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

Ongoing, through February 28

Ralph Bunche: The Legend and the Legacy
A Black History Month Event

As part of the Ralph Bunche Centenary Commemoration, The Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at The Graduate Center presents an exhibit of texts, photographic images, and objects related to the life and accomplishments of Dr. Bunche. A leading scholar of race relations and a champion for civil rights all over the world, Dr. Bunche won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 for his successful role as UN Mediator in the negotiations that led to the armistice between Israel and four of its Arab neighbors. The exhibit illustrates the personal, professional, and global issues that shaped Bunche’s life and career. The exhibit will be displayed in the Exhibition Hallway off the first floor lobby.

Tuesday, February 3
“Moonlight Sonata”: The Romantic Beethoven (lecture) --- 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Beethoven’s tragic search for romantic love and his numerous female attachments will be discussed in relationship to his most romantic works including the popular Moonlight Sonata. Part of the Beethoven Lecture series with Caroline Stoessinger, lecturer and pianist. $12; Free to students. An advance donation of $10 will guarantee a seat.

Wednesday, February 4
Conversations in the Humanities: (See also, February 17 & 23)
Wayne Koestenbaum and James McCourt --- 7-8:30 p.m.

The first in a new series of “conversations” presented by the Center for the Humanities, Professor of English Wayne Koestenbaum speaks with James McCourt, author of Queer Street: The Rise and Fall of American Culture 1947-1985, which chronicles the explosive story of gay culture in the latter-half of the twentieth century. Professor Koestenbaum’s nine books include National Book Critics Circle Award winner, The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire

Thursday, February 5
Great Music for a Great City
Immortal Beethoven: The Pianist (performance) --- 7:30 p.m.

Pianist Ivan Moravec will perform Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata; 32 Variations in C Minor; Schumann’s Kinderscenen. A donation of $10 will guarantee a seat

Ralph Bunche’s 1936 A World View of Race: Its Contemporary Salience (lecture)-- 4:00 p.m.
A Black History Month Event

As part of the Delmos Jones Visiting Scholars and Lecture Series, Paula McClain, Professor of Political Science and Law at Duke University, will focus her lecture on Bunche’s groundbreaking 1936 study of colonialism. Professor McClain has focused her research interests on urban and racial politics, particularly inter-minority political and social competition, public policy, and urban crime.

Saturday, February 7
Great Music for a Great City
Shanghai String Quartet: Beethoven Cycle Program Four (performance) --- 7:30 p.m.

Hailed by The Strad as “a foursome of uncommon refinement and musical distinction,” the Shanghai Quartet is performing the complete Beethoven Cycle in six programs. Program four will include: Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 74, Harp; Quartet in A major, op. 18, no. 5; Quartet in E minor, op. 59, no. 2, Razumovsky. An advance donation of $10 will guarantee a seat

Wednesday, February 11
Penguin Group USA Author Series: Mary Occhino
Within These Four Walls: Diary of a Psychic (book reading) --- 7-9:00 p.m

Part autobiography, part collection of interesting anecdotes, and part guide to accessing one’s own intuitive abilities, Beyond These Four Walls is a window into the life of Brooklyn-born psychic Mary Occhino. Honest and uncompromising, this book reveals the joys, sorrows, and sometimes overwhelming responsibility of being able to reconnect people with lost friends, family, and loved ones.

Tuesday, February 17
Conversations in the Humanities: (See also, February 4 & 23)
Martin Duberman and Vivian Gornick --- 7:00 p.m.

The second “conversation” in this series presented by the Center for the Humanities, Distinguished Professor of History Martin Duberman speaks with the writer Vivian Gornick, author of eight books, including her acclaimed memoir, Fierce Attachments. Professor Duberman is the author of over seventeen books, including the exceptional biography of Paul Robeson and, more recently, Haymarket, a fictional tale of an interracial couple.

Wednesday, February 18
The Arts and Social Possibility: Illusion or Real
A Forum 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, “Does the illusioned reality of fiction and poetry enhance, clarify, or demean lived reality?” Looking at a novel and poems that illustrate social vision, this forum will consider the value of literature in helping us make sense of the world and of events around us. Cosponsored by the Maxine Greene foundation. $10, free to students.

Monday. February 23
Conversations in the Humanities: (See also, February 4 & 17)
David Nasaw and David Denby --- 7:00 p.m.

Distinguished Professor of History and Director of the Center for Humanities, David Nasaw speaks with author and New Yorker film critic, David Denby. Denby’s latest book, American Sucker, is a memoir of the dot com boom and bust. Professor Nasaw is the author of numerous books, including his most recent, award-winning The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst. Series presented by the Center for the Humanities.

Dislocation and Reinvention: A Staged Reading Series
First Language by Novid Parsi, directed by Victor Maog (reading and discussion)-- 7:00 p.m.

This new series will feature staged readings exploring immigration and the experience of transition in our society. Each reading will be followed by a discussion with the playwright and director. First Language, set in a small town in Iran, follows a young woman who must decide between her lover and a new life in the new world. The play tracks the costs of transition, or translation, between languages, cultures, and generations. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

Wednesday, February 25
History and Post-History of Protocol:
The Joel Brand-Moshe Shertok Meeting in Syria, June 11, 1944 (discussion)-- 6:15-8:00 p.m.

Dina Porat, Professor and Chair of the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University and author of numerous works, will offer a close look into the background of this historical meeting and will provide an analysis of the minutes relating to the SS-supported mission undertaken by Brand, a leading member of the Budapest-based Relief and Rescue Committee, for the rescue of Hungarian Jewry. Presented by the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies.

Thursday, February 26
Judith Butler
The Desire to Live: Jewish Ethics under Pressure (lecture) --- 6-8:00 p.m.

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Butler has written several books, most recently Antigone’s Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death, and numerous articles and contributions in philosophy, feminist theory, and queer theory.

Submitted on: JAN 1, 2004

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