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     April 2008

Dean's Forum: Calvin Klein
Locus
FIT Book Club
Open Hours with Dr. Brown
Trading Places II
Elder Care Support Group
Talk & Tour: Sole Desire
Sole Desire Talk & Tour for UCE/FIT Members
Capitol Steps
Reading and Q&A Session: hattie gossett
Christian Louboutin: The Man Behind the Red Soles
Graphically Speaking: The Art of Freelancing
Panel Discussion: Women Rule Fashion
Master Class: Styling and Wardrobing: Hollywood vs. NYC
Graphically Speaking: Designer Entrepreneur
Designing Sustainability as the New Cultural Paradigm
Faculty Senate Meeting
Talking Trade @ FIT: Careers in International Market Research
Spring 2008 Academic Mini-retreat: Faculty Research
Madame Grès: Sphinx of Fashion
Sole Desire: The Shoes of Christian Louboutin
Kim Parker: A Life in Design
Holocaust Commemoration: The Story of the Brigade
Exoticism

New Library Database: Panjiva
FIT Epsilon Kappa Chapter Created
Art and Design Faculty Member Participates in Group Show
Interior Design Faculty Member Makes Presentation
History of Art Faculty Member Attends International PEN Conference
Illustration Faculty Member Conducts Workshop, Gives Lecture
English and Speech Faculty Member Presents Paper
Merchandising Society Visits Italy
Toy Design Chairperson Honored
History of Art Faculty Member Edits New Online Magazine
Interior Design Faculty Member and Alumna Featured in Magazine

Commencement Recommendations 2009
FIT Emergency Messaging Sign-up
Fulbright Scholar Program
New Online Business Card Ordering System
Technology Training
Employee Wellness Program: Spring 2008 Exercise Classes

EVENTS

DEAN'S FORUM: CALVIN KLEIN
April 2, 5 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology presents the spring 2008 Dean's Forum, featuring Calvin Klein, founder of Calvin Klein, Inc., and FIT alumnus. Klein will speak about his career and take questions from students. This event is full; no additional seating is available.

LOCUS
April 3-27, 11 am-6 pm
Gallery 230, 111 Front Street, Brooklyn
Locus, the 2008 group show curated by graduate students in Art Market: Principles and Practices, explores the ways in which people personally, socially, and physically situate themselves. The selected works include painting, performance pieces, photography, sculpture, and video. An opening reception will be held on April 3,
5:30-8:30 pm. Support for Locus has been provided by Two Trees Management Co. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/locus.


FIT BOOK CLUB
April 3, 1-2 pm
Robert Lagary Board Room, ninth floor, Marvin Feldman Center
All faculty and staff are invited to participate in the FIT Book Club, which meets on the first Thursday of every month. The book to be discussed at the April meeting is The Emperor's Children, by Claire Messud. The next book will be Random Family, by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, to be discussed on May 1. For more information, contact Michael Hyde, English and Speech, 73267, or Sandra Markus, Fashion Design, 73144.

OPEN HOURS WITH DR. BROWN
April 3, 1-2:30 pm
Office of the President, Room C908
Open-hour sessions with President Joyce F. Brown are for any faculty or staff member who wishes to meet with her one-on-one, no appointment necessary. All visitors will be asked to sign in upon arrival, and will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to accommodate everyone, meetings will be limited to 15 minutes.

TRADING PLACES II
April 3, 1-2 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
An interactive, technology-driven fair, Trading Places II gives students the chance to teach faculty. Students from the schools of Art and Design, Business and Technology, and Liberal Arts will demonstrate how they use software programs such as Facebook, Garage Band, iMovie, Keynote, both for schoolwork and in their everyday lives. Refreshments and giveaways will be provided; all FIT faculty and students are encouraged to attend. This event is cosponsored by the School of Art and Design and the FIT Student Association. For more information, contact Melanie Reim, Art and Design.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
April 7, 1-2 pm
Room DC35
The Employee Assistance Program's (EAP) Elder Care Support Group is for individuals caring for, or anticipating caring for, an elderly relative, parent, or friend. Meetings address such topics as coping with emotional burdens, and locating available resources and support. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/eap or contact EAP, 77167.

TALK & TOUR: SOLE DESIRE
April 7, 6-7 pm
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
Join co-curators Whitney Jones and Julie Orsini, graduate students in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice, on a guided tour of Sole Desire: The Shoes of Christian Louboutin, the 2008 exhibition organized by students in the Master of Arts program. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum or contact The Museum at FIT, 74585.

SOLE DESIRE TALK & TOUR FOR UCE/FIT MEMBERS
April 8, noon-1 pm
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
Chris Pasquet, graduate student in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice, leads this tour of Sole Desire: The Shoes of Christian Louboutin,
the 2008 exhibition curated by students in the Master of Arts program. Limited to 25 attendees. For more information, click here or contact Naomi Gross, Fashion Merchandising Management, 74835.


CAPITOL STEPS
April 8, 12:30-2 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
To promote awareness and involvement in the 2008 election season, the FIT Student Association is sponsoring a performance by Capitol Steps, a comedy troupe that parodies political events and personalities. Originally comprised of Congressional staffers, today's Capitol Steps performers represent 62 years of House and Senate staff experience. For more information, contact Student Life, 74130.

READING AND Q&A SESSION: HATTIE GOSSETT
April 9, 5-7 pm
Barnes & Noble at FIT
Writer, activist, and co-founding editor of Essence hattie gossett will read from her poetry/current affairs collection, the immigrant suite: hey xenophobe! who you calling a foreigner? (Seven Stories 2007), and take questions from the audience at this event, cosponsored by Barnes & Noble at FIT and the Foreign Languages Department. For more information, contact James Cascaito, Foreign Languages.

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN: THE MAN BEHIND THE RED SOLES
April 9, 5:30-7:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Renowned shoe designer Christian Louboutin discusses his creative process and shares the people, places, and things that inspire him in this special Museum at FIT event. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum or contact The Museum at FIT, 74585.

GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING: THE ART OF FREELANCING
April 9, 6:30 pm
Room D523
Arthur Osmanov, freelance interactive design consultant and photographer, and Simona Barta, freelance art director, discuss the benefits and drawbacks of freelancing. This talk is the latest in the Graphically Speaking series, sponsored by Communication Design and open to the entire FIT community. For more information, contact Kingsley Parker, Communication Design, 75659.

PANEL DISCUSSION: WOMEN RULE FASHION
April 10, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
From the 18th-century marchande de mode to the 21st-century executive, women continue to be a driving force in the fashion industry. This Museum at FIT panel discussion will explore the historical and contemporary importance of the female creators, promoters, and consumers who have shaped fashion's course. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum or contact The Museum at FIT, 74585.

MASTER CLASS: STYLING AND WARDROBING: HOLLYWOOD VS. NYC
April 11, 9 am-4 pm
Seminar room 4, lower level, Conference Center at FIT
Sharon Chalkin Feldstein—wardrobe stylist, author, and FIT alumna—discusses the "how to" of trend tracking, costuming, styling, and on-air fashion reporting for both the East and West Coast markets in the latest Master Class, a Center for Professional Studies seminar series. For more information, contact
Professional Studies, 74612.


GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING: DESIGNER ENTREPRENEUR
April 15, 6:30 pm
Alcove, eighth floor, David Dubinsky Student Center
Lucie Elder, MyORB; Stacey Geller, American Design Language; and Amanda Lawrence, a graphic print designer, discuss their owner-operated design businesses
in the second April event in the Graphically Speaking series, sponsored by Communication Design and open to the entire FIT community. For more
information, contact Kingsley Parker, Communication Design, 75659.


DESIGNING SUSTAINABILITY AS THE NEW CULTURAL PARADIGM
April 17, 9 am-5:15 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
FIT's Sustainability Group presents its second annual conference on sustainable business and design practices, with talks and presentations by sustainability experts, and FIT faculty and students. All are encouraged to attend. Funding for this event has been provided by the Office of the President, School of Art and Design, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, and the Textile Development and Marketing Department. For more information, click here or contact Arthur Kopelman, Science and Mathematics, 73030.

FACULTY SENATE MEETING
April 17, 1-2 pm
Alcove, eighth floor, David Dubinsky Center
All faculty are invited to attend. For more information, contact Esther Oliveras,
Faculty Services, 77793.


TALKING TRADE @ FIT: CAREERS IN INTERNATIONAL MARKET RESEARCH
April 17, 3:30-5 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Robert Mann, principal of PRTM, and Catherine Reynolds, vice president and
director of global consumer insights, Taylor PR, will lead a panel discussing career opportunities in consumer and market research. The talk is the latest in the Talking Trade @ FIT series, sponsored by International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/itm or contact
Nicole Martin-Lewis, ITM, 74280.


SPRING 2008 ACADEMIC MINI-RETREAT: FACULTY RESEARCH
April 18, 10 am
Robert Lagary Board Room, ninth floor, Marvin Feldman Center
All faculty are invited to attend the final spring 2008 academic mini-retreat, on Faculty Research. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Michele Viscosi, Academic Affairs, 74040, at least one week prior to the event.

MADAME GRÈS: SPHINX OF FASHION
Through April 19
Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Madame Grès presents the work of the great Parisian couturiere, whose work is noted for its sculptural quality and innovative construction techniques. The exhibition corresponds with the publication of a book of the same name by Patricia Mears, deputy director of The Museum at FIT, and published by Yale University Press. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

SOLE DESIRE: THE SHOES OF CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
Through April 19
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
The annual exhibition curated by students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice MA program, Sole Desire explores the work of contemporary luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

KIM PARKER: A LIFE IN DESIGN
April 22, 1-2 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
All faculty and students are invited to attend this Textile/Surface Design event.
Kim Parker, textile designer, presents "The Birth of an American Brand: Licensing, Marketing, and Branding," a visual overview of her multifaceted career. A range of Parker's creations will be on view. A question-and-answer session will follow the talk, and Parker will sign copies of Kim Parker Home: A Life in Design (Stewart, Tabori & Chang 2008). For more information, contact Karen Gentile, Textile/Surface Design, 75149.


HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION: THE STORY OF THE BRIGADE
April 29, 1-2 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Hillel, FIT's Jewish Student Association, and the Holocaust Commemoration Committee invite the FIT community to the college's 2008 Holocaust commemoration event. Howard Blum—Vanity Fair contributing editor, Pulitzer Prize nominee, and best-selling author—will present "The Story of the Brigade: The Legacy of the First Modern Jewish Fighting Force on the Occasion of Israel's 60th Anniversary." For more information, contact Roberta Paley, Social Sciences, 74930.

EXOTICISM
Through May 7
Fashion and Textile History Gallery, The Museum at FIT
The latest rotation in the museum's Fashion and Textile History Gallery, Exoticism surveys 250 years of "the exotic" in fashion, from the age of colonialism to the rise of globalization. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

NEWS

NEW LIBRARY DATABASE: PANJIVA
Panjiva, an international sourcing directory for apparel businesses, is now available as a Gladys Marcus Library digital resource, thanks to the generosity of Josh Green, Textile Development and Marketing advisory board member. Users can search Panjiva for suppliers by country, name, product, material, and manufacturing technique (e.g. knitted, woven). For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/library
or contact the library, 74400.


FIT EPSILON KAPPA CHAPTER CREATED
The Office of Educational Opportunity Programs has announced the creation of an Epsilon Kappa chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon. Membership is offered to students from nationwide opportunity programs who have maintained a cumulative 3.0 GPA for at least two consecutive semesters (three for part-time students). The first induction ceremony will be held April 25; the event is by invitation only. For more information, contact Monica Williamson, Office of Educational Opportunity Programs, 74170.

ART AND DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOW
Sara Petitt, Fabric Styling and Textile/Surface Design, has contributed two pieces to The Ides of March 2008, a group show up through April 4 at ABC No Rio, a center for art and activism at 156 Rivington Street in Manhattan. For more information, contact Sara Petitt, 75189.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER MAKES PRESENTATION
On April 3, Susan Slotkis, Interior Design, will present "Accessories: Style and Substance"—a display and discussion of the psychology, history, and current trends of the accessories market—at 5:30 pm at the New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Avenue, first floor. A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. For more information, contact Susan Slotkis.

HISTORY OF ART FACULTY MEMBER ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL PEN CONFERENCE
Anna Blume, History of Art and Civilization, has been awarded a CET grant to
present and attend as a delegate at the seventh International PEN Writers in
Prison conference, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, April 3-6. Her presentation
will be based on her work—done with Foreign Languages faculty members Isabella Bertoletti, James Cascaito, and Andrea Casson—to support writers in China who have been harassed or imprisoned solely due to their writings. For more information, contact Anna Blume, 74646.


ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER CONDUCTS WORKSHOP, GIVES LECTURE
Morton Kaish, Illustration, has been invited to give a lecture on his work at a workshop presented by the Sedona Arts Center, in Sedona, AZ, in early April.
In March, Kaish conducted a painting workshop at the National Academy School
of Fine Art
. For more information, contact Morton Kaish.


ENGLISH AND SPEECH FACULTY MEMBER PRESENTS PAPER
On March 28, Jean Amato, English and Speech, presented her paper, "Patriotic Ardor: Gendered Narratives of Overseas Chinese Patriotism and Desire in 1940s Fictional Depictions of the Sino-Japanese War by Chinese-American Women Writers Adet Lin and Helena Kuo," at the College English Association national conference in St. Louis, MO. For more information, contact Jean Amato, 75343.

MERCHANDISING SOCIETY VISITS ITALY
Select students in the Merchandising Society, FIT's largest student club, took a Gucci-sponsored trip to Italy, March 12-16. Students visited the company's archives in Milan before traveling south to Florence, where they toured shoe and handbag factories. The trip was organized by Merchandising Society co-advisor, Joseph Antee, Fashion Merchandising Management. For more information, contact Joseph Antee, 74816.

TOY DESIGN CHAIRPERSON HONORED
Judy Ellis, Toy Design, was one of 11 honorees at the 2008 Wonder Women of Toys Awards, held at Manhattan's Penn Club during this February's American International Toy Fair. Women in Toys, together with Playthings magazine, created the awards to recognize women who have made outstanding contributions within the toy, entertainment, and licensing industries. Ellis received a Women to Watch award.

HISTORY OF ART FACULTY MEMBER EDITS NEW ONLINE MAGAZINE
David Shapiro, History of Art and Civilization, is editor-in-chief of MUSEO, a new online contemporary art magazine. MUSEO takes an artist-oriented approach, with interviews as its centerpiece, and capitalizes on its web format by incorporating video, image, and text. FIT faculty will regularly contribute articles. Richard Turnbull, History of Art and Civilization, has an interview with photographer Tanyth Berkeley in the current issue. For more information, contact David Shapiro.

INTERIOR DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER AND ALUMNA FEATURED IN MAGAZINE
Peter Johnston, Interior Design, and Interior Design grad, Phebe Khalil, were featured in a "Best of Residential Design" article in a recent issue of New Jersey Monthly. For more information, visit www.peterjohnstonarchitect.com or contact Peter Johnston.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMENCEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS 2009
The Commencement Committee is currently soliciting honorary degree and speaker recommendations for commencement 2009. If you would like to make a suggestion, please send the name and a short rationale to Loretta Lawrence Keane, vice president for Advancement and External Relations, Room B905, by April 30.

FIT EMERGENCY MESSAGING SIGN-UP
All FIT students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to register online for FIT's emergency alert system. The system uses email and text messages to provide effective emergency communications to the college community, both on and off campus. To opt in, click on the emergency messaging system link in the Web Resources column on the FIT Portal.

FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR PROGRAM
The prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program is offering lecturing/research awards in 140 countries for college faculty and administrators, business and government professionals, and journalists, scientists, artists, and independent scholars. Awards cover travel, lodging, and other expenses for visits ranging from two months to a year. Foreign language skills are required for some countries. For more information or to apply, visit www.cies.org. For more information on other funding opportunities, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/grants, or contact Ellen Brennan Hearn, Grants Office, 73622.

NEW ONLINE BUSINESS CARD ORDERING SYSTEM
All FIT business cards can now be ordered online by visiting InsideFIT and clicking on Business Cards, under Popular Links. The system will generate a proof for review and approval, and cards will be delivered directly to your office. For more information or to order your cards, click here.

TECHNOLOGY TRAINING
The Technology Development Team is a new collaborative effort between faculty, Information Technology, Human Resources, the Center for Excellence in Teaching, and Communications and External Relations, to serve the training needs and teaching goals of the FIT community. Visit www3.fitnyc.edu/techdevelopment to view online tutorials, register for upcoming workshops, and request specialized training or consultation. For more information, contact the Technology Development Team.

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM: SPRING 2008 EXERCISE CLASSES
The Employee Wellness Program offers free lunchtime exercise classes exclusive to faculty and staff. The spring 2008 schedule will run February 4-May 15. Classes are led by qualified instructors. No reservations are necessary, and interested participants may attend as many classes as they wish. To register for a gym locker, contact Health and Physical Education, Room AX13, 74220. The class schedule is as follows:

Monday: Pilates, noon-1 pm, auxiliary gym (Room AX39)
Tuesday: body toning, 1-2 pm, auxiliary gym
Wednesday: fitness center, noon-1 pm, fitness center (Room BX13)
Thursday: yoga, 1-2 pm, dance studio (Room BX28)




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