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Rock climber Jim Nowak tried to climb the West Ridge of Pumori in 1998. He didn't succeed (to date, no one has), but it did inspire him to create the dZi Foundation, which helps build schools, bring clean drinking water, and other community-building measures to remote villages in eastern Nepal. Hear his talk Revitalizing Communities in Eastern Nepal at The Explorers Club, June 13th, 7pm, $20. Tickets are available by calling 212.628.8383 or emailing here.

Teach for America is one of the country's largest providers of teachers for low-income communities. Its founder and CEO, Wendy Kopp, discusses The Future of Teaching with journalist John Merrow at the JCC on Monday, June 13th, 7:30pm, $15.

Marc S. Kaufman, author of First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth, talks shop with MIT Professor of Planetary Science Sara Seager at the Hayden Planetarium, tonight, 7:30pm, $15.

Dreaming New York: Re-imagining the Future of New York City at the East Side Institute, 99 Mad [29th/30th], led by architect and urban planner Doug Balder, and Rutgers associate professor Carrie Lobman, casts a wide net. During the class, conversations about how New York should evolve, plus visits to various public sites. Three Wednesdays starting July 13th, 7-8:30m, $125 plus $10 for materials.

As the world becomes increasingly digitized, cyberterror becomes increasingly worrisome. At 92Y on Thursday, June 16th, 8:15pm, The New Threat: Cyberterrorism, a discussion of the issues confronting governments and businesses. $29

The social history of the smallpox epidemic is examined at the Tenement Museum tomorrow night, 6:30pm, by Michael Willrich, author of Pox: An American History. RSVP.

Starting tonight at the New School, Shakespeare as Contemporary Theater, a course in which the Bard's plays are explored for topical significance. Mondays and Wednesdays, 8-9:50pm, 15 sessions, $620. [Click Humanities to get to the course]

When Jill Abramson was the only grown-up in the Times building
Donnie Walsh out as NY Knicks' president
Plan For Crosstown Bike Paths in Central Park Draws Ire From Community Board
How Serious Would a Criminal Indictment Against Goldman Be?
[The Atlantic]
God Save McQueen
[NY Review of Books blog]
After bus crash, pols make push for bill's passage
[The Villager]

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