New Group Now
NEW GROUP NOW is a new series of public forums which locate New Group shows within the larger context of American and/or global society. Bringing together artists and thinkers across disciplines, the series asks vital questions at the center of New Group shows and of our present culture.
Carefully Taught: Understanding and Interrupting Cycles of
Oppression in Today’s Culture
Monday, May 20 at 7pm
The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater
at The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
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Inspired by Jesse Eisenberg’s new play Happy Talk, a panel will come together to unpack the cyclical nature of oppression and the role it plays in our treatment of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. We will discuss how power imbalances can lead to the misrepresentation and exploitation of people with diminished agency and what we can do to break the cycle as these groups become increasingly vulnerable.
Nancy Giles is an Emmy-winning contributor to “CBS News Sunday Morning,” and tries to be witty on various political panels on MSNBC. She’s acted in films and on TV and was recently Off-Broadway in The New Group’s Good For Otto by David Rabe. She’s also written and performed solo shows and is working on a collection of essays and true stories. Her podcast “The Giles Files” is on the Apple Podcast app, Google Play, and Stitcher. Be cool and subscribe!
Alina Das is a Professor of Clinical Law at NYU School of Law, where she co-teaches and co-directs the Immigrant Rights Clinic. She and her clinic students represent immigrants and community organizations in litigation and advocacy to advance immigrant rights locally and across the country. In addition to her teaching, Das engages in scholarship on deportation and detention issues, particularly at the intersection of immigration and criminal law. Das also serves as faculty director of the NYU Latinx Rights Scholars Program. Prior to joining the Law School, Das was a Soros Justice Fellow and staff attorney with the Immigrant Defense Project, and clerked for Judge Kermit V. Lipez of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Das graduated magna cum laude with an AB in government from Harvard University, and graduated cum laude from NYU Law as a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar with a joint MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Das is a recipient of the LexisNexis Matthew Bender Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law, the NYU Law Podell Distinguished Teaching Award, the NYU Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award, and the NYU Center for Multicultural Education & Programs Nia Faculty Award.
Tahir Carl Karmali (b. 1987) born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya – Brooklyn, NY based visual artist began his practice as a painter and sculptor. Karmali’s interest in photography started while traveling through East Africa and South East Asia – later received his Masters in Photography at SVA. His attention to material and process is integral to how he communicates narratives centered around global migration, political, and socioeconomic factors. Karmali has exhibited in Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; Kunsthal, Rotterdam; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York; Pioneer Works, Brooklyn; Brooklyn College Library, Brooklyn; United Photo Industries, Brooklyn; and Circle Art, Nairobi.
Dr. Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal is a Professor of Psychology at both John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Graduate Center at the City University of New York. He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University in New York City and is one of the leading researchers in understanding the impacts of microaggressions , or subtle forms of discrimination, on the mental and physical health of people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people; and other marginalized groups. A California-bred New Yorker, he has been featured in the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, the Weather Channel, the History Channel, HGTV, Philippine News, and The Filipino Channel. In addition to being an award winner, author, educator, lecturer; Kevin was the first openly gay President of the Asian American Psychological Association and the first person of color to serve as the Executive Director of the Center for LGBTQ Studies. He is a National Trustee of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) and a co-founder of the LGBTQ Scholars of Color National Network.