Gerard Koeppel’s talk will focus on his most recent book, City on a Grid: How New York Became New York (2015), which tells the story of how New York’s city streets came to form the rectilinear grid that millions of people now walk through every day. The New York Times describes City on a Grid as “prodigiously researched” and “engaging,” and the Wall Street Journal calls it “entertaining…breezy and highly readable.”
The book explains how New York’s legendary grid came to be, who did it and why, and what it meant for the growing United States. “Koeppel’s book answers these questions in an easygoing, good-humored manner, with interesting facts unearthed on nearly every page…This is one of those books you always wished would be written.”
Koeppel is also the author of Bond of Union: Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire and Water for Gotham: A History. Before writing mostly about the past, he wrote, edited, and produced the present at CBS news. He has contributed to numerous other books, including the Encyclopedia of New York City, of which he was an associate editor, as well as reference works, newspapers, journals, museum exhibits, and historical signage at city parks. He was born on the grid and has lived all over it since.
2014. Israel. Dir: Talya Lavie. With Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar. 97 min.
It’s been called Orange is the New Black meets M*A*S*H: A group of young women while away their mandatory army time as secretaries on a remote military base, where dying of boredom poses a larger threat than dying in combat. Writer-director Lavie paints a biting portrait of office tedium both humorous and macabre. Presented as part of the Ninth Annual Ring Family Israeli Film Series, featuring speaker Aner Preminger, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Center for Jewish Studies.
Open house in Special Collections & Archives, Olin Library
German artists in the age of Dürer disseminated their images through a variety of means, including as illustrations in books and pamphlets. Examples of the interplay of text and image will be available for browsing. This open house is presented in conjunction with Passion and Power: German Prints in the Age of Dürer, on view at the Davison Art Center (2/5-3/3/16).
Date: Thursday, February 18 Time: 12-2 PM Place: Davison Rare Book Room, Special Collections & Archives (first floor of Olin)
Do you feel weird about The Vagina Monolgues? Do you love the Vagina Monolgues and want to continue the conversations they start? Shmagina Dialogues is a place to hear other students talk about their experiences of gender, sex, and sexuality through a range of different performances and to engage in an ongoing conversation. Come join us! No tickets required.
EASY WES (Eating Allergy Safe and Yummy) is excited to host its first
EASY dinner of the semester!
EASY is dedicated to supporting students with any type of eating
restriction. Our members have celiac disease (mandatory gluten-free
diet), as well as allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities to foods
ranging from the big eight to more uncommon items, such as artificial
colors and onions. We come together to cook EASY meals every week. At
these meals, students can relax and connect with other students,
knowing that their food will be completely allergen safe.
Let us know ASAP if you would like to come and what dietary
restrictions you have so we can accommodate you!
We’d love to see you all there!
Date: Thursday, February 18 Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Place: 200 College Street Cost: $3
Prominent Korean digital artists Youngho Kim and Jisong Lee examine
the “beauty of movement in silence” through photography and video in
their first exhibition outside Korea. Both artists build on their long
careers in fashion and commercial work to create works that examine
the core principals hiding behind what we see, and provide an opening
to re-explore, in a contemporary light, the topic of whether the world
that we are living in is a dream.
Date: Wednesday, February 3rd – Sunday, May 22nd Time: 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM Place: College of East Asian Studies Gallery
Image: Pixy Yijun Liao, “The King Under Me,” 2011, digital c-print, 34 x 44 x 2 inches, courtesy of the artist.
Some information first about the opening reception from Andrew Chatfield:
Come join us for the debut of an exhibition by ten emerging artists from Beijing, Shanghai and New York that will include paintings, installations, video art, photography, and an artist-designed video game. This exhibition debuts at Wesleyan, and features works by Sun Xun, Jin Shan, Ma Qiusha, Lu Yang, Bo Wang, Pixy Liao, Liu Chuang, Shi Zhiying, Guo Xi, and Yan Xing. The exhibition is curated by Guest Curator Barbara Pollack.
Date: Tuesday, January 26th (Snow Date: January 27th) Time: 4:30 PM Place: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace
And now for in-depth information about the exhibition sponsored by the CEAS: