Our curated list of foreign policy-related events for March, featuring (mostly free) events around town.
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3/1: The Business of Global Travel, 6.00 pm to 8:00 pm, Columbia Club of New York. Free with registration.
A special evening with Jane Sun, CEO of Ctrip, China’s largest online travel site. In the past year, the company made several strategic acquisitions, including UK travel search site Skyscanner, and invested in India travel search site MakeMyTrip.
3/2-3/5: Festival Neue Literatur: Queer As Volk, Various locations. Free.
This festival brings New York audiences new writing from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States, as the first and only festival to spotlight German-language and American fiction. The 2017 festival marks the first ever convening of queer-centric, German-language texts in the United States.
3/2: The Circular Economy, 6.00 pm to 8:00 pm, Baruch College. Free with registration.
The circular economy is gaining increasing attention in Europe and around the world as a potential way for our society to increase prosperity, while reducing dependence on primary materials and energy. This panel will present inspiring business best practices and elaborate on opportunities and barriers encountered when making the transition to a circular economy.
3/5: Second Generation Memories of WWII, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Queensborough Community College. Free with registration.
Conversation with Dr. Alisse Waterston, author of My Father's Wars: Migration, Memory, and the Violence of a Century, and Dr. Barbara Rylko-Bauer, author of A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps: My Mother's Memories of Imprisonment, Immigration, and a Life Remade.
3/6: Radically Fair: How the Universal Basic Income Is Modernizing the Welfare State, 6.30 pm, Deutsches Haus at NYU. Free with registration.
An evening devoted to thinking about the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI). Could providing everyone with a basic income, regardless of their employment situation and their needs, be a solution to the challenges our societies are facing due to globalization, digitization, and demographic change?
3/7: The Arab City: Architecture and Representation, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Center for Architecture. $10. Free for students.
Moving beyond reductive notions of identity, myths of authenticity, fetishized traditionalism, or the constructed opposition of tradition and modernity, The Arab City: Architecture and Representation critically engages contemporary architectural and urban production in the Middle East.
3/7: French Institute Alliance Française First Tuesdays, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, FIAF. $12. Free for FIAF members.
Parlez-vous français? Join fellow French-speakers of all levels after work at FIAF for a glass of wine and conversation moderated by native speakers.
3/8-3/10: Japan Week 2017, Grand Central Terminal. Free.
Japan Week is a promotional tourism event in New York City that celebrates Japan as a premiere travel destination. Free and open to the public, visitors are invited to discover exciting locales all across Japan and to experience the art, crafts, food, and technology of Japanese culture.
3/8: Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, United Nations. Free with registration.
United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day 2017 with UN Secretary General António Guterres, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, and many others.
3/10: Ethics in Action: Ethics and Wall Street, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Columbia University. Free with registration.
Following the 2008 financial crisis greater scrutiny was placed on Wall Street practices, resulting in reform laws like the Dodd-Frank bill. But has Wall Street learned its lesson? A discussion on the lessons we can still learn from 2008 financial crisis and what is right, wrong, moral, and immoral in the financial markets.
3/10: Bulgarian Dance Party, 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Hungarian House. $18 advance purchase. $20 at door.
An evening of Bulgarian music, dancing, singing, eating and drinking in honor of International Women's Day. Enjoy excellent Bulgarian folk music! Cash bar and delicious Bulgarian food for sale.
3/11: Slam Poetry Night, 7:00 pm, Goethe-Institut. Free.
With wit and keen observation, two famous Switzerland- and Germany-based slam poets, Hazel Brugger and Thomas Spitzer analyze and comment on the world in today's popular form of poetry.
3/14: Tickling Giants, 7:00 pm, IFC Center. $17.
Dubbed, “The Egyptian Jon Stewart,” Bassem Youssef created the most viewed television program in the Middle East. In a country where free speech is not settled law, Bassem comes up with creative ways to non-violently challenge abuses of power. He endures physical threats, protests, and legal action, all because of jokes. Screening and Q&A with director Sara Taksler.
3/16: Asia Art Week Open House, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, China Institute. Free.
Last chance to visit Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd-6th Centuries, an exhibition described as “a jewel” by the New York Times.
3/22: After Neoliberalism, State Terrorism in a Transnational Feminist Context, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Undergraduate Committee of Global Thought. Free with registration.
Neferti Tadiar, Professor and Chair of Women's Studies at Barnard College, will discuss Philippines' war on drugs from a transnational feminist perspective.
3/22: Speak Out: Ladies in Leadership, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Wix Lounge. $5-20 depending on FindSpark membership level and career status.
An inspiring discussion on facing challenges as a woman in the workplace, and overcoming those challenges as a leader in the workforce.
3/22: Iconic Branding: Insights from Design Maven Kashiwa Sato, 6:30 pm. Japan Society. $13.
Creative director Kashiwa Sato, the mind behind Uniqlo’s distinctive red and white logo, discusses his transformative approach to branding strategy, which he calls "iconic branding."
3/24: Hannah Arendt, 6:00 pm. Deutsches Haus at NYU. Free with registration.
Margarethe von Trotta's acclaimed biographical drama Hannah Arendt, a portrait of the political theorist and influential thinker during her controversial coverage of the war crimes trial at Nuremberg for The New Yorker. Pam Katz, who wrote the film's screenplay, will present the film.
3/27: Thirty Years of Latin American Women and Gender Literary Politics, 7:00 pm. Instituto Cervantes. Free with registration.
In 1987 the conference titled Latin American Writing took place in Chile. Now, once again, a group of Latin American women writers will convene in New York City to pay homage to the original conference and keep questioning the important issues it raised.
3/28: Ciudades de América Collection, 7:00 pm. Americas Society / Council of the Americas. Free with registration.
Join coeditors Erica Roberts and Facundo de Zuviría, along with curator Gabriela Rangel, for a conversation on the book series Ciudades de América. The series consists of four volumes dedicated to Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Cartagena de Indias, and Rio de Janeiro.
3/29: Transforming Organizations with Sustainability Management, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Columbia University. Free with registration.
A discussion on the way that sustainability is used as an agent of change in 21st-century organizations. Followed by a reception with free wine, beer and light appetizers.
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