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New York FPC PressPass: September 29 - October 6, 2014



WHAT: Forum – Families and Flexibility: Reshaping the Workplace for the 21st Century

SPONSOR: New York City Comptroller, Scott M. Stringer and A Better Balance

WHEN: Monday, September 29, 2014; 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Baruch College/CUNY, Newman Conference Center, 151 E 25th Street, 7th Floor

PRESS RSVP:, (212) 669-4466

SPEAKERS: Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America; Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times; and Rachel Swarns, The New York Times

BACKGROUND: Discussions will center on workplace flexibility and scheduling issues.


WHAT: 4th Annual Concordia Summit

SPONSOR: Concordia

WHEN: Monday, September 29, 2014; 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Hyatt New York, 109 E 42nd Street (corner of Lexington Avenue)

PRESS CONTACT:, (917) 826-9904

SPEAKERS: Senator John McCain; Felipe Calderón, former President, the United Mexican States; Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister, Australia; Jeanie Buss, President, The Los Angeles Lakers; Admiral James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld Jr., Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Salil Shetty, Secretary General, Amnesty International; Dr. Mehmet Oz, Author, TV Host, Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Chairman of HealthCorps.

BACKGROUND: Leaders from business, government, top NGOs, and philanthropy will participate in peer-to-peer discussions on how to leverage and scale proven solutions through public-private partnerships. Panel discussions and special sessions include the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the state of the world economy and geopolitics, the childhood obesity epidemic and efforts to combat human trafficking.

WHAT: Press Preview - Exhibition of Thomas Struth: Photographs

SPONSOR: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

WHEN: Monday, September 29, 2014; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), Joyce and Robert Menschel Hall for Modern Photography, 2nd Floor

PRESS CONTACT: Elyse Topalian,, (212) 570-3951

BACKGROUND: From early black-and-white streetscapes made in New York in 1978 to recent and previously unseen works, Struth’s photographs explore both the traditions and actual conditions of a world on the cusp of global change.

WHAT: Press Preview - Exhibition of America Today: Mural Rediscovered

SPONSOR: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

WHEN: Monday, September 29, 2014; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), The Erving and Joyce Wolf Gallery, The American Wing, Gallery 746
PRESS RSVP/CONTACT: Elyse Topalian,, (212) 570-3951

BACKGROUND: The mural America Today by Thomas Hart Benton, depicts a sweeping panorama of American life during the 1920s.

WHAT: Press Viewing – Kimono: A Modern History

SPONSOR: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

WHEN: Monday, September 29, 2014; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)

PRESS CONTACT: Naomi Takafuchi,, (212) 650-2130

BACKGROUND: The exhibition presents over 50 garments—including contemporary kimonos, war propaganda kimonos made in 1930s and 1940s and kimono-influenced dresses made by contemporary designers. They will be exhibited together with paintings, prints, illustrated books, photographs and postcards, as well as pieces of lacquer ware and ceramics. Interview opportunities and exhibition tours in English and Japanese will be available.



WHAT: Conference – Challenges Facing the World Trade System

SPONSOR: Columbia University

WHEN: Tuesday, September 30, 2014; 8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: 420 W 118th Street

PRESS RSVP/CONTACT: Marcus Tonti,, (212) 851-1818

SPEAKERS: Merit Janow, Dean, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Columbia University; Anu Bradford, Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization, Columbia University; Steve Charnovitz, Associate Professor of Law, George Washington University; Dimitar Gueorguiev, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University; Koichi Hamada, Tuntex Professor of Economics, Yale University; Amit Khandelwal, Associate Professor of Business, Columbia University; Pravin Krishna, Chung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International Economics and Business, Johns Hopkins University; Michael Levi, Director, Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Mary Lovely, Professor of Economics, Syracuse University; Petros Mavroidis, Edwin B. Parker Professor of Foreign and Comparative Law, Columbia University; Devashish Mitra, Professor of Economics, Syracuse University; Arvind Panagariya, Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy, Columbia University; Hugh Patrick, Robert D. Calkins Professor of International Business Emeritus, Columbia Business School; Manjeev Singh Puri, India’s Ambassador to the EU; André Sapir, Professor of Economics, Université Libre de Bruxelles; Jan Svejnar, James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy, Columbia University; Alan Deardorff, John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics, University of Michigan; and Heiwai Tang, Assistant Professor of International Economics, Johns Hopkins University.

BACKGROUND: The conference will shed light on the future of the global trading system. Click here for a detailed schedule.


WHAT: Exhibition – Robert Gober: The Heart is not a Metaphor

SPONSOR: The Museum of Modern Art

WHEN: Tuesday, September 30, 2014; 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: 11 W 53rd Street, Contemporary Galleries and The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor

PRESS RSVP:, (212) 708-9431

PRESS CONTACTS: Margaret Doyle,, (212) 408-6400; Paul Jackson,, (212) 708-9593

SPEAKERS: Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator; and Paulina Pobocha, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA.

BACKGROUND: This is the first large-scale survey of Robert Gober's career to take place in the United States. The exhibition includes approximately 130 works across several mediums, including individual sculptures, immersive sculptural environments, and a selection of drawings, prints, and photographs.

WHAT: LIVE WEBCAST Discussion – Mexico and the United States: Strengthening North American Supply Chains

SPONSOR: Americas Society and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

WHEN: Tuesday, September 30, 2014; 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: This event is taking place in DC. To view live via webcast, click here.

PRESS CONTACTS: Christine Vidmar Gomes at, (202) 449-9224

SPEAKERS: Maria Contreras-Sweet, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator; Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.; Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas.

BACKGROUND: The speakers will discuss the importance of interlocking supply chains to strengthen North American competitiveness.

WHAT: Reading and Discussion with Amjad Nasser

SPONSOR: New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

WHEN: Tuesday, September 30, 2014; 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Washington Place

PRESS RSVP: Allyson Paty,, (212) 998-7365

SPEAKERS: Amjad Nasser, author, poet, manager and cultural editor of the daily newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi; Sinan Antoon, Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University

BACKGROUND: Nasser, an Arab poet, will read some of his poems.

WHAT: Darren Aronofsky in Conversation with Lynne Tillman – Stuart Regen Visionaries Series

SPONSOR: New Museum

WHEN: Tuesday, September 30, 2014; 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: 235 Bowery

PRESS RSVP/CONTACT: Gabriel Einsohn,, (212) 219-1222; Andrea Schwan,, (917) 371-5023

SPEAKERS: Darren Aronofsky, Academy Award-Nominated director, screenwriter and producer; and Lynne Tillman, novelist and critic.

BACKGROUND: The annual Stuart Regen Visionaries Series honors leading international thinkers and creators in the fields of art, architecture, design, dance, film, literature, and technology. Click here for Press Release.



WHAT: Media Preview of Exhibition - Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond

SPONSOR: Brooklyn Museum

WHEN: Wednesday, October 1, 2014; 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

PRESS RSVP:, (718) 501-6331

PRESS CONTACTS: Sally Williams,, (718) 501-6330; Fatima Kafele,, (718) 501-6331

SPEAKERS: Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art; and Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum.

BACKGROUND: This exhibit features more than one hundred works by thirty-five artists or artist groups who live and/or work in Brooklyn.

WHAT: Lecture – The Clean Air Act: The Floor Debate

SPONSOR: Columbia University’s Earth Institute

WHEN: Wednesday, October 1, 2014; 11:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
WHERE: Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 407

PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP.

PRESS CONTACTS: Hayley Martinez,

SPEAKERS: Leon G. Billings and Thomas C. Jorling (former senior staff members who led the Senate environment subcommittee which originated and developed major environmental legislation in the 1970s, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Superfund Act).

BACKGROUND: This talk will provide an in-depth look at the Clean Air Act, through the floor debate between Senators Griffin and Hruska. Billings and Jorling will discuss the role of the unanimous vote, and the conference with the House. Guests will join registered students in the class for the lecture and discussion.

WHAT: Report Launch – CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force on North America

SPONSOR: Council on Foreign Relations

WHEN: Wednesday, October 1, 2014; 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (Camera Set-up: 12:45-1:15 p.m.; Registration: 1:00-1:30 p.m.)
WHERE: 58 E 68th Street

PRESS RSVP: Buy 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1 to

PRESS CONTACT: Kendra Davidson,, (202) 509-8584

SPEAKERS: David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Retired), Chairman, KKR Global Institute; Robert B. Zoellick, Chairman, International Advisors, Goldman Sachs & Co.; Shannon K. O'Neil, Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Presider: Maria Bartiromo, Anchor and Global Markets Editor, Fox Business Network.

BACKGROUND: The report urges policymakers to prioritize the North American relationship and asserts that a new partnership to better integrate North American economies, increase cooperation on energy, the environment, and security, and create a broader community can strengthen the position of the United States at home and abroad.




WHAT: Lecture – Energy Security and Pipeline Politics: The Achilles Heel of Eastern Europe

SPONSOR: Columbia University’s Harriman Institute and the Center for Global Energy Policy

WHEN: Thursday, October 02, 2014; 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: International Affairs Building, 420 W 118th Street, Room 1219

PRESS CONTACT: Rebecca Dalton

SPEAKER: Dr. Agnia Grigas, energy and political risk expert, specializing in Russia and Eastern Europe, author of The Politics of Energy and Memory between the Baltic States and Russia and a contributor (CNN, CCTV, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, BBC Russia, openDemocracy, LA Business Journal).

BACKGROUND: The talk will focus on energy security in Eastern Europe, focusing on new EU states, Belarus, and Ukraine.



WHAT: Fifth Annual Consortium for Asian and African Studies Symposium Asia and Africa Across Disciplinary and National Lines

SPONSOR: Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute

WHEN: Friday, October 3, 2014 and Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9:15 a.m.— 6:15 p.m.

WHERE: International Affairs Building, Room 918
PRESS RSVP: Click here to register.

PRESS CONTACT: Lauren Mack, ‚Äč

SPEAKERS: Academic experts from Columbia University, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, London School of Economics, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, University of London, Centre d'étude et de Recherche sur les Littératures, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales

BACKGROUND: The symposium will feature panels on nation, ethnicity, and identity; environmental and ecological histories; language, politics, and history; economic and political development; migration, expulsion, and exile; social networks; and colonial/postcolonial experiences. Click here for the full schedule.




WHAT: Celebration of Brooklyn's Latino community and culture – Target First Saturday

SPONSOR: The Brooklyn Museum and Target

WHEN: Saturday, October 4, 2014; 5:00 – 11:00 p.m.
WHERE: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

PRESS CONTACT: Emily Liebowitz,, (718) 501-6354

BACKGROUND: The museum will sponsor several programs to celebrate the vibrant Latino communities in and around Brooklyn including talks, music, and dance. Highlights include music by La Mecánica Popular, a talk by journalist and filmmaker Raquel Cepada, and a social club with dancers from Global Rhythms leading rumba and salsa lessons. Click here for more information.



WHAT: Press Preview and Exhibition Walkthrough – Maryland to Murano: Neckpieces and Sculptures by Joyce J. Scott

SPONSOR: Museum of Arts and Design

WHEN: Monday, October 6, 2014; 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: 2 Columbus Circle

PRESS CONTACT: Claire Laporte,, (212) 299-7737

SPEAKER: Lowery Stokes Sims, William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator, Museum of Arts and Design.

BACKGROUND: This exhibit includes 34 of the artist’s neckpieces, including a collaboration with noted jeweler Art Smith, 3 beaded wall hangings, and 13 glass sculptures, most of which were created since 2009.

WHAT: Lecture on the Future of Afghanistan

SPONSORS: New York University Center for Dialogues and the Foreign Policy Association

WHEN: Monday, October 6, 2014; 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor (Between Fifth and Sixth Streets)

PRESS RSVP: Click here to RSVP

PRESS CONTACT: James Devitt,, (212) 998-6808

SPEAKER: Barnett R. Rubin, director, Center on International Cooperation, and former senior adviser to the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. Department of State; Mustapha Tlili, founder and director of the NYU Center for Dialogues.

BACKGROUND: The lecture will focus on Afghanistan’s future.


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