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Gotham Center Forums Archive, Fall 2005

100th Anniversary of Wobblies!

September 13, 6:30 - Recital Hall

The hundredth anniversary of the Industrial Workers of the World will be celebrated by artists, historians, musicians, and today's Wobbly activists. Union singer John Pietaro will belt out old Wobbly favorites; Daniel Gross of the Starbucks Workers Union will talk about the latest Wobbly successes; Henry Foner and Paul Buhle will speak about the Wobblies in labor history; and artists from WOBBLIES! A Graphic History--Nicole Schulman, Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman, and Sabrina Jones--will show slides from their ground-breaking work on the Wobbly saga.


New Takes on Rudy Giuliani
September 21, 6:30 - Recital Hall

Join us as Robert Polner and Fred Siegel, authors of two new books on Giuliani, discuss his legacy for New York City.

Robert Polner, America's Mayor: The Hidden History of Rudy Giuliani's New York (Soft Skull), with contributions by Jimmy Breslin, Jim Dwyer, Luc Sante, Kevin Baker.

"In a vibrant democracy, no politician deserves a free ride, and America's Mayor provides a highly valuable service: telling the whole story of Rudy Giuliani… No one should ponder Giuliani's future without reading this collection." -David Corn, The Nation

Fred Siegel, The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York, and the Genius of American Life (Encounter Books).

"Siegel has produced the first book-length reckoning with Giuliani's philosophy, achievements and legacy." -James Traub, The New York Times


Paintings of New York: 1800-1950
October 5, 6:30 - Recital Hall

An illustrated lecture and book signing in association with the recent publication of the book Paintings of New York (Pomegranate Press). Bruce Weber, Director of Research and Exhibitions, Berry-Hill Galleries, will trace the development of artistic interest in depicting New York City and touch upon the changing tone and fabric of the city between 1800 and 1950. He will examine the major artistic themes and the aesthetic motivations that led artists to picture New York during this period. Among the artists whose works will be discussed are Winslow Homer, James H. Cafferty, Asher B. Durand, Henry Inman, Ferdinand Lungren, Childe Hassam, Ernest Lawson, John Sloan, George Bellows, Edward Hopper, Isabel Bishop, and Reginald Marsh.



The Encyclopedia of New York State
October 19, 6:30 - Recital Hall

The Encyclopedia of New York State
(Syracuse University Press) is the first comprehensive encyclopedia on New York State ever published. Its almost 2,000 pages include 4,600 entries by over 1,200 authors. The panel will consider some of the challenges faced by the editors in creating the Encyclopedia, and the complexities involved in viewing New York City in a statewide context.

Panelists include, Peter Eisenstadt, Editor in Chief, Encyclopedia of New York State; Laurence M. Hauptman (SUNY New Paltz), Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of New York State; Tod M. Ottman, Assistant Managing Editor, Encyclopedia of New York State


Revisiting the South Bronx Origins of Hip Hop

November 14, 6:30 - Recital Hall

This forum will look at the social spaces and cultural traditions that created the context for South Bronx hip hop and examine whether existing narratives in film, music, and academic literature accurately describe what happened. A musical demonstration will accompany the talk!

Panelists include, Kelli Terry-Sepulveda, Executive Director of the Point Community Development Corporation, and Mark Naison, Professor of History, Fordham University and Director, Bronx African-American History Project



The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation
and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City

December 15, 6:30 - Rooms 9204-9207

In the summer of 1909, the gruesome murder of nineteen-year-old Elsie Sigel sent shock waves through New York City and the nation at large. The young woman's strangled corpse was discovered inside a trunk in the midtown Manhattan apartment of her reputed former Sunday school student and lover, a Chinese man named Leon Ling. In The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City (Princeton University Press), Mary Ting Yi Lui of Yale University offers a fascinating snapshot of social and sexual relations between Chinese and non-Chinese populations in turn-of-the-century New York through the lens of this unsolved murder.

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