May 3, 2009 - Vera List Center for Art and Politics - Considering Forgiveness Book Launch Celebration
May 3, 2009

Considering Forgiveness Book Launch Celebration

Considering Forgiveness
Book Launch Celebration

Monday, May 11, 2009 –
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The New School
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street,
2nd floor,
New York City

Admission free

www.newschool.edu/vlc

Why forgiveness now? And why at all? In conjunction with the release of its new book, Considering Forgiveness, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics is presenting the following programs. For further information, visit www.newschool.edu/vlc

Considering Forgiveness Book Launch Celebration
Monday, May 11, 2009 – 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, New York City
Admission free

Considering Forgiveness is both a literal and a metaphorical meeting. Join us to celebrate the Vera List Center’s first book, edited by New School faculty member Aleksandra Wagner, as many of the contributors discuss the political—and personal—relevance of this controversial term.

What do we mean when we say forgiveness? Are we able to think it, and with what goals and hopes in mind? Why forgiveness now, and why at all? Forgiveness emerges here not as an agenda offering closure but as a strategy and form of awareness; a legal, sociological, psychological, anthropological, theological and ethical concept that demands engagement.

Speakers include
Anne Aghion Living Together Again, in Rwanda
Ayreen Anastas An Everyday Judgment of Eternity
Gregg Bordowitz Admissions
Rene Gabri When Final Peace Was Not (So) Final
Andrea Geyer I Beg Your Pardon
Sharon Hayes Thematic Apperception Test #22: Gay Power
Lin + Lam Dark Meat or White Meat?
Jeffrey Olick Times for Forgiveness
Brian Price Texas 2008
Jane Taylor Reconciling the Odds
Elisabeth Young-Bruehl Hannah Arendt on Forgiveness
and
Aleksandra Wagner, editor

Organized by the Vera List Center, co-sponsored by D.A.P. (Distributed Art Publishers)

Considering Forgiveness is published by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, with the generous support of the A.G. Foundation, James-Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach, Ronald Feldman, Elizabeth Hilpman, the Peter Norton Family Foundation, and the Institute of Retired Professionals at The New School.

Available at the launch, in bookstores, at online retailers, and directly through D.A.P. at www.artbook.com

Really? Jane Taylor on Sincerity
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 – 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
The New School, Wollman Hall
65 West 11th Street (enter at 66 West 12th Street), 5th floor, New York City
Free for all students as well as New School faculty, staff and alumni with ID

Jane Taylor is a South African playwright and critic, and a contributor to the Vera List Center’s book, Considering Forgiveness. In her recent work, Taylor has focused on the history and theory of the performance of subjectivity; for this lecture, she will examine sincerity, drawing from her work with visual artist William Kentridge and her writings on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission proceedings. She will also discuss her research into the history of forced and voluntary conversions during the religious wars of the Reformation and its implications for the media-saturated context of global justice and political renunciation.

For further information, visit www.newschool.edu/publicprograms

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