The Brooklyn Historical Society has announced that it has received a Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) for its project, Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations. The project, which consisted of oral histories and public programs at the Society from 2011 to 2015, “examine[d] the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity in the diverse Borough of Brooklyn.” According to BHS President Deborah Schwartz,
Discussions on race and ethnicity are particularly timely and relevant given the country’s cultural and political climate and the subject matter is just as complex as it was in centuries past. This project captures voices from today, and makes them available to the public and scholars for centuries to come. Our goal is to inspire spirited discourse in a productive way. We are very proud of the work that has gone into this historically significant project and we have established a dynamic model for how issues of mixed-heritage and identity are discussed in a public forum.
Here are some upcoming events at BHS:
This evening (Tuesday, July 12) at 6:30 Debbie Almontaser will lead a panel discussion, “American, Female and Muslim”. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS or Green-Wood members; more information and purchase tickets here.
Tomorrow evening (Wednesday, July 13) at 8:00 Baratunde Thurston, former supervising producer of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and author of How To Be Black, and Judah Friedlander, actor of 30 Rock fame, will present “Talking White Privilege”. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS or Green-Wood members; more information and purchase tickets here.