Festival 1

Gotham History Festival


 NYC history festival,
Day One

New York City:
1945 - 9/11, and Beyond (Roundtable)

Mike Wallace, History, John Jay College; City University of New York; Gotham Center for New York City History

Fred Siegel, Humanities and Social Science, Cooper Union

Joshua Freeman, History, Queens College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

Frank Braconi, Citizens Housing and Planning Council

Robert Fitch, Metropolitan Studies, New York University

Rosemary Scanlon, former Deputy State Comptroller for New York City

Kenneth T. Jackson, New-York Historical Society; History, Columbia University



The Gangs of New York - More than a Movie

Joshua Brown, American Social History Project; Graduate Center, City University of New York

Five Points and the Gangs of New York
Tyler Anbinder, History, George Washington University

The Jets and the Sharks Redux: Contemporary Gangs in Historical Perspective

Cycles of Reform: NYC's Public School System in Historical Perspective (Roundtable)

Diane R. Ravitch, New York University

Marilyn Pettit, University Archives and Columbia Library, Columbia University

Norm Fruchter, Institute for Education and Social Policy, New York University


Bringing the Past to Life: Historians and Documentary Filmmaking (Roundtable)

Sponsored by the Center for Media, Culture, and History, NYU


Steven Mintz, History, University of Houston

Ric Burns, Filmmaker, Steeple Chase Films

Barbara Abrash, Center for Media, Culture, and History, New York University

Orlando Bagwell, Filmmaker, Eyes on the Prize

Maria Daniels, American Experience, PBS

David Grubin, Filmmaker, LBJr Education and Social Policy, New York University


Building Sports Stadiums in New York City, Then and Now (Roundtable)

Arnie Markoe, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Craig Coenen, Lehigh University

Jay Cross, New York Jets

Neil Sullivan, Baruch College, City University of New York

Ricahrd Sandomir, New York Times

Michael Danielson, Politics, Princeton University


Health and Wealth: Hospitals and Healthcare in New york City from Medicare to Managed Care (Roundtable)

Robert A. Padgug, Lehman College, City University of New York

Robb K. Burlage, Health Justice Ministries, National Council of Churches

Sandra Opdycke, Institute for Innovation in Social Policy, Fordham University

Howard Berliner, New School University and Health Policy Advisor, 1199

Elena Padilla, St. Barnabas Hospital

Gendering the 18th Century City

Edwin G. Burrows, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Legions of Women: Making Gender Work in Revolutionary New York
Judy Van Buskirk, History, State University of New York, Cortland

Sense and Senselessness: Learned Masculinity in Colonial New York City
Sarah Gronim, History, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Dangerous Economies: Sex and Goods in Colonial New York City
Serena Zabin, History, Carleton College



Art and Expression in Harlem in the Twentieth Century

Adele Oltman, Columbia University

Political Repression of Harlem Artists in the 1930s and 1940s
Larry A. Greene, History and African American Studies, Seton Hall University

The Landscape of Harlem: Women Artists in the Community
Patricia Laurence, Center for the Study of Women and Society, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Hip Hop, Harlem, and Intimacy
Jason Gregory King, New York University

Faith Davis Ruffins, Archives Center, Smithsonian Institution

The Old Stone House at Gowanus, Brooklyn, 1697-2001 (Roundtable)

Amy Freitag, Historic House Trust of New York City, City of New York Parks & Recreation

William Parry, Anthropology, Hunter College, City University of New York

John Gallagher, Author, The Battle of Brooklyn, 1776

Herbert Yellin, Revolutionary reenactor


Ladies and Lawyers: Private and Public Reform Politics in 19th Century New York


"We Shall Have Grand Meetings": Elizabeth Neall Gay and Women's Political Culture West New Brighton, Staten Island (1846-1865)
C. Jane Gover Covell, Independent Historian

"Considering the Gross and Scandalous Outrage of the Case": New York City in Politics, Law, and Memory in the Arguelles Case
Thomas Cox, History, State University of New York, Buffalo

Cynthia Ward, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, New York University

The Port of New York: Past Greatness and Future Prospects
Panel Organized by the South Street Seaport Museum

Containerization's First Tipping Point: The Fall of New York Port, 1965-1975
Stephen Marshall, Attorney

The Port of New York in the Age of Global Intermodalism
Arthur Donovan, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Taking Back the Legacy of Greatness, the Future Port of New York
Roberta Weisbrod, Paternship for Sustainable Ports


Architecture in Interwar New York City

"Colorful--Exotic--Bizarre!" The Design of New York City Night Clubs, 1915-1940
Mary Beth Betts, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission

Williamsburg Houses: New Deal Dreams and Realities
Mary Woods, History of Architecture and Urbanism, Cornell University

New Designs in New Neighborhoods: "Semitic" Synagogue Architecture in New York
Andrew Dolkart, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University



Capital and Capitalists: The Political Economy of New York City, 1850-1950

Steve Fraser, Independent Scholar

The Monied Metropolis: New York and the Consolidation of the American Bourgeoisie
Sven Beckert, History, Columbia University

Capital of Capital: How New York Replaced London as the Center of the World Economy
Martin Kenner, History, Columbia University

James Livingston, History, Rutgers University

Studies in the History of Fashion and Beauty in New York City

Commodifying Domestic Virtues: New York Business and Home Sewing in the Early 20th Century
Sarah Gordon, History, Rutgers University

Interesting Places, These Beauty Shops: Class, Color, and Politics in Harlem Beauty Shops, 1920-1940
Tiffany M. Gill, History, Rutgers University

Elaine S. Abelson, Committee on Historical Studies, New School University


Building New Subways in New York:
A 100-Year Look at Politics and Finance (Roundtable)

Organized by the Bronx County Historical Society

Peter Derrick, Bronx County Historical Society

Sigurd Grava, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University

Clifton Hood, History, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Gene Russianoff, Straphangers Campaign, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)

William Wheeler, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Jeffrey M. Zupan, Regional Plan Association

In Defense of Preservation (Roundtable)

Eric Allison, Preservation Planning Program, Pratt Institute

Anthony C. Wood, New York Preservation Archive Project; Historic Districts Council; Preservation League of New York State

Dorothy Minor, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University

Jeffrey A. Kroessler, Archives and Special Collections, College of Staten Island, City University of New York



Screening of Our Song

Jim McKay, Filmmaker

Leonard Quart, Cinema Studies, College of Staten Island and Graduate Center, City University of New York

Interpreting NYC History for Museum Exhibitions

Organized by Brooklyn Historical Society

Ellen Snyder Grenier, The New Jersey Historical Society

Ann Meyerson, the Brooklyn Historical Society

Joan Maynard, Weeksville Society

Judy Giuriceo, Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Liz Sevcenko, Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Maxine Friedman, Historic Richmond Town

James Driscoll, Queens Historical Society

Deborah Waters, Museum of the City of New York

Robert Engel, New-York Historical Society

Paul Mattingly, Public History, New York University


The History and Culture of New York: Views From Abroad (Roundtable)


Thomas Bender, Humanities and History, New York University

Francois Weil, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales; Ministry of Research (Paris, France)

Guenther Lenz, Humboldt Universitat (Berlin, Germany)

Margarita Gutman, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Mario Maffi, Universita Statale di Milano (Milan, Italy)

New Perspectives on the Movement for Civil Rights in New York City, 1945-1970

Venus Green, City College, City University of New York

The Left and the Struggle for Negro Rights in Post World War II New York City
Martha Biondi, African American Studies, Northwestern University

Paralyzing the City: Brooklyn CORE and the Politics of Rage
Brian Purnell, U.S. and African American History, New York University

Radicalism in the Late 1960s: A Chapter in the History of the Young Lords
Johanna Fernandez, History, Columbia University

Clarence Taylor, History and African-New World Studies, Florida International University


New York / Utopia: The Labor Cooperative Housing Movement, 1919-1972 Part I: Three Bronx Utopias


Panel organized by the Museum of the City of New York

Andrew Hazelton, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, Inc.

Collectivist Suburbs: The Bronx Cooperatives as Urbanism
Richard Plunz, Architecture and Urban Design Program, Columbia University

1920s New York Socialism: The Bronx Cooperatives in Political Context
Tony Michels, History, University of Wisconsin

The Jewish Labor Movement and the Culture of Working Class New York
Daniel Soyer, History, Fordham University

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives:
Words and Images from NYC's Working People

Roundtable organized by the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives and the Central Labor Council

Rachel Bernstein, Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University

Joshua Freeman, History, Queens College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

George Andrucki, Sheetmetal Workers Local 28

Lillian Roberts, AFSCME, District Council 37



Religion in Early New York City

Confession and Constitution: Catholics and the Kohlmann Case in Early 19th Century New York
Martin J. Burke, History, Lehman College, City University of New York

Origins of Religious Pluralism in New York City
Evan Haefeli, History, Princeton University

"Who Shall Sing Best": Race, Slavery, and Religion in Early 18th Century New York City
William B. Hart, History, Middlebury College

Beyond the Ward Boss: Visions of Politics in New York City, 1860-1920

Powerful Partitions: Irish Political Culture in New York City, 1860-1920
Mary C. Kelly, Political Science, Franklin Pierce College

John Mollenkopf, Political Science, Graduate Center

Teaching New York City History (Roundtable)

Organized by New York State Archives

Vivienne Shaffer, Lefferts Homestead

Brenda Parnes, New York State Archives

Robert Forloney, Museum of the City of New York

The History of Noshing in New York City (Roundtable)

Roundtable organized by the New York Food Museum

Nancy Ralph, New York Food Museum

Suzanne Wasserman, Gotham Center for New York City History

Anne Mendelson, Independent Scholar

Annie Hauck-Lawson, Food Studies and Nutrition, Brooklyn College

The History of New York City's Water Supply (Roundtable)

Organized by South Street Seaport Museum

Madeline Rogers, South Street Seaport

Gerard Koeppel, Author, Water for Gotham: A History

Max Pfeffer, Sociology and Cornell Center for the Environment, Cornell University

Al Appleton, formerly of New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Housing in New York: Can Tenements Live with Towers? (Roundtable)

Roundtable organized by Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Harvey Epstein, Housing Committee, Community Board 13

Andrew Flamm, Lower East Side Business Improvement District

Lillian Rivera, Tenant activist

Douglas Sarini, Edison Properties

Damon Rich, Center for Urban Pedagogy

Christopher Mele, Sociology, State University of New York-Buffalo

Preserving the Lower East Side: Imagining a New Ethos of Historic Preservation (Roundtable)

Hasia Diner, Judaic Studies, New York University

Max Page, Architecture and History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Richard Rabinowitz, American History Workshop

Highbrow, Lowbrow and Middlebrow: The Post-Civil War Audiences for Music in New York

Peter Muir, Music, Graduate Center, City University of New York

The Butcher, the Baker, the Stock Broker: The Audience for Symphonic Music, 1865
Adrienne Fried Block, Music in Gotham, Graduate Center, City University of New York

"Unpalatable Melody, Strange Harmony": The Reception of Verdi's Operas by New York City Critics and Audiences, 1855-1875
John Graziano, Music in Gotham and Music, City College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

Patrons and Performers, Artists and Aficionados: The Multifaceted Musical Lives of New York's Amateurs in the 1860s
Mary Simonson, Music, University of Virginia


Breweries, Saloons and Taverns: Brewing and Drinking Life in New York City, 1840-1930


Not Just a Watering Hole: Saloons of Tenement New York City
John Michael Passalaqua, Political Science, Loyola University

Brooklyn's Golden Age of Brewing, 1890-1900
David Raubvogel, Harry Van Arsdale High School

"Vote As You Drink!" The Politics of Prohibition in New York City
Michael Lerner, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Community Organizing for School Reform: The Question of Parent Agency Past and Present (Roundtable)

Adina Back, Institute for Education and Social Policy, New York University

William W. Cutler III, History and Educational Leadership, Temple University

Norm Fruchter, Institute for Education and Social Policy, New York University

Hollyce C. Giles, School of Education, Brooklyn College; Institute for Education and Social Policy, New York University

Eva Gold, Research for Action

Elaine L. Simon, Urban Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania; Research for Action

Eric Zachary, Community Involvement Program, Institute for Education and Social Policy