Conference on New York City History, October 5-7
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave., @ 34th St.

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October 05, 7:00 PM
New York: A Documentary Film with Ric Burns
Discussion with Ric Burns about his recent documentary on New York City History.



 
October 06, 10:00 AM
New York City: 1945 - 9/11/2001 - And Beyond
Moderator
Mike Wallace, Professor, History, John Jay College, City University of New York; Director, Gotham Center for New York City History

Fred Siegel, Professor, Humanities and Social Science, Cooper Union

Josh Freeman, Professor, History, Queens College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

Frank Braconi, Executive Director, Citizens Housing and Planning Council

Martin Shefter, Professor , Government, Cornell University

Robert Fitch, Adjunct Professor, Metropolitan Studies, New York University

Rosemary Scanlon, former Deputy State Comptroller for New York City

Kenneth T. Jackson, Professor, History, Columbia University; Director, New-York Historical Society



The Gangs of New York -- More than the Movie
Chair
Joshua Brown, Director, American Social History Project, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Five Points and the Gangs of New York
Tyler Anbinder, Associate Professor, History, George Washington University

The Jets and Sharks Redux: Contemporary Gangs in Historical Perspective
Eric Schneider, Assistant Dean and Associate Director of Academic Affairs; Adjunct Associate Professor, History, University of Pennsylvania

Chinatown Gangs from the Golden Mountain to the Golden Venture
Luke Rettler, Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney's Office



Bringing the Past to Life: Historians and Documentary Filmmaking (RT)
Moderator
Steven Mintz, Professor, History, University of Houston

Ric Burns, Filmmaker

Barbara Abrash, Associate Director, Center for Media, Culture, and History, New York University

Orlando Bagwell, Filmmaker

Maria Daniels, Director of New Media, American Experience, PBS

David Grubin, Filmmaker

This panel was organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.



Health and Wealth: Hospitals and Healthcare in New York City from Medicare to Managed Care (RT)

Robert A. Padgug, Lehman College, City University of New York

Robb K. Burlage, Health Justice Ministries, National Council of Churches

Sandra Opdycke, Institute for Innovation in Social Policy, Fordham University

Howard Berliner, Professor, New School University and Health Policy Advisor, 1199

Elena Padilla, St. Barnabas Hospital



Gendering the Eighteenth-Century City

Chair
Edwin G. Burrows, Professor, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Legions of Women: Making Gender Work in Revolutionary New York
Judy Van Buskirk, Professor, History, State University of New York, Cortland

Sense and Senselessness: Learned Masculinity in Colonial New York City
Sara Gronim, Lecturer, History, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Dangerous Economies: Sex and Goods in Colonial New York City
Serena Zabin, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow, History, Carleton College



Art and Expression in Harlem in the Twentieth Century
Chair
Adele Oltman, Columbia University

Political Repression of Harlem Artists in the 1930s and 1940s
Larry A. Greene, Associate Professor, History, African American Studies, Seton Hall University

The Landscape of Harlem: Women Artists in the Community
Patricia Laurence, Center for the Study of Women and Society, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Hip Hop, Harlem and Intimacy
Jason Gregory King, Adjunct Professor, New York University

Comment
Fath Davis Ruffins, Archives Center, Smithsonian Institution



The Old Stone House at Gowanus, Brooklyn, 1697-2001 (RT)

Amy Freitag, Executive Director, Historic House Trust of New York City, City of New York Parks & Recreation

William Parry, Professor, Anthropology, Hunter College, City University of New York

John Gallagher, Author, The Battle of Brooklyn 1776

Herbert Yellin, Revolutionary re-enactor



Ladies and Lawyers: Private and Public Reform Politics in 19th Century New York

"We Shall Have Grand Meetings": Elizabeth Neall Gay and Women's Political Culture in West New Brighton, Staten Island (1846-1865)
C. Jane Gover Covell, Independent Historian

"Considering the Gross and Scandalous Outrage of the Case": New York City Politics, Law and Memory in the Arguelles Case
Thomas Cox, PhD Candidate, History, State University of New York, Buffalo

Comment
Cynthia Ward, Senior Director, McGhee Undergraduate Degrees for Adults, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, New York University



In Defense of Preservation (RT)

Moderator
Jeffrey A. Kroessler, Archives and Special Collections, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Eric Allison, Visiting Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning; Coordinator, Preservation Planning Program, Pratt Institute

Anthony C. Wood, Chairman, New York Preservation Archive Project; Chairman Emeritus, Historic Districts Council; Chairman, Preservation League of New York State

Dorothy Minor, Professor, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University



The History of Slavery in NYC (RT)

Moderator
Graham R. Hodges, Professor, History, Colgate University

Carla Peterson, Professor and Director, Africa and the Americas Committee, University of Maryland

Leslie Alexander, Assistant Professor, History, Ohio State University

Panel organized by the Brooklyn Historical Society



The Decline and Fall of the New York City Waterfront: Container Technology, Conspiracy Theory, and the Rise of Port Newark-Elizabeth, 1965-2001

Containerization's First Tipping Point: The Fall of New York Port, 1965-1975
Stephen Marshall, Attorney

Taking Back the Legacy of Greatness: The Future Port of New York
Roberta Weisbrod, Director, Partnership for Sustainable Ports

Arthur Donovan, United States Merchant Marine Academy

Panel organized by South Street Seaport Museum



Architecture in Interwar New York City

"Colorful--Exotic--Bizarre!": The Design of New York City Night Clubs, 1915-1940
Mary Beth Betts, Director of Research, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission

Williamsburg Houses: New Deal Dream and Realities
Mary Woods, Associate Professor, History of Architecture and Urbanism, Cornell University

New Designs in New Neighborhoods: "Semitic" Synagogue Architecture in New York
Andrew Dolkart, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University



Studies in the History of Fashion and Beauty in New York City

Chair
Virginia Yans, History, Rutgers

Commodifying Domestic Virtues: New York Business and Home Sewing in the Early 20th Century
Sarah Gordon, PhD Candidate, History, Rutgers University

Interesting Places - These Beauty Shops: Class, Color, and Politics in Harlem Beauty Shops, 1920-1940
Tiffany M. Gill, PhD Candidate, History, Rutgers University

Comment
Elaine S. Abelson, Associate Professor, Committee on Historical Studies, New School University



Building New Subways in New York: A 100-Year Look at Politics and Finance (RT)

Moderator
Peter Derrick, Archivist, Bronx County Historical Society

Sigurd Grava, Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Professor, Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University

Clifton Hood, Associate Professor, History, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Gene Russianoff, Staff Attorney, Straphangers Campaign, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)

William Wheeler, Director of Planning, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Jeffrey M. Zupan, Senior Fellow for Transportation, Regional Plan Association

Roundtable organized by the Bronx County Historical Society



Building Sports Stadiums in New York City, Then and Now

Moderator
Arnie Markoe, Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Craig Coenen, Lehigh University

Jay Cross, President, New York Jets

Neil Sullivan, Baruch College, City University of New York

Richard Sandomir, New York Times



If These Walls Could Talk: Doing a Local History of a Block or Building

Evolution of a City Block
Paul Graziano, Flushing Historic Trust

Using City Archives to Solve Neighborhood Mysteries: Germania Hall
Robert Thomas, Candidemedia. Inc.



Capital and Capitalists: The Political Economy of New York City, 1850-1950

Chair
Steve Fraser, Independent scholar

The Monied Metropolis: New York and the Consolidation of the American Bourgeoisie
Sven Beckert, Dunwalke Associate Professor, History, Harvard University

Capital of Capital: How New York Replaced London as the Center of the World Economy
Martin Kenner, PhD Candidate, History, Columbia University

Comment
James Livingston, Professor, History, Rutgers University



 
October 06, 1:30 PM
Interpreting NYC History for Museum Exhibitions (RT)

Moderator
Paul Mattingly, New York University

Ellen Snyder Grenier, Deputy Director for Special Projects, The New Jersey Historical Society

Ann Meyerson, Curator of Exhibitions, The Brooklyn Historical Society

Judy Giuriceo, Curator of Exhibits, Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Liz Sevcenko, Vice President of Programs, Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Maxine Friedman, Curator, Historic Richmond Town

Kathleen McAuley, Curator, Bronx Historical Society

James Driscoll, Vice President for History, Queens Historical Society

Deborah Waters, Deputy Director for Learning, Museum of the City of New York

Robert Engel, Exhibitions Coordinator, New-York Historical Society

Roundtable organized by the Brooklyn Historical Society



The History and Culture of New York: Views from Abroad (RT)

Moderator
Thomas Bender, University Professor, Humanities and Professor, History, New York University

Francois Weil, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales; Senior Adviser to the Minister of Research (Paris, France)

Guenther Lenz, Humboldt Universitat (Berlin, Germany)

Margarita Gutman, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Mario Maffi, Universita Statale di Milano (Milan, Italy)



Religion in Early New York City

Confession and the Constitution: Catholics and the Kohlmann Case in Early 19th Century New York
Martin J. Burke, Associate Professor, History, Lehman College, City University of New York

Origins of Religious Pluralism in New York City
Evan Haefeli, Lecturer, History, Princeton University

"Who Shall Sing Best": Race, Slavery, and Religion in Early 18th Century New York City
William B. Hart, Assistant Professor, History, Middlebury College



Beyond the Ward Boss: Visions of Politics in New York City, 1860-1920

"To Point the Way Through the Howling Wilderness of Practical Politics": How the Middle Class Imagined New York City Politics in The Honorable Peter Stirling by Paul Leicester Ford
Terrence J. McDonald, Professor, History, University of Michigan

Powerful Partitions: Irish Political Culture in New York City, 1860-1920
Mary C. Kelly, Professor, Political Science, Franklin Pierce College

Comment
John Mollenkopf, Professor, Political Science, Graduate Center, City University of New York



Teaching New York City History (RT)

Brenda Parnes, New York State Archives

Robert Forloney, Museum of the City of New York



The History of Noshing in New York City (RT)

Nancy Ralph, Director, New York Food Museum

Suzanne Wasserman, Associate Director, Gotham Center for New York City History

Annie Hauck-Lawson, Assistant Professor, Food Studies and Nutrition, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Molly O'Neill, Food Writer, New York Times

Eve Jochnowitz, Independent scholar

Roundtable organized by the New York Food Museum



The History of New York City's Water Supply (RT)

Madeline Rogers, South Street Seaport Museum

Gerard Koeppel, Author, Water for Gotham: A History

Max Pfeffer, Associate Professor, Sociology and Associate Director, Cornell Center for the Environment, Cornell University

Albert Appleton, Former Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental Protection; Director of the NYC Water and Sewer System

Panel organized by South Street Seaport Museum



Housing in New York: Can Tenements Live with Towers? (RT)

Harvey Epstein, Chairperson, Housing Committee, Community Board 3

Andrew Flamm, Executive Director, Lower East Side Business Improvement District

Lillian Rivera, Tenant Activist

Douglas Sarini, Vice President for Government Affairs, Edison Properties

Damon Rich, Co-Founder, Center for Urban Pedagogy

Christopher Mele, Professor, Sociology, State University of New York - Buffalo

Roundtable organized by the Lower East Side Tenement Museum



Highbrow, Lowbrow and Middlebrow: The Post-Civil War Audiences for Music in New York

Chair
Peter Muir, PhD Candidate, Music, Graduate Center, City University of New York

The Butcher, the Baker, the Stock Broker: The Audience for Symphonic Music, 1865
Adrienne Fried Block, Co-Director, Music in Gotham, Graduate Center, City University of New York

"Unpalatable Melody, Strange Harmony": the Reception of Verdi's Operas by New York City Critics and Audiences, 1855-1875
John Graziano, Co-Director, Music in Gotham and Professor, Music, City College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

Patrons and Performers, Artists and Aficionados: The Multifaceted Musical Lives of New York's Amateurs in the 1860s
Mary Simonson, PhD Candidate, Music, University of Virginia



Community Organizing for School Reform: The Question of Parent Agency Past and Present (RT)

Moderator
Adina Back, Visiting Fellow, Institute for Education and Social Policy, New York University

William W. Cutler III, Professor, History and Educational Leadership, Temple University

Norm Fruchter, Director, Institute for Education and Social Policy, New York University

Hollyce C. Giles, Assistant Professor, School of Education, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Education and Social Policy, New York University

Eva Gold, Principal, Research for Action



Preserving the Lower East Side: Imagining a New Ethos of Historic Preservation (RT)

Hasia Diner, Professor, Judaic Studies, New York University

Max Page, Assistant Professor, Architechture and History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Richard Rabinowitz, President, American History Workshop



New York, Newspapers and the Evolution of Baseball: Henry Chadwick and the Development of Sports Journalism, 1856-1890

Andrew Schiff, Adjunct Professor, St. Francis College



Screening of Our Song

Jim McKay, Filmmaker

Comment
Leonard Quart, Professor, Cinema Studies, College of Staten Island and Graduate Center, City University of New York; Contributing Editor, Cineaste



New York/Utopia: The Labor Cooperative Housing Movement, 1919-1972 Part I: Three Bronx Utopias

Chair
Andrew Hazelton, Architect, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, Inc.

Collectivist Suburbs: The Bronx Cooperatives as Urbanism
Richard Plunz, Professor of Architecture; Director, Urban Design Program, Columbia University

1920s New York Socialism: The Bronx Cooperatives in Political Context
Tony Michels, Assistant Professor, History, University of Wisconsin

The Jewish Labor Movement and the Culture of Working Class New York
Daniel Soyer, Assistant Professor, History, Fordham University

Panel organized by Museum of the City of New York



Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives: Words and Images from NYC's Working People (INTERNET)

Rachel Bernstein, Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University

Joshua Freeman, Professor, History, Queens College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

George Andrucki, Sheetmetal Workers Local 28

Lillian Roberts, Labor Consultant, AFSCME, District Council 37



New Perspectives on the Movement for Civil Rights in New York City, 1945-1970

Chair
Venus Green, City College, City University of New York

The Left and the Struggle for Negro Rights in Post World War II New York City
Martha Biondi, Assistant Professor, African American Studies, Northwestern University

"Drive Awhile for Freedom" : Brooklyn CORE and the 1964 World's Fair Stall-In
Brian Purnell, PhD Candidate, U. S. and African American History, New York University

Radicalism in the Late 1960s: A Chapter in the History of the Young Lords
Johanna Fernandez, PhD Candidate, History, Columbia University

Comment
Clarence Taylor, Professor, History and African-New World Studies, Florida International University



Breweries, Saloons and Taverns: Brewing and Drinking Life in New York City, 1840-1930

Not Just a Watering Hole: Saloons of Tenement New York City
John Michael Passalaqua, PhD Candidate, Political Science, Loyola University

Brooklyn's Golden Age of Brewing, 1890-1900
David Raubvogel, Teacher, Harry Van Arsdale High School

"Vote As You Drink!" The Politics of Prohibition in New York City
Michael Lerner, Research Fellow, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota



 
October 06, 3:45 PM
New York Nisei During World War II (MEDIA/RT)

Moderator
Paul Mattingly, Professor, History and Director, Program of Public History, New York University

David M. Reimers, Professor Emeritus, History, New York University

Daniel Inouye, PhD Candidate, New York University



To Demolish New York: Precursors of September 11 in Fact and Fiction

Creatively Destroying New York: Fantasies, Fears, and Realities in the Provisional City
Max Page, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

REvisiting the Ruins of New York: The Imaginination of Disaster, 1890-1920
Nick Yablon, University of Chicago

The 1920 Wall Street Explosion: Terrorism and Patriotism in the Capital of Capital
Beverly Gage, Journalist

Brave New World?: New York City's Journey Toward and Away from Its Twin Towers
Eric Darton, Author

Comment
Bill Tabb, Queens College and Graduate Center City University of New York



Illustrating the City: Artists and Everyday Life in New York (RT)

Moderator
Joshua Brown, Director, American Social History Project, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Rebecca Zurier, Associate Professor, History of Art and Faculty Associate, Program in American Culture, University of Michigan

Ben Katchor, Cartoonist

Peter Kuper, Cartoonist



Radical Writers in New York City: From the New Masses to Norman Mailer

Chair
Alan Brinkley, Professor, History, Columbia University

The Strange Case of Carlo Tresca
Dorothy Gallagher, Author, All the Right Enemies: The Life and Murder of Carlo Tresca and How I Came into My Inheritance and Other True Stories

Communist Writers of the 1930s and 1940s
Sam Tanenhaus, Author, Whittaker Chambers; at work on a biography of William F. Buckley Jr.

Kazin to Mailer
Paul Berman, Author, A Tale of Two Utopias : The Political Journey of the Generation of 1968



Religious Quests for Community in New York City History

Chair
Donald Gerardi, Professor, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

What Vodou in Brooklyn Can Teach Us About Religion in New York City
Karen Brown, Professor, Drew University

Three Reasons Why Religion Prospered in Modern New York and Failed in Urban Europe
Jon Butler, Professor, Yale University

Religion and the Making of New York's Topography
Robert Orsi, Professor, Harvard University



New York and the Culture of Silent Film (MEDIA/PANEL)

Coney Island and the Evolution of Film Culture in New York City
Brian Gallagher, Professor, English, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York

New York City as Playground of Modernity in Silent Comedy
Kevin Hagopian, Penn State University

Comment
Charles Musser, Professor, Film Studies and American Studies, Yale University



The Garment Workers' New York: Immigrant Workers and Progressive Era Reform

New York City and the Invention of Modern Labor Relations
Richard Greenwald, Assistant Professor, History, United States Merchant Marine Academy

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911
Robert Whalen, Professor, History, Queens College (Charlotte, NC)



Dvorak and the Gilded Age: Issues of Race and Cultural Identity

Joseph Horowitz, Independent Scholar; Eastman School of Music



Becoming Part of the Labor Mosaic: African-American Women and Their Activism in NYC in the 19th and 20th Centuries

African-American Women and the New York City Draft Riot, 1863
Jane Dabel, Assistant Professor, History, California State University, Long Beach

Rose Schneiderman and the Struggle to Unionize African-American Laundry Workers in New York City, 1924-1927
John McGuire, PhD Candidate, History, Sate University of New York, Binghamton



Fraud, Vice, Murder, Police: How New York's Underside Shaped 20th Century American Politics and Culture

Mysteries of the City: The Lexow Committee and New York's Underside in Turn of the Century America
Daniel Czitrom, Professor and Chair, History, Mount Holyoke College

The Becker Case Again: A Murder Scandal as a Political Movement in Progressive Era New York
Allen Steinberg , Associate Professor, History, University of Iowa



New York's Lost Children: Foundlings and Foster Care in Historical Perspective

Henry Foundling and His Friends: Abandoned Babies in Nineteenth Century New York City
Julie Miller, PhD Candidate, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Where Have All the Foundlings Gone? The Politics of Race Religion and Money in New York City's Child Welfare System
Nina Bernstein, Reporter, New York Times; Author, The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care

Comment
Virginia Metaxas, Professor of History and Women's Studies Department of History, Connecticut Sate University



Power Flow: Organized Crime, Environmental Activism, and the Privatization of New York City's Solid Waste System

Power Flow: Organized Crime, Environmental Activism, and the Privatization of New York City's Solid Waste System, 1947-2001
Steven Corey, Associate Professor, Urban Studies, Worcester State College

Under the Microscope: Why Hospital Waste is Gotham's Most Thoroughly Studied Garbage
Wally Jordon, Principal Consultant, New York City Medical Waste Management Study

The Garbage Behind, the Garbage Ahead
Benjamin Miller, former Director, Policy Planning for the New York City Department of Sanitation and author, Fat of the Land

Comment
Jimmy Breslin, Syndicated columnist, New York Newsday



Like Strangers: Blacks, Whites and New York City's Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis

Chair
Jerald Podair, Assistant Professor, History, Lawrence University

Ocean Hill-Brownsville: Voices From the Past
John Rudolph, WNYC

The Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis: New York's Antigone
Jerald Podair

Ocean Hill-Brownsville and the UFT
Jack Schierenbeck, United Federation of Teachers

Ocean Hill-Brownsville: The Community's View
Ronald Evans, formerly of Intermediate School 201



New York/Utopia: The Labor Cooperative Housing Movement, 1919-1972 Part II: A City of Cooperatives

Built By Idealism: Abraham E. Kazan and the UHF Approach
Ken Wray, President, United Housing Foundation

City of Labor: Architect Herman Jessor and the Cooperative Housing Movement
Tony Schuman, Professor, Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Building on New York City's Inheritance
Peter Marcuse, Professor, Urban Planning, Columbia University
Hilary Botein, PhD Candidate, Urban Planning, Columbia University

Comment
Joshua Freeman, Professor, History, Queens College, City University of New York

Panel organized by Museum of the City of New York



Picturing New York: Bird's Eye Views of New York and Images of Washington Square

Homage to the Square: Picturing Washington Square, 1850-1965
Bruce Weber, Berry-Hill Galleries, New York

"A sense, through the eyes, of embracing possession" (Henry James): Bird's Eye Views of New York City, c. 1880s-1930s
Douglas Tallack, Professor, School of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham, UK



Nelson Rockefeller, Edward Logue, and the Politics of Urban Development

Rockefeller's Vietnam? Black Politics and Urban Development in Harlem, 1969-1974
Peter Siskind, PhD Candidate, History, University of Pennsylvania

Edward J. Logue, the New York State Urban Development Corporation and New York City
Ivan Steen, Director, Oral History Program, State University of New York, Albany

Comment
George Lankevich, Professor Emeritus, History, City University of New York



 
October 07, 10:00 AM
Eleanor Roosevelt and New York City

Blanche Weisen Cook, Professor, History, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Julius Edelstein, Vice Chancellor Emeritus, City University of New York



The Fiscal Crisis of the 1970s

A Crisis of Competence: The 1977 Mayoral Election and the Political Economy of the Fiscal Crisis
Jonathan Soffer, Assistant Professor, History, Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute

A Crisis in Progressive Politics: The Municipal Unions and New York City's Mid 1970s Fiscal Crisis
Michael Spear, PhD Candidate, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Liberalism and Public Opinion in New York City Since the Fiscal Crisis
Ester Fuchs, Professor, Political Science, Barnard College and Columbia University
Robert Y. Shapiro, Chair, Political Science, Columbia University

Comment
Judith Stein, Professor, History, City College and Graduate Center, City University of New York



In the South Bronx of America: Guarding Memory: A Slide Presentation

Mel Rosenthal, Distinguished Professor, Art, State University of New York, Empire State College

Shelly Rice, Art Historian and Critic, New York University and School of Visual Arts



Madison Square: A Case Study in the Dynamics of Urban Public Space

Picturing Public Space: Photography and the Towers of Madison Square
Antonello Frongia, PhD Candidate, History of Architecture and Urbanism Program, Cornell University

"Dead Lay the City": Real Estate, Architectural Obsolescence, and the Ruins of New York
Nick Yablon, PhD Candidate, University of Chicago

Met Life's Metropolis
Roberta Moudry, Lecturer, College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University



Visualizing Early National and Ante-bellum New York: Black and White Republicanism

Chair
Carl E. Prince, Professor, History, New York University

Seeing the Republican City: A Visual Approach to New York in the New Nation
Howard B. Rock, Professor, History, Florida International University

David Ruggles: Black Apostle of Freedom in Ante-bellum New York City
Graham Hodges, Professor, History, Colgate University

Comment
Carl E. Prince



Redefining the Roles of Women in the New York City Justice System

Administrative Wrangling: The Gender Politics of Police Commissioner Ellen O'Grady
Mary Jane Aldrich-Moodie, PhD Candidate, History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

A Precinct of Their Own: The New York Police Department's Women's Precinct, 1921-1923
Dorothy Moses Schulz, Associate Professor, Law, Police Science & Criminal Justice Administration, John Jay College, City University of New York

Strategy and Politics in the New York Campaign for Women's Jury Service: 1917-1975
Elisabeth I. Perry, Professor, History and American Studies, St. Louis University

Comment
Rosalind Rosenberg, Professor, History, Barnard College



Missing Voices: The Disjunction Between Black Experience and White Writers on Race, 1800-1865

The 1741 "Negro Plot" Through Nineteenth-Century Historians' Eyes
Jennifer Steenshorne, PhD Candidate, History, University of California, Irvine

"Miscegenation in Earnest": Race and Sex in Presidential Politics, 1864
Debra Jackson, Independent scholar

Comment
Craig Wilder, Professor, History and African American Studies, Williams College



Building, Destruction, and Re-building: The Bronx in the 20th Century

Moderator
Roger Wines, Professor, History, Fordham University

City Beautiful Planning in the South Bronx: From Triumph to Frustration, 1880-1940
Ray Bromley, Professor, Planning, Geography and Latin American Studies, State University of New York, Albany

Kelly Street: Life and Times of a South Bronx Neighborhood
Emanuel Tobier, Professor, Economics and Planning, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

Morris High School and the Creation of the New York City Public High School System
Gary Hermalyn, Executive Director, Bronx County Historical Society

From Burning to Building: The Revival of the South Bronx, 1970-1999
James Wunsch, Assistant Professor, Historical Studies, State University of New York, Empire State College

Panel organized by the Bronx County Historical Society



The Culture of Commitment in New York City, 1920-1960

Chair
Michael Denning, author, The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century

The Radical Roots of America's Musical Mainstream
Marc E. Johnson, PhD Candidate, Music, Graduate Center, City University of New York

No Varsity Teams: Communist Adult Education in New York City, 1923-1956
Marvin Gettleman, Science & Society; Emeritus Professor, History, Brooklyn Polytechnic University

The Depression Stage: Radical Theater in 1930s New York
Annette Rubinstein, Brecht Forum

Comment
Paul Mishler, Independent scholar



Eastside, Westside and Downtown: Culture, Conflict and Societal Change in New York City Landmark Spaces

Museums for the People: The Struggle for Sunday Openings in New York City, 1884-1891
Maria Iacullo, History, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Lone Survivor: The History of the Staten Island Ferry
Paul Morando, History, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Symbolism as Legacy: Its Role in the Transformation of Times Square
Lynne Sagalyn, Professor, Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School

Comment
Betsy Blackmar, Professor, History, Columbia University



Puerto Rican / Latino New York: Resistance, Perseverance and Expression in the Decade of the Seventies

Chair
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol, Professor, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Puerto Rican/Latino New York: Historical Perspectives
Gabriel Haslip-Viera, Professor, City College, City University of New York

The Empire Strikes Back: How Rebellion, Reform and Return Migration Transformed the New York Political Landscape
Juan Gonzalez, Professor, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; New York Daily News

Literary Latinidad: Nueva York in the 1970's
Daisy Cocco de Filippis, Professor, York College, City University of New York

Puerto Rican Migration and Community at Mid-Century
Nilsa Olivero, PhD Candidate, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Comment
Juan Flores, Professor, Hunter College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

Panel organized by the Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Department, Brooklyn College



S.O.S. New York: A History of the City's Environmental Movement Since 1970 (RT)

Moderator
Jim Tripp, Environmental Defense Fund

Barry Commoner

Eric Goldstein

Matthew Gandy

Vernice Miller, Ford Foundation

Dick Ottinger (invited)



Culture and Subculture: Homosexuality and the Arts in New York

Queer Politics: Images of Gay Liberation in New York, 1969-1970
Ella Howard, PhD Candidate, History, Boston University

From Bethesda Fountain to Sheridan Square: Gays and Lesbians in New York's Visual Arts
James Saslow, Professor, Art Department, Queens College

Comment
Molly McGarry, Assistant Professor, History, University of California, Riverside

Panel organized by Museum of the City of New York



Issues in the History of Public Health in New York City

The Living City: Making the Past Speak to the Present
Amy Fairchild, Columbia University
Martina Lynch, Columbia University
Elizabeth Robilotti, Columbia University

The Biography of Physicians and AIDS in New York: An Oral History
Ronald Bayer, Columbia University
Gerald Oppenheimer, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; Columbia University

Lead's Legacy: Dangerous Lives, Deceitful Industries
Gerald Markowitz, John Jay College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

Comment
David Rosner, Professor, History, Columbia University



Gotham City, Gotham State: Rivals and Suitors

Chair
Peter Eisenstadt, Editor-in-Chief, The Encyclopedia of New York State

The Encyclopedia of New York State: Putting the State Back in the City
Peter Eisenstadt

Upstate New York as a Factor in the Rise of New York City, 1780-1825
Rohit T. Aggarwala, History, Columbia University

Downtown Problems, Upstate Solutions: Race, Employment and Education in NYC, 1940-1950
Tod M. Ottman, Independent scholar

Japanese Americans in New York City and New York State, 1940-1960
Greg Robinson, History, University of Quebec at Montreal

The Upstate/Downstate Divide in Recent New York State Politics: Some Personal Observations
Edward C. Sullivan, New York State Assembly

Comment
Peter Eisenstadt



Organized Labor and Organized Crime: Cleaning House in the Building Service Employees' Union

How Labor Racketeers Helped Build a Union
Daniel Wilk, PhD Candidate, History, Duke University

The Columnist and the Labor Racketeer: Westbrook Pegler's Unmasking of George Scalise
David Witwer, Assistant Professor, History, Lycoming College

Comments
Carl Biers, Executive Director, Association for Union Democracy Andrew Wender Cohen, History, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University



New Amsterdam/ New York City as a Seventeenth-Century Atlantic Crossroads

Chair
Karen Ordahl Kupperman, Professor, History, New York University

In Pursuit of Profit: The Netherlands Trade in Colonial New York, 1664-1688
Christian Koot, PhD Candidate, History, University of Delaware

New Amsterdam
James Williams, Associate Professor, History, Middle Tennessee State University

Comment
Karen Ordahl Kupperman



 
October 07, 1:30 PM
Reframing Local Environmental Conflict

Chair
James Egede, Program in Environmental Psychology, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Body, Place and Protest: Reclaiming Lost Legacies
Dolores Greenberg, History, Hunter College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

Political Mechanisms, Community Activism and Decisions About Water Mirele Goldsmith, Program Evaluation Consultant, Environmental Psychology, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Environmental Networking: A Quarter Century Struggle Against Dumping Dredge
Ted Wisniewski, PhD Candidate, History, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Karen Argenti, Friends of Jerome Park Reservoir

Comment
Kerry Sullivan, Natural Resources Protective Association; New York State Vice President, Coastal Conservation Association; New York State Marine Resources Advisory Council



A Screening of New York in the Fifties

Betsy Blankenbaker, filmmaker, Figaro Films

Comment
Dan Wakefield, Writer-in-Residence, Florida International University



Archaeology in New York City

Co-Chairs
Arthur Bankoff, Professor, Anthropology and Archaeology, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Christopher Ricciardi, PhD Candidate, Syracuse University and the Brooklyn College Archaeological Research Center

Cow Bones, Fish Scales, and Manuscripts: What People Ate in Seventeenth-Century New York
Meta Janowitz, URS Corporation; The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Garbage in an Archaeological Context: Is it Trash or is it Treasure?
Joan Geismar, Independent scholar

Excavations at Rose Hill Manor: The Archaeology of 19th Century College Life in the Bronx
Allan Gilbert, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Fordham University
Roger Wines, Professor, History, Fordham University

The Seneca Village Project: The Archaeological Study of a Community
Diana Wall, Professor, Anthropology and Sociology, City College, City University of New York
Nan Rothschild, Professor, Anthropology, Barnard University

Life on the Farm - Excavating Slavery in Brooklyn: the Hendrick I. Lott Farmstead Archaeological Project
Christopher Ricciardi



Digital Gotham, From Barnum to Blackouts

At the Virtual Corner of Broadway and Ann Street: The Lost Museum Project
Ellen Noonan, Media Producer, American Social History Project, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Blacking Out Online: Public Memory and the 1977 Blackout
Jim Sparrow, Brown University

Comment
Tom Thurston, Institute for Learning Technologies, Columbia University



When New York Was New Amsterdam: Some Myths and Misunderstandings About New Netherland

Chair
Charles T. Gehring, Director, New Netherland Project

Washington Irving Was Just Kidding; Everybody Knows the Dutch Weren't Really Like That
Edwin G. Burrows, Professor, History, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Dutch New York Was Built on Greed; Religion Was an Afterthought
Firth Haring Fabend, Independent historian

The Dutch Brought Religious Toleration to America
James H. Williams, Associate Professor, History, Middle Tennessee State University

Tensions Between the Dutch and English in New Netherland Were Rampant and Formative
Noah Gelfand, PhD Candidate, History, New York University

The English Conquered New Amsterdam in 1664, Renamed it New York, and That Was the End of the Dutch
Dennis Maika, Chairman, History, Fox Lane High School

The Dutch Are Nothing More than a Footnote to the Real Story of Colonial America
Cynthia van Zandt, Assistant Professor, History, University of New Hampshire



Between Memory and History: The Women's Movement in New York City, 1960s and 1970s (RT)

Moderator
Louise Bernikow, Author, Among Women

Rosalyn Baxandall, Professor and Chair, American Studies Department, Old Westbury College, State University of New York

Phyllis Chesler, Author, Women and Madness

Michele Wallace, City College, City University of New York

Comment
Mary Marshall Clark, Director, Oral History Research Office, Columbia University



The Conservative Party and New York City Politics

Promoting Law and Order: The Conservative Party and the 1966 Civilian Review Board Referendum
Timothy Sullivan, PhD Candidate, History, University of Maryland

Politics and Planning: The Conservative Party and the South Richmond Plan
Jeffrey A. Kroessler, Archives and Special Collections, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Comments
Richard Flangan, Political Science, College of Staten Island, City University of New York
Jeffrey Kraus, Professor, Political Science, Wagner College



New York City Journalism Since 1960 (RT)

Moderator
Robert Snyder, Journalism and Media Studies Program, Rutgers University, Newark

Pete Hamill, Columnist, New York Daily News

Les Payne, Managing Editor, Newsday (NYC Edition)

Juan Gonzalez, Columnist, New York Daily News

Somini Sengupta, Reporter, New York Times

James Carey, CBS Professor of International Journalism, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University

Leo Bogart, Author, Preserving the Press



Arab Americans in New York City: A Community of Many Worlds (RT)

Chair
Paula Hajar, Author

New York al-Arabia, 1965-2001
Inea Bushnaq, Folklorist and Editor, Arab Folktales

Louis Abdulatif Cristillo, Director, Field Research, Muslims in New York Project, Middle East Institute, Columbia University

Mary Ann Haick DiNapoli, Founder, Arab American Heritage Association

New York: The Mother Colony of Arab America, 1854-1924
Philip Kayal, Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Seton Hall University

Ralph Coury, Professor, History, Fairfield University

Debbie Almontasser, Staff Developer, New York City Board of Education

Comment
Kathleen Benson, Community and Family Programming and Coordinator, City Partners Project, Museum of the City of New York

Roundtable organized by the Museum of the City of New York



Gentrification in New York City Since the 1950's

Gentrification in New York City: From Local Anomaly to Global Urban Strategy
Neil Smith, Director, Center for Place, Culture and Politics and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Development or Displacement? The Brooklyn Academy of Music and Gentrification in Fort Greene
David Vine, PhD Candidate, Anthropology, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Gentrification of the Upper West Side of New York City
Elliot Sclar, Professor, Urban Planning, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University



Archives and Libraries: Institutional Collections and the Sources of Cultural Memory

Chair
Jean Ashton, Director, The Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University

The Early History of the New-York Historical Society: Concepts of Research and the Historical Repository
Margaret Heilbrun, Director, Library, New-York Historical Society

The Wondrous Legacy of Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes
Gloria Deak, Author, Picturing New York: The City from its Beginnings to the Present

Documenting Contemporary History at the New York Public Library
Robert Sink, Archivist, New York Public Library



Biography and History: Francis Cardinal Spellman's New York

Francis Cardinal Spellman and the 1949 Calvary Cemetery Workers Strike: Testing the Limits of Catholic Social Teaching
Arnold Sparr, Professor, History, Saint Francis College

Francis Cardinal Spellman and the Development of Pastoral Strategies to Respond to the Puerto Rican Migration to the Archdiocese of New York, 1948-1967
Reverend Thomas A. Lynch, Professor of Church History and Dean of Cathedral Preparatory Seminary, Saint Joseph's Seminary

Comment and Evaluation of the Career of Cardinal Spellman
Charles R. Morris, Author, American Catholic



The Salome Myth in New York

Striptease and Salome in New York
Rachel Shteir, Assistant Professor and Head, Dramaturgy, DePaul Theatre School

Aida Overton Walker and Florence Mills: A Developing Tradition of African American Comediennes
David Krasner, Associate Professor, Theatre Studies, Yale University

Little Egypt in New York
Andrew Davis, Instructor, Humanities, Cooper Union



New York Seen and Heard: The New York Photo League and Its Documentary Contexts, 1936-1954 (MEDIA/RT)

Moderator
Suzanne Wasserman, Associate Director, Gotham Center for New York City History

Hine, Stieglitz and the Photo Leauge
Judith Mara Gutman, New School University

MacDonald Moore, Vassar College

Deborah Dash Moore, Professor, History, Vassar College



Parks and Politics in Modern New York City

Chair
Richard Mooney, Writer, New York Times Editorial Board (retired)

Parks, Politics and Pork: The Establishment of the Gateway National Recreation Area, New York's National Park
Michael Kelleher, Preservation Planner, Building Conservation Associates

Park and Highway: Fort Washington and Highbridge Parks
Ross Wheeler, Long Island University

A New Life for Governor's Island
Robert Pirani, Director, Environmental Programs, Regional Plan Association



A History of Race Relations in New York City (RT)

Anthony Gronowicz, Adjunct Associate Professor, History, Bronx Community College, City University of New York

Elombe Brath, Patrice Lumumba Coalition

Cleo Silvers, Local 1199

Olowale Clay, December 12th Movement

Jeff Perry, Local 300



Mambo to Salsa: Latin Music in the South Bronx

Music and Community Development, 1940s to the Present
Elena Martínez, Folklorist, City Lore
Angel Rodriguez, Percussionist, The Point CDC

The Place Matters Project Documents the Musical Landscape of the South Bronx
Marci Reaven, Managing Director, City Lore; Place Matters

Musicians Remember the Mambo Era
Era Orlando Marín, "The Last Mambo King"
Benny Bonilla, Percussionist

Panel organized by City Lore



 
October 07, 3:45 PM
Chinese New York (RT)

Moderator
Jack Tchen, Professor, Asian/Pacific/American Studies and Gallatin, New York University

John Hayakawa Torok, JSD Candidate, Columbia Law School

Winifred Chin, Author, Paper Son, One Man's Story

Mary Ting Lui, Associate Professor, History, Yale University



From "Old World" Italian to "New World" Italian American in New York Architecture and Art from the 1890s Through the End of WWII

Moderator
James Periconi, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP

The Influence on New York Architecture of Classical and Renaissance Italian Elements
Rocco Leonardis, Architect; Adjunct Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology

The Piccirilli Brothers: Sculptors and Carvers, Late-19th to Mid-20th Century
Bill Carroll, Riverdale Country School and Mary Shelley, Lehman College

Gennaro Capacchione, Graduate of the the Leonardo Da Vinci Art School (1923-1940) in Manhattan

Mapping Religious Vernacular Architecture and Landscapes in Italian New York
Joseph Sciorra, Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College

The Erasure of of the Ethnic Heritage of Italians in the New World in Architecture and Architectural Ornament
Adele La Barre Starensier, Art Historian

Comment
Adele La Barre Starensier

Panel organized by the Museum of the City of New York



Crime and Immorality in the Jewish Immigrant Community: Prejudices and Realities, 1850-1920

The Rise of Fredericka "Marm" Mandelbaum, "Queen of Fences": How the Political Economy of New York City's Thirteenth Ward Affected a German-Jewish Immigrant Woman's Criminal Choices, 1850-1884
Rona Holub , PhD Candidate, History, Columbia University

The Bureau of Social Morals: The Response of New York's German Jews to the Perceived Immorality of Their Eastern European Co-religionists
Jean Mensch, Independent scholar

Comment
Arthur Aryeh Goren, R & B Knapp Professor, American Jewish History, Columbia University



Public Art Past and Present: Agencies and Agendas

Harriet Senie, Director, Museum Studies and Professor, Art History, City College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

Sally Webster, Professor, American Art, Lehman College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

Michele Cohen, Program Director, Public Art for Public Schools; PhD Candidate, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Michele Bogart, Professor, Art History, State University of New York, Stony Brook; Vice President, New York City Art Commission

Comment
Tom Eccles, Director, Public Art Fund



When New York Was A Frontier

Chair
Elaine Forman Crane, Professor, History, Fordham University

New York City Blacks in the Eighteenth Century
Penny Sonnenburg, PhD Candidate, History, East Tennessee State University

The Taming of the Bronx Frontier
Lloyd Ultan, Bronx County Historical Society; Professor, History, Fairleigh Dickenson University

Abigail Levy Franks: Tale of an Eighteenth-Century New York Matron
Edith Gelles, Senior Scholar, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University

Comment
Doron Ben-Atar, Professor, History, Fordham University



The Defenders: The Last Great New York Drama of TV's 'Golden Age' (M, RT)

William Boddy, Baruch College, City University of New York

David Marc, Syracuse University

Robert Markell, Writer



New York Radicalism: Views from Inside and Out, 1880-1920

The German Anarchist Movement in New York City, 1880-1900
Tom Goyens, University of Leuven, Belgium

The Wall Street Explosion of 1920: The Politics of Terrorism in Post-World War I New York
Beverly Gage, PhD Candidate, History, Columbia University

Comment
Lisa Keller, Professor, History, State University of New York, Purchase



Finding History on the Streets of New York

Nathan Hale
Richard Mooney, Writer, New York Times Editorial Board (retired)

The Brave Man, Documentary on the Battle of Brooklyn
Joe McCarthy, President, Baltic Street Media, Inc.

The Battle for New York: the Forgotten Campaign of 1776
Barnet Schecter, Author, The Battle for New York



Reflections on the History of Philanthropy in New York City (RT)

Moderator
Ronald J. Grele, Professor, History, Columbia University

Colin Greer, President, New World Foundation

David Hammack, Hiram C. Haydn Professor, History, Case Western Reserve University

Kathleen D. McCarthy, Director, Center for the Study of Philanthropy, Graduate Center, City University of New York



Riot at the Opera House! A Documentary Theater Piece (PERFORMANCE)

Andrew Davis, Humanities, Cooper Union

Peter Buckley, Humanities, Cooper Union

Cindy Brizzel, Theater, Sienna College

Gary Dawson, Theater, Long Island University

Joseph Dorinson, History, Long Island University

Sarah M. Henry, Museum of the City of New York

Josh Brown, American Social History Project, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Louis Scheeder, Drama, New York University



Screening of Brownsville in Black and White

Laurann Black, Filmmaker

Comment
Wendell Pritchett, Visiting Assistant Professor, Law, University of Pennsylvania



Dealing with Death: Lynching, Capital Punishment and the NYC Museum Audience (RT)

Moderator
Kathleen Hulser, Public Historian, New-York Historical Society

Sam Roberts, Editor, New York Times Weekend Section; host, NY1, "New York Up Close"

Scott Christianson, Curator and Author, Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House

Roundtable organized by the New York Historical Society



Dance in the Age of Anxiety: Martha Graham, Anna Sokolow and George Balanchine

A program of films selected and introduced by Lynn Garafola, Adjunct Professor, Dance, Barnard College

"Night Journey" (1960), choreographed by Martha Graham (1947) to music of William Schuman, with designs by Isamu Noguchi. Danced by Martha Graham (Jocasta), Bertram Ross (Oedipus), Paul Taylor (Tiresias), Helen McGehee (Leader of the Chorus), and other members of the Martha Graham Dance Company.

"Rooms" (1966), choreographed by Anna Sokolow (1955) to music by Kenyon Hopkins. Danced by Ze'eva Cohen (Escape), Jack Moore (Going), Jeff Duncan (Panic), Margaret Cicerska, Martha Clarke, Kathryn Posin, Ray Cook, and Chester Wolenski.

"Agon" (1960), choreographed by George Balanchine (1957) to music of Igor Stravinsky. Danced by Jillana, Francia Russell, and Todd Bolender (first pas de trois), Violette Verdy, Richard Rapp, and Roy Tobias (second pas de trois), Diana Adams and Arthur Mitchell (pas de deux), and other members of the New York City Ballet. A very rare NYC showing.



New York Exposed: Photographs from the Daily News, 1920-1999

Pete Hamill, columnist, New York Daily News



Needle Trades: A Curse or a Blessing for Immigrants? (RT)

Moderator
Steve Long, Curator, Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Daniel Bender, History, New York University

Nancy Carnevale, New Jersey Historical Society

Margaret Chin, Professor, Sociology, Hunter College, City University of New York

Emanuel Tobier, Professor, Economics and Planning, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

Roundtable organized by the Lower East Side Tenement Museum



African Burial Ground Project in New York City

African Burial Ground in New York City

Moderator Marianne Davy, Information Technology, Pace University School of Law-cancelled

Michael L. Blakey, The African Burial Ground Project; W. Montague Cobb Collection, Howard University

Sherrill D. Wilson, Office of Public Education & Interpretation, African Burial Ground Project

Christopher Moore, Schomburg Center for Reasearch in Black Culture; Commissioner, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission