Monday, April 30, 2007

Lectures and learning

A full house at the LeFrak Imax Theater for The American Museum of Natural History's 17th annual Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon.
The American Museum of Natural History celebrated its 17th annual Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon with a panel discussion on global climate change last Wednesday.

Lynn Sher, ABC News correspondent on 20/20 was moderator as she has been for the past several years. This year’s panelists were Laurie David, the global warming activist and producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” Thomas E. Lovejoy, president of the H. John Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment; and Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Lunch in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life
I’ve been attending these lectures for the past several years and each one has been very interesting and informative. Although the topics have varied, i.e., women’s health, water, etc., in essence, they have all been about the same subject – the survival of the human race. For some reason this subject remains “debatable” in the minds of many although just a few decades living on this planet should be enough to tell anyone that something very radical is occurring right before our eyes. Perhaps it is the lack of awareness of our relationship to the planet and all other life on the planet that causes us dto be so naïve or deaf or dumb or blind, figuratively speaking.

This past weekend in the Financial Times (now re-designed and published as FT-Weekend), their FT Lunch interview was with a man named James Lovelock, an octogenarian scientist who has been studying the situation for longer than most of us have been alive. It’s well worth the read.
Panelist Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, Moderator Lynn Sherr, Panelist Laurie David and Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, and Museum President Ellen V. Futter
Pari Harrison and Christie Powell
Paul and Irma Milstein
Suzanne Cochran, Constance Spahn, Laurie David, and Mary Solomon
Jacqueline Sackler
Laurie David
Anna Scott Carter
Luigi Tadini, Amanda Hearst, and friend
Co-chairs Kathryn Hearst, Valerie S. Peltier, and Amy Rose Silverman
Lauren Bush
Gillian Miniter
Maggie Betts
Constance Spahn and Laurie David
Susan Rudin (on right) with friend
Anne Sidamon-Eristoff with husband Constantine
Donya Archer Bommer
Meredith Brokaw and Chairman Constance Spahn
Katama Eastman, Jodie Eastman, and Vanessa Eastman
Derek Blasberg, Lauren Davis, and Luigi Tadini
Felicia Taylor and Alexandra Lebenthal
Jennifer Creel
Meera Gandhi with friend

Last Tuesday night at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York, youngARTS winners -- 37 highly talented high school seniors from across the country -- took part in an Off-Broadway performance of a one-night-only music, theater, and dance extravaganza, produced by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Following the performance there was a gala celebration at the Museum of Modern Art.

Many of America’s most recognized artists, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Martin Scorsese, Michael Tilson Thomas, Julian Schnabel, Mark Seliger, Frank Gehry, Yaacov Agam, Edward Albee, and Anna Deavere Smith were there to present awards to the emerging young talent from across the nation.  Additional VIP guests, such as Jane Fonda, Debbie Harry, Lin Arison, Sarah Arison, Ginny Mancini, Thelma Schoonmaker, Jacques d’Amboise, Rachel Moore, Kipton Cronkite, Elizabeth Meigher, Vito Schnabel, and Sofia Baryshnikov were also there to support the teens.

The NFAA youngArts Program is dedicated to inspiring young artists for America’s future. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 by the late businessman and visionary Ted Arison and his wife, Lin. The mission of the organization and the youngARTS program is to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures with educational and professional development; and to raise the appreciation for, and support of the arts in American society.
Serena Nikkhah, Kipton Cronkite, and Mary McNally
Julian Schnabel
Jacques d'Amboise and Jean Boulton
Sarah Arison
Pilar Pava and Juan Carlos
Lin Arison
Lisa and Mikhail Baryshnikov
Martin Scorsese
Young ARTS teens
Jane Fonda
Bill and Claire Banchs
Mark Seliger and Periel Aschenbrand
Edward Albee
Michael Tilson Thomas
Thelma Schoonmaker
Frank Gehry
Yaacov Agam
Rachel Moore
Ginny Mancini
Anna Deavere Smith
Leslie and Paul Zeller
Figure skating icon Peggy Fleming, won the gold medal at the 1968 Olympic Winter Games and won three straight World Championship titles. In January of 1998, on the 30th anniversary of her gold medal in Grenoble, France, she learned that she had breast cancer.

Peggy Fleming
Faced with what she called “another Olympics, a life Olympics,” her battle with breast cancer tested her resolve more than competition ever did.  She now uses her fame to promote breast cancer awareness and prevention because she believes lives can be preserved through this increased awareness and support for causes that fight the disease.

She talked about this in her keynote address at Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals Breast Service Luncheon last Wednesday at the Pierre.

Following the luncheon, designers Serge & Réal presented their Spring Collection in a fashion show for luncheon guests.

Proceeds of the luncheon, chaired by Alice Netter, wife of long-time trustee Richard Netter, Esq, will benefit the Appel-Venet Comprehensive Breast Center at Beth Israel Medical Center and the Comprehensive Breast Center at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals.
Jeane Principe, Jonie Gaines-Jennings, Chris Hyman, Andrea Sanders, and Joyce Holt
Enid Nemy
Real fitting a model for the show
Carol Maslow and Peggy Fleming
Dr. Sheldon Feldman and Dr. Manjeet Chadha, and friends
Preparing for the show
Walking down the runway in Serge & Real
Stephanie Steel and Kathleen Kearns
Jim Mandler, David Shulkin, and Morton Hyman
Betty Yarmon and Katherine Novick
Helen Appel and Susan Ulin
Anita Dimendgerg, Vivian Schwimmer, and Ellie Weinstein
Ellen Marcus
Serge, Joan Tisch, Carol Maslow, and Real
Serge & Real with models
Alice Netter with daughters Patricia Shiland and Laurie Sprayregen
The Grand Ballroom at The Pierre

Photographs by © D. Finnin & © C.Chesek/AMNH
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