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SPRING 2016 CITY AND HUMANITIES EVENTS SERIES
Feb. 11th – Charles Hale – Carman Hall, Room B-04
Charles Hale will be presenting his film series “Breathing of an Ancestor’s Space and Time.” Hale’s films demonstrate the challenges of the immigrant experience, suggest methods to uncover and preserve ancestral stories and illustrate how the “stories” of our ancestors’ lives impact whom we become. Event co-sponsor: CUNY Institute of Irish American Studies.
Feb. 18th – Con Brio – Music Building Recital Hall, Room 306
A Lehman College musical standard since 1993, the Con Brio Ensemble, a chamber trio featuring Lehman College music professors, will perform timeless classical music selections. Event co-sponsor: Lehman College Music Department.
Feb. 25th – Seamus Scanlon – “The Long Wet Grass: From Flash Fiction to
Award Wining Stage Play” – Studio Theatre
An afternoon reading by Seamus Scanlon and guests, followed by videos and a professionally staged production of The Long Wet Grass by The Cell Theater Company. This will be followed by a talkback session moderated by Dr. Danielle Zach of City College’s Center for Worker Education. Event co-sponsor: CUNY Institute of Irish American Studies.
March 3rd – Special Guest – Orlando Ferrand – Studio Theatre
An award-winning poet, writer and multidisciplinary artist, Orlando Ferrand is a graduate of City College and Columbia University. He received the Artist in Community Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) in 2015 and the BRIO Award for Excellence in Poetry by the Bronx Council on the Arts in 2014. His memoir Apologia: Cuban Childhood in My Backpack, received a 5-stars rating by Readers’ Favorite in 2012, and was selected as the Book-of-the-Semester by Hostos Community College, CUNY.
March 10 – The Niall Connolly Group – Studio Theatre
Join the wonderfully talented musician Niall Connolly for some traditional Irish and original urban folk music. Event co-Sponsor: CUNY Institute of Irish American Studies.
March 17th – Darrah Carr – Lovinger Theatre
Darrah Carr is dedicated to providing a high quality arts in education program for your students by using Irish dance as a teaching tool to illuminate the dance’s connection to Irish society, history, and related art forms. Students also benefit from the musical talents of fellow Irish dancer, Niall O’Leary, who enlivens performances and educational demonstrations with traditional spoon playing and accordion tunes. Event
co-sponsor: CUNY Institute of Irish American Studies.
March 24th – Justine Blau – Studio Theatre
A presentation of her memoir, Scattered, an account of growing up chronically homeless in ‘60s era Manhattan with her delusional mother and her two older brothers. She finds unlikely salvation through relationships she builds in the tumult of a group home.
March 31st – David Mills – Studio Theatre
An extraordinary and spirited discussion about Langston Hughes and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King by the returning poet and author.
April 7th – Charles Hale / Artists Without Walls – Studio Theatre
Charles Hall and Artists Without Walls will collaborate with the City & Humanities Program to present “The Musical History of the Lower East Side.” Event co-sponsor: CUNY Institute of Irish American Studies.
April 14th – Penny Prince – Studio Theatre – TBA
April 21st – Jose Roldan – Studio Theatre
A captivating afternoon with the mesmerizing actor, playwright and Lehman College graduate. “Father Forgive Me For I have Sinned” is an autobiographical, coming-of-age story about a Latino boy who grows up in the South Bronx in New York City during the 1980’s and ’90’s.
May 5th – Jane Cleland – “Writing the Truth” – Studio Theatre
Writing Crime Fiction: Crime fiction must be simultaneously fresh and Familiar. If it’s not fresh, why would a publisher want to publish it. It it’s not familiar, they won’t think they know how to market it. Your first job is seeing where your novel fits under the umbrella of crime fiction so you know the conventions and how to ensure that your novel will stand out. This lecture will present an overview of the many crime fiction sub genres.
May 12th – Latin Jazz – Studio Theatre
A celebration of Latin Jazz and food.