February 5 -15: AMPHITRYON by Molière

NYU invites you to Amphitryon at NYU Gallatin this February,a comedic tale of disguised Roman gods meddling in the affairs of mortals.

Molière’s fantastical farce runs the gamut, from slapstick comedy to poetry. This darkly funny and poignant neoclassical adaptation of Greek myth poses important questions about identity, power, injustice, and those who are “above the law.”


Thursday, February 5 - Performance at 7 pm
Friday, February 6 - Performance at 7 pm
Saturday, February 7 - Two show day: 2 pm and 7 pm
Sunday, February 8 - Matinee at 2 pm
Thursday, February 12 - Performance at 7 pm
Friday, February 13 - Performance at 7 pm
Saturday, February 14 - Two show day: 2 pm and 7 pm
Sunday, February 15 - Matinee at 2 pm

All performances are at the Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre at 1 Washington Place.
This event is free and open to the public. Purchase tickets here.
Visit the event page for more information.

January 29 - March 3: La Maison Française Lectures and Discussions

French history and arts come to life at La Maison Française of NYU in early 2015.

La Maison Française
16 Washington Mews

Early 2015 events at La Maison Française of NYU include a roundtable discussion entitled "Circa 1914: The Parisian Avant-Gardes and the Great War " (January 29); a lively performance of Debussy's La Boîte à joujoux (The Toybox) with pianist and shadow puppeteers (February 6); "Perspectives on the Paris Attacks" (February 18); and an evening devoted to examination of several key moments in the history of the Louvre (March 3). 

For more information, please call 212.998.8750, email maison.francaise@nyu.edu, or visit www.nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise.

Thursday, January 29, 7:00 pm

A Roundtable (in English) titled "Circa 1914: The Parisian Avant-Gardes and the Great War".

On the occasion of Ara H. Merjian’s new volume, Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City: Nietzsche, Modernism, Paris (Yale University Press, 2014), three art historians discuss the avant-gardes in Paris and the Great War, centering in particular on that lightning rod of modernist experimentation, Guillaume Apollinaire.

Romy Golan is Professor of 20th Century art at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of Modernity and Nostalgia: Art and Politics in France Between the Wars.
Gordon Hughes is a Mellon Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at Rice University. He is the author of Resisting Abstraction: Robert Delaunay and Vision in the Face of Modernism and co-editor, with Philipp Blom, of Nothing But the Clouds Unchanged: Artists in World War I.
Ara H. Merjian is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at NYU, where he is an affiliate of the Institute of Fine Arts and the Department of Art History.

Tuesday, February 3, 7:00 pm

French Department Lecture (in French) from François Noudelmann, philosopher, critic, radio producer, professor, author of Le Toucher des philosophes.

Friday, February 6, 7:00 pm
Shadow Play and Piano Performance by Claude Debussy’s La Boîte à joujoux. Caroline Borderies and Christian Barthod perform as the shadow puppeteers with Mirna Lekic on piano.

Reservations: 212-998-8750 or maison.française@nyu.edu.

Monday, February 9, 6:30 pm

Lecture in French from Cécile Canut, sociolinguist, filmmaker, professor, and author of Une langue sans qualité and Le spectre identitaire, entre langue et pouvoir au Mali.

Cécile Canut currently dedicates her research to the circulation of discourses about Gypsies in Bulgaria and France. Director of several documentary films, she focuses on the processes of language subjectivation embedded in power relationships.

Tuesday, February 17, 7:00 pm

Jacque Gamblin, French actor and writer in conversation with Tom Bishop, the Director at the Center for French Civilization and Culture.
In French.

Jacques Gamblin studied at the Caen Dramatic Arts Centre. On stage, he has collaborated with directors such as Pierre Debauche, Claude Yersin, Michel Dubois, Jeanne Champagne, Philippe Adrien, Alfredo Arias, Charles Tordjman, Jean-Louis Martinelli, Gildas Bourdet, and Anne Bourgeois. As a playwright, Gamblin has adapted four of his own literary works for the stage: Quincailleries, Le Toucher de la hanche, Entre courir et voler il n’y a qu’un pas papa, and Tout est normal mon coeur scintille.

Wednesday, February 18

Perspectives on the Paris Attacks with:
Emmanuelle Saada, Columbia
Larry Wolff, NYU
Frédéric Viguier, NYU
Zvi Ben-Dor, NYU
Edward Berenson, NYU
Thomas Philippon, NYU

Thursday, February 19, 7:00 pm

Lecture (in English) with Vincent Giroud.

Born in France and educated at Oxford, Vincent Giroud is a cultural historian who has taught in French, British, and American institutions. He served for many years as curator of modern books and manuscripts at Yale University and is currently Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Franche-Comté. His recent books include Picasso and Gertrude Stein; French Opera: A Short History; and Nicolas Nabokov: A Life in Freedom and Music (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Monday, February 23, 7:00 pm

French Literature in the Making: Mathias Enard in conversation with Olivier Barrot.

Mathias Enard is a French writer and translator. An expert in Arabic and Persian, he lived throughout the Middle East before settling in Barcelona. In addition to Bréviaire des artificiers (Verticales, 2007) and L’alcool et la nostalgie (Editions Inculte, 2011), Enard is the author of five novels and a graphic novel published by Actes Sud.

Olivier Barrot is a writer, journalist, television producer and host.

Thursday, February 26, 7:00 pm
Quentin Bajac  -- Chief Curator of Photography, Museum of Modern Art and author in conversation with Shelly Rice, Professor in the Department of Photography and Imaging and Department of Art History, NYU, critic, curator, author of Parisian Views, and editor.

Tuesday, March 3, 6:15 pm

Building the Louvre
From its origins as a medieval fortress depicted in medieval Books of Hours, towering over the peasants who work the fields of the agricultural land that then surrounded it, the Louvre has evolved into a tourist site and postmodern logo that has been sold to other museums around the world. The recent licensing of its name to a museum in Abu Dhabi demonstrates the Louvre’s enduring image as embodiment of cultural prestige and power. Speakers will examine several key moments in the history of the Louvre, a site where art, literature, history, and politics interact.

Patrick Bray, Ohio State University
Phillip John Usher, NYU

Markus Cruse, Arizona State University
Maggie Flynn, Ohio State University
Bettina Lerner, CUNY

February 26: Futures of the European Union Series, Aftermath of Charlie Hebdo Lecture

The NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and the German Academic Exchange Service presents "The Making of a European Public Sphere in the Aftermath of Charlie Hebdo", a lecture and discussion part of the "Futures of the European Union" series at NYU

Thursday, February 26, 6:00 pm
NYU Deutsches Haus
42 Washington Mews

The Charlie Hebdo attacks have raised questions not only about terrorism and freedom of expression, but also about the place of Islam in Europe—now and in the future. The lecture will be hosted by sociologist Nilüfer Göle. In her lecture, Göle, a professor of sociology at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris, will consider this matter. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by political scientist Christine Landfried, Max Weber Professor at NYU. 

Göle studies Islamic visibility, secularism, and intercultural controversies in European public spheres. She is the author of “Islam in Europe: The Lure of Fundamentalism and the Allure of Cosmopolitanism” and “The Forbidden Modern: Civilization and Veiling”.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please email deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. Space at Deutsches Haus is limited; please arrive 10 minutes prior to the event. Please call 212.998.8663 for more information.

January 28: Authors in Action

Join us for an evening showcasing the literary works of talented Gallatin alumni, and enjoy networking with fellow writing professionals.

Wednesday, January 28, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre
1 Washington Place

Jennifer Clement (BA '82)
Prayers for the Stolen
"Beguiling, and even crazily enchanting...gives us words for what we haven't had words for before" - Francisco Goldman, New York Times Book Review

Vanessa Manko (MA '05)
The Invention of Exile
"Vanessa Manko's beautifully written and deeply affecting first novel is the story of a man stranded by history in a strange land, torn away by politics and paranoia from the people he loves...A brilliant debut." -Salman Rushdie

Reading and discussion followed by reception.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required. Visit the event page for more information.

January 28: Julian Zelizer at NYU

NYU Libraries invites you to join them for a conversation with Julian Zelizer, author of The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress & the Battle for the Great Society.

Wednesday, January 28, 6:00 PM
The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Diologue
295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor

Zelizer will be joined by moderator Tim Nafali, director of the Tamiment Library.

This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP to 212-992-9018 or RSVP.Bobst@nyu.edu.

Visit the event page for more information about this event and other upcoming events.

January 29- February 6: Spring Reading Series

NYU’s Creative Writing Program invites you to enjoy their Spring Reading Series this January and February.

All events are held in the program’s Greenwich Village home - unless otherwise noted.
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 W 10th Street 
Thursday, January 29, 7:00 PM
Poetry Reading: Jorie Graham
Jorie Graham’s new book is “From the New World: Poems 1976-2014” (Ecco, 2015). Graham will be introduced by NYU Creative Program Director Deborah Landau.

Friday, January 30, 5:00 PM
ZYZZYVA Presents: Will Boast, Laura Esther Wolfson, and Edie Meidav
Featuring recent contributors to “ZYZZYVA,” a San Francisco journal of arts and letters. This event is hosted by editors Laura Cogan and Oscar Villalon and co-sponsored with “ZYZZYVA.”

Thursday, February 5, 7:00 PM
Fiction Reading: E. L. Doctorow and Axinn Foundation Writer-in-Residence Chris Normandin
E. L. Doctorow is the author of many titles, including “Ragtime,” “City of God,” and most recently “Andrew’s Brain.” Among his awards are three National Book Critics Circle Awards, the National Book Award, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, and the National Book Foundation’s 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Doctorow holds the Lewis and Loretta Glucksman Chair of English and American Letters at NYU.

Friday, February 6, 5:00 PM
Independent Poetry Press Showcase: Cynthia Cruz, Eugenia Leigh, Michael Morse, and Christina Pugh
Featuring readings from new works, this event is hosted by editor Martha Rhodes and co-sponsored with Canarium, Four Way, and TriQuarterly Books.

Friday, February 6, 7:00 PM
NYU Emerging Writers Reading Series: Eileen Myles, Guest Author
The Emerging Writers Reading Series showcases the student talent of NYU’s graduate Creative Writing Program and features established writers as special guests.
Note location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event page.

January 20: Navigating the Affordable Care Act

The NYU Office of Government and Community Affairs and NY State of Health are hosting:

Navigating the Affordable Care Act: Information Session on Signing Up for Health Coverage.

Tuesday, January 20, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
University Settlement at the Houston Street Center
273 Bowery

There has been a lot of talk in the news about what the Affordable Care Act means for people without health insurance. With the enrollment deadline coming soon, many are wondering what the benefits are, who should sign up, and how to sign up. The NYU Office of Government and Community Affairs, together with the NY State of Health, will host an info session aimed at answering some of those questions.

Following the presentation, English, Mandarin, and Spanish speaking navigators from NY State of Health will be available to schedule free one-on-one appointments with step-by-step enrollment assistance for anyone who is interested in signing up. This event is free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served. RSVP online or contact the NYU Office of Government and Community affairs at community.affairs@nyu.edu or 212-998-2400.

To Learn More About the Affordable Care Act in New York State, please visit  nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

January 6 & 10:Breathing and Meditation Workshop

The NYU Office of Government and Community Affairs is pleased to promote the following event from one of our neighbors:

The International Association for Human Values invites you to the Introduction to the Yesplus Program: Stressbuster session. 

Tuesday, January 6, 7:00 PM & Saturday, January 10, 5:30 PM
Player's Theatre
115 MacDougal Street

This session provides tools and techniques to manage stress and increase confidence and energy and overall well being.

The IAHV was created in Geneva in 1997 as a global platform for humanitarian initiatives that solve problems by uplifting human values. IAHV conducts service projects and raises funds for humanitarian and disaster relief initiatives throughout the world.
Our innovative life-skills training programs combine breathwork and meditation with interactive discussions and experiential processes. This program supports individual and community happiness, social connection, and resilience so you can achieve personal and professional success as compassionate and service-minded leaders of tomorrow.  

This event is free and open to the public. 
More information on the IAHV can be found on their website.

December 4- January 17: Record of Cherry Road By Elizabeth Moran

The NYU Tisch Department of Photography & Imaging presents Record of Cherry Road, an exhibition of photographs by alum Elizabeth Moran, recipient of the Department’s 2013 Tierney Fellowship.

Ongoing Through January 17, 10:00 am-7:00 pm Weekdays
The Gulf+ Western Gallery
721 Broadway

Moran explains, “Record of Cherry Road investigates the myths that surround my family’s home, the farmhouse of an old plantation in Memphis, Tennessee. Storied to be haunted, the house contains a multitude of histories that are ever-present yet hidden... the project questions our continued reliance on photography to prove a belief.”

This event is free and open to the public.
A photo ID is required when entering the building.
For more information, visit the event page or visit Moran's website.

December 20: What the Dickens? Fifith Annual A Christmas Carol Marathon

The NYU Office of Government and Community Affairs is happy to promote one of the following free and public events from one of our neighbors:

Join Housing Works and dozens of terrific writers and performers for a marathon reading of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.

Drop in early and often to catch a few surprise performers or linger through the afternoon for the whole, spirited tale. All books are 10 percent off, and the cafe will be stocked with seasonal specials. Finish your Christmas shopping with unique literary finds, including the reissue of A Christmas Carol thanks to a generous donation from Vintage Anchor, have some festive treats from our cafe with a hot cocoa or a glass of wine and enjoy!
Festivities will kick off at noon with Christmas caroling from members of the New York City Master Chorale. The reading of A Christmas Carol will begin at 1 PM inside the bookstore.

Saturday, December 20, 1:00 pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street

This event is free and open to the public.
For more information about this event and the featured readers, visit the event page.