The Asian/Pacific/American Institute hosts a reading and conversation with novelists Paul Beatty and R. Zamora Linmark (April 5) and presents an Indigenous Dance Forum (April 21) developed by New Zealand-choreographer and Artist-in-Residence Jack Gray.

Celebrating Two Great American Novels and An Indigenous Dance Forum— Asian/Pacific/American Institute's April Events
The Asian/Pacific/American Institute hosts a reading and conversation with novelists Paul Beatty and R. Zamora Linmark (April 5) and presents an Indigenous Dance Forum (April 21) developed by New Zealand-choreographer and Artist-in-Residence Jack Gray.

New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute hosts a reading and conversation with novelists Paul Beatty and R. Zamora Linmark (April 5) and presents an Indigenous Dance Forum (April 21) developed by New Zealand-choreographer and Artist-in-Residence Jack Gray.

Both events are free and open to the public. To RSVP, please call 212.992.9653 or visit www.apa.nyu.edu/events.

Tues., April 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Twenty Years of Rolling the R’s & The White Boy Shuffle
(reading and discussion)
Location: NYU Steinhardt, Kimball Hall Lounge, 246 Greene Street
Subways: N/R (8th Street), A/C/E/B/D/F/M (West 4th Street), 6 (Astor Place).

The year was 1996. Two novelists of color publish stunning and provocative coming-of-age debuts. Through fiercely earnest characters navigating a landscape of burning dreams and neglect in a small 1970s Hawaiian community, R. Zamora Linmark’s Rolling the R’s threw new light on queer identity and the trauma of assimilation—and is now available in a new, updated edition from Kaya Press. Paul Beatty’s brilliant, satirical The White Boy Shuffle introduced us to an unforgettable protagonist—a young African American surfer in Los Angeles who reluctantly becomes a messiah for his community. Twenty years after the publication of their first novels, the two authors join each other in reflection, celebration, and conversation. Moderated by writer Jessica Hagedorn (Toxicology).
Co-sponsored by Kaya Press and the Institute of African American Affairs at NYU.

Thurs., April 21, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Indigenous Dance Forum
(performance and conversation)
Location: Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street
Subways: J/Z (Bowery), F (2nd Avenue), 6 (Spring Street).

Blending interactive theater approaches with culturally immersive technologies, The Indigenous Dance Forum (IDF) is part community activation, part performance ritual, and part forum. Guided by intuition-led, process-based methodologies, IDF, the major outcome of Jack Gray‘s semester-long residency at the A/P/A Institute at NYU, implores us to find a way to create and articulate a deeper sense of connection to the place Mannahatta.

The performance features a stunning cohort of guest dance artist and scholar collaborators from around the word: Jasmin Canuel (New Zealand), Sammay Dizon (Philippines), Bianca Hyslop (New Zealand), Toni Pasion (California), Mark Zane Mauikānehoalani Lovell (Hawai‘i), Dåkot-ta Alcantara Camacho (Guam), and Marya Wethers (New Orleans and New York).