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Black Gotham Book Launch
Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Martin E. Segal Theatre

Co-sponsored by the Leon Levy Foundation for Biography

Black Gotham is a fascinating look at a little-known segment of American history: African-American elites in New York City in the 19th century, told through Carla Peterson's intriguing account of her quest to reconstruct the lives of her ancestors. As she shares their stories and those of their friends, neighbors, and business associates, she illuminates the greater history of African-American elites in New York City. Book signing to follow.

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More New York Stories
Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall

What do Jonathan Rosen, Dorothy Gallagher, Jennifer Gilmore, Suketu Mehta and David Hajdu have in common? Each suffers from an incurable love affair with the Big Apple, and each contributed to the canon of writing this city has inspired by way of the New York Times City Section, a part of the paper that once defined Sunday afternoon leisure for the denizens of the five boroughs. In More New York Stories, former City Section editor Constance Rosenblum has again culled a diverse cast of voices that brought to vivid life our metropolis through those pages in this follow-up to the publication New York Stories. Join the above writers for a reading and then a book signing to follow.

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Triangle Shirtwaist Fire 100th Anniversary Commemoration
Thursday, March 24, 2011, 7 p.m.
FREE, Proshansky Auditorium

March 25, 2011 is the Centennial of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, located one block east of Washington Square Park. The tragic fire took the lives of 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women, and became a rallying cry for the international labor movement. Many of our fire safety laws were created in response to this tragic event. Join historians Rich Greenwald, Annelise Orleck, Ellen Todd, Jennifer Guglielmo, writer David Von Drehle and artist and organizer of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition Ruth Sergel for a panel discussion about the event and its aftermath. Book signing of Arcadia Press's The New York City Triangle Factory Fire to follow.

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Public and Cooperative Housing
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Concourse Level, Rooms 203/204

Join historians Peter Eisenstadt, Fritz Umbach and Nicholas Bloom as they examine two aspects of mid- to late-20th century housing in NYC -- the forgotten history of community policing in New York City's public housing, and Rochdale Village in Queens, the largest housing cooperative in the world when it opened in 1963. Peter Eisenstadt traces Rochdale's history -- from its opening as a large-scale effort to create an integrated community through the end of the 1970s when few white families remained. Peter's book on the subject is the winner of the 2010 NY Society Library award. Fritz Umbach explores the rise and fall of the New York City Housing Authority Police Department's community-based strategy, while questioning its tactical effectiveness. Book signings to follow.

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On the Bowery Screening
Thursday, April 14, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall

LESFilm critic Manohla Dargis wrote about Lionel Rogosin's 1956 classic quasi-documentary film On the Bowery, "The old days don't look terribly good... but they do look astonishing." While some scenes were staged, the rest of the film was shot in an early cinema verite style, recording the action on the streets and in the bars and Bowery flophouses. It garnered the Grand Prize for Documentary at the 1956 Venice Film Festival, the British Award for Best Documentary and nomination for an Oscar as best documentary. Newly restored by Milestone Films, it had a sell-out run at Film Forum last year. Historians Robert Snyder, Marci Reaven and Suzanne Wasserman will offer comments following the screening.

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A Moment in the Sun Book Launch
Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall

fsdaf John Sayles's monumental new novel, A Moment in the Sun, is set at the turn of the 20th century, as America is struggling to define itself in a rapidly changing world. It is a time that sees the contentious dawn of U.S. imperialism in Cuba and the Philippines, the last desperate stand of Reconstruction in the American South, and the development of mass media, especially motion pictures, as the lens through which the public will increasingly interpret world events. Traveling from the Yukon gold fields, to New York's bustling Newspaper Row, to Wilmington's deadly racial coup of 1898, to the bitter triumph at San Juan Hill in Cuba, and to war zones in the Philippines, A Moment in the Sun is a book as big as its subject: history rediscovered through the lives of the people who made it happen. Sayles is currently on a multi-city tour; the Gotham Center will be his ONLY New York City stop. Book signing to follow.

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Dressing America: Tales from the Garment Center Premiere Screening
Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall

Co-sponsored bfsdafy the Leon Levy Foundation

In its heyday, New York's Garment Center was a thriving, vibrant "village" of sorts; a gathering place where business was often carried out in the backrooms of restaurants and bars; where entrepeneurial types could get into the game with a designer and a few bucks. The postwar era saw a primarily Jewish industry challenge the hegemony of Paris and turn fashion into something distinctly American. The documentary film Dressing America tells the story of how an industry was created through the rough and tumble efforts of an interesting assortment of "characters." They conspired to beg, borrow and steal fashion in order to create a ready-to-wear business that grew by leaps and bounds, nurturing a legion of designers like Anne Klein, Liz Claiborne and Ralph Lauren. Followed by Q and A with film makers Phyllis Dillon, Joe Sucher and Steve Fischler.

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