This past week has proved challenging in many ways, and the leak of a newly proposed policy to narrowly define gender as a binary was yet another stunning blow to our scientific understanding of gender. As quoted in Nature on October 30:
This is not the first time that the administration has attacked legal protections for transgender and non-binary people. Last year, Trump declared that transgender people would no longer be allowed to serve in the US military, and rescinded guidelines suggesting that schools should let pupils use the lavatory of their choice. An October 2017 memo from the US Department of Justice stated that laws prohibiting employment discrimination should not apply to gender identity.
Instituting a policy with a narrow definition of sex or gender and no basis in science would be a major step backwards for the United States in gender-identity issues. Sadly, the move is only the latest in a series of proposals that misuse and ignore science and harm marginalized groups as part of a quest to score cheap political points.
A Crossroads of Opportunity: Virtual Reality, Media Art, and Medicine Today
Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM
The Skylight Room (9100) CUNY Graduate Center
This panel will bring together healthcare professionals with artists and researchers using technology meant for healing and pain management in their creative practice. Healthcare is becoming increasingly technological in both its implementation and delivery as we are becoming more connected daily. New advancements in technology are aiding in the healing process and allowing us to understand how healthcare works both as a science and as social experience. This panel attempts to answer the question of how art and design can and are helping in the healing process. What types of interventions are possible through technology to achieve wellness on a personal, shared, and international level? Using the Internet, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Digital Games, and other connected interfaces, this panel will explore the future of this fascinating field and how it will evolve in the next 20, 30, 40 or more years to come. This panel will transport audiences into new potentials for collaborative experiences using technology and art into the world of medicine and beyond.
This event is free and open to the public, but please click here to RSVP.
Speakers include Sean Montgomery, an artist using Brain Wave Interaction with performers and audiences in his work; Holly Cohen, a previous TED speaker, and Program Manager of Assistive Technology/Driving Rehabilitation at NYU Rusk Rehabilitation; Heather Dewey-Hagborg, an artist using technology in her work to recreate the faces of people from their discarded DNA samples; and Matthew N. Bartels, the Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a regional medical provider in the Bronx and Lower Hudson Valley in New York State.
Co-sponsored by The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore; The Montefiore Einstein Fine Art Program and Collection; the Collective Voice: Digital Conversations in Public Space research team from the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY; and the Digital Humanities Initiative.
Please see that the Vera List Center for Art and Politics is hosting a year long open curriculum around the First Amendment and addressing the recent rise of hate speech and promotion of peace.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH: A CURRICULUM FOR STUDIES INTO DARKNESS
Seminar 1: MON 12 NOV 2018 6.30PM-8.30PM
Mapping the Territory takes as a point of departure Kanwar’s meditations on the freedoms we have, and have not, and how we might use layers of darkness to illuminate what is unknown, to retrieve rights as they seemingly deteriorate in front of us, and to recuperate a sense of self and society in times of crisis.
The New School
Theresa Lang Community Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
New York City
Free admission; space is limited and registration required. On registration, participants will receive preparatory reading material.
This seminar is preceded by a screening of Amar Kanwar’s Such a Morning and discussion on November 11, 2018 at 7:30pm, at UnionDocs, Brooklyn. Afterwards, the filmmaker will be joined by seminar co-curators Carin Kuoni and Laura Raicovich as well as filmmaker Nitin Sawhney and writer Kaelen Wilson-Goldie.