Recorded on September 25th, 2013 at the New York Public Library
Presented by Morgan Stanley
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Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian, will discuss his quest to learn Chopin's Ballade No. 1 during a year bookended by Wikileaks and the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. He will also describe the Guardian's recent publication of Edward Snowden's NSA leaks.
As a boy, he was a cathedral chorister, a reasonable orchestral clarinetist and a very mediocre pianist. He failed to be a world-class conductor, abandoned the organ and put his clarinets in the attic. In his mid 40s he restarted piano lessons and tried to make up for more than 30 years of missing technique. Since then, he has moved from 'very mediocre' to 'mediocre'. In the summer of 2010, he was able to make his annual escape to 'piano camp'. Here, inspired by another amateur's rendition, he set himself an almost impossible task: to learn, in the space of a year, Chopin's Ballade No.1, arguably the most challenging one-movement piece ever composed, with passages that demand outstanding feats of dexterity, control, memory and power. Not to mention musicianship.
Play It Again is Alan Rusbridger's account of an extraordinary challenge and an extraordinary year.
Alan Rusbridger is Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian and a keen amateur musician. After reading English at Cambridge he started on a local newspaper and tried his hand at a range of journalistic jobs — including reporter, columnist, critic, foreign correspondent, magazine editor and features editor. He became editor of the Guardian in 1995 and oversaw the integration of the paper and digital operations. During his time editing the Guardian the paper has won numerous awards and has grown to be the third largest English-speaking newspaper website in the world. He led the paper's coverage of the secret WikiLeaks cables and the Guardian's campaign to get at the truth about phone hacking, which led to numerous resignations, the closure of the News of the World and the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the British press. The Guardian has recently broken world exclusive stories by publishing NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Rusbridger was awarded the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism by Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Centre and received the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
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LIVE welcomes back NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award finalist Jesmyn Ward, author of Where the Line Bleeds and the National Book Award-winner Salvage the Bones.
Though personal experience is at the heart of Ward's previous novels, in her new book, Men We Reaped: A Memoir, she confronts race and reality in America through the story of her own life and the tragic stories of her community. Over five years, Ward lost her brother and four other young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. And as she began to write about the experience of dealing with these losses, she realized that her brother and her friends all died because of who they were and where they were from, because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships. Ward is joined in conversation by writer and historian William Jelani Cobb and Schomburg Center Director Khalil Gibran Muhammad.
Jesmyn Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan and has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. She is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama. She is the author of Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, for which she won the 2011 National Book Award and was honored with the American Library Association's Alex Award. Salvage the Bones was also a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, as well as a nominee for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
William Jelani Cobb, PhD is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of several books including The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama & the Paradox of Progress, To the Break of Dawn: An Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic and The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays.
Dr. Cobb served as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic Convention and was selected as part of the Root 100 in 2013 — a listing of influential African American thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs and leaders. He is a frequent contributor to NewYorker.com and his work has appeared in The New Republic, the Washington Post, the New York Times and Vibe magazine.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and a former associate professor of history at Indiana University. His book The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, published by Harvard University Press, won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies.
Dr. Muhammad's scholarship has been featured in the New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, The Guardian (UK) and Atlanta Journal Constitution, as well as on Bill Moyers and Company, CSPAN, National Public Radio and Pacifica. He has been an associate editor of The Journal of American History. And he currently serves on the National Academy of Science's Committee on the Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration; the board of The Barnes Foundation; and the editorial board of Transition Magazine, published by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.
Khalil graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics in 1993. After working at Deloitte & Touche LLP, he received his Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University in 2004, specializing in 20th-century U.S. and African-American history. He spent two years as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit criminal justice reform agency in New York City, before joining the faculty of Indiana University.
Poets Mark Doty and Sally Keith read from the work of Whitman, and materials from the Library's Whitman collection were on display.
Mark Doty is a poet and memoirist, and the winner of the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. Sally Keith is the author of three collections of poetry: The Fact of the Matter, Dwelling Song, winner of the University of Georgia's Contemporary Poetry Series competition in 2004, and Design, winner of the 2000 Colorado Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Colorado Review, A Public Space, Gulf Coast, New England Review, and elsewhere. Keith teaches at George Mason University.
Author and journalist Marie Arana discusses the adventurous and volatile life of Simon Bolivar, who famously liberated much of Latin America from Spain.
Speaker Biography: Marie Arana is an author, editor, journalist, and member of the Scholars Council at the Library of Congress. She was born in Peru, the daughter of Jorge Arana, a Peruvian born civil engineer, and Marie Campbell Arana, she moved with her family to the United States at the age of 9, achieved her B.A. in Russian at Northwestern University, her M.A. in linguistics at Hong Kong University, a certificate of scholarship at Yale University in China, and began her career in book publishing, where she was vice president and senior editor at Harcourt Brace and Simon & Schuster.