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New York FPC PressPass: April 14 - 21, 2014




WHAT: Discussion with North Carolina NAACP President William J. Barber

SPONSOR: The Riverside Church

WHEN: Sunday, April 13, 2014; ~12:30 pm

WHERE: Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive (between 120th and 122nd Streets

PRESS RSVP: Gladwyn Lopez – 212-843-9231 or

SPEAKER: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and a participant in the “Moral Monday” civil disobedience protests on voting rights in North Carolina.

BACKGROUND: Dr. Barber will lead a “talk-back session” following Riverside’s Sunday service on being a “moral witnesses to justice, mercy and faithfulness.”



WHAT: Panel - Market-Based Approaches to Climate Change

SPONSORS: NYU Wagner School of Public Service and the International Public Service Association

WHEN: Monday, April 14, 2014; 11:00am - 1:30pm

WHERE: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, Rice Conference Room

PRESS RSVP: Christopher James,

SPEAKERS: Chris Gadomski, Lead Nuclear Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance; Nathaniel Keohane, Vice President, Environmental Development Fund; Tessa Lee, Research Associate, Carbon War Room

BACKGROUND: The mosaic of international and domestic trading schemes related to the carbon market illustrates the potential of market-based approaches to climate change. However, debate continues in the United States, Europe, and throughout the world about whether and to what extent the forces of the marketplace can be harnessed in the interest of environmental protection. A panel of experts from government, the nonprofit sector, and academia will explore the development of environmental markets, and examine a number of market-based and economy-wide options for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon taxes, cap and trade programs, voluntary carbon markets, and the use of renewable energy innovations. Following the discussion, there will be the opportunity to network and exchange ideas over a light lunch.


WHAT: Panel Discussion: Governance of the Internet

SPONSOR: Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

WHEN: Monday, April 14, 2014; 12:00 – 1:15 pm

WHERE: 420 West 118th Street, International Affairs Building, Room 1501

PRESS RSVP: Marcus Tonti, 212-851-1818 or

SPEAKERS: Merit E. Janow, Dean of Columbia SIPA and Professor in the Practice of International Economic Law and International Affairs; Gordon Goldstein, Managing Director, Head of External Affairs, Silver Lake Group; Ambassador David Gross, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP; Former Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; Eli Noam, Professor of Economics and Finance and Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility at the Columbia Business School; Former Commissioner for Public Services of New York State; Laura DeNardis, Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Communication at American University; Director of Research for the Global Commission of Internet Governance.

BACKGROUND: This panel of technology experts will discuss regulation and supervision of the Internet, including what local and international bodies should set guidelines for Internet use.

WHAT: Announcement of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes

SPONSOR: Columbia University

WHEN: Monday, April 14, 2014; 3:00 pm

WHERE: Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, World Room, 3rd Floor

PRESS RSVP: Media must register with Sabina Lee at or 212-854-5579.

SPEAKER: Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes since 2002.

BACKGROUND: Columbia University announces the 98th annual Pulitzer Prize winners and nominated finalists in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music. The names of winners and finalists are posted on the Pulitzer website ( at the beginning of the press conference. Journalists will receive a press kit, including a complete list of 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners, their biographies and contact information, a photo CD of winners and the selected images of editorial cartoons, breaking news and feature photography, and the names of Pulitzer jurors. Twitter: #pulitzer

WHAT: Talk: Inside North Korea

SPONSOR: The Korea Society

WHEN: Monday, April 14, 2014; 5:30 pm

WHERE: 950 Third Avenue, 8th Floor


SPEAKER: Ishimaru Jiro, journalist and editor of Rimjin-gang: News from Inside North Korea

BACKGROUND: In December 2011, Kim Jong-un took over for his father as supreme leader of North Korea. More than two years into Kim Jong-un’s reign, many North Koreans still suffer severe economic privation, as well as strict social and political controls. Though North Korea remains largely closed to the international media, North Korean citizen-journalists have managed to secretary record many aspects of daily life inside the DPRK, providing some of the only uncensored images from inside the country. Japanese journalist Ishimaru Jiro, a leading expert on North Korea, will talk about the current situation inside North Korea, with a special focus on daily life for average North Koreans.



WHAT: Talk - Women, Business and the Law: Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality

SPONSOR: Americas Society/Council of the Americas

WHEN: Thursday, February 13, 2014; 8:00-9:30 am

WHERE: 680 Park Avenue

PRESS RSVP/CONTACT: Adriana La Rotta, 212-277-8384;

SPEAKERS: Sarah Iqbal, program coordinator, and Paula Tavares, legal analyst, for the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law team.

BACKGROUND: What is the legal and economic status of women around the world? According to the 2014 joint publication and project by the World Bank and the International Finance Corp., Women Business and the Law 2014: Removing Restrictions to Enhance vender Equality, 48 law and regulatory reforms were enacted between March 2011 and April 2013 that could enhance women’s economic opportunities. Iqbal and Tavares will present the third edition of the Women, Business and the Law report, which contains indicators based on laws and regulations affecting women’s prospects as entrepreneurs and employees.

WHAT: Press Conference and Book Conversation with Chilean Writer Isabel Allende

SPONSOR: Americas Society

WHEN: Tuesday, April 15, 2014; 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Press Conference at 6:00 pm; Program at 7:00 pm)

WHERE: 680 Park Avenue

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

SPEAKERS: Chilean author Isabel Allende; journalist Amy Goodman (host of Democracy Now!).

BACKGROUND: Isabel Allende burst on the literary scene in 1982 wither the publication of her first novel La casa de los espíritus – translated as The House of the Spirits in 1985. She has since written and published additional novels as well as memoirs and fiction for young adults and has received numerous awards for her literature. Allende’s books, all written in her native Spanish, have been translated into more than 35 languages and have sold more than 60 million copies. At the Americas Society, Allende, in a discussion with Goodman, will talk about her most recently published novels in English: Maya’s Notebook (2013) and Ripper (2014)



WHAT: Film Screening and Panel - Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus

SPONSOR: New America NYC

WHEN: Wednesday, April 16, 2014; 6:30 – 8:15 pm

WHERE: 199 Lafayette Street, Third Floor


SPEAKERS: Madeleine Sackler, Director and Producer, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (HBO July 2014); Arch Puddington, Vice President of Research, Freedom House, Author, Failed Utopias: Methods of Coercion in Communist Societies and Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty; Masha Gessen, journalist, Slate and author, Words will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

BACKGROUND: While the Belarus Free Theater operates and performs underground, their subversive art has been celebrated abroad. Through smuggled footage and uncensored interviews, director and producer Madeleine Sackler tells their stories against the backdrop of political unrest, dissent and repression. The screening of her film, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus, will be followed by a conversation about the fight for freedom of expression in Belarus, from the stage to the streets.

WHAT: Media Preview - Ai Wei Wei: According to What?

SPONSOR: Brooklyn Museum

WHEN: Wednesday, April 16, 2014; 11 am – 2 pm (video presentation created by artist Ai Weiwei at 12:00 noon)

WHERE: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

PRESS RSVP: R.S.V.P. to 718-501-6334 or

SPEAKERS: Artist Ai Wei Wei (via video); Brooklyn Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman; Curator Sharon Matt Atkins

BACKGROUND: Ai Weiwei is a conceptual artist, sculptor, photographer, filmmaker and activist whose interdisciplinary practice examines the interrelations between art, society, and individual experience while exploring universal topics such as culture, history, politics and tradition. This exhibit is the first North American survey of Ai Weiwei’s work. The Brooklyn presentation includes several major works not seen in previous venues and marks the first large-scale museum exhibition of Ai’s work in New York. Brooklyn is the final stop on the exhibition tour. A new addition to the exhibition is S.A.C.R.E.D., a monumental work created in response to the artist’s 81-day incarceration by the Chinese authorities in 2011, making its first appearance in North America since it debuted at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

WHAT: Discussion - The Crisis in Ukraine

SPONSOR: Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Center on Economic Governance

WHEN: Wednesday, April 16, 2014; 6:00 to 7:30 pm

WHERE: International Affairs Building, Room 150, 420 West 118th Street

PRESS RSVP: Marcus Tonti at 212-851-1818 or

SPEAKERS: Andrii Portnov, Editor-in-Chief,; Jan Svejnar, Director, Center on Global Economic Governance, Columbia SIPA and James T. Shotwell, Professor of Global Political Economy.

BACKGROUND: Panelists will discuss the crisis in Ukraine.

WHAT: Book Discussion - Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China

SPONSOR: Asia Society

WHEN: Wednesday, April 16, 2014; 6:30 – 8:00 pm

WHERE: 725 Park Avenue


SPEAKER: Stephen Roach, senior fellow at Yale University and former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia; Moderator Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center for U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society.

BACKGROUND: In his new book, Roach describes the current China-U.S. economic relationship, including disputes over trade policies and intellectual property rights, contrasts in leadership styles, the role of the Internet, the recent dispute over cyberhacking, and more. Roach will discuss a way forward for the U.S. and China that preserves peace and prosperity for both countries.



WHAT: Discussion - The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer and More Open World

SPONSORS: Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and Earth Institute

WHEN: Friday, April 18, 2014; 1:00 – 3:00 pm

WHERE: Altschul Auditorium, Room 417

PRESS RSVP: Jeff Potent at or 212-854-0149

SPEAKER: Andrew Winston, author and corporate strategist, advises companies on navigating and profiting from the world’s biggest environmental and social challenges.

BACKGROUND: Winston will explore “the mega challenges of climate change, scarcity, and radical transparency that threaten our ability to run an expanding global economy and that are profoundly changing business as usual” and profile leaders in the business community who are positioning themselves to capture the unprecedented opportunities emerging in response to these challenges.

WHAT: Talk - U.S. Health Care Reform: Who Pays For It? What Does It Mean for the Economy?

SPONSOR: American Business Forum on Europe

WHEN: Thursday, April 17, 2014; 6:00 p.m. (reception at 6:00 pm; presentation at 6:30 pm)

WHERE: McCann-Erickson Building, 622 Third Avenue between 40th & 41st Streets, 18th Fl.

PRESS RSVP: RSVP at; identify yourself as Foreign Press Center member.

SPEAKER: Professor Uwe Reinhardt, Ph.D., Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, James Madison Professor for Political Economy; Professor of Economics and Public Affairs.

BACKGROUND: Professor Reinhardt is a leading U.S authority on health care economics. A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences since 1978, Reinhardt is a past president of the Association of Health Services Research. From 1986 to 1995 he served as a commissioner on the Physician Payment Review Committee, established in 1986 by Congress to advise it on issues related to the payment of physicians. Born in Germany, Dr. Reinhardt received his bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and his Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.

WHAT: Book Conversation - Gary Shteyngart on “Little Failure: A Memoir”

SPONSOR: NYU Creative Writing Program

WHEN: Thursday, April 17, 2014; 7:00 pm

WHERE: Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

PRESS RSVP: James Devitt, 212-998-6808 or

SPEAKER: Gary Shteyngart, author; Darin Strauss, writer and NYU Creative Writing Program faculty member.

BACKGROUND: After three acclaimed novels, Shteyngart turns to memoir and shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, insights, and literary bravado. Born Igor Shteyngart in Leningrad during the twilight of the Soviet Union, Shteyngart emigrated to the U.S. with his parents in 1978.

WHAT: Expert Panel – Ukraine: The Path Ahead

SPONSOR: Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Harriman Institute Ukrainian Studies Program, Ukrainian Students Society

WHEN: Thursday, April 17, 2014; 7:45 to 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Schermerhorn Hall, Room 501, 116th Street and Broadway, New York

PRESS RSVP: Marcus Tonti, 212-851-1818,

SPEAKERS: James Greene, Former Chief of Diplomatic Mission, NATO Liaison Office, Ukraine; Ambassador Vlad Lupan, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the UN; Natalie Sedletska, Investigative Journalist and Fellow at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; Arsen Zhumadilov,

businessman and Crimean Tatar activist. Pavlo Sheremeta, Minister of Economics, Ukraine, will provide remarks via video. Stephen Sestanovich, former U.S. Ambassador at Large to the former Soviet Union (1997-2001) and Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor for the Practice of International

Diplomacy, Columbia SIPA, will moderate.

BACKGROUND: A panel of experts discuss Ukraine’s path forward as the country’s May presidential elections near. Issues on the table include Ukraine’s relationships with its neighbors, reforms and investments needed to make the country successful, the future of Ukraine’s military, and how the protests

and recent events in Crimea have altered reporting and Ukraine’s media landscape.


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