Past Programs

Many CBH Talks were recorded. To view, visit the Center for Brooklyn History Talks YouTube channel at bklynlib.org/CBH-Talks.

Past Events

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, Jul 19 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

CBH Talk | “Treating Violence” with Rob Gore and Marlon Peterson

Wed, Jul 17 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Dr. Rob Gore has worked in the Emergency Department of Kings County Hospital for almost 20 years. He knows all too well the violence that plagues Brooklyn’s youth, especially its youth of color. 

Gore is the visionary behind Kings Against Violence Initiative (…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, Jul 12 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

CBH Talk | Jane Kamensky and Cynthia Carr Discuss “Candida Royalle and the Sexual Revolution”

Thu, Jul 11 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

author talks book discussion BPL Presents

In her book, Candida Royalle and the Sexual Revolution, acclaimed historian Jane Kamensky chronicles an improbable twentieth-century heroine and offers an entirely new understanding of the so-called sexual revolution. 

Candida Royalle was a porn star and cofounder of the feminist…

CBH Talk | Dana Mattioli and Emily Glazer Discuss “The Everything War”

Wed, Jul 10 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations

 

The Everything War: Amazon’s Ruthless Quest to Own the World and Remake Corporate Power is the shocking exposé of Amazon’s endless strategic greed and pursuit of total domination​. 

In this business thriller and inside story, Wall Street Journal reporter Dana Mattioli…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, Jun 28 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

Pride Month, Music and a Movie!

Thu, Jun 27 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History film

 CBH celebrates Pride Month and Brooklyn with this cabaret-style performance and screening!  

 

Join the incomparable Brooklyn-based drag artist Ella Fartzgerald, followed by the 2014 documentary “We Came to Sweat: The Legend of Starlite” for an…

CBH Talk | Voices of Venezuela: Art, Politics, and Survival in the Heart of Crisis

Tue, Jun 25 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Once a beacon of prosperity in South America, Venezuela's rich tapestry has dramatically shifted. Today, it faces one of the largest displacement crises in the world. Join us for a compelling evening as we delve into the stories behind over 7 million Venezuelans who have left their…

Brooklyn Zine-In: Make Zines, Make History

Sat, Jun 22 1:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Whatcha mean, What's a ZINE? A zine is a self-created and self-published work. Typically made using Do-It-Yourself methods of collage, drawing, stamping, and using found materials. Zines can be about anything and can be made by anyone!

Join us in partnership with Booklyn, Inc. for a…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, Jun 21 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

CBH Talk | Frank Barry and Morgan Pehme Discuss “Back Roads and Better Angels.” Special Musical Guest Xavier Cardriche.

Thu, Jun 20 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

author talks book discussion BPL Presents

In his new book, Back Roads and Better Angels: A Journey into the Heart of American Democracy, Frank Barry gives a captivating, unvarnished, and deeply thoughtful account of his road trip across America, sharing his on the ground, first hand observations about the tensions that pull…

CBH Talk | Transforming Cancer Survival for All: A Conversation with Bruce Ratner and Errol Louis

Mon, Jun 17 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Despite tens of billions of dollars spent on research and treatment, cancer remains the number two killer in the United States. Not surprisingly, it’s people of color, along with poor and rural patients, who die from this disease the most.

In his book, Early Detection…

Meet Up: NYC Neighborhood Oral History Projects Summer Social

Fri, Jun 14 5:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Doing a local history project in New York City? This event, co-hosted by the Oral History Association, Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region, the Queens Memory Project, and Columbia University's Oral History MA program, provides the space for you to come meet people from other neighborhood…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, Jun 14 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

CBH Talk | Voices from New Netherlands: Unsealing the Vrooman Letters

Wed, Jun 12 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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The Dutch scholar Frans R.E. Blom had an experience that every historian dreams of. He was the first to open and read sealed documents of historic significance that were centuries old – in his case letters written by Dutch migrants newly settled in the colony of New Netherlands. The…

Just Conversations | Making NYC Home: The Trials and Triumphs of Asylum Seekers and Migrants

Mon, Jun 10 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations

About Just ConversationsJust Conversations is a series co-presented by the Center for Brooklyn History and Brooklyn Org that brings into dialogue issues facing our borough, city, and society and gives voice to the change makers who move us towards a more equitable future. Tonight we are joined by…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, Jun 7 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

Mapping Memory: The Legacy of Slavery, Abolition, and Freedom in Brooklyn

Thu, Jun 6 9:00am
Center for Brooklyn History

Center for Brooklyn History CTLE educators

In Brooklyn, the history of slavery, abolition, and freedom is all around us: not just in museums and historic houses, but in the names of our streets and even the soil beneath our feet. In this professional development workshop, educators are invited to uncover the (sometimes buried) history of…

CBH Talk | The Brownstone Boys and "For the Love of Renovating"

Wed, Jun 5 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations

In 2018, Barry Bordelon and Jordan Slocum bought a 130 year-old Brooklyn brownstone and blogged about the trials and triumphs of renovation under the byline “the Brownstone Boys.” The upshot was a devoted following of fellow renovators, a thriving restoration business, and now – a book!…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, May 31 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, May 24 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

CBH Talk | Elizabeth Gloucester, The Most Powerful Black Woman Lost to History

Wed, May 22 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Co-presented by the Center for Brooklyn History and The Brooklyn Heights Association

 

Elizabeth Gloucester, was born into slavery in 1817 in Richmond, Virginia. When she died in Brooklyn Heights six decades later, the Brooklyn Eagle described her as “the wealthiest colored…

CBH Talk | Natalie Foster and Tressie McMillan Cottom Discuss “The Guarantee”

Tue, May 21 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

anti-racism author talks book discussion

The Guarantee asks us to imagine an America where housing, health care, a college education, dignified work, family care, an inheritance, and an income floor are not only attainable by all but guaranteed, by our government, for everyone.

But isn’t this pie-in-the-sky…

I See My Light Shining: Baldwin-Emerson Elders Project Launch

Sun, May 19 5:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Join the Emerson Collective and Columbia University in-person at the Center for Brooklyn History for the launch event of "I See My Light Shining: The Baldwin-Emerson Elders Project." This event is hosted by the Baldwin-Emerson Elders Project and will feature a collection of oral testimonies…

Brooklyn Is... Exhibition Tour

Fri, May 17 3:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

brooklyn history Center for Brooklyn History exhibitions

Come for a free guided tour of the exhibition Brooklyn Is...!

Visitors will get an interactive look at the photographs, maps, and community reflections that make up the heart of this exhibition, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of putting together this exhibition…

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