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Intellect or Instinct: Must We Choose? A Contemporary View of the Death Drive

Intellect or Instinct: Must We Choose? A Contemporary View of the Death Drive

The death drive was first defined by Sigmund Freud as “an urge inherent in all organic life to restore an earlier state of things,” through death, destruction, or non-existence. Otto F. Kernberg, MD, former president of the International Psychoanalytical Association lectures on his critical examination of Freud’s theory of the death drive based on the [...]

Posted: Oct 10th, 2008 | Comments: 0
An Evening with Ishmael Reed and Al Young

An Evening with Ishmael Reed and Al Young

Poets Ishmael Reed and Al Young read their poetry and engage in an interactive dialogue about the historical and cultural influences on their work as part of the Legacy Conversation series that explores the lives and work of distinguished Black poets and scholars. Poet LaTasha Diggs will moderate this conversation. This event was held by [...]

Posted: Oct 1st, 2008 | Comments: 1
M.F.K. Fisher: Poet of the Appetites

M.F.K. Fisher: Poet of the Appetites

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, master food writer, worked with many American food celebrities, including Julia Child, James Beard, and Alice Waters. In the year of the centennial of her birth, a panel of distinguished guests celebrate her life. Panelists include Amanda Hesser, editor, New York Times and author of the foreword to M.F.K. Fisher Among [...]

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2008 | Comments: 0
Machado 21: A Centennial Celebration

Machado 21: A Centennial Celebration

When Machado de Assis died on September 29th, 1908 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he was already a widely acclaimed writer. The first president of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, he left behind nine novels, several considered among the greatest masterpieces of the Portuguese language. Since his death, his fame has steadily increased; Susan Sontag [...]

Posted: Sep 17th, 2008 | Comments: 2
Food Writing Forum: Gastronomica

Food Writing Forum: Gastronomica

Gastronomica, the Journal of Food and Culture seeks to encourage thoughtful reflection on the history, literature, and cultural impact of food. The New School Writing Program and the Food Studies Department host a reading and discussion featuring Darra Goldstein, founding editor of Gastronomica, cookbook author, and the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Russian [...]

Posted: Sep 9th, 2008 | Comments: 0
The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day

The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day (1897-1980), founder of the Catholic Worker Movement and now a candidate for sainthood, has been called the “radical conscience” of the American Catholic Church. Day’s diaries offer a unique window into her life, her religion, and her efforts to respond to the great issues of her day. Father James Martin, S.J., Associate Editor [...]

Posted: Aug 28th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Frank O’Hara: Selected Poems at Lunchtime

Frank O’Hara: Selected Poems at Lunchtime

Frank O’Hara worked at The Museum of Modern Art on and off for fifteen years—first selling postcards, then curating exhibitions and writing catalogue copy—all the while composing poems during his lunch hour. Join poets Lee Ann Brown, Dan Chiasson, Hettie Jones, Vincent Katz, Philip Schultz, and Frank’s sister, Maureen O’Hara, as they commemorate his legacy [...]

Posted: Jul 16th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Julia Child, Culinary Revolutionary

Julia Child, Culinary Revolutionary

Julia Child didn’t start cooking until she was 39, but no other chef influenced late-20th-century American cooking more than she did. Forty-five years after the debut of her groundbreaking PBS show, The French Chef, four panelists will discuss the profound effects of her books, television shows, and entertaining and accessible persona on our cuisine and [...]

Posted: Jun 12th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Satyagraha Forum: The Poetry of Peace and Politics

Satyagraha Forum: The Poetry of Peace and Politics

Is poetry inevitably political? Can language provoke peace? Spearheaded by Anne Waldman, a founder and current Director of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute, and hosted by Bob Holman, Club founder and proprietor, the Bowery Poetry Club presents an exploration of poetry as satyagraha or “truth force,” punctuated by poems from [...]

Posted: May 2nd, 2008 | Comments: 0
Richard Price

Richard Price

Richard Price — writer for HBO’s The Wire and the author of The Wanderers, The Color of Money, and Clockers — turns to the subject of crime in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in his new novel Lush Life. Price speaks about the overlapping universes that collide in his novel at the Tenement Museum, [...]

Posted: Apr 15th, 2008 | Comments: 0
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