The Center for Brooklyn History of the Brooklyn Public Library has two interesting public programs coming up this month. Both will be virtual only, as CBH’s space at 128 Pierrepont Street is undergoing renovation. It is expected to be ready to host public programs this coming spring.
This coming Wednesday, November 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM CBH will present “Rescued from Obscurity: Sam Roberts on the Remarkable New Yorkers You’ve Never Heard Of.” Among those Mr. Roberts, a veteran New York Times reporter, will discuss are
[t]he woman who successfully sued a bus company for racial discrimination a century before Rosa Parks; the custodian-turned-real estate entrepreneur who gave Harlem it’s [sic] Black identity; the Jewish constable who defined the city’s policing”.
Joining Mr. Roberts to lead the discussion will be Pamela Newkirk, “a multifaceted scholar who has published a variety of works that present multidimensional portraits of African American life.” To attend, please register here.
On Tuesday, November 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, CBH will present “Sewers: Messages from the Underground”, a discussion led by Jessica Leigh Hester, a journalist who “especially love[s] reporting on ecology and trash” and is the author of Sewer. She will be joined by a distinguished group of civil engineers, urban administrators, and ecologists to discuss “fatbergs, microplastics, Covid sampling, and cutting edge sewage technology, [that] will forever change how you think about what goes down our drains.” To join the discussion, please register here.