4:30-7pm: Machik Weekend Kick Off event at Leitner Center
150 W 62nd Street, NY, NY 10023
7:30-10pm: Himalayan Heritage Meet Up at The Rubin Museum of Art
150 W 17th Street, New York, NY 10011
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10am-6pm: Machik Weekend Forum
150 West 62nd Street, NY, NY 10023
11AM-2pm: Machik Weekend Forum
150 West 62nd Street, NY, NY 10023
Art and book sale
inTIMATE POLITICS: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech, and Became a Feminist Rebel
At eight years old, Bettina Aptheker watched her family's politics play out in countless living rooms across the country when her father, historian and U.S. Communist Party leader Herbert Aptheker, testified on television in front of the House on Un-American Activities Committee in 1953. Born into one of the most influential U.S. Communist families whose friends included W. E. B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Bettina lived her parents' politics witnessing first-hand one of the most dramatic upheavals in American history. She also lived with a terrible secret: incest at the hands of her famous father and a frightening and lonely life lived inside a home wrought with family tensions.
A gripping and beautifully rendered memoir, Intimate Politics is at its core the story of one woman's struggle to still the demons of her personal world while becoming a controversial public figure herself. This is the story of childhood sexual abuse, abortion, sexual violence, activism, and the triumph over one's past. It's about FBI harassment and persecution, Jewish heritage, and lesbian identity. It is, finally, about the courage to speak one's truth despite the consequences and to break the sacred silence of family secrets.
The mORNING BREAKS: THE TRIAL OF ANGELA DAVIS
On August 7, 1970, a revolt by Black prisoners in a Marin County courthouse stunned the nation. In its aftermath, Angela Davis, an African American activist-scholar who had campaigned vigorously for prisoners' rights, was placed on the FBI's "ten most wanted list." Captured in New York City two months later, she was charged with murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy. Her trial, chronicled in this "compelling tale" (Publishers Weekly), brought strong public indictment. The Morning Breaks is a riveting firsthand account of Davis's ordeal and her ultimate triumph, written by an activist in the student, civil rights, and antiwar movements who was intimately involved in the struggle for her release.
aBOUT THE AUTHOR: beTTINA APTHEKER
Read more about Bettina on our speakers page.
Machik is thrilled to present the official memoir of Phuntsok “Pencho” Rabgey — writer, community builder and thought leader of socio-cultural and economic revitalization in contemporary rural Tibet. Pencho presents his autobiography as a testament to the life of an ordinary Tibetan in trying times, whose path has taken from rural Tibet to Canada and back to Tibet again. Born in 1935 into a farming family in eastern Tibet, he left home early to become a monk, a scholar, and later a husband and father. Over the span of a lifetime, he has determinedly kept the people of Tibet in his heart, through four decades as a factory worker in small-town Canada, and eventually co-founding Machik with his family. Pencho and his wife answered a call to build a school for the children of his homeland, a decision that was an act of faith in the promise of human potential.
singing for freedom
From the age of five, Ani Choying had to struggle to survive. Not a day went by without a bloody beating from her father, without Ani fearing for her mother's life, or her own. The day her father nearly stabbed her to death, she decided it was time to run away. Ani found herself at a monastery in Nepal, where a Buddhist monk offered her sanctuary and understanding, teaching her to embrace life again. She found her vocation in offering other young girls an education, a fundamental right that is reserved for men only in her country; 80 per cent of women in the Himalayas are illiterate. In 2000 Ani Choying opened Arya Tara school, just outside Kathmandu. She went on to adopt a little girl, then two, and then another followed - until they become sixty. Before long she needed more funding to keep her growing community afloat. One day, an American jazz guitarist heard the young nun sing and was so enthralled by her voice that he invited her to record an album with him. The royalties provided much-needed funding for her school. Ani Choying now tours the world giving concerts, driven by her desire to help her young Nepalese charges. In Sing For Freedom she tells her sometimes shocking, always inspiring story. Ani Choying Drolma has become an acclaimed musician in Nepal and is fast becoming an international star. Her work at Arya Tara school has been commended by the Dalai Lama
About the author: ani choying drolma
Ani Choying Drolma is a Nepalese Buddhist nun renowned for her numerous humanitarian efforts including the education of young girls, care of older people, and providing medical services for the underprivileged and dispossessed. Her efforts have been constantly praised and emulated, and her autobiography, Singing for Freedom, has been published in eleven languages and is listed as an international best seller.
The violent protests in Lhasa in 2008 against Chinese rule were met by disbelief and anger on the part of Chinese citizens and state authorities, perplexed by Tibetans' apparent ingratitude for the generous provision of development. In Taming Tibet, Emily T. Yeh examines how Chinese development projects in Tibet served to consolidate state space and power. Drawing on sixteen months of ethnographic fieldwork between 2000 and 2009, Yeh traces how the transformation of the material landscape of Tibet between the 1950s and the first decade of the twenty-first century has often been enacted through the labor of Tibetans themselves. Focusing on Lhasa, Yeh shows how attempts to foster and improve Tibetan livelihoods through the expansion of markets and the subsidized building of new houses, the control over movement and space, and the education of Tibetan desires for development have worked together at different times and how they are experienced in everyday life.
The master narrative of the PRC stresses generosity: the state and Han migrants selflessly provide development to the supposedly backward Tibetans, raising the living standards of the Han's "little brothers." Arguing that development is in this context a form of "indebtedness engineering," Yeh depicts development as a hegemonic project that simultaneously recruits Tibetans to participate in their own marginalization while entrapping them in gratitude to the Chinese state. The resulting transformations of the material landscape advance the project of state territorialization. Exploring the complexity of the Tibetan response to―and negotiations with―development, Taming Tibet focuses on three key aspects of China's modernization: agrarian change, Chinese migration, and urbanization. Yeh presents a wealth of ethnographic data and suggests fresh approaches that illuminate the Tibet Question.
About the author: emily yeh
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The MASTER COMMUNICATOR'S HANDBOOK
This book is for people who want to change the world. Here’s the challenge: it’s impossible to change the world all by yourself. To have an impact, you need to communicate. In these pages, we share with you what we’ve learned over 30 years as professional communicators and advisors to leaders of global organizations. We seek to move each client from competence to excellence. As authors, our goal is to give you the tools you need to become the most effective and powerful communicator you can be. We want you to become a catalyst for transformation. We want you to discover that you have the potential to change the world.
abOUT THE AUTHOR: TIM WARD
Tim Ward is an author, publisher and teacher. His passion in life is transformation. He has written eight books, most of them exploring philosophical and spiritual dimensions of life in different cultures and then relating them to our modern Western way of life. As publisher of Changemakers Books, Tim seeks promote the works of other writers focused on personal and global transformation. Tim also co-owns Intermedia Communications Training, where he works as a communications expert advisor and teacher for international development and environment organizations worldwide.
YAK AND DOVE
Sometimes the unlikeliest friends form the greatest friendships. A funny, charming picture book from a dynamic duo. Friends Yak and Dove are complete opposites. Yak is large and Dove is small. Yak has fur and Dove has feathers. Yak is polite. Dove is ill-mannered. Yak likes quiet. Dove likes noise. One day as Yak and Dove list their differences they come to the conclusion that maybe they aren’t meant to be friends. In the hope of finding a new best friend, Yak holds auditions. But when a small feathered contestant sings Yak’s favorite song, the two begin to think that maybe they are alike after all . . .
Yak and Dove whimsically captures the highs and lows of friendship through the three interconnected tales of two very different friends.
aBOUT THE AUTHOR: KYO MACLEAR
Kyo is a novelist, essayist and children’s author. She was born in London, England, and moved to Toronto at the age of four. Kyo holds an Honors B.A. in Fine Art and Art History and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Toronto, and is currently a doctoral student at York University, where she holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. She is the author of two acclaimed novels for adults, The Letter Opener and Stray Love, and numerous beloved books for children, including Julia, Child and The Good Little Book. Kyo lives in Toronto where she shares a home with two sons, two cats, a musician and a truckload of books.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MADELINE JORDAN
Madeline Jorden is Film and Photography Director for Ranchlands, a ranching and ranch management company that aims to preserve the American ranching tradition through sustainable and responsible use of the land. Based in Colorado, she lives and works on Ranchlands' properties in rural areas of Colorado and New Mexico. Having received her BA in art history from Georgetown University, Madeline was introduced to Machik during a class on Tibetan Buddhism and volunteered as a teacher at the Summer Enrichment Program in 2012. She subsequently returned to Tibet in 2014 and 2015 to work on photo and video projects about Machik programs. These include DOORS, a short film that highlights the impact of Machik's Mother's Wish Foundation.