'HOOD HISTORY:The South Bronx, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and East New York in Historical Perspective
January 9, 2001
Some of the most exciting new scholarship done on New York history investigates
specific neighborhoods in fine-grained detail, and many of the areas under the
magnifying glass are not in Manhattan. For all their particularity, the recent
studies probe general concerns of interest to all city dwellers - issues of
racial transformation, new immigrant arrival, political relations between local
communities and city government. Scholars Craig Wilder, Wendell Pritchett and
Evelyn Gonzalez looked at three neighborhoods (Bedford-Stuyvesant, East New York,
South Bronx), and considered the history of culture, people and politics, noting contrasts and commonalities.
March 15th, 2001 6:30-8:30 p.m.
SWEATSHOPS THEN, SWEATSHOPS NOW
Have things changed since the bad old days? Yes and no. Experts and activists
compared conditions in the New York garment trades, past and present.
Amy Hall, Manager of Social Accountability, Eileen Fisher, Inc.Trinh
Duong, Board Member, Chinese Staff and Workers Association. Assemblyman
Felix. W. Ortiz, 51st District, author ofBehind Closed Doors : a Look into
the Underground Sweatshop Industry.
Edgar Romney, Executive VP of UNITE.
Daniel Soyer, Assistant Professor of History, Fordham University, author,Jewish Tenement Sweatshops.
Carmen Whalen, Assistant Professor, Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean
Studies Department Present and History Department, Rutgers University, author,
Latinas and Latinos in NYC's Garment Industry.
April 10th, 2001 6:30-8:30 p.m.
HISTORY AND PROSPECTS OF THE MARITIME PORT
From Dutch days to WWII, the Port was crucial to the City. Then, the boats
decamped to Jersey. Why? Will some (should some) be coming back? How crucial will
harbor developments be to the region's future?
Kent Barwick, President, Municipal Art Society.
Jameson Doig, Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Chair, Department
of Politics, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs,
Princeton, author ofEmpire on the Hudson: Entrepreneurial Vision and Political
Power at the Port of New York Authority
(forthcoming). Steve Jaffe, Curator, South Street Seaport. Rep. Jerrold
L. Nadler, Member of Congress, 8th
District. Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff, Attorney, Lacher & Lovell‑Taylor.
James T.B. Tripp, General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund. Chris Ward, Chief of Planning,
Port Authority of NY and NJ.
April 26th, 2001 6:30-8:30 p.m.
THE HISTORY OF JAZZ IN NEW YORK CITY (WITH PARTICIPANTS IN KEN BURNS'
Jazz was not a native New York growth, but the transplant sure flourished here.
Why? How did the metropolis shape the music, and vice versa? Our panelists-
participants in Ken Burns' marathon docuhistory,
Jazz- tackle the questions.
Gary Giddins, Staff Writer, Village Voice and author,Visions of Jazz: The First Century
andBing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams.
New York Times.Robin D. G. Kelley, Professor of History and Africana
Studies, New York University, author,Yo' Mama's Disfunktional! : Fighting the
Culture Wars in Urban America. Dan Morgenstern, Director, Institute
of Jazz Studies, Rutgers, authorJazz People. Albert Murray,
author,Trading Twelves : The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert
Murray. Geoff Ward, Writer, PBS Series,Jazz
and co-author with Ken Burns,Jazz: A History of America's Music.
May 10th, 2001 6:30-8:30 p.m.
WHY DID THE COMPUTER REVOLUTION TAKE PLACE IN SILICON VALLEY, NOT SILICON ALLEY,
AND WHAT WILL BE THE RELATION BETWEEN THE TWO IN THE FUTURE?
Having been a crucial crucible for communications technologies since the early
nineteenth century - telegraph, movies, radio, tv - we seem to have dropped the
ball on computers? How come? And how will the two coasts fare in the coming
Jason Chervokis, Primedia, co-founder @NY. Dan Dubno, producer and
technologist, CBS News. Stuart W. Leslie, Department of the History of
Science, Medicine, and Technology, The Johns Hopkins University,
author,Learning from Silicon Valley, forthcoming. Alan Meckler,
Chairman and CEO, Internet.com Corporation. Mitchell Moss, Director, Taub
Urban Research Center, New York University.
May 24th, 2001 6:30-8:30 p.m.
NYC'S HOUSING CRISIS: HAS IT ALWAYS BEEN HERE? WILL IT EVER GO AWAY?
Have New Yorkers always found decent and affordable housing to be in short
supply? If so, why? And what's the prognosis for a different future?
Yolanda Garcia, Executive Director, Nos Quedamos. Irene Baldwin,
Executive Director, Association for Neighborhood and Housing
Development. Peter Marcuse, Professor of Urban Planning,
School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University,
Coauthor,Globalizing Cities : A New Spatial Order? Richard Plunz,
Professor, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia
University, author,A History of Housing in New York City. Peter
Salins, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, SUNY, author
ofScarcity by Design : The Legacy of New York City's Housing
Policies.Douglass Turetsky, Director of Policy, Analysis and Advocacy,
United Neighborhood Houses and former editor, City Limits.Kathryn
Wylde, President and CEO, New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce.
June 7th, 2001 6:30-8:30 p.m.
THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF HEROIN IN NEW YORK CITY
As early as the 1920s, the overwhelming majority of U.S. heroin addicts lived in
the New York City area, and the city had emerged as the center of the country's
drug trade. How did this happen? How have New Yorkers dealt with the big H since
then, and where does the deadly relationship go from here?
Claude Brown, author,Manchild in the Promised Land.
Stanley Crouch, critic and author,Always in Pursuit : Fresh American Perspectives.
Ric Curtis, Director, Heroin in the 21st
Century Project, Associate Professor, Anthropology, John Jay College of Criminal
Justice, CUNY. Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director, Lindesmith Center-Drug
Policy Foundation. Robert Newman, President and CEO, Continuum Health
Partners. Eric Schneider, Assistant Dean and Associate Director for
Academic Affairs, Adjunct Associate Professor of History, University of
Pennsylvania, author ofThe Golden Spike: Heroin in the Postwar City