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Gotham Center Forums Archive, 2000

Reflections on History and Film
April 11, 2000

Ric Burns offered a talk illustrated with clips from his PBS special, New York: A Documentary Film, and signed copies of the companion book, New York: An Illustrated History(Alfred A. Knopf).


Bohemian New York
May 4, 2000

Christine Stansell discussed her new book, American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century(Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt). 


The Lindsay Mayoralty: An Assessment
May 17, 2000

A conversation with: Fred Siegel [author, The Future Once Happened Here: New York, D.C., L.A., and the Fate of America's Big Cities(Free Press)]; Richard Aurelio[Lindsay Deputy Mayor]; Vincent Cannato, author, John Lindsay's New York and the Crisis of Liberalism(Basic Books, Fall 2000)]; and Steve Isenberg [Lindsay Chief-of-Staff and currently President of Adelphi].


William Randolph Hearst: The New York Years.
June 6, 2000

David Nasaw, Writer, Historian, Professor, The Graduate Center, CUNY,  read from his new book, The Chief (Houghton Mifflin). 


The Rise and Fall of Social Democracy in New York City
June 6, 2000

Joshua Freeman, Professor, Queens College and The GC, CUNY, discussed  his new book, Working-Class New York: Life and Labor Since World War II(The New Press).


Nueva York: Historical Reflections on Puerto Ricans in New York City from 1945 to the Present
September 22, 2000

This all-day mini-conference provided a critical overview of the historical, political and cultural development of New York's Puerto Rican community. Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer concluded with reflections on the current and future status of this community.


From Bomba to Hip-Hop: A History of Latino Music in New York City Since the 1920s  (With live music by Nelson Gonzalez and Son Mundano.)
September 28, 2000

Juan Flores, author of From Bomba to Hip Hop, and Rene Lopez, musicologist, teamed up with Nelson Gonzalez and the band Son Mundano. In alternate takes of talking and playing, they analyzed and illustrated the changes in Latino music wrought by successive waves of immigrants, developments in the music industry, and larger transformations in New York City.


Sex and the City: An Illustrated Talk about the History of Sex in the Big Apple
October 12, 2000

New York's getting a hot new museum--one devoted to examining issues of sexuality over time. Alison Maddex, Director of the Museum of Sex, looked at how and why the museum intends to display erotic artifacts. Her talk, accompanied by slides, also laid out the current state of the museum's opening exhibition on the History of Sex in New York City. CUNY Professor Carol Groneman, author of the new book, Nymphomania, commented on the Museum's evolving direction from the perspective of a leading historian of sexuality, and Richard Rabinowitz reflected on the nascent institution from his 25 years of experience in museum exhibition design.


Why Hasn't More Great Architecture Been Built in New York City in the Last 50 Year, and What Can Be Done About It?
October 26, 2000

Herbert Muschamp, architectural critic of The New York Times, has been vigorously protesting the paucity of brilliant buildings in recent years, a problem that arguably dates back decades. Muschamp laid out his analysis and proposals for change, and an all-star lineup spoke to the issues.


From the Third Degree to Abner Louima: A History of  Police Violence in New York City Since the 1880's
Novebmber 14, 2000

The term "police brutality" is seriously problematic, in that it implicitly suggests violent confrontations between officers and civilians stems from characterological or psychological traits of the men and women in blue. This evening's discussion attempted to shift the focus, and analyze the last hundred plus years of conflict in terms of what the dominant forces of larger cultural, social, economic and political order have called upon police to do. Historians and experts guided us from the late nineteenth century to the present.


What's New About the New Immigrants?
December 12, 2000

CUNY Professor Nancy Fonerdiscussed her new book, From Ellis Island to JFK: New York's Two Great Waves of Immigration. The book compares today's new immigrants in the city with those a hundred years ago. It reassesses the myths that have grown up around the earlier Jewish and Italian immigration -- and that color the way today's Asian, Latin American, and Caribbean arrivals are seen. Among the topics it explores: education, work, residential patterns, gender, race, and transnational ties. Peter Kwong, Hunter College Professor of Asian-American Studies, and Silvio Torres-Saillant, Associate Professor of English at Syracuse University and Interim Director of the Dominican Studies Institute at CUNY, commented.

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