Prof. Nara B. Milanich, author of paternity, will speak after the matinee performance on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Prof. Nara B. Milanich, author of Paternity: The Elusive Quest for the Father (Harvard University Press: Cambridge, Mass., 2019) will discuss her recently published study of the social, cultural, and political nature of paternity and the evolution of science in pursuit of the paternal mystery in the context of race, nationality, patriarchy, and legal rights.

Milanich, Professor of History, joined the faculty of Barnard in 2004. Her scholarly interests include modern Latin America, Chile, and the comparative histories of family, gender, childhood, reproduction, law, and social inequality.  Professor Milanich teaches courses ranging from the Modern Latin American History survey to a comparative seminar on the Global Politics of Reproduction. She works closely with PhD students in Latin American History at Columbia.  Professor Milanich has also taught in and directed the Masters in Latin American Studies (MARSLAC) based in the Institute for Latin American Studies.  Her research and scholarship have been supported by the Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange, the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Unesco, and the American Council of Learned Societies. 


Artist Jane M. Fine will speak after the evening performance on Friday, Oct. 4.

Artist Jane M. Fine will discuss her recent personal discovery of paternal identity.  Fine is a painter, whose recent exhibition at Pierogi gallery in New York dealt in part with her shocking news, in January 2018, when she learned that the man, whom she had called dad for over fifty years, was not her biological father.  She studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and she earned a B.A. from Harvard University. She has received two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and two NYFA Fellowships in Painting. Fine has been invited to work at Yaddo, The Millay Colony, The Hermitage Artist Retreat, The Golden Foundation, and The Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. In 2018, she was a recipient of The Pace Foundation Residency for mid-career painters, at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.


Dr. Sam Gandy of Mt. Sinai Will Speak on Neurodegeneration and Alzheimer’s Disease after the performances on October 5 and 17

Sam Gandy, MD, PhD, is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he is also Director of the Mount Sinai Center for Cognitive Health and NFL Neurological Care, and the incumbent of the Mount Sinai Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’s Research. He is also an Attending Neurologist at the James J Peters VA Medical Center.

Dr. Gandy is a member of the Faculty of 1000 Biology and an Associate Editor of the journals Molecular Neurodegeneration and Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders. Dr. Gandy has written more than 250 original papers, chapters and reviews on Alzheimer’s disease, and he has received continuous NIH funding for his research since 1986. Dr Gandy has also pioneered the use of brain imaging to confirm during life the diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in retired athletes and Veterans. Dr Gandy is currently designing clinical trials with new drug and cell-based therapies that will soon be tested in Alzheimer’s and CTE.

Dr. Gandy has appeared on numerous television programs including The PBS NewsHour, The CBS Early Show, NBC Nightly News and Good Morning America on ABC. An appearance was recently taped for the new Tamron Hall Show and will air later this fall. In addition, Dr. Gandy has spoken as an educator and advocate before US Congressional Committees and on recent programs held at The New York Stem Cell Foundation Institute and at The Times Center, sponsored by CaringKind. He has performed theater talkbacks for “The Other Place” written by Sharr White and starring Laurie Metcalf. Dr. Gandy was featured with other prominent research scientists as GQ’s “Rock Stars of Science” (

Dr. Gandy received both his MD and PhD at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and a residency in Neurology at Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Gandy completed postdoctoral training at The Rockefeller University. In 2007, he assumed his current posts at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the James J Peters VA Medical Center.