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.

Wednesday, March 1—Saturday, April 22

Technical Detours: The Early Moholy-Nagy Reconsidered
(art exhibition) Tuesdays—Saturdays, 12-6 pm

Featuring a number of never-before-seen works, "Technical Detours: The Early Moholy-Nagy Reconsidered" will be on view in The Art Gallery of the Graduate Center from March 1 to April 22.  Laszlo Moholy-Nagy’s (1895-1946) astonishing creativity embraced painting, sculpture, graphics, typography, photography, film, stage design, industrial design, and commercial design. The exhibition -- including more than 200 items in various media -- opens a window on the Hungarian-born artist’s nascent utopian vision, as well as his interdisciplinary approach, which he would later put to work at the Bauhaus.  The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 pm. Free

Wednesday, March 1

Science & the Arts:
Soft Science
Experimental Films on Science
(video screening) 7 pm

Soft Science
is a collection of videos created by artists and scientists, curated by Rachel Mayeri.  This unique program includes digital movies by biologists alongside contemporary video art.  Rachel Mayeri is a filmmaker and assistant professor of media studies at Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California.  Free

Thursday, March 2

Democracy in the Middle East: To Whom is it Important and Why?
(discussion) 6:30-8 pm

Lisa Anderson, one of the most eminent scholars on the Middle East will discuss democracy in the region. Anderson, who is James T. Shotwell Professor of International Affairs and dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, has written numerous articles and books on the Middle East and has testified before the foreign relations committee of both the U.S. House and Senate.  Free

Schoenberg in Barcelona
(concert & panel discussion) 7 pm

Like Paris and Berlin, interwar Barcelona (c.1920-1936) was a cauldron of international modernist creativity. In this concert, Adam Kent (piano), Airi Yoshioka (violin), and Sibylle Johner (cello), all members of the Damocles Trio, will perform piano works and chamber music by Arnold Schoenberg, Robert Gerhard, and Joaquim Homs from that era.  A panel discussion will be moderated by Antoni Pizà with Walter Frisch, Adam Kent, and members of the ensemble.  Presented by the Foundation for Iberian Music.  Free

Monday, March 6

An Evening with Director Ruben Polendo and Theater Mitu  
(performance demonstration)  6:30 pm

Described by the New York Times as "Outside the boundaries of Western drama,” the New York ensemble company Theater Mitu and its artistic director Ruben Polendo explore and transliterate ancient ritual and performance traditions to generate a vibrant theatrical vocabulary they call Whole Theater. Theater Mitu will hold an open rehearsal and discuss the creative process of their latest production: The Myth Cycle: Ahraihsak.  Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  Free

Privacy, Patriotism, and the Limits of Government Power
(discussion) 7:30-9:30 pm

In 1798, John Adams enacted the Alien and Sedition Acts. During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus.  In 2001, George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act into law.  Is it ever permissible for the government to suspend civil liberties and constitutional rights in the name of national security?  Who decides?  In times of war, what are the limits of executive authority?  Are the president's actions subject to judicial review? What is the role of Congress? Leading experts on constitutional jurisprudence, political science and public policy will debate these questions in a moderated forum; hosted by Hugh Hamilton, host of the WBAI news program “Talkback!” $10, $5 students

Tuesday, March 7

Anna Deavere Smith
Letters to a Young Artist
(book talk) 6:30 pm

Upon the publication of her book Letters to a Young Artist, Anna Deavere Smith will offer real-word advice to aspiring artists of all stripes. Smith is an actor, teacher, and playwright, and the creator of an acclaimed series of one-woman plays based on her interviews with diverse voices from communities in crisis. She has won two Obie Awards, two Tony nominations, and a MacArthur Fellowship. She has had numerous roles in film and television and is the founder and director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue. $10, free to students

Wednesday, March 8

An Evening with Swiss Playwright Metin Arditi
 (play reading & discussion) 6:30 pm

Meet Swiss playwright sensation Metin Arditi and hear a reading of his first play, Last Letter to Theo (Dernière lettre à Théo), published in 2005.  In the play, one hour before committing suicide in a hotel room near Paris, Vincent Van Gogh decides to write a last letter to his brother Theo. Arditi, a Swiss citizen was born in Turkey and lives in Geneva, is the author of several philosophical essays on La Fontaine, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Van Gogh, as well as several novels.  The reading is directed by Stephen Willems, MCC Theater, with Metin Arditi.  Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  Free

The Subway on Film
(film screening & discussion)
6:30-8:30 pm
In this evening of short films, the star is the New York City transit system.  Films include One Track Mind (2005, 30 minutes) by Jeremy Workman; Daybreak Express (1953, 5 minutes) by D. A. Pennebaker; Brooklyn: Among the Ruins (2005, 14 minutes) by Suzanne Wasserman; Wonder Ring (1955, 4 minutes) by Stan Brakhage; and Gnir Rednow (1955, 6 minutes) by Joseph Cornell. A Q & A session will follow the films with directors Suzanne Wasserman and Jeremy Workman and the subjects of their films, Phil Copp and Paul Kronenberg.  Free

Thursday, March 9

Revisiting Jacksonian Democracy
With Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.; Eric Foner; Jim Oakes; & Sean Wilentz 
(panel discussion) 6:30-8 pm

This panel discussion features four preeminent historians and scholars of Jacksonian America. Moderated by Eric Foner (Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party Before the Civil War); with Jim Oakes (Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South); Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (The Age of Jackson); and Sean Wilentz (The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln). Co-sponsored by the PhD Program in History and The Center for the Humanities. Free

Striver's Row
Kevin Baker, author
(book talk) 7 pm

Master storyteller Kevin Baker has once again woven an epic tale set against the panoramic backdrop of a vanished New York.  It's the summer of 1943.  Harlem is a never-ending carnival.  Soldiers and sailors, hustlers and glamour girls fill its streets, looking for excitement.  Every night, dance halls like the Savoy Ballroom are filled with frenzied jitterbuggers, and the best jazz musicians in the world face off in rent parties and clubs such as Small's Paradise.  Join the author for a discussion of the final book in his City of Fire trilogy, Strivers Row, in which Baker brings to life the forgotten Black history of New York City.  Baker is the author of Dreamland, Paradise Alley, and Sometimes You See It Coming.  Presented by the Gotham Center for New York City History.  $15, $10 seniors & students

Friday, March 10

A Talk with Historian Mike Davis
(discussion) 6:30-8 pm

Mike Davis is a professor of history at the University of California Irvine, and the author of City of Quartz: Excavating the Future of Los Angeles, Dead Cities, and Ecology of Fear.  In this talk he will draw from his recently published book, Planet of Slums to address the development and naturalization of such “mega-slums” as Sadr City, Cape Flats, and Cono Sur—sites of urban poverty and exclusion unforeseen by both classical Marxist and neo-liberal theorists.  Presented by the Center for the Humanities.  Free

Prelude in Pahari: Indian and Western Classical Traditions Intersect
(concert) 7:30 pm

The intersections between two traditions—Indian and Western classical music—will be explored in this performance by the phenomenal Western practitioner of the sitar, Daisy Paradis.  The Pahari/raga, or complex system of tones on which a piece is based, support this "prelude," which is itself a form from the Baroque Era intended to introduce the audience to a larger work. Also featuring Rosie Hertlein on violin, Montino Bourbon on sarod, and Naren Budhakar on tabla. $20; $15 students & seniors

Monday, March 13

The Mac Wellman School of Playwriting
(reading & discussion) 6:30 pm

Mac Wellman is one of the best-known New York dramatists. Teaching at CUNY since 1999 as the Donald I. Fine Professor of Play Writing at Brooklyn College, Wellman has also taught at Brown, Yale, NYU, and The Flea Theater. He has mentored some of the most important voices in the younger generation—Melissa Gibson, Neena Beber, Sarah Ruhl, Adam Bock; and more recently emerging talents like Erin Courtney, Madelyn Kent, Thomas Bradshaw, and Young Jean Lee. Also a novelist and poet, Wellman has received several Obies, the most recent for Lifetime Achievement. Meet Mac Wellman and his students for readings and a discussion.  Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  Free

Tuesday, March 14

Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of
America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires
Selwyn Raab, author
(book talk) 6:30-8:30 pm

Often romanticized, the Mafia families are some of the most powerful and ruthless organizations in the world. At this talk and book signing, author Selwyn Raab reveals the crimes and secrets behind legendary names like Luciano, Bonanno, Gambino, Genovese, Lucchese, and Gotti, in a century of history that spans two continents. Raab, a contributor to The New York Times and other publications, is an expert on the inner workings of the vast criminal empire, Cosa Nostra.  Fre

Thursday, March 16

Elaine Scarry in Conversation with Vincent Crapanzano
(discussion) 6:30–8 pm

Elaine Scarry is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University.  She is the author of The Body in Pain: the Making and Unmaking of the World and On Beauty and Being Just.  She will be speaking with Vincent Crapanzano, distinguished professor of anthropology and comparative literature at The Graduate Center and author of Hermes’ Dilemma and Hamlet’s Desire: On the Epistemology of Interpretation and, more recently, Serving the Word: Literalism in America from the Pulpit to the Bench. Presented by the Center for the Humanities. Free 

Friday, March 17

Viva Regondi
Music for Concertina and Guitar
(concert) 7:30 pm

A performance on period instruments and celebration of the works of Giulio Regondi (1822-1872), who was an internationally renowned performer on concertina and guitar in his day. The concert features Allan Atlas and Douglas Rogers on concertinas; Alexander Dunn on guitar; with Elizabeth Bell, soprano, and pianists Joanne Last and Jin-Ok Lee.  Presented by the Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments.  Free

Monday, March 20

The New York Theatre Review: A Celebration of Theatre on the Edge

(discussion) 6:30 pm

A celebration of the release of the New York Theater Review, this eclectic evening will explore the many aspects of the alternative New York theatre scene. This first volume captures some of the best of downtown theater over the past year with reviews, essays and new full-length plays from three of New York's fastest-rising young playwrights. With Sheila Callaghan, August Schulenburg and Ken Urban, the Subjective Theatre's Zachary Mannheimer, Jason Grote of the Brooklyn Rail, Lisa Timmel, literary manager of Playwrights Horizons and NYTR Editor Brook Stowe.  Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  Free

Tuesday, March 21

Caryl Philips in Conversation with Ashley Dawson
(discussion) 6:30 pm

Caryl Philips is the award-winning author of the recently published Dancing in the Dark, as well as Crossing the River and A Distant Shore. Ashley Dawson is this year’s Resident Mellon Fellow and an assistant professor of English at the College of Staten Island. He is the author of the forthcoming Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain. Presented by the Center for the Humanities. Free

Screen, Stage and TV Writing
(discussion) 7:30 pm

Playwriting and screenwriting entail two very different sets of skills and instincts. Writers who have mastered these genres will offer tips and advice on crossing over between the genres of film, TV, and theater writing.  On the panel will be Michael Weller, playwright, Spoils of War, Fishing, and Split, and adaptor to the screen of E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime and the musical Hair; Richard Wesley, playwright and screenwriter, Uptown Saturday Night and Native Son, writer, “Fallen Angels” and “100 Centre Street”; Marlane Meyer, playwright, Chemistry of Change, Why Things Burn, The Mystery of Attraction, writer, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”; Gina Gionfriddo, playwright, After Ashley, US Drag, Guinevere, writer, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” $10

Thursday, March 23

Brooklyn's Buried Treasure
(discussion) 7-9 pm

Green-Wood Cemetery is one of the world's great cemeteries, serving as a final resting place for Civil War generals, inventors, artists, the famous and the infamous.  Founded in 1838, the cemetery was a leading tourist attraction by the 1850s, attracting half a million visitors per year.  During this talk Jeff Richman, historian and author, Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery: New York's Buried Treasure, will explore the lively stories and dark secrets of such notables as Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ebbets, Samuel F.B. Morse, Peter Cooper, Horace Greeley, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Henry Ward Beecher, General Henry Halleck, "Wizard of Oz" Frank Morgan, "Boss" Tweed, Albert Anastasia, Joey Gallo, and Johnny Torrio. $15, $10 seniors & students

Monday, March 27

Memorial for Egyptian Playwright Alfred Farag (1929-2005)  
(memorial reading) 6:30 pm

Born in Alexandria in 1929, Alfred Farag was the most important Egyptian playwright of his generation and one of the most eminent in the Arab world. Farag built upon a thorough knowledge of the European theatre and successfully combined it with his Arabic literary heritage, creating popular epics like the 1967 play Al-Zayr Salim and his many plays inspired by The Thousand and One Nights, including Al-Tabrizi and The Barber of Baghdad. Farag received the Egyptian State Merit Award in 1993, and was awarded the Jerusalem Award by the General Union of Arab Writers in 2002. The memorial event will be hosted by Marvin Carlson and Dalia Basiouny and include readings by the Nibras Arab-American Theater Collective, directed by Leila Buck, featuring Isis Saratial Misdary. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  Free  
Tuesday, March 28

Science & the Arts:
An Experiment with an Air Pump
Furtive Romance, Farce, Science and Buried Secrets
(play reading) 6 pm

The Graduate Center’s Science & the Arts series presents a theatrical reading of An Experiment with an Air Pump by Shelagh Stephenson, a play about ethical choices made in the pursuit of scientific progress. The play flashes between 1799 and 1999, both years of extraordinary medical breakthrough.  Presented by Break A Leg Productions.  Free

Wednesday, March 29

Greil Marcus and Kim Gordon in Conversation with Julia Sneeringer
(discussion) 7-8:30 pm

Greil Marcus is the author of Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century and other classic works of cultural studies, and Kim Gordon is the bassist for the influential band Sonic Youth. They will be speaking with Julia Sneeringer, Associate Professor of History at Queens College and this year’s Resident Mellon Fellow. Presented by the Center for the Humanities. Free

Thursday, March 30

Dis-Location and Re-Invention:
International Plays about the Experience of Immigration               
A Jew on Ethiopia Street by Allan Havis
(play reading) 6:30
Allan Havis’s play tells the story of a young Ethiopian immigrant and his struggle for acceptance as a Jew and a worker in Israel. Ethiopian Jews came to Israel in two major waves of immigration, and their arrival has significantly changed every aspect of Israeli life.  Directed by Marcy Arlin, Immigrants Theatre Project, and presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  Free

Friday, March 31

Robot Dance Contest
(science competition) 2-3 pm

RoboCup Junior is an international robot design competition organized in elementary through high schools. Witness the crazy, colorful dance moves of the 'bots designed by NYC-area teams, as they meet in a one-of-a-kind dance competition. Free

Submitted on: MAR 1, 2006

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