We are currently digitizing these recordings as part of a larger institutional archiving project.
The full cache (over 100 events!) will be available soon.
The conference kicked off Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:00 PM with a screening of New York: A Documentary Film, and continued on Saturday and Sunday with over 100 roundtables and discussions.
Bethesda Fountain to Sheridan Square: Gays and Lesbians in New York's Visual Arts, 1900-1940
James M. Saslow
History and the Media
The Port of New York in the Age of Global Intermodalism
Community Organizing for School Reform: The Question of Parent Agency Past and Present
Eric Zachary and Shola Olatoye
The Garbage Behind, the Garbage Ahead
New York City: 1945 - September 11, 2001 and Beyond
Coney Island and the Evolution of Film Culture in New York City
Lost World of U.S. Labor Education: Curricula at East and West Coast Community Schools, 1944-1957
Reframing Local Environmental Conflict: Body, Place and Protest
Interview with Jim McKay, creator of Our Song
Conducted by Leonard Quart
New World Symphony: Dvorak in New York and Boston
The Water Supply of New York City
Containerization's First "Tipping Point": The Fall of the New York Port, 1965-1975
Stephen G. Marshall, Esq.
Rockefeller's Vietnam'? Black Politics and Urban Development in Harlem, 1969-1974
The Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis: New York's Antigone
Jerald E. Podair
"Drive Awhile for Freedom": Brooklyn CORE and the 1964 World's Fair "Stall-In"
Brian J. Purnell
Life on the Farm - Excavating Kings County's Rural Past: the Hendrick I. Lott Farmstead Archaeological Project
Mediating Change: Symbolic Politics and the Transformation of Times Square
Lynne B. Sagalyn
The Symbol and Reality of Finance
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911:Tragedy and Meaning in Sweatshop New York
Robert W. Whalen
Events Around Town
Then the Festival moved out into the city where participating institutions all around town — museums and historical societies, archives and libraries, schools and colleges, preservation groups, neighborhood organizations and walking tour companies — are sponsoring over a hundred events (many of them also free), including walks, talks, screenings and exhibitions, in all five boroughs.
Sponsors and Staff
The Gotham History Festival has been made possible by mighty labor and generous financial support. Click here for a list.
Special thanks to the Book Fair — and the hard work of those who manned the booths — the work of many conference panelists was readily available for browsing or purchase (usually at a discount), enabling a more complete encounter with New York's past. The following publishers and booksellers helped make the Conference a success: Columbia University Press, New York University Press, Fordham University Press, Oxford University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Harvard University Press, Yale University Press, Cornell University Press, Queens Historical Society, Round Hill Books, Syracuse University Press and Random House. Special thanks to Urban Center Books for their efforts to make the works of conference participants available to the public.
A list of special projects