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Sarah Lawrence College: New York Chapter

NYC: An Evening with Lois Farfel Stark '65
Date: Wednesday May 23, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Columbus Circle, Manhattan

Join us for "The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times," a special evening with documentary filmmaker and best-selling author Lois Farfel Stark '65 as she discusses her book "The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times." In "The Telling Image," Stark reveals how buildings, behaviors, and beliefs reflect humans' search for meaning, and she illustrates how we can read the past and glimpse the future by watching when shapes shift. Hosted by Stephanie Cooper '65, MFA '76 in Manhattan's Columbus Circle (address will be shared upon registration).


Galveston Arts Center

Date: Saturday, March 24th, 2:00PM
Location: Galveston Arts Center
2127 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550

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Documentary filmmaker Lois Farfel Stark draws on her years with NBC News in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe to explore how the shapes of shelters, social systems, and sacred sites reveal a culture’s mindset for a presentation at Galveston Arts Center (GAC) 2:00 – 3:00 PM Saturday, March 24. The presentation will be held in the second-floor Peaches Kempner Studio Classroom; Stark will be available to meet and greet guests, and sign her book, The Telling Image, in the ArtWorks Museum Store 3:00 - 5:00. Copies of The Telling Image may be purchased before and after the presentation. 

Author and documentary filmmaker Stark suggests the key to reading the past and glimpsing the future can be found in the shapes of domiciles. Drawing on her years with NBC News in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, Stark explains that the shapes of shelters, social systems, and sacred sites reveal a culture’s mindset. Her illustrated talk takes the audience from tribal ceremonies in Liberia and the pyramids of Egypt to contemporary hotels in China. 

Released February 2018, The Telling Image discusses how, in every era of humanity, people have been searching for meaning and pattern. Illustrated with captivating original photos, Stark takes readers on a journey through time, place, and shape. Symbols such as church steeples and skyscrapers are seen as ladders; shelters, sacred places, and social systems that reflect their inhabitants’ frames of mind. 

Stark is an Emmy-Award winning producer, documentary filmmaker and author. She has independently written and produced documentaries on architecture, medical research, globalization, artists, and social issues. She is a trustee at institutions in education, health, the arts, and public service, including her alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She now resides in Houston.


Women's History Month Conference at UTEP - Keynote Speech

Date: Wednesday, March 28 at 12:30 pm
Location: UT El-Paso, Tomás Rivera Conference Center, Union East 3rd floor

Lois will discuss the history of women through myth and shape, storytelling and the iconography of the hero/heroine. 

Book Festivals:

LA Times Festival of the Book, April 21-22 -  *Available for Purchase at Booth 192

Bay Area Book Festival, April 28-29 -  *Available for Purchase

Public Library Association Conference

BookExpo America/BookCon

American Library Association Book Fair

Beijing International Book Fair

Frankfurt International Book Fair

SXSWEDU - With Texas Authors Association

Past Events

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston
Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival - Local Literati

Date: Sunday, October 29th, 11:00am
Location: Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston
5601 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, Texas 77096, Room TBA

Art and Soul seems to define this year’s contributions to the Local Literati program. Join us as we hear from Houston writers and inquire about their most recent literary endeavors.  

A reception and book signing in the Bookstore follows the program. This year's featured authors include Idan Ben-Ezra (The Book of Insights), Dr. Milton S. Klein (Learned by Heart:  Dialogues with my Father), Ann M. Leis and Gail Danziger Klein (Music of the Butterfly:  A Story of Hope), and Lois Stark (The Telling Shapes of Changing Times). 

Free and open to the public. 

To learn more, visit the JCC website or the Facebook event listing. 

 Photo by James Coreas

Photo by James Coreas

Lois Stark: The Telling Image
Presented by the Houston Seminar

Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: American General Conference Room, Mezzanine Level, Audrey Jones Beck Building, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 5601 Main Street. Parking available in garage. 

Documentary filmmaker Lois Stark notes that history is often told as a story of rulers and wars; she prefers to tell the story of human history through the lens of shape. 

Ms. Stark will illustrate the mental maps that shape how humans build shelters, bind social systems, and form sacred sites. She avers that early humans understood the world as a web, building round thatched huts and stone circles. In contrast, industrial age humans saw the world as a ladder, ordered by hierarchy and measurement, from pyramids to skyscrapers. In today’s interconnected world, she contends, networks are our mental map, as seen in everything from architecture to biology to social media. By noticing past shapes, Ms. Stark asserts that we can anticipate what’s next. Nature does not change, only the map in the human mind.

Lois Farfel Stark is the author of the forthcoming book The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times. She has been a producer and writer for NBC News, filming in Africa, the Middle East, Cuba, Northern Ireland, Europe, and the USA. She has produced and written over forty documentaries on architecture, medical research, globalization, artists, and social issues. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and has master’s degrees in communication and in education.

Tickets available via The Houston Seminar. 

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Past Events

TedxSMU November 12th, 2016

Lois presented "Shape: Hidden in Plain Sight." Read about the event here.

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TedxSMU Auditions May 2016

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