Press Release: September Public Programs

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

Tuesday, September 12–Saturday, December 9

The Painted Sculpture of Betty Parsons
(art exhibition) Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6 PM

This exhibition is the first to focus on the vibrant painted constructions, reminiscent of folk and outsider art, that Parsons created from wood washed ashore.  It features 35 of these remarkable works that the legendary art dealer, who was also an accomplished painter and sculptor, made from 1966 until her death.  The Painted Sculpture of Betty Parsons was organized by the Naples Museum of Art (Naples, Florida), which lent the artworks, and curated by Judith Goldman.  The exhibition has been made possible by a generous grant from The Betty Parsons Foundation.  Informal talks on the exhibition will be presented by Art Gallery Curator Dr. Diane Kelder on Wednesdays at 1 pm. Free, for information call 212-817-7394. 

Wednesday, September 6

Three Men in a Room: The Inside Story of Power and Betrayal in an American Statehouse
(panel discussion) 7:00 PM

Former New York State Senator Seymour Lachman and a panel of experts will be discussing his book, Three Men in a Room, an insider’s exposé of how one of the country’s largest and most powerful governments has become a model of inefficient and undemocratic governance. The panel will consist of Senator Lachman, Senator Franz Leichter, Professor Eric Lane (Hofstra) and Suzanne Novak (Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School Of Law), and will be moderated by Professor Marilyn Gittell (Howard Samuels Center, CUNY Graduate Center).  Free, for information call 212-817-2005.
Friday, September 8

An Evening of Anatolian Music
With Ozan Askoy Trio
6:30 PM (concert)

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Ozan Aksoy specializes in the music of Anatolia, the Balkans, and Caucuses, and has performed thoughout Europe and Turkey. This concert  features the NYC trio he founded in 2005, which draws from Turkish, Armenian, Kurdish, Greek, Jewish, Arabic, and Alevi musical heritage.  Presented by the Ph.D. Program in Music and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center.  $10 suggested donation, for information call 212-817-7570

Tuesday, September 19

The Vanishing American Left
(panel discussion) 6:00 PM

Historically, the American Left has had periods of immense influence: the IWW, the New Deal, and the anti-war protests of the 1960s. But where does it stand on the key issues of today: globalization, the Bush administration’s “war on terror,” the diminishing significance of “class”?  Considering the role of the Left in in this election year, the panel includes Frances Fox Piven, The Graduate Center; Todd Gitlin, Columbia University; and Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study. Presented by the Center for the Humanities; free, for information call 212-817-2007.

A Rule-Based International Order:  Illusory or Achievable
(lecture) 6:00 PM

Gareth Evans, president and chief executive officer, International Crisis Group, delivers the Dankwart A Rustow Memorial Lecture  Presented by the Ralph Bunche Institute for international studies; free, RSVP by September 12 to 212-817-2100.

An Evening with Donald Hall, U.S. Poet Laureate
(reading & discussion) 6:30 PM

Donald Hall, the newly elected poet laureate of the United States discusses poetry in America and reads from his latest book, White Apples and the Taste of Stone. Hall has published over 15 books and has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry.  The event is presented by the Center for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets; $10, for information contact 212-817-2007.
Monday, September 25

International Theatre/World Theatre Series:  New York—Ljubljana Translation Think Tank
(reading and discussion) 6:30 PM

This “Translation Think Tank” features reading of excerpts from the plays of Slovenian writers Saska Rakef (Safe House), Zalka Grabnar Kogoj (Equilibrium), and Simona Semenic (24 HRS.) Artistic directors Simona Semenic (PreGlej, Ljubljana) and Ivan Talijancic (WaxFactory, New York) will be on hand for the readings and a discussion about translation. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Cetner; free, for information contact 212-817-1860.

Tuesday, September 26

Sacco and Vanzetti
(film screening & discussion) 6:30 PM

The Gotham Center for New York City History presents this screening of Sacco and Vanzetti, a new 80-minute-long documentary that tells the story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were accused of a murder in 1920, and executed in Boston in 1927 after a notoriously prejudiced trial.  It is the first major documentary film about this landmark story. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with film maker Peter Miller and Mary Anne Trasciatti of Hofstra University.  Free, for information contact 212-817-8460

Wednesday, September 27

At the Forefront of Contemporary NYC Theatre
(theatre festival) through Saturday, September 30

Experience some of New York's most innovative contemporary theatre artists and companies at the fourth annual PRELUDE festival and symposium, featuring performances, panels, readings, studio presentations, and audience-artist dialogue, with a focus on works in progress for the 2006-07 season. Participants include Thomas Bradshaw, Mallory Catlett/Banana, Bag and Bodice, Brooke O’Hara and the Theatre of a Two-headed Calf, Jay Scheib, Juan Souki, Jenny Schwartz, and many others.  Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  Events are free—first come, first served.  For the full schedule, visit or contact 212-817-1860.

Submitted on: SEP 1, 2006

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