Learn about how a landmark immigration law, the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act (known as the “Hart-Celler Act”), acted as a catalyst for driving new waves of immigration to Brooklyn in the latter half of the 20th Century. Community experts from the Museum of Chinese in America, Mano a Mano, and Brooklyn Arts Council’s Folk Arts Archive will explore the Hart-Celler Act’s impact through the lens of various ethnic communities that have made Brooklyn their home since 1965. This day includes hands-on activities exploring how ethnography and oral history can be used as research tools in the classroom. Educators will take away information on where to locate history, archival resources, and educational programs about these communities and more across the borough.

(CTLE Credits: 5)

Brooklyn Immigration: 1965-Present is a professional learning event in partnership with Brooklyn Arts Council, MOCA, and Mano A Mano

Professional Learning For Educators Brooklyn Connections professional learning workshops present content relevant to educators teaching 4th – 12th grade students in Brooklyn; however, teachers from all grades and boroughs are welcome to attend.  Registration includes breakfast, lunch and learning materials.


NYSED CTLE The Brooklyn Public Library is a New York State Education Department (NYSED) sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit. K-12th grade NYS educators.

Funding for Brooklyn Connections is made possible with generous support from The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., Tiger Baron Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies and the Brooklyn Eagles.