Visionary film and theater director Julie Taymor joins Sam Wang, associate professor of neuroscience at Princeton University, and Sandra Aamodt, editor-in-chief of Nature Neuroscience, in an exploration of the workings of our brains to mark the publication of Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and [...]
Legal analyst and journalist Jeffrey Toobin discusses The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court. Toobin discusses the history, politics, and interpersonal dynamics of the Supreme Court, especially in light of the upcoming presidential elections. Toobin, a staff writer at the New Yorker and senior legal analyst for CNN, is one of the [...]
Elliot Sander, CEO of the MTA, delivers the first State of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Address, in celebration of its 40th anniversary. He outlines the history of the MTA and 2008 service enhancements, then goes on to outline a 40-year vision for the future of the organization and of the region’s transportation network. To [...]
In conjunction with Wales in NYC Week, acclaimed Welsh writers Jan Morris and Owen Sheers discuss Sheers’ new novel, RESISTANCE, which imagines a German invasion of Wales during World War II. This event was presented by the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library.
Despite significant losses in the 2006 midterm elections, the Republican Right remains a powerful force in American politics. In his book The Conservative Ascendancy, Donald Critchlow explores the anomaly of the Republican Right’s anti-statist ideology in an age of mass democracy and Cold War hostilities. In Critchlow’s view, though today’s intensified partisanship can be unsettling, [...]
When and how did New Yorkers come to regard tenants as having rights and landlords as having obligations? Where should the fine line be drawn between the free market and government oversight of rent issues? What is the future of housing in NYC? Panelists are Gale Brewer (NYC Councilmember, District 6), Elizabeth Blackmar (Columbia University), [...]
Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, America’s oldest weekly magazine, will reflect on the magazine’s 142-year history and offer her views on the role of The Nation in turbulent political waters. Ms. vanden Heuvel will share some of her plans for the growth of the magazine and discuss the challenges facing print [...]
Jeff Watt, director of the Himalayan Art Resources and a curator of Bon: The Magic Word, talks with psychologist Lila Davachi about iconography in Himalayan art as a mnemonic device. This event was presented as part of the Brainwave Festival held by the Rubin Museum of Art, dedicated to the art of the Himalayas.
Samantha Power, Barack Obama’s former Senior Foreign Policy Advisor, examines in her new book, CHASING THE FLAME: SERGIO VIEIRA DE MELLO AND THE FIGHT TO SAVE THE WORLD, the humanitarian work of Vieira de Mello, who as an idealist and fierce pragmatist worked in more war zones than any other person in his generation. She [...]