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From Olympus to Valhalla: How Greek and Norse Mythological Traditions Inspired Deity WorshipOffice of Public AffairsRichard Sacks, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, journeys into the world of the ancient gods. By comparing the ancient Greek and Norse mythological traditions, he gets to the heart of what inspired people to worship and revere these deities. In this Continuing Education lecture, Sacks explores important themes like divine power, destiny and creation and gives us a better understanding of the past, and perhaps ultimately of ourselves.
Irish Poet Micheal O'Siadhail ReadsOffice of Public AffairsOn October 31, 2002, Irish poet Micheal O'Siadhail, author of Hail! Madam Jazz, read from his recently released The Gossamer Wall: Poems in Witness to the Holocaust, as well as Poems 1975-1995, and Our Double Time. This reading is sponsored by the School of the Arts.
Maryse Conde Shares New MemoirOffice of Public AffairsThe PEN American Center Open Book Committee's celebration of the publication of Maryse Conde's new memoir, Tales from the Heart: True Stories From My Childhood, includes a reading by Conde in French and English. In an interview, Conde speaks in English about her childhood in Guadeloupe, the trials of assimilation into the French mother country from the French Caribbean, and her 12 years in West Africa.
Panel Explores Long-Term Impact of September 11 on New York TheaterOffice of Public AffairsThe health of New York theaters depends in part on the institutional and regulatory environment created by city government, and on the outlook for future public support. Examining issues of labor, financing and taxation, "cultural tourism," transportation and education, this discussion explored potential policy approaches that could maximize benefits to artists, managers, audiences and the city as a whole. View the archived webcast here.
Rap Music Provides a Roadmap for Positive Societal ChangeOffice of Public AffairsRussell Simmons, founder of Def Jam Records, said rap music provides a roadmap for positive societal change during a dialogue with Manning Marable, Columbia History and Political Science Professor. The event was sponsored by the Institute for Research in African American Studies.

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