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Press Release: September 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.

Wednesday, September 1:

Concert of Music from the Middle East: David’s Harp
(concert) 7:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

David's Harp is an ensemble specializing in music from Turkey, Greece, the Balkans, Azerbaijan, North Africa, and the Middle East. Led by Joseph Alpar, the group is devoted to performing the music of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish communities from around the world with a focus on revealing cultural and religious interactions through music. With repertoire drawn from Ottoman court music, Sufi devotional songs, Rebetika and Ladino genres among others, the fluidity and blending of diverse musical ideas between Jewish and non-Jewish worlds is demonstrated through the music of David's Harp. Presented by the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center; $5 (free with CUNY ID), for information call 212-817-7570.

Thursday, September 2:

Screening of To Kill a Mockingbird
(film screening) 7:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

Acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns will select three films which he feels best speak to the theme of "Place in America." These films will be screened on three separate occasions with a talk by Ken Burns at the last screening (on December 9). Free, first-come, first-served; for information call 212-817-8215.

Thursday, September 16:

The South in the '60s: Women in the Civil Rights Movement
7:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

The program features women who were active in the Civil Rights Movement, including Dorothy Zellner, Martha Noonan, and Judy Richardson. Professor Blanche Wiesen Cook of the Graduate Center and John Jay College will moderate the discussion. 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, September 20:

The e-Publishing Debate: What Is the Future of the Book?
(discussion) 7:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

Kindles, iPads, Nooks, and Google books -- the average reader is often bewildered by the rapidly developing world of e-books and has plenty of questions: Will paper books and book stores continue to exist? What do e-books mean for authors and their publishers? Is piracy a concern? Is reader privacy a concern? Moderated by agent Eric Simonoff, this panel will explore some of the thorny issues raised by this ongoing digital revolution and its impact on the publishing world. Featuring Simon Lipskar from Writers House representing the perspective of agents; Jon Sargent, CEO of Macmillan, speaking for publishers; David Naggar of Amazon; and Roland Lange from new book e-tailer Google. 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, September 21–Saturday, January 8:

Deep Impressions: Willie Cole Works on Paper
(art exhibition) James Gallery, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 12–8 PM; Thursdays–Saturdays, 12–6 PM

New Jersey artist Willie Cole is best known for sculptures that use American consumer and industrial detritus. Deep Impressions provides an intimate look at Cole's art through his works on paper and highlights his recent return to figurative, more overtly autobiographic subject matter. Presented by the James Gallery; free, for information call 212-817-7392.

Wednesday, September 22:

Is Obama's Foreign Policy Working?
(discussion) 7:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

This debate, moderated by political writer and analyst Peter Beinart (The Daily Beast), features Christopher Hitchens, George Packer, and Jeff Jarvis. The panel will discuss America's position in and relationship to the rest of the world under Obama, and whether or not his foreign policy has been effective. 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.

Thursday, September 23:

Music in Midtown: Chamber Music On Fifth I
(concert) 1:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

Music in Midtown begins another exciting fall season with a presentation of brilliant and dynamic young chamber players who are enrolled in the DMA music performance program at the Graduate Center. The September 23 program will feature works by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. Performers include Marta Bedkowska, cello; Caroline Chin, violin; Chih-tung Cheng, piano; Emily Eagen, soprano; Mary Hubbell, soprano; Bonnie McAlvin, flute; Aleksandra Sarest, piano; and Emiko Sato, piano. 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.

Tuesday, September 28:

Manhattan Projects: The Rise and Fall of Urban Renewal in Cold War New York
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

Join author Samuel Zipp (Brown University) with Jennifer Hock (Middlebury College), Marshall Berman (CUNY Graduate Center), and Joshua Guild (Princeton University), as they discuss the ascent of postwar Manhattan to a modern world city and its decline into crisis. Urban renewal was at the heart of this cultural and physical transformation. Book signing to follow. Presented by the Gotham Center for NYC History. 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.

Inaugural Biography Center Lecture -- Ron Chernow
(discussion) 7:00 PM, Proshansky Auditorium

Each year, the Leon Levy Center for Biography selects a distinguished biographer to give the Inaugural Lecture. For the 2010 Lecture, prize-winning author Ron Chernow will appear on September 28 to discuss the art and craft of biography. Seating is limited, reservations are required. 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.

Wednesday, September 29–Friday, October 1:

PRELUDE 10
(theatre festival) 3:00–10:00 PM, Martin E. Segal Theatre; for complete schedule visit http://preludenyc.org

The Segal Center's annual PRELUDE festival celebrates artists at the forefront of contemporary NYC theatre and performance. PRELUDE 10: "Techniques for Live Stimulation: Communication, Provocation, Simulation" asks: Why Does Live Matter? Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information call 212-817-1860.

Submitted on: SEP 1, 2010

Category: Leon Levy Center for Biography, Press Room