Isabella Rossellini will deliver the Fall 2011 Albert Gallatin Lecture, “Animals Distract Me,” on Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 p.m. at New York University’s Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts (1 Washington Place [at Broadway]). Subways: N, R (8th St.); 6 (Astor Pl.).
The event, presented by NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, will also include a screening of Rossellini’s “Animals Distract Me,” which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on the Discovery Channel’s “Green Planet” in April.
The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required by clicking here. Space is limited. For more information, call 212.998.7367. Reporters wishing to attend the event must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rossellini has appeared in more than 40 films as well as 25 made-for-television movies and series, including “Blue Velvet,” “Death Becomes Her,” “Big Night,” and “Alias”. Rossellini, commissioned by Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute to make several short films to address environmental issues, focused on the mating habits of bugs in the well-received “Green Porno” series. In preparation for the second series, which involved sea creatures, she took courses in biology at NYU. Rossellini is a wildlife activist who has been honored by the Audubon Society for her work. She has written three books: Some of Me, Looking at Me, and In the Name of the Father, the Daughter and the Holy Spirits: Remembering Roberto Rossellini. Rossellini is the daughter of the Academy Award-winning Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and the iconic Italian film director Roberto Rossellini.
The Albert Gallatin Lectures bring a series of notable figures from the worlds of politics, the arts, business, and academia to New York University to discuss contemporary issues with students, faculty, and members of the wider community. Presented by the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the Albert Gallatin Lectures reflect the School’s academic philosophy, which is firmly rooted in the idea that knowledge and understanding grow through conversation and collaboration.