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50 Years with Akira Kurosawa: An Evening with Teruyo Nogami

50 Years with Akira Kurosawa: An Evening with Teruyo Nogami

For half a century, from Rashomon (1950) to Madadayo (1993), Teruyo Nogami stood by Akira Kurosawa as a script supervisor and principal assistant. She is the author of Waiting on the Weather: Making Movies with Akira Kurosawa (2006). In this candid discussion, she recalls Kurosawa’s creative power on and off the set, and how she [...]

Posted: Jun 25th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Breaking Ground with Bill T. Jones: Harlem, Cultural Capital: Naming The Future

Breaking Ground with Bill T. Jones: Harlem, Cultural Capital: Naming The Future

What is the future of Harlem as a cultural capital? Bill T. Jones moderates the third in Breaking Ground, a series of Harlem community dialogues. Bill T. Jones is the co-founder and artistic director of the Arnie Zane Dance Company. Participants include Omar Freilla, Green Workers Cooperative founder; Bakari Kitwana, author; Voza Rivers, executive producter [...]

Posted: Jun 18th, 2008 | Comments: 0
China’s Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges

China’s Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges

When Beijing first sought to host the Olympics, China was still recovering from the upheavals of Maoist rule and adapting to a market revolution. Today, in a time of rapid transition in China, human rights have emerged as a central concern around the 2008 Beijing Olympics. How are China’s leaders managing the Olympic process and [...]

Posted: Jun 18th, 2008 | Comments: 0
From Soundbites to Solutions Part Two: How the Media Influence and Reflect Political Realities

From Soundbites to Solutions Part Two: How the Media Influence and Reflect Political Realities

The 2008 presidential primaries brought race, gender and age issues to the front page, whether warranted or not. This second of two panels focuses on the roles and responsibilities of both the media and the public, in how they both react to and shape the political climate. Panelists include Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent [...]

Posted: Jun 17th, 2008 | Comments: 1
From Soundbites to Solutions Part One: Candidates, Campaigns and the Politics of Bias

From Soundbites to Solutions Part One: Candidates, Campaigns and the Politics of Bias

The 2008 presidential primaries brought race, gender and age issues to the front page, whether warranted or not. In public and in private, Americans hashed out what an election should and could look like, and in what ways this one fell short. This first of two panels focuses on the problems, realities and conundrums faced [...]

Posted: Jun 17th, 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
Opposites Attract:  Ed Fella & Post Typography

Opposites Attract: Ed Fella & Post Typography

Ed Fella worked as a commercial graphic designer for thirty years in Detroit, and is famed for his contribution to contemporary typography. Post Typography, consisting of Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen, was founded in 2001 as “an avant garde anti-design movement” specializing in “graphic design, conceptual typography, and custom lettering/illustration with additional forays into art, [...]

Posted: Jun 12th, 2008 | Comments: 1
The Impact of Listening and Being Heard

The Impact of Listening and Being Heard

For some veterans it takes years before they choose to speak about their war experiences. And some veterans never do. What happens when veterans finally share their stories? How does it feel to be heard? And how are we, as listeners, affected? This discussion is moderated by Philip Napoli, curator of the oral history exhibit [...]

Posted: Jun 11th, 2008 | Comments: 1
Burma’s Agony: The International Humanitarian Response

Burma’s Agony: The International Humanitarian Response

On May 2 and 3, 2008, Cyclone Nargis devastated large swathes of Burma, leaving more than 134,000 people dead or missing. Offers of assistance from the international community poured in immediately, but Burmese military leaders largely barred foreign aid workers from reaching the hardest hit areas for three weeks, at which point workers were allowed [...]

Posted: Jun 9th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Bums, Slummers and Swells—Social Class And The Birth Of American Popular Culture On The Lower East Side, 1820-1855

Bums, Slummers and Swells—Social Class And The Birth Of American Popular Culture On The Lower East Side, 1820-1855

The development of the “underclass” in American life and the simultaneous beginnings of what we now call pop culture both date back to the Lower East Side of nearly two centuries ago. In the early 19th century, the Five Points, a tiny area near today’s Chinatown, became America’s first slum. The pastimes and diversions of [...]

Posted: Jun 5th, 2008 | Comments: 17
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