Roll Out the Red Carpet

Pace hosts its first-ever student run film festival and gala reception as part of Pleasantville’s 50th anniversary celebration.

On Saturday, December 7, head to Pleasantville for a day of fun, film, and food as grad students from Dyson College’s Media, Communication, and Visual Arts program curate this first-ever, one-day film festival in celebration of Pleasantville’s 50th anniversary.

The festival, which is free and open to the public, features the best-loved films from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s. In addition to the screenings, there will be break-out panel discussions featuring Pace’s expert faculty who will weigh in on the significance of the decade’s cinema.

After the screenings, put on your best vintage-inspired duds (black tie not required) and stroll down Pace’s red carpet to the gala reception. Guests will have the opportunity to pose with their favorite actors and actresses (okay, fine, they’re cardboard cut outs, but it will be fun—we promise!). Don’t forget to share your best pics on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #PLV50.

Film Schedule:





Willie Wonka


10:30 a.m-2:10 p.m. Butcher Suite
Mary Poppins  


1:00 p.m-3:20 p.m. Butcher Suite
Social Network                       


4:10 p.m.-6:40 p.m. Butcher Suite
Saturday Night Fever  


11:00 a.m.-1:05 p.m. Lienhard
Jurassic Park               


2:00 p.m.-4:07 p.m. Lienhard
Life of Pi                      


4:30 p.m.-6:06 p.m. Lienhard
Lilies of the Field         


11:30 a.m.-1:04 p.m. Miller
Wall Street                  


2:00 p.m.-4:06 p.m. Miller
When Harry Met Sally  


4:30 p.m.-6:06 p.m. Miller

Film screenings run from 10:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. followed by the gala reception from 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP to For an updated schedule of panel discussions and film screenings, visit


Rhyme Time

Poetry returns to Pace with the Fall 2013 Poets@Pace reading, featuring award-winning poets Joan Larkin and Tony Towle.

On Monday, December 2, award-winning poets Joan Larkin and Tony Towle will give the Fall 2013 reading in the Poets@Pace series.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. in the Bianco Room, Level B, One Pace Plaza. It will include a Q&A, a book signing, and refreshments. Poets@Pace, which brings important poets to the Pace’s New York City Campus each semester, is organized by Pace Poet-in-Residence Charles North and sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Joan Larkin is the Conkling Writer in Residence at Smith College and the author of six books of poems, most recently My Body: New and Selected Poems, which received the Publishing Triangle’s 2008 Audre Lorde Award. Other honors include the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, the Lambda Award for poetry, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Los Angeles Times characterized her voice as “unsentimental, ruthless, and cleared-eyed. . . This is poetry without pity, in which despair leads not to degradation but to a kind of grace.” Larkin co-edited the groundbreaking anthologies Amazon Poetry, Lesbian Poetry, and Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time, and has published plays and prose in addition to poetry.

Tony Towle’s first major poetry collection, North (1970), won the Frank O’Hara Award for experimental poetry, and he has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Poets Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. Poet Kenneth Koch has written: “The deep surprising lyricism of the early poems and the incisive witty discourse of the darker late ones are both part of a poetry at the same time direct and highly artistic. Tony Towle’s is one of the clear, authentic voices of American poetry.”  Of Towle’s 2001 New and Selected Poems, former Poet Laureate Billy Collins wrote that the book “belongs in every library, possibly on its very own shelf.” Towle has collaborated with well-known artists and poets and has taught poetry writing at The Poetry Project.

For more information about Poets@Pace, please contact Charles North at

Commencement 2011

Next week, faculty, staff, students, and alumni come together to celebrate, and congratulate, the graduating class of 2011.

Pace is proud to present the next wave of leaders, thinkers, teachers, and innovators as we celebrate Commencement 2011 on our three campuses.

On May 8, we kicked off our Commencement season as the Law School ushered in the next generation of attorneys at the 33rd Annual Commencement. Chief State Judge Jonathan Lippman, an influential figure in the New York State judicial system for the past four decades, was awarded a Doctor of Laws. Lippman has played a central role in many far-reaching reforms including the introduction of problem-solving community courts, drug courts, and domestic violence courts throughout the state.

On May 20, Westchester undergraduates will celebrate Commencement at the Goldstein Fitness Center on the PLV Campus. And both our NYC undergraduate students and our Westchester and New York graduate students will celebrate at the iconic Avery Fisher Hall, one of Lincoln Center’s most prestigious venue, located a block from Central Park, on Sunday, May 22. (See dates and times for Commencement here.)

Honorary degrees will be awarded at the three ceremonies to individuals who have had a profound impact in the fields of academia, medicine, business, and entertainment, while also contributing to society at large.

Joseph M. Pastore Jr., PhD, Professor Emeritus in Residence at Pace’s Lubin School of Business, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the Westchester Undergraduate Ceremony. Pastore is not only a beloved professor, but also a sought-after expert on business management and a mediator, who was in charge of overseeing the desegregation of Yonkers’ public schools in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

At our New York City Undergraduate ceremony, Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, president of the New York Academy of Medicine, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Science. An influential leader in health care, Boufford is a national authority on public health issues, including health care for minorities and underserved communities, and has been active in local, national, and global health care reform. As “NYC’s doctor,” she leads the charge to protect and advance the health of people through interdisciplinary approaches to policy, leadership, education, community engagement, and innovative research.

Jim Whitaker, chairman and producer of Whitaker Entertainment at Walt Disney Studios, will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at the combined NYC and Westchester Graduate Ceremony.  Whitaker, who rose from intern to president of motion picture production at Imagine Entertainment, has executive produced Changeling, American Gangster, Friday Night Lights, Cinderella Man, Curious George, 8 Mile, and various other notable films. Most recently, Whitaker founded Project Rebirth, a nonprofit that for the past nine years has used time-lapse photography to chronicle the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site.  Rebirth, the powerful feature-length documentary which Whitaker directed and co-produced, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and will soon be part of a permanent exhibit at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

For more information about each of the honorary degree recipients, view the press release. To read more about each ceremony, visit the Commencement website.


Art Professor Barbara Friedman’s exhibition of new paintings, “The Spectator Place,” at BCB Art in Hudson, NY, through September 19.

Faculty Art Exhibition 2010: Selected works in painting, photography, digital media, and more September 20–October 28

“In Black and White: New York Times Journalists Share their Work and Experiences of Working in Iraq” panel discussion and Q&A on September 21 in NYC

Professor of English Mark Hussey, PhD, leads talkback discussions in connection with the production of Orlando on October 2 and October 16, immediately following matinee performances of the show.

Pace is moving to Drupal. Upcoming training sessions to be held on January 25-27.

Special Events training sessions announced on various topics related to events and event planning.