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The NYU Bookstore Event Series is free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Seating is limited and no reservations are required. For additional event information view our Event Calendar. If you are interested in scheduling an event please contact us.


Tuesday, February 17, 6pm - 7:30pm
NYU Bookstore Celebrates African American History Month

Join filmmaker Bennett Singer and author Walter Naegle for a screening and reading to celebrate civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.

Five years in the making and the winner of more than 25 international awards and honors, "Brother Outsider" illuminates the life and work of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and strategist who has been called “the invisible man” and “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. In 2013, Rustin received a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom —America’s highest civilian honor — from Barack Obama.

The screening with be followed by a Q&A session with co-director Bennett Singer and a reading by Walter Naegle, Rustin's surviving life partner and co-author of the newly published Bayard Rustin: The Invisible Activist.

Light refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by NYU's Office of Government and Community Affairs.

Wednesday, February 18, 6pm - 7:30pm
Marc Solomon author of Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits - and Won

Marc Solomon is the national campaign director for Freedom to Marry where he directs programs to win marriage equality nationwide. He is a regular media spokesperson—on television and radio and in print.

In Winning Marriage Marc Solomon, a veteran leader in the movement for marriage equality, gives the reader a seat at the strategy-setting and decision-making table in the campaign to win and protect the freedom to marry. With depth and grace he reveals the inner workings of the advocacy movement that has championed and protected advances won in legislative, court, and electoral battles over the decade since the landmark Massachusetts ruling guaranteeing marriage for same-sex couples for the first time.

Wednesday, February 25, 5pm - 7:30pm
NYU Alumni Night at the Bookstore
The Secrets of Publishing

A special event featuring NYU alumni in the publishing world. Learn the secrets of book publishing (fiction & nonfiction) from this exciting panel of publishing pros. Panelists include the following alumni authors:

Jo Piazza (GSAS '11) - If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission
Kenan Trebincevic and Susan Shapiro (GSAS '84) - The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return
Darin Strauss (GSAS '97) - Half a Life: A Memoir

Henry Holt book editor Sarah Bowlin (CAS '07) and literary agents Peter Knapp (CAS '09) and Sona Charaipotra (GAL '06) will also be in attendance.

*The panel is moderated by Susan Shapiro.

5:00-6:00pm Networking Reception
6:00-7:30pm Panel Discussion and Q&A

A special 20% discount will be offered on most NYU insignia gifts and clothing, and on event-related books. The event is free and open to all alumni and guests.