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Calendar of Programs

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

May

Celebrating Haitian History Celebrating Haitian History
Wed, May 23, 6:30 pm
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Journalist Garry Pierre Pierre and expert in the Haitian immigrant experience Carolle Charles discuss how the United States’ past occupation of Haiti continues to shape the representation of the country and its people in American culture. Explore the complex and beautiful history of Haiti itself, the diasporic communities in Brooklyn, and Haitian influence on pop culture and the arts. Moderated by writer and comedian Tanael Joachim.

 

Walt Whitman Turns 199: Harbors, Heights, and a Brooklyn CelebrationWalt Whitman Turns 199: Harbors, Heights, and a Brooklyn Celebration
Tue, May 29, 6:30 pm
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From 1824 through the 1855 publication of Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman's relationships with Brooklyn's built and natural environments and the citizens who inhabited them left an indelible mark on his work. Join contemporary stewards of Whitman's Brooklyn legacies, including Greg Trupiano of The Walt Whitman Project, Charles Jarden and Julian Macrone of the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, and Karen Karbiener of NYU and the Walt Whitman Initiative, along with readers Lonely Christopher and Elizabeth Nunez and opera singer Nicole Mitchell for this immersive, multimedia exploration of Brooklyn’s Bard on the occasion of his 199th birthday.


June

Law and Order: The History and Politics of New York Criminal Justice with The Marshall ProjectLaw and Order: The History and Politics of New York Criminal Justice with The Marshall Project
Wed, Jun 6, 6:30 pm
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Over the past two decades the politics of law and order in New York City have changed dramatically. Where once candidates for office vied to appear the toughest on crime, they now compete to carry the banner of reform. Join The Marshall Project’s Tom Robbins, author Kim Phillips-Fein, and law enforcement professional Edwin Raymond to examine how NYC’s widening inequality will impact crime and whether the rhetoric of criminal justice reform matches the reality in the city. The discussion will be led by Carroll Bogert, President of The Marshall Project.

Presented in partnership with The Marshall Project. Learn about Edwin Raymond's experience with law enforcement in The Marshall Project's We Are Witnesses series.


Meg Wolitzer in Conversation with Brigid HughesMeg Wolitzer in Conversation with Brigid Hughes
Thu, Jun 7, 6:30 pm
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New York Times best-selling author Meg Wolitzer discusses her newest novel, The Female Persuasion, with Brigid Hughes, former executive editor of The Paris Review, and current editor of A Public Space.


Touchy Subjects: LGBTQ and #MeTooTouchy Subjects: LGBTQ and #MeToo
Mon, Jun 11, 6:30 pm
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What promise does the #MeToo movement hold to spotlight sexual assault and harassment toward vulnerable LGBTQ communities? In a media environment focused on the stories of cisgender celebrities, who gets left behind? And how can individuals of non-conforming gender and sexual identity advocate for their own protections? them executive editor Meredith Talusan leads a conversation with Black Lives Matter co-founder and Marsha P. Johnson Institute Executive Director Elle Hearns, media host, organizer, and activist Aaryn Lang, and Inside/Out author and Food for Thot co-host Joseph Osmundson.


Opioids & NYC: Highs and Lows in the Five BoroughsOpioids & NYC: Highs and Lows in the Five Boroughs
Wed, Jun 13, 6:30 pm
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Join us as we shine a light on how a national health crisis often associated with suburban and rural areas converges along racial, socio-economic, and geographic lines in NYC. Dr. Lloyd Sederer, New York State Office of Mental Health chief medical officer, discusses his new book The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs with Director of Psychopharmacology Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College Dr. Richard Friedman and recovered addict Terrell Jones of New York Harm Reduction Educators. The Takeaway producer Alexandra Botti moderates.


The Police Killing of Arthur Miller, 40 Years LaterThe Police Killing of Arthur Miller, 40 Years Later
Thu, Jun 14, 6:30 pm
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On June 14, 1978, Crown Heights community leader and businessman Arthur Miller was killed by police chokehold. Forty years later, MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid leads a panel discussion featuring former City Council Member Al Vann, activist Thenjiwe McHarris, and NAACP representative Lumumba Bandele about what has changed, and what has not—with special guests the Miller family. The program will be introduced by a series of oral histories from residents who remember this tragic event.


RIP Local News?RIP Local News?
Mon, Jun 18, 6:30 pm
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In an environment of rapid news cycles, digital clickbait, precarious financing, and government deregulations, where local news outlets like DNA.info, Gothamist, and The Village Voice closing or in flux, what is the future of serious local news reporting? NY1 reporter Jeanine Ramirez moderates a conversation between Gothamist publisher Jake Dobkin, former Village Voice staff writer Tom Robbins, and Bklyner editor Liena Zagare.

Screening & Talkback: Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing AmericaScreening & Talkback | Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America
Wed, Jun 20, 6:30 pm
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Frederick Law Olmsted’s masterworks of Central and Prospect Parks are cherished by New Yorkers, but his brilliant work carving nature into cities can be seen across the nation. Join us for this documentary and presentation from the film’s lead researcher and historian, Laurence Cotton.

Presented in connection with the exhibition The Means of a Ready Escape: Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
 

The (New) Urban Resistance: Progressives Go LocalThe (New) Urban Resistance: Progressives Go Local
Mon, Jun 25, 6:30 pm
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With a federal government mired in dysfunction, cities across the nation are the new frontier of progressive change, presenting solutions to issues that range from income inequality to public health. Join Democracy Now! co-host and former NY Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez, NYC councilmember Brad Lander, lead organizer at Make the Road New York Natalia Aristizabal, and Philadelphia City councilperson Helen Gym, to dig into the power of local advocacy and activism. Moderated by The Nation’s Lizzy Ratner.

Co-sponsored by The Nation magazine as part of its "Cities Rising" series.

Sex vs. Spirit: LGBTQ & Communities of FaithSex vs. Spirit: LGBTQ & Communities of Faith
Tue, Jun 26, 6:30 pm
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As biblical interpretations and cultural norms broaden, leading a life of faith and sexual nonconformity are no longer diametrically opposed. NYU professor and coauthor of Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance Ann Pellegrini moderates a conversation with Malcolm Shanks of the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity and trans pastor Paula Williams on the intersection of religious community and personal identity, and in some cases, the ongoing challenges of existing as a dual minority.

Book Talk | Reading with PatrickBook Talk | Reading with Patrick
Thu, Jun 28, 6:30 pm
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Author Michelle Kuo discusses her complex and deeply affecting memoir about a young teacher and student who come together to form an unlikely friendship in the Arkansas Delta. This powerful story offers an expansive, deeply resonant meditation on education, race, and justice in the rural South.


July

Book Talk: History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging TimesBook Talk: History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times
Thu, Jul 5, 6:30 pm

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Throughout American history, eras of political turmoil have presented obstacles to progressive ideologies. But even during the trying times, movements gain traction.
Dr. Mary Frances Berry, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, presents a history of mobilization against imbalanced power, from anti-racist actions during WWII, to protests against the Vietnam War, to recent demonstrations focusing on environmental justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and more. Resistance is not new, and it is not going away.


Independent Publishing in an Age of Resistance Independent Publishing in an Age of Resistance
Mon, July 9, 6:30 pm
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What role do books play in shaping our current political culture? And how can independent publishers channel the resurgent activism of this particular historical moment? Melville House Publisher Dennis Johnson, the New Press Executive Director Diane Wachtell, and Feminist Press Publisher Jamia Wilson sit down to discuss the challenges and opportunities of publishing in the current era. Moderated by Akashic Books Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Johnny Temple..


Ari Berman on Voting Rights Ari Berman on Voting Rights
Tue, Jul 10, 6:30 pm
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Mother Jones senior reporter Ari Berman joins us to discuss redistricting, race, and voting rights ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Regarded as one of the country’s foremost authorities on the topic of voting rights, the author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America looks at current efforts to suppress voter turnout and manipulate district lines in the larger context of post-civil rights era efforts to roll back the Voting Rights Act.


Telling the Art Deco Story of Downtown Brooklyn & Brooklyn HeightsTelling the Art Deco Story of Downtown Brooklyn & Brooklyn Heights
Thu, Jul 12, 6:30 pm
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Did you know that Downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights have a rich and exciting history told through beautiful and special Art Deco buildings? Discover the neighborhood’s fascinating Art Deco architecture and design of the 1920s and 30s with an expert from the Art Deco Society of New York, architectural historian Matt Postal.

 Presented in parntership with the Art Deco Society of New York.


Book Talk: Beneath a Ruthless SunBook Talk: Beneath a Ruthless Sun
Thu, Jul 19, 6:30 pm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 ManBook 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 CrucibleUrban 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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