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Fall 2012 Forums at the Gotham Center

OUR TWO REMAINING FORUMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. No reservations required. Admittance to the events will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

All Forums are FREE for CUNY Graduate students (students can call 212-817-8215 for tickets to the two charged events).

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.



Edith Wharton: Old and New New York
Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Elebash Recital


In celebration of Edith Wharton's 150th birthday, Hildegard Hoeller (English, Graduate Center and College of Staten Island) will discuss Edith Wharton and her changing views of old and new New York. Looking at Wharton's writing about New York from her earliest short stories to her 1934 autobiography, this illustrated talk will explore the function of place in Wharton's writing and highlight how Wharton revised her view of Old New York in light of an emerging new New York and her life in France. The Forum will be introduced by writer Vivian Gornick.



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City of Promises: The History of Jews in New York
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall


Co-Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies

Historian Deborah Dash Moore (History, University of Michigan), General Editor of the City of Promises project, will be joined by historians Howard B. Rock (Florida International University) Annie Polland (Lower East Side Tenement Museum), Daniel Soyer (Fordham University), and Jeffrey Gurock (Yeshiva University) to discuss the new three-volume set of original research, City of Promises: The History of Jews in New York (NYU Press). New York Jews, so visible and integral to the culture, economy and politics of America's greatest city, have eluded the grasp of historians for decades. Surprisingly, no comprehensive history of Jews in New York has ever been written. City of Promises pioneers a path-breaking interpretation of a Jewish urban community at once the largest in Jewish history and most important in the modern world. Book signing to follow.


The Connection (1962) by Shirley Clarke (film screening)
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Concourse Level


Shirley Clarke's groundbreaking The Connection (1962) is an audacious adaptation of a play originally staged by the Living Theater. Eight junkies pace, philosophize and play jazz in a scuzzy downtown New York City loft as they wait for the connection to arrive with their heroin. Meanwhile, an earnest and self-important documentary filmmaker and his low-key cameraman film the "scene" and inevitably become part of the action. In her debut feature film, Clarke crafted a brilliant ensemble piece that is also a trenchant critique of cinema verite filmmaking and a dazzling and kinetic jazz poem. Recently re-mastered by Milestone films.

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They Wished They Were Honest: The Knapp Commission and NYC Police Corruption
Thursday, November 1, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Martin E. Segal Theater


In fifty years of prosecuting and defending criminal cases in New York City and elsewhere, Michael Armstrong has often dealt with cops. For a single two-year span, as Chief Counsel to the Knapp Commission, he was charged with investigating them. Based on Armstrong's vivid recollections of this watershed moment in law enforcement accountability -- prompted by the New York Times' report on whistleblower cop Frank Serpico -- They Wished They Were Honest and NYC Police Corruption (Columbia University Press) recreates the dramatic struggles and significance of the commission, exploring the factors that led to its success and the restoration of the NYPD's public image. Book signing to follow.



Yip Harburg: Legendary Lyricist with a Brain, a Heart, and the Nerve
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Martin E. Segal Theater


LESHarriet Hyman Alonso (History, CCNY), the author of the new book, Yip Harburg: Legendary Lyricist and Human Rights Activist (Wesleyan University Press), takes her audience into the political world of Yip Harburg, writer of such beloved lyrics as "Over the Rainbow," "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," "April in Paris," and hundreds of other songs. Using over fifty interviews spanning the years 1934 to 1980 (most of them previously unpublished), as well as over forty lyrics and a number of poems, Alonso weaves the story of Yip's life and commitment to human rights from his birth in 1896 to this death in 1981. In this presentation, the author introduces some of Yip's memories, lyrics, and poetry to illustrate his commitment to the causes of world peace, racial justice, and people's right to basic human needs. This talk, like the book, is a wonderful collaboration between an extraordinary lyric writer and the historian who never met him. This is a book launch; book signing to follow.




Joe Papp in Five Acts -- A Film Screening
Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Proshansky Auditorium (Concourse Level)


fsdafJoe Papp in Five Acts (2012, Tracie Holder and Karen Thorsen, Film Directors) is the story of New York's indomitable, streetwise champion of the arts -- founder of the Public Theater and free Shakespeare in the Park -- who introduced interracial casting to the American stage and nurtured an entire generation of artists, along with their works -- from Hair to A Chorus Line. Papp spent a lifetime expanding public access to the arts; his mission was to widen the portals of the theater and invite everybody in. He was convinced that both women and minorities, denied power elsewhere in society, could develop it on the stage. Papp's great accomplishments and his own tumultuous personal history is told by the artists he helped create -- and sometimes tried to destroy -- Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Kevin Kline, James Earl Jones, Olympia Dukakis and Larry Kramer, among others. Joe Papp in Five Acts is a production of The Papp Project, Thirteen's American Masters and ITVS in association with WNET.







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