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BPL Presents is BPL’s curated cultural program, with arts and culture offerings including author talks, live performances, music, film and visual art exhibitions that explore the critical issues of our time in Brooklyn and beyond. 

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Shubnum Khan and Jeremy Tiang Discuss The Djinn Waits A Hundred Years

Wed, Apr 17 7:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks BPL Presents

Join BPL Presents in welcoming Shubnum Kahn to discuss “a dark and heady dream of a book” (Alix E. Harrow) about a ruined mansion by the sea, the djinn that haunts it, and a curious girl who unearths the tragedy that happened there a hundred years previous.

Akbar Manzil was once a grand estate…

Inspired by Brooklyn | Music and a Movie

Thu, Apr 18 6:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Singer-songwriter Tsebiyah Mishael Derry performs, followed by a screening of the 1980 film Brighton Beach, introduced by filmmaker Susan Wittenberg. 

 

About "Inspired by Brooklyn"

The Brooklyn vibe is in the room at this cabaret-style series presented in connection with CBH’s…

Choice Words: Writers on Abortion

Thu, Apr 18 7:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks BPL Presents

Featuring Annie Finch with contributors Mahogany Browne, Desiree Cooper, Camonghne Felix, Kristen Ghodsee, Katha Pollitt, and Manisha Sharma:

The debate about the morality, legality, and politics of abortion has reached a tragic impasse in the United States. What fresh perspectives, complex…

University Open Air: Yoga Training: Seven Pranayamas for Optimum Physical and Mental Wellbeing

Fri, Apr 19 10:00am
Center for Brooklyn History

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We will explore the intricacies of pranayama (breathing technique), including breathing mechanisms, natural breathing patterns, and some profound benefits of these ancient practices. You will learn about body posture and experience the…

University Open Air: Healing: Meditation on the Three-Syllable Mantra. A Simple Method of Healing Oneself and Others

Fri, Apr 19 1:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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The power of mantra is beyond our imagination, so is visualization. The combination of mantra recitation and visualization is more powerful. For centuries the three-syllable mantra meditation practice has been one of the key practices…

University Open Air: Tibetan Yoga: The Five Movements for Balancing the Five Elements in our Bodies

Sat, Apr 20 10:00am
Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History humanities and art

Learn five standing yoga movements that release tensions and blockages in our gross body and subtle energy channels. Physical movement, breath, and awareness are coordinated to harmonize our body, energy, and mind. These five movements especially open…

University Open Air: AI for Everyone

Sat, Apr 20 1:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History humanities and art

The headlines are filled with news about Artificial Intelligence (AI), making it difficult to separate hype from reality. AI presents many opportunities as well as challenges for our communities. It can help us solve complex problems, but it can also displace jobs and harm our civil rights if…

University Open Air: Mind Training: How to Deal with Destructive Emotions. Tibetan Buddhist Psychology and Methods

Sat, Apr 20 1:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Students will learn some simple and effective methods on how to deal with negative emotions, particularly useful for when we are overwhelmed by those feelings.

 

University Open Air: Unlocking Subconscious Potential: Empowering Emotional Wellness and Stress Management

Sat, Apr 20 2:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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In this dynamic session, you will explore the transformative power of your subconscious mind. Gain insights into fostering emotional resilience, managing stress, and unlocking your inner potential for greater well-being in just one empowering lecture. 

University Open Air: Sound Map of Salsa Music in New York. In English

Sat, Apr 20 2:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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In this lecture, you will explore the origins of salsa music in the South Bronx through its sound and its connection to the territory. You will discover the people who created the new genre from the traditional Latin music brought to NYC by the Caribbean immigrants who settled in the Bronx from…

University Open Air: Transform Your Life in one Week with Mystic Breathing, Meditation, and Healing Yogas

Sun, Apr 21 10:00am
Center for Brooklyn History

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In this session, we will teach the body posture and four characteristics of mystic breathing first. Then we will learn to feel the mystic breathing. Then we will learn to feel the subtle sensations in our body…

University Open Air: Chinese Tea Ceremony

Sun, Apr 21 11:30am
Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History humanities and art

Chinese Tea Ceremony has rich history and different forms. Depending on the regions, we have various types of ceremonies. In today's ceremony, I will perform one of the authentic ways, to show you the beauty of it. Let's enjoy the ceremony; watch the tea leaves blooming; smell and taste good…

University Open Air: Healing: Ancient Tibetan Chod Healing Cleansing Negativities and Restoring Positivities

Sun, Apr 21 12:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History humanities and art

Chöd means “to cut.” Suffering that we human experience arises mainly through grasping at self and self-cherishing attitude. Cutting through this self-grasping and self-cherishing attitude is the main goal of Chöd practice. Chöd…

University Open Air: Beauty and Ugliness in French and Francophone literature and the Arts

Sun, Apr 21 12:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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French society’s obsession with taste shows up in many areas. We will examine some laudatory and critical devices used in some emblematic works to present the concept of beauty and ugliness, starting from XVII century literature and visual arts to arrive in modern times. Works from Madame de…

University Open Air: Conferencia: Mapa Sonoro de la Música Salsa en Nueva York. En Español

Sun, Apr 21 1:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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La lectura se realizará en español como un homenaje a todxs lxs inmigrantes afrocaribeñxs que llegaron a Nueva York en los años cuarenta y que, con su cultura y nostalgia por su tierra, crearon la música Salsa. Los participantes en esta conferencia recibirán el magazín Sursystem 08 en español, y…

University Open Air: Creative Calligraphy & Ink Wash Workshop

Sun, Apr 21 1:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History humanities and art

Traditional Chinese is the written script used in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau. In this interactive workshop, we will practice, write and discuss select characters in ink. Then, channel your creativity by integrating calligraphy into personalized ink wash paintings. Choose themes inspired by…

University Open Air: In Search of Lyricism

Sun, Apr 21 2:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History University Open Air

In lyric works, emotions are expressed through imagery, musicality, rhythm. Hence, reading and watching lyric works is a highly enjoyable experience. Yet, as the mermaids’ song, lyricism can draw us in to better drown us in what we’d turn away from: pain, grief, injustice, or our daily life.…

Celebrating Brooklyn Poets, Past and Present

Wed, Apr 24 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Dip into the Center for Brooklyn History’s collection and you will find a vast range of poetry. There are works by household names like Walt Whitman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Marianne Moore, as well as hundreds, perhaps thousands, of poems by writers whose works live in the nooks and…

CBH Talk | Exploring “The White Bonus” with Tracie McMillan and Darrick Hamilton

Thu, Apr 25 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

anti-racism author talks BPL Presents

White Bonus is the money white people receive or save when racism works in their favor. In her new book, The White Bonus: Five Families and the Cash Value of Racism in America, Tracie McMillan asks a pressing question: If racism denies people of color so much, just how much does it…

CBH Talk | Ari Berman and Chris Hayes Discuss “Minority Rule”

Mon, Apr 29 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

anti-racism author talks BPL Presents

As the United States moves steadily towards a majority-minority future, time and time again the white conservative minority has effectively pushed back representative democracy through voter suppression, election subversion, legislative power grabs, immigration restrictions,…

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