Lehman College

Melissa Castillo Planas reads “Chingona Rules” The following poetry reading by Professor Castillo Planas might be of interest.


More information about the reader: https://www.lehman.edu/academics/arts-humanities/english/melissa-castilloplanas.php
Prof. Naomi Zack: A Philosophical View of IntersectionalityREGISTER HERE:

A series of lectures by Naomi Zack Professor of Philosophy
Lehman College of The City University of New York
Winner of the 2019 Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professorship
(These lectures were postponed by the pandemic.)

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
12–6 p.m.
This event is being offered hy-flex (online and in person)
Lovinger Theater, Music Building, Lehman College
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served
12:00–12:30 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
12:30–1:45 p.m. What Is Intersectionality? Q&A
2–3:15 p.m. Problems with Intersectionality and Solutions, Q&A
3:30–5 p.m. Intersectionality, Ethics and Higher Education, Q&A
5-6 p.m. Closing Reception in the East Dining Room – if attending in person.
12:30-1:45pmZoom or at Lehman College
March 2022
Research Colloquium: Dean Vanessa Valdés & Arturo SchomburgZOOM LINK:

Please join us for our penultimate Friday Forum Session this spring, at which Dr. Vanessa Valdés, Dean of Macaulay Honors College, will be presenting her research and meeting with Lehman students and faculty. Dean Valdés is a New Yorker originally from the Bronx & a first-generation college student. She will be sharing the research experiences that led her to become Director of Black Studies at City College and Dean of Macaulay Honors College. Dr. Valdés is the author of a major critical biography of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, the legendary collector, writer, and activist. He is one of the most influential figures in the history of book collecting and a seminal figure in the curation of Afro-Latinx history and identity through archives. Learn more about the NYPL & Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture here.
Reading & Q&A with Xochitl Gonzalez, author of “Olga Dies DreamingIN-PERSON OR REGISTER ONLINE FOR ZOOM ACCESS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visiting-writer-xochitl-gonzalez-tickets-288890969667

Xochitl Gonzalez has an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Prize in Fiction. She was the winner of the 2019 Disquiet Literary Prize and her work has been published on BustleVogue, and The Cut. She is a contributor to The Atlantic, where her weekly newsletter “Brooklyn, Everywhere” explores gentrification of people and places. Her New York Times bestselling debut novel Olga Dies Dreaming was published in January ’22 by Flatiron Books. Prior to beginning her MFA, Xochitl was an entrepreneur and strategic consultant for nearly 15 years. She serves on the Board of the Lower East Side Girls Club. A native Brooklynite and proud public school graduate, she received her B.A. in Fine Art from Brown University. She lives in her hometown of Brooklyn with her dog, Hectah Lavoe.
6:30pmCarman Hall B08
Transvoice: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Client and PractitionerThe Lehman Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association and the team at Seattle Voice Lab on Monday, March 28th @ 7pm to learn more about the overlap of trans voice coaching and speech-language pathology. They’ll cover theory, how to create a safe and affirming space, practice, implementation as it relates to working with and supporting trans voices. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions during the Q&A section, so please feel free to submit your questions on Google form in advance. 

Ask our panelist questions: 

Please register in advance for this event:
The Honorable Fernando Ferrer On Public ServiceREGISTER HERE:

Established in 1970, the Herbert H. Lehman Memorial Lecture is held annually to celebrate the birth of the College’s namesake, Herbert H. Lehman, a former New York State governor and senator, who dedicated his life and career to public service and social justice. The lecture is delivered by an individual who embodies these same qualities.
This year’s lecture will be delivered by former Bronx Borough President and CUNY Trustee Fernando Ferrer, who led the borough through a major period of revitalization in the 1980s and ’90s. After delivering remarks, he will join Lehman College Department of Journalism and Media Studies Assistant Professor Eileen Markey in conversation, followed by audience Q&A.
Fernando Ferrer is a trustee of the City University of New York, serving as chairman of its Committee on Fiscal Affairs. He previously served as vice chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and as a director of Sterling National Bank (NYSE STL). He is a retired cochairman of Mercury, a high-stakes, public strategy firm.
With decades of innovative and accomplished leadership in New York City government, Ferrer is nationally recognized as an architect for revitalizing American cities. During his tenure as borough president of the Bronx (1987-2001), he designed and oversaw the largest urban rebuilding effort in the country, transforming what was once a national symbol of urban decay into an international model for urban revival.
On Ferrer’s watch, over 66,000 small homes and apartments were built, over 34,000 new jobs were created by hundreds of new businesses and over $2.5 billion were invested in institutional renewal and growth. Literacy, library and high-speed internet access initiatives were made possible in every Bronx public school.

In 1997, the Bronx revival was recognized by the National Civic League with the prestigious All-America City Award and in 1999, the borough’s innovative health care initiatives, including the groundbreaking Bronx Health Link, was saluted by City and County Magazine with the presentation of their Crown Community Award.
During his service as a member of the New York City Council representing the 13th District from 1982 to 1987, Ferrer authored the Police Padlock Law, the Window Guard Law and the first Civilian Complaint Review Board Law, as well as championing laws barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and language, among others.
In 2001, Ferrer ran an historic campaign for Mayor of New York City, highlighting the issues which affect the lives of each and every New Yorker. In 2005, he won the Democratic Primary for Mayor, becoming the first Latino to ever do so in New York City history.
Ferrer served as president of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, a non-profit, progressive think tank dedicated to economic and social justice, as well as on the boards of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Project Renewal, Metropolitan College of New York and chaired the board of Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association.
Fernando Ferrer was born in the Bronx on April 30, 1950. He earned his BA degree from the University College of Arts and Sciences of New York University, and an MPA from Baruch College of the City University of New York. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Herbert H. Lehman, Manhattan, Mercy, and Metropolitan colleges, the Eugene J. Keogh Public Service Award from the Alumni Association of New York University, well as hundreds of awards from schools, community groups, institutions and faith communities.
Eileen Markey is an investigative journalist who specializes in urban policy, social movements, memory and the role of religion in the public square. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, The New York Daily News, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, the Daily Beast and The New Republic. She has worked as a reporter and editor for WNYC radio and producer for WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, and was a contributing editor for Housing and Homelessness at City Limits. Now an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Lehman College of the City University of New York,
Healers: Decolonizing Knowledge within Afro/Indigenous TraditionsWed, Mar 30th, 3:00 PM (EDT). This event will take place online via Zoom. Register here to access the Zoom link. This event will be interpreted in Spanish, English and ASL.

Join Dr. Alaí Reyes-Santos and Dr. Ana-Maurine Lara who will present the recently re-named “The Healers Project: Decolonizing Knowledge Within Afro-Indigenous Traditions” website. Through storytelling, they discuss how the website came to exist, how it honors and serves as an education tool about Afro/Indigenous approaches to health, plants, the body, land, and spirit in the Caribbean and its diasporas. We are honored to be in conversation with Las Brujas de Brooklyn who will comment and open a conversation about the project and their own connections to these traditions.

Participant Bios: 

Dr. Alaí Reyes-Santos is an independent scholar and consultant who teaches as a Professor of Practice at U of Oregon’s School of Law; and is the Associate Director of the PNW Just Futures Institute for Climate and Racial Justice.

Dr. Ana-Maurine Lara is a multiple award winning creative and academic author, and Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at University of Oregon. In 2021 she received the Randall Kenan Prize by the Lambda Literary Foundation.

Brujas of Brooklyn are identical twin sisters, Doctora Griselda Rodriguez-Solomon and Doctora Miguelina Rodriguez. These Brujas, or witches, merge the magic of ancestral medicine with sharp intellect. Their platform provides the balm to help People of Color, particularly Womyn of color, heal from internalized oppression. As certified Kundalini and Hatha yogis, these Black Dominican sisters design multi-sensory workshops that provide sacred space for Womyn of color to heal from womb imbalances. Both are professors of the Social Sciences within the City College of New York (CUNY). They’ve both authored academic pieces on the effects of racialized oppression on communities of color, Dominicans in particular. Their work has granted them access to platforms such as ABC, NPR, Univision, Google, Buzz Feed’s Pero Like, and Facebook to name a few. Joy is their ultimate form of resistance.

Click here for more information about this event and The Healers Project.
Intersections of Tropical Modernist Architecture: Spatial Politics and (Post/Neo) Colonialism in Asia and BeyondThu, Mar 31st, 9:30 AM (EDT). This event will take place online via Zoom. Register here to access the Zoom link. 
Join international scholars in dialogue about the tropical modernist architecture in Asia. In particular, the group will consider how certain ideological forces, such as (anti-)colonialism, nationalism, socialism, geopolitics, etc. are spatialized and even visualized in architectural forms; and also thought of in reverse – how did/does architecture contribute to cultural and socio-political endeavors?
From the perspective of intersections, and especially concerning transnational technoscientific networks in the mid-20th century and beyond, Dr. Jiat-Hwee Chang (Associate Professor at the Architecture Department, National University of Singapore) and Ye Liu (PhD Candidate in Sociology, New School for Social Research) will share and discuss insights on their current work and projects, and to reconsider the tropics, tropicality, or tropical modernism in different local contexts and across academic disciplines. The online discussion will be moderated by Jin Wang (PhD Student in Art History, CUNY Graduate Center)

Click here for more information about this event organized by James Gallery Mellon Fellow Jin Wang.
Obscura Open mic featuring a performance by Peggy Robles Alvarado (ONLINE)Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a Jerome Hill Foundation Fellow in Literature, atwo-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2020 Atticus Review PoetryContest winner. She is also a BRIO award winner with fellowships fromCantoMundo, Desert Nights Rising Stars, The Frost Place, NalacLeadership Institute, Communitas America, and VONA. She’s a three-timeInternational Latino Book Award winner who authored ConversationsWith My Skin (2011), and Homage To The Warrior Women (2012). Withadvanced degrees in education and an MFA in Performance Studies, thisinitiated priestess in Lukumi and Palo uses poetry to create literaryevents that center intergenerational communal healing, literacy, andequity. Through Robleswrites Productions Inc., Peggy createdLalibreta.online (2021), The Abuela Stories Project (2016), and Mujeres, TheMagic, The Movement, and The Muse (2017). Her work has been featuredon HBO Habla Women, Lincoln Center, Smithsonian Institute, PenAmerica, and Pregones Theater. Her poetry appears online in Poets.org,Tribes.org, The Quarry at Split This Rock, The Common, 92Y.org, CentroVoices, and NACLA.org. Peggy has also been published in severalanthologies including The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext (2020), andWhat Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump(2019). For more please visit Robleswrites.com.

To sign up for open mic EmailLehmanlitmag@gmail.com
Zoom: 82335846416
pass code: 483989
Reading & Q&A with Edgar Gomez, author of “High-Risk Homosexual”

Gomez’s witty memoir follows a touching and often hilarious spiralic path to embracing his gay, Latinx identity against a culture of machismo—from his uncle’s cockfighting ring in Nicaragua to cities across the U.S.—and the bath houses, night clubs, and drag queens who helped him redefine pride.

Bio: Edgar Gomez is a Florida-born writer with roots in Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. A graduate of University of California, Riverside’s MFA program, he is a recipient of the 2018 L. M. and Marcia McQuern Graduate Award in Non-Fiction Writing.
6:30pmCarman Hall B08
Mary Ruefle at Hunter College
Mary Ruefle has published over a dozen books of poetry, including Dunce (2019), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, My Private Property (2016), Indeed I Was Pleased with the World (2007), and The Adamant (1989), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also the author of the essay collection, Madness, Rack, and Honey (2012) and the work of fiction, The Most of It (2008). A Little White Shadow (2006), her book of erasures-found texts in which all but a few words have been erased from the page-reveals what Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, called “haiku-like minifables, sideways aphorisms, and hauntingly perplexing koans.” Ruefle’s erasures are available to view on her website; a full-color facsimile of her erasure, Incarnation of Now, was published in a limited edition by See Double Press.

She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as a Whiting Writers’ Award, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work has been anthologized in Best American PoetryGreat American Prose Poems (2003), American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006), and The Next American Essay (2002). Ruefle has taught at Vermont College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Vermont.

COVID CHECK BEFORE: https://app.cleared4.org/barcode/lpBLzB77XuMtOYO7yn8I/SEKak0jHerfJ2pJXy0c2
730pmHunter West Building, 8th Floor Faculty Dining Room
A special performance by Mikaëlle Aimée Cartwright The Club francophone of Lehman invites you to a special performance by Mikaëlle Aimée Cartwright this coming Wednesday, April 6 at 4 p.m. in Carman Hall room B08. If I understand correctly, she’ll be performing several songs in French. 
Please come! & invite friends: it’s work for the Club to organize such an event, and it’s the first live event they’ve had on campus in over two years (because of the pandemic). It’ll nice to have a good turnout, so please save the date and make plans to be there, if possible.   
It’s likely useful for you to RSVP at the event page at the Clubs.lehman web site: https://clubs.lehman.edu/event/8029693
The Club francophone’s base page is: https://clubs.lehman.edu/organization/thefrancophoneclub
4pmCarman Hall B08
Historian Jonathan Ned Katz ReadingREGISTER: https://ashp.cuny.edu/news/eve-adams-jewish-polish-emigre-lesbian-pioneer-activist-book-talk-jonathan-ned-katz

ASHP invites you to join pioneering historian Jonathan Ned Katz for a talk about his new biography, The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams.
Katz is an independent scholar, historian, and visual artist. Starting in 1976, he has published five books on sexual and gender history, and he founded OutHistory.org, a major website on U.S. LGBTQ+ history. In his newest book, Katz uncovers the story of Eve Adams — an associate of Emma Goldman, a radical activist who ran lesbian- and -gay-friendly tea rooms in Chicago and New York and who, in 1925, published a book titled Lesbian Love. For her writing and her activism, Adams was surveilled, arrested, and deported to Europe where she died at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Katz will discuss Adams’ extraordinary life and his research to uncover this history. 
Cosponsored by the Graduate Program in History and CLAGS: Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies, this event is made possible through the generous support of the CUNY Office of Student Inclusion Initiatives and LaGuardia Community College and the New York City Council through the offices of Daniel Dromm (District 25) and Speaker Corey Johnson.
When: Thursday, April 7, 4:00-5:15 pm
RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/2d9epz3u
Carmen Maria Machado in conversation with Laura van den BergRegister here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carmen-maria-machado-in-conversation-with-laura-van-den-berg-tickets-260469490257?aff=erelexpmlt

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the bestselling memoir In the Dream House and the award-winning short story collection Her Body and Other Parties. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, among others. Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York TimesGrantaVogueThis American LifeThe BelieverGuernica, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.
Laura van den Berg’s most recent collection of stories is I Hold a Wolf by the Ears. She is also the author of two previous collections, The Isle of Youthand What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, and the novels Find Me and The Third Hotel. She is Senior Lecturer on Creative Writing at Harvard University.
About the Series
Writers Speak, a series of literary conversations at the Mahindra Humanities Center started by Claire Messud in 2016, is convened by Duncan White, Associate Director of Studies in History & Literature at Harvard University.
Anti-Imperialist Women Workers in War Industry Town: The Green Scare Butte, Montana 1917 – 1922 
Women’s & Gender Studies / Lehman College-CUNY 
Spring Lecture Series 
Anti-Imperialist Women Workers in War Industry Town: The Green Scare Butte, Montana 1917 – 1922 
Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism & Media Studies 
Irish and Irish American women in what was then the U.S.’s most productive mining city were active agents in a transnational female network that sought to advance workers’ power, achieve women’s suffrage and win self-determination for a colonized people. These intersecting and mutually animating allegiances put the network in seditious conflict with a U.S. government and ruling class determined to rout out dissidents and disloyal foreigners. This research seeks to recover a history of radical Irish American women’s resistance that’s been lost to the amnesia of empire and misogyny. 
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 
12:30 – 1:45pm 
MEETING ID: 812 5630 9962 
Passcode: 242775 
+ 1 929 205 6099 US (New York) 
To find your local number, please click here! 
For more information, please contact Professor Anne Rice, Director, at womens.studies@lehman.cuny.edu  
7 – 13
ReelAbilities Film FestivalJoin us for a special showing of this remarkable film made possible in partnership with the ReelAbilities Film festival.
April 7 – April 13, 2022
US | 2021 | 93 min
Join filmmaker Margaret Bryne in ANY GIVEN DAY as she documents the lives of three defendants with mental illness, whose family relationships, struggles, and triumphs intersect with her own story. Presented both in person and virtually at @ReelAbilities. Get your tickets here (virtual) and here (MMJCCM). 20% off with discount code: lehman2022
Literary Conversations: Fatimah AsgharOlivia GatwoodDanez Smith, and moderator Nate Marshall.REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/literary-conversations-spoken-words-tickets-294771327977?aff=erelexpmlt

Don’t miss this Literary Conversation about the form of spoken poetry ft. Fatimah Asghar, Olivia Gatwood, Danez Smith, and Nate Marshall!
About this event
Join PEN/Faulkner for the final Literary Conversation of the season: Spoken Words, featuring critically acclaimed poets and spoken word artists Fatimah AsgharOlivia GatwoodDanez Smith, and moderator Nate Marshall.
This Literary Conversation will include readings and performances by our featured authors and will be followed by a live Q&A with the audience. Live captioning will also be available for this event.
We are proud to partner with Politics & Prose as our exclusive bookseller for this event. You can find our featured authors’ books on the Politics & Prose website!
If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar
Life of the Partyby Olivia Gatwood
Homieby Danez Smith
Finnaby Nate Marshall

Poetic Affair — Open MicPoetic Affair is a series of one-night events that consists of part poetry slam and part featuring artist showcase. Here, our artists get to be discovered within the community, and they get more exposure to the arts.

All poets of all ages, especially high school students, are encouraged to participate in the open mic while also joining the audience for a showcase of the featured poets.

We are always seeking partnerships with established poetry collectives to provide our community with events. All donations are managed to promote further events. Sign up for Poetic Affair below.

REGISTER: https://www.artdefined.org/programs
Mexico City’s Olympic Games
by Alex Elias
RSVP HERE: https://libcal.lehman.edu/event/8884649

This book examines Mexico City’s 1968 Summer Olympic Games as a complex nation-building project.  Sports mega-events have been mostly studied as homogenous government-led strategies – but more work is needed around the diverse reception and performances.
The Mexico City Olympics preparation period – notably, the year 1968 – highlights its multiplicity of voices.  Beyond the government and associated networks – the citizenry used this mega-event to present an idea of Mexico to the world – and thus reshape citizenship and nationhood.
This study assumes a bottom-up approach to the citizenry’s experiences of the 1968 Olympic Games – both shared nationalistic values and areas of conflict. 
This title is available through the Library at Lehman’s eBook Collection.
Axel Elías is a visiting Fulbright Researcher at Lehman College.
Mexican Voices in NYC: a Community & Networking EventMexican Creativity in NYC event – panels, lunch, art gallery, open mic, musical performances. (IN PERSON)
107 Suffolk Street
Mirror Made of Rain: Book Launch at Books are Magic 5/20MIRROR MADE OF RAIN offers a riveting exploration of class and tradition in contemporary India, following the life of Noomi Wadia, a funny, impulsive, and sharply observant heroine for our modern times. When we first meet her, Noomi is loathe to change her hard-partying ways simply because it’s what’s expected in Kamalpur high society. As quick-witted as she is quick-tempered, Noomi’s social obligations become increasingly fraught as she resists the pressures to marry and start a family of her own. Under constant scrutiny from her peers, and with her mother’s worsening alcoholism putting a strain on things at home, Noomi leaves for Bombay to work as a reporter. Noomi’s independence is interrupted when she falls for Veer—a hard-working consultant from a conventionally upper middle-class background who nevertheless appreciates her for exactly who she is. Joining him in New Delhi (and his judgmental, social-climbing family), Noomi is forced to observe patriarchal and restrictive customs, as the world she rejected threatens to overtake her once again. As Veer and Noomi’s future is threatened by the realities of conventional life, Noomi realizes that her worst fears have come to pass—she is trapped in the same cycle of self-destructiveness as her mother, and she must battle her impulses or risk losing it all. Spanning several years of Noomi’s life, Naheed Phiroze Patel’s exhilarating debut novel unravels how society determines self-image and asks if we can ever break free from expectations, when survival is often contingent on compromise.
7pmBooks Are Magic
225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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