Season 3 October 20-30th 2011
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Aperture—located in New York’s Chelsea art district—is a world-renowned non-profit publisher and exhibition space dedicated to promoting photography in all its forms. Aperture was founded in 1952 by photographers Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan, and Minor White; historian Beaumont Newhall; and writer/curator Nancy Newhall, among others. These visionaries created a new quarterly periodical, Aperture magazine, to foster both the development and the appreciation of the photographic medium and its practitioners. In the 1960s, Aperture expanded to include the publication of books (over five hundred to date) that comprise one of the most comprehensive and innovative libraries in the history of photography and art. Aperture’s programs now include artist lectures and panel discussions, limited-edition photographs, and traveling exhibitions that show at major museums and arts institutions in the U.S. and internationally.
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Austrian Cultural Forum New York

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY), an agency of the Republic of Austria, is located in an extraordinary landmark building in midtown Manhattan. The bulding features a gallery that covers 5 floors of exhibition space, a state-of-the-art theater and a library that houses over 12,000 volumes of Austrian and Austria-related literature. With over 200 free events per year, including exhibitions, concerts, lectures, panel discussions, dance and performance, the Austrian Cultural Forum seeks to enhance the appreciation of contemporary Austrian creative achievements in the United States.
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Bomb Magazine

Bomb Magazine, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, delivers the artist’s voice by producing in-depth interviews between visual artists, writers, composers, directors, architects in print, online, and through live events across the country. BOMB’s mission is to reveal artists’ ideas, their thoughts and creative processes, as well as their progress, through carefully developed dialogues now and for posterity. BOMB first launched in 1981 as an artists’ and writers’ quarterly because its founders saw a disparity between the way artists talked about their work among themselves and the way in which it was described by critics. Since then, BOMB has re-invented the question-and-answer format, publishing conversations that delve deep into theory and practice, allowing for complex discussions on art and life to emerge.
Bomb's interviews are legendary. The BOMB archives contain over 1,000 interviews from the last 30 years that’s nearly 2,000 voices comprising an ongoing conversation that has changed the nature of cultural discourse. The BOMB Digital Archive, three years in the making, is now available for free online at
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Following Artforum’s practice in contemporary art, Bookforum provides coverage by and about the world’s best writers, including Germaine Greer, Salman Rushdie, Don DeLillo, Billy Collins, and Claire Messud, with contributions by such scholars as Morris Dickstein, Marjorie Perloff, Jeffrey Frank, Gershom Gorenberg, and Richard Wolin. 

The pieces in Bookforum are about what’s possible in writing and publishing. That has made it a magazine worth waiting for, issue by issue, and a magazine where writers feel they’ve missed a bet if, issue by issue, they are not in its pages.—Greil Marcus

From fiction to philosophy, politics to the arts, each issue of Bookforum will captivate you. Learn from Pulitzer Prize—winning historian William S. McFeely how the US relinquished its commitment to equality, or why, according to leading Shakespeare biographer James Shapiro, the "Shakespeare Wars" never got started. And find out why Richard Powers may be our brainiest novelist.

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Cabinet was founded in Brooklyn, New York, in 1999 to present cultural projects from unorthodox perspectives designed to appeal to a broad and diverse audience. By operating with the most expansive and inclusive definition of "culture" possible, one that includes both the quotidian and the extraordinary, Cabinet aims to foster curiosity about the world we have made and inhabit. We believe that curiosity is the very basis of ethics insofar as a deeper understanding of our social and material cultures encourages us both to be better custodians of the world and at the same time allows us to imagine it otherwise.
Cabinet produces a quarterly magazine with readers in over thirty countries around the world, and has also published a number of books, including Letters from Mayhem (2004), Ilf and Petrov’s American Road Trip: The 1935 Travelogue of Two Soviet Writers (co-published with Princeton Architectural Press, 2007), and The Book of Stamps (2008). In addition to its publishing activities, Cabinet has also curated numerous exhibitions, including "The Paper Sculpture Show" (multiple venues, 2003-2007) and "Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s Fake Estates" (White Columns & Queens Museum of Art, 2005), and participated in a number of group exhibitions including Documenta XII (Kassel, 2007), Manifesta 7 (Trento, 2008), Performa 09 (2009), and the Sharjah Biennial 10 (Sharjah, 2011).
Since 2008, Cabinet has also operated its own exhibition and event space in Brooklyn, hosting talks, readings, panels, workshops, screenings, conferences, and exhibitions, including "Zeno Reminder" by Uqbar Foundation (Mariana Castillo Deball and Irene Kopelman) and "The Live! Show" by Jaime Davidovich.
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The Cooper Union

Through outstanding academic programs in architecture, art and engineering, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art prepares talented students to make enlightened contributions to society. The College admits undergraduates solely on merit and awards full scholarships to all enrolled students. The institution provides close contact with a distinguished, creative faculty and fosters rigorous, humanistic learning that is enhanced by the process of design and augmented by the urban setting. Founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, industrialist and philanthropist, The Cooper Union offers public programs for the civic, cultural and practicable enrichment of New York City.
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The Cultural Services of the French Embassy

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy promote the best in French arts, literature, and education to cultural and academic institutions across the United States, with a strong focus on the contemporary. The Cultural Services also seek to encourage and sustain a high-spirited cultural exchange between the most promising French and American artists, writers, thinkers, students, and educators, and to continually enhance the number and caliber of opportunities available to them. The Cultural Services are headquartered in the former Payne Whitney residence on Fifth Avenue in New York City and at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., and its programs are offered either directly by its Departments and Offices or in conjunction with our non-profit partner FACE (French American Cultural Exchange).


Cursor is a platform that powers the future publishers of the world. Founded by Richard Nash, who was named one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World by the Utne Reader, Cursor reinvents the book publishing business as an ecosystem of cultural communities with a fully immersive range of print and online experiences. Its first instance, Red Lemonade, launches May 1st, 2011 with NBCC finalist Lynne Tillman's Someday This Will Be Funny, and then follows over 2011 with Vanessa Veselka's Zazen, Kio Stark's Follow Me Down and Matthew Battles The Sovereignties of Invention.


Deutsches Haus

Founded in 1977 as one of New York University’s prestigious international houses, Deutsches Haus at NYU is a key American institution in the New York City area fostering German-American and international understanding. In a globalized world, DH believes in the importance of a deep trans-Atlantic understanding and dialogue. With innovative, cutting edge programming, DH particularly seeks to expand its outreach to the next generation of global citizens. Our goal is to give a multi-faceted picture of Germany and its relationship with the U.S. today.
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Dissent is a quarterly magazine of politics and culture edited by Michael Kazin and Michael Walzer. A magazine of the left, Dissent was founded in 1954 by a group of independent-minded radicals who sought to "speak for the spirit of democratic utopianism that runs like a bright thread through America's intellectual life." Edited by Irving Howe until his death in 1993, the magazine has continued to uphold the banner of critical independence he set forth in his 1954 essay, "This Age of Conformity": "The most glorious vision of the intellectual life is still that which is loosely called humanist: the idea of a mind committed yet dispassionate, ready to stand alone, curious, eager, skeptical. The banner of critical independence, ragged and torn though it may be, is still the best we have."

France Inter "5/7 BOULEVARD" by Philippe COLLIN from Monday to Friday, at 5 PM

France Inter, ranked second generalist radio station in France, is a public service broadcaster of Radio France group.
France Inter, determined to support the creation and promotion of culture and making it accessible to all, is open to all audiences through diverse programs, information and rich music programming.
France Inter is a unique radio station, imaginative, independent and close to its listeners.
Since last September, every evening at 5 PM opens the "5/7 Boulevard" on France Inter, a major magazine devoted to cultural life, the discussion of ideas and social movements that characterize the era or upset it.
A two-hour session punctuated by: an ocean-going interview, a culture diary and a magazine, helmsman of the entire slot.
The news of the day is staged in the "5/7 Boulevard", with Philippe Collin’s art for stealing away with irony and malice the radio itself, a trademark that only belongs to him.
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French-American Foundation

The French-American Foundation is the principal non-governmental link between the United States and France. Since its founding in 1976, the mission of the French-American Foundation, in collaboration with its sister Foundation in France, has been to strengthen the French-American relationship through programs that provide leaders with a platform to share knowledge and best practices, and build on mutual strengths to face global challenges. These programs include lectures, conferences, professional exchanges, study tours and an annual Young Leaders retreat, each designed to promote understanding and cooperation on issues of common concern.
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French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

FIAF’s mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French Cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.
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Goethe-Institut New York

The Goethe-Institut New York is a branch of the Federal Republic of Germany’s global cultural institute, established to promote the study of German and German culture abroad, encourage international cultural exchange, and provide information on Germany’s culture, society, and politics.
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Greenlight Bookstore

Greenlight Bookstore is a general independent bookstore with a neighborhood focus, located on the corner of South Portland in the heart of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. It started with the dreams of two different booksellers, Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, and the Fort Greene neighborhood in Brooklyn. Its a story of opportunity, passion, and most importantly, community.
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Happy Ending Music and Reading Series

Founded in 2003 by Amanda Stern, the author of the critically acclaimed novel, THE LONG HAUL, The Happy Ending Music and Reading Series features the most interesting storytellers, writers, musicians, raconteurs and personalities, and requires the readers to take one public risk, while the musicians, who perform two short sets with their original, lyric-driven music, are required to play one cover song and try to get the audience to sing along. Chosen by New York Magazine, The Village Voice and NY Press as the best reading series in NYC, and singled out by The New York Times Magazine for helping to "keep downtown, NY alive", The Happy Ending Series - curated, produced and hosted by its founder - has grown into a cultural force in NYC, looked upon as an arbiter of taste, and as a tastemaker, in both the literary and music world.
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Harper's Magazine

Harper's Magazine, the oldest general interest monthly in America, explores the issues that drive our national conversation through such celebrated features as Readings, Annotation, and Findings, as well as the iconic Harper's Index. With its emphasis on fine writing and original thought, Harper's Magazine provides readers with a unique perspective on politics, society, the environment, and culture.
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The Heyman Center for the Humanities

The newly reconfigured Heyman Center is Columbia University’s central site for the Humanities.
It brings together the interests not only of the various departments in the Humanities but also the broad conceptual, methodological and value-laden issues that are of interest to the natural sciences and the professional schools of Law, Medicine, Journalism, Arts, and International Affairs.
The Heyman Center presents several events on various themes in the Humanities throughout the Fall and Spring semesters each year, which are open not only to all at Columbia but to everyone in New York City and beyond. A list of our conferences, lectures, discussions, poetry-readings and other performances can be found under "Events" on our website:
It also has eight post-doctoral fellows at any given time, each holding a two-year Mellon fellowship in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities. It plans to have various other levels of fellowship over the next few years for junior and senior faculty both at Columbia and from other universities, as well as some "New York City Fellows" who are distinguished artists, writers, musicians, and journalists living in the city. Every week of each semester it has a lunch for a group of Columbia faculty fellows who present their work to each other for discussion.
The Heyman Center also houses Columbia’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, a group of Columbia’s emeritus faculty known as the "Society of Senior Scholars", who teach in the Core Curriculum, and The Friends of the Heyman Center, all of which host seminars and colloquia of their own throughout the year. The Lionel Trilling Seminar (once a semester) and the Edward Said Memorial Lecture (once a year) are also based at the Heyman Center. Notices for these can be found in our "Events" section of the website.
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The Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University

The Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK) brings theoretically serious scholarship to bear on major public issues. Located at NYU, it nurtures collaboration among social researchers in New York and around the world. It builds bridges between university-based researchers and organizations pursuing practical action. It supports communication between researchers and broader publics. And it examines transformations in the public sphere, social science, and the university as a social institution as these change the conditions for public knowledge.
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Instituto Cervantes New York

Instituto Cervantes New york is a not-for-profit organization created by the Spanish government in 1991. Its mission is to promote the teaching of Spanish, and to contribute to the advancement of the culture of the Spanish speaking countries.
In New York, Instituto Cervantes works in collaboration with other institutions in organizing cultural activities such as lectures, book presentations, concerts, art exhibitions, The Spain Film Festival and Festival of Flamenco.
The library provides convenient access to a wide selection of literature in Spanish as well as videos of the most important films produced in the Spanish language. Also, the library has an ancillary material for the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.

The Invisible Dog Art Center

The Invisible Dog, a new three-story art center in Brooklyn, is an exuberant example of the integration of forward thinking with respectful care for the past. The art center, admittedly, has a leg up: its home came equipped with an irresistible history. Built in the late nineteenth century, the 30,000 square-foot factory went through a number of industrial incarnations before its owners struck gold in the 1970s with the “invisible dog” trick: a stiff leash and collar surrounding the empty space where a dog would be.

The Invisible Dog has been restored for safety and has been cleaned, but otherwise preserved intact. The rawness of the unfinished space is integral to The Invisible Dog's identity: Lucien Zayan, founder and director, wanted a place where artists could feel free to create and get inspired.

The ground floor, with its 14-foot ceilings, is used for public events, performances, educations programs, and exhibitions, produced by The Invisible Dog and guest curators from around the world.

The second floor is divided into art studios, all occupied by carefully selected artists.

The third floor, luminous and spacious, was designed by Anne Attal and is available for flexible rental by the general public for private events or exhibitions, performances, festival...

The basement space is for live performance



Jim Chu and Johnny Santiago are pleased to welcome you to Jo's, a casual neighborhood bistro. Jo's features a 40 seat bar room, while hidden in the back are two dining rooms. The main dining room accommodates 40 guests and The Albert Room accommodates another 44 guests. Romantic and sexy enough for a date and still fun enough for groups. Fun, casual, neighborhood dining at great prices with cocktails priced at $11, dishes from the daily-changing "chalkboard menu" at the bar, and a full seasonal menu.
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LIVE from The New York Public Library

LIVE from the NYPL is a series of vigorous and provocative conversations, debates, and performances at The New York Public Library curated by Paul Holdengräber, Director of LIVE from the NYPL.
Recent participants have included William Kentridge, Patti Smith, John Waters, The Velvet Underground, Wes Anderson, Werner Herzog, Christopher Hitchens debating Al Sharpton, an opera based on The Elements of Style by Maira Kalman and Nico Muhly, Günter Grass in conversation with Norman Mailer, Miranda July with David Byrne and Becky Stark, Aline and R. Crumb, Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain, Harold Bloom, Nicholas Kristof, and Orhan Pamuk.

Les Subsistances

Les Subsistances is an international 'research laboratory’ dedicated to artistic creation and new forms of performing arts (dance, theatre, circus, etc.) as well as a multidisciplinary working space in which to work, experiment, create, and develop a dialogue with the audience.
They offer artists a space and a period of residency, and intellectual, administrative, technical and financial support relevant to each project.
They offer the public a space and a time in which to share artistic endeavours. They facilitate the exchange of ideas and thoughts, promote artistic practice and dialogues, and invent new forms of meetings by involving the audience in each and every step, through project development, debates, public rehearsals, creative WeekEnds and workshops with the artists.


The Maison Française at Columbia

Since its founding in 1913, the Columbia Maison Francaise has played a vital role in fostering intellectual and cultural exchange between France, the United States and the French-speaking world. Housed in historic Buell Hall on  Columbia University's Mornigside campus, the Maison Francaise sponsors a variety of activities including lectures, conferences, film screenings, seminars, receptions, and special events.

McNally Jackson Books

McNally Jackson Books is one of the largest independent booksellers in downtown Manhattan. Though her store once shared a name with McNally Robinson, a Canadian chain owned by her parents, Sarah McNally’s Nolita bookstore has always been a completely independent—and personal—venture. In order to keep the selection relevant, the shop’s general-interest stock is curated with the goal of having every book a customer could want and not a single one more. As a result, the bi-level store is comprehensive but not sprawling. Periodicals are heavy on literary and art publications and tend to be read in the twenty-seat on-site tea house. The personal touch extends to the events as well. McNally Jackson hosts several readings, signings, and discussions each week; Margaret Atwood once demonstrated a remote-controlled pen that she had invented, authors have been known to read works by their favorites, and an ongoing series couples writers and their editors. McNally Jackson Books was founded in 2004.
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is a brand new online French bookstore mainly dedicated to contemporary works of French literature, social sciences and children’s fiction, both in French and in English. More than just a shopping website, aims to be a platform for quality reviews, articles and information about contemporary French is a New York City based website and will be fully active by Summer 2011.
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Since its founding in 2004 by a group of young writers and critics, the Brooklyn- based n+1 Foundation has been dedicated to reinventing public intellectual life in New York and beyond. We publish a semi-annual journal of literature, culture, and politics, maintain a thriving web presence, produce a small books series, and offer free public programing at the New York Public Library, the New School, and colleges across the country. n+1 represents, according to A. O. Scott in The New York Times, "a generational struggle against laziness and cynicism". Fueled by a creative nostalgia for the days when small magazines were the engines of new ideas, n+1 has brought together journalists, academics, and creative writers dedicated to the art of intelligent polemic, rigorous criticism, and literature itself. Without sacrificing humor, n+1 sees its mission as nothing less than the creation of a global culture that makes no excuses for its own variety and complexity. n+1 is a vital forum for emerging writers: contributors have gone on to write for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, and The London Review of Books, and have published books with FSG, Penguin, and Harper Perennial, bringing n+1’s mixture of serious thought and passionate engagement to larger audiences. Taking its name from the algebraic notation for a never-ending series, the foundation believes the political and cultural future remains open to the committed work of the small press and the independent thinker.
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The New School

Situated in New York City’s Greenwich Village, The New School has been a vital center for writing and writing instruction since 1931. In that year, Gorham Munson, a Manhattan editor and influential member of the Alfred Steiglitz circle, introduced his now-legendary workshop in creative writing.
Through nearly eight decades of continuous innovation, the New School Writing Program has welcomed a vivid and diverse who’s who of American poets, novelists, and essayists, including, from the past to the present, W.H. Auden, Robert Lowell, Amiri Baraka, Frank O’Hara, Kenneth Koch, Stanley Kunitz, Kay Boyle, May Sarton, Horace Gregory, Marguerite Young, William Goyen, and Richard Yates.
When we launched the MFA in Creative Writing in the 1990s, our aim was to assemble a faculty of distinguished and emerging writers that could be described as the contemporary equivalent of this brilliant legacy.
The New School Writing Program offers the opportunity to study the craft of writing under the direction of master teachers who are themselves distinguished practitioners. The approach emphasizes the study of literature as a vital artistic discipline, a creative activity, rather than as a field for historical analysis or an object for interpretation, as in English, literary studies, of comparative literature departments. In seminars and workshops, writing teachers who operate in The New School’s practitioner tradition approach works of art from the inside out, moving inevitably from close attention to language, craft, and form into history and culture, engaging the full complexity of a work, and resisting critical narrowness, insularity, and reduction.
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Raison publique

Raison publique is a twice-yearly print journal of politics, ethics, literature, and culture. It’s also a website ( up-dated with new content each week. We publish papers which contribute to the understanding of contemporary life and its developments, through philosophical investigation, social and cultural criticism.
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Sciences Po - École des Arts Politiques

The School of Political Arts (in Sciences Po Paris) aims at combining the social sciences, humanities, and the arts broadly considered, breaking down disciplinary barriers, and overcoming the artificial divide between the arts and the sciences, between the academic and the professional. The School has just been founded by Bruno Latour. Bruno Latour is professor at Sciences Po Paris where he is also the vice-president for research of that school.
The school models itself on the pragmatic tradition, a mode of thought established in the early twentieth century by American philosophers such as William James, Walter Lippmann and above all, John Dewey; today, it draws upon thinkers who have taken up their legacy. Hence its framework of experimentation and inquiry steeped in pragmatic mechanisms that combine arts’ and social sciences’ practices. Via practical issues mooted by commission or request, the task is to investigate the creation of a problematized space that is both public, shared and participative, yet still the locus of necessarily controversial issues.
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The Social Science Research Council

The Social Science Research Council leads innovation, builds interdisciplinary and international networks, and focuses research on important public issues. Independent and not-for-profit, the SSRC is guided by the belief that justice, prosperity, and democracy all require better understanding of complex social, cultural, economic, and political processes. We work with practitioners, policymakers, and academic researchers in all the social sciences, related professions, and the humanities and natural sciences. With partners around the world, we mobilize existing knowledge for new problems, link research to practice and policy, strengthen individual and institutional capacities for learning, and enhance public access to information. We bring necessary knowledge to public action.
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Tin House

Tin House is an eleven-year-old bi-coastal (Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon) literary magazine. Tin House has been honored in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, O’Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology and numerous other anthologies, and was nominated for the 2010 Utne Magazine Independent Press Award for Best Writing. Tin House Books now publishes ten to twelve books per year. The Tin House Literary Festival, now in its seventh year, brings to Portland each year many of the most interesting writers from the United States. The mission of Tin House is to publish the masters of the writing form, whether they are at the beginning of their career or have already won a Nobel Prize. The magazine aims to provoke and surprise. Some of the writers who have recently appeared include Joy Williams, Aimee Bender, Jim Shepard, Etger Keret, Steven Millhauser, and Anne Carson.
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Triple Canopy

Triple Canopy works collectively with writers, artists, researchers, and other collaborators on projects that deal critically with culture and politics, and the ways people engage them, both online and in the world at large. These investigations are realized in an online magazine as well as in public programs and print publications encompassing various fields and locales. We aim to present work and advance ideas informed by a multitude of disciplines and perspectives, and to disseminate them among a broad and diverse audience. Triple Canopy, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, was founded in late 2007; our first issue was published on March 17, 2008.
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Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, UnionDocs is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to present a broad range of innovative and thought-provoking non-fiction projects to the general public, while also cultivating specialized opportunities for learning, critical discourse, and creative collaboration for emerging media-makers, theorists, and curators. Our local screenings, exhibitions and lectures attract people from New York City and beyond, promoting dialogue about significant social questions and expanding popular awareness of the documentary arts. Expert panels and discussions from these events are recorded, archived, and made available online to growing national and international audiences. For individuals in their early careers, The UnionDocs Collaborative is a program that deeply engages current modes of non-fiction and facilitates the annual production of a group project. UnionDocs seeks to support compelling, creative work in this field because we believe that documentary art, when paired with thoughtful context and open debate, is an invaluable tool for understanding the complexities of contemporary life and creating a better society.
“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”  Isaac Newton