Thursday, May 24 – Invitational Poetry and Prose Readings 7 – 9 PM
Lynne and Mark invite local writers of poetry and prose Denver Butson, Jason Dubow, Paolo Javier, Heather Johnson, and Maria Robinson Somerville to look at the idea of the XY Chromosome – the notion of boy-girl, gender, sex, DNA, biology, society, and identity.
Guest writers: Denver Butson is a Brooklyn-based poet, collaborator with artists in various disciplines, father, husband, cook, gardener, guitarist, and creative director of an arts and cultural center in southern Italy. Many of his poems involve real or imagined tensions between real or imagined people in real or imagined relationships. Jason Dubow teaches at St. Francis College and is working on a book that grew out of his blog, “LearnMeProject: Reflections on One Family’s Home School Experiment and Beyond”. Jason and his son Isaac, a jazz trumpet player, will read/perform their collaborative essay “A Father and Son in a Sort of Conversation.” Paolo Javier’s collaboration with Listening Center appeared as a book-cassette, Ur’lyeh/Aklopolis in early 2017. A featured artist in MoMA PS1’s 2015 Greater NY Show as well the Queens International ‘18, Paulo is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, including Court of the Dragon which Publisher’s Weekly calls “a linguistic time machine”. Heather Lynn Johnson is the author of The Survival Guide for Queer Black Youth and the 2017 literary fellow for the Queer|Art|Mentorship program. Heather’s work is characterized by its lyricism and cultural critique. Through the use of imagery and the written word, Johnson explores being other-ed in a consumerist society by mining the history of gender, sexuality, and the racialized body. Maria Robins-Somerville received a Hopwood Prize for Poetry at the University Michigan. This fall, she’ll be starting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She will read an essay about her twin brother.
Renowned special education attorney Regina Skyer will guide parents through the complex process of entering the NYC special education system.
A one-to-one Q&A will follow the presentation. Sponsored by the BKCM Music Therapy Department. Space is limited. Register today for this FREE seminar!
Regina Skyer, Esq. is a leading special education lawyer known throughout New York State. After enjoying a fifteen-year career as a social worker and special education administrator she entered City University of New York Public Interest Law School in 1988 for the sole purpose of representing special needs children and their families. Balancing her job as mother, summer camp director, social worker and student, Regina was recognized as a leading student in her law school graduating class of 1991 and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1992.
Upon graduating from law school and before opening her own practice she worked as a pro-bono volunteer attorney at Advocates for Children and then for a short time at the NYC Board of Education Office of Legal Services.
Regina is a much sought after lecturer on special needs education and conducts parent seminars throughout New York State. In addition to publishing numerous articles, she co-authored the book What Do You Do After High School?-– the nationwide guide to programs and services for learning disabled teenagers — and How to Survive Turning Five: The Handbook for NYC parents of special needs children.
It’s Walt Whitman’s 199th birthday!
Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. FREE
Celebrating Walt Whitman’s 199 th Birthday:
Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn Heights, a walking tour
St. Francis College and The Walt Whitman Project sponsor a reception and free Brooklyn Height’s walking tour to celebrate the 199th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth. Walk in the steps of Brooklyn’s greatest poet and explore locations significant to Whitman’s life as you listen to readings of his poetry and prose. This tour includes stops at the sites of:
* Brooklyn Borough Hall
* Rome Brothers Print Shop (where Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” was first printed in 1855)
* the Brooklyn Eagle (where the author was editor in the mid-1840s)
* and more.
On Thursday, May 31, the tour begins at St. Francis College in the Callahan Center (first floor) located at 180 Remsen Street between Court and Clinton Streets in Brooklyn Heights.
* 5:30-6 reception with light refreshments
* 6-8 walking tour of Whitman’s Brooklyn Heights
Greg Trupiano, artistic administrator of The Walt Whitman Project, is the tour guide. Lon Black reads Whitman’s words. An opera singer provided by American Opera Projects and The Fort Green Park Conservancy sings the music inspired by Whitman.
This is a FREE event but limited to 30 participants. Please reserve your spots for this tour.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Call: 347-513-0255
In case of rain, a virtual tour will take place indoors at St. Francis College (Callahan Center).
This event is presented in association with:
* The Fort Green Park Conservancy
* American Opera Projects through funds supplied by the New York City Department of Cultural affairs.
THANK YOU to Professor Ian Maloney and the staff of St. Francis College for supporting this event.
For more information, please contact:
Greg Trupiano, Artistic Director
The Walt Whitman Project
Yes! This Is The Place Where Media Dreamers Become Media Makers.
Brooklyn Free Speech is a New York Emmy-WINNING community television network that amplifies and honors alternative voices in media. The initiative seeks to empower Brooklynites with media dreams to share their brilliance, talent, and creativity with the world.
Orientation is a great introduction to what Public Access is all about– free and low-cost, high-quality media education courses; a wide variety of services and resources available to help build your media résumé; all complemented with free events and networking opportunities designed to foster a strong sense of community at Brooklyn Free Speech.
You do not have to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you!
We will host an information session describing the incredible journey BASIS Independent Brooklyn students take—from their first steps into the Symbiotic Classroom of our Primary Program all the way to their crowning achievement, the Senior Project, in 12 grade.
During this information session you will receive an overview on what the BASIS Independent Brooklyn experience is about from our teachers, our Head of School, and our admissions team.
This summer, young artists ages 3-7 will unleash their imaginations and learn about music and dance from the African Diaspora. Join us for this free summer camp info session to learn more about the program, meet the teaching artists, and get a taste of the camp experience.
Our two camp themes are infused with song, story, percussion, and a variety of crafts:
1. Hakuna Matata: Kings, Lions and Other African Wonders (July 9-20)
Let’s journey through the wonders of Africa and its many cultures! Movement, song, and crafts take us to Mali to meet the original Lion King. We’ll also meet the animals of the savannah and the wetlands.
2. Singing Frogs and Talking Fish: Diving through the Caribbean Sea (July 23-Aug. 3)
Let’s frolic through the Caribbean Sea! With song, dance, food, steel drum-making and more, campers learn about Haiti, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and other Caribbean locales.