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New York FPC PressPass: October 20 - 27, 2014

EVENT ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 20

 

WHAT: Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize Award Ceremony

SPONSOR: Deutsches Haus at New York University

WHEN: Monday, October 20, 2014; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: 42 Washington Mews

PRESS CONTACT: James Devitt, james.devitt@nyu.edu, (212) 998-6808

PRESS RSVP: Sarah Girner, sarah.girner@nyu.edu

SPEAKER: George Packer, Journalist, Novelist and Playwright

BACKGROUND: Deutsches Haus at NYU will proudly award the second annual Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize to the distinguished Executive Director of the American Academy in Berlin, Dr. Gary Smith. A performance by Željko Lučić will conclude the award ceremony.

EVENTS ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21

 

WHAT: Panel Discussion – “U.S. Veterans–From the Battlefield to the Home Front.”

SPONSOR: Council on Foreign Relations

WHEN: Tuesday, October 21, 2014; 7:15 – 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: 58 East 68th Street

PRESS CONTACT: Jake Meth, jmeth@cfr.org, (212) 434-9537

PRESS RSVP: NYPressRSVP@cfr.org

SPEAKERS: Peter W. Chiarelli, Chief Executive Officer, One Mind, and Former Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army; Allison A. Hickey, Undersecretary for Benefits, Veterans Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Owen O’Driscoll West, Managing Director, Energy Trading, Goldman Sachs; and presider Matthew F. Pottinger, Senior Associate, Davidson Kempner Capital Management LLC.

BACKGROUND: The panelists will discuss public and private efforts in employment, education, and health care to aid the transition of military veterans from the battlefield to civilian life.
 

WHAT: Screening – E-Team

SPONSOR: New America NYC

WHEN: Tuesday, October 21, 2014; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: 199 Lafayette Street

PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP

SPEAKERS: Katy Chevigny, Director and Producer, E-Team; Ross Kauffman, Director and Producer, E-Team; Anna Neistat, Senior Director for Research, Amnesty International; Ole Solvang, Senior Researcher, Emergencies, Human Rights Watch; and Sarah Knuckey, Co-Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School.

BACKGROUND: Directed by Academy Award® Winner Ross Kauffman and Emmy Award® Nominee Katy Chevigny, E-TEAM follows the high-stakes work of four fiercely intrepid human rights investigators who are the first on the ground in countries like Syria and Libya to record and expose human rights violations in the midst of devastating wars. Anna, Ole, Fred and Peter are four members of the Emergencies Team - or E-Team - a division of a respected, international human rights group, that arrives on the ground soon after allegations of human rights abuse surface to uncover crucial evidence to determine if further investigation is warranted, and if so, to investigate, document, and capture the world’s attention. They also move quickly to challenge the responsible decision makers and hold them accountable.
 

EVENTS ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22

 

WHAT: Opening Reception – The Heritage of Turkish Art Exhibition

SPONSOR: Turkish Cultural Center New York

WHEN: Wednesday, October 22, 2014; 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: 16 West 61st Street

PRESS RSVP: rsvp@turkishculturalcenter.org

BACKGROUND: New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and Turkish Cultural Center New York (TCCNY) present The Heritage of Turkish Art, the seventh event of "The Year of Turkey 2014" campaign at NYIT. There will be an eclectic display of calligraphy, Ebru water marbling, contemporary art, and jewelry design by Turkish artists. Also enjoy lively art demonstrations, music, and delicious Turkish treats.

WHAT: Public Lecture – “Is Arab/Jewish Coexistence in Israel Possible?”

SPONSOR: New York University’s Taub Center for Israel Studies

WHEN: Wednesday, October 22, 2014; 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: 14A Washington Mews

PRESS CONTACT: James Devitt, james.devitt@nyu.edu, (212) 998-6808

PRESS RSVP: rsvp.taub@nyu.edu, (212)992-9797

SPEAKER: Yuli Tamir, Former Israeli Education Minister

BACKGROUND: New York University’s Taub Center for Israel Studies will host former Israeli Education Minister Yuli Tamir for a public lecture, “Is Arab/Jewish Coexistence in Israel Possible?” Tamir, former Minister of Education and Minister of Immigration in Israel, is currently President of the Shenkar College of Industry and Design in Tel Aviv. She served as a member of the Israeli Knesset between 2003 and 2010. This year, she is co-teaching a course in NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

WHAT: Discussion – “The Pill: Oral Contraception and the Future of Reproductive Rights”

SPONSOR: New America NYC

WHEN: Wednesday, October 22, 2014; 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.
WHERE: 199 Lafayette Street

PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP

SPEAKERS: Jonathan Eig, Author, The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution; Tiloma Jayasinghe, Executive Director, Sakhi for South Asian Women; Rebecca Traister, Senior Editor, The New Republic; Catherine Saint Louis, Health and Science Reporter, The New York Times

BACKGROUND: Nearly fifty years after Margaret Sanger’s death, the safe and effective birth control pill she fought for has transformed the lives of women worldwide and forever changed our attitudes towards sex, child-rearing, and gender dynamics in both the workplace and the home. Why, despite this progress, do American women's reproductive health decisions remain such a polarizing political issue? Will birth control ever be more than a “women’s issue?” Join New America NYC for a discussion of the national debate on reproductive rights in the context of the history of the pill.

 

EVENTS ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23

 

WHAT: Discussion – “Southern Gas Corridor: Progress and Challenges”

SPONSOR: Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy

WHEN: Thursday, October 23, 2014; 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
WHERE: 420 W 118th Street

PRESS CONTACT: energypolicy@columbia.edu

PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP.

SPEAKERS: Dr. Vitaliy Baylarbayov, Deputy Vice-President, SOCAR; and moderator Brenda Shaffer, Professor, Georgetown University

BACKGROUND: The Southern Gas Corridor was launched in December 2013. The $45 billion dollar project aims to bring the first new natural gas volumes to Europe in decades. The project transits seven countries and six regulatory systems and over a dozen investing companies and gas buyers are involved in the endeavor. Dr. Vitaliy Baylarbayov, Deputy Vice President of SOCAR, the national oil company of Azerbaijan, will discuss the progress and challenges of launching this complicated project. He will discuss the goals of the project and its projected impact on the energy security of a number of states in Europe.

WHAT: Conference – “Religious Wars in Early Modern Europe and Contemporary Islam: Reflections, Patterns and Comparisons”

SPONSOR: CUNY Graduate Center and Columbia University

WHEN: Thursday, October 23, 2014; 9:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
WHERE: 365 Fifth Avenue

PRESS CONTACT: Sabrina Lee, Sabrina.lee@columbia.edu, (212) 854-5579

PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP

BACKGROUND: Today’s sectarian conflict among Muslims calls to mind the religiously motivated conflict that characterized early modern Europe, when Protestantism emerged as a major challenge to the hegemony of the Catholic Church within the Christian ecumene. On the basis of a comparative analysis, this conference aims to examine commonalities and differences between the religiously motivated conflict that divided early modern Europe and the contemporary Islamic world. We aim to look at the various conflicts and negotiations that led to temporary as well as more permanent peace, and we aim to understand how religious repression that was intensified by economic, socio-political, and geographic differences in western Europe have also been part of the Sunni/Shi’a split in places like Iraq and Syria as well as other Islamic countries. This two-day conference will take place at the CUNY Graduate Center on Thursday, October 23, and at Columbia University’s Buell Hall on Friday, October 24.

WHAT: Media Advisory – “Statue Cruises unveils its new Ellis Island Headquarters”

SPONSOR: Statue Cruises

WHEN: Thursday, October 23, 2014; 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Battery Park

PRESS CONTACTS/RSVP: Josh Knoller, josh@nicholaslence.com, (212) 938-0836; Jody Fisher, jody@nicholaslence.com, (212) 938-0004

SPEAKERS: Mike Burke, Vice President and COO, Statue Cruises and Statue Employees

BACKGROUND: Two years after being forced out from their offices in Liberty State Park by the effects of Hurricane Sandy, Statue Cruises- the official provider of ferry service to Liberty and Ellis Islands- will unveil its new temporary Ellis Island headquarters and detail its hard-fought comeback from the devastating storm, culminating in record ridership in 2014. Photos will detail before and after images of the historic space restored by National Park Service partner, Save Ellis Island, with funding provided by Statue Cruises and the New Jersey Historic Trust. Statue Cruises temporary headquarters is also home to "The Mangle," a more than 100-year-old hulking metal machine used to press sheets and blankets at the turn of the 20th century. The ferry ride to and from Ellis Island will also provide sweeping views of lower Manhattan, Ellis and Liberty islands and the lower New York City harbor. The boat will depart from Battery Park for Ellis Island at 10:10 a.m. and will depart Ellis Island for return trip to Battery Park at 11:20 a.m. Media wanting to stay on Ellis Island for a longer duration are welcome to take a regularly scheduled boat later in the day.

WHAT: Media Preview – V.S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life

SPONSOR: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

WHEN: Thursday, October 23, 2014; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: 10701 Fifth Avenue

PRESS CONTACT/RSVP: pressoffice@guggenheim.org

SPEAKERS: Sandhini Poddar, Adjunct Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Amara Antilla, Curatorial Assistant, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

BACKGROUND: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents the first museum exhibition dedicated to the work of celebrated Indian modern painter Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde (1924–2001) with V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life from October 24, 2014, to February 11, 2015. The retrospective will comprise forty-five major paintings and works on paper drawn from thirty leading public institutions and private collections across Asia, Europe, and the United States, forming the most comprehensive overview of Gaitonde’s work to date.

WHAT: Conference – “Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality?”

SPONSOR: Columbia University

WHEN: Thursday, October 23, 2014 – Friday, October 24, 2014; 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Earl Hall, Columbia University and First Corinthian Baptist Church, Harlem

PRESS CONTACT: Sabrina Lee, Sabrina.lee@columbia.edu, (212) 854-5579

PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP

BACKGROUND: Renowned scholars, activists and religious leaders from across the United States, including Farah Griffin, Emilie Townes and Aishah Shahidah Simmons, will together explore tremendous changes and a range of historical and contemporary phenomena at the intersection of race, religion and sexuality, as they coalesce and converge around various topics that have had significant implications in our society. Full program schedule and details at: http://www.iraas.com/node/365

WHAT: 2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival

SPONSOR: American Museum of Natural History

WHEN: Thursday, October 23, 2014; 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Central Park W and 79th Street (77th Street Entrance)

PRESS CONTACT: Michael Walker, walker@amnh.org, (212) 769-5766

BACKGROUND: This year’s festival will screen 46 outstanding films from 50 countries and host special events and performances featuring 14 U.S. premieres, including The Last Patrol, the widely-anticipated follow-up to Restrepo by director Sebastian Junger, who will be in attendance. Film subjects span diverse topics from the effects of climate change in Greenland, cross-dressing singers in Vietnam, ghost stories in Australia, to soap operas in Turkey empowering Middle Eastern women. With the theme “Past Forward,” the Mead explores how cultural touchstones needn’t be trapped in amber but can burst through as beacons for navigating modern life. To view the entire Mead slate of films and schedule click here.

WHAT: Lecture – “How Americans Think About Punishment: Doing Justice and the Future of Capital Punishment”

SPONSOR: New York University

WHEN: Thursday, October 23, 2014; 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: 1 Washington Place

PRESS CONTACT: James Devitt, james.devitt@nyu.edu, (212) 998-6808

PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP

SPEAKERS: Austin Sarat, Associate Dean, Amherst College

BACKGROUND: Legal scholar Austin Sarat will deliver “How Americans Think about Punishment: Doing Justice and the Future of Capital Punishment,” New York University’s Fall 2014 Albert Gallatin Lecture, on Thursday, October 23. Sarat is associate dean of the faculty and William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College and Hugo L. Black Visiting Senior Scholar at the University Of Alabama School Of Law.

EVENTS ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24

 

WHAT: Panel Discussion – “What Will Drive U.S. and Japanese Economic Growth in 2015?”

SPONSOR: Japan Society

WHEN: Friday, October 24, 2014; 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: 333 E 47th Street

PRESS CONTACT: Shannon Jowett, sjowett@japansociety.org, (212) 715-1205

PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP

SPEAKERS: Yukio Noguchi, Advisor, Institute for Finance at Waseda University; Tak Miyata, Founding Partner, Scrum Ventures; Joseph Foudy, Clinical Associate Professor of Economics, NYU Stern School of Business; and moderator John Bussey, Assistant Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal.

BACKGROUND: From growth industries in the IT and energy sectors to M&A and foreign direct investments, What Will Drive U.S. and Japanese Economic Growth in 2015? highlights current economic and business trends in Japan and the future outlook of the U.S. and Japanese economies in 2015. Featuring a range of top business and economy experts and scholars, the panel takes place Friday, October 24, 2014.

WHAT: Conference – “Religious Wars in Early Modern Europe and Contemporary Islam: Reflections, Patterns and Comparisons”

SPONSOR: CUNY Graduate Center and Columbia University

WHEN: Friday, October 24, 2014; 9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
WHERE: Buell Hall, Columbia University

PRESS CONTACT: Sabrina Lee, Sabrina.lee@columbia.edu, (212) 854-5579

PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP

BACKGROUND: Today’s sectarian conflict among Muslims calls to mind the religiously motivated conflict that characterized early modern Europe, when Protestantism emerged as a major challenge to the hegemony of the Catholic Church within the Christian ecumene. On the basis of a comparative analysis, this conference aims to examine commonalities and differences between the religiously motivated conflict that divided early modern Europe and the contemporary Islamic world. We aim to look at the various conflicts and negotiations that led to temporary as well as more permanent peace, and we aim to understand how religious repression that was intensified by economic, socio-political, and geographic differences in western Europe have also been part of the Sunni/Shi’a split in places like Iraq and Syria as well as other Islamic countries. This two-day conference will take place at the CUNY Graduate Center on Thursday, October 23, and at Columbia University’s Buell Hall on Friday, October 24.

WHAT: Symposium – “The Legacies of the Italian Occupation of Ethiopia”

SPONSOR: New York University

WHEN: Friday, October 24, 2014; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: 24 W 12th Street

PRESS CONTACT: James Devitt, james.devitt@nyu.edu, (212) 998-6808

BACKGROUND: The symposium examines the legacies of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia as experienced by Ethiopians and conveyed through artistic expression. In the east African country, visual and storytelling cultures, rather than traditional historical accounts, have been primary vehicles of postcolonial expression. The event’s three panels look at how performance, writing and storytelling, and visual arts have narrated this period and its legacies for several generations.


 

WHAT: Symposium – 26th Annual NY Mental Health Research Symposium for Families and Caregivers

SPONSOR: Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

WHEN: Friday, October 24, 2014; 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: 129 W 67th Street

PRESS CONTACT/RSVP: Nadine Woloshin, nwoloshin@rubenstein.com, (212) 843-8041

SPEAKERS: Kay Redfield Jamison, Co-Director of the Mood Disorder Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Jack D. Barchas, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College; and moderator Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry at University of Texas Medical Branch.

BACKGROUND: Some of the world’s leading scientists will discuss the latest research on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and cognitive neuroscience at the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s “26th Annual New York Mental Health Research Symposium for families and caregivers”. Click here for more information.

WHAT: Media Preview – 100 Years in Post-Production: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film History

SPONSOR: The Museum of Modern Art

WHEN: Friday, October 24, 2014; 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: 11 W 53rd Street

PRESS CONTACT/RSVP: Department of Communications, pressoffice@moma.org, (212) 708-9401

SPEAKERS: Ron Magliozzi, the Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film Rajendra Roy; and Margo Jefferson, Cultural Critic.

BACKGROUND: Previously unidentified 101-year-old film footage considered to be the earliest known surviving feature film with a cast of black actors was recently discovered in The Museum of Modern Art's film collection. The exhibition 100 Years in Post-Production: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film History is the first public presentation of the material and includes selections from the film, along with research findings, archival materials, and film stills. The exhibition is organized by Ron Magliozzi, Associate Curator, Department of Film, and will be on view in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater galleries through March 2015.

WHAT: MoMA’s 12th Annual International Festival of Film Preservation

SPONSOR: Museum of Modern Art

WHEN: Friday, October 24, 2014 – Saturday, November 22, 2014
WHERE: 11 W 53rd Street

PRESS CONTACT: Stuart Klawans, stuart.klawans@finnpartners.com, (212) 715-1546; Sara Beth Walsh, sarabeth_walsh@moma.org, (212) 708-9747; Department of Communications, pressoffice@moma.org, (212) 708-9431

BACKGROUND: Bringing to light some of the wonders that film history had lost or forgotten, and returning celebrated works to a revelatory freshness, The Museum of Modern Art presents the 12th edition of its annual festival of newly preserved and restored films, To Save and Project, from October 24 through November 22, 2014. To Save and Project is organized by festival cofounder Joshua Siegel, Curator, and Dave Kehr, Adjunct Curator, with Sophie Cavoulacos, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film, and The Museum of Modern Art. Click here for more information.


USEFUL INFORMATION

 

STATE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE SUBSCRIPTION

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/info/index.htm, U.S. State Department Office of Press Relations

 

CALENDARS

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/appt, U.S. State Department daily appointments schedule

http://iec.state.gov, U.S. State Department International events calendar http://www.un.org/events/index.html, Additional information about upcoming UN events and conferences
http://www.nyc.gov/calendar, Office of the Mayor of New York city-wide events calendar
http://www.nyc.gov/html/unccp/html/international_biz/calendar.shtml, Office of the Mayor of New York International business calendar
http://www.nyc-arts.org, Alliance for the Arts calendar of cultural events in New York City