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Upcoming Events


Thursday, February 23, 6pm - 7:30pm
Caroline Light author of Stand Your Ground: A History of America's Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense - Introduced and in conversation with Ann Pellegrini

Stand Your Ground explores the development of the American right to self-defense, and reveals how the duty to retreat from threat was transformed into a selective right to kill. Light shows how violent self-defense has been legalized for the most privileged and made the most marginalized more vulnerable.

Caroline Light is director of undergraduate studies in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. She is also the author of That Pride of Race and Character: The Roots of Jewish Benevolence in the Jim Crow South (NYU Press, 2014).

Ann Pellegrini is a Professor of Performance Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU,  and director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU.

Tuesday, February 28, 6pm - 7:30pm
A Reading in Tribute to a Literary Friendship

Molly Peacock and Phillis Levin have shared their poems for over forty years, ever since they met in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Celebrating decades of creative exchange, in this special evening each poet will read from her latest book, Peacock from The Analyst and Levin from Mr. Memory & Other Poems. The post-reading Q&A will focus on literary friendship.

Molly Peacock is a poet, biographer, essayist, and short fiction writer. Her newest book is The Analyst: poems (W.W. Norton, 2017).  Among her honors are awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts. Passionate about public service for literature, she served as President of the Poetry Society of America. Every winter Peacock conducts a writing seminar at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

Phillis Levin is a poet, essayist, and editor. Her newest poetry collection book is Mr. Memory & Other Poems (Penguin Books, 2016). She is the author of four other poetry books, and is the editor of The Penguin Book of the Sonnet (Penguin, 2001). Her honors include a Fulbright Scholar Award and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Levin is currently a professor of English and the poet-in-residence at Hofstra University.

Thursday, March 2, 6pm - 7:30pm
Charles Campisi author of Blue On Blue: An Insider's Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops (Scribner 2017)
In conversation with S. Andrew Schaffer

Charles Campisi is the longest-serving Chief of the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau, an elite unit tasked with investigating fellow officers suspected of misconduct, corruption, or worse.  When Campisi retired in 2014, he had served for 41 years under four different police commissioners.  Campisi is currently a Senior VP at the private investigation firm Cyber Diligence and has lectured nationally and internationally including at John Jay College and NYU School of Law.

S. Andrew Schaffer is the Deputy Commissioner of Legal Matters for the New York City Police Department. A former assistant US attorney in Manhattan, Schaffer also worked  for many years as senior vice president and general counsel of New York University. He now teaches a course in criminal procedure.

Tuesday, March 7, 6pm - 7:30pm
Poetry Reading

Maeve Kinkead, writer and actor, has performed widely in theatre, film, and television. Her writing has appeared in Cortland Review, The New Yorker, Shadowgraph Magazine, Provincetown Arts, and Seventeen Magazine. A Dangling House is her first book of poems.

Annie Kim’s first poetry collection, Into the Cyclorama, won the Michael Waters Poetry Prize and was published in 2016 by the University of Southern Indiana. Kim works at the University of Virginia School of Law as the Assistant Dean for Public Service.  

Kenneth Hart teaches writing at New York University, and is Poetry Editor of The Florida Review.  He is the 2007 co-winner of the Allen Ginsberg Award, and the recipient of the 2008 editor's prize for New Ohio Review. Hart's book, Uh Oh Time was selected by Mark Jarman as winner of the 2007 Anhinga Prize for Poetry.

Michael Collins’ poems have received Pushcart Prize nominations and appeared in more than 70 journals and magazines.  A full-length collection, Psalmandala, was published in 2014 and a second chapbook, Harbor Mandala, appeared in 2015. Collins teaches creative and expository writing at New York University.

Thursday, March 9, 6pm - 7:30pm
David Lehman author of Poems in the Manner Of (Scribner, 2017)

Poems in the Manner Of is an illuminating journey through centuries of writers who continue to influence new work today, including that of respected poet and series editor of The Best American Poetry David Lehman.

Lehman has been writing “poems in the manner of” for years, in homage to the poems and people that have left an impression, experimenting with styles and voices that have lingered in his mind. Finally, he has gathered these pieces, creating a striking book of poems that channels poets from Walt Whitman to Sylvia Plath and also calls upon jazz standards, Freudian questionnaires, and astrological profiles for inspiration.

David Lehman, the series editor of The Best American Poetry, is also the editor of the Oxford Book of American Poetry. His books of poetry include Poems in the Manner OfNew and Selected PoemsYeshiva Boys,  When a Woman Loves a Man, and The Daily Mirror. His most recent nonfiction book is Sinatra’s Century .He teaches at The New School and lives in New York City and Ithaca, New York.