Activists of the Past: What Have We Learned?

Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 pm

The Graduate Center Public Programs (CUNY)
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

What can today’s activists learn from the successes and failures of their precursors? First in this series, we welcome Larry Kramer, an award-winning playwright (The Normal Heart) and author, and a celebrated public health and gay rights advocate. As a pioneering AIDS activist, he co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 1982 and founded ACT UP in 1987. He speaks with Charles Blow, New York Times Op-Ed columnist and author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

Part of the series “The First 100 Days.” Presented with the CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies, the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), and the Ph.D. Program in History.

Admission is free, reservations are required. To make a reservation, click here.

Tim O’Leary: Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face

Monday, February 27 at 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

Unexpected, humorous, sometimes dark, and surprisingly heartfelt, here are tales that explore the secret life of men as they pass into adulthood, middle age, and old age confronting lust, pain, guilt, bewilderment, and mortality. O’Leary has won numerous literary awards for his stories and his title story was a finalist for the Mark Twain Award for Humor Writing. The collection fearlessly distills for the reader tinctures of joy, pain, madness, heartbreak, greed, and other components of the human capacity for good and evil, for beauty and ugliness. O’Leary showcases humanity in a fluent, fun read, which will let you peek into the most intimate and the well familiar entrails of existence. Few books around these days possess the capability to bring both a tear to your eye and smile to your lips, within the span of a few chapters, such as this work does.

Tim will be joined in conversation by Stuart Elliott, former advertising/media reporter turned freelance writer at Media Village.

Prior to the talk guitarist Christopher White will perform his song “Dick Cheney Shot Me In The Face.”

Admission is $15. Please click here to purchase admission.

What Editors Want: Writing for the Web

Tuesday February 28 at 7:00 pm

The Center for Fiction 
17 E. 47th St
New York, NY 10017

A must for emerging writers: we’ve partnered with Electric Literature and The Authors Guild to present a series of events aimed at giving you the essentials when it comes to your career. In this first of the series, our panelists Yuka Igarashi (Soft Skull Press, Catapult,) Michelle Legro (formerly of New Republic,) and James Yeh (VICE) will discuss how to pitch for online, and the ways in which writing for the web differs to print. Moderated by Dwyer Murphy of Electric Literature.

Admission is free. Feel free to RSVP for this event.

Job and Internship Fair

Pace University will be holding the Spring 2017 Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday, February 15, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Gym and Student Union of One Pace Plaza.

Be sure to bring in your updated resume and look interview ready. There will be over 125 employers at the event all looking for a mix of majors and hiring for various positions.

Make sure to have several copies of your resume on hand, dress in your best professional attire, and get ready to do some very important networking.

Among the companies that will be in attendance will be  iHeartMedia, IBM, KPMG, Deloitte, NYC District Attorney’s Office, Warner Music Group and many more.

This event is open to all students. For more information and to see the full list of employers, visit Handshake.

Please visit the Pace Career Services page if you have any additional questions about resumes, jobs, or internships.

Pace’s Alternative Spring Break: Volunteer Oppurtunity

Each spring, Pace University’s Center of Community Action and Research leads the Alternative Spring Break program, which is designed to “provide valuable service to affected communities while giving participants the opportunity to have impact on a local level, while learning about the regional/national/global contexts.” This year, 16 participants will be given the opportunity to put their energies into helping rebuild the Rockaways, a community in Queens that is still working to recover following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Anyone interested in participating is required to attend at least one of the following information session:

Thursday, February 2
3:30 p.m.
Civic E319 (NYC Campus), Miller Hall 16 (Pleasantville Campus)

Wednesday, February 8 (PLV)
12:10 p.m.
163 William Street, Room 1520 (NYC), Dyson 218 (PLV)

The dates for the trip are Monday, March 13th-Thursday, March 16th.

Upcoming Debate on Fake News: Is This a Solvable Problem?

The Daily News Innovation Lab is hosting “Proposition: We Can Solve the Fake News Problem,” which will be a debate on fake news, at the Microsoft Building on February 8th at 6 PM.

Researching and looking through sources to make informed opinions and fact-check has been made more difficult with the influx of fake news. Fake news, which is the publishing of false information online for the malicious intent to mislead, has gained more notoriety since the PizzaGate, where social media became a carrier of misinformation on a pervasive scale.

In an effort to discuss fake news, its impact on society, and the strategies—if there are any—to fight against it, the Daily News is hosting part of their Conversations events on the topic in regard to media and tech circles, though the issue stretches out far beyond.

The debate will feature industry names such as John Borthwick, David Carroll, and Jane Elizabeth, among others. Tickets are $15 per person.

Upcoming Event: Z: The Beginning of Everything

Amazon Studios has invited members of WNBA-NYC to the premiere of Z: The Beginning of Everything on Wednesday, January 25th at 7:30 pm at the SVA Theatre in New York.

Christina Ricci stars as Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald in this period drama series for Amazon, and depicts Zelda’s ascent from southern belle to her status as an icon of the 1920s and wife of famed author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Take a look at the trailer for the series.

The pilot for the series is available to view for Amazon Prime subscribers.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to: ZRSVP@swisherproductions.com. Please note space is limited, and your RSVP must be confirmed for a seat.

Join the Women’s National Book Association-NYC for a $20 annual fee for students; $50 for regular membership.

Random House OPEN HOUSE—Thursday, December 15th

by Prof. Jane Kinney-Denning

Last week I was one of the lucky ones who was able to attend the Random House’s 10th OPEN HOUSE. Pace MS in Publishing Professor and RH employee Kathy Sandler also attended and was great company to spend the day with. The event is so popular that it sold out in 5 minutes!

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Trevor Noah, seated on the left, was one of the many authors to present at the event.

Held in the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (instead of RH headquarters because of the large turnout), the day was inspiring, thought-provoking, funny and a great reminder why I love this industry so much.

Featured authors at this Open House include Diana Gabaldon, Jodi Picoult, Trevor Noah, George Saunders, Jon Meacham, Fannie Flagg, Lindsey Lee Johnson, Allison Pataki, Sana Krasikov, and Laura McHugh.

imgresThe day started with a fascinating conversation with Daily Show host, Trevor Noah, whose new book, BORN A CRIME: Stories from a South African Childhood, is a fascinating read and a #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller stating that, “It is a compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.”

George Saunders is the author of Lincoln in the Bardo and he spoke with his editor, Andy Ward, about a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln.

Jon Meacham is the author of Destiny and Power, a biography of Bush 41. He and Willie Geist discussed the “First 100 Days” of Presidents and what we might see in the first 100 days of the new administration.

It was also a real treat to see Fannie Flagg (who did not love Fried Green Tomatoes?) discussing her new book, The Whole Town is Talking.

Jodi Picoult shared the fascinating story of how she came to write her latest (and 24th book!), Small Great Things, in which she tackles the profoundly challenging yet essential concerns of our time: prejudice, race, and justice.

outlander-blue-cover-198x300The day ended with the wildly popular Outlander series author, Diana Gabaldon, whose historical fiction as filled with, “history, warfare, medicine, sex, violence, spirituality, honor, betrayal, vengeance, hope and despair, relationships, the building and destruction of families and societies, time travel, moral ambiguity, swords, herbs, horses, gambling (with cards, dice, and lives), voyages of daring, journeys of both body and soul…” There were a lot of fans in the audience!

Overall it was a great day of being immersed in the world of books and getting to see listen to the stories of some remarkable authors and publishing professionals. I can’t wait until the next Open House!

“I am an employee of Penguin Random House, but take the day off from work and pay to attend with my book club friends for a great day to celebrate books! It's an event that gets you thinking beyond the books you'd pick out for yourself, and fascinating to hear directly from the authors. Trevor Noah spoke eloquently about his background growing up in segregated South Africa, helping us deal with the topic with humor. Jodi Piccoult stunned with the backstory about the research she did on white supremacists for her book "Small, Great Things." Diana Gabaldon had a heartfelt response when a fan said her work had a profoundly uplifting effect on millions of people. The surprise of the day for me was Jon Meacham, an esteemed biographer and historian, who turned out to be very funny. As always, a great day!” — Prof. Kathy Sandler
“I am an employee of Penguin Random House, but take the day off from work and pay to attend with my book club friends for a great day to celebrate books! It’s an event that gets you thinking beyond the books you’d pick out for yourself, and fascinating to hear directly from the authors. Trevor Noah spoke eloquently about his background growing up in segregated South Africa, helping us deal with the topic with humor. Jodi Piccoult stunned with the backstory about the research she did on white supremacists for her book “Small, Great Things.” Diana Gabaldon had a heartfelt response when a fan said her work had a profoundly uplifting effect on millions of people. The surprise of the day for me was Jon Meacham, an esteemed biographer and historian, who turned out to be very funny. As always, a great day!” — Prof. Kathy Sandler

If you are interested, The whole event was on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/randomhouse/

To learn more about Random House events, click here: http://www.randomhousebooks.com/events/

Transferable Skills: Using What You Know to Develop Your Career

by Breana Swinehart and Kevin Mercado

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-12-46-24-pmLisa Sharkey, the Senior Vice President and Director of Creative Development at HarperCollins Publishers, shared her unconventional path to becoming a book publishing professional with her presentation, “Transferable Skills: Making the Change from TV to Publishing,” which she posted on Facebook Live here. Sharkey is the 2016-2017 David Pecker Visiting Professor, and this was the first of the two talks she’ll be giving at Pace University.

Sharkey defined transferable skills as “skills you pick up early in life and work to improve [that] will be useful to you as you climb the career ladder—or even if, like me, you jump off of one ladder and onto another.” Her talk focused on the transferable skills she utilized from different points in her career and life and how others can develop and harness these for their own careers.

p27aRevealing personal anecdotes and advice accrued through years of professional working experience, Sharkey explained how she went from being a major player in TV news and handling TV production and development for programs such as ABC’s “Good Morning, America” to becoming a SVP and Director for a major book publisher.

From being a teen that was looking for a way out of a rough social crowd by seeking early-admission into college, Sharkey sought to make every struggle into a lesson learned to help pivot her to success later. Some of the main transferable skills she shared—such as “thinking outside the box… the ability to start fresh… listening to your customers”—are lessons that most people who have work experience should already be familiar with to some capacity.

Sharkey’s later lessons offer more insight for people looking for professional and personal growth. “Concise writing… knowing how to take a step backwards in order to get ahead… writing in someone else’s voice… knowing how to ask for a career shift or change to make it work for your life” were some of the key transferable skills she mentioned.

imgresAdditional skills she told the audience to make applicable in their lives ranged from lighthearted “have a sense of humor” tips to managing up/down/across. She also encouraged us to “plu[g] into the zeitgeist” by keeping connected to those around us while still managing to stand out.

In Sharkey’s position at HarperCollins she oversees the acquisitions of over 40 New York Times Bestsellers, including Tim Tebow’s Through My Eyes, Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar’s Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock, and books by celebrities such as Lauren Conrad, Pat Benatar, and Toni Braxton.

Sharkey leads Book Studio 16, which seeks to connect authors in relaxed, personal, and accessible platforms.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-12-40-24-pmSharkey used her charisma, sincerity, and candidness to engage the audience and share creative ways to approach the workplace and how to interpret and manage life lessons learned through negative experiences and new opportunities.

We are honored to have Sharkey as one of the well-respected David Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professors. We thank her for sharing her valuable insights and knowledge!

Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka

konundrumFriday, December 2 at 6:30 pm

Deutsches Haus at NYU
42 Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003

Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a reading by award-winning translator, writer, and editor Peter Wortsman of Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka. He will be joined by Tess Lewis to discuss the release of his new translation of Kafka’s short prose.

In this new selection and translation, Peter Wortsman mines Franz Kafka’s entire opus of short prose – including works published in the author’s brief lifetime, stories published posthumously, journals, and letters – for narratives that sound the imaginative depths of the great German-Jewish scribe from Prague. It is the first volume in English to consider his deeply strange, resonantly humane letters and journal entries alongside his classic short fiction and lyrical vignettes. Transformed is a vivid retranslation of one of Kafka’s signature stories, Die Verwandlung, commonly rendered in English as The Metamorphosis. Composed of short, black-comic parables, fables, fairy tales, reflections, as well as classic stories like In the Penal Colony, Kafka’s uncanny foreshadowing of the Twentieth Century’s nightmare, Konundrum refreshes the writer’s mythic storytelling powers for a new generation of readers.

Copies of Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka will be sold by Archipelago Books at the event.

Events at Deutsches Haus are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event to ensure you get a good seat.

7th Annual Dumbo Family Holiday Party

holidaySunday, December 4, at
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

POWERHOUSE [Brooklyn/DUMBO]
28 Adams St.
Brooklyn , NY 11201

Join in on the holiday festivities with some holiday and winter-themed book readings! You’ll also have the chance to meet some of POWERHOUSE’s favorite kids books illustrators as they battle each other in a fun, good-natured drawing competition based on holiday-inspired suggestions from kids in the audience!

Participating authors and illustrators include: 

Thyra Heder is the author of Fraidyzoo and The Bear Report, an ALA-ALSC Notable Book hailed by Kirkus as “riotous buffoonery” in a starred review. She is also an illustrator and storyboard artist for film and advertising. She lives in Brooklyn.

Stephanie Graegin has illustrated many popular books for children, including Peace Is an Offering and her brand-new picture book How to Build a Snow Bear. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Caroline Nastro was born and raised in New York City, where she currently lives. She is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and theater director. The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep is her first picture book.

Brett Helquist is the illustrator of the best-selling A Series of Unfortunate Events books, as well as many other popular titles among them the new picture book The Doll People’s Christmas. He worked as a graphic designer before becoming a full-time illustrator. Brett lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Ann M. Martin is the author of many books for young readers, including Rain Reign, Belle Teal, A Dog’s Life, and A Corner of the Universe, a 2003 Newbery Honor Book. She is also the author of the Baby-sitters Club series and the Family Tree series. Ms. Martin makes her home in upstate New York.

Laura Godwin, also known as Nola Buck, is the author of many popular picture books for children, including Oh, Cats!; One Moon, Two Cats; This Is the Firefighter; and Christmas in the Manger. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, she now lives in New York City.

Admission is free. Please reserve a spot here.

PowerHouse Books Launch: Lo-Life: An American Classic by George “Rack-Lo” Billips and Jackson Blount in conversation with Sadat X

1470331112Monday December 5 at
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

POWERHOUSE [Brooklyn/DUMBO]
28 Adams St.
Brooklyn , NY 11201

Jackson Blount will be here to talk about the extraordinary story behind the infamous Lo-Life crew! Members of the original Lo-Life crew will join the conversation. Sadat X will moderate the event.

Lo-Life: An American Classic takes the reader on a trip to New York City in the early 80s—a time when crime and violence ran the streets. The infamous Lo-Life gang emerged from this tumultuous time. Formed by crews of teenagers from the Brownsville and Crown Heights neighborhoods of Brooklyn, they made a name for themselves by dressing head-to-toe in expensive Ralph Lauren clothing, or “Lo.” Polo apparel—and other preppy 80s fashion labels like Guess, Nautica, and Benetton, among others—represented an aspirational lifestyle for these kids from rough neighborhoods just struggling to get by. Fighting for style and survival, the Lo-Lifes targeted these brands, and would acquire them by any means necessary, including stick-ups, shoplifting, and hustling. A reign of terror ensued, when your new winter coat could make you the target for a robbery—or worse.

What started as an informal gang uniform organized around clean designs and bright colors, became a devotion to a lifestyle brand, and eventually created an association between the streets and luxury that would fundamentally change the fashion industry. Lo-Life: An American Classic documents the personal collections of exclusive archival vintage photographs amassed by the crew and interviews with original members, presenting the first comprehensive oral history of this notorious New York collective.

Lo-Life is the remarkable story of a small group of teenagers fighting to make a name for themselves who eventually made themselves seen, heard, and emulated globally.

Admission is free RSVP appreciated: RSVP@powerHouseArena.com or please fill out the “Bookings” form at the bottom of this page.

Experiments & Disorders

2016-12-06-experiments-disorders-combo-image-640x360Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 pm

161A Chrystie St.
New York, NY 10002

Fiction, nonfiction, poetry & performance texts by the most adventurous, cross-genre established & emerging writers.  Curated by Tom Cole & Christen Clifford.

Featuring:

Celeste Finn has studied acting at the British American Drama Academy and Bennington College, Landscape Architecture at the Graduate School of Design and Human Migration, with David Carrasco, at the Harvard Divinity School. She is especially interested in Visual Information, particularly documents narrating spacial timelines and patterns made over landscapes that are relative to environmental migrants, refugees, nomads and missionaries, and finds the term “eco-artist” distressing. She will be reading from Personal Proximity, which stems from a sketch developed for the group show Snuffload at the Oni Gallery in Boston around 2004.

Buzz Slutzky is an artist, writer, and curator whose practice incorporates drawing, sculpture, performance and video. Their work builds upon trans, queer, and feminist traditions with an often humorous and frankly sexual voice. Their writing has included poetry, screenwriting, creative nonfiction, and art criticism.  From 2010-2012, Slutzky was a Curator of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and has continued to organize art exhibitions relating to queerness, humor, politics, and history. Slutzky has exhibited, performed, and screened at at Los Ojos, Cooper Union, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Boston Center for the Arts, La Mama, MIX, Frameline, Columbia College Chicago, Mindscape Universe (Berlin), among others. Mentions of Slutzky’s work have appeared in Artforum, Vice, Art F City, ArtNews, Observer, Hyperallergic, and The New York Times. Slutzky earned their BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2010, and their MFA from Parsons the New School for Design in 2015, after which, they were a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. They currently teach a course in video post-production at the College of Staten Island.

Admission is free. To reserve a seat click here.