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Broadway World: "Co-Op Theatre East to Present BUILDING A REAL BOY at Dixon Place"

10/18/2017

Co-Op Theatre East to Present BUILDING A REAL BOY at Dixon Place (Broadway World)

Co-Op Theatre East, The Dare Tactic and Eagle Project announce the Dixon Place workshop of Building A Real Boy, a multimedia theatrical telling of the life and work of computer activist Aaron Swartz who died tragically at the age of 26 while facing forty years in prison for downloading academic journals.

Devised collaboratively and performed by Co-Op Theatre East ensemble members Tyrus Holden, Ashley Marinaccio, and Michael Rehse, through Swartz's own writings, and a series of interviews with Swartz's colleagues and friends, and written by Tyrus Holden, Building A Real Boy sheds light on critical issues surrounding freedom of information, and internet privacy, in addition to the power of youth in fighting oppressive political systems.

Building A Real Boy

Dixon Place

161A Chrystie Street

New York, NY, 10002

Monday, November 20th 2017

$18 at the door/ $15 general/ $12 student and senior

Tickets available at http://dixonplace.org/performances/building-a-real-boy/.

One Night Only!

This workshop is open to the public. COTE Ensemble member, playwright and performer Tyrus Holden says, "Aaron helped pioneer the technologies we take for granted in the modern Internet era, but he also touched so many lives during the course of his own. I hope audiences are able to come away with an appreciation for his complexity and the beauty of his ideals and dreams. And if we're lucky, just some of those folks may find the passion to contribute to the important work he was doing and create their own positive delta." The show features additional performances by Nikita Chaudhry and Amy Chang. Building A Real Boy is made possible by generous grants from The Puffin Foundation, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

About Dixon Place: An artistic incubator since 1986, Dixon Place is a Bessie and Obie Award-winning non-profit institution committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of theater, dance, music, puppetry, circus arts, literature and visual art at all stages of development.  Presenting over 1000 creators a year, this local haven inspires and encourages diverse artists of all stripes and callings to take risks, generate new ideas and consummate new practices.  Many artists, such as Blue Man Group, John Leguizamo, Lisa Kron, David Cale, David Drake, Deb Margolin and Reno, began their careers at DP. In addition to emerging artists, Dixon Place has been privileged to present established artists such as Mac Wellman, Holly Hughes, Justin Bond, Karen Finley, Kate Clintonand Martha Wainwright.  After spawning a salon in her Paris apartment in 1985, founding Artistic Director Ellie Covan pioneered the institution in her NYC living room for 23 years. Covan was a recipient of a Bessie, a New York Dance and Performance Award and a Bax10 Award for her service to the community. Dixon Place received two Obie Awards, and an Edwin Booth Award for Excellence in Theater. Dixon Place has organically developed and expanded into a leading professional, state-of-the-art facility for artistic expression.

About Co-Op Theatre East: Co-Op Theatre East believes in the power of art to foster a dialogue for social change. We provide an entertaining performance forum in which to ask evocative, challenging questions of artists and audiences on our way to creating collaborative answers. COTE produces theatre that deals with the questions of today, the situations we find ourselves immersed in as New Yorkers, Americans, and world citizens at this critical moment in time. We view the act of creating theatre as a political act and recognize the unique role that theatre has played in raising consciousness throughout history. The world is shaped by narrative. Stories unite, divide, enlighten and entertain. COTE produces theatre that explicates the world we live in. Learn more at cooptheatreeast.org.

About The Dare Tactic: Founded in 2014, The Dare Tactic is a New York based theatre company dedicated to producing new, innovative, original works by underrepresented voices. Under fiscal sponsorship by Fractured Atlas, The Dare Tactic has produced 10 Mainstage productions at venues including: The ShapeShifter Lab, St. Paul's Theatre, The White Horse Tavern, Melville Gallery, and more. The Dare Tactic has been nominated at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, appeared at Poetic License Festival, and collaborated with administration at Pace University. We dare our artists to cross boundaries, allowing the freedom for artistic exploration. www.thedaretactic.org.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education: "Colleges With the Highest Student-Mobility Rates, 2014"

10/18/2017

Colleges With the Highest Student-Mobility Rates, 2014 (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

The Chronicle List October 15, 2017

City University of New York campuses made a strong showing among colleges with the highest mobility rates, a measure of the percentage of all students in a birth cohort at a particular college whose parents were in the bottom 20 percent for household income, and who reached the top 20 percent for individual earnings. Seven CUNY campuses were in the top 10 for mobility rates among four-year public colleges, and five CUNY campuses were in the top 10 among two-year public colleges. Five historically black colleges and universities ranked in the top 40 for mobility rates among four-year private nonprofit institutions.

4-year private nonprofit institutions

Rank Institution Median parent household income Median child earnings, 2014 Mobility rate
1. Pace U. $68,600 $60,700 8.43%
2. St. John's U. (N.Y.) $69,200 $58,900 6.80%
3. College of Mount Saint Vincent and Manhattan College $94,800 $67,900 5.78%
4. Long Island U. system $59,000 $39,900 5.54%
5. New York Institute of Technology at Old Westbury $78,500 $49,900 5.40%
6. Xavier U. of Louisiana $63,100 $48,400 5.26%
7. Tuskegee U. $54,400 $38,900 5.23%
8. U. of the Pacific $96,500 $59,000 4.25%
9. Howard U. $76,900 $49,600 4.00%
10. Fordham U. $113,300 $63,300 3.98%
11. U. of Southern California $120,100 $63,700 3.93%
12. Park U. $65,300 $43,600 3.87%
13. Saint Leo U. $57,300 $38,000 3.63%
14. New York U. $130,500 $58,100 3.63%
15. Mercy College $50,700 $31,100 3.52%
16. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U.-Extended Campus $92,400 $65,600 3.48%
17. Barnard College $148,000 $56,300 3.45%
18. Massachusetts Institute of Technology $141,000 $98,500 3.40%
19. Fairleigh Dickinson U. $87,000 $48,200 3.33%
20. MCP Hahnemann and Drexel Universities (now Drexel U.) $94,100 $65,500 3.30%
21. Clark Atlanta U. $54,500 $35,200 3.30%
22. Rochester Institute of Technology $95,700 $62,400 3.27%
23. Adelphi U. $96,300 $50,700 3.26%
24. Seton Hall U. $100,900 $56,900 3.18%
25. Kettering U. $100,100 $85,400 3.11%
26. Morehouse College $81,800 $49,800 3.10%
27. Campbell U. $69,900 $42,700 3.09%
28. Loyola U. Chicago $98,600 $53,500 3.08%
29. Columbia U. $169,600 $75,300 3.07%
30. Iona College $97,400 $56,200 3.05%
31. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute $114,200 $84,100 3.05%
32. U. of Rochester $129,200 $62,000 3.02%
33. Hofstra U. $105,300 $55,700 2.99%
34. U. of Miami $110,100 $54,800 2.98%
35. Clarkson U. $94,600 $73,300 2.97%
36. Saint Mary's College of California $110,500 $55,200 2.94%
37. Bentley U. $119,600 $79,800 2.94%
38. Syracuse U. $119,700 $61,100 2.94%
39. Hawaii Pacific U. $68,600 $41,100 2.92%
40. Cornell U. $143,300 $79,800 2.91%

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The Tribeca Trib: "American Scoreboard: Dramatic Readings of Confirmation Hearing of US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos"

10/18/2017

American Scoreboard: Dramatic Readings of Confirmation Hearing of US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (The Tribeca Trib)

American Scoreboard: The Trump Administration will present the fourth installment of its series of live dramatic readings on Monday, October 23, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. at Pace’s Schimmel Center at 3 Spruce St. There is no charge for admission.  Reserve tickets today. RSVP is required.

Ripped directly from the US Senate Chamber in Washington DC, the American Scoreboard series explores, from an all-new perspective, the serious issues facing President Donald Trump and the America public today. Conceived and produced by Tony Award-winning producer Fran Kirmser and Christopher Burney, American Scoreboard presents one-hour verbatim readings of Congressional hearing transcripts in a format that can’t be found on C-SPAN or CNN.

Coinciding with the fall 2017 semester and in cooperation with Pace University’s Office of Government and Community Relations, American Scoreboard's fourth installment features the confirmation hearing of US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. US Senators represented in the hearing will be portrayed by current students and recent graduates including professionals from Broadway productions, colleges and universities, including Pace, and the New York City public school system. All actors appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

Pace Performing Arts student Bartek Szymanski '18 will play Senator Bob Casey, Pennsylvania (D); Pace Performing Arts alumna Amber Jaunai '17 will play Senator Johnny Isakson, Georgia (R); and Pace Performing Arts alumnus Cole Taylor '17 will be the clerk/narrator.

Broadway performers include: 

Lilla Crawford (Senator Patricia Murray), who made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning musical Billy Elliot and then booked the title role in the Broadway revival of Annie against 5,000 actresses who auditioned in a nationwide search. Crawford also starred opposite Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep as Little Red Riding Hood in Disney's Into the Woods, and is currently starring in the new Nextflix sketch comedy series, The Who Was Show.

Sydney Lucas (Senator Elizabeth Warren), who earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Small Alison in Broadway’s Fun Home.

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Metro: "Conspiracy theorists now claim Las Vegas shooting was an Illuminati ‘blood sacrifice’ ritual"

10/17/2017

Conspiracy theorists now claim Las Vegas shooting was an Illuminati ‘blood sacrifice’ ritual (Metro)

Why would someone make that up?

How do these crazy conspiracy theories spiral so out of control? Three main reasons, Adam Klein, who teaches classes about propaganda at Pace University, told Mother Jones: the absence of a clear motive, politicization of the event and, you guessed it, technology. Zilinsky’s YouTube video and Twitter post clearly prove the last point.

So be careful what you see reported about the Las Vegas shooting and Stephen Paddock. Klein explains that since trusted sources and fake news — and everything in between — freely mingle online, a conspiracy theory can easily run rampant because it works its way through a digital ladder. The theory makes its way onto sites like Reddit, fringe websites and (there it is again) Twitter, “which act as incubators, where they allow some of these conspiracies to grow through hashtags, and they graduate onto a mainstream website, a news channel, or a politician who repeats these narratives.”

Klein also told Mother Jones that conspiracy theorists don’t need to change people’s minds to profit from their posts. “They win simply by injecting doubt into the system,” he explains. And what are they trying to distract you from? The real issues. Like how gun control laws seem to be working in states that implement them, like Massachusetts.

“If we’re talking about conspiracies instead of talking about gun control or mental illness or whatever factor that is a legitimate debate to have around this, then they’re winning,” Klein concluded.

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Broadway World: "Pace School of Performing Arts to Present LYSISTRATA at 3-Legged Dog"

10/17/2017

Pace School of Performing Arts to Present LYSISTRATA at 3-Legged Dog (Broadway World)

"Lysistrata" is presented with a futuristic spin by the School of Performing Arts of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University. It was developed, and will be performed, at the 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center in Lower Manhattan.

Performances will take place at 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center, Studio A, from October 27 through November 5. Wednesday - Saturday performances will be at 8:00 PM, Sunday at 7:00 PM, and matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM. General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased at lysistratapace.brownpapertickets.com.

3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich St. at Rector Street, New York, NY 10006. For directions, visit 3ldnyc.org/contact.html.

The year is 2069. In a country dominated by men and devastated by its leaders' obsession with an endless war, Lysistrata unites the women of Greece by persuading them not to have sex with their husbands until a peace treaty can be reached. This futuristic adaptation of Aristophanes' classical comedy about gender and politics is a visually striking re-imagination directed by Cosmin Chivu, associate professor at Pace University, with an original score by John Coyne and choreography by Maddie Rodrigue.

The cast includes: Brandon Adam, Austin Backus, Essence Brown, Zach Carter, Mazvita Chanakira, Quinn Corcoran, John Coyne, Erin DiIorio, Zane Fair, Kayland Jordan, Kelsey Leland, Michaela Marymor, Jason Marrs, Mesa Story Melton, Rob Milano, Justine Musselman, Zander Pacella, Ellie Pontecorvo, Chrizney Roth, Hannah Sikora, Miles Sullivan, Olivia Vordenberg.

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Monster: "10 things to do senior year of college to set yourself up for career success"

10/16/2017

10 things to do senior year of college to set yourself up for career success (Monster)

Clean up your social media profiles

Regardless of how great you look in that Instagram photo or how funny you think your tweet is, your future employer does not want to see pictures of you twerking at frat parties or read tweets about how you spent every lecture playing Pokemon Go—and yes, they will know. According to a recent SHRM survey, 84% of companies use social media to find candidates. Making sure you don’t have anything publicly available that could damage your chances at securing a job is a good first step in professionalizing your digital footprint.

“Any unprofessional photos, posts, tweets, etc. should be taken down, and all profiles should be set to private,” suggests Jennifer Magas, associate professor of public relations at Pace University in New York City. “Social media is oftentimes the first thing a future employer turns to when considering a new hire, so be sure that all of your public posts and friends are things you’d want to represent yourself.”

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Glass Door: "A Successful Performance Review Is Guaranteed With These 8 Tips"

10/16/2017

A Successful Performance Review Is Guaranteed With These 8 Tips (Glass Door)

Data Talks

Preparation is key to your success. So give yourself plenty of time to reflect as you populate the requisite forms, and amass data to accompany them.

While your manager likely has a good sense of your contributions, s/he doesn’t know the particulars like you do. Jennifer Lee Magas, Vice President of Magas Media Consultants, LLC and a Clinical Associate Professor of Public Relations at Pace University, advises conducting a thorough self-evaluation:

“The main goal of the self-evaluation is to highlight your accomplishments. . . List any leadership roles, internal processes or systems that you redesigned or improved, money you saved the company or the client, any special projects you worked on/led, any new programs, systems or processes you designed or implemented, any courses you’ve taken or certificates you’ve achieved, all awards and recognitions you won.” 

Don’t leave it to your manager to track your success.

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Bustle: "How To Build Your Personal Brand On LinkedIn, According To Experts"

10/16/2017

How To Build Your Personal Brand On LinkedIn, According To Experts (Bustle)

...You can add keywords to your LinkedIn profile so that people searching for users with your skills or experience can find you, Jennifer Lee Magas, MA, JD, VP of Magas Media Consultants, LLC and a Clinical Associate Professor of Public Relations at Pace University, tells Bustle. Think about what words someone might enter if they want to find someone like you, and fill in all your education and work experience so nobody misses you.

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Mother Jones: "Trump Supporters Are Promoting Insane Conspiracy Theories About the Vegas Shooter"

10/16/2017

Trump Supporters Are Promoting Insane Conspiracy Theories About the Vegas Shooter (Mother Jones)

...According to Adam Klein, who teaches courses on propaganda at PACE University, there are three main factors that breathe life into conspiracy theories. The absence of a clear motive, as is the case with the Las Vegas massacre, creates a vacuum that conspiracy theorists are able to fill, he says. (It hasn’t helped that the official timeline of events has now changed multiple times.) And it’s made easier when attacks are politicized, which, Klein points out, happens on both the left and the right. “The authors here are lighting fuses and they’re supposed to lead back to some secret, explosive connection: ‘Oh, this is all about gun control at the end of the day.’ Or, ‘This is all about the anti-fascists’—this provides a great justification for why the Antifa movement is so dangerous. Or the other narrative, that the FBI is trying to hide proof that ISIS is spreading and Paddock is the next example of that. That can all fall under the category of political score keeping and people trying to prove that this is part of a left wing conspiracy.”

Klein says the biggest factor is technology. “The Internet itself provides kind of an x-factor because, yes it’s a place a lot of false information forms, but it also coalesces with trusted sources and trusted information,” he says. Conspiracies travel from fringe websites to political blogs and on to Twitter and Reddit, “which act as incubators, where they allow some of these conspiracies to grow through hashtags, and they graduate onto a mainstream website, a news channel, or a politician who repeats these narratives.”

With the Las Vegas massacre, Klein says we’re still at the “Infowars stage,” but some mainstream figures, like Ann Coulter, are beginning to bite. The media has been “strangely reluctant” to pursue details on gunman Stephen Paddock, she said on Fox News Insider. Tomi Lahren, a conservative political commentator at Fox News, tweeted to her nearly one million followers, “It’s been over a week. There’s no way it takes this long to get answers. Something is off. I assure you, we won’t forget. #lasvegasmassacre”

What people consider to be reputable sources these days, moreover, has morphed. Infowars claims an audience of five million, and President Trump once praised its barking and often shirtless host Alex Jones for his “amazing” reputation. The Gateway Pundit, which has a mixed batting average for accuracy, was reportedly encouraged by President Trump’s team to send a correspondent to the White House, which it did, and its publisher, Jim Hoft—who wrote the article misrepresenting Rukmini Callimachi’s work—has close ties to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. And those on the so-called fringe, people like Laura Loomer, command massive audiences; she reaches nearly 90,000 followers on Twitter.

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A Futuristic Spin on Aristophanes’s LYSISTRATA presented by Pace School of Performing Arts

10/16/2017

A Futuristic Spin on Aristophanes’s LYSISTRATA presented by Pace School of Performing Arts

NEW YORK October 16, 2017 – "Lysistrata" is presented with a futuristic spin by the School of Performing Arts of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University.  It was developed, and will be performed, at the 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center in Lower Manhattan.  

Performances will take place at 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center, Studio A, from October 27 through November 5. Wednesday – Saturday performances will be at 8:00 PM, Sunday at 7:00 PM, and matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM. General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased at lysistratapace.brownpapertickets.com

3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich St. at Rector Street, New York, NY 10006. For directions visit http://3ldnyc.org/contact.html

The year is 2069. In a country dominated by men and devastated by its leaders' obsession with an endless war, Lysistrata unites the women of Greece by persuading them not to have sex with their husbands until a peace treaty can be reached. This futuristic adaptation of Aristophanes' classical comedy about gender and politics is a visually striking re-imagination directed by Cosmin Chivu, associate professor at Pace University, with an original score by John Coyne and choreography by Maddie Rodrigue.

The cast includes: Brandon Adam, Austin Backus, Essence Brown, Zach Carter, Mazvita Chanakira, Quinn Corcoran, John Coyne, Erin DiIorio, Zane Fair, Kayland Jordan, Kelsey Leland, Michaela Marymor, Jason Marrs, Mesa Story Melton, Rob Milano, Justine Musselman, Zander Pacella, Ellie Pontecorvo, Chrizney Roth, Hannah Sikora, Miles Sullivan, Olivia Vordenberg.

The creative team includes Ryan Goff (Set Design), Sammy Mainzer (Costume Design), Griffin Proctor (Lighting Design), Steven Medina (Projection Design), Jordan Porch (Sound Design), Stephen Stanec (Production Stage Manager), Holly Wright (Associate Director), Borna Ben Barzin (Assistant Director), and Trent Soyster (Assistant Choreographer).

About the Pace School of Performing Arts

The Pace School of Performing Arts is one of the most sought-after undergraduate training destinations in the United States. Dedicated to providing the finest possible pre-professional education, our groundbreaking programs re-imagine how young artists are trained for today’s industry. In addition, Dyson College’s strong liberal arts curriculum provides students with a solid educational foundation that enriches their professional development as artists, giving students a deeper understanding of themselves and the world. The school’s mission is to prepare students for careers as performers, designers, and technicians in today’s ever-changing entertainment industry. We believe the best way to do this is with curricula that train students for both the world of theater and dance as well as film and television. At the Pace School of Performing Arts, curricula are taught by leading artist-educators from across our many disciplines. With more than 50 productions a year in New York City and internationally, intense training led by more than 125 prominent artists and teachers, and unique networking opportunities across the entertainment industry, the Pace School of Performing Arts is the place for aspiring artists to pursue their dreams. http://performingarts.pace.edu.

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences: Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, and pre-law). The College offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, N.Y., enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

About 3LD

The production company, 3-Legged Dog Media + theater group, operates 3ld art & technology center, the 1000 person capacity art space, performance venue and integrative technology lab. 3-Legged Dog is a community-oriented and artist-run production development studio for emerging and established artists and organizations that create large-scale experimental artworks of all kinds. From our home 3LD Art & Technology Center in Lower Manhattan, 3LD has built an unrivaled talent magnet, drawing artists from around the globe to New York to create large-scale, immersive and technology-driven projects in New York City. Since opening in 2006, we have hosted thousands of artists through our 3LD Residency Program, offering a unique experience with 24/7 access to specialized equipment, flexible space and expert knowledge, as well as the desperately needed time to fully realize their visions. www.3ld.org

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