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Calendar of Programs

 SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER
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Unless specified otherwise, all public programs take place at BHS Pierrepont
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

September

Transformed Overnight: The Impact of 9/11Transformed Overnight: The Impact of 9/11
Tue, Sep 11, 7:00 pm
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Seventeen years after the 9/11 attacks, we reflect on how NYC and the world have changed through the eyes of three cultural creators: Tina Chang, Brooklyn’s first Poet Laureate who wrote movingly about the attack; Clifford Chanin, 9/11 Memorial & Museum EVP & Deputy Director of Museum Programs, who relays the complex process of developing the Museum’s narrative; and Pat Kiernan, a journalist whose work reporting NYC news spans our pre- and post-9/11 city.   

Pictured: A still frame from 2001, by Wolfgang Staehle, courtesy of National September 11 Memorial and Museum, © Wolfgang Staehle . Presented in partnership with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. This program follows a day of free public viewing at BHS of artist Wolfgang Staehle’s video piece 2001 in which the attacks are captured.  


Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico’s Reckoning, One Year LaterHurricane Maria: Puerto Rico's Reckoning, One Year Later
Thu, Sep 13, 6:30 pm
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What do the complex legacy of colonialism and the uncertain future of climate change mean for Puerto Rico today? Former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito sits down with Refinery29 news and politics reporter Andrea González-Ramírez to reflect on the impending one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s strike on Puerto Rico, the unjust federal response, and how the island’s historical connection with New York has served as a conduit for grassroots relief efforts and community healing.

Presented in partnership with Power For Puerto Rico and #OurPowerPRnyc, an initiative of the Climate Justice Alliance.


Book Talk: Never Ran, Never WillBook Talk: Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City
Mon, Sep 17, 6:30 pm
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Join BuzzFeed criminal justice reporter and author Albert Samaha for the uplifting story of the Mo Better Jaguars, a youth football team offering opportunity, community, and refuge to Brownsville’s young men. Against the backdrop of a Brooklyn community grappling with economic tensions and encroaching gentrification, the gridiron gives these young players the opportunity to forge friendships and their own visions for the future. The author is in conversation with culture writer for The AtlanticHannah Giorgis.


Growing Up Evangelical: A Woman's First-Hand AccountGrowing Up Evangelical: A Woman's First-Hand Account
Thu, Sep 20, 6:30 pm
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In Pure, an insider’s account of the culture of purity imposed on young women raised in the evangelical Christian faith, author Linda Kay Kleinunmasks the traumatic fear-mongering that she endured as an adolescent. Writing Pure led her to congregations across the nation. She discusses her journey, bridging the church’s sexual shaming with wider societal subjugations of women, in this conversation with former New York Times “On Religion” columnist Samuel Freedman.


Book Talk: Upending the Ivory TowerBook Talk: Upending the Ivory Tower: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Ivy League
Tue, Sep 25, 6:30 pm
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Go inside the story of the pioneering black students, staff, and faculty members that reshaped the hallowed halls of Ivy League institutions of higher learning. Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University, Stefan Bradley, shares the history of how the Black Power movement took hold in university halls, forever changing curricula, narratives, and opportunities for black empowerment through education. 


Screening and Discussion of Bobbito Garcia's Rock Rubber 45sScreening and Discussion of Bobbito Garcia's Rock Rubber 45s
Thu, Sep 27, 7:00 pm
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Street basketball, sneakers, and Hip-Hop collide in this singular documentary from the mind of Bobbito Garcia. Featuring interviews with Chuck D, Patti Labelle, Questlove, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more, experience this exploration into the global intersection of pop culture phenomena through the lens of Bobbito’s career as a streetball player, sneakerhead, and fixture in NYC’s hip-hop radio scene. Featuring a talkback with Bobbito and Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival founder Wes Jackson. View the trailer for Rock Rubber 45s here, and visit its website here.



October

New York’s Gargoyles: The Immigrants Who Made Them and the Hunters Who Saved Them New York’s Gargoyles: The Immigrants Who Made Them and the Hunters Who Saved Them
Tue, Oct 2, 6:30 pm
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From the 19th-century European artisans who incised their imaginations into NYC’s ever-taller edifices, to the obsessive gargoyle hunters who rescued this distinctive American art form from ruin in the postwar period, John Freeman Gill tells a sweeping story of the creation, near demise, and ultimate salvation of some of the city’s most extraordinary visages. Join Gill, author of The Gargoyle Hunters: A Novel, for an illustrated talk about this quintessential New York adventure story. Moderated by journalist and documentary filmmaker Laurie Gwen Shapiro.


Immigrant Women, Labor, and the Quest for Gender JusticeImmigrant Women, Labor, and the Quest for Gender Justice
Wed, Oct 10, 6:30 pm
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How can immigrant women workers achieve safe and just work environments free from sexual harassment and violence? Join us as Bernice Yeung, ProPublica reporter and author of In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers, shares the harrowing experiences she chronicles in her book. She is joined by Rachel Isreeli of the Center for Family Life’s Cooperative Development Program in Sunset Park, which organizes cooperatives in the traditionally exploitative domestic work industry. Joanna Morales, a home care worker, will share her perspective as a worker-owner of Golden Steps Elder Care Cooperative

Presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Community Foundation and The New Press.


Bank of America presents History Makers: Ron Chernow on Ulysses S. GrantBank of America presents History Makers
Ron Chernow on Ulysses S. Grant

Thu, Oct 11, 6:30 pm
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Ron Chernow, award-winning author of Washington: A Life and Alexander Hamilton (the biographical inspiration behind the musical phenomenon), applies his peerless approach to the complicated figure of Ulysses S. Grant in this exploration of the story behind the larger-than-life general and president.


The Not-So-Sweet History of SugarThe Not-So-Sweet History of Sugar
Tue, Oct 16, 6:30 pm
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Join social historian, York College professor, and author of Sugar: The World Corrupted, From Slavery to Obesity, James Walvin, as he uncovers the fraught history of one of our most prevalent ingredients: sugar. From its role in catalyzing colonialism and slave trading, to its current contributions to health crises, Walvin delivers this history without any sugar coating.

Presented in connection with the exhibition Waterfront.


Book Talk: Brooklyn Tides: The Fall and Rise of a Global BoroughBook Talk: Brooklyn Tides: The Fall and Rise of a Global Borough
Wed, Oct 17, 6:30 pm
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Tracing Brooklyn’s ascent from blighted outer borough to worldwide brand, authors Mark Noonan and Benjamin Shepard uncover the local consequences of globalization through the literature, social activism, and changing tides of capital as it crashes onto the shores of this ever-transforming borough.

Presented in connection with the exhibition Waterfront.


The Path to a Post-Rikers NYCThe Path to a Post-Rikers NYC
Wed, Oct 24, 6:30 pm
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Hope for breaking the brutal violence of Rikers Island with a 10-year plan to close the complex brings with it new questions on accountability, bail reform, borough-based jails, inmate release, and the persistent inability to operate a humane criminal justice system, regardless of location. New York Times reporter Ashley Southall leads a conversation tackling these tough questions with criminal justice experts including CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance Executive Director Michael Jacobson, Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Dana Kaplan, and Vera Institute Program Director Insha Rahman.


Incivility: Violence in Congress on the Path to the Civil WarIncivility: Violence in Congress on the Path to the Civil War
Thu, Oct 25, 6:30 pm
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If you despair of today’s political environment, and can’t imagine a more unruly and uncivil time, look no further than Joanne Freeman’s latest book, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War. The Yale historian documents the collapse of civil dialogue amongst members of congress in the years preceding the Civil War, from vitriolic diatribes to the infamous attack on Charles Sumner on the Capitol floor. She is joined in conversation by fellow historian and author, Alexis Coe.


Boos in the Borough: A Brooklyn Historical HalloweenBoos in the Borough: A Brooklyn Historical Halloween
Wed, Oct 31, 6:00-9:00 pm
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BHS opens its doors for an evening of Halloween hijinks! Join us for tales of Brooklyn’s ghosts featuring Boroughs of the Dead founder Andrea Janes, an exploration of funerary traditions with death educator Amy Cunningham, and more celebrations of all things macabre. Come in costume and participate in a contest for the title of Best Dressed Ghoul in Brooklyn!



November

Elections in the Age of TrumpElections in the Age of Trump
Mon, Nov 5, 6:30 pm
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On the eve of the midterm elections, FiveThirtyEight Senior Political Writer Clare Malone leads a conversation with John Sides, professor of political science at George Washington University and coauthor of the new book, Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America. The book and its argument provides a gripping, in-depth account of the 2016 presidential election from the bruising primaries, to the election night that defied the predictions of pundits and pollsters.

Presented in partnership with the Social Science Research Council’s Media and Democracy program.


Tales from the Vault: Brooklyn for PeaceTales from the Vault: Brooklyn for Peace
Wed, Nov 7, 6:30 pm
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Founded amid the tensions of the Cold War, Brooklyn for Peace is an organization known for its involvement in local, national, and international political issues including nuclear disarmament, military recruitment, and more. Join two members of our library staff, Maggie Schreiner and Laura Juliano, as they share BfP’s 30-year history through their vast archival collections spanning 200 grassroots movements, which were recently catalogued and made available in the Othmer Library.


Book Talk: Saving BravoBook Talk: Saving Bravo
Mon, Nov 12, 6:30 pm
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In observance of Veterans Day, join author Stephan Talty (The Black Hand, Captain Phillips) for a harrowing story from one of the world’s most contentious conflicts. Shot down and stranded behind enemy lines during the turning point of the Vietnam War, Lt. Col. Gene Hambleton would become the subject of the greatest rescue mission in Navy SEAL history. Talty shares a story of survival and sacrifice in this illustration of the cost of war.


About Them Apples: Inside Brooklyn’s Cider BoomAbout Them Apples: Inside Brooklyn’s Cider Boom
Wed, Nov 14, 6:30 pm
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A refined, hyper-local potpourri of apple-based libations is taking root in Brooklyn, with makers inspired by everything from from Green-Wood Cemetery trees to medieval Basque traditions. Condé Nast Traveler food and drink writer Craig Cavallo moderates a conversation with Susan Yi of Brooklyn Cider House, Jahil Maplestone of Descendant Cider Company, and Joy Hammond of Proper Cider as they share stories of navigating production in the inner city, shifting forces in regional agriculture, and the secret to crisp apple sips.

Presented in connection with the exhibition The Business of Brooklyn.


Brooklyn’s GuyanaBrooklyn's Guyana
Tue, Nov 20, 6:30 pm
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While Brooklyn is widely known as home to one of the largest Caribbean diasporas in the world, lesser known is the presence of the Guyanese-American community, the 5th largest immigrant community in NYC. Join three of Guyana’s leading female literary voices to explore the politics and role of migration in Brooklyn’s dynamic community. Gaiutra Bahadur (Coolie Woman), Natalie Hopkinson (A Mouth is Always Muzzled), and Rosalind Kilkenny McLymot (The Guyana Contract) will also reflect on the importance of Guyanese women who, since the 1950s to present, have been a driving force in migration from the Caribbean. Moderated by Grace Aneiza Ali, Assistant Professor, NYU’s Department of Art & Public Policy.


Bank of America Presents History Makers: Frederick Douglass and Fugitive Slaves: David Blight in Conversation with Andrew DelbancoBank of America presents History Makers
Frederick Douglass and Fugitive Slaves: David Blight in Conversation with Andrew Delbanco

Mon, Nov 26, 6:30 pm
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Yale historian and author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, David Blight, sits down with Columbia University’s Andrew Delbanco, author of The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War. Join these celebrated thinkers for a conversation about abolition and a pivotal era in American history.


Remembering the 70s and 80s: A Bygone BrooklynRemembering the 70s and 80s: A Bygone Brooklyn
Wed, Nov 28, 6:30 pm
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The images captured in photographer Larry Racioppo’s new book, Brooklyn Before: Photographs, 1971-1983, tell the story of a gritty borough all but lost today. Racioppo is joined by two who remember: novelist and New York Daily News columnist Denis Hamill and journalist Tom Robbins of the Village Voice and New York Daily News. Julia Van Haaften, founding curator of the New York Public Library’s photography collection, joins this conversation about a lost Brooklyn and the art of street photography.


Malls vs. Bodegas: Resisting the Suburbanization of the CityMalls vs. Bodegas: Resisting the Suburbanization of the City
Thu, Nov 29, 6:30 pm
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While chain stores proliferate along neighborhood main streets, a simultaneous phenomenon of storefront vacancy threatens the character of NYC’s famously vibrant street life as landlords push out small business owners, holding out for higher-paying tenants. Join Center for an Urban Future Executive Director Jonathan Bowles, author of Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul Jeremiah Moss, and Director of Economic Policy at the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development Lena Afridi for a conversation moderated by Vanity Fair contributing editor Paul Goldberger as they consider how to counteract the “mall-ification” of public space and commerce in NYC.

Pictured clockwise from top: Jonathan Bowles, Jeremiah Moss, Lena Afridi, and Paul Goldberger


December

Performance as Tool for Social Justice: Bryan Doerries and Shaun Leonardo in ConversationPerformance as Tool for Social Justice: Bryan Doerries and Shaun Leonardo in Conversation
Wed, Dec 5, 6:30 pm
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Bryan Doerries, Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions, uses performance of classical literature to confront and heal trauma. He works with individuals and communities that range from veterans to gangs. Shaun Leonardo uses participatory performance to similarly explore vulnerability, power, and loss. His series, I Can’t Breathe, which responds to Eric Garner’s killing, is part self-defense class and part social activism. In an evening that includes both demonstration and discussion, these two innovators explore their cutting-edge work and the power of performance to confront social issues.


“Muslims in Brooklyn” Listening PartyMuslims in Brooklyn Listening Party
Thu, Dec 6, 6:30 pm
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For well over a century, Muslims have lived, worked, and prayed in Brooklyn, making it a major center of Muslim life for NYC and the nation. Join us as we celebrate the official online publication of Brooklyn Historical Society’s Muslims in Brooklyn oral history collection. Led by BHS oral historian and project director Zaheer Ali and project coordinator Liz Strong, Muslims in Brooklyn brings to light the stories of Muslims from all over the Borough. Spend the evening listening to a curated selection of interviews which together paint a first-hand picture of how Muslims have both shaped and been shaped by life in Brooklyn.


Stripping Stigma: HIV/AIDS in NYC NowStripping Stigma: HIV/AIDS in NYC Now
Mon, Dec 10, 6:30 pm
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Author and historian Sarah Schulman, Columbia University Associate Dean of Community and Minority Affairs Dr. Robert Fullilove, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center Director of HIV Prevention Anthony Albanese explore the footprint of the crisis of decades past, continued inequity in education and treatment across racial and socioeconomic communities, and marked efforts for opening the conversation surrounding HIV/AIDS in the post-PrEP era

Presented in partnership with The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.


Book Talk: Victory City: A History of New York and New Yorkers During World War IIBook Talk: Victory City: A History of New York and New Yorkers During World War II
Wed, Dec 12, 6:30 pm
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Historian John Strausbaugh brings to life the many denizens of New York City during the era of World War II. From ship fitters and soldiers, to profiteers and pacifists, Strausbaugh shares the story of how this costly conflict played out on the streets of New York, and how its consequences paved the way for the city to become the global capital it is today.





Brooklyn Historical Society's Spring/Summer 2018 season of public programs are made possible, in part, through the generosity of TD Bank.
TD Bank


Brooklyn Historical Society public programs are made possible by the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and, in part, by public funds from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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The History Makers series is proudly presented by Bank of America

Bank of America






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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