The newly inaugurated Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Graduate Center, established by a gift from the Leon Levy Foundation, has announced its first class of Biography Fellows. Each fellow will receive a cash award of $60,000, writing space, faculty privileges and participate in a seminar coordinated by Executive Director, Nancy Milford. The 2008-9 Biography Fellows are: Thulani Davis, author, librerettist and cultural critic; Mary Anne Weaver, author and foreign correspondent; Molly Peacock, poet and memoirist, and James Davis, Associate Professor of English, Brooklyn College. Read more
The City University of New York Graduate Center announces the following public programs to be held during the month of April at the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street.
Distinguished curator, writer, and art historian Linda Norden has been appointed Director of the Amie and Tony James Gallery at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Most recently, Norden has been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Art at Yale University and Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies. From 1998 to 2006, she served as the first Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, where she was a dedicated advocate for the enhanced exhibition, publication, and acquisition of modern and contemporary art. Read more
On Monday, March 31st at 6:30 pm, the CUNY Graduate Center’s Foundation for Iberian Music will present a conference exploring the works of composer Carlos Suriñach and his unique contribution to the world of modern dance in the mid-twentieth century. A roundtable discussion exploring the many aspects of Suriñach’s musical personality will be followed by a recital featuring the concert version of Embattled Garden, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its premiere by the Martha Graham Dance Company on April 3, 1958 at New York’s Adelphi Theater. The conference, which is free and open to the public, takes place in the Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall at the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. Read more
The dynamics of contemporary Cuba -- the culture, the people, and the politics -- will be the focus of a three-day international symposium, “A Changing Cuba in a Changing World,” to run March 13-15 at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in Manhattan (365 Fifth Ave., between 34th and 35th Streets). Organized by the Graduate Center’s Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies and two years in the making, the conference has drawn the attention of specialists throughout the world. Read more
On Friday, March 28, “Beyond Boundaries: Music and Israel @ 60,” a symposium of the Center for Jewish Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, will explore the complex diversity of musical styles, cultures, religions and ethnicities that is Israel today. The daylong event will present papers, discussions, and musical performances from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM in the Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall on the first floor of the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street). Read more
A new global institute dedicated to improving international responses to genocide and mass atrocities was launched at the UN in February 2008 as part of the Graduate Center’s Ralph Bunch Institute for International Studies. The “Global Responsibility to Protect” project will support a groundbreaking principle agreed to in September 2005 by heads of state from around the world: the international community has a responsibility to take action – diplomatic, legal and as a last resort, military, when a state fails to protect its populations from genocide or mass atrocities. Read more
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York announces the creation of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, whose mission is to bring fresh voices and innovative approaches to the highly popular genre of biography. Envisioned as a hub for writers, scholars, students and readers of the genre, the Leon Levy Center for Biography will begin scholarly and public programs in the academic year starting September 2008. The Center seeks to build connections between university-affiliated and independent biographers working in print, film, visual arts, and new media and across academic disciplines. Read more
The City University of New York Graduate Center announces the following public programs to be held during the month of March at the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street.
The Lincoln Prize, one of the most generous and prestigious awards in the field of American History, will be awarded to James Oakes, a professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Oakes, who wins the prize for his book The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics (W. W. Norton), will share the 2008 honor with historian and diplomat Elizabeth Brown Pryor for Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters (Viking). Read more