November 6: Points of Contact: New Approaches to Islamic Art


The NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Institute of Fine Arts invite you to a lecture by Renata Holod entitled A Tumulus in the Pontic Steppe: Reconstructing Ritual, Community and Polity in the early Thirteenth Century CE.

Thursday, November 6, 6:00 PM 
The Institute of Fine Arts Lecture Hall 
1 East 78th Street 

This lecture is part of the series, Points of Contact.

About the series: 
Over the past decades, the study of Islamic material culture has been marked by increased scholarly attention to transcultural dimensions of art, architecture and archaeology. This interest coincides with an interest in histories of mobility generated by contemporary discourses of the global. It has taken a variety of forms, from attention to the modalities and effects of circulation - the result of diplomatic exchange and gifting, long-distance trade, or looting and reuse, for example - to research on media and regions that lie on the margins of the Islamic world, or outside the traditional bounda
ries of the canon. Points of Contact introduces some of the exciting new scholarship generated by these developments.

This lecture is free and open to the public.
For more about this series, visit the event page.
For more about other upcoming events, visit the IFA events calendar

November 6: Launch of DECA Celebration at NYU


NYU’s Carter Journalism Institute invites you to celebrate the launch of Deca,  a cooperative of 11 award-winning nonfiction writers based around the world, with a discussion of how journalists, artists, and musicians are using cooperative structures to create, distribute, and fund their ongoing projects.

Thursday, November 6, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor

With Vanessa Gezari of Deca, cofounder of VII Photo Ron Haviv, Esquire senior features editor Tyler Cabot; Magnum and New York Magazine photographer Christopher Anderson; Radiotopia founding member Benjamen Walker; Daniel Knobler, co-founder of Brooklyn's Mason Jar Music.

All attendees will receive a complimentary three-story subscription to Deca’s stories. 
The event is free and open to the public. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. 
For more information, call 212.998.7980 or visit the event page.

October 31-January 4: " 'The Normal:' Images from the Haunted Files of Eugenics"

NYU's Asain/Pacific/American Institute invites you on a chilling tour of American eugenics propaganda with it's 2014/15 installation: " 'The Normal:' Images from the Haunted Files of Eugenics"

On 24-hour display
Friday, October 31, 2014–Sunday, January 4, 2015
NYU Kimmel Windows Gallery
LaGuardia Place and West 3rd Street

“The Normal,” draws from various eugenics institutions, including the Eugenics Record Office, located in Cold Spring Harbor to present a series of 24 images and artifacts from the now-defunct Long Island facility and its professional allies. Featuring reproduced material depicting the biologically “fit” and “unfit” from 1910s-1930s traveling exhibits, state fairs, popular magazines, and professional conferences. This propaganda helped to drive popular support for eugenics-motivated legislation such as immigration restriction, mass institutionalization, and the forced eugenic sterilization of the “unfit.”

The installation unveils these artifacts again to open up earnest discussion on the past’s relation to today’s debates and policies about racism, immigration, disability and reproductive rights.

This event is free and open to the public
For more information, please call 212.998.3700 or visit the event page


November 4-13: Upcoming Events at The NYU Bookstore

The NYU Bookstore invites you to join them for upcoming free and public events in the month of November:

Tuesday, November 4, 6 p.m. - 7:30 pm

Timothy Kuhner is the author of Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution. Kuhner is an associate professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law. In his recent book, Kuhner exposes the corruption of political democracy in America, focusing on the exorbitant cost of running for political office and the impact of the super PACs.

Thursday, November 6, 6pm - 7:30pm 

Brian Egger will launch his new book, Social Media Strategies for Investing.  With Social Media Strategies for Investing you will not only enhance your understanding of the stock market, but also use social media to maximize your profits. This comprehensive guide provides you with specific strategies for using social media as an investment tool to gain a greater understanding of today's market, so you won't get left behind.

Thursday, November 13, 6pm - 7:30pm

Leslie Coffin is the author of Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchock and the Hollywood Studio System. Hitchcock's Stars is a chronological study of Hitchcock's Hollywood films and the innovative approach he took to casting films. Coffin examines how his use of stars evolved, and how his status in the industry eventually allowed him to create new stars, change their images, and turn them into film icons. Lesley L. Coffin is a freelance writer on film and popular culture.

These events are free and open to the public
For more information on upcoming events at the NYU Bookstore, visit the events page

November 6: No Tokens Issue 2 Launch Celebration and Reading

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

Please join us for a reading at the Housing Works Bookstore featuring several issue 2 No Tokens contributors.


Thursday, November 6, 7:00 pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street

No Tokens is a biannually published journal celebrating work that is felt in the spine. We are run entirely by women, dedicated to featuring the words and artwork of all voices of the past, present, and future. We are here to keep stories alive. We are here to make a physical object to hold in your hands. We are paying attention.

This event is free and open to the public.
For more information about the event and the readers who will be contributing, visit the event page.

November 5: DISH: Whiskey, Cocktails, Ovenly, and More

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

Join us for cocktails, soda fountain treats, and jam at the October edition of our food storytelling and reading event DISH at Housing Works Bookstore.


Wednesday, November 5, 7:00 pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street

DISH is a sumptuous multi-course feast of readings and stories, as told by New York's hottest chefs, restauranteurs, mixologists, food authors, bloggers and critics, presented by Kimberly M. Wetherell of Spirited and David Gutowski of Largehearted Boy.

The event is free and open to the public. 
Visit the event page for more information or check out DISH New York's Facebook page.

November 4: Launch of "Texts from Jane Eyre"

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

Celebrate the launch of TEXTS FROM JANE EYRE with author Mallory Ortberg; Mallory will be in conversation with Tumblr's Rachel Fershleiser.


Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 pm
Housing Work Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street

Mallory Ortberg’s TEXTS FROM JANE EYRE And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters  is a laugh-out-loud collection of imagined text conversations, featuring all the characters you know and love (but like you’ve never heard them before).

Witty and irreverent, this book is a must-read for any book lover and brings the characters from your favorite books into the twenty-first century.


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

November 3: The Catapult Live at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

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 for The Catapult Live featuring Alan Hanson, Alice Sola Kim, Gabriel Roth, and Nicole Steinberg.

Monday, November 3, 7:00 pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street

The Catapult is a podcast of new writing, read aloud. It showcases the best new writing in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction—work that is exciting, beautiful, weird, smart, funny, sent directly to your ears. Every episode brings great writers reading their work straight to you, via podcast, wherever you are.

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

November 3: Electoral Dysfunction - Movie Screening and Q&A with Political Humorist Mo Rocca and Filmmakers David Deschamps & Bennet Singer

Join the NYU Bookstore on November 3,  the night before Election Day 2014, for a screening and discussion of ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION, an award-winning documentary in which political humorist  Mo Rocca discovers that there’s something funny about voting in America.

Monday, November 3, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
NYU Bookstore
726 Broadway

The film opens as Mo makes a startling discovery: The right to vote is missing from the Constitution. He then heads to Indiana, home to some of the strictest election laws in the country, and meets one Republican and one Democrat who take him inside their efforts  to get out every vote. As he progresses on his road trip, Mo searches for the Electoral College; investigates the heated battle over Voter ID laws; critiques ballot design with Todd Oldham; and explores the case of a former felon sentenced to ten years in prison - for the crime of voting.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Mo Rocca (a Correspondent for CBS News, a panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me! and a former Correspondent for The Daily Show) and filmmakers David Deschamps and Bennett Singer. The ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION companion book, by Victoria Bassetti, will also be available.

For more information about the NYU Bookstore, including events and speakers, visit them at their website. This event is co-sponsored by NYU Office of Government & Community Affairs.

November 3: Marta Chilindron Sculptures at NYU IFA

The multicolor, multidimensional sculptures of New York artist Marta Chilindron will be showcased at this fall’s Great Hall Exhibition, EXPAND//FOLD//COLLAPSE, at the Institute of Fine Arts.

On view November 3 to December 5, 2014
Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street

Open to the public every Sunday from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Embracing the instability of perspective and form, Chilindron creates manipulable sculptures in transparent and colored acrylics. Adapted from such basic geometric shapes as spheres, cubes, and pyramids, her artworks conceal their identity as complex, kinetic constructions. Chilindron’s sculptures are constructed from multiple panels connected by hinges, and charged with transformative potential that, when activated by the viewer, cause the works to expand//fold//collapse.

For more information, visit the event page.