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ALL EVENTS THIS FALL ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. To reserve tickets for our final event of the season, discussing Daniel R. Schwarz's Endtimes? Crisis and Turmoil at the New York Times, click here. Admittance is "first come, first served." For more information, call 212-817-8471.

All our forums take place at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th St.

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



Jews: A People's History of the Lower East Side, volumes I–III
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 6:30-8 PM

Martin E. Segal Theater

Co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies CUNY Graduate Center

Join our panel of writers and editors, Clayton Patterson, Suzanne Wasserman, Jim Feast and Joyce Mendelsohn, for Jews: A People's History of the Lower East Side in three volumes, a discussion of the book and its contributions to the field. An essential history of the great Jewish wave of immigration to NYC’s Lower East Side, Jews covers art, literature, food, religion, and so much more.



City of Ambition: FDR, La Guardia and the Making of Modern NY
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
, 6:30-8 PM
Elebash Recital Hall

This event is part of the GC Public Program’s initiative “Cultural Capital: The Promise and Price of New York’s Creative Economy.”

In City of Ambition, historian Mason Williams examines the relationship between two of the most remarkable political leaders of the twentieth century—President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia—as they rose in counterpoint through the ranks of New York politics before taking power at the depths of the Great Depression.  It is a study of how government came to play an extraordinarily broad role in a quintessentially market-oriented city—of how a robust public sphere, embodied physically in La Guardia Airport, the Triborough Bridge, Robert Moses’s parks and playground projects, and thousands of smaller structures, was forged—and of how a new vision of urban governance reshaped the city's political culture.




Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance 
Monday, September 30, 2013
, 6:30-8 PM
Martin E. Segal Theater

Carla Kaplan offers a new perspective of the 1920's in this lively, groundbreaking group-biography that uncovers for the first time the untold story of the white women of the black Harlem Renaissance. While every other imaginable form of female identity in the Jazz Age has been studied – the flapper, the Gibson Girl, the bachelor girl, the Bohemian, the Twenties “mannish” lesbian, the suffragist – the story of the white women of black Harlem, the women collectively referred to as “Miss Anne,” has never been told until now. Miss Anne in Harlem brings to life an extraordinary group of women.



Priests of our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 6:30-8 PM
Martin E. Segal Theater

Marjorie Heins, civil liberties lawyer, writer, teacher, and the founding director of the Free Expression Policy Project discusses her new book, Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge. Heins traces the story of professors and teachers in New York City and Buffalo who resisted the Communist witch-hunt of the 1950s and later were able to convince the Supreme Court to overturn the Feinburg Law, thus shaping what we think of academic freedom today.  Heins features interviews with the CUNY and SUNY professors who were part of the movement, including the five SUNY Buffalo professors who were responsible for the Supreme Court reversal. 




SOSÚA: Make A Better World: A Film Screening
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
, 6:30-8 PM
Elebash Recital Hall

SOSÚA: Make A Better World tells the story of Dominican and Jewish teenagers in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood, who together with the legendary theater director Liz Swados, put on a musical about the Dominican Republic's rescue of 800 Jews from Hitler. Award-winning filmmakers Peter Miller and Renée Silverman interweave this little-known and racially complex Holocaust story with an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of the making of the theater production. In a neighborhood where Jews and Latinos live side by side but rarely interact, the theater project brings its young actors on an extraordinary journey of discovery of what unites them - both in the past and in the present.








The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City
Monday, November 4, 2013, 6:30-8 PM
Elebash Recital Hall

William Helmreich's The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City is a fascinating account of a 6,000-mile walk through New York City. Based on interviews with hundreds of people, including former Mayors Koch, Giuliani, Dinkins, and Bloomberg, Helmreich’s book gathers previously unknown facts and stories about New York's many neighborhoods, the immigrants, the gentrifiers, the gangs, the community "characters," the homeless, and much, much more.








The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 6:30-8 PM
Skylight Room

Co-sponsor by John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

LESLooking at the historic Italian-American community of East Harlem in the 1920s and 30s, Simone Cinotto recreates the bustling world of Italian life in New York City and demonstrates how food was at the center of the lives of immigrants and their children. From generational conflicts resolved around the family table to a vibrant food-based economy of ethnic producers, importers, and restaurateurs, food was essential to the creation of an Italian- American identity. Italian-American foods offered not only sustenance but also powerful narratives of community and difference, tradition and innovation as immigrants made their way through a city divided by class conflict, ethnic hostility, and racialized inequalities.





The Changing Status of Women in New York City, 1913-1950: The Case of Theresa Bernstein
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 6:30-8 PM
Skylight Room

fsdafThe most active years of Theresa Bernstein's career in New York City, 1913-1950, witnessed enormous changes in opportunities for women, as conditions and attitudes evolved in the workplace and broader culture. Please join Gail Levin, Jeffrey Taylor, Grace Schulman, and Elsie Heung for a celebration of Bernstein's work in context, through an examination of these important transformations in the suffrage movement, worlds of art and jazz, and other areas.







To reserve tickets for this event, click here

Endtimes? Crises and Turmoil at the New York Times, 1999-2009
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, from 7-8:30 PM
Elebash Recital Hall

This event is part of the GC Public Program’s initiative “Cultural Capital: The Promise and Price of New York’s Creative Economy.”

fsdafFrom Jayson Blair and Judith Miller to 24-hour cable and the blogosphere, the first decade of the twenty-first century was not particularly kind to the New York Times. In this groundbreaking study, Daniel R. Schwarz describes how America's most important newspaper confronted not only various scandals and embarrassments, but also the rapid rise of the Internet, the ensuing decline in print advertising and circulation, and the dramatic changes facing the contemporary news industry.










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