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Past Programs at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

  • Higher Learning: The Cornell Hip-Hop Collection

    May 14

    Meet archivist Katherine Reagan, assistant archivist Ben Ortiz, and pioneer hip-hop photographer Joe Conzo, as they discuss how they launched and developed the largest national archive on hip-hop culture. Presented as part of the Schomburg's Hip-Hop 4.0 Initiative, curated by Martha Diaz. 

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  • The Quiet Volume

    May 4

    The Quiet Volume, a collaboration between Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells, exposes the strange magic at the heart of the reading experience. A self-generated and ‘automatic’ performance, Autoteatro, for two at a time experienced in the reading room of a library, two audience members sit 

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  • First Fridays

    May 3

    Start the new month with First Fridays at the Schomburg, a popular monthly social gathering that welcomes the community with music and drinks. Exhibition galleries will be open late. Free!

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  • The Quiet Volume

    May 3

    The Quiet Volume, a collaboration between Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells, exposes the strange magic at the heart of the reading experience. A self-generated and ‘automatic’ performance, Autoteatro, for two at a time experienced in the reading room of a library, two audience members sit 

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  • Gospel of Freedom

    May 2

    Join the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for a special evening at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham Freedom Struggle and Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker.

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  • The Quiet Volume

    May 2

    The Quiet Volume, a collaboration between Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells, exposes the strange magic at the heart of the reading experience. A self-generated and ‘automatic’ performance, Autoteatro, for two at a time experienced in the reading room of a library, two audience members sit 

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  • The Quiet Volume

    May 1

    The Quiet Volume, a collaboration between Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells, exposes the strange magic at the heart of the reading experience. A self-generated and ‘automatic’ performance, Autoteatro, for two at a time experienced in the reading room of a library, two audience members sit 

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  • The Quiet Volume

    April 30

    The Quiet Volume, a collaboration between Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells, exposes the strange magic at the heart of the reading experience. A self-generated and ‘automatic’ performance, Autoteatro, for two at a time experienced in the reading room of a library, two audience members sit 

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  • Before 5: Quilt Workshop with Laura Gadson

    April 24

    Our Premiere afternoon event!

    Join artist, Laura Gadson, as she shares her work as a fiber artist in Harlem and ideas regarding the era of the urban quiltmaking by other prominent artists. Come with your questions and creative ideas around quilts and see original work from the Gadson 

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  • Ordinary People Book Series: In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology, edited by Joseph Beam

    April 23

    Through the pages of In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology, 29 black authors explore what it means to be doubly different--both black and gay--in modern America.  

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  • Harlem River Drive Live: 40th Anniversary of a Global Road Song

    April 19

    First Lady of Flute, Bobbi Humphrey live on the Schomburg stage!   Experience the legendary Bobbi Humphrey, "First Lady Of Flute" in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the beloved global roadsong, "HARLEM RIVER DRIVE"; initially released in 1973 from the now classic album, "BLACKS AND Read More ›
  • Roots and Stars: Prayer Spears

    April 17

    Join us as we explore multiple expressions of one of the highest mandates of faith: to fight for justice and build community.  Professor Kwesi Amoa discusses the establishment and use of the Akan Cultural Center Onipa Abusia in Queens New York. Choreographer, Sduduzo Ka-Mbili, describes the 

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  • First Fridays

    April 5

    Start the new month with First Fridays at the Schomburg, a popular monthly social gathering that welcomes the community with music and drinks. Exhibition galleries will be open late. Free!

     

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  • Before 5: A 200-Year Affair of African Americans in Paris

    March 27

    Join Julia Browne, of “Walking The Spirit Tours,” for a fascinating journey into black Paris. Through a multimedia presentation and storytelling, Browne will retrace the events and people that have bound black American and French culture for two centuries—from W.E.B. Du Bois’  

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  • Ordinary People: BGLA Book Club Series

    March 26

    The BGLA’s Book Club will host a discussion on Abeng by Michelle Cliff.

     

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  • Fresh, Bold, and So Def Women in Hip-Hop

    March 23

    In celebration of Women's History Month this program will highlight the contributions and achievements of women in hip-hop through media, performances, and a panel discussion.

    Performances by: Genesis Be, FM Supreme, and Rapsody Films: Who's That Girl: Women of Color & Hip Hop (17 

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  • Education: NYPL’s Youth S.T.E.M. Fair

    March 23

    The New York Public Library invites youth, ages 10-18, to ignite their inner-techie at the Schomburg!  Come explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through fun hands-on activities and presentations by science-based afterschool programs, summer camps, museums, and 

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  • Talks at the Schomburg: Dr. Faaeza Jasdanwalla, Dr. Kenneth X. Robbins, and Dr. John McLeod

    March 21

    Discover the fascinating and little-known history of Africans in India. Join our very special guest Dr. Faeeza Jasdanwalla, a descendant of the African dynasty of Janjira, in Western India, and Dr. Robbins and Dr. McLeod, editors of the acclaimed African Elites in India. Moderator: Dr. 

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  • Higher Learning Series: Hip-Hop and Technology

    March 19

    Meet Ilan Zechory, Mahbod Moghadam, and Tom Leham graduates of Yale University that founded Rap Genius website. Rap Genius is your guide to the meaning of rap lyrics.

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  • Between the Lines: Peter Benjaminson

    March 13

    Author of The Story of Motown and The Lost Supreme, Peter Benjaminson discusses his latest book, Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown's First Superstar.  Benjaminson’s biography recalls the exciting and tumultuous life story of wonderful performer Mary Wells who famously sang "My Guy," 

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