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Program Series

Explore historical moments and themes in all their dimensions through these current and past public program series.

Current Series

Women and Power: 100 Years After the 19th Amendment

Summer & Fall 2020

Brooklyn Historical Society and the Ms. Foundation for Women mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment with a multi-part series. The ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920 guaranteed the right to vote to white women, but not to women of color. Join us as we reflect on this moment of triumph for some, and inequality for many others, with discussions and explorations of the relationship between gender, power and the ongoing struggle for equality.

Past Series

400 Years of Inequality: Slavery, Race, and Our Unresolved History

October 2019

In 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans landed in Jamestown, its human cargo sold into bondage. In this immersive series of reflection, analysis and discussion, BHS joined institutions from across the country in exploring the ensuing history of slavery in the United States and its ramifications 400 years later. The goal of this series was to reframe the telling of America’s story of inequality in order to shape a more complete narrative for the future.