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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

5:30 p.m.
Lecture Center 100

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Joy James Lecture: "The Talented Tenth and Imprisoned Intellectuals"

Joy James, Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University, holds a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Fordham University and a postdoctorate degree in religious ethics from the Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. Her work focuses on political and feminist theory, critical race theory, and incarceration.

Copies of two of her most recent books, Transcending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American Intellectuals (New York: Routledge, 1997) and Imprisoned Intellectuals: America's Political Prisoners Write on Life, Liberation and Rebellion (Baltimore/Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003) will be on sale at the lecture.

This event is sponsored by the department of Black Studies and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

7 p.m.
College Hall 114
Reception at 6:30 p.m., Honors Center

Symposium: "Poised for the Future: SUNY New Paltz and the Hudson Valley"

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Award-winning New Paltz faculty will talk about their research pursuits and the intellectual vitality they and their fellow faculty colleagues bring to the college and the Mid-Hudson community. Panelists include: Gerald Benjamin (Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Robert Michael (Dean, School of Education), Patricia C. Phillips (Professor, Art), Tulin Sener (Professor, School of Business), and Gerald Sorin (Faculty Emeritus, History). Provost David Lavallee will moderate. The symposium will begin at 7 p.m. in College Hall Room 114. A reception will precede the symposium at 6:30 p.m. in the Honors Center.

7:30 p.m.
Lecture Center 102

Student Art Alliance Art Lecture: Lisa Gralnick

In her work as a metalsmith, Lisa Gralnick has created a number of different series—including black acrylic jewelry, wearable reliquary pieces, and intricately fabricated rings in gold. Her latest is a reflection of her love of the freshness and spontaneity of the paper models she uses as prototypes. Gralnick fabricates brooches from thin sheets of 18k gold. Folded and elegantly scored in strong radial designs, their surfaces shimmer with a calm, reflected light. Gralnick's work is in the collections of the American Craft Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, among others. She received her MFA from SUNY New Paltz.


sample #1 of Lisa Gralnick's work

Lisa Gralnick
"In God We Trust," 1997

sample #2 of Lisa Gralnick's work

Lisa Gralnick
Brooch, 2001, 18K gold.

sample #3 of Lisa Gralnick's work

Lisa Gralnick
Brooch, 2002, 18K gold.

8 p.m.
McKenna Theatre
$12 general/$10 students, seniors
call 257-3880 for tix
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Dance Event

photo from Neviot

Choreographed and performed by Yoav Kaddar, this is an excerpt from a larger ensemble work that Kaddar created in 1993. Neviot, from the Hebrew word for a spring of water, is choreographed to Carly Simon's instrumental score titled "In Love."

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Can't Get Started
Choreographed by Pete Pucci and Carol Parker and performed by Maureen Mansfield and Yoav Kaddar, this comic duet that is part theatre, part dance is performed to a collection of Benny Goodman big band music.

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December Snow
Choreographed by Maureen Mansfield
Music by Maury Yeston, Vocal and Piano Arrangement by Stephen Kitsakos

New York City's Central Park: A sea of black umbrellas opens against a sky of winter snow falling to the ground like the fragments of shattered love. A woman searching for lost love: A glimpse, perhaps a memory to repair the heart's missing pieces. Yeston, who straddles the world of classical and music theatre, sets the cadences and emotions of love and grief in motion. Inspired, in essence, by the Schubert Winterreise, one of the most famous song cycles, the piece combines live vocal and instrumental performance with the dazzling form of human movement.

Rebecca Stenn/PerksDanceMusicTheatre

photo from Embrace

Premiered at La Ma Ma Annex Theatre, New York City
This duet is based on the beauty of Rodin's sculptures. The dancers perform the entire duet on a turning plate, and it is as if we are watching sculptures come to life before our eyes. The New York Times writes, "Embrace," an eloquent signature duet, bridges the gap between effect and intent."

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The Seventh Wave
Premiered at The Joyce Theatre, Altogether Different Festival, Jan 2004
This new work for three dancers will focus on the birth to death circle; using the framework of "dust to dust." It will look at the larger picture of evolution as a whole, in a lighter way, while finding an original take on the juxtaposition of the human life cycle with humanity's "life cycle" at large. This work utilizes samples of numerous sound effects (the Balinese kecak dance, baby laughter) in the original score.

photo from Zimzum

A solo based on a religious concept found in the Kabbalah. "Zimzum" occurs when one retracts into oneself in order to let another grow. God performed Zimzum in order to create the universe. This piece is spiritual and connected to the music, performed by Jay Weissman.

9 p.m.
SUB 100

Latino Week: "Facing Reality"

Skits about issues facing Latinos