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Gotham Center Forums Archive, Spring 2004


Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
January 18, 2:30 p.m. - Museum of the City of New York
A Film Screening in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
Co-Sponsored by the Museum of the City of New York

During his 60-year career as an activist and organizer, Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) formulated many of the strategies that propelled the American civil rights movement, attracting the attention of Martin Luther King, Jr. and others, including the FBI. His open homosexuality forced him to remain in the background and marked him as a "brother outsider." This film, directed by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer and released in 2003, combines rare archival footage, some never before broadcast in this country, and provocative interviews that illuminate the life and work of a forgotten prophet of social change. A discussion with Walter Naegle, Director of the Bayard Rustin Fund, and filmmaker Bennett Singer follows.
Free with Museum admission; reservations recommended. Please call 212-534-1672 x207.

Museum of the City of New York; 1220 Fifth Avenue, between 103rd and 104th Streets.
Suggested admission contributions: Adults $7; seniors, students, and children $4; families $12; members free. 212-534-1672


Brooklyn Works!
March 24, 6:30 p.m. - Recital Hall
A program in celebration of the opening of the new permanent exhibit at Brooklyn Historical Society with Craig Wilder, Dartmouth College and guests.
Craig Wilder will discuss his work with the Brooklyn Historical Society on their new exhibition "Brooklyn Works: 400 Years of Making a Living in Brooklyn." Brooklyn Works is about the working people of Brooklyn - the industries in which they worked, the many challenges they faced, and how this work shaped their daily lives. Wilder will lead a conversation amongst several of the Brooklynites featured in the exhibition.



The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan, the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America
with author Russell Shorto

April 22, 6:30 p.m. - Skylight Room
The history of the Dutch in America is often boiled down to a few sentences about Peter Stuyvesant and the early America we learn about in history classes is almost entirely Anglo-centric. The story starts in Europe, lands on the shores of America, centers on an island that is today a teeming, diverse, totally unique, vital financial center that is known to almost everyone in the world: Manhattan. Russell Shorto's groundbreaking book, based on the rich treasure trove of documents found in the state library at Albany, reveals the profound imprint of the Dutch on the United States and will forever change our understanding of the birth of this country.


New York Food on Film
April 27, 6:30 p.m. - Auditorium
A program about New York City food and foodways with Annie Hauck-Lawson, Brooklyn College and guests
Annie Hauck-Lawson will lead a conversation about New York foodways. The conversation will be spiced with clips from documentaries on hot dogs, pickles, gefilte fish, rice and peas, Italian bread and more! She will also interview several guests featured in the documentaries.

Plus a special sneak preview of "What's For Lunch? Kids, Food & Learning" a forthcoming documentary from the NY Food Museum and D-Squared Media about school lunch in New York City public schools


Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan

May 4, 6:30 - Skylight Room
Book talk and signing with author Phillip Lopate
Fusing history, lore, and on-site adventures, essayist and author Phillip Lopate takes readers on an excursion around Manhattan’s shoreline. Waterfront is a look at New York’s landscape and history and an irresistible invitation to meander along its outermost edges.


Broadway Boogie Woogie: Damon Runyon and the Making of NYC Culture
May 20, 6:30 - Skylight Room
Book talk and signing with author Daniel R. Schwartz
Daniel R. Schwartz looks at New York City between the World Wars--with an emphasis on the city's colorful nightlife. He examines the city through the lens of Runyon's career, from sports writer, daily columnist, trial reporter, and Hollywood figure to the author of the still widely read short stories that were the source of the Broadway hit Guys and Dolls.

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