Press Release: May Public Programs

The City University of New York Graduate Center announces the following public programs to be held during the month of May at the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street.

Tuesday, May 1

Theatre and the Spanish Civil War: The Siege of Madrid

(reading & panel discussion) 6:30 pm

Miguel de Cervantes' Numantia was staged on December 28, 1937, for the people of Madrid—and for the soldiers defending the city under siege by Francoist troops. The text, a version by Rafael Alberti, poet, playwright, and Anti-Fascist activist, highlighted parallels to the siege of the ancient city of Numantia by the Romans in 134 BC. This evening features readings from excerpts of Numantia (Cervantes and Alberti), Alberti's Noche de guerra en el Museo del Prado (A Night of War in the Prado Museum), and selections of Romances de la Guerra de Espa?a (Romances of the War in Spain). A panel discussion with Professors Daniel Gerould and Jean Graham-Jones will follow. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in cooperation with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives and coinciding with the exhibition “Facing Fascism: New York and the Spanish Civil War” at the Museum of the City of New York. Free, for information call 212-817-1861.

Wednesday, May 2

Geometry and Art: From Escher to Animation
(popular science demonstration) 6:30 pm

Geometry can be considered a mathematical language of nature and art, inspiring sculptors, painters, and computer animators. Learn about mathematician Donald Coxeter and the work of contemporary artists who utilize geometry. With Siobhan Roberts, author of King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, The Man Who Saved Geometry and Emmy Award-winning animator Mark Neumann. Presented by Science & the Arts; free, for information call 212-817-8215.

Thursday, May 3

Music in Midtown: Recital by the Corigliano String Quartet
With Composer John Corigliano

(concert) 1:00 pm

This recital by the celebrated and Corigliano String Quartet will be introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and Graduate Center professor John Corigliano. Melia Watras, viola; Amy Sue Barston, cello; Lina Bahn, violin; and Michael Jinsoo Lim, violin, will perform Snapshot by Corigliano; Amazing Grace (String Quartet No. 4) by Ben Johnston; Black Bend by Dan Visconti; and Corrie Q's Jigs and Reels (String Quartet No. 3) by Adam B. Silverman. (“Excellent, smooth sense of ensemble, but with each part vigorously alive.”—New York Times) Presented by the Ph.D./D.M.A. Program in Music; free, for information call 212-817-8607.

Master Class 2:00 pm

Following the 1:00 pm concert, the Corigliano String Quartet will hold a master class with select graduate students, which is open to the public for observation. Presented by the Ph.D./D.M.A. Program in Music; free, for information call 212-817-8607.

Chris Kraus: Gravity + Grace, Writing + Film
(film screenings & discussion) 6:30 pm

Narrating clips from her rarely-seen underground films of the 80s, writer and filmmaker Chris Kraus describes the juncture in her theoretical fictions between performance, high theory, reportage and low comedy. Kraus is the celebrated author of I Love Dick, Aliens & Anorexia, Video Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness and most recently, Torpor. Her films include Gravity & Grace, How To Shoot A Crime, and The Golden Bowl or Repression. She is a co-editor of Semiotexte and is currently a visiting professor in the Literature Department at UC San Diego. Presented by the Center for the Humanities, co-sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in English. Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Catalan Piano Trios

(concert) 7:00 pm

The Damocles Trio (Adam Kent, piano; Airi Yoshioka, violin; Sibylle Johner, cello) performs the Piano Trio by Salvador Brotons and the Piano Trio by Román Alís, recipient of the Foundation for Iberian Music 2007 Composers’ Commission. A panel discussion led by Antoni Pizà, director of the Foundation for Iberian Music, and members of the Damocles Trio will follow the performance. Free, for information call 212-817-1819.

Monday, May 7

An Evening with Italian Playwright Roberto Cavosi
(play readings & discussion) 6:30 pm

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents English-language premier readings from a range of Italian playwright Roberto Cavosi’s work, including Bellissima Maria (Beautiful Maria), winner of the 2001 Riccione Teatro Prize. There will also be a short visual presentation and a panel discussion with the playwright, hosted by Jane House, actress, director, translator, and founder of Jane House Productions, which makes available to American audiences the rich array of Italian drama, through premier dramatic readings. Free, for information call 212-817-1861.

Tuesday, May 8

The Interpretation of Habeas Corpus
(discussion) 6:30 pm

Taking the fall 2006 Military Commission Act as a starting point, this interdisciplinary panel will examine the historical precedents for limiting habeas protections as well as the recent legislation’s potential impact on US citizens’ constitutional protections. Participants will include, among others, David Cole, Georgetown University, legal affairs correspondent for The Nation; Aziz Huq, director, Liberty and National Security Project, The Brennan Center for Justice; and Corey Robin, professor of political science, the Graduate Center. Presented by the Center for the Humanities; free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Wednesday, May 9

An Evening with Catalan Playwright Sergi Belbel
(play reading & discussion) 6:30 pm

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents a reading of Mobile by playwright-director Sergi Belbel, translated by Marion Peter Holt and directed by Mallory Catlett. A discussion of the play with the author and translator will follow. Belbel is the most widely performed of contemporary Catalan dramatists and has become one of the most acclaimed directors in Spain, with stagings of plays by Koltès, Guimerà, Shakespeare, Benet i Jornet, Mamet, and Marivaux, as well as a production of Rossini's Il viaggio a Rheims for the Teatre del Liceu. Among his most successful plays are Tàlem (Fourplay) (1990), Carícies (Caresses) (1991), Després de la pluja (After the Rain) (1993), La sang (Blood) (1999), and Forasters (Strangers) (2004). Mobile is subtitled “A Digital Phone Play,” and most of its dialogue consists of monologues spoken into cell phones. Free, for information call 212-817-1861.

Monday, May 14

Does New York’s Past Have a Future? A Report on the Preservation Movement’s History and Some Prescriptions for its Next Century
(discussion) 6:30-8:30 pm

It's been over four decades since Penn Station was trashed and turned into Jersey landfill and the Landmarks Preservation Commission was created in its wake. We're now in the midst of an enormous development juggernaut, and some think that historic preservation might wind up as road kill. Join some of the movement's leading activists and analysts including Anthony C. Wood, New York Preservation Archive Project, for a discussion about the past, present and future of preservation in New York City. Presented by the Gotham Center for NYC History. Free, for information call 212-817-8424.

Tuesday, May 15

The New Criterion at 25: Counterpoints on the Arts & Culture

(discussion) 6:30 pm

The Center for the Humanities presents a celebration of the first 25 years of The New Criterion. The evening will feature several prominent New Criterion contributors including Judge Robert H. Bork, author of Slouching Towards Gomorrah; Anthony Daniels, author of Romancing Opiates); Roger Kimball, co-editor and publisher of The New Criterion and author of Rape of the Masters; Eric Ormsby, author of Facsimiles of Time; Mark Steyn, author, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It; and others. Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

City of the World:
The Bassam Saba Ensemble

(concert) 7:30 pm

The final concert in the series City of the World looks to the future of music in our city, with the original compositions of world renowned instrumentalist, conductor, and composer Bassam Saba. Equally at home with Arabic and Western music, he is considered one of the outstanding ney players in the world, as well as being in demand as a Western classical flutist. A passionate, worldly, and multi-faceted musician, Mr. Saba composes what could be considered life stories. Presented by the Ph.D./D.M.A. Program in Music; free, for information call

Wednesday, May 16

American Jewish Political Activism after the Holocaust
(lecture) 6:15 pm

This lecture by Dr. Abraham Edelheit will focus on the limits and weaknesses in the political activism of the American Jewish Congress and the American Federation of Polish Jews—two organizations in which Joseph L. Tenenbaum had played a crucial role. It will also provide a comparative framework for understanding the increased political role the Landsmanschaften had assumed during and after the Nazi era. Edelheit is associate professor of history and political science at Kingsborough Community College/CUNY. He is the author and/or editor of 11 books, including History of the Holocaust: A Handbook and Dictionary. Presented by the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies; free, for information call 212-817-8215.

Thursday, May 17

Music in Midtown:
Argentinian Piano Music with Hugo Goldenzweig

(concert) 1:00 PM

A program of Argentinean piano music, performed by Graduate Center faculty member Hugo Goldenzweig, will include: Tangos (1942) by Juan José Castro, Adiós Nonino (Tango Rhapsody-1962) by Astor Piazzolla; Sonatina (1950) by Carlos Guastavino, and Sonata No. 1, op. 22 (1952) by Alberto Ginastera. “Hugo Goldenzweig is a pianist possessing a great temperament, balanced with an impeccable technique." —La Prensa (Buenos Aires). Presented by the Ph.D./D.M.A. Program in Music; free, for information call 212-817-8607.

Confronting History – America Before World War II

(discussion) 6:30 pm

This evening of short plays and excerpts about American social crisis and change from the Civil War, Progressive Era, and World War I, includes a panel discussion with Tanya Barfield, Said Sayrafiezadeh, Emily DeVoti and Emily Morse. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information call 212-817-1861.

Tuesday, May 22

String Theory for Dummies
(popular science presentation) 6:30 pm

An entertaining and informative discussion explaining string theory for a general audience. Many scientists feel string theory explains and unifies all of physics. Others feel it is a mathematical exercise that cannot be proven by experiment. All sides of this controversy will be revealed. Presented by Science & the Arts; free, for information call 212-817-8215.

Submitted on: MAY 1, 2007

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