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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
Branding Democracy: Barack Obama and the American Void

Branding Democracy: Barack Obama and the American Void

Simon Critchley examines Obama’s subjectivity, the existential detachment that seems to haunt him, and its relation to democracy. When democracy is promoted as a brand, it can be seen to generate many desires, such as participation, freedom of expression, a sense of belonging, and the promise of individual success—all embodied in the notion of “liberty.” [...]

Posted: Sep 18th, 2008 | Comments: 2
Coney Island at the Crossroads

Coney Island at the Crossroads

The City of New York’s Comprehensive Development and Rezoning Plan for Coney Island would reduce to 9 acres from 15 a city-owned open-air amusement park north of the Boardwalk between KeySpan Park and the New York Aquarium. It would transform the area into a year-round entertainment district, with abundant retail and as many as 5,000 [...]

Posted: Sep 17th, 2008 | Comments: 3
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
From Artisan to Mechanic: Duncan Phyfe & NY’s 19th Century Furniture Trade

From Artisan to Mechanic: Duncan Phyfe & NY’s 19th Century Furniture Trade

New York cabinetmaker Duncan Pyhfe became one of the leading furniture makers in 19th century by organizing the first large scale furniture business. His work became highly sophisticated, making his designs popular in nineteen century dining rooms and parlors in New York City. For six decades, Phyfe constructed furniture that changed the city’s stylish dwelling [...]

Posted: Sep 16th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Moyers on Democracy

Moyers on Democracy

One of the country’s most prominent and respected journalists, Bill Moyers has been a founding organizer of the Peace Corps, a senior White House assistant and press secretary to President Lyndon Johnson, publisher of Newsday, senior news analyst for CBS News, and producer or host of many groundbreaking series on public television. Moyers on Democracy [...]

Posted: Sep 16th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Understanding the Universe: An Evening with Frank Wilzcek

Understanding the Universe: An Evening with Frank Wilzcek

The 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics winner, Frank Wilczek, explains the universe, synthesis the Grand Unification of Forces, and shares his vision of a new Golden Age in physics– all for the layperson, in an event celebrating the publication of his new book, The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether and the Unification of Forces. This [...]

Posted: Sep 15th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Finance and Labor: Perspectives on Risk, Inequality, and Democracy

Finance and Labor: Perspectives on Risk, Inequality, and Democracy

Income inequality and employment risk are on the rise. How does financial development link to these benchmarks? Sanford Jacoby, Howard Noble Professor of Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management, addresses these questions, which are then taken up by a panel of representatives from the government, labor movement, and Wall Street. Panelists include Charles Jeszeck, [...]

Posted: Sep 10th, 2008 | Comments: 0
The Bungalows of Rockaway

The Bungalows of Rockaway

Upcoming documentary The Bungalows of Rockaway, delves into the rich history of the bungalows on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, NY, over the past 100 years. Co-producers Jennifer Callahan and Elizabeth Logan Harris discuss their upcoming documentary, along with Richard George of the Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association; preservationist Caroline C. Pasion, and; moderator Eve M. [...]

Posted: Sep 9th, 2008 | Comments: 46
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
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