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December 15 2011

01:39

What Is the Future of the Independent Bookstore?

What Is the Future of the Independent Bookstore?
With the rise of the e-book, the collapse of Borders, and the changing nature of bookselling, what is the future of that neighborhood fixture, the great independent bookstore? Literary agent Eric Simonoff, co-head of the book department at WME Entertainment, will host a freewheeling conversation with two successful and beloved booksellers in New York City, each of whom will bring along an author closely associated with their store.

Featuring Jonathan Ames, author of The Extra Man and Wake Up, Sir and creator of the hit HBO series Bored to Death; Simon Van Booy, author of The Secret Lives of People in Love and Love Begins in Winter, winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award; Sarah McNally, owner of McNally Jackson Books; and Zack Zook, general manager of BookCourt.
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2011 02:00:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, Prohansky Auditorium, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/12/05/What_Is_the_Future_of_the_Independent_Bookstore

December 08 2011

01:35

Leon Cooper: Superconductivity & Other Insoluble Problems

Leon Cooper: Superconductivity & Other Insoluble Problems
Superconductivity and Other Insoluble Problems: Are There Limits to Scientific Understanding?

A talk by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon N. Cooper

When an ordinary metal is cooled to very low temperatures -- near absolute zero -- its electrical resistance vanishes. Once a current starts to flow in a loop of such "superconducting" wire, it flows forever. Discovered in 1911, this remarkable phenomenon defied explanation for nearly fifty years, until the work of John Bardeen, Leon Cooper and J. Robert Schrieffer. Today, superconductivity is still a central topic in scientific research and in the search for new technologies, while the "BCS" theory has had implications for our understanding of systems ranging from the atomic nucleus to the behavior of massive stars. To celebrate the centennial of the original discovery, we are delighted to welcome Professor Cooper, who will reflect on the history of superconductivity and on the nature of scientific explanation.

Leon Cooper is the Thomas J. Watson, Sr., Professor of Science at Brown University, where he also directs the Center for Neural Science. A graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, he shared the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to the theory of superconductivity.
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 15:30:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, Prohansky Auditorium, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/11/14/Leon_Cooper_Superconductivity__Other_Insoluble_Problems
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00:51

Azam Ali: From Night to the Edge of Day

Azam Ali: From Night to the Edge of Day
Azam Ali has one of the most seductive and effortlessly disciplined voices today. The Iranian-born, Indian-raised vocalist makes traditional and newly composed songs smolder with dreamy longing, with the grief of exile in a conflict-riven world, and with a keen edge of hope sublimely interpreted through ultra-modern beats and ambient drones.

Celebrating her new cd on Six Degrees, Ali's sophisticated exploration of Iranian, Turkish, Lebanese, and Kurdish lullabies shine through her unique vocals and aesthetic, honed on three solo albums and a career that has included collaborations with Mickey Hart to System of a Down, and Nine Inch Nails to King Crimson, as well as her own project Niyaz.

For this concert she is accompanied by Ramin Loga Torkian on saz (lute) and kamaan bam (bowed lute); Naser Musa on vocals, oud (lute); Jess Stroup on guitar and programming, and Mathias Kunzli on percussion.
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 02:00:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, Prohansky Auditorium, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/11/22/Azam_Ali_From_Night_to_the_Edge_of_Day

December 07 2011

01:21

The Graduate Center's 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Graduate Center's 50th Anniversary Celebration
The Graduate Centers 50th Anniversary Celebration

A Special Event for the Graduate Center Community

Join fellow faculty, students, staff, and alumni in celebrating 50 years of groundbreaking scholarship.

Featuring:

Allan Atlas on Barry S. Brook
Mary Ann Caws on Edouard Glissant
William Kornblum on Irving Howe
Joan Richardson on Alfred Kazin
David Nasaw on Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Wayne Koestenbaum on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Jane Schneider on Eric R. Wolf
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 03:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, The Graduate Center, CUNY, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/10/25/The_Graduate_Centers_50th_Anniversary_Celebration
01:03

David Brooks Speaks with Daniel Kahneman

David Brooks Speaks with Daniel Kahneman
New York Times columnist David Brooks will speak with the Nobel Laureate and psychologist Daniel Kahneman about the latters influential career and his new book Thinking, Fast and Slow.

A Nobel laureate in economics (one of the only non-economists to earn this honor) and a research psychologist world-renowned for his seminal work on judgment, decision making, happiness, and well-being, Kahneman is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University and Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus at Princetons Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He received the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics. David Brooks's column on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times started in September 2003.

He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer. He is the author of Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense.
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 02:00:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, Prohansky Auditorium, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/11/28/David_Brooks_Speaks_with_Daniel_Kahneman

May 26 2011

19:20

Marable's Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Marable's Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
Join Cornel West, Leith Mullings, Stanley Aronowitz, and Gary Younge as they discuss Manning Marable's new biography, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, and the many questions about Malcolm X's life and assassination that it raises. Manning Marable, who died days before his book was released, was professor of public affairs, political science, history and African-American studies and the founding director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies and the Center for the Study of Contemporary Black History at Columbia University. He is recognized as one of the most forceful and outspoken scholars of African-American history and race relations in the United States.
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 19:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, Prohansky Auditorium, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/05/12/Marables_Malcolm_X_A_Life_of_Reinvention
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April 20 2011

00:29

Slavoj Zizek: Catastrophic But Not Serious

Slavoj Zizek: Catastrophic But Not Serious
The Committee on Globalization and Social Change will launch with a special lecture by philosopher and critic Slavoj Zizek who will speak on "The Situation Is Catastrophic, but Not Serious." This alleged message of the Austrian military headquarters during WWI renders perfectly our attitude towards the ongoing crisis: we are aware of the looming (ecological, social) catastrophes, but we somehow don't take them seriously. What ideology sustains such an attitude?

The Committee on Globalization and Social Change (CGSC) is an interdisciplinary working group composed of a core group of CUNY faculty interested in reflecting on globalization as an analytic category for understanding social change.
Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, Prohansky Auditorium, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/04/04/Slavoj_Zizek_Catastrophic_But_Not_Serious

April 18 2011

23:26

Amy Rowat and William Yosses: The Science of Sweets

Amy Rowat and William Yosses: The Science of Sweets
Physicist Amy Rowat pioneered the use of examples from food and cooking as vehicles for teaching sophisticated physics concepts to a general audience. William Yosses is the executive pastry chef at the White House and a CUNY alumnus. Together, they explore the physics behind some of our favorite foods.
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, Prohansky Auditorium, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/03/29/Amy_Rowat_and_William_Yosses_The_Science_of_Sweets

April 16 2011

00:17

Peter Beinart in Conversation with Paul Krugman

Peter Beinart in Conversation with Paul Krugman
Professor and journalist Peter Beinart talks with Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist and a Nobel Laureate in Economics.
Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/04/06/Peter_Beinart_in_Conversation_with_Paul_Krugman

April 14 2011

01:49

We Are What We Remember: Memory and Biology

We Are What We Remember: Memory and Biology
Eric Kandel, who received the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, is professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a senior investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He was also the founding director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, which is now the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia.

Kandel has recently authored In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind (W.W. Norton), which chronicles his life and research. The book was awarded the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Award for Science and Technology.
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, Prohansky Auditorium, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/03/28/We_Are_What_We_Remember_Memory_and_Biology

March 08 2011

23:50

Collins, Allen and Beinart: The New Order in Washington

Collins, Allen and Beinart: The New Order in Washington
The spring Perspectives with Peter Beinart series opens with an evening examining the new order in Washington. The discussion features Gail Collins, columnist for the New York Times, and Mike Allen, chief political correspondent for Politico. Peter Beinart is a faculty member at CUNY's Graduate Center and Graduate School of Journalism and a senior political writer for the Daily Beast.
Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/03/01/Collins_Allen_and_Beinart_The_New_Order_in_Washington

March 04 2011

01:20

Visions of Vision: Art, Math and the Brain

Visions of Vision: Art, Math and the Brain
Steven Zucker is the David and Lucille Packard Professor of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering at Yale University. He is responsible for many advances in how computers can be programmed to understand images, from detecting the edges of objects to recovering their three dimensional shape.

Zucker and his colleagues bring powerful ideas from pure mathematics to bear on these problems, and he has been one of the key figures in building bridges that reach from practical computer vision to the basic science of how the brain interprets the visual world. He often uses artwork to illustrate his ideas, connecting theories of how we process images to the artist's talent for manipulating our perceptions.

His lecture invites us to think about what makes drawings beautiful, and about what makes theories beautiful.
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, Skylight Room, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/02/24/Visions_of_Vision_Art_Math_and_the_Brain

February 11 2011

01:21

Landscape: Seen, Remembered ... Imagined

Landscape: Seen, Remembered ... Imagined
A panel discussion with artist Clifford Ross and critic Robert Storr based on a screening of Harmonium Mountain, an animated, computer-generated landscape video by Clifford Ross with an original score by Philip Glass.
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/01/24/Landscape_Seen_Remembered__Imagined

December 20 2010

23:32

The New York High Line: An Urban Model, Or Not?

The New York High Line: An Urban Model, Or Not?
Exploring the power of place in our lives, this year the Great Issues Forum poses questions such as: How does our sense of place define us? How are our notions of space and place evolving as we move into the future? How is urbanization shaping our physical and human environment?

Participants include Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author and New Yorker contributor; Jerilyn Perine, Executive Director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council; and Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line.

The conversation is moderated by John Mollenkopf, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center, and Director of the Center for Urban Research.
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, Prohansky Auditorium, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/12/08/The_New_York_High_Line_An_Urban_Model_Or_Not

December 08 2010

21:47

What Is the Future of Media?

What Is the Future of Media?
The second fall Perspectives features Daily Beast founder and editor Tina Brown; writer and political commentator Andrew Sullivan; and Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do?Moderated by Peter Beinart, the discussion will look at how electronic publishing and the Internet are changing the dissemination of news and information.
Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, Prohnasky Auditorium, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/11/08/What_Is_the_Future_of_Media_Andrew_Sullivan_Jeff_Jarvis_Tina_Brown_and_Peter_Beinart
01:51

The 75th Anniversary of Porgy and Bess

The 75th Anniversary of Porgy and Bess
A Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the opera Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin. Highlights of the opera will be performed by stars of some of the world's premiere opera companies, interspersed with narration of the story, by actor Avery Brooks. Featuring Terry Cook, bass baritone; Indira Mahajan, soprano; Lawrence Craig, and others.

Conceived by Gershwin as an "American folk opera," Porgy and Bess premiered in New York in the fall of 1935 and featured a cast of classically trained African-American singers -- a daring and visionary artistic choice at the time. Incorporating a wealth of blues and jazz idioms into the classical art form of opera, Gershwin considered it his finest work.
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/10/28/The_75th_Anniversary_of_Porgy_and_Bess

December 01 2010

01:19

More Perfect Than We Imagined: A Physicist's View

More Perfect Than We Imagined: A Physicist's View
This lecture will give us a glimpse of science at the frontier of our understanding, where physicists and biologists are collaborating -- and debating -- in an effort to tame the complexity of life. William Bialek is the John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle Professor in Physics at Princeton University and Visiting Presidential Professor of Physics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he leads the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences. He is a leading figure in the growing effort to bring the beautiful phenomena of life under the powerful predictive umbrella of theoretical physics.
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, Prohnasky Auditorium, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/11/03/More_Perfect_Than_We_Imagined_A_Physicists_View

November 18 2010

22:58

Diane di Prima: An Evening of Reading and Conversation

Diane di Prima: An Evening of Reading and Conversation
Join the iconic poet and activist Diane di Prima for a rare New York City appearance. Graduate Center Professor Ammiel Alcalay will engage her in a conversation about her work and life after her reading. Over the span of her remarkable career, di Prima has published 43 books of poetry and prose and, as per Allen Ginsberg, "broke barriers of race-class identity and delivered a major body of verse brilliant in its particularity." She is presently the Poet Laureate of San Francisco.
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, Martin E. Segal Theatre, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/10/15/Diane_di_Prima_An_Evening_of_Reading_and_Conversation
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October 27 2010

01:24

Jazz Legacies: A Conversation with Ron Carter

Jazz Legacies: A Conversation with Ron Carter
As part of the Jazz Legacies series, the Graduate Center's Gary Giddins, acclaimed critic and author, speaks with jazz legends about their life and work.

This year's series begins with a conversation featuring bassist and cellist Ron Carter. Carter's appearances on over 2,500 albums make him one of the most-recorded bassists in jazz history. Carter is also an acclaimed cellist and has recorded numerous times on that instrument.
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/10/18/Jazz_Legacies_A_Conversation_with_Ron_Carter

September 29 2010

00:42

Is Obama's Foreign Policy Working?

Is Obama's Foreign Policy Working?
This debate, moderated by political writer and analyst Peter Beinart (The Daily Beast), features Christopher Hitchens and George Packer.

The panel discusses America's position in, and relationship to, the rest of the world under Obama -- and whether or not his foreign policy has been effective.
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/09/22/Is_Obamas_Foreign_Policy_Working
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