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Gotham Center Forums Archive, Fall 2003



"7th Street"
September 23, 6:30 p.m. - Recital Hall
"7th Street" is a feature documentary, directed by Josh Pais, shot over a ten-year period in NYC's East Village. The movie follows the transformation of Alphabet City from 1992 to 2002. Pais captures the amazing changes wrought during the second half of the 20th century -- the counter-culture of the 1960's, the influx of drugs, and the onslaught of gentrification.

A discussion will follow the film between Josh Pais, and Suzanne Wasserman, the Associate Director of the Gotham Center for NYC History. Pais is an actor who has appeared in many movies including: "Music of the Heart," "A Civil Action," "A Beautiful Mind," and "The Phone Booth." He has appeared on television in shows such as "Law and Order" and "Sex in the City." Wasserman is an historian whose work has focused on the history of the Lower East Side. She also just completed her first film, "Thunder in Guyana."


Gotham in the Second World War
October 15, 6:30 p.m. - Auditorium
This forum presents a sneak preview of the second installment of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898. Mike Wallace will discuss the city's role in prosecuting the war, and explore the way its citizens experienced life on the urban home front.

Mike Wallace is the Director of the Gotham Center for NYC History as well as the Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of Gotham. His most recent book is A New Deal for New York.



The Brooklyn Film
October 28, 6:30 p.m. - 9204-9207
Brooklyn Borough historian John Manbeck and Robert Singer discuss their new book, The Brooklyn Film: Essays in the History of Filmmaking (McFarland), which features an introduction by Pete Hamill with a 60-page filmography. Join the editors and contributors for an evening that celebrates the borough of Brooklyn as (mis) represented in film. Excerpts from critical essays, an open discussion, and some editied film sequences will highlight the event, as each explores the history, traditions, and complexities associated with the borough of Kings! Panelists include Manbeck, retired professor of English, Kingsborough, Singer, professor of English, Kingsborough, Wilbert Turner, ABD in English Studies at SUNY Albany, and Amata Schneider-Ludorff, Ph.D. candidate in English at Syracuse


Shopping in NYC
November 10, 6:30 p.m. - Skylight Room
Book talk and signing for Sharon Zukin's new book, Point of Purchase: How Shopping Changed American Culture, (Routledge). Zukin's book examines New York City, the shopping capital of the world. The book looks at the rise and demise of B. Altman as well as the rise of superstores in NYC. She also examines how New York Magazine and Zagat's shaped contemporary consumer culture. Zukin is Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center.




Sweatshop, USA
December 15, 6:30 p.m. - Recital Hall
A panel discussion on the forthcoming book, Sweatshop, USA: The American Sweatshop in Historical and Global Perspective.

America has recently rediscovered its sweatshops. High profile scandals -- from Kathy Lee to Nike -- have brought the shocking and substandard conditions of factories to light and made more American consumers aware of the relationship between themselves and foreign laborers. The panelists will explore national debates over the sweatshop and suggest how these conversations have responded to changing patterns of global movements of people, goods and power. They also demonstrate how efforts to control and eradicate sweatshops have been, and remain, both national and global. Book signing to follow.

Participants will include: Eileen Boris (UC Santa Barbara), Richard Greenwald (US Merchant Marine Academy), Liza Featherstone (author, Students Against Sweatshops), Manny Ness (Brooklyn College), Harry Rubinstein (Smithsonian), Ken Wolensky (Pennsylvania Historical Society), Jennifer Guglielmo (Smith College), Dan Bender (University of Waterloo).


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