Larry Rinder, Whitney Museum curator and Mark Hertsgaard, author of The Eagle’s Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World join in conversation for “How the World Looks at America: A Conversation Between Art and Journalism.” The centerpiece of the evening will be a exploration of how the world sees and represents America, a topic that grows more important by the day as our government prepares to make war against Iraq. Rinder has organized a summer 2003 exhibition exploring foreign artists’ conception of America, so his presentation will be a bit of sneak preview. It’s free, Thursday, October 31, at 7:30pm, at the Whitney Museum, Madison Avenue at 75 Street. Seating is limited, doors open at 7:00pm. For more info: 212-206-5306.