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

Tuesday, September 7

New York’s Jewish History & Heritage: A View of 350 Years--- 4:00-9:00 p.m.

In September 1654, 23 Jews arrived in New York Harbor seeking refuge from the Inquisition in Brazil. Three hundred fifty years later, 20 prominent cultural institutions will come together to celebrate this important milestone in New York City’s history with a series of talks, lectures, and workshops. Topics will include Jews in Early New York; Recent Jewish Immigration; Jews and New York Sports; Jewish New York in Film and Television; Staten Island: The Final New York Frontier; New York’s Synagogues’ Treasures; Not Your Parents’ Classroom: Teaching Jewish History through Interactive Drama; The Lower East Side; The Jewish Bronx; Jews of Brooklyn; and The Jewish History of Queens. Free.

Wednesday, September 8

Great Music for a Great City

From Europe to America: Dvorak’s Influence (performance)---7:30 p.m.

Great Music for a Great City kicks off it’s fall “America the Beautiful” series with a concert marking Antonin Dvorak’s 163rd Birthday. The program will feature the Shanghai String Quartet performing Dvorak’s Quartet for Strings No. 12 American, and Quintet for Piano and Strings in A, opus 81 (with series Artistic Director, pianist Caroline Stoessinger); America the Beautiful sung by NYC High School of Professional Performing Arts Chorus, Chantal Wright, Artistic Director; and a series of poems set to music read by Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson and sung by soprano Camellia Johnson. Free, or $10 donation guarantees a seat; call 212-817-8215

Friday, September 10

The Complete Piano Trios of Joaquin Turina

A Performance by the Damocles Trio (performance)---7:30 p.m.

The Damocles Trio will perform the Complete Piano Trios of Joaquin Turina in celebration of the release of their recording on Claves Records, plus a pre-concert discussion with Adam Kent, Antoni Pizà, and members of the Damocles Trio. Free.

Saturday, September 11

Israel Horovitz’s 3 Weeks after Paradise (film)---2:00 p.m.
This film is a singular, personal, and profoundly moving response by renowned Obie award winning playwright Israel Horovitz to the attacks on the World Trade Center. In this deeply moving personal account of a very public event, Horovitz explores the impact of the attacks on New York City through the underlying theme of the impact on himself and his family, particularly his school-aged children. As such, the narration resonates with both private and universal feelings and offers profound insights into myriad aspects of the attacks. The film will be introduced by Mr. Horovitz, who will be available for a talk-back with the audience immediately following the 52-minute screening. $10 donation to The Graduate Center’s 3 Weeks After Paradise Scholarship Fund, established by Mr. Horovitz from the film’s proceeds.

Sunday, September 12

Interdependence Day Festival 2004 (performances and presentations)---12:00-6:00 p.m.
The Interdependence Day festival celebrates the interconnectedness of life with artistic presentations and performances rooted in the consciousness of peace and outspoken leaders whose work supports and promotes conscious interdependence, awareness, and action. Presenters and performers include: Daniel Ellsberg (pending schedule confirmation), Pentagon Papers, author of Secrets; Danny Schechter, Globalvision, Mediachannel; St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Gospel Choir, Billionaires: Political Satire; Phoebe Legere, one-woman show (excerpts): Hello Mrs. President; Battery Drumline metroKIDS metroSAMBA Band; Valerie Ghent, performing artist; Raquy, Middle Eastern Drumming; Jubilee & Chocolate Thai, soulful, musical storytelling; Marion Williams, Drum/Chant/Arts workshop; Missy Galore, performance artist. $25; $15 students, seniors, & low income.

Monday, September 13

Amy Henry—The Apprentice

Author of What It Takes (discussion)---7:00 p.m.

“I’m a ruthless business woman with a Southern sense of charm,” claims Henry. Amy Henry, MBA, Texas-born finalist on The Apprentice, rode the roller coaster, boom to bust. She will talk about her business career, her new book, and her experience on Donald Trump’s wildly popular reality TV show. $15; Free to CUNY.

Tuesday, September 14

Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution
A Conversation and Book-Signing with Author David Carter (discussion)---7:00 p.m.

David Carter’s hour-by-hour account of the explosive June 1969 riots that sparked the gay revolution. The most audacious, energetic, and enterprising of riot participants were the drag queens, homeless queer youths, and other gender transgressors whose position on the farthest margins of society enabled their radical response to oppression. Mr. Carter describes the role of Greenwich Village, offering unfamiliar perspectives, such as the Mafia’s role both as a patron of the gay scene in New York City and as a blackmailer of famous homosexuals. This history of what gay author Edmund White called “our Bastille Day” will become a permanent addition to the great histories of the civil rights era. $15.

Friday, September 17

Boiling Point: How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists, and Activists Have Fueled A

Climate Crisis —And What We Can Do to Avert Disaster (lecture)--- 7:00 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ross Gelbspan claims that climate change is the issue that, unchecked, will swamp all other issues facing us today. What began as a normal business response to the environmental problem---denial and delay---has now, he argues, grown into a crime against humanity. He ultimately offers a concrete plan for averting a full-blown climate crisis which could potentially solve a host of other social, political, and economic problems that plague us today. $12; $10 Students.

The Art of Middle Eastern Dance (lecture, demonstration)---6:30 p.m.

Through performances by New York City’s most talented belly dancers and intermittent explanations and discussion, Laura Ligouri will present a brief overview of dance as it is known throughout the Arab world. Modern, folk, and historical dances will be featured to illustrate the key concepts and techniques of the tradition. The show will also address how tradition, social norms, political issues, and Western influence have affected and contributed to the rich culture of Middle Eastern dance. Donations at the door; Free to CUNY; Limited seating; seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday, September 18

Great Music for a Great City

Shanghai String Quartet (performance)---8:00 p.m.

Program: Hayden, String Quartet op. 76, no. 1; Shostakovich, String Quartet no. 3; Ravel, Quartet for Strings. First in a series of Shanghai String Quartet Concerts. Free, or $10 donation guarantees a seat; call 212-817-8215.

Tuesday, September 21

A Conversation between Lee Bontecou and Mona Hadler (discussion)---6:30 p.m.

A leading artist of her generation, Lee Bontecou has created an original and critically acclaimed body of work from the 1960s to the present. Join Graduate Center Professor Mona Hadler for a conversation with Lee Bontecou, moderated by MOMA curator, Lilian Tone. Presented in cooperation with the Museum of Modern Art. $10; $8 for MOMA members; $5 for students; GC students Free.

An Evening with Bel Kaufman & Randi Weingarten
Up the Down Staircase:

What It Means to Be a NYC School Teacher Today (discussion)---7:00 p.m.

Bel Kaufman is best known for her highly celebrated novel, Up the Down Staircase (1965), which Time magazine called “easily the most popular novel about U.S. public schools in history.” Randi Weingarten is President of the United Federation of Teachers, representing more than 140,000 active and retired non-supervisory educators in the New York City public school system. She is also a vice-president of the million-member American Federation of Teachers, the UFT’s national affiliate. Sure to be a fascinating discussion. $15; Free to students.

Mary Robinson:

Renewing the Commitment to Rule of Law and Human Rights (lecture)---6:00 p.m.
This lecture will reflect on the deep divides which have emerged since the terrible attacks of 9/11 and on how a renewed focus on respect for human rights is necessary in order to address the deeper causes of alienation that threaten human security. Mary Robinson, Executive Director of the Ethical Globalization Initiative; former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997–2002); former President of Ireland (1990–1997); Senator in the Irish Parliament for 20 years; former Reid Professor of Constitutional Law, Trinity College, Dublin. Co-sponsored by the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies and the Ph.D. Program in Political Science. Free.

Wednesday, September 22

Discrimination and Dehumanization:

The Perversion of Law in Nazi Germany (lecture)---6:15 p.m.

This lecture will consider several central themes of the Nazis’ legislative assault on the Jews, demonstrating how the Nazi legal system was a natural outgrowth of the underlying racial ideology of the Nazi regime, and examining the role it played in paving the way to the Final Solution. Free.

Thursday, September 23

Laurie Anderson and Wallace Shawn (discussion)---7:00 p.m.
Playwright/actor Wallace Shawn discusses nanotechnology (and whatever else comes to mind) with groundbreaking performance artist Laurie Anderson, who flourishes in the disparate worlds of music, the avant-garde, and mainstream art, commanding a “technology” style honed over a decades-long distinguished career. Presented in cooperation with the Museum of Modern Art. $15; $10 for moma members, $8 for students with current ID.

Women and National Development in the United Arab Emirates:

A Talk by Samira Atallah (lecture)---6:30 p.m.
Dr. Atallah challenges the traditional notions of Gulf women living passively within the controlled confines of religion and the family. Her talk will demonstrate the centrality of women and gender relations to the success of governmental policies geared towards national development and economic growth. Samira Atallah, Research Fellow, Middle East and Middle Eastern Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Visiting Scholar, Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, NYU. Presented with cooperation of the Middle East & Middle Eastern American Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY. Free.

New York: A City in Transition Lecture Series
Part I: Demographics (lecture)---6:30 p.m.

The first in the series, this discussion covers the impact of recent waves of immigrants on the literal face of New York City and what these demographic changes mean for the city of the future. This talk will consider how the Latinization of New York, and the United States, affects everything, from politics to education to the music we listen to.

Presented in cooperation with The New York Times Community Affairs Department. $10; $35 series; Free to students.

Art Gallery of the Graduate Center

Lasting Impressions:

Nineteenth-Century French Prints from the Arthur Ross Foundation (exhibition)

This exhibition provides a rare glimpse of etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts by major painters such as Delacroix, Daumier, Corot, Manet, Pissarro, Cézanne, and Gauguin who contributed to the development and recognition of prints as original works of art. On display until November 13. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12 to 6 pm. Free.

Monday, September 27

Philanthropy in Communities of Color:

Challenges and Opportunities (conference)---9:00 a.m.

This all-day conference will focus on strategically strengthening philanthropy within New York City’s African American, Latino, and Asian American communities. Donors of color, as well as representatives from key nonprofit organizations and foundations, will present their views. New research on philanthropy in communities of color will be presented. Topics will include Promoting Philanthropy: Views from the Communities; Building Philanthropic Capital in Communities of Color; Why Do Donors Give?: Current Research on Emerging Trends; and Promoting Philanthropy: Donors’ Perspectives. Participants to be announced. Presented in cooperation with the Coalition for New Philanthropy including the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the The Graduate Center. Free.

Tuesday, September 28

Art History in the Digital Age: Seeing Visual Images in the Digital Age (lecture)---6:30 p.m.
Marilyn Aronberg Lavin is a well-known art historian and specialist in the Italian Renaissance who has pioneered the use of computers in research and in teaching the history of art. In 1989, she initiated one of the first collaborative projects to bring together a humanist scholar and graphic specialists, computer technicians, and database experts: The Piero Project. This collaboration resulted in a 3-D Real Time computer model of Piero della Francesca’s frescoes in Arezzo. In her presentation, she will demonstrate how digital technology can be used to uncover new ideas and new ways of seeing visual images. Free.

American Empire: Roosevelt’s Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization

Neil Smith (lecture, book signing)---6:00 p.m.

American Empire brings the politics and the limits of contemporary globalization sharply into focus. Challenging the notion that the new American globalism was haphazardly constructed in a way that is “beyond geography,” Graduate Center Distinguished Professor Neil Smith argues that the “American Empire” was the result of a powerful geographical vision. His book follows the career of Isaiah Bowman (1878–1950), America’s most famous geographer of the 20th century, who worked closely with Woodrow Wilson and FDR to craft U.S. liberal foreign policy and create an American order to the global landscape. American Empire demonstrates the coherence of this globalization vision—one that dates back not to the 1980s, but to 1919 and 1945. There will be a discussion followed by a book-signing. Free.

Wednesday, September 29

The Gotham Center History Forum Series

The East Village on Film (film)---6:30 p.m.
An evening of films about the history of the East Village with guest speaker Professor Emeritus Roland Legiardi-Laura. Yael Bitton’s documentary Not For Sale (2002) examines the transformation of East 7th Street from a neighborhood of working-class immigrants to one of well-heeled urban professionals. What happens when the local community garden is bulldozed and luxury condominiums rise in its place? In Duh-Huh (2003), Roland Legiardi-Laura poses the question to those in his ever-changing neighborhood: “What is the East Village and why should we care?” Free.

The Turkish Lover
Reading, Discussion, and Booksigning with Esmeralda Santiago (reading)---7:45 p.m.

Along with Sandra Cisneros and Julia Alvarez, Esmeralda Santiago has emerged as one of today’s preeminent Latina authors. Her new book, The Turkish Lover, is the next chapter of the story begun in her memoirs When I Was Puerto Rican and Almost a Woman. The Turkish Lover is about a young woman struggling to understand herself, her place in American and Puerto Rican societies, and the universal rules that govern relationships. The expansive humanity, earthy humor, and psychological courage that made Esmeralda’s first two books so successful are present in this most recent book. Join the author for a reading and discussion of her new book, with a book-signing to follow.
Presented in cooperation with the NY Open Center and the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, The Graduate Center. $12

Thursday, September 30

Prelude to Off-Broadway
3 Days/27 Companies = 1 Prelude Weekend (performances)

The second annual Prelude to Off Broadway weekend opens with a panel discussion on Illuminating the History of Not-for-Profit Off Broadway Theatre: A Retrospective with Ellen Stewart, founder and director of La Mama E.T.C., beginning at 7 pm. Then, from October 1 to 3, audiences can preview the city’s vibrant Off Broadway scene in just three days at one place. Over the weekend, The CUNY Graduate Center’s Martin E. Segal Theatre Center will team up with the Alliance of Resident Theatres (A.R.T)/New York to host twenty-seven exciting and diverse companies presenting free samples of their work. Events will include performances and readings of new plays, live rehearsals, process workshops, panel presentations, and breakout sessions, all followed by discussions. For a complete schedule, visit All events are free; seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not required; a guaranteed ticket may be reserved for a $5 donation in advance.

Michel Gondry and Ed Halter (discussion)---7:00 p.m.
Founder of the pop rock band Oui-Oui, Michel Gondry went on to become a renowned music-video director, working with Björk, Jeff Beck, and the Chemical Brothers. Helped along by Village Voice film critic Ed Halter, Gondry ponders the influence of musical composition on his recent film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Presented in cooperation with the Museum of Modern Art. $15; $10 for moma members, $8 for students with current ID.

Submitted on: AUG 1, 2004

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