The New York University Bookstore will host events in March that include Avital Ronell, author of the recently released Loser Sons: Politics and Authority, Manthia Diawara, a filmmaker and historian, and writer Christopher Bram at the Bookstore’s 726 Broadway location (between Astor Place and Washington Place). All events are free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.998.4667 or go to www.bookstores.nyu.edu. Subways: N, R (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).
Thurs., March 1, 6:30 p.m.
Barry Wallenstein’s Book Launch Party and Jazz Performance for Drastic Dislocations: New and Selected Poems, with Mike Richmond on Bass and Vincent Chancey on French Horn
Barry Wallenstein has published six collections of poetry prior to this one. He is an emeritus professor of literature and creative writing at CUNY and an editor of the journal American Book Review. Over the years, he has collaborated with jazz artists in the performance and recording of his poetry, and he continues to perform with musicians internationally. Mike Richmond teaches in the Jazz Studies Program at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Vincent Chancey has recorded with various artists on more than 150 albums, CDs, and soundtracks.
Wednesday, March 7, 6:30-8 p.m.
SCPS Writing Workshop: “The Two I’s of Memoir” with Cullen Thomas
The Department of Humanities, Arts, and Writing at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies invites all new and experienced writers to another series of free creative writing classes at the NYU Bookstore. Master teachers from the Writing Program at SCPS will be lecturing on a range of writing skills, followed by writing exercises and time for discussion. Afterwards, instructors will sign copies of their books and offer additional advice to aspiring writers. The March session will be led by Cullen Thomas, the author of Brother One Cell, a 2008 Kiriyama Prize “Notable Book” and one of World Hum’s “Best Travel Books of the Year”. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, the Daily Beast, and Foreign Policy.
Tuesday, March 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
Avital Ronell, author of Loser Sons: Politics and Authority, in conversation with Manthia Diawara
In Loser Sons, NYU Professor Avital Ronell draws on current philosophy, literary history, and political events to confront the grim fact that divested boys become terrifying men. Tracing the disappearance of authority and the fact that “we must still contend with the victory of patriarchy” (Freud), she gives a break-down of contemporary disaster zones that affect us all. Ronell is University Professor of the Humanities and a professor of German, English, and comparative literature at NYU, where she codirects the Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies program. Diawara holds the title of University Professor at NYU, where he is director of the Institute of African American Affairs. His most recent works include African Film: New Forms of Aesthetics and Politics and “Edouard Glissant: One World in Relation”.
Wednesday, March 21, 5-6:30 p.m.
The Revealer Reading Series: Rebecca Alpert, Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball, with response by Judith Weisenfeld
Rebecca Alpert’s Out of Left Field (Oxford, 2011) explores how Jewish sports entrepreneurs, political radicals, and a team of black Jews from Belleville, Virginia called the Belleville Grays--the only Jewish team in the history of black baseball--made their mark on the world of the Negro Leagues. Alpert is an associate professor of Religion and Women’s Studies at Temple University. Judith Weisenfeld is a professor of Religion at Princeton University. Her most recent book is Hollywood Be Thy Name: African American Religion in American Film, 1929-1949 (University of California Press, 2007). The Revealer is a publication of NYU’s Center for Religion and Media.
Thursday, March 22, noon-2 p.m.
All Things Apple @ NYU
Introducing the “lunch and learn” sessions with NYU and Apple! Come learn all about the latest and greatest apps for Apple products and how you can incorporate them into your classroom and teaching experience. Ask our Apple Reps any technical questions and get answers on the spot. Bring your lunch, relax and learn!
Thursday, March 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Christopher Bram, author of Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America
In the years following World War II, a small group of gay writers established themselves as literary power players, fueling cultural changes that would resonate for decades to come, and transforming the American literary landscape forever. In Eminent Outlaws (Twelve, 2012), novelist and critic Christopher Bram chronicles the rise of gay consciousness in American writing. Author of nine novels, his Father of Frankenstein, about film director James Whale, was made into the movie “Gods and Monsters“. Bram teaches at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Tuesday, March 27, 6-7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading: David Austell and YuYutsu Ram Dass Sharma
David Austell is the director of the Office for International Students and Scholars at NYU, where he also has an appointment as associate professor of international education in NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He has published Little Creek & Other Poems (2011) and Garuda (2012). Yuyutsu Ram Dass Sharma is a Nepalese poet.
Wednesday, March 28, 6:30-8 p.m.
Kristen Johnston, Author of Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster
Kristen Johnston is a two-time Emmy Award-winning stage, film, and television actress, most famous for her role as Sally Solomon in the television series “3rd Rock from the Sun”. Her memoir, Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster, will be published by Gallery Books in March.
Thursday, March 29, 6:30-8 p.m.
“This is Your Brain on Politics: Why people believe what they want to believe, and deny science selectively” with Jonathan Moreno and Jonathan Haidt, moderated by S. Matthew Liao
Jonathan Moreno is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America (BLP, 2012) and Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century (BLP pap. ed., 2012). Jonathan Haidt, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, is the author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (Pantheon, 2012) and Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (Basic Books, 2006). S. Matthew Liao is director of the Bioethics Program at NYU and an affiliated professor in NYU’s Department of Philosophy. The event is co-sponsored by the Bellevue Literary Press.