11/22 – launch of Lost & Found Series VIII archival publications

Join The Center for the Humanities for the launch of Lost & Found Series VIII archival publications, as CUNY graduate student and faculty editors will share their experiences in the archive researching Diane di PrimaPedro PietriMuriel Rukeyser, Mary Norbert Korte, and Julio Cortázar. We will also be launching the first two Lost & Found Now and Then publications dedicated to Cecil Taylor. Fri, Nov 22, 2019, 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM The Skylight Room (9100) This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP. (more…)

12/3 – Kathryn Harrison at Hunter College

Kathryn Harrison is the author of the novels Envy, The Seal Wife, The Binding Chair, Poison, Exposure, Thicker Than Water, Enchantments and most recently On Sunset. She has also written memoirs, The Kiss and The Mother Knot, a travel memoir, The Road to Santiago, a biography, Saint Therese of Lisieux, and a collection of personal essays, Seeking Rapture. She is also a frequent reviewer for The New York Times Book Review. Date: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, Time 7.30pm Location: (TBC) Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor (Southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street) RSVP: All readings are free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Part of the Hunter College Creative Writing MFA Distinguished Writers Series

12/4 – “The Enigma of Clarence Thomas”

  Join the Office of the Dean for Master's Programs for The Enigma of Clarence Thomas: A Conversation between Corey Robin, the author of The Enigma of Clarence Thomas (Metropolitan Books, 2019) and Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, and Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, on December 4, 2019 at 6:30PM in the Kelly Skylight Room of The Graduate Center, CUNY. (more…)

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…)

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.