Our work would not be possible without the many organizations putting forward innovative programming and ideas. We celebrate the people whose work and ideas have powered the cultural fabric of New York State — with support from Humanities NY. By highlighting them, we hope to encourage current and future leaders in the field to continue their work and use Humanities NY as a partner and resource for their success.
Poetry Society of America, NYC
The Edifice of Wallace Stevens: A Centennial Symposium
Judith Sherwin, Project Director
The Edifice of Wallace Stevens: A Centennial Symposium, was held on November 29, 1979 at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Panelists considered the influence of Steven’s working life on his poetry, his conception of his audience and his relationship to that audience. Participants included Harold Bloom, Richard Howard and Helen Vendler.
Albany YMCA Womanworks Gallery and the College of Saint Rose, Albany
Womanworks Conference on Women in the Arts
Tina Murch, Project Director
The October 1979 Womanworks Conference on Women in the Arts explored women’s accomplishments in the arts and their contributions to the African, Hispanic and European traditions that are part of American culture. This conference, the Capital District’s first major event focused on women and art, brought together scholars, artists, and the general public for workshops, lectures, films, an exhibition, a poetry reading and theater and musical performances. Elia Hidalgo Christiansen, Judith Fetterly, Audre Lorde and Bernice Regaon were among the speakers who addressed an audience of over four hundred and fifty people.
Films in the Humanities was a pioneering effort to bring together films, filmmakers and scholars in public forums throughout the state.
At the core of the program is the showcasing of award-winning documentary films—all funded by Humanities New York—such as Ken Burns, Brooklyn Bridge—with presentations at each screening by the filmmaker and a by a scholar connected to the film. During 1985 and 1986, Humanities NY provided over 90 yearly events for free to audiences at museums, libraries, colleges and community gathering places, thanks to a National Endowment for the Arts Exemplary Award.
Cornell University, Ithaca
The Black Studies Paradigm: Education and Culture
James Turner, Project Director
The symposium The Black Studies Paradigm: Education and Culture was sponsored by Cornell University’s Africana Studies and Research Center and explored the development of a mode of interpretation with the field of Black studies over the past decade and a half. Poet Gwendolyn Brooks and writer James Baldwin read from their work of the past two decades and discussed the Black studies movement’s influence on their writing. Other topics included the “Black Studies Movement in Historical Perspective,” presented by John Henrick Clarke, as well as panels on the impact of Black studies in education and the community.
Poetry Project Lecture Series at St. Mark’s Church, NYC
Eileen Myles, Project Director
A Humanities New York supported lecture series, coinciding with the Poetry Project’s annual series of readings, which was recorded and aired on public radio stations across the country in order to promote public awareness of poets and poetry.
City College / CUNY, Manhattan
XVII Congress of the Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana
Raquel Chang-Rodriguez, Project Director
A Humanities New York supported panel entitled “The Writers’ Craft and the Representation of History,” which emphasized the writers’ craft and how it is affected by their experience as Latinos working and living in a different culture. The panelists included Rosario Ferré (Puerto Rico), Matías Montes Huidobro (Cuba), Luisa Valenzuela (Argentina), Isaac Goldenberg (Peru), and Fernando Alegría (Chile).
Cross-Section, Inc., Brooklyn
Sharing the Legacy Toward the Twenty-First Century
Fritz Joseph, Project Director
The International Congress of Black Writers and Artists convened to offer critical assessment, forecasts, trends, and personal insights on the contributions of blacks to culture and economics. In addition to discussion, the conference included poetry readings, films, and performances. Panelists included Amiri Baraka, dancer Geoffrey Holder, and scholars Archie Singham (Brooklyn College) and Leonard Jeffries (CUNY).
Association of Hispanic Arts, NYC
Mexico: Here and There, Before and Now
Maria Hinojosa, Project Director
A weekend of panel discussions on the vernacular and traditional arts of Mexico coincided with the opening of the world’s largest historical retrospective of Mexican art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Unlike the Metropolitan’s show, which emphasized the “official culture” promoted by the Mexican government, the panels featured leading scholars who focused on Mexico’s rich but poorly documented popular culture.
Asian-American Center at Queens College, Flushing
Shaping Identities: Representations and Self-Representations
Margo Machida, Project Director
A Humanities New York funded, multi-part series on cultural representation—Shaping Identities: Representations and Self-Representations. In part one, art historians Lowery Sims (Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Suzanne Garriges (Maryland Institute), and critic John Yau discussed the Afro-Cuban artist Wilfredo Lam. Part two featured David Chung and Velena Hasu Houston, who presented “A Dialogue about Relations among Asian and African-Americans” at the Chinatown History Project.
Yomoma Arts, Inc., Bronx
Reading the Bronx
George W. Agudow, Project Director
Scholar/author Leonard Kriegel (CCNY) and physician/author Oliver Sacks led a discussion on their recent research and publications as part of a lunch-time lecture series combining the arts and humanities. It was presented in cooperation with the Borough President’s Office.