The New Social Environment#144

Catherine Gund with Thyrza Nichols Goodeve


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Producer, director, writer, and activist Catherine Gund will be in conversation with Rail Editor-at-Large Thyrza Nichols Goodeve. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Mahogany L. Browne.

In this talk

Catherine Gund

Catherine Gund

Founder and Director of Aubin Pictures, Catherine Gund is an Emmy- nominated producer, director, writer, and activist. Her media work focuses on strategic and sustainable social transformation, arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, and the environment. Her films - which include Aggie, Chavela, Dispatches From Cleveland, America, Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity, What’s On Your Plate?, A Touch of Greatness, Motherland Afghanistan, Making Grace, On Hostile Ground, and Hallelujah! Ron Athey: A Story of Deliverance - have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums, and schools; on PBS, the Discovery Channel, Sundance Channel, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

Gund’s most recent projects include: Aggie (Sundance, Doc Fortnight), a documentary exploration of art, race and justice through the eyes of her mother Agnes Gund; Dispatches from Cleveland (CIFF, MSPIFF), a five chapter documentary that looks at the police murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and shows how people joined together to vote out the prosecutor who didn’t have their backs; and Chavela (Berlinale, Hot Docs, Ambulante) a documentary about the life of the iconic Latin-American gender- bending diva, Chavela Vargas.

Gund currently serves on the boards of Art For Justice, Art Matters, Baldwin for the Arts, and The George Gund Foundation. She co-founded the Third Wave Foundation which supports young women and transgender youth, and DIVA TV, an affinity group of ACT UP/NY. She was the founding director of BENT TV, the video workshop for LGBT youth. She was on the founding boards of Bard Early Colleges, Iris House, Working Films, Reality Dance Company, and The Sister Fund and has also served for, The Robeson Fund of the Funding Exchange, The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, and the Astraea Foundation. An alumnus of Brown University and the Whitney Independent Study Program, she lives in NYC with her four children.

Thyrza Nichols Goodeve

Thyrza Nichols Goodeve
Thyrza Nichols Goodeve is a writer, editor, artist, and interviewer. She currently teaches several graduate programs at SVA and is spending her time in quarantine learning to embroider. From 2017 to 2019 she was the Senior Art Editor at the Rail, and she is now an Editor-at-Large.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Mahogany L. Browne reading.

Mahogany L. Browne

This is a photo of Poet and Activist, Mahogany L. Browne against a metallic background. She's wearing a green and dark blue striped shirt, off the shoulder, a navy blue head wrap, and large gold hopped earrings.
Courtesy Mahogany L. Browne
Mahogany L. Browne is the Executive Director of Bowery Poetry Club, Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC, and Poetry Coordinator at St. Francis College. She is the founder of the Woke Baby Book Fair and is completing her first book of essays on mass incarceration.

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