Press Release: December 2003 Public Programs Listings

The City University of New York Graduate Center announces the following public events to be held during the month of December. Programs are free unless otherwise indicated and will be held at The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. For further general public information, call the Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs at (212) 817-8215.

Ongoing, December 4, 2003 – January 17, 2004

Opening, Wednesday December 3 --- 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Boris Anisfeld: Paintings and Stage Designs, 1906–1926

The Art Gallery of The Graduate Center will present an exhibition featuring fifty works done in various media by one of the most remarkable, though largely forgotten artists of the twentieth century. An artist of renown in his time, Boris Anisfeld (1879–1973) is best known for his colorful and expressive paintings and for his work as a stage and costume designer for the Metropolitan Opera and Chicago Civic Opera. The opening will be held December 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. 212.817.7157 by November 26. The Art Gallery will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12 to 6pm.

Monday, December 1

Look Up! “Chaos” Comes to New York (visual and audio presentation) --- 6:00 p.m.

CUNY joins forces with Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) for an evening of fascinating talk, music, and images by James Crutchfield and David Dunn, creators of “The Theatre of Pattern Formation” project, a visual and auditory articulation of Chaos Theory designed for the LodeStar Astronomy Center in Santa Fe, NM and for planetariums everywhere.

Tuesday, December 2

Dead Reckoning with Michael Baden, M.D. (book discussion) --- 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Michael Baden, M.D. has worked on some of the most famous forensic cases of our time, investigating the deaths of President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Tsar Nicholas of Russia and the Romanoff family, among many others. A graduate of CUNY’s City College, Dr. Baden has served as an expert defense witness in many criminal cases,
including the O.J. Simpson trial. Join him for a discussion of his book, Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers. $15

How Not to Become a Victim of Identity Theft with Ralph Fatigate (discussion) ---1:00-3:00 p.m.

It is easier than you think for someone to steal your identity. By obtaining your social security number, credit card number, cell phone number, or other personal information, thieves can commit fraud in your name, ruining your credit and depleting your savings. This talk will teach you about the methods and scams that can be used against you, how to protect yourself from identity theft, and how to recover your identity in the event that it is stolen. Ralph Fatigate is Director of Criminal Investigation, The New York State Banking Department. $15; $10 seniors & students (See also December 8.)

Immigrant Lives: Arab, Muslim, and South Asian Experiences (discussion) --- 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The lives of immigrants living in the United States have changed dramatically since 9/11. Hundreds of immigrants were rounded up and held for months in highly restrictive confinement without access to attorneys until all were cleared of terrorism-related charges. Recent court rulings have granted the government unprecedented latitude to deny fundamental rights to immigrants living in the United States. This event will look at immigrant experiences, the role of ethnic and religious profiling in anti-terror initiatives and what can be done to restore constitutional protections. $10; $5 students

The World of Pulp: A Panel Moderated by Morris Dickstein (book discussion) --- 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Join distinguished writers and critics as they discuss how some of the most creative action and hero characters in literary history emerged out of the fiction magazines printed on inexpensive pulp paper in the 1920s and 30s. The panel will explore not only the netherworlds of film noir and crime novels, but the little-known universe of female pulp authors, who wrote everything from hard-boiled detective stories to taboo lesbian pulps. Femmes Fatales, a new series of pulp reprints from The Feminist Press, provides fresh texts for the discussion. Participants include authors Maria Dibattis, Laura Hapke, Geoffrey O’Brien, Marijane Meaker, Robert Polito, and Luc Sante. $6; free to CUNY


Thursday, December 4 and Friday, December 5

Race & Labor Matters (conference)

Join leading labor scholars and trade union activists for a discussion on reframing the relationship between race and labor in America. Through interdisciplinary approaches to the subject, panelists will consider significant economic, social, historical, and political conditions affecting racial stratification in union and non-union labor. Panels will discuss affirmative action, immigration, labor-community relations, diversity, globalization, anti-racist union efforts, union democracy, gender, and possibilities for social change. Speakers include Manning Marable, Robin D. G. Kelley, Leith Mullings, Juan Gonzalez, Frances Fox Piven, and Roger Toussaint, among others. Thursday, December 4, 6-8pm; Dec. 5 9am-6pm $35 for individuals (lunch included); $100 for attendees representing unions and faculty receiving institutional sponsorship (lunch included); $10 for students; free to CUNY students & seniors (lunch available at an additional charge)

Friday, December 5

Geologies of Queer Studies: It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again
David R. Kessler Lecture in Lesbian and Gay Studies: Honoring Gayle Rubin (lecture) --- 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Rubin is a professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan and the author of several foundational works in the field, including The Traffic in Women: Notes on the `Political Economy' of Sex and Thinking Sex. With testimonials from Henry Abelove, Wesleyan University, and Esther Newton, Purchase College, SUNY.

Friday, December 5 and Saturday December 6


New Voices, Ancient Sounds: An Evening of Bharata Natyam and Odissi (performance) --- 8:00 p.m.

Masters of Bharata Natyam and Odissi come together to create a lyrical performance that portrays the beauty, grace, poetry, and spirituality of these ancient Indian dance forms. Both forms originated in the ancient temple culture of India and celebrate the glory of the divine. Though similar in many ways, each has its own distinctive and defining style. $20; $15 for students and seniors

Saturday, December 6

From Ming to Qing: A Cultural Landscape in Transition (conference) --- 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

This conference will examine the transition in Chinese culture that took place between the Ming and Qing dynasties. The event will feature talks given by distinguished scholars on numerous aspects of the Chinese arts, including literature, drama, and woodblock printing. Cosponsored by the China Institute. $45; $35 members of The China Institute; $15 students

Sunday, December 7 and Sunday, December 14

FDNY Fire Zone (family activity) --- 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Climb aboard a fire engine and learn what it takes to be one of New York City’s bravest! Through a variety of hands-on exhibits and multimedia presentations, children will be immersed in a unique experience, becoming part of the Fire Prevention Team. The activities will conclude with a visit to the official FDNY store, where each child will receive a special Honorary Firefighter gift. Part of the Afternoons of Fun to Remember for Grandparents and Grandchildren series. $15 adult & child; $3 per additional child

Monday, December 8

The Graduate Center Doors Opened Wide (tours and library lectures) --- 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Come visit The Graduate Center and its beautifully restored Mina Rees Library, housed in the former B. Altman building, a New York City landmark. The Graduate Center and the library have been restored with features from the original building, including its majestic staircase, original elevator, and marble water fountains. The library is home to numerous special collections—including the Seymour B. Durst Old York Library and the Eighteenth Century Reading Room.


How Not to Become a Victim of Identity Theft with Ralph Fatigate (discussion) --- 7-9:00 p.m.

See Tuesday, December 2.

Pierre and Marie: Love and Chemistry (performance) --- 6:00 p.m.

In a small laboratory in Paris in the 1890s, Pierre and Marie Curie discover uranium, radium, and love. Pierre and Marie, adapted by Ron Clark from the original French play by Jean-Noel Fenwick, is equal parts science, history, and riotously charming comedy. Join us for a reading by Break A Leg Productions.

Tuesday, December 9

The Future of Biology: From Genetics to Recombinant DNA and the Human Genome Project (lecture) --- 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Part of the Social Context of Science in Modern European and American History lecture series examining the profound implications of modern science for American and European society, and the social conditions that gave rise to it. The lecture topics will range chronologically from the earliest foundations of modern science to contemporary scientific debates. $10


An Evening with Japanese Kyôgen Actor and Director Mansai Nomura --- (comedy performance and discussion) --- 6:30 p.m.

Come explore the rollicking world of traditional Japanese comedy with the most exciting young actor in the kyôgen world today. The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and the Japan Society are proud to present Mansai Nomura, scion of the legendary Nomura family of the traditional Japanese comedy known as kyôgen (“crazy words”). This special evening will include commentary by experts, a demonstration performed by Mansai Nomura, and a moderated question and answer session. $10 donation guarantees a seat; free to CUNY students

Ongoing, December 10, 2003-February 28, 2004


Ralph Bunche: The Legend and the Legacy

Opening to the public on December 10 in observance of International Human Rights Day, and as part of the Ralph Bunche Centenary Commemoration, The Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at The Graduate Center presents an exhibit of texts, photographic images, and objects related to the life and accomplishments of Dr. Bunche. A leading scholar of race relations and a champion for civil rights all over the world, Dr. Bunche won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 for his successful role as UN Mediator in the negotiations that led to the armistice between Israel and four of its Arab neighbors. The exhibit illustrates the personal, professional, and global issues that shaped Bunche’s life and career. The exhibit will be displayed in the Exhibition Hallway off the first floor lobby.


Thursday, December 11

The Delmos Jones Lecture Series: “Ralph Bunche and the Evolution of Human Rights” (lecture) --- 4:00 p.m.

In celebration of International Human Rights Day (December 10) and in conjunction with the Ralph Bunche Centenary Commemoration (see above), this lecture will be given by University of California at Berkeley professor, Charles P. Henry, former president of the National Council for Black Studies, former chair of the board of directors for Amnesty International U.S.A., and author/editor of six books, including Ralph Bunche: Model Negro or American Other.


The Dramatic Beethoven: Fidelio—Beethoven’s only Opera (lecture) --- 3:30-4:45 p.m.

This lecture will focus on the timeless social and political implications of Beethoven’s only opera. Video examples of major scenes will illustrate the musical content. Part of the Beethoven Lecture series with Caroline Stoessinger, lecturer and pianist. $12; Free to students. An advance donation of $10 will guarantee a seat.


Sunday, December 14


Beethoven’s Influence, Rieko Aizawa, piano (performance) --- 4:00 p.m.

Program: Akira Nishimura, Homage to Beethoven 2003 (US Premiere); Beethoven, Sonata op. 57, Waldstein; Eroica Variations, op. 35. An advance donation of $10 will guarantee a seat.


Monday, December 15

Sweatshop, USA (discussion and book signing) --- 6:30 p.m.

This panel discussion, inspired by the new book Sweatshop, USA, will offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the role of the sweatshop in global migration and economics, and on both national and global attempts to eradicate it. Part of The Gotham Center History Forum.


Tuesday, December 16


Tickle the Sleeping Giant: A Performance by Trajal Harrell Dance Style (performance and discussion) --- 5:00-9:00 p.m.

A mix of contemporary runway fashion, voguing dance tradition, and contemporary dance performance, “Tickle the Sleeping Giant” offers an astonishing challenge to the dance world. Working with Meshell N’degeocello, the multiple Grammy Award-nominated jazz musician, and Joseph Carter, design director Marc Jacobs, choreographer Trajal Harrell turns The Graduate Center into a fashion pavilion—and turns a fashion show into art—with the fifth installment of his remarkable series. The performance will take place before and after a panel on dance with choreographers, dance critics, and art historians.

Take Me Out of the Bathtub (family event) --- 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Alan Katz is a songwriter and author of Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs, a hilarious collection of traditional songs rewritten just for little people. Join Alan Katz for a delightful afternoon sing-a-long that will keep the kids giggling! This event is recommended for children ages 4–8. Part of the Afternoons of Fun to Remember for Grandparents and Grandchildren series. $15 adult & child; $3 per additional child


Wednesday, December 17


“There Once Was a World”: Restoring a Vanished Past (lecture) --- 6:15-8:00 p.m.

Yaffa Eliach, Professor Emerita, founder of the Center for Holocaust Studies at Brooklyn College, and author of several books on the Holocaust will discuss plans for the construction of an open-air Shtetl Museum in Rishon Le Zion, Israel, a project memorializing the small Jewish towns of Eastern Europe lost forever in the Holocaust. Co-sponsored by the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies.

Shanghai String Quartet: Beethoven Cycle Program Three:

Remembering Beethoven on His Birthday (performance) --- 7:30 p.m.

Hailed by The Strad as “a foursome of uncommon refinement and musical distinction,” the Shanghai Quartet has earned the reputation of being one of the world’s most outstanding quartets. The Quartet’s elegant style of melding the delicacy of Eastern music with Western repertoire allows them to travel the world, both onstage and in the recording studio. As part of The Graduate Center’s Great Music for a Great City series, the quartet is performing the complete Beethoven Cycle in six programs. Program three will include: Quartet in C minor, op. 18, no. 4; Quartet in F Major, op. 18, no. 1; Quartet in C-sharp minor, op. 131. An advance donation of $10 will guarantee a seat.




Submitted on: NOV 1, 2003

Category: Events, Press Room