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.

NYU Creative Writing Program Events April 23-30

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2015 Reading Series continues in April with events featuring National Book Award Winner Mark Doty (April 23), and others. 

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 W. 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Aves.

Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Mark Doty and Richard Siken
NYU Creative Writing faculty member and National Book Award winner Mark Doty's new collection is “Deep Lane” (W.W. Norton, April 2015). Richard Siken’s first book “Crush” (Yale University Press, 2005), was the winner of the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize. His second book is “War of the Foxes” (Copper Canyon Press, April 2015). 

Friday, April 24, 5 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Brett Fletcher Lauer, Anthony McCann, Randall Potts, and Matthew Rohrer
The newest book from Brett Fletcher Lauer is “A Hotel in Belgium” (Four Way, 2014). Anthony McCann’s fourth full length collection is “Thing Music” (Wave Books, 2014). “Trickster” (University of Iowa Press, 2014) is the second collection of poems from Randall Potts. The most recent book from NYU Creative Writing Program faculty member Matthew Rohrer is “Surrounded by Friends” (Wave Books, April 2015).

Saturday, April 25, 2 p.m.
NYU Veterans Writing Workshop Reading with Guest Author Brian Castner
Readings by participants of the Veterans Writing Workshop, which offers free classes to recent veterans, led by fellows from the NYU Creative Writing Program. Brian Castner’s memoir “The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows” was an Amazon Best Book of 2012.

Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Poets in Conversation: Dorothea Lasky with Deborah Landau
Dorothea Lasky is the author of four full-length poetry collections, most recently “Rome” (Liveright/W.W Norton, 2014). This event is hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program director Deborah Landau, and is co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.

These events are free and open to the public.
Seating is on a first come-first served basis. 
For more information call 212-998-8816 or visit the events page

April 27: World Premiere Screening for Under the Mango Tree

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Wednesday, April 27 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm EDT

Brooklyn Academy of Music
Fisher Building
321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217

The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research presents the World Premiere Screening of the documentary Under the Mango Tree which speaks about how food repaired the relationship between the mentally ill homeless population and the citizens of Tamale, Ghana. The screening will be followed by a panel on Novel Approaches to Healing and Empowerment in African Communities.

Free tickets available for a limited time!

April 24: Opening of Grey Art Gallery Exhibit: Tseng Kwong Chi

The Chrysler Museum of Art and the Grey Art Gallery at NYU present an exhibit by New York-based photographer Tseng Kwong Chi.

Born in Hong Kong and later based in New York City, Tseng Kwong Chi (1950–1990) produced a large body of witty, playful, performance-based photography that both captures the pivotal Manhattan downtown and club scenes and reflects the increasingly globalized movement of people across nations and continents. In so doing, he raised critical questions about identity and culture. Featuring cutting-edge examples from Tseng’s archive that have rarely or never been shown, Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera is the first major solo museum exhibition of his works, which have long sparked the imaginations of younger artists.

Grey Art Gallery: April 21 – July 11, 2015 
100 Washington Square East

Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays: 11am-6pm
OPEN LATE Wednesdays: 11am-8pm
Saturdays: 11am-5pm
Closed Sundays/Mondays/Major holidays, including Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends.

For more information, please contact, call 212/998-6780, or visit the events page
This event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $3.00