Press Release: March Public Programs

The City University of New York Graduate Center announces the following public programs to be held during the month of February 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.

Tuesday, March 1:

Perspectives with Peter Beinart: The New Order in Washington
Featuring Gail Collins and Mike Allen
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

The spring Perspectives with Peter Beinart series opens with an evening examining the new order in Washington. The discussion features Gail Collins, columnist for the New York Times, and Mike Allen, chief political correspondent for Politico. Peter Beinart is a faculty member at CUNY’s Graduate Center and Graduate School of Journalism, and a senior political writer for the Daily Beast. This event is co-sponsored by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the Writing Politics specialization at the Graduate Center. Tickets, which cost $20 ($15 members), may be purchased at www.gc.cuny.edu/events or by calling 212-868-4444. To join the Graduate Center's Membership Program and receive an instant 25% discount code visit the Graduate Center Membership page.

Wednesday, March 9:

Gotham Center History Forum:
More New York Stories
(reading & discussion) 6:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

What do Jonathan Rosen, Dorothy Gallagher, Jennifer Gilmore, Suketu Mehta, and David Hajdu have in common? Each suffers from an incurable love affair with the Big Apple, and each contributed to the canon of writing this city has inspired by way of the New York Times City Section, a part of the paper that once defined Sunday afternoon leisure for denizens of the five boroughs. In More New York Stories, former City Section editor Constance Rosenblum has again culled a diverse cast of voices that brought to vivid life our metropolis through those pages in this follow-up to the publication New York Stories. Join the writers for a reading and a book signing to follow. Tickets, which cost $8 ($6 members), may be purchased at www.gc.cuny.edu/events or by calling 212-868-4444. To join the Graduate Center's Membership Program and receive an instant 25% discount code visit the Graduate Center Membership page.
 
Wednesday, March 23:

Jazz Legacies: Gary Giddins and Pianist Fred Hersch
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Skylight Room

Pianist and composer Fred Hersch has been called "one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation" by Downbeat and has earned a place among the foremost jazz artists in the world today. He has appeared as bandleader/solo pianist on over 100 recordings, including more than two-dozen albums. Giddins, a visiting lecturer at the Graduate Center, is a columnist for the Village Voice and the author of nine books. They include Visions of Jazz: The First Century, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism; Celebrating Bird: The Triumph Of Charlie Parker; and, most recently, Jazz, which traces the history of the music over the last 100 years. Tickets, which cost $12 ($9 members), may be purchased at www.gc.cuny.edu/events  or by calling 212-868-4444. To join the Graduate Center's Membership Program and receive an instant 25% discount code visit the Graduate Center Membership page.
 
Thursday, March 24:

Music in Midtown: Songs of John Musto
Featuring Amy Burton, soprano, and John Musto, piano
(concert) 1:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

Though known as one of our busiest opera composers, John Musto's reputation as a master of the concert song has long been secure, both as a composer and a pianist. His highly refined playing is featured in song recitals, chamber music, concertos, and solo works. Amy Burton has performed at the Metropolitan Opera from 1993 to the present and as one of New York City Opera's leading sopranos in over a dozen productions. Burton's frequent collaborations with Musto include concerts at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and throughout the U.S. The program will include Dove Sta Amore, a song cycle, and selections from the opera Later the Same Evening, among other works. Tickets, which cost $8 ($6 members), may be purchased at www.gc.cuny.edu/events or by calling 212-868-4444. To join the Graduate Center's Membership Program and receive an instant 25% discount code visit the Graduate Center Membership page.
 
Gotham Center History Forum:
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire 100th Anniversary Commemoration
(discussion) 7:00 PM, Proshansky Auditorium

March 25, 2011, is the centennial of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which happened one block east of Washington Square Park. The tragic fire took the lives of 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women, and became a rallying cry for the international labor movement. Many of our fire safety laws were created in response to this tragic event. Join historians Rich Greenwald, Annelise Orleck, Ellen Todd, Jennifer Guglielmo, writer David Von Drehle, and artist and organizer Ruth Sergel for a panel discussion about the fire and its aftermath. Book signing of Arcadia Press's The New York City Triangle Factory Fire to follow. 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.
 
Monday, March 28:

An Evening with Neuroscientist Eric Kandel
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Proshansky Auditorium

To launch its new interdisciplinary Science Studies Committee, the Graduate Center presents an evening with neuroscientist Eric Kandel, who received the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine. Kandel iss professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a senior investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He was also the founding director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, which is now the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia. His book In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind (W.W. Norton) was awarded the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Award for Science and Technology. 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, March 29:

The Science of Sweets: From Mousse and Marshmallows to Soft Matter Physics
(discussion & demonstration) 6:30 PM, Proshansky Auditorium

This ITS @ the Graduate Center (Initiative in the Theoretical Sciences) program features physicist Amy Rowat and chef William Yosses. Rowat pioneered the use of examples from food and cooking as vehicles for teaching sophisticated physics concepts to a general audience. Yosses is the executive pastry chef at the White House and a CUNY alumnus. Together, they will explore the physics behind some of our favorite foods. 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.
 
Gotham Center History Forum:
Public and Cooperative Housing in NYC
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

Join historians Peter Eisenstadt, Fritz Umbach, and Nicholas Bloom as they examine two aspects of mid- to late-20th-century housing in NYC (the forgotten history of community policing in New York City's public housing and Rochdale Village in Queens, the largest housing cooperative in the world when it opened in 1963). Peter Eisenstadt traces Rochdale's history -- from its opening as a large-scale effort to create an integrated community through the end of the 1970s, when few white families remained. Fritz Umbach explores the rise and fall of the New York City Housing Authority Police Department's community-based strategy, while questioning its tactical effectiveness. Tickets, which cost $8 ($6 members), may be purchased at www.gc.cuny.edu/events  or by calling 212-868-4444. To join the Graduate Center's Membership Program and receive an instant 25% discount code visit the Graduate Center Membership page.

Submitted on: MAR 1, 2011

Category: Events, Gotham Center for New York City History, Press Room