56th Street Round Table: What does it mean to be(come) an American?
For this year's first 56th Street Round Table, we'll be discussing the topic "What does it mean to be(come) an American?" Each year, tens of thousands of refugees from all over the world, driven from their home countries by war, famine, violence or religious persecution, are granted entry into the United States, where they begin a new journey towards American citizenship. In a country whose foundation is built upon immigration, what are the experiences of those who will become the newest generation of Americans?
Gabriele Stabile, Photographer, Refugee Hotel www.gabrielestabile.com
Juliet Linderman, Editor, Refugee Hotel voiceofwitness.org/previewrefugeehotel
Bob Carey, Vice President of Resettlement and Migration Policy, International Rescue Committee rescue.org
Amy Starecheski, Associate Director of the Oral History MA Program, Columbia University oralhistory.columbia.edu
Voice of Witness is a nonprofit book series that empowers those most closely affected by contemporary social injustice. Using oral history as a foundation, the series depicts human rights crises around the world through the stories of the men and women who experience them. Voice of Witness was founded by author Dave Eggers and physician/human rights scholar Lola Vollen, and is the nonprofit division of McSweeney's Books. voiceofwitness.org
The New York Public Library provides free education and information for the people of New York and beyond, operating 90 libraries throughout the five boroughs. The Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, and programs and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The latest exhibition at the NYPL's landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman building, "Lunch Hour NYC," runs from June 22, 2012 until February 17, 2013 and highlights stories about the history of lunch in New York, using artifacts from across the Library's collections (including its menu collection, one of the largest in the world, and its vast collection of culinary materials). nypl.org
When & Where
booker and dax
booker and dax opened in january 2012 in the back of momofuku ssäm bar. booker and dax is a bar where new techniques and technologies are used in the pursuit of making delicious drinks. The approach to rethinking cocktails is considered, deliberate, and precision-oriented. booker and dax is headed by dave arnold. questions and curiosity are eagerly welcomed, but most of all, booker and dax appreciates anyone looking for a good, strong drink.