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

Monday, May 3
2004 Edwin Booth Award Ceremony
(discussion)---7:00 p.m.

The Edwin Booth Award was established in 1983 by the Doctoral Theatre Students Association at The Graduate Center to honor an individual or organization that has had a significant impact on theatre and performance in New York. Join this year’s recipients, the Classical Theatre of Harlem, for a panel discussion about the company’s past work and future goals. The line-up of panelists will include Artistic Director Alfred Preisser and Executive Director Christopher McElroen. Free.

Tuesday, May 4
The Gotham Center History Forum
Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan
(discussion)---6:30 p.m.

Fusing history, lore, and on-site adventures, essayist and author Phillip Lopate takes readers on an excursion around Manhattan's shoreline in his new book. Waterfront is a look at New York's landscape and history and an irresistible invitation to meander along its outermost edges. Join Phillip Lopate for a discussion of his book, followed by a book signing. Free.

Penguin Group (USA) Author Series
The Pentagon’s New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century
(discussion)---7:00 p.m.

A senior military analyst with the U.S. Naval War College, Thomas P. M. Barnett has presented a constant stream of briefings over the past few years—particularly since 9/11—to the highest of high-level civilian and military policymakers—and now he gives it to you. The Pentagon’s New Map is a cutting-edge approach to globalization that combines security, economic, political, and cultural factors to do no less than predict and explain the nature of war and peace in the twenty-first century. Free.

Tuesday, May 4 and Wednesday, May 5
Al-Qaeda: The New Face of Global Terrorism

This groundbreaking conference, the first of its kind, will consider all aspects of this extraordinarily complex organization. Panelists will include leading scholars of terrorism and the Middle East, journalists with first-hand knowledge of Al-Qaeda, and intelligence officers and others who work in counter-terrorism. Plenary panels will explore the "myths and realities" of Al-Qaeda in an attempt to assess its real threat, and will consider concrete ways of countering the terrorism of Al-Qaeda's violence in the Middle East and in the United States, especially in New York. Cosponsored by the Center on Terrorism and Public Safety, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and by York College. Tuesday, May 4, 7-9:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 5, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. $50; $20 for students.

Thursday, May 6
Celebrating Radical Democracy (performance)---
6:30-9:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of musical performance celebrating radical democracy and its history in America. In "The Work O' The Weavers," four talented musicians will tell the Weavers' story through many of the same songs that made them so popular four decades ago, and which continue to have relevance to our present struggles. The Weavers, a folk-music group that included Pete Seeger among its members, was blackballed in the l950s for their songs celebrating dissent and political freedom. All those attending will receive a retrospective collection of political cartoons by the popular illustrator Matt Wuerker. Cosponsored by the Council on International and Public Affairs and the Program on Corporations, Law, and Democracy. $50 Friends; $100 Patrons; $10 students.

Friday, May 7
O !O ! Kisa: Syto Cave and Batofou Theatre Company
Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Haitian Revolution
(performance)---7:30 p.m.

On the occasion of the Bicentennial of the Haitian Revolution, The Graduate Center will present the work of the internationally renown Haitian poet, playwright and performer Syto Cave's latest play O !O ! Kisa with a cast of 30. The piece was created in August 2003 in Port-au-Prince as part of the events surrounding the Bicentennial of the Haitian independence. Co-sponsored by the Henri Peyre French Institute at The Graduate Center and Continuing Education and Public Programs. $25.

Saturday, May 8
Great Music for a Great City
Shanghai String Quartet: Beethoven Cycle Continued
(performance)---7:30 p.m.

Program: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6; Grosse Fuge in B-flat Major, Op. 133; Quartet in F Major, Op. 135 . 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. Originally formed in Shanghai, this versatile ensemble is known for their passionate musicality, astounding technique, and multicultural innovations. Free, or call 212-817-8215 for $10 guaranteed reservation.

Monday, May 10
The Arts & Social Possibility: The Verbal and the Visual
A Forum Series with Maxine Greene
(discussion) --- 6-7:30 p.m.

As part of the new series, The Arts and Social Possibility Forum, this talk will explore the question: How do our experiences with painting, sculpture, photography, and film compare with our experiences with literature? What do we mean when we say that a painting holds meaning? How does a work like Picasso's "Guernica" or Hopper's "Sunday Morning" intensify our awareness or perhaps even move us to some sort of action? Is film a more potent spur to social action than literature? And how might literature and film be powerful in different ways when it comes to social issues? Cosponsored by the Maxine Greene Foundation. $10; free for students.

Wednesday, May 12
The Holocaust Studies Series
Ravensbrück: Forgotten Women of the Holocaust
(lecture)---6-8:00 p.m.

This lecture will provide a historical overview of the plight of women in general, and Jewish women in particular, imprisoned in the notorious Nazi concentration camp of Ravensbrück. Rochelle Saidel, Ph.D., Director of "The Remember the Women Institute" of New York; author of several Holocaust-related works, including Never Too Late to Remember: The Politics Behind New York City's Holocaust Museum and The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp. Cosponsored by the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, The Graduate Center. Free.

Adventures in the World Beneath New York (lecture)---7-9:00 p.m.

Join New York Times columnist Randy Kennedy for a talk in celebration of the New York City Subway system's centennial. Based on his new collection Subwayland, his talk will take you deep within the exotic, subterranean land of the New York subway. Revealing its inhabitants (the Tangos-with-Mannequin Man, the wandering magician, and Mayor Bloomberg himself), its permanent government (the sheriff of Grand Central, the water patrol, and the motorman who drove the last No. 1 train beneath the World Trade Center), as well as tips for the traveler on how to get a seat or a date, this talk is sure to entertain and surprise. Presented in partnership with The New York Transit Museum. $20; 20% discount for NY Transit Museum Members; $10 for students.

Penguin Group (USA) Author Series
The Art of the Steal: Inside the Sotheby’s-Christie’s Auction House Scandal
 (discussion)---7:00 p.m.

The Art of the Steal is the explosive inside story of one of the most fascinating big-business trials of the new century: the price-fixing scandal that rocked the auction world and put one of the richest men in America behind bars. Author Christopher Mason is the only reporter who has persuaded all the key figures (and hundreds more) to spill the beans. He has followed the trail of this story wherever it has led—from galleries and boardrooms in London, Paris, and New York to parties in Palm Beach and courtrooms in lower Manhattan. Free.

Thursday, May 13
Then and Now: Implications of "Brown v. Board of Education"

On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court announced its decision that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." "Brown v. Board of Education" effectively denied the legal basis for segregation in Kansas and 20 other states with segregated classrooms and would forever change race relations in the United States. Join us for an evening of three special events in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of this historic decision. The evening's events will include a panel with distinguished scholars on the impact of this decision on our society and our educational system; the Delmos Jones Lecture given by Professor James Anderson; and a screening of video from "Echoes: Reflections on Brown v. Board of Education, 50 Years Later," a multimedia performance integrating spoken word poetry, choreographed dance/movement, and video. 4:30-6:00 p.m. panel; 6:30-8:00 p.m. lecture; 8-9:00 p.m. video.

Saturday, May 15
Great Music for a Great City
The 2004 Marian Anderson Memorial Concert: Camellia Johnson, Soprano
(performance)--- 7:30 p.m.

Ms. Johnson, recognized as one of the century's great voices, has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic, and the Detroit and Los Angeles Philharmonic. The program includes works by Bach, Beethoven, Strauss, and Mahler. With remarks on Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson given by Dr. Blanche Cook. Free, or call 212-817-8215 for $10 guaranteed reservation.

Monday, May 17
A Dramatic Reading of Ira Hauptman’s Partition
(reading)---6:00 p.m.

This drama, by Queens College professor Ira Hauptman, presents the relationship between two early 20th-century mathematicians, the self-educated Indian genius Srinivasa Ramanujan and Cambridge professor G.H. Hardy. The play relates how these two men, shaped by different cultures, were both drawn together and destroyed by mathematics. Cosponsored by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and the Ph.D. Program in Mathematics, The Graduate Center. Free.

Thursday, May 20
The Gotham Center History Forum
Broadway Boogie Woogie: Damon Runyon and the Making of New York City Culture
(discussion)---6:30 p.m.

Join author Daniel R. Schwartz for a discussion of his new book Broadway Boogie Woogie: Damon Runyon and the Making of New York City Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). Schwartz's book offers a look at New York City between the World Wars, with an emphasis on the city's colorful nightlife. He examines the city through the lens of Runyon's career as sports writer, daily columnist, trial reporter, Hollywood figure, and author of the still widely-read short stories that were the source for the Broadway hit Guys and Dolls. A book-signing will follow the discussion. Free.

Saturday, May 22
Primavera: An Evening of Brazilian Music
(performance)---8:00 p.m.

Join us for a very special evening of Brazilian music with acclaimed pianist/singer/composer Luiz Simas and his group including vocals, piano, drums, bass, and sax/flute. This extraordinary ensemble will perform music by the great masters of bossa nova and Brazilian jazz, as well as Mr. Simas' original music, and other styles of Brazilian music, including choro, baião, samba-reggae, and samba-funk. $25; $20 for seniors and students.

Monday, May 24
KAMP!-Song and Satire from the "Paradise Ghetto" Theresienstadt
(performance)---7:30 p.m.

Join Sergei Dreznin and actors Amelia DeMayo and Curt Buckler for a rare performance of songs and satire written and once performed by Europe's cabaret stars imprisoned in Terezín. Theresienstadt, as it was known in Germany, was a “model” concentration camp 40 miles north of Prague created by the Nazis specifically for prominent Jews and intended to deceive the international press. This performance, followed by a discussion, will offer unique insight into the extraordinary struggle for survival through humor and song. All lyrics translated by Thomas and Caren Neile. Sergei Dreznin, a graduate of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow (as a composer) and the Russian Academy of Music (as a pianist); well-known for his unusual interpretations and new versions of classical piano works and his own highly original approach to music theater. Cosponsored by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. Free, or call 212-817-8215 for $10 guaranteed reservation

Submitted on: APR 1, 2004

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