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NEW --- The CUNY-Graduate Center has instituted a fee for all Gotham Center Forums. Tickets are $10, Members $8. No Surcharges. To purchase individual tickets or to inquire about a Fall Package (7 events - $50/$40 Members), click here or call 212-868-4444. To join the Graduate Center's Membership Program and receive an instant 25% discount code, click here. For more information about specific forums, please click on the link at the end of each forum description. All forums are FREE for CUNY Graduate Students (call 212-817-7295 for tickets).

Unless otherwise noted, all forums take place at the CUNY GRADUATE CENTER - 365 5th Avenue at 34th Street.

Books will be available for purchase and signing by the respective authors.



9/11 Part I: A People's Response
September 21, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Martin E. Segal Theatre

On September 11, 2001 the digital age was just emerging. Before YouTube, before Facebook and Twitter, communities sought ways to witness and share their experiences. Please join Steve Brier of the 9/11 Digital Archive, Ruth Sergel and Pamela Griffiths of Voices of 9/11, and Mary Marshall Clark of Columbia University's Oral History Program to view and discuss select projects that reflect the diversity and passion of a people's response to 9/11.

For online registration click here.




Mystery Fiction and New York City History
September 26, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Skylight Room

Join novelists Lyndsay Faye, Joseph Wallace, and Edgar winner Stefanie Pintoff as they discuss the integration of history into their novels, along with other issues of gender, race and ethnicity in early New York City and how such issues have changed over time.

For online registration click here.


Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land
October 5, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies

This Forum features the new book, Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land, edited by Paul Buhle and Harvey Pekar (Abrams). Join us for a night with contributors and friends of the new comic exploration of the history, literature, music and current revival of Yiddishkeit. Yiddish is everywhere. We hear words like nosh, chutzpah, and schlep all the time, but how did these words come to pepper American English? Through illustrations, comics arts, and a full-length play, four major themes are explored: culture, performance, assimilation, and the revival of the language. The last fully realized work by Harvey Pekar, this book is a thoughtful compilation that reveals the far-reaching influences of Yiddish. Panelists include playright/actor Allen Lewis Rickman, National Yiddish Book Center founder Aaron Lansky, artists Danny Fingeroth and Sabrina Jones, Jewish Currents editors Larry Bush and historian Paul Buhle.

For online registration click here.






Tony Schwartz and the Sounds of His City
November 9, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall

Beginning in the 1940s, Tony Schwartz made tens of thousands of recordings of the sounds and people of New York City. Schwartz's "endangered sounds" were included in numerous WNYC radio broadbcasts and record albums over the years, and in 2007 the Library of Congress acquired the Tony Schwartz collection. Join Matthew Barton, Curator of Recorded Sound at the Library of Congress, for an illustrated audio and visual tour of Schwartz's work in a field that he largely created -- audio verite.

For online registration click here.



9/11, Part II: How We Remember 9/11
November 17, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Skylight Room

LESTen years on, we will look at what is being commemorated and what has already been erased from the public memory. Who protected us? How did we respond on the streets and in our communities in the immediate aftermath? How did the response of the mainstream and the government reflect or repress our memory of 9/11? What could we have done differently? Please join panelists including Rebecca Solnit, author of A Paradise Built in Hell; artist Ruth Sergel, creator of Voices of 9/11; and artist Brian Tolle, creator of the Irish Hunger Memorial, for a frank discussion of our experiences of 9/11.

Tickets for this event can be reserved for FREE by calling the Gotham Center at 212-817-8460 OR the Graduate Center ticket office at 212-817-8215. Please leave your name (spell it out clearly), your phone number and the number of tickets you'd like to reserve.

For online registration click here.


Italian Folk: Vernacular Culture in Italian-American Lives
December 6, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Room 9206 (9th Floor)

fsdaf Join editor and folklorist Joseph Sciorra, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College; Anna L. Wood, Association for Cultural Equity, Hunter College; Joseph J. Inguanti, Southern Connecticut State University, and Peter Savastano, Seton Hall University, as we explore the role of local knowledge and aesthetic practices as sources for creativity and meaning in the lives of Italian-Americans. Panelists will discuss everyday cultural practices in order to challenge stereotypes and superficial perceptions.

For online registration click here.





Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life
December 14, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall

This Forum is FREE

fsdafVivian Gornick's new biography, Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life (Yale University Press) provides an intimate and empathetic portrait of a modern radical. By exploring Goldman's psychological makeup, Gornick evokes the spirit of resistance and the philosophy of inner liberation that drove this most memorable champion of individual freedom. This Forum is FREE.

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