Panelists include five artists who have had first-hand experience of the Iraq War — embedded painter Steve Mumford; embedded photographer and filmmaker Brian Palmer; performance artist and Army Sergeant Aaron Hughes; sculptor and Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Roa; and Chief Warrant Officer-2 Michael Fay, one of two official combat artists currently serving in the U.S. [...]
The garden apartment, so familiar and ubiquitous today (except in Manhattan!), was a new building type that transformed the urban landscape and the lifestyle of an emerging middle class. In the early 20th century a number of the city’s most influential activists and intellectuals lived in these complexes. Dr. Jeffrey Kroessler, Associate Professor, Lloyd Sealy [...]
Stephen Marglin, Walter S. Barker Professor of Economics at Harvard University, is the author of The Dismal Science: How Thinking Like an Economist Undermines Community. He speaks about the perpetual change that is intertwined with capitalism, and the need for human experience. This was the third annual Robert Heilbroner Memorial Lecture, a series that focuses [...]
What happens in our brains as we die? Explore this question from the Tibetan Buddhist perspective, with Tibet scholar Dr. Ramon Prats, expert on The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and neurologist Dr. Kevin R. Nelson. This event was presented as part of the Brainwave Festival held by the Rubin Museum of Art, dedicated to [...]
How to secure the U.S.-Mexico border is a hugely contentious issue in the immigration debates shaping the 2008 presidential race. A panel of experts discusses the challenges of securing the world’s most frequently crossed border and the immigration policy agendas heating up the campaign trail. Panelists include Jorge Bustamante, of Notre Dame University; Emilio Gonzalez, [...]
Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Kodas launches his new book, High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed, concerning the allure, danger, and criminal element of attempting to climb Everest. Guests include New York Time’s ethicist Randy Cohen and mountaineering guide Rick Wilcox. This event was presented as part of the Brainwave Festival held [...]
George Dreyfus, Professor of Religion at Williams College and J. David Velleman, NYU Professor of Philosophy, discuss the Tibetan Buddhist concept of time, from a philosophical standpoint. This event was presented as part of the Brainwave Festival held by the Rubin Museum of Art, dedicated to the art of the Himalayas.
Do citizens have a right to a safe environment? Does the government have an obligation to protect the environment? If so, where does that responsibility reside – at the national or the state level? Where is the environmental movement today, and what role will it play in the presidential election of 2008? Examining these questions [...]
Patricia J. Williams, a professor of law at Columbia University and a member of the State Bar of California, writes The Nation column “Diary of a Mad Law Professor.” Her books include The Rooster’s Egg (1995), Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race (1997) and, most recently, Open House: On Family Food, Friends, Piano [...]
Veteran Broadway director Doug Hughes discusses his career and methods with Robert LuPone, the director of the New School for Drama. Hughes is the New School’s artist-in-residence for the 2007-8 academic year. This event was held at the New School.