October 1-3: Paul Danahar, Stephen Jimenez, and Ruth Behar at the NYU Bookstore

The NYU Bookstore invites you to join authors Paul Danahar, Stephen Jimenez and Ruth Behar as they discuss their new books this October.
  • Paul Danahar author of The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring, Tuesday, October 1, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Stephen Jimenez author of The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, Wednesday, October 2, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Ruth Behar author of Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in between Journeys, Thursday, October 3, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
    For more information about these events and other upcoming events, explore the NYU Bookstore online.

October 3-5: Video in the Villages

NYU invites you to take part in various screenings and discussions with Amazonian filmmakers celebrating three decades of Indigenous media making from this groundbreaking Brazilian collective.

Thursday, October 3rd, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian
1 Bowling Green

Friday, October 4th, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
53 Washington Square South 

Saturday, October 5th, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian
1 Bowling Green 

All events are free and open to the public. You can find more information by visiting the websites of the Center for Religion and Media  and the Center for Media, Culture and History.

For a complete schedule of the events click here.

October 9: "New Queer Cinema: New Politics?"

NYU invites you to the lecture "New Queer Cinema: New Politics?" featuring Ruby Rich, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz and author of New Queer Cinema: The Director's Cut and Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement.

Wednesday, October 9, 5:30 pm
NYU Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science
100 Washington Square East

In “New Queer Cinema: New Politics?” Ruby Rich revisits the terrain of the New Queer Cinema movement of the early 1990s in the context of our contemporary sociopolitical order, in which unprecedented legal rights are accompanied by a resurgence of lethal violence. This lecture with film clips investigates its legacy in the hope of enabling us to imagine cinematic responses retooled for the cultural challenges of a new historical moment in need of its landmark energy, invention, and inspiration.

The event is part of the NYU College of Arts and Sciences' Bentson Dean's Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visit the event page for more information »

October 4: New Directions in African Cinema

The NYU Institute of African American Affairs and Department of Film and Television and African Studies Program welcome you to "New Directions in African Cinema", a semester-long series exploring recent, innovative and cutting edge film works in the fields of documentary, experimental and narrative.

Friday, October 4 6:30 pm
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway, Room 006

The October 4th screening will feature Tey (Today), directed by Alain Gomis. The director along with actor Saul Williams will be present at the sneak preview screening.

In his third feature, director Alain Gomis takes a well-worn topic in Senegalese cinema and turns it on its head: unlike other films, many of which choose to focus on emigration and neo-colonialism, Gomis’ work instead tells the story of a man who leaves America to return to the land of his birth.

This event is free, but space is limited and will be given on first come first serve basis.

October 3: Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture

The Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture invites scholars to share their current research on ancient art and archaeology at the NYU Institute of Fine Arts. The Seminar not only explores key aspects of Greek and Roman art and architecture, by also assesses the current state of the discipline, which is at a critical stage in its development thanks to the recent influences of a wide range of disciplines: sociology, semiotics, gender theory, anthropology, reception theory, and hermeneutics.

Thursday, October 3, 6:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street

Jas Elsner, Humfrey Payne Senior Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology and Art at the University of Oxford, will discuss art and rhetoric in the Arch of Titus. The event is free and open to the public, but a reservation is required.

October 12-13, 19: OHNY Weekend Family Festival and Architectural Lanterns

The NYU Office of Government and Community Affairs is happy to promote the following free and public events from one of our non-profit neighbors: 

Saturday, October 12 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place

Join the Center for Architecture Foundation and openhousenewyork for a full weekend of family fun at the 2013 openhousenewyork Weekend Family Festival!

And then the next weekend..

Saturday, October 19 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place

Join the Center for Architecture Foundation for their annual exploration of the role of light in architecture and design. Families will create architectural lanterns to be displayed at our annual fundraising event.

For both events, the Family Day Programs are designed for children ages 5 and up, accompanied by an adult.  Both events are free!   No pre-registration required.

October 2: Screening of Lynne Sachs' Documentary Your Day is my Night

The NYU Cantor Film Center hosts filmmaker Lynne Sachs for a personal screening of her new documentary Your Day is my Night!

Wednesday, October 2 6:30 - 8:30 pm
NYU Cantor Film Center, Theater 102
36 East 8th Street
In this moving documentary, individuals living in Manhattan's Chinatown share their experiences as migrants and city dwellers, as they reveal the intimacies and complexities of urban living.

Filmmaker Lynne Sachs and performers Linda Y.H. Chan, Ellen Ho, Yun Xiu Huang, and Sheut Hing Lee participate in a post-screening conversation moderated by Karen Shimakawa (Chair of Performance Studies at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts).

The event is free!  RSVP required.

October 4: Symposium - Rising Up: Hale Woodruff's Murals at Talladega College

Please join NYU for a one-day symposium that will focus on the work of Hale Aspacio Woodruff, and is being held in conjunction with the Rising Up: Hale Woodruff's Murals at Talladega College exhibition, currently on display at NYU's 80 Washington Square East Galleries.
Friday, October 4, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Kimmel Center Eisner and Lubin Auditorium
60 Washington Square South

Presenters will include art historians, historians, curators, and other leading scholars together exploring Hale Woodruff's art and its significance.  Keynote speakers will include Edmund Barry Gaither, Director and Curator of the Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists and Special Consultant at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston; and Marcus Rediker, Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and author ofThe Amistad Rebellion.

The Symposium is open to members of the NYU and NYC communities. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

September 28: 10th Annual FAB! Festival

The NYU Office of Government and Community Affairs is happy to promote the following free and public event from one of our non-profit neighbors:

Saturday, September 28 1:00 - 5:00 pm
East 4th Street

Fourth Avenue Arts Block invites you to the 10th Annual FAB! Festival.

FIFTY original performances of dance, music, & theater
TWO large-scale art installations
ONE stilt walking musical parade
And arts activities for ALL ages
All for FREE in the heart of the East 4th Street Cultural District!

The weather looks to be clear, crisp, and beautiful - a perfect setting for an amazing day at the 10th Annual FAB! Festival. So join FAB for one of the most fun days you'll have this season.

October 3-25: NYU Creative Writing Program Reading Series

The NYU Creative Writing Program's Fall 2013 Reading Series continues in October with events featuring Parker Posey and "Selected Shorts," the popular radio program, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jonathan Lethem, and the Academy of American Poets Chancellors Reading.

October 3 - 25
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 W. 10th Street (between 5th and 6th Aves.)

On October 3 at 7:00 pm, join "Selected Shorts" at NYU: Writers on Writing.  The acclaimed public radio series and podcast presents short stories about the craft of writing by Joan Didion, Molly Giles, and Etgar Keret, performed by acclaimed actors Alex Karpovsky, Parker Posey, and Kaneza Schaal.

On October 4 at 5:00 pm, join Yusef Komunyakaa, Adrie Kusserow, Brian Turner, and Bruce Weigl for "Poets on War: A Reading for Refugee Youth in South Sudan."

On October 11 at 7:00 pm, the Reading Series presents "The New Salon: Jonathan Lethem in Conversation with Darin Strauss." Visit the In addition to these free events,  Reading Series home page for more free and ticketed events.

September 26: Panel Discussion - Tunisia: The Last Hope of the 'Arab Spring'?

The NYU Center for Dialogues: Islamic World - U.S. - The West brings to the public "Tunisia: The Last Hope of the 'Arab Spring'?".  The event will feature Salma Elloumi-Rekik, founding member of the Tunisian democratic opposition party Nidaa Tounes, and Basma Khalfaoui, the widow of assassinated Tunisian opposition politician Chokri Belaid.  Joining Elloumi-Rekik and Khalfaoui will be Frank Wisner, former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt.  The three will participate in a discussion to consider the status of the democratic transition in Tunisia.

September 26, 6:30 pm
NYU School of Law
Lipton Hall, 108 W. 3rd Street

The panel discussion should be incredibly riveting as Elloumi-Rekik and Khalfaoui are two of the pre-eminent voices of the united opposition in Tunisia.  Elloumi-Rekik will provide the view of a major figure in the main unifying party for Tunisian secularists and democrats, which seeks to pressure the ruling Islamist party to maintain democratic accountability and human rights.  Khalfaoui will share her experience as a leader of the burgeoning popular movement in Tunisia, which former as a legacy to Belaid and seeks to unite Tunisians around a clear set of democratic principles that move the political transtion beyond zero-sum politics.

Wisner will add to the discussion his insights on the trajectory of the "Arab Spring", especially in view of the dramatic changes that shook Egypt recently and considering the current U.S. debate on possible military involvement in Syria.

The discussion will be moderated Professor Mustapha Tlili, founder and director of the NYU Center for Dialogues: Islamic World - U.S. - The West.

Reporters wishing to attend must RSVP by email or phone (212)-998-8693.

September 26: Points of Contention: The Sources and Development of Painting Traditions in Spanish America

Please join NYU's Institute of Fine Arts as they present "Points of Contention: The Sources and Development of Painting Traditions in Spanish America".

September 26 at 6:00 pm
The Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street

NYU's Institute of Fine Arts is dedicated to graduate teaching and advanced research in the history of art, archeology, and the conversation and technology of works of art.  The Institute welcomes Eduardo Douglas, an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina.  Douglas comes to NYU to lead a Colloquium on Art in Spain and Latin America.  This series of informal lectures and panels will explore art historical and broader contextual issues relating to the arts of Spain and Latin America.

The event is open to the public.  Reservation for the event is required and seating in the Lecture Hall is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Additional lectures in the series will be taking place in mid to late October.  These lectures include:
October 17, Ilona Katzew on Eighteenth-Century Painting in Mexico: Thoughts on the State of the Field.  Open to the public, RSVP required.
October 31, Luisa Elena Alcala on The Problem of the Canon and the History of Spanish Colonial Painting.  Open to the public, RSVP required.

September 28: Rising Up + Hearts of the World, an Interactive Youth Arts Experience at NYU

The New York University Office of Government & Community Affairs invites children aged 7 - 16 to a free immersive arts experience at the NYU 80WSE Gallery.

Saturday, September 28, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
80WSE Gallery, 80 Washington Square East
Lunch will be provided.
An RSVP is required as space is limited.

The event begins with a guided tour through the one-of-a-kind art exhibition “Rising Up: Hale Woodruff's Murals at Talladega College” showcasing vibrant murals depicting the African-American transition from slavery to freedom painted between 1938 and 1942 by artist and NYU professor Hale Woodruff. The recently restored murals are striking symbols of the ongoing struggle for civil rights, and are in New York for one time only before being permanently re-installed at Talladega College.

Following the gallery tour, participating children will harness their own powers of creative expression during a hands-on workshop with local muralists from the Free Art Society, painting individual panels for the global Hearts of the World project. An RSVP is required as space is limited.

September 25-26: Panel Discussions - More than Documentation/Black Study and Black Performance

Please Join New York University's Grey Art Gallery as they celebrate the run of Radical Presence with the following events:

Deborah Willis
Panel Discussion: More than Documentation: Photography and Performance Moderated by Karen Finley and Deborah Willis

September 25 at 6:30pm
60 Washington Square South
Rosenthal Pavillion, 10th Floor

This panel discussion will bring together an array of artists—working in the visual arts, music, theater, education, and political and community activism—to examine connections between performance art and participatory images. Moderated by Karen Finley, Arts Professor of Art and Public Policy, TSOA, NYU, and Deborah Willis, University Professor and Chair of Photography and Imaging, TSOA, NYU, with Derrick Adams, Holly Bass, Clifford Owens, Xaviera Simmons, and Danny Tisdale.

Tavia Nyong’o
Roundtable: Black Study and Black Performance: A Discussion on Gender and Sexuality in Radical Presence

Septmeber 26 at 7:00pm
Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway, Room 612

Featuring scholars from a range of disciplines, this roundtable will explore the radical potential of black performance as a scene of study. How might black study—both within and beyond the academy—redraw the maps, and reimagine the histories, of performance art? With Daphne Brooks, Professor of English and African-American Studies, Princeton University; Thomas DeFrantz, Professor of Dance and African American Studies, Duke University; Cheryl Finley, Assistant Professor of Art History, Cornell University; and Malik Gaines, Assistant Professor of Art, Hunter College. Moderated by by Tavia Nyong’o, Associate Professor of Performance Studies, TSOA, NYU

These events are offered in conjunction with Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East, September 10-December 7, 2013. For more information on the exhibition, including a complete program roster, click here.

September 24: Stories from Judith Sloan's Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide

New York University's American/Pacific/Asian Institute and the Center for Spiritual Life presents “YO Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide. Fusing the art of theatre and radio, YO MISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide is an eye-and ear-witness account of one artist navigating a maze of miscommunications and memories, while breaking down assumptions that divide residents of a city who live in close proximity but come from divergent worlds. 

Judith Sloan transforms into a multitude of characters, in this sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always truth-seeking performance, accompanied by a live band including multi-instrumentalist MiWi La Lupa (Red Baraat) and DJ/Sound Engineer Luke Santy. Directed by Bob Berky. Assistant Director Chesney Snow. A talkback, moderated by Marcella Runell Hall (Co-Director, NYU Center for Spiritual Life), follows the performance.

September 24 at 7:00pm-9:00pm
NYU Global Center, Grand Hall
238 Thompson Street, 5th Floor

Judith Sloan, (actress, writer, radio producer, and Adjunct Professor at Gallatin School NYU), known for her one woman performances and her collabor
ation with Warren Lehrer on the multi-media project Crossing the BLVD, spent 15 years teaching in schools and jails where she encountered and reported on immigration stories, cultural clashes, and generation gaps.

This event is free and open to the public. For reservations call 212.998.4900.

Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, EarSay, and NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Additional outreach support from the Hip Hop Education Center and City Lore. YO MISS! is a project of EarSay, developed in collaboration with Morgan Jenness, Abrams Artist Agency, and Viper Records.

September 24: Danielle Ofri at the NYU Bookstore

Join the NYU Bookstore in welcoming Danielle Ofri, author of What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m
NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway

The stories in Ofri’s book reveal that emotions have a distinct effect on how doctors care for their patients. For both clinicians and patients, she finds, understanding what doctors feel can make all the difference in giving and getting the best medical care—curing as well as healing.

Ofri, an associate professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine and a physician at Bellevue Hospital, is the author of Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue, Incidental Findings: Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine, and Medicine in Translation: Journeys with My Patients, and a regular contributor to the New York Times.

The event is free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Call 212.998.4667 or visit the NYU Bookstore website for more details.

September 26: Gallatin Lecture Featuring Tarik Trotter (Black Thought) of the Roots

New York University invites you to join featured speaker Tarik Trotter (Black Thought), the MC of the critically acclaimed hip-hop band the Roots, for this year's opening Albert Gallatin lecture.

Thursday, September 26, 8:00 pm
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
1 Washington Place

Black Thought, who co-founded the Roots with drummer Questlove, is known for his live performance skills and his complex and politically aware lyrical content. Trotter and the Roots have paved the way for live instrumental rap and have won numerous awards for their jazz-influenced, eclectic approach to hip-hop, including two Grammy Awards and a 2007 NAACP Image Award.

The event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is required. Call 212.992.7762 for more details. See the event page for more information »

September 17: Globalizing the US Constitution

This Constitution Day, join an esteemed panel of scholars for a debate on the influences of the U.S. Constitution abroad: Has the Constitution been a model of for other countries in establishing rule of law? What about the U.S. Constitution have other countries changed?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 3:00 pm (doors open at 2:45)
NYU Global Center, Grand Hall
238 Thompson Street

Moderator Trevor Morrison will guide a discussion between Robert Bauer, Daniel Hulsebosch, Pasquale Pasquino, and Mila Versteeg in a gathering hosted by the NYU Brademas Center in conjuction with the Office of Government and Community Affairs and the Office of Global Programs.

Learn more and RSVP »

September 12: Rebuild by Design - A Public Conversation with HUD

Rebuild by Design is a multi-stage regional design competition that will develop innovative approaches to enhancing resiliency in Hurricane Sandy-affected communities. Organized by NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the competition is looking to learn from direct experience, local perspective, and citizen insights as communities across the region begin to rebuild and renew.

Ten international teams of designers and resiliency professionals are now embarking on an eight-month research and design process that will generate innovative planning and design approaches to the region’s post-Sandy challenges.

At each regional meeting, Rebuild by Design will invite you to share your experiences and ideas for your community with the participating teams. Your on-the-ground perspective will help Rebuild by Design develop appropriate solutions that respond to local and regional needs.

The first public meeting will be held Thursday, September 12, 6:00 pm, at Trinity Wall Street (across the street from Trinity Church): 74 Trinity Place, 2nd Floor.