Press Release: November 2005 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 November 5

Istvan Farkas: Hungarian Modernist (art exhibition) Tuesdays—Thursdays, 12-6 pm

The Art Gallery of The Graduate Center will present the first full scale retrospective to be shown in the United States of the work of István Farkas (1887-1944). A modernist who was a prominent École de Paris painter between the two world wars, Farkas returned to his native Hungary where his mysterious works ultimately presaged his own death at Auschwitz.  Encompassing an extraordinary group of 50 paintings, watercolors, and drawings, the exhibition will be presented through November 5, 2005.  The Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12 to 6 pm.  Free

Tuesday, November 1

Carte Blanche French-American Theatre Dialogues Isabelle Huppert & Robert Wilson (conversation) 5 p.m.
Legendary American director Robert Wilson (Deafman Glance, The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin, Einstein on the Beach, the CIVIL warS, Hamletmachine) and world-class French actor Isabelle Huppert (Ma Mere, The Piano Teacher, Madame Bovary, Passion, The Lacemaker) join in conversation about their work together on French theatre and their 1994 collaboration, Orlando.  Free

Wednesday, November 2

Ethnic Patriotism: Strategies of Identity Formation in Boston's Irish and Jewish Communities, 1898-1929—Meaghan Dwyer (lecture) 7 p.m.
Despite nativist charges of divided loyalties, many immigrants sought acceptance as ethnic Americans, asserting that they could retain aspects of their traditional culture and still be loyal patriots. This concept, termed "ethnic patriotism," was evidenced in various ways in Boston's Irish and Jewish communities between 1898 and 1929, and will be discussed by Meaghan Dwyer, a Ph.D. candidate at Boston College and archivist of Temple Israel, Boston.  Free
Understanding the Contemporary Art Market (panel discussion) 6:30  p.m.
The popularity and growth of the international art fairs, the success of NADA (New Art Dealers Association), escalating auction records, and the increasing trend of exhibiting new art by barely-graduated artists all attest to an market boom that is taking place within contemporary art.  A panel of prominent art professionals—including a critic, collector, curator, and dealer—will address the dynamic new collecting climate and the challenges confronting today's collector. A question-and-answer session will follow. Panelists include Becky Smith, Bellwether Gallery; Ingrid Chu, independent curator; Robin Reisenfeld (moderator), curator, Christie's Education. $15, $10 students 

Giants across the Divide: Robert Lowell & Ted Hughes
(reading and discussion) 7:30  p.m.
Editors, poets, and critics responsible for the recent editions of Robert Lowell's and Ted Hughes's work will read and discuss the letters and poems of these two modern giants.  Featuring Frank Bidart, David Gewanter, Saskia Hamilton, Paul Keegan, and others.  Presented in partnership with the Poetry Society of America, The Ph.D. Program in English, and The Center for the Humanities. $12, free to students

Friday, November 4

Beyond Columbus: America Is Indian Country (conference) 6:30 p.m.
A teach-out on contemporary issues and struggles confronting American Indian and global indigenous peoples, this event will include discussions on both historical and contemporary themes relevant to American Indian peoples.  Speakers include Jose Barreiro, senior editor, Indian Country Today; Tim Johnson, executive editor, Indian Country Today; John Mohawk, director, Center for the Americas, SUNY-Buffalo; Katsi Cook, director, First Environment Program. $10; $5 students

The American Theatre Wing's Working in the Theatre Seminar (discussion) 11:45 am
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

Saturday, November 5

Inside the Auction House (workshop)  10 a.m.-3 p.m.
This workshop will demystify the world of the art auction, explaining the historical importance of the auction house as a cultural institution and how auction houses function today. Learn about the mechanisms of the auction and how the condition of an art work affects its price. The morning's introduction, focused specifically around the upcoming Post-War and Contemporary Art Sales, will be followed by a visit to Christie's Rockefeller  Center facilities for a preview of the upcoming sale. Led by Veronique Chagnon-Burke, director of studies, Christie's Education. $75, plus $20 materials fee

Visual Art & the Brain: At the Interface of Art and Science
(conference) 10  a.m.-6 p.m.
This conference will explore the nature of the science-art interface, the inspiration this interface provides to scientists and artists alike, and the impact of such interactions on areas of research and other human endeavors. The morning session will explore scientific perspectives: What is vision? How do we perceive art and why do we respond to it emotionally? The afternoon session will focus on the interface of art and science, and will feature discussions with artists and scientists on communicating the beauty and power of science as well as its social and ethical implications. Suitable for scientists interested in art, and artists interested in science. Please visit <>  for further details and a list of speakers. $60

Carte Blanche French-American Theatre Dialogues

Olivier Cadiot, Ludovic Lagarde & Marion Schoevaert (conversation) 4 p.m.
A conversation with director Marion Schoevaert (In Parentheses, New York), director Ludovic Lagarde, and writer Olivier Cadiot (Paris), on the occasion of the French production of Cadiot's Colonel Zoo and A.W.O.L., both presented at the 59E59 Theater.  Reading by New York actor Steven Ratazzi and music by and with French musician Benoit Delbecq.

Monday, November 7

Carte Blanche French-American Theatre Dialogues

Elizabeth LeCompte & David Savran (conversation) 6:30  p.m.
Elizabeth LeCompte, Director of The Wooster Group (New York), speaks with David Savran, author of Breaking the Rules: The Wooster Group (1988), about the company's work with two French texts in translation, Gustave Flaubert's La Tentation de Saint Antoine (Frank Dell's The Temptation of St. Antony) and Jean Racine's Phedre (To You, The Birdie!).

Idea Café
Topic: Science & the Arts - Crossing Disciplines
(presentations & discussion) 7  p.m.

In the tradition of great intellectual programming at The Graduate Center, members of the CUNY community and the general public are invited to join faculty and students in the Idea Café. Each week will have a theme. Attendees will have a chance to sign up for a short presentation and then be joined by all others in dialogue. Beverages and light food will be available for purchase. (People from outside CUNY are welcome, but priority will be given to CUNY-associated speakers. Presentations of any kind, on the evening’s topic, are limited to five minutes.)  The Idea Café evenings will be held in the rear of Café 365, on the ground floor of the Graduate Center. Also on Monday, November 14, 7 p.m. (Topic: Shifting Paradigms) and Monday, November 21, 7 p.m. (Topic: Improving New York City). Free

Tuesday, November 8

Goldfaden's Legacy: The Origins of Yiddish Theatre (film & discussion) 6:30 p.m.
A screening of Radu Gabrea's documentary film about the origins of modern Yiddish theatre and Yiddish theatre pioneer Abraham Goldfaden, followed by a presentation by New York's Folksbiene Theatre, with Zalmen Mlotek. Discussion with Radu Gabrea and Harry Eliad (Romania), Shumel Atzmon (Israel), and Moshe Yassur (New York) to follow.  Free

Ten Things Women Should Know About Their Finances

(seminar) 6:30 p.m.

At this event, women will gain financial knowledge and confidence by learning the ten time-tested financial truths that can help to make good investment decisions. Here is a chance to learn about lifestyle strategies that work for others, and resources that can help achieve peace of mind. Taught by Karen Altfest, Ph.D., CFP, Vice President, L.J. Altfest & Co., Inc., a financial planning and investment management firm located in New York City; Director.  $20

Wednesday, November 9

Only in New York: Gotham's Mysteries and Legends (book talk) 7-9 pm
Join New York Times City Section Editor Constance Rosenblum and "FYI" columnists/contributors for a discussion of Only in New York, a collection of intriguing questions and answers from the "FYI" column about the city's history, laws, politics, buildings, geography, and people.  $15; $10 students & seniors

Big Bang: The Origins of the Universe

A talk by Simon Singh (lecture) 7 p.m.
Singh, the Cambridge-educated physicist and author of the international best-seller Fermat's Enigma, has an uncommon talent for explaining difficult science to the layman. In his new book Big Bang he leads readers on a journey back into history and out into the cosmos as he explains how scientists arrived at the remarkable theory of the universe and why it is almost certainly correct. "Humans have been staring up into space for thousands of generations," Singh writes, "but we are privileged to be part of the first generation who can claim to have a respectable, rational and coherent description for the creation and evolution of the universe."  Free

Tzvetan Todorov – The Avant-Garde in Art & Politics
(lecture) 4 p.m.
Philosopher, sociologist, and structuralist, Tzvetan Todorov is director of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris. In this lecture he discusses the new role that art and artists found themselves entrusted with in the first half of the 20th century: the transformation of society. Presented with the PhD programs in Comparative Literature, English and History.  Free

Friday, November 11

Free and Easy with George Bernard Shaw
A 100th-anniversary tribute to great Shavian actor Arnold Daly

(play readings) 7:15 p.m.

Join us for celebratory readings of Village Wooing (A Little Comedy) and How He Lied to Her Husband (An Occasional Piece), narrated by Rhoda B. Nathan (president, The George Bernard Shaw Society) and directed by Robert Neff Williams (The Juilliard School).  $10

Monday, November 14

Revisiting the South Bronx Origins of Hip Hop (discussion) 6:30
This forum, accompanied by a musical demonstration, will look at the social spaces and cultural traditions that gave birth to South Bronx hip hop. Panelists will examine whether existing narratives in film, music, and academic literature accurately describe the emergence and complexity of this cultural phenomenon.  Speakers include Kelli Terry-Sepulveda, Point Community Development Corporation, and Mark Naison, Fordham University and Bronx African-American History Project.

Tuesday, November 15

The Graduate Center Doors Opened Wide
Tours and Library Lectures  2 p.m.
Here is an opportunity to visit The Graduate Center and its beautifully restored Mina Rees Library, housed in the former B. Altman building, a New York City landmark, at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. The Graduate  Center and the library have been restored with features from the original building, including its majestic staircase, original elevator, and marble water fountains. The library is home to numerous special collections, including the Seymour B. Durst Old York Library and the Eighteenth Century Reading Room. Explore the library’s resources and collections through this tour and lecture series.  Free

I'm Every Woman: Remixed Stories of Marriage, Motherhood, and Work

Lonnae O'Neal Parker (book talk) 7 p.m.
On the surface, Lonnae O'Neal Parker, Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter for The Washington Post, appears to have the ideal life: a thriving career, three beautiful children, and a doting, equally successful husband. Yet, when the curtain is pulled back, it reveals a woman on the verge of a breakdown. In a book that is part memoir, part reportage, Parker introduces the voices of Black women, whose experiences have barely been acknowledged in the mainstream "mommy wars" dialogue, into the conversation about what it's like to be a woman in today's world. Join the author for a talk on how today's Black women are meeting the challenges of marriage, motherhood, and work. $10, $5 students & seniors

Wednesday, November 16

Some Who Lived (film screening) 6:15 p.m.

This documentary film on the Holocaust, produced by Steven Spielberg and the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, weaves together testimonies from Holocaust survivors living in Argentina and Uruguay with archival and modern-day footage. The film also explores the connection between Nazism and the darker chapters in Argentine history.  Free

The Restless Sleep: Inside New  York City's Cold Case Squad
Stacy Horn (book talk) 7 p.m.
Tens of thousands of murders remain unsolved in New York. Stacy Horn, author of The Restless Sleep and a commentator for NPR's All Things Considered, will be joined by NYPD detectives and other special guests for a discussion on unsolved New York murders of the past century and the challenges of the Cold Case Squad, the special unit that tries to solve them. $15, $10 students

Ludwig van Beethoven: The Universal Composer

Edmund Morris (book talk) 7-9 p.m.
Distinguished biographer and classically trained pianist Edmund Morris explores the universal appeal of Beethoven's music. Join the author for a discussion about what makes Beethoven one of the greatest geniuses of Western culture. Edmund Morris is the author of Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan, Theodore Rex, and The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. $15

Thursday, November 17

Chancellors' Night with the Academy of American Poets (reading) 7-9 p.m.
A reading by the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets, including Lucille Clifton, Susan Howe, Galway Kinnell, Yusef Komunyakaa, Philip Levine, Susan Stewart, Rosanna Warren, and C.K. Williams. Presented in partnership with the Academy of American Poets and The Center for the Humanities. $10, free to students

Friday, November 18

The American Theatre Wing=s Working in the Theatre Seminar (discussion)
11:45 am
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

Paul Krugman – Can We Stop the Radical Right?

The Tenth Annual Irving Howe Memorial Lecture (lecture) 6:30  p.m.
Paul R. Krugman is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University, and is author or editor of dozens of books, as well as a regular contributor to The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, and Slate. His most recent book is The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century. Presented by the Center for the Humanities.

Contemporary Theatre Abroad:

Janos Hay (reading, video, & discussion) 6:30  p.m.
Janos Hay caused a sensation in Hungary in 2001 with the premiere of his first play, Geza-boy. His plays, which explore the experiences of people living on the periphery of Hungarian society, deal with ultimate questions about modern existence. The evening's events will include video excerpts and readings. Followed by a discussion with Janos Hay, translator Eugene Brogyanyi, and director Pamela Billig, of the Threshold Theatre Company.  Free

Monday, November 21

Carte Blanche French-American Theatre Dialogues

The Theatre of Playwright Valere Novarina (reading & discussion) 6:30 p.m.
Actors Hilario Saavedra (Los  Angeles) and Andre Marcon (Paris), long-time collaborators of the playwright, will perform a staged reading of Adramelech's monologue (English)/ L'Animal du temps (French). Followed by a discussion with Travis Preston based on their collaboration in Chicago.  Free

Tuesday, November 22

In Remembrance of John F. Kennedy

Mozart's Requiem (concert) 7:30

A concert and “group sing” conducted by Judith Clurman on the anniversary of President Kennedy’s death. Audience members are invited to bring a score and join the artists in singing the choruses. Narrators and soloists to be announced.  Free

Monday, November 28

Perpetual Motion: Revolutions in 17th-Century Science and Music
Dava Sobel and Galileo's Daughters (performance) 6 p.m.
A performance featuring award-winning science writer Dava Sobel and the early music ensemble, Galileo's Daughters (Sarah Pillow, soprano; Mary Anne Ballard, viola da gamba). With Ronn McFarlane, lute (as Vincenzo Galilei). Dava Sobel—author of Longitude, Galileo's Daughter, and The Planets—will weave stories of science history with the music of the period.  Free

Big Art Group: Caden Manson & Jemma Nelson (performance) 6:30 p.m.
“This Is the Show” is a hyper-lecture by Big Art Group, a New York-based company. This unique live presentation elaborates on Big Art Group's body of performance and examines their desire for new modes of performed experience. The discussion will draw on their experience of extensive touring in France.  Free

Tuesday, November 29

An Evening with Bruce Babbitt

A New Vision for Land Use in America (lecture) 7 p.m.
The restoration of the Florida Everglades, the return of the wolf to Yellowstone, and the creation of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National  Monument were all landmarks of the environmental movement in the 1990s, and each was realized under the guidance of then secretary of the interior, Bruce Babbitt. At this event, the former governor of Arizona, attorney, and author draws on his experiences to explain how Americans can protect their land and wildlife and shares his inspirational vision—a federal leadership role in land use planning and a way of thinking about open space that retains local control while acknowledging national interests.  $15; $5 students

Wednesday, November 30

An Evening with Dr. Ruth Westheimer (discussion) 7  p.m.
The original sexpert, Dr. Ruth Westheimer—named one of People magazine’s "Most Intriguing People of the Century”—has been giving advice for twenty years and counting. Westheimer is author of thirty books, including her most recent, Dr. Ruth's Sex after 50: Revving up Your Romance, Passion & Excitement! (A Best Half of Life Book) and she teaches at Yale and Princeton Universities.  $20, $10 students & seniors

Tell Me a Riddle: Film Screening  6:30  p.m.
Screening of a film by Lee Grant, Academy Award-winning director and Rachel Lyon, Emmy Award-winning producer and professor of media studies at Queens College, CUNY.  Presented in partnership with The Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center.  Free

Submitted on: NOV 1, 2005

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