Plans for a memorial of the World Trade Center is the first presentation in the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men's fall lecture series “Global Education, Educating Globally.”
(August 25, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.—”Memorializing 9/11: Public Spaces as Public Educators” is the topic of the first event in the fall Fisher Center lecture series at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Producer David Holbrooke and actor Timothy “Speed” Levitch will present the film “Live from Shiva’s Dance Floor” and give a talk, followed by a discussion with Setha Low about “After the Trade Center: Searching for Spaces of Security and Hope.” The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library, on Pulteney St. on the Colleges' campus. A roundtable discussion with the speakers will follow the next morning (Sept. 11), at 8:45 a.m. in the Fisher Center, Demarest Hall room 212. The presentation and roundtable are free and the public is invited.
Producer David Holbrooke is a member of the Hobart Class of 1987; his media experience includes NBC Sports, CNBC, CNN and PBS, and he is founder of the television and film production company Giraffe Partners. He will present his new short documentary along with the film’s featured tour guide, philosopher and “revolutionary rock and roll scribe” Timothy “Speed” Levitch. Premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary has been described as the most “revolutionary proposal” for the World Trade Center site. In the documentary, Levitch takes viewers on a tour of New York City and New Yorkers’ “philosophy on the life, death, and rebirth of ‘ground zero.'” He writes for Entertainment Weekly, The Village Voice, and other outlets, and recently had published “Speedology: Speed on New York on Speed.” The documentary was directed by Richard Linklater, and has been touring at a number of film festivals.
Professor of Environmental Psychology and Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York Setha Low’s interests center on cultural aspects of design and the anthropology of space and place, including the “landscape of fear.” Examining perceptions of security after 9/11, Low has turned this research to questions of imagining “the public culture of the future” for learning and democracy.
Using her ethnographic research from Battery City Park along with interviews with and artwork from New York City school children, Low will address these concerns over public space, education and culture for a country driven to increasing levels of surveillance. Her most recent book “Behind the Gates: Security and the New American Dream” offers insight into life inside the “suburban fortresses” of gated communities, illuminating Americans’ expressed need for security and accompanying trade-offs of insularity, restrictive rules and little change in safety.
The Fisher Center lecture series will bring these and three other visitors to Hobart and William Smith this fall, delivering talks and performances on “Global Education, Educating Globally.” Each speaker will bring a new dimension to this theme, including social and political satire, cyberspace and censorship for youth, and polyculturalism. Lectures will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Colleges campus. Each guest will also participate in a roundtable discussion the following morning at 8:45 a.m. in the Fisher Center (212 Demarest Hall). All events are free and open to the public.
Fisher Center lectures and seminars provide a forum for students, faculty and community members to explore gender issues. The Center, founded with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993, seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues.
Other fall 2003 speakers include:
• Wednesday, Oct. 1: Cartoonist of social and political satire Dan Perkins’ (a.k.a Tom Tomorrow) strip “This Modern World” has been featured in more than 100 papers and other media across the country, including The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Mother Jones, The Economist, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Salon. Using a multi-media presentation, Perkins will discuss politics and “media double-speak” as he shows his work. Two-time winner of the first place Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award for cartooning and recipient of numerous other awards, Perkins has five published anthologies of cartoons, and his new book “The Great Big Book of Tomorrow.”
• Wednesday, Oct. 22: Marjorie Heins directs the Free Expression Policy Project, a think tank on artistic and intellectual freedom. Her most recent book, “Not in Front of the Children,” and the subject of her talk, “Cyberspace and Censorship of Youth,” tackles censorship arguments based on assumptions of protecting youth and children from “indecent” information or “corrupting influences.” Heins will address these central issues, taking a deeper look at cyberspace and the question of freedom of expression.
• Thursday, Nov. 13: Associate Professor of International Studies at Trinity College Vijay Prashad will present “The Darker Nations: Polyculturalism and Empire.” He examines how the cultural politics of imperialism serve to obscure and deny cultures as intertwined with one another. This notion, often called multiculturalism, flies in the face of counter-approaches. Prashad explores the cultural logic of the Caribbean and West Asia, drawing on examples of how working class people in the time of Empire have struggled against this more static notion of multiculturalism.