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New York FPC PressPass: September 15 - 22, 2014

WHAT: Press Preview - Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age
SPONSOR: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
WHEN: Monday, September 15, 2014; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: 1000 Fifth Avenue
PRESS CONTACT:, (212) 570-3951
BACKGROUND: Opening September 22 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the landmark exhibition Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age will trace–through some 260 works of art on loan from major collections in Western Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States–the deep roots of interaction between the ancient Near East and the lands along the shores of the Mediterranean and their impact on the artistic traditions that developed in the region. Parallels will also be drawn between works in the exhibition and those in the Metropolitan Museum’s permanent collection in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art. Click here for more information.
WHAT: Lecture - “Lessons Learned from the Israeli-Palestinian Peace-Finding Process”
SPONSOR: New York University’s Taub Center for Israel Studies
WHEN: Monday, September 15, 2014; 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: 53 Washington Square South
PRESS CONTACT: James Devitt,, (212) 992-9797
SPEAKERS: Yair Hirschfield, architect of the 1993 Oslo Accords.
BACKGROUND: Currently teaching at the University of Haifa, Hirschfeld will discuss Middle East negotiations.
WHAT: Panel Discussion – “Foreign Affairs Live: The New Middle East”
SPONSOR: Council on Foreign Relations
WHEN: Monday, September 15, 2014; 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: 58 East 68th Street
PRESS CONTACT: Courtney Doggart,, (212) 434-9679
SPEAKERS: Michael Doran, Senior Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution; Murtaza Hussain, Journalist, The Intercept; Bilal Y. Saab, Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, Atlantic Council; and moderator Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs.
BACKGROUND: Foreign Affairs managing editor Jonathan Tepperman will moderate a conversation between Foreign Affairs contributors and journalists on geopolitical shifts in the Middle East. The panelists will discuss the prospect of Kurdish independence, the roles of Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia in stabilizing the region, and scenarios for Western involvement.
WHAT: Discussion – “What the Modi Government Must Do to Transform India into a Modern Economy
SPONSOR: Columbia’s Chazen Institute of International Business
WHEN: Monday, September 15, 2014; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: 64 Morningside Drive, Faculty House
PRESS CONTACT: Jennifer Tromba-Morisco,, (212) 854-4750
SPEAKERS: Arvind Panagariya, Professor of Economics, Jagdish Bhagwati, Professor of Indian Political Economy
BACKGROUND: Arvind Panagariya will discuss the policy package to launch India into the ten-percent growth orbit - the only feasible path to rapid removal of poverty, illiteracy, and ill health from the face of this nation of 1.2 billion people.
WHAT: Lecture – The Closet
SPONSOR: Barnard Center for Research on Women
WHEN: Tuesday, September 16, 2014; 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: 3009 Broadway; 101 Barnard Hall
PRESS CONTACT: bcrw@barnard.ecu
SPEAKERS: Henry Abelove, Willbur Fisk Osborne Emeritus Professor of English, Wesleyan University
BACKGROUND: Professor Abelove is the co-editor of The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader. He will discuss homosexuality and the concept of the term “the closet”- as connoting a hidden life. This lecture is part of a larger book project on the intellectual and cultural dimensions of the gay liberation movement in New York City by one of the preeminent voices in queer theory.
WHAT: Conversation - Ernest Cole: Photographer
SPONSOR: New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
WHEN: Tuesday, September 16, 2014; 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
PRESS RSVP: James Devitt,, (212) 998-6808
SPEAKERS: Joseph Lelyveld, former Executive Editor, New York Times; and Fred Ritchin, Professor of Photography & Imaging and Co-Director of the Photography & Human Rights Program, TSOA, New York University
BACKGROUND: Joseph Lelyveld will discuss his friendship with South African photographer, Ernest Cole, and his life and career at the newspaper.
WHAT: Discussion – “Do ‘Just In Time’ Scheduling Practices Help or Hurt American Workers?”
SPONSOR: New America NYC
WHEN: Tuesday, September 16, 2014; 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.
WHERE: 199 Lafayette Street; 3rd Floor
PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP
SPEAKERS: Jodi Kantor, Correspondent, The New York Times; Melody Pabon, Former Zara cashier, Member, Retail Action Project; and Liza Mundy, Director, Breadwinning and Caregiving Program, New America
BACKGROUND: New America NYC is hosting a discussion of contemporary workplace scheduling practices and their effect on those who are juggling breadwinner and caregiver roles.
WHAT: Panel Discussion – “The Growing Divide between the Sunni and Shia Worlds.”
SPONSOR: New York University
WHEN: Tuesday, September 16, 2014; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: 100 Washington Square East
PRESS RSVP:; (212) 998-8693
SPEAKERS: Richard Bulliet, Emeritus Professor of History, Columbia University; Judith Yaphe, former CIA analyst, professional lecturer, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; Hossein Kamaly, assistant professor of Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, Banard College; and moderator Mustapha Tlili, founder and director if the NYU Center for Dialogues.
BACKGROUND: Three leading scholars on Islamic history and politics will answer questions about the recent horrors brought on by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the continuing strife pitting Sunni against Shia throughout the Middle East and beyond.
WHAT: Symposium - Constitution Day
SPONSOR: St. John’s University and the Turkish Cultural Center
WHEN: Wednesday, September 17, 2014; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: 300 Howard Ave, Staten Island; Kelleher Center, St. John’s University
SPEAKERS: Dr. James O’Keef, Academic Vice-Provost, St. John’s University; Sadri Altinok, President, Turkish Cultural Center New York; moderator Dr. Azzedine Layachi, Professor, Government and Politics, St. John’s University; Dr. Mustafa Gokcek, Associate Professor of History, Niagara University; and Dr. William Bryne, Associate Professor of Government and Politics, St. John’s University.
BACKGROUND: In commemoration of Constitution Day, St. John’s University, Staten Island Campus, and the Turkish Cultural Center of Staten Island are organizing an evening symposium on the presidential and parliamentary systems of governance with a primary focus on the United States and Turkey.
WHAT: Commemoration: U.S. Air Force Celebrates 67th Birthday
SPONSOR: The U.S. Air Force
WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 2014; 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bryant Park Upper Terrace
PRESS CONTACT:; (212) 784-0147
SPEAKERS: Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force
BACKGROUND: The U.S. Air Force will celebrate its 67th birthday with a celebration in Bryant Park. The celebration will start with the reading and presentation of a mayoral proclamation, official remarks by Secretary James and a traditional cake-cutting ceremony. Secretary James will be available to answer questions immediately after the ceremony. Following the ceremonial portion of the celebration, the USAF Heritage of America Band’s ensemble Full Spectrum will perform in Bryant Park.
WHAT: Media Preview – Unveiling of Iconic Galápagos Tortoise, Lonesome George
SPONSOR: The American Museum of Natural History
WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 2014; 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Central Park W & Columbus Avenue (77th street entrance)
PRESS CONTACT:, (212) 769-5800
PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP
SPEAKERS: Representatives from the American Museum of Natural History, Galápagos National Park Service, and the Galápagos Conservancy.
BACKGROUND: A native of Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands and the last known of his kind, the tortoise called Lonesome Georgie became an international symbol of ever-increasing extinctions when he died of natural causes in 2012. The taxidermy mount of Lonesome George represents the animal as he appeared in life, with his posture showing the height George could achieve by extending his neck and limbs. The tortoise will be on exhibit at the Museum until January 4, 2015.
WHAT: Exhibition – Alice Attie: Proximities
SPONSOR: Howard Greenberg Gallery
WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 2014; 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
PRESS CONTACT: Nicole Straus,, (631) 396-2188, (917) 744-1040; Margery Newman,, (212) 475-0252
SPEAKERS: Alice Attie, Proximities Artist
BACKGROUND: An exhibition of recent work by Alice Attie will be on view at Howard Greenburg Gallery from September 18 – October 18, 2014. Proximities will present twelve photographs and ten drawings from 2011 – 2014. An opening reception with the artist will be held on September 18.
WHAT: Discussion – “The Chinese American Dream”
SPONSOR: New America NYC
WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 2014; 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.
WHERE: 199 Lafayette Street, Third Floor
PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP
PRESS CONTACT: Jenny Lu Mallamo,, (202) 986-2700
SPEAKERS: Emily Parker, Digital Diplomacy Advisor and Future Tense Fellow, New America; Eric Liu, Founder and CEO, Citizen University; and Anand Giridharadas, Columnist, The New York Times
BACKGROUND: New America NYC hosts a conversation between Eric Liu and New York Times columnist, Anand Giridharadas on the state of immigration, its impact on mobility and what it means to be Chinese and American in this age.
WHAT: Panel Discussion - “What in the World?”
SPONSOR: Global and Joint Program Studies, Studio 20, Overseas Press Club
WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 2014; 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
PRESS CONTACT: James Devitt,, (212) 998-6808
PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP
SPEAKERS: Louise Roug, Global News Editor, Mashable; Miriam Elder, Foreign Editor, Buzzfeed; Jason Mojica, Editor in Chief, VICE News
BACKGROUND: The New York Times innovation team talks with editors from Buzzfeed, Mashable and VICE News about their recent moves in the global space.
WHAT: Conference – “Pursuing Justice: The Impact of the Olmstead Decision 15 Years Later”
SPONSOR: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
WHEN: Friday, September 19, 2014; 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: 860 11th Avenue
SPEAKERS: The Honorable Kathleen Martinez, U.S. Department of Labor Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy
BACKGROUND: Experts and participants in this academic conference will explore the history of the Olmstead decision and its blueprint for enforcement and relief for thousands of individuals with disabilities. Further, given the scope, impact and continuing evolution of the Olmstead mandate, conference attendees will discuss new strategies to continue to realize the power and promise of the decision. Click here for more information.
WHAT: Discussion – “War on Gaza: Military Strategy and Historical Horizons”
SPONSOR: Center for Palestine Studies, Middle East Institute
WHEN: Friday, September 19, 2014; 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: 435 West 116th Street, Jerome Green Hall
PRESS CONTACT: Mirlyne Pauljajoute,, (212) 854-2584
SPEAKERS: Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University; Nouta Erakat, Assistant Professor, George Mason University; and moderator Nadia Abu El-Haj, Associate Professor, Barnard College.
BACKGROUND: Click here for more information
WHAT: Panel Discussion – “The Malala Phenomenon”
SPONSOR: New York University
WHEN: Friday, September 19, 2014; 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: 60 Washington Square South
PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP
PRESS CONTACT: Annett Graefe;
SPEAKERS: Moderator Dana Burde, Associate Professor of International Education, NYU; Zama Coursen-Neff, Executive Director, Children’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch; Jennie Matthew, New York Correspondent, AFP; and Shahla Hussain, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Wheaton College.
BACKGROUND: Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban, has become a symbol for girls’ education in the West. The panel will discuss the dichotomy of the West’s acclamation and the East’s mistrust of Malala’s actions and the effect this has had on girl’s education worldwide.
WHAT: Exhibition – Refik Anadol, Jason Gringler, Bas van den Hurk, Gijs van Lith
SPONSOR: RH Contemporary Art
WHEN: Friday, September 19, 2014; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
WHERE: 437 W. 16th Street (in Chelsea)
PRESS CONTACT: Ali Price,, (917) 488-9987
SPEAKERS: Artists Refik Anadol; Jason Gringler; Bas van den Hurk; and Gijs van Lith
BACKGROUND: RH Contemporary Art will present four, one-person exhibitions for work from international artists Refik Anadol, Jason Gringler, Bas van den Hurk and Gijs van Lith from September 19 to December 6, 2014. The exhibitions, which include painting, sculpture and video, are the artist’s first solo gallery shows in New York City. An opening reception with the artists will be held on September 19.
WHAT: 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards Reading
SPONSOR: New York University’s Creative Writing Program
WHEN: Friday, September 19, 2014; 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: 58 W. 10th Street
PRESS CONTACT: James Devitt,, (212) 998-6808
BACKGROUND: The NYU Creative Writing Program will host the 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House. This year’s winners are: Olivia Clare, Karen Hays, Danielle Jones-Pruett, T.L. Khleif, Mara Naselli and Solmaz Sharif. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Rona Jaffe Foundation provides support to women writers in the early stages of their writing careers.
WHAT: “Creating Impact through the Girls Impact the World Film Festival”
SPONSOR: Connecther
WHEN: Saturday, September 20, 2014; 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: 25 W 52nd Street
PRESS RSVP: Click here for tickets
PRESS CONTACT: Lila Igram, (512) 560-5608
SPEAKERS: Abigail Disney, filmmaker and philanthropist; Eloise DeJoria, actress and philanthropist; Muna AbuSulayman, Arab and Muslim Media personality; Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, human rights lawyer from Zimbabwe; and Zainab Salbi, Founder, Women for Women International.
BACKGROUND: The Girls Impact the World Film Festival, a Connecther initiative co-sponsored by the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC), is a film festival and scholarship program in which high school and undergraduate college students submit 3-5 minute short films that focus on a variety of global women’s issues, including maternal health, micro-finance initiatives, child marriage, sex trafficking, poverty alleviation and more. The event will bring together special guests to speak about engaging women, girls and youth to create social change around the world.
WHAT: Fair – ‘New York On Location’ Street Fair
SPONSOR: Museum of the Moving Image
WHEN: Sunday, September 21, 2014; 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: 36th Street (between 34 and 25 Avenues), Kauffman Astoria Studios backlot
PRESS CONTACT: (718) 777-6888
BACKGROUND: Museum of the Moving Image, Theatrical Teamsters Local 817, and Kaufman Astoria Studios present New York On Location, a free family-friendly event that offers a behind-the-scenes look at film production in New York. Click here for more information.
WHAT: Discussion – “EIA International EnergyOutlook 2014: Projections to 2040”
SPONSOR: Columbia University
WHEN: Monday, September 22, 2014; 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: 420 West 118th Street
PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP
SPEAKERS: Adam Sieminski, Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA); and moderator Jason Bordoff, Director, Center on Global Energy Policy
BACKGROUND: The Center on Global Energy Policy will host a discussion with Adam Sieminski on the EIA’s latest assessment of long-term global petroleum and other liquid fuels markets in the International Energy Outlook 2014.
WHAT: Discussion – “Iraq Update: Destroying ISIS.”
SPONSOR: Institute for the Study of Human Rights
WHEN: Monday, September 22, 2014; 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: 420 W. 118th Street, International Affairs Building
PRESS CONTACT: Danielle Goldberg,
SPEAKERS: David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights, Columbia University.
BACKGROUND: The Institute for the Study of Human Rights hosts a discussion with David Phillips about the status of ISIS. Click here for more information.
WHAT: Panel Discussion – “European Energy Security, Russian Policy and US LNG Exports.”
SPONSOR: Columbia University
WHEN: Monday, September 22, 2014; 5:15 – 7:15 p.m.
WHERE: 1161 Amsterdam Avenue
PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP
PRESS CONTACT: Connor Osetek,
SPEAKERS: RT Hon Edward Davey MP, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; Timothy Frye, Director, Harriman Institute and Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy, Columbia University; Teddy Kott, Head of Global Gas Analysis, EDF Trading; Abassador Carlos Pascual, Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy and former Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, U.S. State Department; Laszlo Varro, Head of Gas, Coal and Power Markets Division, International Energy Agency; and moderator Ed Crooks, Financial Times.
BACKGROUND: The Center on Global Energy is hosting a discussion about the relationship between European energy security and Russian foreign policy, and the potential impacts of US natural gas exports on both, a topic that has taken on even greater urgency in light of the current Ukraine crisis.


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