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Historian Ron Chernow, author of the biography "Alexander Hamilton," and Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director at the Public Theater, the theater that first launched Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical "Hamilton," chat with "The New Yorker's" Rebecca Mead about the complexities of staging history.

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Calendar of Programs

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May

PrisonUse of Force in Prisons

Mon, May 23, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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How do we find a balance between a correction officer’s safety and a prisoner’s rights? Join a panel of leading thinkers for a look at this complex issue. Moderated by Ted Conover (pictured here), author of Newjack, panelists include Brian Fischer, former Commissioner, NYS Department of Corrections, Tom Robbins, who has written about this issue for The New York Times and The Marshall Project, Mary Lynne Werlwas from The Legal Aid Society’s Prisoner’s Rights Project, and Mikail DeVeaux, Executive Direector of Citizens Against Recidivism.


Democracy Now!Book Talk:Democracy Now! Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America

Tue, May 24, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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Since 1996, Amy Goodman has shined a light on important issues that are overlooked by mainstream news coverage on her independent radio (and now television and internet) show, Democracy Now! Join us when she and journalist and co-author David Goodman look back on twenty years of giving voice to those speaking truth to power.

Khalil Gibran MuhammadRace and History: An Evening with Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Thu, May 26, 6:30 pm
$10/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and recently named Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, discusses the intersection of race relations and social justice in America.







Vernon Jordan & Henry Louis Gates, Jr.Cocktails & Conversation: An Evening with Vernon Jordan and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Tue, May 31, 6:30 pm
$100/$80 for BHS and G-W Members
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Join us for a very special evening, which will begin with an elegant cocktail hour held in our landmarked Othmer Library, followed by a program featuring legendary civil rights activist Vernon Jordan in conversation with historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr.!

Thanks to our sponsor:

JPMorgan Chase

June

$2.00 a DayHungry, Not Homeless

Tue, June 7, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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Since 1996, the number of families in the United States living on $2 a day more than doubled. Kathryn Edin, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of the book $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, discusses poverty and hunger with Barbara J. Turk, Director of Food Policy for New York City.

Offered in connection with the exhibition, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Portraits of Hunger in NYC.”




Black Power

Call and Response: Black Power 50 Years Later

Tue, Jun 14, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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In June 1966, the call for Black Power in America was declared by Stokely Carmichael and Willie Ricks after the shooting of James Meredith in Mississippi. This call was heard across the nation and sparked a movement whose legacy continues fifty years later. Professor Robyn Spencer leads a conversation with activists from across generations. Panelists, including Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, Basir Mchawi, Farah Tanis, DeRay Mckesson, and Dante Barry reflect on the evolution from Black Power to Black Lives Matter.


The Surviving Artist in a Changing New YorkThe Surviving Artist in a Changing New York

Wed, Jun 15, 6:30 pm
Free
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New York has long been known as the creative capital of the world, but what exactly has contributed to the city's magnetism, and are those elements now in flux? Three NYFA and Whiting Award winners—Dael Orlandersmith, Jose Rivera, and Saïd Sayrafiezadeh—talk about the effect of New York's convulsive cultural, financial, and political changes on writers. Moderated by The New Yorker's Cressida Leyshon.

A partner program with The Whiting Foundation in celebration of three decades of NYFA and Whiting award-winning writers.
The Whiting Foundation & NYFA

Lonnie BunchRace and History: An Evening with Lonnie Bunch

Thu, June 16, 6:30 pm
$10/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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Founding Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is slated to open in 2016, Lonnie G. Bunch III shares his personal perspective on leading this formidable project.










Thurston and FriedlanderTalking White Privilege: A Conversation between Baratunde Thurston and Judah Friedlander

Mon, Jun 20, 8 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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In these times of accelerated debate about race, where does the term “white privilege” fit in? Join Baratunde Thurston, Supervising Producer at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and author of the best-selling book How to Be Black, and Judah Friedlander, actor and comedian of 30 Rock fame, for a discussion about what white privilege means in today’s racially and politically-charged climate.

Photo (right) by Tyler Nevitt


Rae TuteraRedefined and Redesigned: Defying Gender Norms in Fashion

Thu, Jun 23, 6:30 pm
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The fashion world has always been a place to push conventional boundaries, and finally gender is part of the mainstream conversation. This Pride Month, Anita Dolce Vita, Owner, Creative Director, and Editor-in-Chief of queer style website DapperQ, leads a panel of pioneering designers, models, and bloggers to explore the intersection of gender, identity, and fashion. Panelists include Rae Tutera of Brooklyn-based bespoke men and womenswear company Bindle & Keep, Zahyr Lauren of queer collective Bklyn Boihood, Peche Di, model and founder of Trans Models, one of the only transgender modeling agencies in the world, and fashion designer Andre Landeros Michel of LANDEROS NEW YORK.

Famous NathanScreening and Book Signing: Famous Nathan

Mon, Jun 27, 6:30 pm
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What’s more Brooklyn than eating a Nathan’s Famous hotdog on the Coney Island boardwalk? How about the story of an immigrant who arrived in NYC from Poland in 1912 with nothing to his name (and no English skills), and went on to start a food empire that remains a household name a century later? Join Lloyd Handwerker, grandson of Nathan himself, as he screens his documentary and discusses his new book about his grandfather’s legacy.



Taboo...YardiesScreening and Discussion: Taboo...Yardies

Wed, Jun 29, 6:30 pm
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In honor of Pride Month and Caribbean Heritage Month, join us for a screening of Taboo…Yardies, a 2011 documentary by filmmaker Selena Blake examining the socioeconomic and sociopolitical environment in Jamaica that cultivates violence against gays, lesbians, and transgender people. Presented in partnership with CaribBEING, an organization that works to build community through the lens of Caribbean cinema, culture, and art, as part of the Heritage Film Series.

July

Barry Scheck and Ken ThompsonRighting Wrongful Convictions: A Discussion with Barry Scheck and Ken Thompson

$10/Free for BHS and G-W Members
NEW DATE: Thu, Sep 22, 6:30 pm
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Join two champions of justice, Barry Scheck, co-founder and co-director of the Innocence Project which applies DNA testing to exonerate wrongful convictions, and Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, whose Conviction Review Unit, perhaps the largest in the country, is a national model. False confessions, eyewitness misidentification, improper forensics; these two men bring insight into the disturbing fissures in our criminal justice system.

Brownstone BrooklynBrownstone Brooklyn: Pioneers in the Gentrification Movement

Thu, Jul 7, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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From Bay Ridge to Bushwick, today neighborhoods on the cusp of gentrification display obvious signs of transformation and tension, but what about areas that were the first to make up the "new" Brooklyn, like Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, and Prospect Heights? What is their narrative and what challenges do they face today? Join Jarrett Murphy, Executive Publisher of City Limits, as he moderates a discussion with thought leaders including historian Suleiman Osman, author of The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn: Gentrification and the Search for Authenticity in Postwar New York, and New York Times columnist Ginia Bellafante.

Offered in partnership with "Celebrating the City: Jane Jacobs at 100."

 

King Corn PosterReel Food Screening & Discussion: King Corn

Mon, Jul 11, 6:30 pm
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In conjunction with BHS's exhibition Hidden in Plain Sight: Portraits of Hunger in NYC, we are proud to present a series of films focused on issues of food justice and equity. We begin the series with Peabody Award-winning King Corn, which looks at how government subsidies and industrialization in corn growth have affected farming (and eating) in the United States. Introduction and post-screening discussion led by Aaron Woolf, the film's director.







Amani Al-KhatahtbehAmerican, Female, and Muslim

Tue, Jul 12, 6:30 pm
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Debbie Almontaser leads a panel of pioneering Muslim American women who look at their multilayered identities through comedy, literature, fashion, and Twitter. Panelists include Kaye M., creator of #YesAllWomen and #NotYourStockMuslim, Negin Farsad, author of How to Make White People Laugh, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder of muslimgirl.com, and Laila Alawa, founder of thetempest.co.




 

Food, Inc.Reel Food Screening & Discussion: Food, Inc.

Mon, Jul 18, 6:30 pm
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We continue our series of film screenings focused on issues of food justice and equity with the Academy Award-nominated documentary Food, Inc., which takes a critical look at corporate farming in the United States. Introduction and post-screening discussion led by Saara Nafici, Executive Director of Added Value Farms, a Brooklyn-based, youth-led urban farming and compost operation.

Presented in conjunction with BHS's exhibition, "Hidden in Plain Sight: Portraits of Hunger in NYC."






The Slave's CauseBook Talk: Manisha Sinha on The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition

Wed, Jul 20, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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Manisha Sinha’s groundbreaking new book recasts abolition as a radical social movement of men and women, black and white, free and enslaved. Hear how Sinha, Adjunct Professor of History and Professor of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst, used newly discovered materials to piece together this comprehensive history in The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition.

Offered in connection with this exhibition, "Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom."





Fed UpReel Food Screening & Discussion: Fed Up

Mon, Jul 25, 6:30 pm
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We conclude our series of films focused on issues of food justice and equity with the eye-opening documentary Fed Up, which examines the food industry’s role in our country’s obesity epidemic. Introduction and follow-up discussion led by restaurateurs and food activists George Weld and Evan Hanczor of Egg in Williamsburg.

Presented in conjunction with BHS's exhibition, "Hidden in Plain Sight: Portraits of Hunger in NYC."


Ice Cream!Brooklyn Screams for Ice Cream!

Thu, Jul 28, 7 pm
$12/$8 for BHS and G-W Members
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Ice cream is having a “Brooklyn moment.” Join some of the borough’s top ice cream makers for a look at the history, mechanics, and future of ice cream cones, sundaes, and sandwiches in Brooklyn. Moderated by historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman.

Presented in partnership with Brooklyn Brainery.

 

August

Do the Right ThingBrooklyn on Screen: Do the Right Thing

Mon, Aug 1, 7 pm
Free
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From the Coney Island boardwalk to the brownstones of Bed-Stuy, the County of Kings has served as the set for numerous iconic films throughout the years. We're teaming up with Brooklyn Based to give our favorite borough a starring role in this summer film series, kicking off with Spike Lee’s seminal Do the Right Thing, which finds racial and ethnic tensions rising in Bed-Stuy on the hottest day of the year. Slate’s Kristen Meinzer and Newsday’s Rafer Guzman introduce the film.




 

Tales from the VaultTales from the Vault: The Skeletons in Our Closets

Wed, Aug 3, 6:30 pm
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BHS Reference Librarian Joanna Lamaida and Exhibition Coordinator & Registrar Anna Schwartz dust off some of BHS’s best kept collections secrets (skeletons included) and uncover treasures from the former Long Island Historical Society’s cabinet of curiosities. And what about those tales of meteors, amulets, and runaway librarians? Lamaida and Schwartz debunk or corroborate some of the library’s most notorious myths.

Pizza!Brooklyn Pizza: The Search for Authenticity

Thu, Aug 4, 7 pm
$12/$8 for BHS and G-W Members
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Who makes the most authentic pizza in New York City? Explore the debate with pizza historian Scott Wiener and a panel of Brooklyn's top pizza makers, including a classic old-school slice shop, a historic coal-fired pizza parlor, a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria, and a new-school pie innovator. Slice into issues of tradition, authenticity, and perception in the contemporary food landscape!

Presented in partnership with Brooklyn Brainery.







MoonstruckBrooklyn on Screen: Moonstruck

Mon, Aug 8, 7 pm
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BHS’s own neighborhood, Brooklyn Heights, is the stage for Cher’s Academy Award-winning performance in Norman Jewison’s classic 1987 romantic comedy. Grab a Brooklyn Brewery beer, then sit back and enjoy the magic and larger-than-life romance that blossoms in the streets of Moonstruck’s Brooklyn! Slate’s Kristen Meinzer and Newsday’s Rafer Guzman introduce the film.

Presented in partnership with Brooklyn Based.








Crown HeightsCrown Heights Encounters: Listening Back, Moving Forward

Wed, Aug 10, 6:30 pm
Free
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Twenty-five years after the August 1991 Crown Heights riot, BHS, in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and Brooklyn Movement Center, gathers for an evening to reflect on the history and future of Crown Heights. Featuring a performance, oral history presentation, and a panel discussion moderated by Inside City Hall host and CNN contributor Errol Louis, the three-part program will explore the multi-storied past of the neighborhood, including issues of ethnic relations, racial justice, and urban renewal that continue to shape the lives of its residents today.

The WarriorsBrooklyn on Screen: The Warriors

Mon, Aug 15, 7 pm
Free
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The last in our series of films starring Brooklyn takes us to Coney Island, home turf of the rough and tumble gang that is the namesake of this fantasy thriller. Shot almost completely on location in the streets and subways of NYC during the summer of 1978, this cult classic will give you a glimpse into a Brooklyn of the past.

Presented in partnership with Brooklyn Based.

Revolution and Emotion1776: Revolution and Emotion with Historian Nicole Eustace

Thu, Aug 18, 6:30 pm
Free
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As we approach the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, NYU Professor of History Nicole Eustace, author of Passion is the Gale: Emotion, Power, and the Coming of the American Revolution, will look at the pivotal role of emotion in reshaping power relations and reordering society in the critical decades leading up to the Revolution.

Offered in partnership with the Old Stone House and Green-Wood Cemetery as part of Battle Week.




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








 Family Programs

Art, Movement, Music, Pretend!

BHS Family Programs take a break for the summer! Check back for news about next season, which will start in the fall.

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PUBLIC PROGRAM REFUND POLICY

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.

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.