The City University of New York Graduate Center announces the following public events to be held during the month of November. Programs are free unless otherwise indicated and will be held at the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. For further general public information, call the Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs at (212) 817-8215.


As part of CUNY Month 2003, The Graduate Center will be hosting informational sessions and special events including performances, workshops, and a live radio broadcast. (See November 3, 21, and 23 below for details.) On November, 7, 14, and 21, stop by The Graduate Center lobby to learn more about its thirty Ph.D. programs and the CUNY Baccalaureate Program.

Ongoing, through November 8

George Segal: Works on Paper, 1960 – 1999

An unusual opportunity to view works on paper by George Segal, best known for his sculptures, presented by the Art Gallery of The Graduate Center from September 18 through November 8. The exhibition features 55 works, primarily pastel and pen-and-ink drawings, and gelatin silver prints of photographs. The Gallery will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12 to 6 pm.

Monday, November 3

Israel Horovitz’s (staged reading) --- 7:00 p.m.

On the brink of a revolutionary discovery, a liberal biologist has to choose between altruism and financial success. Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Science and Technology Project join The Graduate Center in presenting a staged reading of Israel Horovitz’s, starring Bob Dishy, Novella Nelson, Douglas Simmons, and Mary McCormack, and directed by Michael Morris from Old Vic Theatre. An audience talk-back with the author, director, and cast will immediately follow the reading. A CUNY Month event.

Is Big Brother Here? Government Surveillance in Today’s World (discussion) --- 7:00-9:00 p.m.

New technological advances, compounded with the threat of terrorism, have made real the possibility of an all-knowing and all-intrusive government. Join us for a discussion on whether and to what extent our rights to privacy are being threatened by antiterrorism initiatives, such as the Total Information Awareness program. Suggested: $10; $5 students

Tuesday, November 4

Life and Debt (film and discussion) --- 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Part of the (Re)Capturing Ourselves: Labor Welfare and Colonization through the Eyes of Women Artists film series. Utilizing excerpts from the book A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid and focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans, this award-winning documentary strips away the complexity of international lending and free trade to reveal the day-to-day realities of globalization. A panel discussion will follow with director Stephanie Black and others. $6; Free to CUNY

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (film) --- 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Join award-winning filmmaker Ken Bowser for a screening of his critically-acclaimed Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, based on bestselling author Peter Biskind’s revealing look at movie-making’s uniquely inspired era of sex, drugs, and creative freedom. Bowser’s documentary, a selection of the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, explores the raucous, innovative, and sometimes sordid cultural revolution of the Hollywood of the 1960s and 70s. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Ken Bowser and guests. $15; Free to students

Wednesday, November 5

The Secret Lives of Alexandra David-Neel (book discussion and slide presentation) --- 7-9:00 p.m.

Alexandra David-Neel is best known for her daring journey to visit the forbidden capital of Lhasa, Tibet in 1924, disguised as a male beggar pilgrim. The Dalai Lama said of her that she knew the “real Tibet,” and Lawrence Durrell called her “the most astonishing Frenchwoman of our time.” Barbara and Michael Foster’s biography of this extraordinary woman, The Secret Lives of Alexandra David Neel, has been hailed by the New York Review of Books as being one of the best books of all time. Join the Fosters for a slide presentation-lecture on Alexandra David-Neel and the wonders of Tibet. $15; $10 Explorers Club members; $5 students

Women in Film: A Diverse Cast (film and discussion) --- 6:00-8:00 p.m.

African-American, Asian-American, and Latina women will screen new works and discuss the many opportunities for young women in the world of film. Join in the conversation, network with successful indie filmmakers, and find out how you can make your way in this competitive field. Participants include: Jessica Ann Peavy, director; Sidra Smith, casting director; Esperanza Martinez, director; and others. $15; Free to students

Sayyid Qutb and the Philosophical Roots of Islamic Fundamentalism (lecture) --- 7:00 p.m.

The Islamic fundamentalism that fuels Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups is a reaction to modernity that draws a great deal of inspiration from the Egyptian philosopher, Sayyid Qutb. This talk will consider his critique of the modern Western world, and how his views are being amplified or rejected by contemporary Islamic thinkers. Presented by Michael J. Thompson, founder and editor of Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture. Mr. Thompson will also consider how Qutb’s work bears an ironic similarity to the views of Leo Strauss, the philosopher whose work is now being seen to be at the heart of American neo-conservatism. $12; $7 students

Various dates, November 5 – 20, Insider’s Tours of the Museums of Lower Manhattan

The Graduate Center is proud to present its first ever behind-the-scenes guide to the museums of lower Manhattan. Participants will be given access to each museum through an exclusive, “behind-the-scenes” tour. Cosponsored by Museums Magazine. $10 per tour.

Wednesday, November 5

South Street Seaport Museum --- 11:00 a.m.

NYC Fire Museum --- 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 6

NYC Police Museum
--- 2:00 p.m.

Monday, November 10

Museum of Jewish Heritage --- 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 11

Fraunces Tavern Museum --- 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 16

Eldridge Street Project
--- 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 20 --- 5:00 p.m.

National Museum of the American Indian

Thursday, November 6

The Herbert G. Gutman Memorial Lecture Presents Nelson Lichtenstein
--- 6:00-8:00p.m.

Mr. Lichtenstein, Professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara and author of several books, including Walter Reuther: The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit, State of the Union: A Century of American Labor, and Who Built America?, will give a lecture entitled, “Market Triumphalism and America’s Wishful Intellectuals: How Their Postwar Imagination Was Subverted by Cold War History.”

Friday, November 7

Women Confronting Retirement (discussion) --- 5:30 p.m.

For women, retirement has long been associated with a sense of diminished engagement with the world and with feelings of powerlessness. The authors of Women Confronting Retirement: A Nontraditional Guide aim to redefine the role of the retired woman in today’s society. Join Nan Bauer-Maglin, Alice Radosh, Marilyn Katz, Georgie Gatch, Barbara Rubin, Carol Scott, and Carole Ganim, the authors of this groundbreaking book, for an empowering discussion of the next stage in life’s journey.

Sunday, November 9

In Search of Justice: An Afternoon at the Opera (performance) --- 4:00 p.m.

Staged scenes from Beethoven’s Fidelo; Giordano’s Andre Chenier; Verdi’s Nabucco; and Menotti’s The Consul. Part of The Graduate Center’s Great Music for a Great City series. An advance donation of $10 will guarantee a seat.

Monday. November 10

Writing for Children (discussion) --- 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Find out how to break into the exciting and fast-growing world of children’s media. A diverse panel of writers for children’s TV, films, books, magazines, and digital media will discuss what it takes to build a career in this competitive field. Participants include Josh Selig, Emmy award-winning writer, creator and producer, and founder of Little Airplane Productions; Sharon Dennis Wyeth, renowned children’s author of over 50 books, including A Piece of Heaven and Corey’s Underground Railroad Diary; Terence Taylor, winner of several awards for his work in writing and producing children’s television and film. $15; Free to students

Shopping in New York City (book discussion and signing) --- 6:30 p.m.

Sharon Zukin, Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, will discuss her new book Point of Purchase: How Shopping Changed American Culture. The book examines New York City, the shopping capital of the world, and looks at the rise and demise of department stores such as B. Altman (which was located at 365 Fifth Avenue, the building that now houses The Graduate Center) and the rise of superstores in the city. Professor Zukin also examines how New York Magazine and Zagat’s have shaped contemporary consumer culture.

Mondays, November 10, 17, & 24

Music of Three Cultures: Christians, Jews, and Muslims of Medieval Spain (multi-media lectures) --- 6:00-8:20 p.m.

For several centuries, Andalusia was an exceptional example of the dialogue between different religions, cultures, and civilizations of the period. Explore through recordings, films, and live performances the Christian, Sephardim, and Al-Andalus musical traditions that originated as a result of the encounter of Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Spain during the Middle Ages. Antoni PizB, musicologist specializing in the music of Spain; author of numerous books, including his most recent Antoni Literes: Introducció a la seva obra, will lead the series. Cosponsored and organized by the Embassy of Spain and the Foundation for Iberian Music of the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation. $90 for the series

Tuesday, November 11

Harlem: Lost and Found (book discussion) --- 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Michael Henry Adams is arguably the leading architectural historian and preservationist writing about Harlem today. In a review of his book, Harlem: Lost and Found, the New Yorker said of Adams, “[his] knowledge of Harlem is encyclopedic, block by block and brownstone by brownstone.” Join this eminent historian for a discussion on Harlem and his new book. $12; Free to CUNY

Tuesday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 18

Thomas Tirino: Piano Recitals (performance) --- 7:30 p.m.

The first and second in a series of recitals featuring the complete piano works of Ernesto Lecuona, presented upon the 50th anniversary of his death. Recognized as a leading authority and one of the finest interpreters of the music of Ernesto Lecuona, Thomas Tirino has been a major force behind the present revival of Mr. Lecuona’s piano music. Join this internationally celebrated musician for two extraordinary evenings of piano performance. Each recital will feature different musical programs.

Wednesday, November 12 and Thursday, November 13: The Penguin Group (USA) Author Series

Wednesday, November 12

Mike Lupica, a nationally syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News, a regular on ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters,” and the author of 14 books, will be interviewed by author and New York Daily News columnist Pete Hamill, about his new novel Red Zone.

Thursday, November 13

Award-winning journalist, Richard Sale, will read and discuss his new book, Traitors: The Worst Acts of Treason in American History from Benedict Arnold to Robert Hansen.

Saturday, November 15

The Return of the Carioca Way: An Evening of Brazilian Music (performance) --- 8:00 p.m.

An incredible evening of Brazilian music with acclaimed pianist/singer/composer Luis Simas and special guests Sergio Brandao, bass; Barbara Blonska, flute; Steve Kowarsky, bassoon; and Jorge Amorim, percussionist. This extraordinary ensemble will perform music by Jobim, Villa-Lobos, Nazareth, Simas, and others, and will feature various styles of Brazilian music. $25; $20 for seniors and students; $5 discount for tickets purchased before October 15

Sunday, November 16 and Sunday, November 30

FDNY Fire Zone
(family activity) --- 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Climb aboard a fire engine and learn what it takes to be one of New York City’s bravest! Through a variety of hands-on exhibits and multimedia presentations, children will be immersed in a unique experience, becoming part of the Fire Prevention Team. The activities will conclude with a visit to the official FDNY store, where each child will receive a special Honorary Firefighter gift. Part of the Afternoons of Fun to Remember for Grandparents and Grandchildren series. $15 adult & child; $3 per additional child

Monday, November 17

Thunder in Guyana (film and discussion) --- 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Part of the (Re)Capturing Ourselves: Labor Welfare and Colonization through the Eyes of Women Artists film series. While illuminating the history of a tiny, divided country going from British colonial rule to independence, this documentary tells how Janet Rosenberg Jagan, the first and only female president of Guyana, managed to make a social and economic impact on thousands of lives. A panel discussion will follow with director Suzanne Wasserman and others. $6; Free to CUNY

Tuesday, November 18

American Science in the Nineteenth Century: The Manhattan Project and the Case of J. Robert Oppenheimer (lecture) --- 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Part of the Social Context of Science in Modern European and American History, this series of public lectures will examine the profound implications of modern science for American and European society, and the social conditions that gave rise to it. The lecture topics will range chronologically from the earliest foundations of modern science to contemporary scientific debates. $10

Stone Soup (family activity) --- 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Join Ann McGovern for a reading of her delightful story, Stone Soup. Ann McGovern’s version of the well-known French folk tale has become a much-loved classic, entertaining children and adults alike. The afternoon’s special events will conclude with the children making soup which is then to be donated to City Harvest. Part of the Afternoons of Fun to Remember for Grandparents and Grandchildren series. $15 adult & child; $3 per additional child

Wednesday, November 19

The Seventh Annual Irving Howe Memorial Lecture Presents A.B. Yehoshua with Respondent Elisheva Carlebach --- 6:00-8:00 p.m.

A.B. Yehoshua, Professor of Comparative and Hebrew Literature, Haifa University; served in Paris as the General Secretary of the World Union of Jewish Students; author of several novels, including Mr. Mani and A Journey to the End of the Millennium; Elisheva Carlebach, Professor of History, Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY; author, The Pursuit of Heresy and Divided Souls; specialist in the Jews of Early-Modern Europe; currently a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Cosponsored by The Center for the Humanities.

Japan: The Jews and the Holocaust (lecture) --- 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Rabbi Marvin Tokayer will offer a historical overview of the Japanese reaction to the persecution and destruction of European Jews during the Holocaust and will consider Japanese involvement in the dramatic escape of Jewish refugees from Germany, Austria, and Poland. Rabbi Tokayer served as a Jewish Chaplain with the American forces in Japan and as a Rabbi of the Jewish community of Japan. He is the author of several works on Japan and the Jews, including The Fugu Plan.

Friday, November 21

NPR’s Talk of the Nation Science Friday hosted by Ira Flatow (live radio program) --- 2-4:00 p.m.

Science Friday is a National Public Radio news program and talk-show that can be heard every Friday afternoon. Join us as the Graduate Center hosts this fascinating and informative radio broadcast. Science Friday is hosted by veteran NPR science correspondent Ira Flatow. His award-winning career spans radio, television, and print, and he is the author of several book—his most recent They All Laughed…From Light Bulbs to Lasers: The Fascinating Stories Behind the Great Inventions That Have Changed Our Lives. A CUNY Month event.

Saturday, November 22

Shanghai String Quartet: Beethoven Cycle Program Two (performance) --- 7:30 p.m.

Hailed by The Strad as “a foursome of uncommon refinement and musical distinction,” the Shanghai Quartet has earned the reputation of being one of the world’s most outstanding quartets. The Quartet’s elegant style of melding the delicacy of Eastern music with Western repertoire allows them to travel the world, both onstage and in the recording studio. As part of The Graduate Center’s Great Music for a Great City series, the quartet is performing the complete Beethoven Cycle in six programs. Program two will include: Quartet in D Major, op. 18, no. 3; Quartet in F minor, op. 95, Serioso; Quartet in A minor, op. 132. An advance donation of $10 will guarantee a seat

Mozart’s Requiem K. 626 (performance) --- 2:30 p.m.

In Honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Death of President John F. Kennedy, A New York memorial “sing” of Mozart’s masterpiece. Soloists from The Metropolitan and New York City Opera Companies will sing along with massed New York choruses. Conducted by Judith Clurman. Bring your own score. Part of The Graduate Center’s Great Music for a Great City series. An advance donation of $10 will guarantee a seat

Sunday, November 23

Tellabration 2003: A Celebration of Storytelling (workshops and performances) --- 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Tellabration is an international celebration of storytelling held annually throughout Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and the US. Whether you join us for the whole day or for part of the day, to listen or to share your own stories, this event promises to be an exciting celebration of the power of stories and the art of storytelling. Cosponsored by The New York Storytelling Center. A CUNY Month event. $25 for full day

Get Up and Tell It! --- 1:30-2:30 p.m.

This storytelling workshop, led by master storyteller and teacher Diane Wolkstein, will address the fundamentals of the art of storytelling, including how to choose a story, how to craft a story for telling, how to find your voice while staying true to the voice of the story, and how to work effectively with your voice, body, and props. $15

Open-Mike Story Swap --- 2:45-3:45 p.m.

The story-swap is a great opportunity to share and hear stories. Participants are invited to bring a short story, 5–7 minutes in length, to share with the audience, or to simply be part of the audience. Free with a ticket to any other program

Three Traditions: Great Stories from the Middle East --- 4:00 p.m.

This evening storytelling concert for adults will feature ancient and modern stories from the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian traditions. Join us as three master storytellers take us on a journey through time and space through stories that are compelling, engaging, entertaining, and enriching. $15

Submitted on: OCT 1, 2003

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