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Albert Gallatin Lectures

In keeping with its academic mission, which is firmly rooted in the idea that knowledge and understanding grow through conversation and collaboration, the Gallatin School is pleased to present the Albert Gallatin Lectures at NYU. The series, which had its inaugural presentation in the spring of 2006, brings a variety of notable figures from the worlds of politics, the arts, business, and academia to the University to discuss contemporary issues with students, faculty, alumni, and members of the wider community.The lectures are made possible through the support of an anonymous donor. 

Albert Gallatin Lecture Series Presents Tarik Trotter (Black Thought from The Roots)

Sep 26, 2013

Tarik Trotter

Tarik Trotter, also known as Black Thought, is the MC of The Roots, an influential and critically acclaimed Philadelphia-based hip-hop band -- described by Rolling Stone as "one of the greatest live acts in the world" and by the Boston Globe as the "greatest hip-hop band in the land.”

Black Thought, who co-founded The Roots with drummer ?uestlove, is known for his live performance skills and his complex and politically aware lyrical content. Trotter and The Roots have paved the way for live instrumental rap and have won numerous awards for their jazz-influenced, eclectic approach to hip-hop, including two Grammy Awards and a 2007 NAACP Image Award.

Trotter has also appeared in numerous films, including Bamboozled and Brown Sugar. In 2009, Black Thought and The Roots joined Late Night With Jimmy Fallon as one of the coolest house bands in late night television history.
More recently, Trotter co-founded the GrassROOTS Community Foundation with sociologist Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, a health advocacy group promoting healthy lifestyles in young girls “to create a world where all girls grow up to be healthy women.”

He is currently working on a work on a solo album entitled Talented Mr. Trotter, as a well as a memoir.

Rob Sheffield

Albert Gallatin Lecture: Rob Sheffield
Music critic and author explores the dizzying pace of pop music's evolution

May 2013


Rob Sheffield

Jayson Musson and Huey Copeland

Abhijit Banerjee

Noted Economist Explores Failure of Education in Developing World
Favors Scrapping ‘Colonial’ Teaching Model for Practical Approach

Mar 7, 2012

Abhijit Banerjee

Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison


Henry Louis Gates, Jr. delivers the Spring 2010 Albert Gallatin Lecture, “Genealogy, Genetics, and African American History,”

February 23, 2010

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Professor Gates is the author of twelve books, including The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism (Oxford, 1988), and winner of the 1989 American Book Award, Colored People: A Memoir (Knopf, 1994).

He is the author of In Search of Our Roots (Crown, 2009), which expands on interviews he conducted for his critically acclaimed multi-part PBS documentary series, “African American Lives 1 and 2.” Professor Gates has produced and hosted nine films for PBS and the BBC, including 1999’s “Wonders of the African World,” 2004’s “America Beyond the Color Line,” and 2009’s “Looking for Lincoln.” His most recent documentary is “Faces of America.”

An influential cultural critic, Professor Gates has written for Time magazine, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He is the editor of several major anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (W.W. Norton, 1996). 

Albert Gallatin Lecture: Jill Abramson on Why Quality Journalism Matters

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

On Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts Jill Abramson discussed why rigorous reporting is crucial to the maintenance of an informed, civil society, and how The New York Times has adapted and maintained its standards in a rapidly changing industry.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance, delivers the Fall 2009 Albert Gallatin Lecture, “"Our Environmental Destiny."”

Monday, October 12, 2009

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. was named one of TIME magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success in helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. In 2009, he was named one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Agents of Change.”

Mr. Kennedy serves as senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, and president of Waterkeeper Alliance. He is a clinical professor and supervising attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic. Among Mr. Kennedy’s published books are the New York Times bestseller Crimes Against Nature (2004); The Riverkeepers (1997); and Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr: A Biography (1977). His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of Harvard University. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School.

James Schamus, CEO of Focus Features, delivers Albert Gallatin Lecture: “Filmmaking, Storytelling, and the Indie Business.”

Wed., March 12, 2008

James Schamus

James Schamus, CEO of Focus Features, will deliver the 2008 Albert Gallatin Lecture at New York University’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Room 802 (60 Washington Square South at LaGuardia) on Wed., March 12 at 6 p.m. Schamus’ lecture is titled “Filmmaking, Storytelling, and the Indie Business.”

The event is free and open to the NYU community (NYU ID required for entry). To RSVP, call 212.998.7380 or go to https://www.nyu.edu/gallatin/rsvp/

Schamus formed Focus Features, a motion picture production, financing, and distribution company, with David Linde in 2002. Schamus has had a long collaboration with Ang Lee, an alumnus of NYU’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television, as writer and producer on 10 feature films, including Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Other Focus Features releases include The Pianist, Lost in Translation, The Constant Gardener, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Albert Gallatin Lecture Series Presents filmmakers Peter Galison and Robb Moss

Wed., Nov. 19, 2008

Peter Galison and Robb Moss

Moss/ Galison

New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study hosts its Albert Gallatin Lecture, “Filming Secrecy,” delivered by filmmakers Peter Galison and Robb Moss on Wed., Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m. at its Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts (715 Broadway at Washington Place/entrance on 1 Washington Place). Subways: R, W (8th St.); 6 (Astor Pl.).

Gallatin will also screen their film, “Secrecy,” which won awards at both the Boston Independent Film Festival and the Newport International Film Festival, on Thurs., Nov. 20, 5 p.m. at the Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts. The events are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required at https://www.nyu.edu/gallatin/rsvp/. For more information, call 212.998.7380.

To learn more about the film, visit http://www.secrecyfilm.com/. “Secrecy” sheds light on the vast world of government secrecy by focusing on the government’s ability to put information out of sight if it would harm national security. In doing so, “Secrecy” explores the tensions between our safety as a nation and our ability to function as a democracy.

Galison is a professor of the history of science and of physics at Harvard University. Galison’s books include How Experiments End (1987), Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps (2003), and Objectivity (2007), a co-authored work. His film on the moral-political debates over the H-bomb, “Ultimate Weapon: The H-bomb Dilemma,” has been shown frequently on the History Channel. Moss has taught filmmaking at Harvard University for the past 20 years. As a cinematographer he has shot films in Ethiopia, Hungary, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, and Turkey, on such subjects as famine and genocide. He has served on the documentary jury at the Sundance Film Festival and has served as a creative advisor for the Sundance Institute documentary labs. His film, “The Same River Twice,” premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for a 2004 Independent Spirit award.

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, delivers Albert Gallatin Lecture, “Defending Rights without Courts and Judges: War Stories from around the World and Our Backyard

Dec. 11, 2007

Kenneth Roth

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, will deliver the 2007 Albert Gallatin Lecture, “Defending Rights without Courts and Judges: War Stories from around the World and Our Backyard,” on Tues., Dec. 11, 7 p.m., at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Room 914 (60 Washington Square South, 9th Floor).

Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch since 1993, has conducted human rights investigations around the globe and has written more than 80 articles and chapters on a range of human rights topics. He has devoted special attention to issues of justice and accountability for gross abuses of human rights, standards governing military conduct in time of war, human rights policies of the United States and United Nations, and human rights responsibilities of multinational businesses.

Two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field delivers Spring 2007 Albert Gallatin Lecture.

April 16, 2007

Sally Field

Two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field will deliver the Spring 2007 Albert Gallatin Lecture on Mon., April 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Yalincak Lecture Hall, 19 West 4th Street (at Mercer Street). The event is free and open to the public; photo ID is required for entry. RSVP at www.nyu.edu/gallatin/rsvp or by calling 212.998.7380.

Field’s remarks-“Life, Learning, and an Evolving Career”-will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Field won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in “Norma Rae” and “Places in the Heart.” She currently co-stars in the ABC series “Brothers & Sisters.”

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