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Brooklyn: Foucault and the Iranian Revolution

September 09, 2016 at The Brooklyn Commons in Brooklyn.


Revisiting Foucault and the Iranian Revolution in the Era of ISIS and of Islamophobia

Janet Afary and Kevin B. Anderson

We will discuss in light of today our 2005 book on Foucault and the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79. His fervent opposition to the Shah and US imperialism and his astute assessment of Iran as a new type of revolution, neither liberal nor leftist, were marred by a surprisingly uncritical stance toward the upsurge of radical Islamism and an untoward silence on the issues of gender and sexuality. We also discuss Marxist and feminist critiques of Foucault at the time, and their implications for today.

Janet Afary and Kevin B. Anderson are the authors of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution: Gender and the Seductions of Islamism. They teach at University of California, Santa Barbara, in sociology and religious studies, respectively. Afary is also the author of Sexual Politics in Modern Iran (2009) and Anderson of Marx at the Margins (2010).

Address: 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn
Foucault and the Iranian Revolution

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Hogansburg: 2016 Annual Tribal Budget Mid-Year Report

August 30, 2016 at Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in Hogansburg.


In accordance with the Tribal Procedures Act, adopted by referendum on Ohiarí:ha/June 1, 2013; the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe shall ensure financial accountability by presenting a mid-year report on the Approved Annual Tribal Budget. The Tribe is pleased to do so and has scheduled a public meeting to be held on Seskéha /August 30, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to provide membership with a report on all tribal revenues and expenditures to date for the current fiscal year. The meeting will be held in the lobby of the Community Building; located at 412 State Route 37 in Akwesasne, New York; and all tribal members are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Address: 412 State Route 37, Hogansburg
2016 Annual Tribal Budget Mid-Year Report

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Rochester: The Presstitutes

July 07, 2016 at MuCCC in Rochester.


Thursday, the 7th, at 7:30pm
Friday, the 8th, at 7:30pm
Saturday, the 9th, at 7:30pm
Sunday, the 10th, at 1:00pm

Students & Seniors: $10 in advance or $15 at the door
Adults: $15 in advance or $20 at the door

For tickets, visit MuCCC.org or call (585) 727-1373, and for more information visit us at EveryonesTheatre.com

“The Presstitutes” by D&C columnist and reporter David Andreatta
Directed by Jeff Moon.

The Presstitutes, developed with the help of Geva Theatre Center, is a farce about the staff of a dying newspaper in Western NY, and the gubernatorial campaign of a dark horse politician, each striving for relevancy. Join us for a humorous and stark commentary on the state of journalism and politics in contemporary America.

– R. Emmett Michie as Stan Lipsky, Editor-in-Chief of The Buffalo Star
– Al Young as Ted Snead, Political reporter at The Buffalo Star
– Karen Craft as Dot Bellwood, Secretary to Stan Lipsky
– Katie Kreutter as Amanda Price, Digital Editor of The Buffalo Star
– Morey Fazzi as Michael “Mad as Hell” Mazzeo, Brash Millionaire Auto Dealer, running for NYS Governor
– John Winter as Perry Driscoll, Mazzeo’s Campaign Manager
– Jesse Luna as Ira Silver, Majority Owner & Publisher of The Buffalo Star

All performances will be held at the MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Ave, Rochester, NY 14607.

Address: 142 Atlantic Ave, Rochester
The Presstitutes

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Brooklyn: Martha Wilson as Donald Trump – Politics and Performance Art Are One and the Same and Panel Discussion

July 31, 2016 at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn.


Martha Wilson embodies her trademark “invasions” of other people’s personae. (Image: Matha Wilson as Donald Trump, 2016. Photo by Miao Jiaxin)

Immediately following performance: Community practices: Art and Intervention Panel Discussion Select exhibition artists discuss their projects of social and political consequence. Participants include Isabella Cruz-Chong, Brooklyn, New York; Sheryl Oring, Greensboro, North Carolina; and lead artist Kate Sopko, Cleveland, Ohio, who will be joined by a fixer from her project; moderated by Erin Donnelly.

Address: 92 Plymouth St, Brooklyn
Martha Wilson as Donald Trump – Politics and Performance Art Are One and the Same and Panel Discussion

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New York: Birth Work as Care Work: Stories from Activist Birth Communities – NYC Launch at Bluestockings

May 19, 2016 at Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center in New York.


Come to the NYC book launch for Birth Work as Care Work: Stories from Activist Birth Communities with author Alana Apfel in conversation with Victoria Law, Silvia Federici, and Mai’a Williams as they present insights from the front lines of birth activist communities. The personal has once more become political, and birth workers, supporters, and doulas now find themselves in the struggle over the reproduction of life itself. The panelists will explore the politics of care and the political dynamics of birth work; drawing connections between birth, reproductive labor, and the struggles of caregiving communities today.

Thursday, May 19th 7pm at Bluestockings 172 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

Birth Work as Care Work by Alana Apfel • Foreword: Loretta J. Ross • Preface: Victoria Law • Introduction: Silvia Federici–> http://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=784

Alana Apfel was born in the United States and raised in the UK. She holds graduate degrees in anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and the University of Edinburgh. Her writing engages the politics of care work with a focus on birth and activist birth communities. Alana teaches on ways to radicalize birth work and continues to support people through birth in Bristol, UK.

Victoria Law is a mother, photographer, and writer. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women and coeditor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities.

Silvia Federici is a feminist activist, writer, and teacher. In 1972 she was one of the cofounders of the International Feminist Collective, the organization that launched the international campaign for Wages for Housework. In the 1990s, after a period of teaching and research in Nigeria, she was active in the anti-globalization movement and the U.S. anti–death penalty movement. She is the author of Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle.

Mai’a Williams is the codeitor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines (PM Press, 2016) and creator and director of Water Studio, which supports and co-creates with underground community artists and revolutionaries in Cairo, Egypt, and she organizes with the Revolutionary Youth Councils of Cairo, which were among the leading forces during the 2011 ouster of Mubarak. It was her living and working with Palestinian, Congolese, and Central American indigenous mothers in resistance communities, that initially inspired her to become a mother and continues to guide her as she practices this life-giving work called radical mothering. Her essays, short stories and poetry have been published in make/shift, Mamaphiles, Tenacious, Popshot, Woman’s Work, Lilith Devotional, and Colored Girls. She is the instigator of the Outlaw Midwives movement, zines, and blog, which shifts the discourse around birth, life, death, and healing by offering a vision of radical empowerment and accountability. In 2008, she published the anthology Revolutionary Motherhood, a collection of writing and visual art about mothering on the margins, which became the inspiration for Revolutionary Mothering.

Address: 172 Allen St, New York
Birth Work as Care Work: Stories from Activist Birth Communities - NYC Launch at Bluestockings

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New York: Stephen Karam and members of the cast of The Humans: discussion and signing

May 12, 2016 at Drama Book Shop in New York.


The Drama Book Shop is thrilled to welcome acclaimed playwright Stephen Karam and members of the cast of his smash hit play The Humans for a discussion and signing. The event will begin at 5pm in the shop’s Arthur Seelen Theatre.

The Humans, currently playing at The Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway, is a celebrated new play by Stephen Karam. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. Unfolding over a single scene, this delirious tragicomedy (“Chicago Sun-Times”) by acclaimed young playwright Stephen Karam infuses the traditional kitchen-sink family drama with qualities of horror in his portentous and penetrating work of psychological unease (“Variety”), creating an indelible family portrait.

Stephen Karam’s plays include “Speech & Debate” and “Sons of the Prophet,” a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and the winner of the 2012 Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Hull-Warriner awards for Best Play. Born and raised in Scranton, PA, he lives in New York City.

Karam will be joined at The Tony Award-winning Drama Book Shop by members of The Humans’ critically acclaimed company, to be announced at a later date. Admission to the discussion is limited. Those who purchase a copy of Theatre Communications Group’s edition of The Humans will be given priority admission. The Drama Book Shop, now celebrating its 99th year, is located at 250 West 40th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. For more information on this and other events, please visit www.dramabookshop.com.

Tickets for The Humans are available at Telecharge. For more information, please visit http://thehumansonbroadway.com.

Address: 250 W 40th St, New York
Stephen Karam and members of the cast of The Humans: discussion and signing

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New York: Hans Ulrich Obrist In Conversation with Pedro Reyes

May 02, 2016 at Visual Arts at Americas Society in New York.


This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Americas Society, Alumnos 47, and Artbook invite you to join Hans Ulrich Obrist, who will present his recent publication Conversations in Mexico. Obrist will speak with artist Pedro Reyes—who was present during many of the conversations—about the stories behind the interviews in the book that draws from over a decade’s worth of research, which describes the buildings, photography, music, travel, politics, literature, philosophy, and art that helped shape the cultural scene. It features Obrist’s interviews with such groundbreaking figures and pioneers as Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, Teodoro González de León, Graciela Iturbide, Esquivel, Santiago Genovés, Carlos Fuentes, Margo Glantz, Elena Poniatowska, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Leonora Carrington, Felipe Ehrenberg, Pedro Friedeberg, Juan Soriano, and Eduardo Terrazas.

Address: 680 Park Ave at 68 St, New York
Hans Ulrich Obrist In Conversation with Pedro Reyes

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April 21, 2016 at NYU College Republicans in New York.


College Republicans at NYU will be joined by Fox News host, The View co-host and Breitbart columnist Jedediah Bila, who will engage with club members in a townhall event reflecting on the 2016 election.

Jedediah Bila is a New York City-based television host and commentator. You can catch her regularly co-hosting ABC’s The View and doing a variety of hosting and commentary on Fox News and Fox Business. Her book, Outnumbered, was published in May of 2011. Her columns have been published at PolicyMic, Human Events, Verily, The Daily Caller, Newsmax, FoxNews.com, Breitbart News, The Blaze, Townhall, and in AMAC’s newsletter and print magazine. Topics include culture, education, politics, relationships, media, fitness, and more. She is a featured speaker for the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute and Young America’s Foundation.

Jedediah joined the Fox News team in January 2013. Prior to that, she appeared regularly on MSNBC, CNBC, The Blaze, and a variety of radio shows.

Jedediah graduated Valedictorian of Wagner College, earned a Master of Arts from Columbia University, and completed an advanced adult workshop in the Saturday program at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She has held leadership positions in the fields of Education, Theater, and Marketing. She is a former high-school academic dean and academic adviser, and has taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels. She has worked with students ages three to adult in such fields as creative and academic writing, Spanish, public speaking, monologue coaching, and more.

Jedediah is a native New Yorker. She adores fitness, organic foods/products, and her eight-pound Maltese, Emma. Also? Spider-Man is her boyfriend.

Come prepared with questions, as we expect a lively discussion! Invite your friends, too, because you won’t want to miss out!


Where: Kimmel 912
When: Thursday (04/21) at 7:00 PM

Free food and drink, as always.

Address: 60 Washington Sq S, New York

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New York: The Laodamiad

May 06, 2016 at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York.


A new play by Chas LiBretto
Directed by Hunter Bird
With Jessie Cannizzaro, Nathaniel Peart, Badia Farha and Don Burroughs

Thesis Mentor: Oskar Eustis
Music composed by Kim Sherman
Cello accompaniment by: Kajsa William-Olsson
Costume Designer: Sean Smith
Lighting Designer: Marika Kent
Set Design: Adam Rigg
Poster Designer: Katharine LiBretto
Producer: Matthew Kagan

Presented as part of the Columbia New Play Festival at The Signature’s Ford Studio, 480 West 42nd St, Manhattan.

Fri 5/6 at 2:30 pm
Fri 5/6 at 8:00 pm
Sat 5/7 at 2:30pm

Free admission. Tickets here: http://www.columbiastages.org/tickets.html

Laodamia, daughter to King Acastus, is rescued from drowning by Iolaus, a sheep farmer from Phylace. When the Trojan War breaks out, she tries to keep him safe with her but inadvertantly exposes him to a wider world of politics and power. A nightmarish prophecy ensures that the charismastic General Odysseus has him put at the front of the lines and when Iolaus is killed in combat, Laodamia becomes the war’s first widow. How she deals with her grief echoes through history and myth for millennia. Inspired by the handful of surviving lines from Euripides’ lost play PROTESILAOS, THE LAODAMIAD explores love, war, and loss.


Address: 480 W 42nd St, New York
The Laodamiad

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New Paltz: The Student Body Film Screening at SUNY New Paltz

April 26, 2016 at SUNY New Paltz in New Paltz.


THE STUDENT BODY, an important documentary on teen body image, will screen at SUNY New Paltz on Tuesday April 26, in the Lecture Center room 102.

Coined the ‘Fat Letters’ by students, states around the country have begun mandating schools to send notification letters to kids whose body mass index (BMI) doesn’t fall within a narrowly “acceptable” range. When a determined sixth grader
in Ohio voices her protest against the letters, student journalist Bailey Webber is inspired to take her fight to the highest levels of government. THE STUDENT BODY is a true underdog story of two brave girls who take a stand against government intrusion and hypocrisy while exploring the complex and controversial truths of the childhood obesity debate.

The Directors:
Bailey Webber is a student investigative journalist, writer and co-director of The Student Body. Her story of courage and activism has been featured in numerous newspaper and online articles. She has been honored by the National Association of University Women for her advocacy work, is an ambassador for
the National Eating Disorders Association as well as Proud to Be Me in which she has written several articles, blogs, and has participated in panel discussions. Bailey is also an up and coming public speaker and has appeared as a guest on several television and radio shows. Bailey is the daughter of Michael Webber, a motion picture producer and renowned documentary filmmaker. As such, she has grown up around movie making and has storytelling in her blood. he Student Body is her directorial debut.

Michael Webber is an award winning documentary filmmaker and producer/co-director of The Student Body. Webber has produced numerous theatrical films for studios such as 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate. Eventually applying his storytelling skills to nonfiction filmmaking, Webber would go on to produced/directed his “passion project” the hit documentary The Elephant in the Living Room. The film was praised by critics as one of the best films of the year, winning 5 Best Documentary awards and opening as the #1 independent film in the US. Michael has been guest on countless radio and television talk shows around the country including appearances on The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News and Nightline. He was also the subject of an ABC 20/20 special by Emmy Award Winning journalist Jay Schradler.

The film screening is part of Media Week at SUNY New Paltz, hosted by the Media and Journalism Society—a Broadcast Education Association Student Club. Other events during the week include the Media Management Alumni Panel (Monday at 5pm in SUB62/63), the Production and Journalism Alumni Panel (Tuesday morning at 10am in SUB 62/63) and the Keynote Presentation, a conversation with Magnolia Pictures President and New Paltz Alumnus Eamonn Bowles on Wednesday April 27th at 6pm in the Terrace. The keynote will be followed by the Little Rebellion Re-launch Party.

The film had its East Coast Premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival in October 2015.

To learn more about this event, please contact Gregory Bray, PhD, Department of Media and Journalism at SUNY New Paltz. brayg@newpaltz.edu

For more information on the film, visit www.TheStudentBodyFilm.com

The Media and Journalism Society, The Department of Digital Media and Journalism, The College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Campus Auxiliary Services sponsor the event.

Address: 1 Hawk Dr, New Paltz
The Student Body Film Screening at SUNY New Paltz

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