Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Upcoming Regional Event - NYU in Washington DC

dcshot.jpgAttention alumni living in the Washington, DC region: NYU is coming to your town. On January 26, NYU will be holding a regional event at the National Press Club featuring Steinhardt Professor Charlton McIlwain. He will be giving a lecture entitled "Race Appeal: The Persistent Allure of Race-Based Messages in Political Campaigns."

For more information on this and other upcoming events around the country, check out the events site on NYUniverse, the new online alumni community.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Selena Rezvani (GSP '97, SSSW '99, '01) - The Next Generation of Women Leaders

rezvani%20book.gif Selena Rezvani (GSP ’97, SSSW ’99, ‘01), a management consultant who focuses on women in the workplace, providing career development coaching and corporate advisory services, will soon publish her first book, The Next Generation of Women Leaders. The book was written after Rezvani interviewed women executives in various industries, roles, and job functions including Jamie McCourt, president of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Denise Incandela, president of Saks Direct at Saks Fifth Avenue; Roxanne Spillett, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America; and Katharine Weymouth, CEO of the Washington Post. These women tell their stories of navigating the corporate world and the specific challenges that they faced and how they negotiated these challenges successfully.

Rezvani says that “The Next Generation of Women Leaders encourages younger women to be their own advocates when it comes to professional growth and advancement, and it provides tangible how-to’s on negotiating the workplace as a woman.”

Sandra Salomonsen, book reviewer writes

It is about time that there was a "handbook" for women that told the truth about what it is to be a female in the business world and how to get what you want…Selena Rezvani's The Next Generation of Women Leaders is a resource any woman working in any field would be able to use in their careers for years to come.

The Next Generation of Women Leaders will be published on December 31, 2009. To buy the book, click here. For more information on Selena Rezvani, visit her website.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lillian Orlich (GSAS '51) - School Counselor for the Ages

Orlich.jpg Lillian Orlich (GSAS ’51) is the longest-serving employee in Prince William schools and, quite possibly, the Washington, DC region. She has accumulated more than 56 years of service at Osbourn Park High School in Virginia. After her graduation from NYU, "I struck out on my own," she told the Washington Post. She recalls the gray jumper with embroidered flowers she wore on her first day at Osbourn Park and the moment the principal introduced her as the "gal from Manhattan" to students not much younger than she. In the mid-1990s, she enrolled in Osbourn Park's Junior ROTC program so that she could be a role model for other students and to pursue a personal interest. Her role model growing up was Amelia Earhart. "That was an opportunity I never had as a young girl," she said. So, if she ever does retire, "maybe I will learn to fly."

To read the full story, and to see more photos, click here (free registration required).

photo by Dayna Smith for the Washington Post.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Jay Hopler (WSC ’92) Receives Whiting Writers Award

Jay Hopler, a 1992 graduate of Washington Square College, was one of ten writers to receive the 2009 Whiting Writers Award on October 28. The awards, which include a $50,000 prize for each recipient, have been given annually since 1985 to “writers of exceptional talent and promise in early career.” Jay was recognized at a ceremony that took place at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York on Wednesday, October 28.

Jay’s first book of poetry, Green Squall, was published in 2005 and was the winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, the oldest annual literary award in the United States. His work has been featured in various magazines and journals, including, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, and Ploughshares. In addition to his bachelors degree from NYU, he also has degrees from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Grant Mitchell (CAS '08)

Grant Mitchell (CAS '08) was recently featured on the CBS show Sunday Morning, having come close to a world record and beating the world record holder in a stone skipping contest in Franklin, Pennsylvania.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Michael Gargiulo WSC '81

For anyone who watches WNBC's Today in New York, you will recognize Michael Gargiulo. But did you know he is an NYU alumnus? We had a chance to sit down and talk with him about his memories of NYU and his career in journalism.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ethan Brown (GSAS '98) - Shake the Devil Off


Ethan Brown has a new book out, Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder That Rocked New Orleans. It tells the tale of Zack Bowen and Addie Hall, a French Quarter couple who died in a gruesome murder-suicide not long after Hurricane Katrina. “It’s not every book where you have a voodoo priestess and George Bush as characters,” Mr. Brown told the Times-Picayune. Bestselling author George Pelecanos praised Shake the Devil Off and said

Ethan Brown examines a notorious murder case, rescues it from the talons of tabloid journalists, and comes up with something much more than a true crime book. Shake the Devil Off is a gripping suspense story, an indictment of the military’s treatment of our soldiers in and out of war, and a celebration of the resilience and worth of a great American city.

Ethan is also the author of Queens Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip Hop Hustler and Snitch: Informants, Cooperators, and the Corruption of Justice.

To buy Shake the Devil Off, click here.

Friday, September 11, 2009



Chris Duggan and his band Winter North & Night will record album #3 before a live audience at The Bitter End on two nights Wednesday, September 16, 2009 and Wednesday, September 30, 2009.

Chris Duggan founded Winter North & Night in 2007. He is 19 and a full-time student at New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music which only accepts 30 new students a year. He performs regularly in clubs and venues in New York City and Los Angeles. Previous Winter North & Night albums include "Answers" released in Los Angeles in 2008 during Golden Globe week and "Beacon" released in Los Angeles earlier this year during Academy Awards week. Chris Duggan is founder of True North Records and Thousand Eyes Publishing. He is a songwriter and member of ASCAP.

Doors open at The Bitter End on September 16 and September 30 at 6:30 pm. Live recording starts promptly at 7:00 pm.

Seating is limited. Advanced ticket purchase is available and recommended. To purchase tickets in advance write to (and make checks payable to) WNAN LLC, P. O. Box 193, New Albany, OH 43054 (please include phone number and/or email address) or call 614-939-0183 for further information. Tickets are $7.00 and can be purchased at the box office at 6:30 pm on the day of each performance.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wildman of Rhythm: The Life and Music of Benny Moré, The New Book by John Radanovich (GSAS, 92)


John Radanovich's (GSAS, 1992) new book, Wildman of Rhythm: the Life and Music of Benny Moré (University of Florida Press) has just been published and is available for purchase here. It is a biography of the greatest Cuban singer ever recorded, and the leader of the best orchestra from the 1950s. John spent 12 years researching Benny's life and music, in the States and with two research trips to Cuba.

Journalist John Radanovich has spent years tracking down the musicians who knew More and More family members, seeking out rare recordings and little-known photographs. Radanovich provides the definitive biography of the man and his music, whose legacy was forgotten in the larger scheme of political difficulties between the United States and Cuba. Even the exact spelling of More's first name was unknown until now. The author also examines the milieu of Cuban music in the 1950s, when Havana was the playground of Hollywood stars and the Mafia ran the nightclubs and casinos.

John has published articles and reviews in Living Blues and New Orleans Times-Picayune. He has covered the New York music scene for the Bergen Record newspaper, and has written about Latin music, jazz, and world music for Offbeat and Downbeat.

Advance praise for the book:

“This new book about ‘El Bárbaro del Ritmo’ celebrates the life and music of
one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century.”—Grammy award winning
musician Paquito D’Rivera

“Anybody with hot blood in their veins who has ever found Cuban music
irresistible, and who believes that jungle-crazy mambo is the real thing,
will feel indebted to John Radanovich’s fascinating chronicle of Benny
Moré’s life. Wildman of Rhythm is more than a biography—it’s a huge window
into one of the richest, most creative cultures on earth.”—Bob Shacochis,
National Book Award finalist for Swimming in the Volcano

"An important and highly entertaining book that tells the story of the great
and troubled Cuban singer Benny More. Helps roll back the curtain that often
comes between American audiences and their appreciation of the great musical
cultures to the south."--Sam Charters, author of A Language of Song:
Journeys into the Musical World of the African Diaspora

"An informative and compelling chronicle on the life of Cuba's most dazzling
singer, Benny More, tidily strung together as a series of small bright
story-jewels."--Ann Louise Bardach, author of Cuba Confidential

Monday, August 10, 2009

Jonathan Tropper (GSAS '93) - This Is Where I Leave You


Jonathan Tropper's newest book, This Is Where I Leave You was released last week and many of his novels will soon be making it to the silver screen.

Tropper is writing a remake of the play Harvey, for Fox 2000 and is also writing the adaptation of This Is Where I Leave You, as a feature film for Warner Brothers.

From Publishers Weekly
Tropper returns with a snappy and heartfelt family drama/belated coming-of-age story. Judd Foxman's wife, Jen, has left him for his boss, a Howard Stern–like radio personality, but it is the death of his father and the week of sitting shivah with his enjoyably dysfunctional family that motivates him. Jen's announcement of her pregnancy—doubly tragic because of a previous miscarriage—is followed by the dramas of Judd's siblings: his sister, Wendy, is stuck in an emotionless marriage; brother Paul—always Judd's defender—and his wife struggle with infertility; and the charming youngest, Phillip, attempts a grown-up relationship that only highlights his rakishness. Presided over by their mother, a celebrated parenting expert despite her children's difficulties, the mourning period brings each of the family members to unexpected epiphanies about their own lives and each other. The family's interactions are sharp, raw and often laugh-out-loud funny, and Judd's narration is unflinching, occasionally lewd and very keen. Tropper strikes an excellent balance between the family history and its present-day fallout, proving his ability to create touchingly human characters and a deliciously page-turning story.

To purchase This Is Where I Leave You, click here

Friday, July 24, 2009

Flooded With Memories

We received a great response from the piece that Warren Adler wrote for us, My Most Memorable Professor. Many of you sent in your own memories which we are going to compile and post on this blog. Be sure to check back often as we bring you some of the best happenings, news and alumni profiles around. If you have a story to be told, would like to guest blog, or have any suggestions please email us at

Our congratulations to Louisa Huynh, CAS '03

Louisa Huynh has been named director of communications and business development at Dot VN, Inc. Ms. Huynh began her career as a journalist in the VTVNews department of Vietnam Television's International Channel, VTV4. While at VTV4, she hosted the first talk show ever to be aired on Vietnamese television conducted entirely in English. She also served as a consultant for the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). Ms. Huynh has also accumulated an expansive portfolio of emcee work. Some events in which she has hosted include a discussion with Bill Gates; the 2006 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit; a 2006 discussion with President Bill Clinton; and the 100 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leadership Forum. Dot VN, Inc. is an Internet and telecommunications company and the exclusive online global domain name registrar and provider of parking page marketing/advertising for the country of Vietnam.

We hope to have the chance to speak with Louisa soon.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Joy Seligsohn, WSC '48

We very much enjoy interviewing and featuring our many talented alumni on this blog and had the opportunity to spend some time talking with the delightful Joy Seligsohn. We hope you'll enjoy this video where Joy talks about her memories of NYU, her career and her thoughts on the acting profession.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

NYU Skirball Center Announces 09/10 Season

The NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 09/10 Season and there are some great performances lined up.

As previously announced The Public Theater's contemporary production of Shakespeare's Othello -- directed by Peter Sellers and featuring John Ortiz and Philip Seymour Hoffman -- will play the venue September 12-October 4. Another highlight will be the world premiere of Mabou Mines' Finn (March 4-7), a digital and live-action adventure based on the ancient Celtic legend of Finn McCool (Fionn macCumhaill).

Programming will also include Aziz Ansari with John Mulaney (October 8), Shingo Katori in Talk Like Singing (November 12-22), The Derek Trucks Band (December 10), Dance Gotham (January 8-10), Diane Birch (February 13), New York City Opera's VOX: Showcasing American Composers (April 30-May 1).

Family-friendly events will include A Special Family Show with They Might Be Giants (October 18), The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon (November 1), Darwin (March 13), Michael Moschen (April 17), and Nobody's Perfect (May 8).

The Skirball Center's "World Stage" series will feature the ninth annual Peking Opera Festival (October 31), Masters of Persian Music (February 18), New York Tango All-Stars (March 20), De Volta as Raizes: Back to our Roots (April 15), and The Conga Kings (May 15). In addition, the Center will present a public policy debate series, and a Tisch Dance Alumni Celebration.

So why not take a trip back to NYU and see a show at this wonderful on-campus venue. In New York City this summer? Stay tuned for posts giving you some ideas of great things to do in NYC from live theater to movies to restaurants. The city is your blank canvas but we'd like to add a little Violet to your masterpiece in the making.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Grizzly Bear Announces New Tour Dates


By now, many of you have at least picked up on the Grizzly Bear buzz. This band consists of Daniel Rossen (CAS '04), Ed Droste (GAL '03), Chris Taylor (ED '04) and Christopher Bear (ED '04). Grizzly Bear recently announced a new series of North American tour dates in support of its highly-acclaimed new album, Veckatimest.

Prior to the start of the tour, the group will perform on the Late Show with David Letterman, Thursday (July 16).

The itinerary for Grizzly Bear’s tour of North America follows:

July 19 - Chicago, IL (Pitchfork Music Festival)
August 30 - Brooklyn, NY (JELLY Pool Party)
September 26 - Ann Arbor, MI (Michigan Theatre)
September 27 - Chicago, IL (Metro)
September 28 - Chicago, IL (Metro)
September 30 - Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue)
October 1 - Columbus, MO (Blue Note)
October 3 - Austin, TX (Austin City Limits Festival)
October 5 - Atlanta, GA (Variety Playhouse)
October 6 - Norfolk, VA (The NorVA)
October 7 - Philadelphia, PA (Electric Factory)
October 8 - Boston, MA (Orpheum Theatre)
October 14 - Vancouver, BC (Vogue Theatre)
October 15 - Portland, OR (Crystal Ballroom)
October 16 - Seattle, WA (Moore Theatre)
October 18 - San Francisco, CA (Treasure Island Music Festival)
October 20 - Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Palladium)
October 21 - Solana Beach, CA (Belly Up Tavern)

We hope to get an interview with them in the near future!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Notes on Cooking: A Short Guide to an Essential Craft


With the upcoming release of the film Julie and Julia and because of our many alumni currently working in the culinary industry, we wanted to let you know about a wonderful new book that will teach even the novice cook pearls of kitchen wisdom.

Notes on Cooking : A Short Guide to an Essential Craft is the new book written by Lauren Braun Costello and Russell Reich, with an afterword written by NYU alumna, Dorothy Hamilton, founder and CEO of The French Culinary Institute and chairwoman emerita for life of the American Institute of Wine and Food.

Whether you are a novice cook, an expert chef or just someone interested in food you will no doubt have to add this wonderful guide to your collection. Devoid of any recipes, Notes on Cooking feeds us helpful tips in the form of notes. Here are some examples of what you will find in this delightful book:

1) Mise en place. Always.
Literally "put in place," mise en place might just as well mean "take time to save time."

Wash, peel, cut, measure, and select before you begin the cooking process. Set out each measured ingredient, ready to play its part. Don't get caught in the rush to start cooking. If you surge ahead, you'll just have to stop and take time to prepare what should have been mise en place in the first place---and you'll end up burning the sauce.

2) Command the heat.

"The chef's job," writes Daniel Boulud, "[is] to employ heat to transform ingredients...Whether it is extracting and re-absorbing juice in roasting, or braising and reducing, or sauteing then caramelizing-you are working the moisture in the food you are preparing; and then concentrating it, reintegrating it back into the ingredient. Heat, concentrate, reintegrate. No matter how you apply the heat, this is the transformational aspect of cuisine. How good your food is depends on how well you control this force of nature.

3) Cook bacon in a cold pan.

If you put cold bacon in a hot pan, its exterior might burn and blacken quickly, sealing in the fat you wish to release. Start with a cold pan to allow the bacon to come to temperature with the pan so that it renders its fat before browning.
Cooking bacon in a skillet, by the way, yields curly bacon; cooking it in an oven leaves the strips flat.

These are only three of the 217 notes found in this book and each one will provide you will useful knowledge whether it be about Produce, Meat, Wine & Spirits or Presentation. Cheers to kitchen creations! Bon Appétit!

About the Authors:

Lauren Braun Costello
Lauren developed her craft in the kitchens and classrooms of some of the world’s most renowned chefs and as the owner and Executive Chef of Gotham Caterers in New York City. From her work as a recipe tester for the 75th anniversary edition of Joy of Cooking, to culinary producer for Pure & Simple with Michel Nischan, she now applies her culinary skills as a private chef, instructor, and as a food stylist for national television broadcasts including The Early Show on CBS, ABC’s The View, and CNN’s dLife. She received a Grand Diploma in Culinary Arts with distinction from The French Culinary Institute and was awarded a Les Dames d’Escoffier Scholarship. Most recently she was seen on The View with Meryl Street and Amy Adams where she shared some of Julia Child's favorite recipes.

Russell Reich
Russel is a writer and creative director. He is the co-author with Frank Hauser of Notes on Directing.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Asema Ahmed (CAS '00) President of Magnolias Linens


If you've dined at The Plaza or The Pierre Hotel in New York City recently, you may have seen the magnificent work of Magnolias Linens. Magnolias was founded by three driven and uniquely creative women, Anjum Ahmed and her daughters, Asema Ahmed and Talaiya Mughal.

Magnolias Linens, LLC, has decorated hundreds of elite events with their unique linen
designs at a fraction of the normal cost, and has expanded into event accessories, furniture rentals, tent design, and more. Now managed by Asema Ahmed, Magnolias works closely with both event designers and individual clients to fashion original creations, and remains the only upscale event source in New York that rents custom-made party linens and accessories.

We had a chance to visit the Upper East Side Magnolias Linens location and speak with Asema.

For more information please visit the Magnolias Linens website.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Paolo Mastropietro (WSC '87) Appears on Ghost in My Head


Paolo Mastropietro appears on Ghost in My Head, Jill Hennessey's debut album. Rob Afuzo, who attended NYU and used to play for the hair metal band Skid Row, plays drums. Ms. Hennessey appeared on Law & Order and Crossing Jordan, and is married to Mr. Mastropietro. Ms. Hennessey told the Daily News that "Ghost in My Head is the title of the album, and it's really an account of me trying to deal with the loss of somebody, and really not wanting to deal with it and taking a walk around Washington Square Park at 4 in morning about four days before Christmas."

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Gifts Make A Difference


We are taking a break from our normal postings today to thank all of you who have made a gift to NYU Arts and Science over the past year. Your generosity is much appreciated and helps us tremendously. If you haven't yet made your gift, it's not too late.

Click here to make your gift.

We all can remember a college professor who influenced us in one way or another. We would like to hear about a professor you had who had a great influence on you. Email your thoughts, essays, quotes, anything you'd like about your professor. Warren Adler (Heights '47) recently sent us his memories which can be read here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Peter Silberman (CAS '08) and The Antlers


Peter Silberman is the lead singer of the band The Antlers. Based on bedroom recordings made by Mr. Silberman while a student at NYU, the band self-released its debut album, Hospice, earlier this year. Since then, The Antlers have experienced a wave of critical acclaim, one that only looks to get bigger when Frenchkiss digitally re-releases the album next Tuesday. Even before the band landed a deal with Frenchkiss, NPR's Robin Hilton named Hospice the best album of 2009.

According to an interview with Mr. Silberman in Bostonist, the band will begin working on a new album soon. To read this interview please click here.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Poet Ada Limón (GSAS '01) Discusses Her Poetry


Congratulations to NYU alumna and poet, Ada Limón who recently had her poem Crush published in The New Yorker. also did a great interview with Ada which can be read by clicking here.

Preston Beckman (GSAS '80)


Preston Beckman is Executive VP, Strategic Program Planning and Research, Fox Broadcasting Company. We had the opportunity to speak with Preston over the phone about his NYU memories and his current responsibilities at FOX. This is a two-part interview so stay tuned for Part 2.

To listen to the interview, please click here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Martin Karlinsky (WSC '72)

Recently, we featured Martin Karlinsky on this blog. This is a followup to that feature and our attempt to include some video into this blog. You will be seeing more and more video interviews in the near future.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

NYU At The Zoo

This past Sunday, NYU alumni got together at the Bronx Zoo and a fun time was had by all. Here are some photos from the occasion.







To visit the complete Flickr album please click here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

NYU-DC Campus


We were pleased to announce the exciting plans for the NYU-DC Campus last month. Our staff visited Washington, D.C. last weekend and took this photo of the future home of NYU-DC. We, along with our Washington alumni are thrilled at the idea of having an even greater NYU presence in the nation's capital.

To help support the NYU-DC Project please contact our office at 212.998.6959 or email

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Alan Menken (Heights '72) Helps Bring Sister Act To The Stage

Alan Menken is well known for his numerous scores for theater and film. The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Enchanted and many more were made magical by Mr. Menken's genius touch. His most recent project has been the composition of the score for the new production of Sister Act, based on the Whoopi Goldberg film and the show is currently in previews on London's West End. Mr. Menken returned to Broadway last year with an enlarged songbook for The Little Mermaid. Next year, he's back there with a gospel-tinged Leap of Faith, based on the 1992 film starring Steve Martin as a faith-healing charlatan. The composer has won eight Oscars, seven Golden Globes, and 10 Grammys.

Here's a number from the production of Sister Act The Musical:

Monday, June 1, 2009

3 Awards in 5 Years

We wanted to make sure you saw this article in today's New York Times that celebrates the amazing work of some of our brilliant Courant mathematicians and professors.

The three N.Y.U. recipients are faculty members in the university’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Two of them, Peter D. Lax, who won the Abel in 2005, and Professor Varadhan, are lifers, having taught and conducted research at N.Y.U. since the middle of the last century. Dr. Lax, a professor emeritus who, at 83, is retired from teaching, earned both his B.A. and Ph.D. from N.Y.U. in the 1940s.

Born near St. Petersburg, Russia, which was Leningrad at the time, Dr. Gromov was a more recent hire, arriving in 1996 from the University of Maryland. He divides his time between N.Y.U., where he teaches in the spring, and the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in France, where he is based in the fall.

For more information on Courant please visit their website by clicking here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Warren Adler (Heights '47) Remembers His Most Influential NYU Professor


We are pleased to bring you the first in a new alumni series we are calling "My Most Influential NYU Professor." We couldn't be happier that Warren Adler has provided the first entry. We hope you enjoy reading this and look forward to receiving your stories. You can email us at

When I arrived at the University Heights campus at NYU at the age of seventeen in January 1945, I was astonished at its beauty, the wonderful landscaping and the architectural wonders that fully realized my fantasies of what a college campus should look like.

World War II was in its European death throes and the ASTP boys in uniform were, if memory serves, still active on the campus. The trip from Brooklyn from the Kingston Avenue IRT station to Burnside Avenue was more than an hour and the walk to the campus another fifteen minutes. I didn’t mind. I was teethed on the subway. My family never owned a car.

My parents could never afford to pay for campus dormitory housing and having traveled to High School by subway, I did not find it a hardship at all. By every measure I was attending a real college on a beautiful campus in a jewel of a setting high above a sparkling river. Sadly, it is no longer part of NYU, a historical mistake in judgment.

I registered for an accelerated course which would mean that I would earn my degree in two years eight months. Life was uncertain for a seventeen year old in that time. In less than a year, I would register for the draft and the prospects for ending the war with Japan were not promising. The Japanese although pushed back to the mainland were apparently determined to fight to the end.

At that stage in my life I had no idea what I wanted to do. I had just graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, an elite school that filled its ranks from students who had passed a rather difficult test and allegedly had a high enough IQ to pass the demanding courses. It took me one term to determine that I was not very interested in technical matters. Besides, it was an all boys school, a feature not very attractive to a young student whose testerone level was rising precipitously. I went through classes like an automaton, graduating somewhere in the lower half of a class of more than 700 graduates.

I was captivated by the Heights campus, made friends easily and, by some miracle of oratory and what must have been a deftly written speech I was elected President of the freshman class. This election produced a clipping in the campus newspaper that my father carried in his wallet until the day he died. I loved my days on campus and proudly wore the uniform of the ROTC. Unable to afford much else, I worked after classes in all sorts of odd jobs. I did not think this a hardship or unusual since I had worked after school ever since I was eligible for working papers when I was fourteen.

All freshman courses were required curriculum. But it was my course in English, taught by Professor Don M. Wolfe that, in retrospect changed my life forever. Many college students can cite similar experiences, the mentor, the inspiration, the great teacher who took the student under his or her wing and made the crucial difference, who pointed the way to a fulfilling and prosperous career.

Although I read compulsively and diligently, mostly the great adventure stories for boys that I found on the shelves of the Stone Avenue children’s library in Brooklyn I had never seriously imagined myself as a writer of the imagination. Nevertheless, in retrospect, I believe the spark must have been there. Perhaps it was my mother’s example. She was an inveterate customer of the lending libraries that were all over Brooklyn in those years, where for pennies a day you could rent all the novels that you could consume. It was part of her regular routine after the housework was over to concentrate on novels. Returning from school, I found her always with her nose in a book. If that was the spark, Dr. Wolfe was the one who provided the kindling.

He was not robust, nor did he have the propensity to charm his students with professorial humor or was he a master of the sardonic rebuke. He was pleasant and businesslike, hardly warm and fuzzy. He was clearly a dedicated teacher, but he was not given to socializing with students. He was not mesmerizing, but it was obvious that he loved teaching. I had no knowledge of his past or his background. He had arrived in my life full grown as himself, sent my way as a kind of miracle.

He assigned compositions and encouraged us to stretch the use of the language to create imaginative imagery and use muscular words to tell our stories and create our plots and descriptions. He was extremely diligent in his reading of our material. When I would receive one of my compositions back, he wrote his criticisms in red ink scrawls and you felt dead certain that he had read every word. It was through those red scrawls that I interpreted his message. You can write, son. Keep at it.

He did not single me out as anyone special in the class. Indeed, I can’t remember that he ever singled anyone out at all, but receiving those critiques, mostly words of praise and encouragement, clipped and copious, was all I needed to make my lifetime decision. I don’t know if he ever knew the impact that these tiny critiques made on my life, but he kindled something deep in my psyche, an ambition that still burns inside of me to this day. Is that not the ultimate reward for a dedicated teacher? For that reason alone, I will always love my alma mater.

I got an A in freshman English and, in fact, in all my English courses, two of which stick in my mind as essential building blocks in career, the European novel taught by Professor Ranney and the Bible as History taught by Professor Baer who was the Dean of the College of Arts and Science in those years. I extend to them my belated gratitude.

Believe me I am not exaggerating the impact of Professor Wolfe and the enhancement of the other professors. I was not as successful in my other courses, especially the sciences. Summers as part of my accelerated program I went to Washington Square, but none of the Professors there made as much of an impact on me as Doctor Wolfe.

A year after graduation I followed Dr. Wolfe to the New School to take a creative writing course. By then I was committed to spend my life writing novels, short stories and plays. Taking his course was like the icing on the cake. In my class was Mario Puzo and a number of other writers of great talent who I feel certain were equally inspired by Dr. Wolfe. At the New School, Dr. Wolfe arrange for the publication of a number of short story collections. Included in those anthologies was the work of remarkable talents among them Puzo and William Styron.

Was he aware of the fact that he was the greatest influence in my life? Perhaps in the lives of others as well? I doubt it. Sixty two years after my encounter with Dr. Wolfe, I credit him with continuing to be the greatest influence on my life and work.

Even today in my still very active career, he is still my teacher and guide. I cannot write a single sentence without wondering what Dr. Wolfe would say about it in his red ink scrawls.

Warren Adler is the author of 30 published novels and short story collections including The War of the Roses and Random Hearts. Two of recent novels are headed to the silver screen, Target Churchill and Funny Boys. His works have been translated into more than 25 languages.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Professor Steven Lukes Receives Honorary Degree


We are pleased to announce that NYU Sociology professor Steven Lukes will be awarded with an honorary degree from the University of East Anglia (UEA) this summer.

Professor Lukes will be awarded an honorary doctor of letters, and he is the author of numerous books and articles about political and social theory. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy.

For more information on Professor Lukes please visit his NYU page.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Washington Square Park Facelift


Many NYU alumni, students and faculty came outside yesterday to admire the newly revealed fountain and renovated section of >Washington Square Park.

From the >NYC Department of Parks and Recreation:
The first phase of the Washington Square Park reconstruction, which began December 10, 2007, covered the northwest quadrant and the central plaza. The improvements include new and expanded lawns and planting beds, the relocation and conservation of the fountain, conservation of the Alexander Holley Monument, repaved paths, new benches, lighting, and more. The fountain was completely rebuilt and restored in its previous dimensions and is now the focal point of a large central plaza, rebuilt on one level to make it accessible. The shifting of the fountain helped make possible an approximately 20 percent increase in unpaved green space in the park. The new lawns abutting the plaza are for passive recreation. This phase of construction was formally opened May 26, 2009 with a community celebration.

Here's what is included in the second phase of the Park reconstruction:
Restored landscaping, plantings, and flower beds replacing excess asphalt in the remaining northeast, southeast, and southwest quadrants. The northeast playground will be upgraded, and a new play area in the southwest section will incorporate the "mounds," rebuilt slightly below grade to improve sightlines and minimize their impact on the park landscape, and covered with carpet-style synthetic turf for safety. A new performance stage will be built, the dog runs will be relocated and expanded, the Giuseppe Garibaldi Monument will be conserved and relocated, the petanque courts will be reconstructed, the paths will be repaved, and new lighting and fences will be added.

If you are in the neighborhood, we hope you'll stop by to see the Park and stop by for a visit with us!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Bruce Altshuler, Director of New York University's Museum Studies Program


Bruce Altshuler is the director of the museum studies program at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at New York University. He is the author of The Avant-Garde in Exhibition: New Art in the 20th Century (1994), and Isamu Noguchi (1994); editor of Collecting the New: Museums and Contemporary Art (2005); and coeditor of Isamu Noguchi: Essays and Conversations (1994). He has published numerous essays on modern and contemporary art, including catalog essays for exhibitions organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Japan Society, New York; and the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany.

Bruce was recently heard on NPR's Morning Edition, talking with Renee Montagne about whether museum expansions are paying off. Click here to listen.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Khaya Cookie Company- Quest For Capetown


It's always nice to hear about passionate entrepreneurial NYU alumni who are determined to make the world a better place. Alicia Polak is one such alumna. She is the founder of the Khaya Cookie Company, which employs and trains jobless South Africans as skilled artisan bakers. For every 1500 boxes of cookies sold they create 1 new job in South Africa. For every 500 orders packed they create 4 new jobs at their distribution center located in Philadelphia, PA.

We are excited to announce that the Khaya Cookie Company has just launched a contest that could you send you and a friend on a ten day trip to South Africa. All you have to do is purchase 3 boxes of cookies to be entered into the contest to win the trip or other great prizes. More importantly, your contribution goes to a wonderful cause.

All the contest details can be found at

We had the chance to sit down and talk with Alicia about NYU and her company. Click here to read the interview.



Thursday, May 14, 2009

Martin Karlinsky (WSC '72) To Receive Honorary Fellowship and Become President of the American Friends of The Hebrew University


We are pleased to feature one of our highly accomplished graduates, Martin Karlinsky (WSC '72, cum laude).

Mr. Karlinsky is a practicing lawyer and a partner with the New York office of Butzel Long, P.C. Specializing in complex civil litigation, trials and appeals, he has been principal author and counsel of record for amici curiae in eight major Supreme Court cases concerning issues of concern to the Jewish community ranging from hate speech to separation of church-and-state controversies to affirmative action. Previously he was a partner and senior counsel of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, and founding and managing partner of Camhy Karlinsky & Stein LLP. Mr. Karlinsky is also an active member of the Anti-Defamation League, currently serving as a member of its National Commission and its National Executive Committee.

We were very excited to learn that Mr. Karlinsky has been elected President of the American Friends of The Hebrew University, and will receive an honorary fellowship from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in recognition of his longstanding leadership in the American Jewish community and advocacy for and defense of the State of Israel.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem bestows Honorary Fellowships on a highly select group of esteemed individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, philanthropy, and advocacy in support of the State of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide. Recipients are distinguished by their professional achievements, propensity for Jewish communal service, and desire to help build bridges to peace and mutual understanding between people and among nations.

Each year, Honorary Fellowship recipients are approved by The Hebrew University Faculty Senate and recognized at a ceremony in Israel during the annual international Board of Governors meeting in June. Honorary Fellows are welcomed into the ranks of The Hebrew University’s most distinguished Friends in the presence of leaders and supporters from Israel and many countries throughout the world.

On behalf of our NYU family, congratulations Mr. Karlinsky!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Many Congrats!


The past year went by very quickly and Commencement Week has arrived. Congratulations to all our graduates! This week you will become NYU Alumni and we encourage you to keep in touch and take full advantage of the many alumni benefits offered.

We hope you and your families have a wonderful week full of celebrations. And while we're on the topic of celebrations, congratulations to the following alumni who recently tied the knot.

Joyce Said (CAS) and Caleb Ward

Saydra Battersby and John Quintanilla (GSAS)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Mark Your Calendars for NYU Alumni Day 2009!


On Saturday October 3, 2009, alumni from around the globe will all reunite on the square to take part in this year's NYU Alumni Day, an exciting day of programs showcasing some of NYU’s most dynamic and innovative faculty and alumni. Be sure to check back on the Alumni Day Website for a detailed schedule of events.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Run Osler, Run

Staff Photo by Tim Hawk for

Tom Osler (Courant '69) likes to run. He likes to run so much in fact that he claims he has logged over 100,000 miles.

But it's not as though all the Running Man does is run. A respected Rowan University mathematics professor since 1972, Osler has achieved a classroom trifecta in less than half of 2009. He recently was honored at Monmouth University by the New Jersey Section of the Mathematical Association of America for distinguished teaching. That follows two previous 2009 accolades: AFT Union Gary Hunter Mentoring Award and the Journal of Mathematics and Computer Education Award.

Be sure to read the complete article about Tom here.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009



We've mentioned the plans for an NYU-DC campus on this blog before but wanted to share this recent article that appeared in The Washington Business Journal.

Hickok Cole Architects is designing the 75,000-square-foot mixed-use facility that is targeting Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. It will include space for classes, support staff, lobbyists and student dorms.

The five floors of student living space will feature four-person suites, and one challenge the architects encountered was creating equitable living spaces in the narrow, 60-feet wide site.

A developer has not yet been picked for the project. NYU hopes to have the center in operation by the fall semester of 2012.

For the complete article please click here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Grizzly Bear


Keep your eye on the band Grizzly Bear, because you'll be seeing and hearing more about them in the coming months. All four members of Grizzly Bear attended New York University: Ed Droste, Chris Taylor, Chris Bear, and Daniel Rossen.

From New York Magazine:
The band’s first album, 2004’s Horn of Plenty, came out at a moment when it was good to be weird and from Brooklyn. Fans hooked on the defiant inscrutability of Animal Collective or the dense soundscapes of TV on the Radio were quick to embrace a similarly adventurous but more intimate sound. By the time they released Yellow House, in 2006, Grizzly Bear’s first album with all four current members, it became clear they were not just the latest quirky collective. Their songs had the egghead production of art-school bands like Talking Heads and the complex vocal harmonies of a Baroque choir but were driven by irresistibly sweet pop melodies. Their third album, Veckatimest, out later this month, perfects this hybrid. In the same way that the band members themselves exude a beguiling purity of spirit—they’re cheerful yuppie nerds, not brooding hipsters—so does Veckatimest exude a basic human warmth that is deeply seductive.

Be sure to read the complete article about Grizzly Bear in New York Magazine.

For more information on Grizzly Bear visit their website at

We'll leave you with a music video for their song, "Fix It"

Grizzly Bear Video - "Fix It" - The funniest home videos are here

Monday, May 4, 2009

Jeff Levick Appointed President of Global Advertising and Strategy at AOL


It has been announced that Jeff Levick (WSC '93) has been named President of Global Advertising and Strategy at AOL. In his new role, Levick primarily will be responsible for Platform-A, AOL's advertising arm, and for developing global revenue strategies.

Levick comes to AOL from Google where he was vice president of industry development and marketing for the Americas.

For more information on this please click here.

Jeff, congratulations from all of us here at NYU!

Friday, May 1, 2009

NYU Offers iPhone Programming Class

Have you ever had an idea for a great iPhone application? NYU is now offering an iPhone programming class taught by Nathan Hull. Here's the description:

In this course, we will learn to create applications for Apple’s iPhone 3G using Objective-C and the iPhone SDK.

Since its introduction this past summer, the Apple iPhone SDK has been revealed to be a powerful platform upon which to build sophisticated applications. Without actually having to own an iPhone, students will be able to build and test their applications on Intel Apple Macs using the freely available compiler and simulator. (Macs are available in the ITS labs). In addition to the development tools, students will become proficient in the object-oriented language Objective-C, the Apple iPhone Frameworks, and the principles of Cocoa development. This is a new, dynamic, constantly-evolving topic, and students will be at the forefront a new technological advancement.

If you are interested in learning more please click here.

Thursday, April 30, 2009


That's right, what do you get when you combine neuroscience with filmmaking? Neurocinematics!

Join the NYU School of Continuing & Professional Studies, and the Office of the Dean of Sciences at NYU, as a panel of experts on the brain and cinema draw an interdisciplinary connection between film and neuroscience.

David Heeger, Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University will be joined by colleages Uri Hasson of the Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University, Barbara Knappmeyer of the NYU Computational Neuroimaging Laboratory, Nava Rubin of the NYU Center for Neural Science, and Michael Grabowski, NYU Adjunct Instructor in Film, Video, and Broadcasting.

David J. Heeger received his PhD in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, a research scientist at the NASA-Ames Research Center, and an Associate Professor at Stanford before coming NYU. His research spans an interdisciplinary cross-section of engineering, psychology, and neuroscience, the current focus of which is to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to quantitatively investigate the relationship between brain and behavior. He was awarded the David Marr Prize in computer vision in 1987, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in neuroscience in 1994, the Troland Award in psychology from the National Academy of Sciences in 2002, and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Award in the Sciences from New York University in 2006.

For more information or to register please click here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

We're Twittering and Tweeting...Follow Us!

We recently joined the Twitterverse (Is that even the right word?) and you can follow us @artsandscience.

And while we're on the topic of Twitter, New York Magazine has provided us with a Twitter Approval Matrix, letting us know whose Tweets are worth following. NYU's own, Jay Rosen has made the list. Be sure to follow his updates as well @JayRosen_NYU.

Have some news you want on the blog? Did you start a business you want the NYU community to know about? Email us!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

In In The Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff (GSAS '02)


Stefanie Pintoff's debut novel, In The Shadow of Gotham, hits bookshelves today. The turn-of-the-century mystery has gotten rave advance reviews and she is already signed for two sequels.

Pintoff's book was among 500 entries for the Mystery Writers of America's Best First Crime Novel award; the prize was a $10,000, one-book deal at Minotaur Books, a division of St. Martin's Press.

For more information and to hear Stefanie read from her novel, click >here or visit Stefanie's >website.

>Purchase In The Shadow of Gotham.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Margarita Levieva (CAS '01) on Stage and Screen


The following is taken from a recent article by Nick Axelrod that appeared in Women's Wear Daily (WWD) about NYU alumna, Margarita Levieva.

Margarita Levieva didn't follow the typical path of a Hollywood actress, but now that she's become one, she has a wealth of life experience to draw from. Not only was the Russian-born actress once one of the top rhythmic gymnasts in New York, but she also majored in economics at NYU, while supporting herself (and her studies) with a job as a fashion buyer. Starting Friday, she appears in “Adventureland,” a comedy from “Superbad” director Greg Mottola. Oh, and she's currently making her Broadway debut alongside Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons in “Impressionism.” Here, Levieva, 29, explains how it all happened...

For the complete article please click here.

We have reached out to Margarita and hope to have an interview for this blog soon.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Head of BBC Multimedia Newsroom, Mary Hockaday (GSAS '86)


Mary Hockaday has been appointed head of the BBC Multimedia Newsroom which comprises the BBC News website, the radio summaries and bulletins (except for Radio 1), BBC World Service news, BBC News 24, BBC World, BBC Breakfast and the bulletins on BBC One at 1, 6 and 10, among others.

Mary has been Deputy Head of the BBC Newsroom since 2007 and was central to the creation and leadership of the Multimedia Newsroom, which went live officially in April 2008. She led the On-Demand, Radio and Mediawire teams. Before that, she was deputy Head of BBC Radio News, and from 2001 to 2006, she was the Editor of BBC World Service News and Current Affairs, which, under her leadership, won a Special Sony Gold award in recognition of its 9/11 coverage and its global reputation.

For more information click here for the BBC Press Release.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Majora Carter (GSAS '97) Sustainable South Bronx Founder

Sustainable South Bronx founder Majora Carter (GSAS '97) is among EBONY magazine's list of the 150 most influential African-Americans.

Sustainable South Bronx is a community organization "dedicated to environmental justice through innovative, economically sustainable projects and has worked tirelessly in pursuit of resources and ideas to move under-performing communities into healthy and productive economic condition."

In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx -- and shows how minority neighborhood suffer most from flawed urban policy. Click below to watch.

For more information on Majora Carter and Sustainable South Bronx click here.

Monday, April 20, 2009

FAS Wedding Report

Here is this weeks FAS alumni wedding anouncement! If you'd like to be included in the next Wedding post please email Evan at

Congratulations to Michelle Walker and G. Derek Musgrove (GSAS '05).

And our congratulations also to NYU alumna Maxine L. Margolis who is professor emerita of anthropology at the University of Florida, and was named a fellow in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences today.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Bryant Terry (GSAS '01) in the Vegan Soul Kitchen


Bryant Terry has written a new cookbook, Vegan Soul Kitchen.

Bryant Terry is an eco chef, food justice activist, and author of Vegan Soul Kitchen (VSK): Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine (Da Capo/Perseus March 2009). For the past nine years he has worked to build a more just and sustainable food system and has used cooking as a tool to illuminate the intersections between poverty, structural racism, and food insecurity. His interest in cooking, farming, and community health can be traced back to his childhood in Memphis, Tennessee, where his grandparents inspired him to grow, prepare, and appreciate good food.

Bryant is currently a fellow of the Food and Society Policy Fellows Program, a national project of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He has garnered many honors and awards for his work including receiving the inaugural Natural Gourmet Institute Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Food Education and being selected as one of the 2008 “Hot 20 Under 40” in the San Francisco Bay Area magazine 7×7. Bryant’s first book (coauthored with Anna Lappé, foreword by Eric Schlosser), Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen (Tarcher/Penguin 2006), is a winner of a 2007 Nautilus Award for Social Change.

For more information on Bryant Terry please visit his website at

He also has a blog.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Arthur Carter: Sculpture and Drawings

Arthur Carter, Untitled, 2008, Aluminum painted red and blue, 33 x 33 in.

New York University’s wonderful own Grey Art Gallery currently has a benefit exhibition featuring work by Arthur Carter called “Arthur Carter: Sculpture and Drawings,” the proceeds from which will benefit the exhibition space, which is right on Washington Square Park.

From The New York Observer Article:
Created in his Roxbury, Conn., studio, Mr. Carter’s sculptures are stunning geometrical and fluid forms, often constructed from stainless steel. Highlights from the exhibition include Octacube (1996), an angular silver and copper work that manages to look like a gorgeous piece of space junk (or a deadly weapon) while also revealing the mathematical understanding at its core. Another, Continuous Elliptical Loops (2005), is a smooth, flowing work that evokes fun and joy and silliness. Preliminary sketches and drawings will also be shown, offering a glimpse of Mr. Carter’s process.

In addition to the exhibition, on view through April 29, a retrospective book, Arthur Carter: Sculptures, Paintings and Drawings, will be published in May.

For more information please visit the Grey Art Gallery Website.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Yuka Hoshino (WSC, '92), President of Gaga Communications

We were very excited to see that Yuka Hoshino has been appointed president of Gaga Communications, a distributor of foreign films in Japan. Yuka is the first female president of the company and is the only woman topping any midsized-to-large Japanese distributor.

Gaga's lineup for this year and next includes "Che Part 1," which has so far pulled in $9 million; "Burn After Reading"; "Streetfighter: The Legend of Chun-Li"; "Final Destination IV"; "Oceans"; "My Sister's Keeper"; and local thriller "MW," based on a classic comic by Osamu Tezuka. In other words, the usual Gaga mix of indie and mainstream product.

For more information be sure to read this article from Variety.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Elizabeth Gilbert (WSC '91) Still Going Strong on the New York Times Bestseller List


We know you or someone you know has read Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which details her year-long trek around the world and has continues to have a strong presence on the New York Times Best Seller List after 114 weeks. Columbia Pictures is turning the book into a film starring Julia Roberts slated for a release date in 2010. Gilbert has also just finished her next book, a historical look at marriage that's scheduled for publication within a year.

Due to Elizabeth's hectic schedule we have been unable to schedule an interview with her for this blog. We do hope to get an interview with her in the near future.

For more information please visit

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Interrupcion Fair Trade Founder Rafael Goldberg (CAS '03)


Today we're continuing celebrating some wonderful NYU Alumni Social Entrepreneurs. Today's featured alumnus is Rafael Goldberg who, along with Rachel Sterne, has been named one of

America's most promising social entrepreneurs by BusinessWeek.

Interrupcion works with some 250 family-owned farms and 2,400 rural workers to make sure they are getting livable wages and access to health care and education. In order to do that, the company charges what it calls a "social premium" on every item it sells—products that include Patagonia cherries, organic olive oil, and wildflower honey. Interrupcion sells its products to supermarkets like the Food Emporium and Whole Foods (WFMI) among others.

For more information please visit Interrupcion

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Alicia Polak, Founder of the Khaya Cookie Company

It's always nice to hear about passionate entrepreneurial NYU alumni who are determined to make the world a better place. Alicia Polak is one such alumna. She is the founder of the Khaya Cookie Company.

Rachel Sterne (CAS '05) Named One of America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs

David Yellen/Redux

In 2007, CAS alumna Rachel Sterne launched GroundReport, a website that enables anyone to publish news and opinion stories, as well as streaming video reports. BusinessWeek has just named Rachel one of America's most promising social entrepreneurs. Congratulations, Rachel!

Click here for more information on GroundReport.

Monday, April 6, 2009

NYU Arts and Science Weddings

We have received some requests to start putting wedding announcements on the Arts and Science Blog and we're thrilled to bring you our first one!

A big congratulations to Valerie Durollari (CAS '06) and Ken Biberaj, who recently tied the knot in New York City. Here are the details about how they met and the big day.

(Photo: Katie Orlinsky for The New York Times)

If you have a wedding announcement or any other type of announcement you'd like to appear on this blog, please email Evan.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Writers in Conversation: Jonathan Safran Foer Interviews Zadie Smith

We've mentioned the numerous events always taking place at NYU. You could probably fill every night of the week with a great NYU event, and we encourage you to do just that! Here's an upcoming event not to miss!

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Writers in Conversation

Jonathan Safran Foer Interviews Zadie Smith
Acclaimed British writer Zadie Smith's first book, White Teeth, won a number of awards, including the Guardian First Book Award and the Whitbread First Novel Award. Smith's second novel, The Autograph Man, won the 2003 Jewish Quarterly Literary Prize for Fiction. On Beauty was published in 2005, and won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction.

Jonathan Safran Foer is the best-selling author of Everything Is Illuminated, which won numerous awards, including the Koret Award for best work of Jewish fiction of the decade, and, like White Teeth, the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, was a finalist for the IMPAC Prize. Foer joined the NYU Creative Writing Program faculty in 2008, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Date: Thursday, April 30th, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tishman Auditorium, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South

Details about this event and numerous others coming out of The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House can be found here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

NYU Mathematician Mikhail Gromov Named Winner of Abel Prize


Third NYU Winner of “Nobel Prize” of Mathematics In Five Years

Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov, a professor at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences since 1996, was today awarded the Abel Prize in Mathematics by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for “his revolutionary contributions to geometry.” In its announcement, the Academy described Gromov as “one of the leading mathematicians of our time” whose work “will continue to be a source of inspiration for many future mathematical discoveries.” He is expected to receive the Abel Prize from His Majesty, King Harald V of Norway, in Oslo on May 19. The honor is accompanied by a prize of NOK 6,000,000 or approximately $950,000.

To read the rest of the Press Release please click here.

Friday, March 27, 2009

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Joseph LeDoux and R.L. Stine

NYU Professor, neuroscientist, and mental rocker Joseph LeDoux recently sat down to chat with R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series. This was part of the Rubin Museum’s lab-like Brainwave series.

Click here to listen to the conversation (courtesy of WNYC).

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

2009 Food For Thought Film Festival


Martha Ma (WSC '94) is a food and media educator and producer, community chef and health counselor. She is the host and producer of "The Tasty Life," a bi-weekly television show on Manhattan Public Access channel 57, and the editor of the e-newsletter, "Eater's Digest." She is also executive producer of the Food for Thought Film Festival, a showcase of films about our life sustaining resources: FOOD and WATER.

The festival begins on April 11, 2009 at the Action Center to End World Hunger downtown and will conclude on April 18, 2009 at the Columbia University Medical Center Alumni Auditorium uptown. This event is FREE to the public to encourage maximum community attendance. The program will run from 1pm to 8:30pm showcasing four feature length films, three short films, guest speakers, and filmmakers. The detailed schedule and directions can be found at

This year's Film Fest focuses on several crucial issues: access to clean food and water; local and sustainable agriculture; and the effects of policy on small American farmers. Our goal is to promote dialogue within communities and to inspire action. For more information please visit

For more information on Martha and Naniola Productions please click here.