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Biodiversity and its histories



Earth Day, April 22, 2017, through May 19, 2017

Designed and Produced by Students of Barnard College and Columbia University


Biodiversity and its Histories

Biodiversity, a term introduced in the 1980s to facilitate dialogue at the conjunction of science, ethics, and law, has been notoriously hard to define. Central to the disciplines of conservation biology and environmental ethics, biodiversity operates as both fact and value in wider public debates about the preservation of species and habitats from human influence, exploitation, and destruction. Species conservation and environmental health have been proposed as apolitical goals that might form the basis of international collaborations capable of promoting peace, stability, and non-proliferation; and biodiversity has optimistically been identified as a value that unites the sciences with many world religions today. However, conservation initiatives have frequently run up against conflicts between the goals of species protection and those of social justice, between the welfare of plants and animals and that of human inhabitants. What’s more, behind the term biodiversity stands a wide variety of values—from the utilitarian to the ethical, religious, and aesthetic. These disparate values have generated competing measures of biodiversity and conflicting prescriptions for its preservation. These ambiguities have begun to receive attention from philosophers, but their historical dimension has largely been neglected. While we cannot hope to produce a comprehensive history, we hope to do biodiversity justice by producing an appropriately many-faceted genealogy. We will draw on what is already a rich body of historical research on ideas of hybridity and exchange, habitat and distribution, civilization and extinction from the eighteenth century onwards. We will seek to broaden and deepen this genealogy by charting the concepts of diversity that have underpinned scientific, philosophical, spiritual, aesthetic, and economic views of nature since antiquity and across the world. "

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Being a descendant of Armenian Genocide survivors, I felt a sense of responsibility as a librarian to create a list of resources and materials available at the library for those interested in learning more about this tragic period in history.
Environmental thinking should go beyond Earth Day. One holiday a year isn't enough time to celebrate the beauty of nature, help improve the planet or find out more about climate change and other environmental issues.
On May 20, 2017 Mid-Manhattan Library will be hosting an all-day Citizenship Fair, which will feature local and government agencies, ready to assist new Americans with their citizenship applications.

Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955 - 1972


In August 1960, the choreographer Anna Halprin, the inventor of task-based improvisation, taught an experimental workshop on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, north of San Francisco, attended by Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer. Within two years, Forti’s conceptually forceful dance constructions premiered in Yoko Ono’s loft in New York and Rainer co-founded the groundbreaking Judson Dance Theater. Radical Bodies examines the artistic relationships between Halprin, Forti, and Rainer, shedding light on each artist’s contribution to history. Dance was a conceptual engine of the art world in the 1960s. Halprin, Forti, and Rainer, all Californians with Jewish roots, opened the way to a radicalized, communitarian vision for performance that continues to influence choreographers and visual artists around the world to the present day.

Curated by Ninotchka D. Bennahum (Professor of Theater and Dance, UCSB), Wendy Perron (Former Editor in Chief, Dance Magazine; Adjunct Professor, NYU Tisch School of the Arts) and Bruce Robertson (Professor of Art History and Director of the AD&A Museum, UCSB), Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955 – 1972 consists of photographs, rare films, and original choreographic scores and drawings by Halprin, Forti, and Rainer, as well as work inspired by them by such artists as Imogen Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, and George Brecht. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, co-published by University of California Press, with essays by Bennahum, Perron, and Robertson, as well as essays by John Rockwell (former dance critic of The New York Times), and Halprin collaborator Morton Subotnick. Also in the catalogue are never-before-published letters by Forti to Halprin in the early ’60s.


Organized by the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara with generous support provided by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., the Ceil and Michael Pulitzer Foundation, the Metabolic Studio, and Jody Gottfried Arnhold

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, AD&D Museum UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Barbara Theater/Dance

Opening soon. May 24th, 2017 - September 16th, 2017.

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How the British Empire built the transportation and communications infrastructure that allowed them to win the colonial contest for eastern North America.
For much of its history, bugaku remained an exclusive and privileged experience, performed only at the Japanese imperial court and, very rarely, as part of religious rituals at temples or shrines.
In honor of National Poetry Month, and what would have been her 89th birthday, we celebrate the life and work of, Dr. Maya Angelou, with this Research Guide. Here, you will find an overview of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s holdings related to the work and life of this notable poet, writer, journalist, actress, and dancer.


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