Festival 3

Gotham History Festival


 NYC history festival
Day Three


The Culture of Commitment in New York City, 1920-1960

Michael Denning, Yale University

The Radical Roots of America's Musical Mainstream
Marc E. Johnson, Music, Graduate Center, City University of New York

No Varsity Teams: Communist Adult Education in New York City, 1923-1956
Marvin Gettleman, Science & Society; History, Brooklyn Polytechnic University

The Depression Stage: Radical Theater in 1930s New York
Annette Rubinstein, Brecht Forum

Paul Mishler, Independent Scholar


The Fiscal Crisis of the 1970s

A Crisis of Competence: The 1977 Mayoral Election and the Political Economy of the Fiscal Crisis
Jonathan Soffer, History, Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute

A Crisis in Progressive Politics: The Municipal Unions and New York City's Mid 1970s Fiscal Crisis
Michael Spear, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Liberalism and Public Opinion in New York City Since the Fiscal Crisis
Ester Fuchs, Political Science, Barnard College and Columbia University

Judith Stein, History, City College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

East Side, West Side and Downtown: Conflict and Societal Change in New York City Landmark Spaces

Museums for the People: The Struggle for Sunday Openings in New York City, 1884-1891
Maria Iacullo, History, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Lone Survivor: The History of the Staten Island Ferry
Paul Morando, History, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Symbolism as Legacy: Its Role in the Transformation of Times Square
Lynne Sagalyn, Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School

Elizabeth Blackmar, History, Columbia University


New York City and Its Journalism Since 1960 (Roundtable)

Robert Snyder, Journalism and Media Studies Program, Rutgers University-Newark

Pete Hamill, New York Daily News

Les Payne, Newsday (NYC Edition)

Juan Gonzalez, New York Daily News

Somini Sengupta, New York Times

James Carey, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University

Paula Hajar, Author

New York: The Mother Colony of Arab America, 1854-1924

Philip Kayal, Sociology and Anthropology, Seton Hall University

Mary Ann Haick DiNapoli, Arab American Heritage Association

Ralph Coury, Fairfield University

New York al-Arabia, 1965-2001
Inea Bushnaq, Arab Folktales

Louis Abdulatif Cristillo, Muslims in New York Project, Middle East Institute, Columbia University

Debbie Almontasser, New York City Board of Education

Kathleen Benson, City Partners Exhibition Projects, Museum of the City of New York

Arab-Americans in New York City:
A Community of Many Worlds

Panel organized by the Museum of the City of New York

Archaeology in New York City


Arthur Bankoff, Anthropology and Archaeology, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Christopher Ricciardi, Syracuse University and the Brooklyn College Archaeological Research Center

Cow Bones, Fish Scales, and Manuscripts: What People Ate in 17th Century New York
Meta Janowitz, URS Corporation; The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Garbage in an Archaeological Context: Is it Trash or is it Treasure?
Joan Geismar, Independent Scholar

Excavations at Rose Hill Manor: The Archaeology of 19th Century College Life in the Bronx
Allan Gilbert, Anthropology, Fordham University

Roger Wines, History, Fordham University

The Seneca Village Project: The Archaeological Study of a Community

Diana Wall, Anthropology and Sociology, City College, City University of New York

Nan Rothschild, Anthropology, Barnard University

Life on the Farm - Excavating Slavery in Brooklyn: The Hendrick I. Lott Farmstead Archaeological Project
Christopher Ricciardi, Syracuse University and the Brooklyn College Archaeological Research Center

Gentrification in New York City Since the 1950s

Gentrification in New York City: From Local Anomaly to Global Urban Strategy
Neil Smith, Center for Place, Culture and Politics; Anthropology and Geography, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Development or Displacement? The Brooklyn Academy of Music and Gentrification in Fort Greene
David Vine, Anthropology, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Gentrification of the Upper West Side of New York City
Elliot Sclar, Urban Planning, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University

Owen Gutfreund, History, Barnard College


Digital Gotham, From Barnum to Blackouts

At the Virtual Corner of Broadway and Ann Street

Ellen Noonan, American Social History Project, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Blacking Out Online: Public Memory and the 1977 Blackout
Jim Sparrow, Brown University

Tom Thurston, Institute for Learning Technologies, Columbia University

The Conservative Party and New York City Politics

Promoting Law and Order: The Conservative Party and the 1966 Civilian Review Board Referendum
Timothy Sullivan, History, University of Maryland

Politics and Planning: The Conservative Party and the South Richmond Plan
Jeffrey A. Kroessler, Archives and Special Collections, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Richard Flangan, Political Science, College of Staten Island

Jeffrey Kraus, Political Science Department, Wagner College

Archives and Libraries: Institutional Collections and the Sources of Cultural Memory

Jean Ashton, The Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University

The Early History of the New York Historical Society: Concepts of Research and the Historical Repository
Margaret Heilbrun, Library, New York Historical Society

The Wondrous Legacy of Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes
Gloria Deak, Author, Picturing New York: The City from Its Beginnings to the Present

Documenting Contemporary History at the New York Public Library
Robert Sink, New York Public Library


Biography and History:
Francis Cardinal Spellman's New York

Francis Cardinal Spellman and the 1949 Calvary Cemetery Workers Strike: Testing the Limits of Catholic Social Teaching
Arnold Sparr, History, Saint Francis College

Francis Cardinal Spellman and the Development of Pastoral Strategies to Respond to the Puerto Rican Migration to the Archdiocese of New York, 1948-1967
Reverend Thomas A. Lynch, Church History, Cathedral Preparatory Seminary, Saint Joseph's Seminary

Comment and Evaluation of the Career of Cardinal Spellman
Charles R. Morris, Author, American Catholic

From the Salome Myth to Striptease in New York

Striptease and Salome in New York
Rachel Shteir, Dramaturgy, DePaul Theatre School

Aida Overton Walker and Florence Mills: A Developing Tradition of African American Comediennes
David Krasner, Theatre Studies, Yale University

Little Egypt in New York

Andrew Davis, Humanities, Cooper Union


New York Seen and Heard:
The New York Photo League and Its Documentary Contexts, 1936-1954 (Roundtable)

Suzanne Wasserman, Gotham Center for New York City History

MacDonald Moore, Vassar College

Deborah Dash Moore, History, Vassar College

Reframing Local Environmental Conflict

James Egede, Program in Environmental Psychology, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Body, Place and Protest: Reclaiming Lost Legacies
Dolores Greenberg, History, Hunter College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

Political Mechanisms, Community Activism and Decisions About Water
Mirele Goldsmith, Environmental Psychology, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Environmental Networking: A Quarter Century Struggle Against Dumping Dredge
Ted Wisniewski, History, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Karen Argenti, Friends of Jerome Park Reservoir

Kerry Sullivan, Natural Resources Protective Association; Coastal Conservation Association; New York State Marine Resources Advisory Council


Parks and Politics in Modern New York City


Richard Mooney, New York Times editorial board (retired)

Parks, Politics and Pork: The Establishment of the Gateway National Recreation Area, New York's National Park
Michael Kelleher, Building Conservation Association

Park and Highway: Fort Washington and Highbridge Parks
Ross Wheeler, Long Island University

A New Life for Governor's Island
Robert Pirani, Environmental Programs, Regional Plan Association

Between Memory and History: The Women's Movement in New York City, 1960s and 1970s (Roundtable)

Louise Berkinow, Author, Among Women

Rosalyn Baxandall, American Studies Department, Old Westbury College, State University of New York

Phyllis Chesler, Author, Women and Madness

Michele Wallace, City College of New York, City University of New York

Mary Marshall Clark, Oral History Research Office, Columbia University


A History of Race Relations in New York City (Roundtable)

Anthony Gronowicz, History, Bronx Community College, City University of New York

Elombe Brath, Patrice Lumumba Coalition

Cleo Silvers, Local 1199

Olowale Clay, December 12th Movement

Jeff Perry, Local 300

Riot at the Opera House! A Documentary Theater Piece

Andrew Davis, Humanities, Cooper Union

Peter Buckley, Humanities, Cooper Union

Cindy Brizzel, Humanities, Cooper Union

Gary Dawson, Theatre, Sienna College

Joseph Dorinson, History, Long Island University

Sarah M. Henry, Museum of the City of New York

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



Screening of
Brownsville in Black and White

Laurann Black, Filmmaker

Wendell Pritchett, Law, University of Pennsylvania

Nathan Hale
Richard Mooney, New York Times Editorial Board (retired)

Screening of The Brave Man, Documentary on the Battle of Brooklyn

Joe McCarthy, Baltic Street Media, Inc.

Barnet Schecter, Author, The Battle for New York: The Forgotten Campaign of 1776

Finding History on the Streets of New York

Dance in the Age of Anxiety: Martha Graham, Anna Sokolow and George Balanchine


A program of films selected and introduced by Lynn Garafola, Barnard College

"Night Journey" (1960), choreographed by Martha Graham (1947) to music of William Schuman, with designs by Isamau Noguchi. Danced by Martha Graham (Jocasta), Bertram Ross (Oedipus), Paul Taylor (Tiresias), Helen Gehee (Leader of the Chorus), and other members of the Martha Graham Dance Company.

"Rooms" (1966), choreographed by Anna Sokolow (1955) to music by Kenyon Hopkins. Danced by Ze'eva Cohen (Escape), Jack Moore (Going), Jeff Duncan (Panic), Margaret Cicerska, Martha Clarke, Kathryn Posin, Ray Cook, and Chester Wolenski.

"Agon" (1960), choreographed by George Balanchine (1957) to music of Igor Stravinsky. Danced by Jillana, Francia Russell, and Todd Bolender (first pas de trois), Diana Adams and Arthur Mitchell (pas de deux), and other members of the New York City Ballet.

African Burial Ground in New York City (Roundtable)

Marianne Davy, Information Technology, Pace University School of Law

Michael L. Blakey, The African Burial Ground Project; W. Montague Cobb Collection, Howard University

Sherrill D. Wilson, Office of Public Education & Interpretation, African Burial Ground Project

Christopher Moore, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture


Needle Trades: A Curse or a Blessing for Immigrants? (Roundtable)

Organized by the Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Steve Long, Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Daniel Bender, History, New York University

Nancy Carnevale, New Jersey Historical Society

Margaret Chin, Sociology, Hunter College

Emanuel Tobier, Economics and Planning, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

New York Radicalism:
Views from Inside and Out, 1880-1920

The German Anarchist Movement in New York City, 1880-1900
Tom Goyens, University of Leuven, Belgium

The Wall Street Explosion of 1920: The Politics of Terrorism in Post-World War I New York
Beverly Gage, History, Columbia University

Lisa Keller, History, State University of New York, Purchase


Dealing with Death: Lynching, Capital Punishment and the NYC Museum Audience (Roundtable)


Organized by the New York Historical Society

Kathleen Hulser, New York Historical Society

Sam Roberts, New York Times, "New York Up Close," NY1

Scott Christianson, Curator and Author, Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House

From "Old World" Italian to "New World" Italian-American in New York:
Architecture and Art from the 1890s Through World War I

Panel organized by the Museum of the City of New York

"Old World" vs. "New World" Italian in the Built Environment of New York: Technique and Style in Historic Preservation

James Periconi, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP

Classical and Renaissance Italian Elements in New York Architecture
Rocco Leonardis, Architect

The Piccirilli Brothers: Sculpture and Carving in New York in the Early 20th Century
Bill Carroll, Riverdale Country School
Mary Shelley, Lehman College, City University of New York

The Leonardo Da Vinci Art School (1923-1940), Lower East Side
Gennaro Capacchione, Painter and sculptor

Mapping Religious Vernacular Architecture and Landscapes in Italian New York
Joseph Sciorra, Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College

The Influence of Italian and Italian American Art in Public Art and Architecture in New York City

Adele La Barre Starensier, Art Historian



Crime and Immorality in the Jewish Immigrant Community: Prejudices and Realities, 1850-1920

The Rise of Fredericka "Marm" Mandelbaum, "Queen of Fences": How the Political Economy of New York City's Thirteenth Ward Affected a German-Jewish Immigrant Woman's Criminal Choices, 1850-1884
Rona Holub, History, Columbia University

The Bureau of Social Morals: The Response of New York's German Jews to the Perceived Immorality of their Eastern European Co-religionists
Jean Mensch, Independent Scholar

Zelig: Folk Hero or Enemy of the People?
Arthur Aryeh Goren, Professor, American Jewish History, Columbia University

Public Art Past and Present:
Agencies and Agendas (Roundtable)

Harriet Senie, Museum Studies and Art History, Art Department, City College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

Sally Webster, American Art, Lehman College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

Michele Cohen, Public Art for Public Schools; Graduate Center, City University of New York

Michele Bogart, Department of Art History, State University of New York, Stony Brook; New York City Art Commission

Tom Eccles, Public Art Fund

When New York Was A Frontier: Gender, Race and Place in the 18th Century

Elaine Forman Crane, History, Fordham University

New York City Blacks in the 18th Century
Penny Sonnenburg, History, East Tennessee State University

The Taming of the Bronx Frontier
Lloyd Ultan, Bronx County Historical Society; History, Farleigh Dickenson University

Abigail Levy Franks: Tale of an 18th Century New York Matron
Edith Gelles, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University

Doron Ben-Atar, History, Fordham University

Reflections on the History of Philanthropy in New York City (Roundtable)

Ronald J. Grele, History, Columbia University

Colin Greer, New World Foundation

David Hammack, History, Case Western Reserve University

Peter Johnson, The Rockefeller Family Office

Kathleen D. McCarthy, Center for the Study of Philanthropy, Graduate Center, City University of New York


The Chinese Confession Program (Roundtable)

John Hayakawa Torok, Columbia Law School

Winifred Chin, Author, Paper Son, One Man's Story

John Kuo Wei, Asian/Pacific/American Studies and Gallatin, New York University

Mary Ting Lui, History, Yale University