Hemispheric New York Events

Hemispheric New York features special programs, such as EMERGENYC (EMERGENYC), lectures, film series, conferences, and performance workshops, some of which are exclusively for members, and some which are open to the public at large. Below are upcoming and recent events.

Diálogos Hemisféricos / Hemispheric Dialogues: Greg Grandin, "America?"

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Thursday, March 5, 2015
3–4:45 pm
(Tea and Cookies will be served)

*This event will be livestreamed*
Click here to view the live video feed, starting at 3 pm (EST)

A discussion of the idea of America, or American Exceptionalism, usually references two things: first, the fact or belief that the United States has been exempt from the kind of domestic class conflict that has afflicted the development of other nations; second, the fact or belief that the United States has been able to project an unprecedented degree of global power free from the kind of direct colonialism and militarism that has defined previous empires. But in all the debates over what is and isn’t distinct about the United States, little discussion has been paid to one variable that can, at least in relation to its global ascendance, unambiguously be called unique: its relationship with Latin America. Unlike their European counterparts, the Anglo and Saxon settlers who colonized North America looked to Iberian America not as an epistemic 'other' but as a competitor in a fight to define a set of nominally shared but actually contested ideas and political forms: Christianity, republicanism, liberalism, democracy, sovereignty, rights, and, above all, the idea of America.

Our facilitator has suggested reading Kennan's South American Diary in preparation for this discussion. 
icon Download the reading here: Kennan's South American Diary (3.35 MB)

Greg Grandin is a Professor of History at New York University and the author of a number of prize-winning books, including most recently Empire of Necessity. Toni Morrison called this work, “compelling, brilliant and necessary.” Released in early 2014, the book narrates the history of a slave-ship revolt that inspired Herman Melville’s other masterpiece, Benito Cereno. Philip Gourevitch describes it as a “rare book in which the drama of the action and the drama of ideas are equally measured, a work of history and of literary reflection that is as urgent as it is timely.”

Hemispheric Dialogues invites key thinkers to lead a discussion about some of the pressing issues of our time. The series envisions informal yet sustained dialogue among faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, artists, and members of the community.

Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

This event is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings. 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue. 

Conference | "Crossing Mexico: Migration and Human Rights in the Age of Criminal Politics"

March 10-13, 2015
Tuesday, March 10 & Friday March 13

Princeton University

Wednesday, March 11

The New School

Thursday, March 12

New York University

These paired conferences seek to enrich understandings of—and bring visibility to—the increasingly complex and violent processes that characterize contemporary Mexican and Central American migration north. From the violent population displacements in Central America and countless migrant deaths and disappearances in Mexico to the for-profit detention and deportation regime in the United States, the entire migratory formation has been enveloped by a human rights catastrophe of unprecedented proportions. The conference will convene scholars, artists, and activists to share work and experiences in order to imagine pathways for action.

Confirmed Participants include:

Melissa Amezcua, The New School
Kalina Brabeck, Rhode Island College
Alexandra Délano, The New School
Pablo Domínguez, Princeton University
Jorge Durand, Universidad de Guadalajara
Marcial Godoy-Anativia, New York University
Amy Gottlieb, American Friends Service Committee
Ayten Gundogdu, Barnard College
Aldo Ledón, Voces Mesoamericanas
Guillermo Meneses, Colegio de la Frontera Norte
Benjamin Nienass, California State University, San Marcos
Antonio Ortuño, Author, El Buscador de Cabezas
Oscar Martínez, Journalist, Author, La Bestia
Rossana Reguillo, ITESO, Guadalajara
Rodrigo Reyes, Filmmaker, Purgatorio
María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, New York University
Marta Sánchez Soler, Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano
Rita Segato, University of Brasília
Christina L. Sisk, University of Houston
Diana Taylor, New York University
Sergio Villalobos, University of Arkansas
Arely Zimmerman, New York University
Moyses Zúñiga, Journalist and Photographer

These events will be livestreamed. For more conference details and livestreaming information, please visit: http://hemisphericinstitute.org/hemi/en/hny-video

These conferences are free and open to the public. The presentations will be conducted in English or Spanish, with simulataneous interpretation provided. All conference venues are wheelchair accessible.

Photo: Moysés Zúñiga

Screening and Director's Talk with Rodrigo Dorfman: Occupy the Imagination: Tales of Seduction and Resistance

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
7–9 pm

Inspired by the uprisings of the Arab Spring, filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman embarks on an exploration of his roots in 1970s Chile, where as a child he witnessed the first peaceful socialist revolution in history. Fascinated by the transformative power of art, Dorfman uncovers the power and legacy of his father’s controversial book How to Read Donald Duck, which the military junta burned and banned for exposing Disney’s hidden capitalist messages. When Occupy Wall Street explodes in New York City, Dorfman, camera in hand, begins a new quest—for the spirit of the Chilean Revolution in the euphoria of the Occupy Movement. A story of courage, defeat, and resistance, this trans-American film examines whether revolutionary consciousness can awaken our imaginations in a world seduced, and flattened, by one ideology, capitalism.
Occupy the Imagination has screened at SANFIC Santiago International Film Festival, Havana Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema, Malaga International Film Festival, Cucalorus Festival de la Memoria Mexico, and NC Latin American Film Festival
View the trailer here! 
Rodrigo Dorfman is an award winning filmmaker and multimedia producer who has worked with POV, HBO, Salma Hayek's Ventanazul and the BBC among others.  His films have been screened at some of the top international film festivals in the world (Toronto, Full Frame, Edinburgh, Telluride, Human Rights Watch).  With his father he has won best screenplay award from the Writer's Guild of Great Britain for "Prisoners in Time" (1997). He is currently working on NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South, this national touring exhibit uses his documentary work.