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New York FPC PressPass: October 27 - November 3, 2014



WHAT: Discussion – “The Ebola Crisis: What it means for Africa and the World.”
SPONSOR: The National Center for Disease Preparedness
WHEN: Monday, October 27, 2014; 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: 64 Morningside Drive
PRESS CONTACT: Marcus Tonti,, (212) 851-1818
PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP
BACKGROUND: The Ebola crisis is growing, requiring a massive emergency response. The National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP), in collaboration with the Earth Institute, will bring together experts and stakeholders for a timely and educational conference on the outbreak. Multi-disciplinary dialogue will focus on how best to curb the epidemic, understand its impacts particularly in terms of bioethical and sustainability implications and mitigate future high-fatality events. Click here for more information.

WHAT: Discussion – “Big Money, Congressional Combat and the 2014 Elections”
SPONSOR: Central Queens YM & YWHA
WHEN: Monday, October 27, 2014; 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: 67-09 108th Street, Queens
PRESS CONTACT:, (718) 268-5011
SPEAKERS: Alan Hevesi, Former New York State Comptroller
BACKGROUND: Former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi will discuss our combative politics and the role of big money in our democracy at a talk at the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills. Alan Hevesi will discuss our increasingly polarized political system and ask, how did we get here? Why did the Founding Fathers fear pure democracy and in what ways did the structure of our political system lead to our political deadlock today, in which contempt for compromise by those on the extremes has led to an inability to deal with the critical issues such as climate change, poverty, immigration reform, and terrorism. Finally, he will ask, what will be the consequences of this year’s elections on Israel and the Middle East?

WHAT: American Museum of Natural History Graduation for Ph.D. and Master’s Degree Candidates
SPONSOR: American Museum of Natural History
WHEN: Monday, October 27, 2014; 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Central Park W and 79th Street; 77th Street Entrance
PRESS CONTACT: Roberto Lebron,, (212) 496-3411
SPEAKERS: Ellen V. Futter, President, American Museum of Natural History; Merryl H. Tisch, Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents; John B. King Jr., New York State Education Commissioner; Michael J. Novacek, Senior Vice President, Provost, and Curator; John J. Flynn, Dean, Richard Gilder Graduate School; Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., Former IBM Chairman; and E.O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard.
BACKGROUND: As the first and only museum in the United States to offer Ph.D. and standalone Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs, press are invited to attend the graduation of four Richard Gilder Graduate School Ph.D. students, and sixteen students from the Museum’s pioneering MAT program. The graduation will take place in a cap and gown ceremony under the iconic blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, the site of countless school group activities and visits by millions from across the globe each year. In attendance and presiding over the ceremony are Museum Chairman Lewis Bernard, President Ellen Futter, Chancellor Merryl Tisch of the New York State Board of Regents, and Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr. of the State of New York.



WHAT: Press Preview – Chris Ofili: Night and Day
SPONSOR: New Museum
WHEN: Tuesday, October 28, 2014; 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: 235 Bowery
PRESS CONTACTS: Gabriel Einsohn,, (212) 219-1222; Andrea Schwan,, (917) 371-5023
PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP
BACKGROUND: New Museum will present the first major solo museum exhibition in the United States of artist Chris Ofili’s work. Occupying the Museum’s three main galleries, “Chris Ofili: Night and Day” will span the artist’s influential career; encompassing his paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Click here for more information.

WHAT: Media Preview – Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power
SPONSOR: The Jewish Museum
WHEN: Tuesday, October 28, 2014; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: 5th Avenue at 92nd Street
SPEAKERS: Mason Klein, Curator, Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power; and Claudia Gould, Director, Helen Goldsmith Menschel
BACKGROUND: The first museum exhibition to focus on the legendary cosmetics entrepreneur and collector, Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power features over 200 works of art, photographs, and ephemera, including selections from Rubinstein’s famed art collection by Picasso, Miró, Kahlo, Ernst, and Matisse, thirty works from her peerless collection of African and Oceanic sculpture, miniature period rooms, jewelry, and fashion.

WHAT: Discussion – “Shattered Rhymes: The Life & Poetry of Erez Bitton”
SPONSOR: New York University
WHEN: Tuesday, October 28, 2014; 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: 238 Thompson Street
PRESS CONTACT: James Devitt,, (212) 998-6808
PRESS RSVP:, (212) 992-9797
SPEAKERS: Erez Bitton, Israeli Poet; Ammiel Alcalay, Professor, Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages and Cultures Queens College; Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, Professor, New York University; Sami Shalom Chetrit, “Shattered Rhymes” Director and Faculty Member, Queens College; and Ella Shohat, Professor, New York University.
BACKGROUND: New York University’s Taub Center for Israel Studies will host Israeli poet Erez Bitton for “Shattered Rhymes: The Life and Poetry of Erez Bitton,” an evening that will include a film screening and panel discussion.

WHAT: Lecture – “New Developments in the Arctic: The Sønsteby/Whist Lecture”
SPONSOR: The Scandinavian House
WHEN: Tuesday, October 28, 2014; 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: 58 Park Avenue
PRESS RSVP:, (212) 847-9725
SPEAKERS: Dr. Olav Orheim, Glaciologist
BACKGROUND: The past two years have seen the Arctic scene changing at an accelerating rate. Renowned polar expert Dr. Olav Orheim will examine new developments - political, climate, and transportation - occurring in the far north. Several countries, including China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, became observers to the Arctic Council in May 2013, indicating a significant increase in political attention in Asia on what is happening in the Arctic. The European Union also wants in on the action. One reason for increased interest could be that in September 2012 the ice in the Arctic Ocean had a minimum extent far below any previous record - opening new ice-free sailing routes. Other reasons could be related to resources, and a wish to be present on a scene of new political developments. This lecture is presented as a tribute to the memory of Norwegian Resistance hero and 2001 ASF Cultural Award Winner Gunnar Sønsteby.

WHAT: Lecture – “Ten Theses: Lessons from America’s War for the Greater Middle East”
SPONSOR: Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
WHEN: Tuesday, October 28, 2014; 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: 420 W 118th Street
PRESS CONTACT/RSVP: Marcus Tonti,, (212) 851-1818
SPEAKERS: Andrew J. Bacevich, Professor Emeritus, Boston University; John C. Coatsworth, Provost, Columbia University; Merit E. Janow, Dean, Columbia SIPA; and moderator Richard K. Betts, Director, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies.
BACKGROUND: Professor Andrew J. Bacevich will give the Inaugural George McGovern Lecture. The event will also be streamed live at




WHAT: Press Conference – “Energy Reform in Mexico”
SPONSOR: Americas Society/Council of the Americas
WHEN: Wednesday, October 29, 2014; 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: 680 Park Avenue
PRESS CONTACT: Adriana La Rotta,, (212) 277-8384
SPEAKERS: Rep. Marco Antonio Bernal, Chairman, House Energy Committee; Rep Juan Bueno Torio, Secretary, House Energy Committee; Javier Treviño Cantú, Secretary, House Energy Committee; and Rep. Rubén Camarillo Ortega, Secretary, House Energy Committee
BACKGROUND: Key members of the Energy Commission involved in drafting Mexico´s energy reform will hold a press conference and public panel at Americas Society/Council of the Americas. They will discuss their views on the reform as well as the legislative process and the implications for Mexico's and North America's future.

WHAT: Discussion – “Will Amazon lead us to the Golden Age of Books?”
SPONSOR: New America NYC
WHEN: Wednesday, October 29, 2014; 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.
WHERE: 199 Lafayette Street
PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP
SPEAKERS: Hugh Howey, Author, the WOOL series; Manoush Zomorodi, Host and Managing Editor, New Tech City, WNYC; Lucas Wittmann, Executive Editor and Associate Publisher, Regan Arts; Sarah McNally, Owner, McNally Jackson Books; and Nicholas Thompson, Editor,
BACKGROUND: We've been saying that Amazon has revolutionized books ever since the company first enabled us to order a book late at night in our pj's ... and at a discount. But Amazon's impact is increasingly being felt not only by readers, but by authors, publishers, and editors as well. Join New America NYC and a group of diverse stakeholders -- an author, publisher, bookstore owner, and technology journalist -- for a conversation about the future of books.

WHAT: Discussion – “A Conversation with Alan Greenspan”
SPONSOR: Council on Foreign Relations
WHEN: Wednesday, October 29, 2014; 7:15 – 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: 58 E 68th Street
PRESS CONTACT: Jake Meth,, (212) 434-6537
SPEAKER: Alan Greenspan, President, Greenspan Associates, LLC
BACKGROUND: The Council on Foreign Relations is hosting a conversation with the President of Greenspan, LLC and Former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Alan Green Span. The C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics is presented by the Corporate Program and the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies.

WHAT: Exhibition – Double Take: African Innovations
SPONSOR: Brooklyn Museum
WHEN: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
WHERE: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
PRESS CONTACT: Sally Williams,, (718) 591-6300
BACKGROUND: Double Take: African Innovations, an experimental installation of selections from the Brooklyn Museum's renowned African collection, invites new ways of looking at African art. Built around fifteen pairs of objects, the exhibition focuses on artistic themes, solutions, and techniques recurring throughout African history that link seemingly dissimilar works. It will open October 29 in a temporary location while an extensive renovation of the first floor of the Brooklyn Museum is under way. The installation will also include some 150 selections from the Museum's extensive African collection, one of the oldest and largest in an American art museum, in an open-storage display.




WHAT: Media Preview – Wang Jianwei: Time Temple
SPONSOR: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
WHEN: Thursday, October 30, 2014; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: 1071 Fifth Avenue
PRESS CONTACT/RSVP: Keri Murawski,, (212) 423-3840
SPEAKERS: Thomas J. Berghuis, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art; Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art; and Stephanie Kwai, Curatorial Assistant, Asian Art
BACKGROUND: From October 31, 2014, through February 16, 2015, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Wang Jianwei: Time Temple, an immersive exhibition of new work by the Beijing-based artist and his first solo museum exhibition in North America. Wang is recognized within China for his bold conceptual practice and vital contributions to the avant-garde and experimental art movements of the reform era that spans the early 1980s to the present day. Informed by critical theory and philosophy, his work links formal concerns about art making and process with inquiries into contemporary society and the experience of time. Time Temple is the first in a series of three commission-based exhibitions through The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative at the Guggenheim Museum, which explores key ideas and core artists shaping contemporary art and discourse from China, within a global context. As a part of the initiative, the commissioned works will enter the Guggenheim’s permanent collection as The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection.

WHAT: Discussion – “International Development at a Turning Point”
SPONSOR: Center on Global Governance at Columbia Law School
WHEN: Thursday, October 30, 2014; 12:10 – 1:10 p.m.
WHERE: 116th Street and Broadway; Jerome Greene Hall
PRESS CONTACT: Olena Jennings,
SPEAKERS: David Malone, Under-Secretary General, United Nations
BACKGROUND: The Center on Global Governance at Columbia Law School presents David Malone, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and Rector of the United Nations University (UNU), Tokyo. Click here for more information.

WHAT: Discussion - “When Girls Live As Boys”
SPONSOR: New America NYC
WHEN: Thursday, October 30, 2014; 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.
WHERE: 199 Lafayette Street
PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP
SPEAKERS: Jenny Nordberg, Author, The Underground Girls of Kabul; Faheema, Former Bacha Posh; David Rohde, Investigative Reporter, Reuters
BACKGROUND: Instead of wearing a headscarf and dress, it's not uncommon for an Afghan girl to get a short haircut and a pair of pants, and to be sent off into the world to look and behave like one of the boys. For 9 years in Afghanistan, Faheema lived as Faheem; one of many bacha posh (literally “dressed up like a boy” in Dari), to escape some of the suppression women face there. Now living in the US as a young woman, Faheema is negotiating what it means to have temporarily and secretly lived on both sides of the gender divide. Join Jenny Nordberg, author of The Underground Girls of Kabul, along with former bacha posh Faheema and investigative reporter David Rohde, for a conversation on a hidden practice that offers a glimpse into a society where little has changed for women and girls in the last decade -- and also on what lies ahead, as the United States is packing up and leaving Afghanistan.



WHAT: The 24th Annual Greenwich Village Children’s Halloween Parade.
SPONSOR: New York University
WHEN: Friday, October 31, 2014; 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Washington Square North
PRESS CONTACT: Christopher James,, (212) 998-6876
BACKGROUND: New York University and Manhattan Community Board 2 will host thousands of ghost, ghouls and goblins (also known as kids, moms, and dads) at the 24th Annual Greenwich Village Children’s Halloween Parade. Led by the Soul Tigers Marching Band, children and families will march around Washington Square Park. Following the parade, the children will be treated to candy, face-painting, rides and live entertainment to include New York City Children’s Theater presenting their Fall 2014 production: The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess, and DJ Ben the Beyonder

WHAT: Free Admission with a Space-Themes Costume to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on Halloween
SPONSOR: The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
WHEN: Friday, October 31, 2014
WHERE: Pier 86; 46th Street and 12th Avenue
PRESS CONTACT: Mike Stouber,, (212) 843-9381; Luke Sacks,, (646) 381-5282
BACKGROUND: For Halloween, on October 31, 2014, the Intrepid Museum is offering free admission to anyone who comes to the Museum dressed in a space-themed costume! Astronauts, alien invaders, Star Wars characters and more are welcome! Simply come dressed in your best space-themed costume and get a free full-priced general admission ticket, including access to the Space Shuttle Pavilion.




WHAT: Target First Saturday
SPONSOR: Brooklyn Museum and Target
WHEN: Saturday, November 1, 2014; 5:00 - 11:00 p.m.
WHERE: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
PRESS CONTACT: Emily Liebowitz,, (718) 501-6354
BACKGROUND: The Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturday events attract thousands of visitors to free art and entertainment programs each month. Target First Saturday celebrates the thriving art community of Brooklyn and our exhibition Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond through artist projects, music, and performances. Highlights include music by PitchBlak Brass Band and Brooklyn Bodega; projects by Crossing Brooklyn artists Bryan Zanisnik, Nobutaka Aozaki, and Project EATS; and a UnionDocs presentation of the Living Los Sures project, a collaborative web documentary about the changing landscape of South Williamsburg. Museum admission is free from 5 to 11 p.m. and includes entrance to galleries and events.




WHAT: Conference – “Today’s Terrorism: Today’s Counterterrorism”
SPONSOR: Center on National Security at Fordham Law
WHEN: Monday, November 3, 2014; 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: 113 W 60th Street
PRESS RSVP: Email with “Terrorism Conference” in the subject line or Click here to RSVP
SPEAKERS: James Comey, Director of the FBI
BACKGROUND: Click here for more information.

WHAT: Film Screening - Athina Rachel Tsangari's Attenberg
SPONSOR: Museum of Modern Art
WHEN: Monday, November 3, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
PRESS CONTACT: Meg Montgoris,, (212) 708-9757
BACKGROUND: In its reverent use of (new) Nouvelle Vague, musical, melodrama, and nature documentary, Attenberg symbolically visualizes a change in generation and perspective as a father and daughter gently negotiate their individual rites of passage. The film follows a visionary architect who has come home to die in the vanishing industrial town that is his legacy to his daughter. Meanwhile, his daughter (played by Ariane Labed, in a performance that garnered her the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival) is exploring the mysteries of kissing with her girlfriend and the beyond with a visiting engineer. Tsangari's film—featuring a soundtrack of songs by Francoise Hardy and the band Suicide that is woven into the narrative—is poised between sincerity and hilarity, tradition and experimentation.

WHAT: Panel Discussion – “Myanmar: The Fight for Free Expression”
SPONSOR: New America NYC
WHEN: Monday, November 3, 2014; 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.
WHERE: 199 Lafayette Street
PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP
SPEAKERS: Dr. Ma Thida, President, PEN Myanmar; Nay Phone Latt, Secretary, PEN Myanmar; Khin Mya Zin, Author, A Small Town Under Evil Power; and Andrew Solomon, Author, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity.
BACKGROUND: Join New America NYC and PEN America in a discussion with leading Burmese rights defenders on the state of press freedoms, the wider free speech environment, and what the US and international community can do to promote democracy in Myanmar.

WHAT: Discussion - “An Evening with Athina Rachel Tsangari”
SPONSOR: Museum of Modern Art
WHEN: Monday, November 3, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters
PRESS CONTACT: Meg Montgoris,, (212) 708-9757
SPEAKERS: Athina Rachel Tsangari, Director, Attenberg
BACKGROUND: Athina Rachel Tsangari, director of Attenberg, screens clips and talks about her belief in being, as the French say, a cinéaste, with producing, teaching, programming, projecting, writing, directing, and acting all essential to her definition of herself as a filmmaker. From her early short film Fit to being named projections designer and video director for the Athens Olympic Games, and from acting as founding director of the influential avant-garde short-film showcase Cinematexas to being a founding member of the Haos Films production company, Tsangari's career refuses easy categorization.


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