Posts Tagged ‘The New School’



In Public Programs on February 3, 2011 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , ,


Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Thursday, February 17, 2011, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Malcolm Klein Reading Room
66 West 12th Street, room 510
Admission is free, but seating is limited; RSVP to or call 212.229.5615.

Book signing follows the reading and discussion.

Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s fiction and essays have appeared in StoryQuarterly,
Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories 2009, The Kenyon Review, PMS:
PoemMemoirStory, North Carolina Literary Review, Richard Wright
Newsletter, and SLI: Studies in Literary Imagination. She is a graduate of
Harvard University and a former University of California postdoctoral fellow.
Perkins-Valdez teaches creative writing at the University of Puget Sound.
She will read from her highly-acclaimed first novel, Wench. Perkins-Valdez, born in Memphis,
Tennessee, splits her time between Washington, DC and Seattle, Washington.

This series celebrates literature written by women across the African diaspora
(African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latina, Afro-European, Afro-Asian, and
continental African). Past readers include Opal Palmer Adisa, Pamela Booker,
Merle Collins, Carole Boyce Davies, Bridget Davis, Ifeona Fulani, Linda Susan
Jackson, Tayari Jones, Rosalind McLymont, Pam Mordecai, Elizabeth Nunez,
Ebele Oseye, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Cicely Rodway, Danyel Smith, Patricia
Smith, Gammy Singer, Martha Southgate, Eisa Ulen, and Tiphanie Yanique.
The series is sponsored by The New School Diversity Committee and is
moderated by Celesti Colds Fechter, associate dean for academic services
at The New School for General Studies.



Eugene Lang College Ethnicity & Race Minor Open House

In Public Programs on October 18, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , ,

Ethnicity and Race Open House

Monday: October 25th A704, 66 West 12 Street
Tuesday: October 26th G802, 80 Fifth Avenue
TIME: 12:00-1:30pm

The Ethnicity and Race Open House is an opportunity for students interested in this minor to learn more about the minor, meet fellow students & professors affiliated with the minor, and find out about internship and professional development opportunities, and upcoming events.



Averil Clarke: “On Love and Inequality… Gendered Meanings of Romance Deprivation”

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , ,

Courtesy of Yale University

Please join Milano-GPIA in welcoming Averil Clarke from Yale University to deliver the next Brown Bag Seminar.  Clarke’s presentation is guaranteed to be a brilliant, informative, and provocative.

Speaker:     Averil Clarke, Assistant Professor, Yale University

When:        Wednesday April 28th, 12:10 – 1:30 pm

Where:      The New School: Room 510 at 66 west 12th street (between 5th and 6th avenues)

Title:     “On Love and Inequality: The Racial Causes, Class Consequences, and Gendered Meanings of Romance Deprivation”

Averil Clarke’s study compares the romantic, sexual, and reproductive experiences of college-educated black women to those of less educated black women and white and Hispanic women with college degrees.  Using quantitative data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NCHS 1995) and qualitative data from interviews with 58 college educated black women of reproductive age, it finds that African American women, when compared with women of other races, are deprived in romantic love.

Furthermore, this context of romantic deprivation undergirds and potentially explains social group differences in sexual and reproductive behavior in ways that challenge traditional inequality scholars  claims about the educational and financial cost-benefit analyses women make when deciding to postpone, forego, or begin childbearing.  In specific, the study s conclusions maintain that racial inequalities in marriage and black women s overall romantic deprivation lead to lower levels of coitus and contraceptive use and increased unplanned pregnancy and induced abortion.  The study s findings support the broader theoretical argument that deprivations, desires, and activities in love arena are more than causes or consequences of women s educational and productive sector outcomes.  Rather, they can themselves be constitutive of social inequality.

Brief Bio:
Averil Y. Clarke (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2002) is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Yale University. There she does research and teaches courses in race and ethnicity and marriage and the family. She is completing a book manuscript entitled, Child Sacrifice: The Social Infertility of College-Educated Black Women. The book describes the findings from her study of why these women have fewer children than less educated blacks and than white and Hispanic women with a college education. It uses data from interviews with black women and analyses of national data comparing the sexual and reproductive behavior of black, white, and Hispanic women to argue that college educated black women have few opportunities to marry and that they resist nonmarital childbearing because of a cultural meaning system that interprets and negatively evaluates black women s sexuality and the reproductive activity of poor women. Clarke is also beginning a new research project exploring the AIDS/HIV risk and preventative behaviors of religious individuals as well as religious organizations  beliefs, programming, and education activities in the areas of sexuality and sexual health.


Health Challenges for the 21st Century: Bad Sugar

In Public Programs on March 19, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , ,

The documentary Bad Sugar addresses this vexing question: What happened to the health of the Pima? Along with The Tohono O’odham Indians of southern Arizona, the Pima have arguably the highest diabetes rates in the world – half of all adults are afflicted. But a century ago, diabetes was virtually unknown in their community. Researchers have poked and prodded the Pima for decades in search of a sociological – or more recently, genetic – explanation for their high rates of disease.   Speakers at this event will relate the experiences of the Pima to the current diabetes epidemic in New York City and address efforts currently underway attempting to curtail its proliferation in New York. Participants include: Kimberly Libman, Faculty Food Studies, The New School for General Studies; Rachel Knopf,. Health Educator, The New School; and Lorraine Mongiello, Project Director for the CUNY Campaign Against Diabetes.


Public Health Challenges for the 21st Century: Film and Panel Series

In Uncategorized on March 13, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , , , , ,

This monthly film and panel series is an extension of the Fall 2009 focus on health disparities. The series begins on February 22, with “Sante: Crisis in Haiti”, which describes health infrastructure in Haiti, the consequences of its collapse, and the efforts of community-based organizations to bring health to the people.

The series continues on:

* March 23 with “Bad Sugar”, which describes the social and biological determinants of diabetes in rural and urban marginalized environments that include NYC and the Pima Native American Reservation

* April 30 with “The Deadliest Disease in America”, which examines the issues of disparities in the U.S. healthcare system based on race using a film screening and workshop model

* May 21 with New School Honorary Degree Recipient Rita Colwell, “Invisible Seas” and “Coming Clean on Sanitation” which demonstrate the need for an interdisciplinary approach to providing clean water through sustainable and appropriate practices for resource poor environments and to prevent the spread of cholera.

These events are co-sponsored by the following programs and departments: Media and Film Studies, Food Studies, and the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School for General Studies; Race and Ethnicity Studies, Interdisciplinary Science, and Office of the Dean at Eugene Lang College; Health Education, New School Health Services; and the Office of the Provost.

A full description of each event can be found at the Lang Bio-Health Scoiety website.


Stacey Ann Chin: The Other Side of Paradise

In Uncategorized on March 9, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , ,

The New School Celebrates Women’s History Month with Staceyann Chin: A reading from her new book, The Other Side of Paradise

March 11, 6:00 pm
Wollman Hall
65 West 11th Street, 5th Floor

Staceyann Chin is a fulltime writer and activist. Recipient of the 2007 Power of the Voice Award from The Human Rights Campaign, the 2008 Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality, the 2008 Honors from the Lesbian AIDS Project, and the 2009 New York State Senate Award, she identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.  Chin was a stock feature on the Peabody Award winning HBO series, Def Poetry Jam. She went on to co-write and perform as one of the original cast members of the ground-breaking, critically acclaimed, Tony Award winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.  Chin is the author of the memoir, The Other Side of Paradise, published by Scribner. Simon and Schuster, Inc.  Join us for a reading by Chin from this new groundbreaking work.

Co-Sponsored by Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, Office of the Dean, The Office of Intercultural Support and the Office of International Student Services.
Free and open to all.  Please rsvp to


Putting the Torch to Colorblindness: Race, Riots, and the Limits of Universalism in France and the United States

In Public Programs on March 4, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , , , , , ,

The HISTORY IN MOTION speaker series presents Thomas Sugrue, professor of History and Sociology at University of Pennsylvania, who will give a talk entitled “Putting the Torch to Colorblindness: Race, Riots, and the Limits of Universalism in France and the United States.”

Dr. Sugrue is David Boies Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and focuses on 20th-century American politics, urban history, civil rights, and race. His first book, The Origin of the Urban Crisis (Princeton, 1996), won the Bancroft Prize in American History and the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award. In 2005, Princeton University Press selected it as one of the most influential books of the past one hundred years.

80 Fifth Avenue, 5th-floor conference room (529)

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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