On Thursday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Foundation Hall’s Manzulli Boardroom, please join President Richard Guarasci for the 2014 Civic Engagement Recognition Day program as we honor those campus and community leaders who work tirelessly to ensure the health and sustainability of our community partnership work, both locally and nationally. This year’s keynote speaker will be Julie Ellison of the University of Michigan, known for her work in promoting public engagement in higher education, particularly initiatives relating to socially responsive scholarship and creative work in the humanities and arts. As the lead organizer of Citizen Alum, Ellison serves on the National Council of the American Commonwealth Partnership. Wine and cheese reception to follow.
On Thursday, May 1 at 11:20 a.m. in Campus Hall 208, please join Katica Urbanc’s “Contemporary Hispanic Women Writers” class for a visit with Alejandro del Río Herrmann, senior editor at Editorial Trotta, a publishing house in Madrid. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Valencia in the Department of Human Rights. His doctoral thesis focuses on the work of Simone Weil (“Fuerza, atención y obligación en el pensamiento de Simone Weil”). He has published numerous studies and articles on the works of Weil, including “Pacifism and the Problem of War in the Works of Simone Weil” and “A Method of Resistance.” Río Herrmann is also the author of several translations of works by Immanuel Kant, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Simone Weil. Before working as an editor and translator, he was a professor of philosophy in Madrid’s School of Philosophy.
On Wednesday, April 30 at 5 p.m. in Campus Hall 201, please join the ACE program for a lecture by filmmaker Jorge Torres, “A Hard Day’s Work: Using Video for Social Justice.” Torres directs many programs at Port Richmond’s El Centro del Inmigrante that promote the empowerment of immigrants of varying documentation status. He will discuss and present several short films he has been producing on immigration and immigrant rights.
On Monday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Main Hall theater, please join President Richard Guarasci for “An Evening with Gov. George Pataki,” this year’s Presidential Economic Symposium. Pataki, the 53rd governor of New York, served from 1995 through 2006. He had previously served as Peekskill, N.Y. mayor and, successively, as a member of the New York State Assembly and State Senate. According to a New York Times editorial, Pataki “earned his badge as an environmental governor by protecting wilderness, adding riverside parks, creating coalitions for cleaner air and alternative fuels and … the fulfillment of his pledge to add one million acres of land to the public estate.”
On Friday, April 25 at 11 a.m. in Campus Hall 201, please join Prof. Margarita Sanchez and her EYH class, “Stories of Love and Death in García Márquez,” for a visit with noted Colombian photographer Nereo López Meza, who documented Gabriel García Márquez’s journey to Sweden to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, and with novelist and journalist Gustavo Orango, author of “Un ramo de nomeolvides (A Bouquet of Forget-Me-Nots),” an early biography of García Márquez. Note that this program will be entirely in Spanish.
On Thursday, April 24 at 12:30 p.m. in Foundation Hall’s Manzulli Boardroom, please join us for this year’s observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, featuring keynote speaker Bronia Brandman, co-author of “The Girl Who Survived: A True Story of the Holocaust.” A free kosher buffet lunch will open the program. Reservations are required. RSVP to Lori Weintrob. For more information, visit our online events calendar.
On Tuesday, April 22 at 2 p.m. in the Campus Hall Performance Center, please join Matthew Hough for a discussion about the process of arranging music for two guitars, touching on many of the issues inherent in guitar composition and transcription. The presentation, which will include performances by Matthew Hough and guitarist Juan Calderon, will relate specifically to material in MU101/212 courses. It will also focus on the musical works of Anna Magdelena Bach.