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Full Program Schedule

Events are FREE & reservations are required, except where noted.

 
Thurs, February 21, 6:30PM
Is Higher Education for Everyone?
 
Tues, February 26, 6:30PM
Disrupting Fashion: Technology and Artificial Intelligence, Part 2
 
Thurs, February 28, 6:30PM
CITY OF SCIENCE: Swarm Intelligence: From Insects to Humans
 
Wed, March 6, 6:30PM
Workers and Wages in America Today
 
Wed, March 13, 6:30PM
What Can Be Done About Inequality?
 
Mon, March 18, 6:30PM
The Free Press
 
Mon, April 1, 6:30PM
Migrations: Rewriting America
 
Wed, April 3, 6:30PM
Remembering Roth
 
Thurs, April 4, 6:30PM
CITY OF SCIENCE: Networks: From Biology to Society
 
Tues, April 9, 9:00AM to 5:30PM
A Second Gilded Age? Historical Parallels, Differences, Lessons
 
Tues, April 9, 7:00PM
Julia Alvarez and Elizabeth Acevedo: PEN Out Loud
 
Mon, April 15, 6:30PM
A Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom David Blight in Conversation with James Oakes
 
Wed, April 17, 6:30PM
A CITY OF SCIENCE: Freeman Dyson: A Remarkable Life Journey Through Quantum Physics
 
Thurs, April 18, 6:30PM
Is Democracy in Crisis? A Talk By Fareed Zakaria
 
Fri, April 26, 7:00PM
LIVE@365: A GLOBAL MUSIC SERIES Georgian Vocal Polyphony: Ensemble Adilei with Special Guests
 
Wed, May 1, 6:30PM
Shakespeare in Living Color: Race and Performance Now
 
Thurs, May 2, 6:30PM
CITY OF SCIENCE: Plants, Biodiversity, and the Survival of the Planet
 
Tues, May 7, 6:30PM
The Role of the Judiciary in a Democracy
 
Wed, May 8, 7:00PM
Game of Leopards and Wolves: Marlon James in Conversation with Victor LaValle
 
Fri, May 10, 7:00PM
LIVE@365: A GLOBAL MUSIC SERIES Persian Setar Improvisations: Kayhan Kalhor with Kiya Tabassian
 
Mon, May 13, 6:30PM
Inside The Graduate Center: A Dissertation Showcase
 
Wed, May 15, 6:30PM
Capitalism and Democracy: Can They Coexist?
 
Thurs, June 6, 6:30PM
LGBTQ Pride Month: A Conversation with Cheryl Dunye
 
Fri, June 7, 7:00PM
Live@365: A Global Music Series Bollywood Gharana
 

 

Our 2018-2019 season has come to a close. In the past year, we presented more than 40 public programs featuring writers, artists, public figures, and scholars from The Graduate Center, CUNY, and beyond. These events explored great ideas and provided insight on the important issues of today, drawing on the deep knowledge of our faculty and guests. View highlights of the past season below, and be sure to visit our VIDEO ARCHIVE.
 

For news and expanded content about our series “The Promise and Perils of Democracy,” visit its NEW WEBSITE.
 

Season Highlights 2018-2019

Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón

Roxane Gay, a powerful literary voice and one of today’s most-watched cultural critics, read from her work and joined in a conversation with Katia D. Ulysse.

 
Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón

GC Distinguished Professor Paul Krugman sat down with Janet Yellen to discuss her tenure as Federal Reserve chair and the current state of the U.S. economy.

 
Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón

Legal experts explored “The Role of the Judiciary in a Democracy” in the series “The Promise and Perils of Democracy.” Julie C. Suk, professor of sociology and dean for master’s programs, moderated a panel of Judge Jenny Rivera, NY State Court of Appeals; Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, a former federal district judge.

 
Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón

Best-selling and award-winning author Marlon James discussed his new novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf as part of the PEN World Voices Festival.

 
Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón

Governor Jerry Brown came to the GC to discuss his life and family saga with Kai Bird, executive director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and Miriam Pawel, author of The Browns of California.

 
Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón

Ai Weiwei, one of the world’s most prominent artists and activists, discussed his work and life with Tim Marlow, artistic director of the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

 
Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón

Our global music series Live@365 continued with an exciting season of concerts, including this performance by Michel Merhej and the Bil Afrah Project, celebrating one of the Middle East’s legendary albums.

 
Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón

Maria Hinojosa, host of Latino USA on NPR, led a timely discussion on what is at stake for the 2020 Census. “How Will the Census Matter to You?” featured John Mollenkopf, GC distinguished professor of political science and sociology; Vanita Gupta of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Steven Choi of the New York Immigration Coalition; and Esmeralda Simmons of the Center for Law and Social Justice. Part of the series “The Promise and Perils of Democracy.”

 
Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón

How do we address inequality in our nation’s colleges and universities? At the event “Is Higher Education for Everyone?” Carla Shedd, associate professor of sociology and urban education at the GC, explored solutions. The panel also featured Stephen Brier, founder of the GC’s Interactive Technology and Pedagogy program; Cathy Davidson, director of the Futures Initiative at the GC; Sakina Laksimi-Morrow, fellow at the GC’s Teaching and Learning Center; and Richard V. Reeves, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

 
Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón

“A New Era for the ERA: Women of Color Lead the Way” explored recent progress towards an Equal Rights Amendment. Carol Robles-Román, co-president and CEO of the ERA Coalition, moderated a panel featuring: Hala Ayala, Virginia delegate; Carla Cunningham, North Carolina state representative; Jennifer McClellan, Virginia state senator; and Pat Spearman, Nevada state senator.

 
Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón

Fareed Zakaria, renowned journalist, author, and host of Fareed Zakaria GPS for CNN, gave a talk, “Is Democracy in Crisis?” as part of the series “The Promise and Perils of Democracy.”

 
Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón

Tackling an urgent topic of our time, the discussion “Capitalism and Democracy: Can They Coexist?” featured Richard Reeves and Vanessa Williamson, senior fellows at Brookings Institution; Andrew Yang, tech entrepreneur and founder of Venture for America; and Leslie McCall, presidential professor of sociology and political science and associate director of the Stone Center at the GC. Part of the series “The Promise and Perils of Democracy.”

 
Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón

Elizabeth Acevedo and Julia Alvarez, two leading Latinx voices in the American literary canon, joined a reading and conversation to celebrate Alvarez’s classic In the Time of the Butterflies.

 
Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón

At the event “Migrations: Rewriting America” acclaimed writers Suketu Mehta and Gary Shteyngart discussed with GC sociologists Nancy Foner and Philip Kasinitz how immigrants transform—and are transformed by—American culture.

 
Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón

“The Free Press” featured leading journalists — including Anne Applebaum of The Washington Post and Michelle Goldberg of The New York Times — in conversation about the media's important function in a democracy, as part of the series “The Promise and Perils of Democracy.”

 
Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón

 

Thank you to all who attended public programs in 2018-2019. Our new season will be announced in September — we hope to see you soon at The Graduate Center!