Press Release: December 2005 Public Programs

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

Thursday, December 1

A Visit to the Eighteenth Century (discussion & library tour) 2-3 pm

Join book collector Charles Tanenbaum and Special Collections Librarian Caroline Fuchs for a visit to the Eighteenth Century Reading Room. While the initial focus of Mr. Tanenbaum's collection was the political history of the American Revolution and the early years of our nation, it grew to encompass European works and now covers the literary, social, intellectual, and scientific worlds of the period. Mr. Tanenbaum and Ms. Fuchs will discuss some of the books, pamphlets, maps, broadsides, and manuscripts in the collection. Visitors will be invited to handle some of the original source documents.  Please reserve early to guarantee a space.  Free

Friday, December 2

The American Theatre Wing =s Working in the Theatre Seminar (discussion)
11:45 am (also Thursday, December 8)

For 30 years, the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, has gathered the top professionals in the New  York theatre scene—actors, directors, producers, authors, choreographers, and designers—to participate in its ongoing series of lively panel discussions on the art and business of theatre, an expansive and entertaining look into the creative process of theatre.  Seminars will be broadcast on CUNY-TV.  To be admitted, arrive by 11:45am.  $10

Composer George Enescu
International Festival Commemorating 50th Anniversary of His Death (conference, lecture, concert) all day
The Graduate Center will present day two of a four-day festival celebrating the life and work of the great Romanian composer George Enescu marking the 50th anniversary of his death.  Highlights will include:

A 2-3 pm lecture-recital by Dinu Ghezzo ( The Steinhardt School of Education, NYU), titled “Modal-tonal tendencies in George Enescu’s sonata no. 3 for piano and violin,” with musical illustration by Sherban Lupu (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and Ilinca Dumitrescu (National George Enescu Museum, Bucharest).  

Director Andrei Serban ( Columbia University) will give a keynote lecture from 6 to 7 pm on “Staging Oedipe at the National Opera in Bucharest.”  

An 8 pm recital, entitled “Mostly Enescu,” will be given by Rachel Watkins, soprano and Cristina Stanescu, piano.

Surrounding the above will be a full schedule of papers presented by leading Enescu scholars from around the world.
Part of the UN designated Year of Enecsu, the festival is organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute of New York and co-sponsored by The Graduate Center’s Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation and the Mannes College of the New School for Music.  All events are free.  For further information, call 212-817-1991.  For a complete festival program, including events on December 1, 3, & 4 scheduled at the other venues, visit the website.

Monday, December 5

The Arab Oedipus (reading and discussion) 6:30 pm

This reading and discussion celebrates the publication of the latest volume by Martin E. Segal Theatre Publications, The Arab Oedipus , edited by Distinguished Professor of Theatre Marvin Carlson. The volume includes four variations on the Oedipus theme by leading Arab dramatists including Tawfiq al-Hakim, Ali Salem, Ali Ahmed Bakathir, and Walid Ihklasi. The settings range in time from ancient Thebes to a contemporary computer laboratory, where a super computer replaces the Delphic oracle as the source of the fatal prophecy.  Presented in partnership with the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center .  Free

Thursday, December 8

New York and the Production of Fashion and Design
(discussion) 6-8 pm

A discussion focusing on the fashion industry in New York City, featuring Sarah Crean, executive director, the Garment Industry Development Corporation; Mary Howard, NY Designs, LaGuardia Community College; Tim Gunn (respondent), “Project Runway” and Parsons School of Design; Eugenia Paulicelli (moderator), professor of comparative literature at Queens College and The Graduate Center.  Presented in partnership with the Fashion Studies Forum and the Graduate Center ’s Women's Studies Certificate Program. Free

Performance and Spiritual Movements 6:30 pm
This program celebrates the opening of the International Institute for the Study of Performance and Spiritual Movements, founded by CUNY Ph.D. student in theatre Edmund Lingan, whose research documents performance practices associated with alternative spiritual movements. The event will include a live performance, an online journal exhibition, and a panel discussion.  Free

E.L. Doctorow and Victor Navasky In Conversation
(discussion)  7-8:30 p.m.

E.L. Doctorow's novels have won him, among other awards, the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Join him as he discusses his latest novel, The March , a fictionalization of Sherman's 1864 march through the Confederate South, with long time friend and fellow writer, Victor Navasky, Editor-in-Chief of The Nation .  Presented by the Center for the Humanities.  Free

Friday, December 9

Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis
With keynote speaker Philip Gourevitch 9:30 am-5:45 pm conference, 6 pm lecture, 7 pm exhibit opening & reception
In an unprecedented international collaboration between museums and universities, this conference brings together world-renowned photojournalists, award-winning writers, and leading curators and scholars of photography from across the globe to explore the increasingly urgent questions provoked by photographs of atrocity in contemporary visual culture.  A keynote talk will be given by Philip Gourevitch, staff writer, The New Yorker and author, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda . Among other questions, participants will consider what the response and responsibility – of the photographer, of the news, and of ourselves – should be to the astonishing ubiquity of these images. An intense day of conversations, panels and speeches will be accompanied by an exhibition on atrocity photographs in the media prepared by students.  Presented in partnership with the Center for the Humanities.  Free

Saturday, December 10

Great Music for a Great City:
Gala Holiday Concert: Mozart in Love
With Paula Robison, flute (concert) 7:30 pm

Part of the “Great Music for a Great City” series’ season-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, this concert features world renowned flautist Paula Robison with an instrumental ensemble of her friends.  The evening's program includes Mozart's flute concertos, quartets, and arias arranged for flute. Free

Monday, December 12

The American Songbag Concert

Traditional American Folk Songs, with Dave Ruch (concert) 7 pm
A special concert program of traditional American folk songs that tell the stories of the people—farmers, lumbermen, children, immigrants, Native Americans, canallers, hops pickers, lake sailors, and others—who settled and built our region and our country. Banjo, mandolin, guitar, dulcimer, and jawharp will come together in this spectacular performance of regional folk songs from all across the nation.  $20 ($10 students and seniors)

Carte Blanche French-American Theatre Dialogues Arthur Nauzyciel (discussion) 6:30  pm

French director Arthur Nauzyciel will discuss his American production, Black Battles with Dogs , translated from Bernard-Marie Koltes's Combat de negre et de chiens. Presented in partnership with the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

Henry Monnier's Erotic Puppet Theatre (performance) 5:30 pm
Presented in connection with the opening of the Monnier exhibition, “The Comedy of Modern Life,” in the Art Gallery of The Graduate Center, is this rare fifteen-minute performance of the nineteenth-century erotic puppet play, The Tart and the Student , by Henry Monnier. Monnier (1799–1877) began his triple career of artist, writer, and actor during the Restoration and July Monarchy, and was celebrated for unsentimental, realist portrayals of modern life such as his Scènes populaires. Performed first in the Erotikon Theatron in Paris in 1862, the play came out in a special limited edition in Brussels as L’Enfer de Joseph Prudhomme . Frightened at his own daring, Monnier denied the authorship of The Tart and the Student , even while he was reading all three roles. The play is translated by Distinguished Professor of Theatre Daniel Gerould, directed by Amy Trompetter, and performed by students from Barnard College. Free

Tuesday, December 13, through Saturday, January 21

Henry Monnier (1799-1877): The Comedy of Modern Life (art exhibition) Tuesdays—Saturdays, 12-6  pm

An exhibition of watercolors, drawings, prints, and books spanning the career of artist, writer, and actor Henry Monnier opens on December 13, 2005 , and runs through January 21, 2006 , in the Art Gallery of the Graduate Center. A frequent contributor to satirical and political journals, including La Caricature , La Silhouette , and Le Charivari , and an illustrator of novels by Stendhal and Balzac, Monnier also produced lithographic albums such as Scenes populaires and Scenes de la vie bourgeoise , whose acute and humorous observations appealed to a wide audience and helped transform both the subject matter and style of French painting in the 1860s and 1870s. Events on December 12 (“Henry Monnier’s Erotic Puppet Theatre”) and December 14 (“Is Caricature Funny?”) accompany the exhibition.  Free

Tuesday, December 13

Peter Schumann & Bread and Puppet Theatre
(discussion and performance) 6:30 pm

Here is an opportunity to get acquainted with Peter Schumann and the legendary Bread and Puppet Theatre. Founded in 1963 in New York, the theatre addresses social, political, and environmental issues, and the common urgencies of our lives. With live demonstrations from an upcoming production at Theatre for the New City, featuring Amy Trompetter, Schumann, and others.  Presented in partnership with the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center .  Free

Wednesday, December 14

The International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania
(lecture) 6:15 pm

This lecture by Major-General (Ret.) Mihail E. Ionescu—director, Institute for Political Studies of Defense and Military History of Bucharest; co-chair, International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania—will focus on the background and accomplishments of the International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania, with an emphasis on the main findings and recommendations submitted to the President of Romania in November, 2004. It will also explore contemporary issues relating to the teaching of the Holocaust in Romania.  Presented in partnership with the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies.  Free

Why Is Caricature Funny?
Patricia Mainardi, Professor of Art History and Curator of the Monnier Exhibition
(lecture) 6:30 pm

The ears are too big, the chin is too square and we find this hilariously funny. Why? In this illustrated talk, Patricia Mainardi, who has published widely on caricature, discusses its long history in connection with the exhibition she curated, “Henry Monnier, The Comedy of Modern Life,” concurrently on view in the Art Gallery of the Graduate Center. Whether poking fun at the pretensions of the self-important or undermining entrenched authority, caricature never plays fair, always goes for the jugular, has no manners whatsoever – and perhaps that is why it enjoys such a wide audience from schoolchildren to octogenarians. Free

Thursday, December 15

The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City
Mary Ting Yi Lui, author (book talk) 6:30 pm

In the summer of 1909, the gruesome murder of nineteen-year-old Elsie Sigel sent shock waves through New York  City and the nation at large. The young woman's strangled corpse was discovered inside a trunk in the midtown Manhattan apartment of her former Sunday-school student and reputed lover, a Chinese man named Leon Ling. The Chinatown Trunk Mystery offers a fascinating snapshot of social and sexual relations between Chinese and non-Chinese populations in turn-of-the-century New York, seen through the lens of that unsolved murder. Join author Mary Ting Yi Lui for an intriguing discussion of the mystery and its cultural moment. Free

Manlio Santanelli's Regina Madre (Queen Mother)
(reading and discussion) 6:30 pm

This discussion with Manlio Santanelli, one of Italy's finest contemporary playwrights, also features and the American premiere presentation of his Regina Madre (Queen Mother), translated by Jane House. The ironic and engaging voice of Santanelli, praised by Eugene Ionesco, is widely heard in his native Italy and throughout Eastern and Western Europe and Russia. The event is sponsored by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, cosponsored by the Center for  the Study of Women and Society, and produced by Jane House.  Free

Friday, December 16

Mexican Folkloric Ballet of New York
(performance) 7  pm

Since 1983, the Mexican Folkloric Ballet of New York has been dedicated to nurturing and sustaining an appreciation for the traditional dances and music of Mexico. A celebration of Mexican culture, presented in partnership with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean , and Latino Studies. $15

Tuesday, December 20

Biography and the Practice of History (panel discussion) 6pm-8pm
A panel discussion between historians and publishing professionals about the possibilities and limitations of using biography to write history. Participants include Jennifer Fleischner, Professor of English at Hofstra University and author of Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave; David Greenberg, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University, author of Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image and columnist for; David Nasaw, Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate Center and author of The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst; and Wendy Wolf, Executive Editor at Viking Penguin. Hosted by the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning.

Submitted on: DEC 1, 2005

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