BHS Hosts 9/11 Program

The Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton), in conjunction with the Brooklyn Community Foundation, will mark the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks this Sunday, September 11, starting at 2:00 p.m., with a program on the topic “Doing Good in a Post 9/11 World”. The Foundation has supplied these details:

On the tenth anniversary of 9-11, we invite you to join us in discussion with acclaimed author Julie Salamon (Wendy and the Lost Boys, Hospital) as we examine the reasons people choose to do good in the world—the first program in our new Why We Do Good philanthropy series.

The conversation will be framed by Salamon’s 2003 book Rambam’s Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It is Necessary to Give, which she wrote in the wake of 9-11 when much of New York and the
nation were trying to understand the evil acts that had just occurred. The book explores motivations for doing good and frames them in terms suggested by the 12th century philosopher and scholar Rabbi Moses ben
Maimon, also known as Maimonides or Rambam.

In Rambam’s Ladder, Salamon looks at examples of contemporary giving and how they fit into Rambam’s Ladder of charity—the eight stages of giving—ranging from grudging giving on the lowest rung to the most generous and effective giving on the highest rung. Looking back on the 10 years that have passed since the attacks, Salamon and Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber will discuss personal
philanthropy in a turbulent and changing world.

Following the talk, through the participation of Poets House, audience members will be invited to walk to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade where New York City-based poet Dave Johnson will read brief selections
from his work as well as Galway Kinnell’s “When the Towers Fell.”

The program, which will convene in Brooklyn Historical Society’s first floor gallery space, is free and open to the public.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP here, or call 347.750.2310.

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