Press Release: November 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 Saturday, December 8

Jim Dine Selected Prints, 1996-2006 
(art exhibition) Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM

The Amie and Tony James Gallery presents this exhibition of forty-seven prints, two livres d’artiste (books illustrated by the artist), and a recently published portfolio highlighting the technical innovation and deeply personal imagery of the Pop Art master’s printmaking oeuvre. Jim Dine Selected Prints, 1996-2006 features such recurrent subjects as Dine’s iconic hearts, robes, and self-portraits, as well as captivating images of flowers and birds that have a highly personal significance for the artist. Of particular importance are the many recent prints inspired by the hero of Carlo Collodi’s celebrated children’s tale, The Adventures of Pinocchio: Story of a Puppet. The gallery is located on the first floor of the Graduate Center; free, for information contact 212-817-7394.

Thursday, November 1

Writing Musical Lives
(discussion) 6:30–8:00 PM

Four eminent music critics and biographers discuss the problems and pleasures of writing about the many lives of musicians. Participants include Holly George-Warren, author of Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry; Gary Giddins, author of Weather Bird, Satchmo, and Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams; David Hadju, author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn and Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña; and Margo Jefferson, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author of On Michael Jackson. Moderated by Marc Dolan, Associate Professor of English, the Graduate Center.  Presented by the Center for the Humanities; free, for information contact 212-817-2005.

Music in Midtown:
Concert and Master Class with the Orion String Quartet
1:00 PM–2:00 PM concert; 2:30–4:00 PM master class

The Orion String Quartet (Daniel Phillips, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Todd Phillips, violin; and Timothy Eddy, cello) will play Quartet in G Major (Op.18, No.2) and Quartet in C minor (Op.18, No. 4) by Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert will be followed by a master class with selected doctoral students, which is open to the public for observation. “The ensemble's performances had the seemingly infinite attention to detail—from the voicing of a chord to the nuance of a phrase—that results from their long and loving exploration of Beethoven's quartets."—Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  Presented by the Ph.D./D.M.A. Program in Music; free, for information contact 212-817-8607.

Paris-New York Theatre Dialogue:
Act French (PAJ) and Ubu
(discussion) 6:30 PM

A transatlantic dialogue between two theater jounral editors, Chantal Boiron (Paris) and Philippa Wehle (New York). The evening will focus on Paris and New York as two similar, but vastly different, theatre capitals. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information contact 212-817-1863

Monday, November 5

Making it Personal: Katha Pollitt & Anna Quindlen in Conversation
(discussion) 6:30 PM–8:00 PM

Katha Pollitt speaks with fellow journalist and writer Anna Quindlen about personal and political writing. Pollitt has been a columnist for The Nation since 1980. The title essay of her most recent collection, Learning to Drive, created quite a stir when it was published in The New Yorker in 2002. Anna Quindlen is a Pulitzer-prize winning columnist and a novelist. Her most recent book of essays is Loud and Clear.  Presented by the Center for the Humanities; free, for information contact 212-817-2005.

An Evening with German Playwright Theresia Walser
(reading & discussion) 6:30 PM

Readings from Our Forests Haven't Been This Wild in Forever, directed by Tea Alagic, will be followed by a discussion with Theresia Walser, Anne Midgette, Tom Sellar, Jonathan Kalb, and Thomas Bockelmann.  Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information contact 212-817-1863.

Tuesday, November 6

New York
Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg
6:30–8:30 PM

Acclaimed historian Marshall Berman and journalist Brian Berger gather a stellar group of contributors from the forthcoming New York Calling (University of Chicago Press) including John Stausbaugh and Joe Anastasio. New York City in the 1970s was the setting for Taxi Driver, Annie Hall, and Saturday Night Fever, the nightmare playground for Son of Sam and the proving grounds for graffiti, punk, and hip-hop. Musicians, artists, and writers were reinventing the city in their own image. New York Calling reminds us of what has changed—and what’s been lost—in the intervening decades. Presented by the Gotham Center for NYC History; free, for information contact 212-817-8474.

Book Party: BAiT and
(book release & discussion) 6:30 PM

This event celebrates the latest two Martin E. Segal Theatre Center publications and features a discussion on the translation process, with Jean Graham-Jones, Daniel Gerould, Saviana Stanescu, and Ruth Margraff.  Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information contact 212-817-1863.

Science as a Creative Adventure of the Mind
(discussion) 6:30 PM

The Pari Center for New Learning <> , located in a quiet hilltop village in Italy, fosters an interdisciplinary approach linking science, the arts, ethics and spirituality.  David Peat, author, physicist, and philosopher, directs the Center and will speak on the relationship between language, reality, and physics.  He will ask if science is about what we know about the world, or what we can say about the world, and also explore the way science and the arts can stimulate and cross fertilize each other.  With stand-up comedy from Jena Axelrod.  Presented by Science & the Arts; free, for information contact 212-817-8215.

Thursday, November 8

A Scientist Goes to the Movies:  The Matrix
(discussion) 6:30 PM

The 1999 science fiction action film, The Matrix, describes a future in which the world we know is actually the Matrix, a simulated reality created by sentient machines in order to pacify, subdue and make use of the human population as an energy source. Returning after last year's fascinating critique of the film Contact will be astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson <> , who will show scenes from the film and discuss the science onscreen. Presented by Science & the Arts; free, for information contact 212-817-8215.

Friday, November 9

Lost & Found: 7 Extraordinary Short Films by Women
(film screening & discussion) 4:00–6:30 PM

A screening of seven original films from pioneers such as animator Mary Ellen Bute and avant-garde heroine Maya Deren. A panel discussion afterwards features Drake Stuteman from the Women's Film Preservation Fund; Patricia White, Associate Professor of English and Film and Media Studies at Swarthmore College; and Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center. Moderated by Heather Hendershot, Professor of Theater and Media Studies and Coordinator of the Film Studies Certificate Program. Presented by the Center for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women & Society; free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Monday, November 12

CAVE Symposium: Butoh Theatre
(theatre conference) 2:00–8:30 PM

At this symposium, lectures by three prominent critics, scholars, and artists offer an in-depth look at butoh, the avant-garde dance form that emerged in post-WW II Japan, giving historical context to its emergence with a focus on butoh co-creators Hijikata and Ohno. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information contact 212-817-1863.

Thursday, November 15

Music in Midtown:
A Recital for Violin and Piano
(concert) 1:00–2:00 PM

Neil Weintrob, violin, and Norman Carey, piano, perform Sonata in B-flat (K. 378) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Sonata in A by Cesar Franck. Neil Weintrob is an internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musician. Of his solo debut at 16 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote: "Weintrob showed phenomenal talent and technique to burn...." As a cofounder of the American Piano Trio, he toured internationally and recorded for the Musical Heritage Society label. Norman Carey's debut recital was hailed by John Rockwell in The New York Times as "really delightful and very satisfying." He has performed with noted artists including violist Emanuel Vardi, clarinetist Charles Neidich, soprano Erie Mills, tenor Robert White, and the Manhattan String Quartet. Presented by the Ph.D./D.M.A. Program in Music; free, for information contact 212-817-8607.

Friday, November 16

Disaster Capitalism: Naomi Klein & Neil Smith in Conversation
(discussion) 12:00–1:30 PM

When moments of collective crisis are exploited in the free market who wins—and who loses? Naomi Klein and Neil Smith discuss America’s path of destruction and reconstruction. Naomi Klein is the award-winning author of No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies and Fences and Windows. Her column for The Nation is syndicated throughout the world. Her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, will be published this fall. Neil Smith is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center, where he also directs the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. His books include American Empire: Roosevelt’s Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization and The Endgame of Globalization. Presented by the Center for the Humanities; free, for information contact 212-817-2005.

Monday, November 19

Japan: Akio Miyazawa and Jay Scheib
(reading & discussion) 6:30 PM

In the final presentation of the Japanese Playwright Project, American director Jay Scheib will present a reading with excerpts from Akio Miyazawa's At the Entrance of New Town. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information contact 212-817-1863.

Tuesday, November 20

Paul Attewell and David Lavin: Passing the Torch
(book talk) 6:00 PM

Paul Attewell and David Lavin, faculty members of the Ph.D. Program in Sociology, will discuss their recent book Passing the Torch: Does Higher Education for the Disadvantaged Pay Off across the Generations? (Russell Sage Foundation, 2007). Presented by Library Associates; free.

Background: Reading of a Play by Lauren Gunderson
(reading & discussion)

In 1948, as a young doctoral student, Ralph Alpher wrote the first mathematical model for the creation of the universe and predicted the discovery of cosmic background radiation that proves the Big Bang theory. He was ahead of his time. Decades later, two radio astronomers tuning their equipment stumbled on proof of Alpher's background radiation. They got the credit—and the Nobel Prize.  Presented by Science & the Arts, in collaboration with Break A Leg Productions; free, for information contact 212-817-8215.

Monday, November 26

Brother Can You Spare a Dime? 75th Anniverary Celebration
(presentation & discussion) 6:30–8:30 PM

“Brother Can You Spare a Dime,” the anthem of the Great Depression, was written in New York City in 1932 and remains a timeless song of protest for millions around the world. With music by Jay Gorney and words by Yip Harburg, the great American lyricist known as "Broadway's social conscience," the song's title was inspired by the suddently jobless New Yorkers forced to stand on street corners and ask passersby for change. The program will feature remarks by Yip Harburg himself on video, period footage, songs of the 30s, and the participation of Harburg's son and grandson, as well as special guest singers and songwriters. Presented by the Gotham Center for NYC History; free, for information call 212 817-8474.

Wednesday, November 28

Postwar Japan and the Holocaust
(film screening) 6:30–8:30 PM

Two documentary films will be shown: The Holocaust Education Center of Miyuki (a center for Holocaust remembrance opened in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1995) and Hana's Suitcase: An Odyssey of Hope, an award-winning Canadian documentary about Hana Brady, a 13-year old Jewish girl from Czechoslovakia who died at Auschwitz in 1944 and left behind a plain brown suitcase that Fumiko Ishioka, the director of the children's Holocaust Education Centre in Tokyo, received for a Holocaust exhibition at her center.  Presented by the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies; free, for information contact 212-817-1949.
Thursday, November 29

Music in Midtown:
An Art Song Recital
(concert) 1:00–2:00 PM

A performance by Susan Gonzalez, soprano, with Tatjana Rankovich, piano. Susan Gonzalez has enjoyed an active career in both opera and concert repertoire, including solo performances at Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall and leading roles with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, New Orleans Opera, and debuts with the Bolshoi Opera in Russia. Presented by the Ph.D./D.M.A. Program in Music; free, for information contact 212-817-8607.

Indigenous World Theatre Reading Series
(reading & discussion) 6:00–8:30 PM; continues Friday, November 30, 6:00–8:00 PM & Saturday, December 1, 3:00–5:00 PM

Over three days, the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center will feature the work of indigenous playwrights as theatre artists from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Samoa and the United States present groundbreaking indigenous plays. Produced in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, and the Australian Aboriginal Theatre Initiative. Free, for more information and complete schedule contact 212-817-1863 or visit

Submitted on: OCT 1, 2007

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