Press Release: May Public Programs

The City University of New York Graduate Center announces the following public programs to be held during the month of September at the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. For further information about the Graduate Center and its public programs, visit www.gc.cuny.edu.

Monday, May 3:

Edwin Booth Award: Charles Mee
(award presentation & discussion) 6:30 PM, Martin E. Segal Theatre

The Doctoral Theatre Students Association of the Ph.D. Program in Theatre will present the 2010 Booth Award to acclaimed playwright Charles L. Mee, author of The Bacchae 2.1 and bobrauschenbergamerica, among many other plays. The award was established in 1983 to honor an individual or organization that has had a significant impact on theatre and performance in New York. Named after the 19th-century actor who was also famous for his intellect, the award seeks to unite the professional and academic theatre communities. Charles Mee will be present to accept the award. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information call 212-817-1863.

Concerts & Conversations -- An Evening with Paquito D'Rivera
(performance & discussion) 7:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

The first year of the Concerts & Conversations series ends with performer, conductor, and composer Paquito D'Rivera, whose extraordinary career has impacted American music across Latin, jazz, and classical genres. Mr. D'Rivera will be featured in conversation and in performance with his band. The performance will include the world premiere of a work commissioned by the Barry S. Brook Center's Foundation for Iberian Music. Tickets, which cost $25 ($10 students), may be purchased online or by calling 212-868-4444.

Annual Chapbook Festival
10:00 AM–7:00 PM; also Friday, May 4; visit http://centerforthehumanitiesgc.org for complete schedule & locations

The Festival celebrates the chapbook as a work of art and as a vehicle for alternative and emerging writers and publishers. Now in its second year, the festival features a two-day bookfair with chapbook publishers from around the country, workshops, marathon poetry readings, and a closing-night reading of prize-winning Chapbook Fellows. Presented by the Center for the Humanities; free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Wednesday, May 5:

New Russian Drama: Durnenkov and Kladvdiev
(readings & discussion) 6:30 PM, Martin E. Segal Theatre

The Segal Center, in collaboration with the Center for International Theatre Development (CITD), presents this evening with Vyacheslav Durnenkov and Yury Klavdiev, two leading Russian playwrights of the post-Soviet generation. Mr. Durnenkov and Mr. Klavdiev have achieved notoriety in Russia as co-screenwriters of the controversial Russian television series School. Featuring readings and a discussion with the artists, Philip Arnoult (director of CITD), and Moscow Times theatre critic John Freedman. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information call 212-817-1863.

Sweatshop Cinderella—Documentary Film Premiere
(screening & discussion) 6:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

Join Gotham Center for NYC History director, historian, and filmmaker Suzanne Wasserman for the New York City premiere of her film Sweatshop Cinderella. The short documentary examines the life of Jewish immigrant writer Anzia Yezierska, using archival film and still photography, footage from the 1922 silent film Hungry Hearts, letters, newspaper clippings, and a tape-recorded interview. The film is distributed by Women Make Movies. Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made at www.gc.cuny.edu/events. For further information, call 212-817-8215.

Thursday, May 6:

Music in Midtown:
American Beauty: A Program of Chamber Music for the Piano
(concert) 1:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

This concert features Sylvia Kahan, professor of music at the Graduate Center and College of Staten Island, where she is a member of both the piano and musicology faculties. Dr. Kahan has performed as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in all of New York's major halls and in concert venues throughout North America and Europe. As a musicologist, she specializes in late 19th-century and 20th-century French music and culture. Program to include works by Samuel Barber, Geroge Antheil, and John Harbison; with Olivier Fluchaire, violin; Caroline Chin, violin; and Yves Dharamraj, cello. Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made at www.gc.cuny.edu/events. For further information, call 212-817-8215.

Giard Award Winner Presentation
(film screening & discussion) 7:00 PM, Martin E. Segal Theatre

An evening honoring the first annual Giard Fellowship winner, Sonali Gulati, for her documentary film entitled I Am, which focuses on the central question, "What do parents do when they find out that their child is gay?" Having lost the opportunity to tell her mother that she is a lesbian, Gulati traveled across India to meet parents of other gay and lesbian South Asians. With courage, determination, and humor, Gulati focuses on four families who have agreed to share their untold stories. Presented by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies; free, for information call 212-817-1957.

A Medley for Margaret Fuller
(reading & discussion) 7:30 PM, Proshansky Auditoriem

A dramatically staged presentation with eight actors reading from the writings of Margaret Fuller, covering her life story and accomplishments, adapted and directed by the prize-winning author/actor Laurie James. Professor Marc Dolan will introduce and comment. Presented by the American Studies Certificate Program; free, for information call 212-817-8124.

Tendencies: Poetics and Practice
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Skylight Room (9100)

This series of talks by major poets, curated by Tim Peterson and titled in honor of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, explores the relationship between contemporary poetic manifesto, practice, queer theory and pedagogy. Featuring Jack Kimball, CA Conrad, and Stacy Szymaszek. Presented by the Center for the Humanities; free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Monday, May 10:

Playwright Howard Barker at the Segal Center
12:00 PM–10:00 PM

In a co-presentation with theatre minima, the Segal Center welcomes legendary British dramatist, theorist, director, and poet Howard Barker in a rare visit to New York. Join Mr. Barker, actress and frequent collaborator Victoria Wicks, and critical champion David Ian Rabey of the University of Aberystwyth for a day of screenings, discussions, and readings. Don't miss the chance to meet the "playwright's playwright," whom the London Times calls "Britain's greatest living dramatist." Howard Barker will read from his poetry collection. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information call 212-817-1863.

Turnstyle Reading Series
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Skylight Room (9100)

Writers and graduating students from the four CUNY MFA Programs in Creative Writing (City College, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, and Queens College) come together for readings of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction at the Graduate Center. Join Richard Schotter, Colum McCann, and others for an evening of cross-campus, cross-genre readings. Presented by the Center for the Humanities; free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Tuesday, May 11:

The "Weaker Sex" Takes Gotham
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

Author Louise Bernikow will trace the places, characters, and tactics involved in winning the vote for women in New York. The battle for female suffrage played out against the city landscape with more drama than anything mounted on the Broadway stage. Filling Fifth Avenue with marchers, Union Square with leafletters, Carnegie Hall with speechifiers, and surrounding the Statue of Liberty with demonstrators in small boats, suffragists left no corner of the city untouched. The tale features American aristocrats like Alva (Vanderbilt) Belmont, world-famous actress Lillian Russell, feminist royalty Harriot Stanton Blatch, flamboyant stockbroker/presidential candidate Victoria Woodhull and labor organizer Rose Schneiderman, all allied with thousands of "anonymous" city residents, college students, immigrant garment workers, and working women. Presented by the Gotham Center for NYC History. Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made at www.gc.cuny.edu/events. For further information, call 212-817-8215.

Thursday, May 13:

Spotlight Croatia: New Voices in Croatian Drama
(performance & discussion) 6:30 PM

Highlighting the first-ever playwriting exchange between Croatia and the U.S., this evening will showcase the work of young Croatian dramatists Ivana Sajko and Tena Stivicic. It will feature a brief presentation on contemporary theatre from Croatia, excerpts from both author's plays in both Croatian and English, and a discussion with the participants in this exchange. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information call 212-817-1863.

Saturday, May 15:

The Future of Egypt: A Conference
(discussion) 9:30 AM–4:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

Experts from Egypt and the U.S. will examine possible scenarios for the future of Egypt post-Mubarak. Speakers include Gouda Abdel Khalek (AUC), Galal Amin (AUC), Yehia Elgamal (Cairo University), Marvet Hatem (Howard University), Wael Halaq (Columbia University), Osama Elghazali Harb (Al Ahram Organization), Mohamed Hassanein Heikal (Al Ahram Organization), Joseph Masaad (Columbia University), Timothy Mitchell (Columbia University), Hassan Nafaa (Cairo University), and Samer Shehata (Georgetown University). Their analysis will take into consideration a variety of factors including cultural, institutional, and political dynamics, not only in the country, but also in the region and globally. Presented by the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center; free, for information call 212-817-7570.

Monday, May 17:

25 Years at BAM: An Evening with Joe Melillo
6:30 PM, Martin E. Segal Theatre

Join the Segal Center for an evening of celebration and conversation with Joseph V. Melillo, executive producer of Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Mr. Melillo and a panel of renowned guest artists from many disciplines -- including composer David Lang (Bang on a Can), curator Dan Cameron (New Museum); moderated by RoseLee Goldberg (Performa) -- will look back on 25 historic years of curatorial and producing work at BAM and peek into the future of this extraordinary New York institution. The documentaries Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera and BAM! BAM! BAM! Catching the Next Wave for 20 Years will also be screened at 3:00 p.m. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information call 212-817-1863.

Extraordinary Lives: Bill Kelly in Conversation with Ira Glass
(discussion) 7:30 PM, Proshansky Auditorium

In this news series exploring great minds that have shaped our cultural landscape, Graduate Center President Bill Kelly engages one-on-one with a diverse group of vital contemporary thinkers, artists, and visionaries who have indelibly impacted the fields in which they work. This evening features a conversation with Ira Glass, host and producer of the celebrated radio show This American Life. Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made at www.gc.cuny.edu/events. For further information, call 212-817-8215.

Tuesday, May 18:

David Savran's Highbrow/Lowdown: Theatre, Jazz, and the Making of the New Middle Class
6:30 PM, Martin E. Segal Theatre

The arrival of jazz in the 1920s sparked a cultural revolution that was impossible to contain. Join author David Savran (Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in American Theatre at the Graduate Center), John Graziano (Professor Emeritus of Music at the Graduate Center and City College) and Kevin Byrne (Doctoral Candidate in Theatre, the Graduate Center) as they discuss Dr. Savran's new book, which argues that jazz was not only the first distinctively American art form, but also a powerful force that altered America's social and cultural landscape. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information call 212-817-1863.

Submitted on: MAY 1, 2010

Category: Center for the Humanities, Press Room