April 25: Digital Judaism: Tablet to Tablet

Digital Judaism: Tablet To TabletHow have digital technologies entered Jewish life, changing ideas of moral authority, community, gender, education and more? Join New York University for a discussion on Digital Judaism: Tablet to Tablet to find out.  This panel discusses how social media–Jewish gaming, Hasidic blogging, orthodox Facebook sites–are changing ideas of moral authority, community, gendered subjectivity and more, while transforming possibilities for Jewish communities in the worlds around them.

Thursday April, 25 2013  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
19 Washington Square North

This event features Ayala Fader (Anthropology, Fordham); Owen Gottlieb (Steinhardt, NYU); Rachel Wagner (Religion, Ithaca College); and Jeffrey Shandler (Jewish Studies, Rutgers). It is free and open to the public.

April 24: "Marriage for All!" The French Debate on Same-Sex Marriage

The Institute of French Studies Colloquium and the College International de philosophie, Paris at New York University, presents a roundtable discussion about the French debates on Same-Sex marriage. The roundtable will include Bruno Perreau, MIT, Author of Penser l'adoption and Camille Robcis, Cornell, Author or the Law of Kinship. This discussion will be moderated by Julie Saada and Frederic Viguier.  

Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 pm

La Maison Française
16 Washington Mews at University Place

The roundtable discussion will examine the heated French debate on same-sex marriage (“le marriage pour tous”), the recent history of the same-sex marriage agenda, and the changing dynamics of sexual politics in France in light of the proposed law that would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples and allow them to adopt children.

April 24: Legacy of Now: an Initiative of Cambodian Living Arts

Please join the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University as they present Legacy of Now, curated by Anida Yoeu Ali. In the aftermath of war, over 1 million Cambodian refugees fled with their families to rebuild their lives in other countries. From near artistic annihilation, the cultural arts of Cambodia were valiantly recovered and preserved by Cambodians inside and outside of the country thus leading to a unique contemporary intersection. For twenty-first century Cambodians, art has begun to question and engage the present. Recognizing the critical global and local contributions of Cambodian diaspora artists, this roundtable discussion features an intergenerational group of visual and performing artists to share their experiences and ideas.

Panelists will address issues of transnational identities and the ways in which the act of returning “home” functions as an important point of encounter or departure for their artistic practices. Curated and moderated by Anida Yoeu Ali, this panel will feature dancer/choreographer Prumsodun Ok, photographer Pete Pin, conceptual artist Amy Lee Sanford, and visual artist/scholar LinDa Saphan.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 22, 2013 via phone at 212.992.9653

April 19: "In God's Land" Film Screening

Join New York University's Center for Media Culture and History for a screening of In God's Land followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Pankaj Rishi Kumar. Set in India, the film focuses on a dispute between tenant farmers, redevelopers, and the clergy who own the properties in a village where a mythical god is born. Using animation to recount the history of the land, the film satirizes the exploitation perpetuated by religion and class distinction and looks at land within the larger issue of development, juxtaposing the promises of economic prosperity with the real-life hardships brought on by development.

April, 19 2013 6:00 - 8:00pm 
Kriser Screening Room
Anthropology Department
25 Waverly Place, Ground Floor

This event is co-sponsors by South Asia @NYU and the South Asia Solidarity Initiative. It is free and open to the public.

April 18: Who We Be: A Discussion on the Resurrection of Multiculturalism with Jeff Chang and Kiese Laymon

Laymon_headshot_b&wOne of the most surreal images of post-Obama America has to be Jay-Z, a former drug dealer turned record executive from Bed-Stuy’s Marcy Projects, taking a seat with his wife Beyoncé among a sea of white-haired men to witness the second swearing-in ceremony of the current president.

Also in attendance that cold January morning was Medger Evers’s widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, to offer the invocation, Richard Blanco to reach an inaugural poem (the first Latino, first self-identified LGBTQ person, and first immigrant to do so), and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to administer the oath of office.

Had we finally arrived? And what did this all mean for understanding of race and power in the US, which we’ve all been told, will soon be a majority-minority nation?

206284_10471921683_5708_nIn Who We Be: The Colorization of America, Jeff Chang carefully analyzes the gaps between what we see and what we think, asking us to consider how multiculturalists did, in fact, win the culture wars, and exploring why, despite the change in our visual culture and the proliferation of representations of people of color (a process Chang so aptly describes as “colorization”), do we still not have frank conversations about race?

Thursday, April 18, 2013
6:30 - 8:30 pm

NYU Global Center, Grand Hall   
238 Thompson Street

Chang will be introduced by DJ Rekha and joined in conversation by Kiese Laymon, author of Long Division and How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, about the post-civil rights movement, the paradox of the post-racial, and the implications of the rapidly changing national demographics on culture and politics. Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 16, 2013 using the form below. Reservations are also accepted via phone (212.992.9653).

April 17: Poetry Reading with Frederick Feirstein and David Yezzi

The NYU Bookstore invites you to a poetry reading with Frederick Feirstein and David Yezzi.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
6:00 - 7:30 pm
NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway

Frederick Feirstein is author of Dark Energy. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry, and twelve of his plays have been produced in New York and other cities. He is a member of the Playwright/Directors Unit at Actors Studio.

David Yezzi is a poet and actor, and serves as the executive editor of New Criterion. His books include the Birds of the Air, Azores, and The Hidden Model. His poems have appeared in the Atlantic, Paris Review, New Republic, and elsewhere.

April 17: Gallery Opening Reception for Continuum by Rodolfo Edwards

Please join New York University's Wagner School in celebrating the opening of Continuum, the Spring-2013 exhibition at the Gallery Space at Wagner. Staged in recognition of the 50th anniversary of NYU Wagner’s urban planning program, the exhibit features mixed-media works on canvas and a sculptural installation by Chilean architect and visual artist Rodolfo Edwards.

Wednesday, April 17th 6:00pm-8:00pm
The Puck Building, Rice Conference Room / Newman Reception Area
295 Lafayette Street

Continuum is curated by Frankie Crescioni-Santoni and co-presented by the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The exhibit is co-sponsored by NYU Wagner’s Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) and the Student Network Exploring Arts & Culture (SNEAC).

April 16: Scott Korb reads from "Light Without Fire: The Making of America's First Muslim College"

Join author Scott Korb at the NYU Bookstore for a reading from his new book Light Without Fire: The Making of America's First Muslim College.

Korb teaches at the New School and at New York University. His previous publications include Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine and The Faith Between Us. This event is co-sponsored by the Islamic Center at NYU.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 
6:00 - 7:30 pm 
NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway

April 16: Lunchtime Fiction Reading with Etgar Keret

Etgar Keret
New York University's Creative Writing Department presents a Lunchtime Fiction Reading event with Etgar Keret. Keret is an Israeli writer and the author of six story collections, most recently “Suddenly, a Knock on the Door” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012).

Located at the Lilian Vernon Creative Writers House (58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues), this event is free and open to the public and takes place on Tuesday April 16th at 1:00 p.m.

April 14: Former Israeli Ambassador Rabinovich and American Ambassador Kurtzer to Discuss Middle East Politics

Join New York University's Taub Center for Israel Studies for a discussion with former Israeli Ambassador Rabinovich and American Ambassador Kurtzer about Middle East Politics on Sunday April 14th at 5 p.m. The event takes place in NYU's Language and Literature Building at 19 University Place, room 102.

Daniel C. Kurtzer
Itamar Rabinovich
Itamar Rabinovich, served as Israel’s ambassador to the United States (1993-1996) during the Rabin government, and Daniel C. Kurtzer, served as America’s ambassador to Egypt from 1997 to 2001 and to Israel from 2001 to 2005, during the Bush Administration. They will engage in this public discussion entitled “Obama, Netanyahu and the New Middle East."

The lecture is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required via e-mail or phone call to 212.998.8981.

April 13: The Red Tapes: A Documentary Screening of Naeem Mohaiemen's United Red Army

Join New York University's Asian/Pacific/American Institute as they host a screening of  Naeem Mohaiemen’s United Red Army, based on tapes of the 1977 negotiations between the Japanese hijacker of JAL 472 and the control tower in Bangladesh. This event will also include a selection of films from the Afghan Films archive that document the early Communist period, 1978-79 and will be followed by a discussion of excavations in the archives of Asian radicalism with Naeem Mohaiemen, Mariam Ghani, Chitra Ganesh, Zohra Saed, and Alix Rule.

This event is co-sponsored by the NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Alwan for the Arts, and 3rd i NY South Asian Film Collective.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.  Reservations are also accepted via phone at 212.992.9653.

April 12: Edwy Plenel Lecture, "Digital Revolution, Democratic Revolution"

New York University will host Edwy Plenel, founder and CEO of the digital newspaper Mediapart, for the public lecture,“Digital Revolution, Democratic Revolution? How the Digital Revolution is Changing Public Space.” The event will use the French experience of Mediapart to reflect upon the political Internet. Plenel will discuss new media and democracy in Europe as well as the relations between North and South in the context of the Internet and the global changes that it is bringing.

Friday, April 12 6:00 p.m.
NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Square (between 5th and 6th Streets), 5th floor.

The event, co-sponsored by NYU’s Institute of African American Affairs and Institute for Public Knowledge, is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call 212.998.IAAA(4222) or click here.

April 11: The New Salon: Poets in Conversation hosted by Josh Ashbery

Join New York University's Creative Writing Department as they host The New Salon: Poets in Conversation with Josh Ashbery. The eminent poet John Ashbery has won nearly every major American literary award for poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award. This event will be held Thursday, April 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the NYU Global Center (Level C Auditorium), 238 Thompson Street

His newest collection “Quick Question” was released by Ecco in December 2012. He will be in conversation with Deborah Landau.

This event being co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America and is free and open to the public. No RSVPs required; seating is first come, first served.

April 9: "Aurignacian Genius: Origins of Art and Society in Prehistoric Europe"

The NYU Department of Anthropology presents an international symposium exploring the origins of art amongst some of the earliest humans to populate Europe, featuring many of the world's most eminent scientists working on the origins of European art and modern culture.

Aurignacians, who inhabited much of Europe and parts of southern Asia until approximately 28,000 years ago, are the first modern humans outside Africa. The symposium will consider the social, technological, and environmental contexts of Aurignacian art, their practices and advances, and how modern science can inform our understanding of Aurignacians’ contributions to today’s cultural landscape.

Among the speakers are NYU Anthropology Professor Randall White and Raphaëlle Bourrillon of the University of Toulouse, discoverer of the earliest known form of wall art, as well as Marc Azéma, François Bon, Carole Fritz, William Rendu, and Gilles Tosello of the University of Toulouse; Harald Floss and Sibylle Wolf of the University of Tuebingen; and Antonin Baudry, cultural counselor of the Embassy of France.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm
NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South, Room 914

The symposium is free and open to the public, but confirmed registration is required: 212.992.7488 or valerie.dubois@nyu.edu. Learn more »

April 8: "The Sovereign Assemblage: Sense, Sensibility, and Sentiment in the Bronze Age Caucasus"

image titleThe first of this year's M.I. Rostovtzeff lectures focuses on the principle of assemblages -- groupings of material objects which mediate the relationships of individuals within a political system.

Adam T. Smith, professor of anthropology at Cornell University, explores how the significance of an assemblage exists simultaneously within multiple, overlapping relationships, surrounding, intruding upon, shaping, and constraining sociopolitical life. Assemblages are the machinery of sociopolitical reproduction, generating three critical conditions of political association: a civilization open to rule, a sovereign body severed from the wider public, and an apparatus of rule. Each of these conditions points to the three key points of intersection between human bodies and material things: sense, sensibility, and sentiment.

The Sovereignty of Assemblages

April 8, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
New York University
15 E 84th Street

Registration required, please send date(s) attending to isaw@nyu.edu. Nb: admission to the ISAW Lecture Hall closes 10 minutes after the scheduled start time.

April 5: An Evening with Rev. Jim Wallis and Arianna Huffington.

The Brennan Center for Justice and the NYU Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership invite you for an evening with Reverend Jim Wallis and Arianna Huffington.

At a time of deep polarization in American politics and society, questions around the relationship between individual faith and public life, and of how to work across political and religious lines to serve the public good, are more important than ever. Such challenges are at the heart of a new book by the Reverend Jim Wallis: On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good.

Reverend Wallis will be joined by Arianna Huffington for a discussion of these critical issues moderated by Reverend Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, senior religion editor of the Huffington Post.

Friday, April 5 at 7:00 pm
Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, Room 802

Doors will open at 6:15 PM for registration and a light reception. The program will begin at 7:00 PM and conclude at 8:30 PM. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required. This event is free and open to the public.

April 4: Stephen Wangh Reads from The Heart of Teaching

Join the NYU Bookstore and author Stephen Wangh, reading from his latest work, The Heart of Teaching. Wangh's writing speaks to experienced teachers and beginning teachers in all disciplines, with particular relevance for those teaching in the performing arts. It brings essential insight and honesty to the discussion of how to teach.

Thursday, April 4, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway

Stephen Wangh is a playwright, director and acting teacher. He has taught at Naropa University, New York University and Emerson College.

This event is free and open to the public.

April 4: Alex Dimitrov Poetry Reading

The NYU Creative Writing Department presents a poetry reading with Marie Howe and Alex Dimitrov. A poet and NYU faculty member, Marie Howe is the author of three collections including The Kingdom of Ordinary Time. Alex Dimitrov’s debut poetry book is Begging for It.

Thursday April 4, 2013 at 7:00pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
New York University
58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.