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 greyartgallery@nyu.edu, 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

Apirl 18-April 30: NYU Presents a Month-Long Program of Events Celebrating Earth Day

 New York University will participate in the 46th annual Earth Day festivities with a month-long celebration and tribute with eco-friendly events including a biking trip, an Earth Day Street Fair, film & lectures, green projects, and the ever-popular environmentally friendly clothing swap. Most events are free and open to the public. Some events require a RSVP.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Wagner Cares Day of Service -White Roof Project
WagnerCares presents the third annual NYU Wagner Day of Service. Students, faculty and staff will come together to celebrate our Wagner community and give back to our broader NYC community. Start the day by selecting one of the service project options listed below, and after your volunteer event, join the Wagner Community at Robert F Wagner, Jr. Park for a celebration of service. More details to come, but expect fun, food, and (fingers crossed) lots of sun.
Transform the roof a low-income co-op on the East Side by cleaning and painting it; the coating will reduce summer energy costs, consumption, and emissions.
  • Location: 21st Street, East Side (exact location TBA)
  • Saturday April 18th, from 9am-1pm
  • RSVP here

Monday, April 20, 2015

Double Feature Screening: Plastic Paradise & Divide in Concord
4-6pm in Bobst Library, 2nd floor, Avery Fisher Center, West Room
In Plastic Paradise, Angela Sun reveals the environmental and health effects of our rabid plastic consumption as she investigates The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Divide in Concord follows an entertaining tale of banning bottled water in small town America. Suggested RSVP to bonnie.brown@nyu.edu.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Screening: After Winter, Spring
5-6:30pm in Bobst Library, 2nd floor, Avery Fisher Center, West Room
After Winter, Spring provides an intimate portrait of an ancestral way of life under threat in a world increasingly dominated by large-scale industrial agriculture. Suggested RSVP to bonnie.brown@nyu.edu.

Other Film Screenings:

The Wallerstein Collaborative For Urban Environmental Education at NYU and the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (WCFF) will host a series of film screenings in celebration of Earth Day. The screenings will take place on Tuesday, April 21 from 7-9 p.m. at 19 University Place, Room 102 (between E. 8th Street and Waverly Pl.)
The three films, which focus on elephants and rhinoceros conservation in Africa, are:
  • “We Are Rhino” (South Africa, 23 mins.), a short film by Spencer Austin that explores three approaches to rhinoceros conservation;
  • “Boots on the Ground” (South Africa, 30 mins.), the story of filmmaker and anti-poaching ranger Matt Bracken’s quest to end African poaching; and
  • “Quiet Giants” (Zimbabwe, 30 mins.), a celebration of the African elephant by Ralph Stutchbury.
A discussion and Q&A with “Boots on the Ground” producer Matt Bracken, an anti-poaching ranger in South Africa, and WCFF founder Christopher J. Gervais, an environmental scientist, will follow the screening.
Tickets may be purchased ($6 for NYU students, $9 for the general public) through the event’s website. Seating is limited. Contact WCFF at 917-558-5205 or info@wcff.org with questions or for more information.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day Street Fair
12-5pm LaGuardia Place
Join the green community of NYU and New York City for a street fair on the 46th anniversary of Earth Day with giveaways, information tables, delicious food, and most importantly, a passion and celebration of the planet we all live on! Tables from both NYU and NYC environmental organization will be featured. Contact cdj259@nyu.edu for more information.
Screening: Groundswell Rising
5-6:30pm in Bobst Library, 2nd floor, Avery Fisher Center, West Room
Groundswell Rising documents the opposition from both sides of the political spectrum to the ubiquitous practice of fracking for natural gas, and the health and environmental reasons behind it. Suggested RSVP to bonnie.brown@nyu.edu.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Double Feature Screening: Racing to Zero & Green Fire
7-9:30pm in Bobst Library, 2nd floor, Avery Fisher Center, West Room
Racing to Zero follows the collective efforts of San Francisco to reach “zero waste” -- from increased recycling and composting to changing patterns of production and consumption; Green Fire explores the life and legacy of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold (A Sand County Almanac) and his land ethic philosophy. Suggested RSVP to bonnie.brown@nyu.edu.


Friday, April 24, 2015

Screening: Oil & Water
3-4:30pm in Bobst Library, 2nd floor, Avery Fisher Center, West Room
In Oil & Water, two boys come of age looking for solutions to the global problem of reckless oil drilling following the disastrous Texaco oil spill in Ecuador. Suggested RSVP to bonnie.brown@nyu.edu.
Plant Based U
6-7pm in Kimmel 802
Join Cruelty Free NYU and dietician Rachel Meltzer Warren, author of 'The Smart Girl's Guide to Going Vegetarian,' for advice on transitioning to a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle and increasing the number of plant-based foods in your diet. Contact sp3247@nyu.edu for more information.
Earth Month Coffeehouse
7-11pm in Kimmel 914
Join Earth Matters for a rousing night of standup, acoustic jamming, improv, and poetry. Feel free to share your latest creative piece or just sit in on the evening! RSVP required. Please see Earth Matters' Facebook page for further updates, or contact earth.club@nyu.edu.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Discussion on the Upcoming UN Climate Conference
6:30pm in Kimmel 903
Join Earth Matters for a discussion that is intended to facilitate the sharing of information on the upcoming UN climate talks in Paris. With their involvement in organizing around the People's Climate March, Earth Matters hopes to organize student involvement and representation in this crucial UN conference to create a meaningful impact in our community and abroad. For further updates see EarthMatters' Facebook page or contact wt470@nyu.edu.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sustainability Task Force Meeting
12-2pm Kimmel 802
The Sustainability Task Force (STF) is a goal-setting and project implementation body of students, faculty, staff, alumni charged with improving our environmental performance, evaluating metrics for progress, and fostering a campus culture of sustainability. This semester's STF meeting will be focused on student and faculty initiatives and projects that have been taking place across campus this semester, as well as what there is to look forward to for the remainder of the year. Contact mariana.macedo@nyu.edu for more information.

April 19: Conference: "American Jews and Israel: A Relationship in Transition"

New York University’s Taub Center for Israel Studies will host “American Jews and Israel: A Relationship in Transition,” a one-day conference.

Sunday, April 19 10:00am-8:30pm
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center 
53 Washington Square South, first floor

Day Session:

10:00 a.m.: Greetings
10:15-12:30 p.m.: “American Jews and Israel – Trends and New Directions” 
Dov Waxman, Northeastern University
Theodore Sasson, Brandeis University
Steven M. Cohen, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
Moderator: Mijal Bitton, NYU

1:00 p.m.: “Israel Experience and Israel Education” 
Shaul Kelner, Vanderbilt University
Yona Shem-Tov, Encounter
Bethamie Horowitz, NYU
Moderator: Lisa Grant, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

3:30 p.m.: “Ties and Tensions: American Jewish Leadership and Israel” 
Joy Levitt, JCC of Manhattan
John Ruskay, executive vice president emeritus, UJA-Federation, NYC
David Ellenson, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
Moderator: Amir Shaviv, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Evening Session:

7:00 p.m. Ambassadors Panel Discussion: “The View from Washington and Jerusalem” 
Itamar Rabinovich, Israel’s former ambassador to the U.S.
Dan Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt
Moderated by JJ Goldberg, the Forward

The event is free and open to the public.
To RSVP, please click here.
For more information, please call 212.992.9797 or email rsvp.taub@nyu.edu.

April 16: Lecture, "Meritocracy Today: Collaboration for a Change"

NYU College of Arts and Science presents this year's Irving H. Jurow Lecture, “On Meritocracy Today: Collaboration for a Change" by Harvard Law Professor Lani Guinier

Thursday, April 16, 5:30 pm 
Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center 1st floor
100 Washington Square East, enter at 31 Washington Place

Lani Guinier, the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will discuss meritocracy in the academic world today, positing that it is time to move from the ‘merits’ of competitive individualism to the assets of collaborative and diverse problem solving. In her recent book, “The Tyranny of the Meritocracy—Democratizing Higher Education in America”, Guinier offers examples of communities that have developed effective learning strategies based not on an individual’s “merit” but on the collaborative strength of a group, learning and working together, supporting members, and evolving into powerful collectives. Guinier argues for reformation, not only of the very premises of admissions practices, but of the shape of higher education itself.

The event is free and open to the public.
Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Space is limited.
Please call 212.992.9817 or email Pamela.McKelvin@nyu.edu for more information,
or visit the events page.

April 14: Linda Mary Montano: Living Art/Living Life

New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections presents Linda Mary Montano: Living Art/Living Life A Panel Discussion and Performance celebrating the work of artist Linda Montano and the opening of her Archive at Fales.

April 14, 2015 6:30pm 
Fales Library, 
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Third Floor
70 Washington Square South 

A panel discussion celebrating the work of contemporary feminist performance artist Linda Montano, followed by a reception and performance by the artist. Linda Mary Montano is a germinal/seminal figure in contemporary feminist performance art. Her work is starkly autobiographical, and is often concerned with personal transformation, using artistic ritual to focus on spiritual energy states, silence, and the erasure of art/life boundaries.

About the panelists, who will talk about Montano’s work in video, ritual, collaboration, and her place in the history of performance art:

Kathy Brew is an award-winning independent video maker whose experience spans independent documentaries to experimental work and public television productions. Her most recent documentary, DESIGN IS ONE: LELLA & MASSIMO VIGNELLI, is currently in distribution.

Karen Finley is a New York based artist whose raw and transgressive performances have long provoked controversy and debate. She has performed and exhibited her art internationally, with performances at Lincoln Center, the American Repertory Theatre, and The ICA London.

Linda Weintraub is a curator, educator, artist, and author of several popular books about contemporary art. Her recent writing explores the vanguard intersection between art and environmentalism, including TO LIFE! Eco Art In Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet.

Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist who during the past four decades has created innovative photographic and performance works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing and “invasions” of other people’s personae. In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space in New York that champions the exploration, promotion, and preservation of artists’ books, installation and performance art, video, and art online.

This event is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP, seating is on a first come first served basis and space is limited.
For more information and to RSVP, please visit the event page.

April 11: GSAS Threesies Academic Challenge

NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science will host a Three-Minute Thesis Competition, “Threesis Academic Challenge”

Saturday, April 11, 4:00pm
Kimmel Center for University Life 
60 Washington Square South 
Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, 4th Floor

This academic competition, now in its fifth year, combines performance acumen with scholarly insights in a two-round tournament in which the audience selects one of the winners. In it, master’s students in NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) present their thesis or final project to a panel of judges in layperson’s language in three minutes or less—and using only a single slide. Previous presentations have included: “So, You Fell in Love with a Machine...What Could Possibly Go Wrong?”; “Inciting Rape: Hate Media, International Law and the Rwanda Genocide”; Discrimination Against Lesbians in the U.S. Workforce: A Résumé Audit Study”; and “Two-Dollar Cumbias and a Bucket of Beer: The Bailarinas of Jackson Heights.”

Highlights from last year’s competition may be viewed here
The event is free and open to the public.
To RSVP or for more information, call 212.998.3710, email gsas.threesis@nyu.edu, or visit the event page

April 19 & May 3: Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse

Don't miss the Steinhardt Storytelling Series at the Provincetown Playhouse!

Provincetown Playhouse 
133 MacDougal Street

Sunday, April 19, 3:00 PM
David Novak tells Gilgamesh

For 2,500 years it was the greatest story ever told. For another 2,500 years it was completely forgotten. The epic of Gilgamesh, from ancient Mesopotamia, returns to its roots as a spoken-word performance in an extraordinary rendering by renowned storyteller David Novak. “This story has something for everyone,” Novak says, “steamy seduction, monster-slaying, heavenly battles, and a grief-stricken hero’s quest. Although it is our oldest written epic, for thousands of years Gilgamesh was a great telling experience.”

Sunday, May 3, 2015 3:00 PM
Anita Ratnam tells A Million Sitas
Through the lens of Sita, timeless icon of womanhood, Anita Ratnam, refracts and re-weaves the many strands of the majestic and sweeping Hindu epic The Ramayana. Five women are sketched…Manthara, Surpanakha, Mandodari, Ahalya and the eternal Sita, who holds them all together. One of India’ most celebrated dance-actors, Ratnam brings storytelling, theatre and dance to her rendering of Sita, who stands at the epicenter of this story of love, honour, courage, treachery and sacrifice.

All shows are free and open to the public. Shows are appropriate for adults and children 12 years and older. Box office opens 1 hour before the show.
Visit the  event page for more information or call 212-998-5867

April 6: Lecture: "The Right to Have Rights: Citizenship Culture and the Future of Cities"

NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Urban Democracy Lab are proud to present a lecture by Atanas Mockus, "The Right to Have Rights: Citizenship Culture and the Future of Cities"

Monday, April 6 6:30pm-8:00pm 
The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Gallatin School of Individualized Study 
1 Washington Place at Broadway

Between 1994 and 2002, Bogotá, Colombia, was the site of a grand social experiment in activating urban residents’ capacity for cooperation and management. Through a fusion of art, pedagogy, and public policy, then-Mayor Antanas Mockus, a mathematician and philosopher who was formerly a professor and provost at the National University of Colombia, inspired Bogotá citizens to work together in devising and applying solutions to the city’s most pressing problems.

This playful style of governance animated what Mockus has called “Citizenship Culture,” or the promotion of citizenship that harmonizes legal, moral, and social norms with a collective desire to preserve the well-being of fellow citizens. “Citizenship Culture” has now been introduced to cities around the world.

This event is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP.
For more information and to RSVP visit the events page at NYU Gallatin or Urban Democracy Lab.