Press Release: November Public Programs

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

Through Saturday, December 9

The Painted Sculpture of Betty Parsons
(art exhibition) Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6 PM, Art Gallery

This exhibition is the first to focus on the vibrant painted constructions, reminiscent of folk and outsider art, that Parsons created from wood washed ashore.  It features 35 of these remarkable works that the legendary art dealer, who was also an accomplished painter and sculptor, made from 1966 until her death.  The Painted Sculpture of Betty Parsons was organized by the Naples Museum of Art (Naples, Florida), which lent the artworks, and curated by Judith Goldman.  The exhibition has been made possible by a generous grant from The Betty Parsons Foundation.  Informal talks on the exhibition will be presented by Art Gallery Curator Dr. Diane Kelder on Wednesdays at 1 pm.  Free, for information call 212-817-7394. 

Through Wednesday, November 22

Jules Feiffer's Drawings for The Long Chalkboard and Other Stories
(art exhibition) Monday-Saturday, 12-6 PM, Exhibition Hallway

This fall, The Graduate Center presents the first public showing of Jules Feiffer’s original charcoal, pencil, and wash drawings for The Long Chalkboard and Other Stories, a book of three stories for adults by Feiffer’s wife, Jenny Allen (forthcoming from Pantheon Books).  Presented under the auspices of the Art Gallery of the Graduate Center; free, for information, call 212-817-7394.

Wednesday, November 1

Taner Akçam:
Turkey and the Armenian Genocide
(discussion) 6:30 PM

As Turkey lobbies to enter the European Union, Taner Akcam, controversial author of A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility, discusses Turkey’s evasion of responsibility for the Armenian genocide of 1915 and the international community’s inadequate attempts to bring the perpetrators to justice. Taner Akcam, who is Turkish, is one of the few historians to have mined significant evidence on the genocide in Turkish military and court records, parliamentary minutes, letters, and eyewitness accounts. Presented by the Center for the Humanities.  Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Beginning Thursday, November 2

Music in Midtown
(concerts) 1:00 PM

The Graduate Center’s Ph.D./D.M.A. Program in Music presents Midday Music in Midtown, a classical concert series featuring top professional musicians.   Concerts take place in the Elebash Recital Hall, on the first floor.  Free, for information call 212-817-8607.  Following is the November schedule:   

11/2 -- Robert White, tenor; Norman Carey, piano
11/30 -- The Prometheus Piano Quartet

Monday, November 6

An Evening with Jerry Zaks
(discussion) 6:30 PM

Legendary director Jerry Zaks talks about his work with renowned theater scholar Ed Wilson. Zaks has directed the New York productions of The Caine Mutiny Court Marshall, La Cage Aux Folles, Little Shop of Horrors, Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me a Tenor, The House of Blue Leaves, and many others. He has received four Tony awards, four Drama Desk Awards, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, and an Obie Award. This fall he will direct Losing Louis at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway for the Manhattan Theatre Club. Wilson, professor emeritus at The Graduate Center, was the theatre critic of the Wall Street Journal for 22 years and founding executive director of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. Free, for information call 212-817-1861.

Wednesday, November 8

Intimacy and Aesthetics: Video Artists in Conversation
(dicussion) 6:30 PM

This evening, in a series of conversations offering an inside look at the creative processes of New York City artists, features Constance DeJong and Tony Oursler.  DeJong is an award-winning author who has made performance a natural extension of her writing. She has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe presenting oral adaptations of her published texts. Tony Oursler is an internationally renowned video artist. His work has appeared at the Pompidou Centre, the Whitney Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A., and many other galleries throughout the world. Presented by the Center for the Humanities.  Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Thursday, November 9

Documenting Catharsis: A Film Series on War and Reckoning
The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (Kazuo Hara, 1986)
(film screening & discussion) 6:30 PM

Kazuo Hara, filmmaker provocateur, takes a ride in 1987 with an obsessive 65-year-old political activist, Kenzo Okuzaki, recording, and perhaps encouraging his crusade to get the Army to confess to crimes of more than forty years ago. Okusaki travels throughout Japan visiting the families of former war comrades. He also knocks at the doors of retired sergeants and commandants to force them to confess to why two of his friends were executed 23 days after the end of the war. Presented by the Center for the Humanities.  Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Friday, November 10

A Scientist Goes to the Movies
(film screening & discussion) 6:30 PM

At this event, part of the Science & the Arts series, Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, will screen scenes from the pivotal 1997 film Contact. He'll distinguish science fact from science fiction, joined by Ann Druyan, who produced the film from the novel by her husband, Carl Sagan.  Free, for information call 212-817-7522.

Verse and Universe
(poetry readings & discussions) 7:00 PM; continues November 11, 10 AM-8 PM

At this event in the Science & the Arts series, poets read and discuss their work inspired by the sciences.  On Friday evening, Jennifer Michael Hecht reads from her work.  “Verse and Universe” continues all day on Saturday, with readings and discussions featuring poets Alison Hawthorne Deming, Forrest Gander, Jennifer Michael Hecht, and Roald Hoffman (also a Nobel-winning chemist). Free, form information call 212-817-7522.

Monday, November 13

Lions & Scotsmen: David Nasaw Discusses Andrew Carnegie
(book talk) 6:30 PM

David Nasaw, executive director of the Center for the Humanities and distinguished professor history at The Graduate Center, talks about the writing of his latest biography, Andrew Carnegie. Nasaw is author of the Bancroft Prize-winning The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst, among many other books.  Presented by the Center for the Humanities.  Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Tuesday, November 14

Life on the
Lower East Side: The Photographs of Rebecca Lepkoff, 1937-1950
(discussion) 6:30 pm

Authors Suzanne Wasserman and Peter Dans talk about their new book, Life on the Lower East Side: The Photographs of Rebecca Lepkoff, 1937-1950 (Princeton Architectural Press).  In 1945, Lepkoff joined the Photo League, created in 1936 in New York City. The League believed that photographers should record the communities in which they lived. Open to amateurs and professionals alike, league members included Helen Levitt, Rudy Burckhardt, Walter Rosenblum, Morris Engel, Arthur Leipzig, and Aaron Siskind. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the League. Presented by the Gotham Center for NYC History.  Free, for information, call 212-817-8460.

Pioneering Lesbian Literature
(discussion) 6:30 PM

Marijane Meaker’s 1952 novel, Spring Fire, published under the pseudonym Vin Packer, was one of the first pulp fiction novels to deal with a lesbian theme. Her groundbreaking 1955 account of lesbian life in New York City, We Walk Alone, and its sequel, We Too Must Love, is being re-published this fall by the Feminist Press. At this event, Meaker speaks with Leslie Feinberg, transgender activist and author of Stone Butch Blues and Drag King Dreams. Marcia Gallo, Professor of History, Lehman College, and author of Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement, will moderate the discussion. Presented by the Center for the Humanities.  Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Wednesday, November 15

Celebrating 30 Years of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art
(reading & discussion) 6:30 PM

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center celebrates three decades of publishing by PAJ, looking back and looking forward, with readings and discussions featuring editor Bonnie Marranca and special guests. For three decades, PAJ, originally named Performing Arts Journal, has been an influential voice in the international theatre community, admired for its thoughtful essays and interviews on contemporary culture and the arts. Bonnie Marranca, a former Graduate Center student in theatre, is co-founder of PAJ Publications/PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, which she has continued to edit since 1976.  Free, for information call 212-817-1861.

Friday, November 17

EXPO 2006: Bending Technologies In and Out of Academia
(conference) 5:30-9 PM

This participatory event will showcase artists, students, and scholars who are mixing media technologies in unusual ways and breaking ground in communications, creativity, and academia. Participants will include pioneering interactive media artist Morton Subotnick, CUNY faculty working in the field of experimental media, The Graduate Center's Intermedia Arts Group, researchers from the New Media Lab, and special guests “This Spartan Life,” a talk show residing in the online Halo® multiplayer universe. Sponsored by the New Media Lab and Intermedia Arts Group.  Free, for information call 212-817-1967.

Adrienne Rich: The David R. Kessler Lecture in Lesbian and Gay Studies
(lecture) 7:00 pm

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies honors poet Adrienne Rich for lifetime achievement, as she gives the 15th Annual Kessler Lecture. Rich is the author of more than fifteen volumes of poetry, including Dark Fields of the Republic: Poems 1991-1995, Midnight Salvage, and Fox; as well as four books of non-fiction prose, including Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution and What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics. Her most recent book of essays is entitled Arts of the Possible: Essays & Conversation. Rich will be introduced by CLAGS founder Martin Duberman, and she will read selections from her work. RSVP to or 212-817-1955
Monday, November 20

The Decline and Fall of Truth: Frank Rich and Alan Brinkley in Conversation
(discussion) 6:30 PM

Frank Rich, columnist for the New York Times, discusses his latest book, The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina with Alan Brinkley, provost and professor of history at Columbia University, whose books include The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People from 1865 and, most recently, Liberalism and Its Discontents. Presented by the Center for the Humanities.  Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Playing with Canons: An Anthology from the New York Theatre Experience, Inc.
(play readings & discussion) 6:30 PM

Playing with Canons is an anthology of 18 plays by emerging American playwrights, all based on or inspired by classic works of literature and drama. The collection is published by The New York Theatre Experience, Inc.; Martin Denton, editor. The works that have inspired plays in this collection range from those of Shakespeare to Old Testament Bible stories to the classic Greek myths to modern literary standards by authors such as Melville, Dostoyevsky, and Jane Austen. Readings from anthologized plays by Anthony P. Pennino, Tom Ridgely and Arian Moayed, and Kirk Wood Bromley will be followed by a Q & A with Martin Denton.  Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  Free, for information, call 212-817-1861.

Tuesday, November 21
An Evening with Catalan Playwright Guilem Clua
(play reading & discussion) 6:30 PM

This event features a reading of Skin in Flames by Guillem Clua, one the most successful young Catalan playwrights from Spain. Directed by Mallory Catlett, the reading will be followed by a discussion with Professor Marion Peter Holt. Guillem Clua was awarded the prestigious Barcelona Critics Award for best script of the year in 2005. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  Free, for information call 212-817-1861.

Monday, November 27

Ibsen Plays on Screen: Film Series and Panel Discussion
5:30 PM discussion; 6:30 PM film screening

As part of a series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the playwright’s death, the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents a panel discussion, “The Disquieting Traces of Ibsen in Film and Theatre,” with Marvin Carlson, Anne-Katrin Titze, and other Ibsen scholars. Following the discussion, there will be a rare screening of the 1963 film version of Hedda Gabler (in English), directed by Alex Segal and starring Ingrid Bergman. Free, for information call 212-817-1861.

Tuesday, November 28

An Evening with Danish Playwright Christian Lollike
(play reading & discussion) 6:30 PM

Christian Lollike, one of a new generation of playwrights from Denmark, comes to The Graduate Center for a reading of his controversial play The Work of Wonders, about the outrageous statement made by German composer Karl-Heinz Stockhausen that the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center was the ultimate work of art.  The reading of this play about terror, faith, and youth will be directed by Jens Svane Boutrup (also the translator) and introduced by Ken Nielson, a CUNY Ph.D. student in theatre. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  Free, for information call 212-817-1861.

Wednesday, November 29

Inter-Religious Complexities of the Post-Holocaust Era
(lecture) 6:15 PM

This lecture focuses on the complex problems that characterized Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim relations after the end of the World War II, and on the efforts of many clergymen, theologians, politicians, and diplomats to bring about a better understanding and inter-religious cooperation between the various religious denominations. Dr. Georgette Bennett is founder and president of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. A former correspondent for NBC News and host of Walter Cronkite's PBS series "Why in the World?,” Dr. Bennett is the author of four books and many scholarly articles. Presented by the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies.  Free, for information and reservations call 212-817-8215.

Thursday, November 30

Uncovering a Hidden History: The Spanish
-Speaking Literary Tradition in Nueva York
(reading & discussion) 6:30 PM

Some of today’s leading Spanish-speaking novelists and poets who are now living in New York will pay homage to their forerunners—Julia de Burgos, Octavio Paz, Carlos Pellicer, and others—by recalling their experiences here and reading brief excerpts from their works. They will also read passages from their own contemporary takes on the city. Participants include: Carmen Boullosa (Mexican novelist, poet, and playwright, City College); Eduardo Lago (Spanish novelist and winner of the Nadal Prize for Llámame Brooklyn [Call Me Brooklyn]); Eduardo Mitre (Bolivian poet, St John's University); and Jose Manuel Prieto (Cuban novelist), and Sylvia Molloy (Argentinian novelist, leading literary critic, NYU). The panel will be moderated by Naief Yehya, Mexican novelist, journalist and essayist. This evening will be in Spanish and in English. Free, reservations required at 212-817-8215.

Submitted on: NOV 1, 2006

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