November 7: Archaeological Excavations at Selinunte

NYU's Institute of Fine Arts brings you Archaeological Excavations at Selinunte, an annual lecture held in conjunction with the conference Western Sicily Revisited: An Archaeology of Cross-Cultural Encounters, co-sponsored by the Center for Ancient Studies.

Thursday, November 7, 6:00 pm
The Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street

About the lecture:
The 2013 season featured important new findings on the Akropolis of Selinunte that contributed significantly to our understanding of the southern sector of the main urban sanctuary, as well as important chapters in this Greek colony's history.

RSVP required.
Please note that seating in the Lecture Hall is on a first-come, first-served basis with RSVP. There will be a simulcast in an adjacent room to accommodate overflow.

November 6: Shaping Immigration News, A French-American Comparison

NYU welcomes you to a roundtable “Shaping Immigration: A French-American Comparison

Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
La Maison Française
16 Washington Mews (at University Place/below 8th Street)

This event will feature Rodney Benson, author of the recently released Shaping Immigration News: A French-American Comparison. Joining Benson will be: Gaye Tuchman, author of Making News: A Study in the Construction of Reality; James Graff, executive editor of The Week and former Paris bureau chief of Time magazine; and Frederic Viguier, a clinical assistant professor at NYU’s Institute of French Studies.

In Shaping Immigration News, Benson offers a portrait of French and American journalists in action as they grapple with how to report and comment on one of the                                                          most important issues of our era.

The event is free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, call 212.992.9492.

November 1 - December 12: Creative Writing Program's Reading Series

New York University's Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2013 Reading Series continues into November and December featuring Sherman Alexie (Nov. 7), Tao Lin (Nov. 14), D.A. Powell (Nov. 21), and Jayne Anne Phillips (Nov. 22).

November 1, 8, 15, 22, 5:00 pm
November 7, 8, 14, 21, 22, December 5, 12, 7:00 pm

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

All Reading Series 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.

Friday, November 1, 5:00 pm
Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Dexter Booth, Introduced by Major Jackson

Thursday, November 7, 7:00 pm
Reading: Sherman Alexie and Robert Hershon, Introduced by Chuck Wachtel
Friday, November 8, 5:00 pm
Poetry Reading: Mark Levine, Geoffrey Nutter, Kathleen Ossip, and Rebecca Wolff

Friday, November 8, 7:00 pm
NYU Emerging Writers Reading: Jesse Ball, Guest Author
NOTE LOCATION: KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th Street

Thursday, November 14, 7:00 pm
The New Salon: Tao Lin and Saïd Sayrafiezadeh in Conversation with Darin Strauss

Friday, November 15, 5:00 pm
Poetry Reading: Anna Journey, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, and Martha Rhodes

Thursday, November 21, 7:00 pm
The New Salon: D. A. Powell in Conversation with Alice Quinn

Friday, November 22, 5:00 pm
Reading: Nick Laird and Jayne Anne Phillips

Friday, November 22, 7:00 pm
NYU Emerging Writers Reading: Natalie Diaz, Guest Author
Note location: KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th Street

Thursday, December 5, 7:00 pm
The New Salon: Joshua Beckman in Conversation with Deborah Landau

Thursday, December 12, 7:00 pm
Poetry Reading: Ilya Kaminsky

November 1: New Directions in African Cinema, Mère-Bi, La Mère

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, November 1, 6:30 pm
NYU Cantor Film Center
36 East 8th Street, Room 101

The November 1st screening will feature Mère-Bi, La Mère (Mother), directed by Ousmane William Mbaye. The director will be present at the sneak preview screening.  The feature is a documentary film about Ousmane William Mbaye's mother Annette Mbaye d'Erneville. Mbaye d'Erneville was the first Senegalese female journalist and she was deeply involved in the development of her country.

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

October 31: Science Magazine Live Chat with NYU Professor Joseph LeDoux

Science Magazine invites you to join neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux of New York University for a live chat via the Science Magazine website

Thursday, October 31, 3:00 pm

Joseph LeDoux is participating in a live Google Hangout! The chat is just in time for Halloween and is called "The Science of Fear" and will discuss the neuroscience of what frightens us. When fear doesn't subside after a threat is gone, or becomes a phobia, it can be a real-life nightmare. When does healthy fear run amok and become pathological? Why do people respond to threats differently? And is there really a way to "conquer" fear?

The general public can view the chat and submit their questions live by visiting Science Magazine's live chat page. To submit a question, they ask viewers to enter a comment at the bottom of the page.

October 30: Neuroscientist Fenton at NYU

Join NYU in welcoming neuroscientist André Fenton as he delivers "Tracing, Erasing, and Harnessing Long-Term Memory," a lecture on the biological process of memory.

Wednesday, October 30, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
NYU's Center for Genomics and Systems Biology Auditorium
12 Waverly Place

In the lecture, Fenton will explain how scientists are slowly discovering the biological basis of how experience changes brains and alters their function—breakthroughs that will eventually have a remarkable impact on our lives.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 
For more information, call 212.998.3800 or click here.

October 29: Daniel H. Silberberg Lectures

NYU welcomes you to The Daniel H. Silberberg Lectures!
Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 pm
The Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street
Marie-Helene Girard, visiting professor of French, Yale University, will be discussing the 2013-2014 Daniel H. Silberberg Lecture Theme, Translation:

The 2013-2014 Silberberg Lecture Series will address the complex role translation plays within the production and interpretation of art—considering how images and objects have been mined and recontextualized across time, space, culture, and medium, as well as exploring the limits of visual communication and literacy in fostering new ways of thinking about appropriation, influence, and audience.

RSVP required.
Please note that seating in the Lecture Hall is on a first-come, first-served basis with RSVP.

October 28: Unveiling of Post-Superstorm Sandy Rebuilding Design Opportunities

NYU invites you to a breakfast reception to unveil Design Opportunities for the Hurricane Sandy rebuilding effort!

Monday, October 28, 8:30 am - 11:00 am
NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, Fourth Floor
60 Washington Square South

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge is partnering with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the President’s Hurricane Sandy Task Force to organize “Rebuild by Design,” a multi-stage regional competition to promote resilience for the Sandy-affected region.

The competition, which engages 183 experts from around the world on 10 Design Teams, will help provide solutions to problems that are larger or more complex than individual towns have the capacity to solve themselves.

The Design Opportunities that will be presented on October 28 follow three months of in-depth analysis and public outreach. Following this event, HUD will select one opportunity for each team to pursue in the design phase—the next and final portion of the competition. The winning design solutions will be announced in April 2014.

This event is free and open to the public! An RSVP is required. For more information, call 212.992.9963.

October 27: Surveillance Film Festival

NYU's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation invites you as they sponsor the Surveillance Film Festival!

Sunday, October 27, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street

With the recent revelation of NSA's domestic spying, the issue of surveillance has resurged as an area of both social and academic debate. The Association of Moving Image Archivists Student Chapter at NYU, together with the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts will present short film program examining the cultural and historical importance of surveillance film and video. 

This event is free, though donations are appreciated.
Click here for more information.

October 25: Black Renaissance Noire, Readings and Reception

New York University's Institute of African American Affairs would like to welcome you to "Black Renaissance Noire, Readings and Reception"!

Friday, October 25, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
19 University Place, Room 102

This "Readings and Reception" will feature Samira Abbassy, Meena Alexander, Paul Carter Harrison, Randall Horton, Robert Irving, III, and Ed Pavlic.

This event is free and open to the public with limited space.
Please RSVP to (212) 998-IAAA (4222).

October 25: Private Dollars for Public Purposes - Are Foundations Setting the Agenda for Higher Education Reform?

The NYU Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy invites you to their upcoming public forum "Private Dollars for Public Purposes: Are Foundations Setting the Agenda for Higher Education Reform?"

Friday, October 25, 9:00 am to 11:30 am
NYU Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, (Room 102, Hemmerdinger Hall)

Over the past five years, the higher education “reform agenda” has largely coalesced around a few goals: graduating more students, more quickly, and at a lower cost. Join Patrick M. Callan, Kevin Carey, and Ellen Condliffe Lagemann to explore these important issues from the perspectives of the history of higher education philanthropy, the policy community, and the foundations themselves.

An RSVP is required: email or register online. A continental breakfast will be served. 

 Visit the event page for more information » 

October 24: "Eating Asian America"

New York University will host “Eating Asian America,” a roundtable discussion on the connection between foodways and culinary practices to our understanding of “Asian American-ness,”

Thursday, October 24, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
19 W. 4th Street, Room 101

Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader brings into dialogue the proliferation of Cambodian doughnut shops in Los Angeles with the politics of school lunch in Hawaii with the history of Kikkoman soy sauce with the rise of the Asian American food trucks—and more. The contributors to this anthology bring into focus the forces of class, racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender inequalities pervasive in the production of Asian American culinary and alimentary practices, ideas, and images.

An RSVP is required by October 22. Visit the Asian/Pacific/American Institute website for more information.

October 24: Walter W.S. Cook Annual Lecture

NYU Institute of Fine Arts invites you to the Walter W.S. Annual Lecture: Emilie Gordenker.

Thursday, October 24, 6:00 pm
The Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street

Dr. Walter W.S. Cook was the founding director of the Institute of Fine Arts and a historian of Medieval Spanish art.

This lecture will focus on: Are Cross-Sections Boring? The Case of Saul and David

The lecture will present the latest findings relating to technical investigation of the painting Saul and David by Rembrandt (and studio?), including some of the newest tools developed for researching paintings. It will also offer some thoughts about how to present sophisticated scientific research to a public that ranges from highly trained art historians to tourists.

Emilie Gordenker will give the lecture. Emilie Gordenker has been Director of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis since January 1, 2008. She earned her Ph.D. in 1998 from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University with a specialty in the history of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art, the history of dress of that period, and the artist Anthony van Dyck.

Please note that seating in the Lecture Hall is on a first-come, first-served basis with RSVP!

October 24: Sterling Lord and Sam Tanenhaus at NYU

NYU's Fales Library and NYU-Poly invite you to a conversation with the legendary literary agent, Sterling Lord.

Thursday, October 24, 6:00 pm
Bobst Library, 3rd floor, inside the Fales Library

Lord, author of the new memoir, Lord of Publishing, will be in conversation with Sam Tanenhaus of The New York Times.  The legendary literary agent will look back on more than 60 years of stewarding such and share his perspective on publishing today.

RSVP to with guest name(s) and title of the event.

Click here for more information.

October 23: Roundtable Discussion- "The State of Surveillance"

NYU invites you to "The State of Surveillance: Legal, Cultural, and Technological Perspectives."

Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 pm
238 Thompson Street
C-95 Lecture Hall (concourse level)

Perhaps few news stories in recent months have been as unsettling as the revelations that the National Security Administration and other government agencies maintain routine mass surveillance of the lives of ordinary American citizens. Is such information-gathering vital for reasons of national security, and if so, what are the legal parameters of such activity? Are we destined to exist in a world without privacy, where our communications and movements, web surfing and purchasing habits are subject to scrutiny by both government and corporations? What are the implications for investigative journalism and a free press? Ultimately, the question becomes--in what kind of society do we want to live? The panelists will gather to discuss what boundaries, if any, we might seek to establish.

This event is free and open to the public.
Registration is required.
For more information about the event and how to register, visit the event page or the Facebook page.

Oct 23 - January 3: Kimmel Galleries Presents—"DITTO: works in blue"

NYU invites you to Kimmel Galleries Presentation of  "DITTO: works in blue" which features seventeen mixed media paintings by New York based artist Shira Toren.

Wednesday, October 23rd through Friday, January 3, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 
528 Thompson Street, 4th Floor

Shira Toren is an emerging American-Israeli artist. Born in Tel-Aviv, she moved to New York City to study fine art and design. She received her BFA from the Pratt Institute and An Associate Degree in Art Therapy from The New School. 

Throughout the exhibition Toren explores the possibilities of her intricate medium, which uses a combination of oil and acrylic paint, Venetian plaster, pigment, graphite and hematite ink. Her desire to work in blue comes as a natural transition from her previous focus of painting in black and white. Toren accomplishes something close to visual magic over and over again in DITTO: works in blue; in marrying color field painting with descriptive, figurative ink formations, she has established a body of work that is both significant and captivating. 
Visit the event page for additional information.

October 22 - 24: Free Health Screenings

Join New York University College of Dentistry and New York University College of Nursing, ABC7, and Colgate for free dental and general health screenings.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday October 22-24, 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
NYU College of Dentistry, 345 East 24th Street

Visitors will receive:
• Free dental screenings
• Free toothbrushes and other personal oral hygiene products
• Vouchers for free oral examinations and polishings
• Vouchers for free dental sealants for children 6 to 16 years-of-age
• Vouchers for free custom-made mouth guards for children 6 to 16 years-of-age
• Free oral cancer screenings for adults
• Free diabetes and blood pressure screenings

No appointments are necessary. Dental screenings are available from 8:30 am - 7:00 pm, and free diabetes and blood pressure screenings from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. See the event page for details »

November 22: Architecture College Fair

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

The Center for Architecture Foundation invites individuals from the tri-state area to attend the Architecture College Fair.

Friday, November 22, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place

At this free fair individuals will learn more about applying to architecture school. Representatives from schools both within and outside of New York State will be on-hand to meet with students and answer questions.

This event is free and open to the public.
In order to have an accurate attendee count, please Register for the event.
For additional information and a tentative schedule of events, visit the event page.

October 18-20: The Occult Humanities Conference

The NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions invites you to join them at The Occult Humanities Conference: Contemporary Art and Scholarship on the Esoteric Traditions.

October 18-20
34 Stuyvesant St

This two day conference will examine the occult and its influence on contemporary scholarship, the arts and social movements in throughout history as well as present society. It will feature a wide array of artists and scholars active in the cultural landscape who are specifically addressing the occult tradition through research, scholarship and artistic practice.

For more information about the conference, the participants, and tickets click here.

October 19: Archtober at the Duke House

Join NYU in celebrating the critical importance of architecture, design, and urban studies in New York City and around the globe. Saturday, October 19, the Institute of Fine Arts will open the doors of the Historic James B. Duke House to the public with student-led tours.

Saturday, October 19, tours at 12:00 pm, 12:45pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:15 pm
The Institute of Fine Arts, 1 East 78th Street

Reservations are required

For more information about upcoming events visit their website.

October 17: Nightclubbing Archive Opening

NYU invites you to the Nightclubbing Archive Opening, a party and screening to celebrate the inclusion of "the original punk rock music video series" into the Fales Archive, with Archive Creators Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong.

Thursday, October 17, 7:00 pm
NYU Journalism Department
20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor

After the meticulous digital restoration project, the Nightclubbing archive of 82 bands videotaped at 115 performances, 27+ interviews, photographs, video art, video DJ Reels, and ephemera of the time reels will now be part of NYU Fales Library Downtown Collection. The Nightclubbing archive is stored digitally and integrated with Armstrong and Ivers’ database of dates, locations, band lineups and set lists.

The Downtown Collection, which began in 1993, is an attempt to document the downtown arts scene that evolved in SoHo and the Lower East Side during the 1970s through the early 1990s. During this time, an explosion of artistic creativity radically challenged and changed tradition literature, music, theater, performance, film, activism, dance, photography, video, and other art practices.

Please RSVP to the opening:

For more information about the project or upcoming events, visit Go Nightclubbing.

October 17: Colloquium on Art in Spain and Latin America

New York University invites you to a colloquium entitled Eighteenth-Century Painting in Mexico: Thoughts on the State of the Field

Thursday, October 17, 6:00 pm
The Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street

For this series of informal lectures and panels, leading specialists are invited to the Institute to explore art historical and broader contextual issues relating to the arts of Spain and Latin America.

Please note that seating in the Lecture Hall is on a first-come, first-served basis with the required RSVP.

October 10: Poetry Night

The NYU Bookstore invites you to join poets Myra Shapiro and Owen Lewis as they read from their new poetry collections.

Thursday October 10, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
NYU Bookstore
726 Broadway

Myra Shapiro teaches poetry workshops for the International Women's Writing Guild and serves on the Board of Directors of Poets House. Her work has appeared in many periodicals and anthologies including the 1999 and 2003 editions of The Best American Poetry. Her new poetry collection is titled 12 Floors Above the Earth (2012).

Owen Lewis is a practicing child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University. His poetry has appeared in The Adirondack Review, Peregrine, Four Way Review, The Performing Arts Review and other publications. His honors include a prize in Pat Schneider Poetry Awards from the Amherst Writers and Artists Press.

This event is free and open to the public! For more information please visit the NYU Bookstore Events page.

October 7-9 Book Talks at the NYU Bookstore

The NYU Bookstore invites you to join authors D.B. Gilles, Kaiser Fung, and Mitchell S. Jackson at their upcoming book talks!

All programs are held from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
NYU Bookstore
726 Broadway

Monday, October 7
D.B. Gilles author of Writers Rehab: A 12-Step Program for Writers Who Can't Get Their Acts Together. His book is designed to be a comprehensive self-help book for writers dealing with various roadblocks with their writing. 

Tuesday, October 8
Kaiser Fung author of Numbersense: How to Use Big Data to Your Advantage. "Numbersense" gives you insight into how Big Data interpretation works--and how it too often doesn't work. 

Wednesday, October 9
Book talk with Mitchell S. Jackson author of The Residue Years. His book is a poetic, autobiographical novel about the struggles of a family to stay together.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information about these events and upcoming events, explore the NYU Bookstore events page.

October 8: Artists at the Institute

The Institute of Fine Arts invites you to join artist Rob Pruitt in a discussion about his work.

Tuesday, October 8, 6:30 PM

The Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street

Rob Pruitt rose to prominence in the early 1990s. His diverse and abundant oeuvre, which spans most media and distinguishes itself by its humor, maximal visual density and craft techniques, continues to engage with various strains of American popular culture and subculture, most recently with the Amish. 

Though an RSVP is required, space is limited and will be given on first come first serve basis. 

  For more information on the Artists at the Institute lecturesclick here.

Sept 15 - Oct 20: The Great Hall Exhibitions

The Institute of Fine Arts welcomes you to the September 2013 debut of the Great Hall Exhibitions, an exciting new initiative that will present two exhibitions per year showcasing prominent contemporary artists.

Sundays, September 15 - October 20, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
The Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street

The inaugural Great Hall Exhibition is proud to feature the work of American sculptor Lynda Benglis, one of the foundational figures in twentieth-century feminist art. Benglis's works that explore the ways in which the body, in both its physical and cultural extensions and constraints, interacts with the world around it. She first received international attention in the late 1960s for a series of works in which she poured brightly colored bands of liquid polyurethane foam and pigmented latex directly on the gallery floor. With their unconventional palette and materials and their ambiguous identity between painting and sculpture, these works initiated Benglis’s career-long project of questioning and expanding the boundaries of artistic media, materials, and form. Her works’ radical aesthetic innovation coupled with their overt critique of dominant modes of artistic practice—from modernist painting to minimalist sculpture—suggest alternative ways of seeing and being unburdened from the repressive verities and traditions of the past.

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

October 5: UPNS Fall Festival

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

University Plaza Nursery School invites you to start your Fall festivities with the UPNS Fall Festival!

Saturday, October 5, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm 
(rain date Sunday, October 6, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm)
100 Bleeker Street

To buy advance tickets, 15 for $20, email
Tickets available on the day of the event at 10 tickets for $20

Come enjoy Bouncy Houses, Bouncy Slide, Fun Games, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Bake Sale, and more!

October 5: Sara Curry Street Fair!

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

Saturday, October 5, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
St Marks Place 
between 1st Avenue and Avenue A

Sara Curry started the Little Missionary's Day Nursery in 1896 to provide supervision and an early education to children who would otherwise have been uncared-for while their mothers worked. She will be honored this weekend when a block of St. Mark's Place is named after her.

Come enjoy Food & Drinks, Ice Cream, Bouncy Castles, Prizes and more!
Explore this article on the event for more information »

October 10: Panel Discussion - “24/7 Food: The New Role of Food in American Life”

Come join NYU’s Fales Library, as it hosts a panel discussion entitled “24/7 Food: The New Role of Food in American Life”

Thursday, October 10, 4:00 pm - 6:00 p.m. 
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 3rd floor, inside the Fales Library 
70 Washington Square South

Please join our distinguished panelists of food experts, authors, sustainable agricultural activists, and promoters of artisan foods and markets as they take a fresh look at where food sits, percolates, bubbles up and healthfully ferments in today’s American culture.

This event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10; RSVP to: with your name and title/date of the event.

Reception to follow.

Visit the event page for more information »