains, the People, the History, the Region


David Alff launches his new book, the first comprehensive history of perhaps the most famous American railway. In conversation with Ann Kjellberg. Traversed by thousands of trains and millions of riders, the Northeast Corridor might be America’s most famous railway, but its influence goes far beyond the right-of-way. David Alff welcomes readers aboard to see how nineteenth-century train tracks did more than connect Boston to Washington, DC. They transformed hundreds of miles of Atlantic shoreline into a political capital, a global financial hub, and home to fifty million people. The Northeast Corridor reveals how freight trains, commuter rail, and Amtrak influenced—and in turn were shaped by—centuries of American industrial expansion, metropolitan growth, downtown decline, and revitalization.
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Book Club | Graphic Novel Book Club: Y: The Last Man Vol. One: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra


Y: The Last Man, one of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling comic books series of the last decade, is that rare example of a page-turner that is at once humorous, socially relevant and endlessly surprising. Written by Brian K. Vaughan (Lost, Pride Of Baghdad, Ex Machina) and with art by Pia Guerra, this is the saga of Yorick Brown-the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he's the last man on earth.
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Lecture | The “New Architecture:” Hungarian Modernism in the 1930s


The 1920s were decisive for modern European architecture, although its impact was delayed in Hungary. The period between 1928 and 1932 is considered the beginning of modern architecture in Hungary, although architects understood modern architecture quite differently: they saw modernity in the adaptation of technical and technological innovations. Speaker Eva Lovra Ph. D. in Architectural Sciences is senior lecturer at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Debrecen.
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Talk | Artist Talk: A Cosmology of Inclusions (online)


Mixed-media artist Jaz Graf explores how materials collide and synthesize to convey embodied and metaphorical stories. Her love of inclusions in the papermaking process has been essential in the development of her ongoing personal mythology. Graf plays with materials and their inherent and potential meanings. She considers Thai mulberry as plantcestor, offering remedy, rumination, and reverence. Graf will talk about a new body of work created at Dieu Donné’s paper studios during her West Bay View Foundation Fellowship in 2022-23. She delves into her iterative projects inspired by textiles, ancient manuscripts, and design motifs of her cultural heritage.
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Talk | Tree Canopy and Biodiversity in the Park


Llandscape consultants SCAPE help you learn about Battery Park City’s recently completed tree and biodiversity inventory. Explore the results of the tree canopy assessment – including street trees and those in the parks – as well as the inventory of plants growing in the gardens throughout the neighborhood. The results highlight the overall biodiversity, habitat value, and resiliency of Battery Park City’s urban tree canopy and planted areas.    
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Talk | Stargazing in the Park


A 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 to see rare celestial sights. No experience is necessary and telescopes will be provided between sunset and park closure.
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Discussion | Living In Music: A Discussion, Wisdom Worth Sharing from Music Makers


Embark on an illuminating exploration into the heart of the music industry with Living In Music: A Discussion, Wisdom Worth Sharing. This panel, comprised of esteemed luminaries Monika Ryan, John Doelp, Mia Moravis, Rene Hart, Denise Barbarita, and Jeff Lipton, promises an enriching discourse on their extensive expertise and profound insights. Experts from all sides of the music business come together to share and inspire, each member bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. Whether you're a burgeoning artist embarking on a career in music or a seasoned pro, seize the opportunity to engage with these industry leaders and delve into the inner workings of the music world.
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Book Discussion | How to Make Your Mother Cry: Searching for Home


Linked genre-queer short stories by Sejal Shah braided with images and ephemera explore the experiences of growing up and living as a diasporic Gujarati woman searching for home.
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Book Discussion | Miss Morgan’s Book Brigade: Time-Spanning Drama


Based on the extraordinary little-known history of the women who received the Croix de Guerre medal for courage under fire, Janet Skeslien Charles's book is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit, the power of literature, and ultimately the courage it takes to make a change.
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Book Discussion | Roger A. Deakins: Byways


Portraits and landscapes from the cinematographer Roger A. Deakins famed for his work with Sam Mendes and the Coen brothers.  
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Talk | The Phenomenology of Surprise (online)


What differentiates surprise from the weird, the interesting or the startling? Artist Jeanette Andrews’ unique practice as a magician and artist have afforded her unique insights into this topic which inspired her installation and performance work “Taken by Artificial Surprise” and recent talk on this topic for the British Society of Aesthetics.
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Discussion | What Makes a Cultural Landmark? Perspectives from Mexico


Leading experts explore cultural heritage sites in Mexico, including the region of Oaxaca and the unique relationship between its local communities, their daily lived traditions, and natural landscapes. Learn how the new galleries will foreground the significant role that landscape plays in Mesoamerican art.
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Lecture | Racialized Geographies in México: Violence, Disappearance and Militarization in Indigenous Territories


In the presentation, speaker Rosalba Aida Hernandez Castillo will reflect on the impact of the “war on drugs” on the bodies and territories of the indigenous peoples of Mexico. Taking as an analytical window the life histories of women victims of sexual violence in militarized and paramilitarized regions, and the experience of relatives of disappeared persons, this presentation will establish connections between occupation through the violation and control of indigenous women’s bodies, the disappearance of racialized youth and the occupation of their territories and dispossession of their natural resources. These processes take place simultaneously and respond to the neocolonial logic of capitalism, within which gender and race inequalities are essential for their reproduction.  
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Discussion | Adventures in Italian Opera with TV Chef Lidia Bastianich (in-person and online)


The seventh and final Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin of this season features food diva Lidia Bastianich, Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and a great lover of Italian opera.
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Book Discussion | Shakespeare Was a Woman & Other Heresies by Elizabeth Winkler in Conversation with Academy Award Winner


Presenting her book, Shakespeare Was a Woman and Other Heresies, Elizabeth Winkler will explore with Academy Award-winning actor Mark Rylance the theory that Shakespeare may not have written the works that bear his name. Scholars admit that the Bard's biography is a "black hole," yet to publicly question the identity of the god of English literature is unacceptable, even (some say) "immoral." Winkler sets out to probe the origins of this literary taboo, the conflicting views, and the evidence concerning the authorship of the plays and poems traditionally credited to William Shakespeare.
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Book Discussion | The Constitution of the War on Drugs: A New Argument


The U.S. government's decades-long "war on drugs" is increasingly recognized as a moral travesty as well as a policy failure. The criminalization of substances such as marijuana and magic mushrooms offends core tenets of liberalism, from the right to self-rule to protection of privacy to freedom of religion. It contributes to mass incarceration and racial subordination. And it costs billions of dollars per year--all without advancing public health. Yet, in hundreds upon hundreds of cases, courts have allowed the war to proceed virtually unchecked. How could a set of policies so draconian, destructive, and discriminatory escape constitutional curtailment? Author David Pozen provides an authoritative, critical constitutional history of the drug war, casting new light on both drug prohibition and U.S. constitutional development.
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Book Discussion | Reading The Iliad (In Person AND Online!)


Emily Wilson spent nearly a decade wrestling with her translation of the great Homeric epic, The Iliad, which she calls, "the most gripping and heartbreaking work of literature I know." The poem, she writes, "evokes human greatness and human vulnerability...even now, when I turn back to lines I have read hundreds of times already, I find that the raw power of the Greek still startles me." Wilson reads from her translation (and perhaps some in the original Greek as well!), and discusses the clamor of arms, the bellowing boasts, the fury, and grief that define the thrilling, magical, and emotionally complex poem.
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Book Discussion | Mott Street: A Chinese American Family’s Story of Exclusion and Homecoming


Ava Chin—author, performer, and professor—performs and talks about her new in paperback book about the impact of the country’s first immigration restrictions on four generations of her family in NYC’s Chinatown.
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Book Discussion | Scattered and Fugitive Things: How Black Collectors Created Archives and Remade History


During the first half of the twentieth century, a group of collectors and creators dedicated themselves to documenting the history of African American life. At a time when dominant institutions cast doubt on the value or even the idea of Black history, these bibliophiles, scrapbookers, and librarians created an enduring set of African diasporic archives. In building these institutions and amassing abundant archival material, they also reshaped Black public culture, animating inquiry into the nature and meaning of Black history. Scattered and Fugitive Things tells the stories of these Black collectors, traveling from the parlors of the urban north to HBCU reading rooms and branch libraries in the Jim Crow south. Laura E. Helton chronicles the work of six key figures: bibliophile Arturo Schomburg, scrapbook maker Alexander Gumby, librarians Virginia Lee and Vivian Harsh, curator Dorothy Porter, and historian L. D. Reddick. Drawing on overlooked sources such as book lists and card catalogs, she reveals the risks collectors took to create Black archives.
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Lecture | Carnivalesque Classics: The Case of 19th-Century Afro-Latin American Poet Luiz Gama (in-person and online)


As a singular example of Latin America’s literary production, the Brazilian poet, abolitionist, newspaper man, and lawyer Luiz Gama (1830–1882) enlisted satire and the carnivalesque as aesthetic choices, prefiguring the cultural cannibalism of the modernist movement in the first half of 20th century. The carnivalesque element and cannibalism manifest themselves in Gama’s poetic collection Trovas Burlescas through social and racial critique. Gama incorporates the plurality and contradictions of ancient myth to present the absurdities that attended empire, church, and slavery in Brazilian society of the second half of the 19th century. Unlike Parnassian poets, Luiz Gama used classicisms to heighten the comic effect of his satires while foregrounding his own position as a Black author. Readers of Gama learned various curiosities from the ancient world, and they did not need to be formally educated to understand the satirical intersection between ancient Mediterranean myths and Latin American colonial mythologies. Speaker: Andrea Koukanakis, Hunter College
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Book Discussion | Delfi: Literature as a Social Event


A reading and conversation with contributors Fatma Aydemir, Eileen Myles, and Hengameh Yaghoobifarah  
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Book Discussion | New Narratives on the Peopling of America: Immigration, Race, and Dispossession


Editors T. Alexander Aleinikoff and Alexandra D?lano Alonso present an extraordinary collection of original essays that reshape our understanding of the peopling of the United States. This thought-provoking volume goes beyond conventional accounts of immigration by reexamining narratives about foreign-born populations in the United States. It situates them as part of a larger story of forced displacement and dispossession that needs to include indigenous people, enslaved persons, deported and returned migrants, and those residing in territories and foreign nations acquired by the United States.
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Book Discussion | Now You See Me!: An Introduction to 100 Years of Black Design


Charlene Prempeh celebrate hers debut, which documents a century of Black design history. In conversation with Tavares Strachan. Now You See Me! celebrates dozens of innovative yet little-known Black graphic artists, architects, and fashion designers. Strachan’s artistic practice has long elevated overlooked Black figures who have shaped our culture. Together, Prempeh and Strachan will examine how Black pioneers can be given their due in real time.
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Discussion | A Conversation with Writer Honor Moore


A conversation with Honor Moore, faculty member and author of A Termination and Brigid Hughes, Editor at A Public Space. Robert Polito, distinguished faculty member, will moderate the evening.   
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Discussion | Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and China’s Ambitions


A public conversation by Professor Ahmet Evin. Moderated by Alexander Cooley.
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Book Discussion | Eyeliner: A Cultural History by Zahra Hankir


Author and journalist Zahra Hankir discusses her new book, Eyeliner: A Cultural History. From the distant past to the present, with fingers and felt-tipped pens, metallic powders and gel pots, humans have been drawn to lining their eyes. The aesthetic trademark of figures ranging from Nefertiti to Amy Winehouse, eyeliner is one of our most enduring cosmetic tools; ancient royals and Gen Z beauty influencers alike would attest to its uniquely transformative power. It is undeniably fun—yet it is also far from frivolous. Seen through Zahra Hankir’s (kohl-lined) eyes, this ubiquitous but seldom-examined product becomes a portal to history, proof both of the stunning variety among cultures across time and space and of our shared humanity. Through intimate reporting and conversations—with nomads in Chad, geishas in Japan, dancers in India, drag queens in New York, and more—Eyeliner embraces the rich history and significance of its namesake, especially among communities of color. What emerges is an unexpectedly moving portrait of a tool that, in various corners of the globe, can signal religious devotion, attract potential partners, ward off evil forces, shield eyes from the sun, transform faces into fantasies, and communicate volumes without saying a word.
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Book Discussion | Who Are We Now?: The Dynamic "Us"


From leading AI researcher Blaise Agüera y Arcas comes an exploration of how biology, ecology, sexuality, history, and culture have intertwined to create a dynamic "us" that can neither be called natural nor artificial. Identity politics occupies the front line in today's culture wars, pitting generations against each other, and progressive cities against the rural traditions of our past. Rich in data and detail, Who Are We Now? goes beyond today's headlines to connect our current reality to a larger more-than-human story.
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Lecture | From Private and Insular to Public and Engaged


Upon the German invasion of Belgium in 1914, George Sarton, a historian of science, the owner/editor of Isis, and an evangel of the field, fled his house near Ghent, eventually arriving in the United States. He found a place at Harvard and, together with friends, an institutional home for the journal by establishing the History of Science Society, in 1924. Running Isis largely alone, he made it an outlet for the (often unrefereed) work of scholars of reputation, including himself. Sarton’s journal recognized the contributions of the Middle East and Asia to the creation of modern science, but during his editorship, Isis published little that bore on the science-related social, economic, and political upheavals in the first half of the twentieth century. Shortly after World War II, with the encouragement of John Fulton, a Yale physiologist and admired historian, the historians of science Conway Zirkle and Henry Guerlac initiated various reforms, including transfer of ownership and substantive oversight of the journal to the Society, and the installation of a managing editor. He was I. Bernard Cohen, a young Harvard physicist and budding historian, who succeeded Sarton as editor, in 1952. Cohen instituted additional changes, notably the regular refereeing of submitted articles, and he encouraged contributions from scholars in the history of biology and of American science. Since the 1960s, the content of both the Society’s journal and meetings has expanded and diversified. The transformation has been marked by much less attention to the content and methods of science, far more to its social, economic, and political engagements. The transformation has gained history of science a large audience, but without adequate attention to the truth-content of science, it is handicapped in resisting, for example, racist biology, denials of vaccine effectiveness, or the devastations of anthropogenic global warming. Speaker: Daniel J. Kevles, Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University
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Lecture | Comparing the Jewish and Islamic Legal Traditions (online)


Professor Rabea Benhalim will present on the comparative features of Jewish and Islamic law. She will discuss the historical relationship of Jewish and Islamic legal scholars, the shared features of each religious legal system, and the continued development of each within the modern, American context. Rabea Benhalim is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Law School.
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Discussion | A Converation with Actress and SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher


This program spotlights Fran Drescher for a live taping of She Pivots, an iHeart podcast which delves into the stories of remarkable women who have proved that success is not defined by a one-size-fits-all formula. For this one-night-only live taping, Emily Tisch Sussman will sit down with Drescher to discuss how her personal journey has impacted her impressive career.
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Discussion | Chinese Global Infrastructure (online)


This panel discusses China’s diversifying role in global infrastructure development. Prof. Austin Strange will provide an overview of the scale and scope of China’s overseas infrastructure using large datasets he developed. Prof. Wendy Leutert and Dr Isaac Kardon will discuss China’s global port development involvement and its economic and security implications. Prof. Oscar Otele will introduce China’s involvement in railway development. He will delve into local elite collusion and contestation in the largest infrastructure investment in Kenya since its independence, financed by China. Dr. Andrea Pollio will use years of fieldwork in Kenya and South Africa to outline China’s growing involvement in digital infrastructure in Africa and its implications for urban growth and entrepreneurship development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Symposium | Institutional Psychotherapy: Legacy and Constellations of Francesc Tosquelles (online)


Situated at the intersection of art and psychiatry, the exhibition Francesc Tosquelles: Avant-Garde Psychiatry and the Birth of Art Brut explores for the first time in the United States the legacy of Catalan psychiatrist Francesc Tosquelles. After fleeing the Nationalist government of Franco amidst the Spanish Civil War, Tosquelles arrived in 1940 at the Saint-Alban psychiatric hospital in Southern France, where he devised a series of revolutionary psychiatric practices. This symposium will draw from the themes and contributions featured in the multi-author English accompanying publication (edited by AFAM’s exhibition co-curators Carles Guerra, Joana Masó, Valérie Rousseau and Edward Dioguardi), as well as by Joana Masó’s English anthology on Tosquelles.  Conceived as an interdisciplinary dialogue, this online symposium will chart the history of the Saint-Alban “asylum-village,” while studying past and present significance of “institutional psychotherapy”. Akin to Tosquelles’ methodologies and epistemologies, the symposium will not offer a doctrinal survey about pioneering psychiatry and occupational therapy. Instead, the presentations will guide us through experiences, artworks and archival materials to reexamine mental health history and reconsider it in a larger political, social, and cultural context. 
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Lecture | Violent Backlash to Political Reform: Evidence from Anti-Jewish Pogroms in the 1905 Russian Revolution


Local violence often accompanies moments of momentous political change, as feelings of political threat intersect with preexisting prejudice to endanger groups popularly associated with reform. This talk examines the relationship between such violence and demographics in the context of the 1905 Russian Revolution, which triggered numerous anti-Jewish pogroms. Counter to an extensive literature that emphasizes the contribution to conflict of ethnoreligious polarization, we show that the sharp increase in pogroms after October 1905, when publication of the October Manifesto and accompanying anti-Semitic propaganda increased feelings of political threat among many non-Jews, was smaller in settlements with relatively large Jewish populations. The talk demonstrates that this empirical pattern can be rationalized with the Esteban-Ray (2008) model of conflict when, as with the October Manifesto, political reform systematically alters the distribution of benefits across groups. Speaker Scott Gehlbach is the Elise and Jack Lipsey Professor in the Department of Political Science, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the College at the University of Chicago.
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Lectures, May 02, 2024, 05/02/2024, Violent Backlash to Political Reform: Evidence from Anti-Jewish Pogroms in the 1905 Russian Revolution

Conference | Latin America on the Move


12:30 pm - Welcome Michael Cohen, Director, Observatory on Latin America Juan Tokatlian, Professor, Universidad de Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires 1:00 pm: Continental Governance Moderator: Peter Hoffman, Director, Julien Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs Speakers: Sandra Borda, Professor, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia Andreas Feldman Pietsch, Professor, Latin America and Latin Studies and Political Science, University of Illinois Tomás González, Centro Regional de Estudios de Energía (CREE), Bogotá, Colombia. Discussant: Enrique Desmond Arias, Marxe Chair of Western Hemisphere Affairs and Professor, Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York 2:30: The Impact of the US 2024 Elections on Latin America Moderator: TBA Speakers: Ana Covarrubias, Professor, El Colegio de México, Mexico City Juan Tokatlian, Professor, Universidad de Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires Discussant: Michael Cohen, Director, Observatory on Latin America
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Talk | On Getting The Life You Want: Psychoanalysis With Pragmatism


British psychoanalyst Adam Phillips aims to show the compatibility of psychoanalysis and American pragmatism. Pragmatism without psychoanalysis can seem naive, psychoanalysis without pragmatism can seem unduly coercive and essentialist.
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Book Discussion | Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide


From Edgar Award–winning novelist, playwright, and story-songwriter Rupert Holmes comes a diabolical thriller with a killer concept: The McMasters Conservatory for the Applied Arts, “a fantasy academy laid out like a combination of Hogwarts, Downton Abbey, and a White Lotus–style resort” (Los Angeles Times) dedicated to the art of murder where students study how best to “delete” their most deserving victim.
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Book Discussion | Soul by Soul: The Evangelical Mission to Spread the Gospel to Muslims (in-person and online)


A special conversation to celebrate the publication by Adriana Carranca, a graduate who covers conflicts and human rights. She was awarded the OPC Foundation's Harper’s Magazine Scholarship in Memory of I.F. Stone in 2018. She will be joined by Graciela Mochkofsky, Dean of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, and Sarah Stillman, staff writer at The New Yorker. The conversation will be moderated by Samuel Freedman, Professor of Journalism at Columbia Journalism School with welcome remarks from Patricia Kranz, Executive Director of the Overseas Press Club. Based on over a decade of research and reporting, Soul by Soul is a riveting journey that follows the pilgrimage of a Brazilian family through the underground passages of the global evangelical movement as it clashes with militant Islamic groups in the Middle East and South Asia.
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Book Discussion | The Constitutional Bind: How Americans Came to Idolize a Document that Fails Them


Some Americans today worry that the Federal Constitution is ill-equipped to respond to mounting democratic threats and may even exacerbate the worst features of American politics. Yet for as long as anyone can remember, the Constitution has occupied a quasi-mythical status in American political culture. Author Aziz Rana explores how a flawed document came to be so glorified and how this has impacted American life. The book shows that today’s reverential constitutional culture is a distinctively twentieth-century phenomenon. Rana connects this widespread idolization to another relatively recent development: the rise of US global dominance, and how the constitution unleashed an interventionist national security state abroad while undermining the possibility of deeper change at home. The Constitutional Bind also sheds light on an array of movement activists—in Black, Indigenous, feminist, labor, and immigrant politics—who struggled to imagine different constitutional horizons, and whose voices have been excised to memory. 
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Discussion | Al-Qaeda: A Threat Evolved?


Almost three years after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, the current state of al-Qaeda looms large. According to a recent United Nations report, key al-Qaeda allies have since consolidated power in Afghanistan, providing the group with favorable conditions to evolve. Defense policy researcher and counterterrorism expert, Sara Harmouch, argues “dispelling myths of its decline, al-Qaeda remains a resilient and evolving force, continually refining its methods.” Together in conversation with Museum Director Clifford Chanin, Harmouch discusses the relationship between al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the current standing of al-Qaeda and its affiliates in the region, and what this all means for the U.S. and the complex threat landscape it currently faces.
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Book Discussion | Mean Boys: A Personal History


Author Geoffrey Mak presents a ferocious inquiry into art and desire, style and politics, madness and salvation, and coming of age in our volatile, image-obsessed present. You know them when you see them: mean boys take up space, wielding cruelty to claim their place in the pecking order. Some mean boys make art or music or fashion; others make memes. Mean boys stomp the runways in Milan and Paris; mean boys marched at Charlottesville. And in the eyes of critic and style expert Geoffrey Mak, mean boys are the emblem of our society: an era ravenous for novelty, always thirsting for the next edgy thing, even at our peril. In this pyrotechnic memoir-in-essays, Mak ranges widely over our landscape of paranoia, crisis, and frenetic, clickable consumption. He grants readers an inside pass to the spaces where culture was made and unmade over the past decade, from the antiseptic glare of white-walled galleries to the darkest corners of Berlin techno clubs. As the gay son of an evangelical minister, Mak fled to those spaces, hoping to join a global, influential elite. But when calamity struck, it forced Mak to confront the costs of mistaking status for belonging. Fusing personal essay and cultural critique, Mean Boys investigates exile and return, transgression and forgiveness, and the value of faith, empathy, and friendship in a world designed to make us want what is bad for us.
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Book Discussion | Choice by Neel Mukherjee (In Person AND Online!)


Neel Mukherjee has been called “one of the most original and talented authors working today.” In his new novel, Choice, he assembles a set of connected narratives that ask us how free we really are to make our own choices. From a London-based publisher set adrift by questions of how to live ethically, to an impoverished family on the West Bengal—Bangladesh border unmoored by the unexpected gift of a cow, Mukherjee confronts our fundamental assumptions about economics, race, appropriation, and the tangled ethics of contemporary life. He speaks with novelist and editor-in-chief of T Magazine Hanya Yanagihara.
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Book Discussions, May 02, 2024, 05/02/2024, Choice by&nbsp;Neel Mukherjee&nbsp;(In Person AND Online!)

Book Discussion | The Cancer Journals: Audre Lord's Devastating Memoir


First published over forty years ago, The Cancer Journals is a startling, powerful account of Audre Lorde's experience with breast cancer and mastectomy. Long before narratives explored the silences around illness and women's pain, Lorde questioned the rules of conformity for women's body images and supported the need to confront physical loss not hidden by prosthesis. Living as a "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet," Lorde heals and re-envisions herself on her own terms and offers her voice, grief, resistance, and courage to those dealing with their own diagnosis. Poetic and profoundly feminist, Lorde's testament gives visibility and strength to women with cancer to define themselves, and to transform their silence into language and action.
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Discussion | Debut Authors Showcase (in-person and online)


A conversation between luminous emerging writers Hannah Bae, Jen Lue, Rajat Singh, and Gina Chung.
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Discussion | Writers in Conversation


Legacy Russell is a curator and writer. Born and raised in New York City, she is the Executive Director & Chief Curator of the experimental arts institution The Kitchen. Formerly she was the Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Russell holds an MRes with Distinction in Art History from Goldsmiths, University of London with a focus in Visual Culture. Russell’s written work, interviews, and essays have been published internationally. Her first book is Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto (2020). Her second book, BLACK MEME, is forthcoming via Verso Books. Hari Kunzru is the author of six novels, Red Pill, White Tears, Gods Without Men, My Revolutions, Transmission, and The Impressionist. He is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and writes the “Easy Chair” column for Harper’s Magazine. He is an Honorary Fellow of Wadham College Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has been a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin.
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Symposium | The Future of Press Freedom: Democracy, Law, and the News (in-person and online)


An interdisciplinary group of scholars gather for a symposium aimed at identifying and protecting core press functions amid a changing news landscape.
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Fri, May 3
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Symposiums, May 03, 2024, 05/03/2024, The Future of Press Freedom: Democracy, Law, and the News (in-person and online)

Symposium | Institutional Psychotherapy: Legacy and Constellations of Francesc Tosquelles (online)


Situated at the intersection of art and psychiatry, the exhibition Francesc Tosquelles: Avant-Garde Psychiatry and the Birth of Art Brut explores for the first time in the United States the legacy of Catalan psychiatrist Francesc Tosquelles. After fleeing the Nationalist government of Franco amidst the Spanish Civil War, Tosquelles arrived in 1940 at the Saint-Alban psychiatric hospital in Southern France, where he devised a series of revolutionary psychiatric practices. This symposium will draw from the themes and contributions featured in the multi-author English accompanying publication (edited by AFAM’s exhibition co-curators Carles Guerra, Joana Masó, Valérie Rousseau and Edward Dioguardi), as well as by Joana Masó’s English anthology on Tosquelles.  Conceived as an interdisciplinary dialogue, this online symposium will chart the history of the Saint-Alban “asylum-village,” while studying past and present significance of “institutional psychotherapy”. Akin to Tosquelles’ methodologies and epistemologies, the symposium will not offer a doctrinal survey about pioneering psychiatry and occupational therapy. Instead, the presentations will guide us through experiences, artworks and archival materials to reexamine mental health history and reconsider it in a larger political, social, and cultural context.
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Fri, May 3
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Symposiums, May 03, 2024, 05/03/2024, Institutional Psychotherapy: Legacy and Constellations of Francesc Tosquelles (online)

Gallery Talk | Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature: Exhibition Tour (online)


Explore the fascinating life of Beatrix Potter through a virtual docent-led discussion of Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature. Best known as the author and artist of classic children’s books, Potter’s most beloved characters and settings were inspired by real-life places and animals. This program looks at her accomplishments as an artist, scientist, farmer, and conservationist.
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Fri, May 3
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Gallery Talks, May 03, 2024, 05/03/2024, Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature: Exhibition Tour (online)

Symposium | The Performance and Politics of Truth (in-person and online)


This half-day symposium puts Foucault into contact with performance and performance theory. As Tony Fisher and Kélina Gotman observe in Foucault’s Theatres (2020), although Foucault's work has been keenly influential for many scholars of performance, direct engagement of his work that starts with performance practice and theory has been surprisingly scant. Participants in this event will take up this challenge, asking: What would it mean to take seriously the art in Foucault’s famous analysis of the “art of government”? What does an analysis of and from performance and the performative bring to our understanding of the contemporary politics of truth-telling? This symposium is part of the World Congress, Foucault: 40 Years After.
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Lecture | What is Buried in a Mass Grave? Earthen Transmutations and Capitalist Flows in Colombia


Speaker: Dr. Sebastian Ramirez, Princton University
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Book Discussion | Marxism and the Capitalist State: Authors' Roundtable


This event presents a panel of authors from an edited collection that builds on the recent revival of interest in Marx and Marxism, calling for a renewal and refinement of Marxist state theory. It aims to provoke and encourage new debates and critiques that build on the rich tradition of Marxist analyses of the capitalist state. The chapters share a commitment to an understanding of the specifically capitalist character of the modern state and its significance for any serious discussion of the causes of our current age of global catastrophe and the overcoming of capitalist social relations.
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Lecture | The Burning Beach and the Stumbling Stone: Glissant and Derrida’s Errant Landscapes


This talk stems from a larger project that seeks to offer a dialogical reading between the works of Édouard Glissant and Jacques Derrida. How, at the dawn of the 21st century, did Glissant and Derrida foreshadow the current reflection on what Achille Mbembe calls the conditions of our “planetary habitability.” Speaker Oana Panaïté is Ruth N. Halls Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Indiana University – Bloomington.
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Lectures, May 03, 2024, 05/03/2024, The Burning Beach and the Stumbling Stone: Glissant and Derrida&rsquo;s Errant Landscapes

Book Discussion | The Alternatives by Caoilinn Hughes


Author Caoilinn Hughes discussed her new novel, The Alternatives, with fellow author Brandon Taylor. The Flattery sisters were plunged prematurely into adulthood when their parents died in tragic circumstances. Now in their thirties—all single, all with PhDs—they are each attempting to do meaningful work in a rapidly foundering world. The four lead disparate, distanced lives, from classrooms in Connecticut to ritzy catering gigs in London’s Notting Hill, until one day their oldest sister, a geologist haunted by a terrible awareness of the earth’s future, abruptly vanishes from her work and home. Together for the first time in years, the Flatterys descend on the Irish countryside in search of a sister who doesn’t want to be found. Sheltered in a derelict bungalow, they reach into their common past, confronting both old wounds and a desperately uncertain future. Warm, fiercely witty, and unexpectedly hopeful, The Alternatives is an unforgettable portrait of a family perched on our collective precipice, told by one of Ireland’s most gifted storytellers.
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Book Discussions, May 03, 2024, 05/03/2024, The Alternatives by&nbsp;Caoilinn Hughes

Book Discussion | Negotiating Legality: Chinese Companies in the US Legal System


Despite escalating geopolitical rivalry, the US and China continue to be economically intertwined. Numerous Chinese companies have made substantial investments in the US and are reluctant exit this strategically important market. While the global expansion of Chinese companies has ignited intense policy and academic debates, their interactions with complex host-state legal systems have largely escaped systematic examination. To fill this knowledge gap, Negotiating Legality introduces a dual institutional framework and applies it to analyzing extensive interviews and multi-year survey data, thereby shedding light on how Chinese companies develop in-house legal capacities, engage with US legal professionals, and navigate litigation in US courts. As the first comprehensive investigation of these crucial topics, this book is indispensable for anyone interested in China's rise, its global impacts-especially on legal systems of developed nations like the US-and the intricate dynamics of US-China relations. With author Ji Li.
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Book Discussions, May 04, 2024, 05/04/2024, Negotiating Legality: Chinese Companies in the US Legal System

Lecture | Artist Ber Ryback's Formal Approach to Jewish Art (online)


The visual and plastic works, as well as writings, of Jewish Ukrainian artist Issachar Ber Ryback (1897-1935) present a formal approach to national art, diverging from prevalent depictions of Jewish identity. Spanning illustration, drawing, painting, sculpture, stage design and theoretical writing, Ryback’s diverse body of work brings to the fore a material cult of everyday Eastern European Jewish life that was often overlooked. Central to the discussion is Shtetl, mayn khorever heym: a gedekhenish (Shtetl: My Destroyed Home, a Recollection), a lithograph album, conceived in 1917 within the Pale of Settlement and published in Berlin six years later in 1923. By closely analyzing the lithographs and Ryback’s contemporaneous writing, Noa Tsaushu examines the ways in which the artist exploited notions of materiality and visual representation to defy conventions of monolithic medium, push back against the Western European paradigm of Jewish aniconism, and challenge the hegemony of text as the Jewish medium of choice. Speaker Noa Tsaushu is a doctoral student of Yiddish Studies at Columbia University.
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Lectures, May 06, 2024, 05/06/2024, Artist Ber Ryback's Formal Approach to Jewish Art (online)

Talk | Israel’s Seven Front War: Gaza and the West Bank (online)


Gregg Roman examines Gaza and the West Bank in this week’s session of Israel’s Seven Front War. This series is a collaborative endeavor between the Middle East Forum and American Jewish University. Over seven sessions, this series promises to provide in-depth analysis and insights into the multifront war Israel has been combatting since October 7. Beginning with Hamas’s brutal assault on October 7, Israel has found itself in a multi-front war, according to Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, attacked from seven fronts: Gaza and the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Turkey, and Iran. In this seven-part series, presented by American Jewish University and the Middle East Forum, AJU scholar in-residence Rick Richman will moderate discussions with MEF experts on each front, in an essential new set of programs on Israel’s fight for its future.
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Lecture | Status at Work: Power, Race, and the Law in the Immigrant Workplace (in-person and online)


Speaker Shannon Gleeson is the Edmund Ezra Day Professor at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
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Book Discussion | Where Are Your Boys Tonight? The Oral History of Emo's Mainstream Explosion 1999-2008 by Chris Payne


Author Chris Payne discusses his book, Where Are Your Boys Tonight? The Oral History of Emo's Mainstream Explosion 1999-2008, with writer Leslie Simon. If Meet Me in the Bathroom traced New York City's early 2000’s rock scene, Where Are Your Boys Tonight? gives the inside story of the turn-of-the-millennium emo subculture that became bigger than anyone thought possible. There was Pete Wentz, the Fall Out Boy leader who launched a litany of scene-stealing bands and preposterous side-hustles, and Gerard Way, the wizard behind My Chemical Romance and The Black Parade. Panic! At the Disco and Paramore emerged soon after—a pair of intrepid outsiders who got massive playing by their own rules. As they ascended, MySpace took over the internet and the age of influencers dawned, with emo its choice aesthetic.  Music journalist Chris Payne experienced emo's mainstream takeover from sweaty crowds and mosh pits growing up in New Jersey. In Where Are Your Boys Tonight? he offers an authoritative, impassioned, and occasionally absurd account told through interviews with more than 150 people, from the scene's biggest bands, producers, and managers to the teenage fans who helped redefine American music culture.
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Talk | Mel Brooks: Disobedient Jew (online)


Presented by Jeremy Dauber, Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Columbia University and director emeritus of its Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies. Melvin James Brooks (Kaminsky, born June 28, 1926) is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, songwriter, and playwright. With a career spanning over seven decades, Brooks is known as a writer and director of a variety of successful broad farces and parodies.[2] A recipient of numerous accolades, he is one of 19 entertainers to win the EGOT, which includes an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award. He received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009, a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2010, the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2013, a British Film Institute Fellowship in 2015, a National Medal of Arts in 2016, a BAFTA Fellowship in 2017, and the Honorary Academy Award in 2024. Brooks began his career as a comic and a writer for Sid Caesar's variety show Your Show of Shows from 1950 to 1954.[3] With Carl Reiner, he created the comedy sketch The 2000 Year Old Man, and together, they released several comedy albums, starting with 2000 Year Old Man in 1960. With Buck Henry, he created the hit television comedy series Get Smart, which starred Don Adams and ran from 1965 to 1970. Brooks rose to prominence becoming one of the most successful film directors of the 1970s. His films include The Producers (1967), The Twelve Chairs (1970), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), High Anxiety (1977), History of the World, Part I (1981), Spaceballs (1987), Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995).[4] A musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers, ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2007 and was itself remade into a musical film in 2005. He wrote and produced the Hulu series History of the World, Part II (2023).
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Tue, May 7
2:30 pm

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Talks, May 07, 2024, 05/07/2024, Mel Brooks: Disobedient Jew (online)

Book Club | Poetry Discussion Circle: Asian/Pacific American Poetry


Join fellow poetry enthusiasts in unpacking the layered meanings of poetry through an informal group discussion. Each session focuses around a theme that celebrates the diversity and range of the poetic form and contemporary poetry culture. Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with a selection of poems that explore the experiences and histories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Readings are selected from Poetry Magazine, Poetry Foundation, and poets.org.  Please note that contemporary poetry deals frankly with contemporary issues and all works discussed are artistic expressions selected for an adult audience.
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Talk | Jews and Antisemitism on Campus: A Century of Discord (online)


Mark Oppenheimer on a journey through the history of antisemitism on college campuses from the 1920s to today. Just after World War I, the trustees of Columbia University conspired to limit the number of Jews on their campus, instituting concepts like "geographical diversity" to more easily recruit Gentile students from outside the New York area. In the century since, restrictions on Jews at schools like Columbia, Harvard, and Stanford came and went--and some worry that campus climates have turned hostile again. We'll learn the truth--and explode some myths--in this four-part course, ranging over 100 years of higher education. First of 4 sessions.
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Tue, May 7
3:00 pm

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Talks, May 07, 2024, 05/07/2024, Jews and Antisemitism on Campus: A Century of Discord (online)

Book Discussion | The Price is Wrong, Why Capitalism Won't Save the Planet


Uppsala University Professor Brett Christophers will present his book. What if our understanding of capitalism and climate is back to front? What if the problem is not that transitioning to renewables is too expensive, but that saving the planet is not sufficiently profitable? Today's consensus is that the key to curbing climate change is to produce green electricity and electrify everything possible. The main economic barrier in that project has seemingly been removed. But while prices of solar and wind power have tumbled, the golden era of renewables has yet to materialize. The problem is that investment is driven by profit, not price, and operating solar and wind farms remains a marginal business, dependent everywhere on the state's financial support. The global economy is moving too slowly toward sustainability because the return on green investment is too low. We cannot expect markets and the private sector to solve the climate crisis while the profits that are their lifeblood remain unappetizing. But there is an alternative to providing surrogate green profits through subsidies: to take energy out of the private sector's hands.
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Book Discussions, May 07, 2024, 05/07/2024, The Price is Wrong, Why Capitalism Won't Save the Planet

Talk | Stargazing in the Park


A 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 to see rare celestial sights. No experience is necessary and telescopes will be provided between sunset and park closure.
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Book Discussion | The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club: Comedy of Manners


Helen Simonson presents her timeless comedy of manners—refreshing as a summer breeze and bracing as the British seaside—about a generation of young women facing the seismic changes brought on by war and dreaming of the boundless possibilities of their future, from the bestselling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.
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Discussion | The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (online)


Explore a lesser-known but transformative piece of immigration law: the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. This groundbreaking law created pathways to citizenship and legal permanent status for millions of immigrants, yet created more regulation and enforcement of existing immigration restrictions. Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, Policy Director for the American Immigration Council, will moderate a discussion with Muzaffar Chishti, Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, and Charles Kamasaki, scholar and author of Immigration Reform: The Corpse that Will Not Die, about the passage of this law which set the stage for current debates about immigration.
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Book Discussion | A Revolution in Type: Gender and the Making of the American Yiddish Press (online)


Between the 1880s and 1920s, Yiddish-language newspapers rose from obscurity to become successful institutions integral to American Jewish life. During this period, Yiddish-speaking immigrants came to view newspapers as indispensable parts of their daily lives. In A Revolution in Type, Ayelet Brinn argues that women were central to the emergence of the Yiddish press as a powerful, influential force in American Jewish culture. Through rhetorical debates about women readers and writers, the producers of the Yiddish press explored how to transform their newspapers to reach a large, diverse audience. The seemingly peripheral status of women’s columns and other newspaper features supposedly aimed at a female audience—but in reality, read with great interest by male and female readers alike—meant that editors and publishers often used these articles as testing grounds for the types of content their newspapers should encompass. Brinn shows that instead of framing issues of gender as marginal, we must view them as central to understanding how the American Yiddish press developed into the influential, complex, and diverse publication field it eventually became.
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Book Discussions, May 07, 2024, 05/07/2024, A Revolution in Type: Gender and the Making of the American Yiddish Press&nbsp;(online)

Book Discussion | Judaism Is About Love: Recovering the Heart of Jewish Life (online)


Three distinguished rabbinical voices in a captivating conversation about the profound insights in Shai Held’s new book, Judaism Is About Love. Rabbi Shai Held, a founder of the innovative Hadar community, will be in conversation with rabbis Brad Artson and Sharon Brous, moderated by Mark Oppenheimer. Whether you are well-versed in Jewish teachings or exploring them for the first time, this event is sure to leave you inspired and enriched.
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Lecture | Jewish Self-Defense in the Russian Empire 1903-1905 (online)


The phenomenon of self-defense against anti-Jewish violence prior to World War II has remained a largely unexplored topic. This presentation will delve into the history of Jewish local guard and self-defense units in Jewish communities in the Russian Empire before and during the failed 1905 revolution. Among the issues discussed will be the formation and leadership of Jewish self-defense units, the political and socio-economic background of their members, as well as contemporaneous Jewish discourse and debate on both the efficacy and the necessity of self-defense. By shedding light on Jewish resistance to pogroms through analysis of a variety of primary sources, Netta Ehrlich will contribute to our understanding of the development of Jewish self-defense both in theory and in practice. Speaker Netta Ehrlich is a doctoral candidate and MacCracken Fellow at the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, NYU.
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Lectures, May 08, 2024, 05/08/2024, Jewish Self-Defense in the Russian Empire 1903-1905 (online)

Book Discussion | I Cheerfully Refuse: Big-Hearted, Hopeful Novel (online)


A storyteller “of great humanity and huge heart” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), Leif Enger debuted in the literary world with Peace Like a River which sold over a million copies and captured readers’ hearts around the globe. Now comes a new milestone in this boldly imaginative author’s accomplished, resonant body of work, a big-hearted, hopeful novel that's part adventure story, part love story, and a delight to read. The dialogue, characters and sense of place are unforgettable.
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Book Club | Poetry Discussion: Selected Poems from Robert Bly's My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy


My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy is Robert Bly's book of ghazals. The ghazal form is well-known in Islamic culture, but only now finding its way into the literary culture of the West. Each stanza of three lines amounts to a finished poem. In a period when much American poetry is retreating into prosaic recordings of daily events, these poems do the opposite. The poems are intimate and yet reach out toward the world: the paintings of Robert Motherwell, the intensity of Flamenco singers, the sadness of the gnostics, the delight of high spirits and wit.
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Discussion | A Conversation Between Photographer Marc Ohrem-Leclef


The conversation between the photographer Marc Ohrem-Leclef and the curator Allen Frame will be moderated by Juliane Camfield, and focus on the inspiration behind the on-going photographic project and exhibition Ulisse. Working with found materials dating back to the 1940s, with vernacular images and his original photographs, Ohrem-Leclef follows the migratory footpaths of collaborators, roads, ships, pieces of mail, and–most  iscerally–the pull of the water. From North Africa, Europe, Australia and America these pathways share a quest for belonging, driven by the push and pull of desire and memory: the desire to fulfill dreams and the memory of the people and places left behind.
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Book Discussion | Fighting the Night: Iwo Jima, World War II, and a Flyer's Life (in-person and online)


In the fall of 1944, Joe Paul Hendrickson, the author’s father, kissed his twenty-one-year-old wife and two baby children goodbye. The twenty-five-year-old first lieutenant, pilot of a famed P-61 Black Widow, was leaving for the war. He and his night fighter squadron were sent to Iwo Jima, where, for the last five and a half months of World War II, he flew approximately seventy-five missions, largely in pitch-black conditions. His wife would wait out the war at the home of her small-town Ohio parents, one of the countless numbers of American family members shouldering the burden of being left behind. Joe Paul, the son of a Depression-poor Kentucky sharecropper, was fresh out of high school in 1937 when he enlisted in mechanic school in the peacetime Army Air Corps. Eventually, he was able to qualify for flight school. After marriage, and with the war on, the young officer and his bride crisscrossed the country, airfield to airfield, base to base: Santa Ana, Yuma, Kissimmee, Bakersfield, Orlando, La Junta, Fresno. He volunteered for night fighters and the newly arrived and almost mythic Black Widow. A world away, the carnage continued. As Paul Hendrickson tracks his parents’ journey, together and separate, both stateside and overseas, he creates a vivid portrait of a hard-to-know father whose time in the war, he comes to understand, was something truly heroic, but never without its hidden and unhidden psychic costs. Paul Hendrickson is a three-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a winner of it once--for his 2003 Sons of Mississippi. His The Living and the Dead. Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War was a 1996 finalist for the National Book Award. His 2011 Hemingway's Boat was both a New York Times and London best-seller. In conversation with Kai Bird, author of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.
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Book Discussions, May 08, 2024, 05/08/2024, Fighting the Night: Iwo Jima, World War II, and a Flyer's Life&nbsp;(in-person and online)

Book Discussion | Red Side Story by Jasper Fforde


Author Jasper Fforde discusses his new book Red Side Story. Welcome to Chromatacia, where life is strictly regulated by one’s limited color perception. Civilization has been rebuilt after an unspoken “Something That Happened” five hundred years ago. Society is now color vision–segregated, everything dictated by an individual’s visual ability, and governed by the shadowy National Color in far-off Emerald City. Twenty-year-old Eddie Russett, a Red, is about to go on trial for a murder he didn’t commit, and he’s pretty sure to be sent on a one-way trip to the Green Room for execution by soporific color exposure. Meanwhile, he’s engaged in an illegal relationship with his co-defendant, a Green, the charismatic and unpredictable Jane Grey. Negotiating the narrow boundaries of the rules within their society, they search for a loophole—some truth of their world that has been hidden from its hyper-policed citizens. As Eddie and Jane fight for their love—and their lives—Red Side Story delivers another thrilling, humorous, and fulfilling adventure with a remarkable surprise at the end.
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Lecture | The U.S.-European Relationship in a Time of Populism and War (in-person and online)


Can the traditionally strong relationship between the U.S. and Europe weather the storms on the horizon? Get an in-depth, insider’s view at this crucial time from Karen Donfried, who helped shape policy in the region as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs under President Biden. Donfried will provide valuable insight on this complex relationship, helping us to understand the Biden administration’s posture toward Europe, the high stakes of supporting Ukraine in its war with Russia, the role of populism in contemporary transatlantic relations, European concerns about a possible second Trump presidency, regulation of AI in Europe and the U.S., and more. Before serving as Secretary of State Blinken’s top adviser on Europe and Eurasia, she was also a special assistant to President Obama and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. Donfried is a senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
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Lectures, May 08, 2024, 05/08/2024, The U.S.-European Relationship in a Time of Populism and War (in-person and online)

Book Discussion | Rogue: Surreal Horror Novel (online)


From author Mona Awad comes a "Grimm Brothers fairy tale for the modern age" (Good Housekeeping) and "darkly funny horror novel" (NYLON) about a lonely young woman who's drawn to a cult-like spa in the wake of her mother's mysterious death. "Surreal, scary and deeply moving--like all the best fairy tales" (People).
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Thu, May 9
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Book Discussion | Look Away: A True Story of Murders, Bombings, and a Far-Right Campaign to Rid Germany of Immigrants


Journalist and foreign correspondent Jacob Kushner launches his new book, which documents the shocking resurgence of far-right xenophobic violence in twenty-first century Germany. In conversation with Seyward Darby, author of Sisters in Hate, followed by a signing.
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Lecture | Imperia Cognati in Literary and Legal History (online)


Cognati's impact on early 16th century Roman culture deserves a closer look. Through her role as poet, performer, and confidante of the intelligentsia, she influenced some of the greatest artists and intellectuals of Julian Rome. This paper will explore this legacy as well as the opposing explanations for her apparent suicide offered by Bandello's Novelle and her will. At the same time the difficulties she endured as a courtesan point to her reasons for ensuring that her daughter did not follow in her footsteps.
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Book Discussion | A Living Remedy: A Memoir (online)


From Nicole Chung comes a searing memoir of family, class and grief—a daughter’s search to understand the lives her adoptive parents led, the life she forged as an adult, and the lives she’s lost.
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Conference | The Role of Universities in the Lead-Up to Conflict, and in Peace and Reconciliation (online)


There will be two panels: “The Role of the Academy in Challenging Authoritarianism, Violence, and in Post-Conflict Situations” and “The Experiences of Exiled Scholars.”
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Conferences, May 10, 2024, 05/10/2024, The Role of Universities in the Lead-Up to Conflict, and in Peace and Reconciliation (online)

Book Discussion | Rajaraja Chola: King of Kings by Kamini Dandapani


Join author Kamini Dandapani as she discusses her book Rajaraja Chola: King of Kings with Navina Haidar, art historian and curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Rajaraja I, often described as Rajaraja the Great, was an emperor from the Chola dynasty who reigned the southern parts of India from 985 CE to 1014 CE. An iconic figure, often regarded as the King of Kings, he was the most powerful emperor in India during his reign and is remembered for reinstating the Chola influence and ensuring its supremacy across the Indian Ocean. His kingdom expanded from Sri Lanka in the south to Kalinga (Orissa) in the northeast. The southern part of India was united for the very first time in Indian history under his rule. By dividing the country into several districts and standardizing revenue collection through systematic land surveys, he streamlined the administrative system. He built the magnificent Brihadisvara Temple in Thanjavur, one of a group of Chola-era temples designated as a World Heritage Site. His achievements spanned the gamut from battlefield victories to administrative organization and stunning architectural works.  Kamini Dandapani’s book was published on the heels of Mani Ratnam’s megastar film Ponniyin Selvan, also based on the Chola king Raja Raja Cholan. Rajaraja Chola: King of Kings chronicles the history of the Chola dynasty from its very earliest Sangam days until its demise.
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Gallery Talk | Artists Walton Ford and David Salle in Conversation


Artists and friends Walton Ford and David Salle appear in conjunction with the exhibition for a wide-ranging, entertaining, and thought-provoking conversation about artistic practice, storytelling, finding inspiration in nature, human behavior, and more. Through an exploration of works in Walton Ford: Birds and Beasts of the Studio, and animal drawings by earlier artists in the Morgan's collection, Ford and Salle will discuss exhibition themes and artmaking processes central to Ford's work throughout his career, uncovering unexpected connections along the way.
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Book Discussion | The Book of Mothers: How Literature Can Help Us Reinvent Modern Motherhood


This treasure trove for book lovers explores fifteen classic novels with memorable maternal figures, and examines how our cultural notions of motherhood have been shaped by literature. Author Carrie Mullins is a journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in Parents, Food & Wine Magazine, Epicurious, Tin House, and Publishers Weekly, among other publications.
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Forum | Death Cafe: A Discusson on Death


An informal, group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. The purpose of Death Cafe is "to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives." This is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.
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Lecture | Encounters of African and Jewish Diasporas in Brazil


“Synagogue of Ancestral Commitments" is an illustrated lecture about dialogue between Jewish and African religions. The universe of memories of the Jewish diaspora was welcomed in the temples of the African diaspora. Both African and Jewish religions offer their messages of understanding and harmony. This lecture raises complex issues of identity in contemporary multicultural society.  Brazilian artist Andre Feitosa discovered that his family comes from both African slaves and Jews, forcibly converted by the Inquisition. Some of his ancestors were tortured by their slave owners, yet others burned alive for their Jewish faith, others expelled from Europe, then wandered around Brazil, changing their names, and hiding their past. To deal with the painful aspects of colonial history, Andre creates a community called "Synagogue of ancestral commitments" with other people of similar background, as a form of sacred healing art that combines Judaism and Afro-Brazilian religions. This cinematic presentation follows Andre’s spiritual journeys in the North of Brazil, while recreating experiences from the stories of the diasporas of both his Jewish and African ancestors.
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Discussion | The Impact of Circle in the Square Theatre


In 1951 Circle in the Square Theatre was founded in an abandoned nightclub in Greenwich Village. It would rise to astounding heights as a driver of the pivotal Off-Broadway Movement. Through recollections, performances and a panel discussion this event will focus on the artistry and determination, the challenges, breakthroughs and relationship its two innovators shared through the beginnings. major achievements and in the ongoing impact of the Circle's phenomenal first decade. Registration required.
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Book Discussion | The Pursuit of Happiness: How Classical Writers on Virtue Inspired the Lives of the Founders and Defined America (online)


What did “the pursuit of happiness” mean to our nation’s founders and how did that famous phrase become the foundation of our democracy? The Declaration of Independence identifies “the pursuit of happiness” as one of our unalienable rights, along with life and liberty. In his new book, National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen profiles six of the most influential founders—Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton—to show what pursuing happiness meant in their lives. Rosen not only elucidates the meaning of the Declaration’s famous phrase, but also takes us on a revelatory journey into the minds of the Founders, providing a deep, rich and fresh understanding of the foundation of our democracy.
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Book Discussion | There's Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension


“There is something valuable about wanting the small world around you to know how richly you are being moved, so that maybe some total stranger might encounter your stomp, your clap, your shout, and find themselves moved in return," writes Hanif Abdurraqib. He and Jennifer Wilson, two of our most ardent and attuned culture writers, as they talk about writing what they love—from music and literature to home courts, homecomings, and hometown heroes upon the publication of There's Always This Year, Abdurraqib’s new memoir of basketball and belonging.
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Talk | Stargazing in the Park


A 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 to see rare celestial sights. No experience is necessary and telescopes will be provided between sunset and park closure.
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Tue, May 14
5:00 pm

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Discussion | Israel and the World after October 7th (online)


Yael Eckstein provides insights into navigating Israel's global position after Oct. 7, humanitarian efforts, and Jewish-Christian relations. Since October 7th, Israelis and Jews worldwide have questioned how the Jewish state will relate to the international community. Yael Eckstein, President and CEO of The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, one of the world's leading religious charitable organizations, has a unique perspective on Jewish-Christian relations and Israel's role in the world. Yael, based in Israel, will be in discussion with AJU President Jeffrey Herbst about the lessons she has learned from helping many thousands of Jews move to Israel, providing humanitarian aid to victims of terror, and building inter-religious understanding.
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Wed, May 15
2:00 pm

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Discussions, May 15, 2024, 05/15/2024, Israel and the World after October 7th (online)

Book Club | Demian by Herman Hesse


Emil Sinclair is a young boy raised in a middle class home, amidst what is described as a Scheinwelt, a composite word meaning "world of illusion," so his entire existence can be summarized as a struggle between two worlds: the show world of illusion (related to the Hindu concept of maya) and the real world, the world of spiritual truth (see Plato's cave and dualism). Accompanied and prompted by his mysterious classmate and friend "Max Demian," he detaches from and revolts against the superficial ideals of the world of appearances and eventually awakens into a realization of self.
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Book Discussion | The Blue Maiden: Two Sisters vs the Devil


Author Anna Noyes presents a transportive and chilling debut novel of two sisters growing up on an isolated Northern European island in the shadow of their late mother and the Devil. It's 1825, four generations after Berggrund Island's women stood accused of witchcraft under the eye of their priest, now long dead. In his place is Pastor Silas, a widower with two wild young daughters, Beata and Ulrika. The sisters are outcasts: imaginative, oppositional, increasingly obsessed with the lore and legend of the island's dark past and their absent mother, whom their father refuses to speak of. As the girls come of age, and the strictures of the community shift but never wane, their rebellions twist and sharpen. Ever capable Ulrika shoulders the burden of keeping house, while Bea, alone with unsettling visions and impulses, hungers for companionship and attention. When an enigmatic outsider arrives at their door, his presence threatens their family bond and unearths - piece by piece - a buried history to shocking ends. All the while Berggrund's neighboring island The Blue Maiden beckons, the storied home of the Witches' Sabbath and Satan's realm, its misted shore veiling truths the sisters have spent their lives searching for. A Nordic Gothic laced with the horrors of life in a patriarchy both hostile to and reliant on its women, The Blue Maiden is a starkly beautiful depiction of lost lineage and resilience.
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Fri, May 17
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Discussion | The Mother of Modern Dance


Third generation Duncan dancer and Artistic Director of the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation & Company, Lori Belilove makes public for the first time Isadora Duncan's early manuscript, Exercizes for the Dance. Contrary to myth and popular misconception, Belilove says this document reveals that, Duncan had a coherent technique and guiding principles. Belilove expounds, with demonstration, Duncan's role as the "Mother of Modern Dance" in the context of this early formative handwritten document. An American pioneer of dance, Isadora Duncan was a self-styled revolutionary who condemned the rigidity of ballet and championed free dance coupled with her view of the ideals of ancient Greece: beauty, art, and philosophy. Registration required.
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Mon, May 20
6:00 pm

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Discussions, May 20, 2024, 05/20/2024, The Mother of Modern Dance

Talk | Artist Talk: Process & Practice


For nearly two decades, interdisciplinary artist Shervone Neckles has undertaken an intimate exploration of her Grenadian-American family's history. Revisiting her family archives, collecting oral narratives, and traveling to her homeland has unearthed a lineage of knowledge production that serves as a continuous wellspring of inspiration for her studio practice. Through her artwork she weaves together primary source materials with mixed media techniques that includes printmaking, sculpture, textiles, and installation. Her work reconstructs narratives that illuminate her own interiority, exploring her relationship to selfhood, memory and home, as well as her family's migration narrative from Grenada to the United States. During her Workspace Residency at Dieu Donné in 2021, Neckles created Memory Works, handmade paper artworks that contain ingredients from Grenadian family recipes. Considering recipes as matrilineal heirlooms, Neckles’s artworks form an archive of family traditions narrating a story of global migration and family history. In conversation with her collaborator at Dieu Donné, Director of Artistic Projects Tatiana Ginsberg, she will discuss papermaking within the context of her multifaceted artistic practice and the process of creating Memory Works.
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1:00 pm

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Book Club | Poetry Discussion Circle: Asian/Pacific American Poetry


Join fellow poetry enthusiasts in unpacking the layered meanings of poetry through an informal group discussion. Each session focuses around a theme that celebrates the diversity and range of the poetic form and contemporary poetry culture. Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with a selection of poems that explore the experiences and histories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Readings are selected from Poetry Magazine, Poetry Foundation, and poets.org.  Please note that contemporary poetry deals frankly with contemporary issues and all works discussed are artistic expressions selected for an adult audience.
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2:30 pm

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Book Discussion | Silver Nitrate: A Dark Thriller (online)


From author Silvia Moreno-Garcia comes a fabulous meld of Mexican horror movies and Nazi occultism: a dark thriller about the curse that haunts a legendary lost film--and awakens one woman's hidden powers.
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Talk | Stargazing in the Park


A 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 to see rare celestial sights. No experience is necessary and telescopes will be provided between sunset and park closure.
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Book Discussion | When Women Ran Fifth Avenue: Glamour and Power at the Dawn of American Fashion


Award-winning author Julie Satow looks south on Fifth Avenue and back through the 20th century to examine the golden age of American department stores and of three visionary women who led them. In three chic palaces of consumption – Bonwit Teller, Lord & Taylor, and Henri Bendel – Satow writes, "men owned the buildings, but inside, women ruled."  Her new book, Satow focuses on three talented business women in different decades: Hortense Odlum, Dorothy Shaver, and Geraldine Stutz. Rich with personal drama and trade secrets, Satow's book portrays the world of the fashionable department store in all its glitz, decadence, and fun, and showcases the women who ran the show.
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Book Discussion | Underground Empire: How America Weaponized the World Economy (in-person and online)


Underground Empire, a real-life techno-thriller by Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman, reveals how the U.S. controls a global web of surveillance, in the form of networks of fiber optic cables and banking systems, giving it enormous economic power. Farrell and Newman show how these channels, weaponized after 9/11 but now used as a matter of course, have become realms of spying and coercion over foreign businesses and countries, allowing for U.S domination.  Paul Krugman — Nobel laureate in economics, columnist for The New York Times, and distinguished professor -- speaks with the authors about their investigation and the geopolitical implications of the power they uncover.
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6:30 pm

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Book Discussion | The Last Time She Saw Him: A Psychological Thriller


A woman is left reeling when her former fiancé appears to take his own life, and she becomes desperate to prove it was actually murder—in the latest psychological thriller from bestselling author Kate White
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Book Club | Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant: A Memoir by Curtis Chin


1980s Detroit was a volatile place to live, but above the fray stood a safe haven: Chung's Cantonese Cuisine, where anyone--from the city's first Black mayor to the local drag queens, from a big-time Hollywood star to elderly Jewish couples--could sit down for a warm, home-cooked meal. Here was where, beneath a bright-red awning and surrounded by his multigenerational family, filmmaker and activist Curtis Chin came of age; where he learned to embrace his identity as a gay ABC, or American-born Chinese; where he navigated the divided city's spiraling misfortunes; and where--between helpings of almond boneless chicken, sweet-and-sour pork, and some of his own, less-savory culinary concoctions--he realized just how much he had to offer to the world, to his beloved family, and to himself. Served up by the cofounder of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, it is an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. It is structured around the very menu that graced the tables of Chung's. Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant is both a memoir and an invitation: to step inside one boy's childhood oasis, scoot into a vinyl booth, and grow up with him--and perhaps even share something off the secret menu.
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Book Discussion | Excessive Punishment: How the Justice System Creates Mass Incarceration


The United States has by far the world’s largest population of incarcerated people. More than a million Americans are imprisoned; hundreds of thousands more are held in jails. This vast system has doled out punishment—particularly to people from marginalized groups—on an unfathomable scale. At the same time, it has manifestly failed to secure public safety, instead perpetuating inequalities and recidivism. Why does the United States see punishment as the main response to social harm, and what are the alternatives? This book brings together essays by scholars, practitioners, activists, and writers, including incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, to explore the harms of this punitive approach. The chapters address a range of issues, from policing to prosecution, and from how people are treated in prison to the consequences of a criminal conviction. Together, they consider a common theme: We cannot reduce our dependence on mass incarceration until we confront our impulse to punish in ways that are excessive, often wildly disproportionate to the harm caused. Essays trace how a maze of local, state, and federal agencies have contributed to mass incarceration and deterred attempts at reform. They shed light on how the excesses of America’s criminal legal system are entwined with poverty, racism, and the legacy of slavery. A wide-ranging and powerful look at the failures of the status quo, Excessive Punishment also considers how to reimagine the justice system to support restoration instead of retribution.
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Talk | Stargazing in the Park


A 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 to see rare celestial sights. No experience is necessary and telescopes will be provided between sunset and park closure.
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Tue, May 28
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Discussion | Touchstones from the Joffrey Ballet's History (In Person AND Online)


Former Joffrey Ballet dancer Trinette Singleton presents touchstones from the Joffrey Ballet's history with works from the repertoire and the Joffrey Methodology. Beginning with the early 1960s following the Joffrey Ballet's split with Rebecca Harkness, Singleton discusses the events of that first year as the company began to establish itself. Singleton highlights various works that went into the repertoire during that period, along with the 1967 addition of The Green Table, an important milestone for the company. That year was also the year Joffrey produced his groundbreaking multimedia ballet, Astarte. It thrust both the company and Singleton into major news attention. Singleton explores the creation of this work, which has always been a topic of interest to many. The program presents an overview of the work of the Joffrey Ballet's co-founder Gerald Arpino, who was a prolific, often underrated choreographer. The Arpino Chicago Centennial Celebration was a recent testimony to his choreographic genius. Some of the pieces performed for the Centennial Celebration will be highlighted. A few years ago, a small group of dancers who had studied with Robert Joffrey decided it was time to create a record of his teaching method. Through the efforts of those dancers and the Arpino Foundation, a document titled the Joffrey Methodology has resulted. Singleton speaks about the process of documentation and shows a video of a few exercises from Joffrey's actual classes. Registration required.
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Wed, May 29
1:00 pm

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Book Discussion | The Editor: How Publishing Legend Judith Jones Shaped Culture in America


Legendary editor Judith Jones, the woman behind some of the most important authors of the 20th century--including Julia Child, Anne Frank, Edna Lewis, John Updike, and Sylvia Plath--finally gets her due in this intimate biography by Sara B. Franklin. When twenty-five-year-old Judith Jones began working as a secretary at Doubleday's Paris office in 1949, she spent most of her time wading through manuscripts in the slush pile and passing on projects--until one day, a book caught her eye. She read it in one sitting, then begged her boss to consider publishing it. A year later, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl became a bestseller. It was the start of a culture-defining career in publishing. During her more than fifty years as an editor at Knopf, Jones nurtured the careers of literary icons such as Sylvia Plath, Anne Tyler, and John Updike, and helped launched new genres and trends in literature. At the forefront of the cookbook revolution, she published the who's who of food writing: Edna Lewis, M.F.K. Fisher, Claudia Roden, Madhur Jaffrey, James Beard, and, most famously, Julia Child. Through her quiet and tenacious work behind the scenes, Jones helped turn these authors into household names, changing cultural mores and expectations along the way.
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Wed, May 29
6:30 pm

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Thu, May 30
11:00 am

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Talks, May 30, 2024, 05/30/2024, The Connections Between Christian Anti-Judaism and the Hamas Attacks of October 7th (online)

Book Discussion | Neo-Nazi Terrorism and Countercultural Fascism: The Origins and Afterlife of James Mason's Siege (online)


A new wave of aspiring neo-Nazi terrorists has arisen—including the infamous Atomwaffen Division, and they have a bible: James Mason’s Siege, which praises terrorism, serial killers, and Charles Manson. Spencer Sunshine's book documents the origins of Siege and shows how Mason’s vision emerged during debates in the 1970s after the splintering of the American Nazi Party/NSWPP. The second part of the book unveils for the first time how four 1980s musicians and publishers—Boyd Rice, Michael Moynihan, Adam Parfrey, and Nikolas Schreck—discovered and promoted the terrorist ideologue.
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Book Discussion | The Last Murder at the End of the World: Atmospheric Whodunnit


Set on the foggy Greek isles, Stuart Turton's atmospheric whodunnit is wildly inventive, joyously confounding and an actual thrill to read.
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Lecture | Where Was God During the Holocaust? (online)


How do we find the divine in the face of unimaginable tragedy? Michael Berenbaum explores this profound question. Many people wonder where God was during the Holocaust, a question that has puzzled believers for decades. It gained significant attention in the latter half of the 20th century and continues to be a pressing issue for those grappling with the idea of God in a world filled with suffering and evil. In this course, they will explore the writings of Elie Wiesel, Emil Fackenheim, Richard L. Rubenstein, Eliezer Berkovits, Irving "Yitz" Greenberg, and others who have delved into this profound question. First of 4 sessions.
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Mon, Jun 3
3:00 pm

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Lectures, June 03, 2024, 06/03/2024, Where Was God During the Holocaust? (online)

Discussion | A Delicate Ritual: Artists in Conversation


With: artist Abigail Deville, choreographer Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, composer Samora Pinderhughes, and artists Bebe Miller and Vinson Fraley. This event was designed to bring together voices of artists, curators, scholars, writers, and more, into long-form roundtable discussions. The content of these conversations are intentionally wide-ranging and artist-driven.
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1:00 pm

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Discussions, June 08, 2024, 06/08/2024, A Delicate Ritual: Artists in Conversation

Discussion | Hidden Labor in the Art and Craft of Papermaking (online)


In this talk, artists Aimee Lee and Velma Bolyard will discuss their creative work in and with handmade paper and the traditions they draw on, based on their recent essays in Papermaker’s Tears: Essays on the Art and Craft of Papermaking, Volume 2. In conversation with the series editor Tatiana Ginsberg, Dieu Donné Director of Artistic Projects, Aimee and Velma will discuss their research and personal experiences of keeping traditions alive through use. Aimee Lee writes about toolmakers Ronald MacDonald and Howard Clark, whose handmade tools have allowed generations of papermakers to beat pulp and form sheets. Velma Bolyard’s essay traces her personal journey of discovering shifu, woven paper cloth, and teaching it to others. Both artists make, spin, dye, and weave paper into dimensional forms and books, and draw upon traditional and contemporary practices.
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Wed, Jun 12
1:00 pm

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Discussions, June 12, 2024, 06/12/2024, Hidden Labor in the Art and Craft of Papermaking (online)

Book Club | Poetry Discussion Circle: Pride Poems


Join fellow poetry enthusiasts in unpacking the layered meanings of poetry through an informal group discussion. Each session focuses around a theme that celebrates the diversity and range of the poetic form and contemporary poetry culture. Celebrate Pride Month and read poems reflecting a joyful variety of LGBTQ+ experiences and stories. Readings are selected from Poetry Magazine, Poetry Foundation, and poets.org.  Please note that contemporary poetry deals frankly with contemporary issues and all works discussed are artistic expressions selected for an adult audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 18
2:30 pm

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Book Clubs, June 18, 2024, 06/18/2024, Poetry Discussion Circle: Pride Poems

Book Club | The Nutmeg Trail: Recipes and Stories Along the Ancient Spice Routes by Eleanor Ford


From humankind’s earliest travels, people have followed and sought out the spice routes. These maritime trading trails acted as the central nervous system of the world, enabling the flow of goods and ideas. The Nutmeg Trail is a culinary exploration of spice, showcasing how centuries of spice trading and cultural diffusion changed the world’s cuisine. Eleanor Ford presents a unique and enlightening guide to cooking with spice as she follows the trails of ancient maritime trade through Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Sri Lanka, India, Iran, and the Emirates. Eleanor examines how spices can be used, combined and layered—how some bring sweetness, others fragrance, heat, pungency, sourness or earthiness to create something one-of-a-kind. Chapters and recipes are divided by spice—by the fire and thunder of ginger and peppercorns, floral petals & bark, chillies, lime & lemongrass, earthy cumin & coriander, plus complex spice blends. Combining historical research with a travel writer's eye and a cook's nose for a memorable recipe, The Nutmeg Trail is a cookbook interwoven with stories that explore how spices from across the Indian Ocean, the original cradle of spice, have, over time, been adopted into cuisines around the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 20
6:30 pm

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Book Clubs, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, The Nutmeg Trail: Recipes and Stories Along the Ancient Spice Routes&nbsp;by Eleanor Ford

Book Discussion | Times Square Remade by Lynne B. Sagalyn


Scholar and author Lynne B. Sagalyn will discuss her book Times Square Remade with journalist Charles Bagli. What is it about Times Square that has inspired such attention for well over a century? And how is it that, despite its many changes of character, the place has maintained a unique hold on our collective imagination? In this book, which comes twenty years after her widely acclaimed Times Square Roulette, Lynne B. Sagalyn masterfully tells the story of profound urban change over decades in the symbolic space that is New York City's Times Square. Drawing on the history, sociology, and political economy of the place, Times Square Remade examines how the public-private transformation of 42nd Street at Times Square impacted the entertainment district and adjacent neighborhoods, particularly Hell's Kitchen. Sagalyn chronicles the earliest halcyon days of 42nd Street and Times Square as the nexus of speculation and competitive theater building as well as its darkest days as vice central, and on to the years of aggressive government intervention to cleanse West 42nd Street of pornography and crime. Thematically, the author analyzes the three main forces that have shaped and reshaped Times Square—theater, real estate, and pornography—and explains the politics and economics of what got built and what has been restored or preserved.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 20
6:30 pm

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Book Discussions, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Times Square Remade by&nbsp;Lynne B. Sagalyn

Discussion | A Discussion About Renowned Modern Dance Choreographer Eleo Pomare


Dance educator and former member of the Eleo Pomare Dance Company, Dyane Harvey Salaam, along with company members Dr. Carl Paris, PhD and Robin Becker, will venture into the mind and soul of master creative Eleo Pomare—the man, the artist, and the maker of artists. Born in Colombia, Pomare was a dancer and choreographer who trained with renowned choreographers, including Jose Limon, and established the Eleo Pomare Dance Company in 1958. Pomare’s productions were often influenced by socio-political themes of the time and portrayed the Black experience incorporating elements of ballet, jazz and modern dance. Using video and archival photos, enhanced by fond memories of Eleo Pomare Dance Company members, this lecture offers intimate knowledge of the vastness of Pomare’s creativity. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 26
1:00 pm

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Discussions, June 26, 2024, 06/26/2024, A Discussion About Renowned Modern Dance Choreographer&nbsp;Eleo Pomare

Book Club | The Promise by Silvina Ocampo


A woman relives the people and places of her life while stranded in the middle of the ocean... The premise of Argentinian writer Ocampo’s posthumously published novella, which she worked on for the final 25 years of her life, is a grand metaphor for the authorial condition. Completed in the late 1980s, at a time when Ocampo was grappling with the effects of Alzheimer’s, the book can be read as a treatise on the dissolution of selfhood in the face of the disease. However, its tactile insistence on the recurrence of memory, its strangeness, and its febrile reality are themes that mark the entirety of Ocampo’s oeuvre and articulate something more enduring even than death. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 26
4:30 pm

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Book Clubs, June 26, 2024, 06/26/2024, The Promise by Silvina Ocampo
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Classical Music | Choral Work by Haydn and More at a Landmark Venue

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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

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