NYU Creative Writing Program Events April 2-17

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2015 Reading Series continues in April with events featuring Pulitzer Prize Winners Charles Simic (April 16) and Michael Cunningham (April 17), and others.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House 
58 W. 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Aves.
(Unless indicated otherwise)

Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation: Scott Cheshire with Colum McCann
Scott Cheshire is the author of the debut novel “High as the Horses’ Bridles” (Henry Holt, 2014). This event is hosted by National Book Award winner Colum McCann.

Friday, April 3, 5 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Erin Belieu, Jill Bialosky, and Cate Marvin
Erin Belieu’s most recent poetry collection “Slant Six” was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2014. Jill Bialosky’s newest collection of poems, “The Players,” is due out this February (Knopf, 2015). Cate Marvin’s third book of poems, “Oracle,” is forthcoming from W.W Norton. 

Friday, April 3, 7 p.m.
NYU Emerging Writers Reading: Nick Lantz
The Emerging Writers Reading Series showcases the student talent of NYU’s graduate Creative Writing Program and features established writers as special guests. Nick Lantz is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently “How to Dance as the Roof Caves In” (Graywolf, 2014).
Note Location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th street

Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Charles Simic
NYU Creative Writing Program Distinguished Poet-In-Residence and Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Simic is most recently the author of “New and Selected Poems: 1962-2012” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013). Simic will be introduced by NYU Creative Writing Program director Deborah Landau.

Friday, April 17, 5 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation: Michael Cunningham with Darin Strauss
Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham's latest novel is “The Snow Queen” (FSG, 2014). This event is hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program faculty member and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss.

Friday, April 17, 7 p.m.
West 10th Launch Reading with Cathy Park Hong, Guest Author
Readings by guest author Cathy Park Hong and student contributors to West 10th, the NYU Creative Writing Program’s undergraduate literary journal. Cathy Park Hong’s third poetry collection, “Engine Empire,” was published by W.W. Norton in 2013. 

All events are free and open to the public.
Seating is on a first come-first served basis.
For more information call 212-998-8816 or visit the events page.

April 2: Panel Discussion, What Exactly is Sustainable: Thinking for a Smart Future

New York University’s Fales Library, the home of one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious collections in food studies, will host a panel discussion entitled “What Exactly Is Sustainable: Thinking for a Smart Future” 

Thursday, April 2  4:00-6:00 pm 
Fales Library
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, third floor
70 Washington Square South, at LaGuardia Place

How do we as a society define “sustainability?” Is it 30% recycled materials? Is it a law banning plastic bags? Urban composting? Can a chef in Brooklyn and a rancher in the far West really talk and walk the walk? Can cattle be ecofriendly?
“Sustainability is front page news “buzzword” which needs more than its fair share of annotation,” said Clark Wolf, founder and president of Clark Wolf Company and the panel’s host-moderator. “Please join us to hear some of the latest headlines and skirmishes in the battle for some “sensible sense” of sustainability in food stuffs and beyond, as our panelists examine the possible tipping points in the fight for balance.”

The panelists include:

• Jane Black, Food Writer (editor of Stone Barns’ newsletter and former Washington Post reporter);
• Nicolette Hahn Niman, author of Defending Beef;
• Johann Rinkens, fields without fences certified organic perennial orchard in Frenchtown, NJ 
• Gustavo Sentrini, assistant professor of Food Studies at NYU; 
• Andrew Whitcomb, chef at Colonie in Brooklyn, New York.

This event is free and open to the public.
Suggested donation: $10. All gifts support the Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection.
RSVP to: rsvp.bobst@nyu.edu with your name and title/date of the event.
For more information the public may call Elizabeth Wiest, 212 992 9744, email liz.wiest@nyu.edu, or visit the event page
Reception to follow.

“What Exactly Is Sustainable: Thinking for a Smart Future,” part of Fales Library’s “Critical Topics in Food Series,” is sponsored by New York University Fales Library; Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health; and Clark Wolf.

April 2: David Foster Wallace and the Ethics of Writing

Join NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study for a day of readings, discussions, and performances about the work of celebrated fiction writer and essayist David Foster Wallace.
Thursday, April 2, 3:00 - 8:00pm
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
1 Washington Place

This interdisciplinary symposium, organized by Gallatin professors Gregory Erickson and Scott Korb, brings together scholars, authors, students, and actors to explore the ethical and moral side of writing through the work of David Foster Wallace. Comprising five events, diverse in format and approach, the symposium will engage topics including Wallace and religion, Wallace and race, and the ethics of biographical writing.

The final event will be an excerpt from director Daniel Fish’s acclaimed theater piece based on audio recordings of Wallace, to be performed by Mary Rasmussen and Jenny Seastone. Participants include Maria Bustillos, Samuel Cohen (The Legacy of David Foster Wallace), Paul Elie (Reinventing Bach), D.T. Max (Every Love Story is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace), David Lipsky (Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace), Matthew Sitman, and Kevin Timpe (Free Will).

Full Schedule:

3:00 - 3:45 pm
Student reading of Wallace passages
4:00 - 4:45 Wallace and Religion (a roundtable) with Paul Elie, Gregory Erickson, and Kevin Timpe, Matthew Sitman moderates

5:00 - 5:45 pm
Two short talks:
Maria Bustillos presents “Since Man First Crept From The Primeval Slurry”
Samuel Cohen presents “The Whiteness of David Foster Wallace”

6:00 - 6:45 pm
The Ethics of Biography (a panel discussion) with David Lipsky and D.T. Max, Scott Korb moderates

7:00 - 7:45 pm
An excerpt from A (radically condensed and expanded) SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I'LL NEVER DO AGAIN(theater)
Based on works from A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
Adapted for the stage by Daniel Fish
Produced with the permission of the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust
Performed by Mary Rasmussen and Jenny Seastone, Directed by Daniel Fish and Assistant Director Alexandra Kuechler-Caffall

The symposium is free and open to the public. This event requires an RSVP. For more information, call 212.998.7365

April 2: NYU Steinhardt Hosts Panel on Undocumented College Students

The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy will host a panel discussion, Undocumented College Students: In the Shadows of the Ivory Tower. The event will cover findings of America’s first survey of undocumented college students, published earlier this year by researchers at UCLA.

Thursday, April 2, 9:00 - 11:00 am
NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th floor
60 Washington Square South

The UCLA Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education released the findings of its nationwide study of undocumented undergraduates, which for the first time, sheds light on the needs and challenges of undocumented college students. The report, In the Shadows of the Ivory Tower: Undocumented Undergraduates and the Liminal State of Immigration Reform, carries implications for policy makers as well as colleges and universities.

The event’s discussants include:
Steven Choi, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition
Carola Suárez-Orozco, Professor of Education, UCLA and co-principal investigator of the report
Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean and Distinguished Professor of Education, UCLA and co-principal investigator of the report
Robert Teranishi, Professor of Education, Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies, UCLA and co-principal investigator of the report
Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education, NYU Steinhardt

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. Space is limited; attendees must RSVP online at the event’s website.

March 30-May 1: IFA Great Hall Exhibitions to Feature Works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres

This very special exhibition marks the first time the Institute of Fine Arts has opened its Great Hall Exhibition Series (est. 2012) to the public seven days a week.

March 30 - May 1, Monday - Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street

Organized by Katharine J. Wright and Susanna V. Temkin, the installation pairs two works encompassing different media and conceptual practices that speak to major themes in the artist's oeuvre. The two works "Untitled" (Placebo-Landsape-for Roni), 1993, and "Untitled" (Natural History), 1990, offer points of access into overarching conceptual strategies that the artist employed throughout the course of his career.

“Untitled” (Placebo-Landscape-for Roni), one of a number of iconic works created by the artist in the 1990s, is a large-scale work consisting of candy wrapped in gold cellophane with an ideal weight of 1,200 pounds. Visitors may take a piece of candy and witness the ebb and flow of the work over the course of the exhibition, as candy is taken and potentially replenished. Intentionally open-ended in meaning, “Untitled” (Placebo-Landscape-for Roni) could be understood through the context of such themes as the political and economic policies of the American government in the 1980s and the vagaries of human life and death in the face of the AIDS crisis.

Also on view is “Untitled” (Natural History), which depicts engravings that are an element of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial at the Museum of Natural History.

Admission is free and open to the public.

March 31: NYU Public IBC Meeting

The public is invited to join, via conference call, the NYU Public Institutional Biosafety Committee Meeting.

Tuesday, March 31, 12:00 pm

The meeting will be held to discuss research involving recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules occurring at New York University.

The New York University Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for enforcing policies and guidelines relevant to the use of all potentially hazardous biological materials. The IBC is responsible for providing review and oversight to ensure that all forms of research involving recombinant DNA, infectious agents, non-human primate materials (including established cell lines), select agents, and human gene transfer studies conducted at New York University and within the NYU Langone Medical Center System are in compliance with the NIH Guidelines and all of the Institution's policies.

Contact Paul Rubock at 212.998.1440 or pr67@nyu.edu to attend via conference call or to access minutes.

For more information, visit: http://ibc.med.nyu.edu/

March 28: Conference, "Our Crisis of Connection" to Explore Our Common Humanity

The Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity will host "A Day of Reflection on the Roots of Our Crisis of Connection and Strategies for Change." The conference will bring together leading scholars, artists, scientists, activists, policymakers, and teenagers to discuss the science and practice that underscore our common humanity.

Saturday, March 28, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
NYU’s Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 5th Floor
238 Thompson Street

PACH, a think-and-do tank at NYU funded by the NoVo Foundation, aims to integrate, generate, and communicate evidence about our humanity, the forces that disrupt it, and the means to reconnect to each other so that we may live in a more just and humane world.

“Across a wide range of scientific disciplines, we see confirmation that staying connected to each other allows us to live longer, healthier, and happier lives,” says Niobe Way, PACH’s principal investigator and a professor of applied psychology at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. “Yet we live in a modern world that privileges autonomy over relationships, independence over the community, and reinforces stereotypes that disconnect us from our own and from others' humanity.”

The event will combine talks and panel discussions with performances and interactive features. Conference participants include:
Niobe Way, professor of applied psychology, NYU Steinhardt
Carol Gilligan, university professor, NYU School of Law; professor of humanities and applied psychology, NYU Steinhardt
Alisha Ali, associate professor of applied psychology, NYU Steinhardt
Torrey Maldonado, author and New York City teacher
Lisa Arrastia, founder and CEO, The Ed Factory
Kent Harber, associate professor of psychology, Rutgers University
David Amodio, associate professor of psychology and neural science, NYU
Michael Kimmel, distinguished professor of sociology and gender studies, Stony Brook University
Jimmie Briggs, co-founder and executive director, Man Up Campaign
Mary Gordon, founder and president, Roots of Empathy
Arun Sundararajan, professor of information, operations and management sciences, NYU Stern School of Business
Gary Barker, international director, Promundo-DC
Fabienne Doucet, associate professor of Education, NYU Steinhardt
Khary Lazarre-White, executive director and co-founder, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Linda Kay Klein, director, Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose
Stephan Wolfert, actor, writer, and director
Dana Edell, executive director, SPARK Movement
Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew professor of education, NYU Steinhardt
Wendy Puriefoy, senior fellow for education, Ford Foundation; former president, Public Education Network
Teenagers from George Jackson Academy and other schools in the New York area

The conference is free and open to the community, but space is limited. A light breakfast and lunch will be served, followed by a reception at the end of the day.

Attendees must RSVP through the event’s website.

March 26-27: Ranieri Colloquium on Ancient Studies

New York University’s Center for Ancient Studies will host “Integrating Judaism and Christianity into the Study of the Ancient World,” the Spring 2015 Ranieri Colloquium on Ancient Studies.

Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27 
Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science
100 Washington Square East

The colloquium explores the place of Judaism and Christianity in the historical and social setting of the ancient world. The formative period for classical Judaism and the origins of Christianity unfolded in the wider setting of the cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Mesopotamia. Yet, Judaism and Christianity are often studied in isolation from this broader context. Scholars of Judaism and Christianity will examine the many ways that these two religions were shaped by the experience of living among these ancient civilizations.

Presentations include “Selling Souls: Early Christians (and Their Neighbors) as Religious Entrepreneurs” and “Practices of Seeing God(s) in Late Antiquity” as well as “The New Testament as a Source for the History of the Jews and Judaism,” the keynote address by NYU’s Lawrence Schiffman (March 26, 5:15 pm).

The full program may be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1zE0uer.

The event is free and open to the public. Call 212.992.7978 or email ancient.studies@nyu.edu for more information. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.

March 24: 6th Annual Hillman Alumni Nursing Network Roundtable

Join "Nursing of the Future: Modernizing a Timeless Profession" featuring clinical nurse, author & New York Times columnist Theresa Brown, RN.

Tuesday, March 24, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life
Grand Hall, 5th Floor, 238 Thompson Street
Light refreshments will be served.

About the Speaker:
Theresa Brown, RN lives and works as a clinical nurse in Pennsylvania. She received her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh and has a PhD in English from the University of Chicago.

Her column "Bedside" appears on the New York Times op-ed page as well as on the Times blog, "Opinionator". Previously, she wrote for the New York Times blog "Well". Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between, HarperOne, 2011, is her first book.

Theresa is a Board Member of the Center for Health Media and Policy at the Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College. She is also an Advisory Board Member for Scrubs Magazine, which won the 2010 Maggie Award for Best New Publication from the Western Publishing Association. Additionally, she was a panelist for TEDMED's Great Challenges of Health and Medicine initiative. Theresa lectures nationally on issues related to nursing, health care, and end-of-life. Her clinical focus is medical oncology.

This event is free and open to the public, but requires RSVP by March 18: 

March 12: Terrance Hayes GLS Event

Join Global Liberal Studies for an afternoon with Terrance Hayes, award-winning poet and 2014 MacArthur Fellow.

Thursday, March 12 3:30-5:00 pm
NYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South, Room 802

Global Liberal Studies welcomes poet and 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Terrance Hayes to its Global Lecture Series. Hayes is the author of Lighthead – winner of  the 2010 National Book Award and National Book Critics Award finalist.  His other books are Wind In a Box, Hip Logic, Muscular Music, and the forthcoming How To Be Drawn. His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Hayes will give a reading of his work and a discussion of the ideas that inspire his writing. Join Global Liberal Studies for this exciting literary event!

This event is free and open to the public.