a bunch of NY EVENTS this week

A bunch of NYC events and resources for the next week, courtesy of Columbia j-school prof Sree Sreenivasan. (NY folks – get on one of his many lists if you want to hear about more NY events. He's got his finger on the pulse of EVERYTHING!)




* Tuesday, March 22 · 12:00pm – 3:30pm
   Columbia School of Public Health
   Perspectives on the Current Crisis in Japan

* Wednesday, March 23, 5pm
   Columbia School of the Arts
   Creative Fundraising Panel

* Wednesday, March 23, 7 to 9 pm
   Barnard College
   Reporting the Revolution: What's next for the Arab World?

* Fri, March 25, 12 pm to 2 pm
   Asia Society
   Makers of Modern India: Ramachandra Guha in conversation with Christopher Lydon

* Fri, March 25, 5:30 – 7 pm
   Columbia Journalism School & SAJA
  "Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World"

* Sun, March 27, 4-6 pm
  Riverside Church
  Interfaith Time of Reflection for Japan
  A Benefit Event for Japan featuring Japanese Disaster Survivors, Speakers
  and Musicians

* Wed, March 30, 6:30-8:30 pm
 AAJA/SAJA at Columbia Journalism School
 Social Media Workshop and Fundraiser for Japan

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Tuesday, March 22 · 12:00pm – 3:30pm
Columbia School of Public Health
      Perspectives on the Current Crisis in Japan
Details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198794086809404

        Speakers Featured:
        David Brenner, PhD, Director of the Center for Radiological
        Research http://crr-cu.org/   at Columbia
        University Medical Center

        Yasuko Nagamatsu, RN, PHN, MPH, Senior Assistant Professor in
        International Nursing, St. Luke's
        College of Nursing in Tokyo and expert on public health efforts
        following the Kobe earthquake

        Panel Discussion 
        Moderated by Irwin Redlener, MD, Director National Center for Disaster
        Preparedness (NCDP)
        Panelists will include:

      David Brenner, PhD, Director of the Center for Radiological Research

      Richard Garfield, DrPH, RN, NCDP and Henrik H. Bendixen Professor of
      Clinical International Nursing

        Yasuko Nagamatsu, RN, PHN, MPH, Senior Assistant Professor in
        International Nursing, 
        St. Luke's College of Nursing
Introductory Remarks:  Dean Linda Fried

WHEN:       Tuesday, March 22, 2011
                 12:00 -2:00 pm
WHERE:      Alumni Auditorium, Black Building, Columbia University Medical Center 650 West 168 Street (corner of Fort Washington Ave.)

CONTACT:   Members of the media: For more information and to RSVP, please contact Stephanie Berger, Mailman
School of Public Health – 212-305-4372/5635, sb2247@columbia.edu 
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 5pm, School of the Arts, Dodge Hall, Room 413
Creative Fund-raising Panel

Learn how to use social media and your network to creatively raise funds for your next project.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 5pm, School of the Arts, Dodge Hall, Room 413

Register Today!!

The Creative Fund-raising Panel will include guest speakers from:
IndieGoGo: IndieGoGo helps you raise more money, from more people, faster. Learn how to set up a
professional online funding campaign.

Women Make Movies: Women Make Movies is a program that provides support to women in independent production.
They will discuss their Production Assistance Program (the organization's key Fiscal Sponsorship Program).

Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP): The IFP Fiscal Sponsorship is exclusively for creative, artistic and/or
educational film, video and trans-media projects.

Refreshments will be provided.

Presented by Columbia School of the Arts Artists' Resource Center & Career Services.

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Reporting the Revolution: What's next for the Arab World?
Wednesday, March 23rd, 7 to 9 pm
Barnard College – Barnard Hall

We invite you to an evening with some of the best journalists of the 21st century, who have been covering the recent revolts in North Africa and the Middle East. You will have the opportunity to hear accounts and analysis of the Arab revolutions from those who have brought them to us live over the past few months!

This round-table will discuss the implications of the popular struggles that have swept the region and raise the ques…tion 'What's next?" – whether in Egypt, Palestine, or elsewhere.

*Ayman Mohyeldin, Middle East-based correspondent for Al Jazeera English. Ayman has covered the December 2008 Israeli Airstrikes over Gaza. He became the first journalist to report on the intricate network of tunnels that were once used for smuggling of weapons and people across the Egyptian-Gaza border. Most recently, Ayman covered the Egyptian Revolution for Al-Jazeera Arabic and English.

*Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Senior Producer and correspondent for Democracy Now! has covered the Egyptian revolution. Sharif covered a plethora of stories around the world, including reporting from Baghdad during the Iraq war, New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Haiti in the days after the January 2010 earthquake as well as the Democratic and Republican conventions in 2004 and 2008.

*Max Blumenthal, Independent journalist, writing fellow for the Nation Insitute, columnist, documentary filmmaker, and political blogger. His work has been featured on The Nation, The American Prospect, Washington Monthly, Al Jazeera English, Alternet, and The Huffington Post.

*Mostafa Omar, Egyptian socialist and reporter on worker and popular struggles in Egypt, including the recent wave of strikes and the formation of new independent trade union federations. Omar is also a contributor to 'The Struggle for Palestine' and the International Socialist Review.

** This event will be moderated by Prof. Bashir Abu-Manneh. Bashir Abu-Manneh is Assistant Professor of English and director of the Film Studies program at Barnard College. He teaches courses in Global Literature, Palestinian and Israeli literature, Marxism, and Post colonialism.

Co-sponsored by:
Turath, Columbia International Socialist Organization, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, Muslim Student Association, the Arab Student Association at SIPA, and the Arab Middle Eastern Journalist Association at the Journalism school

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NEW SERIES: Makers of Modern India: Ramachandra Guha in conversation with Christopher Lydon

Makers of Modern India
by Ramachandra Guha

725 Park Avenue, New York, NY (at 70th st)
$7 members; $10 students with ID and seniors; $15 nonmembers
LIMITED NUMBER OF http://asiasociety.org/events-calendar/new-series-makers-modern-india-ramachandra-guha-conversation-christopher-lydon

Inaugurating a major new series on figures who have shaped India in the modern world, Asia Society welcomes one of that country’s preeminent historians, Ramachandra Guha, for a special luncheon conversation with radio and Internet journalist Christopher Lydon, host for Radio Open Source, produced in partnership with Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.

Guha's new book, Makers of Modern India, presents 19 brilliant and fascinating personalities who have played a critical role in India's emergence as the world's largest democracy and a rising economic colossus. This anthology provides a representative sampling of the writings of key figures including Gandhi, Ambedkar, Tagore, and Nehru, as well as lesser-known but seminal writers like Rammohan Roy and Syed Ahmed Khan, placing them in the broad historical context of India's political evolution. Sunil Khilnani of Johns Hopkins University calls it "an indispensable introduction to the rich diversity of Indian political argument and a testament to the intellectual ferment out of which India emerged."

Historian, columnist, environmental activist and passionate cricket fan, Ramachandra Guha is the author of India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy and other books.

A brown-bag lunch is available for purchase at an addition cost or bring your own. Lunch orders must be received at least 48 hours before the program.

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SAJA BOOK CONVERSATION: "Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World"

     FRIDAY, March 25, 2011
     05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
     Columbia Journalism School, Stabile Student Center, 116th St & Broadway
     on the main Columbia campus (#1 subway to 116th St)

[ DETAILS: http://bit.ly/sajasaini ]

SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association (@sajaHQ) presents…

Join Angela Saini (@angelaDsaini), the London-basedauthor of a major new book on India and the role of science (past, present and future) in a rare appearance in New York City.

The book is entitled: "Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World" (which has just been published by Hodder & Stoughton). Here's what the Sunday Times said about her work: "Saini has a genuine talent for describing science."

Saini will be joined by veteran science writer (Time and elsewhere) and long-time SAJA member Unmesh Kher, in a conversation moderated by an alleged Indian geek, Prof. Sree Sreenivasan (@sree), Columbia J-school professor and SAJA co-founder. They will discuss these and other questions:

     How did India become a scientific superpower?
     What lessons can America learn from India's ascent?
     Why isn't Indian science more innovative than it is now?
     Can science help India deal with its problems of poverty, malnutrition?
     What do sports failures got to do with India's science success?
     Is India really, as she says, "a nation of nerds, dweebs, dorks, boffins
     and geeks"?

Refreshments will be served; this is a free, public event.
If you'd like to interview her or learn more about the book you can email her at angela.d.saini (at) gmail.com (tell her SAJA sent you).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Angela Saini is an award-winning independent journalist based in London, and the author of Geek Nation, a journey through India, to find out whether the country is set to become the world's next scientific superpower. Her work focuses on science, technology and their impact on society. Angela's writing has been published in New Scientist, Science, Wired and The Economist, and she's a regular reporter on BBC radio science shows, including Digital Planet. Angela was shortlisted for the best feature award from the Association of British Science Writers in 2010 and named European Junior Science Writer of the Year by the Euroscience Foundation in 2009. Before going freelance, she was a reporter for BBC News in London, where her investigation into bogus universities won the Prix Circom Award for European television journalism. She started out as a newspaper journalist in New Delhi before joining ITN in London on its prestigious News Trainee scheme. Her undergraduate degree was a Masters in Engineering from Oxford University and she has a second Masters in Science and Security from the Department of War Studies at King's College London.

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Sunday, March 27 4-6pm
Interfaith Time for Reflection Benefit event for Japan
at The Riverside Church 490 Riverside Drive (between 120-122 Sts.),
The Interfaith Time of Reflection for Japan event will feature prayer and reflection by interfaith leaders, Japanese survivors and speakers from the three prefectures damaged by the earthquake and tsunami as well asperformances by Japanese musicians.

Among the participants are Kenjiro Sasaki from Sendai and Yoji Shikama from Fukushima. The musicians include pianist,Taka Kigawa, and koto player, Masayo Ishigure. An interfaith service led by Rev TK Nakagaki with include leaders from the Buddhist, Shinto, Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths.

"This will be a chance for the Japanese community here in New York, and all New Yorkers, to come together for healing and comfort," said Reverend Nakagaki. "I hope the event can provide us with the spiritual encouragement and strength to overcome this time of suffering together."

All donations received will be sent to Japan for relief efforts.

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MORE JAPAN BENEFITS LISTED AT http://bit.ly/japansoc

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Learn how to be a social media maven, connect with colleagues, and give generously to the people of Japan.

Sree Sreenivasan (@sree), Columbia Journalism School professor and one of Poynter's 35 most influential people on social media will download all the tips and strategies you need to be a wired, networked, engaged reporter.

The event is free for AAJA and SAJA members.  Admission is $30 for all others.

Ticket proceeds and your generous donations will go to the Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.  This fund directly benefits local Japanese and American non-profits that are working on the frontline of disaster relief and recovery in Japan.

Please join us for a fun and educational evening, and an opportunity to give on Wednesday March 30th at 6:30-8:30 pm.  At:

Columbia Journalism School
Pulitzer World Room
116th St & Broadway (#1 train to 116th St)

RSVP to:  http://socialmediasree.eventbrite.com

For more information on the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, please visit http://www.japansociety.org/earthquake.

Sign up for AAJA membership (open to all): http://aaja.org/membership

Sign up for SAJA membeship (open to all): http://saja.org/membership

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:  Already comfortable on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn? Then it's time to take it your social-media skills to the next level.  See what new tools, tips and best practices Sree has encountered teaching social media at Columbia and around the country.   Learn how to use Foursquare and geolocation services as a journalist.

THE SPEAKER: Prof. Sree Sreenivasan, Dean of Student Affairs, Columbia Journalism School & contributing editor, DNAinfo.com – one of AdAge's 25 media people to follow on Twitter and one of Poynter's 35 most influential people in social media.

More on him at http://sree.net and you can see how he uses social media by connecting with him on Twitter: http:/twitter.com/sree | Facebook: http://facebook.com/sreetips | LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/sreenivasan

He promises the workshop, like his tweets, will most likely be helpful, useful, informative, relevant, practical, actionable, entertaining, fun & occasionally funny!


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