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The Rise of AntifaThe Rise of Antifa
Mon, Mar 26, 6:30 pm
$5 / Free for Members
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Is political violence ever justified? Antifa (short for “anti-fascist”), a loose affiliation of groups united in their opposition to authoritarianism, rampant capitalism, and white supremacy, has come under fire for its counter-protest methods in the past year. Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, discusses the controversial movement and its rising prominence in Trump-era America in a conversation with New Republic staff writer Alex Shephard.


Taking a Knee: Sports and ActivismTaking a Knee: Sports and Activism
Tue, Apr 10, 7:00 pm
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When Colin Kaepernick made a stand during the national anthem he joined a long line of sports figures that have protested racism through their gestures and actions. Join Bleacher Report contributor Rembert Browne and The Nation’s Dave Zirin for a conversation about the platform these athletes have, and the swirling debate around their actions.

Offered in connection with the exhibition “Until Everyone Has It Made: Jackie Robinson’s Legacy” at BHS Pierrepont.

Book Talk: Abraham & Straus: It’s Worth a Trip from AnywhereBook Talk: Abraham & Straus: It's Worth a Trip from Anywhere
Mon, Apr 16, 6:30 pm
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The shrinking Macy’s on Fulton Street was once home to an icon of Brooklyn’s Gilded Age prosperity: the Abraham & Straus department store. Author Michael Lisicky’s latest book brings this emporium’s history to life, from its 1865 founding through its postwar demise. Revel in historical trivia about secret jail cells and cheesecake contests, and hear how the company impacted its home borough with support for the Prospect Park Children’s Zoo, translation services for immigrant customers and more.

Offered in connection with a new exhibition about the history of business in Brooklyn at BHS Pierrepont.

Invisible Water, Invisible Watersheds: The Gowanus Canal as a Case StudyInvisible Water, Invisible Watersheds: The Gowanus Canal as a Case Study
Wed, Apr 18, 6:30 pm
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As city dwellers walk paved streets, below their feet run streams and water. While invisible, this water is hardly benign. Join us as we use the Gowanus Canal as a case study for a discussion of urban ecology, stressed city ecosystems, and innovative design solutions. Eric Sanderson, senior conservation ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society and director of the Manahatta Project; Kate Orff, MacArthur Award-winning landscape architect whose firm, SCAPE, has designed a visionary plan for the Gowanus Canal; and Andrea Parker, executive director of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy are moderated by Jarrett Murphy of City Limits.

Offered in connection with the exhibition “Waterfront” at BHS DUMBO.

Roasted: The History of Coffee in NYCRoasted: The History of Coffee in NYC
***The date for this program has changed. It will now take place Thu, Apr 26, 6:30 pm***
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$10 / $5 for Members

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From Arbuckle Coffee to Brooklyn Roasting Company, coffee has been at the center of Brooklyn life for well over a century. Join historian Steven Jaffe; coffee impresario and owner of Gillies Coffee Company (which was founded in 1840) Donald Schoenholt; Brooklyn Roasting Company’s Jim Munson; and Erin Meister, author of New York City Coffee: A Caffeinated History, for a conversation about the love affair that wakes us up every morning

Offered in connection with the exhibition “Waterfront” at BHS DUMBO.

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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