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Scenes from the City: Filmmaking in New York

Scenes from the City: Filmmaking in New York

From King Kong climbing the Empire State Building to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man lumbering through Columbus Circle, New York has been the setting for some of the most recognizable moments on film. Join filmmaker and author James Sanders for an illustrated lecture about the nexus between New York City filmmaking and New York City […]

Posted: Aug 12th, 2008
Latinos and the Future of Catholicism

Latinos and the Future of Catholicism

The face of Catholic New York is being rapidly transformed by Spanish-speaking immigrants from Central and South America and the Caribbean, but many Latino Catholics are also turning away from Catholicism to evangelical Protestantism. Rafael Pi Roman, the host and senior editor of WNET/Thirteen’s Emmy award-winning program “New York Voices,” leads a distinguished panel in […]

Posted: Jul 29th, 2008
Home Delivery: The Cases of Japan and Scandinavia

Home Delivery: The Cases of Japan and Scandinavia

The Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition, Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling, surveys the past, present and future of the prefabricated home. This panel focuses on two quintessential prefab hubs, Japan and the Nordic countries. Ken Tadashi Oshima, assistant professor of architecture at the University of Washington, speaks on the potentials of prefab in Japan, […]

Posted: Jul 17th, 2008
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
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
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
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
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
Janet Browne on Charles Darwin

Janet Browne on Charles Darwin

Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, speaks about Charles Darwin in the context of his place and time. She focuses particularly on his personal finances and what they tell us about his habits and inclinations. She is the author of a two-part biography of Darwin, Charles Darwin: Voyaging and […]

Posted: May 21st, 2008
Taking Stock of New York City’s Water

Taking Stock of New York City’s Water

How well is the New York City Memorandum of Agreement of 1997 working? The Agreement is intended to protect the quality, affordability and availability of the drinking water of almost 10 million residents of New York City and surrounding counties. The Agreement has also offered economic programs to upstate communities, in return for their cooperation […]

Posted: May 15th, 2008
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