Friday, April 13, 2007

NY Event: “Islamic Visibility in European Publics” - 4/20

“Islamic Visibility in European Publics”

a talk by
Prof. Nilüfer GÖle

Friday, April 20, 2007, 4:00 –6:00 p.m.
Sociology Lounge/Room 6112
6th Floor

Reception to Follow

The Graduate Center, CUNY
(365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th-35th St.)

View event flyer for more details:

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Nilüfer Göle is professor of sociology at École des Hautes
Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and a leading authority
on the political movement of today’s educated, urbanized,
religious Muslim women. A prominent scholar of Turkish origin,
she is the author of The Forbidden Modern: Civilization and
Veiling(University of Michigan Press, 1997). Through personal interviews, Göle has developed detailed case studies of young Turkish women who are turning to the tenets of fundamental Islamic gender codes. Her sociological approach also has produced a broader critique of Eurocentrism with regard to
emerging Islamic identities at the close of the twentieth
century. She has explored the specific topic of covering,
as well as the complexities of living in a multicultural world.

Co-Sponsored with the
Ph.D. Program in Sociology

NY Event: Council on American Islamic Relations - NY Chapter Annual Banquet - 5/5


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


Cordially Invites you to its Annual Banquet

Freedom of Speech EMPOWERING the Muslim Voice

Saturday May 5, 2007

Manhattan Center Studios – The Grand Ballroom

311 West 34th Street New York, NY 10001

Key Note Speaker:

Reza Aslan

Author of “No god but God” and Middle East Analyst

Special Guest Speaker:

Merve Kavacki

Former Member of Turkish Parliament

Dr. Parvez Ahmed

Chairman of Board, CAIR National

Azhar Usman

Muslim Comedian

And other prominent guests!

Registration: 7:45PM

Dinner & Program: 8PM

Tickets Reservations

$100 for Adults Reserve in advance

$50 for Students Contact:

475 Riverside Drive , New York, N.Y. 10115, Suite 246

212.870.2002(p) 212. 870.2020(f)

Thursday, April 12, 2007

NY Events by the Center for Constitutional Rights - 4/17 and 4/19

center for constitutional rights

Dear Zeeshan,

Please join us for one or both of these exciting events.

Racism, the Criminal Justice System and Guantánamo Bay: Imprisonment and the Prison-Industrial Complex

Date and time: Thursday, April 19, 2007, @7:00 PM
Location: St. Mary's Church- 521 W. 126th St., NYC

CCR attorney Gita Gutierrez, the first civilian attorney to visit Guantánamo Bay, will participate in a panel discussion exploring the similarities between imprisonment and criminalization in New York City and that in Guantánamo Bay. (details below)


disAPPEARing justice?
Date and time: Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 7:30pm
Location: The Calhoun School- 433 West End Ave at 81st St., NYC

Former CCR legal Director Bill Goodman will participate in an expert panel discussion on the conflict between those who argue that our civil liberties are being erased versus those who believe changes are vital in order to protect the very liberties we enjoy as Americans.(details below)


The Center for Constitutional Rights presents the latest event in our series:

DETENTION, RACISM, WAR: Struggles for Justice, from our communities to Guantánamo Bay

Racism, the Criminal Justice System and Guantánamo Bay

Thursday, April 19, 2007
7:00 PM
St. Mary's Church
521 W. 126th St., NYC
Subway: 1/A/B/C/D to 125th

Join us on Thursday, April 19, 2007, for an exciting panel of speakers from the legal and activist communities confronting imprisonment and criminalization in New York City and in Guantanámo Bay, including:

Gitanjali Gutierrez, Center for Constitutional Rights
Chino Hardin, Prison Moratorium Project
Judith Greene, researcher on sentencing and imprisonment
Rafael Mutis, JusticeWorks Community Seven Neighborhood Action Project
Reginald Gossett, Critical Resistance
And more!

Explore the connections between imprisonment here and the acceptance of arbitrary detention at Guantanamo, and find out what you can do to support struggles for justice!

For more information about this event, please contact Lynne Kates at or call 212-614-6443.


An expert panel discusses the conflicts between those who argue that our civil liberties are being erased vs. those who believe changes are vital in order to protect the very liberties we enjoy as Americans.

Panelists include:
Bill Goodman, Former Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights

Timothy Bakken, Professor of Law, United States Military Academy at West Point
James Copland, Director, Center for Legal Policy, Manhattan Institute
Beth Haroules, Staff Attorney, NY Civil Liberties Union
Udi Ofer, Field Director & Legislative Council, NY Civil Liberties Union

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 7:30pm

TICKETS : $10/adults, $5 students & senior citizens

RESERVATIONS: RSVP call 212-497-6528

LOCATION: The Mary Lea Johnson Performing Arts Center, The Calhoun School, 433 West End Av (at 81st)

Monday, April 09, 2007

Center for Communication upcoming FREE Media events

Center for Communication Upcoming FREE Media Events

Hi Everyone,
Our Season is coming to an end, and we wanted you to take advantage and sign up for our last couple of seminars! If you are interested, please sign up online at thanks! we hope to see you there! We also have some space in our STUDENT ONLY on-locations, so if you are interested, email with your Name, School and contact info.
Branded Entertainment
Wednesday, April 11
6:30 to 8:30 pm

No longer settling for the 30-second spot, brands strive to be more visible and more subtle at the same time, as the endangered spot gives way to reality show and video game tie-ins, and brand-generated content appears everywhere from YouTube and Xbox to airplanes and movie theaters. Those in the avant garde of the branding revolution report on what's working, what isn't, and where the trend is headed. Presented by the Center for Communication.

Kirk Iwanowski, EVP, Marketing, Branded Entertainment & Sponsorship, Sundance Channel
Patti Kim, Vice President, William Morris Agency
Chet Fenster, Managing Partner, Director of Content Creation, MEC Entertainment
Bill Hilary, President, Magna Global Entertainment
Stuart Elliot, Advertising Columnist, New York Times (moderator)

1100 Avenue of the Americas
15th Floor Theater
(at 42nd Street)
The Importance of Being Funny
Tuesday, April 17
6:30 to 8:00 pm

When Bill Clinton was desperate to divert an unfriendly Washington Press Corps, humor was a tactic and speechwriter/humorist Mark Katz was his secret weapon. Katz, founder of The Sound Bite Institute (a "one-man comedy think tank"), has helped hundreds of politicians and corporate types sound like comedy pros. Katz offers pointers to aspiring writers, publicists, performers, public speakers and anyone else who wants to charm an audience, beguile their friends and just get everybody to lighten up already.

Mark Katz, humor writer; author, Clinton & Me: A Real Life Political Comedy

Hunter College
Hunter North Building, 4th Floor
Lang Recital Hall
(enter on 69th Street between Park & Lexington Aves.)
Good Housekeeping: The Test of Time
Wednesday, April 18
3:00 pm

For almost a century, Good Housekeeping magazine has been awarding its Seal of Approval to everything from lipstick to vacuum cleaners. Each year thousands of products are subjected to rigorous testing to earn their coveted stamp.

Join us for a visit to GH's state-of-the-art, high tech 'Research Institute' in Hearst's glassy new tower to find out how it all works. While there, learn how the magazine is getting a makeover of it's own to entice a younger, hipper readership.

Must be a student, please email to register. Please provide your name and school.
Charlex: Digital Design
Thursday, April 26
11:00 am

Visit one of NYC's hippest digital ateliers where you will meet with designers, editors and masters of 3D, special effects and animation who create movie trailers and TV commercials for some of the biggest brands around.

Richard Eng, Creative Director
Keith McCabe, Computer Graphics Supervisor
Tony Tabtong, Lead Animator
Gong Myung Lee, Senior Lighter

Must be a student, please email to register. Please provide your name and school.
The Gersh Talent Agency
Friday, May 4
11:00 am

Do you have what it takes to be a talent agent? If you're fast on your feet, know the entertainment business and have a flair for negotiation. Learn first- hand from the pros at The Gersh Agency what it takes to succeed.

Jennifer Konawal, Literary/Talent agent
Kyetay Buckner, Talent Agent
Sara Self, Literary Agent
Chris Highland, Talent Agent
Jason Gutman, Talent Agent

Must be a student, please email to register. Please provide your name and school.

NY Event: Israel's Emerging Immigration and Citizenship Regime - 4/25

From Post-Zionism to Post-Citizenship: Israel's Emerging Immigration and Citizenship Regime

Yoav Peled, Associate Professor of Political Science, Tel Aviv University

Wednesday, April 25th
7:00 pm
Room 9205

CUNY Graduate Center

NY Event: 4/17 "Leisure Time" @ Pioneer + 4/20 South Asian Underground Film Fest @ NYU

1. 4/17, 6:30pm "LEISURE TIME" - 3rd i NY & Alwan for the Arts
Collaborative Monthly Screening Series @ Pioneer Theater

2. 4/20 - 22: South Asian Underground Film Festival @ NYU. Featuring
live appearances by Hanif Kureishi, Steve Savale of Asian Dub
Foundation, and Vivek Bald of MUTINY!. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

1. 3rd i NY and Alwan for the Arts Collaborative Monthly Film & Video
Series presents encore presentation of Egyptian box-office smash indie
feature film "Leisure Time"

(Mohamed Mostafa/ Egypt / 134 mins / 35 mm / Arabic with English subtitles

Two Boots Pioneer Theater Tues, April 17th @ 6:30pm
155 East 3rd Street (at Avenue A)
Subway: F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker

Tickets: $10 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members
Followed by FREE PIZZA & BEER/SODA at the Den of Cin

About the Film
Leisure Time was the renegade box-office hit this summer in Cairo.
This low-budget film breaks radically with prevailing trends: a
docu-fiction with a large cast of excellent actors, none famous or
even known. Leisure Time delves in the world of teen-agers from within
and gives them unprecedented voice; we follow Ahmed, Hazem, Amr, and
others, as they ask, "What to do?" The film does not attempt to answer
the question nor dwell on its implications. It simply takes us to an
adolescent world scripted from the inside. The film's emphasis on real
life rather than fiction was the source of its popular success. The
film also marks the return of once retired veteran producer Hussein Qalla.


2. The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, in
association with 3rdi NY, presents:

South Asian Underground Film Festival

Curated by Sukhdev Sandhu, Assistant Professor of English and A/P/A
Studies at NYU

Featuring: "My Son the Fanatic", "Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music",
"India Calling","The Road to Guantanamo", "Bradford Riots", "Otolith",
"England Expects" and more...

Friday-Sunday - April 20-22
Cantor Film Center
36 E. 8th St. @ University Pl.
Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, V to West 4th ST.
N, R, W to 8th St., 6 to Astor Place

FREE, First come/first serve. Doors open 15 minutes before screening.
Visit for more information.

7pm-10pm in Theater 200
"My Son The Fanatic"
Kick-off screening
Featuring a Q&A with Hanif Kureishi
Join Hanif Kureishi, internationally-renowned author (THE BUDDHA OF
SURBURBIA), Oscar-nominated screenwriter (MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE),
and playwright for a special screening of this prescient 1997 drama.
Om Puri stars as a Pakistani taxi driver who enters into a passionate
relationship with a Northern prostitute much to the disgust of his
increasingly fundamentalist son.
*Screening Co-Sponsored by New York University's Tisch School of the
Arts, The Maurice Kanbar Institute, The Directors Series*

2pm-10pm in Theater 101
2pm - "Bradford Riots" (2006, dir. Neil Biswas) and "Young, Angry and
Muslim" (2005, dir. Julian Hendy)
Discussion with Steve Savale from Asian Dub Foundation

5pm - "The Road To Guantanamo" (2004, dir. Michael Winterbottom)

8pm - "A Love Supreme" (2001, dir. Nilesh Patel) and "The Warrior"
(2001, dir. Asif Kapadia)

2pm-10pm in Theater 101
2pm - "India Calling" (2002, dir. Sonali Fernando) and "Otolith"
(2003, dir. The Otolith Group)" (2003)

5pm - "England Expects" (2004, dir. Tony Smith)

8pm - 10pm
*Closing Night Screening*
"MUTINY: Asians Storm British Music" (2003, dir. Vivek Bald)
and "Skin Deep" (2001, dir. Yousaf Ali Khan)
Special post-screening discussion with Asian Dub Foundation's Steve
Savale and Mutiny Director Vivek Bald, moderated by reknowned music
journalist Vivien Goldman, author of "Exodus: The Making and Meaning
of Bob Marley and the Wailers Album of the Century"

Join the filmmakers and festival goers at the film festival Afterparty
to follow this screening at Leela Lounge, located at One West 3rd
Street at Broadway.

All seating is first come/first serve. Doors open 15 minutes before
screening. For more information, visit

"Emergences and Emergencies" is co-sponsored by NYU's Tisch School of
the Arts, The Maurice Kanbar Institute, The Directors Series; NYU
Center for Media, Culture and History and Center for Media and
Religion, 3rd-I NY, Asian Cinevision, Imaginasian Theater, Leela Lounge.


A Love Supreme (2001, dir. Nilesh Patel), 9 min
Nilesh Patel's debut film is a beautifully shot and
multi-award-winning audio-visual essay on the preparation of samosas
by his mother. Influenced, unexpectedly, by sequences in Martin
Scorsese's Raging Bull, it makes the daily dishes cooked by Asian
mothers resemble exquisite art installations.

Bradford Riots (2006, dir. Neil Biswas), 75 min
The July 2001 riots in the Northern city of Bradford were the most
violent to hit the United kingdom in over two decades. 191 men, most
of them locally-born Pakistani Muslims, were jailed for a total of
more than 500 years. Neil Biswas's meticulously researched drama goes
beyond the tabloid headlines to present a fascinating portrait,
influenced visually by La Haine and The Battle of Algiers, and scored
by Asian Dub Foundation, of an immigrant community riven by religious
and generational tension. New York premiere.

England Expects (2004, dir. Tony Smith), 124 min
The New York premiere of this controversial and no-holds-barred drama
about a responsible family man, living in the shadow of London's
financial district, whose life falls apart after he develops a sexual
obsession with a trader at the investment bank where he works as a
security guard. His meltdown, of a ferocity that recalls both Taxi
Driver and the work of the late Alan Clarke, brings him into violent
conflict with local Bangladeshis. As powerful and incisive a post-9/11
film as has yet been made.

India Calling (2002, dir. Sonali Fernando), 50 min
The first and still the best documentary about the modern-day call
centre, this is a deliciously ironic portrait of a David Brett-style
Australian boss who has arrived in Delhi to effect a self-proclaimed
revolution in the working practices of twenty-something Indian
graduates. Acclaimed film-maker Fernando ensures that the black
comedy is leavened with a probing and deeply empathetic study of the
yearning, aspirational call agents themselves.
Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music (2003, dir. Vivek Bald), 77 min
Combining music documentary and social documentary, Mutiny charts the
meteoric rise of South Asian music in 1990s Britain, as well as the
decades of cultural cross-pollination and political struggle that led
up to that historic moment. Shot independently on digital video over
the course of seven years, Mutiny features Asian Dub Foundation, State
of Bengal, Talvin Singh, Fun^Da^Mental, DJ Ritu and a host of other
British musicians of Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi descent,
presenting these artists and their music with depth, intimacy, and
intensity. Rarely screened in New York since its completion in 2003,
this is a film not to be missed.

My Son the Fanatic (1998, dir. Udayan Prasad), 87 min
Hanif Kureishi adapted this remarkably prophetic film from a short
story he originally wrote for The New Yorker. Set in Bradford, it
centres on a Pakistani taxi driver (Om Puri) whose respect and love
for most things English - including a local prostitute (Rachel
Griffiths) - brings him into terrible conflict with his increasingly
fundamentalist son who regards his family's adopted northern English
city as irredeemably decadent. Movingly acted and expressionistically
filmed, this is an affecting romance rich in political and
psychological insights.

Otolith (2003, dir. The Otolith Group), 22 min
Influenced by the work of Chris Marker and the Black Audio Film
Collective, and with stunning sound design from the latter's Trevor
Matthison, Otolith is an eerie cinematic essay that doubles as a rare
example of post-colonial science fiction. Moving between the zero-
gravity astronaut-training centre at Star City and the two-million-
protestor-strong anti-war protests in London in early 2003, it's a
meditation on utopianism, Third World socialism and the nature of
colonialism's visual archive.

The Road To Guantanamo (2004, dir. Michael Winterbottom), 95 min
Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival,
this is the true story of three British Muslims, subsequently known as
the 'Tipton Three', who traveled to Pakistan to attend a wedding,
only to end up being held for two years without charges in the
American military prison at Guantanamo Bay. Shot in Winterbottom's
characteristic part-dram, part-documentary style, it has been
described by the New York Times as a "film of staggering force".

Skin Deep (2001, dir. Yousaf Ali Khan), 13 min
Set in deprived, inner-city England during the 1970s, Skin Deep is a
brutal and haunting portrait of Romo, a half-English, half-Pakistani
teenager who tries to pass for white. Things come to a crisis one
night when his new-found skinhead friends tell him to attack another
Asian kid. This unforgettable exploration of Asian abjection won
Salford, Manchester-born Khan a nomination at the UK BAFTA awards in 2002.

The Warrior (2001, dir. Asif Kapadia), 82 min
Kapadia's debut feature is a ravishing Western in which the drama has
been relocated to the deserts of feudal Rajasthan. Irfan Khan plays
a bloodythirsty warlord's henchman who decides to lay down arms. In
consequence, his only son is killed. He finds himself travelling
deeper and deeper into a wilderness that is both geographic and
spiritual. Magisterial in pace and sweep, this fully deserves the
comparisons to Kurosawa and Leone that enthusiastic international
critics have been making since its release.

Young, Angry and Muslim (2005, dir. Julian Hendy), 48 min
In the wake of the London Underground bombings in July 2005, Navid
Akhtar, a British Pakistani Muslim, journeys across the country to
explore the tensions and alienation within his community and asks how
this has contributed to the terror attacks. As part of his
passionate and very personal documentary, Akhtar also returns to his
parents' Kashmiri village and agonises over whether to sell the land
he has inherited from his recently deceased father.


About 3ri NY
3rd I New York's monthly film and music salon designed by local
filmmakers and experimental djs showcases the works of independent
filmmakers of South Asian descent and local djs, musicians and
electronica artists. Providing alternative forums for South Asian
filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work not only
increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers
and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.