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New York FPC PressPass: December December 15 - 22, 2014

EVENTS ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 15

 

WHAT:  Panel Discussion – Launch of Council on Foreign Relations-Sponsored Independent Task Force Report on Noncommunicable Diseases
SPONSOR:  Council on Foreign Relations
WHEN:  Monday, December 15, 2014; 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. (camera set-up); 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. (press registration); 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (meeting)
WHERE:  Council on Foreign Relations, 58 East 68th Street
PRESS CONTACT:  Jake Meth, jmeth@cfr.org, (212) 434-9537
PRESS RSVP:  Must RSVP by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 15 to NYPressRSVP@cfr.org
SPEAKERS:  Thomas E. Donilon, Task Force Co-Chair; Vice Chair, O'Melveny & Myers LLP; Former National Security Advisor; Distinguished Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; and Thomas J. Bollyky, Task Force Project Director; Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development, Council on Foreign Relations.
BACKGROUND:  Independent Task Force Report on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) and accompanying interactive assess the NCD crisis in developing countries and recommend a practical and scalable strategy for intervention. The Task Force finds that U.S. leadership on this new emerging global health crisis is vital to American interests—in improved global health, in increased trade and development, and in U.S. standing in the world.

 

WHAT:  Film Screening and Panel Discussion – Last Days in Vietnam
SPONSOR:  Council on Foreign Relations
WHEN:  Monday, December 15, 2014; 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. (press registration); 6:30 – 8:10 p.m. (screening); 8:10 – 8:45 p.m. (discussion)
WHERE:  Council on Foreign Relations, 58 East 68th Street
PRESS CONTACT: Jake Meth, jmeth@cfr.org, (212) 434-9537
PRESS RSVP:  Must RSVP by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, December 15 to NYPressRSVP@cfr.org
SPEAKERS:  Rory Kennedy, Director and Producer, Last Days in Vietnam; Frances FitzGerald, Contributor, The New Yorker; Author, Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam; and moderator Robert G. Kaiser, Former Managing Editor, The Washington Post.
BACKGROUND:  This American Experience Films/PBS documentary chronicles the final days of the Vietnam War in April 1975, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon and South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible.

      

WHAT:  Discussion – APEC China 2014 and APEC Philippine’s 2015
SPONSOR:  Asia Society
WHEN:  Tuesday, December 16, 2014; 6:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
PRESS CONTACT/RSVP: pr@asiasociety.org
SPEAKERS:  Doris Ho, Chair, APEC Business Advisory Council; President and CEO, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation; Guillermo Luz, Private Sector Co-Chairman, National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines; Robert Wang, U.S. Senior Official for APEC; Monica Whaley, President, National Center for APEC; and moderator Josette Sheeran, President and CEO, Asia Society.
BACKGROUND:  Briefing on APEC and its priorities for the coming year. What tangible accomplishments emerged? What’s next for the proposed TPP agreement? Such questions will be tackled along with a look at APEC 2015 and the issues that host nation Philippines will bring to the table.

 

 

EVENTS ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17


WHAT:  Press Briefing – One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North SPONSOR:  Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
WHEN:  Wednesday, December 17, 2014; 9:30 a.m.
WHERE:  Museum of Modern Art, The Lewis B and Dorothy Cullman Building, 4 West 54th Street
PRESS CONTACT: pressoffice@moma.org, (212) 708-9401
SPEAKERS:  Glenn D. Lowry, Director, MoMA; Leah Dickerman, Exhibition Curator, MoMA; Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Terrance McKnight, Radio host, WQXR; Elizabeth Alexander, Poet, essayist, and playwright; and Marcus Samuelsson, Chef and restaurateur.
BACKGROUND:  An announcement of a spring 2015 exhibition commemorating the centennial of the beginning of the Great Migration, the mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North.

 

WHAT:  Press Tour – 2014 Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) Winter Show
SPONSOR:  New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts
WHEN:  Wednesday, December 17, 2014; 3:00 p.m.
WHERE:  NYU Tisch Building, 721 Broadway, 4th Floor South
PRESS CONTACT/RSVP: Shonna Keogan, shonna.keogan@nyu.edu, (212) 998-6796
BACKGROUND:  A two-year graduate program within in the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, ITP is designed to explore the imaginative use of communications technologies and how they might augment, improve, and inspire. On Wednesday, December 17 and Thursday, December 18, ITP will showcase more than 100 student projects, giving the public a free peak at the latest innovations fostered by this world-renown digital convergence program. 

 

WHAT:  Discussion – Asia 2015: The Experts Forecast
SPONSOR:  Asia Society
WHEN:  Wednesday, December 17, 2014; 6:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
PRESS CONTACT/RSVP: pr@asiasociety.org
SPEAKERS:  Ian Bremmer, President, Eurasia Group; Ruchir Sharma, Head of Emerging Markets & Global Macro, Morgan Stanley; Josette Sheeran, President and CEO, Asia Society; and moderator Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President, Asia Society.
BACKGROUND:  Special, year-end event with a top-flight panel of guests who will weigh in on the year that was, and what 2015 may have in store for Asia and for the world.

 

EVENTS ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18

 

WHAT:  Discussion – Global competiveness and Innovation
SPONSOR:  Council on Foreign Relations
WHEN:  Thursday, December 18, 2014; 7:15 – 7:45 a.m. (camera set-up); 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. (press registration); 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. (meeting)
WHERE:  Council on Foreign Relations, 58 East 68th Street
PRESS CONTACT:  Jake Meth, jmeth@cfr.org, (212) 434-9537
PRESS RSVP:  Must RSVP by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17 to NYPressRSVP@cfr.org
SPEAKERS:  Ellen Kullman, Chair and CEO of DuPont; and moderator Alan Murray, Editor, Fortune magazine.
BACKGROUND:  Ellen Kullman will speak about global competitiveness and the importance of innovation.

 

WHAT:  Award Ceremony and Discussion – Arthur Ross Book Award: The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide
SPONSOR: Council on Foreign Relations
WHEN:  Thursday, December 18, 2014; 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. (camera set-up); 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. (press registration); 12:45 – 1:00 p.m. (award ceremony); 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (meeting)
WHERE:  Council on Foreign Relations, 58 East 68th Street
PRESS CONTACT:  Jake Meth, jmeth@cfr.org, (212) 434-9537
PRESS RSVP:  Must RSVP by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17 to NYPressRSVP@cfr.org
SPEAKERS:  Gary J. Bass, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University; and moderator Gideon Rose, Peter G. Peterson Chair and Editor, Foreign Affairs.
BACKGROUND:  The 2014 Arthur Ross Book Award ceremony will honor Gold Medalist: Gary J. Bass, The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide, Silver Medalist: Carter Malkasian, War Comes to Garmser: Thirty Years of Conflict on the Afghan Frontier, and Honorable Mention: Benn Steil, The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order.

 

WHAT:  Concert – Daniel Gortler
SPONSORS:  The Jewish Museum
WHEN:  Thursday, December 18, 2014; 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:  The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue)
PRESS CONTACT/RSVP:  Anne Scher; Molly Kurzius; and Alex Wittenberg, pressoffice@thejm.org, (212) 423.3271
BACKGROUND:  Acclaimed Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler will perform works by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896), and Robert Schumann (1810-1856).

 

 

EVENTS ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20

 

WHAT:  Press Preview and Art Workshop – MOCACREATE: Fujianese Folk Art
SPONSOR:  Museum of Chinese America (MOCA)
WHEN:  Saturday, December 20, 2014; 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Museum of Chinese America, 215 Centre Street
PRESS CONTACT:  press@mocanyc.org, (212) 619-4785
BACKGROUND: Learn about Fujianese folk art and the art of paper folding from Golden Venture sculptures in the Waves of Identity exhibition.

  

 

Press Tour

The National Press Foundation is coordinating a foreign tour for international journalists.  Application deadline is Dec. 16
http://nationalpress.org/programs-and-resources/program/tobaccos-global-impact/

 

 

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STATE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE SUBSCRIPTION

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CALENDARS

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/appt, U.S. State Department daily appointments schedule

http://iec.state.gov, U.S. State Department International events calendar http://www.un.org/events/index.html, Additional information about upcoming UN events and conferences
http://www.nyc.gov/calendar, Office of the Mayor of New York city-wide events calendar
http://www.nyc.gov/html/unccp/html/international_biz/calendar.shtml, Office of the Mayor of New York International business calendar
http://www.nyc-arts.org, Alliance for the Arts calendar of cultural events in New York City