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June

Inspired by the Water's EdgeInspired by the Water's Edge
Wed, Jun 21, 6:30 pm
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Author Jennifer Egan, whose forthcoming novel, Manhattan Beach, led her to years of research about communities on the water's edge, leads this panel in a conversation about Brooklyn's waterfronts, industrial and liminal, as an inspiration to artists. Panelists include Nicki Pombier Berger, co-founder of the digital journal, Underwater New York, Elizabeth Albert, author of Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: NYC's Forgotten Waterfront, and Marilyn Symmes, curator of the new BHS DUMBO exhibition, Shifting Perspectives: Photographs of Brooklyn's Waterfront.

Who is Muslim?Who is Muslim?
Wed, Jun 28, 6:30 pm
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With immigration from Muslim-majority countries dominating U.S. news, the narrative of who is Muslim in America has become increasingly fraught. Led by NYU Chaplain Imam Khalid Latif, a panel of Muslim men and women living in America challenge stereotypes, highlight alternative narratives, and share their hopes for America's evolution. Hear from Bim Adewunmi, senior culture writer for Buzzfeed News, Moustafa Bayoumi, author of critically acclaimed How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America, Ramzi Kassem, director of the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic at CUNY School of Law, and consultant to Homeland Season 6, and Nzinga Knight, award-winning designer of high end, modest clothing. 

Book Talk: The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring a City BackBook Talk: The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring a City Back
Thu, Jun 29, 6:30 pm
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For decades Brooklyn was synonymous with grit and struggle, yet today the borough is a hub of hipsters, booming startups, and massive new developments across many neighborhoods. Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor of City Journal, Kay Hymowitz, examines this seeming Renaissance of Brooklyn’s ever-changing landscape through seven neighborhoods: Park Slope, Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brownsville, Sunset Park, and Canarsie. In this exploration, Hymowitz looks at the successes of black and white middle classes, local policies, and small businesses, while assessing the challenges left for recent immigrants and other diverse communities trying to thrive.

July

Gone Fishin'Gone Fishin': Brooklyn's Favorite, Forgotten Pastime
Thu, Jul 6, 6:30 pm
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Join Jarrett Murphy, Executive Publisher of City Limits, as he talks to a panel of fishermen and experts about the realities of today's urban fishing landscape, a topic as murky as the water itself! Can you eat a New York City catch? Is fishing even legal? The luring topics abound!

 

Told it First Hand featuring RakimTold It First Hand with Rakim
Mon, Jul 10, 7:00 pm
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As part of the 13th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, this live interview series returns to Brooklyn Historical Society, featuring legendary MC, Rakim. Arguably the greatest Hip Hop MC of all time, Rakim sits down with Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival Founder Wes Jackson to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the seminal album, Paid in Full. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to listen, learn, and build with a Hip Hop legend. Check out the full festival line-up here.

Washington RoeblingBook Talk: Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge
Tue, Jul 11, 6:30 pm
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After his father's tragic death, Washington Roebling stepped in to finish John Roebling's pièce de résistance: the Brooklyn Bridge. Biographer Erica Wagner chronicles this monumental accomplishment and reveals new archival material, including Roebling's personal memoir, thought to be lost to the historical record.

Paul ButlerBook Talk: Chokehold: Policing Black Men
Thu, Jul 13, 6:30 pm
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July 17, 2017 marks three years since Eric Garner was killed in a taped altercation with the NYPD that stunned the nation. To mark this somber occasion, Georgetown University Law Center professor and former federal prosecutor Paul Butler presents his latest work, an uncompromising view on institutionalized racial discrimination in our criminal justice system.

 

Trapped screeningScreening and Discussion: Trapped
Mon, Jul 17, 6:30 pm
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In this award-winning documentary, follow the clinic workers and lawyer who were on the front lines of the battle to fight state TRAP (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) laws in the landmark 2016 U.S. Supreme Court case. Producer Marilyn Ness joins us for a talkback.

 

Voices of Crown HeightsThe New Crown Heights? A Neighborhood and Its Future
Tue, Jul 18, 6:30 pm
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What historical connections exist between the Crown Heights of today and of its past? What is the future of Crown Heights? This conversation, moderated by MSNBC host and author Joy-Ann Reid, will feature people living and working in Crown Heights and their varied views on neighborhood change and transformation.

The Circus ComebackThe Circus Comeback: Brooklyn's Nouveau Sideshows
Wed, Jul 19, 6:30 pm
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From sideshows to burlesque, Brooklyn’s underground circus arts are making a comeback. Join founder of the Mermaid Parade and unofficial “Mayor of Coney Island” Dick Zigun, as he moderates a discussion with circus arts leaders from across the borough, including sword swallower, strongman, and Dean of Coney Island USA's Sideshow School Adam Realman; and co-founder, artistic director, and performer for circus non-profit Bindelstiff Family Cirkus Stephanie Monseu.

OlmstedScreening and Discussion: Olmsted and America's Urban Parks
Mon, Jul 24, 6:30 pm
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Join filmmaker Rebecca Messner for a screening and discussion of her documentary tribute to the visionary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted who, with Calvert Vaux, designed both Central and Prospect Parks. Offered in connection with BHS’ new exhibition celebrating Prospect Park’s 150th anniversary.

Brooklyn AnimationThe Amazing and Incredible History and Future of Brooklyn Animation
Mon, Jul 25, 6:30 pm
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Long before Pixar, The Simpsons, WB Looney Tunes, and Walt Disney became synonymous with cartoons, American animation was born and bred in Brooklyn. Join animators John Canemaker and Jennifer Oxley, collector Tommy Stathes, and archivist David Kay for a panel exploring the past, present, and future of Brooklyn animation, featuring clips from Winsor McCay (Gertie the Dinosaur), Fleischer Studios (Ko-ko the Clown, Betty Boop), 100 Chickens--formerly 9 Ate 7 Productions (PEG + CAT), and more.

Bill & Ted'sHollywood Does History... Poorly Part 1: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Mon, Jul 31, 6:30 pm
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From biopics to period dramas, Hollywood has always been fascinated with historical events, but that does not mean accuracy is the priority! In this series we look at films that play fast and loose with history, often to absurd effect. Join us as we kick things off with Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a classic tale of 1980s slackers sent back in time by a futuristic George Carlin. Rafer Guzman, film critic at Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer of Slate introduce the film.

August

PocahontasHollywood Does History... Poorly Part 2: Pocahontas
Mon, Aug 7, 6:30 pm
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Our summer film series continues with this Disney classic that rewrites the harsh story of colonialism as a tale of love, and even casts the wrong Englishman along the way! Kristen Meinzer of Slate and Rafer Guzman, film critic at Newsday, provide the context and some real history.

The Original Celebrity Chef: The King of Curry
Thu, Aug 10, 7:00 pm
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Long before NYC had Danny Meyer, the charismatic chef J. Ranji Smile took the city by storm. Arriving in NYC
in 1899, Smile introduced Indian cuisine to the well-to-do, ushering curry into America’s foodie lexicon. Historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman and MIT’s Vivek Bald, scholar, filmmaker, and writer focusing on the South Asian subcontinent, discuss Smile’s sometimes scandalous rise to fame and his lasting impact on American cuisine.

Forrest GumpHollywood Does History... Poorly Part 3: Forrest Gump
Mon, Aug 14, 6:30 pm
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The final installment of our film series looks at the life of one of American history’s most iconic figures: Forrest Gump! While a work of fiction, Gump’s bizarre “right place, right time” journey through time would make him our most important historical lynchpin… if it were true, of course. Slate’s Kristen Meinzer introduces the film.

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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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.