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Understanding #OCCUPYWALLSTREET: Event at Columbia Tomorrow, 10/26


Wed, Oct 26th, 2011, 7:30 pm
501 Schermerhorn
1190 Amsterdam Ave

On September 17th, 2011, a group of protestors began their occupation of Zuccotti Park in the financial district of Manhattan. The #OCCUPYWALLSTREET movement has grown to include hundreds of people who live in the park and thousands more who occupy it during the day. Similar protests have begun in other cities around the United States and throughout the world. The leaderless movement has spread largely via the Internet and through the use of mobile technology and social media. How do we understand this movement? What is new about it, and how has it arisen? Where is it going, and how has it already changed? A roundtable of Columbia University professors will explore these questions and provide a platform for campus-wide discussion.

Participants include Saskia Sassen (Sociology), Nadia Urbinati (Political Science), Stathis Gourgouris (ICLS), andSuresh Naidu (Economics and SIPA).

Seating is limited, and registration is required. Please RSVP to jlb2210@columbia.edu.

Sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL).

Cultures Of Resistance: Artists On Arts & Activism

“Cultures Of Resistance” — Artists On Arts & Activism
Suheir Hammad, Sidd Joag, Iara Lee, Paul D. Miller

Workshop | Film Screening | Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
www. apa.nyu.edu | apa.rsvp@nyu.edu | 212.992.9653

FREE and open to the public.

A/P/A Institute asks four artists — Suheir Hammad, Sidd Joag, Iara Lee and Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) — to explore the idea of being “the change they want to see” as set forth by filmmaker Iara Lee in her film “Cultures of Resistance.” The workshop, screening and discussion will provide launching points for artists, scholars and community to come together in discussion on artistsʼ roles in global change and resistance.

WORKSHOP with Artist Sidd Joag, freeDimensional
NYU Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

Artist Sidd Joag of freeDimensional will facilitate a workshop on its new region-specific model for providing distress services to artists and culture workers in areas of conflict. Participants will engage with the concept, purpose, structure and outcomes of Regional Triage Teams – network activators designed to advocate for and access resources on behalf of artists facing political repression as a result of their activist work.

FILM “Cultures of Resistance” dir. Iara Lee
NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
24 West 12th Street, Auditorium

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Lee encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story. From Iran, where graffiti and rap became tools in fighting government repression, to Burma, where monks acting in the tradition of Gandhi take on a dictatorship, moving on to Brazil, where musicians reach out to slum kids and transform guns into guitars, and ending in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard, “Cultures of Resistance” explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò,
24 West 12th Street, Auditorium

The film is the launching point for the post-screening panel featuring filmmaker Iara Lee (“Cultures of Resistence”), Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky on the Vanuatu Pacifica Project and Tanna Center for the Arts), poet Suheir Hammad, and artist Sidd Joag. The panel will explore the role of the artist in a global society, including that of the diasporic artist. The panel will be moderated by NYU Tisch School of the Artsʼ Art & Public Policy Program chair Randy Martin.

Co-sponsored by: The Institute for Public Knowledge; Tisch School of the Arts’ Art & Public Policy Program; NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions; NYU Students for Justice in Palestine; and the NYU Center for Media, Culture and History

NEXT WED 10/19: Mesoamerican Biodiversity, Green Imperialism, and Indigenous Women’s Leadership in Defense of Territory

Mesoamerican Biodiversity, Green Imperialism, and Indigenous Women’s Leadership in Defense of Territory

Convened by CLACS; Latino Studies at NYU; Gender and Sexuality Studies at NYU; Barnard Center for Research on Women; PUEG at UNAM
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, 4th floor of 20 Cooper Square, New York University, New York, NY 10003 (map)

9:30am: Introductory Remarks

10:00am -12:00pm: When Environmentalism Kills
Breaking the Silence: State Violence against Triquis Women of Oaxaca, Natalia De Marinis, CIESAS (Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Anthropology), Mexico
Feminist ‘Sorority’ Against Feminicide: Natural Resources, Militarization, and the ‘Project Mesoamerica’ (Plan Puebla-Panamá), Norma Iris Cacho Niño, Organizer with the Marcha Mundial de las Mujeres en México (World March of Mexican Women, Mexico Branch)
Geopolitics of Emancipations, Ana Esther Ceceña, Director of the Institute for Economic Research (IIEC) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
A Continent Under Threat: The Eagle Spreads it Wings, Rodrigo Yedra Rodríguez, Researcher, Geopolitical Observatory for Latin America at the IIEC, UNAM
Chair and Commentator: Marisa Belausteguigoitia, Director Programa de Estudios de Genero (PUEG) UNAM

12:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm – 4:00pm: Appropriate Knowledges and Gender Conservation
Appropriating Territory: Women’s Spaces in the Conservation and Management of the Environment, Martha Eugenia Villavicencio Enríquez, Consultant with Women’s Indigenous Organizations, Chiapas, Mexico
Gendered Knowledges and the Conservation of Biocultural Diversity: Resisting World Bank Supernational Projects, Alberto Betancourt Posada, Professor, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, UNAM
Tseltal Women in Chiapas: Food Autonomy and the Transformation of Gender Politics, Magali Barreto Avila, Researcher, Institute of Anthropological Investigation, UNAM
Race, Indigeneity, and Gender in a New Post-Colonial Conservation Territory: Some Notes from the Maasai Steppe Heartland, James Igoe, Anthropology Department, Dartmouth University
Chair and Commentator: Iván González Márquez, Anthropology Department, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa

4:00pm – 6:00pm: Indigenous Territorial Rights Revisited
Territory: Indigenous and Western Juridical Concepts Before the Resolutions of the OAS’s Inter-American Court of Human Rights, x’Rosalbaek Sakubelnichim, Doctoral Student, Law School, University of Salamanca, Spain
Defending Indigenous Territorial Rights and the Struggle for Resources in the Lacandon Jungle, Miguel Angel A. García Aguirre, Co-Founder of NGO Maderas del Pueblo del Sureste, A.C., Chiapas, Mexico
Defending Common Lands, June Nash, Anthropology Department, City University of New York (CUNY), Graduate Center
Reworking Patriarchy: Gender, race and land registration in the Honduran Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, Sharlene Mollett, Geography Departmet, Darmouth University
Chair and Commentor: TBA

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Initiative at NYU, the Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Columbia University, the NYU Dean for the Humanities, the NYU Native Studies Forum, the NYU Department of Anthropology, Metropolitan Studies at NYU, the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU, and the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU.

Upcoming Conference

Injured Cities, Urban Afterlives
Conference at Columbia University
October 14-15, 2011
Miller Theater and Wood Auditorium

See all program information at http://socialdifference.org/injuredcities/

This conference, convened on the tenth anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, aims to explore the effects of catastrophe on cities and their inhabitants, to analyze the politics of shock and terror states use in response to their vulnerability, and to imagine more life-affirming modes of redress and re-invention.

The focal point of the conference will be the September 11, 2001 Oral History Narrative and Memory Project of Columbia’s Oral History Research Office, an oral history archive of 600 life stories of diverse New York City communities. The collection documents the multiple ways that “difference” – in the form of geography, cultural memory, ethnic identity, class, gender, generation, religious and political affiliation – affects how individuals are subject to and assign meaning to historical catastrophe, both immediately after the event and in the months and years following.

The conference will begin with a morning panel that lays the groundwork for the discussions we hope to stimulate throughout the two days. Panel One, “Injured Cities/ Threshold Catastrophes” will address the temporality of urban catastrophe, looking both at the populations that are most vulnerable and most deeply affected by injury — those on the threshold of catastrophe, to borrow a term from Israeli theorist Ariella Azoulay — and at ‘wounded cities’ in the aftermath. Panelists are urban sociologist Saskia Sassen, cultural theorist Azoulay and cultural geographer Karen Till.

Injured Cities: Urban Afterlives seeks to initiate a new collective memory of the events of 9/11, 2001, that arises from the local and urban, but also the global experiences of those most directly – and differently – affected. The first afternoon will focus on a series of dialogues organized by Mary Marshall Clark (Director of the Columbia University Oral History Research Office) that stage an encounter between oral history narrators who will testify to the crucial ways in which “difference” became a threat to the construction of a national collective memory of 9/11—a threat that endangered the national consensus that quickly formed for global retaliation. As a creative extension of the discussions of the opening day, the conference organizer are planning to host an evening performance of Testimony to the Ruins by the acclaimed Colombian theater group Mapa Teatro at Miller Theater.

Day Two of the conference will be organized around three interdisciplinary and international panels of noted artists, architects, scholars, journalists, and practitioners. Panel Four, “Citizens, Immigrants, Aliens in the Aftermath,” will think through the politics of belonging and unbelonging that result in the wake of catastrophic events, as well as the demographic injuries that fracture cities with potentially catastrophic effects. Panel Five, “Spatializing Afterlife” will engage the expressive cultural forms through which urban artists, planners, activists and policy-makers have engaged catastrophe, and how they have responded to their enduring wounds through the spatio-physical re-visioning of injured cities. The final panel “Art and Archive After Catastrophe” will focus on artistic responses to urban catastrophe, and the creative modalities that transform them into acts of redress and renewal.

Participants include Ariella Azoulay, Nina Bernstein, Teddy Cruz, Ann Jones, Dinh Q. Lê, Anne McClintock, Shirin Neshat, Walid Raad, Saskia Sassen, Karen Till, Clive van den Berg, Eyal Weizman and several narrators from the 9/11 Oral History Project; moderators Gerry Albarelli, Carol Becker, Hazel V. Carby, Tina Campt, Andreas Huyssen, Mary Marshall Clark, Saidiya Hartman, Rosalind Morris, Diana Taylor, and Mabel Wilson; and conference co-organizers Tina Campt, Marianne Hirsch, Jean Howard, Lorie Novak, and Laura Wexler.

Volunteer with Creative Time

Creative Time is excited to present Living As Form, an unprecedented, international project exploring over twenty years of cultural works that blurs the forms of art and everyday life, emphasizing participation, dialogue, and community engagement.

Dedicated and energetic volunteers are needed to staff the busy hub of the project: the Historic Essex Street Market – 15,000 square feet featuring over 100 artists located at the southeast intersection of Essex and Delancey Streets. Here, visitors will have the opportunity to view a collection of socially engaged art projects and actions from around the globe, as well as experience a series of new events and performances produced specifically for this exhibition.

As a Creative Time volunteer at the Living As Form exhibition you will:

  • Engage a diverse and vibrant audience in the practical and theoretical concerns of the project.
  • Be a point person within the space monitoring the exhibition and related events.
  • Meet artists, curators, Creative Time staff, and tons of other volunteers.
  • Spend time amongst the hustle and bustle of the Historic Essex Street Market and Living as Form Exhibition with the awesome Creative Time crew.
  • Receive a copy of a Creative Time publication

Volunteers will also assist with light set-up and clean up of the exhibition space at the beginning and end of shifts. Exhibition hours are 12-8pm, Thursdays – Sundays from September 24th through October 16th.

Creative Time would appreciate help also with any of the following shifts for the remainder of the run of the show. As the show continues, the exhibition continues to grow and shift, with more events and collaborations being added each day!

  • Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays
  • 11am – 4pm or 4pm – 9pm
  • October 6 – 9 or October 13 – 16

If you are interested please email aliyab@creativetime.org with the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Contact phone number
  3. Which dates/times you will take over the course of the exhibition
  4. How did you hear about this opportunity?

Creative Time is eager for you to join their team to make
Living as Form a reality; it is guaranteed to be an amazing experience!

Aliya Bonar
Site Manager, Living as Form
212.206.6674 x217