• Dancing with the Machine: Experiments with Interactive Media as ‘Choreographic Intervention’
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    Dancing with the Machine: Experiments with Interactive Media as ‘Choreographic Intervention’

    In teaching about interaction and choreography, I realized that there was a very simple but powerful metaphor in treating choreography as a form of visual art. My research is looking at how interactive media can play into choreographic practice. I’m creating very simple two-dimensional spaces on a floor projection, and the choreography sort of inhabits those spaces. The duet is all about changes in orientation between the two bodies. There are two cameras and they’re pointing down and capturing what’s known as depth data; so they actually bounce infrared light off of whatever is beneath them and then using software, we’re able to identify blobs of pixels moving around in…

  • Debates of the Century: Should There Be More US Intervention in Syria?
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    Debates of the Century: Should There Be More US Intervention in Syria?

    [Dean Sherry Glied] Tonight’s discussion will focus on America’s role in the Syrian conflict. We are pleased to welcome our expert debaters as they delve deeper into this important and complex subject. I want to offer a warm hello to Ambassador Ford, Mr. Derek Chollet, and Ms. Deborah Amos, and thank them for being with us here tonight. [Deborah Amos] This debate takes place at a time of profound tragedy for civilians who are trapped in East Aleppo. At one time, it was the largest City in Syria; it was the capital of the Country’s economy. In recent times, it’s now a place where every hospital in East Aleppo is…

  • “It Costs Zero Dollars”: NYU Law Faculty Release Free Textbooks
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    “It Costs Zero Dollars”: NYU Law Faculty Release Free Textbooks

    [pages flipping] Prof. Barton Beebe: As a law student long ago, I was like flat broke. I couldn’t pay my phone bill, I remember that very clearly. And it seems to me that being able to offer a free textbook, is not gonna solve, you know, all the financial problems of going to law school, but it might at least help a little bit. The title of my book is Trademark Law: An Open-Source Casebook. It costs zero. Zero dollars, and I really insist that I not make anything from it. It’s at cost, even in its physical paper form. [pages flipping] Prof. Jeanne Fromer: The name of our book…

  • A Little job advice from Bill & Jen with Cuquis Robledo
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    A Little job advice from Bill & Jen with Cuquis Robledo

    JENNIFER: So I think it’s really tough to be a Little Person (LP) in the job force. I think it’s important for, I think the LP community as a whole to, to really not undervalue our capabilities and the things that we can do with our careers. Hi, my name is Cuquis Robledo and today I wanna talk about an issue that is very personal to me. As you may have noticed, I am a Little Person. Specifically, I have otherwise known as S.E.M.D. for short. Because of our short stature, some Little People are sometimes stuck in jobs that reflect our short size predominantly. These include jobs such as,…

  • Does Natural Law Matter? [Introduction to Common Law] [No. 86]
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    Does Natural Law Matter? [Introduction to Common Law] [No. 86]

    One of the common views today is that all the principles of natural law are largely irrelevant to legal discourse. Uh, this is a radical shift from the views of law that were taken for thousands of years, and which natural law was thought to be the foundation. What one means by natural law is that there is certain kinds of features of the world which are so common, and so powerful, that any legal system that tries to put things together in ignorance of those things will always fail. Natural law has been defined from the beginning of time as involving the following three principles. One is this a…

  • EDC Conference // Douglas NeJaime, “The Constitution of Parenthood”
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    EDC Conference // Douglas NeJaime, “The Constitution of Parenthood”

    David Velleman: Our next speaker is Douglas NeJaime. Did I get that right? Douglas NeJaime: Perfect. Velleman: Wonderful. He is the Anne Urowsky Professor of Law at Yale Law School where he teaches in the areas of family law, legal ethics, law and sexuality, and constitutional law. He was formerly at UCLA where he was the faculty leader of the… NeJaime: Williams. Velleman: Williams Institute on LGBT law. Yes? And his title is [pause]. NeJaime: The Constitution of Parenthood. Velleman: The Constitution of Parenthood! Sorry, making you do your own introduction. [Audience Applause] Thanks, so thanks to David for inviting me and thanks to Amy for organizing my participation. So…

  • Kim Taylor-Thompson on Trump and the Constitution
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    Kim Taylor-Thompson on Trump and the Constitution

    So when Adam asked me to join the panel to discuss the effect of a Trump presidency on criminal justice policy, I have to admit that I hesitated, largely because his request actually forced me to face the reality that this was not just a bad nightmare on 11/9, but actually was a reality. So, even if I refused to watch the inauguration on Friday it’s going to happen and even if I refuse to acknowledge Trump’s toxic tweets, they will continue and even if I refuse to believe that someone so divisive will actually be our president he will on Friday. So, that means that I and the rest…

  • “Dear America”: The Winning Poem from NYU’s Constitution Day Slam 2018
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    “Dear America”: The Winning Poem from NYU’s Constitution Day Slam 2018

    Dear America, I think we need to talk. The constitution of this relationship isn’t working out. I think we need an amendment. On our first date you promised I would always be free to express myself. But when I told you that I hated the way you looked in your racism You threw tear gas in my eyes and convinced me I was only crying because of your beauty On date two, you said I would always be protected around you But you broke my fists when I raised them in resistance Blackened my eyes when they witnessed your injustice Shattered my knees when they knelt in earnest And shot…

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    Furman Center: Policy Breakfast

    – Good morning everyone. I am truly delighted to welcome you to our first policy breakfast of the semester. I’m especially excited about this policy breakfast not only because of the importance of the issue and the brilliance of the panelists but also because this is the first debate that we’ve had that ties very directly to our Dream Revisited blog and now I’m looking, where is it, here’s the book. And we launched the Dream Revisited blog just over five years ago on MLK Day in 2014 with support from the Open Society Foundations. Our idea was to try to spur candid and constructive dialogue and debate about issues…

  • Steven Shapiro gives keynote address at Hays 60th anniversary
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    Steven Shapiro gives keynote address at Hays 60th anniversary

    – Welcome, welcome to all of you. To state the obvious, this is the first ever Hays reunion without Norman, and I know it affects all of us profoundly and will affect the proceedings through the day. It’s also the first in the age of Trump. We need Norman than ever, and we need each other our energy, our ideas, our hugs, our tears, so for all those reasons, welcome to you. I have a couple of announcements. First I would like to thank Helen Hershkoff for the wonderful new brochure which is a heroic effort which Norman always did for us but Helen has picked up that task and…