September 23: An Evening of Poetry with Linton Kwesi Johnson

NYU's Institute of African American Affairs is proud to present an evening of poetry with Linton Kwesi Johnson. The reading will be followed by discussion chaired by British Caribbean novelist and essayist, Caryl Phillips, Professor of English at Yale University.


Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 p.m.
NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium 
60 Washington Square South, 4th floor

For more information or to RSVP please call 212-998-4222, or visit the event page.
Free and open to the public.

September 23: Lecture, "The Pope's Uneasy Conscience"

New York University’s Center for the Study of Transformative Lives will host historian James Carroll, author of Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews, for a public lecture, "The Pope’s Uneasy Conscience: Why Bergoglio Matters".

Tuesday, September 23, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.
Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor (between 5th and 6th Streets)

“Pope Francis has impressed the world with his modest demeanor and evident concern for impoverished peoples,” says Carroll. “But his steady rejection of the self-exoneration that marks not only prelates but most power figures suggests a deeper shift—not just for religion, but for a world politics centered on predatory capitalism. The Catholic Church, facing its failures, may prove to be the center of a much needed and quite broad moral reckoning. Is it possible? Can he do it? He’s the pope!”

Carroll is the author of 11 novels and seven works of non-fiction, including An American Requiem, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction; Constantine's Sword, now an acclaimed documentary; House of War, which captured the first PEN-Galbraith Award; and Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World, which was named a 2011 Best Book by Publishers Weekly.

The event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is required at www.transformativelives.org, by emailing transformative.lives@nyu.edu, or by calling 212.998.4291.

September 20: Warrior & Family Tennis Day

US Tennis Association Serves is hosting an event to honor our servicemen and women as well as their families. They would like to invite your precinct and their families to join.

Saturday, September 20, 12:30 - 5:00 pm
Howard Bennett Park, Harlem
135th Street btwn 5th & Lenox Avenue

Aside from tennis for all levels and abilities, they will be offering free food, drinks, t-shirts, and prizes. No tennis experience or equipment is required to attend. This is a part of a larger initiative organized by USTA Serves to support our servicemen and women with recreational and social activities. It is their way of giving back to those that have so honorably served us.

If you have any questions, please call 914-872-5621. Space is limited, so remember to reserve your spot by emailing military@usta.com.

September 19: Poet and Reggae Artist Linton Kwesi Johnson at NYU

NYU’s Institute of African American Affairs will host poet and reggae artist Linton Kwesi Johnson for a series of events this fall that will showcase his African Caribbean cultural expressions in poetry and music. Join us for his main lecture "African Consciousness in Reggae Music."

Friday, September 19, 7:30 PM
NYU Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion 
60 Washington Square South, Floor 10

Johnson's lecture surrounds how growing up in London, reggae music provided him with not only a sense of identity but also a career as a successful recording artist and performer.

Johnson, a Jamaican-born British national, will be the artist-in-residence at the Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) for the fall semester. He has written numerous books of poetry, including the highly acclaimed “Voices of the Living and the Dead,” “Dread, Beat An’ Blood,” and “Inglan Is A Bitch.” In 2002, Johnson became the first black poet and the second living poet to be published in the Penguin Modern Classics series. He also released several albums, including “Dread Beat An’ Blood,” “Forces of Victory,” “Bass Culture,” and “Making History.”

This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP at 212.998.4222. 
For more information bout this event and other events coming up in the series, visit the event page.

September 19: Fall Reading Series, Rona Jaffe Foundation

The NYU Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2014 Reading Series commences in September with events featuring acclaimed poets, PEN/Hemingway Award-winners, and other renowned authors.  All Reading Series events are held in the program’s Greenwich Village home, the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House.

Friday, September 19, 7:00 pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street (btwn 5th and 6th Aves)

Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards Reading

The Rona Jaffe Foundation provides support to women writers in the early stages of their careers.

The Creative Writing Program's Fall Reading Series is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

September 18: Media Journalism Panel

New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute will host the panel discussion: “What in the World are Buzzfeed, Mashable, and VICE News up to as They Expand Their International Coverage?”

Thursday, September 18, 6:30 pm
Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor (between 5th and 6th Streets)

The event will feature editors from all three outlets: Louise Roug, Mashable’s global news editor; Miriam Elder, Buzzfeed’s foreign editor, and Jason Mojica, VICE News’ editor-in-chief. Amy O’Leary, a member of the New York Times’ innovation report team, will moderate the session.

The event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is required at https://whatintheworld.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 212.998.8044.

Ongoing through November 30, Photography Exhibition: “VACANCY”

New York University’s Kimmel Window Galleries present the public exhibition “Vacancy: Photographs by Heather Culp, Daniela Groza, Ginny Mangrum, and Matthew Soltesz.” Through photographs of exterior and interior of spaces, Vacancy explores concepts of connection and absence, the sexuality and semiotics of domestic spaces, and the emotive and evocative relationship that we have with photography.


Ongoing through November 30
Window Galleries at the NYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South

September 18: Fall Reading Series, Poetry Reading

The NYU Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2014 Reading Series commences in September with events featuring acclaimed poets, PEN/Hemingway Award-winners, and other renowned authors.  All Reading Series events are held in the program’s Greenwich Village home, the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House.

Thursday, September 18, 7:00 pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street (btwn 5th and 6th Aves)

Cave Canem Poetry Reading: Bettina Judd and Wendy Walters, with Special Guest Adrian Matejka

Bettina Judd’s collection Patient won the Black Lawrence Press Hudson Book Prize and will be released in the fall of 2014. Wendy S. Walters’ newest title is Troy, Michigan. Adrian Matejka’s most recent book, The Big Smoke, was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

The Creative Writing Program's Fall Reading Series is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

September 17: NYU Constitution Day 2014

Watergate 40 Years Later: How Congress Confronted a Constitutional Crisis, and Lessons for Today’s Situation



The news headlines are stark: over a decade of American combat in Asia; gridlock in Washington; talk of impeachment! But the year is not 2014 — it is 1974, when Richard Nixon leaves the White House in disgrace. How did the Constitutional process provide solutions for this crisis? And what lessons can 1974 hold for solving the dysfunctions in Washington today?

Join former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, a member of the House Judiciary Committee during Watergate, former Nixon Presidential Library Director Tim Naftali, and NYU historian Marilyn Young for a panel discussion on tackling constitutional crises and testing the balance of powers between the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court.

Wednesday, September 17, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
NYU Silver Center, Hemmerdinger Hall
100 Washington Sq East

Light refreshments will be provided.
Free and open to the public.

RSVP online. Students will be able to learn more about the NYU Washington DC program and NYU John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress.

September 16: Islamic History & Politics Panel Discussion

New York University’s Center for Dialogues will host three leading scholars on Islamic history and politics, "The Growing Divide between the Sunni and Shia Worlds".

Tuesday, September 16, 6:30-8:30 pm
NYU’s Jurow Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science
100 Washington Sq. East btwn Washington and Waverly Places

How do we read the recent horrors brought on by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the continuing strife pitting Sunni against Shia throughout the Middle East and beyond? Are the sectarian tensions shaking the Islamic world a passing convulsion, or do they constitute the harbinger of a global confrontation, and what are the consequences for the United States of such developments?

The panelists include Hichem Djaït, President, Tunisian Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts; Richard Bulliet, Emeritus Professor of History, Columbia University; and former CIA analyst Judith Yaphe, professorial lecturer, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. The panel discussion will be moderated by Mustapha Tlili, founder and director of the NYU Center for Dialogues. It will be followed by a question and answer session.

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP (required) or for further information, please email info@centerfordialogues.org or call 212.998.8693.