Film Screening: Richard Wormser on American Reds

Richard Wormser will screen and discuss his documentary American Reds on Tuesday, February 14 (4:00 PM) at the Tamiment Library. A reception with wine and cheese will follow the discussion. This event is sponsored by the Frederic Ewen Center.

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Richard Wormser has written, produced and/or directed over fifty programs for television, foundations, educational institutions, and government. He is the originator, series producer, co-director/writer of a four-part television series, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. The series received national acclaim and has won the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in television programming, three national Emmy nominations, the International Documentary Association Best Series award, Cine Gold Eagle and the Chris Award.

Wormser has also written ten books for young adults on social issues including The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, Growing Up Muslim, Hoboes: Wandering in America, and Lifers: Learn the Truth at the Expense of our Sorrow. He teaches at Fordham University and the University of New Haven.

Teaching Opportunities for Students !


Summer Teaching Positions Available:

Teach Reading to Students of All Ages This Summer

  • Earn more than $6,000 during the summer. Teachers typically earn between $500 and $800 per week while teaching.
  • Gain over 500 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups.
  • Help students of all ages develop their reading skills and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books.


The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2017 teaching positions. They seek applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline. Also, they provide paid training program and comprehensive on-going support.


The Insitutue of Reading Development hire people who:


  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
  • Are responsible, hardworking, and have good communication and organizational skills
  • Will be patient and supportive with students


The Institute teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Their classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature.


We invite you to submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute at:

Pearl Diving.Writing History After the Break of Tradition & The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Monday, February 13, 6:30 p.m.
“Pearl Diving. Writing History after the Break of Tradition”

Deutsches Haus at NYU and the Department of German at NYU present a lecture by Susanne Lüdemann, Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, on “Pearl Diving.”

“The Pearl Diver” is the title of the third part of Hannah Arendt’s essay on Walter Benjamin, published in 1968. In this essay, Arendt uses the metaphor of ‘pearl diving’ (derived from Shakespeare’s Tempest) to describe Benjamin’s method of collecting and (re)combining quotes. Also, she attests to him “the maybe not unique but extremely rare gift of thinking poetically.” In her talk, Lüdemann argues that Arendt’s description of Benjamin’s literary method is to a large extent also a description of her own method of writing history after what she calls the “break of tradition.” Both of them are concerned with uses of the past which in the first place are a working through language. The core question of Lüdemann’s talk is directed at ‘postmodern’ forms of transmission and inheritance.

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Deutsches Haus recommends
February 17 – March 11
“The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant” by Rainer Werner Fassbinder / directed by Benjamin Viertel

Enter the toxic estrogen fog of famous fashion designer Petra von Kant. Petra rules her atelier with an iron fist, until fresh faced Karin shows up seeking supermodel stardom. Falling into deep lust, Petra and Karin use and abuse one another under the watchful eye of Petra’s submissive assistant Marlene. Featuring an all-female cast, the thin line between passion and desperation is lethally blurred in this hot and heavy production.

Use the code “GERMAN” for 20% discount on all performances. You can buy the tickets here.

Performances run Off-Broadway at The New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher Street b/w Greenwich and Washington Streets.

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Next Monday! rare screening of Bim (dir. Hugh A. Robertson, 1974) – with Ian Harnarine & Joshua Jelly-Schapiro


BIM (dir. Hugh A. Robertson, 1974), 104 min – presented by Ian Harnarine and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

WHEN: Monday 13 February 2017, 6:45pm
WHERE: 721 Broadway, Room 674 [at Waverly Place]
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Those in the know may know about Bim, but very few of them have seen Bim. Imagine that The Godfather hooked up with The Harder They Come in early-1970s Trinidad. The bastard child would be Bim – the film that Hugh Robertson (who edited Midnight Cowboy) made on this island in the southern Caribbean in 1974. Working in a country with little support for filmmakers, Robertson created a fierce piece of cinema whose style evokes the American New Wave, but whose rhythms and whose story – Bim charts the rise and fall of an Indo-Trinidadian man who gets into a life of crime, only to end up in politics and as part of his island’s movement for Independence – are 100% Trini.
There are said to be only two prints of the film surviving. And a few scratchy DVD copies made from film-to-VHS dirty-transfers. Yet what still remains is a landmark of Caribbean film: a raw vision off Trinidad’s Indo-Caribbean culture that doubles as a vital portrait of how conflicts over identity – in a New World nation that V.S. Naipaul infamously dubbed “a half-made society” – play out on the ground.

Exciting event-> Ports, Foods, and Connectivities Across the Indian Ocean !

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