The Fall 2019 edition of Curated Lectures will kick off on September 6th with a keynote presentation by architectural historian, author, and CALA instructor Francis Morrone. Next, students can choose from a menu of hour-long lectures held during three breakout sessions. Presentations are delivered by NYUSPS faculty members, as well as by renowned guest lecturers, including authors, architects, historians, and others. Don’t miss this unique learning experience that brings together the vast array of subject matter offered at NYUSPS. To get more information on the day’s schedule and to register, click here.
Join the Center for Applied Liberal Arts at NYU SPS and our academic partners for a new film series that takes a look at the environment. The series is held in conjunction with CALA’s film studies courses this semester. Each screening includes an introduction and post-film discussion led by a distinguished scholar. See below for more information and RSVP here: TINYURL.COM/CALAFILMFA19
FRAGILE EARTH: ENVIRONMENTAL FILMS AROUND THE WORLD
This international film series addresses today’s most pressing environmental issues. From population growth and urbanization to climate change, the films in this series present different perspectives on the biggest threats to the environment and reflect on possible solutions and pathways for a sustainable future for the planet and its inhabitants.
Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans – with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Earth observes people, in mines, quarries and at large construction sites, engaged in a constant struggle to take possession of the planet.
An indigenous environmental activist takes on the large businesses that are destroying the Amazon.
An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia.
Climate is changing. Instead of showing all the worst that can happen, this documentary focuses on the people suggesting solutions and their actions.
Nandini Thiyagarajan is a Faculty Fellow of Environmental and Animal Studies at New York University. Her current research looks at the relationship between migration, race, animals, and climate change. Nandini teaches in the Department of Environmental Studies at NYU, which offers a major and minor in Environmental Studies and a minor in Animal Studies at the undergraduate level, as well as a master’s degree in Animal Studies. The department offers a wide range of courses covering all sectors of environmental science, from ecology and climate science, to policy-making and social justice. It recently launched the Center for Environmental and Animal Protection (CEAP), the first of its kind to engage both faculty and students in research around environmental and animal studies.
Odi Gonzales is a native Quechua speaker, researcher, translator, professor and poet. He has published several scholarly books, and a dictionary in the field of Quechua Oral Tradition, Latin American literature, and many multilingual collections of poetry. In 1992 he received The Peruvian National Poetry Award “César Vallejo”. Recently his book La escuela de Cusco translated by American poet and professor Lynn Levin, was published in the bilingual edition Birds on the kiswar tree (New York, 2Leaf Press, 2016)
He has led the Quechua Language and Culture Program at New York University since 2008.
Mechthild Feis is a Clinical Professor for Digital Communications and Media (NYU-SPS). She teaches courses in Motion Design, Engaged Media and Media history.Building on fine arts and history studies in Berlin, Mechthild has worked in digital media since her DAAD graduate grant (MFA) and Whitney-ISP Fellowship brought her to New York. She worked as an artist and award-winning designer for major studios (Editel, HBO, ARRI-Munich) and artists such as Alexander Kluge and Ornette Coleman.
Markus Imhoof is a Swiss writer and director, known for Das Boot ist voll (1981), More Than Honey (2012) and Eldorado (2018).
Leonard Cortana is a doctoral candidate in the cinema studies department at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He holds undergraduate degrees in comparative politics and Spanish from Sciences Po Aix en Provence (France) and a EU Commission NOHA Masters degree in humanitarian assistance from Deusto University (Spain). Cortana also earned a BA in cinema and aesthetics from Sorbonne University Paris 1. Cortana has conducted arts and education projects with non-profits and UN agencies in Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Australia, and Bulgaria. He became a trainer for European Commission Youth Program projects and designed methodologies in theatre, storytelling, and cinema for social inclusion.
August is Women in Translation month (#WiTMonth), an initiative started by Biblibio blogger Meytal Radzinski in 2014 to shine light on writing and translations by women and work toward gender parity in literary publishing. Pen America is rounding out the month with an event which will showcase the work of translators and authors—including CALA Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of Translation, Jenny McPhee—while highlighting the importance of gender parity for free expression.
Join Pen America for a reading and discussion with women translators of women writers working in Turkish, Italian, and Arabic: Sevinç Türkkan (The Stone Building and Other Places, by Aslı Erdoğan); Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee (Neapolitan Chronicles, by Anna Maria Ortese); and Inea Bushnaq (Pearls on a Branch, by Najla Khoury).
Organized under the aegis of the PEN America Translation Committee, the event will be moderated by Jenny Wang Medina (assistant professor of Korean literature, Emory University) and Alex Zucker (translator of Czech literature).
Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
McNally Jackson Books
New York, NY
52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012
Sevinç Türkkan teaches modern Turkish literature and intellectual history at the University of Rochester. Her translation of The Stone Building and Other Stories was a finalist for the 2019 PEN Translation Award. She is coeditor (with David Damrosch) of Approaches to Teaching the Works of Orhan Pamuk, and is currently writing a book titled Translation Criticism and the Construction of World Literature.
Ann Goldstein has translated The Neapolitan Novels and other works by Elena Ferrante, as well as writings by Primo Levi, Giacomo Leopardi, and Pier Paolo Pasolini. She is the former head of the copy department at The New Yorker.
Jenny McPhee has translated works by Giacomo Leopardi, Primo Levi, Natalia Ginzburg, Paolo Maurensig, and Pope John Paul II.
Inea Bushnaq is a Palestinian-American writer and translator born in Jerusalem. After the Partition of Palestine in 1948, the family moved to England, where she received most of her schooling, and a degree in classics from Cambridge University. She now lives in New York City.
Interested in furthering or pursuing a career in translation?
Apply for our online M.S. in Translation program, which is available in four language pairs: French to English, Spanish to English, English to Spanish, and Chinese to English.
Registration is also open for our five-course, online Certificate in Translation Industry Essentials! This comprehensive certificate—available for all language pairs—will provide an overview of translation concepts and techniques, as well as hands-on training in the translation of documents from a wide range of fields: financial, commercial, legal, and other topics pertinent to today’s market.
This past week, CALA staff member Anne Maguire was a featured panelist at the Whitney Museum’s screening and discussion of Barbara Hammer’s History Lessons. In the film, which was originally released in 2000, Barbara Hammer reclaims and rewrites lesbian history through her playful but empowering manipulation of a vast array of archival footage, drawn from popular films, newsreels, sex ed pics, stag reels, medical and educational films, old nudies, and more. Anne played a central role in the creation of the film as its archival researcher; the clips she collected throughout her time working at the Prelinger Archive make up a majority of the images seen in the film. Anne was also used as what she calls the “ghostly archivist” who is referenced throughout the film.
The screening was followed up by a panel discussion featuring Anne as well as three of the film’s actors: Carmelita Tropicana, Mo B. Dick, and Jane Fine. The conversation was moderated by Matt Wolf, one of the guest curators for the 2019 Whitney Biennial film program.
Check out some pictures from the evening below. To learn more about the film and where you can find it, visit Barbra Hammer’s website: http://barbarahammer.com/films/history-lessons/
The Atlantic Gallery in Chelsea’s Landmark Arts Building is managed by the artists it represents. The annual show, “Connections,” gives member artists the opportunity to invite guest artists and “emphasizes the bonds between artist-friends who share thoughts about their work, communicate through their work, and admire and appreciate each other’s work.”
This year, one of the featured partnerships is between member artist and longtime CALA instructor Meera Thompson, whose work is shown alongside creative collage pieces by artists and former students Stefanie Russell and Paul Katcher.
For Stefanie Russell, who in addition to being an artist is a respected professor and dental surgeon, the initial appeal of collage was its accessibility. Collage can be less intimidating to a beginner than drawing or painting. However, it does serve as a stepping stone to other art forms by helping a person develop a sense of color, composition, and think about expressing concepts through images.
For Paul Katcher, a longtime photographer, the hands-on approach to repurposing and manipulating materials delivers an analog engagement in an increasingly digital art world. Flea markets, craft shops, collected pieces of nature, and even leisurely eBay searching are all sources for material to preserve history, tell new stories, or simply make aesthetically pleasing compositions. He finds the process altogether meditative, informative and energizing.
On the opening night of Connections IV, Meera confided to us that she is never more herself than when she is making art. If you’re curious to explore your own creativity through collage, this article on Artsy can give you some tips to get you started. Those interested in developing their artistic skills under Meera’s mentorship have the opportunity to take her Fall 2019 course, Introduction to Drawing.
Connections IV is on view at the Atlantic Gallery through August 3rd.
(all photos courtesy of Paul Katcher)
Other Fall 2019 courses of interest:
Come learn about all of CALA’s exciting course offerings and Certificate programs in the arts, humanities, languages, film & television, translation & interpreting, publishing, and more at the upcoming Fall 2019 Noncredit Information Session.
The session will take place on Wednesday, July 31st from 5:30-7:00pm in the 5th floor lounge at 7 East 12th Street.
Students can now visit the NYU School of Professional Studies’ noncredit website to view and register for classes starting in September. The Center for Applied Liberal Arts’ in-house subject specialists will also be present at the NYU SPS information session on July 31st to answer questions and give you more information on our different programs. You may also call us at 212-998-7272 to speak to an academic advisor or e-mail us at email@example.com. To register for a course, contact registration services at 212-998-7200 or register online. A browsable PDF copy of CALA’s course catalog is available here.
Fall 2019 Courses :
Arts – studio art, art history & architecture, photography, arts administration,appraisal studies, fashion, art business
Design – 3D design and product development, graphic design
Film – filmmaking and producing, film studies, film and tv writing, audio and visual effects
Humanities – history, literature, philosophy & religion, theater, music, acting, communication, New York City metropolitan studies
Languages– Mandarin, Japanase, Greek, Spanish, French, Swedish and more
Publishing – editing, book publishing, magazine and website publishing
Translation and Interpreting – legal, medical, simultaneous, consecutive, transcreation, literary media
Writing and Communications– professional writing, journalism, creative nonfiction, fiction & poetry, writing for screen and stage
Journalist and CALA Writing instructor Estelle Erasmus recently published an article in the New York Times entitled “How to Bullyproof Your Child.” In the article, Erasmus advocates for an anti-bullying method proposed by school psychologist Izzy Kalman, in which the child is taught to treat their bully as a friend rather than an enemy.
Erasmus writes, “Mr. Kalman’s strategy differs from the approach favored by many schools in several ways: It avoids labeling a child as a bully (it’s an insult, like ‘wimp’ or ‘loser’), but also advocates going to adults for advice or help with role playing. His method encourages kids to solve problems on their own rather than asking an adult to put pressure on the school to take the side of the upset child over the one identified as the ‘bully.’ He also teaches children how to handle threats and situations where they are made to feel unsafe.”
She concludes by providing examples of common bullying scenarios and approaches, which not only illustrate the differences between Mr. Kalman’s method and the reflexive response, but also act as a useful tool for parents hoping to utilize this method with their children. The article was widely-circulated upon its release in May 2019 and received its own segment on Good Morning America the following week, where the hosts discussed the contents of the article with Erasmus as well as Mr. Kalman himself.
Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/well/family/how-to-bullyproof-your-child.html
And check out Erasmus’ feature on Good Morning America: https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/Family/video/teach-kids-address-teasing-63367176
This Fall, Estelle Erasmus will be teaching WRITING MIDLIFE AND BEYOND: https://www.sps.nyu.edu/professional-pathways/courses/WRIT1-CE9800-writing-midlife-and-beyond.html
Registration is now open, so don’t delay!
This Summer, CALA will be offering Inspired by Real Life: Reading and Writing Exofiction in French (FRCH1-CE9450). In the course, students will explore exofiction—a new literary phenomenon similar to biopics that takes inspiration from real-life events—by reading the works of award-winning French writers: Adrien Bosc, Clélia Renucci, and Benoît Cohen. This course is designed for individuals who possess high-intermediate or advanced French language ability.
We are delighted to share that Wallace Sanders, a CALA faculty member (Spanish language), is interviewed in Stonewall Forever – a Documentary About the Past, Present, and Future of Pride.
From the documentary makers – “The history of the Stonewall Riots is equally as cherished as it is charged. There are questions of who was there, who ‘threw the first brick’ and who can claim Stonewall. This film doesn’t answer these questions but instead it aims to expand the story of Stonewall by including more voices in its telling.
Stonewall Forever, the documentary, brings together voices from over 50 years of LGBTQ activism to explore the ongoing legacy of Stonewall.
Wallace is a native New Yorker, a lifelong teacher, and a Vietnam War veteran. He was a regular at the Stonewall Inn, although he wasn’t present during the riots. He worked for New York City’s Commission on Human Rights for 18 years, where he helped pass the Gay Rights Bill in 1986.”
In the spirit of Stonewall, and for the 50th anniversary of the rebellion that ignited the modern liberation movement, Reclaim Pride will be holding a protest march along the original route of the first Christopher Street Liberation Day march in New York City, in 1970. For details click Queer Liberation March
On Saturday, June 29th the 27th annual Dyke March (a protest, not a parade!) will take place on Fifth Avenue – for details click NYC Dyke March
Brush up on your Spanish this summer at CALA! Click on the links below for details: