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…)

22-24 January: 3-Day Intensive on Documentary Film-making and Visual Storytelling for Researchers

This intensive three-day workshop, facilitated by Dr. Rachel Eskin Fisher, will help you explore the potential of documentary storytelling for sharing your work with the world. Making a documentary film is not simply a matter of adding pictures to your words. Rather, it requires a visual way of thinking that most academics are not accustomed to, and a storytelling structure that differs from academic persuasion in essential ways. Spend some time immersed in another way of thinking and communicating that opens new opportunities for sharing your work. Participants will emerge from the workshop with a rough draft of a documentary pitch and a broad overview of the documentary film-making process. Participants will:
  • Experience a mindset shift from “telling” to “showing”
  • Explore the storytelling opportunities in your subject matter
  • Get an introductory step-by-step overview of how to make a documentary film
  • Practice a writing style suited to film pitches
The workshop will consist of hands-on exercises, presentations by Dr. Fisher (including film clips), group discussion, and feedback from Dr. Fisher and from peers. Rachel Eskin Fisher is the co-producer and co-director of the documentary film Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent. She also co-produced Remembering Oswiecim, a short film that was featured at the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Poland, and she has produced several trailers. She has written four screenplays, two of which have been optioned. She holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Registration is capped at 15 people, sign up at this link. Sponsored by the PublicsLab

10/23 – Sari Botton on Addressing the Challenges of Writing Memoir: What (and Who) You Need to Consider Before Publishing

  Sari Botton is a writer, editor and teacher living in Kingston, New York; Essays Editor for Longreads; editor of the award-winning anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NY  and its New York Times-Bestselling follow-up, Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for NY ; operator of Kingston Writers' Studio; writing instructor at Catapult and Bay Path University's MFA Program . October 23rd from 6:30 – 8:30 in Room 6203.27 (the Leon Levy seminar room). Space is limited to the BAM community: Please RSVP to BAM@gc.cuny.edu. Sponsored by  the M.A. Program in Biography and Memoir.

10/3 – Sara Franklin on “The Art of the Interview: Oral History and the Practice of Vulnerable Curiosity”

Sara Franklin (NYU) is an oral historian and journalist whose work focuses on food and agriculture and its ties to popular culture, media, performance of gender, care and identity. Her areas of interest include examining food and agriculture through the lenses of food, memory, oral history, narrative studies, dialogical analysis, embodied knowledge and skill, media studies, care work, domesticity and include forms of storytelling including biography/profile, memoir, autoethnography, and audio production. Sara has a background in sustainable agriculture, anti-hunger activism, hands-on food production, food journalism and food-related education and capacity building. She seeks to bring diverse storytelling and analysis tools to bear on the the universal topic of food in order to help frame it in both contemporary and historical contexts. Her doctoral research is based in oral history and uses methods drawn from several disciplines to examine the life of Knopf senior editor Judith Jones with special attention to her impact on conceptions of womanhood and self, cooking in the public sphere, and American food culture and culinary publishing. She has farmed in Massachusetts and New York, has spent time working with agricultural and culinary activists in South Africa and Brazil, and was an assistant content manager for the "Our Global Kitchens" exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History (2012-2013). She has written, produced multi-media and conducted interviews for a number of print and online publications including Cook 'n Scribble, ZesterDaily, Gastronomica, Global Post, Southern Cultures, The Valley Advocate, Guernica, Freerange Non-Fiction, Downeast.com, Diner Journal, Gravy, and Brooklyn-Based. She edited the collection Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original, which is forthcoming from UNC Press in April 2019.
October 3, 6:30-8 pm
Room 5114.02 (the History thesis room)
Space is limited to the M.A. Program in Biography and Memoir community: Please RSVP to BAM@gc.cuny.edu
Sponsored by  the M.A. Program in Biography and Memoir. Co-sponsored by the PhD Program in History.

10/2 – The Rebellion of the Everyday: Generous Women Changing Latin America

Join the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society  for a book talk by scholar-activists, Andrés Thompson and Florencia Roitstein.  Their new ebook La rebelión de lo cotidiano. Mujeres generosas que cambian América Latina (The Rebellion of the Everyday: Generous Women Changing Latin America), addresses how philanthropy manifests in Latin America, where local women activists are redefining the contours of social transformation and political activism. (more…)