March 8: "Killing with Kindness" Book Talk

New York University's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies presents author and Professor Mark Schuller speaking about his new book Killing With Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs. Set in Haiti during the 2004 coup and its aftermath, Killing with Kindness offers a richly researched ethnographic comparisons of two Haitian women’s NGOs working in HIV/AIDS prevention, one with public funding (including USAID), the other with private European NGO partners. Written like a detective story, the book probes the fascinating relationship between international development aid relationships, NGOs, and local communities.

Friday, March 8th, 2013, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, Room 404W
53 Washington Square South
This event is free and open to the public
Photo ID is required for entry into the building

Mark Schuller is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and NGO Leadership Development at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti.

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March 8: Triggering the Debate: Gun Control, Race, and Mental Illness

Beneath the public debate on gun ownership and the Second Amendment simmer questions of mental illness, stigma, race, bias, and the complicated politics of behavioral health diagnoses.

New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to a public dialogue on the nuances of gun control legislation and enforcement, featuring New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano; Mayor Bill Finch of Bridgeport, Connecticut; MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid; and Gary Belkin, deputy director of the program in global mental health at NYU Langone School of Medicine.

Triggering the Debate: Race, Gun Control, and Mental IllnessAt “Triggering the Debate,” these opinion leaders, lawmakers, and mental health professionals will address the core issues of the gun control debate, measure the success of local initiatives, and offer their insights into President Obama’s proposals. Panelists will discuss whether gun laws can confront mental illness without stigmatizing the mentally ill and consider the complicated history that race has historically played in the debate. The panel will be moderated by Vanderbilt University Professor Jonathan Metzl, a psychiatrist and author of The Protest Psychosis.

Triggering the Debate: Gun Control, Race, and Mental Illness
Friday, March 8, 6:30 pm 
NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square (between 5th and 6th Streets), 7th floor

The event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is required by calling 212.992.9562, emailing, or visiting Reporters interested in attending must contact James Devitt, NYU’s deputy director for media relations, at 212.998.6808 or Learn more at IPK »

March 7: Dirty Care: Violence, Feminism, and Subjectivity

Join the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality for "Dirty Care: Violence, Feminism and Subjectivity," a public talk by Elsa Dorlin, an expert in feminist philosophy and theory and the historical epistemology of sexuality. 

Thursday March 7, 2013, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Washington Place

Elsa Dorlin visits NYU from Université Paris 8 in France, where she is a professor of political and social philosophy in the department of political science and a collaborator in the department of women's studies and gender and sexuality studies

March 7: The Rhetoric of Economic Policy

Numbers play a central role in economic policy debates, with analysts, journalists, and policymakers considering how policy choices might affect unemployment, growth, tax burdens, deficits, and other measures of economic performance. But numbers are only part of the story—language also plays a key role in these debates.

Join Donald Marron, Jr., director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and an expert on U.S. economic policy and federal budgeting, for his public talk, “The Rhetoric of Economic Policy,” exploring how word choice, framing, and other rhetorical choices influence economic policy discussions.

Tax Policy Center’s Marron on “The Rhetoric of Economic Policy”—March 7 Lecture at NYU 
Thursday, March 7, 2013, 5:30 pm 
NYU Silver Center, Hemmerdinger Hall
100 Washington Square East
(Enter at 31 Washington Place)
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The event, this year’s Irving H. Jurow Lecture in NYU’s College of Arts and Science, is free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited. Call 212.992.9817 for more information.

March 6: The Good Earth - Environmental Law in China
On Wednesday, March 6, please join the NYU US-Asia Law Institute for “The Good Earth: Environmental Law in China,” a discussion on an extraordinary Chinese NGO’s use of the law to protect victims of pollution. Wang Canfa, an environmental law expert and founder of the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims (CLAPV), will introduce CLAPV’s activities, focusing on how the NGO provides legal aid to pollution victims. In addition, he will discuss how environmental legislation, enforcement, and justice function on the mainland. The institute looks forward to your attendance!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
New York University School of Law, 40 Washington Square South
Vanderbilt Hall, Golding Lounge, East Wing

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to by Friday, March 1st.

March 5: Women in the World - Michéle Flournoy

Join Michéle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy of the United States – the highest-ranking position held by a woman at the Pentagon in the institution’s history – for a free public talk as part of the “Women in and of the World: Lessons in Leadership” series. 

Ms. Flournoy will discuss leadership, highlighting challenges she has overcome throughout her career and during her tenure as Under Secretary of Defense.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | 2:30 - 3:30 pm 
Kimmel Center for University Life, Room 905/907, 60 Washington Square South 

Seating is limited and registration is required: call 212.998.2400 or register online »

This free and public event is part of Women’s HERstory Month programming at NYU, and is sponsored by the Office of Government and Community Affairs and NYU DC.

March 4: A Reading with Science of Sustainability Author Bill Hewitt

The NYU Bookstore invites you to a special presentation by author and scientist Bill Hewitt, a professor of climate change, sustainability, and energy and the environment at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU. Hewitt will be reading from and speaking about his book A Newer World – Politics, Money, Technology, and What’s Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis.

Monday, March 4, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, at the NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway

Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet says, "Amid the (entirely warranted) gloom of rapidly advancing climate change, there are rays of light – and Bill Hewitt has followed them all. This book makes clear that we lack neither the technology nor the policy necessary to deal with global warming, merely the political will. And that, happily, we can create if we want!" Learn more »

March 1: Happy Hour Reading Series with Nicholas Christopher, David Shields, and Terese Svoboda

New York University's Creative Writing Program presents the latest edition of its Happy Hour reading series. Join poet and novelist Nicholas Christopher, reading from his new novel Tiger Rag; David Shields, reading from his new nonfiction title How Literature Saved My Life; and fiction writer and poet Terese Svoboda, reading from her novel Tin God, which will be reissued in April. 

Friday, March 1, 2013 | 5:00 pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street

The Happy Hour series features readings and refreshments on select Fridays at 5pm. This Friday’s readers will be introduced by Uri Ferruccio, Jacob Dawson, and Rafael Roa. Beer will be served to those for whom it is legal. This event is free and open to the public.

March 1: Story Time for Children Read Across America with Elisha DeMaria and The Cat in the Hat

Join New York University for a reading of The Cat in the Hat in observance of Dr. Seuss's birthday, part of the National Education Association's Read Across America Program.

Friday, March 1, 2013 | 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
NYU bookstore, 726 Broadway
Hosted by Elisha DeMaria, this event is free and open to the public.

The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, Read Across America. Now in its 16th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

February 28: "Celestial Twins? Conversations, Performances, and Readings on the Relationships between Music and Poetry"

New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study invite you to enjoy an innovative, evening-long event: “Celestial Twins? Conversations, Performances, and Readings on the Relationships between Music and Poetry,” Thursday, February 28, 4:00 - 9:00 pm at the Jerry Labowitz Theatre (1 Washington Place, at Broadway).

Music and poetry share terminology – lyric, rhythm, melody, line – as well as methods: composers write tone poems and poets write preludes and nocturnes. They are, as a recent critic labeled them, “celestial twins.”

Like all twins, however, their relationship is one of difference and antagonism as much as similarity and harmony. “Celestial Twins?” will question the immediacy of experience, the materiality of the score and of sound, the role of improvisation and voice, and the porous lines between hearing, reading, imagining, and remembering. The event’s schedule is as follows:

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Discussion with scholars, musicians, and poets, including Emily Fragos, Lisa Goldfarb, Wayne Koestenbaum, and Michael Zapruder; moderated by Gregory Erickson.
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm: Wayne Koestenbaum reads selected poems; Mohammed Fairouz introduces new musical compositions, including settings of Koestenbaum’s work; poet Susan Howe and musician David Grubbs perform an excerpt from their collaboration “Frolic Architecture.”
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Performances by Infuse Chamber Ensemble, jazz musician and poet Roy Nathanson, and songwriter, composer, and phonographer Michael Zapruder, who recently set poems to music for his album Pink Thunder.

The event, co-organized by the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Poetry Society of America, with the support of the NYU Humanities Initiative, is free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the program, call 212.998.7365 or email

February 27-28: Evenings at the NYU Bookstore

On Wednesday, join a reading by four NYU Gallatin faculty poets: Emily Fragos (Hostage: New & Selected Poems), Jean Gallagher (Start), Scott Hightower (Self-evident), and Idra Novey (whose most recent collection, Exit, Civilian, was a 2011 National Poetry Series Selection). The event is co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program. 

February 27 and 28, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway

Thursday's program features poets and writers from the publication Mudfish: Terry Phelan, author of Fires in Sonoma; Alison Jarvis, winner of the Mudfish Poetry Prize; Nancy Hechinger, awarded an honorable mention in the Mudfish Poetry Prize; Stephanie Dickinson, poet/novelist and editor of Mudfish; Lawrence Applebaum, poet/artist and editor of Mudfish; and novelist Robert Steward.

These events are free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited. For more information, call 212.998.4667 or visit the NYU Bookstore online »

February 27: Darwin Lecture by Dr. Mark Shapiro

The pigeon, our ubiquitous urban neighbor, which was Charles Darwin’s favorite example of the power of selection to shape organisms’ behavior and appearance. University of Utah researcher Michael Shapiro, through his studies of pigeon genetics and genomics, is revealing the molecular basis for the unparalleled diversity of these familiar animals.

Join us for Dr. Shapiro's public talk, “Endless Pigeons Most Beautiful: Darwin’s Favorite Birds Enter the Molecular Age.”  The talk, intended for all audiences, is New York University’s annual Darwin Lecture. The event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.

Wednesday, February 27 @ 3:45 pm
NYU Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB) Auditorium
12 Waverly Place, between Greene and Mercer Streets

February 26: Lecture on Archaeological Landscapes

image titleThe NYU Institute for the Study of the Ancient World invites you to a lecture event with visiting research scholar Emily Hammer.

"Archaeological Landscapes of Highland and Steppe Zones in Naxçivan, Azerbaijan"
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 6:00 pm
15 E. 84th Street (between 5th & Madison)

In the south Caucasus, where large tracts of marginal land separate fertile areas and where the line between sedentary agricultural and mobile pastoral communities has always been fluid, understanding sociopolitical processes requires analysis of ancient settlement and land-use patterns in all ecological zones. Archaeological research in Azerbaijan has been largely confined to mounded sites located on river plains as well as large fortresses situated on the edges of these plains.  A new archaeological survey in Naxçıvan, Azerbaijan aims to systematically investigate caves, cemeteries, settlements, fortresses, and other landscape-scale features in highland and steppe zones.  This talk will present some of the survey’s preliminary findings and illustrate how biases in the recovery of archaeological sites in the study region have shaped our current ideas about the development of urbanism during the Bronze Age and the development of states and empires during the Iron Age.

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the talk.
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February 26: Jonathan Foley Delivers NYU Educating for Sustainability Lecture - “Can We Feed a Growing World and Still Sustain the Planet?”

Increasing global population, incomes, dietary consumption and biofuel use are placing unprecedented demands on the world's agriculture and natural resources. Today, approximately a billion people are chronically malnourished, while our agricultural systems are concurrently degrading land, water, biodiversity and climate on a global scale. To meet the world's future food security and sustainability needs, food production must grow substantially while, at the same time, agriculture's environmental footprint must shrink dramatically.

Professor Jonathan Foley, director of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, will discuss new solutions to this dilemma in a public talk, “Can We Feed a Growing World and Still Sustain the Planet?”

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm
NYU Kimmel Center, Room 914
60 Washington Square South

The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required »

The Educating for Sustainability series, which brings environmental scholars and leaders to NYU for public lectures, is cosponsored by the NYU Sustainability initiative and the Environmental Studies program. For more information about the series or other NYU Sustainability programming, visit NYU Sustainability online »

February 26: Adventures in Italian Opera, "Verdi and the Italians," with Fred Plotkin

The fourth of this season's "Adventures in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin" will be a special event celebrating the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi's birth. Fred will share the stage with Professor Francesco Izzo and returning guests Barbara Frittoli and Ferruccio Furlanetto, who are starring in Don Carlo at the Metropolitan Opera. Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 6:30 PM
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
24 West 12th Street

This event is free and open to the public, but members of the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò may reserve seats by calling 212-502-7944. Ten minutes before the event begins, all seats (including those that were reserved) will be available, first-come first-served, to anyone present. For inquiries please call 212-998-8739 or visit the event page online »

"Adventures in Italian Opera" at the NYU's Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò was made possible thanks to a generous contribution in memory of Ambassador Eugenio Di Mattei, a lover of opera and Italian culture.

February 25: The Cuban Argument With Itself

The Spring 2013 Colloquium Series at NYU's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, "What's Left of Cuba? Culture, Politics, and Civil Society," continues with Cuban-American playwright and director Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas (Maleta Mulata, Sleepwalkers, Blind Mouth Singing). Cortiñas's talk, "The Cuban Argument With Itself" is about working hard to get off the island, and then working hard to get back to the island. And then, how to go about returning to the island; and then how to get off the island again, and on, and on. The talk is dedicated to María Irene Fornés.

Monday, February 25th, 2013, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, Auditorium
53 Washington Square South

This event is free and open to the public. Learn more »

February 21: Talk on Indigenous Peoples, Development and Human Rights Movements

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law invites you to "Indigenous Peoples, Development, and the Human Rights Movement," a discussion between Vasuki Nesiah and Karen Engle on the ways in which indigenous peoples have used international law to make claims for heritage, territory, and economic development around the world. Engle explores the history of these claims, considering the prevalence of particular legal frameworks and their costs and benefits for indigenous groups. Her vivid account highlights the dilemmas that accompany each legal strategy, as well as the persistent elusiveness of economic development for indigenous peoples. 
Thursday, February 21, 2013 @ 6:30pm
NYU School of Law
245 Sullivan Street, Furman 216

This event will be followed by a brief reception. A photo ID and an RSVP to are required for entry.

For more information about the speakers and the event, visit »

February 23: Family Day Basketball Game at Coles Gymnasium

Jump into the action as the NYU Violets hold court against the Brandeis Judges during Family Day at Coles Gymnasium—free of charge for you and your family.

The NYU Office of Government & Community Affairs (OGCA) and NYU Athletics invite you to an afternoon of exhilarating college basketball. Free tickets will be provided to community members on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are limited and must be reserved: an RSVP to OGCA is required by Thursday, February 21, 5:00 pm. Call 212-998-2400 or email us at

February 20: Gallery Opening for "working on it," paintings by Danny Simmons

Please join the Steinhardt School and the NYU Wagner Black Student Association at the opening reception of "working on it," a powerful collection of abstract expressionist paintings referencing both urban and traditional African motifs, at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. The reception will feature live music by the NYU African Percussion Ensemble.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Puck Building, Rice Conference Room / Newman Reception Area
295 Lafayette Street

Staged in commemoration of Black History Month, "working on it" features oil paintings by celebrated artist and philanthropist and NYU alumnus Danny Simmons. Complex and vibrant, these neo-African canvases are at once a celebration of cultural heritage and an intimate glimpse into the artist's spiritual quest for connectivity through the art-making process.

This event it free and open to the public. An RSVP is strongly encouraged.

February 15: Musical Performance by Tessera Quintet

Join New York University's La Maison Francaise as they host a live performance by Tessera Quintet this Friday, Friday, February 15 at 7:30 PM at 16 Washington Mews. The band will be performing
Jacques Ibert, "Trois pièces brèves," Paul Taffanel, Wind Quintet in G Minor and Darius Milhaud, "La Cheminée du Roi René."

Maureen Keenan, flute
Nicholas Abel, oboe
Yi-Chuan Chen, clarinet
Elizabeth Fleming Martignetti, horn
Daniel Liao, bassoon

Tessera Quintet was founded in 2006 by flutist Maureen Keenan and bassoonist Daniel Liao. Based in New York City, this talented group of artists focuses its energies on repertoire which best exemplifies the myriad combinations available from what is most analogous to a mosaic of sound, and thus takes its name from the Latin word for the tiles comprising a mosaic.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are suggested by calling 212-998-8750 or sending an email to

February 15: They'll Miss Me When I'm Gone: A Symposium on the Blues

New York University's Gallatin School hosts a musical conversation on the history and legacy of the blues, with performances from Pat Conte and Joe Bellulovich, Blind Boy Paxton, and the Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues, some of New York City's finest practitioners of blues, old-time, jug band, country, folk and gospel music. Check out the schedule of events here.

Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Feb 14, 2013
12:00 PM-9:30 PM

Doors open for concert in Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

7- 9:30pm
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
They'll Miss Me When I'm Gone: Live performances from Pat Conte and Joe Bellulovich, Blind Boy Paxton, and the Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues

All of the events are free and open to the public. RSVP and learn more about the performances.

This event is brought to you by Gallatin Student Resource Fund recipient Anna Duensing, Ernie Vega and the Gallatin Office of Student Life.

February 14: Making Change in the World: A Panel Discussion on the Global Atrocity of Human Sex Trafficking, with Stuart Perrin

The Office of Government & Community Affairs and the NYU Bookstore invite you to a panel discussion exploring the global crisis in human sex trafficking— and the methods that some are taking to combat it.

Making Change in the World: 
A Panel Discussion on the Global Atrocity of Human Sex Trafficking

Thursday, February 14, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
This event is free and open to the public.

Join Stuart Perrin, author of the gripping suspense novel Little Sisters, recount his experience as a child rescuer who established the first safe house in Kathmandu, the Bahini Foundation. Perrin and a panel of experts will discuss the power that increasing awareness, insight, and inter-connectedness can have in the struggle against trafficking, and talk about the influence of books upon those who set out to change our world.

Moderated by literary agent Edythea Ginis Selman, and featuring Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Executive Director of the Queens Council on the Arts; Dipti Mehta, writer and performer; and Gloria Browne-Marshall, Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, John Jay College.

February 13: Exhibition Opening

Come help inaugurate the new gallery space at NYU's Asian / Pacific / American Institute as A/P/A celebrates the opening of "Prints of Pop (& War)," a mini-retrospective featuring screen prints and lithographs by the prolific Roger Shimomura, the institute's 2012-2013 artist-in-residence. Objects from the artist’s personal collection will be featured alongside the works related to them.

Enter the Rice Cooker, 1994.
Published by Greenpeace.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Reception 6:00 - 9:00 pm; gallery talk 7:00 - 8:00 pm
NYU Asian / Pacific / American Institute
8 Washington Mews

Please RSVP online or by phone (212.992.9653) by Monday, February 11.

"Prints of Pop (& War)" is on view from February 13 to May 10, M-F, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. A/P/A will host a closing reception on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Acclaimed for his poignant, bright-colored prints and paintings, the award-winning Shimomura’s work challenges constructions of the racialized “other,” and calls attention to the power of material and pop culture to normalize whiteness. Born in Seattle, he spent his early childhood in a concentration camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. He holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Art Emeritus from the University of Kansas. His work is in the permanent collections of over 85 museums nationwide.

February 8: In Visible Crisis - A Collective Visioning of Militant Research

In this one-day participation event, teams of activists, artists, and academics from Los Angeles and New York aim to set a collective agenda for militant research practice in the year ahead. "Militant research" is research carried out with social movements to think about social change. It questions the nature, practice, formats and outcomes of research.

Friday, February 8, 2012 @ 9:30 am
NYU Silver Center, Hemmerdinger Hall, 32 Waverly Place

With the global financial crisis already five years old, and perhaps permanent, how can we best visualize the crisis of the 99%, from personal debt to climate change to recovery in the face of disasters like Fukushima and Sandy? What still remains out of sight, whether concealed or overlooked?

Four sessions will set these questions into specific contexts. The day will be facilitated by Suzanne Collado, Christina Daniel, and Marisa Holmes, but the real agenda will be set by you. At this event we will all be there to learn from each other and to share ideas and insights. There is no "audience."

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  • 9.30 am | Coffee
  • 10.00 - 12.00 | Militant Research Lessons from Los Angeles/Southern California
  • 12.00 - 1.00 | Lunch
  • 1.00 - 3.00 | Militant Research Lessons from New York
  • 3.00 - 3.30 | Break
  • 3.30 - 5.00 | National & International Networks: Organizing & Research Wkshp
  • 5.00 | Reception

February 4: Black Out Loud: The Audacity to Be

New York University's Office of Government & Community Affairs invites you to the opening ceremony of NYU African Heritage Month:"Black Out Loud: The Audacity to Be" with Keynote Speaker Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr., Director of the Urban Education Policy Center at the CUNY Graduate Center; founder and former director of the NYU Institute of African American Affairs; former president of Bronx Community College and WWII Tuskegee Airman.

Monday, February 4th, 7:00pm
NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South 
Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor
Dinner will be included with the reception.
Attendance is free with RSVP.

This event is free and open to the public with photo ID

This event is sponsored by the African Heritage Month Planning Committee, the MLK Week Student Planning Committee, the Office of Government and Community Affairs, and the Office of Student Activities, and occurs in conjunction with MLK Week 2013.