Lecture to explore war on terror, Islamophobia, queer sexuality

Little-recognized links between war on terror, Islamophobia
and queer sexuality to be explored at Pace University September 10
by path breaking scholar Jasbir Puar

News Release:
Contacts: Dr. Sid Ray, Dep’t of English, Pace University, 212-346-1289, gray@pace.edu
Chris Cory, Pace Public Information, 212-346-1117 or 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

Queer times indeed:
Little-recognized links between war on terror, Islamophobia
and queer sexuality to be explored at Pace University September 10
by path breaking scholar Jasbir Puar

“A woman who is destined to change the way we think about race and sexuality”

New York, NY, August 31, 2007 – Counterterrorism and nationalism, among other contemporary forces, are realigning groups and ideas dealing with sexuality, race, gender, nation, class and ethnicity. An analysis of those changes will be presented by the interdisciplinary cultural analyst Jasbir K. Puar at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus Monday, September 10.

Speaking a day before the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, Puar will preview her book, forthcoming in November titled, “Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times” (Duke University Press). Puar is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University who has increasingly been in demand as a speaker on major US campuses in the last few years.

Her lecture takes place September 10 at 6:00 PM in the Student Union at 1 Pace Plaza, just east of City Hall. It is free and open to the public. Media admission by press pass.

Sid Ray, chair of Pace’s Women’s Studies program and a member of the English department, describes Puar as “vivacious, erudite and increasingly-influential, a woman who is destined to change the way we thank about race and sexuality. Her work on torture, Islamophobia, sexuality and the war on terror is exciting and pertinent.”

Torture and profiling.
Puar’s book highlights “troublesome” patterns in feminist and queer responses to the Abu Ghraib photographs, in the triumphal responses of queer activists to the Supreme Court’s Lawrence decision repealing anti-sodomy laws, in the measures Sikh Americans and South Asian diasporic queers take to avoid being profiled as terrorists, and in the growing Islamophobia Puar finds within global queer organizing.

Puar’s recent publications have dealt with ways the US defines what is normal — “Mapping U.S. Homonormativities” (February 2006), and with Iraq — “On Torture: Abu Ghraib” (Fall 2005).

Puar’s work and presentations draw on sources ranging from films and television to governmental texts, legal decisions, ethnographic data, queer media, and activist organizing manifestos.

For 101 years Pace University has combined exceptional academics with professional experiences and the New York metropolitan area’s “edge.” A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York. It enrolls nearly 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.

Major conference, multiple 9/11 activities set for Pace downtown campus

Pace University is holding a collection of 9/11 activities from September 6-12 this year.

Calendar Listing

Contacts:
Chris Cory, Pace University, 212-346-1117 / 917-608-8164
Frank Lentini, M. Booth and Associates, 212-481-7000 ext. 601

9/11 Activities at Pace University, New York Campus
September 6 – 12, 2006
All Events are FREE
Pace is located THREE blocks from the World Trade Center disaster site, at 1 Pace Plaza (across from City Hall)

9/11 Three-Day CONFERENCE: “Aftershock: Rethinking the Future since September 11, 2001” will examine issues ranging from the emotional impact on individuals to the economic effects on the global economy. Featuring Former White House Adviser David Gergen, Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, 9/11 Commission Co-chair Lee Hamilton, Editor William Kristol and many others. Free admission, full program available at www.pace.edu/aftershock.
When: Wednesday, September 6 – Friday, September 8, 2006, beginning at 9 AM
Where: The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, One Pace Plaza (use Spruce Street entrance)
URL: www.pace.edu/aftershock
Cost: Free, Pre-registration requested at website
Contact: Mark J. Schepp, 212/346-1020, mschepp@pace.edu
Subways: 2, 3 to Park Place/Broadway or Broadway/Nassau/Fulton; A, C, J, M, Z to Broadway/Nassau/Fulton; 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall, J, N or R to City Hall/Broadway.

9/11 EXHIBITION Event: Pace University will host “The First 24 Hours,” a traveling exhibition, organized by the New York State Museum, of artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center disaster site. Many of the objects have not been seen since they went into storage after the attacks.
Items Recovered: U.S. flag rescued from the rubble, a section of the chain link fence on Broadway hung with dried flowers and notes seeking missing persons, a firefighter’s air tank, a seat belt from one of the hijacked airplanes, and a battered 1” x 3” plaque saying “78” (which denoted the Sky Lobby floor in the south tower which took a direct impact while many people waited for their elevators).
When: September 6 – Sunday, September 10 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. It will be open for a 24-hour, round-the-clock remembrance on Monday, September 11 from 8:46 a.m. to 8:46 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12.
Where: The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts Lobby at Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza (use Spruce Street entrance)
URL: www.pace.edu/aftershock
Contact: Mark J. Schepp, 212/346-1020, mschepp@pace.edu
Cost: Free
Subways: 2, 3 to Park Place/Broadway or Broadway/Nassau/Fulton; A, C, J, M, Z to Broadway/Nassau/Fulton; 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall, J, N or R to City Hall/Broadway.

The First 24 Hours REMEMBRANCE VIGIL Event: Because many people may not want to be alone with their memories of family, friends, neighbors and business/school colleagues on the fifth anniversary, Pace will open its doors for a round-the-clock viewing of “The First 24 Hours,” an exhibition, organized by the New York State Museum, of artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center disaster site. Pace is the closest university to Ground Zero (three blocks away) and suffered the loss of 47 students and alumni on 9/11.
When: Monday, September 11 from 8:46 a.m. to 8:46 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12
Where: The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts Lobby at Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza (use Spruce Street entrance)
URL: www.pace.edu/aftershock
Contact: Mark J. Schepp, 212/346-1020, mschepp@pace.edu
Cost: Free
Subways: 2, 3 to Park Place/Broadway or Broadway/Nassau/Fulton; A, C, J, M, Z to Broadway/Nassau/Fulton; 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall, J, N or R to City Hall/Broadway.

9/11 Memorial Candlelight Walk / Silent Vigil: This year is the 5th annual candlelight vigil, headed by the Civic Traditions Committee from the Office of Housing and Residential Life, will begin at the main entrance at 1 Pace Plaza. After a moment of silence, participants, including Pace University Students, proceed to walk towards the World Trade Center Site.
When: Sunday, September 10, 9:00pm
Where: Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza
URL: www.pace.edu/aftershock
Contact: Mark J. Schepp, 212/346-1020, mschepp@pace.edu
Cost: Free
Subways: 2, 3 to Park Place/Broadway or Broadway/Nassau/Fulton; A, C, J, M, Z to Broadway/Nassau/Fulton; 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall, J, N or R to City Hall/Broadway.

9/11 CRAIN’S BREAKFAST at Pace University Event: Deputy Mayor Daniel Doctoroff will discuss downtown’s progress five year’s after the September 11th terrorist attacks, as well as the city’s overall economic recovery
When: Wednesday, September 6. Networking Breakfast: 8:00-8:30 a.m; Program: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Where: The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, One Pace Plaza (use Spruce Street entrance)
URL: http://www.newyorkbusiness.com/calendar.cms
Cost: Free. Those wishing to attend must register at the above website.
Subways: 2, 3 to Park Place/Broadway or Broadway/Nassau/Fulton; A, C, J, M, Z to Broadway/Nassau/Fulton; 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall, J, N or R to City Hall/Broadway.

“Aftershock: Rethinking the Future Since September 11, 2001”

Five years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Pace University, four blocks from Ground Zero, will host a major conference to examine how those tragic events changed the world in which we live.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts:
Chris Cory, Pace University, 212-346-1117 / 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu
Frank Lentini, M. Booth and Associates, 212-481-7000 ext. 601

Note: photos are available on request of objects from the related exhibition of 9/11 artifacts, including a battered 1” x 3” plaque saying “78.” It denoted the sky lobby floor in the south tower, which took a direct impact while many people waited for their elevators.

PACE UNIVERSITY TO HOST
“AFTERSHOCK: RETHINKING THE FUTURE
SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001”

CONFERENCE TO EXAMINE
“THE DAY THAT CHANGED
EVERYTHING”

Speakers include Former White House Adviser David Gergen,
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin,
9/11 commission co-chair Lee Hamilton, Editor William Kristol.
Event is Part of Pace University Centennial Celebration

NEW YORK, N.Y., July 24, 2006 – Five years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Pace University, four blocks from Ground Zero, will host a major conference to examine how those tragic events changed the world in which we live.

Taking place Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 6-8, at the University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on Spruce Street, just East of City Hall in New York City, the conference is likely to be the most wide-ranging anniversary forum on the effects of 9/11. Many of the high-level participants have not spoken publicly about 9/11 before.

The conference is titled “Aftershock: Rethinking the Future Since September 11, 2001.”
Admission is free but registration is required. More information is at www.pace.edu/aftershock.

Officials and scholars. The nearly 40 speakers include the vice chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, Lee Hamilton, a former Congressman who now is president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; David Gergen, White House adviser to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton and editor-at-large of US News & World Report, who will deliver the opening address; Doris Kearns Goodwin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Presidential historian; and Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, who will give the closing speech.

Their views will be juxtaposed with the practical experience of many of the key public officials involved in rebuilding and protecting the city’s downtown, including John Cahill, Secretary to Governor George Pataki and his downtown reconstruction coordinator; Stefan Pryor, President of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and Congressman Jerrold Nadler. US Senator Charles E. Schumer, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly have been invited.

Topics: From Emotions to Economy. “This conference is about preparing for America’s future,” said Pace University President David A. Caputo, a political scientist who also is a conference participant. “We expect to help prioritize the steps that our nation, state, and city need to take to complete our emotional and political reaction to the aftershocks of 9/11. We hope for both contention and consensus on issues from port security and pandemics to local and national politics and foreign policy to reduce the threat of attacks.”

Nine panels will probe everything from the emotional impact on individuals to the economic effects on the global economy. One session examines how 9/11 has changed the preparedness of first responders; another looks at the environmental impact of the attacks; a third examines victims’ families and their influence on public policy.

Exhibitions. Accompanying the discussions will be an exhibition of artifacts from 9/11, many not seen since they went into storage after the attacks. Organized by the New York State Museum, “The First 24 Hours” will include a U.S. flag rescued from the rubble, a section of the chain link fence on Broadway hung with dried flowers and notes seeking missing persons, a firefighter’s air tank, and a seat belt from one of the hijacked airplanes. Also on display will be an evocative art installation recreating a World Trade Center office abandoned by a fleeing worker. The work was created a year ago as the senior project of a Pace undergraduate fine art major, Dan Daley. Both exhibitions will be open to the public at times posted on the website.

Pace students will participate in separate seminars with Gergen, Kristol, Godwin and Hamilton. At the public sessions, a bloc of seats will be reserved for students attending Pace High School, the new “small” public school on which Pace collaborates with the New York City Department of Education.

Education, Slavery, Environment. The conference is part of Pace’s Centennial celebration, which includes three other nationally-significant conferences — a Founders Day Symposium on higher education in a global society (Sept. 27-28); a conference on the Legacies of Slavery and Sisterhood: The Life and Work of Harriet Jacobs (Oct. 6-7) and a worldwide legal summit on Implementing Environmental Legislation (Oct. 16-20).

The Centennial also includes a yearlong volunteer initiative called “100 Opportunities for Service and Civic Engagement” and “Roll Back the Clock Day,” during which Pace cafeterias will offer representative 1906 food items at 1906 prices.

Pace frequently serves as a forum for major addresses by international figures. Starting July 25, Pace will be the location of a series of debates and town meetings involving candidates for New York State offices in this fall’s elections, presented by NY1. Former President Bill Clinton began the Centennial with a speech at Pace in March, a year after Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) hosted a town hall meeting on social security there. Millions of Americans tuned in to the 2003 Democratic Presidential candidates’ debate held at Pace and broadcast on MSNBC.

A private university in the New York metropolitan area, Pace has a growing national reputation for offering students opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement, international perspectives and measurable outcomes. It is one of the 10 founders of Project Pericles, developing education that encourages lifelong participation in democratic processes. Pace has campuses in downtown and midtown New York City and in Pleasantville, Briarcliff, and White Plains, New York (a graduate center and law school). The University enrolls approximately 14,000 students 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 Pace Law School. www.pace.edu.

What Would Peace Between Washington and Al Qaeda Look Like?

“What Would Peace between Washington and Al Qaeda Look Like?: Some Points for the Presidential Candidates to Consider,” a lecture co-sponsored by Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems and Pace’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.

Contact: Louise Kleinbaum, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University, 914-422-4191, lkleinbaum@pace.edu, or Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

MEDIA ADVISORY
September 8, 2004

“WHAT WOULD PEACE BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND AL QAEDA
LOOK LIKE?”

“Some points for the presidential candidates to consider” to be raised in
September 11 talk at Pace University downtown campus
by founder of academic peace studies Johan Galtung

WHAT: “What Would Peace between Washington and Al Qaeda Look Like?: Some Points for the Presidential Candidates to Consider,” a lecture co-sponsored by Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems and Pace’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.

WHO: Johan Galtung is director of TRANSCEND: a Peace and Development Network. Galtung, widely regarded as the founder of the academic discipline of peace research, is author of over one thousand articles and 123 books, most recently “Transcend and Transform: An Introduction to Conflict Work.” Over the last fifty years, he has mediated in more than fifty international conflicts.

WHEN: Saturday, September 11, 2004, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (one-hour lecture followed by discussion).

WHERE: Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Lobby, 3 Spruce Street, between Park Row and Gold Street (across from City Hall), New York City.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university committed to opportunity, teaching and learning, 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 the 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