Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Next Nostradamus


After all the turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, you will no doubt be looking for something interesting to watch on television once you plop yourself down on the couch this weekend. We have just the show for you!

Dr. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, a renowned political scientist who teaches in the Department of Politics at New York University, will be featured in a History Channel special called "Next Nostradamus".

Two men sharing startling visions of the future possess distinctly different backgrounds: Michel de Nostradamus was a French apothecary and healer in the 16th century; he would become the most famous seer in history. His 21st century counterpart is Dr. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, a renowned political scientist who teaches game theory at New York University and Stanford. While Nostradamus looked to the stars and mysticism to divine his apocalyptic revelations, Dr. Bueno de Mesquita relies on the most omnipotent tool ever designed by man to predict future events: the computer. This special explores not only the commonalities of these men's visions about World War III, famine and the coming of the Anti-Christ, but it also traces the evolution from mysticism to hard math, and determines whether science has always existed in prophecy, manifesting itself in different forms through the ages.

Sunday, November 30 9:00pm
Monday, December 01 1:00am
Saturday, December 06 5:00pm

For more information visit The History Channel website.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

NYU Homecoming Brunch

Are you an NYU Alumnus/a or student? If so, be sure to join us for a complimentary Homecoming brunch!

November 23
Rosenthal Pavilion
Kimmel Center for Student Life
60 Washington Square South, 10th floor

Join current students and fellow alumni to celebrate NYU Homecoming 2008: Celebrating Past, Present, Future.

Alumni are invited to return to campus and join current students at Homecoming Brunch on Sunday, November 23. Share your memories of NYU, reconnect with fellow alumni, and receive campus updates directly from current students. A complimentary brunch will be served. Admission is FREE.

Please RSVP by sending an email, including full name and school/year of graduation, to: gena.walker@nyu.edu.

All alumni are also invited to cheer on the Violets as the NYU Women’s Basketball team faces off against FDU-Florham on Friday, November 21. The game will begin at 6:00pm at Coles Sports Center, 181 Mercer Street (between Bleecker and Houston). Tickets for the game are available for just $5 and can be purchased at the door.

For more information: http://www.gonyuathletics.com/index.aspx?tab=womensvarsitysports&path=wbball

We look forward to seeing you at Homecoming!
Questions? Call 212-998-7138.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

David Grisman (WSC '66) is SATISFIED


David Grisman has a new album, Satisfied, on which he collaborated with John Sebastian (Steinhardt '65), the lead singer/songwriter for The Lovin' Spoonful.

About the album from David's website:
Their musical history dates back to college days at New York University circa 1963 when the Greenwich Village folk revival was in its' heyday. They made their first recording together as members of the Even Dozen Jug Band with future luminaries Maria Muldaur, Stefan Grossman and others. The rest, of course is musical history. John Sebastian became lead singer and songwriter of one of America's most popular bands - the Lovin' Spoonful and David Grisman spearheaded an acoustic music revolution with his genre-defying "Dawg" music.

Finally, after a 40+ year hiatus, their paths crossed again at a benefit concert in Mill Valley, California. After this mutually enjoyable evening of spontaneous music, it became obvious that they would continue collaborating and the result is Satisfied - a stunning collection of acoustic duets featuring traditional folk tunes, blues, classy instrumentals and originals by these two legendary masters.

For those of you unfamiliar with David's music, here's a sample:

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Meg McLagan (GSAS '90, '93, '96) Directs LIONESS


Meg McLagan directed the documentary LIONESS, which will have its broadcast premiere on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens on November 13, 2008. The film treats a group of female Army support soldiers who became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. Ms. McLagan is a New York-based documentary filmmaker and cultural anthropologist. She worked as a producer on Paris is Burning, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance and both the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics Circle Award for Best Documentary. In addition to her film work, Ms. McLagan is co-editor of Visual Cultures of Nongovernmental Politics, forthcoming from Zone Books.

Here is a trailer for the film: