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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

JUNE | JULY | AUGUST
FAMILY PROGRAMS | BROOKLYN HEIGHTS TOURS

June

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

NEW DATE: Wed, Jul 13, 8pm
$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

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

Wed, Jun 29, 6:30 pm
Free
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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, New York Times columnist Ginia Bellafante, and Sandy Hornick longtime Park Slope homeowner and formerly of the NYC Department of City Planning.

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
Free
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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.

Whole Foods Gowanus
Refreshments generously provided by Whole Foods Gowanus!
     




Amani Al-KhatahtbehAmerican, Female, and Muslim

Tue, Jul 12, 6:30 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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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.





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

NEW DATE: Wed, Jul 13, 8pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
Reserve Tickets>>
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
 

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

Mon, Jul 18, 6:30 pm
Free
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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.

Whole Foods Gowanus
Refreshments generously provided by Whole Foods Gowanus!
     


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
Free
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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.

Whole Foods Gowanus
Refreshments generously provided by Whole Foods Gowanus!
     


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
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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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
Free
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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.








Roxane Gay and Dodai StewardMoving Through This World: A Conversation with Roxane Gay

Tue, Aug 9, 7 pm
$15/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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Best-selling author, editor, professor, cultural commentator, "bad" feminist, and Magic Mike evangelist, Roxane Gay is one of the most admired thinkers on race, gender, and sexuality of our time. Her writings on topics like intersectionality and privilege illuminate and inspire, and her take on our favorite movies and TV shows both provoke and delight. Her work examines how we all move through this world in our bodies, as humans, women, people of color, gay, straight, large, or small.

Join us for this special conversation, led by Dodai Stewart, former deputy editor of Jezebel and current Executive Editor of Fusion.net.

Presented in partnership:

BHS & Ms. Foundation




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.

To keep up-to-date on BHS Family Program news, sign up to receive our weekly eblast reminding you of this week's BHS Family Program HERE.


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.