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Sarah Schulman: The Cosmpolitans

  • St. Francis College, Room 4202 180 Remsen Street Brooklyn, NY, 11201 United States (map)

Fall 2016 Senior Lecture Series -

Co-Directors Fall 2016 Profs. Athena Devlin (American Studies) + Emily Horowitz (Sociology)
Events Sponsored By: American Studies, History, Crime & Popular Culture, Peace & Justice, Provost’s Office, Sociology & Criminal Justice and the Women’s Center

9/13: Sarah Schulman -- The Cosmpolitans.
Schulman is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer, AIDS historian and journalist. She is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island, a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, on the Advisory Board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and co-founder of the ACT UP Oral History Project and the NY Queer Experimental Film Festival. Her 17th novel, The Cosmopolitians (Feminist Press, 2016) recaptures the details and texture of Greenwich Village in the late 1950s, when it was a haven for refugees from uncomprehending backgrounds—long before chain stores, gentrification, and high rents became the standard. The story follows Earl, a black gay actor working in a meatpacking plant, and Bette, a white secretary. Featuring nuanced and complex representations of characters from all walks of life, The Cosmopolitans is a psychologically suspenseful historical novel that captures New York City on the cusp of great change.

A satisfying revenge narrative and a portrait of an unexpected but vital friendship.
— Publisher's Weekly
A book of sighs, for dreams thwarted and for a city that has long since moved on.
— New York Times
Jarring and beautiful, this is a modern classic.
— Kirkus
Will appeal to readers of contemporary literature looking for something new.
— Library Journal