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Race, Racism and Xenophobia in a Global Context III: Brussels

November 9, 2017
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Ellyn Toscano
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Executive Director, New York University Florence and Founder and Director, La Pietra Dialogues
 

Ellyn Toscano is Executive Director of New York University Florence, a campus of New York University that hosts nearly 1000 students a year. She directs NYU’s Villa La Pietra, a 15th century villa and collection of six thousand objects dating from the Etruscans to the 20th century. She founded and directs La Pietra Dialogues, a year-long series of conferences, exhibitions and talks, and founded and produces The Season, a summer cultural festival that assembles artists, writers, musicians and public intellectuals to produce new work or reinterpretations of classics in the Villa’s expansive Renaissance revival gardens. Before arriving at New York University Florence, Ms. Toscano served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to Congressman Jose Serrano of New York for two decades, was his chief policy advisor on legislative, political and media concerns and directed his work on the Appropriations Committee. Ms. Toscano also served as counsel to the New York State Assembly Committee on Education for nine years. She has served on the boards of several prominent arts and cultural institutions including the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (as the representative of the Brooklyn Borough President). She currently serves on the Honorary Board of the Museo Marino Marini in Florence, the Advisory Board of the John Brademas Center, New York, the Italian Advisory Council of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Italy, and the Board of Directors of the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy. A lawyer by training, Ms. Toscano earned an LLM in International Law from New York University School of Law.

 
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