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In lectures on April 30, 2014 at 12:00 am

PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature

On the Edge

April 28 to May 4, 2014


More than 150 writers from 30 nations will gather in New York City for the Festival’s 10th anniversary, to celebrate those who have dared to stand “on the edge,” risking their careers, and sometimes their lives, to speak out for their art and beliefs. Building upon PEN American Center’s tradition of defending freedom of expression, the festival will foster cross-cultural dialogue among writers, artists, and citizens around the globe, offering connective tissue for a new generation to see beyond cultural divisions and misconceptions. Join then for a wide range of events, including debates, one-on-one conversations, participatory workshops, and performances in venues throughout the city. Full schedule of events here: http://worldvoices.pen.org/2014-festival-event-calendar-page.


Containing Many Meanings: “Chuspas,” Coca Leaf, and Andean Culture

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

38 West 86th Street

$25.00 General Admission

$20.00 Students and Seniors 

More info: 212.501.3011, programs@bgc.bard.eduDescription

Coca is deeply enmeshed in the fabric of Andean societies. For millennia its leaves have provided Andean people with a medicine and mild stimulant. Its cultural role as a sacrament continues today in highland communities, where the religious beliefs and practices of Indigenous peoples are entwined with those of Christianity. Coca is carried in chuspas – small woven bags that are designed to hold coca leaves and that reflect great care and artistry. In this lecture, Catherine Allen will discuss the enduring significance of chuspas to the people who make and use them. Catherine Allen is professor emeritus of anthropology and international affairs at The George Washington University. She is the author of “The Hold Life Has: Coca and Cultural Identity in an Andean Community” (2002).


NYMASA Salon Talks Spring 2014

All talks at 6:30pm in the Faculty and Staff Lounge

8th floor of the West Building

Hunter College (Lexington Avenue and 68th Street)

 The New York Metro American Studies Association series of Salon Talks for Spring 2014. Once again, they have a terrific array of scholars talking about their recently-published books.  Salon Talks are an opportunity for local American Studies scholars to share their published work with an intimate audience.  They tend to be small, lively, and informative; light refreshments are served. For directions, more information, or to rsvp, contact Sarah Chinn at sarah.chinn@hunter.cuny.edu

Thursday, May 8th 

Jennifer Wingate (St. Francis College)

Sculpting Doughboys: Memory, Gender, and Taste in America’s World War I Memorials (Ashgate)

Redressing the neglect of World War I memorials in art history scholarship and memory studies, Sculpting Doughboys considers the hundreds of sculptures of American soldiers that dominated the nation’s sculptural commemorative landscape after World War I. To better understand these ‘doughboys’, the name given to both members of the American Expeditionary Forces and the memorials erected in their image, this volume also considers their sculptural alternatives, including depictions of motherhood, nude male allegories, and expressions of anti-militarism. It addresses why doughboy sculptures came to occupy such a significant presence in interwar commemoration, even though art critics objected to their unrefined realism, by considering the social upheavals of the Red Scare, America’s burgeoning consumer and popular culture, and the ambitions and idiosyncrasies of artists and communities across the country. In doing so, this study also highlights the social and cultural tensions of the period as debates grew over art’s changing role in society and as more women and immigrant sculptors vied for a place and a voice in America’s public sphere. Finally, Sculpting Doughboys addresses the fate of these memorials nearly a century after they were dedicated and poses questions for reframing our relationship with war memorials today.


Photography and Race in the Americas: Beyond Fixity

Friday, April 18, 9:45 am

Aaron Burr Hall, Room 219

Princeton University

A one-day conference (free and open to the public)

Photography and film have long been understood as important technologies for creating, framing, and distributing racialized thought in the Americas and beyond. Recently, however, new approaches to this history, fostered by important theoretical, political and technological trends in image-making, use, and analysis, have led a number of scholars from a variety of approaches and fields to return to early photography and cinema, revisiting the relations between race and image beyond any reductive or preordained position. This conference brings together scholars from Brazil, Colombia, the US and Canada whose works have provided innovative insights in the relationship between race and visual technologies. The Conference is sponsored by the Global Collaborative Network on Race and Citizenship in the Americas, a Princeton University–Universidade de São Paulo Partnership (RACA). Co-sponsored by: Program in Latin American Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, American Studies Program, Center for Human Values, Department of Anthropology, Center for African American Studies, Lewis Center for the Arts, Department of Art and Archeology, Department of English. More info: https://www.princeton.edu/plas/events/viewevent.xml?id=161.


Essex County College Hip Hop Education Week 2014

Tuesday, April 8 to Saturday, April 12

All day panels, literary and music performances and talks. For more info and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/225637354306577/?source=1.


Caspar David Friedrich’s Sea of Ice

March 26, New Brunswick

The Zimmerli Art Museum

Rutgers University–New Brunswick presents a talk by Nicholas Rennie on the College Avenue Campus. Rennie is an associate professor of German at Rutgers University. This talk is part of the interdisciplinary seminar series Polar Perspectives on Art and Science. This event is free for Rutgers faculty, staff, and students. Learn more here http://www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu/programs-events/lectures-films-symposium.


Lewis | Deavere Smith | Duckworth

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

7:00 pm 

Tickets: $15-$25

Is failure a gift to the creative process? Sarah Lewis investigates the importance of grit and perseverance in her new book The Rise, in conversation with actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith and psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth at LIVE.

Sarah Lewis has served on President Obama’s Arts Policy Committee, been selected for Oprah’s “Power List,” and is a faculty member at Yale University, School of Art in the MFA program. She graduated from Harvard, Oxford, and will receive her Ph.D. from Yale in March 2014. Her nonfiction debut, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery (Simon & Schuster, translation rights in 6 countries to date), is an atlas of stories of innovation, discovery, and the creative progress spurred on by advantages gleaned from the improbable, the unlikely, even failure. Her essays on contemporary art have been published widely. Her second bookBlack Sea, Black Atlantic: Frederick Douglass, The Circassian Beauties, and American Racial Formation in the Wake of the Civil War is under contract with Harvard University Press for release in 2015. She has held positions at both the Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She is currently a board member of The Andy Warhol for the Visual Arts, the CUNY Graduate Center, and The Brearley School. She lives in New York City.

Anna Deavere Smith, actress and playwright, is said to have created a new form of theater. Prizes include the National Humanities Medal presented by President Obama, a MacArthur fellowship, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Award, two Tony nominations, two Obies and others. She was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires in the Mirror. She has created over 15 one-person shows based on hundreds of interviews, most of which deal with social issues. Twilight: Los Angeles, about the Los Angeles race riots of 1992, was performed around the country and on Broadway. Her most recent one-person show, Let Me Down Easy, focused on health care in the US. Three of her plays have been broadcast on American Playhouse and Great Performances (PBS). In popular culture you have seen her in Nurse Jackie, The West Wing, The American President, Rachel Getting Married, Philadelphia, others. Books include Letters to a Young Artist and Talk to Me: Listening Between the Lines. She is founder and director of ADS Works at the Aspen Institute and the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at New York University. She has received several honorary degrees: among them those from Juilliard, the University of Pennsylvania, Spelman, Williams, Northwestern, and Radcliffe. She serves on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, the Aspen Institute and Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. She is University Professor at New York University.

Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. Angela studies non-IQ competencies, including self-control and grit, which predict success both academically and professionally. Her research populations have included West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee finalists, novice teachers, salespeople, and students. Angela received a BA in Neurobiology from Harvard in 1992 and, as a Marshall Scholar, a Masters in Neuroscience from Oxford. She completed her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a non-profit summer school for low-income children which won the Better Government Award for the state of Massachusetts and was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study. Angela has also been a McKinsey management consultant and, for five years, a math teacher in the public schools of San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York City.

More info and to purchase tickets: http://www.showclix.com/event/3802113


The New Minstrels: Telling the Stories That Need to Be Told

11:00 am

March 27, 2014

New Brunswick, The School of Communication and Information

Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a talk by Richard Reeves on March 27 at 11 a.m. in the Teleconference Lecture Hall of Alexander Library http://rumaps.rutgers.edu/location/alexander-library on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Reeves is a senior lecturer at the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication http://annenberg.usc.edu/ at the University of Southern California http://www.usc.edu/. Learn more here http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/events/richard-reeves-distinguished-practitioner-of-journalism-to-speak.html.


System + Taste: Food In Postcolonial Hawai‘i

March 27, 2014

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, 8 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003

Curated by Hi‘ilei Julia Hobart

How do colonial histories shape today’s sustainable food systems? The challenges surrounding Hawai‘i’s current food system have provoked critical attention to issues of land use and development, intersections between race and public health, and the importance of culturally and geographically specific food and agriculture. In this panel discussion, Hawai‘i serves as a case study for understanding the parameters of indigenous and settler foodscapes, and offers interdisciplinary perspectives on this complex issue. Kaori O’Connor discusses the anthropological and historical context for the development of taste and cuisine in colonial Hawai‘i; Amy Bentley argues for the theoretical application of “deliciousness” to address the societal failures of contemporary food systems; Ashley Lukens presents the application of tactical community food activism as a tool for food system development within a settler state.

RSVP by Tuesday, March 25. Phone:(212) 998-3700

Co-sponsored by Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health in NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Hi‘ilei Julia Kawehipua’akaha’opulani Hobart is a doctoral candidate in the NYU Food Studies program. She holds an MA in Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture from the Bard Graduate Center and an MLS in Archives Management and Rare Books from the Pratt Institute. Her research is concerned with how food and print media frames territorial occupation in nineteenth-century settler colonial contexts. Her dissertation research uses frozen water, or ice, to explore the politics of ingestion, representation, and materiality in colonial Hawai’i.

Amy Bentley is Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University. A historian with interests in the social, historical, and cultural contexts of food, she is the author of Eating for Victory: Food Rationing and the Politics of Domesticity (University of Illinois, 1998), editor of A Cultural History of Food in the Modern Era (Berg, 2011), and the author of several articles on such diverse topics as the politics of southwestern cuisine, a historiography of food riots, and the cultural implications of the Atkins diet. She is currently working on a cultural history of baby food. Bentley is also co-founder of the Experimental Cuisine Collective, an interdisciplinary group of scientists, food studies scholars and chefs who study the intersection of science and food. Professional activities include membership in the Association for the Study of Food and Society, where Bentley served as president from 2000 to 2002. She serves on the editorial boards for the journals Food and Foodways, Food, Culture and Society, and the Graduate Journal of Food Studies.

Ashley Lukens is the Director of RISE, a core program of Kupu. She enjoys building a program  that combines what she sees as two of the most pressing needs for Hawaii: sustainability and workforce development. Her priority is to create and support exciting and meaningful opportunities that move Hawaii toward a more sustainable future in every sector, while mentoring and working alongside Hawaii’s current and future leaders. She holds a BA in Women Studies and Economics from Vassar College. She will complete her PhD in Political Science at UH Manoa in July of 2013, where her research focuses on grassroots social movements, policy, and alternative food systems. Ashley recently sold her share of Baby Awearness, a small eco-friendly retail store in Manoa, and she currently serves as the Vice President of the Hawaii Food Policy Council. She is also a hui member of KYA Sustainability Studio where she blogs on sustainable finance.

Kaori O’Connor is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, University College London where she specializes in the anthropology and cultural history of food.  She is the author of The English Breakfast: The Biography of a National Meal (Bloomsbury 2013) and Pineapple: A Global History (Reaktion 2013).  Her book The Never-Ending Feast: The Anthropology and Archaeology of Feasting will be published by Bloomsbury in 2014.  She is the author of many journal articles on subjects such as shellfish, seaweed, the King’s Christmas pudding and the surprising global history of tapioca. Her study of The Hawaiian Luau: Food As Tradition, Transgression, Transformation and Travel won the prestigious Sophie Coe Prize for Food History (2009), and she is writing a book on the Hawaiian luau for the University of Hawaii Press. She is also an anthropologist of fashion, wrote for Vogue and is the author of Lycra: How A Fiber Shaped America (Routledge 2011).  She has four degrees in Social Anthropology (Reed College, Oxford University England, University College London). An Hawaiian from Hawaii, she loves Hawaiian food.


Jewish Art and the Struggle of Tradition in Modernity

April 1, 2014

7:30 pm

New Brunswick. The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at the School of Arts and Sciences

Rutgers University–New Brunswick presents a talk by Richard I. Cohen in the Douglass Campus Center http://rumaps.rutgers.edu/location/douglass-campus-center. Cohen is from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem http://new.huji.ac.il/en/. Learn more and RSVP here: http://bildnercenter.rutgers.edu/public-programs/jewish-art.


Between the Lines: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie & Zadie Smith

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm 

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Harlem, New York

Join award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie in conversation with author Zadie Smith as they discuss Adichie’s dazzling new novel, Americanah. Adichie, one of the leading contemporary voices of postcolonial literature, explores the themes of identity and globalization in this rich novel. Zadie Smith was born in Northwest London in 1975. She is the author of White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, the essay collection Changing My Mind, and NW. More info: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/7326672/events/2831224?utm_source=eNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NYPLPrograms20140317&utm_campaign=NYPLPrograms.


Yellow Peril! De-Toxifying Fear Friday & Book Party

Friday, March 7

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

NYU, 19 University Place, Room 102

R-N American Studies and English professor Bruce Franklin joins a gathering of performers and guest speakers to discuss some of today’s urgent issues, linking them back to divisive and corrosive stereotypes, policies, and practices. Featuring new commissioned works by Suheir Hammad, Jason Kao Hwang, and Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, and Yellow Peril! contributors including Franklin, Matt Jacobson, Urmila Seshagiri, Karen Shimakawa, John Kuo Wei Tchen, and Dylan Yeats. RSVP by Wednesday, March 5. Yellow Peril! is co-edited by Jack Tchen (A/P/A Institute at NYU) and Dylan Yeats (NYU History Department). DETAILS: http://ow.ly/u23TM.


“Writing White, or How Particulars Become Universal”

Shelly Eversley, Associate Professor Baruch College

Friday, February 28 @2PM

The Graduate Center, Room 4406

365 Fifth Avenue

 Talk One of the New Approaches to African American Literature series. In the years surrounding the Brown decision, which promised to transform social inequality in the United States, black American writers produced an unprecedented number of novels featuring white characters.  This coincidence corresponds with biological and social scientific disagreements about new terms of what it means to be human; postwar “white novels” explain the contours of these debates about human universals by exploring how the particulars of racial and homosexual difference diminish in “white” contexts. – See more at: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/English/Program-Events/Detail?id=22696#sthash.jFyczv2A.dpuf


‘Iran Modern’

Asia Society and Museum

Through January 5

Asia Society and Museum

725 Park Avenue

(HOLLAND COTTER, NY Times)  Most accounts of modern art say, basically, one thing: the West creates while the world waits, like a grateful beggar, for a nourishing handout. This is false history. Modernism has always been a global adventure happening for different reasons, in different ways, on different schedules, everywhere. That America and Europe are still barely awake to this reality makes an exhibition like “Iran Modern” invaluable, educationally. That the show is also good-looking, threaded through with human drama, and composed of work that is both cosmopolitan and, over all, like no other art, doesn’t hurt.  More info here: http://asiasociety.org/new-york/exhibitions/iran-modern.



Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath

Brooklyn Museum of Art

November 8, 2013 to February 2, 2014

Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor

R-N doctoral student Amy Lucker assisted with the creation of this exhibit that includes the work of some 255 photographers from around the globe who have covered conflicts over the last 166 years, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY examines the interrelationship between war and photography, reveals the evolution of the medium by which war is recorded and remembered, and explores the range of experience of armed conflict: recruitment, training, embarkation, daily routine, battle, death and destruction, homecoming, and remembrance. In addition to depicting the phases of war, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY includes portraits of servicemen, military and political leaders, and civilians and refugees.

More info: https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/war_photography/. The exhibit was recently profiled in Art in America Magazine: http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/previews/the-arc-of-war-warphotography-at-the-brooklyn-museum/.


“Contemporary Voices in American Studies: New Works, New Directions” 

The Department of American Studies Colloquium

New Brunswick campus

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

7:00 pm-8:30 pm.

Our faculty colleagues at the New Brunswick campus will share new and recently published works and offer a roundtable on the future of the field of American Studies.  For more information: http://amerstudies.rutgers.edu/news-and-events/past-events/icalrepeat.detail/2013/12/03/96/-/american-studies-faculty-present-new-work.  RSVP attendance in an email to Liz Reilly at elreilly@amst.rutgers.edu.


“Arrestingly Female”: Gendering American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe

MoMA, New York City

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 11:30am

Explore the work of Imogen Cunningham, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Florine Stettheimer, and the role of gender in the making and viewing of modern art in America.  Associated with the continuing exhibit American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe that runs from August 17, 2013–January 26, 2014.  More information and upcoming December events and talks here: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1344.


Conversations in Black Freedom Studies: Black Power TV

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Thursday, December 5, 2013

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

Join Black Power TV author Devorah Heitner as she discusses the rise of African-American public television: New York’s Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant and Boston’s Say Brother, as well as Black America’s Soul! and Black Journal. Her special guest will be Madeline Anderson. Free; registration here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversations-in-black-freedom-studies-black-power-tv-tickets-7917799351?utm_source=eNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Schomburgconnection20131119&utm_campaign=Schomburg.


The Annual Meeting of the Association of American Studies

“Beyond the Logic of Debt, Toward an Ethics of Collective Dissent”

November 21-24, 2013

Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, November 21, this year’s national American Studies Association Annual Meeting kicked off with the theme “Beyond the Logic of Debt, Toward an Ethics of Collective Dissent.”  The conference theme calls for discussions of “debt” in its many historical, contemporary, and allegorical dimensions, and invites thinking not only about the dominant logic of debt but also the alternative practices of collective dissent that disrupt and deregulate its coercive power. Several Rutgers-Newark American Studies Program faculty and graduate students are participating on panels.


R-N doctoral student Shana Russell presents her paper “Alice Childress, Socialist Feminism, and the Ethics of Black Liberation” on the panel, Minority Literature(s) and the Question of an Ethics of Collective Dissent.

R-N faculty member Mark Krasovic presents Steve Reich’s “Come Out” and the Sound of Evidence in the Long Hot Summers on the panel, Sonic Lives of Debt.

R-N doctoral student Rosalie Uyola presents her paper “Riot!: Civic Memory, Historical Amnesia, and Public Commemoration in Newark, NJ” and also provides comments on the panel, On Borrowed Time: Memory as Collective Dissent in Twenty-first-Century U.S.


R-N faculty member H. Bruce Franklin chairs the panel, War and Peace Studies: Keywords for American Studies, War, and Peace


R-N doctoral student Julian Gill-Peterson presents his paper, “Growing Up in the Societies of Control: Population Racism and the Becoming-Prison of School” on the panel, White Supremacist Cultures.


Also, NYMASA President and R-N doctoral student Rosalie Uyola invites all fellow NYMASAns to grab a drink together at the ASA in a casual get together to catch up, let others know about presentations, and find out about other exciting panels.

Date: Saturday, November 23rd

Time: 4pm – 5pm

Location: TDL Bar, Hotel



Situated in the heart of Washington Hilton’s lobby, TDL Bar is the ideal spot to meet, mingle or unwind. Enjoy refreshing handcrafted cocktails, regional wines and draft beers, complimented with a selection of locally-inspired dishes, signature flatbreads and small plates perfect for sharing. Large stone-top communal tables, easy-access electric outlets and complimentary WiFi provide the perfect place to spread out and stay connected, while more intimate seating scattered throughout is great for networking.


Kaya Natin! (We Can Do This!) Filipino American Writers’ Bayanihan Benefit for Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan Survivors

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York, NY 10001

A community gathering, literary reading, and book sale in the spirit of Bayanihan, in support of typhoon survivors.  Featuring readings and discussion with Jessica Hagedorn, Ninotchka Rosca, Sheila Coronel, Sarah Gambito, Joseph Legaspi, and others. Hosted by Bino A. Realuyo and Nita Noveno.  Your $10 donation at the door will go directly to survivors in the typhoon-affected areas.  Additional donations can be made here: http://www.crowdrise.com/.

More info here: http://aaww.org/curation/typhoon/

Sponsored by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Kundiman, Sunday Salon, Papa’s Kitchen, & Brooklyn Brewery.


NOCD-NY (Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York)

Talking Transition Tent

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 


Canal and Sixth Avenue, NYC

Join NOCD-NY (Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York) to discuss how arts and culture play an integral role in a just and equitable city. They will share recommendations for how the new mayor and city council can embrace arts and culture to:
  • Imagine what a just and equitable city looks like and bring people together around this vision
  • Revitalize our city from the neighborhood up
  • Increase civic participation
  • Support transformative change in such areas as food and environmental justice, transportation, parks, youth development, and more
Food and drink can be purchased at the tent’s café. 
About Talking Transition:
For the first time in 12 years, New Yorkers will have a new mayor. Talking Transition is pioneering the first open transition in New York City. This initiative is transforming the typically closed-door transition process between Election Day and the Inauguration into an opportunity for New Yorkers to make their voices heard. The conversation happens in an open tent filled with transition-related events on Canal Street, in mobile “tents” in public spaces in the boroughs, and on an online forum. You can find the schedule of events and activities at talkingtransitionnyc.com and can weigh in directly at www.talkingtransitionnyc.com/TalkNYC. @TalkNYC2013, #TalkingTransition

The NYU Animal Studies Initiative

Film Screening & Discussion of BUCK

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Silver Center, Room 401

100 Washington Square East, New York City

Buck is a richly-textured and visually stunning film and examines the life of acclaimed ‘horse whisperer’ Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become a well-known expert in the interactions between horses and people. Professors Jeff Sebo and David Wolfson, and R-N Graduate Student Erica Tom, will participate in an informal post-screening discussion. Vegan snacks will be served.  RSVP Required.  Learn more about Buck: http://buckthefilm.com/.


CUNY Center for the Humanities

ALSCW Conversation Series

Peter CareySigrid NunezAoibheann Sweeney

November 21, 2013 at 7:00pm
Martin E. Segal Theatre

What is the potential of the historical novel today? A reading of new work by the prize-winning novelist Peter Carey, followed by a conversation with Aoibheann Sweeney of the Center for the Humanities, about the way contemporary literature reflects on past political and cultural events. This series is sponsored by The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, an organization which encourages the reading and writing of literature, criticism, and scholarship, as well as wide-ranging discussions among those committed to the reading and study of literary works. Sigrid Nunez will introduce. Cosponsored by The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.

DOC NYC, New York’s Documentary Film Festival

Special Screening

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs 

 Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 2:00pm

School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre.

Director Grace Lee (no relation) and activist Grace Lee Boggs scheduled to attend. 


What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today? Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese-American woman in Detroit whose vision of revolution may surprise you. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African- American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future: http://www.docnyc.net/film/american-revolutionary-the-evolution-of-grace-lee-boggs/#.UoI0eZQ9CGk Other events of note occurring during the Film Festival, which runs from November 14-21: Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris (“The Thin Blue Line” and “Fog of War”) in Conversation (Free!) at the IFC Center at 5:00pm on Friday, November 15 (his new documentary, The Unknown Known, opens the Festival on Thursday evening: http://www.docnyc.net/film/the-unknown-known/#.UoI3eZQ9CGk) and filmmaker Oliver Stone’s film The Untold History of the United States screens on Monday, November 18 at 8:45pm at the IFC Center and he will be in attendance (http://www.docnyc.net/film/untold-history-of-the-united-states/#.UoJUxJQ9CGk).

Full schedule of all films at the Festival here: http://www.docnyc.net/schedule/.


The Neuroscience of Creativity and the Arts

from the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development

Live, Public Webinar

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET

What is the essence of creativity?

Join a discussion with neuropsychologist and researcher Rex E. Jung as he debunks some of the common assumptions about creativity: how it’s defined and measured, and how scientific inquiry can enhance our understanding about creativity and art-making.

This is the latest public webinar hosted by the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, an alliance of 17 federal departments, agencies, divisions, and offices to encourages more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life.

The NEA and the Interagency Task Force periodically host public webinars to share compelling research, practices, and/or funding opportunities for research in the arts and human development. Task Force members include representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and other agencies and departments.


  1. Rex E. Jung, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico, a research scientist at the Mind Research Network
  2. Sunil Iyengar, Director of Research & Analysis, NEA, will moderate the webinar

To join the webinar:

The webinar takes place on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET. It is free and open to the public. Please register in advance.

Media may RSVP to Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs Specialist at giffords@arts.gov.

You may listen using your computer’s speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box. An archive of the webinar will be available shortly.

Follow us on Twitter as we live-tweet this webinar @NEAarts, hashtag #NEAtaskforce.


New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA)

Roundtable for Childhood Studies, American Studies, and the Humanities 

Friday, November 8, 2013 at 6pm

Faculty/Staff Lounge, 8th floor of the West Building of Hunter College (695 Park Avenue, NYC)

An interdisciplinary roundtable with the editor of and contributors to the new anthology The Children’s Table: Childhood Studies and the Humanities (Georgia 2013). Each contribution in the volume pairs childhood studies with another field of inquiry (queer studies, archival study, or ethics to name a few) to ask how foregrounding the child reorients long-established scholarly foundations in that field. Ultimately, The Children’s Table addresses the theoretical and methodological consequences of rethinking the deeply entrenched binaries dividing child from adult, dependence from autonomy, education from oppression, irrationality from reason, and subject from citizen.

Participants will include:

Sarah Chinn (Hunter College), author of Inventing Modern Adolescence

Anna Mae Duane (University of Connecticut), author of Suffering

Childhood in Early America

Karen Sanchez-Eppler (Amherst College), author of Dependent States

Carol Singley (Rutgers U), author of Adopting America: Childhood,

Kinship, and National Identity in Literature

Lynne Vallone (Rutgers U), co-editor, The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. For more information, please contact Anna Mae Duane at amduane1@gmail.com.

ALSO, Caroline Levander will be speaking at 4pm on Friday, November 8th on “Where is American Literature?”  Her talk will be at Columbia University, Heyman Center Seminar Room.  All are welcome.


New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA) 2013 Annual Conference


Friday, November 1 & Saturday, November 2, 2013

Pace University, Downtown Manhattan Campus

In recent years, scholars in American Studies have turned their attention to men and masculinity. This year’s NYMASA conference will continue this exploration, interrogating the various meanings and manifestations of manhood, manliness, and masculinity in the United States from the colonial period to the present day. Highlights include a reception on Friday night, a Saturday lunchtime presentation by Michael Kimmel, and a culminating roundtable Saturday evening featuring David Leverenz, Robert Reid-Pharr, and Tom Leger.

pre-conference event will be held on Friday, November 1st from 4pm-6pmNiobe Way (NYU) will be speaking on “Boy’s Friendships”, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities Seminar, with reception to follow.  The event will be at Stony Brook Manhattan, 387 Park South, 3rd Floor.  Entrance is around the corner at 101-113 E. 27th Street, just beyond the Devon Shop.

R-N grad student Rosie Uyola, this year’s NYMASA President, will make her Welcoming Remarks at 9:15am in Lecture Hall South, 2nd Floor at Pace University.

R-N grad student Holly Halmo will be chairing the Boys to Men panel during the Track II Sessions from 11:00am to 12:15pm on Saturday and will be presenting her paper “The In/Visible and Individual Warrior: The Construction and Deployment of the Latino Soldier – World War II and the Iraq War” as part of the Performance Anxieties: Staging Masculinities panel during the Track III Sessions from 2:00pm-3:15pm also on Saturday.

For a full schedule of events: http://0101.nccdn.net/1_5/129/0b8/1dc/NYMASA-2013-Programme.pdf.  Registrationhttp://nymasa.org/conference.htmlGraduate students registration fee is only $20.00.  Advanced registration is highly recommended. Questions?: nymasamasculinities@gmail.com.


BA@20 (The Black Atlantic @ Twenty: A Two-Day Symposium in New York City

Thursday and Friday, October 24 & 25, 2013


The Black Atlantic @ Twenty (BA@20) is a CUNY Graduate Center initiative, in collaboration with teacher-scholars at New York University, that recognizes the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness as an occasion for critical reflection on the impact of that work.  On 24-25 October 2013, a roundtable discussion featuring CUNY faculty from a variety of disciplines will talk about the influence of Gilroy’s work since its publication.  Paul Gilroy will give a lecture on 25 October, which will also feature talks by Tina Campt and Stephan Palmie, among others.  Detailed information including specific talk and speakers here: http://revolutionizingamericanstudies.commons.gc.cuny.edu/ba20/.


Girls, Zines, and their Afterlives: On the Significance of Multiple Networks and Itineraries of Dissent

Janice Radway, Walter Dill Scott Professor of Communications Northwestern University

Thursday, October 24, 2013

6pm in 523 Butler Library, Columbia Universty, Morningside Campus

Tour of the Barnard Zine Library at 5pm

Dissident and non-conforming girls and young women developed an interest in what are now called “girl zines” through a number of different routes, with a range of different interests, and at different moments over the course of the last twenty years. This social, material and temporal variability raises interesting and important questions about whether “girl zines” should be thought of as a unitary phenomenon and, correlatively, whether the girl zine explosion should be thought of as an event, a social movement, a conversation, a political intervention, or something else. Drawing on oral history interviews with former girl zine producers as well as with zine librarians, archivists, and commentators, this presentation will raise questions about the recent history of feminism and its relationship to other “new social movements” at a time of significant economic, political, and technological change in the 1980s, 90s, and into the 21st century.

Janice Radway is Radway is the author of Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy and Popular Literature, and A Feeling for Books: The Book- of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle Class Desire. In addition, Radway co-edited American Studies: An Anthologyand Print in Motion: The Expansion of Publishing and Reading in the United States, 1880-1945, which is Volume IV of A History of the Book in America. She has served as the editor of American Quarterly, the official journal of the American Studies Association.

Co-sponsored with the Barnard Zine Library, Barnard College


Music and Medicine Conference – University of Georgia, Athens

July 26-27, 2013

ISQRMM invites you to the 2nd conference on Music and Medicine at the University of Georgia, Athens at the School of Music on July 26-27, 2013. ISQRMM will bring together scholars from several fields to discuss new research in the field of music and medicine. The keynote speaker will be Elena Mannes, a multi-award-winning documentary director/writer/producer and author of The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song


Red Squad Symposium, Chicago History Museum


Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., $30, $20 members; includes lunch

Chicago’s Police surveillance unit, the Red Squad, monitored, often infiltrating and subjugating, progressive activists and their organizations. In the process, the Red Squad created its own archive of surveillance information. The Chicago History Museum holds that material, popularly known as the Red Squad records. Attorney Richard Gutman, who helped lead the legal fight against the Red Squad, will be the keynote speaker at this Symposium. In two roundtable discussions, activists, who were surveilled by the Red Squad, will talk about their experiences in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

Visit: http://www.chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/lectures-and-seminars to register or call 312-642-4600 during regular business hours.

Thursday May 2 at 6:30pm, Hildegard Hoeller (College of Staten Island/CUNY Graduate Center)

From Gift to Commodity: Capitalism and Sacrifice in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction (University of New Hampshire Press)

In this rich interdisciplinary study, Hildegard Hoeller argues that nineteenth-century American culture was driven by and deeply occupied with the tension between gift and market exchange. Rooting her analysis in the period’s fiction, she shows how American novelists from Hannah Foster to Frank Norris grappled with the role of the gift based on trust, social bonds, and faith in an increasingly capitalist culture based on self-interest, market transactions, and economic reason. Placing the notion of sacrifice at the center of her discussion, Hoeller taps into the poignant discourse of modes of exchange, revealing central tensions of American fiction and culture.

Salon Talks are an opportunity for local American Studies scholars to share their published work with an intimate audience. They tend to be small, lively, and informative; light refreshments are served. This semester all Salon Talks will be held in the Faculty and Staff Lounge, on the 8th floor of the West Building, Hunter College (Lexington Avenue and 68th Street).

For directions, more information, or to rsvp, contact Sarah Chinn at sarah.chinn@hunter.cuny.edu



Thursday, April 25th, 7:00pm, Panel on the Politics of US Literature Anthologies, Faculty/Staff Lounge 8th Floor, West Building Hunter College, CUNY Lexington Avenue at 68th Street

(Re)Making Canons: The Politics of US Literature Anthologies


Leonard Cassuto (Fordham University), co-editor of The Cambridge History of The American Novel

Gustavo Pérez Fermat (Columbia University), editor of The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature

Karen Kilcup (UNC-Greensboro), editor of Native American Women’s Writing, c. 1800-1924: An Anthology and Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: An Anthology.

Cindy Weinstein (CalTech), co-editor of A Concise Companion to American Fiction 1900-1950

Since the landmark publication of the Heath Anthology of American Literature in 1989, anthologies of US literatures have expanded their reach into a diversity of literary traditions. At the same time, what is defined as “literature” and “American” has also undergone a sea change. The members of this panel have contributed significantly to these changes, both by participating in anthologies of previously marginalized literatures and by rethinking US literary history more generally.

Thursday, April 25th at 7pm

Faculty/Staff Lounge

8th Floor, West Building

Hunter College, CUNY

Lexington Avenue at 68th Street

Space is limited; rsvp to Sarah Chinn at sarah.chinn@hunter.cuny edu.


The University Beyond Crisis, Monday, 8 April 2013

You are invited to participate in a day-long symposium on 8 April 2013 at the CUNY Graduate Center.  Titled “The University Beyond Crisis,” this symposium is part of a larger project designed to occasion collaborative critical discussion that attempts to think beyond the rhetoric of crisis that is so much a part of the current diagnoses of the state of higher education.  Indeed, the symposium is a result of collaborative thinking the five of us (Tita Chico, Kandice Chuh, Roderick Ferguson, Laura Hyun Yi Kang, and Siobhan Somerville) have begun to undertake, as well as of conversations that have taken place at the CUNY Graduate Center and the University of Maryland, College Park.  With this project, we wish to think in difference from the narratives that collectively forecast a grim future, one characterized by the foreclosure of access, academic freedoms and increasingly narrow definitions of the purpose of higher education, by taking up the work of theorizing the university anew.  Critically mindful of existent critiques, this project deliberately brackets the sense of crisis generally characterizing that scholarship.  We believe that the discourse of “crisis” has a tendency to produce a defensive reaction that can disable or stall attempts to reimagine education and its responsibilities to the public sphere — to a substantive engagement with the idea of the “public” or “common good.”  The collaborators on this project seek to identify and craft new pathways for re-imagining the university, by taking up the question of the university as a specifically intellectual problem.  This symposium is part of this ongoing work.

The overarching question of this symposium is, what is, or what ought to be, the relationship of the university to the common good?  Given contemporary conditions, how might we both envision and work toward the realization of a university that addresses that relationship and in the process, toward illuminating the idea of the public or common good itself?  What alternatives to defensive postures might we identify and elaborate?

The schedule and suggested readings may be found below.

Location: CUNY Graduate Center Skylight Room (9th Floor), free and open to the public

11a-1p Opening remarks by Kandice Chuh and Session I: on the current condition

Panelists: Duncan Faherty, Roderick Ferguson, Sonjia Hyon, Laura Hyun Yi Kang, Nelson Maldonado-Torres

This session will be concerned with illuminating the exigencies of the current situation, including identifying the contours of the current conditions of possibility circumscribing and/or contextualizing interdisciplinarity in particular.  We share a sense that there is a kind of re-disciplinization unfolding now, which prompts a concerted attention to the possibilities and prospects of contemporary interdisciplinarity.  We wonder the extent to which there is a curtailed worldview that is animating the perspective of crisis right now — i.e., an absence of discussion of alternative models, or models of different kinds of university/educational systems that might provide some pathways for articulating new arrangements in and for the US/the universities we inhabit.

2p-3:45p, Session II: sites and practices of learning

Panelists: Tony Alessandrini, Lisa Duggan, Sujatha Fernandes, Michelle Fine, Jennifer Miller, Justin Rogers-Cooper, Conor Tomás Reed

This session will be concerned with attending to non-university based intellectual work, and to academic labor beyond the academy.  We might think about the different sites of knowledge/teaching practices and the ways in which they are undertaking the kinds of work that universities have traditionally done, and/or that “minority” discourses (women’s studies, ethnic studies, queer theorizing, and so on) have undertaken.  In what ways might such sites (their emergence, their shapes, their principles of organization) inform the ways in which we craft the contours of the academy?  This might include rethinking undergraduate and graduate education, and reflecting on the foreclosure of thinking itself given the emphasis on the instrumentalization of university education.

4p-6p, Session III: the university as an object of knowledge

Panelists: Tita Chico, Gayatri Gopinath, Edwin Mayorga, Victoria Pitts-Taylor, Robert Reid-Pharr, Siobhan Somerville

This session will be concerned with addressing the ways that the university is itself an object of knowledge.  We might mean by this both the regularity and kind of metrics used to assess knowledge/success/productivity (what evidence gets to count?), and the meaningfulness of the emergence and work of “critical university studies.”  Along these lines, we might attend to the particular situations at our respective institutions, perhaps with an eye toward generating not only the critiques of metrics, but also asking after their objectives and trying to identify new ones (this is along the lines of the idea of crafting a beyond-the-crisis concept of what universities “should” do).

suggested readings:

Participants and attendees may find the following materials of interest in thinking through the questions and issues that are the focus of this symposium:

Roderick Ferguson, The Reorder of Things: The University and its Pedagogies of Minority Difference” (U Minn P, 2012).

Michelle Fine, “Commencement Address, Forty-seventh Doctoral Commencement Exercises, The Graduate School and University Center, The City University of New York, May 27, 2011.”  [please email kchuh@gc.cuny.edu for a copy of this reading]

Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, “The University and its Undercommons.”  Social Text79, 22, 2 (Summer 2004): 101-15.

Special issue on “Decolonizing the University: Practicing Pluriversity”, http://www.okcir.com/26HAX1W2012.html

Boaventura de Sousa Santos. “The University in the 21st Century.”  http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2010-07-01-santos-en.html

Andrew Ross, http://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/universities-and-the-urban-growth-machine

Annie McClanahan, “The Living Indebted: Student Militancy and the Financialization of Debt.”  Qui Parle, 20, 1(Fall/Winter 2011): 57-77.

This event is sponsored by the CUNY Graduate Center’s Revolutionizing American Studies Initiative, the Office of President William Kelly, the Advanced Research Collaborative, the Mellon Committee on Globalization and Social Change, and the Center for Place, Culture & Politics


Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 6:00 pm– 8:00 pm, “The Gift of Criticism: Paul Hollister’s Writings and the Ascendancy of Studio Glass” Catherine Whalen, Bard Graduate Center

Critic Paul Hollister wrote over seventy articles and reviews on studio glass during the 1970s, ‘80s, and early ‘90s, persuasively arguing for its recognition as an artistic endeavor. His coverage was especially important given that among all postwar studio crafts, glass was the newest. Its inception is dated to 1962, when Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino conducted their renowned glassblowing workshop at the Toledo Museum of Art. Following upon the fiftieth anniversary of this historic event, Catherine Whalen’s lecture will highlight the significance of Hollister’s writings, placing them in the larger context of the postwar studio craft movement, and the shifting boundaries between craft and art. In tandem, she will discuss the critic’s role in shaping a growing field, and the impact of critical writing upon makers and dealers, audiences and markets, and exhibitions and collecting practices. Along with the many articles Hollister wrote for publications such as American Craft, New Work, Collector Editions, and Neues Glas, he also regularly reviewed local, national and international exhibitions for the New York Times, including those at key venues like the Corning Museum of Glass, Habatat Galleries in Dearborn, Michigan, and the Heller Gallery in New York City.  As a result, he established himself an influential critic and advocate of studio glass for a large, general audience. Among the many artists he profiled—some for the first time—were Michael Glancy, Tom Patti, Paul Stankard, Dale Chihuly, James Carpenter, Steven Weinberg, Joel Philip Myers, Mark Peiser, Sydney Cash, Jay Musler, Howard Ben Tré, Michael Aschenbrenner, William Carlson, Jon Kuhn, Carol Cohen, Flora Mace, and Joey Kirkpatrick. Whalen will conclude by addressing Hollister’s work as a glass historian and an educator as well as a critic. This talk is part of the Paul and Irene Hollister Lectures on Glass at the Bard Graduate Center.

Catherine Whalen is Assistant Professor at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. With Irene Hollister, she iscurrently co-editing Paul Hollister: Collected Writings on Studio Glass, supported by a grant from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. This project brings together important published work by this noted critic and historian, accompanied by essays on his significance to the field and a comprehensive annotated bibliography.

Light refreshments will be served at 5:45 pm. The presentation will begin at 6:00 pm.

RSVP is required. Please contact the BGC at 212.501.3019 oracademicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

PLEASE NOTE that the BGC Lecture Hall can only accommodate a limited number of people, so please come early if you  would like to have a seat in the main room.  We also have overflow seating available; all registrants who arrive late will be seated in the overflow area.

RSVP 212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu


Thursday, March 21, 6:00 pm, The Brilliance of the American Theatre (Free Event), Drama Book Shop, 250 W. 40th St., New York, NY 10018

The American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) presents four authors and their most recent books at a reading hosted by the Drama Book Shop.

Join John Frick (University of Virginia), Amy Hughes (Brooklyn College), Karl Kippola (American University), and Rosemary Malague (University of Pennsylvania) as they present their new books examining critical players, genres and developments in the American theatre. This third annual event is presented by the American Theatre and Drama Society, an international organization with over 300 members. Mark Cosdon, president of the American Theatre and Drama Society, will host.

Program will include readings from:

* John W. Frick, Uncle Tom’s Cabin on the American Stage and Screen (Palgrave Macmillan)

* Amy E. Hughes, Spectacles of Reform: Theater and Activism in Nineteenth-Century America (University of Michigan Press)

* Karl Kippola, American University, Acts of Manhood: The Performance of Masculinity on the American Stage, 1828-1865 (Palgrave Macmillan)

* Rosemary Malague, University of Pennsylvania, An Actress Prepares: Women and “The Method”(Routledge)

About the authors:

John W. Frick is Professor of Theatre and American Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author ofTheatre, Culture and Temperance Reform in Nineteenth-Century America and New York’s First Theatrical Center: The Rialto at Union Square; co-editor of The Directory of Historic American Theatres  and Theatrical Directors: A Biographical Dictionary.  Frick is Past Editor of Theatre Symposium; a former Stanley J. Kahrl Fellow at Harvard University; a Past-President of the American Theatre and Drama Society; and the 2010 recipient of the Betty Jean Jones Award for the Outstanding Teacher of American Theatre.

Amy E. Hughes is Assistant Professor of Theater History and Deputy Chair for Graduate Studies at Brooklyn College (CUNY). Her essays and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Journal of American Culture, and Theatre Journal (among others) as well as two edited collections. She is now working on two book projects—a monograph and, with Naomi J. Stubbs, a critical edition—centered on the long-lost diary of nineteenth-century American actor Harry Watkins.

Karl M. Kippola is an Assistant Professor in his tenth year at American University in Washington, DC.  In addition to his scholarly work on the nineteenth-century American stage, he has spent the last 25 years working professionally as an actor, director, and choreographer. He recently completed the first draft of his play, Carin’, about the search for truth, beauty, and The Carpenters.

Rosemary Malague is the director of the Theatre Arts Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the intersections of feminist theatre theory and Stanislavsky-based acting. Last year she received a fellowship from the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin to expand her study of Stella Adler, and is working on an article tentatively titled “Regrouping: A Portrait of Stella Adler, 1941-1951.” Rose has recently completed a chapter entitled “Stanislavsky and Women: A Feminist Reading of New Translations,” which will appear in the Routledge Companion to Stanislavsky, to be published this summer.


Tuesday, March 12, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Author Reading – Ruth Ozeki, NYU Bookstore

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, “My Year of Meats,” “All Over Creation,” and the newly published “A Tale for the Time Being.” In conversation with Robert Oxnam, a China scholar and former president of the Asia Society. Co-sponsored by NYU’s Asian Pacific American Institute, and by The Asia Society.

In Store Events: The NYU Bookstore features an event space for in-store author readings and book signings, located in the rear of the store. The space accommodates up to 125 people (on bleachers and chairs), and has A/V capability. Events typically begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. They are free of charge and open to the public.


Book Launch for RU-Newark Professor Rachel Hadas’s The Golden Road

Poets House
Free and Open to the Public
Please join us in celebrating the launch of The Golden Road a new book by Rachel Hadas

The evening will feature a reading beginning at 6pm, followed by a reception and signing. All are welcome!

Rachel Hadas is a professor of English at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is also a poet, translator, and essayist. Her most recent books are The Ache of Appetite (2010), a collection of poems; and Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry (2011).

A central theme of The Golden Road is the prolonged dementia of the poet’s husband. But Rachel Hadas’s new collection sets the loneliness of progressive loss in the context of the continuities that sustain her: reading, writing, and memory; familiar places; and the rich texture of a life fully lived. These poems are meticulously observed, nimble in their deployment of a range of forms, and capacious in their range of reference. They take us to a Greek island, to Carl Schurz Park in New York City, to an old house in Vermont, to a performance of Macbeth, and to the neurology floor of a hospital. Hadas finds beauty in all those places. The Golden Road laments, but it also celebrates.

This event is made possible through the Poets House Literary Partners Program


ANN HAMILTON: the event of a thread

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 –
Sunday, January 6, 2013

Tuesdays – Sundays: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Closed Mondays except December 24 and 31
Closed December 25

Visual artist Ann Hamilton combines the ephemeral presence of time with the material tactility for which she is best known to create a new large-scale installation for the Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Commissioned by the Armory, the event of a thread references the building’s architecture, as well as the individual encounters and congregational gatherings that have animated its rich social history. A multisensory affair, the work draws together readings, sound, and live events within a field of swings that together invite visitors to connect to the action of each other and the work itself, illuminating the experience of the singular and collective body.

see more here: http://www.armoryonpark.org/programs_events/detail/ann_hamilton

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