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Screening of “Jason and Shirley” with Director Stephen Winters

February 28, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
D-207, Pomerantz Center

Once upon a time in the Chelsea Hotel... "Jason and Shirley" re-imagines the electrifying, take-no-prisoners 1966 power struggle between Jason Holliday, a fabulous but downtrodden black, gay, middle-aged hustler known throughout New York’s pre-Stonewall gay world, and Shirley Clarke, a Jewish, female, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker during the start of the countercultural revolution. 

Language Exchange

February 23, 2017
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
A642, Dubinsky Student Center

The Educational Skills Department invites you to practice speaking your second language (Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, Korean, English, Russian...) with a native speaker in a casual setting. ​Students, Faculty, and Staff are welcome!

An Evening with the Central Park Five and Filmmaker Sarah Burns: Looking Back to Look Forward

February 15, 2017
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium

Co-sponsored by  the Diversity Council (through a President's Diversity  Grant) and the UCE of FIT, this event will feature a discussion with filmmaker Sarah Burns and several members of the group known as the Central Park Five---young men famously accused and convicted of  raping a jogger in  Central Park 25 years ago.  First the audience will watch a 30-minute clip of Burns’ documentary which addresses the challenges these young men faced and the impact on their lives.  Then the men---who have since been exonerated---will join in an interactive discussion.   Social Science Professor Daniel Levinson Wilk and Fashion Business Management student Shayna Fairclough will co-moderate the discussion.  Questions will also be taken from the audience.  Questions regarding this event may be directed to bernard_dillard@fitnyc.edu.  The riveting documentary trailer of Sarah Burns' film may be viewed at https://goo.gl/018iIp. The event is open to the FIT community as well as the general public by registering here.

Language Exchange

February 15, 2017
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
A642, Dubinsky Student Center

The Educational Skills Department invites you to practice speaking your second language (Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, Korean, English, Russian...) with a native speaker in a casual setting. ​Students, Faculty, and Staff are welcome!

Fashionable Muses

February 7, 2016
7:00-9:00 p.m.
John E. Reeves Great Hall

Fashionable Muses is an evening of live musical performances, visual art projections and poetry. This salon concert is a collaboration of (FIT) students and faculty and Composers Now, a New York-based nonprofit that champions the work of living composers. Musical works by Eve Beglarian, Steve Cohen (world premiere), Shirish Korde, Felipe Lara, Tania León, and Yonvany Terry will be performed. Directly following the musical performances, the composers, poets, visual artists, and musicians will engage in a dialogue with the audience about the importance of art in our lives today. This discussion will be moderated by Composers Now's Artistic Director, composer, and conductor Tania León.

Funded in part by a SUNY Explorations in Diversity and Academic Excellence Grant and by a FIT Faculty Development Grant awarded to the FIT Counseling Center Director, Susan Breton, as well as by a sponsorship from Steinway & Sons. You may reserve a ticket to the event here.

African Artists I Admire

February 9, 2016
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
A312, Dubinsky Student Center

As part of Black History Month, the Cross-Cultural Encounters in Art and Design series presents “African Artists I Admire.” Ian Alteveer, an assistant curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will talk about African artists of the diaspora and African American artists. Several exhibitions focusing on the career of African artists will be analyzed to help emerging artists from diverse backgrounds figure out how to develop their art projects.

 

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