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October 2017
$5

Our Bums: The Lasting Legacy of the Brooklyn Dodgers

October 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Historical Society,
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
ourbums

Fifty years after the Dodgers’ heartwrenching move to Los Angeles, “Dem Bums” still hold a special place in Brooklyn’s shared memory. Historian and author David Krell has plenty of Dodgers lore and stories to share about the history of the team and how they (especially Jackie Robinson) helped to define modern sports and popular culture.

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$5

Book Talk: The Apparitionists

October 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Historical Society,
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
apparitionists

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.

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$5

Book Talk: The Second Coming of the KKK

October 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Historical Society,
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
kkkbook

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.

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$5

Living Gig to Gig in NYC’s Freelance Economy

October 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Historical Society,
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
gigtogig

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.

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November 2017
$5

Women’s Suffrage Turns 100 Part 1: Women Can Vote. Now What?

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Brooklyn Historical Society,
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
suffrage

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…

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Book Talk: Death: A Graveside Companion

November 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Historical Society,
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
death

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.”

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$5

Women’s Suffrage Turns 100 Part 2: Reshaping Politics

November 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Historical Society,
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
suffrage2

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, the only organization dedicated to recruiting, training, and empowering Democratic women to…

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Women’s Suffrage Turns 100 Part 3: The “Nasty Woman” Stigma

November 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Historical Society,
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
suffrage3

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…

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$5

Talking Brooklyn with Mimi Sheraton, Moderated by Dana Cowin

November 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Historical Society,
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
sheraton

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.

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$5

Digital Democracy: How Technology Impacts Politics

November 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Historical Society,
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
digitaldemocracy

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.

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$5

Elite Northern Colleges and Their Ties to Slavery

November 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Historical Society,
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
elitenortherncolleges

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.

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