August 5-9: International Double Reed Society Conference

Oboists and bassoonists from all over the world will converge at NYU for five historic days of workshops, lectures, recitals and evening gala concerts as part of the 43rd Annual International Double Reed Society (IDRS) Conference.

As part of the programming, the world-renowned Orchestra of St. Luke’s and West Point Band will be “In Residence”, presenting evening concerts featuring an extraordinary variety of double reed concerti performed by many of the world’s great oboists, English hornists, bassoonists and contra-bassoonist.

Tuesday, August 5, 8:00 pm
Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place
Orchestra of St. Luke's with conductors Gordon Hunt and MIlan Turkovic
Judith LeClair, bassoon - Mozart Bassoon Concerto
Julien Hardy, French basson - Francaix Bassoon Concerto
Gordon Hunt, oboe - Mozart Oboe Concerto
Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon - Gene Pritsker Concerto - World Premiere
Richard Woodhams, oboe - Strauss Oboe Concerto
Nathan Hughes, oboe - Vaughn Williams Oboe Concerto

Wednesday, August 6, 7:30 pm
Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place
Chamber Music, featuring:
New York Philharmonic Bassoon Section (Judith LeClair, Kim Laskowski, Roger Nye, Arlen Fast)
Jaime Gonzalez and Pietro Corna, oboes (with Frank Morelli, bassoon) - Trio Sonata Op. 1 for 2 oboes and Basso continuo by Tommaso Albinoni
Peter Cooper (oboe), Yoshi Ishikawa (bassoon), and Bill Douglas - Trio #2 (mvmts 1-3) by Bill Douglas
Jonathan Small, oboe - Extase II for oboe and instrumental ensemble by Chen Qigang
William Short, bassoon - Quartet in G Minor, Op. 73, No. 3 for bassoon and strings by François Devienne
Christoph Hartmann (oboe), Ricardo Morales (clarinet), and Martin Kuuskmann (bassoon) - Divertissement for Trio d´anches by Jean Françaix
Michael Harley, bassoon - Bassoon Concertino by Augusta Reade Thomas (American premiere)
Johanna Cox, oboe - Firecracker by Michael Daugherty
Carolyn Beck, bassoon - Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra II. Romanza and Scherzino by Christopher James

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place
West Point Band:
Liang Wang, oboe - Variations of a Theme by Glinka by Rimsky-Korsakov
Joel Evans, oboe - Hudson River Rhapsody by James Kessler
Pedro Diaz, English horn - Donizetti Concertino (arranged for wind ensemble by Douglas Richard)
Saxton Rose, bassoon - The Avatar, Concerto for Bassoon and Chamber Winds by Dana Wilson
The Breaking Winds, bassoon quartet - Breaking Out Concerto by Scott Switzer
Paul Hanson and Richard Ramey, bassoons - Concerto for Two Bassoons and Wind Band by Daniel Baldwin (World Premiere)

Friday, August 8, 8:00 pm
Washington Square Park
"Sunset in the Park" - Festival String Orchestra:
Peter Kolkay, bassoon - Red Maple (Bassoon Concerto) by Joan Tower
Nancy Ambrose King, oboe - Grunge Concerto by Scott McAllister
Kim Walker, bassoon - Trilogy for bassoon, electric bass guitar, strings, and percussion by David Baker
Marc Fink, oboe - Vivaldi Oboe Concerto in C Major
Matthias Racz, bassoon - Jolivet Bassoon Concerto
Keve Wilson, oboe - Darin Lewis Oboe Concerto (American premiere)
Giorgio Mandolesi, bassoon - Roztančené Concertino
Stefano Canuti, bassoon - Nafsha for bassoon and percussion by Arnaldo de Felice (American premiere)

Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place
Orchestra of St. Luke's with conductors Gordon Hunt and Milan Turkovic
John Snow, oboe - Laura Kaminsky Oboe Concerto - World Premiere
Pascal Gallois, bassoon - Hersant Eight Pieces
Elizabeth Siffert, oboe - Lukas Foss Oboe Concerto
Gillet-Fox Winner - Hummel Bassoon Concerto
Carolyn Hove, English horn - Sallinen English Horn Concerto
Frank Morelli, bassoon - Weber Bassoon Concerto

The IDRS 2014 will also be hosting a selection of workshops as well as daily lectures and recitals. All events will take place on and around the NYU campus. The events require registration and most are not free, while all are open to the public.

July 16: Immigration Reform Panel

Join experts on democracy and public policy for a panel discussion about the importance of immigration reform for New York State's economy.

Andrea Barisani, "Immigration." Image from Flickr.
Panelists include Ana Maria Archila (Center for Popular Democracy), Andrew Raisej (Founder of Personal Democracy Media) and others. This program is sponsored by FWD, NYU, and ABNY.

Wednesday July 16, 8:00 - 9:30 am
NYU Global Center for Academic Life
238 Thompson St, 5th floor
Light breakfast will be served.

RSVP by Monday, July 14: Email 

June 30: Book Launch: Making Money, the Philosophy of Crisis Capitalism

The Cultures of Finance Working Group at the NYU Institute for Public Knowledge invite you to join us for the US launch and panel discussion of Ole Bjerg’s Making Money: The Philosophy of Crisis Capitalism from Verso Books.

Monday, June 30, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

In Making Money, Ole Bjerg applies the thinking of Slavoj Žižek and other scholars to mainstream economic literature. Bjerg provides a radical new way of looking at the mysterious stuff we use to buy things. It is a theory unfolded in reflections on the nature of monetary phenomena such as financial markets, banks, debt, credit, derivatives, gold, risk, value, price, interests, and arbitrage. The analysis of money is put into an historical context, suggesting that the current financial turbulence and debt crisis are evidence that we live in the age of post-credit capitalism. By bridging the fields of economics and contemporary philosophy, Bjerg's work engages in a compelling form of intellectual arbitrage.

Ole Bjerg is Associate Professor in the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School. His research interests circle around a diagnosis of contemporary capitalism and currently engages the simple question: What is money?

RSVP if you plan to attend.

July 10: Conjunctions Literary Journal

The NYU Bookstore will host contributors to the latest issue of "Conjunctions", an online weekly magazine and a book-length biannual print/e-book journal of featured writing by contemporary masters and emerging voices.
Thursday, July 10, 6:00 pm
NYU Bookstore
726 Broadway between Astor and Washington Place

The theme of the issue is “Exile,” and it features works by novelist H. G. Carrillo ("Loosing My Espanish"), literary scholar Richard Sieburth, and poet Marjorie Welsh (“Signifying Art”), all of whom will read passages from their “Conjunctions” contributions at the bookstore event. The reading will be introduced by “Conjunctions” editor Bradford Morrow.

The event is free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited.

June 25: Piano Artist Master Class, Eduardus Halim

NYU Steinhardt brings to the public the annual Piano Artist Master Class Series. The sessions offer a window into the creative process, as world-renowned performing artists offer guidance and inspiration to pianists.  The next to offer his expertise is the performer and pedagogue, Eduardus Halim.

Wednesday, June 25, 3:00 pm
Residence Hall Third North, Room C205
75 3rd Avenue, between 11th and 12th Streets

Halim has appeared with such orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Russian National Orchestra. He has given recitals at Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington. His awards and honors including the Young Concert Artists International Auditions as well as the Avery Fisher Career Grant.  Halim also serves as a professor of piano studies at NYU Steinhardt.

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

Ongoing: Creative Steps

The first semester at the Creative Steps Early Childcare Center in Washington Square Village has drawn to a successful close.

Enrollment is now open for their first summer camp program, running for six weeks from July 7 through August 15. Additionally, Creative Steps is inviting families to attend upcoming tours and open houses in advance of the fall semester pre-K/UPK semester.

For families with children two years and younger:
  • Tuesday, June 17, 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 25, 9:30 a.m.
For families with children 3 and 4 years:
  • Thursday, June 12, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.
To register for a tour or inquire about enrollment, please email Joyce Rittenburg with your name and your child’s name, gender, age, and date of birth.

May 31: World Science Festival Educational Programs

World Science Festival is offering free educational programs open to the public.

Saturday, May 31, 2:00 - 10:00 pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1

The Rosetta Mission Comet:
Ten years ago, the European Space Agency launched a spacecraft on an ambitious mission—to land on a comet. "Rosetta" will finally reach its target in November and attempt a landing. But first, stop in Brooklyn to see the scaled Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet and learn about the photos the robotic spacecraft has taken and how our oceans may have come from comets...and learn to make your own kitchen comet. Suggested for grades 4-8.

Saturday, May 31, 2:00 - 10:00 pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Sunday, June 1, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Washington Square Park

Science on Site @ The Intrepid: Aboard the International Space Station:
Learn about science on the International Space Station from NASA Scientists and get a sneak peak of the Intrepid aircraft carrier. Suggested for grades 5-8.

Sunday, June 1, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Gould Plaza, NYU/Washington Square Park
West 4th Street at Greene Street

Science on a Sphere:
See our home planet as you’ve never seen it before: projected and animated on a giant, suspended globe from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NYU’s Courant Institute and NOAA team up with WSF to teach students how weather systems are created. Students will engage firsthand with scientists for a hands-on teaching moment! Suggested for grades 4-5.

If you have any questions concerning the World Science Festival events, please contact Sheetal Dhir at

May 22: Child Study Center Educational Workshop

The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center is pleased to announce their 2014 CSC Educational Workshop Series. The CSC hosts weekly workshops led by expert clinical faculty who provide insights, tips, and advice on working with children and adolescents.

Thursday, May 22, 6:30 pm
NYU Langone Child Study Center
1 Park Avenue, 7th Floor

Preparing Over the Summer for the Transition to School:

The transition to school can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. What do you and your child need to feel ready to begin pre‐kindergarten or kindergarten this fall? Get prepared by attending this workshop that will introduce best practices for this period of child development. We will review how to prepare your child for the transition to school, how to foster independence, and how to keep a consistent structure in the home while setting limits, building confidence, and getting in enough quality time. We will also briefly review preacademic skills that show your child is ready for school, and show evidence on the importance of parent involvement in their child’s education.
Presenter: Kirsten Cullen Sharma, PsyD

The workshop is free and open to the public. Please register in advance.

May 21: Discussion on power and NYC's energy chain supply

The NYU Office of Government and Community Affairs is happy to promote the following free and public event from one of our neighbors: 
Join the Urban Future Lab for Where does NYC's electricity come from?, an illustrated conversation about power and NYC's energy supply chain. Valeria Mogilevich will speak about a recent "Urban Investigation" titled Power Trip. The project was a collaboration of CUP, teaching artist Samantha Contis, and NYC public high school students. To get to the source of New York City’s electricity infrastructure, the team interviewed energy experts and peered down manholes. They visited a local utility company headquarters, an upstate transmission monitoring center, and plenty of power plants – from Astoria to Co-op City.

Wednesday, May 21, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Urban Future Lab
15 Metrotech Center, 19th Floor, Brooklyn

About the speaker: Valeria is the Deputy Director at the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). She has been with CUP since 2006 creating design projects that break down the city’s complex systems to help people better participate in shaping the city. In partnership with high school teachers and teaching artists, Valeria has produced over a dozen experiential youth education projects. She has presented on project-based learning and community-engaged youth education at the New Museum, NYU’s Steinhardt School, The Cooper-Hewitt, Pratt Institute, plenty of NYC public high schools, and educational institutions from Philly to Toronto. 

To read more about the speaker and for additional information, visit the event page.
This event is free and open to the public.

May 17: "500 Years of Melancholia in Mathematics" Conference

Join NYU for "500 Years of Melancholia in Mathematics." This conference will revisit and further explore great mathematical achievements of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Subjects include three dimensional geometry, topology, and combinatorics of two dimensional arrays, and more recent areas of additive number theory and computer science, whose roots can be traced back to Dürer, almost 500 years ago.

Saturday, May 17, 10:15 am - 6:30 pm
Dibner Building
5 MetroTech Center, Pfizer Auditorium

The conference hopes to address a wide audience of high school and college students, mathematics and computer science enthusiasts, and professional mathematicians, computer scientists and engineers in the New York metropolitan area.

The following lectures will be streamed live at

Featured Speakers:
10:30 am: Richard Schroeppel, Sandia National Lab — “Magic Cubes and Hypercubes”
11:30 am: Jeffrey Lagarias, University of Michigan — “Dürer, Polyhedra and Shadows”
12:30 pm: Richard Stanley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology—“Magic Squares and Syzygies”
2:30 pm: John Conway, Princeton University — “Magic Squares, Including Frenicle's 880 of Order Four”
3:30 pm: Sergiu Klainerman, Princeton University — “Are Black Holes Real?”
4:30 pm: John W. Morgan, Stony Brook University — "Geometry and Topology: From Gauss and Riemann to the Modern Day”
5:30 pm: Günter M. Ziegler, Free University of Berlin —“Three Giants, Five Stars, Some Mistakes: Leonardo, Dürer, Kepler, and Their Polyhedra”

Also in commemoration of this occasion, The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents Sunday at the Met: "Spotlight on a Masterpiece: Albrecht Dürer's Melencolia I". This public program takes place on May 18 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. The event is free with Museum admission and open to the public; reservations are not required. For more information about the afternoon, visit the Met website.
This event is free and open to the public. 
For more information about the conference, e-mail or visit the event page.