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Mon, February 20
@ 6:30 p.m.
Theater Talks: August Wilson Effect
Amidst a moment of vibrant reimaginings of August Wilson’s work, both on stage and screen, this conversation will contemplate the meaning of his work and legacy, explore the practice of contemporary practitioners of stage and screen craft, and imagine the future of the trajectory of black storytelling. Producer Kamilah Forbes, playwright Chisa Hutchinson, writer/actor/recording artist Carl Hancock Rux, and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Director of August Wilson’s Jitney currently on Broadway, will part…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Tue, February 21
@ 6:30 p.m.
After Death, A Psychological Coup
Commemorating the Assassination of El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz/ Malcolm X Malcolm X wrote that Fidel Castro “achieved a psychological coup over the U.S. State Department when it confined him to Manhattan, never dreaming that he’d stay uptown in Harlem and make such an impression among the Negroes.” In collaboration with the Malcolm X Museum, this program will explore the impact of Malcolm X’s invitation to Fidel Castro on liberation movements in the African diaspora, and in today’s social climate…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, February 23
@ 12 noon
Lapidus Talks @ Noon: Afro-Iberians as Black European Sailors, Soldiers, Travelers, and Traders in the Spanish Empire During the 1500s and 1600s
Speaker: Leo Garofalo, Associate Professor of History, Connecticut College From 1471 to 1700, enslaved and free Africa- and Europe-born African people made up perhaps 20% of southern Iberia’s urban populations. As sailors, soldiers, traders, artisans, and servants, they became part of Spanish expansion into the Americas and Asia, and raiding and trading in Africa. Archival documents from the 1530s to 1680s reveal struggles for survival by individuals and families in a branch of the African Dias…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, February 23
@ 6:30 p.m.
Between the Lines
Adrian Miller and Tonya Hopkins
Join us for a conversation featuring Adrian Miller, author of The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families from the Washingtons to the Obamas, a delightful, fascinating, and entertaining work uncovering anecdotes, recipes, and littleknown insights about the lives of both black presidential chefs and the presidents they served. Miller will be joined in conversation with raconteuse Tonya Hopkins, an American food and drink history sleuth and…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults,
Book Lovers
Sat, February 25
@ 12 noon
Black Power! Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2017 Edition
The Schomburg Center, working with AfroCROWD, is proud to host Black Power! Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, our third year initiative in which we invite members of the community and general public to contribute to content related to black history on Wikipedia for the national Black WikiHistory Month outreach campaign. For the first time, via video satellite, we'll be able to unite with Wikipedia editors in Africa who will edit alongside us. Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia, written collaborativel…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference DivisionAdults,
College & Graduate Students,
Teachers,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Teachers
Mon, February 27
@ 6:30 p.m.
Between the Lines
Model Behavior with Pat Cleveland
Inspired by Pat Cleveland’s memoir, Walking with the Muses, this program celebrates the audacity of fashion trailblazers. Pat Cleveland and Coco Mitchell will join us in conversation to explore the paths taken by black models, designers, and industry insiders, to render visible diverse aesthetics found in communities of color around the world. We will also have on display items from the Schomburg’s archive of American fashion designer Patrick Kelly and a showcase of fashion by Ghanaian-born desi…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, March 2
@ 6 p.m.
Education @ the Schomburg
Conversations in Black Freedom Studies: The Intersectional Black Panther History Project
DESCRIPTION The Intersectional Black Panther History Project is changing the leading man narrative and highlighting the stories of women’s struggles inside the revolution. This conversation about the Black Panthers will be led by Angela LeBlanc Ernest (The Most Qualified Person to Handle the Job: Black Panther Party Women, 1966-1982), Robyn Spencer (Associate Professor of History at Lehman College, City University of New York), Mary Phillips (The City University of New York (CUNY)-…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults,
50+,
College & Graduate Students,
Teachers,
K-12 Educators,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults,
Teachers
Fri, March 3
@ 6 p.m.
First Fridays
Little Havana/Afro-Cuban Edition
In honor of Arturo Schomburg's Afro-Latino heritage and dedication to collecting materials that celebrate the African Diaspora experience, the Schomburg Center and Conjunto Guantánamo are excited to present the "Little Havana/Afro-Cuban" edition of First Fridays. Enjoy our signature drinks, and groove the night away with a mix of heartthumping beats and live band sets at our popular monthly social gathering! The evening's band will be the sizzling ambassadors of Cuban folklore, Conjunto Guantán…

There is an admission charge for this event.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Mon, March 6
@ 7 p.m.
Women's Jazz Festival: Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz
This annual tradition in honor of Women’s History Month features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz. "Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz!" is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend. The festival’s guest curators are criti…

There is an admission charge for this event.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Tue, March 7
@ 6:30 p.m.
Lapidus Center Presents: Enslaved Women and the Ethical Practice of History
In the 18th century, Bridgetown, Barbados was heavily populated by both enslaved and free women. Marisa J. Fuentes, author of Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive, takes us through the streets of Bridgetown with a runaway; inside a brothel run by a freed woman of color; to the gallows where enslaved people were executed; and within violent scenes of women’s punishments. In the process, she interrogates the archive to expose the ongoing effects of white colonial power tha…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, March 8
@ 6:30 p.m.
Talks at the Schomburg
Women's and Girls' Lives Matter
Join us for a close look at the roles, needs, and contributions of black women and girls in the context of the Black Lives Matter Movement moment. Monique W. Morris, author of Pushout, will be in conversation with Monifa Bandele, VP and Chief Partnership & Diversity Officer at MomsRising, and Vivian Anderson, a leader within Black Lives Matter NYC and Director of Every Black Girl Inc. A book signing will follow. Watch on livestream. @SchomburgCenter #Pushout First come, first seated F…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, March 9
@ 12 noon
Lapidus Talks @ Noon: Illegal Trade in Human Flesh: Illicit Slave Trading in the Atlantic World, 1833-1867
Speaker: Lewis Eliot, PhD Candidate, University of South Carolina Abolition in the British Caribbean has been celebrated as a vital cornerstone in the ending of slavery in the Atlantic basin. The realities of life for the now free Afro-Caribbean people, however, remained dangerous, given the consistent threat of re-enslavement from slavers from Latin America, Caribbean pirates, and nefarious people traffickers. This talk will examine the ramifications of this trade for the imperial governments…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Sat, March 11
@ 1 p.m.
Education @ the Schomburg
CANCELED: Citizen: An American Lyric Teen Talk presented by Schomburg Junior Scholars and Urban Word NYC
We regret to inform you that this program has been canceled, and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We hope to see you at another Schomburg program soon! The Schomburg Junior Scholars Program and Urban Word NYC join forces to produce this teen-centered creative examination of Claudia Rankin’s award-winning poetic masterpiece, Citizen: An American Lyric. Reserve your seats here. Priority seating for youth. For school groups and groups larger than 10, please conta…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Mon, March 13
@ 7 p.m.
Women's Jazz Festival: Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz
This annual tradition in honor of Women’s History Month features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz. "Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz!" is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend. The festival’s guest curators are criti…

There is an admission charge for this event.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, March 15
@ 6:30 p.m.
Films at the Schomburg: The Watermelon Woman
The Watermelon Woman made its debut 30 years ago. Written and directed by Cheryl Dunye, it became the first feature film by a queer African-American woman. The lead character, played by Dunye, finds parallels between herself and 1930s actress Fae Richards, popularly known as “The Watermelon Woman,” a domestic servant stereotype or “Mammy” played by many black women in her time. The film explores the historical exclusion of black queer women working in Hollywood. Dunye will appear in conversation…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, March 16
@ 10:30 a.m.
Education @ the Schomburg
Youth Dance Performance: Dancing Through Barriers with Dance Theatre of Harlem
The Dance Theatre of Harlem's Dancing Through Barriers® lecture demonstration and performance is an informal presentation on the art and science of dance. Through engaging commentary and dancing, the audience experiences the rudiments of classical ballet, as well as the building block-training process that allows dancers to achieve excellence in this exacting art form. Priority seating for youth. For school groups and groups larger than 10, please contact schomburged@nypl.org for more inform…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Mon, March 20
@ 7 p.m.
Women's Jazz Festival: Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz
This annual tradition in honor of Women’s History Month features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz. "Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz!" is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend. The festival’s guest curators are criti…

There is an admission charge for this event.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Mon, March 27
@ 7 p.m.
Women's Jazz Festival: Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz
This annual tradition in honor of Women’s History Month features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz. "Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz!" is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend. The festival’s guest curators are criti…

There is an admission charge for this event.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, March 29
@ 6:30 p.m.
Visually Speaking: Lina Viktor and Amy Sall
Guest curator and moderator Ja’nell Ajani introduces artist Lina Viktor, whose practice is described as a “merging of photography, performance, and abstract painting,” in conversation with Amy Sall, writer and lecturer in the Culture and Media Studies department at The New School University. Visually Speaking by Founding Curator Terrence Jennings, spotlights recognized and unrecognized photographers of our time and explore the photography’s influence on art, culture, and the urban landscape. W…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, March 30
@ 6:30 p.m.
Lapidus Center Presents: Slavery and Globalization in Arabia
Matthew S. Hopper’s Slaves of One Master: Globalization and Slavery in Arabia in the Age of Empire, a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Prize, explores the history of the African diaspora in Arabia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The book links the personal stories of Africans to the impersonal global commodity chains their labor enabled, demonstrating how the growing demand for workers created by a global demand—including from the United States—for Persian Gulf products led to the ensla…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, April 12
@ 6 p.m.
Estate and Gift Planning Seminar
Are you working on your estate plans or need to update them? How can you best provide for family and loved ones while also supporting your favorite charities? Do you understand the probate process or want to avoid it? Are you confused by the continued estate tax changes? Most importantly, what will be your legacy? We are pleased to present an educational seminar for Library patrons and supporters. John Bacon, Director of Planned Giving, will present estate planning concepts in easy-to-und…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults,
50+,
Parents/Caregivers,
Adults

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