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Community Partnership in Indian Classical Music & Dance
September 9
Santoor Maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Concert
The Charles B. Wang Center is proud to support Santoor Maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma's Live Concert . Through his performances spanning over half a century, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma has endeared musical connoisseurs and freshmen alike and has earned a distinct place for himself in the annals of great indian musicians. Accompanied by his son, Rahul Sharma, already an accomplished Santoor player himself and Aditya Kalyanpur, a prized percussionist and disciple of legendary Ustad Alla Rakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain. Tickets available online or call Jitu at (646) 509-7379 or Jignasa at (718) 675-9877.
September 9, 5:00 p.m., Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W 27th St., NY

September 28-30
Kathak at the Crossroads
The Charles B. Wang Center is a proud Community Partner for the Kathak at the Crossroads: International Kathak Festival and Symposium.

Chitresh Das Dance Company, Chhandam Nritya Bharati (India) and Chhandika (Boston) present Kathak at the Crossroads International Kathak Festival and Symposium. Kathak at the Crossroads will be one of the largest Indian classical performing arts events in U.S. History. Held over three days,
the festival will feature performances by more than fifty leading and emerging
Kathak artists from India and around the world. The Symposium will be a
vital, field-wide discussion about the Kathak dance tradition, innovation,
and the impact of the emerging global culture.

The daytime symposium features intimate performances by some of Kathak's
leading gurus, lectures, and panel discussions with the foremost Kathak
masters and twelve scholars from the U.S., India, and Europe and insight
into Kathak's courtesan tradition with one of the last living courtesans,
Madhuri Devi Singh. Evening performances will feature Kathak's rising
stars and some of Kathak's greatest masters. Thursday's evening will
feature Krishna Mohan Mishra, the son of one of Kathak's greatest
stalwarts, Pandit Shambhu Maharaj; Friday night will feature the doyen of
Kathak, Pandit Birju Mahara; Saturday night will feature the phenomenal
Kathak and Tap collaboration with Pandit Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels

Tickets: Full registration for the three days and evenings ranges from $225 to $475. Tickets for evening performances only are $100 (includes VIP seats and
pre-performance reception), $40, $35, $25 (Student & Senior Discount
Available with ID). Full registration for the three days and evenings ranges from $225 to $475 and evening performance tickets range from $25 to $100.

For information on festival and symposium registration contact, (415) 333-9000, or visit For information on evening performance tickets only, visit the Yerba Buena Center box office.
September 28-30, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

September 14
Bharatanatyam DancerChandrashekhar, Master of Dance: Understanding the Form in Classical Dance
A beginner-level dance class introducing the student to the technique and practice of Bharatanatyam, a classical dance form that aims to reveal the spiritual through the corporeal. It is the most ancient of all the classical dance forms in India. Sponsored by the Wang Center. Open to all dancers and the dance-curious. Tickets: Free to Stony Brook students, $10 general admission.
Thursday, September 14, 4:00 p.m., Wang Theater

September 16
Bharatanatyam DancersGreat Masters of Classical Indian Dance and Music
Sri C.V. Chandrasekhar and Sri Adyar K. Lakshman, two of the greatest living masters of the Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam, will together present an evening of dance and music. Together, they enthrall audiences by the combination of Chandrasekhar's energetic, graceful dance, and his internalized, nuanced mime with Adyar Lakshman's soul-stirring voice and powerful rhythm. United by their experiences as students of Srimati Rukmini Devi of Kalakshetra and their profound knowledge of the Bharatanatyam tradition, they reveal the inner depths and sublime beauty of dance. Sri Adyar K. Lakshman on Vocal and Nattuvangam, Srimati Shobana Raghavan on Vocal, Sri P.K. Swaminathan on Mrdangam, Sri V.K. Raman on Flute, Sri A.R. Balaskandan on Violin. Sponsored by the Wang Center. Download event flier.

Tickets: $50 VIP ticket, reserved seating, reception invite, free admission to master class; $15 general admission; $10 students and seniors
Saturday, September 16, 8:00 p.m., Wang Theater

Family Matters In Asian Film
We are born into families, and we make new families. We also invent new kinds of families. Family shapes who we are and what we will become. This intriguing film series tells nuanced stories of different family situations from the perspective of children and adults from China, Vietnam, and Iran. Discussion with Thora Wagner follows.  Free admission.  All are welcome. Presented by the Round Table in cooperation with the Charles B. Wang Center: 

September 28
King of MasksKing of Masks
Nearing the end of his life, Wang–a locally renowned street performer and wizard of the venerable art of mask magic–yearns to pass on his technique, but custom prescribes that he can only hand down his craft to a male successor. Anxious to preserve his unique art, the heirless Wang buys an impoverished eight-year-old on the black market. When the child divulges a dreaded secret, Wang faces a choice between filial love and societal tradition.
(Directed by Wu Tianming, 1997, 101 min., Mandarin with English subtitles.)
Thursday, September 28, 1:00 p.m., Wang Theater

October 19
Scent of Green PapayaThe Scent of Green Papaya
This tranquil film, set in 1952 Vietnam, follows ten-year-old Mui as she spends the next 10 years as a servant in a troubled family, gracefully accommodating herself to the small changes in her life. She discovers the world around her and marvels at every new sight, sound, and scent while going about her workday life. (Directed by Hung Tran Anh, 1993, 104 min., Vietnamese with English subtitles.)
Thursday, October 19, 1:00 p.m., Wang Theater

November 9
Children of HeavenChildren of Heaven
When Ali, a poor Iranian boy, discovers that his younger sister's shoes have somehow been lost, he keeps the information from his parents who are already desperately struggling to provide for them. They share Ali's tattered sneakers so that both children can still go to school. Then Ali learns of a race where one of the prizes is a pair of sneakers and becomes determined to win them. (Directed by Majid Majidi. 1997, 88 min., Farsi with English subtitles.)
Thursday, November 9, 1:00 p.m., Wang Theater

The Buddhist Study & Practice Group Meditation Series

September 23
Mindfulness of Breathing, Sixteen Phases of Concentration

Mindfulness of Breathing is one of the most common forms of meditation and believed to have been practiced by the Buddha before he attained nirvana. This method consists of both concentration (samatha) and contemplation (vipaśyanâ). It is generally understood that Mindfulness of Breathing is renowned for taming the mind. Ven. Dr. Dhammadipa (Fa Yao) from Harvard University will explicitly and systematically explain the concentration aspect of this meditative technique. The aim is to have a clearer understanding of the path structure of the Mindfulness of Breathing. Download event flier.
Saturday, September 23, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wang Center, Room 101

October 12
Thomas GutmannMeditation 101
Ven. Dhammadipa (Thomas Peter Gutmann) will give an introduction of fundamental concepts in practicing meditation. Born in Prague, he studied Chinese literature and philosophy at Prague University in 1969 and immigrated to Germany to study Russian literature at Jerusalem University. In 1977, he received his Master's Degree in Chinese Literature and Philosophy from the University of Paris. Two years later, he enrolled in Nalanda University in India to study Sanskrit and Buddhist Philosophy. Then he received Theravada Bhiksu Vinaya in 1987 in Sri Lanka. In 1999, he went to Sri Lanka and Burma to study the Abhidharma as applied in meditation. In Burma, he practiced meditation at the Pa-Auk International Meditation Center near Mawlamyine city under the instruction of Pa-Auk Sayadaw, who later appointed him as assistant teacher. Since then he has been providing dharma teaching in the U.S., Germany, and Taiwan.
Thursday, October 12, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wang Center Lecture Hall 1

October 28
Sensei Genshin Meditation Retreat Led by Sensei Genshin Edgar Kahh
Sensei Genshin was ordained as a Zen Buddhist monk in 1981 by Zen Master Kyozan Joshu Sasaki Roshi, now the senior living monk of the Myoshinji group of temples in Japan. Sasaki Roshi is founder and head abbot of the Mt. Baldy Zen Center, California. Genshin taught mathematics at Queens College , City University of New York for 27 years before retiring. He has Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematics, New York University. “In Zen Buddhism practice is essential. What you learn in Buddhism must be your own experience. It cannot be learned by reading or thinking. You must get beyond your personal self. What self then appears? You must find out. Who is then the one who finds out? Only by dissolving the self can a new self come into being who finds this out.” Download event flier.
Saturday, October 28, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wang Center, Room 101

November 2
Bhikkhu BodhiInner Peace and Outer Peace through Universal Love
All the higher religions teach us to develop love for our neighbor, and more abundant loving-kindness within people's hearts would certainly promote more peaceful relations in today's world, so much torn by violence, revenge, and fear. But how exactly can we develop loving-kindness in our own lives and in our communities? In this lecture, American Buddhist monk Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi will explore the Buddhist teachings on metta, or universal loving-kindness, and will give brief instructions on how to practice loving-kindness in daily life and as an exercise in meditation. These methods can be practiced by followers of any religion or by those with no religious convictions at all, since they are concerned entirely with the transformation of the mind and do not require adherence to any specific religious creed. Download event flier.
Thursday, November 2, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1

October 10
Puppet TheaterStory of the Dog: Cambodian & American Puppet Theater
Cambodians say there are four types of endings: a tear drop, a drop of blood, happiness, or a question. Which will it be? So begins the Story of the Dog.  In this visually spectacular show, Vermont’s Sandglass Theater’s world-renowned puppets combine with Sovanna Phum’s Cambodian dance and traditional shadow puppets to tell an old Cambodian folk tale that deals with the impact of war on otherwise good people’s actions. A soldier goes off to war leaving his young wife and dog.  Loneliness forces the young wife to do desperate things. There is a trial, a ghost, and the loyal dog. How will it end? Download event flier.
Tickets: $10 for students and seniors; $15.00 for general admission
Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

October 12
Partition/Narratives by Sukrita Paul Kumar, Delhi University
The Indian subcontinent was divided nearly six decades ago. But Partition’s harvest of pain, violence, and trauma continues to haunt India even today. In literature, as in life, its specter rises time and again from the ashes of 1947, igniting memory as it locates itself in communal tension and rioting. Metaphors and fictive narratives grapple with the human indulgence in bestial violence and navigate through varied psychological and emotional terrain. The proceeding talk will take several literary samples to map this area. First in the Asian and Asian American Colloquium 2006, co-presented with Center of India Studies, and the Department of Asian & Asian American Studies. Partition flier.
Thursday, October 12, 4:00 p.m., Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1

October 15
Herstory Writers Workshop
10th Anniversary Gala Luncheon & Reading
Revel in the writings of Herstory’s amazing members old and new on themes ranging from the complex relationships  between mothers and daughters, siblings, lovers, and the dynamism of survival and thriving. Walk among the Chinese zodiac fountains. Enjoy cuisine from India, China, and Japan. Co-sponsored with the Charles B. Wang Center.

Some Highlights
Honoring Kathy Rosenthal–LCSW, Vice President of Long Island Regional Operations for FEGS and Former Board President of Herstory
Elegant Lunch Buffet and Silent Auction

Featuring Short Selections by Herstory Members: De Repente by Hon. Vivian Viloria-Fisher, Deputy Presiding Officer of Suffolk County Legislature; Therapist’s Daughter  by Erika Duncan Herstory’s Founder & Executive Director; Bharat Mama by Sunita S. Mukhi, Stony Brook University; Bride of War by Pat Bley, Stony Brook University; New Writings from “Herstory Inside;" Riverhead  and Yaphank Correctional Facilities of Suffolk County; New Writings from Latinas Write/ Escriben–Issue #2; A special preview showing from Herstory’s Documentary introduced by Natalie Byfield of Black Media Foundation; Closing song by Chong-Ae Lee–To my teacher; and ritual dance by Pat Gorman–The Rain Dance

Tickets: $60 per person; $500 for full table of ten (10); Student Price: $25
For tickets and further information, call (631) 868-3368, or visit   the Herstory Writers Workshop. Download event flier.
Sunday, October 15, 12:30 p.m., Wang Zodiac Lobby

Community Partnership in Film
The Charles B. Wang Center in collaboration with the Greater Port Jefferson/Northern Brookhaven Arts Council presents two films as part of the Port Jefferson Documentary Series, Theater Three. Tickets: $5.00; $4.00 for students, seniors, and Arts Council members. Call the box office at Theatre Three at (631) 928-9100 or the Arts Council at (631) 473-5220. All titles & guest speakers are subject to change based upon availability. For more information please visit the Greater Port Jefferson/Northern Brookhaven Arts Council.

Time of FearOctober 9
Time of Fear

During World War II, when America’s patriotic fervor was at its height, Japanese Internment camps were cropping up across the country. Two towns in Arkansas, segregated and poor, became sites for two of these notorious camps. Sixteen thousand Japanese-American men, women, and children were forcibly relocated to these camps, where they lived without freedoms, behind barbwire, and under the watchful scrutiny of American military police. In interviews and footage, this film brings to life the ordeals and struggles of the camp detainees and the Arkansas town residents during this unprecedented era in American history. Special guest speaker Mitsue Salador, who was briefly interned in a West Coast camp, will be on hand to discuss her own families’ experiences of displacement, heroism, and racism. (USA, 2004, 60 minutes, documentary, MPAA Rating: Not Rated)
Monday, October 9, 7:00 p.m., Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jeff, NY

October 16
Born into BrothelsBorn into Brothels
The National Board of Review’s pick for 2004’s Best Documentary, Born into Brothels is a tremendously moving and compelling film about the power of art to transform lives. This extraordinary account of one woman’s tireless dedication to a group of children in Calcutta’s red-light district finds beauty and hope amidst terrible squalor. At times heartbreaking, Zana Briski and Ross Kaufman’s film takes a frank yet compassionate look at the lives of children born to Indian prostitutes—and how learning photography may help them avoid the cruel fates of their mothers and grandmothers. Watching these amazing children, so funny and resilient in the face of soul-crushing despair, you may find yourself smiling through tears during a film that truly deserves to be called “unforgettable.”–Tim Knight, Reel Review. (India/USA, 2004, 85 minutes, MPAA: Rated R for some sequences of strong language.) Discussion to follow led by Dr. Sunita S. Mukhi, Director of Asian/American Programs, Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University.
Monday, October 16, 7:00 p.m., Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jeff, NY

November 10-11
Adora SvitakStorymaker Adora Svitak, A Child Prodigy Speaks: "Read to Understand, Write to Learn"
Speaker and humanitarian, the author of over 400 stories, an internationally published writer–all at age 9! Adora Svitak, child prodigy and a literary genius, and her mother Joyce, inspire you to read, write, and learn. A conservative estimate places the number of books she has read to 1600. She enthralls you with imaginative stories about spirited girls, fantastic journeys in exotic locales, and regales you with her big ideas on strong, smart female protagonists, history and how humans should live in harmony and peace. She talks eloquently about the joy of reading and writing. Dubbed by Diane Sawyer of Good Morning America as "A Tiny Literary Giant." Booksigning and reception follow. Download event flier.

Published at age seven, with four international contracts following at the age of eight, Adora is one of the most prolific literary prodigies in the world with an extensive knowledge of history, literature, and mythology; she is an expert on reading and writing; she is a tech savvy who enjoys demonstrating the latest tech gadgets and how to use educational Web sites and software to enhance learning. She has appeared on Good Morning America, the Montel Williams Show, Oprah, and NBC news in addition to many local and international media coverage. She has visited many schools, libraries, and bookstores to present live storytelling and writing. Her first book, Flying Fingers, has been sold to China, Taiwan, Korea, and UK. She has three books that are currently in the works.

About Joyce Svitak: One of the most creative and unorthodox parents you will ever meet will speak on "Raise Writers and Much More." Born and raised in Communist China, Joyce immigrated to the U.S. to re-educate and reestablish herself. She is always eager to learn and willing to try a new career path. She established a school called Seeds of Learning as well as a bilingual job site called Bilingual Career to help jobseekers utilize their language skills. In addition to being a professional language interpreter, she spends a majority of her time raising and guiding her two children, Adrianna and Adora. She is the co-author of Adora's book Flying Fingers and she has plenty of practical and useful tips on parenting and your children's education.

Tickets: $5.00, including reception. Reservations highly recommended.

Friday, November 10, 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 11, 3:00 p.m.

November 11
Husain HaqqaniHusain Haqqani: The Islamic World–Between Reform
and Terrorism

Part of the Asian and Asian American Colloquium. The Islamic world has struggled between two major ideas in modern times: Islamizing the modern world versus modernization of the Islamic world. What are the forces at play in this civil war of ideas and why have some Islamizers opted for terrorism as the means of achieving their end? A leading journalist, diplomat, and former advisor to three Pakistani Prime ministers, Husain Haqqani has written extensively on Muslims in China and East Asia and Islamic political movements. Covering the war in Afghanistan enabled him to acquire deep understanding of the militant Jihadi groups. Haqqani is presently the Director of the Center for International Relations at Boston University and Co-Chair of the Hudson Institute's Project on the Future of the Muslim World as well as editor of the journal Current Trends in Islamist Thought published from Washington D.C. A prolific writer on issues related to Islam, Haqqani's most recent book Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military (2005) has been praised in major international journals and newspapers as a path-breaking book on Pakistan's political history. Sponsored by the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, the Center for India Studies, and the Wang Center. Download event flier.
Saturday, November 11, 5:00 p.m., Wang Lecture Hall 1

November 14
CPR logoReducing Prejudice: A Matter of Education 
14th Annual Conference of the Council for Prejudice Reduction
Prejudice, hate, and bias are a root cause for conflict and other suffering on our own campus, and around the world. Peaceful coexistence requires equity, access, acceptance, and tolerance. The Council for Prejudice Reduction (CPR) is a nationally recognized public-private partnership devoted to advancing equity and reducing prejudice in collaboration with public schools.  For the past 14 years, volunteers from more than 70 CPR member organizations have worked each year to create an Annual Conference for Educators, showcasing proven practices from around the corner and around the world. The Charles B. Wang Center is pleased to join CPR in sponsoring this widely respected conference. Students, faculty, and community members will find this conference meaningful and empowering. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information and to register, visit the Council for Prejudice Reduction. Download event flier.
Tuesday, November 14, 8:00 a.m.–3:45 p.m.

Japanese Film Series
November 16
ShinobiShinobi: Heart Under Blade
In hopes of ending centuries of feuding, two warring Samurai clans choose their top warriors–two star-crossed lovers who have super human powers–to duke it out in a final, no-holds-barred battle. A Samurai version of Romeo and Juliet featuring ninjas as far as the eye can see. (Ten Shimoyama/ 2005/101 minutes/Japanese with English subtitles)
Thursday, November 16, 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

November 29
NanaJapanese Film Series: Nana
Two girls named Nana accidentaly meet on a train going to Tokyo. One follows her boyfriend, and the other dreams of succeeding as a punk vocalist. The girls hit it off, but separate without exchanging contact information...only to meet again in Tokyo when they both apply for the same apartment. Their new lives in Tokyo begin by deciding to live together. Based on the popular comic by Ai Yazawa. Great music, great look, great clothes. (Kentaro Otani/2005/114 minutes/Japanese with English subtitles)
Wednesday, November 29, 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

November 28
My Own CountryFilm: My Own Country
Part of the World AIDS Week (November 27 to December 1) co-sponsored with Stony Brook University’s Visions Worldwide

From the director of the acclaimed Monsoon Wedding and The Namesake, this film, based on a true story and best-selling book, tells the story of Abraham Verghese, an Ethiopian-born Asian Indian doctor, (played by Naveen Andrews) settled in Johnson City, Tennessee, who specializes in infectious diseases. It is 1985, and AIDS is sweeping the nation. Abraham takes AIDS as his personal crusade and becomes well-known for his compassion and non-judgmental treatment. Though he comes to realize that the AIDS epidemic is not just a medical emergency but also a spiritual one, he is soon overwhelmed with patients from the surrounding states, which strains his marriage. With Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei, Glenne Headly, and Hal Holbrook. An engrossing, heart-rending picture, My Own Country is a true original. (Mira Nair/1998/USA/106 minutes/English)
Tuesday, November 28, 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

November 29
Asian and Asian American Colloquium:
Taiwan's International Representation Today

Ambassador Andrew Li-Yan Hsia, Director-General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), New York

Ambassador Hsia, a distinguished career diplomat with extensive and diversified experience, is the official representative of Taiwan in the States of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. An international lawyer by training, Mr. Hsia graduated from Oxford University in the U.K. and was the recipient of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Scholarship, the Social Science Scholarship as well as the Sun Yun-Suan Fellowship. Ambassador Hsia will address the question of Taiwan's international representation in terms of bilateral diplomatic recognition by certain countries and membership of various international organizations in the post-1971 period, following the termination of Taiwan's UN membership under UN Resolution 2758. He will discuss how Taiwan has overcome the hurdles around her international status through the adoption of "pragmatic diplomacy."

Ambassador Hsia will also touch upon the historic evolution, present status, and future prospects of cross-straits relations. Followed by a Question and Answer session and reception. All are invited. Program is free. Download event flier.
Wednesday, November 29, 12:45 p.m., Wang Lecture Hall

December 6 & 7
NobukoSharing Our Stories, Finding the Oneness: A Performance Workshop with Nobuko Miyamoto
Groundbreaking Asian-American performing artist Nobuko Miyamoto hosts a performance workshop designed to involve students in performance activities, using movement, story, and song to "open the cultural and racial chasms that abound...we have a powerful creative tool (the arts) to educate, entertain, and transform our world." Beginners welcome and encouraged to attend. Food provided. For more information, please contact Joan Miyazaki at 632-7278 or at Co-sponsored with Dialogues Across Differences and the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action.
Download event flier.
Wednesday & Thursday, December 6 & 7, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

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