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

February

Book Talk: Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to SegregationBook Talk: Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation
Tue, Feb 19, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members
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Plessy v. Ferguson, the infamous legal case that upheld the racist notion of “separate but equal,” codified segregation and launched one of our county’s most depraved chapters. Long-time senior editor at The Washington Post, Steve Luxenberg, examines the social upheaval that gave rise to Plessy, and looks at those who supported the ruling and championed its dissent.


Beauty, Media, Money, and More: A Conversation with Tressie McMillan CottomBeauty, Media, Money, and More: A Conversation with Tressie McMillan Cottom
Mon, Feb 25, 6:30 pm
$10 / $5 for Members

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In her new book Thick and Other Essays, Tressie McMillan Cottom—award-winning professor and acclaimed author of Lower Ed—embraces her venerated role as a purveyor of wit, wisdom, and Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much that is wrong with this thing we call society. She is joined in conversation by Harlem-based writer, Morgan Jerkins, author of the New York Times bestseller This Will Be My Undoing.


Book Talk: Force & Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of ViolenceBook Talk: Force & Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence
Tue, Feb 26, 6:30 pm
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Kellie Jackson, assistant professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, examines the political and social tensions preceding the American Civil War and the conditions and that led some black abolitionists to believe that slavery might only be abolished by violence.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom.


The Halls of Hope: Voices from Obama's West WingThe Halls of Hope: Voices from Obama's West Wing
Thu, Feb 28, 6:30 pm
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Revisit a hopeful moment in recent history as BHS welcomes some of the trailblazing staffers from the administration of former president Barack Obama. Join Obama’s intelligence officer and Special Assistant Ned Price, White House Social Secretary Deesha Dyer, and Special Assistant and Principal Deputy Director of Public Engagement Stephanie Valencia as they share their experiences working to achieve a historic agenda. Gautam Raghavan, former Associate Directory of Public Engagement and editor of the book West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House, leads the discussion.

Arrive at 6 pm to enjoy pre-program refreshments, provided by NYU's Office of Community Engagement.


March

Book Talk: Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate StateBook Talk: Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State
Mon, Mar 4, 6:30 pm
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Author and Hunter College Urban Studies teacher Samuel Stein untangles the $217 trillion global real estate industry, pointing to the practitioners of city planning as the unseen interlocutors between finance, government, and housing. In a conversation with The Nation contributing editor Liza Featherstone and economic analyst Doug Henwood, Stein makes the case for city dwellers adopting tactics of urban planners to reclaim the right to their city.


Activism in Action: From Empowerment to LeadershipActivism in Action: From Empowerment to Leadership
Wed, Mar 6, 6:30 pm
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How have progressive organizations been able to shift cultural narratives in their fight for justice? What does intersectionality look like in practice, as an organizer and from within an organization? How do we live progressive values and win? Join us for a conversation about community organizing with Heather Booth, lifelong strategist, Freedom Summer participant, and founder of the Midwest Academy; and two rising stars of the next generation of progressive organizing: Cristina Jiménez, co-founder and Executive Director of United We Dream and Rashad Robinson, President of Color of Change. The speakers will draw from decades of collective experience in this intergenerational conversation.


This event is the final conversation of the Only If We Organize series. The series will be transcribed to form the basis of a book, to serve as an account of this moment and a resource for the generations to come. Visit onlyifweorganize.org to learn more.


The Feature is Female: Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed, Introduced by City Council Majority Leader Laurie CumboThe Feature is Female: Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed, Introduced by City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo
Thu, Mar 7, 6:30 pm
Free
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In the first of four documentaries about inspiring women presented in honor of Women’s History Month, follow Shirley Chisholm’s pioneering 1972 presidential bid. Introduced with an appreciation by City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo.


The Feature is Female: RBG, Introduced by former New York State Attorney General Barbara UnderwoodThe Feature is Female: RBG, Introduced by former New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood
Tue, Mar 12, 6:30 pm
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In the second of four documentaries about inspiring women, celebrate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal voyage as she rises to the nation’s highest court and becomes an unexpected pop culture icon. Introduced with an appreciation by former New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood.


Talking Menstrual Equity. PeriodTalking Menstrual Equity. Period
Mon, Mar 18, 6:30 pm
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Safe, affordable, accessible menstrual products, is that so much to ask for? In her book Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf tackles a taboo subject head-on: the tampon tax and other menstrual inequalities. Join her, author of Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick Maya Dusenbery, award-winning journalist Kimberly Seals Allers, and Sophie Houser who co-created the video game Tampon Run at the age of 17, for the kind of discussion that would have made your great-grandmother blush.

The Feature is Female: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Introduced by Comedian Ophira EisenbergThe Feature is Female: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Introduced by Comedian Ophira Eisenberg
Tue, Mar 19, 6:30 pm
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In the third of four documentaries about inspiring women, travel alongside comedian Joan Rivers for a candid look at the struggles, sacrifices, and joys of this groundbreaking female performer. Writer, comedian, and host of NPR’s Ask Me Another, Ophira Eisenberg provides an introductory appreciation.


Digital Archiving 101: Your Personal WorkshopDigital Archiving 101: Your Personal Workshop
Wed, Mar 20, 6:30 pm
$15 / $5 for Members
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Interested in scanning your photos? Want to learn how to preserve and back up your digital memories? Join archivist Maggie Schreiner for a personal digital archiving workshop. Participants will learn the basics of digitizing and caring for their collections of documents, photos, and audiovisual materials. Come learn about file formats and storage, straightforward tools and techniques, and common risks and dangers (and how to avoid them!).


Bank of America presents History Makers: Chris Matthews discusses Robert F. KennedyBank of America Presents History Makers
Chris Matthews discussuses Robert F. Kennedy

Sat, Mar 23, 4 pm
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In his best-selling biography, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging SpiritChris Matthews, anchor of MSNBC’s Hardball, pulls back the curtain on one of the great figures of 20th century America. Join him as he draws on extensive research and interviews for a look at the life and man.


The Feature is Female: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, Introduced by Municipal Art Society President Elizabeth GoldsteinThe Feature is Female: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, Introduced by Municipal Art Society President Elizabeth Goldstein
Tue, Mar 26, 6:30 pm
Free

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In the final documentary about inspiring women, retrace urban activist Jane Jacobs’s fight to save historic NYC during the redevelopment era of Robert Moses. Opening remarks by President of the Municipal Art Society’s Elizabeth Goldstein.



April

The Queer Creative Impulse: Artistic Expression and Gender IdentityThe Queer Creative Impulse: Artistic Expression and Gender Identity
Mon, Apr 1, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members

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Join us for a discussion on the intersection of LGBTQ identity and creativity. Hugh Ryan, curator of the exhibition On the (Queer) Waterfront, and author of the new book When Brooklyn Was Queer, is joined by historian and CUNY professor, Daniel Hurewitz, author of Bohemian Los Angeles whose work focuses on the development of gendered and sexual identities, and Sherill Tippins, author of the book February House about the salon/house described by the queer platform, them, as “the Queer Commune in WWII Brooklyn that became a cultural epicenter.” Moderated by the senior managing producer of the Slate Podcast Network, June Thomas, founder of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. How artists helped to inspire queer activism is just one of the many topics that will be explored.

Presented in conjunction with the new exhibition On The (Queer) Waterfront.
Special thanks to TD Bank for sponsoring this program.


Taylor Branch on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Chris Matthews discusses Robert F. KennedyBank of America Presents History Makers
Taylor Branch on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wed, Apr 3, 6:30 pm
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For thirty years, in three extraordinary volumes, a film, and an anthology, Taylor Branch has presented an unparalleled epic story of the Civil Rights Movement and our democratic experiment. Join him for this special and intimate evening as discusses his life’s work and the legacy of MLK.


Artists Resisting GentrificationArtists Resisting Gentrification
Mon, Apr 8, 6:30 pm
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Artists are often deemed harbingers of gentrification or pawns in neighborhood rebranding. Yet they can also take charge of their communities’ future by bringing attention to economic pressures and pushing for protections for long-term residents. Join us for a conversation on artists taking action with Arts East NY Founder and Executive Director Catherine Green, author of How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood Peter Moskowitz, and artist William Powhida.


Heating up History: An Exploration of Spice, Hot Sauce, and Immigrant FoodsHeating up History: An Exploration of Spice, Hot Sauce, and Immigrant Foods
Thu, Apr 11, 6:30 pm
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Join BHS as we tackle some burning questions about spicy food! How did spiciness find its way into America’s food lexicon? How are hot sauce makers looking to turn up the heat on adventurous eaters? Why do we do this to ourselves? Historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman, hot sauce creator Erica Diehl of Brooklyn’s own Queen Majesty Hot Sauce, and “Smokin’” Ed Currie, owner of Puckerbutt Farms and cultivator of the world’s hottest peppers, discuss in a conversation moderated by Steve Seabury of High River Sauces and the NYC Hot Sauce Expo.

Special thanks to TD Bank for sponsoring this program.


George Chauncey on Gay Male Culture in Post-War NYCGeorge Chauncey on Gay Male Culture in Post-War NYC
Mon, Apr 15, 6:30 pm
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George Chauncey’s trailblazing book Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, shattered the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet. In this presentation Chauncey, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, picks up where he left off, examining NYC’s post-war gay culture and politics.

Presented in conjunction with the new exhibition On The (Queer) Waterfront.
Special thanks to TD Bank for sponsoring this program.


Finding New York’s Dutch Roots: A Field Guide led by Russell ShortoFinding New York’s Dutch Roots: A Field Guide led by Russell Shorto
Tue, Apr 16, 6:30 pm
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In the 1600s, the Dutch colony of New Netherland ranged up and down the East Coast, and the Hudson River was its spine. The colony was the base from which the Dutch laid claim to the New World, and from which they battled with their arch-enemy, England. England won the power struggle, and New Netherland is history, but its legacy is hiding in plain sight. This talk will be a travelogue of New Netherland, from "Breuckelen" to Rensselaer. Identifying place names, old barns, bits of leftover language, street patterns, and Dutch customs. Come join Russell Shorto, author of The Island at the Center of the World, as he (virtually) roams the Hudson River from New York City to Albany, bringing the Dutch period back to life.

This event is part of the 2019 Peter Gansevoort Ten Eyck Lecture Series, presented by the New Netherland Institute.


Chroniclers of the Climate ApolocalypseChroniclers of the Climate Apocalypse
Mon, Apr 22, 6:30 pm
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The journalists who report on climate change, have stories of their own. Tasked with remaining objective as they make a daunting, politicized topic tangible, they embed in smoldering landscapes and inundated shores. Hear front-line stories from Pulitzer Prize-winning NYT correspondent Sheri FinkThe Guardian environmental reporter Oliver Milman, and author of The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption Dahr Jamail. Moderated by National Geographic Society Strategic Adviser for Environmental and Science Journalism Andrew Revkin.

Presented in connection with the exhibition Waterfront at BHS DUMBO.
Special thanks to TD Bank for sponsoring this program.







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

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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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