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.

Friday, September 5

Michael Bérubé: Academic Freedom and its Discontents
(lecture) 12:00PM, The Skylight Room (9100)

Michael Bérubé explores conservative complaints about liberal “bias” at America’s universities and the fate of the liberal-arts education. Michael Bérubé is the Paterno Professor in English Literature and Science, Technology, and Society at Pennsylvania State University; his most recent books are What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and "Bias" in Higher Education and Rhetorical Occasions: Essays on Humans and the Humanities. Presented by the Center for the; free, for information call 212-817-2005.


Monday, September 8

Rosenthal Institute Lecture Series
(discussion) 6:15 PM, Proshansky Auditorium

Arthur S. Berger and Michael Haley Goldman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., give a talk, "Unlocking the Past: Opening the International Tracing Service Archive.”  Presented by the Rosenthal Insitute for Holocaust Studies; free, for information call 212-817-1949.

Wednesday, September 10

Chamber Music Concert:
Centennary Celebration of Elliott Carter and Olivier Messiaen
(concert) 7:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

The Ph.D./D.M.A Program in Music presents a chamber music performance by faculty members, students, and guest artists.  The concert is a centenary celebration of two of the most renowned post-World War II composers: American composer Elliott Carter (b. 1908) and French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992).  Featured on the program will be two of the great works of the contemporary chamber music literature: Carter’s Sonata for Cello and Piano (1948) and Messiaen’s monumental Quartet for the End of Time (1941).  The performers include violinist Olivier Fluchaire, D.M.A. candidate at the Graduate Center; clarinetist Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera; cellist Edward Arron, artistic director of the Metropolitan Museum Artists and the Caramoor Virtuosi; and pianist Sylvia Kahan, professor of music at the Graduate Center.  Free, for information call 212-817-8607.    

Monday, September 15

Readings from Submerged: Tales from the Basin (Step Sister Press, 2008)
(reading & discussion) 6:00 PM

Several contributors will read from Submerged: Tales from the Basin (Step Sister Press, 2008), an anthology of literature, memoir, and art created by more than thirty women to benefit those who survived Hurricane Katrina.  The title refers to a fear many had as young children of having their heads submerged under water while their mothers washed their hair. The stories, essays, poems, and art of Submerged are an exploration of each contributor’s relationship with her hair, in most cases emotional, often humorous, and consistently generated from youth.  Presented by the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies; free, for information call 212-817-8222.

Wednesday, September 17

Machado 21: A Centennial Celebration
(symposium) 2 – 8 PM, Proshansky Auditorium

The Graduate Center will host this symposium as part of a citywide centennial on Brazilian writer Machado de Assis, whom Susan Sontag called the greatest Latin American author ever. The event commemorates Machado's contribution to world literature and his relevance today.  Distinguished CUNY Professor Lia Schwartz will make opening remarks, followed by readings of Machado de Assis’ texts.   Professor. Nelson Vieira (Brown University) will deliver the keynote address, followed by a panel, titled "The Languages of Machado de Assis.”  At 6:00 pm, the program will continue with soprano Stela Brandão and pianist Fabio Gardenal performing Brazilian art-song repertoire based on the poetry of Machado de Assis. At 6:30 pm, acclaimed Brazilian film maker Nelson Pereira dos Santos and Professor Emeritus Gregory Rabassa, translator of Assis' works, will discuss applying the masterly genius of Machado de Assis to different languages and media.  Machado Centennial events will also be held at the America’s Society, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Centro Cultural Brazil, and at Yale University. Free, for full schedule and a complete list of the participants, please visit

Belonging: New Poetry by Iranians around the World
(book talk) 6:30 PM

Book talk by Niloufar Talebi, editor of Belonging: New Poetry by Iranians around the World. This anthology offers a rich selection of recent poetry, varying dramatically in style, tone and theme. The collection is eclectic yet accessible.  Presented by the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center; free, for information call 212-817-7570.

Thursday, September 18

Music in Midtown:  Eroica Trio
(concert) 1:00–2:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

The Eroica Trio, one of the premier chamber music ensembles in the world, inaugurates the 2008-2009 season of Music in Midtown, the popular series of free lunchtime concerts.  The September 18 program features works by Gershwin, O’Connor, and Bernstein. Whether playing the great standards of the piano-trio repertoire or daring contemporary works, Eroica Trio thrills audiences with its flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm, and sensual elegance.  In 1991, these three young women won the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award, which led to a highly successful debut at Lincoln Center.  In 1997, the trio opened the "Distinctive Debuts" series at Carnegie Hall and was its official chamber music ensemble in concerts worldwide.  While maintaining a demanding international concert schedule, they have released seven critically lauded recordings for Angel/EMI Classics Records, which have garnered multiple Grammy nominations.  Presented by the Ph.D./D.M.A. Programs in Music; free, reservations required: online at or call 212-817-8215.

Friday, September 19

The Power of Progressive Politics: Europe
(discussion) 4:00 PM The Martin E. Segal Theatre

Walter Veltroni
, Italian journalist, politician, and leader of Italy’s Democratic Party, examines the state of progressive politics in Europe in a discussion with Jane Kramer, European correspondent for The New Yorker.  Presented by the Center for the Humanitie as part of the Great Issues Forum, Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Monday, September 22

An Eloquent Beginning, with John Matteson, Patricia Bosworth, David Levering Lewis, Blanche Wiesen Cook and others
(readings) 7:00 PM, Proshansky Auditorium

Brilliant first paragraphs are as rare in biography as they are in fiction. However, on occasion, a biographer’s masterstroke appears on the very first page. An Eloquent Beginning, the inaugural public program of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, celebrates strong beginnings and the genre of biography with a group of distinguished biographers coming together to read their favorite opening of a biography. Amongst the biographers reading will be John Matteson, author of Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and her Father, Patricia Bosworth biographer of Diane Arbus and Marlon Brando, David Levering Lewis author of two biographies of W.E.B. DuBois and Blanche Wiesen Cook, biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt. Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Tuesday, September 23

Religion and Power: The African American Church and American Politics
(panel discussion) 7:00 PM Elebash Recital Hall

What is the past and continuing influence of African-American churches on U.S. politics?  Biblical scholar Obery  Hendricks, historian Barbara Savage, and theologian Yolanda Pierce examine this question and discuss religion and power in America.  Obery Hendricks, author of The Politics of Jesus, is Professor of Biblical Interpretation at New York Theological Seminary.  Yolanda Pierce is Elmer G. Homrighausen Associate Professor of African American Religion and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary.  Barbara Savage is Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history at University of Pennsylvania. Presented by the Center for the Humanitie as part of the Great Issues Forum, Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Wednesday, September 24—Saturday, September 27

PRELUDE'08 Festival
(theatre festival)

The PRELUDE festival and symposium celebrates the very best of new and unconventional theatre and performance created by NYC-based theatre artists and companies. The sixth annual PRELUDE features performances, readings, studio presentations and open rehearsals with a focus on works-in-progress for the 2008-09 season and beyond.  This year’s participants include the Air Band, Banana Bag and Bodice, Big Art Group, Big Dance Theater, Builders Association, Sheila Callaghan, Raul Vincent Enriquez, FLUXCONCERT, Richard Foreman, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Moving Theater, The Paper Industry, Neal Medlyn, NTUSA, NYC Players, Okwui Okpokwasili, Joyce Cho, Andrew Schneider, Jenny Schwartz, Ruth Sergel & Peter Von Salis, Ivan Talijancic/Wax Factory, Temporary Distortion, Tal Yarden, and more. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information call 212-817-1863.  For complete lineup and schedule, visit

Submitted on: AUG 1, 2008

Category: Press Room