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All our events this spring are free and open to the public. Seating, as always, is "first come, first served." But an RSVP is required for our February 24 and April 8 events.

All forums take place at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th St. For more information, call 212-817-8471.

Books will be available for purchase and signing by the respective authors. __________________________________________________________________________________________

Black Entertainers and New York City HistoryBlack Entertainers and New York City History
Tuesday, February 24, 6:30-8 PM
Elebash Recital Hall

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Please join us for a panel discussion on the history of black entertainment in New York, with Judith E. Smith, author of Becoming Belafonte: Black Artist, Public Radical; Gayle Wald, author of a forthcoming book on the TV show "Soul!;” Farah Jasmine Griffin, author of Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics during World War II; and Ruth Feldstein, author of How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement.

New York's Legal LandmarksNew York's Legal Landmarks
Tuesday, March 3, 6:30-8 PM
Martin E. Segal Theater

Please join us for a tour of New York through the eyes of a history-loving lawyer. Robert Pigott's new book takes us on an inside tour of Gotham's great courthouses, the sites of famous trials in film and real life, the locations of some of the most important moments in constitutional history, the law firms where some of the best Americans practitioners worked, and the homes, schools, and final resting places of the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Whether you want to stroll down the Lower East Side's Attorny Street or re-open the cold case of Judge Crater's disappearance, Pigott is the guide for you.

The Progressive Era ReconsideredThe Progressive Era Reconsidered
uesday, March 24, 6:30-8 PM
Elebash Recital Hall

David Hyussen, author of Progressive Inequality: Rich and Poor in New York, 1890-1920, sits down with Joseph Varga, author of Hell's Kitchen and the Battle for Urban Space: Class Struggle and Progressive Reform in New York City, 1894-1914, to discuss some of our misconceptions about the famous reform era, and to explore new directions in historiography and research.


A History of New York in 101 ObjectsA History of New York in 101 Objects
Wednesday April 8, 6:30-8 PM
Proshansky Theater

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Sam Roberts tells the history of America’s great metropolis through 101 objects, combining the iconic, the unusual, and the scrumptious— mastodon tusks, oysters, wooden water barrels, elevator brakes, Checker cabs, black-and-white cookies—in a fascinating look at the items that he believes epitomize the Big Apple. Inspired by A History of the World in 101 Objects, Roberts's new book collects the fifty articles he wrote for the New York Times, plus the added suggestions of readers. Unique and whimsical, it is a beautiful chronicle that will rekindle memories and enrich your mind.

The Dress Rehearsal for McCarthyismThe "Dress Rehearsal for McCarthyism":
he Struggle for Free Speech at CCNY, 1931-42
Thursday, April 16, 6:30-8 PM
Martin E. Segal Theater

Join Carol Smith as she brings to life a unique chapter in the history of CCNY with photographs, cartoons, and graphics documenting the rising tide of student and faculty activism spawned by the Great Depression and European fascism. This resulted in various suspensions and expulsions and a state legislative investigation, which ultimately led to the dismissal of fifty CCNY faculty and staff: the largest academic purge in U.S. history.

This presentation is based on a traveling exhibit, which can be viewed online here or at the CCNY Library, Fifth Floor Archives, North Academic Complex, from April 6 to May 31.

The Race UndergroundThe Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway
Wednesday, April 29, 6:30-8 PM
Skylight Room

In the 19th century, cities like Boston and New York grew congested with plodding, horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 crippled the entire northeast, a solution had to be found. Two brothers from one of the nation's great families—Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York—pursued the dream of digging America's first subway, and the race was on. Doug Most chronicles the story, as exciting as any ripped from the pages of history. The Race Underground is a great American saga of two rival American cities, their rich, powerful, and sometimes corrupt interests, and an invention that changed the lives of millions.

Jackie Robinson's BrooklynJackie Robinson's Brooklyn
Thursday, May 7, 6:30-8 PM
Elebash Recital Hall

 Since he first stepped onto the field in 1947, breaking the color line, Jackie Robinson has been a mythical figure. Enduring the rough transition of being the first black man to play in the Major Leagues and tear down the wall of segregation, Robinson did more than just entertain crowds with his athletic prowess. He changed the nation. Join Peter Laskowich for a discussion of the icon's life and his impact on the United States, Brooklyn, and baseball.

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