Miriam comes to writing through her DNA, as her aunt for whom she was named was a prolific author of children’s literature and Judaica. Most of Miriam’s writing derives from her years of anthropological field research in Africa and Asia, and most publications… [Continue Reading Here]



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Thursday, 15 December 2022– Zoom WEbinar. Free, Pre-Regestration is Required. For more information or to register see https://www.villagepreservation.org/event/westbeth-a-community-of-artists-a-conversation-with-cultural-anthropologist-dr-miriam-s-chaiken/.


Lecture series through the 92nd Street Y in New York City. By Miriam Chaiken. All sessions begin at 2:30PM EST and are delivered by zoom. For more information or to register see https://www.92ny.org/classes.


19 April 2023 – Creative Ozone – The Westbeth building has the unique distinction as having twice been placed on the National Register of Historic places, first for its history as Bell Labs, and second as Westbeth. This session will discuss the history of the building and the hundreds of technological advances pioneered by scientists such as Turing and Einstein at the Bell Lab. Innovation continued as the building was repurposed as housing and creative space for 400 artists by then fledgling architect Richard Meier. Westbeth is the first conversion of industrial space to residential lofts in the US, and the spirit of creativity an innovations from its earliest days acts like creative ozone, inspiring work by the artists who now call Westbeth home.