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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaugn, Billie Holiday. And Paula West….

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Who’s the only jazz singer alive today that ranks up there with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday? That would be Paula West, according to Time Out New York. See her at 92nd Street Y on November 19

Known for a distinctive repertoire that includes such diverse material as Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” and standards like “Fly Me to the Moon,” West adds her own depth and drama to whichever song she chooses. “In the end,” she explains, “it’s just getting the story across. To me, the words are the most important thing.” As the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times critic Margo Jefferson writes in her liner notes to West’s 2001 album Come What May: “Ms. West never forces anything. She is rhythmically fluid and she knows just where to alter a melody, but there are none of the embellishments that show off the voice, bury the song and leave the heart untouched.”

Read more and purchase tickets, here.

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Join Us Live For Tomorrow’s 92Y Wonderplay™ Conference

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Reminder that tomorrow’s sold out 92Y Wonderplay™ Conference will be available to watch on a free, live webcast. Watch here, staring at 8:30 am.

The 92Y Wonderplay™ Conference, now in its fifth year, brings together early learning professionals with prominent leaders in education, child & family development and researchers from the national and international community. Learn how the brain develops during the first five years of a child’s life; why this is a critical time for language, sensory motor and emotional growth; and what you can do to support this in your classroom and school community.

Presenters include faculty from NYU, Bank Street College, CCNY, Early Childhood Direction Center at New York-Presbyterian and other leading researchers and teachers. Watch here: 92Y.org/WPWebcast

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92Y Video: From the Poetry Center Archive: Jennifer Egan and Jeffrey Eugenides

“I feel like I’ve made it to Carnegie Hall.” So said Jennifer Egan from our stage on Monday night, her first time reading at the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center. She read the first chapter of A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won this year’s Pulitzer Prize. Joining her was another Pulitzer winner, Jeffrey Eugenides, who read from The Marriage Plot. Today’s video features excerpts from both of their readings, as well as a few moments from the Q-and-A that followed.

For more coverage of the sold-out show, check out The Wall Street Journal‘s report.

Up next in the Main Reading Series is Sapphire and Sherman Alexie on November 21

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Noah Feldman On The Affordable Care Act

In the video above (recorded at 92nd Street Y from November of last year), Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman is asked if he believes the Supreme Court will uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. A nice to clip review in light of Monday’s announcement that the Supreme Court will hear that case. NPR has a nice summary of the issues.

Related: Paul O’Neill, Kenneth G. Langone, Robert I. Grossman, Donald Berwick and Lesley Stahl were here last month for a panel discussion: A Rational Approach for Improving Health Care. Watch that discussion in full.

Take a look at upcoming To Your Health talks at 92Y.

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Monday, November 14, 2011
Jennifer Egan ‘Had Exuberant Debates’ With Steve Jobs About His “Zen Credo”

image“Ever since Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs hit the mediasphere with hurricane-level force,” wrote Jennifer Schuessler in The New York Times, “blogs have been buzzing about the revelation that the one book the tech visionary kept on his iPad 2 was Autobiography of a Yogi.”

“But far less has been made of another startling literary revelation: that Jobs once had a relationship with the future Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan.

According to Isaacson (who lands at No. 1 this week), Jobs met a pretty blond Penn undergraduate identified simply as “Jennifer Egan” at a dinner party in Silicon Valley in 1983, and fell madly in love. A yearlong bicoastal affair ensued, though weekends at the Carlyle in New York are nothing next to the night, sure to cause deep envy in the hearts of nerd-positive girls everywhere, that Jobs appeared at Egan’s door with the spanking-new Macintosh and proceeded to set it up in her bedroom himself. Ditto for the late-night phone conversations, in which Egan (who confirmed via e-mail that she was the same Jennifer Egan) challenged Jobs to square his Zen credo of nonattachment with his life’s work making highly covetable electronics. “He was irritated by the dichotomy, and we had exuberant debates about it,” she recalled to Isaacson. Sigh.”

Read more on The New York Times.

Tonight, in a much talked about event, Jennifer Egan joins Jeffrey Eugenides at 92nd Street Y for a sold out event. But don’t despair; you can watch a live webcast for free, starting at 8pm. Tune in here.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011
92Y Video: From The Poetry Center Archive: Jeffrey Eugenides Reads Middlesex

From the Poetry Center Archive: Jeffrey Eugenides reads Middlesex at 92nd Street Y in 2002.

Jeffrey Eugenides returns to 92nd Street Y on November 14, to read from The Marriage Plot—a novel that “reminds us with uncommon understanding what it is to be young and idealistic, in pursuit of true love and in love with books and ideas,” wrote The New York Times. He’ll be reading with Jennifer Egan, whose A Visit from the Goon Squad won this year’s Pulitzer Prize.

The event is sold out, but, starting at 8pm on the evening of the event, we’ll be offering a FREE live webcast of the readings. You can watch that here.

To tide you over till then, the video above features an excerpt from Eugenides’ 2002 appearance at the Poetry Center, when he read from Middlesex. The excerpt features his reading of the beginning of the novel, as well as a much later section in which Calliope visits the Obscure Object’s house for the first time.

Related: In an interview with Mark Lawson on Radio 4’s Front Row airing tonight, Eugenides spoke about The Marriage Plot, and the “friendly competition” between him and Jonathan Franzen.

In an ongoing effort to share with our readers some of the great literary moments which the Unterberg Poetry Center has presented across the decades, this blog has begun to feature regular postings of archival recordings. For access to other recordings, please click here.

Unterberg Poetry Center webcasts and access to our archive are made possible in part by the generous support of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

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92Y Video: From the Poetry Center Archive: Amos Oz

Israeli writer Amos Oz returned to 92nd Street Y on October 26th to read from his new collection of stories, Scenes From Village Life. After the reading, he was interviewed by critic Ruth Franklin, author of A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction. Today’s featured video is an excerpt from their conversation.

Read Ruth’s post-event thoughts, Should Novels and Politics Mix?, on The New Republic.

Next in the Main Reading Series at 92Y is Jeffrey Eugenides and Jennifer Egan on November 14. The event is sold out, but you can watch a FREE, live webcast on the night of the event, beginning at 8pm

In an ongoing effort to share with our readers some of the great literary moments which the Unterberg Poetry Center has presented across the decades, this blog has begun to feature regular postings of archival recordings. For access to other recordings, please click here.

Unterberg Poetry Center webcasts and access to our archive are made possible in part by the generous support of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2011
92Y Seniors Can’t Stop Knitting – For Cancer Patients At Memorial Sloan-Kettering

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Phyllis Greenwald had an idea. She knew that some members of 92Y’s Himan Brown Senior Program loved to knit. She also knew that cancer patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering needed scarves and hats as they faced the heart-wrenching side effect of hair loss during treatments.

So, Greenwald, President of 92Y’s Seniors program, swung into action. She put a call out to her members, asking for all knitting hands on deck. The result? An outpouring of care and support in the form of 249 much-needed wool hats and over 50 scarves for child and adult patients at MSKCC; and a newly formed knitting circle at 92Y – one that has no end in sight.

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“We’re doing something for people who really need it,” said Sally Werbe, the 92Y group’s de facto knitting teacher. Some of Werbe’s students include Renee Babenzien, who had never knitted before. Babenzien decided to join the circle because two of her children were afflicted with cancer. Beverly Camhi last knitted for her son some fifty years ago (and had to re-learn how to knit). Said Camhi: “For my son, if what I made him didn’t fit, I could always go out and buy something. But this is more satisfying, to do it for kids who need it now.”

Ruth Schoenwald is another 92Y senior who responded to the call. “I hadn’t knitted anything in a very long time, but this gave me the impetus to do some knitting for a good cause.”

The materials used to create the hats and scarves were donated by former 92Y Board President Joseph Leff.  And based on 92Y knitting circle’s output, and a letter from MKSCC to 92Y’s Seniors, Mr. Leff might be getting a call soon – for more materials.  Wrote Jill Ackerman of MSKCC’s Dept. of Pediatrics: “It was so thoughtful and considerate of you to take the time to make these beautiful hats. They are sure to keep many heads warm during the winter months!”

Learn more about Himan Brown Senior Programs at 92Y.

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Watch Jeff Pulver’s #BrandsConf Live At 92Y



The second #BrandsConf is currently underway at 92nd Street Y today. The event is being broadcast live on Ustream. You should definitely tune in if your interested in social media or brands. See the schedule of events here, and follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #brandsconf.

If you’re at 92Y today, check in on Foursquare or Facebook. And don’t forget to tag 92Y in your photos!

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Friday, November 04, 2011
92Y Guest Blog: Connecting To The Weekly Torah Portion With Rabbi David Kalb

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Rabbi David Kalb, Director of Jewish Education for the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at 92nd Street Y, continues his series of guest blogs below, with another post on the weekly Torah portion.

Born To Run – The Journey: Lech Lecha

One of the greatest songwriters of all times is Bruce Springsteen. I still remember the first time I heard his classic song “Born To Run”. It hit me very powerfully with it’s theme of journey. That is how I feel when I hear the opening of this weeks Torah portion Lech Lecha.

Lech Lecha tells the story of the rather unusual birth of the Jewish nation. In Bereishit/Genesis 12:1, God commands Avram (Abram, who will eventually be known as Avraham/Abraham): “Go for yourself (Lech Lecha) from your land, from your relatives, and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” We read no theology, see no miracles and receive no proof of God’s existence. God simply tells Avram to go on a journey. The command itself is also unusual: Lech Lecha, “Go for yourself.” The Torah could have simply used the single word Lech, “Go,” and identify where Avram was coming from and where he was headed. It is unnecessary to add the word Lecha, “for yourself.” The word Lecha seems superfluous and somewhat awkward. It is more logical to say, simply, “Go.” Why Lech Lecha? Perhaps because the Torah teaches us that Avram’s journey is a journey of self, not simply of geography. God does not just tell Avram to go on a physical journey, but commands Avram to go on a spiritual journey as well. When God says Lech Lecha, “Go for yourself,” God commands Avram to begin a journey to try to understand God.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2011
92Y Video: An Evening With Malcolm Gladwell Moderated By Ariel Levy


Malcolm Gladwell was here with author Ariel Levy (Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture) last night for discussion of his, books, advice his father gave him, Occupy Wall Street and more. Watch some highlights in the video above.

Gladwell told Ariel the only advice his father gave him was: “Not to become a journalist. ...’don’t go work for The Daily Mirror.’”

Gladwell also had shared this thoughts about the current reality among young adults leaving college “encumbered… with mortgage level debts,” as well as some advice for Occupy Wall Street and President Obama. “I think they have to get angrier,” he told Ariel. “I do think there is a weird absence of anger on the part of people who unhappy with the status quo. And there’s even an absence of anger in our President, which I think would be appropriate for him to get angry with the way things have gone. There’s nothing wrong with standing up and saying ‘this is bullsh*t!’ Right? I inherited a mess. I’m trying to clean it up and I need your help. There’s nothing wrong with saying that. Liberals… shouldn’t let the conservatives co-opt all of the anger in the system.”

Upcoming Talks at 92Y include: Dr. Harry Wells Fogarty on Carl Jung (Nov 3); A Conversation with Lindsey Buckingham (Nov 4); Niall Ferguson: The West and the Rest (Nov 6).

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Friday, October 28, 2011
92Y Guest Blog: Idra Novey On US/Chinese Poetry Exchange

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Photo of Li-Young Lee, Xi Chuan, Marilyn Chin, Forrest Gander, and Zhou Zahn by Nancy Crampton

Today’s guest blog on poetry evenings at 92nd Street Y is by poet Idra Novey (The Next Country and Exit, Civilian). Camille Rankine kicked off the guest blog series with her post on Seamus Heaney.

Novey visited the Unterberg Poetry Center on Monday, October 10th, for our US/Chinese Poetry Exchange. Her piece begins below. As an added bonus, visit Xi Chuan’s website for the text of Forrest Gander’s introduction.

John Felsteiner says that translation is like an opened window: it lets some fresh air in and some stale air get out. The new anthology of contemporary Chinese poetry from Copper Canyon, Push Open the Window, does just that. And the fresh air it brings to American poetry is exhilarating.  At the 92nd Street Y’s event on October 10th to celebrate the anthology, audience members got to hear the poetry being written in China now, in Chinese, by two of China’s premier living poets, Xi Chuan and Zhou Zan.

Forrest Gander opened the event by reading from his superb introduction to the anthology. He offered a fascinating quote from Ha Jin, who said that if he were still writing in Chinese he would write poetry now because—and this is the line I underlined—poetry is more promising. It can do more for the language. Implicit in Gander’s inclusion of this quote was the promise of what that poetry can do not just for the language in which it was written but for the languages it enters via translation—in the English versions we would hear that evening.

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92Y Guest Blog: Connecting To The Weekly Torah Portion With Rabbi David Kalb

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Rabbi David Kalb is the Director of Jewish Education for the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at 92nd Street Y. At 92Y Rabbi Kalb directs and teaches a variety of different learning programs for a range of ages. He also officiates at Jewish life cycle events and serves as a Jewish resource to the entire professional staff and lay leadership of the 92Y. Today he wrote the following guest blog for 92Y:

What is a Tzaddik? - Noach

In this week’s parsha (Torah Portion), the Torah refers to Noach (Noah) as a tzaddik, a righteous person (Bereishit/Geneses 6:9). It is very rare in the Tanach (The Bible) and Jewish literature in general to find a person who is called a tzaddik. Moshe (Moses) does not receive this title; neither does Avraham (Abraham). Why then is Noach worthy of being referred to as a tzaddik? The French Medieval commentator Rashi comments that Noach was a tzaddik in his generation, but if he had lived in the generation of Avraham, he would not have been given the title tzaddik.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011
What do you think of when you think of “landscape”?

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What do you think of when you think of “landscape”?

The photo above (credit: Iwan Baan) showcases The Garden that Climbs Stairs in Bilbao, Spain, designed by Diana Balmori.

Balmori also created one of New York City’s largest green roof atop Silvercup Studios.

She’ll be here on November 15 with Peter Reed, senior deputy director of curatorial affairs at MoMA.

What do you think of when you think of “landscape”?

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Update On Breast Cancer

imageOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and there are currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the US.

The recurring questions we all have about breast cancer remain focused on new insight about breast cancer’s causes, the current state of viable treatment options, and the progress made in discovering a cure.

Tomorrow, 92nd Street Y will host Dr. Larry Norton, deputy physician-in-chief of Memorial Hospital and the medical director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, for the 19th year to discuss what we know to date regarding breast cancer.

Listen to a podcast of Dr. Norton’s appearance last week at the Joan Hamburg radio show on WOR where he discussed developments in breast cancer research and answered questions from listeners.

More information and tickets to Update on Breast Cancer with Dr. Larry Norton, are available here.

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