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Monday, April 15, 2013
1:15 p.m.Reflections and Refractions on the Schizophrenic Nomadism of Hamlet - Shakespeare Week I
"The schizophrenic is a person who, for whatever reason, has been touched off by a desiring flow which threatens the social order. There's an immediate intervention to ward off such a menance." - Guattari, Chaosophy What if Hamlet is a play within the mind of one character? Explorations of Lacan's mirror stage, schizophrenia and "madness", and Deleuze and Guattari through Hamlet will unfold during the afternoon's presentation. Arguably central to the canon of Western tragedy, Hamlet offers a…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
1:15 p.m.La Pucelle, or Joan of Arc: a History by William Shakespeare - Shakespeare Week - II -starring Kate Eastman
John Reed, author of A Still Small Voice (Delacorte), Snowball's Chance (Roof), and All The World's A Grave : A New Play By William Shakespeare (Penguin / Plume), takes apart and reconfigures the known works of Shakespeare to bring to life a Maid of Orleans worthy of the Bard. The new history is comprised entirely of lines from Shakespeare. On the eve of war, Joan, in splendorous madness, delivers a play-length soliloquy to her audience of soldiers, ghosts and demons. More about John Reed at…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
1:15 p.m.Young and In Shakespeare - Shakespeare Week III
Through recitation and performance, the teenage finalists of the New York City English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition rediscover Shakespeare's past and present. These high school student--hailing from public, charter, independent and parochial schools across the five Boroughs, as well as Long Island and Westchester County--prove that these 400-year old words and themes still have the power to engage, teach and entertain us all, young and old. For 30 years New York City students…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, April 18, 2013
1:15 p.m. The Mystery of "The Phoenix and Turtle": Discovering Shakespeare's "Lost" Masterpiece - Shakespeare Week IV
In 1601, at the height of his career, Shakespeare wrote a 67-line untitled elegy - now frequently known as "The Phoenix and Turtle"- that has been praised as highly as anything he wrote, while, at the same time, remaining almost entirely neglected by biographers, literary critics, scholars, and the general public. Why then, since the end of the nineteenth century, have some of Shakespeare's closest readers recurrently called it one of his "best" and most "beautiful" poems? This lecture conside…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Friday, April 19, 2013
1:15 p.m. Shakespeare Talks to Us: the Case for Style of Direct Address in Shakespeare's Plays - Shakespeare Week V
Melinda Hall presents the case for direct address in which Shakespeare's characters include the audience in the agreement between Player and Playgoer. The talk will be about the style and context in which the plays were written and heard and how contemporary direction often excludes the audience, missing opportunities inherent in the play. She will have guest actors on hand to demonstrate the advantages of direct address in some of Shakespeare's most famous works. Melinda Hall (SAG-AFTRA, AEA,…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Saturday, April 20, 2013
1:15 p.m.Poetic Afterlife: Contemporary Poets Re-imagine Shakespeare : A Poetry Reading - Shakespeare Week VI
with Heather Dubrow, Roger Sedarat, Tom Sleigh, Lee Upton and BJ Ward Heather Dubrow, John D. Boyd, SJ, Chair in the Poetic Imagination at Fordham University, is the author of a collection of poems entitled Forms and Hollows, two chapbooks, and poetry in such journals as Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Wearing her other hat as a literary critic, she has published six scholarly books, including two on Shakespeare, and an edition of As You Like It. She is Direct…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, May 9, 2013
1:15 p.m.Power and Betrayal : Sir William Johnson's Mohawk Dynasty and the Legacy of the American Revolution
With the exception of Benjamin Franklin, Sir William Johnson (1715-1774) likely enjoyed wider renown than any man living in British North America. An Irishman who settled in New York's Mohawk Valley during the late 1730s, at the age of twenty-three, the ruthless and charismatic Johnson went on to become one of the continent's largest landowners, a hero of the Seven Years' War, and, most famously, Britain's premier diplomat to the Indians. But he was perhaps best known, both there and abroad, f…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, May 16, 2013
1:15 p.m.The Theatre of Naturalsim : Disappearing Acts
The impact of naturalism, a literary approach invented by Zola and especially significant in the field of the novel through his American “disciples” Crane, Norris, and Dreiser, is well acknowledged and recognized. Not so well recognized, but equally important, is naturalistic theatre: this was a style that also originated with Zola, but its progeny was more international and its significance more radical and insurrectionary than in the less “spectacular” genre of fiction. The Theatre of Natura…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, May 23, 2013
1:15 p.m.Modern Utopianism: the 18th-Century Background
The 18th century is often known as the Age of Reason, for it initiates the era when men began to imagine that society's institutions could be rationally reformed and citizens enlightened through proper education. This movement is characterized by the names of such philosophes as Voltaire and Diderot. The 18th century, however, also witnessed a reaction against such rationalism and, indeed, against the progress of knowledge and of civilization. A leading figure of this reaction was Rousseau. W…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, June 6, 2013
1:15 p.m.Teaching Civil Rights Movements through Time
Shortly after graduating from Oberlin College in 1847, abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Lucy Stone remarked, “I expect to plead not for the slave only, but for suffering humanity everywhere. Especially do I mean to labor for the elevation of my sex.” Three years later she was on a national stage at a conference on women’s rights that included noted abolitionists. Stone understood the necessity of a fight that brings rights to all peoples. There were those who felt she and some of the oth…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, June 13, 2013
1:15 p.m.Brazil's Marquise de Sade : On Translating Hilda Hilst's "Cartas de um Sedutor"
At her death in 2004, Brazilian author Hilda Hilst, born in 1930 (in Jaú, São Paulo State), had received many of her country's most important literary prizes and published more than two dozen books. Yet she remains almost completely unknown in the English-speaking world, and, especially in the last third of her life, increasingly operated outside the mainstream of Brazilian literary culture. Prodigious as a poet, dramatist and prose writer, Hilst gained notoriety for what Brazilian critics label…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
1:15 p.m.Lorca, Jews, and African-Americans : From Romance to Racism or Simple Misunderstanding?
In conjunction with the Exhibition Back Tomorrow : A Poet in New York/Federico Garcia Lorca April 5 - July 21, 2013 - Wachenheim Gallery Lorca's A Poet in New York is filled with difficult and at times laudatory, at times offensive references to New York's Black and Jewish communities. Many scholars have shied away from these references, believing that they tarnish Lorca's reputation as a freedom-fighter; others have attempted to interpret them in a favorable and even romantic light. This tal…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
1:15 p.m.Canceled
Federico Garcia Lorca Occupies Wall Street : "A Poet in New York" and Global Crisis
In conjunction with the Exhibition Back Tomorrow : A Poet in New York/Federico Garcia Lorca April 5 - July 21, 2013 - Wachenheim Gallery In the year he spent in New York, Federico Garcia Lorca witnessed the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and its aftermath. His book Poet in New York, which dramatically captures that crisis in various ways, was not published until 1940, shortly after the end of the Spanish Civil War and four years after the poet's assassination at its outbreak. This lecture concentr…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumAdults
Thursday, July 11, 2013
1:15 p.m.Dream Traces in Streets Revisited
In conjunction with the Exhibition Back Tomorrow : A Poet in New York/Federico Garcia Lorca April 5 - July 21, 2013 - Wachenheim Gallery For years J. K. Fowler has had an affinity for Lorca, his personal struggles and in particular, his poetry written while living in New York City. A project that emerged out of this was a fascination with retracing Lorca's steps as much as possible throughout the city, bringing to light reinterpretations of (and updates to) the locations and impressions featur…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, July 18, 2013
1:15 p.m.The Virgins of Islamic Paradise : a Global History
Allusions to pure female companions—called hur in Arabic and referred to as houris or "virgins" in English—are so commonplace that they represent pervasive assumptions about Islam. The intense focus on houris may be a twenty-first century trend; however, the fascination with these celestial beings began long before September 11th. This presentation provides an account of how an ambiguous figure found within Islamic theological writings gained a distinctive place in English, French, and American…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, July 25, 2013
1:15 p.m.Orientalism vs. Inclusive Practice in Exhibition : Islam and Muslim Peoples in Western Museums, 2011 - present
After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Muslim peoples and the religion of Islam have become politicized and demonized in many Western media representations[1]. Specifically, Islam and Muslim peoples have been represented as closely associated (if not inextricable) with religious extremism/global terrorism (which is also known as Islamophobia) in many Western mass media representations[2]. Contemporaneously, there has been an increase in religion- based cultural exhibition[3], particularly repres…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Friday, September 20, 2013
1:15 p.m.Constructing a House and a History in Newport’s Gilded Age : Catharine Lorillard Wolfe’s “Vinland”
In the early 1880s, tobacco heiress and New York art collector, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe (1828-1887), the first female benefactor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, hired the Boston architects Peabody & Stearns to create a Newport summer “cottage.” She had a distinct vision in mind. The finished stone façade that she and her architects conceived resembled no other residence in Newport. It would be named Vinland to commemorate local legends of Viking explorations in this region, a subject wh…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, September 26, 2013
1:15 p.m.St. Nicholas Magazine : a Portable Art Museum
In November 1873, American publisher Scribner and Company published the first issue of a new illustrated monthly magazine for children, St. Nicholas Magazine : Scribner’s Illustrated Magazine for Girls and Boys. Contributing to its success was the editorial vision of its first and most influential editor, Mary Mapes Dodge, who was to create a new kind of magazine for children, one in which illustration and art education were important foci. The greatest expression of St. Nicholas’ art education…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Friday, September 27, 2013
1:15 p.m.Treasures and Curiosities from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle
The Royal Library, because of its great range of fascinating objects associated with British history and the Royal family, is often shown by the Queen to her guests at Windsor Castle. As the Library is closed to the public, this lecture replicates a tour of the Library similar to that experienced by the Queen's guests, thus constituting a rare opportunity to see its rooms and treasures. These treasures include beautiful and rare books (the Mainz Psalter, 1457) and manuscripts (the Sobieski…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, October 17, 2013
1:15 p.m.Race and Sexual Politics in the AIDS Crisis : Chicago, 1981-1996
Timothy Stewart-Winter, a writer in residence at the library's Allen Room and an assistant professor of history at Rutgers University, Newark, will present a lecture on the racial and sexual politics of the urban response to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, drawn from his forthcoming study of Chicago and the rise of urban gay politics since the 1950s. While the federal government’s response to AIDS was negligent, this lecture focuses on the less-well known story of how the epidemic intersected with…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, October 24, 2013
1:15 p.m.Francisco Vicente Aguilera : The Diary and Death of a Cuban General in New York
The first war for Cuba’s independence broke out in October 1868, creating a flow of refugees that came primarily to New York. By 1870, Cuban New York had become the largest community of Latin Americans east of the Mississippi. As the war raged on and resources dwindled, the financial backing from the expatriate community for the Cuban rebels became even more critical. Yet, New York’s Cubans were sharply divided and incapable of uniting to effectively support the insurgents. In August of 18…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, October 31, 2013
1:15 p.m.Not a Video Game Anymore : Tomb Raiders and their Contested Relationship with Organized Crime in Contemporary Italy
Nicknames like “the magician” or “the Etruscan” do not belong to common criminals that police officers encounter in cities around the world these days. Instead, they belong to tomb raiders who operate in the vast fields along Italy. Their jobs : to scout the terrain in search of centuries old unopened tombs that might reveal a once in a lifetime archaeological finding. And the bad news is they often succeed in their endeavors. Unfortunately, it is not common to find a criminological approa…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, November 7, 2013
1:15 p.m.Bud Powell : A Jazz Life and Genius Unprecedented
Peter Pullman presents an overview of the life and music of pianist Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell (1924-66), one of the architects of modern jazz. Pullman will highlight Powell’s Harlem origins, and underscore the emphasis that his father put on his learning the classical repertoire. This led to their eventual break, as the prodigy gave up the pursuit of a classical career (in his late teens) once he met a second 'father' – Thelonious Monk, the leader of all of the modernist experimentation in Har…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, November 14, 2013
1:15 p.m.The Death of Evacuation Day : The Long, Slow Demise of what was once New York's Biggest Holiday
As a military campaign, the American Revolution began in New York City, the first battle in Brooklyn, in August of 1776, and ended in Manhattan, when General George Washington rode his white horse victoriously into New York City as the British evacuated. For generations, New York City celebrated the British evacuation as a holiday—with parades and banquets, and a reenactment of the raising of the American flag on a Battery Park flagpole. Various ethnic and political groups vied for ownership of…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Friday, November 22, 2013
1:15 p.m.The Forgotten Borough : Staten Island in New York City, 1898-1964
Staten Island was not always an anomaly among the boroughs, different and often forgotten. When Greater New York was created in 1898, some of the most enthusiastic support came from what would become the Borough of Richmond, which voted nearly 4-1 in favor of consolidation. Though wary of being enveloped by their giant neighbors, many Staten Islanders expressed great optimism for an expected boost in public services and infrastructure, which they predicted would lead to commercial, industrial…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
1:15 p.m.How American and British Artists Captured the Excitement and Trauma of Living in a Rapidly-Mechanizing Society
Dr. Julie Wosk will present a talk about her book Breaking Frame: Technology, Art, and Design in the Nineteenth Century—a groundbreaking view of how British and American artists pictured the widespread hopes and fears about new industries and mechanical inventions that were transforming human life. Artists captured the dramatic and sometimes traumatic impact of the Industrial Revolution and new transportation machines--factories spewing smoke, trains speeding and sometimes crashing, and satiric…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, December 12, 2013
1:15 p.m.Reading Catherine of Siena : Women's Devotion in Medieval England
Catherine of Siena was a remarkably popular saint in medieval England, although she has long been overshadowed by her more popular namesake, Catherine of Alexandria. In this talk I would like to look at one particular manuscript, Harley 2409, which contains two long passages concerning Catherine taken from two very different sources. I will show how a medieval scribe has effectively created a new text by clipping and combining disparate elements to make one cohesive narrative for his readers, di…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, December 19, 2013
1:15 p.m.Aphrodisias : A Land of Beauty, a Land of Harmony
The ancient city of Aphrodisias, located near the modern village of Geyre in Turkey, is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Greek and Roman periods in Turkey. Famous for its sanctuary of Aphrodite, the city's patron goddess, Aphrodisias enjoyed a long and prosperous existence from the first century B.C.E. through the sixth century C.E. Today, many of the city's ancient monuments remain standing, and excavations have unearthed numerous fine marble statues and other artifacts.…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court AuditoriumAdults
Thursday, January 16, 2014
1:15 p.m.When Men Were the Fashionable Sex : the Fashion Revolution of the Fourteenth Century
Over the course of the fourteenth century, a truly revolutionary change took place in the clothing of upper-class European men. Beginning around 1325, the long, flowing, nearly unisex robes which had formed the foundation of aristocratic men’s clothing for centuries were suddenly replaced by much shorter, tighter clothing. Far from being unisex, these clothes were cut and carefully tailored, using newly invented techniques, to hug the body and display the legs, demonstrating gender differences…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court AuditoriumAdults
Thursday, January 23, 2014
1:15 p.m.Lepers, Real and Imagined, in Medieval and Early Modern England
From Biblical times, leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, has been both a medical and a social condition. Today, the disease afflicts over a million people, many of them residents of leper colonies and subjected to isolation and neglect. Lepers have long been characterized as bearers of horrific contagion; historically, they were also linked to heresy and sexual deviancy. The European experience with Hansen’s disease is particularly complex. disease are surprisingly diverse and often compassionate. In…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court AuditoriumAdults
Thursday, February 20, 2014
1:15 p.m.The Mill Girl Died While Working and the Patrician Angel Came : High Culture and Class Aspects of a Gilded–Age Monument
Lowell Massachusetts was a starting place for the industrial Revolution—turning from artisan hand labor to machine production— and the young Yankee women crowding into the factories became as much the invention of modern times as the machinery itself. Earning real wages in a leap of independence and with community support, the worker flourished, as well as the employer. The picture changed when conditions in the mills worsened, and with the unequal class system surfacing, the Yankee women left…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, February 27, 2014
1:15 p.m.Jane Austen's Hatred
In 1939, psychologist Denys Harding explained to the Literary Society of Manchester that English “gentleman of an older generation” had completely misread Jane Austen. The novelist, he announced and subsequently argued in the pages of F.R. Leavis’s Scrutiny, was no delicate satirist. Instead, she was a “regulated hater,” who managed and finessed the subtle “eruption of fear and hatred into the relationships of everyday social life.” Harding’s essay changed the current of Austen studies, permane…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, March 6, 2014
1:15 p.m.St. Marks Place : 400 Years of ‘There Goes the Neighborhood’
Journalist Ada Calhoun will discuss her forthcoming book about the famously scuzzy East Village street on which she grew up. Those who appreciate the street for its essential role in the beatnik, hippie, punk, hardcore, and hip-hop scenes of the past sixty years insist that St. Marks Place—now home to some of the priciest rental apartments in the city—is dead. But Calhoun notes that people have been saying that about this particular piece of land at least since the seventeenth century. She wil…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, March 20, 2014
1:15 p.m.Close To the Edge : New York’s Encounter with Violent Crime, 1965–1995
Mason B. Williams, Bernard and Irene Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellow at the New-York Historical Society and The New School and author of City of Ambition: FDR, La Guardia, and the Making of Modern New York, will examine how New York City’s communities and governments responded to rapidly rising urban crime from the 1960s into the 1990s. Beginning in the mid-1960s, New York City became dramatically more dangerous—homicide rates rose to four times the historic norm. To many New Yorkers, rising urba…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, April 3, 2014
1:15 p.m.“Dressing old words new” : Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets
The questions enlivening Shakespeare's sonnets have excited and challenged readers and critics ever since these extraordinary poems were written. For example, why did someone whom we think of today primarily as a playwright compose non-dramatic poetry? Why did he choose the sonnet for much of that poetry, and how did he adapt that familiar form? What--if anything--do these poems tell us about Shakespeare himself, especially about the controversial debates surrounding his own sexuality? And wh…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, April 10, 2014
1:15 p.m.Out of the Closet : "Your Own Thing" and Shakespeare
What happens when 20th century adaptors decide to raise suppressed issues of homosexuality implied by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night? ? In 1968 Your Own Thing, a wildly original rock musical did just that. Slide projections of characters such as the Sistine God, John Wayne, and Queen Elizabeth, vie with Orsino, Viola, and Olivia, to question and challenge conventional patterns. Irene G. Dash has written three books on Shakespeare. Two focus on his women characters: Wooing, Wedding, and Power: W…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thursday, April 17, 2014
1:15 p.m.Living in the Crypt : Mourning, Melancholy, and the Afterlife of Romeo and Juliet
We are told right at the start of Romeo and Juliet that their love is "death mark'd" - that they will be dead by the end of the play. But the lovers imagine themselves in states of living death so persistently before that promised end that a kind of mourning is deeply embedded in their self-awareness, in their love for each other, and in the audience's love for them. Ultimately, the play asks its audiences to reflect on the theater itself as a sacred space in which tragic characters cycle eter…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Monday, April 21, 2014
1:15 p.m.A Meeting of the Petty Gods : Elizabethan Entertainments and The Winter's Tale
The Winter’s Tale looks forward and backward, continually exploring how the past both nurtures and shadows the present. In its famous sheep-shearing festival scene, the play confronts aesthetic, cultural, and political shadows of its own past by conjuring the specter of Queen Elizabeth’s pastoral entertainments. In its festival act, The Winter’s Tale invokes the dead Queen in order to both celebrate the enduring symbolic identity created by the Elizabethan entertainments, and lament the loss o…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
1:15 p.m.Shakespeare and Medicine : "So Sick I am not, yet I am not Well" : Innogen and Cymbeline
Join us for a fun talk exploring the Elizabethan age of diagnosis, treatment and cures for the physical and mental maladies found in Shakespeare's plays. We will discuss some of the medical practices during the time of the Bubonic plague (Black Death) in London when Shakespeare was writing for the stage. Elizabethans believed an imbalance of the "humors" would affect the patient and blood-letting would balance the body. Melinda Hall will discuss quirky cures for common maladies such as how pu…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
1:15 p.m.Shakespeare on Toast
Who’s afraid of William Shakespeare? Just about everyone. He wrote too much and what he wrote is inaccessible and elitist. Right? Wrong. Shakespeare on Toast knocks the stuffing from the staid old myth of Shakespeare, revealing the man and his plays for what they really are: modern, thrilling, uplifting drama. The colourful words and vibrant world of the world’s greatest hack writer are brought brilliantly to life by actor Ben Crystal. Sweeping cobwebs from the Bard – his language, his…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
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