February 20 â€“ 6:30 to 8:30 pm
at The Great Hall at Cooper Union
(Cooper Square, 7 East 7th Street, at 3rd Ave, NYC)
Charta Publishers and Cooper Union
in collaboration with Emergency USA
invite you to a talk by
the author of Just War
introduced by Elin Oâ€™Hara Slavick
the event will start with a poetry reading by
based on March 18, 2003 a Poem for Peace. Drawings by Alex Katz (a co-edition with Libellum)
introduced by Bob Holman
a photo show by
with images of war scenes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Palestine
based on This Is War. Witness to Manâ€™s Destruction and Just War
For the past fifteen years, step after step, Charta has created its own precise identity in quality art book publishing on an international level. It is proud of its independence and autonomy. In addition to painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, fashion, and all other artistic languages, this past year weâ€™ve also started publishing essays and works of fiction.
This is encouraging and intentional because, ever since the beginning, Charta has been greatly interested in creating quality books with quality promotion and distribution.
Charta is very proud of having established, over the years, a widespread network of local distributors in major European and American cities that allows us today to sell our books, all Made in Italy, in the most important bookshops from Sweden to Japan, Australia to Canada.
A few titles bear witness to our political and social involvement: having Just War (2006) by Howard Zinn as one of our best-selling books in this period is cause for celebration.
That is why we decided to have this event, involving a few artists who felt the need to bear witness to their refusal to accept war as an answer to conflicts in the world.
Elin Oâ€™Hara Slavick is a UNC-Chapel Hill Art Professor and an artist whose book Bomb After Bomb. A Violent Cartography will be published by Charta (with a foreword by Zinn) during the upcoming fallâ€“winter season.
She will introduce Howard Zinn and his concept of Just War. Inspired by Einsteinâ€™s words, Zinn believes that if the human race is going to survive, it must declare wars taboo, as it did with cannibalism and slavery. Wars, he says, are essentially wars against civilians, many of them children.
Howard Zinnâ€”historian, playwright and social activistâ€”is one of our most celebrated contemporary minds. He has written many books, his best known being A Peopleâ€™s History of the United States. 1492â€“Present.
The photos included in the book Just War are by Moises Saman, an extraordinary photo reporter (for New York Newsday) who fights against war with his camera; one of the photos, taken in a hospital in Afghanistan in May 2005, in 2007 received a special mention in the Reportage section of UNICEF’s Photo of the Year award. In 2004, Charta published his photo book: This Is War. Witness to Manâ€™s Destruction. Saman will join the event, showing some of his best shots. Two of Saman’s photo stories won the World Press Photo 2007, the 3rd prize in the General News category with the story Presidential Election, Haiti and the 3rd prize in the Daily Life category with the story Afghanistan.
The talk will also be introduced by a poetry reading by Michael Lally, based on March 18, 2003 a Poem for Peace. Drawings by Alex Katz (a Charta co-edition with Libellum, 2006). The poem is an indictment of the hypocrisy that runs through current American policies and a way of life that has gone badly astray.
Bob Holman, who is a poet, political activist, and poetry entrepreneur, formerly manager of two famous poetry venues in New York (St Markâ€™s Poetry Project and the Nuyorican Poets CafÃ©) and now owns and manages the Bowery Poetry Club, will present the reading.
Emergency (the Italian humanitarian society for the care and rehabilitation of civilian victims of war and antipersonnel mines) will present its activity during the event. Two publications by Charta have supported this cause: Just War, by Howard Zinn, and Green Parrots (2004), by Gino Strada, a surgeon and a founder of Emergency. For over fifteen years Strada has worked on the front lines in Afghanistan, Iraq, Peru, Bosnia, Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Cambodia, and Sierra Leone.
Green Parrots contains the complete text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, approved on December 10, 1948, by the General Assembly of the United Nations and which begins by proclaiming: â€œAll human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.â€
These four books will be sold by D.A.P. during the event. A book signing will follow.
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