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(palisades people) Sunday Symposia: Sean Scully in Conversation with Ken Carbone

Palisades resident Sean Scully is one of the world’s leading abstract painters. The artist, represented in the collections of the MoMA, MMoA, and Tate Museums and twice nominated for the Turner Prize, will present his work and discuss his career in a conversation with Ken Carbone, the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director of the Carbone Smolan Agency. Tickets ($10 for Adults, $5 for Students) are required. Please stop by the library or call 845.359.0136. This program will be held at: the IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center, 334 Route 9W, Palisades, NY.

Climate, Development and Health in Africa

MAY 15, 2011, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Palisades resident and scientist, Judy Omumbo, of the Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), takes us on a journey to Africa where scientists and doctors collaborate to save lives in a changing environment. Omumbo and her colleagues research the connections between weather and communicable diseases.  Scientists collect and share information and data about climate change and its effects on the spread of illness with health authorities. By identifying the dangers, doctors can move to stop the spread of infection by reducing people's exposure to unsafe conditions that can lead to malaria, dengue, and meningitis.

Dr. Judy Omumbo is an Associate Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI). She is a graduate of Oxford University (PhD, 2004), Hebrew University, Jerusalem (Master in Public Health 1993) and the University of Nairobi (Bachelor of Dental Surgery 1987).

Journalism Today: What Can We Trust?

January 23, 2011

3:30pm - 5:00pm
At the IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center, Route 9W

  Panelists will discuss different news outlets, their methods for gathering and producing information, and which ones adhere to the standards and ideals that traditional journalists learned to honor through their training and their organizations.  Joan Konner will moderate.

Joan Konner is a Palisades resident and Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  She is an award-winning television producer, television executive, writer and editor.

Marvin Kitman is a former longtime television columnist for Newsday, and the author, most recently, of a book on Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly.

Victor Navasky is the former publisher and editor of The Nation, an author, a professor of journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and chairman of the Columbia Journalism Review.

Mort Rosenblum is a foreign correspondent, an author and a professor of journalism at the University of Arizona.

Rockland Writers: The Art of the Short Story
November 14, 2010
3:30 -5:30 pm
At the IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center

An afternoon of spoken word, featuring short stories by Dorothy Salisbury Davis and David Means, performed by Darrell Larson, Annabella Sciorra and Mr. Means.

Dorothy Salisbury Davis has been called “a national treasure” and “one of the most admired writers of American mystery fiction.” The author of the Mrs. Norris and Julie Hayes series, 13 novels and a short story collection, she holds the Edgar Allan Poe Award, mystery writing’s highest recognition, as a grandmaster. She is also a founding member of Sisters of Crime, a member of the Adams Round Table and a winner of the Bouchercon and Malice Domestic awards, both for lifetime achievement.

David Means is the author of four short story collections, including “Assorted Fire Events,” which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction and earned a National Book Critics Circle nomination. His works have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Paris Review. In a review of his latest book, “The Spot,” the critic Alan Cheuse wrote that Mr. Means employs “some of the most sharp-edged and beautifully spare language of any writer of his generation.”

Darrell Larson is an actor, director and writer who has appeared on the silver screen in “Mike’s Murder,” “Stepmom” and “Rachel Getting Married” as well as onstage in “The Confessions of Doc Holliday,” his one-man show about the gambler and gunfighter. He is a former founding member of the Riverspace team and, with Elliott Forrest, the purveyor of the annual holiday event at the Nyack Center.

Annabella Sciorra earned an Emmy nomination for her role as Gloria Trillo, Tony Soprano’s unbalanced girlfriend, in the HBO series “The Sopranos.” Her feature films include “True Love,” for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, “Jungle Fever” and “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.” She was recently seen on ABC’s “Whole Truth” as a fashion designer on trial for murdering her younger lover.

Children of Abraham Living Together in America
Children of Abraham
Sunday, April 25, 2010
3:30 - 5:00 pm at the Esplanade at Palisades

Suggested Donation $10, $5 for students
Leaders from the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities discuss the possibilities and the tensions of living in a diverse society.
Susan Andrews
The Reverend Dr. Susan Andrews,
General Presbyter of the Hudson River Presbytery,
including Rockland County
Rabbia Harris
Rabia Terry Harris,
Founder and Coordinator of the Muslim Peace Fellowship,
a partner with The Fellowship of Reconciliation
Daniel Pernick
Rabbi Daniel Pernick,
Beth Am Temple, Pearl River, NY

A Little Jazz

A Little Jazz
January 17, 2010
3:30 to 5:00pm at the
IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center,
Rte 9W

Dick Voigt, Tom Artin, David Shire

Bracco & Burstyn in Conversation

Bracco & Burstyn

November 15, 2009

IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center

Lorraine Bracco & Ellen Burstyn

Mapping Our River in the Footsteps of Henry Hudson

Mapping Our River

October 25, 2009

Bill Ryan

(palisades people) Season Three
September 28, 2009 Election 2008: A Political Forum
Hendrik Herzberg & Thom Kleiner
November 16, 2008
What Do We Really Know About the
Risks Earthquakes Present to Our Community?
Dr. Lynn Sykes
March 8, 2009
Body & Soul: Healthy Living 2009
Carol Baxter, Dr. Ray Bernick,
Paula Heitzner, & Celia Lang
April 26, 2009
Storied Snedens Landing: How it Came to Be
and What it Was Like in its Heyday
Alice Gerard
May 31, 2009
Toni Morrison in Conversation with Adam Gopnik
Toni Morrison & Adam Gopnik

(palisades people) Season Two
October 7, 2007
It Needs Some Music:
Composing for Stage & Screen
David Shire
November 18, 2007
Critical Condition: Diagnosis Without Health Insurance
Roger Wisberg
January 20, 2008
"Desperately Seeking Susan" to
"Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee"
Aidan Quinn & Didi Conn
March 30, 2008
Adventures: Armchair or Otherwise
Cristina Biaggi & Milbry Polk        
May 25, 2008
The New Normal
Ellen Galinsky

(palisades people) Season One
September 24, 2006
A Life in Motion
Mikhail Baryshnikov & Didi Conn
November 19, 2008
The Mystery of Love
Joan Konner & Al Perlmutter
January 21, 2007
Doctors & Their Patients: Kudos and Complaints
Raymond Bernick, Melvin Rosenwasser,
Sharon Quayle, & Jeffrey Sandhaus
March 4, 2007
Question: What do the Hudson River & Lake Vostok
in the Antarctic Have in Common?
Dr. Robin E. Bell
May 20, 2007
Do You See What I See?
Grace Knowlton & Joan Hooker