June 2018 Newsletter Highlights

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 1:15 pm

Author Presentations

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The Chasm and the Prism: Deploying Magic Strategies in the Sorted-Out City

June 9, New Haven: Along with colleagues Molly Rose Kaufman and Aubrey Murdock, author Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, will examine urban divides caused by serial forced displacement and discuss ways to help restore the urban ecosystem. Free public event at International Festival of Art and Ideas; Yale University Art Gallery.

 

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Sabra Moore to present to the Literary Society of Taos

June 15, Taos: Author, activist, and artist Sabra Moore will read selections from Openings: A Memoir from the Women’s Art Movement, New York City 1970-1992, at SOMOS, The Literary Society of Taos, an organization that encourages the literary arts “because words can change worlds.”

Moore’s intricate memoir chronicles her interactions with other women artists to create politically and personally meaningful artworks, exhibitions, and protests in response to war, government corruption, and racial tensions.
The issues in my book—visibility of women artists, equity, reproductive rights, the need for
multiple voices—continue to reverberate and are once again current. These issues haven’t gone away. 
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Upcoming Book Release and Launch Event

Releasing in June! Conversations with Diego Rivera: The Monster in his Labyrinth

Diego Rivera CoverA year of weekly interviews, 1949-1950 by Alfredo Cardona-Peña.

For the first time, this extraordinary and rare exchange has been translated into English. These weekly intimate Sunday dialogues with what is surely the most influential Mexican artist of the twentieth century depict the free-flowing mind of a man who was a legend in his own time. In his San Angelín studio, Diego Rivera discloses his feelings about the elitist aspect of paintings in museums, his motivations to create public art for the people, and his memorable, unedited expositions on the art, culture, and politics of Mexico.

Darkness and lightning bolts inhabited [Rivera’s] soul, larger than life passion, thick as jungle vines, tenderness, unconformities and revelations.
~ Alfredo Cardona-Peña, 1949

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Una Tertulia in Dallas on July 9

Teatro Dallas and New Village Press are cohosting a unique cultural event at The Wild Detectives Bookstore & Bar in Dallas for the launch of Conversations with Diego Rivera: The Monster in His Labyrinth. The evening will feature dramatic readings from the book by Teatro Dallas actors Omar Padilla and Armando Monsivais, followed by a moderated discussion with the late author’s daughter Cora Cardona and granddaughter Sara Cardona, with input from award-winning writer Ben Fountain and New Village Press director Lynne Elizabeth
The Wild Detectives will be mixing a special ¡Órale Diego! cocktail, and the Tertulia will also feature Mexican music from Diego Rivera’s era. Program: 7:30–9:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

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New Village Press Book Tables

Left Forum

June 1-3, New York City: New Village Press exhibited at the Left Forum together with Urban Research Books, founded by Michael Sorkin. Author Tom Angotti (center), coauthor of Service-Learning in Design and Planning and coeditor of Zoned Out!, signed books at our table.

Association for Community Design

June 8–9, Baltimore: New Village looks forward to showcasing books at the Association for Community Design Conference in Reverberations, which aims to examine “the roots and relevance of community design” as well as ways to break down the structures that facilitate inequality.


Mindy Fullilove and Sabra Moore in the Media

Climate Change Workshop

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Mindy Thompson Fullilove discussed the effect of climate change on community health on May 11, 2018. The Franklin Institute’s Climate & Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP) co-hosted the workshop with The Delaware Estuary Partnership in order to promote awareness in the Philadelphia community about climate change and its impact.

There is no “their,” no “them.” Ecosystems include everybody and everything.

~ Mindy Fullilove

Disrupting the Ecology of Inequality

The New School faculty interviewed Professor Mindy Fullilove about her views on our society and the importance of history in carving out our future. With questions discussing urban renewal and the upcoming 400th anniversary of slavery, Professor Fullilove provides guidelines on how to be involved in changing the current social climate.

When you read the history there’s plenty of data on inequality and then you can see how it carries forward now… We actually haven’t gotten rid of inequality even if Black people don’t have to sit at the back of the bus.~ Mindy Fullilove

Orange City Council Commendation

Mindy received an award from the Orange City Council in honor of Women’s History Month and the publication of the second edition of Homeboy Came to Orange: A Story of People’s Power, which she co-authored with her father, Ernest Thompson.

Main Streets: A Public Space

In the current issue, No. 26, of A Public Space, Mindy Fullilove, urban psychiatrist and author of Urban Alchemy and Root Shock, discusses her study of main streets and their importance to mental health and happiness.

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The Courage of Women Artists

Margaret Randall, in a new review of Ninth Street Woman by Mary Gabriel for The Women’s Review of Books, notes the importance of women artists and their role in society. Randall compares Gabriel’s set of biographies to Sabra Moore’s Openings: A Memoir from the Women’s Art Movement, New York City 1970–1992, and recommends reading both books to gain an understanding of the brave pathways women artists have made in the United States.

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Looking Ahead

ioby Summer Party

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June 27, Brooklyn: ioby will host a summer party and fundraiser to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their work in making environmentally sustainable communities. Mindy Fullilove, an early ioby project leader, will be honored for her work along with contemporaries Eric Eddings and Laura Hansen.

International Big History Association Conference

July 26–29, Villanova, PA: The International Big History Association strives to understand the interconnectedness of humanity and the earth. T

his fourth biennial conference will present on the theme: “Big History, Big Future: A Cosmic Perspective.” Carl Anthony, author of The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, and Paloma Pavel, author of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty, will be presenting the experience of African Americans and African diaspora communities in today’s world.

Tech Art for Social Change

Mat Schwarzman, coauthor of Beginner’s Guide to Community-Based Arts has designed an online professional development course for middle and high school teachers on how to implement art in the classroom to use as a force for social change. Hosted by Xavier University.

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ADPSR speakers at AIA National Conference

Board members of Architects Designers Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), the parent organization of New Village Press, will present at the upcoming American Institute of Architects’ A’18 Conference, “Blueprint for Better Cities” in New York City.

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Ethics & Practice in the New Urban Agenda Era

June 22 at 7:00 am: Raphael Sperry, president of ADPSR, and Philip Allsopp, president of RIBA-USA, will discuss the role of architects in reshaping cities to address inequality and sustainability while still preserving historical heritage and cultural identity.

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June 23 at 1:35 pm: Deanna Van Buren, ADPSR board member and Design Director of Designing Justice Designing Spaces, will be a panel discussant about the integration of social impact work and local community engagement in the workplace.

 

May 2018 Newsletter Highlights

Friday, June 1st, 2018 4:59 pm

Homeboy Came to Orange launches in Orange

The people’s University of Orange celebrated the new edition of Homeboy Came to Orange at their Placemaking 10 launch event (see recap videos!) that featured talks from urban activists and a dance performance choreographed by Artist/Urbanist in Residence, Havanna Fisher.

And what a wow launch it was! Standing room only. Fabulous jazz combo with Mindy’s brother Josh, Havanna’s dancers in gossamer and cotton performing their original Birth of a Workforce, rapper Ray Sykes, and heartfelt stories and commentary from people in the Orange community whose parents had worked with Ernie Thompson, or who knew The People’s struggle in some intimate way. Most moving was Mindy herself, last of the presenters, telling us, with pauses to regain her voice, what it had been like as a spoiled (her word) 19-year-old in 1971 helping her father put his experiences as a community activist into words. A six-month ordeal. She didn’t then understand her dad’s work or the importance of coalition building. His health was on the verge of collapse, and, in fact, he died the day after the manuscript was completed. It was five years before Mindy and her mother Maggie Thompson could bring themselves to publish the original edition.

Now, explained Mindy, her father’s message is needed more than ever to help people find their own power. She is grateful to be holding this new edition, not only personally, but for everyone who is organizing for freedom and equality.

Cake was cut, but this was not just a book party, this was real community building.

New Release! Homeboy Came to Orange: A Story of People’s PowerhomeboyCover

Personal narrative of a union organizer who helped a Jim Crow city become a more equitable place.

This lively, illustrated memoir of Ernest “Home” Thompson (1906-1971) shows the great contribution that people’s coalitions can make to building equality and freedom. Thompson’s attention to ending racial gerrymandering that segregated schools in Orange, New Jersey, also helped shape a more vibrant and accepting community and contributed to the civil rights movement nationwide.

Only the people can be entrusted with their own future.
~ Ernie Thompson, 1971

Praise for Homeboy

A Stirring Story of Building Grassroots Power

Randy Shaw, editor in chief of Beyond Chron: The Voice of the Restpraises Homeboy Came to Orange and Ernest Thompson’s work as a social justice organizer. Shaw notes the necessity of books that emphasize the importance of African Americans overcoming urban racism in the current political climate: “At a time where cynicism about government prevails, the tale of Homeboy will leave you even more inspired to work for social change.”

Mindy Fullilove Across America

A Leader for Better Health

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, was recently featured in the “Meet the Leaders for Better Health” of the 2018 Annual Message by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. One of the foundation’s guiding principles is speaking out to guide change. Mindy was selected for her commitment to lead the change she hopes to see in the world.

By realizing our interconnectedness we can really create a nation of healthy people.
~ Mindy Thompson Fullilove

Rx for Healthy Communities

Mindy Fullilove delivered a lecture at the University of Missouri, Kansas City on April 19 which honored the late Father Norman F. Rotert. She discussed community themes from her previous two books, Urban Alchemy and Root Shock, and noted that, in order for cities to thrive, they must first stop “compulsive self mutilation.”

Word Up Book Talk

On April 21, Mindy visited the Word Up Community Bookshop in New York to discuss the effects of displacement in communities. As explained in her book, Root Shock, the disruption of black communities ruins economic health and strips away displaced residents’ sense of place.

#StandAgainstRacism

At a YWCA event in New Britain, Connecticut, on April 26, to discuss issues and barriers important to communities of color, Dr. Mindy Fullilove challenged her millennial audience to provide their perspective on the intersection of health disparities and urban development. Her talk inspired attendees to think about healing “the trauma of urban renewal.”

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Debra Friedman Memorial Lecture
Carl Anthony, author of The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race presented the 2018 Debra Friedman Memorial Lecture at the University of Washington, Tacoma, on April 26. Here is a video of his entire talk!The day following his talk, he visited Professor Fern Tiger’s classroom and captivated students with discussions about the early days of the Black Panthers and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

Random Kindness Community Resilience Project

Paloma Pavel, coauthor of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty, visited YES! Magazine with Carl Anthony to present the 4th annual Random Kindness Community Resilience Leadership Award to the staff and founders of Yes!The award is part of project to inspire community engagement and honor leaders who embody the principles of Random Kindness.

 

Releasing in June! Conversations with Diego Rivera: The Monster in his Labyrinth

A year of weekly interviews, 1949-1950 by Alfredo Cardona-Peña.

For the first time, this extraordinary and rare exchange has been translated into English. These weekly intimate Sunday dialogues with what is surely the most influential Mexican artist of the twentieth century depict the free-flowing mind of a man who was a legend in his own time. In his San Angelín studio, Diego Rivera discloses his feelings about the elitist aspect of paintings in museums, his motivations to create public art for the people, and his memorable, unedited expositions on the art, culture, and politics of Mexico.

Darkness and lightning bolts inhabited [Rivera’s] soul, larger than life passions, thick as jungle vines, tenderness, unconformities and revelations.
~ Alfredo Cardona-Peña, 1949

New Village Press Book Tables

Left Forum

June 1–3: New Village Press will share a book table at the Left Forum Conference in New York City with Urban Research Books, founded by Michael Sorkin. The Left Forum “challenges society to build a process for collaborative and emancipatory leadership.” This year’s conference aims to develop a winning strategy for the left by building a strong and unified force.

Association for Community Design

June 8–9: We will be attending and bookselling at the Association for Community Design Conference in Baltimore, Reverberations, which aims to examine “the roots and relevance of community design” as well as ways to break down the structures that facilitate inequality.

Upcoming Author Events

The Chasm and the Prism

June 9: Along with colleagues Molly Rose Kaufman and Aubrey Murdock, Mindy Fullilove will be examining the urban divides at Yale University Art Gallery. The discussion will present new ways to restore the urban ecosystem.

Openings Reading at SOMOS

June 15: Sabra Moore, New Village artist and author will be reading selected works from Openings: A Memoir from the Women’s Art Movement, New York City 1970-1992, at SOMOS, The Literary Society of Taos who strongly believe in encouraging the literary arts “because words can change worlds.” Moore will feature stories about her and other artists’ residency experiences at the Wurlitzer Foundation based in Taos, New Mexico, while showcasing images from the Women’s Art Movement.

The issues in my book–visibility of women artists, equity, reproductive rights, the need for multiple voices–continue to reverberate and are once again current. These issues haven’t gone away. 
~Sabra Moore

International Big History Association

July 26–29: New Village Press authors Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel will present at the 2018 IBHA conference in Villanova, PA. The International Big History Association strives to understand the interconnectedness of humanity and the earth. This fourth biennial conference will present on the theme: “Big History, Big Future: A Cosmic Perspective.”

Conversations with Diego Rivera Book Launch in Dallas

July 9The Wild Detectives Bookstore and Bar (!) will be hosting a tertulia for the launch of Conversations with Diego Rivera. The event will include dramatic readings from the book, music, and a specialty “Rivera” cocktail.

Teach Art for Social Change

Mat Schwarzman, coauthor of Beginner’s Guide to Community Based Arts has designed an online program for middle and high school teachers on how to implement art in the classroom to use as a force for social change. Hosted by Xavier University.

Register now!

New Village Backlist Now Available in eBook Format

We are excited to announce that the following titles are newly available in digital ebook format through our distributor NYU Press.

  • Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, Volumes I and II
  • American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice
  • Art and Upheaval: Artists on the World’s Frontlines
  • Beginner’s Guide to Community-Based Arts, 2nd Edition
  • Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty
  • Undoing the Silence
  • What We See

April 2018 Newsletter Highlights

Monday, April 9th, 2018 8:25 pm

New Book Release! Homeboy Came to Orange: A Story of People’s Power

Personal narrative of a union organizer who helped a Jim Crow city become a more equitable place. This lively, illustrated memoir of Ernest “Home” Thompson (1906-1971) shows the great contribution that people’s coalitions can make to building equality and freedom. Thompson’s attention to ending racial gerrymandering that segregated schools in Orange, New Jersey, also helped shape a more vibrant and accepting community and contributed to the civil rights movement nationwide.

Launch Event

Saturday, April 28: Come to the people’s University of Orange to celebrate this new edition of Homeboy Came to Orange. The program will feature urbanists and a dance performance.
“Only the people can be entrusted with their own future.”
~ Ernie Thompson, 1971

Talking about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WDET Detroit Today Podcast

Author Mindy Fullilove approaches the perception that race is a biological circumstance instead of a cultural construct in this new WDET Detroit Today interview with Stephen Henderson: How Fundamental Is Race to Our Understanding of Ourselves and Our Politics? The podcast explores the concept of race, where it comes from, and what it has done to America in an attempt to fully understand and realize Dr. King’s dream.

More in the April 2018 newsletter

February 2018 Newsletter

Friday, March 2nd, 2018 7:08 pm

NYU Press partners with New Village Press

New Village is delighted to announce our new partnership with NYU Press for distributed sales and marketing services beginning this month. NYU Press is a perfect publishing partner for us – our interests align, and we are immensely grateful to work with and learn from such a respected press, whose scale and publishing expertise can help our books reach a wider readership, especially in the academic realm.

We also want to express our appreciation as we say goodbye to the entire staff of Consortium, our resilient trade distributor for the past 13 years. We will truly miss working with everyone on their kind and dedicated team.

Events and broadcasts for Earth City Race with author Carl Anthony

Bay Area friends, if you missed the fabulous Oakland launch last October for Carl Anthony’s new book,The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, here’s another chance to hear this venerated environmental and social justice leader. Carl will present Friday, February 9th at 7pm at East Bay Booksellers (formerly known as Diesel Books). A rare opportunity to meet Carl, get inspired, ask questions, and have him sign his book for you!

Also, tune in to hear Carl Anthony on Forum with Michael Krasny, 10-11am PST, February 19th on KQED-FM Radio (88.5 MHz, San Francisco).

Chris Hedges interviews Carl Anthony on spatial apartheid and the role of race in reimagining cities, titled “Architecture as a form of oppression with Carl Anthony,” for his weekly television program — On Contact. Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author, and former professor at Princeton University.

Sabra Moore: book review and letter to the editor

Sabre Moore’s book, Openings: A Memoir from the Women’s Art Movement, New York City 1970-1992, was a featured review in THE Magazine of Santa Fe. Reviewer Jenn Shapland comments, “Unlike most histories of white feminism, Openings details the efforts — sometimes clumsy, sometimes discriminatory, sometimes failed — to stay conscious of and to resist the many forms of violence and erasure that exist in white heteropatriarchy.” Shapland also notes, “It’s my ardent hope that, in the future, we will have more books like Moore’s to guide us, written by the other women who participated in consciousness-raising, protesting, and the many meetings that formed the women’s movements.” Thanks – we agree!

Letter to the Editor from Sabre Moore ran in the New York Times on Feb 2, in response to the article National Gallery of Art Cancels a Chuck Close Show. Moore comments, “the cultural moment has shifted,” after Close’s show had been cancelled due to sexual abuse allegations. Moore points out, “In the 1970s and ’80s when we women artists were meeting to figure out how to respond to our exclusion from equal participation in the art world, one of the questions we asked was, Why does it matter? Do we have something different to say? Forty years later, we are still at the cusp of that question.”

Programs and media featuring author Mindy Fullilove

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It and Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy to America’s Sorted-Out Cities, will be speaking at Design Studio for Social Intervention’s event “The Creative Force of Black History” in Roxbury, MA, on February 8th.

Dr. Fullilove’s expert opinion on gentrification in Roanoke, Virginia is featured in a recent CityLab article, “Even the Dead Could Not Stay,” a truly unique, illustrated, and informative story by Martha Park about the destruction caused by policies of urban renewal.

Dr. Fullilove was a featured presenter in the 22nd Annual UCLA Health Care Symposium on January 27, that focused on gentrification. She noted, “if we want to better manage health, we don’t need better hospitals. We need a better society.” Fullilove explained how the displacement of people of color from their homes leads to severe health problems. “We have been systematically sacking cities. In particular, the communities of poor people,” and pointed to “the real estate industry hand in destroying public housing.”

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