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ALL EVENTS THIS SPRING ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, although you must RSVP below for the first two forums. 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. __________________________________________________________________________________________

Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 6:30-8 PM
Elebash Recital Hall

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Harlem.UnmakingWriter-photographer Camilo José Vergara’s deeply personal Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto is an unprecedented record of urban change. Vergara, a MacArthur fellow, will talk about the neighborhood he chronicled for 43 years, documenting segregation, poverty, and crime, and eventually, economic recovery, gentrification, and racial integration. Eric K. Washington, author of Manhattanville: Old Heart of West Harlem; Phil Bicker, senior photo editor at Time; and Sharon Zukin, professor of sociology at The Graduate Center, join in the discussion.

One Out of Three: Immigrant New York in the Twenty-First Century
March 5, 2014, 6:30-8PM
Elebash Recital Hall

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Foner.ImmigrantNYCGraduate Center sociologist Nancy Foner leads a discussion based on a new anthology, which she edited, of portraits of immigrant life in New York City this century. Featuring contributors Joseph Salvo, director of the population division, NYC Department of City Planning; Philip Kasinitz of the Graduate Center and Hunter College; Bernadette Ludwig, doctoral candidate in sociology at the Graduate Center; Ramona Hernandez of City College and the Graduate Center, director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute; and Pyong Gap Min of Queens College and the Graduate Center, director of the Research Center for Korean Community.

A History of Comedy in New York City
March 17, 2014, 6:30-8 PM
Elebash Recital Hall

History.NYC.HumorJoin members of the Museum of American Humor for an evening of readings from some of Gotham’s greatest humorists: James Thurber, Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, Calvin Trillin, Fran Lebowitz, Woody Allen and more. And stay for a spirited discussion afterwards. Admission is free and the laughs are on us.

Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings: The Congress of Racial Equality in Brooklyn 
March 25, 2014, 6:30-8 PM
Martin E. Segal Theater

Fighting.Jim.CrowHistorian Brian Purnell talks about the Congress of Racial Equality’s Brooklyn chapter, one of the most audacious and dynamic civil rights organizations in the nation. Drawing from archival sources and interviews with individuals directly involved with the group, Purnell explores how people from diverse backgrounds joined together, solved internal problems, and earned one another’s trust before eventually becoming disillusioned and frustrated.

Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:30-8 PM
Martin E. Segal Theater

Habitats Journalist Constance Rosenblum talks about her new book, which expands selections from the “Habitats” column in The New York Times, and takes readers to both familiar and remote sections of the city—history-rich townhouses, low-income housing projects, out-of-the-way places, and every corner of the five boroughs—to introduce them to a wide variety of families and individuals who call New York home.

Bohemians: A Graphic History
Monday, April 28, 2014, 6:30-8 PM
Elebash Recital Hall

BohemiansHistorian Paul Buhle and contributors speak about Bohemians, a graphic history of the transcontinental movement and its illustrious figures, recovering the utopian ideas behind millennial communities, the rise of Greenwich Village and Harlem, the multiracial and radical jazz and dance worlds, and West Coast, Southern, and Midwest bohemias, among other scenes.
Drawn by an all-star cast of comics artists, Bohemians is a broad and entertaining account of the rebel impulse in American cultural history.

The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 6:30-8 PM
Elebash Recital Hall

Museum.Extraordinary.ThingsAlice Hoffman, bestselling author of The Dovekeepers, speaks about and reads from her mesmerizing new novel, a story about the electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.

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