The NY Cal: Foreign Policy Events for May ‘17

Our curated list of foreign policy-related events for May, featuring (mostly free) events around town. For the latest YPFP events and excursions for members, visit our calendar.

5/1: Documentary Films From China, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Asia Society. Free with RSVP.

A public screening and discussion of two films by young directors from China. Emergency Room, directed and produced by Siyi Chen, goes inside a hospital in a second-tier city along China’s east coast, where overworked and underpaid doctors often carry pepper spray for protection from angry patients. One Way Home, directed and produced by Qingzi Fan, follows two Tibetan children chosen to study in a government-sponsored Shanghai boarding school exclusively for Tibetan students.

5/3: Gender and Power in Russian Literature, 7:00 pm, The Strand. Free with RSVP.

Writers Maya Kucherskaya and Marina Stepnova discuss the gender and power in Russian literature. Part of Russian Literature Week.

5/3: Screening: Taliban Resurgence, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Lincoln Center. Free with RSVP.

A premiere screening of VICE on HBO's Taliban Resurgence. Followed by a conversation with VICE correspondent Ben Anderson.

5/4: Gender, Power, and Authoritarianism in the Dystopian Age, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm, New School. $15.

The dominating power of the state to control our thoughts, emotions, and sexuality has been the dominant concern of many women writers, and is reflective in some of the best dystopian literature of the modern age. Part of PEN America World Voices Festival.

5/4: A New Vision of Climate Adaptation, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Columbia University. Free with RSVP.

An opportunity to identify and discuss the most pressing issues pertaining to climate adaptation and to devise collaborative, interdisciplinary solutions.

5/5: Conversations in Colombia, 7:00 pm, Americas Society. Free with RSVP.

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, interviews Colombian artists Miguel Ángel Rojas and María Fernanda Cardoso. They will present Conversations in Colombia, a comprehensive mapping of that country’s artistic landscape. 

5/15: Journalism in Troubled Times, 6:30 pm, Deutsches Haus at NYU. Free with RSVP.

A conversation on how the can media bridge the information chasm, when confronted with an increasingly polarized political landscape and a suspicious public.

5/15: Spanish Language as a Border, 7:00 pm, Instituto Cervantes. Free with RSVP. 

This conversation will debate and reflect on the meaning of speaking Spanish today in the U.S., the power of language and its connotations. 

5/17: Chavismo and Venezuela Today, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Council on Foreign Relations. Free with RSVP.

An in-depth discussion about post-Chavez Venezuela, featuring regional experts and select Foreign Affairs authors. 

5/17: Sinica Podcast Live: Law in China, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, China Institute. $10. 

A conversation with Jerome Cohen on the emergence of China's legal system after the Cultural Revolution, and prospects for China implementing the rule of law that Xi Jinping has talked about so much but that cynics might say is still a long way off. 

5/19: Screening: Color of the Ocean, 6:30 pm, Goethe-Institut New York. Free.

A red-hot film about the humanitarian and political crises in Europe in connection with the tide of African immigration.

5/22: Putin's World Tour, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, New America Foundation. Free with RSVP.

A conversation with leading reporters and editors on this age of Putinism and what its blowback means for the future of Russia's relationship to the world.

5/24: Diversity in Business and Entrepreneurship, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Rubenstein Public Relations. Free with RSVP.

Although diversity has long been recognized as a strong determinant of business success, company initiatives have generally failed to achieve measurable results. This conversation will consider how to address this issue through better business practices and community efforts.

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