April 28 – From Push (NY Times bestseller) to Precious (Oscar nominee) – An Evening with Sapphire

Precious Movie Screening at 6 pm and Conversation/ Book signing with “PUSH” author, Sapphire, at 8 pm at Pace University, NYC Campus on April 28th.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 – NYC Campus

From PUSH (New York Times bestseller) to PRECIOUS (Oscar/Golden Globe/SAG nominated & award winning film, including “Best Picture”): An Evening with Sapphire

Precious Movie Screening at 6 pm; Conversation with “PUSH” author, Sapphire, at 8 pm; Book Signing

Free and open to the general public – Admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis

Who: Sapphire is the author of Push, the story of an overweight, African-American teenage mother named Claireece “Precious” Jones, who endures physical, sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of her parents. But when Precious, pregnant with a second child by her father, meets a determined and radical teacher, we follow her on a journey of education and enlightenment as she learns not only how to write about her life, but how to make it truly her own for the first time.

Push won the Book-of-the-Month Club Stephen Crane award for First Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s First Novelist Award, and, in Great Britain, the Mind Book of the Year Award. Push was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work of Fiction. The book became a New York Times bestseller and was named by the Village Voice and Time Out New York as one of the Top 10 books of 1996.

Push was later turned into the Lee Daniels’ film, Precious, with a cast that features the debutant Gabourey Sidibe as the title character, and Mariah Carey, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton and Lenny Kravitz.

Sapphire also authored American Dreams, a collection of poetry that was cited by Publisher’s Weekly as “one of the strongest debut collections of the 1990s.” Her poems and other works have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review and Spin. About her most recent book of poetry Poet’s and Writer’s Magazine wrote, “With her soul on the line in each verse, her latest collection, Black Wings & Blind Angels, retains Sapphire’s incendiary power to win hearts and singe minds.”

What: Precious screening, movie will be shown in its entirety (trailer preview: www.weareallprecious.com) at 6 pm, Conversation with Sapphire at 8 pm and Book Signing. Admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

When: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 6 pm – 10 pm

Where: Pace University/East of City Hall, One Pace Plaza, Student Union – B Level, New York, NY 10038. Directions: http://www.pace.edu/pace/about-us/all-about-pace/directions-to-all-campuses/new-york-city-campus

Media RSVP: Samuella Becker, Pace Public Information, sbecker2@pace.edu; 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172.

Pace Office of Multicultural Affairs/Event Sponsor: Denise Belen Santiago, 212-346-1546 or dsantiago@pace.edu ; Melanie Robles, 212-346-1261 or mrobles@pace.edu

About Pace University: For 103 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. Visit Pace on the web at www.pace.edu| Facebook | Twitter (@PaceUNews) | Flickr | YouTube

Nov 18 – “Pictures & Poetry” – Schimmel Gallery – “An Evening of Frank O’Hara” – Photo Exhibit

“Pictures and Poetry” – Gallery opening of work by four celebrated photographers and evening of Frank O’Hara poetry at Pace University, NYC Downtown Campus, Schimmel Gallery. Book Signing and Q & A event takes place Wednesday, November 18, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.

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“Pictures and Poetry” – Gallery opening of work by four celebrated photographers and evening of Frank O’Hara poetry

Pace University, NYC Downtown Campus, Schimmel Gallery

Wednesday, November 18, 5:00 -7:30 pm

Book Signing, Q & A, Refreshments, Free – Public Welcome

• Through the Lens – Black & white photography (31 images) featuring artists Sally Gall, Jerome Liebling, Caleb Cain Marcus and Jill Mathis. Collection donated by Nathan M. Perlmutter ‘71 and Rosalyn Perlmutter.

• Writing Worth Reading: An Evening of Frank O’Hara –Hettie Jones and Tony Towle offer personal anecdotes of the poet as they read from his work.

Why/Where: Season opening of The Gallery at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, New York City. Directions – http://www.pace.edu/pace/about-us/all-about-pace/directions-to-all-campuses/new-york-city-campus

When/What: Wednesday, November 18, 2009. 5:00 to 6:00 p.m: Wine and Cheese reception. 6:00 to 7:30 p.m: An Evening of Frank O’Hara with poetry readings by Hettie Jones and Tony Towle, followed by question & answer session, book signing (books by all three poets available for sale) and dessert reception (coffee and sweets).

After November 18, Exhibit Continues: Although the Frank O’Hara poetry reading is one night only, the 31-piece photography exhibit will be on display at the Schimmel Gallery through Wednesday, December 2. Public viewing schedule: Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Closed November 25 -29 for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Free admission.

Who’s Who – Poetry Reading

Frank O’Hara. O’Hara is one of the most beloved poets in modern times. During the 1950s and 1960s – until his death in a tragic accident at the age of 40 – he was a charismatic figure in the New York City cultural world. In addition to being an innovative and highly influential poet, he was an art critic and an important curator at the Museum of Modern Art. He also led an involved, hectic social life which continues to fascinate readers.

Hettie Jones. Jones married the then unpublished poet LeRoi Jones (now Amiri Baraka) in 1958. One of the few visible interracial couples at the time, the two were at the center of the downtown bohemian New York literary, jazz and art worlds. Her memoir How I Became Hettie Jones describes this period in her life and was listed by the New York Times in its Notable Books of the year. Her most recent poetry book, Doing 70, came out in 2007. She is the former Chair of the PEN Prison Writing Committee and currently a member of PEN’s Advisory Council.

Tony Towle. O’Hara was the mentor who changed his life. Since meeting O’Hara in 1962, Towle has published 12 books of poetry and a prose memoir and has received numerous awards, including the Gotham Book Mart Avant-Garde Poetry prize, an NEA Fellowship and an Ingram Merrill Foundation Fellowship. His book North (1970) was the third winner of the Frank O’Hara Award for Experimental Poetry. Like O’Hara, he has been involved in the art world, both as an art writer and as Administrative Assistant at the legendary printmaking center Universal Limited Art Editions on Long Island, where he has worked with Larry Rivers, Robert Motherwell, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg and other prominent artists.

Who’s Who – Photographers

Sally Gall – Sally Gall gained national recognition for her landscape photography of formal gardens, serene seascapes and farmed topography taken throughout Europe. Void of people, Gall’s photographs embrace notions of romanticism, focusing on the simplicity and beauty that nature inspires. Her images are part of numerous public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), The Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX) and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. Pace’s exhibit will feature 13 of her landscapes, shot from 1980 to 1997. She lives in New York City.

Jerome Liebling – Liebling’s career as a photographer, filmmaker and teacher spans nearly 50 years. In the 1940s, he studied under Walter Rosenblum and Paul Strand, and joined New York’s famed Photo League. In collaboration with filmmaker Allen Downs, he has produced several award-winning documentaries, including Pow Wow, The Tree is Dead and The Old Men. Liebling has received numerous awards and grants, including two Guggenheim fellowships and a NEA Photographic Survey Grant. His photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC). Pace will display 10 images from Liebling, spanning the years 1947 to 1974.

Caleb Cain Marcus. Marcus’s photographs are the discovery of solitude found within the confines of urban life. They reflect the beauty in open space that was once filled with chaos … and at night has only darkness and silence. The photographs urge us to slow down, to look, experience and breathe. Three of Marcus’s images, all shot in India in 2005, will be displayed. He lives in New York City, where he is also a professional tango dancer and instructor.

Jill Mathis. After living in New York City for five years, four of which were spent as the full-time assistant to American art photographer Ralph Gibson, Mathis moved to Italy with husband, the sculptor, Valerio Tedeschi. Her work can be found in various collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Jewish Museum and the International Center of Photography. Five of Mathis’s photographs will be shown, created from 1996 to 2005. Roger Sayre, Curator. Sayre, a Professor of Fine Arts at Pace University, has curated over 70 exhibits, in addition to having solo and group shows of his own. His most recent was the David Poppie collaboration, “Remixed Media,” seen at Open Square Gallery (Holyoke, MA) in Spring 2009. Sayre’s art has been reviewed by The New York Times on several occasions (national and international editions), as well as by publications throughout the world.

About Poets@Pace: Sponsor of poetry part of the evening. Poets@Pace was created in 2008 under the sponsorship of Provost Geoffrey L. Brackett, DPhil (Oxon.) to make the University’s cultural arts more visible to students and the community. It is directed by Professor Charles North, Pace’s Poet-in-Residence and the 2008 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant winner who has published 10 books, won two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and four Fund for Poetry Awards.

Media RSVP: Samuella Becker, Pace University, Public Information, sbecker2@pace.edu or 212-346-1637 (office); 917-734-5172 (cell).

General Public RSVP: By November 16 to Galleries@Pace.edu

About Pace. For 103 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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From Boy Soldier to New York Times Bestselling Author: Ishmael Beah to Speak at Pace

Ishmael Beah, author of the New York Times best seller, “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier,” will be giving a lecture at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts theater on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 5:30p.m. The lecture will be followed by a book signing in the Schimmel Lobby.

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Contact
Cara Halstead Cea, 914-906-9680, chalstead@pace.edu

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR ISHMAEL BEAH TO APPEAR AT PACE UNIVERSITY

Lecture will be followed by a signing of Beah’s best-seller, “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier”

NEW YORK, NY – Ishmael Beah, author of the New York Times best seller, “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier,” will be giving a lecture at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts theater on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 5:30p.m. The lecture will be followed by a book signing in the Schimmel Lobby.

In A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Beah documents his story of devastation and redemption, his struggle to heal, forgive himself, and regain his humanity.

Born in Sierra Leone, West Africa in 1980, Beah was recruited by the government army during a bloody civil war to fight at the tender age of 13. He was rescued by UNICEF and by 1998, moved to the United States where he subsequently finished his last two years of high school at the United National International School in New York. He graduated from Oberlin College in 2004.

He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division Advisory Committee and has spoken before the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO) at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, and many other NGO panels on children affected by war. He has also spoken before the United Nations on several occasions. His work has appeared in Vespertine Press and LIT magazine. He currently lives in New York City.

The Schimmel Center for the Arts is part of Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus East of City Hall, entrance on Spruce Street. The event is free and open to the public. Media admission by press pass. Seating is limited. Contact Patricia Balachich at pb93712n@pace.edu if you plan to attend.

This event is cosponsored by Pace University’s Office of the Provost, School of Education and Phi Delta Kappa, an international professional education association.

Howard Lyman to Speak About Landmark “Food Disparagement” Case at Pace Law School, Nov. 20

On Friday, November 20, from 6-9:30 p.m., at Pace University School of Law,
78 North Broadway, White Plains, Howard Lyman, author of “Mad Cowboy: The Plain Truth From the
Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat,” will speak about the landmark “Food Disparagement” case that
took place in Amarillo, Texas. The event is free and open to the public. For more information
or to register, call (914) 937-5605 or (914) 422-4407.

Contact: Public Affairs
(212) 346-1637
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – On Friday, November 20, from 6-9:30 p.m., at Pace University School of Law,
78 North Broadway, White Plains, Howard Lyman, author of “Mad Cowboy: The Plain Truth From the
Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat,” will speak about the landmark “Food Disparagement” case that
took place in Amarillo, Texas. The event is free and open to the public. For more information
or to register, call (914) 937-5605 or (914) 422-4407.

Lyman, a fourth-generation Montana cattle rancher, was Oprah Winfrey’s co-defendant in the
“veggie libel” law trial. He will examine the jury’s decision in this case for safeguarding First
Amendment Rights – the rights of consumers to have a free and open debate about potential dangers
to the food supply. The program also will include a book signing, refreshments and the NOVA
Documentary “The Brain Eater.”

In February, a 12-person jury found Lyman and talk show host Oprah Winfrey not liable for comments
made on a national show concerning the common practices associated with the raising of livestock
for the food supply. Lyman is director of the Eating with Conscience Program of the Humane Society
of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization with more than 5.8 million
members and constituents.

Founded in 1976, Pace Law School has nearly 5,000 alumni throughout the country. It offers full-
and part-time day and evening programs on its White Plains, N.Y., campus. The School has one of
the nation’s top-rated environmental law programs, and is part of a comprehensive, independent and
diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.