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Calendar of Programs

 JULY | AUGUST
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Unless specified otherwise, all public programs take place at BHS Pierrepont
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society public programs are made possible, in part, through the generosity of TD Bank.
TD Bank

July

Book Talk: Beneath a Ruthless SunBook Talk: Beneath a Ruthless Sun
Thu, Jul 19, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove, Gilbert King, presents his latest book, a historical exploration of crime, community, and conspiracy. Spurred by the true story of a criminal investigation in segregation-era Florida, King uncovers a cultural intersection of racism, privilege, and injustice that continues to infect many communities around the country today.


Community Organizing for Climate Change in Red HookCommunity Organizing for Climate Change in Red Hook
Thu, Jul 26, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members
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The urgency of climate change has charged some coastal neighborhoods to mount their own initiatives to tackle rising seas and intensifying storms. With Red Hook as a case study, we’ll explore the potential of community organizing to prioritize environmental justice and preserve unique ecosystems, and the limits of local activism in the face of global climatic shifts requiring massive infrastructure interventions. Associate director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at SUNY Stony Brook Christine O'Connell moderates a discussion with Waterfront Alliance President and CEO Roland Lewis, Fifth Avenue Committee environmental organizer Karen Blondel, and architect Gita Nanden.

Presented in connection with the exhibition Waterfront.
 


RIP Local News?Book Talk: Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World
Tue, Jul 31, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members

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From the smog-belching smokestacks of Europe’s Industrial Revolution to the outsourced manufacturing cities of today, the factory has come to define the modern world. Distinguished Professor of History at Queens College Joshua B. Freeman assembles the wide-ranging effects heavy industry has had on society, including labor relations, consumption patterns, environmental issues, post-industrial landscapes, and more, in this discussion of his latest book.

Presented in connection with the exhibition The Business of Brooklyn.

August

Book Talk: No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in AmericaBook Talk: No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America
Thu, Aug 2, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members
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Writer, activist, and leader in the Movement for Black Lives Darnell Moore shares this personal memoir of growth and survival. Beginning with his childhood in Camden, NJ and encompassing formative experiences in Philadelphia, his current life in Bed-Stuy, and activism in places like Ferguson, MO, Moore’s story is interwoven with the broader narrative of life in the margins of American society: blackness, queerness, urban life, inequality, and poverty. 
 


Charlottesville: One Year LaterCharlottesville: One Year Later
Wed, Aug 8, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members

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Mic senior writers Aaron Morrison and Jack Smith IV and Columbia University professor of U.S. history Stephanie McCurry consider the year since a far-right rally surrounding the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, VA revealed a nation’s explosive racism, culminating in violence and homicide. How do we memorialize that fateful day as well as the countless heroes underrepresented in public monuments?


Book Talk: The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America's Law EnforcementBook Talk: The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America's Law Enforcement
Thu, Aug 9, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members
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With 30 years of experience as an officer of the law at the local, state, and federal levels, CNN law enforcement analyst Matthew Horace has seen nearly every aspect of law enforcement from the inside. He shares his personal experience as a black man behind the badge, and how this informs his study of institutionalized racism and “toxic brotherhood” in American policing.


Book Talk: Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man

Book Talk: Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man
Wed, Aug 15, 6:30 pm
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Brooklyn writer Thomas Page McBee recounts his personal story as the first trans man to ever box in Madison Square Garden, and the struggle with gender stereotypes and violence he encountered along the way. In a conversation moderated by author and co-host of BuzzFeed’s AM to DM Saeed Jones, McBee will bring to life this new book that explores the expanded definitions of masculinity we can derive from inside and outside the boxing ring.


Urban Bees: Mead, Rooftop Farms, and an Environmental Crucible

Urban Bees: Mead, Rooftop Farms, and an Environmental Crucible
Thu, Aug 23, 6:30 pm
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Explore the buzz around bees in NYC, from honey’s ascent on bar and restaurant menus, to the proliferation of urban apiaries and the unseen pesticide fallout impacting the city’s hives. Edible History queen bee Victoria Flexner moderates a conversation with meadmaker Raphael Lyon of Enlightenment Wines and Bushwick cocktail bar, Honey’s, Tim O’Neal of Borough Bees, and environmental advocate Barbara Schacker.







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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Brooklyn Historical Society requires 24 hours notice before the date of the event to refund a ticket. No refunds are provided after that point. This means no refunds are provided on the day of the event and all subsequent days.