Sept 21/Oct 26/Nov 9: Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse

Acclaimed storytellers Regina Ress, Laura Simms, Gerald Fierst and Elaine Muray will headline this fall at “Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse,” a professional storytelling series featuring renowned performers and sponsored by the Educational Theater program at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

Provincetown Playhouse
133 MacDougal Street

From the spookylicious to the delightfully delicious, the four American raconteurs will share classic and contemporary tales at three events hosted at the historic Playhouse. Descriptions are as follows:

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 3 p.m.
Laura Simms and Regina Ress
Magic in the World
Simms and Ress combine true-life tales of renewal and ancestors with ancient myths and a zany Romanian fairytale as told by Simms’s grandmother, finding inspiration and beauty in nature and living language carried in the remarkable tales.
Appropriate for adults and children 9 and older.

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 3 p.m.
Gerald Fierst
The Aesthetics of Horror!
Fierst tells tales both spooky and horrific. From San Francisco in the ’60s to the edge of a mile-wide meteor crater in the black lava flow near Zuni, New Mexico, Fierst’s stories question what is real and what is unknown and he guarantees all participants will scream at least once during the performance.
Appropriate for adults and children 10 and older.

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 3 p.m.
Elaine Muray
A Moveable Feast of Story
Muray's unique approach to storytelling incorporates mime and masks, swaths of cloth, and a command of sound and voice that create rich, memorable characters. Having trained with some of the masters in physical theatre, Muray’s performances breathe new life into the old stories.  Appropriate for adults and children 8 and older.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 212-998-5867 or visit the event page.

September 26: Launch of Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women's Movements

The Institute of Public Knowledge invites you to attend the launch of Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women's Movements by Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon, and Astrid Henry.

Eschewing the conventional wisdom that places the origins of the American women’s movement in the nostalgic glow of the late 1960s, Feminism Unfinished traces the beginnings of this seminal American social movement to the 1920s, in the process creating an expanded, historical narrative that dramatically rewrites a century of American women’s history. Challenging the contemporary “lean-in,” trickle-down feminist philosophy, the authors demonstrate that the post-Suffrage women’s movement focused on exploitation of women in the workplace as well as on inherent sexual rights. Showing how history books have obscured the notable activism by working-class and minority women in the past, Feminism Unfinished provides a much-needed corrective.

The authors will discuss with Jennifer Baumgardner, author of Manifesta, a founding document of "3rd-wave" feminism, Michelle Chen, journalist on labor and social issues for The Nation, Dissent, Culture Strike, and Nancy Hewitt, Professor of History and Women's Studies, Rutgers University

Friday, September 26, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor 

This event is free and open to the public
Please RSVP

September 26: Mervyn Morris on Louise Bennett

NYU's Institute of African American Affairs will host Mervyn Morris, Jamaica’s poet laureate, for a talk on Louise Bennett, the mother of Jamaican language poetry, followed by discussion chaired by Linton Kwesi Johnson.

Friday, September 26, 6:00 pm
NYU School of Law, D’Agostino Hall, Room: Lipton Hall 
108 West Third Street)

For more information please call 212-998-4222 or visit the event page 
Free and open to the public.

September 26: Public lecture with Stephen Kotkin

NYU’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia will host Princeton’s Stephen Kotkin for a public lecture, “Stalin: Geopolitics, Ideas, Power,” as part of their annual Distinguished Lecture Series which addresses key problems of Russia's past, present, and future.

Friday, September 26, 3:00 pm - 5:00 p.m. 
Jurow Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science 
100 Washington Square East

Kotkin, the John P. Birkelund ’52 Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton University and vice dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, will draw from his forthcoming Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 (Penguin, Nov.), the first installment in a three-volume history of Stalin and his times. Using military intelligence and secret police materials, the volume offers new insights into Stalin’s paranoid mentality and explains how chaos from revolution and civil war became a permanent feature of Soviet administration. The work also portrays Stalin’s trip to Siberia in 1928 in a new light, capturing the moment when he decided to remake Eurasia, and places the decision for collectivization more deeply than ever in the tragic history of imperial Russia.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.
For more information, call 212.992.6575 or visit the event page.

September 25-27: Symposium: "New South Asian Documentary: On and Off Screen"

The Center for Media, Culture and History and The Center for Religion and Media present a 3-day symposium bringing together scholars, filmmakers, and programmers to engage in conversations about the current trends, concerns, and challenges in non-fiction media making practice in and about South Asia.

 New South Asian Documentary: On and Off Screen

Thursday, September  25 - Saturday, September 27
NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Michelson Theater
721 Broadway, 6th Floor 

For specific event times and more details please visit the event page.

This event is free and open to the public.
Seating is limited and on a first come, first-served basis.
Persons with a disability are requested to call the Center for Media, Culture, and History in advance at (212) 998-3759

September 26: Fall Reading Series, Alumni Reading

The NYU Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2014 Reading Series commences in September with events featuring acclaimed poets, PEN/Hemingway Award-winners, and other renowned authors.  All Reading Series events are held in the program’s Greenwich Village home, the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House.

Friday, September 26, 5:00 pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street (btwn 5th and 6th Aves)

NYU Creative Writing Program Alumni Reading: Michael Broder, Alden Jones, R. A. Villanueva, and Marjory Wentworth

The Creative Writing Program's Fall Reading Series is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

September 25: Launch of Books that Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal

Join Jennifer Cognard-Black and Melissa Goldthwaite, the authors of BOOKS THAT COOK, for a reading at Fales Library.

Thursday, September 25, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm 
Fales Library and Special Collections 
70 Washington Square South, Third Floor

Organized like a cookbook, Books That Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal is a collection of American literature written on the theme of food. Each section offers an assortment of poetry, prose, and essays, and all selections include at least one recipe to entice readers to “cook this book”. The work is composed of writing from such notables as Maya Angelou, James Beard, Alice B. Toklas, Sherman Alexie, Nora Ephron, M.F.K. Fisher, and Alice Waters, among others.

The event will also include appearances by contributors Caroline Grant, Ravi Shankar, April Lindner, and Howard Dinin, as well as Marion Nestle, professor at NYU’s Steinhardt who penned the book’s introduction, and editors Jennifer Cognard-Black and Melissa Goldthwaite.

Free and open to the public. To RSVP or for more information call 212.992.9991 or email

September 23: An Evening of Poetry with Linton Kwesi Johnson

NYU's Institute of African American Affairs is proud to present an evening of poetry with Linton Kwesi Johnson. The reading will be followed by discussion chaired by British Caribbean novelist and essayist, Caryl Phillips, Professor of English at Yale University.

Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 p.m.
NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium 
60 Washington Square South, 4th floor

For more information or to RSVP please call 212-998-4222, or visit the event page.
Free and open to the public.

September 23: Lecture, "The Pope's Uneasy Conscience"

New York University’s Center for the Study of Transformative Lives will host historian James Carroll, author of Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews, for a public lecture, "The Pope’s Uneasy Conscience: Why Bergoglio Matters".

Tuesday, September 23, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.
Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor (between 5th and 6th Streets)

“Pope Francis has impressed the world with his modest demeanor and evident concern for impoverished peoples,” says Carroll. “But his steady rejection of the self-exoneration that marks not only prelates but most power figures suggests a deeper shift—not just for religion, but for a world politics centered on predatory capitalism. The Catholic Church, facing its failures, may prove to be the center of a much needed and quite broad moral reckoning. Is it possible? Can he do it? He’s the pope!”

Carroll is the author of 11 novels and seven works of non-fiction, including An American Requiem, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction; Constantine's Sword, now an acclaimed documentary; House of War, which captured the first PEN-Galbraith Award; and Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World, which was named a 2011 Best Book by Publishers Weekly.

The event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is required at, by emailing, or by calling 212.998.4291.

September 20: Warrior & Family Tennis Day

US Tennis Association Serves is hosting an event to honor our servicemen and women as well as their families. They would like to invite your precinct and their families to join.

Saturday, September 20, 12:30 - 5:00 pm
Howard Bennett Park, Harlem
135th Street btwn 5th & Lenox Avenue

Aside from tennis for all levels and abilities, they will be offering free food, drinks, t-shirts, and prizes. No tennis experience or equipment is required to attend. This is a part of a larger initiative organized by USTA Serves to support our servicemen and women with recreational and social activities. It is their way of giving back to those that have so honorably served us.

If you have any questions, please call 914-872-5621. Space is limited, so remember to reserve your spot by emailing