Monthly Archives: October 2015

CLS Invites You To A Discussion On: The Fragmentation of the Middle East — November 17th at 6 PM

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The Fragmentation of the Middle East: Syria, Yemen, and the New Political Landscape
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
6:007:30 p.m.
D’Agostino Hall, Lipton Hall
108 West 3rd Street
The Center on Law and Security presents a panel discussion with:
  • Michael Wahid Hanna, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center on Law and Security, NYU School of Law; Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
  • Gregory Johnsen, Princeton University
  • Marina Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Jessica Ashooh, Deputy Director of the Middle East Strategy Task Force, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council
  • Steven Simon, Visiting Fellow, Dartmouth College
About the Event
The conversation will focus on how to react when states fragment, and the United States and international community do not have a governmental counterpart to deal with in order to address questions of politics, strategy, or humanitarian affairs.  This trend can be seen most clearly in Syria and Yemen (and Libya), but we may face a version of this problem in the not too distant future in Afghanistan and elsewhere as well.
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Stephen Petrus- Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival- November 10

Stephen Petrus will discuss his book Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival at the Tamiment Library on Tuesday November 10 at 6:00 PM. Petrus is an Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellow at the New-York Historical Society, where he is working on his second book, a political and cultural history of Greenwich Village in the 1950s and 60s. At the Museum of the City of New York, he curated the exhibition Folk City, on view until January 10, and was co-author of the show’s accompanying book, with historian Ronald D. Cohen.

On Folk City:

Folk City is a magical token back to a clattering, incandescent New York, where Popular Front hootenannies gave way to the fretted hip of Gerde’s, the Gaslight, and the Folklore Center. Stephen Petrus and Ronald Cohen have written the best history yet of the city’s influential folk music culture, packed with astonishing photos that finally see the light of day.” –Sean Wilentz, author of Bob Dylan in America

Copies of Folk City will be available to purchase. The event is sponsored by the Tamiment Library and the Center for the United States and the Cold War

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Press Release: The New Literature from Europe Festival (NLE) returns to New York City

Come Together: The 12th Annual New Literature from Europe Festival


New York, New York, November 2015 — The New Literature from Europe Festival (NLE) returns to New York City from November 6-9 for a four-day thought-provoking celebration of literature in translation.

Now in its 12th year, the New Literature from Europe Festival, presents twelve extraordinary authors from across the Continent including: Wojciech Jagielski(Poland), Bernhard Aichner (Austria), Naja Marie Aidt (Denmark), Niccolò Ammaniti (Italy), Tomáš Halík (Czech Republic), Josefine Klougart (Denmark),Alek Popov (Bulgaria), Jordi Puntí (Catalan), György Spiró (Hungary), Bogdan Suceava (Romania), Bettina Suleiman (Germany), and Ardian Vehbiu(Albania).

Pushed by civil war and violence, hundreds of thousands of people have fled the Middle East and Africa in the largest refugee crisis Europe has seen since World War II. Never before have the voices of European writers been more imperative than today,” says Sean Bye, President New Literature from Europe Festival, 2015.

Hailed by Ryszard Kapuscinski as the Polish writer who best continued his work into the next generation, Wojeciech Jagielski will be celebrating the launch of his third book in English: Burning the Grass: At the Heart of Change in South Africa, 1990-2011. A literary masterpiece of true crime, the book is based on the 2010 murder of Eugène Terre’Blanche, the firebrand far-right terrorist who espoused white Afrikaner rule even as it was ending in South Africa. Jagielski travels to the small town where Terre’Blanche lived until his mysterious killing, and shows us a part of South Africa where life and views have changed little since the introduction of democracy in 1994.

Other Festival highlights include dynamic programming such as Templeton Prize winner Tomáš Halík in conversation with Erasmus Prize-winning journalist, Ian Buruma, at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, a Bernardo Bertolucci film screening with Niccolò Ammaniti, author of the novel on which the film was based and winner of the Premio Strega with Antonio Monda, Artistic Director of the Rome Film Festival at NYU’s Casa Italia, a conversation on the challenges women authors face being translated into English with Naja Marie Aidt, Josefine Klougart and Bettina Suleiman with 3%’s Chad Post, moderated by Margaret Carson, co-chair of the PEN Translation Committee, and the first ever NLE Translation Slam featuring NLE, poets, novelists and playwrights and their translators.  For a full schedule of festival events, visit the New Literature from Europe festival website

The New Literature from Europe festival is jointly organized by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), The Albanian Ministry of Culture, the Albanian Institute New York, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Balassi Institute, the Consulate General of Denmark, Czech Center New York, the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, the Goethe-Institut New York, the Institut Ramon Llull, the Italian Cultural Institute New York, the Polish Cultural Institute New York, and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York.

For more information and the full schedule of events, please visit

Most events are free and open to the public.


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CARO LLEWELLYN: 212-203-9443


Internship Opportunity – Leclef Photo Inc.

Leclef Photo Inc. is looking for a studio/research assistant to help with various duties such as:

  • Research and draft writing for fine art projects
  • Organization and draft writing for grant opportunities, gallery submissions
  • Day to day digital support work involving organizing data, image optimization, and editing of still and motion capture
  • 1-2 days/week
  • Stipend: $30/day
  • Start date: November 2015


  • Experience in research, online, and analog
  • Experience with Photoshop and Lightroom is desirable
  • Organizational skills
  • Fun personality, dedication, and good work ethic

The studio handles the fine art and commercial projects of Marc Ohrem-Leclef. Since the publication of Marc’s book Olympia Favela, demand for the studio has grown considerably. The workload has expanded from servicing commercial clients to giving fine art projects more exposure and handling of press requests. Research of new projects is an important part of the world.

Please email your resume to[at]

Leclef Photo Inc.

67 North 7th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11249

Oct 29 6PM | Belle: A Conversation and Film Screening

Thursday, October 29th: Cantor Film Center, 6PM

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NYU’s Office of the Vice Provost invites you for a conversation with screenwriter Misan Sagay and a screening of her powerful film, Belle, on Thursday, October 29th at 6pm at the Iris & B Gerald Cantor Film Center at 36 E 8th St, New York, NY 10003

Professor Renée Blake (FAS Linguistics and Social and Cultural Analysis; Director, Africana Studies) will moderate a brief conversation with screenwriter Misan Sagay before the film screening. Event begins promptly at 6:00 pm. Doors open at 5:45 pm.

Belle is the 2013 multi-award winning film that brings us powerfully close to a historical moment where race, class, gender and justice collide. Prior to the screening, screenwriter Misan Sagay will share her own story, reflecting on her personal connection with the main character and the 1779 painting that inspired the film.