The History Forum, sponsored by the Gotham Center for New York City history, is a series of public events meant to encourage dialogue between the history-loving public and a wide range of academic and professional historical experts. All events explore aspects of New York City's history in discussions that are moderated by Mike Wallace. Events are free and take place at the City University of New York's Graduate Center, at 5 Av. and 34 St. in Manhattan. See below, call 212-817-8474, or visit: http://www.gothamcenter.org/forums/S2002%20Forums.htm
THE SLOCUM BURNS!
In 1904, an excursion boat, the General Slocum, caught fire on the East River. 1100 people, mostly immigrant women and children perished, in the greatest loss of life in NYC before the World Trade Center disaster. The U.S. premiere of Christian Baudissin's 1999 documentary film The Slocum Burns! is followed by a discussion with historian Ed O'Donnell.
Thursday, February 14, 6-8 p.m. Segal Theater
FICTION AND THE CITY
(co-sponsored with the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, CUNY)
Writers Louis Auchincloss, Kevin Baker, Pete Hamill, Peter Quinn, Beverly Swerling, and Meredith Tax (and others to be announced) will discuss the role of New York City history in their works of fiction.
Tuesday, February 26, 6-8 p.m. Auditorium
CELLULOID SKYLINE: NY and The Movies
Writer James Sanders will discuss his recent publication, Celluloid Skyline: NY and the Movies. His journey through "movie New York," the extraordinary dream city created in Hollywood studios and on the streets of the city itself, will be accompanied by film clips. Book signing to follow.
Wednesday, April 3, 6-8 p.m. Recital Hall
JACOB RIIS' NEW YORK
Historians Bonnie Yochelson and Dan Czitrom discuss Jacob Riis' photographs, his influences, and his larger relationship to the city. Slides will be shown.
Tuesday, May 7, 6-8 p.m. Segal Theater
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