Press Release: March Public Programs

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

Thursday, March 1—Saturday, April 21

Beverly Pepper: Drawings, Models, and Sculptures for Six Site-Specific Works
(art exhibition) Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00–6:00 PM

Over the past four decades, Beverly Pepper has harnessed the materials and techniques of sculpture to innovative ends and sought to restore its communicative and symbolic functions. This exhibition in the Art Gallery of the Graduate Center documents the evolution of six of the artist’s internationally-acclaimed, site-specific works.  Free, for information call 212-817-7394.

Thursday, March 1

Performing Urban Struggle
An Evening with Anu Yadav
(performance and discussion) 6:30 PM

Anu Yadav performs excerpts from her critically acclaimed one-woman show, based on the stories of families who protested the government-funded relocation and demolition of their public housing project in Washington, D.C. A discussion will follow with Yadav and a panel of sociologists, psychologists, and activists working on advocacy and urban policy issues.  Panelists include Ira Shor, The Graduate Center; Willie Baptist, Union Theological Seminary; and Stephen Pimpare, Yeshiva College and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. The event is co-presented by the Center for the Humanities and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Monday, March 5

Pierre Birnbaum: Is There a New European Anti-Semitism?
(lecture) 6:00 PM

Pierre Birnbaum is one of France's most eminent political sociologists and a widely recognized authority on the political history of Jews in France. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, NYU, The New School, Indiana University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and at Oxford, Edinburgh, Florence, Rome, Geneva, and Bogota Universities. Currently Professor of History at the Sorbonne and Columbia University, he is the author or co-author of seventeen books, including Anti-Semitism in France and Paths of Emancipation. Presented by the Center for the Humanities; free, for information call 212-817-2005.

After ‘68: French Film, History, and Politics in the 1970's
(discussion) 6:30 PM

Jean-Michel Frodon, renowned film critic and editor-in-chief of Cahiers du Cinéma and Lynn Higgins, professor of French at Dartmouth College and the author of New Novel, New Wave, New Politics: Fiction and The Representation of History in Postwar France, discuss the aftermath of the student uprising in 1968 and the culture of the 1970s. The discussion will be moderated by Sam DiIorio and Ivone Margulies, Hunter College. The evening kicks off a month-long film series at the Alliance Française on the French Seventies. Presented by the Center for the Humanities; free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Tuesday, March 6

The Role of Religion
(discussion) 6:30 PM

From Iraq to Iowa, the rise in the significance of religion as a cultural and political phenomenon has had implications for both politics and policy, often creating unstable tensions between the secular and the religious. At this interdisciplinary discussion, participants will include Talal Asad, distinguished professor of anthropology at the Graduate Center, and author of Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity; Jane Kramer, contributor,  The New Yorker and author of Lone Patriot: The Short Career of an American Militiaman; Eyal Press, contributor to The Nation and the author of Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City, and the Conflict That Divided America. Vincent Crapanzano, distinguished professor of anthropology, will moderate. Presented by the Center for the Humanities; free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Thursday, March 8

Music in Midtown
(concert) 1:00 PM

As part of the series of free lunchtime concerts, Music in Midtown, this program by New York Philharmonic oboist Sherry Sylar and Harriet Wingreen, pianist, with Lisa Kozenko, oboe, features works by Handel, Dring, Poulenc, and Piazzolla. A frequent featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Sylar joined the orchestra in 1984 as associate principal oboe and currently serves as acting principal oboe.  In 1989, she was one of eight Philharmonic musicians chosen to represent the U.S. in the Berlin Celebration Concerts, performing with an international orchestra led by Leonard Bernstein.  She has also served as guest principal oboist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Sylar is currently on the faculties of the Graduate Center and Mannes Colleges of Music. Music in Midtown is presented by the Ph.D./D.M.A. Program in Music. Free, for more information, call 212-817-8607.

From Racial Other to White Mother: Embodying America, Shifting and Conflicting Meanings
(lecture) 6:30 PM

Caroll Smith-Rosenberg is the Mary Frances Berry Collegiate Professor of History, American Cultural, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, and she is a visiting professor of history at the Graduate Center.  Her talk will trace graphic imaginings of America, from the earliest European engravings to the present, and the centrality of gender and race, misogyny and racism, to these images.  The event is co-sponsored by the office of the President, the Ph.D. Program in History, and the Women’s Studies Certificate program. Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Friday, March 9

Films by Sergio M. Castilla with Q&A
(film screening & discussion) 5:30 PM

Noted Chilean filmmaker Sergio Castilla presents scenes from his films, which include Gringuito, Te Amo (Made in Chile), and La Niña en la Sandía.  The director, actor, writer, and producer discusses his work with Jerry Carlson, City College and the Graduate Center.  Presented by the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies. Free, for information call 212-817-2096.

Emergence and Transformation of the Iconic Middle Eastern Dance
(performance & presentation) 6:30 PM

This presentation and performance by Laura Ligouri, dancer and CUNY BA student, and her friends, is presented by the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center. $10, for information call 212-817-7570.

Monday, March 12

Publishing for the Theatre: 30 Years of PAJ
(discussion) 6:30 PM

This program, celebrating 30 years of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, with editor Bonnie Marranca, is presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. Free, for information call 212-817-1861.

Tuesday, March 13

Is Gotham Going Suburban?
(book talk) 6:30 PM

The forces of suburbanization are sprawling and “malling” their way into New York City. Will they tame the raucous metropolis? Or make it just another outlet for Disneyfied culture, big box commerce, and franchise food? This panel discussion and book talk features seven contributors to The Suburbanization of New York: Is the World's Greatest City Becoming Just Another Town? Presenters include some of the city's most insightful and witty analysts and activists:  Marshall Berman, Eric Darton, Francis Morrone, Matthew Schuerman, Neil Smith, Michael Sorkin, and Suzanne Wasserman. Presented by the Gotham Center for New York City History; free, for information contact 212-817-8460.

Wednesday, March 14

Prologue to Violence
A Talk with CUNY BA Alumna and Author Abby Stein
(book talk) 6:00 PM

The CUNY Baccalaureate Program hosts this talk with Dr. Abby Stein on her new book, Prologue to Violence: Child Abuse, Dissociation and Crime. Stein is the author of numerous articles on criminal psychopathology, child abuse and neglect, and states of consciousness during act of violence, and is an adjunct associate professor in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Graduate Center and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology.  Free, for information call 212-817-8223.

Thursday, March 15

Sisters on the Frontline: Organizing Women and Building Power
(conference) 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM; continutes Friday, March 16, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This two-day women’s rights summit, bringing together national and international participants, presented by the Women’s Studies Certificate Program, is co-sponsored by Cornell University’s Institute for Women and Work, Harvard’s Trade Union Studies Program, and the National Council for Research on Women.  For information, contact 212-817-8905.

Friday, March 16

Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker
(documentary film) 7:00 PM

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies presents this screening in its series with Frameline Films. Academy Award winning director Richard Schmiechen vividly portrays the life and work of the woman described by the Los Angeles Times as "The Rosa Parks of Gay Rights" in Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker (1991).  Free, for information call 212-817-7115.

Monday, March 19

An Evening with Japanese Playwright Takeshi Kawamura and Richard Forman
(play readings & discussion) 6:30 PM

Japanese avant-garde theatre auteur and highly-acclaimed director/playwright Takeshi Kawamura gives insight into his work and creative process, particularly his plays Aoi/Komachi, two striking re-interpretations of classic Noh plays. The event, moderated by Carol Martin, features readings directed by Aya Ogawa and Kenn Watt, and discussion with famed experimental theater artist Richard Foreman. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. Free, pre-registration suggested at 212-817-8215.

Hizbullah: History, Popularity, Society
(lecture) 6:30 PM

This talk by Lara Deeb, University of California at Irvine, author of Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi‘i Lebanon (Princeton University Press, 2006) is presented by the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center. Free, for information call 212-817-7570.

Wednesday, March 21

The Holocaust and the New Catholic Conscience
(lecture) 6:15 PM

Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming, senior program officer at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and author of The Holocaust and Catholic Conscience: Cardinal Aloisius Muench and the Guilt Question in Germany, speaks about the reluctance of Church authorities in the immediate postwar years to acknowledge the role Catholics played in fomenting anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, the dramatic reversal of this position beginning in 1965, and the increasing willingness of the Church to discuss what it did in the past. Presented by the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies. Free, for information call 212-817-8215.

Ben Franklin’s Glass Armonica
(performance & science demonstration) 6:30 PM

The glass armonica’s celestial sound is created by placing moistened fingers on the edges of revolving crystal bowls of different sizes. Here is a rare opportunity to learn the history of Benjamin Franklin’s invention and experience a performance by Cecilia Brauer, including Mozart’s composition for the instrument. Composer Peter Kirn will discuss the physics behind the sound and how he has re-imagined the instrument in digital sound with visual effects. Presented by Science & the Arts; free, pre-registration suggested at 212-817-8215.

Thursday, March 22

In the Pantry, or the Library. . .Upstairs in the Bedroom: Britain's Hidden Chamber Music
(lecture) 5:30 PM

The Center for the Humanities and the Ph.D. Program in Music co-present this talk by Christina Bashford, assistant professor of musicology at the University of Illinois. She is also the co-editor of Music and British Culture, 1785-1914: Essays in Honour of Cyril Ehrlich. Bashford’s articles and reviews have appeared in Music & Letters, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Journal of Victorian Culture, and Musical Quarterly, and she has contributed to several volumes of essays, including The Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet. Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Tuesday, March 27

Writing the Contemporary: Art History and Art Criticism
(discussion) 7:00 PM

Academics and art critics discuss the relationship between art history and art criticism, working inside and outside the academy, and the various problems of writing contemporary history. Moderated by Katy Siegel, Hunter College and contributing editor of Artforum; with Johanna Burton, contributor to Artforum, Grand Street, and author of Cindy Sherman; Branden Joseph, Columbia University; Scott Rothkopf, senior editor of Artforum; and Lawrence Weschler, former staff writer for The New Yorker and author of Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, among other books. The discussion is presented by the Center for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in Art History. Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Friday, March 30

Worlds Apart? Early Modern Europe and the Ottoman Empire, Part I
(conference) 2:00 PM; continues offsite on Saturday, March 31

This conference, coinciding with the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797,” features a keynote address by Deborah Howard of Cambridge University.  Jointly sponsored by the Renaissance Studies Certificate Program (The Graduate Center) and the Medieval and Renaissance Center (NYU), the conference continues on March 31 at NYU.  Part II of “Worlds Apart?” will take place at the Graduate Center on April 12. For more information, call 212-817-8586 or visit

Submitted on: MAR 1, 2007

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