Sure, we get it, you spent all week in a series of dusty old lecture halls listening to your professors speak about things which would have been riveting if you hadn’t been too busy doing homework for other classes and reading that Scalia interview to pay any attention. Lucky for you, this town offers plenty of extra-curricular speaking engagements covering everything from Palestinian politics to water cooler politics.
Here are some lectures this month, both within and without NYU connections, which are sure to jingle your bells. Take a date; nothing says “I am serious(ly fun!)” like a trip to the 42nd Street Public Library! Plus, they will cost you $344 less than each lecture you attend at NYU ($1,204 per credit hour x 4 for most lecture courses / 14 weeks of class). They’re all free and open to the public.
Emerging Writers Reading: Cathy Park Hong
Friday October 18 @ 7pm, KGB Bar
Next Friday, Cathy Park Hong is speaking as part of a series of readings by students in NYU’s (very highly regarded) Graduate Creative Writing Program, and fancy established writers. Park Hong is a poet with three published books of poetry, including last year’s “Engine Empire.” So come get drunk enough to schmooze with people who could write you a rec letter, and stay for the poetry!
Protecting Rights by Violating Them: How Police and Military Officers Explain Torture and Respond to Human Rights Activism in India
Saturday October 12 @ 12:15-2:00, Columbia University
Steinhardt Research Scientist and PhD candidate Rachel Wahl will be speaking about the year of fieldwork she conducted in India. Wahl spoke with individual police and soldiers about their personal reactions to human rights violation and the activism against it, which they are tasked with policing. Wahl found that “rather than rejecting human rights, though, they interpret them in ways that support acts of violence such as torture.” After the lecture, catch a matinee showing of “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.”
Thierry de Duve: Joseph Beuys and the German Past
Tuesday October 22 @ 6pm, Institute of Fine Arts
Visiting Professor / Extremely Fancy Art Historian-Curator Thierry de Duve is holding a series of lectures at the Institute of Fine Arts uptown this semester, and they’re all pretty thrilling. This one, on the life and work of Joseph Beuys (Felt Enthusiast / Extremely Important German Artist), promises to explore Beuys’ claim that “every human being is an artist” and who knows, maybe explain some of those accusations of Nazi ties. Plus, the 78th St IFA building is really nice and you’ll have a good excuse to hang out in Central Park.
Ross Perlin: Breaking Down the Intern Economy
Tuesday October 29 @ 7, Housing Works Bookstore
The guy who wrote Intern Nation will be speaking about the state of the labor economy after a Manhattan judge’s ruling this summer that “interns were actually employees who were due backpay.” So is the internship model dead? Spoiler alert: who has ten fingers, a brain, a job, and was referred to as a “new helper” the other day at an unpaid internship? (Literally all of us).
Phillip Glass: Music in the 21st Century
Tuesday October 15 @ 6:30, The Graduate Center CUNY
The man, the myth, the legendary composer will be speaking about the influence of powerful collaborations on his career with 2012 MacArthur Fellow-ed flutist (dare to dream, y’all) Claire Chase. In-house collaboration is provided, as Chase will perform a piece that Glass composed for the flute.
Judith Butler and Cornel West, In Conversation
Wednesday October 30 @ 7-9 (doors at 6), Columbia University
(The pair will hold a discussion titled “Palestine and the Public Intellectual: Honoring Edward Said)