Guttman Community College Partners with The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library to Celebrate National Poetry Month
Guttman Community College, in partnership with The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) of The New York Public Library, is celebrating National Poetry Month throughout the month of April with a series of events and workshops for the Guttman community and the general public. Over the course of the month, Guttman will host a panel discussion centered on how poetry influences our lives, a Photopoetry Workshop led by Professor Valdon Battice, a poetry writing workshop led by Professors Daniel Collins and Meghan Gilbert-Hickey, poetry readings by renowned poets Teka Lo and Raina León, and a live presentation of student writing which will showcase Guttman students sharing and celebrating their diverse and powerful voices through original poetry, prose and art. This exciting lineup of in-person events will be split between the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library on 5th Avenue and the Guttman Library on campus.
Seeing Times Square with New Eyes: Guttman Students Engage Virtually with Award-Winning Journalist from Pulitzer Center
Guttman students in Professor Ria Banerjee’s Fall 2021 Introduction to Media Studies course began a virtual visit from award-winning Colombian photographer Joana Toro reflecting on whether they have seen the costumed performers dressed as superheroes or cartoon characters in Times Square. Have they ever wondered what stories are hidden behind the masks of these performers? Ms. Toro, who dressed as Hello Kitty while attending Hunter College as a newly arrived immigrant to the US in 2012, provided students with insight into these human experiences. Students learned about the economic battles faced by these artists, most of them undocumented immigrants, who carry out this work to earn a living. The lives of these costumed performers came to light in 2020 through the Pulitzer-funded project Where is Mickey Mouse? developed by Toro, together with writer Emily Stewart. “I think immigrants and immigration have been more natural in the way we talk about it, [but] it is something that has to be less stigmatized,” Toro told Prof. Banerjee’s students.
Arts in New York City Faculty Lyricist for Shows Produced by the Lowbrow Opera Collective, Winner of NAMT’s 15-Minute Musical Challenge, and Recipient of Spark Grant
Perpetual Sunshine and the Ghost Girls, a musical featuring the work of Adjunct Instructor Prof. Sara Cooper, an accomplished playwright and lyricist who teaches the Arts in New York City course in Guttman’s Liberal Arts and Sciences Program, was one of five selected for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 15-minute Musical Challenge. Produced in part by the Beck Center and the Baldwin Wallace University Program, the first fifteen minutes of the performance premiered virtually on February 12, 2021, and ran through February 28. Prof. Cooper wrote the lyrics to music by Lynne Shankel. According to Broadway World News Desk, “the show is based on the true story of the women who fought United States Radium Corporation in the 1920s for knowingly poisoning them and subsequently changed United States labor laws forever.”
The International Print Center New York (IPCNY) New Prints 2020/Summer show, titled Give Me Space, includes two prints by Adjunct Lecturer Kathryn Larkins. This cycle of the biannual open-call exhibition focuses on spaces for political dissent and the body. It features new works by 41 artists working in the medium of print, selected by Brooklyn-based visual and multimedia artist Chitra Ganesh. The show can be viewed remotely from June 25 to September 19, 2020.
Dr. Angelina Tallaj, Assistant Professor of Arts and Humanities and FYE Course Coordinator for Arts in New York City, dances in the classroom. A required first year course, Arts in NYC exposes students to the creative movements, artistic genres, and cultural institutions of the city. Anchored in Guttman’s unique , this course includes and emphasizes the students’ own experiences. Their eyes light up, says Dr. Tallaj, “when I dance bachata and then teach how the steps reflect gender history. I love having my students dance because I want them to know that their bodies have histories and that those histories are legitimate.”