Prior to the start of the Center’s first full time Director’s (Gretchen Maneval) tenure in August 2007, the Center for the Study of Brooklyn convened conferences and presentations, and commissioned reports. Archived documents related to these activities are featured below.
Reports and Presentations
Center for the Study of Brooklyn Incarnation
- Findings of research by two sociology classes at Brooklyn College on the Nostrand Avenue Shopping Corridor between Lenox Road and Fenimore Street: Report Summary, Fall 2005 (pdf)
- Brooklyn on My Mind: Leonard Lopate discusses living and writing in Brooklyn with authors Susan Choi, Pete Hamill and Jonathan Safran Foer: Transcript, 10/07/05 (pdf)
- A distinguished panel of journalists discusses reporting Brooklyn and the demise of the Brooklyn Eagle: Transcript, 03/15/05 (pdf)
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Brooklyn on My Mind and Imagining Brooklyn Series
On February 26th and May 7th, 2007, the Center for the Study of Brooklyn paired the ongoing “Brooklyn on My Mind” series – in which WNYC Radio host Leonard Lopate interviews prominent writers with a Brooklyn connection – with “Imagining Brooklyn” conferences that consider what makes Brooklyn Brooklyn.
Imagining Brooklyn Part 1 "Authentic and Cool" and Brooklyn on My Mind, "Jewish-American Writing After Roth"
February's pairing offered the “Imagining Brooklyn Pt. 1” conference, "Authentic and Cool" with panelists: Martha Nadell, Department of English, Brooklyn College, “Trees Grow in Brooklyn: Rewriting the Brooklyn Coming-of-Age Novel”; Joseph Dorinson, Department of History, LIU, "Much Laughter, Some Tears: Brooklyn Comedians Take on the World"; Hank Williams, PhD candidate in English, CUNY Graduate Center, “Brooklyn, Stand Up: Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G. and Brooklyn Hip Hop.” Moderators were Joseph Entin, Department of English, Brooklyn College, and Sally Bermanzohn, Department of Political Science, Brooklyn College.
Immediately following was the "Brooklyn on My Mind" series' presentation of "Jewish American Writing After Roth." Lopate was joined by Nathan Englander, author of the short story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, Myla Goldberg, author of The Bee Season and Wickett's Remedy, and Alice Mattison, author of The Wedding of the Two-Headed Woman and In Case We're Separated: Connected Stories.
Selected transcripts of this event can be accessed below:
Imagining Brooklyn Part 2 “Memory and Amnesia” and Brooklyn on My Mind, “A Frank Conversation” with author, Frank McCourt
May's event offered the "Imagining Brooklyn Part 2" conference on the subjects of “Memory” and “Amnesia.”
Panelists discussing “Memory” included: Craig Steven Wilder, Department of History, Dartmouth, “’The High’: A Social Biography of a School”; Jocelyn Wills, Department of History, Brooklyn College, “Struggling Upward without Luke Larkin: Re-examining Upward Mobility in 19-Century Brooklyn”; Philip Napoli, Department of History, Brooklyn College, “Brooklyn’s Vietnam Veterans Remember.” Moderator: Martha Nadell, Department of English, Brooklyn College
Panelists discussing “Amnesia” included: Annie Hauck-Lawson, Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, Brooklyn College, “My Little Town: A Brooklyn Girl’s Food Voice”; Peter Schulman, associate professor of French and International Studies, Old Dominion University , “Remembering Next Year: The Brooklyn Dodgers as Lieu de memoire”; Gunja Sengupta, Department of History, Brooklyn College, “Brooklyn Pasts: Interpreting Brooklyn History.” Moderator: David Troyansky, Department of History, Brooklyn College.
Immediately following, Leonard Lopate was joined by Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes and Teacher Man for “A Frank Conversation” for “Brooklyn on My Mind.”
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