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 OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER
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October

Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize & ConversationBrooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Reading & Conversation
Wed, Oct 18, 7:00 pm
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Join us for a program that celebrates the three shortlisted nonfiction books for the 2017 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize. This year’s selections tackle urgent social, political, and artistic questions. David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, Kim Phillips-Fein, author of Fear City: New York's Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics, and Janai Nelson, presenting Richard Rothstein's The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, will read from the works and engage in an open conversation. Light refreshments will be served. The longlists of titles and more information about the BPL Literary Prize can be found here.

Free Friday: Lost BrooklynFree Friday: Lost Brooklyn
Fri, Oct 20, 5:00-9:00 pm
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Explore lost parts of our beloved borough's history on a trip through the forgotten, the vanished, and the underground! Enjoy free access to our galleries and of course, cold beer!



Book Talk: "The Apparitionists"Book Talk: The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln's Ghost
Tue, Oct 24, 6:30 pm
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Following the trauma of the Civil War, the intersection of mourning on a national scale with the new technology of photography gave rise to a chilling phenomenon: “spirit photography,” the supposed art of capturing departed loved ones on film. Author and curator of religion at the National Museum of American History, Peter Manseau, shares the story of infamous spirit photographer William Mumler, the fraud allegations that haunted him, and a nation grasping for the promise of the afterlife.


Book Talk: "The Second Coming of the KKK"Book Talk: The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition
Thu, Oct 26, 6:30 pm
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Rick Perlstein, described by Politico as “chronicler extraordinaire of American conservatism,” leads this conversation with renowned historian Linda Gordon. Gordon’s new book takes an in-depth look at the roots and ramifications of the KKK’s 1920s resurgence.


Living Gig to Gig in NYC’s Freelance EconomyLiving Gig to Gig in NYC’s Freelance Economy
Mon, Oct 30, 6:30 pm
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NYC’s workforce is increasingly populated by freelancers, working from contract to contract for a variety of companies. As the “gig economy” overtakes more traditional career structures, dramatic changes could be on the horizon. Join Sara Horowitz, Executive Director and Founder of the Freelancers Union, in a lively discussion about the gig economy’s impact on New York City and the safety nets we need to support the 21st-century workforce.


November

Women's Suffrage Turns 100! Part 1: Women Can Vote. Now What?Women's Suffrage Turns 100! Part 1: Women Can Vote. Now What?
Wed, Nov 1, 7:00 pm
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After a long, complicated battle, on November 6, 1917, women won the right to vote in New York State. While a major victory, this fight amplified rifts among equal rights constituents and advocates, primarily between African American women and white women. BHS Director of Public History Julie Golia sits down with historian Deborah Gray White to discuss the 100th anniversary and its reverberations.

This is the first in a three-part series celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State.Humanities NY


This program series is generously sponsored by a Humanties New York Action Grant

Book Talk: Death: A Graveside CompanionBook Talk: Death: A Graveside Companion
Thu, Nov 2, 6:30 pm
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In her latest work, author and co-founder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, Joanna Ebenstein, curates an encyclopedic chronicle of rituals, beliefs, and artistic traditions surrounding death from around the world and throughout time, from medieval Europe’s memento mori to Mexico’s Día de Muertos. Join us for a comprehensive view at the attitudes and cultural observations surrounding life’s “great equalizer.”


Brooklyn Art Song SocietyBrooklyn Art Song Society Presents
La France II: Ernest Chausson and Henri Duparc

Fri, Nov 3, 7:00 pm
$25
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Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) continues its ambitious 5-concert series La France with part two, dedicated to the works of Ernest Chausson and Henri Duparc. These composers were the most gifted French Wagnerites and both had their careers cut tragically short- Chausson by a biking accident during the prime of his career, and Duparc by a long heartbreaking battle with alcoholism. The result is music that is at once dramatic and lushly romantic, but also poignant and emotionally resonant. The best loved works of these two composers are performed by some of todays best interpreters of song, including soprano Tami Petty (winner, Joy in Singing), tenor Timothy Fallon (winner, Wigmore International Song Competition, BASS debut) and baritone Paul LaRosa. This concert will be proceeded by a pre-concert lecture by composer Daniel Felsenfeld.


Women's Suffrage Turns 100! Part 2: Reshaping PoliticsWomen's Suffrage Turns 100! Part 2: Reshaping Politics
Mon, Nov 6, 6:30 pm
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In 2017 women make up less than 20% of Congress, even though they constitute over 50% of the American population. As more women take seats in elected offices, are priorities shifting? Are conversations evolving? BHS Director of Public History Julie Golia leads this discussion with  Christine Quinn, the first female Speaker of the NYC Council and former mayoral candidate, and A'Shanti F. Gholar, Political Director for Emerge America.

This is the second in a three-part series celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State.Humanities NY


This program series is generously sponsored by a Humanties New York Action Grant


Women's Suffrage Turns 100! Part 3: The "Nasty Woman" StigmaWomen's Suffrage Turns 100! Part 3: The "Nasty Woman" Stigma
Wed, Nov 8, 6:30 pm
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Women in positions of power just can’t seem to win. If they’re not labeled too bossy, they’re labeled too meek. Cast as the dangerous intruder during suffrage, the vilification of political women and their signature issues continues today. In this spirited discussion, panelists Joan Malin, former President of Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc.; Allison K. Lange, women’s history historian; and Jamia Wilson, Feminist Press, Executive Director and Publisher, dig into a history of the mischaracterization of women. Moderated by BHS Director of Public History Julie Golia.

This is the final program in a three-part series celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State.
Humanities NY

This program series is generously sponsored by a Humanties New York Action Grant


Talking Brooklyn with Mimi Sheraton, Moderated by Dana CowinTalking Brooklyn with Mimi Sheraton, Moderated by Dana Cowin
Thu, Nov 9, 6:30 pm
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Long before her career as the New York Times’s first female restaurant critic and, later, as food writer for dozens of distinguished publications, Mimi Sheraton was Miriam Solomon of Brooklyn, New York. She reflects on her roots and her career in this conversation with radio host and former editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, Dana Cowin.


Digital Democracy: How Technology Impacts PoliticsDigital Democracy: How Technology Impacts Politics
Mon, Nov 13, 6:30 pm
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When tweets have more impact than stump speeches, the moment when technology rules elections has arrived. Matthew McGregor, described as “Obama’s digital attack dog” and Digital Director for Precision Strategies, discusses how a mastery of technology, from real-time data analytics to quick draw social media, is the driving force of political campaigns today. Panelists include tech experts from Daily Kos, SwingLeft, and 270 Strategies.


Elite Northern Colleges and Their Ties to SlaveryElite Northern Colleges and Their Ties to Slavery
Thu, Nov 30, 6:30 pm
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Columbia, Princeton, Brown, Yale. The ties between these institutions and America’s “peculiar institution” are deep. Historian Eric Foner heads the Columbia University and Slavery project. Martha Sandweiss heads a similar project at Princeton. Join them as they uncover slavery’s historic connections to elite campuses in a conversation moderated by Craig Wilder, author of Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities.

December

Jennifer Egan on Manhattan BeachJennifer Egan on Manhattan Beach
Thu, Dec 7, 6:30 pm
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The Pulitzer-Prize winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan, is back with a new novel uncovering Brooklyn waterfront history, from women working in the Navy Yard to mobsters running the Red Hook docks. She sits down with Alexis Coe, author of Alice+Freda Forever, to discuss her extensive research and the process of building the book’s vibrant characters.


Book Talk: Women in the World of Frederick DouglassBook Talk: Women in the World of Frederick Douglass
Mon, Dec 11, 6:30 pm
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Historian and professor of American History at Le Moyne College, Leigh Fought, paints an alternative portrait of abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass by examining the lives of the women around him. In this latest work, Fought sheds light on Douglass’s relationships to his mother, grandmother, slave mistresses, wives Anna Murray and Helen Pitts, and many other women who nurtured, challenged, and united with him in shared struggles for emancipation, the right to vote, and equality.


Book Talk: The Ghost Ship of BrooklynBook Talk: The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn
Wed, Dec 13, 6:30 pm
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Thousands of Americans suffered on the HMS Jersey, a British prison ship moored in Wallabout Bay off the coast of Brooklyn, during the Revolutionary War. In his new book, award-winning historian Robert Watson brings to life the stories of survivors and charts the ship’s ghastly effect on the city’s spirit, which eventually rallied public support for the war.


Unlocking Public Space: Placemaking in BrownsvilleUnlocking Public Space: Placemaking in Brownsville
Mon, Dec 18, 6:30 pm
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Starting with Jane Jacobs's first campaign against Robert Moses, urbanists have argued that public space is a critical component of a healthy, vibrant city. But what if people fear for their safety on their own street? In Brownsville, through the work of the Brownsville Community Justice Center, residents have leveraged urban planning tools to transform neglected spaces into safe, vibrant public hubs. Ginia Bellafante of the New York Times, moderates a conversation with Erica Mateo and Deron Johnston from the Brownsville Community Justice Center, and David Burney, Director of Pratt's Urban Placemaking and Management program, exploring the successes and challenges of placemaking in Brownsville.

Offered in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation


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.