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July 25 2011


Stanley Fish: A Case for the Arts

Stanley Fish: A Case for the Arts
Each morning this week, we will hear from people representing and supporting the arts, particularly those art forms represented at Chautauqua -- literature, visual arts, orchestra, theater, opera, dance -- discussing the role of the arts in civil society -- education, economic recovery, healing, and cross-cultural understanding. Afternoon lectures will examine the role of the arts in worship. This week will highlight Chautauqua's four-pillar mix of arts, education, religion, and recreation.

Chautauqua, according to the late, great Teddy Roosevelt, is "the most American thing in America." It's also the country's oldest ideas festival. Since its founding in 1874, Chautauqua has attracted the likes of Amelia Earhart, FDR and Susan B. Anthony. The rich tradition continues in 2011. Speakers include New York Times contributor Stanley Fish, groundbreaking religious commentator Karen Armstrong, leading foreign policy analyst Robin Wright, noted historian Gordon Wood and several others. Take advantage of this exclusive offer from FORA.tv and the Chautauqua Institution, and join the discussion as these important thought leaders address the most pressing issues facing America and the world.
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:45:00 -0700
Location: Chautauqua, NY, Chautauqua Amphitheater, Chautauqua Institution
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/07/19/Stanley_Fish_A_Case_for_the_Arts

June 30 2011


The Arts, and Our Kids

The Arts, and Our Kids
The Arts, and Our Kids

Founder and President, Sphinx Organization

Artistic Director, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Artistic Director, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center


Entering its seventh year, the Aspen Ideas Festival will gather some of the most interesting thinkers and leaders from around the US and abroad to discuss their work, the issues that inspire them, and their ideas. Presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the Festival is unique in its dedication to dialogue and exchange, and in its commitment to bringing ideas to the public at large. FORA.tv is pleased to present Festival programs taking place at the Aspen Institute's Paepcke Auditorium.
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 12:30:00 -0700
Location: Aspen, CO, Paepcke Auditorium, Aspen Institute
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/06/30/The_Arts_and_Our_Kids
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March 27 2011


Balenciaga and Spain Symposium

Balenciaga and Spain Symposium
This symposium will examine the thesis of the exhibition: the power of the Spanish imagination, and of its cultural and artistic history, on the work of one of the 20th century's greatest designers.
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: San Francisco, CA, Koret Auditorium - de Young Museum, de Young Museum
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/03/26/Balenciaga_and_Spain_Symposium

March 10 2011


March 04 2011


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

Dan Charnas: The Big Payback

Dan Charnas: The Big Payback
Dan Charnas presents his new book, The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop. Charnas takes us from the first "rapping DJ" in 1970s New York, through the secret histories of Sugar Hill Records and Grandmaster Flash, the marketing of gangsta rap, and the rise of artist/ entrepreneurs like Jay-Z and Sean "Diddy" Combs.
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, The Ferry Building, Book Passage
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/02/18/Dan_Charnas_The_Big_Payback

February 23 2011


February 18 2011


Patrick Blanc: The Vertical Garden

Patrick Blanc: The Vertical Garden
NightLife presents a talk by Patrick Blanc, world-renowned botanist and inventor of the vertical garden, and creator of Drew School's 'living wall' -- the largest such installation in the U.S. The talk will focus on describing his design approach and philosophy behind his incredible creations -- vertical gardens that now number over 200 throughout the world.

Patrick is both a research scientist working for the French National Center for Scientific Research and an artist. He is known as the "inventor of the vertical garden" and is renowned for transforming naked city walls and homes into havens for biodiversity.

Drew School's 1,720 sq. ft. project will be his largest installation in the United States. His work is featured in places like Quai Branly Museum inaugurated by the president of France in 2006, Madrid's Caixa Forum Museum with 20,000 plants and 300 species, and Hotel Pershing Hall in Paris.
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, California Academy of Sciences, California Academy of Sciences
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/02/10/Patrick_Blanc_The_Vertical_Garden

February 15 2011


February 11 2011


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

January 30 2011


And the Pursuit of Happiness

And the Pursuit of Happiness
America considers the pursuit of happiness an inalienable right. But where is this pursuit taking us? How valuable is positive thinking? In arts, melancholia has long been a source of inspiration.

Specialist of Ancient Greece Barbara Cassin will give a philosophical point of view on the topic, and historian of the French Revolution Sophie Wahnich will bring some insight on the conditions of happiness. They will be discussing with co-authors of 13 Words, Lemony Snicket's Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman, who is also a New Yorker cover artist and author of the acclaimed book, And the Pursuit of Happiness.
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: New York, New York, Celeste Bartos Forum, New York Public Library
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/01/29/And_the_Pursuit_of_Happiness

January 26 2011


Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation

Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation
Author Mindy Aloff shares stories from her recently published book Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation along with screening brief film excerpts that illustrate the evolution of dance used in Disney animation from the 1930s to 1950s. Joined by Marge Champion, who is interviewed for Hippo in a Tutu and was the dancer and live model for both Snow White and the Hippopotamus Ballerina in Fantasia. Moderated by Jacob's Pillow Director of Preservation Norton Owen.

EXCERPT from PillowTalk: Hippo in a Tutu. Recorded August 28, 2010.

PillowTalks feature world-renowned choreographers, dancers, authors, filmmakers, historians, and critics in live hour-long moderated discussions of the cultural forces shaping the field of dance. Curated by Jacob's Pillow Director of Preservation Norton Owen and moderated by Jacob's Pillow Scholars-in-Residence, PillowTalks use dance as a prism to explore the world at large.

For more info on Jacob's Pillow please visit www.jacobspillow.org
Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Becket, MA, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/08/28/Hippo_in_a_Tutu_Dancing_in_Disney_Animation

January 20 2011


Nixon in China, Hu in America

Nixon in China, Hu in America
Join theatrical director Peter Sellars and Orville Schell, Director of Asia Society's Center on US-China Relations, as they discuss the past, present and future of US-China relations as well as the role of culture in this constantly evolving relationship.

On February 2, Sellars makes his Metropolitan Opera debut with the groundbreaking work, John Adams's Nixon in China. According to Sellars, this exploration of President Nixon's historic 1972 encounter with Mao and Communist China "shows you what opera can do to history, which is to deepen it and move into its more subtle, nuanced, and mysterious corners."

The Metropolitan Opera's production of Nixon in China will be shown "Live in HD" in movie theaters internationally on Saturday, February 12. The production was originally created by English National Opera. The work was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Houston Grand Opera, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, Asia Society, Asia Society
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/01/11/Nixon_in_China_Hu_in_America

January 15 2011


December 29 2010


Regina Spektor Talks with Michael Specter

Regina Spektor Talks with Michael Specter
Regina Spektor was born in Moscow and emigrated with her family when she was nine. After settling in the Bronx, she became active in the East Village's anti-folk scene and released two self-produced albums. Her third, "Soviet Kitsch," was picked up and distributed by Sire Records in 2004. It was followed, in 2006, by "Begin to Hope" and, last year, by "Far." She is currently writing the score for a theatrical adaptation of "Sleeping Beauty."

Michael Specter is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of "Denialism." From 1995 to 1998, he was the Moscow bureau chief for the Times.
Date: Sat, 02 Oct 2010 22:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, Acura at SIR Stage37, FORA.tv
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/10/02/Regina_Spektor_Talks_with_Michael_Specter

December 23 2010


Bridging the Middle East and America Through Culture

Bridging the Middle East and America Through Culture
New York Times best-selling author, CBS News analyst, and political commentator Reza Aslan discusses the best of the Middle East's literary leaders. He will describe cultural luminaries from Iran, Pakistan, Morocco, and Turkey and beyond. Aslan believes that the mainstream media is creating a massive American cultural blindspot by only focusing on terrorism, suicide bombings, and escalating tensions. Aslan's intention is to change that focus and bring attention to the rich literature, history, and stories of the Middle East.

Besides being an acclaimed author and the contributing editor to The Daily Beast, Aslan has also written for numerous publications including The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, and Slate. He has also appeared on television programs such as "The Rachael Maddow Show," "Meet the Press," "The Colbert Report," and "Hardball." Aslan is currently the Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside and a Research Associate at the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy.

Aslan earned a B.A. in religion from Santa Clara University, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, a M.F.A in fiction from the University of Iowa, and a Doctorate in Sociology of Religions from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, Commonwealth Club, Commonwealth Club
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/11/29/Bridging_the_Middle_East_and_America_Through_Culture

December 08 2010


A New New Amsterdam: Dwell Conversation

A New New Amsterdam: Dwell Conversation
Dwell Editor-in-Chief Sam Grawe leads a discussion with designers Jan Habraken, Alissia Melka-Teichroew of New York-based byAMT Studio, and Maaike Evers of San Francisco-based Mike & Maaike as they discuss what it means to be a Dutch designer working in the United States. With a population smaller than many American cities, Holland is a nation where design has become a huge part of the national discourse -- from the economy to the education system -- and impacts many aspects of daily life.

What lessons can be learned from the Dutch, and how could we stand to benefit from a more Dutch approach to the design issues that face our nation? Do these designers consider their approach to be at all Dutch? How do American impressions of Holland affect their businesses? How might they differ from designers working in Holland?
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, Dutch Consolate, Consulate General of the Netherlands, SF
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/11/16/A_New_New_Amsterdam_Dwell_Conversation

LIVE from the NYPL: National Lampoon Revisited

LIVE from the NYPL: National Lampoon Revisited
To celebrate the publication of DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Writers and Artists Who made the National Lampoon Insanely Great, LIVE from the NYPL reunites many of the editors and artists who were the core of The National Lampoon's staff in the 1970's for a once-in-a-lifetime evening of reminiscence and laughter. Listen in as they, and their special guests tell hilarious, and outrageous behind-the-scenes stories about the formative days of America's greatest humor magazine!


Date: Sat, 04 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, Celeste Bartos Forum, New York Public Library
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/12/04/LIVE_from_the_NYPL_National_Lampoon_Revisited
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