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Out of the Global City

An Uncommon Dialogue Series
Out of the Global City was hosted by The Foundry Theatre in collaboration with The Nation Institute and CUNY’S Center for Place, Culture and Politics. Six dialogues looked at New York as a global city—a term that locates New York, alongside cities like London and Tokyo, as geographic nodes where global finance is organized, concentrated, re-dispersed, and circulated.  Decisions made in these metropolitan centers impact the lives of countless people across the world. As the recent economic upheaval illustrates, this is simultaneously a powerful and vulnerable reality. In New York, we bear witness to the ways in which the basic elements of our livelihood – from work, to housing, to education, to health care – are increasingly shaped by the needs of global finance that put profits before people.

Connected Ideas

What is “work” and how is it organized in a global city?

Forum 1: Work and Labor

Guest Presenters:

David Harvey: Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics.
Ai-jen Poo & Lois Newland, Domestic Workers United
Esther Kaplan & Max Fraser, The Nation Institute
William Cerf & Jeff Mansfield, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York
Victoriana Navarro & Jennifer Arieta, VAMOS Unidos.

“The financial crisis and the bailout of Wall Street point to the increasing precariousness that those of us who live in cities like New York face when the needs of finance are put before those of people. More often than not, when the ‘global city’ is discussed, it is in isolation from the very communities most affected, say, by the increased reliance on service sector economies.” — Ujju Aggarwal, curator of Out of the Global City

Forum 2: Public Education

The cost of education in a global city. Will our schools – which represent the last remaining universal public good in the United States – remain public?

Guest Presenters:
Luci Dania Mejia & Ujju Aggarwal, Center for Immigrant Families
Harmony Goldberg, Founding member of SOUL (School of Unity & Liberation)
Edwin Mayorga, New York Collective of Radical Educators
Nilaja Sun, writer and performer of No Child, an award-winning theatre piece based on Sun’s experience as a teaching artist in the NYC school system.
Una Aya Osato, performer and educator


Forum 3: Health Care

How will the fiscal crisis and budget cuts impact health care in New York City? What kind of universal health care is on the horizon?

Guest Presenters: Jacoby Ballard, 3rd Root Health Collective
Maryse Mitchell Brody, Rock Dove Collective
Soniya Munshi, Activist, Organizer, Writer
Trudy Lieberman, Journalist & Director of Health & Medicine Reporting Program at The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism


Forum 4: Housing and Gentrification

Starbucks, Starbucks everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Now that everyone’s neighborhood has been impacted by gentrification, what’s next?

A week-long series of events co-sponsored by The Maysles Cinema Guest Presenters:
Amanda Alexander, Print and Radio Journalist, Associate Producer and News Editor for Pacifica Radio’s Wake Up Call (WBAI 99.5 FM); Caron Atlas, Director of Arts and Community Change Program at Pratt Center for Community Development Monique “Ndigo” Washington, Coalition to Save Harlem Mama Joy Chatel, FUREE Natasha Florentino & Tamara Gubernat, Directors of Rezoning Harlem Steve Cosson, Founding Artistic Director of The Civilians Rezoning Harlem


Forum 5: The Safe City

Safe for whom? A conversation on prisons, policing, Blackwater and their relationship to war, empires, and the global city.

Guest Presenters:
Andrea Ritchie, Director, Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center
Desiree Marshall, Founder, FIERCE
Hasan Elahi, an interdisciplinary artist
Sara Garland, Journalist and author of How Immigration, Segregation and Youth Violence Are Changing America’s Suburbs


Forum 6: The Economy

Where are we now? How has the economic shift impacted the organizations presented in the previous five conversations?

Guest Presenters:
Adriana Valdez Young, Chez Bushwick.
Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark, Print and Radio Journalist – Beyond the Pale; Co-founder of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
Carl Lipscombe, Right to the City
Virginia Louloudes, Executive Director, The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York