NEWS ADVISORY: Pace University Dyson Artists-in-Residence Exhibition Closing Reception and Artists’ Talks

From funk to punk, swaths to sin: Pace University Dyson Artists-in-Residence Exhibition Closing Reception and Artists’ Talks: Tuesday, September 28, 5:00-7:00 pm. Peter Fingesten Gallery, 1 Pace Plaza (east of City Hall. Free and open to the public.

From funk to punk, swaths to sin: Pace University Dyson Artists-in-Residence Exhibition Closing Reception and Artists’ Talks: Tuesday, September 28, 5:00-7:00 pm. Peter Fingesten Gallery, 1 Pace Plaza (east of City Hall). Free and open to the public.

Finale of the Summer Artists in Residence Program and Exhibition presented by the Art Department and Dyson College of Pace University. The summer residency program, now in its fourth year, provides artists with the opportunity to create new work in the studios on the University’s lower Manhattan Campus.

This year, four artists were selected to participate in the 10-week program. Their work engages a diverse range of themes in a wide variety of media including painting, drawing, textiles, digital design and performance.

Harlem-based Xenobia Bailey is a fibers artist. For over a decade, she has been creating an epic project, Paradise Under Reconstruction in the Aesthetic of Funk. Her installation in the Fingesten Gallery is a project in-process; a collage of photographs and text, crocheted wall pieces and bundles of handspun newspaper tacked on to the wall to function as an “inspiration station.”

Brazilian-born Priscila de Carvalho makes bright, large-scale painting-and-sculpture installations inspired by her native country. She constructs architectural landscapes in three dimensions with layers of various materials, imagery, and swaths of intense color. Her semi-abstract work captures the energy of a highly populated, impoverished, and sprawling urban environment.

Brooklyn-based artist Adam Schwartz recently came back to New York City after several years working and teaching in Los Angeles. His series of drawings and digital prints explore concepts of infinity and repetition, and random patterns, tapping sources that include Adobe default color palettes, straight-edge hardcore punk lyrics, and email spam.

Canadian-born performance artist Charmaine Wheatley works in performance as well as painting, drawing, sculpture and book-making. Her work questions the relationship between feminism, religion, sexuality and sin. Her work in the gallery includes a stack of printed propaganda booklets and a series of intimate drawings.

Contacts: Jennifer Schwarting, professor of art, phone 212-346-1894

Chris Cory, media relations, 212-346-1117, 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

NEWS ADVISORY: A New Women’s Issue? Aging Gracefully

Aging gracefully and other issues could become a new chapter in the women’s movement around the world. They will be explored Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, September 24 and 25, at an international conference of experts in New York City at Pace University’s downtown campus just east of City Hall, entrance on Spruce Street.

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Contact: Cara Cea, ccea@pace.edu, 914-906-9680

A NEW WOMEN’S ISSUE? AGING GRACEFULLY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

PACE UNIVERSITY PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT IS SPONSORING AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE EXPLORING NEW CHALLENGES TO “AGE GRACEFULLY” FRIDAY, SEPT. 24 AND SATURDAY, SEPT. 25

Co-Sponsorship with New York Academy of Sciences, and New York State Psychological Association – Academic Division, Division of Women’s Issues, and Division of Independent Practice

NEW YORK, September 20, 2010 — Well-educated women in mid-life and older are vigorously redefining what it means to “age gracefully.” But with that comes new pressures and challenges not easily met.

What about women who don’t fit the new stereotypes? What about women too poor to age gracefully?

Those issues could become a new chapter in the women’s movement around the world. They will be explored Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, September 24 and 25, at an international conference of experts in New York City at Pace University’s downtown campus just east of City Hall, entrance on Spruce Street.

The opening session begins Friday at 4:30pm; Saturday’s sessions run 9:00am – 5:00pm.  Registration is through www.nyas.org (212.298.8600). The conference is open to the public. Non-members pay $25; students pay $20. Media admission by press pass.

“Can’t Have it All”

The organizers are two psychologists from Pace University, Florence Denmark, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor and Mercedes A. McCormick, Ph.D., Coordinator of MA program in General psychology; and psychologists Joan Chrisler, Ph.D.,  from Connecticut College and Varda Muhlbauer, Ph.D., Netanya Academic College in Israel. They will make presentations, along with scholars from institutions that include Harvard and NYU Medical Schools, the Universities of the West Indies, Lisbon, and British Columbia; the Borough of Manhattan Community College and the University of Pittsburgh. The complete list and schedule is at www.nyas.org psychology section.

Co-organizer Florence Denmark is a professor of psychology emerita at Pace who is one of the pioneers in defining the psychology of women.

The presentations will begin with “Can’t Have it All: Representations of Midlife Women in Popular Culture” and an analysis of news coverage of women who become mothers in midlife and of “The benefits – and costs – of Internet use for aging women.”

Later presentations will move on to attitudes toward cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery, take up the question of whether age is “the new status symbol,” and the impact of “myths” about older women “that negatively impact independence, health and a sense of self-worth.”

“Retiring but not shy.”

Saturday afternoon will include discussions of midlife change and psychological development as the foundation for healthy aging, stereotypes in health care decisions, aging women in Jamaica, Costa Rica and Portugal, violence against older women, older women as leaders and mentors.

A pair of presentations will discuss the competing demands of older women’s “leadership” versus “retirement” and what it means to be “retiring but not shy.”

An opportunity to discuss issues with the audience will be provided each day. This is a “coming of age” conference designed to explore new territory.

Professional education at Pace University

Since 1906, Pace University has offered professional education that combines liberal arts with practical experience and the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York. It enrolls more than 13,500 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

NEWS RELEASE: Immigration: A Right or a Privilege? Discussion Sept. 14

As the mosque controversy fuels the debate over immigration policy reforms, Muzaffar A. Chishti, a lawyer and director of Migration Policy Institute’s office at New York University School of Law, will discuss “Immigration: A Right or a Privilege?” on Tuesday, September 14 at Pace University’s Constitution Day celebration on its downtown New York City campus in the Student Union, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Open to the public.

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Pace University Public Information:  Bill Caldwell, (212) 346-1597 or wcaldwell@pace.edu

“Immigration: A Right or a Privilege?”  – A discussion at Pace University’s Constitution Day celebration Tuesday, September 14

As the mosque controversy fuels the debate over immigration policy reforms, Muzaffar A. Chishti, a lawyer and director of Migration Policy Institute’s office at New York University School of Law, will discuss “Immigration: A Right or a Privilege?” on Tuesday, September 14 at Pace University’s Constitution Day celebration on its downtown New York City campus in the Student Union, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Open to the public.

NEWS ADVISORY: Temple Grandin, Subject of Film That Won Five Emmys, to be Convocation Speaker Sept. 7

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., the subject of the biographical film “Temple Grandin” starring Claire Danes that won five Emmys last week, will keynote Pace University’s Convocation on Tuesday, September 7 from 2 to 3 p.m.

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Contact: Cara Cea, (914) 773-3312, ccea@pace.edu

TEMPLE GRANDIN, SUBJECT OF FILM THAT WON FIVE EMMYS, TO BE PACE UNIVERSITY CONVOCATION SPEAKER SEPT. 7 IN PLEASANTVILLE, NY

Recently named a Time magazine “hero,” Grandin is expected to deepen understanding of “outsider” feelings common to many students

Entire university urged to read “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, AUGUST 31, 2010 – Temple Grandin, Ph.D., the subject of the biographical film “Temple Grandin” starring Claire Danes that won five Emmys last week, will keynote Pace University’s Convocation on Tuesday, September 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. on the Pace campus in Pleasantville, New York (Goldstein Health and Fitness Center, 861 Bedford Road, entrance #3). Media admission by press pass.

Temple Grandin is perhaps the most famous of the world’s many professionally successful people with autism. Her pioneering understanding of animals, drawing on her own special sensitivities, has led to her designing humane handling systems for half the cattle-processing facilities in the US. A Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois, she is a professor at Colorado State University.

The feature-length film on her early years premiered Saturday, February 6 and is still airing on HBO.

From the official Emmy press release: “Temple Grandin, the story of a woman who overcame autism to pioneer humane treatment for cattle, received five Emmys, including best made-for-television movie. Claire Danes was selected for her performance as Grandin and Julia Ormond and David Strathairn won for their supporting roles. Mick Jackson received an Emmy for directing the film.”

Jackson hailed Grandin in the audience. “I tried to make your movie like you: spunky, smart, honest, vivid, sometimes crazily emotional, never sentimental.”

The Pace appearance will be her first in the NY Metropolitan area since the Emmys.

Common reading, common moments

Grandin’s appearance at Pace dovetails with this year’s Common Reading selection, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon (Doubleday), a bestselling novel that imaginatively takes readers inside the brave and funny perceptions of a brilliant 15-year-old who happens to have autism. This year Pace is beginning the second year of its Build on Special Strengths (BOSS) program, which  gives students with autism the opportunity—and the support they need—to participate fully in college. The program is believed to be the only one like it in the country.

Grandin’s story is less about people who are “different” than it is about the moments almost everyone has of being an outsider. As one observer noted, “Grandin… is revered.… She is a voice for those who are sometimes challenged to make themselves heard.”

Grandin grew up with what doctors originally wrote off as incurable peculiarities – withdrawal, skittishness, difficulty responding to other people. Thanks to a mother who refused to give up on her, she eventually found teachers and mentors who encouraged her interests in science, supported her awakening sense of her own creative powers, tolerated her stubborn streak, and eventually recognized her gifts.

An advocate for others with conditions on what is now called the “autism spectrum,” she has written seven books and 700 articles, is in high demand as a speaker, and has been featured on media from People to the Today Show. Among others, she has consulted for Burger King and McDonald’s.

Grandin was recently listed as one of twenty-five “Heroes” of 2010 in this year’s Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

About Pace

For 104 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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