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.

Thursday, September 13

Music in Midtown:  A Program of Chamber Music
(concert) 1:00 PM

Music in Midtown, a series of free lunchtime concerts, continues this fall beginning with a program of chamber music on September 13.  Concerts in the series include classical and contemporary works presented in the Elebash Recital Hall, a warm, intimate space with state-of-the-art acoustics. Performances feature the doctoral program in music's renowned faculty, outstanding professional musicians selected from among the program's doctoral students, and special guest artists.  Presented by the Ph.D./D.M.A. Program in Music; for more information, please contact the Concert Office at 212-817-8607, or visit .

Monday, September 17

Taxi! A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver
(book talk) 6:30 PM

Graham Russell Gao Hodges, a former New York City cabdriver and currently Professor of History at Colgate University, will show film clips and speak about his recent book, Taxi! A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver, the first book-length history of New York City cabdrivers. One hundred years after the appearance of the first gas-powered, taxi-metered cabs, more than 12,000 licensed yellow cabs now operate in Manhattan alone. Hodges tells the cabbies’ tale through contemporary news accounts, Hollywood films, and the words of the cabdrivers themselves. Presented by the Gotham Center for New York City History; free, for information call 212-817-8474.
Wednesday, September 19

Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany
(discussion) 6:15 PM

Atina Grossmann, Prof. of History at the Cooper Union in New York City, lectures on the social and gender history of displaced persons, bringing together stories of Jews, Germans, and Allies that are generally addressed separately. She will also identify research areas that are neglected in both historiography and memory. Prof. Grossman’s publications include (with Bartov and Nolan) Crimes of War: Guilt and Denial in the Twentieth Century.  Presented by the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies; free, for information contact 212-817-1949.

Monday, September 24

Word and Deed: John Bowne and the Flushing Remonstrance
(panel discussion) 6:30 PM

In 1657, the citizens of Flushing, Queens, led by John Bowne, wrote to protest a decree prohibiting Quakers from worshipping in the Dutch colony of New Netherland. Director-General Peter Stuyvesant was unmoved by what became known as the Flushing Remonstrance. In 1662, Bowne's forceful argument for religious tolerance prompted the Dutch West India Company to overrule Stuyvesant and allow all colonists, regardless of faith, to worship freely. Legal scholars believe that the Flushing Remonstrance influenced the principles codified in 1791 in the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. This forum, examining the struggle of colonists to win religious tolerance,  includes panelists Donald R. Friary, Historic Deerfield, Inc; Evan Haefeli, Columbia University; Daniel J. Hulsebosch, New York University; and Carla Gardina Pestana, Miami University, Ohio. Presented by the Gotham Center for New York City History; free, for information call 212-817-8474.

Disaster Capitalism: Naomi Klein & Neil Smith in Conversation
(discussion) 4:00 PM

When moments of collective crisis are exploited in the free market who wins and who loses? Naomi Klein and Neil Smith discuss America's path of destruction and reconstruction. Naomi Klein is the award-winning author and a syndicated columnist for The Nation.  Her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, will be published this fall.  Neil Smith is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center, where he also directs the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. His books include American Empire and The Endgame of Globalization.  Presented by the Center for the Humanities; free, for information contact 212-817-2005.
Monday, September 24 – Saturday, October 27

Anna Vivante: Vanitas
(art exhibition) Monday – Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM

Forty-six of Anna Vivante’s black and white photographs, on view in the Exhibition Hallway, juxtapose images of human and animal skulls with living organisms and objects whose intriguing formal affinities invite prolonged contemplation. The Exhibition Hallway is located on the first floor of the Graduate Center, adjacent to the Martin E. Segal Theatre.  Presented by the Amie and Tony James Art Gallery; for information contact 212-817-7394.

Tuesday, September 25

Re-Lighting Coney Island
(discussion) 6:30 PM

Thirty-seven years have passed since Coney Island's world-renowned Parachute Jump ride closed down.  In 2006, the 260-foot structure was re-lighted by Leni Schwendinger and her firm, Light Projects.  Now, colored light transforms the filigreed steel Parachute Jump framework into a shimmering icon for Coney Island and all of Brooklyn.  At this event, designer Leni Schwendinger discusses "Re-Lighting Coney Island" with Martin Maher, Brooklyn Chief of Staff, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.  Presented by Science & the Arts; for information call 212-817-8215.
Wednesday, September 26 - Saturday, September 29

PRELUDE ’07: At the Forefront of Contemporary NYC Theatre
(theatre festival)

The fifth annual PRELUDE festival celebrates the very best of new and unconventional theatre being created by NYC-based theatre artists and companies, featuring performances, readings, studio presentations and open rehearsals with a focus on works in progress for the 2007-08 season and beyond.  Opens with a panel discussion on Thursday at 6:30 PM; performances, readings, and discussions take place on Thursday, 4-10 PM; Friday, 2-10 PM; and Saturday, 2-10 PM.  Participants include:  31 Down; Adam Bock; Aya Ogawa; Bob Glaudini; David Levine; John Moran; Kameron Steele/South Wing; Kristen Kosmas; Lightbox; Marcus Gardley; Mark Schultz; Neil Labute; Okwui Okpokwasili; Rachel Shukert; Ranbir Sidhu; Red Fly Blue Bottle; Tarell McCraney; Thaddeus Phillips; The Debate Society; the TEAM; SPOTLIGHT JAPAN with Dan Safer/Yanaihara Mikuni; Jay Scheib/Miyazawa Akio; Josh Fox/Matsuda Masataka; The Play Company/Okada Toshiki. The festival is curated by Andy Horwitz, Geoffrey Scott and Frank Hentschker, and presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; events are first-come, first-served; for more information and a schedule of events, contact 212-817-1861 or visit

Submitted on: AUG 1, 2007

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