leisure 02.8.10

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Even oases fall on hard times. Twenty years ago, Ernst Aebi, a New York artist, helped people starving in the Saharan oasis Araouane, revitalized the entire community, and stayed for three years until he was forced to flee during a civil war. Barefoot to Timbuktu chronicles his journey then and now. A screening takes place this Thursday, 6pm, at the Explorers Club, $20. Reserve or call 212.628.8383.

Poetry by Louise Gluck and Adrienne Rich and novels and memoirs by Jamaica Kincaid, Edna O'Brien, Vivian Gornick, Faith Ringgold and others form the basis for the Mothers and Daughters in Contemporary Literature class at NYU, starting February 10th, 11 W. 42nd [5th/6th] for ten sessions, $430.

Picturing Dorothea Lange is a talk at the main branch of the NYPL on February 25th, 7pm. Linda Gordon, author of Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, discusses the photographer with New Yorker writer Ian Frazier. Free, but register csw@nypl.org, three names max.

For the 10th annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate, Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson moderates The Moon, Mars and Beyond: Where Next for the Manned Space Program?, at which experts discuss the possibilities and problems of future manned space travel. Monday, March 15th, 7:30pm, $15.

It isn't up on the Tenement Museum site yet, but mark your calendar for March 9th to hear more about The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience, the book by Kirstin Downey. Perkins' legacy is hard to overstate as it includes Social Security, unemployment insurance, and the 40-hour work week.

Special Art in Special Places from the New School looks at the issues facing contemporary artists and includes visits to studios, exhibitions, public sites, and private collections. Six Tuesday sessions, every other week, starting February 23rd, 1:30-3:30pm, $265.

Those Who Trespass Against Us: A Dialogue on Murderous Neighbors is a discussion at the 92nd St Y, moderated by Christine Stansell, between Jan Gross, author of Neighbors (about the day in 1941 when the Jews of Jedwabne, Poland were killed by their fellow citizens) and Philip Gourevitch, author of We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families on the Rwandan genocide (one of the most affecting books we've ever read). Tomorrow night, 8:15pm, $27.

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