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12/3 – Nancy K. Miller and Margaretta Jolly on “Remembering Feminists and Brilliant Friends: Sisterhood and After”

The Center for the Study of Women and Society is hosting a reading and debate with Margaretta Jolly, drawing on her new book Sisterhood and After: An Oral History of the UK Women’s Liberation Movement, 1968-present, in conversation with Nancy K. Miller, author of My Brilliant Friends: Our Lives in Feminism, the story of three friendships with women that changed her life, beginning in the 1970s: Carolyn Heilbrun, Diane Middlebrook, and Naomi Schor. The event will be held at The Graduate Center, CUNY on Tuesday, December 3 at 6:30PM. Please join us! (more…)

12/4 – André Aciman on “Find Me”: In Conversation with Hilton Als

André Aciman’s novel Call Me by Your Name was a critical sensation, a best-seller, and became a much-loved Academy Award–winning film starring Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer. In the anticipated sequel, Find Me, Aciman—who is a distinguished professor of comparative literature and French at The Graduate Center—revisits the characters decades after their first meeting, further exploring one of the great contemporary romances. He speaks about the new book with Hilton Als, Pulitzer Prize–winning theater critic and staff writer for The New Yorker. Reserve tickets here Presented with CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies and the Center for the Humanities.

11/20 – screening of “Decade of Fire” documentary

Women Writing Women's Lives is joining with The Gotham Center for the History of New York City, The Center for the Study of Women and Society, and The Center for the Humanities to honor the life and career of  our past member, Suzanne Wasserman. Suzanne was the long-time executive director of The Gotham Center as well as being a productive documentary filmmaker. For this reason we chose to screen DECADE OF FIRE, a powerful documentary conceived, produced and directed by women and set in a troubling time in the history of New York City. In the 1970s the South Bronx was on fire. Abandoned by the city government, nearly half a million people were displaced as their close-knit, multi-ethnic neighborhood burned to the ground.  Black and Puerto Rican residents were blamed for the devastation.  DECADE OF FIRE. The film is a visual biography of a neighborhood as well as a vivid memoir, told through the narrator, Bronx-born Vivian Vázquez Irizarry as she pursues the truth. (more…)

11/19 – Lili Anolik on Eve Babitz, with Elizabeth Frank

The goddaughter of Igor Stravinsky and a graduate of Hollywood High, Babitz posed in 1963, at age twenty, playing chess with the French artist Marcel Duchamp. She was naked; he was not. The photograph, cheesecake with a Dadaist twist, made her an instant icon of art and sex. Babitz spent the rest of the decade rocking and rolling on the Sunset Strip, honing her notoriety. Then, at nearly thirty, her It girl days numbered, Babitz was discovered—as a writer—by Joan Didion. She would go on to produce seven books, usually billed as novels or short story collections, always autobiographies and confessionals. Under-known and under-read during her career, she’s since experienced a breakthrough. Now in her mid-seventies, she’s on the cusp of literary stardom and recognition as an essential—as the essential—LA writer. Her prose achieves that American ideal: art that stays loose, maintains its cool, and is so sheerly enjoyable as to be mistaken for simple entertainment. (more…)

CANCELLED – 11/18 – Holistic Stress Reductions for Finals Season and the Holidays

This workshop has been postponed until next semester!   Facilitated by: Mari Dickerson, LCSW & Tema Watstein 10:30am-12noon Room # 9207   In this workshop you’ll learn simple yet effective techniques for reducing stress, anxiety, and overwhelm from a whole-body perspective. We’ll look at how sleep, diet, time management, self-care, communication, and meditation and breathing practices can help improve mood and calm your nervous system. You’ll come away with easy tools to implement in daily life and to help you get through the holidays and finals season with a little (or a lot) more peace of mind. Mari Dickerson, LCSW is a psychotherapist and social worker at the Center for Optimal Living in New York City .  Tema Watstein is a Clinical Fellow at Student Counseling Services. Please note that no food or beverage will be allowed during this workshop.   REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Stop by the Wellness Center Student Counseling Services in Room 6422 to fill out a workshop application. The application has also been attached for your convenience; email and fax is acceptable.  For more information please call (212) 817-8731.  You must have your student ID with current validation sticker available to present.

11/13 – Biographer’s International Organization’s Editorial Excellence Award to Ileene Smith

Please join the Leon Levy Center for Biography for the presentation of the ​Biographer’s International Organization’s Editorial Excellence Award to Ileene Smith of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Smith has been vice president and executive editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux since 2012. She is also editorial director of the Jewish Lives series published by Yale University Press and the Leon D. Black Foundation. Smith has previously been the recipient of the PEN/Roger Klein Award, the Tony Godwin Memorial Award, and a Jerusalem Fellowship. The event will include a reception, a brief panel discussion on editing biography, and the presentation of the award to Ileene Smith.
The event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP in advance, since seating is limited.

11/12 – Lawrence Weschler on Oliver Sacks: In Conversation with Laura J. Snyder and Kai Bird

Lawrence Weschler’s And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? is a biographical memoir of his 35-year friendship with the late neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks. Upon its publication, Weschler joins in a discussion about “the poet laureate of medicine” (The New York Times) with Laura J. Snyder (author of Eye of the Beholder), who, as the first Sloan/Levy Fellow, is working on a biography of Sacks, and Kai Bird, executive director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography. Weschler’s many books include Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder. Reserve here.
Tue, November 12, 2019 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Elebash Recital Hall
Presented by the Leon Levy Center for Biography.

3/5 – save the date: Guy Beiner on Is it Possible to Write a History of Forgetting?

Guy Beiner is professor of modern history at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and is currently the Burns Scholar in Irish Studies at Boston College. His publications on remembering and forgetting in modern Ireland include Remembering the Year of the French: Irish Folk History and Social Memory (University of Wisconsin Press) and Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster (Oxford University Press).​ Is it Possible to Write a History of Forgetting? While memory studies regularly acknowledge the significance of forgetting, the pursuit of the historical study of forgetting poses conceptual and methodological problems. In suggesting directions to address this challenge, the talk will introduce a concept of ‘social forgetting’ that pivots on tensions between silences in the public sphere and the persistence of obscured recollections in more private and local arenas. It will demonstrate how vestiges of social forgetting can be uncovered and charted over time through the examination of the less-conventional sources of ‘vernacular historiography’. The arguments will be clarified with reference to an in-depth case study of repeated attempts by communities in Northern Ireland to surpress, for over two centuries, memories of troublesome events in the past that do not sit well with present-day identity politics. March 5th at 6:30 pm Skylight Room (9th floor) Please RSVP to history@gc.cuny.edu
Co-Sponsored by  the M.A. Program in Biography and Memoir,  the PhD Program in History,and the Irish Studies Program  at Queens College

“Getting the Best Recording (within your budget) for your Interview” – written by GC Digital Fellow Di Yoong

With permission granted, I highly recommend this article from GC Digital Fellow  Di Yoong: "Getting the Best Recording (within your budget) for your Interview" Here's a highlight  – "should you decide that you are interested in trying out a dedicated digital recorder, the Graduate Center library offers TASCAM audio recorders to loan for use. As of now (Oct 2019) GC students and alumni are welcome to” borrow them. Enjoy! Brought to you by Marilyn Weber, Academic Program Coordinator for the M.A. Program in Biography and Memoir