SEASON HIGHLIGHTS 2022–2023
In 2022–2023, we welcomed audiences and guests back to 365 Fifth Avenue in person for stimulating discussions, illuminating ideas, and stirring performances. At the same time, viewers continued tuning in online from around the world, increasing our reach to new levels. Below are some highlights from this exciting year. You can also watch, or rewatch, many events on our . YOUTUBE CHANNEL Whether onstage at 365 Fifth Avenue or on Zoom, we bring you fascinating speakers in lively conversations that are free and open to all. If you enjoy our programs, please consider giving now to support future public programming at the Graduate Center.
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After her historic tenure as speaker of the House, , distinguished professor at the CUNY Graduate Center. Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi joined in conversation with Nobel Prize–winning economist Paul Krugman
In our City of Science series, Pulitzer Prize–winning author about his groundbreaking work in genetics and cancer research. Siddhartha Mukherjee interviewed Nobel Prize–winning molecular biologist Philip A. Sharp
At a preview of the documentary Americonned, which examines income inequality and its effects on the American worker, Janet Gornick, CUNY Graduate Center professor and director of the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, led a discussion with Derrick Palmer and Chris Smalls, labor organizers at Amazon, and film director Sean Claffey.
Marking the return of Live@365: A Global Music Series, the two-time Grammy Award–winning group Ranky Tanky brought their soulful South Carolinian sounds in the West-African Gullah tradition to Elebash Hall.
In our multipart series on the topic of jail reform, Krystal Rodriguez, policy director, Data Collaborative for Justice at John Jay College, moderated the panel “Alternatives to Incarceration” featuring Sherene Crawford, executive assistant DA, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office; Julia Solomons, senior social worker, The Bronx Defenders; and Ann-Marie Lousion, chief impact officer, CASES.
Discussing the acclaimed book , Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century Pamela Newkirk, NYU professor and author of Diversity Inc., spoke with Jennifer Homans, dance critic for The New Yorker and Balanchine biographer, who worked on the book as a fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography.
Juan González, cohost of Democracy Now!, gave a talk, “Latinos, Race, and Empire,” sharing what he’s learned in 50 years as an activist and journalist; introduced by Johanna Fernandez, associate professor of History at the CUNY Graduate Center and Baruch College.
A screening and discussion of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks featured Carol Jenkins, host of Black America on CUNY-TV; filmmaker Yoruba Richen, director of the documentary program at CUNY’s Newmark School of Journalism; and biographer Jeanne Theoharis, distinguished professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
“Can Democracy Survive in the U.S.?” featured Katrina vanden Heuvel, publisher of The Nation, moderating a conversation with Jamelle Bouie, columnist for The New York Times, and Corey Robin, distinguished professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
Our Live@365 series celebrated the great Brazilian singer-songwriter Gilberto Gil on the 50th anniversary of his seminal album Expresso 2222 with a conversation and a concert featuring the João Luiz Guitar Quartet.
The panel “Fighting for Democracy in the Workplace: The New Labor Movement” featured organizers from the frontlines, including Sarah Hughes of Labor Notes; Keith Bullard of the Union of Southern Service Workers; Mark Meinster of United Electrical, Sara Nelson of the Association of Flight Attendants, and Anthony Rosario of Teamsters Local 804.
At the sixth annual Dissertation Showcase, President Robin L. Garrell joined in a Q&A with this year’s amazing student presenters (left to right): Jane Quinn, Agustina Checa, Stella Nwogugu, Kasey Zapatka, Hyun Kyung Lee, Marc Kagan, Adashima Oyo, Samantha Tramantano, Stanley Chen, Asher Wycoff, Navena Chaitoo, and Melanie Fessinger.