May 7-8: PEN World Voices Festival, "The Literary Mews"

NYU welcomes you to "The Literary Mews", the third annual NYU literary festival within the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.  The main festival begins on May 8 and features readings, performances, music, an outdoor book fair, and more.  There will be a preview event held on May 7.

Preview Event:
Thursday, May 7, 7pm, NYU Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street
The New Salon: Poets in Conversation, Yona Harvey and Afaa Weaver

May 8 Events and Street Festival:

Writers Workshop: Perspectives From African Writers with Véronique Tadjo and Rashidah Ismaili
10:30 - 11:30 am, NYU Africa House and Institute of African American Affairs, 14A Washington Mews, 1st floor space
RSVP required.

Opening Panel: Discussing Diaspora
12:00 - 1:00 pm, Glucksman Ireland House NYU, 1 Washington Mews
RSVP required.

African Musical Workshop -The Art of Storytelling Through Music
1:15 – 2:15 pm
, NYU Africa House, 44 Washington Mews
RSVP required.

A Conversation with Jean-Christophe Rufin, novelist, historian, and one of the founders of Doctors without Borders
2:00 – 3:00 pm
, La Maison Française NYU, 16 Washington Mews (at University Place)

Author Reading and Lecture: Abdourahman Waberi
3:00 – 4:00 pm, NYU Abu Dhabi, 19 Washington Square North
This lecture will focus on his individual writing, translation, and the process of writing in diaspora.
RSVP required.

New Voices in North African Poetry
4:00 – 6:00 pm
, The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies NYU, 255 Sullivan Street
A program of readings performed by North African poets with English translation.

Afro-Asian Mixtapes: Overlapping Literary Diasporas in the Caribbean
4:00 – 6:00 pm
, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, 8 Washington Mews
A reading and listening session highlighting the literary intersections between Asian and African diasporas in the Caribbean. Featuring writers and scholars Kerry Young and Ifeona Fulani.
RSVP required.

Discussing "Another Country. South Africa: New Portraits"
5:00 – 6:00 pm
, Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews
A conversation between photographer Reiner Leist and Hlonipha Mokoena, professor of anthropology at Columbia University.

Poetry Reading: Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Parneshia Jones, and Ladan Osman
5:00 – 6:30 pm
, NYU Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street

Cormac James launches The Surfacing
5:00 – 6:00 pm
, Glucksman Ireland House NYU, 1 Washington Mews
Irish novelist Cormac James launches The Surfacing about a ship threatened by ever-hardening Arctic ice when its lieutenant discovers a stowaway will give birth to his child and finds the courage to lead.
RSVP required.

The Passion of Elena Ferrante
6:00 – 7:00 pm
, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò NYU, 24 West 12th Street
Award-winning translator Ann Goldstein (The New Yorker) and NYU professor Rebecca Falkoff will discuss the anonymous Italian author, whose devastatingly honest novels—particularly the epic Neapolitan tetralogy—have moved readers to a rare and visceral passion.
RSVP required.

Everything: Scatter, Scatter
7:30 pm
, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street
This conversation and screening examining the work of the late poet and theorist, Édouard Glissant, gathers some of his principal interlocutors towards the end of his career to consider the conceptual and practical utility of his concept of multiplicity and relation.
RSVP required.

Location: Washington Mews (between 5th Avenue and University Place below 8th Street)
Participating publishers include Akashic Books, A Public Space, Bellevue Literary Press, Fence/Fence Books, Kweli Journal, Nightboat, St. Petersburg Review, Washington Square Review, Words without Borders, Soho Press, and Ugly Duckling Presse.


1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Sounds of Africa: Tiga Jean Baptiste
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. German musical performance
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Dan Neely and friends perform traditional Irish tunes

All events part of PEN World Voices Festival are free and open to the public. The events requiring an RSVP are noted above.

May 7: Skin Cancer Screening

The NYU Skin & Cancer Unit at The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology celebrates National Melanoma/ Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month with an Annual Free Skin Cancer Screening.

Thursday, May 7, 1:30 - 5:00 pm
NYU Ambulatory Care Center
240 East 38th Street, 12th Floor

Join NYU Langone Medical Center for this free skin cancer screening in collaboration with the American Academy of Dermatology, to help stay healthy as summer approaches. All are welcome, especially those who have a changing mole, a previous history of melanoma, are over 50 (especially men), and do not have a regular dermatologist. These individuals may be at particularly high risk for melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

During this screening there will be an opportunity to volunteer for a clinical study being conducted by The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology. NYU staff will be available to explain the study in detail and answer any questions. You do not have to enroll in this study to participate in the screening.

For more information: please call 212-263-2627.

This event is free and open to the public. No appointment necessary. Please arrive no earlier than 1:00pm and no later than 4:30 pm to ensure that you are seen.

The Gallatin Jazz Festival

May 1, 2015 | 2:00 PM-9:00 PM

Panel Discussion
2 pm - The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

Featuring Jason Byrne (Red Cat Publicity), Nicole Hegeman (Humanistic Artist Management - Robert Glasper), Gretchen Parlato (world-renowned vocalist, Grammy nominee), Ben Ratliff (Jazz Critic, The New York Times), Mark Tavern (Greenleaf Music - Dave Douglas)
Moderated by author and Gallatin Professor Millery Polyne

Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life Screening + Q&A
3:30 pm - 5th Floor Student Lounge
Directed and produced by Robert Levi about Billy Strayhorn, one of jazz's greatest legends.
Winner of the Emmy, Peabody, and WGA Awards for Best Documentary (2008).
Q&A to follow with Strayhorn's nieces Alyce Claerbaut and Leslie Demus, joined by Robert Levi

Yosvany Terry Quintet
5:30 pm - The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
"Yosvany Terry's group has helped redefine Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz as a complex new idiom" --The New York Times
Obed Calvaire (drums), Manuel Valera (piano), Mike Rodriguez (trumpet), Yunior Terry (bass), Yosvany Terry (sax & Chekere)

Dayna Stephens 3WI
6:45 pm - The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

"He's a total genius!" -- Tom Harrell
Adam Aruta (drums), Gilad Hekselman (guitar), Dayna Stephens (electronic wind instrument)

Uri Gurvich Quartet
8:00 pm - The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
"Organic, exotic and unpretentiously heartfelt" Mike Shanley, JazzTimes
Francisco Mela (drums), Peter Slavov (bass), Asen Doykin (keyboard), Uri Gurvich (alto saxophone)

May 1-12: NYU Creative Writing Program Events

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2015 Reading Series continues in May with events featuring New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe (May 1) and Kingsley Tufts Award winner Afaa Weaver (May 7), among others.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th St.
(unless noted otherwise) 

Friday, May 1, 4:00 pm 
Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop Reading with Marie Howe, Guest Author Readings by the Golden Writers, participants of a writing workshop for disabled adults led by fellows from the NYU Creative Writing Program.
Note Location: NYU Silver Center, Jurow Lecture Hall, 100 Washington Square East
Friday, May 1, 7:00 pm
NYU Emerging Writers Reading: Catherine Lacey The Emerging Writers Reading Series showcases the student talent of NYU’s graduate Creative Writing Program and features established writers as special guests. Catherine Lacey is the author of the debut novel “Nobody Is Ever Missing” (FSG, 2014).
Note Location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th street

Thursday, May 7, 7:00 pm 
The New Salon: Yona Harvey and Afaa Weaver with Charif Shanahan For her debut collection,
“Hemming the Water,” (Four Way, 2014) Yona Harvey was awarded the 2014 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Afaa Weaver’s most recent collection of poems is “City of Eternal Spring” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014). He is the recipient of the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award. This event is hosted by Charif Shanahan and co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America and the PEN World Voices Festival.

Friday, May 8, 5:00 pm 
Cave Canem presents: New Works. With Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Parneshia Jones, and Ladan Osman Amaud Jamaul Johnson’s most recent book, “Darktown Follies,” (Tupelo Press, 2013) received the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, 2014. The debut collection from Parneshia Jones is “Vessel” (Milkweed Editions, April 2015). Ladan Osman’s first book “The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony” (University of Nebraska Press, April 2015) won the 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. This event is co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation and the PEN World Voices Festival.

Friday, May 8, 7:00 pm
NYU Creative Writing Program Undergraduate Reading Spring students read their poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Tuesday, May 12, 7:30 pm
Galway Kinnell Memorial Reading A celebration of the life and work of poet Galway Kinnell (1927-2014), co-founder of the NYU Creative Writing Program. With Toi Derricote, Mark Doty, Jonathan Safran Foer, Robert Hass, Edward Hirsch, Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Yusef Komunyakaa, Mirah Kozodoy, Sharon Olds, Myra Shapiro, Gerald Stern, and C. K. Williams. Co-sponsored with the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the Poetry Society of America, Poets House, and the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y.
Note Location: Cooper Union, The Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street

These events are free and open to the public.
Seating for free events is on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, call 212.998.8816 or visit the events page.

April 30: Documentary Screening, China Remix

The city of Guangzhou is home to China’s largest community of African immigrants. This short documentary explores the city’s burgeoning African entertainment industry through the lives of three African hip-hop artists who are trying to find success in the face of China’s challenging labor and immigration laws. 

Thursday, April 30, 7:00 pm
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

The film follows the entertainers as they prepare for their shows, perform, and live their daily lives with their Chinese and African family members and friends.

Dorian Carli-Jones is a New York-based independent filmmaker, holding a BFA in Film & Television Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since graduation, Dorian has directed and produced various short and feature films, as well as episodics, instructionals, and music videos.

Melissa Lefkowitz holds a B.A. in Literature and East Asian Studies from New York University and an A.M. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, where her research encompassed the regions of China and Sub-Saharan Africa and focused on the visual representation of Africans in Chinese mass media.

This event is free and open to the public. For more info, visit:

April 30: "Improving Albany" hosted by NYU Wagner

NYU Wagner presents "Improving Albany: A Path to Greater Effectiveness", a civic conversation about reforming state government to improve integrity and effectiveness.

Thursday, April 30, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor
The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

9:30am - 10:00am | Registration & Coffee
10:00am - 12:00pm | Morning Panel
12:00pm - 1:00pm | Lunch
1:00pm - 3:00pm | Afternoon Panel

Over the last year, public concern over the effectiveness and integrity of state government has become intense and widespread. State government is commonly described as “systematically corrupt” and “dysfunctional,” and charges against elected officials are cited as evidence of a broader breakdown of ethical and political standards. Increasingly, attention has turned to how underlying structural and institutional issues impede the State's progress. Improving governance in Albany is critical, as we depend on State government to address a set of serious issues affecting New Yorkers.

Can Albany move forward despite recent allegations of corruption and governance challenges?

Join us for an engaging day with a broad range of
experts—including elected officials, nonprofit leaders, advocates, and journalists—who understand the structures, politics, values, and motivations that exist within New York State government. The panelists will engage in a grounded, nonpartisan, honest conversation about how governance in Albany can be improved from a legal, ethical, and institutional perspective.

Lunch will be served. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

RSVP required.

April 29: Town Hall on Cancer Disparities

Perlmutter Cancer Center’s Center for Elimination of Cancer Disparities (CECD) will hold a town hall discussion regarding the challenges various communities face that may contribute to cancer disparities. It is important to understand who you are and how that may contribute to increase cancer incidence and your response to early detection and treatment.

Wednesday, April 29, 4:00-6:00pm
NYU Langone Medical Center, Alumni Hall B
550 First Avenue at 31st Street

Learn from community leaders what they identify as priorities for addressing cancer disparities and potential areas for research and outreach to address them.

Community voices by select members of the CECD Advisory Board Members:
Perry Pong, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
Guillermo Chacon, President Latino Commission on Aids
Liz Margolies, LCSW, Founder and Executive Director of National LGBT Cancer Network
Marian Y. Scott, MS, Director of Community Health Education atMount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mt. Sinai Roosevelt Hospitals

Moderated by: Joseph Ravenell, Assistant Professor, Departments of Population Health and Medicine and Director, Diversity in Cancer Research, Perlmutter Cancer Center

This event is free and open to the public.

April 28: Journalism Event, Albert Camus

The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute invites you to a panel discussion on the journalism
of author and philosopher, Albert Camus. Algerian Chronicles, a collection of Camus's reporting and letters from Algeria during the 1930s through the 1950s, provides the historical starting point for this conversation.

Tuesday, April 28, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
Pete Hamill, Distinguished Writer In Residence, NYU Journalism Institute 

Arthur Goldhammer, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, translator of Algerian Chronicles
Adam Gopnik, journalist and staff writer for The New Yorker
Elizabeth Hawes, author, Camus, a romance

This event is free and open to the public. Light reception to follow discussion. RSVP not required.
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April 27: McSilver Symposium

The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research is proud to invite you to the 2015 McSilver Symposium. The annual McSilver Symposium explores evidence-based clinical and structural approaches for mitigating the impacts of poverty, as well as celebrating the outstanding individuals and organizations that work with poverty impacted families and communities.

Monday, April 27, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Brooklyn Academy of Music Fisher Building
321 Ashland Place

The theme of this year’s symposium is “Poverty. Trauma. Resilience.” and we are proud to offer six dynamic panels and thought- provoking opportunities to discuss the problems and solutions involving poverty through both a local and global lens.

1. 10:00- 11:30 Trauma of LGBTQ Displacement in the US and Abroad

2. 10:00-noon Healing Neen: The Power of Trauma Informed Care ( Film screening & Discussion)

3. 12:30-2:00 Step Up Fostering resilience, life skills and academic success through a positive youth development model

4. 2:30-4:00 Trauma of Racism

5. 4:30-6:00 Place Matters: A Community Based Approach to Understanding and Addressing Structural Poverty

6. 4:30-6:00 Under the Mango Tree: Novel Approaches to Healing and Empowerment in African Communities ( Film Screening & Discussion)

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are limited, RSVP now.

April 22: Conversations on Urbanization

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April 22 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT Kaufman Management Center, Room 5-50 44 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10012
Sergio Fajardo, current Governor of Antioquia, and former Mayor of Medellín, will sit down with Paul Romer, Director, NYU Stern Urbanization Project, NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management, to discuss the challenge of fostering cities that are safe and inclusive.

This installment of the Conversations on Urbanization series from the NYU Stern Urbanization Project features Paul Romer and Sergio Fajardo discussing the challenge of fostering cities that are safe and inclusive.

Sergio Fajardo is the Governor of Antioquia, Colombia (2012-2015). He was the Leader and Founder of a civil movement called “Compromiso Ciudadano”, Mayor of the City of Medellín (2004-2007) and Colombia´s vice-president candidate in 2010. He has served as a Mathematics Professor at Andes University (Bogotá), he was the Director of the Math Department and Research Director of the same university, Director of the Center of Science and Technology of Antioquia, Member of the National Council of Basic Sciences, and Member of the National Council of Masters and PhDs. In addition, he has been columnist of different media and author of several publications. He is a Mathematician, has a Masters Degree of Mathematics from the Andes University and a MSc and PhD in Mathematics from Wisconsin, Madison University.

Paul Romer is University Professor at NYU, Director of NYU’s Marron Institute, and Director of the NYU Stern Urbanization Project.

This event is co-hosted by the NYU Marron Institute of Urban ManagementAdam Smith Society at the Manhattan Institute, and the NYU Stern Latin American Business Association.