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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 10:51 pm    Post subject: WHY HAVE CULTURE AND MEMORIAL DIVERGED?
From Thu Dec 08, 2005 3:00 am to Sat Dec 10, 2005 2:59 am (included)
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Zero Culture A forum presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
and The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School
Zero Culture, December 12, 7:30 PM
The New School, 55 West 13th Street

WHAT: An exchange of ideas about the polarization between memorial and
culture as it applies to the rebuilding plans for the World Trade Center site.
Panelists: Tom Bernstein, co-founder and chairman, International
Freedom Center; Mike Wallace, Director, Gotham Center for New York
City History; Robert Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association.
Moderator: Paul Goldberger, Dean, Parsons The New School for Design,
with others TBA.

WHEN: Monday, December 12, 2005; 7:30 pm

WHERE: The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center,
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

TICKET INFO: $8, general admission. Free for all students with valid ID. For ticket sales,
contact The New School Box Office at 212 229-5488 or
boxoffice@newschool.edu. For more information, visit

WHY: The acceptance of the 2003 master plan for the World Trade Center site
has not been immune to intervention, discussion and debate. The
ongoing challenges to rebuilding the site, focused on issues of design and
security, have most recently polarized the areas of culture and
memorialization. Culture, ordinarily the bedrock of remembrance, is
estranged from the current planning, and even thought to desecrate the
site by some. The recent expulsions and withdrawals of cultural
institutions slated to occupy the site urgently foregrounds the questions
that engage this panel: What is at stake in this latest edition of the “culture
wars”? What are the implications for daily life, livelihoods and the vitality of
New York City? Is “culture” integral or an appendage to the revitalization
and redevelopment of Downtown Manhattan?

About Tom Bernstein

Tom Bernstein was Co-Founder and Chairman of the International Freedom Center, a cultural
institution developed for the World Trade Center Site as an educational complement to the
World Trade Center Memorial. Bernstein is also the President and Co-Founder of Chelsea
Piers, L.P., former attorney with the Entertainment Department of the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. In addition to serving on the board of directors and executive committees of several non-profit organizations, in 2002 Mr. Bernstein was appointed by President Bush to serve as a council member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., where he is now a member of the executive committee and chair of the Committee on Conscience.

About Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace is the Director of the Gotham Center for New York City History, an organization with a goal to boost the visibility of under-appreciated historical assets. He is now working on the second volume of Gotham: A History of New York City - the first volume of which, coauthored with Edwin Burrows, won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for History. Gotham II, which he is the sole author, will carry the story down through the 20th Century. Wallace is the co-founder of Radical History Review, which he has acted as publisher and editor for the last 25 years.

About Robert Yaro

Robert D. Yaro is the President of Regional Plan Association, where he has been on the staff
since 1990. Headquartered in Manhattan and founded in 1922, RPA is America’s oldest and
most respected independent metropolitan research and advocacy group.Yaro chairs The Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York, a broad-based coalition of civic groups formed to guide redevelopment in Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He is also a director of Alliance for Regional Stewardship.

About Paul Goldberger

Paul Goldberger is the dean of Parsons The New School for Design. He is author of several
books, most recently his chronicle of the process of rebuilding Ground Zero, entitled UP FROM ZERO: Architecture, Politics and the Rebuilding of New York. Goldberger is the architecture critic of The New Yorker, where he continues the magazine's celebrated "Sky Line" column, following a 25-year career at The New York Times, where he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for his architecture criticism.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) is the leading voice for arts and culture in
downtown New York City, producing cultural events and promoting the arts through grants,
services, advocacy, and cultural development programs. For more information, visit

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School is dedicated to serving as
catalyst for the discourse on the role of the arts in society and their relationship to the sociopolitical climate in which they are created. It seeks to achieve this through the organization of public programs and forums that respond to the pressing social and political issues of our time as they are being articulated by visual and performing artists. The center serves as a resource to the university and brings together scholars and students, the people of New York, and national and international audiences in an exploration of new possibilities for civic engagement.

For more information, visit www.vlc.newschool.edu.

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Media Contact:
Jessica Sagert, jsagert@lmcc.net, 212.219.9401 ext114
Deborah Kirschner, kirschnd@newschool.edu, 212-229-5667 x4310
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