Press Release: April Public Programs

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

Through 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 through 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; for information, please contact 212-817-7394.  Free
See “Moholy-Nagy: Vision in Motion” (film screening) on April 7, below.

Monday, April 3

On the Town: One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square
Marshall Berman, author
(book talk) 6:30 pm

On the Town (Random House) is a unique look through the lens of the ideas and works of art that inspired—or were inspired by—Times Square. Interleafing personal recollections with astute social commentary, Marshall Berman reveals how movies, graphic arts, literature, popular music, television, and of course the Broadway theater have reflected Times Square’s bright lights.  Marshall Berman is distinguished professor of political science at The Graduate Center and City College.  He is the author of The Politics of Authenticity: Radical Individualism and the Emergence of Modern Society and All That Is Solid Melts into Air: The Experience of Modernity.  Presented by the Gotham Center for New York City.  Free, reservations required at 212-817-8215

An Evening with Belgian Playwright Kamiel Vanhole
(play reading & discussion) 6:30 pm

This event will feature the work of Belgian-Flemish playwright Kamiel Vanhole, best known for his works Een demon in Brussel, Overstekend wild, De hartstreek, and Reeuw. Jessa Wildemeersch will direct excerpts from Margareth's Wake, the monologue of a Renaissance princess about freedom, love and matchmaking. With Vanhole; Peter Anthonissen, Belgian theatre critic; Robert Lyons, artistic director of the Ohio Theatre; Lenora Champagne, SUNY-Purchase; and actors from the Ohio Theatre.  Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

Tuesday, April 4

Celebrating 25 Years of SEEP: Slavic and East European Performance
(discussion) 6:30 pm
Published by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, SEEP brings readers lively, authoritative accounts of drama, theatre, and film in Russia and Eastern Europe. Started in 1981 in collaboration with George Mason University, the journal includes features on important new plays in performance, archival documents, innovative productions, significant revivals, emerging artists, the latest in film, and outstanding interviews. This celebration of the SEEP’s 25th anniversary features editor Daniel Gerould, Lucille Lortel Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature, and contributors.  Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

Wednesday, April 5

The Violin: De-Coding Perfection
(lecture-demonstration) 6 pm

Part of The Graduate Center’s Science & the Arts series, this event offers a rare opportunity to learn about both the history and craft of the famous Stradivarius violins, from experts in each. First Toby Faber, author of Stradivari's Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection, will speak on these instruments’ illustrious history. Then Sam Zygmuntowicz, a contemporary instrument maker with clientele including Isaac Stern and the Emerson String Quartet, will discuss his work making faithful copies of classic instruments as well as fresh interpretations of the classic style.  Cosponsored by the Ph.D./D.M.A. Program in Music; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

John Brown, Abolitionist
David S. Reynolds, author
(book talk) 6 pm

Few historical figures are as intriguing as John Brown, the controversial Abolitionist who used terrorist tactics to try to end slavery, changing the course of American history. Prize-winning critic and biographer David S. Reynolds will discuss his recent biography of John Brown, bringing to life the Puritan warrior who gripped slavery by the throat and helped to trigger the Civil War.  Reynolds is distinguished professor of English at The Graduate Center and Baruch College. Cosponsored the Ph.D. Program in English; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

The Art of Politics in the Art World: Government Patronage and Censorship
(discussion) 6:30–8 pm

This panel discussion addresses current difficulties of censorship, artistic freedom, and institutional autonomy -- featuring Agnes Gund, president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art; a representative from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and Svetlana Mintcheva, director of arts advocacy for the National Coalition Against Censorship.  The event will be moderated by Emily Braun, professor of art history at The Graduate Center. Presented by the Center for the Humanities; for information contact 212-817-2005.  Free

Thursday, April 6

The Public Square:
Children’s Rights and American Values
Barbara Bennett Woodhouse
(lecture) 6:30–8 pm

Many Americans distrust the concept of rights for children as, at best, unworkable and, at worst, a threat to American values. Yet throughout American history, children and youth have been active participants in the struggle for justice and equality. Woodhouse explores the meaning of children’s rights through the eyes and actions of American children, both famous and anonymous.  She proposes a theory of children’s rights, rooted in American values, that acknowledges both their capacity for autonomy and their needs for nurture and protection.  Barbara Bennett Woodhouse holds the David H. Levin Chair in Family Law at the University of Florida and is director of its Center on Children and Families.  This talk is part of the series The Public Square, showcasing public intellectuals writing about social justice issues (Princeton University Press publishes books based on the talks in the series).  Presented by the Ph.D./M.A. Program in Political Science; for information, contact 212-817-8670.  Free

Friday, April 7

Moholy-Nagy: Vision in Motion
(film screening & discussion) 5:30-7 pm

Accompanying the art exhibition "Technical Detours: The Early Moholy-Nagy Reconsidered" (on view in The Art Gallery of The Graduate Center through April 22—see first listing), this program will feature a showing of three of Moholy-Nagy’s black-and-white films Marseille, Impressionen vom alten maseiller Hafen (Marseille, Impressions of the old Marseille Port) 1929, 9 minutes; Lobsters, 1936, 6 minutes; Ein Lichtspiel, schwarz weiss grau (Light-play, black white gray) 1930, 6 minutes. Oliver A.I. Botar, guest curator of the current exhibition and associate professor of art history at the University of Manitoba, and Rose-Carol Washton Long, professor of art history at The Graduate Center, will speak at the event.  Admission is free, and seating is limited; for information, please contact 212-817-7394.

Curiosity Did Not Kill This Cat:
Studs Terkel Talks with Calvin Trillin
(conversation) 8 pm

On the eve of his 94th birthday, Studs Terkel will discuss his life, his work, and our times with Calvin Trillin. Oral historian, radio and television pioneer, and author of more than a dozen books including the classics Working and The Good War, Terkel will talk about following his insatiable curiosity to capture the memories and experiences of thousands of lives in his rich and varied body of work that celebrates the unique among us and the universal within us.  Calvin Trillin is a staff writer for The New Yorker, the “deadline poet” for The Nation, a syndicated columnist, and the author of many books. For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  $10

Monday, April 10
Missing Voices: Women & the News
(discussion) 6:30 pm

Why are national network anchors and print media opinion-makers typically male? Does this lack of female voices affect the way news is reported?  This discussion features Naomi Wolf, author, The Treehouse: Eccentric Wisdom from My Father on How to Live, Love, and See; Mary Alice Williams, correspondent on the Discovery Health Channel; Cassandra West, editor, WomanNews, Chicago Tribune; Jennifer Pozner, founder & executive director, Women in Media & News; and Catherine Orenstein, contributor, The New York Times and Ms. Magazine (moderator).  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  $10, free to students

International Plays about the Experience of Immigration
Achidi's Final Hours by Amy Evans

(play reading)  6:30 pm

In Achidi's Final Hours, a young Senegalese immigrant is murdered in Berlin, triggering the political and social awakening of another African immigrant whose love for a German man is tested during the halfhearted police investigation that follows.  Based on a true event.  This reading is directed by Ian Morgan of The New Group, presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

Tuesday, April 11

Mystery in Brief: The Art of Creating the Mystery Anthology
with Otto Penzler and Guest Mystery Authors Lawrence Block and S.J. Rozan
(panel discussion) 7 pm

As a prelude to "Edgar" week (Edgars are the equivalent to Oscars for mystery writers), Otto Penzler hosts an illustrious panel of authors including S. J. Rozan and Lawrence Block to discuss mysteries as short stories. Penzler is owner of The Mysterious Bookshop and founder of The Mysterious Press in New York City and editor, The Best American Mystery Stories of 2005.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  $15, $10 seniors

Friday, April 14

Maqam: Classical Music of Baghdad
(presentation and performance) 6:30–8:30 pm

The Maqam of Iraq is a highly-sophisticated classical music form that has played a vital role in both secular and religious aspects of Iraqi society for many centuries. Musician Amir ElSaffar—who was born in Chicago to an Iraqi immigrant father and an American mother—will sing a selection of maqamat and play the santur. He will alsoprovide explanations and take questions from the audience. Presented by the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center; for information contact 212-817-7570.  Free

Monday, April 17

An Evening with Portuguese Playwright Armando Nascimento Rosa
(play reading & discussion) 6:30 pm

Armando Nascimento Rosa, born in 1966, is the most successful playwright of his generation in Portugal. His first play, Lianor in No-battery Land (2000), won the Revelation Prize Ribeiro da Fonte, awarded by the Portuguese Institute for the Arts. This evening features readings from three of his plays, including the American premiere reading of An Oedipus-The Untold Story, translated by Luis Toledom directed by Alex Roe of the Metropolitan Playhouse. With commentary by the playwright, Portuguese theatre scholar António Mercado, and Distinguished Professor of Theatre Marvin Carlson.  Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free  

The Saga of Pale Male
(film screening & discussion) 7-9 pm

High above New York's Central Park, a bold and daring red-tailed hawk has taken up residence. Affectionately known to locals as "Pale Male," the hawk courts, breeds, and hunts as its devoted urban fans cheer for its survival. Pale Male's majestic flights over Central Park have attracted the interest of naturalists, photographers, and journalists. This screening of Pale Male, the award-winning film that made the hawk famous, will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Frederic Lilien and experts from NYC Audubon.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  $10, $5 seniors & students

Tuesday, April 18

Medicare Prescription Benefit: What You Need to Know
(workshop) 1-3 pm

Medicare has had the biggest change since its creation 40 years ago: the addition of a Prescription Benefit. This workshop will explain how the new drug benefit works, who is eligible, how to enroll and how to be a savvy consumer. Learn the latest on this new benefit and increase your health care choices from Betty Duggan, director of training and community programs at the Medicare Rights Center.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

National Security & Civil Liberties in the Age of Terrorism
with Civil Rights attorney Ron Kuby

(discussion) 7 pm

A discussion with Ron Kuby, civil rights attorney and co-host of WABC's news/talk radio show, "Curtis and Kuby in the Morning."  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  $10, free to students

Wednesday, April 19

The New York Fiscal Crisis and Its Legacies
(panel discussion) 6:30-8:30 pm

This panel discussion will focus on new perspectives on New York City’s fiscal crisis of the 1970s.  Speakers will include David Harvey, distinguished professor of anthropology at The Graduate Center; Julian Brash, Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, The Graduate Center; Miriam Greenberg, assistant professor of media and urban studies, Pratt Institute; Michael Spear, visiting professor of history, SUNY-Oswego.  Presented by the Gotham Center for New York City History.  Free, reservations required at 212-817-8215

Shooting Water: A Memoir of Second Chances, Family, and Filmmaking
Devyani Saltzman, author
(book talk) 7 pm

Devyani Saltzman tells the remarkable story of reconnecting with her mother, the award-winning filmmaker Deepa Mehta. When the author’s parents divorced, the eleven-year-old chose to live with her father in Toronto and spent the next eight years navigating between two religions (Hinduism and Judaism) and two cultures (Indian and Canadian). At the age of 19, Saltzman was invited by her mother to join her in India, to work on Water, the final installment in Mehta's acclaimed Elements trilogy. The five-year filmmaking odyssey would be more than a lesson in art, culture and politics: it would be a way for a young woman to heal deep wounds from the past.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215. $15, $10 seniors & students

Thursday, April 20

Celebrating the Latest MESTC Publication on Comedy
(reading & book release) 6:30

On the occasion of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center’s publication of Comedy: A Bibliography of Critical Studies in English on the Theory and Practice of Comedy in Drama, Theatre and Performance, this celebration will feature actors’ readings of passages by Bergson, Bakhtin, Schlegel, Santayana, and Shaw. Guest readers will include actors Zoe Caldwell and Marian Seldes.  With the volume’s editor Daniel Gerould, Distinguished Lucille Lortel Professor of Theatre, and his co-editor, Meghan Duffy, Ph.D. candidate in theatre.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

Friday, April 21

The American Theatre Wing’s Working in the Theatre Seminar
(discussion) 11:45 am; also on Friday, April 28

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; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  $10

The Writing Life: Joan Didion and W.S. Merwin
(reading and discussion) 6-7:30 pm

A reading and discussion with two of this year’s National Book Award winners: life-long writers Joan Didion, author of The Year of Magical Thinking, and W.S. Merwin, author of Migration: New and Selected Poems. Moderated by Nancy K. Miller, Distinguished Professor of English, the Graduate Center. Presented by the Center for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the National Book Foundation; for information contact 212-817-2005.  Free

Monday, April 24

Double Edge Theatre     
(performance/presentation) 6:30 pm

Double Edge Theatre previews its upcoming project, Under the Sign of the Crocodile. Double Edge weaves a signature style—visceral, intimate, imagistic and musical—with the life and imagination of Polish artist Bruno Schulz (1892-1942), to create a magical realist theatrical journey using flight as a metaphor for mythic reality. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.   Free

Tuesday, April 25

International Plays about the Experience of Immigration
Trash by Cristian Panaite

(play reading) 6:30 pm

On the streets of Berlin, two immigrant families dig through garbage and fight over the bounty—only to realize they are from the same village in Romania. When their children fall in love, we watch as issues of European unification, immigration and survival clash in this comedy by Cristian Panaite, a young actor and playwright originally from Romania. This reading is directed by Henry Akona and presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  For information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

Commemorating the Holocaust: A Musical Tribute
(concert) 7 pm

A special musical tribute offered on the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day by the Doctors Orchestral Society of New York (Peter Bellino, conductor; Dr. Harvey Salomon, chairman of the board).  Presented by the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies; for information and reservations, call 212-817-8215.  Free

Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading
(poetry reading) 7-9 pm

This event features Constance Quarterman Bridges, the winner of the 2005 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and Sonia Sanchez, the judge of the prize competition. The evening is co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and Cave Canem, and funded through grants from The Greenwall Foundation and The Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund.  Presented by the Center for the Humanities; for information contact 212-817-2005.  Free

Friday, April 28

PEN International World Voices Festival
(panel discussion) 2 pm

An illuminating panel discussion on globalization, fundamentalism, and women. Among others, participants will include leading female journalists and organizers from around the world: Nadezdha Azhgikhina (Moscow), Angelica Gorodischer (Rosario, Argentina), Ritu Menon (New Delhi) and Dubravka Ugresic (formerly of Zagreb, Croatia; now living in Amsterdam).  Presented by the Center for the Humanities; for information contact 212-817-2005.  Free

Submitted on: APR 1, 2006

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