Institute for Retired Professionals

Special Programs

IMG - IRP Special Programs

Spring 2014

Throughout the school year, the Institute for Retired Professionals (IRP) presents lectures on timely topics for their members, the New School community, and the general public.

February 21, 2014 @1pm

Mainly Mabel: Cabaret and American Music, hosted by KT Sullivan

KTSullivan, the artistic director of The Mabel Mercer Foundation, presentsnew faces and voices performing the classic Mabel Mercer repertoire from the AmericanSongbook. Created in 1985 as a not-for-profit arts organization, TheMabel Mercer Foundation serves both to perpetuate the memory and spirit of itslegendary namesake and to stimulate and promote public interest in the fragileand endangered art of cabaret.

Theresa Lang Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

March 7, 2014 @1pm

Dr. Terri Gordon-Zolov:Is There Truth in Fiction? Torture, Terror, and Testimony in Post-PinochetChile

In the wake of the 17-year Pinochet dictatorshipin Chile, a culture of testimonial has taken root. This talk considers the waysin which fiction constitutes a form of witnessing in post-Pinochet Chile. ProfessorTerri Gordon-Zolov focuses on Ariel Dorfman’s widely read and performed play Death and the Maiden (1990) and Carlos Cerda’s An Empty House (1998), a contemporary novel that revolves around a "house of torture." Terri Gordon-Zolov is an assistant professor of comparative literature at The New Schoolfor Public Engagement.

Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street (enter at 66 West 12th Street)

April 4, 2014 @1pm

Dr. Gary Vena: The Hunted and TheHaunted—Reflections on Eugene O'Neill

Dr. Gary Vena is theauthor of Eugene O'Neill's THE ICEMAN COMETH: Reconstructing the Premiere and other books and articles. He has moderated annual O'Neill roundtables and was a guest speaker at the Nobel Symposium for the O'NeillCentennial in Stockholm. Dr. Vena is Professor Emeritus of Manhattan College'sEnglish Department and received the Bonus et Fidelis Medal for OutstandingService. Dr. Vena is also on the faculty of The New School for Drama. In 2011, he received The New School's Distinguished UniversityTeaching Award.

Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street(enter at 66 West 12th Street)

Admission is free, but reservations are required; email or call 212.229.5682.

Fridays @ Oneis supported in part by the Estelle Tolkin Memorial Fund.

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