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2017 Fall & Winter Programs

Calendar of Programs



Elite Northern Colleges and Their Ties to SlaveryElite Northern Colleges and Their Ties to Slavery
Thu, Nov 30, 6:30 pm
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Columbia, Princeton, Brown, Yale. The ties between these institutions and America’s “peculiar institution” are deep. Historian Eric Foner heads the Columbia University and Slavery project. Martha Sandweiss heads a similar project at Princeton. Join them as they uncover slavery’s historic connections to elite campuses in a conversation moderated by Craig Wilder, author of Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities.


Jennifer Egan on Manhattan BeachJennifer Egan on Manhattan Beach
Thu, Dec 7, 6:30 pm
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The Pulitzer-Prize winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan, is back with a new novel uncovering Brooklyn waterfront history, from women working in the Navy Yard to mobsters running the Red Hook docks. She sits down with Alexis Coe, author of Alice+Freda Forever, to discuss her extensive research and the process of building the book’s vibrant characters.

Book Talk: Women in the World of Frederick DouglassBook Talk: Women in the World of Frederick Douglass
Mon, Dec 11, 6:30 pm
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Historian and professor of American History at Le Moyne College, Leigh Fought, paints an alternative portrait of abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass by examining the lives of the women around him. In this latest work, Fought sheds light on Douglass’s relationships to his mother, grandmother, slave mistresses, wives Anna Murray and Helen Pitts, and many other women who nurtured, challenged, and united with him in shared struggles for emancipation, the right to vote, and equality.

Book Talk: The Ghost Ship of BrooklynBook Talk: The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn
Wed, Dec 13, 6:30 pm
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Thousands of Americans suffered on the HMS Jersey, a British prison ship moored in Wallabout Bay off the coast of Brooklyn, during the Revolutionary War. In his new book, award-winning historian Robert Watson brings to life the stories of survivors and charts the ship’s ghastly effect on the city’s spirit, which eventually rallied public support for the war.

Unlocking Public Space: Placemaking in BrownsvilleUnlocking Public Space: Placemaking in Brownsville
Mon, Dec 18, 6:30 pm
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Starting with Jane Jacobs's first campaign against Robert Moses, urbanists have argued that public space is a critical component of a healthy, vibrant city. But what if people fear for their safety on their own street? In Brownsville, through the work of the Brownsville Community Justice Center, residents have leveraged urban planning tools to transform neglected spaces into safe, vibrant public hubs. Ginia Bellafante of the New York Times, moderates a conversation with Erica Mateo and Deron Johnston from the Brownsville Community Justice Center, and David Burney, Director of Pratt's Urban Placemaking and Management program, exploring the successes and challenges of placemaking in Brownsville.

Offered in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation

Brooklyn Heights Tours

Big Onion Brooklyn Heights TourHistoric Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour

Explore New York City’s first Landmark District on a special tour co-sponsored by Big Onion and BHS! End your excursion at BHS, where you'll receive free admission and a behind-the-scenes look at our magnificent 1881 building. Check out the schedule of upcoming tours HERE and start planning your next Brooklyn adventure!Big Onion


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Bank of AmericaPublic Programs are made possible, in part, by a generous grant from Bank of America. 

Additonal funding provided by The Agnes Varis Trust.