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New York FPC PressPass: July 28 - August 4, 2014



WHAT: Press Briefing – 2014 Americas Quarterly Social Inclusion Index

SPONSOR: Americas Society/Council of the Americas

WHEN: Tuesday, July 29, 2014; 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: 680 Park Avenue at 68th Street

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

SPEAKERS: Christopher Sabatini, Editor-In-Chief, Americas Quarterly and Senior Director of Policy, AS/COA; Alana Tummino, Senior Editor, Americas Quarterly and Director of Policy, AS/COA

BACKGROUND: Speakers will discuss the findings of the 2014 Americas Quarterly Social Inclusion Index: which countries rank first, which countries are lagging, overall and by individual variables, and how government can better address systemic obstacles to broad social inclusion. The Index ranks 17 countries on 21 variables.

WHAT: Artist Talk – Sámi Stories: Marja Helander

SPONSOR: Scandinavia House

WHEN: Tuesday, July 29, 2014; 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: 88 Park Avenue at 38th Street

PRESS CONTACT: Kate Erickson,, (212) 847-9717

SPEAKERS: Marja Helander, Finnish-Sámi photographer; Janet Biggs, American artist.

BACKGROUND: Finnish-Sámi artist Marja Helander and American artist Janet Biggs will discuss Helander's artistic practices and her 2001 photographic series Modern Nomads, currently on view in Sámi Stories: Art and Identity of an Arctic People through August 23, 2014. Click here for more information. This event is free and open to the public.

WHAT: Discussion and Book Signing – The Nixon Tapes

SPONSOR: Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College

WHEN: Tuesday, July 29, 2014; 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: 47-49 East 65th Street

PRESS CONTACT: (212) 396-7919,

SPEAKERS: Douglas Brinkley, author, The Nixon Tapes, Professor of History and Fellow at the James Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University; Jack Rosenthal, Interim Director, Roosevelt House.

BACKGROUND: Douglas Brinkley will discuss his book The Nixon Tapes which examines the presidency of Richard Nixon, 40 years since he resigned. Click here for more information. This event is free and open to the public.



WHAT: Performance and Screening of the The Cotabato Sessions

SPONSORs: Asian American International Film Festival and Asia Society

WHEN: Wednesday, July 30, 2014; 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: 725 Park Avenue at East 70th Street

PRESS RSVP/CONTACT:, (212) 327-9271

SPEAKERS: Filmmaker Joel Quizon, Cinematographer Maya Santos, National Heritage Artist Danongan Kalanduyan, Writer/Producer, Percussinoist Susie Ibarra

BACKGROUND: The Cotabato Sessions is a documentary about Danongan Kalanduyan and his family in Cotabato City in Mindanao, The Philippines. The film is followed by a performance of music and dance and Q & A session.

WHAT: Talk and Book Signing – The Temples and Sculptures of the Early Chalukyas

SPONSOR: The Rubin Museum

WHEN: Wednesday, July 30, 2014; 7:00 pm

WHERE: 150 West 17th Street

PRESS RSVP/CONTACT: Talia Shulze,, (212) 620-5000 x 335

SPEAKER: George Mitchell, architect and researcher, author of The Temples and Sculptures of the Early Chalukyas

BACKGROUND: George Mitchell will discuss the sandstone temples of the Early Chalukyas, rulers of peninsular India during the 6–8th centuries CE. Click here for more information.



WHAT: First Saturday – Focus on the Caribbean Community

SPONSOR: Brooklyn Museum

WHEN: Saturday, August 2, 2014; 4:30 – 11:00 p.m.

WHERE: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

BACKGROUND: This event celebrates the Caribbean communities in and around Brooklyn through music, film, and dance. Click here for more information. This event is free and open to the public.




WHAT: Event Launch – Art Everywhere US

SPONSOR: Art Everywhere US

WHEN: Monday, August 4, 2014; 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: 247 West 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)

PRESS RSVP: By Wednesday, July 30 to Katherine Slovik,, (212) 715-1594

SPEAKERS: Maxwell L. Anderson, Dallas Museum of Art; Donna De Salvo, Whitney Museum of American Art; Douglas Druick, Art Institute of Chicago; Michael Govan, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Deborah Ziska, National Gallery of Art; and, Richard Reed, Founder, Art Everywhere.

BACKGROUND: Art Everywhere US is a collaboration among the above five museums and features 58 artworks, curated with the help of the American public which will pop up through the month of August on as many as 50,000 displays nationwide, including static and digital billboards, subway platforms and trains, buses and bus shelters.


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