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September

Annette Gordon-ReedRace and History: An Evening with Annette Gordon-Reed

Wed, Sep 7, 6:30 pm
$10/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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Our “Race and History” series continues as we welcome Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed who discusses her groundbreaking research on Thomas Jefferson, the Hemings family, and slavery in America, including her most recent book, The Most Blessed of Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of Imagination, and her 2008 award-winning The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.







 

Are We There Yet?Are We There Yet? The Illusion of a Post-Sexist Society

Part of the #LetsTalkFeminism Series
Thu, Sep 8, 7 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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With a female candidate for president, are we finally on the verge of a post-sexist society? The answer is an obvious “no,” but what are the major challenges left to confront and biggest fights left to be fought? Prominent feminists Marcia Gillespie (Ms. and Essence), Anna Holmes (Jezebel), Muthoni Wambu Kraal (Emily’s List), and Rebecca Traister (All the Single Ladies), discuss what is on the horizon for women in America. Moderated by Teresa Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women.

To see the full #LetsTalkFeminism line-up, click HERE.

Presented in partnership with: Ms. Foundation for Women

Families at Risk: The Central American Refugee Crisis

Tue, Sep 13, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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Families who migrate into the U.S. often face steep and complex obstacles, not the least of which is the lack of proper legal representation when faced with deportation. In 2015, the New York City Council announced the Unaccompanied Minors Initiative—a groundbreaking public-private partnership between the Council, Robin Hood Foundation, and the New York Community Trust to ensure that unaccompanied minors who make their way to New York City receive much needed help from qualified attorneys. But, is this enough? What more can the city do to protect this most vulnerable population? Hear from those working on this issue and those directly affected as they discuss what's working, what isn't, and what more needs to be done. Panelists include Lara Miranda-Gaffar, Staff Attorney for Make the Road New York, JoJo Annobil, former Director of the Immigration Law Unit, Legal Aid Society, and Lenni B. Benson (moderator), Professor of Law at New York Law School and founder of the Safe Passage Project.

Presented in partnership with Make the Road NY.

David Attie Truman CapoteTruman Capote and the Lost Photographs of David Attie: A Conversation and Reading with Randy Kennedy, Eli Attie, and Mary Louise Parker

Thu, Sep 15, 7:30 pm
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When Eli Attie shook the dust off a long forgotten folder found in his parents’s home, he had no idea its contents would reveal the story that launched his late father’s photography career. Join Attie, led in conversation by Randy Kennedy of The New York Times, as he recounts his discovery that Truman Capote, the burgeoning literary star, championed the work of David Attie, the photographer who illustrated his seminal essay, Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir. Following the discussion, actress Mary-Louise Parker reads from the essay, an ode to the Brooklyn Heights of an era gone by.

Following the program, BHS’s new exhibition Truman Capote’s Brooklyn: the Lost Photographs of David Attie, will be on view, which showcases original images of Capote, W.E.B. DuBois, and scenes of Brooklyn daily life in the late 1950s.!"

September Free Friday

Goldberger and Van ValkenburghFrom Gray to Green: The Role of Urban Parks in the 21st Century

Mon, Sep 19, 6:30 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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As cities around the country look at the role parks play to reshape and renew urban landscape, a distinguished panel including landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and architectural critic Paul Goldberger discuss the power of green. Moderated by parks leader Tupper Thomas.




Maria PopovaPerson Place Thing with Maria Popova, Creator of BrainPickings.org

Tue, Sep 20, 6:30 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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Randy Cohen talks to Maria Popova, writer, critic and creator of the acclaimed blog, BrainPickings.org, about her life and the world of blogging.





Downtown BrooklynThe Brooklyn Way: Putting Together the Pieces of a 21st Century Downtown

Wed, Sep 21, 6:30 pm
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The past decade has witnessed a renaissance in Downtown Brooklyn, from the explosion of the innovation economy to the establishment of the area as one of NYC’s major cultural districts. Join a panel of experts, including former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and former BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins, for a discussion about the last 10 years and a look forward to the next. Moderated by former Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Tucker Reed.

Offered in celebration of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s 10th anniversary.

Scheck and ThompsonRighting Wrongful Convictions: A Discussion with Barry Scheck and Ken Thompson

Thu, Sep 22, 6:30 pm
$10/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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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.

Confronting a Southern White PastConfronting a Southern White Past

Tue, Sep 27, 6:30 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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Two southern natives, authors Edward Ball and Karen Branan, discovered dark truths about their ancestors that became the substance of powerful books. Ball’s Slaves in the Family unravels a tale of a family that owned thousands of slaves, while Branan’s The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth, follows her journey to uncover a hideous crime. Join them for an intimate conversation, moderated by New York Times journalist Rachel Swarns.

NYC WildlifeWild New York

Thu, Sep 29, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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Before the fast-paced hustle and bustle of the city that we know today, there was activity of a different kind: that of the natural world. Join Jarrett Murphy, Executive Publisher of City Limits, as he talks to a panel of experts about the effects of the changing urban environment on nature and its creatures, and how the city is working to understand, manage, and mitigate the issues that result.

October

Bill HelmreichBlock by Block: Exploring Brooklyn with Pat Kiernan and Bill Helmreich

Wed, Oct 5, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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There are 816 miles of streets in Brooklyn, and City College sociology professor Bill Helmreich has walked them all. Join NY1’s Pat Kiernan for an evening of talking about walking, when they discuss Helmreich’s adventures in the borough of Kings and his newest book, The Brooklyn Nobody Knows: An Urban Walking Guide.

Brooklyn Art Song SocietyBrooklyn Art Song Society

Fri, Oct 7
7 pm: Lecture,
7:30 pm: Concert
$25/$15 for BHS Members
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Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) opens its seventh season at BHS with Wien I: Fin de Siècle, which features the work of composers who epitomize the opulence and decadence of late German Romanticism. The seven first-class performers include soprano Tami Petty and baritone Tobias Greenlaugh. Come early for the pre-concert lecture by NYU professor Larry Wolff entitled "Politics and Art in Fin Du Siecle Vienna."
Art by Joan Chiverton.

Planned Parenthood100 Years of Planned Parenthood: Born in Brooklyn, Building for the Future

Thu, Oct 13, 6:30 pm
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On October 16, 1916, Margaret Sanger and her sister Ethel Byrne opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. 100 years later Planned Parenthood continues to lead the movement for women’s health, rights, and equality. Join a panel of thought leaders including Alex Sanger, Margaret’s grandson and current Chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council, for a look at the past, present, and future of women’s health.

Presented in partnership with Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc.

Stew and Heidi RodewaldPerson Place Thing with Stew and Heidi Rodewald

Thu, Oct 20, 6:30 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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Fresh off of receiving critical acclaim for their work on The Total Bent, musicians Stew and Heidi Rodewald talk to Randy Cohen about life, love, and music.




October Free Friday

Nerd's Not NicheNerd is No Longer Niche: An Influential Industry’s Growing Pains

Part of the #LetsTalkFeminism Series
Mon, Oct 24, 7 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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With comic book heroes ruling the biggest summer blockbusters and gamers competing in front of large crowds at the Barclays Center, it’s safe to say nerdom has shed its subculture status. But are all nerds sharing in the spoils? A panel of nerd girls, including Susana Polo (founder of The Mary Sue), Jill Pantozzi (The Nerdy Bird), Cynthia Francillon (Black Girl Nerds), and Amy Imhoff (Shoes & Starships) discuss the sexism that too often rears its ugly head in a community that claims to be a haven for outsiders. Moderated by Angélique Roché, Vice President of External Affairs at the Ms. Foundation for Women.

To see the full #LetsTalkFeminism line-up, click HERE.

Presented in partnership with: Ms. Foundation for Women

Criminalizing PovertyCriminalizing Poverty: A Dirty Truth

Tue, Oct 25, 6:30 pm
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Being poor is not a crime. Or is it? Explore the intersection of economic justice, criminal justice, and civil rights with an expert panel that includes Alec Karakatsanis, Co-founder of Equal Justice Under Law and Peter Goldberg, Director of the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund. Moderated by The Marshall Project’s Alysia Santo.

Presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund.

Voting Against HungerVoting Against Hunger: Presidential Elections and Food Assistance in the US

Wed, Oct 26, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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Who sits in the White House and who goes hungry directly relate. On the eve of this presidential election, sociologist, activist, and author Jan Poppendieck discusses how figures like FDR, JFK, and Ronald Reagan have dramatically changed the course of hunger in our country.

Offered in connection with the exhibition, "Hidden in Plain Sight: Portraits of Hunger in NYC."


November

Los SuresScreening of Los Sures

Tue, Nov 1, 6:30 pm
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In 1984, a young filmmaker named Diego Echeverria documented the lives of four people living in one of the poorest New York City neighborhoods at that time: Williamsburg, Brooklyn's South Side, also known as “Los Sures.” Home to mostly Puerto Rican and Dominican families, the film captured a range of moving and complex moments in time, revealing a poignant portrait of an often-overlooked community. Join us for a screening of the film, which was rediscovered in the late 2000s and restored by UnionDocs, followed by a panel discussion with individuals featured in the original film, community advocates, and elected officials, many of whom still call this community home.

Presented in partnership with UnionDocs.

Breaking the Segregated Schools Cycle: From Desegregation to Meaningful Integration

Wed, Nov 2, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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As our nation becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, how can parents, educators, and policy makers better understand the impact re-segregation in our public schools? Join Amy Stuart Wells, Professor of Sociology and Education, Director of the Center for Understanding Race and Education (CURE), and co-Director of the Public Good Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, as she shares her insights and findings from a recently released study on the educational benefits of diversity for all students.
 

Told It First HandTold It First Hand: Hip-Hop and the New Generation of Podcasters

Thu, Nov 3, 7 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival’s Wes Jackson sits down with hip-hop’s newest thinkers and content creators: the podcasters. As the world of hip-hop journalism shifts from magazines to digital airwaves, our guests Chris Morrow and Reggie Ossé (a.k.a. Combat Jack) lead the way with their web-based platform Loud Speakers Network which hosts podcasts featuring hip-hop icons.

Presented in partnership with Brooklyn Bodega.

Brooklyn Art Song SocietyBrooklyn Art Song Society

Fri, Nov 4, 7:30 pm
$25/$15 for BHS Members
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Brooklyn Art Song Society returns to BHS for the second concert in its ambitious Wien series, a rare complete performance of Hanns Eisler’s Hollywooder Liederbuch. This poignant work is presented by three gifted young interpreters of song: soprano Kristina Bachrach, tenor Nils Neubert, and baritone Matthew Morris.


Pigeons!Our Pesky Neighbors - Part 1: Pigeons

Mon, Nov 7, 7 pm
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To some they are the rats of the sky, others nurture entire flocks. Love them or hate them, pigeons in New York City are here to stay. But how did they get here, and how have they adapted so well to urban living? Margaret Mittelbach, founder of The Secret Science Club, leads a panel of experts in a discussion on the history and contemporary life of the city’s most ubiquitous bird.


Presented in partnership with: Brooklyn Brainery

Reproductive HistoryThe Darker Side of Reproductive History

Part of the #LetsTalkFeminism Series
Thu, Nov 10, 7 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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The history of reproductive rights in the U.S. has dark chapters which are all too often overlooked. An expert panel unveils this history, including birth control experiments gone wrong and forced sterilizations, and looks at the reverberations today. Moderated by Irin Carmon, MSNBC reporter and co-author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, panelists include Linda Gordon, NYU Professor of History, author of Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: The History of Birth Control in America, and Adam Cohen, author of Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck.

To see the full #LetsTalkFeminism line-up, click HERE.

Presented in partnership with: Ms. Foundation for Women
November Free Friday

Bugs!Our Pesky Neighbors - Part 2: Bugs

Mon, Nov 14, 7 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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Cockroaches or bed bugs, which are worse? Entomologists, exterminators, and other experts help to answer this question (and may even convince us that they aren’t all that bad). Moderated by Brooke Borel, author of Infested. A few creepy crawlies will be in attendance.


Presented in partnership with: Brooklyn Brainery

     Brooklyn Historical Society Fall Gala

Rankine and NelsonIn Conversation: Claudia Rankine and Alondra Nelson

Wed, Nov 16, 6:30 pm
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Poet, playwright, and essayist Claudia Rankine writes about everyday racism with a raw sensitivity. Her fifth volume, Citizen: An American Lyric, won both the PEN Open Book Award and the PEN Literary Award. Rankine discusses her work with Columbia University Dean of Social Science Alondra Nelson whose powerful writings about race include her widely praised book, The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome.

Presented in partnership with Purchase College, SUNY where Rankine is the 2016-2017 Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature.

Nixon, Nottage, & RuhlUnscripted Dialogue: Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Ruhl, and Lynn Nottage in Conversation

Thu, Nov 17, 6:30 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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Two MacArthur-winning, Brooklyn-based playwrights, Sarah Ruhl and Lynn Nottage, explore the themes of their work, from forbidden stories to finding the profound in the mundane, with Tony and Emmy Award-wining actress Cynthia Nixon.

Rats!Our Pesky Neighbors - Part 3: Rats

Mon, Nov 21, 7 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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Every mayor promises to rid New York City of its rats and every one of them has failed! Despite the nonstop extermination efforts the city’s most notorious resident continues to thrive. Is there anything we can ultimately do? Hear from NYC’s “Rat Czar,” a historian of rats, and a biologist specializing in rat genetics.


Presented in partnership with: Brooklyn Brainery

Steven HahnBook Talk: Steven Hahn, Eric Foner, and Wendy Wolf on A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910

Mon, Nov 28, 6:30 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Steven Hahn and Eric Foner, and editor Wendy Wolf, discuss Hahn's latest book, A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil
Wars, 1830-1910,
which takes a provocative new look at the eight decades surrounding the Civil War.

Old Age MythsOld Myths: Confronting Aging and Ageism

Tue, Nov 29, 6:30 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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With Baby Boomers aging, a new generation is confronted with the misconceptions older people face. Join Ashton Applewhite of This Chair Rocks, Ellen Cole, co-creator of 70 Candles, John Leland of The New York Times, and Dr. Mark Lachs, Director of the Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care at Weill Cornell Medical College, for a discussion about positive aging. Paula Span, “New Old Age” columnist for The New York Times, moderates.

Presented in partnership with Heights and Hills.

December

Preserving Your PapersPreserving Your Personal Papers

Thu, Dec 1, 6:30 pm
$20/$15 for BHS and G-W Members
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What are the tools needed to preserve your family’s history for future generations? Join archivist John Zarrillo to learn how to properly store and handle your family’s papers, photographs, and memorabilia.

Presented in partnership with The New York Preservation Archive Project.



Al CaponeBook Talk: Deirdre Bair on Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend

Mon, Dec 5, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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On January 17, 1899, a legend was born in Brooklyn. More than 100 years later, Al Capone's less-than-virtuous legacy continues to captivate our imaginations. With exclusive access to his descendants, National Book Award-winning biographer Deirdre Bair reveals the man behind the notorious gangster.

December Free Friday

Sarah LohmanHow Immigrant Cooks Shape American Food

Tue, Dec 13, 7 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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In celebration of the release of her new book, Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman looks at the lesser-known stories of immigrant recipes that have profoundly affected American cuisine. Tastings included!



Stop and FriskStop and Frisk: An In-Depth Look at a Contentious Policing Tactic

Tue, Dec 14, 6:30 pm
$10/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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Criminologist and criminal justice expert Michael White delves into his and Henry Fradella's new book, Stop and Frisk: The Use and Abuse of a Controversial Policing Tactic, the first authoritative history and analysis of one of the most controversial policing tactics in modern history.


The Other SlaveryBook Talk: Andrés Reséndez on The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America

Thu, Dec 15, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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Historian Andrés Reséndez shares the myth-shattering story of the mass enslavement of American Indians by European colonists, which he argues was a major factor in the decimation of indigenous populations across North America.

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.