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Spring 2015 Lecture Series Events

For more information, contact Prof. Emily Horowitz @ 718-489-5446 or 


Jan. 27 (Tuesday at 11:10am in Maroney Forum) Documentary Screening of My Brooklyn with Director Kelly Anderson (Hunter College, CUNY) My Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson’s personal journey, as a Brooklyn “gentrifier,” to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. The story begins when Anderson moves to Brooklyn in 1988, lured by cheap rents and bohemian culture. By Michael Bloomberg’s election as mayor in 2001, a massive speculative real estate boom is rapidly altering the neighborhoods she has come to call home. She watches as an explosion of luxury housing and chain store development spurs bitter conflict over who has a right to live in the city and to determine its future. While some people view these development patterns as ultimately revitalizing the city, to others, they are erasing the eclectic urban fabric, economic and racial diversity, creative alternative culture, and unique local economies that drew them to Brooklyn in the first place. It seems that no less than the city’s soul is at stake. Learn more at:

Sponsored by Communication Arts/Senior Citizen Lecture Series Event Contact Augusta Palmer for more details


Feb. 3 (Tuesday at 11:10am in Room 4202) Barbara Winslow (Brooklyn College, CUNY) on “Researching and Writing your own Women's Liberation Movement History”

Barbara Winslow is a historian teaching in the School of Education and the Women's Studies Program. She attended Antioch College in the 1960s and has never forgotten the last valedictory address of its first president, Horace Mann: "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity." Her research focuses on the intersection of gender, class, race and sexuality on women in social protest movements. Her first book, Sylvia Pankhurst: Sexual Politics and Political Activism, tells the story of an important suffragette, peace campaigner, anti-colonialist, anti-fascist, international socialist and feminist. She is presently writing a history of the women's liberation movement in Seattle, and she is co-authoring and editing Clio in the Classroom: Teaching U.S. Women's History. Winslow is the founder and Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women's Activism, as well as author of Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change (Westview press, NY 2013) Senior Citizen Lecture Series Event: Contact Emily Horowitz or Sara Haviland for more details


Feb. 5 (Thursday at 11:10am in Maroney Forum) Cary Federman (Montclair State University) on “Earl Warren's Supreme Court - 1953–1960"

Cary received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Virginia. He is the recipient of two Fulbright scholarships, teaching law and political science at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and criminology at the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His research interests are in law and jurisprudence, prisons and prisoners' rights, psychology and law, ancient and modern political philosophy and the history of the social sciences. He is the author of The Body and the State: Habeas Corpus and American Jurisprudence (SUNY 2006).

Senior Citizen Lecture Series Event: Contact Emily Horowitz or Sara Haviland for more details


Feb. 10 (Tuesday at 11:10am in Room 4202) Lawrence Cumberbatch on The Brooklyn Congress of Racial Equality: A Firsthand Account Lawrence Cumberbatch is a Brooklyn resident who was a member of the Brooklyn Congress of Racial Equality. The Brooklyn chapter of CORE was known for its theatrical, uncompromising protests against housing discrimination, poor neighborhood conditions, employment discrimination, and discrimination in education. Brooklyn CORE members walked to Washington, D.C. in 1963 to attend the March on Washington. Lawrence Cumberbatch was part of the group that made the more-than-200 mile trek. He is an attorney who earned his J.D. from NYU Law School, and he served as president of the Black Law Students Association.

Senior Citizen Lecture Series Event: Contact Sara Haviland or Emily Horowitz for more details


Feb. 11 (Wednesday in Room 4402 at 4pm) Peniel Joseph on Stokely Carmichael and his new book “Stokely: A Life”

Peniel E. Joseph is Professor of History at Tufts University, a pioneering historian in the field of Black Power Studies, and an award-winning author. His works include Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America, Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama, and Stokely: A Life. He edited the volume The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era and Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the Local Level, and his essays have appeared in The Journal of American History, The Chronicle Review, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Book Forum, and The American Historical Review. He has appeared on C-SPAN’s Book TV, NPR , PBS’s NewsHour, and the Colbert Report, and the New York Times Review.

Senior Citizen Lecture Series Event/Black History Month Event: Contact Sara Haviland for more details/Sponsored by the Office of the Provost


Feb 12 (Thursday at 11:10 in Maroney Forum) Frank Wilson (Department of Criminology, Indiana State University) on “What Forty Years of Cop Films Can Tell Us about Racism, White Privilege, and Reactions to Ferguson”

Dr. Wilson is an associate professor in the department of criminology and criminal justice at Indiana State University.  He is the founding Chair of the Annual International Crime, Media, and Popular Culture Studies Conference.  His research interests include the depiction of municipal police officers in the media and its impact on recruitment and retention. Dr. Wilson is currently researching and writing a book on the largest prison cemetery in the United States and his book "Crime and Media Studies: Diversity of Method, Medium, and Communication" is forthcoming this year.

Center for Crime & Popular Culture Event/Contact Nickie Phillips for more details Sponsored by the Center for Crime & Popular Culture and the Institute for Peace & Justice


Feb. 24 (Tuesday at 11:00am in Maroney Forum) Screening of “Oscar’s Comeback”, with Co-director Lisa Collins Oscar's Comeback is a film in progress about black filmmaker and pioneer Oscar Micheaux and the film festival which celebrates his legacy in an all-white South Dakota town. Film synopsis: Witness all the melodrama behind-the-scenes of a unique, annual mom-and-pop film festival held in a struggling, all-white small-town: Gregory, South Dakota. From historical reenactments to heated debates to “corporate” take-over, it’s an everything-goes event dedicated to their most famous native son -- early 1900s controversial black film pioneer, Oscar Micheaux. Known to some as the “Godfather of Independent Cinema”, the prolific Micheaux is largely forgotten in the history books ... But be forewarned, the restless spirit of Oscar has come back ‘home’ to inspire another button-pushing tale.Filmmaker Lisa Collins will be present to show us  scenes from the film, answer questions and tell us more about Micheaux's legacy.

Communication Arts + Senior Citizen Lecture Series Event/Contact Augusta Palmer for more details


March 3: (Tuesday at 11:10am in Maroney Forum): Dramatic Production of The Good Counselor

In Kathryn Grant's (Communications, SFC) The Good Counselor, a public defender attempts to mount a defense for a woman accused of killing her baby. As the argument spills over from the courtroom into the community, the defense lawyer must come to terms with his preconceptions about the capacities of mothers. Following the production, Professor Grant will engage in a discussion about the issues raised in the play with Dr. Miriam Salholz, a law scholar at St. Francis. The play received the Jerry Kaufman Award, the Premiere Stages Award and the American Theater Critics Association Citation for Best New American Play.  THE NEW YORK TIMES' Anita Gates writes that Kathryn Grant's The Good Counselor, "leave(s) us with a mystery that is as deep as the leap into parenthood itself ... excellent work." Kathryn Grant's plays have been produced in New York and around the country.  She has received the Berilla Kerr Award in Playwriting, the Jerry Kaufman Award, two Premiere Stages Festival Awards and a citation from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award.  The Good Counselor was produced at Premiere Stages and it will be seen at 1st Stages outside of Washington, DC this spring. The play is published by Samuel French.  Dr. Grant teaches for SFC in the Department of Communication Arts.

Senior Lecture Series Event /Contact Kathryn Grant for more details


March 10 (Tuesday in Room 4202 at 11:10am) Dara Walker: Rutgers University (History) “Dare to Fight, Dare to Win”: Black High School Student Activism during the Black Power Era (1965-1975) Dara received her B.A. in African American Studies from Eastern Michigan University in 2009 and a M.A. in Pan-African Studies from Syracuse University in 2011. Her master’s thesis, "Navigating Untold Stories: An Oral History Approach to Understanding the Life Experiences of Black Detroit High School Student Activists of the Black Power Movement," drew on oral histories with eight student activists. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Rutgers University. She is currently working on her dissertation, They Dared to Fight, a local study of high school student activism in Detroit, which examines how student activism shaped and was shaped by city politics, the black labor movement and the struggle for black community control of schools.

Senior Lecture Series Event/Contact Sara Haviland for more details


March 24 (Tuesday at 11:10am in Room 4202) Screening of The Weather Underground + Q & A with Director Sam Green Sam Green is a documentary filmmaker based in San Francisco and New York. He’s made many movies including most recently The Measure of All Things and The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, a live cinematic collaboration with the indie rock band Yo La Tengo. His documentary The Weather Underground was nominated for an Academy Award and included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial.

Senior Lecture Series Event/Contact Emily Horowitz for more details


April 7 (Tuesday at 11:10am in Room 4202) Chris Mitchell on Gay Liberation in New York City Christopher Adam Mitchell is a queer historian based in Brooklyn, NY. He teaches history and women’s/gender studies at Rutgers University-Newark, Pace University in Manhattan, and Hunter College of the City University of New York. In addition to his interests in the historical intersections of sexuality, culture, and economics in the contemporary era, Mitchell is active in developing and promoting LGBTQIA humanities and anti-bullying curriculum in primary, intermediate, and secondary education as a member of the board and education committee chair for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY-Graduate Center. He completed his Ph.D. in history at Rutgers University with a dissertation entitled, “The Transformation of Gay Life in New York City from the Closet to Liberation, 1948-1977: A Study in Late Capitalism,” in 2014.

Senior Lecture Series Event/Contact Sara Haviland for more details