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New York FPC PressPass: April 21 - 28, 2014


WHAT: Panel – What is Happening in Venezuela? Student Movements, Protest & State Reaction

SPONSORS: Columbia University’s Institute of Latin American Studies and Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race; Barnard College’s Forum on Migration

WHEN: Monday, April 21, 2014; 7:30 pm

WHERE: Altschul Auditorium, 417 International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th Street

PRESS RSVP: Media must register with Esteban Andrade,, 212-854-4644.

Media must register with Esteban Andrade at or 212-854-4644.

SPEAKERS: Juan Requesens and Alfredo Graffe, student organizers in Venezuela; Ernesto Rangel, documentary producer; Daniel Wilkinson, Managing Director, Americas Division, Human Rights Watch; Jose Moya, Director of Columbia University’s Institute of Latin American Studies and Professor of History at Barnard College

BACKGROUND: Panelists will discuss recent unrest in Venezuela.



WHAT: Panel on U.S. Policy on Guantanamo Bay

SPONSOR: Council on Foreign Relations

WHEN: Tuesday, April 22, 2014; 1:00 – 2:00 pm (Camera Set-up: 12:15 – 12:45 pm; Press Registration: 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm)

WHERE: 58 East 68th Street (also available live at

PRESS RSVP: Required by: 5:00 pm, Monday, April 21, 2014 to

PRESS CONTACT: Kendra Davidson, 212.434.9537;

SPEAKERS: Phillip Carter, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Policy, U.S. Department of Defense; Marc A. Thiessen, Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Former Chief Speechwriter to President George W. Bush, Matthew C. Waxman, Professor, Columbia Law School; Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations; Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations.

BACKGROUND: The panel will discuss current operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the impact on U.S. interests, and recommendations for U.S. policy

WHAT: Panel – The Bright Continent

SPONSOR: New America NYC

WHEN: Tuesday, April 22, 2014: 6:30 – 8:15 pm

WHERE: 199 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor


SPEAKERS: Dayo Olopade, 2010 Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation and author, The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa; Lydia Polgreen, Deputy International Editor, New York Times.

BACKGROUND: This discussion will consider how people across Africa are transcending bad aid and bad government to create opportunities for innovation. How can and should we shift the way we are talking and thinking about Africa today?

WHAT: Panel - New Media and the Museum

SPONSOR: CUNY Graduate Center

WHEN: Tuesday, April 22, 2014; 6:30 – 8:00 pm

WHERE: The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 1201 (Elebash Recital Hall)

PRESS RSVP: Tanya Domi at 212-817-7283 or

SPEAKERS: Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art; Sebastian Chan, director of digital and emerging media at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; and Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Moderated by the Graduate Center’s Lev Manovich

BACKGROUND: How are cultural institutions using innovations in design to capture and retain public attention? This discussion explores ways in which museums are using digital media to connect audiences with places and one another.

WHAT: Discussion – Guatemalan Writers: Journeys Toward Daylight: New Narratives

SPONSOR: Americas Society

WHEN: Tuesday, April 22, 2014; 7:00 pm

WHERE: 680 Park Avenue

PRESS RSVP: Adrian La Rotta at or 212-277-8384

SPEAKERS: Contemporary Guatemalan authors Javier Mosquera, Denise Phé-Funchai, David Unger, and Carol Zardetto; publisher Raul Figueroa of F&G Editores

BACKGROUND: This program will be conducted in Spanish with Spanish and English readings. This event is part of the Americas Society’s core literature programming for Spring 2014, which focuses on the theme of "Beyond Violence: Toward Justice in New Latin American Writing."



WHAT: Panel – Does U.S. Leadership Have a Future?

SPONSOR: Council on Foreign Relations

WHEN: Wednesday, April 23, 2014; 1:00 – 2:00 pm (Camera Set-up: 12:15 – 12:45 pm; Press Registration: 12:30–1:00 pm).

WHERE: 58 East 68th Street (or live at

PRESS CONTACT: Kendra Davidson at 212-434-9537 or

PRESS RSVP: Required by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to:

SPEAKERS: Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy, Brookings Institution and author, The World America Made; Michael Mandelbaum, Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and author, The Road to Global Prosperity; Stephen Sestanovich, George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations and author, Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama.

BACKGROUND: Three foreign policy experts will discuss the future of U.S. leadership.

WHAT: Lecture – Building Sustainable Communities

SPONSOR: Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Continuing Education MSSM Practicum

WHEN: Wednesday, April 23, 2014; 6:10 -7:00 pm

PRESS RSVP: Yasmin Williams at

WHERE: 3000 North Broadway, Havemeyer Hall, Room 209

SPEAKER: Howard Slatkin, Director of Sustainability and Deputy Director of Strategic Planning, NYC Department of City Planning

BACKGROUND: Slatkin will introduce and discuss the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, created in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Transportation to support locally driven efforts to advance sustainability.




WHAT: Preview - Pierre Soulages

SPONSOR: Galerie Perrotin + Dominique Lévy

WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 2014; 10:30 am (remarks at 11:00 am)

WHERE: 909 Madison Avenue, between 72nd and 73rd Streets

PRESS RSVP: RSVP required to

SPEAKER: Brooks Adams, scholar

BACKGROUND: Pierre Soulages is the first New York exhibition in a decade for the celebrated French master. Noted scholar Brooks Adams will be on hand to speak about the works on view, which include new paintings from Soulages’ Outrenoir (‘beyond black’) series and a selection of remarkable works of the 1950s and 60s loaned by major museums and private collections. The exhibition also coincides with the release of “Soulages in America,” the first book devoted to the 94-year-old artist’s role in the postwar American art scene and friendships with key members of the New York School.

WHAT: Conference Board Press Roundtable

SPONSOR: The Conference Board

WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 2014; 1:30 pm

WHERE: 845 Third Avenue, Third Floor

PRESS RSVP: or 212-339-0441

SPEAKER: Andrew Polk is the resident economist at The Conference Board China Center for Economics and Business in Beijing. Previously, Polk worked at the Institute of International Finance, where he conducted macroeconomic analysis on emerging markets in the Asia/Pacific region. His research focus has included monetary policy, capital flows, and financial market development throughout East and Southeast Asia, with a particular emphasis on China. Polk has held research positions at the East Asia Desk of the U.S. Treasury Department, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Foreign Policy magazine.

BACKGROUND: Polk will meet with journalists to discuss the economy of Asia, with an emphasis on China, including China’s ongoing economic slowdown, the implications for the multinational business environment and how changes in Federal Reserve policy might affect the Chinese economy.

WHAT: Panel – Using the Media to Reveal Our Common Humanity

SPONSOR: (PACH), an emerging think tank, based at New York University

WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 2014; 5:00 – 6:15 pm

WHERE: The Breslin Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel, 16 West 29th Street

PRESS CONTACT: Amber Madison, at 919-423-2068 or .


SPEAKERS: Soledad O’Brien, Emmy-award winning journalist and CEO of Starfish Media Group; Farai Chideya, award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer; Ginia Bellafante, social and cultural critic at The New York Times for over a decade; Jimmy Briggs, human rights activist, journalist, and founder of the Man Up Campaign, a global initiative to mobilize young people to stop violence against women and girls in their communities through music, sports and technology.

BACKGROUND: The panel discussion will focus on strategies that journalists use to disrupt divisive cultural narratives and underscore the common humanity of people living in the United States and around the world.

WHAT: Lecture – Western Antarctic Peninsula: Rapid Climate Change and an Ecosystem Near a Tipping Point

SPONSOR: Columbia University Earth Institute’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 2014; 6:00 – 7:00 pm


PRESS CONTACT: or 845-365-8998

WHERE: Low Memorial Library, Faculty Room, Columbia University

SPEAKER: Hugh Ducklow, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

BACKGROUND: The ecosystem of Antarctica is changing in response to global atmospheric warming faster than any other marine ecosystem in the world. Professor Ducklow has been observing these changes at Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula for over 10 years and will be discussing how these changes affect life in Antarctica and provide clues to help predict ecosystem changes throughout the world.

WHAT: Conversation between Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Jess Row

SPONSOR: Americas Society

WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 2014; 7:00 pm
WHERE: 680 Park Avenue

PRESS RSVP: Adriana La Rotta at 212-277-8384 or

SPEAKERS: Colombian author Juan Gabirel Vásquez; U.S. writer Jess Row

BACKGROUND: Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Jess Row will discuss Vásquez’s acclaimed novel The Sound of Things Falling as well as his latest, Reputaciones, and other works of fiction. Vásquez received the 2012 English PEN Award and the 2011 Alfguara Prize.

WHAT: Conversation – Brooklyn Street Art

SPONSOR: Brooklyn Museum

WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 2014: 7:00 pm

WHERE: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

PRESS RSVP: Emily Liebowitz at 718-501-6354 or

SPEAKERS: Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo, are the founders of, artists and experts on the evolving street art scene in New York as well as globally. Artist Swoon (born Caledonia Dance Curry, pastes her large linoleum and woodcuts on the sides of industrial buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Artist Katherine Lorimer (aka Luna Park) is a Brooklyn-based graffiti and street art enthusiast, photographer, curator and co-founder of The Street Spot blog. Curator Keith Schweitzer is the Co-Founder/Director of MaNY Project (Murals Around New York) and the Co-Founder/Director of The Lodge Gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

BACKGROUND: Harrington and Jaime Rojo will lead a dynamic, multimedia conversation exploring the evolution of street art stories as told by the earliest graffiti writers to today’s D.I.Y. artists. They will show what stylistic themes are recurring today and hint at the future of street art in New York. This program is presented in conjunction with the site-specific installation Swoon: Submerged Motherlands on view from April 11 to August 24 in the Iris and B.Gerald Cantor Gallery on the Brooklyn Museum’s 5th floor.



WHAT: Public Program - Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect

SPONSOR: The Guggenheim Museum

WHEN: Friday, April 25 – Saturday, April 27, 2014

WHERE: 1071 Fifth Avenue

PRESS CONTACT: Lauren Van Natten, Associate Director, Media and Public Relations at 212-423-3840 or

BACKGROUND: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents a weekend of public programs in celebration of the ongoing exhibit Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video on view at the museum through May 14, 2014. The schedule includes interviews, music, panels, spoken word, videos and other performances. Cohosted by photographer and featured artist Carrie Mae Weems, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and Carl Hancock Rux, a poet, playwright and recording artist, this multidisciplinary performance-salon focuses on contemporary cultural production by people of color in the areas of architecture, dance, film, literature, music, theater and visual art, and the discourses around this production. Program details are available at


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