All-stars of Public School Reform Speak at Pace

Some of the nation’s most influential advocates of urban school reform will appear beginning on February 13 in the Pace University School of Education’s sixth annual lecture series, “The Current Status of Urban School Reform: What is Real?”

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Cara Halstead Cea, Pace University, 914-906-9680, chalstead@pace.edu
Arthur Maloney, EdD, Pace School of Education, 212-346-1347, amaloney@pace.edu

ALL-STARS OF PUBLIC SCHOOL REFORM
TO SPEAK AT PACE UNIVERSITY

School of Education Presents Sixth Annual Distinguished Educators Lecture Series
On “What Is Real” in Urban School Reform

Kozol, Ravitch, Meier to appear

NEW YORK, NY – Some of the nation’s most influential advocates of urban school reform will appear beginning on February 13 in the Pace University School of Education’s sixth annual lecture series, “The Current Status of Urban School Reform: What is Real?”

The series, presented from 6-8 pm after the school day, has developed a large following that regularly fills Pace’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in downtown Manhattan and over the years has drawn virtually every eminent voice for improvement in elementary and secondary schools.

This year’s stellar lineup includes Diane Ravitch, sometimes described as “a thorn in the side of the US Department of Education,” presenting a critical look at school reform in New York City; the best-selling, award-winning author and educator Jonathan Kozol who is currently influencing Senate leadership to radically revise the punitive aspects of No Child Left Behind; and Deborah Meier, the grandmother of the current effort to carve out “small” schools within big-city systems who has successfully created a dozen of them herself serving predominantly low-income students.

The Schimmel Center for the Arts is part of Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus East of from City Hall, entrance on Spruce Street. The lectures are free and open to the public. Media admission by press pass. Westchester residents can view the series in White Plains via simulcast in the 2nd floor auditorium at Pace’s Lubin Graduate Center, One Martine Ave. The complete schedule:

February 13 – “Who Will Teach Urban Children?”
Susan Moore Johnson, EdD, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Susan Moore Johnson has studied the leadership of superintendents, the effects of collective bargaining on schools, the use of incentive pay plans for teachers, and the school as a context for adult work. She is the Pforzheimer professor of teaching and learning at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she served as academic dean from 1993 to 1999. She studies and teaches organizational change, teacher policy, and administrative practice. A former high school teacher and administrator, she is director of The Project on the Next Generation of Teachers, which examines how to best recruit, support, and retain a strong teaching force in the next decade. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Finders and Keepers: Helping New Teachers Survive and Thrive in Our Schools (Jossey-Bass, 2004).

February 20 – “Learning to Teaching in an Era of Accountability: What’s Social Justice Got to Do with It?”
Marilyn Cochran-Smith, PhD, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
Marilyn Cochran-Smith is a nationally and internationally known scholar and frequent keynote lecturer on issues related to teacher quality, teacher preparation, research on teaching, and teacher education. She is currently a member of the National Research Council’s committee on teacher education, which is sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and was charged by Congress to study the state of teacher education in the U.S.; she served on the National Institute of Education’s International Advisory Panel in 2007 and was co-chair of the American Educational Research Association’s National Panel on Research and Teacher Education, whose report, Studying Teacher Education, was published in 2005 and received AACTE’s Best Publication award.

Cochran-Smith holds the John E. Cawthorne Millennium Chair in Teacher Education for Urban Schools and directs the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. She earned her PhD in Language and Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982. She was the 2005 president of the American Educational Research Association and received AERA’s 2007 Relating Research to Practice Award for her book, Practice, Policy and Politics in Teacher Education (Corwin Press, 2006), a collection of 30 editorials written between 2000–2006 when she was the editor of the Journal of Teacher Education. She was the inaugural holder of the C.J. Koh Endowed Chair at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2006. Four of her six books have won national awards.

March 12 – “School Reform in New York City: A Critical Evaluation”
Diane Ravitch, PhD, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University
Diane Ravitch wrote her latest book with her husband, Michael Ravitch –The English Reader: What Every Literate Person Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2006. Currently she is research professor of Education at New York University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She was assistant secretary of Education and counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, when she led the federal effort to promote the creation of state and national academic standards.

Before entering government service, she was adjunct professor of History and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has authored and edited several books, has written more than 400 articles and reviews for scholarly and popular publications, and has lectured in Poland, the former Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic, Romania, the former Soviet Union, Hungary, the former Yugoslavia, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, and throughout the United States. She has received dozens of prestigious awards and honors. She earned a BA from Wellesley College in 1960, a PhD in history from Columbia University in 1975, and has been awarded honorary degrees by Williams College, Reed College, Amherst College, the State University of New York, Ramapo College, Saint Joseph’s College of New York, Middlebury College Language Schools, and Union College.

March 26 – Jonathan Kozol, Author and Activist
Jonathan Kozol, author of the best-selling Death at an Early Age, received a summa cum laude degree in English literature from Harvard in 1958, after which he was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University. During the civil rights campaigns of 1964 and 1965, he moved from Harvard Square into a poor black neighborhood of Boston and became a fourth grade teacher in the Boston public schools. He has devoted the subsequent four decades to issues of education and social justice in America. His books, including Death at an Early Age (Houghton Mifflin, 1967), Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America (Crown, 1988), Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation (Crown, 1995), The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America (Crown, 2005), and Letters to a Young Teacher (Crown, 2007), have sold millions, appeared on the New York Times best-seller lists, and have received dozens of prestigious awards, including the National Book Award in Science, Philosophy, and Religion, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Conscience in Media Award of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the New England Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

When he is not with teachers in their classrooms or speaking to future teachers, Kozol is likely to be found in Washington, where he devotes considerable time to what he calls his “lifelong efforts at remediation” of the members of the U.S. House and Senate, attempting to convince the Senate leadership to radically revise the punitive aspects of No Child Left Behind.

April 16 – “What’s the Big Fuss All About? What’s at Stake in the Latest Round of Educational Reform? A View from the Bottom”
Deborah Meier, Educational Reformer, Writer and Activist
Steinhardt School of Education, New York University
Deborah Meier, the grandmother of the “small schools” movement currently underway in the public schools of New York City, most recently wrote Many Children Left Behind: How the No Child Left Behind Act is damaging our children and our schools (Beacon Press, 2004). She is on the faculty of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education as senior scholar and adjunct professor, a board member and director of New Ventures at Mission Hill, director and advisor to Forum for Democracy and Education, and on the Board of The Coalition of Essential Schools. A recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1987, she has dedicated her life to successfully redesigning the reform of failing city schools and created a dozen new small schools serving predominantly low-income students. She attended Antioch College and received an MA in History from the University of Chicago. She has received honorary degrees from Bank Street College of Education, Brown, Bard, Clark, Teachers College of Columbia University, Dartmouth, Harvard, Hebrew Union College, Hofstra, The New School, Lesley College, SUNY Albany, Umass Lowell, and Yale. A learning theorist, Meier encourages new approaches that enhance democracy and equity in public education. Her other books include The Power of Their Ideas, Lessons to America from a Small School in Harlem (Beacon Press, 1995), Will Standards Save Public Education (Beacon Press, 2000), In Schools We Trust (Beacon Press, 2002), Keeping School: Letters To Families From Principals Of Two Small Schools, with Ted and Nancy Sizer (Beacon Press, 2004).

Pace University is a partner in one of New York City’s new “small schools,” Pace High School, on the lower East Side. For more than 100 years the University has been preparing students to become leaders in their fields by providing an education that combines exceptional academics with professional experience and the New York advantage. Pace has three campuses, in New York City, Westchester, and White Plains. A private metropolitan university, Pace enrolls nearly 13,500 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Law, School of Education, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Monty Python Star Terry Jones to Speak on King Richard II on Oct 16 at Pace NYC

Monty Python’s Terry Jones will appear at Pace University Tuesday, October 16.

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RICHARD II WAS NOT A WEAKLING

MONTY PYTHON STAR TERRY JONES TO APPEAR OCT 16 AT PACE U,
DELIVER REVISIONIST VIEWS ON RICHARD II AS STRONG PATRON
OF CHAUCER, OTHER WRITERS AND POETS

NEW YORK, NY – Monty Python’s Terry Jones will appear at Pace University Tuesday, October 16.

The celebrated humorist, actor and documentarian argued in his most recent book of history that the “barbarians” who followed the Romans were not so barbaric after all. This time, he is out to rehabilitate the bad reputation of the supposedly weak and tyrannical English king Richard II, best known by Shakespeare’s play of that name.

Topic: “Was Richard II A Tyrant?” Jones is expected to re-evaluate the image of Richard II as a weak king that was presented by later writers like Shakespeare, and to emphasize Richard’s patronage of important writers and poets, most famously Geoffrey Chaucer.

When: Tuesday, October 16, 3:30-5:30pm

Where: Pace University downtown NYC campus, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, east of City Hall (Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street).

Open to the public and the Pace community. Media admission is by press pass.

Jones has been a regular artist in residence at the English department of Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, having spoken and led events last year and in 2003. A well-known pacifist, his Terry Jones’s War On The War On Terror was published in January 2005 by Nation Books in New York. He frequently lectures on the late fourteenth century in universities in Britain, Europe and the United States.

Terry Jones Biography

Best known as a co-founder of Monty Python, Jones got together with the other Pythons in 1969 and wrote and performed Monty Python’s Flying Circus until 1974. Jones co-directed the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail with Terry Gilliam in 1975 and directed Monty Python’s Life of Brian in 1979 and Monty Python’s Meaning of Life in 1981, which won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes. He directed Personal Services (1987), and in 1989 he wrote and directed Erik The Viking. He wrote, directed and played Toad in The Wind In The Willows (1995) which won the Chicago Children’s Film Festival and the Wisconsin Children’s Film Festival. He also wrote the screenplay for Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.

He has presented numerous TV documentaries: The Crusades (BBC, 1993), Ancient Inventions (Discovery, 1997), Hidden Histories (Discovery, 2002), and Medieval Lives (BBC, 2004), The Story Of One (BBC 1, 2004), and most recently Barbarians! (BBC 2005). His first children’s book “Fairy Tales,” written in 1981, has been translated into six foreign editions and adapted for television and radio. “The Saga of Erik the Viking” won the 1984 Children’s Book Award. “Nicobobinus” was awarded a Silver Seal by the Parents’ Choice editors; “Fantastic Stories” won the Smarties Prize 1992; His new series of books which includes, “The Knight and the Squire” and “The Lady and the Squire,” was short-listed for the 2002 Whitbread Prize. He is just finishing the third in the series: “The Tyrant & The Squire.”

Jones wrote “Chaucer’s Knight” in 1981 and frequently lectures on the late fourteenth century in universities in Britain, Europe and the United States. “Who Murdered Chaucer?” was published in 2003 and in paperback in 2004. His latest book (with Alan Ereira) is “Barbarians!” (2006), which was also the subject of a BBC documentary.

A well-known pacifist, Jones has written numerous anti-war editorials for the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, and the Observer. Terry Jones’s “War On The War On Terror” was published in January 2005 by Nation Books in New York.

Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, and read English Literature at Oxford University in England.

Decision 2006: A Summer of Politics

The news channels of Time Warner Cable: NY1 News and NY1 Noticias in New York, News 10 Now in Syracuse, Capital News 9 in Albany and RNews in Rochester kick off a summer of politics with a series of LIVE debates and town hall meetings starting July 25th. The general public will be invited to attend. The debates will also be carried live on radio by WNYC.

The following release is posted in collaboration with New York 1 and other New York State news channels of Time Warner Cable.

From: Edward Pachetti
(212) 379-3750

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DECISION 2006: A SUMMER OF POLITICS

NEW YORK, July 10, 2006 – The news channels of Time Warner Cable: NY1 News and NY1 Noticias in New York, News 10 Now in Syracuse, Capital News 9 in Albany and RNews in Rochester kick off a summer of politics with a series of LIVE debates and town hall meetings starting July 25th. The general public will be invited to attend. The debates will also be carried live on radio by WNYC.

DEBATES

The debates will be moderated by NY1’s Inside City Hall anchor Dominic Carter. He will be joined in questioning the candidates by panelists drawn from the ranks of NY1 News, NY1 Noticias, WNYC Radio and Time Warner Cable’s upstate nightly political show Capital Tonight.

Immediately following the debates, a roundtable of political pundits, reporters and analysts will comment on the action on special editions of Inside City Hall and Capitol Tonight followed by an encore showing of the debates themselves.

The Schedule:

The First Democratic Debate for Governor
Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2006 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University – 1 Pace Plaza, New York

The Republican Debate for US Senator
Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2006 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University – 1 Pace Plaza, New York

The Democratic Debate for Attorney General
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2006 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University – 1 Pace Plaza, New York

– Continued –

TOWN HALL MEETINGS

Candidates for New York State’s political offices will be Q & A’d by the general public during a series of town hall meetings that will stretch from Rochester to New York City.

The town hall meetings will be LIVE in front of a studio audience from four locations: New York City, Albany, Syracuse and Rochester; and will air on all four news channels starting at 7pm. NY1’s Inside City Hall anchor Dominic Carter will host.

The candidates have the option of appearing at any of the four locations. They will appear on-stage one at a time and take questions from the audience at their own location and from the other three locations via satellite hook-up.

The Schedule:

A Town Hall Meeting for Attorney General
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 7:00pm

A Town Hall Meeting for US Senator
Tuesday, August 22, 2006 at 7:00pm

A Town Hall Meeting for Governor
Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 7:00pm

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Art Exhibit Marks Pace Partnership with Renowned Art Academy in Italy

Art exhibit marks new international student exchange partnership, first Academy collaboration with an American university. The art exhibit is the inaugural event of a distinctive collaboration between Pace University and The Academy of Fine Arts in Florence (the Academy that houses Michelangelo’s “David”). This relationship with Pace marks the first time the Academy has partnered with a university in the US. The exhibit features drawings and paintings from young artists from the Academy.

Contacts
Rosemary Mercedes, Pace University
212-346-1637, C: 914-424-3845, E: rmercedes@pace.edu

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“THE MUGELLO” ARRIVES AT PACE UNIVERSITY FROM ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, FLORENCE, ITALY; December 8 – 20, 2005

Art exhibit marks new international student exchange partnership, first Academy collaboration with an American university

WHAT: Contemporary art exhibit, “In the Valley of the Masters – Inspiration from Tuscany’s Mugello”

WHEN: Opens Thursday, December 8, preview 3:30 – 5 p.m.; opening reception 5 – 7 p.m.; runs through December 20th;
Friday through Tuesday, 1 pm to 5 pm, Wednesday and Thursday, 4 pm to 8pm; Closed Monday, December 12 and Sunday December 18

WHERE: Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts

The art exhibit is the inaugural event of a distinctive collaboration between Pace University and The Academy of Fine Arts in Florence (the Academy that houses Michelangelo’s “David”). This relationship with Pace marks the first time the Academy has partnered with a university in the US. The exhibit features drawings and paintings from young artists from the Academy.

“We are honored to be the first American University to partner with Italy’s prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in Florence,” says Beverly Kahn, Associate Provost for International programs at Pace University. “Pace is committed to creating opportunities for US and Italian students to obtain international perspectives and to learn from each other.”

“This is the beginning of an extraordinary adventure which will allow Florence’s Academy of Fine Arts to inaugurate a new international exchange program and collaboration between the students and teachers of Pace University and the Academy,” said Giuseppe Andreani, Director of the Academy of Fine Arts, who will be at the opening of the exhibit.

In summer 2006, Pace fine art students will spend a month in Tuscany with their Italian counterparts. They will participate in Drawing the Mugello, a four-year old art project from the School of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts. As part of the program, students will live communally and draw from the rich surroundings of the “Mugello,” the valley north of Florence that has been a source of inspiration and creativity for centuries. Pace students will be hosted by the cities of San Piero a Sieve and Barberino de Mugello – the two cities in the Mugello Valley that have played an enormous role in the development and continuation of the project.

“The Mugello offers a still to-be-discovered countryside, set out before us like an ancient map drawn by paths and roads with tabernacles and cottages, villas and churches, castles and fortresses scattered all about according to some ancient order – indestructible witnesses to the history that made our civilization great,” Adirano Bimbi, Professor, Academy of Fine Arts.

At the end of the summer 2006 program, Pace and Italian students will present their work at a special exhibition at the Mugello. Later that fall, the Italian students will join their Pace counterparts in New York to exhibit their work at Pace University.

The inaugural exhibit on Thursday is made possible by:
•Comune di San Piero a Sieve
www.comune.san-piero-a-sieve.fi.it)

•Comune di Barberino di Mugello (www.comune.barberino-di-mugello.fi.it/)

•Comunità Montana del Mugello (www.cm-mugello.fi.it/)

•Academia di Belle Arti di Fr (www.accademia.firenze.it)

•Tuscan American Association (www.toscana-usa.org)

Pace Students on “Inside the Actor’s Studio” Premiere

Pace Students to be featured in BRAVO TV Season Premieres of “Inside the Actors Studio”

The first two episodes of the 2005-2006 season of Inside the Actors Studio, being taped at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in Lower Manhattan, will air on Sunday, December 11, 2005. Students from Pace University’s undergraduate theater program are featured in the question-and-answer session that concludes each broadcast.

The following is an announcement from Bravo TV about upcoming episodes of “Inside the Actors Studio” that will showcase Pace students asking questions. Please note: The shows are currently being edited and we will not know in advance what students will be shown in the program.”

Pace Students to be featured in BRAVO TV Season Premieres of “Inside the Actors Studio”

The first two episodes of the 2005-2006 season of Inside the Actors Studio, being taped at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in Lower Manhattan, will air on Sunday, December 11, 2005. Students from Pace University’s undergraduate theater program are featured in the question-and-answer session that concludes each broadcast.

The kick-off episode, which features Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and director Susan Stroman of the soon-to-be released film version of The Producers will air twice, at 11 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The Producers episode will repeat at 8:00 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Host James Lipton’s revealing interview with Emmy-winner Barbara Walters, also taped at Pace, will air at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on December 18.

Guests presently scheduled to be interviewed at Pace in December include Martin Lawrence, Queen Latifah, and Dave Chappelle. For more information, visit www.Pace.edu/culture .

NY Premiere of Beijing People’s Art Theatre

Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America, together with Columbia Productions, will present the New York debut of Beijing People’s Art Theater, arguably the most famous professional theatre company in China, in the play which is the cornerstone of its repertory, “Teahouse” by Lao She. The production will be November 27 to December 1 at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, (across the street from City Hall). The play will be performed in Mandarin Chinese with both English subtitles and simultaneous English translation through headphones.

This announcement was released by the YANGTZE REPERTORY THEATRE OF AMERICA about the NY premiere of “Teahouse” at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, November 27 through December 1.

Contact
JONATHAN SLAFF & ASSOCIATES
tel. 212-924-0496
js@jsnyc.com

LAO SHE’S “TEAHOUSE” BY BEIJING PEOPLE’S ART THEATRE

China’s most prestigious theater company in its New York debut

Pioneer social drama traces the progressively chaotic historical events, from the end of the Qing dynasty to post-Liberation times through a Beijing teahouse and its patrons.

WHERE AND WHEN:
8:00 pm November 27-30 and December 1
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University
3 Spruce Street, New York City
Tickets $40-$50-$60-$100
Box office: (212) 202-0657 and (917) 217-6291
Online ticketing available at www.ivymedia.com/concert
Performed in Mandarin Chinese with both English subtitles and simultaneous English translation through headphones.
REVIEWERS ARE INVITED to all performances.

NEW YORK, October 21 — Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America, together with Columbia Productions, will present the New York debut of Beijing People’s Art Theater, arguably the most famous professional theatre company in China, in the play which is the cornerstone of its repertory, “Teahouse” by Lao She. The production will be November 27 to December 1 at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, (across the street from City Hall). The play will be performed in Mandarin Chinese with both English subtitles and simultaneous English translation through headphones.

Since its premiere in 1958, “Teahouse” has had more than 500 performances and been seen by more than 500,000 audience members in China, as well as Asia and Europe. This revival is the first to be seen in our country. It is staged by Lin ZhouHua, one of China’s most prominent stage directors, and features a restored version of the original set design.

The piece is one of the most famous dramas by a playwright and novelist who is regarded as one of the literary lights of 20th century China.

This production is the final stop of a U.S. tour that has also included performances to-date at University of California at Berkeley, Houston and Los Angeles. From October 27-29, the production will appear in Washington, DC as part of the Kennedy Center’s Festival of China 2005.

The production is made possible by generous support from Pace University’s Patricia O. Ewers Fund for Multicultural Programming. It is also supported by Dr. and Mrs. Denis Chang, C.B.E, Q.C., and Maryknoll Sisters.

ABOUT THE PLAY
“Chaguan” (Teahouse) is set in a typical, old Beijing teahouse and follows the lives of the owner and his customers through three stages in modern Chinese history, from approximately 1898 to 1948. It brings a cast of over sixty characters together in the Yutai Teahouse to reflect the changes that took place in Chinese society during that tumultuous period.

The play offers snapshots of the seismic forces of modern Chinese history by looking close-up at three key times in the modern era. It opens in 1898, under the Empire, when reformists failed to strengthen the Qing dynasty. Act Two leaps nearly twenty years, to the period after Yuan Shikai’s death, when the warlords, at the instigation of the imperialist powers, set up their separatist regimes and there were continual civil wars. The play ends in 1948, during the intrigues of the Post-WWII civil war.

Lao She saw the teahouse as the nucleus of Chinese society, a place where people from all walks of life came together. The story traces the changing lives of the multitude of characters who regularly frequent the establishment. They range from a manipulative pimp, Liu, and an aging court eunuch, Pang (who buys his wife out of poverty), to the upright and honest teahouse owner, Wang Lifa, and his business companions. As the characters struggle through progressively chaotic historical events, from the end of the Qing dynasty to post-Liberation times, the teahouse serves as a focusing point for the friendship, betrayal, bribery and hardship that besets their lives.

Throughout the play, Wang keeps the establishment open through his heroic savvy and gritty resourcefulness. Worn down by age and oppression, Wang and his friends ambivalently demonstrate the failure of their lives towards the end of the play by a mock funeral, welcoming the new society. The teahouse is requisitioned as a club for the military police and Wang is offered a job as doorman. However, he has already hanged himself.

“Teahouse” is Lao She’s most frequently performed play. The Beijing People’s Art Theatre performed it in 1980 in West Germany and France during the three-hundredth anniversary of the Comédie-Française.

The play was performed by its original cast until 1992. In 1999, a “new generation” of actors was cast and the play was re-directed by Lin ZhouHua.

Director Lin ZhouHua is regarded as “the Mike Nichols of China.” His major works include the modern dramas “Weddings and Funerals,” “Nirvana of Gouerye,” “Bird People,” “Ruan Lingyu,” “Antiques, Tea House, Frameless Wind and Moon, ” “Beijingers,” “Hamlet,” “The Orphan of the Zhao Family,” “Faust,” “Chess People,” “Three Sisters Waiting for Godot,” and “Richard III.” His Peking Opera productions include “Turandot” and “The Humpbacked Prime Minister Liu.”

Translator Ying Ruocheng (English edition) is an actor, director, and translator who was China’s vice-minister of culture (1986-1990). From 1978, with the opening up of China, Ying played an important role in transforming his country’s cultural life, encouraging international exchange and urging creative freedom for writers.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Lao She (1899-1966) – also Lao Shê – pseudonym of Shu Sheyou, original name Shu Qingchun – was a Chinese playwright and author of humorous, satiric novels and short stories. He is perhaps best known for his story, “Rickshaw” (1936), a twentieth-century classic. An unauthorized and bowdlerized English translation, “Rickshaw Boy,” with a happy ending, appeared in 1945 and became a U.S. bestseller.

Lao She was born of Manchu descent in Beijing. His father, who was a guard soldier, died in a street battle during the Boxer uprising. “During my childhood,” he has later said, “I didn’t need to hear stories about evil ogres eating children and so forth; the foreign devils my mother told me about were more barbaric and cruel than any fairy tale ogre with a huge mouth and great fangs. And fairy tales are only fairy tales, whereas my mother’s stories were 100 percent factual, and they directly affected our whole family.” Fatherless since early childhood, Lao She worked his way through Peking Teacher’s College. After graduation he supported himself and his mother through a series of teaching and administrative posts. He served as a principal of an elementary school at the age of 17, and later he was a district supervisor. He spent the years from 1924 to 1929 in London, where he taught Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies. By reading amongst other things the novels of Charles Dickens, Lao She improved his English, and decided to start his first novel.

In 1931 Lao She returned to China and continued to write and teach in various universities. “Cat Country” (1933) was a bitter satire about Chinese society. In “Heaven Sent” (1934), partly modeled on Fielding’s Tom Jones, Lao She turned again to humor. He reversed his early individualist theme and stressed the futility of the individual’s struggle against society as a whole. In “Rickshaw Boy,” he traced the degradation and ruin of an industrious Peking rickshaw puller, a peasant drawn to the city. To earn his living, he pulls a rented rickshaw from dawn till dark, enjoys briefly the status of owner-operator, and finally dies on a snowy night. Evan King’s translation published in 1945 invented new characters and changed the ending.

The outbreak of the second Sino-Japanese War (1937-45) radically altered Lao She’s views. Between the years 1937 and 1945 he wrote a number of plays, worked as a propagandist, and headed the All-China Anti-Japanese Writers Federation. After World War II, he published a gigantic novel in three parts, “The Yellow Storm.” It dealt with life in Peking during the Japanese occupation of Manchuria. Between the years 1946 and 1949 Lao She lived in the United States on a cultural grant at the invitation of the Department of State. When the People’s Republic was established in 1949, he returned to China.

Among Lao She’s most famous stories is “Crescent Moon,” written in the early stage of his creative life. It depicts the miserable life of a mother and daughter and their deterioration into prostitution. “I used to picture an ideal life, and it would be like a dream,” the daughter thinks. “But then, as cruel reality again closed in on me, the dream would quickly pass, and I would feel worse than ever. This world is no dream – it’s a living hell.” His fiction was noted for its farcical tone.

Lao She was a member of the Cultural and Educational Committee in the Government Administration Council, a deputy to the National People’s Congress, a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, vice-chairman of the All-China Federation of Literature and Art and vice-chairman of the Union of Chinese Writers as well as chairman of the Beijing Federation of Literature and Art. He was named a “People’s Artist” and a “Great Master of Language.” His plays, such as “Dragon Beard Ditch” (1951), became ideologically didactic and did not reach the level of his former work. “Shen Juan,” written in 1960 on the sixtieth anniversary of the Boxer uprising, was a four-act play about the Boxers. Lao She emphasized in it the anti-imperialistic zeal of the Boxers and the burning and killing carried out by the allied powers. His last novel was “The Drum Singers” (1952), which was published only in English. He fell victim to the Red Guards at the outset of the Cultural Revolution and was either murdered or driven to suicide. Since the fall of Chiang Ch’ing, guiding hand of the Cultural Revolution, in 1971, Lao She’s works have been republished.

ABOUT BEIJING PEOPLE’S ART THEATRE
Established June 12, 1952, Beijing People’s Art Theatre (BPAT) is China’s most famous producer of modern realistic drama. The company has won high prestige both within the country and abroad through its diverse repertoire, superb and rigorous stagecraft and its subtle and deep artistic style. It made international headlines in 1983 when Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” premiered there with the playwright as guest director.

BPAT’s dominant style is realistic modern drama, as embodied by the plays its most famous artistic director, Cao Yu, who is regarded as “the Eugene O’Neill of China.” In its literature, BPAT pays tribute to his leadership, as well as to that of its late General Artistic Director, JiaoJuyin. The company notes that its artists have persevered in the artistic style of realism, but that different art forms are also absorbed and displayed, like “a hundred flowers blooming.” Its “signature” works include “The Tiger Tally” and “Cai Wenji” by Gue Moruo; “Dragon Whiskers Ditch” and “The Teahouse” by Lao She; “Rickshaw Boy,” adapted from Lao She’s novel of the same name; “Thunderstorm,” “The Sunrise,” “Peking Man” and “Wang Zhaojun” by Cao Yu; “Guan Hanquing” and “Death of a Famous Actor” by Tian Han. Other productions include “Warning Signal,” “Weddings and Funerals,” “Xiaojing Zhaojun,” “A Farmer’s Nirvana,” “Top Restaurant,” “Poet Li Bai,” “Galan Hutong,” “Beijing Master,” “Antiques,” “Endless Romance,” “Myriad Twinkling Lights,” “The Zhaos’ Orphan,” and The South Courtyard in the North Lane.”

The theatre has also produced a large number of famous foreign plays: “The Miser,” “Aesop,” “Even the Wise is not Free from Error,” “Measure for Measure,” “The Visit,” “Death of a Salesman,” “The Life of a Woman,” “The Gin Game,” “Amadeus,” “The Caine Mutiny Court Marshall,” “The Seagull” and ‘Wet Paint.” While faithful to the original texts, these productions have also acquired a “distinctive Chinese national nuance.”

Over the past fifty years, BPAT has performed across China and abroad. Plays of its classical repertoire, including “The Teahouse,” have performed in Germany, France, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, Singapore, Korea, Egypt, and Ireland, as well as in Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. The theatre has collaborated with international artists such as Toby Roberson, Arthur Miller, Charlton Heston, Oleg Vevremov, Margaret Booker and Manfred Beilharz.

The company now has three theatres: The Capital Theatre, The Mini Theatre of BPAT and The Experimental Theatre of BPAT. The company’s Stage Art Center makes sets, costumes and props for the company and other performing troupes. In order to carry forward the theatre’s traditions, faithfully record its development and promote innovation of Chinese modem theatre, the Drama Museum of BPAT is under construction.

ABOUT TEAHOUSES
Old-style teahouses such as the one depicted in Lao She’s play continued to thrive throughout the 1950s and early 1960s in Beijing. However, during the (1966-76) Cultural Revolution such places were attacked as bourgeois and an upper-class stigma was attached to the idleness of spending all day drinking tea. Once China opened its doors to the West in the 1980s, young urbanites started to view coffee drinking as a more modern, fashionable pastime. However, after a decade of non-stop modernization, traditional-style teahouses have started to reappear nationwide. In rural areas, teahouses have been set up as small enterprises, and even in the image-conscious cities many Chinese are beginning to rediscover tea culture.

Teahouses today are quite different from the ones in Lao She’s time. Now they are filled only with the quiet buzz of leisurely chat and are devoid of the unsavory characters that once lurked in many a teahouse corner. Entertainment and recreation is determined by locality, as is the custom of drinking tea. In Sichuan, where the practice of tea drinking is thought to have originated, old men sit at long school-desks crammed into small halls often shouting over the opera performances taking place on stage. The waitstaff weave their way between them, pouring water into large tea cups through long-spouted jugs. In Canton, it is customary to hit the fingertips on the table to signify thanks after receiving your tea.

Appropriately enough, one of the first in the renaissance of authentic old-style teahouses to open in Beijing was called the Lao She Teahouse. It came complete with “old Beijing”-style drum players and folk singers. In Fujian and Taiwan, the appreciation of tea or pin cha (lit: imbibing tea), involves more ceremony, and teahouses from these regions have been the most popular in major cities. Oolong tea is sipped from thimble-sized ceramic cups and strained at least twice before drinking.

ABOUT YANGTZE REPERTORY THEATRE OF AMERICA
Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America (www.yangtze-rep-theatre.org) was co-founded by Joanna Chan in 1992 to produce works for and by Asian artists. It has since become New York’s most significant entry point for dramatic works from Chinese-speaking countries and a place of collaboration for artists from various parts of Asia. Yangtze and its artistic director have been responsible for the New York debuts of many notable artists, including Wang LuoYung, who appeared in the leading role in “Miss Saigon” on Broadway, and Dr. Wang XiaoYing, Deputy Director of China’s National Theater in Beijing. In 1997, Gao Xingjian, the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Literature, was brought to NY by Yangtze Rep to direct his own play, “Between Life and Death,” at Theater for the New City and to present a showing of his ink paintings at Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University. These events remain the only full-scale presentations of works by Gao in the US to-date.

Yangtze Rep has produced NYC productions of three major plays of Cao Yu, “The Sun Shall Rise,” “Thunderstorm” and “The Wilderness.” Cao Yu was founding director of Beijing People’s Art Theatre and is regarded as “the Eugene O’Neill of China.”

Plays which attempt to dramatize forces of Chinese history have been Yangtze Rep’s emphasis over the years. “The Life and Times of Ng Chung-Yin” (NY premiere 1998) was a controversial portrait of a journalist/activist. Joanna Chan’s bilingual drama, “The Story of Yu-Huan” (world premiere 1998), dealt with the celebrated beauty (708-746 AD) whose hanging death exposing the injustices of a society not governed by law. “The Eternal Game” (NY premiere 1996) by Wang Wei-zhong (of Tienjin) was a political allegory on brilliant men of integrity who serve under lesser ones. Joanna Chan’s “The Soongs: By Dreams Betrayed,” which caused an uproar in the Chinese communities in 1992, examined the collective responsibility of the populace in the rise of tyranny, the myth-making machinery of modern media, and the delusions of the missionary movement and U.S. foreign policy. It was one of the 18 most significant original works chosen for scholarly critique in the worldwide symposium, “Chinese Language Theater: A Ten-Year Retrospective,” held in Hong Kong in July 2004 with a gathering of stage directors, playwrights and scholars from different parts of China, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, England and the U.S.

Yangtze mounted “OneFamilyOneChildOneDoor,” written and directed by Joanna Chan, at the Bank Street Theater, in 2001 during the dark days following the 9/11 attacks. The play, a dark comedy on the human costs of China’s one-child policy, which was one of the two finalists in the Jane Chambers Playwriting Contest in 2002, became so popular that it has been revived twice, in 2002 and 2003.

Yangtze Rep has been funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (since 1994), the Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York (since 1995), the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (since 1999), New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (since 1997) and the Asian American Arts Alliance (in 1998). It received a special development grant for emerging artists from the New York State Council on the Arts (1995).

Beijing People’s Art Theater Announcement

Details of the culmination of the Beijing People’s Arts Theater’s first U.S. tour, which begins this month at Washington’s Kennedy Center and ends at the Michael Schimmel Center. From November 27 to December 1 the company will present its signature “drama theater” work, Lao She’s “The Teahouse.”

Contact
Rosemary Mercedes, Pace University
212 346-1637, cell 914-424-3845 rmercedes@pace.edu
or Chris Cory, Pace University
212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164. ccory@pace.edu

ADVISORY

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW YORK PREMIERE OF
BEIJING PEOPLE’S ART THEATER

WHEN: This Friday, October 7, 12:30 PM.

WHERE: Lobby of Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 31 Spruce St. (across from City Hall, between Park Row and Gold Street)

WHO: the co-presenters:
— Joanna Chan, founder, and Scott Shi, executive director of the Yangtse Repertory Theatre, a New York City-based theater and dance company which is co-presenting the event with Pace University
— David Watson, Pace University Director of Cultural Affairs

WHAT: Details of the culmination of the Beijing People’s Arts Theater’s first U.S. tour, which begins this month at Washington’s Kennedy Center and ends at the Michael Schimmel Center. From November 27 to December 1 the company will present its signature “drama theater” work, Lao She’s “The Teahouse.”

Chinese food will be served.

The Beijing People’s Art Theatre enjoys a distinguished worldwide reputation derived from its more than 12,500 performances of 250 plays over half a century. This tour is its first in the U.S.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2006, Pace is a private university in the New York Metropolitan area with a growing national reputation for offering students international perspectives, opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It is one of the ten founders of Project Pericles, developing education that encourages lifelong participation in democratic processes. Pace has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. Approximately 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, and School of Law. www.pace.edu

NYSE Chairman and NASDAQ CEO to Keynote Pace University’s Securities Industry Conference

12th Annual Securities Industry Conference at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business will take place on Oct 19. This year’s theme is “Planning for the Future of the Securities Industry” and the keynote speakers are: Paul E. Steiger, Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal interviews Marshall N. Carter, Chairman, New York Stock Exchange, Larry Ingrassia, Business & Finance Editor, The New York Times interviews Robert Greifeld, President & CEO, The NASDAQ Stock Market.

MEDIA ADIVSORY

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

Note: Members of the media must RSVP to attend. Email wcaldwell@pace.edu .

September 8, 2005

NYSE CHAIRMAN MARSHALL CARTER AND NASDAQ CEO
ROBERT GREIFELD TO KEYNOTE PACE UNIVERSITY’S
SECURITIES INDUSTRY CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 19

Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Paul Steiger and New York Times Business & Finance Editor Larry Ingrassia to conduct interviews with keynote speakers

Panels to include heads of major securities exchanges and firms exploring new challenges and future trends

WHAT: 12th Annual Securities Industry Conference at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. Theme: “Planning for the Future of the Securities Industry.”

WHO: Morning Keynote: Paul E. Steiger, Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal interviews Marshall N. Carter, Chairman, New York Stock Exchange. Luncheon Keynote: Larry Ingrassia, Business & Finance Editor, The New York Times interviews Robert Greifeld, President & CEO, The NASDAQ Stock Market.

Panels include prominent leaders in the securities industry: Brandon Becker, co-Chair, Securities Department, Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr; Paul Bennett, SVP & Chief Economist, New York Stock Exchange; Alfred R. Berkeley, Chairman, Pipeline Trading Systems; William J. Brodsky, Chairman & CEO, Chicago Board Options Exchange; Andrew M. Brooks, VP & Head, Equity Trading, T. Rowe Price; David Colker, CEO & President, National Stock Exchange; Mike Cormack, President, The Archipelago Exchange; Marc Frimet, Managing Counsel, The Bank of New York; Richard G. Ketchum, Chief Regulatory Officer, New York Stock Exchange; Matthew Lavicka, Equities Managing Director, Goldman Sachs; H. Bruce McEver, Chairman, Berkshire Capital Securities; Derek Morris, SVP, Program Trading Business Development, BNY Brokerage; Annette L. Nazareth, Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission; Brett W. Redfearn, Senior Managing Director, Bear Stearns & Co.; Wayne Wagner, Chairman, Plexus Group Inc; Neal L. Wolkoff, Chairman & CEO, The American Stock Exchange.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 19, 2005, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University, One Pace Plaza (entrance on Spruce Street between Gold Street and Park Row), New York, NY.

Visit http://www.pace.edu/lubin/freundcenter for more information about the conference.

Pace University New Home to “Inside the Actors Studio”

“Inside the Actors Studio” hosted by James Lipton, the longest-running original series on Bravo, has found a new home in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, part of the downtown Manhattan campus of Pace University. The program has been nominated for two 2005 Emmy Awards, “Outstanding Non-Fiction series” and “Outstanding Non-Fiction Special” (for the 10th Anniversary special). The program appears in 79 million homes in the U.S. and in 125 countries around the world.

Contacts:
Christopher Cory, Pace University, 212-346-1117,
cell 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

Jonathan Capehart, The Actors Studio, 212-885-0444, jonathan.capehart@hillandknowlton.com

Mary Somers, Bravo, 212/664-7459, mary.somers@nbcuni.com

EMBARGOED – FOR USE AFTER 5PM TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

BRAVO’S 2005 EMMY-NOMINATED “INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO”
FINDS NEW HOME AT PACE UNIVERSITY’S
MICHAEL SCHIMMEL CENTER FOR THE ARTS

New York, NY, September 6, 2005 – “Inside the Actors Studio” hosted by James Lipton, the longest-running original series on Bravo, has found a new home in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, part of the downtown Manhattan campus of Pace University. The program has been nominated for two 2005 Emmy Awards, “Outstanding Non-Fiction series” and “Outstanding Non-Fiction Special” (for the 10th Anniversary special). The program appears in 79 million homes in the U.S. and in 125 countries around the world.

The show’s 12th season will originate from the stage of an increasingly active cultural center in Lower Manhattan for arts ranging from classical music to film and professional theatre. The Pace performing arts program is one of the university’s fastest-growing areas of undergraduate instruction, and Pace theatre majors will be the first undergraduates regularly invited to attend the Actors Studio’s “craft seminars.”

The announcement was made at a news conference at the Michael Schimmel Center, with the stage arranged in the format of “Inside the Actors Studio.” Lipton’s “guests” were Ellen Burstyn, co-chair of The Actors Studio, and David A. Caputo, President of Pace University.

Taping will begin later this fall, with a guest list that will be announced separately.

“For those of us who have shared the show’s exciting journey, this is a dream come true,” said James Lipton, who created the series 12 years ago. “Pace’s standing in the academic community, and the participation of its students in this year’s telecast, will add new dimensions to the series. I look forward to walking out on the Schimmel Center stage with a distinguished guest. That moment will mark a significant step forward for ‘Inside the Actors Studio’.”

“We are thrilled that ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ will have a 12th season on Bravo,” said Burstyn, who is starring with Aiden Quinn in the NBC TV series “The Book of Daniel,” “and we are delighted that it will be coming from Pace University and lower Manhattan, which has an increasing arts scene.”

“This program is not only outstanding television but a true craft seminar in theater,” said David A. Caputo, the president of Pace. “It will strongly complement the training Pace University students are getting in theater and musical theater from a faculty including many who also work professionally in the New York theatre. These seminars with leading professionals represent yet another chance for Pace students to enrich their learning with the cultural opportunities of New York.”

Tom Healey, head of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, noted that “We welcome another major cultural enterprise moving to lower Manhattan. The revival in this neighborhood is knitting the artistic life of downtown to the rest of the city and indeed, to the world.”

“‘Inside the Actors Studio’ is one of Bravo’s signature original series and one of the longest running in cable history,” said Frances Berwick, Senior Vice President for Programming and Production at Bravo. “We’re looking forward to filming the 12th season of this multi-Emmy nominated series at Pace.”

The critically-lauded series has provided a forum for the passion, perspectives and perceptions of contemporary film, theater and television’s most noteworthy contributors. Lipton is renowned for hosting evenings featuring major actors and directors who discuss their craft and share the secrets of their artistic achievements.

In recent years the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University has blossomed as a venue for rising classical music stars in the River-to-River series, presentations of the New York International Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, artist-in-residence Daniel Bernard Roumain, and three seasons of performances by the late Tony Randall’s National Actors Theater. The theatre has been a venue for every season of both the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Theatre Festival. Pace theatre students present 22 plays and musical productions a year in theatres including the Michael Schimmel Center.

Turning 100 years old in 2006, Pace is a private university in the New York Metropolitan area with a growing national reputation for offering students opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It is one of the ten founders of Project Pericles, developing education that encourages lifelong participation in democratic processes. Pace has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. Approximately 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. Www.pace.edu.

The Actors Studio is a theatre workshop for professional actors, directors, and playwrights, founded in 1947 by Elia Kazan, Cheryl Crawford and Robert Lewis. Presently there are three Co-Presidents, Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino.

The Actors Studio was formed to provide a place where young and old professional actors could work together between jobs or during long runs to continue to develop their craft and to experiment with new forms in creative theatre work.

Bravo is the cable network that plugs people into arts, culture and pop culture with original programming, and movies and by showing a whole different side of celebrities. Currently available in more than 79 million homes, Bravo is known for breaking exciting new personalities, shaking up the way we look at style, media, fame and Hollywood, pulling back the curtain on the creative process and making influential and inventive original programming. Its critically acclaimed and award-winning original programming includes “Inside the Actors Studio,” “Celebrity Party Poker Showdown” and “Project Greenlight,” as well as the 2004 Emmy winner for Outstanding Reality Program, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” The network’s latest hits include “Project Runway,” “Blow Out” and “Showbiz Moms & Dads.”

Bravo is a program service of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBC Universal one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been an NBC Cable network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980.For more information visit www.bravotv.com.

Book Launch in Rememberance of 9/11

“On the Ground after September 11: Mental Health Responses and Practical Knowledge Gained” will be launched at an event held at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on Sep 9.

Contact
Rosemary Mercedes, Pace University
212-346-1637, Cell: 914-424-3845
rmercedes@pace.edu

Margaret Tatich, The Haworth Press
607-722-5857, ext. 321
mtatich@HaworthPress.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – INVITATION TO ATTEND

BOOK LAUNCH “ON THE GROUND AFTER SEPTEMBER 11”

WHO: The editors and authors of On the Ground after September 11: Mental Health Responses and Practical Knowledge Gained being published by The Haworth Press – Yael Danieli, PhD, Chief Editor

WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2005
1 – 5 p.m.

WHERE: Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University’s downtown campus, Spruce St. between Park Row and Gold Sts (across from City Hall)

The program will open with a brief commemorative performance by acclaimed violinist Timothy Fain. Authors selected from the books 108 contributors will briefly present distilled lessons they have learned during the four years sine 9/11. The contributors provide a range of perspectives – from policymakers to counselors, social workers and students. An open dialogue among all present will follow. Guest speakers include:

• Ambassador Javier Ruperez, Executive Director of the United Nations Counter Terrorism Directorate
• Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
• Dr. Lloyd I. Sederer, New York City Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene
• Ken Curtin, Federal Emergency Management Agency Voluntary Agency Liaison
• Mary Fetchet, Mother of Brad Fetchet, 24, who dies in Tower 2 of the World Trade Center, and Founding Director and President of Voices of September 11th

After 9/11 Pace University played a central role in counseling not just for the Pace University community but for emergency respondents and many people in Lower Manhattan. Its Counseling Center provided training and research to people working with traumatized groups. Pace’s Center for Downtown New York (CDNY) has been a catalyst for numerous conferences on dealing with terrorism and rebuilding Lower Manhattan.

The event is Co Sponsored by the Pace University Counseling Center.

The event is open to media with press credentials, members of the Pace University community and individuals who RSVP in advance to YAELD@aol.com or (212)737-8524. Media admission by press card (strictly enforced).