The Gotham Center is setting up this discussion board to serve as a conduit for ideas, generated by CUNY faculty and students, and by any concerned citizens, as to how the University can best use Governors Island.
Keynote Speaker Ric Burns, director of "New York: A Documentary Film"
In April 2001, The Gotham Center hosted a conference on Teaching New York City History in K-12 Schools. Over 400 teachers attended twenty-four presentations. We had such an overwhelming response to the first conference that we were able to accommodate more participants and more presentations in 2003. This time, over 600 teachers attended thirty-six presentations. The conference offered both public and private school teachers the much needed opportunity to gather and share ideas, lessons and programs. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only conference to focus on these needs.
This well-attended day-long conference addressed the original New Deal, its rollbacks and revivals in the second half of the twentieth century, and its potential as a model for the future. The gathering built upon Mike Wallace's new book, A New Deal for New York, which urges us to think boldly about rebuilding the entire city, not just Lower Manhattan, and to do so in tandem with other recession-wounded cities and states around the country.
In 2002, former Mayor Giuliani, in an unprecedented move, took personal custody of his official city papers. Historians, archivists, and a wide range of citizens responded by signing our petition, urging Mayor Bloomberg to cancel the arrangement. In 2003, the City Council passed a law, which Bloomberg signed, in effect outlawing any future Giuliani-style privatization of the Archiving of Mayoral papers. Browse the links below for a history.
The Gotham Center, in cooperation with virtually every history-oriented institution in town, is proud to announce a citywide celebration of New York City's magnificent historical resources. This jamboree of over 100 panels, roundtables, exhibits, film screenings and a book fair, was held at The Graduate Center, CUNY, in the magnificent old B. Altman Building on Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. The festival began with a free weekend conference, from October 5-7, exploring the city's past and its relation to the present.
As part of the creation of the Gotham Center's new K-12 Initiative, the CUNY Graduate Center hosted a conference on teaching New York City history with over 400 teachers and twenty-four presentations. Click below for more information.
This all-day mini-conference provided a critical overview of the historical, political and cultural development of New York's Puerto Rican community. Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer concluded with reflections on the current and future status of this community.