Sunday, September 11, 2011


There are dozens of mindblowing events at the CUNY Grad Center and many are sponsored by the Center for the Humanities,
The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave btwn 34th & 35th
in Manhattan. Plus the events are free of charge.
The building and the venues are fully accessible.
For more information please call 212/817.2005 or e-mail

Art, Again
Tue Sep 20, 2011, 6:30pm | The James Gallery
Conversation: Bernard Stiegler, Kyoo Lee
How does time relate to the production, collection, and circulation of aesthetic objects, especially in this era of global techno-capitalism? Join Bernard Steigler, renowned French philosopher and Director of the Institut de recherche et d'innovation (IRI) at the Centre Georges-Pompidou for a conversation about the material ontology of art and why it matters. He will be joined by discussant Kyoo Lee (Philosophy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice).
They will explore inquiries such as, if “technics is unthought,” as Bernard Stiegler argued in his field-defining trilogy,Technics and Time (La technique et le temps, I-III, 1994-2001), how are we to rethink that technical “thing” along with its oddly self-destructive logic of industry? And why do we continue to produce “stuff,” no matter what?

Back & Forth / Poetry & Jazz
Fri Sep 23, 2011, 4:00pm | The Skylight Room (9100)
Conversation & Performance: David Meltzer, Marty Ehrlich, Ammiel Alcalay
Join the one and only David Meltzer (then youngest poet included in Donald Allen's groundbreaking New American Poetry) in a rare New York appearance as he trades vocal/musical riffs with renowned saxophonist/clarinetist Marty Ehrlich. After performing, they will be joined by poet, CUNY professor, and Lost & Found editor Ammiel Alcalay in conversation followed by open discussion with the audience. David Meltzer's recent When I Was A Poet, Number Sixty in the legendary Pocket Poets Series from City Lights will be available.

Tangled Spaces: Poets Writing Motherhood
Thu Sep 29, 2011, 4:00pm | Martin E. Segal Theatre
Panel & Poetry Reading
How do we theorize a poetics of motherhood? Attentive to divergent experiences of motherhood and using the maternal as a field that hovers outside neat categorization, this symposium will investigate the poetics of the maternal self and body through the experiences of women of color, adoptive mothers and single mothers.
Panel discussion with poets Meena Alexander, English, Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY; Kimiko Hahn, Creative Writing and Translation, Queens College; Erica Hunt, independent scholar. Moderators: Nicole Cooley, Creative Writing and Translation, Queens College; Leah Souffrant, English, The Graduate Center, CUNY. Followed by a poetry reading with Meena Alexander, Lee Ann Brown,Tina Chang, Nicole Cooley, Marcella Durand, Betsy Fagin, Kimiko Hahn, Erica Hunt, Cate Marvin, Idra Novey,Tracy K. Smith, Leah Souffrant, Karen Weiser, and Rachel Zucker.
4:00: Panel Discussion
5:30: Reception
6:00: Poetry Reading
co-sponsored by the Poetics Group