Upcoming Events:

Conversation: May 4, 2016, 6–8pm, Room C198
Fight for the City: School Desegregation, Race, Resistance, and Class Struggle

Seminar Meeting, May 4, 2016, 4-6pm, Room C197, at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Feat. Jean Graham-Jones. (Translation.)

Past Events:

Seminar Meeting,  April 13, 2016  4-6pm, Room C197 at The Graduate Center, CUNY .  Featuring Esther Allen. (Translation.)

Words Without Borders Event, March 21, 2016  6:30-8:30pm at Skylight Room, The Graduate Center, CUNY Graduate Center. Feat. Words Without Borders author, Faoud Laouri. (Translation.)

Seminar Meeting, February 10, 2016  4-6pm, Rooms 8400/8402 at The Graduate Center,  CUNY. Feat. Susan Bernofsky. (Translation.)

Series of Workshops, December 3, 2015 4:30, C197, at The Graduate Center, CUNY. “Politics” in Translation. (Translation)

Public Conversation, November 19th, 2015  6:30pm, Skylight Room 9100.
“Gulf Labor and Precarious Workers Rights” (Social Choreography)

Series of Workshops, November 12, 2015 6:30pm, C204, at The Graduate Center, CUNY.
“Ledig House” Event (Translation)

The event featured myriad writers and translators from the Fall 2015 Ledig House Translation Lab—working in languages ranging from Spanish and Syrian to Bulgarian and Basque—who came together to discuss their latest work together. Speakers discussed issues relating to “untranslatables,” capturing the essence of the writer’s intention, and the almost doppelganger -like effect of a translator creating something resembling a new text entirely. Also touched on was the issue of the often-necessity of working from secondary translations, as well as the varying depth and level of collaboration between translator and writer, with different results.

Writers and translators featured included Christina MacSweeney, Daniela Saldana Paris, Alice Guthrie, Rasha Abbas, Izidora Angel, Hristo Karatoyanov, Amaia Gabantxo, and Miren Agur Meabe.

The event was cosponsored by the Mellon Seminar for Public Engagement and Collaborative Research, Translation; Writers Omi at Ledig House; and Words Without Borders.

Conversation: Nov 2, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Psychology Hub Room 6304.01
Critical Perspectives on Community Based Research and Praxis (Narrating Change)

Working Group, Performance and Film Screening: October 30 6:30 pm Segal Theatre
Whose Movement Is It? (Narrating Change)

Public Storytelling Research Forum: October 23
Narrating America in the Contemporary Community College (Narrating Change)
A group of 40 students, teachers, administrators, and researchers convened for half a day to hear presentations on narrative research in community colleges, work in groups to read and discuss student narratives, and report back major findings. The day concluded with a presentation of a concept for Narrating America, the Game, which will be presented at the 2016 CUNY Games festival.

Series of Workshops, October 15, 2015 “Pedagogy” in Translation. (Translation)

During the seminar, we discussed the practical applications of employing different translations in our pedagogy. Miciah Hussey presented his work on various translations of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis; we focused on issues of addressing contemporary dialect, preservation of authorial tone and style, as well as using the idea of relative translations as an entrance into teaching close reading and analysis of word choice.

Series of Workshops, September 17, 2015 Introduction to Translation. (Translation)

During the seminar, we outlined our prospective plans for the next two semesters. Participants were encouraged to submit any ideas proposals for content or programming on our site here. Further, we initiated ourselves to the practice of translation by attempting a cold translation of “The Seafarer” in its most literal form; participants will post their results here.

Workshops on Public Engagement in the Humanities
April 29, 2015 9am – 12:30pm
schedule and details

CUNY, The Graduate Center (room C197)
Participating Community Partners: Damayan, Sadie Nash Leadership ProjectTarget Margin TheaterWords Without Borders

May 13, 2015 9am – 1pm
schedule and details
CUNY, The Graduate Center (room C197)
Participating Community Partners: The Aaron Burr SocietyDanspace, Deborah Fisher, Gulf Labor Artist Coalition, Occupy Museums, Social Practice QueensWorker’s Art Coalition

Public Conversation: March 5th, 2015 6:30pm, The Skylight Room,
“Red Kant: Michael Wayne, Stephen Wright and Gregory Sholette in Conversation” (Social Choreography)

Panel Discussion: March 4, 2015 6:00pm, Sociology Lounge (Rm 6112)
Stories of Struggle: Histories of Childcare Activism at CUNY (Narrating Change)

Stories of Struggle Recap: “Thanks to those of you who attended. It was a well attended and interesting discussion about histories of childcare activism, open admissions, and activism more generally at CUNY. James Small  talked about how the history of CUNY activism is not well documented, and when people speak of activism in the city they frequently talk about NYU and Columbia, but not CUNY. He spoke about the seizure of South campus in 1969 and how the childcare struggle evolved from that because so many of the student activists had kids and they needed childcare. Tahir Butt, who presented on the history of open admissions, and struggles on other CUNY campuses said that what James was talking about is not documented anywhere. They both talked about a need to have more documented and archival evidence of CUNY activism history while we still have some of those people around who can recount the history. We want to create a transcript for the CUNY Digital Archives project.”

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