Video of T.J. Clark Lecture


"A Room of One's Own: Reflections on Picasso's
Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust (1932)"

November 14, 2013 at New York University

Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, a good judge, thought the two large-scale Nudes Picasso painted in 1932 "perhaps the greatest, most moving things he has produced." Was he right? They are the opening images in T.J. Clark's new book, Picasso and Truth: From Cubism to Guernica (Princeton University Press), but the second of them, Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust, is not treated at length. This lecture makes up for the deficiency, in the belief that many of Picasso and Truth's main themes -- Picasso's unshakable commitment to the little world of "room-space," the thin line in his art between beauty and monstrosity, the peculiarity of his use of the first-person (always with Rimbaud's "Je est un autre" as his point of reference) -- come into focus if the picture is given its due. "Je est un autre" is aligned, in the lecture (as in the book), with Picasso's declaration to Genevieve Laporte: "Je suis une femme."  

About Picasso and Truth (from Princeton Univ Press):
"Based on Clark's A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, delivered at the National Gallery of Art, Picasso and Truth argues that the way to take Picasso's true measure as an artist is to leave behind biography--the stale stories of lovers and hangers-on and suntans at the beach that presently constitute the 'Picasso literature'--and try to follow the steps of his pictorial argument. As always with Clark, specific works of art hold center stage. But finding words for them involves thinking constantly about modern culture in general. Here the book takes Nietzsche as guide."

T.J. Clark is George C. and Helen N. Pardee Chair Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of a series of books on the social character and formal dynamics of modern art: The Absolute Bourgeois: Artists and Politics in France 1848-1851 (1973); Image of the People: Gustave Courbet and the 1848 Revolution (1973); The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers (1984); and Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism (1999); as well as Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War (written with “Retort,” 2005); The Sight of Death: An Experiment in Art Writing (2006); Picasso and Truth: From Cubism to Guernica (2013); and a book accompanying an exhibition at Tate Britain, co-authored with Anne M. Wagner, Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life (2013).




Video of The State of Surveillance

Event: The State of Surveillance

The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU,
Institute for Public Knowledge, &The Brennan Center for Justice

Legal, Cultural, and Technological Perspectives

A conversation with Danah Boyd, Carrie Cordero,
Peter Maass, Faiza Patel, and Eyal Press

October 23, 2013 at New York University

In order of appearance:
-  Eric Banks, Director, New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU (00:03 - 05:41)
-  Faiza Patel (5:43 - 18:46)
-  Carrie Cordero (18:50 - 29:56)
-  Danah Boyd (30:20 - 41:17)
-  Peter Maass (41:18 - 55:17)
-  Eyal Press (55:18 - 1:11:17)
-  Q&A with moderator (1:11:18 - 1:26:42)
-  Q&A with audience (1:27:26 - 1:53:35

Perhaps few news stories in recent months have been as unsettling as the revelations that the National Security Administration (NSA) and other government agencies maintain routine mass surveillance of the lives of ordinary American citizens. Is such information-gathering vital for reasons of national security, and if so, what are the legal parameters of such activity? Are we destined to exist in a world without privacy, where our communications and movements, web surfing and purchasing habits are subject to scrutiny by both government and corporations? What are the implications for investigative journalism and a free press? The varied response to whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden, and the controversy as to how to label him, tell us about the conflicted feelings Americans harbor towards individual dissenters like him, and towards the information being disclosed. Ultimately, the question becomes--in what kind of society do we want to live?

The Brennan Center for Justice's Faiza Patel (Co-Director, Liberty and National Security Program); former Department of Justice attorney Carrie Cordero (Director, National Security Studies, Georgetown University Law Center); author-journalists Peter Maass and Eyal Press; and one of the leading technological researchers and scholars on the subject of social media and youth culture, Danah Boyd, gather to discuss what boundaries, if any, we might seek to establish.

About Participants

Danah Boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU, and a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Her research examines social media, youth practices, tensions between public and private, social network sites, and other intersections between technology and society. She co-authored Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. Her new book It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (Yale University Press) will be released in February 2014. At the Berkman Center, she co-directed the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, as well as the Youth and Media Policy Working Group Initiative, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Fast Company named Boyd one of the Most Influential Women in Technology; Fortune Magazine dubbed her the smartest academic in tech; and in 2011, the World Economic Forum selected Boyd as a Young Global Leader. She serves on the advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), and in 2008-2009, was a Commissioner on the Knight Commission on Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. She maintains a blog on social media called Apophenia.

Carrie Cordero is Director of National Security Studies at Georgetown University Law Center. From 2000 to 2010 she served in national security related policy and operational legal positions at the Department of Justice, most recently as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security. In a joint duty capacity, she served from 2007 to 2009 in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), where she worked on the legislation, implementation and oversight of significant amendments to FISA. While at the ODNI she also served as the legal advisor to the National Counterproliferation Center, as an advisor to senior leadership on civil liberties law and policy, and as an interagency coordinator of sensitive national security prosecutions.

Peter Maass is a journalist and author. He has written about cellphone tracking, the National Security Agency, and the FBI's investigation of David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, and is currently working on a book about surveillance and privacy.  Maass's writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, and The New York Times Magazine, for whom he recently profiled Laura Poitras, the documentarian who while on a government watch list played a key role together with Glenn Greenwald in publishing secret documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Faiza Patel, of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, is Co-Director of the Liberty & National Security Program, which seeks to ensure that our government respects human rights and fundamental freedoms in conducting the fight against terrorism. Before joining the Brennan Center, Ms. Patel worked as a senior policy officer at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, and clerked for Judge Sidhwa at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Eyal Press is the author of Beautiful Souls, a book about individual acts of conscience and resistance. He has written for The New York Review of Books, The Nation, The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and is a past recipient of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Press is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU.



Video of Too Dangerous for Words, with Anabel Hernández

Event: Too Dangerous for Words

The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU and
The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute present

Life & Death Reporting the Mexican Drug Wars

A conversation with Mexican investigative journalist Anabel Hernández
and Nik Steinberg of Human Rights Watch, moderated by
Carlos Lauría of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

September 26, 2013 at New York University

Eric Banks, Director, New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU (00:10 - 3:56)
Carlos Lauría, Committee to Protect Journalists (04:00 - 8:53)
Anabel Hernández, Mexican investigative journalist; Narcoland author (08:54 - 31:20)
Nik Steinberg, Human Rights Watch (31:22 - 46:30)
Q&A with moderator (46:33 - 1:01:55)
Q&A with audience  (1:02:15 - 1:34:52)

In Mexico, officials put the number of deaths from drug violence at 70,000 in the last six years, with another 27,000 missing. For journalists, Mexico has become the most deadly country in the region, and one of the most dangerous worldwide. As cited in a recent report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) submitted to the UN Human Rights Council: “At least 50 journalists have been killed or disappeared in Mexico in the last six years,” with dozens more who have been “attacked, kidnapped, or forced into exile in connection to coverage of crime and corruption.” The extreme violence, coupled with a culture of widespread impunity, means that crimes against the Mexican press go largely uninvestigated. “The failure to successfully prosecute the killings of journalists has made Mexico the seventh-worst country in the world on CPJ’s Impunity Index.”

Anabel Hernández, one of the country's leading investigative journalists, has written about high-level corruption among Mexico's government, military, and business elites under the presidencies of Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón. She received multiple death threats upon the 2010 publication in Mexico of Los señores del narco--her best-selling book about the 35-year genesis of drug production and trafficking in Mexico, the most violent leaders of the present-day cartels, and the Mexican government’s complicity with the crime rings that supply the United States with more than 60% of the drugs that enter the country. The result of a five-year investigation, the book has just been published in English as Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers (Verso), with an introduction by Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano. Despite the increasing violence, threats, and intimidation leveled against journalists, and also their families (in May 2013, sons of two prominent journalists were slain), Hernández refuses to be silent or to leave Mexico. In 2012 she was awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

About Participants

Anabel Hernández is a Mexican journalist and writer known for her investigative reporting on corruption and the abuse of power in Mexican politics. It was the kidnap and murder of her father in 2000 in Mexico City and the subsequent refusal by the police to investigate unless her family paid a bribe that deepened her commitment to journalism. She has worked on national dailies including Reforma, Milenio, El Universal, and its investigative supplement La Revista and has written about slave labor, sexual exploitation, political corruption, and drug cartels. Hernández was awarded the 2012 Golden Pen of Freedom by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Her book Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers (an English translation of Los senores del Narco) has just been published by Verso.

Carlos Lauría is Senior Americas Program Coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists, and serves as chief strategist and spokesperson on press freedom issues in the Americas. He monitors and documents press freedom violations in Latin America and has led missions to Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Brazil, El Salvador, and Argentina. A journalism graduate of Universidad Católica Argentina, Lauría began his journalistic career in Buenos Aires in 1986 and settled in New York in 1994 as U.S. bureau chief correspondent for Editorial Perfil, Argentina's largest magazine publisher. He serves on the board of the Maria Moors Cabot Award for excellence in Latin American journalism, sponsored by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Nik Steinberg is the senior researcher on Mexico in Human Rights Watch's Americas Division. He is the author of the 2013 report Mexico’s Disappeared: The Enduring Cost of a Crisis Ignored, which documented widespread “disappearances” committed by security forces and organized crime in Mexico’s “war on drugs”; and the 2011 report Neither Rights Nor Security, which looked at killings and torture by soldiers and police in Mexican counternarcotics operations. Steinberg has testified on human rights abuses before Congress, as well as in Mexico. His writing has appeared in the New York Review of Books, the Washington Post, and the Nation, among other publications.  He is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Co-sponsored by PEN American Center and Committee to Protect Journalists





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