September 8: Grey Art Gallery, Exhibition Reception

Please join the NYU Grey Art Gallery for the Ernest Cole Photographer Reception preceding the photographer's exhibition on view at the gallery.

Monday, September 8, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Grey Art Gallery, NYU
100 Washington Square East

Ernest Cole (1940–90), one of South Africa’s first black photojournalists, compassionately but unflinchingly portrayed the lives of black people as they negotiated apartheid’s racist laws and oppression. Ernest Cole: Photographer features over 100 rare black-and-white gelatin silver prints from Cole’s remarkable archive. While many of the photo-graphs expose segregation, destitution, and violence, others depict intimate moments of children at play, mothers smiling, couples dancing, and friends joking. Cole was arrested and fled South Africa in 1966, never to return. This is the first major solo museum show of his striking images, which are illuminated by incisive captions from his book House of Bondage (1967).

The Ernest Cole Exhibition will be on view from September 3rd through December 6th.  The gallery is free and open to the public.

September 5: Fall Reading Series, Fiction & Memoir

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

Fiction and Memoir Reading: Kseniya Melnik and Brando Skyhorse

Kseniya Melnik’s debut collection of stories, Snow in May, was published in May 2014. Brando Skyhorse’s debut novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park, received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award; his new memoir, Take this Man, was released by Simon & Schuster in June.

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 4: Fall Reading Series, Matthew Zapruder

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 4, 7:00 pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street (btwn 5th and 6th Aves)

The New Salon: Matthew Zapruder in Conversation with Deborah Landau

Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, including Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year,” and, most recently, Sun Bear.

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

August 9: IDRS Double Reed Flash Mob

The 2014 International Double Reed Society presents a special event, Double Reed Flash Mob.

Saturday, August 9, 7:00 pm

For the first time in history, IDRS will be hosting a flash mob for all double reeds on the closing night of the conference! Dr. Christopher Wickham, professor of bassoon at Rutgers University, will be directing this event of a lifetime geared towards double reeders of all ages and abilities. Come and join over one hundred bassoonists, contra bassoonists, oboists, and english hornists in this special event as we serenade New York City in NYC summertime style with a medley of “Summertime Sadness” and “New York, New York”. Check us out on Facebook.

If you are interested in participating in the IDRS Flashmob please email Christopher Wickham and let him know what you will be playing.

August 9: IDRS Ray Still Tribute Concert

The 2014 International Double Reed Society presents a special event, Ray Still Tribute Concert.

Saturday, August 9, 5:00 pm
Frederick Loewe Theater
35 West 4th Street

Ray Still, legendary principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra passed away earlier this year at age 94. This tribute to Ray Sill's artistry, influence, and contributions is organized and presented by several former students and colleagues and will feature anecdotes, remembrances, and a
performance of Mozart's C Minor Serenade, K388.

August 8: IDRS The Josef Marx Salon

The 2014 International Double Reed Society presents a special event, The Josef Marx Salon.

Friday, August 8, 10:30 pm
Pless Hall Lobby
32 Washington Place

The Josef Marx Salon is a reincarnation of the Saturday night chamber music gatherings held in the Manhattan home of Josef Marx, oboist, publisher, scholar, teacher. Josef Marx (1913-78) studied oboe with Marcel Dandois and Leon Goossens, and performed in orchestras in Palestine, Pittsburgh and New York, including the Metropolitan Opera. He was a pioneer in the Hautboy and a revivalist of baroque music, and inspired Stefan Wolpe, George Rochberg, Charles Wuorinen, Harvey Sollberger, Isaac Nemiroff and Gunther Schuller among others to compose for his "fire-oboe." But Josef also thrived an organizer of chamber music concerts, wherein music from the 15th to 20th centuries was played on double reeds. The IDRS reincarnation features students and colleagues of Josef Marx, veterans of orchestras and chamber ensembles, who are coming together to commemorate Josef Marx's centenary, and his spirit. Naturally, salami and beer will be served. For inquiries about the salon, write to

August 7: IDRS William H Scheide Centennial Birthday Serenade

The 2014 International Double Reed Society presents a special event, William H Scheide Centennial Birthday Serenade.

Thursday, August 7, 5:30 pm
Frederick Loewe Theater
35 West 4th Street

Sara Lambert Bloom and Humbert Lucarelli host a celebration of the 100th birthday of William H. Scheide, who is alive and well. Performers include John Abberger, Daniel Stolper, and Allan Vogel. Mr. Scheide believes that each member of the human family deserves a free and enlightened life. Musician, philanthropist and humanitarian, his life-long support of the arts, education, civil rights, health, and poverty relief programs expresses this belief. Artistic Director of the Bach Aria Group (1946-1980), Mr. Scheide is loved and honored for the groundbreaking work in the study, performance, broadcast, and recording of the sacred works of J. S. Bach that he and the musicians he gathered together did in their mission to heal the nation after the horrors of the Second World War and change lives with Bach's heretofore unaccessible Endzweck.

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.