November 2, 2009

Hispanic Migration to the United States

Carlos Sanabria, Hostos Community College, CUNY“Demographic Revolutions: Hispanic Migration to the United States”Hostos Community College, CUNYApril 24, 2009 Why did we come here? And why are we so poor? Historian Carlos Sanabria discusses migration and the situation of the U.S. Hispanic population in the post-World War Two period. He outlines areas of study such as […]

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September 16, 2009

Women’s History, Women’s Activism: The Shirley Chisholm Center

Barbara Winslow, Brooklyn College“Women’s History, Women’s Activism: The Shirley Chisholm Center at the CUNY Graduate Center”The Graduate Center, CUNYNovember 14, 2008 Historian and educator Barbara Winslow (Brooklyn College) discusses the life and times of Shirley Chisholm, the legendary African-American activist, Congresswoman, and presidential candidate. Winslow places Chisholm’s legacy in the context of the feminist movement […]

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July 28, 2009

Many Paths to Progressive Reform

Nancy Hewitt, Rutgers University“Many Paths to Progressive Reform: New Perspectives on the Progressive Era”The Graduate Center, CUNYMarch 27, 2007 Early twentieth-century progressivism was a constellation of efforts undertaken by a wide range of people whose perspectives on reform were rooted in their race, class, region, and religion. In this talk to New York City teachers, […]

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July 16, 2009

The Vietnam War: What Were We Fighting For?

Christian G. Appy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst“The Vietnam War: What Are We Fighting For?”The Paley Center for MediaMay 14, 2008 Christian G. Appy (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), historian and author of Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides, shares the historical insights gleaned from his investigation of the Vietnam War from American and Vietnamese […]

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May 18, 2009

They Said It Couldnt Be Done!

Roscoe C. Brown, Jr., The Graduate Center, CUNY“They Said It Couldn’t Be Done, But the Tuskegee Airmen Did It”The Graduate Center, CUNYFebruary 27, 2009 Educator Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. shares his personal history of race in the United States as seen through the perspective of World War II. Dr. Brown describes incidents of discrimination and […]

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May 14, 2009

Freedom and the U.S. Civil War

Jeanie Attie, Long Island University“The Problem of Freedom in the U.S. Civil War”The Graduate Center, CUNYOctober 13, 2006 Historian Jeanie Attie examines the significance of slavery to the people who fought in and lived during the American Civil War. The enslaved, as constant observers of the lives of free men, clearly understood the value of […]

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May 11, 2009

Whats New about the New Deal?

Gerald Markowitz, John Jay College and The Graduate Center, CUNY“FDR, The Depression, and the New Deal: What Was New?”The Graduate Center, CUNYOctober 23, 2007 In this presentation to New York City teachers, historian Gerald Markowitz discusses Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. He begins by focusing on what was new about the New Deal, including the […]

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May 6, 2009

Mid-Nineteenth Century Irish Immigrants and Race

Kevin Kenny, Boston College“Irish Americans and the Meaning of Race in the Mid-Nineteenth Century”The Graduate Center, CUNYDecember 13, 2007 Speaking before an audience of New York City teachers, historian Kevin Kenny describes the profound impact of the first great wave of Irish immigration to the U.S. in the mid-nineteenth century. Swelling the populations of major […]

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April 28, 2009

Land and Labor in the Era of Reconstruction

Martha Hodes, New York University“Land and Labor in the Era of Reconstruction: Conflict, Compromise, Violence”The Graduate Center, CUNYFebruary 15, 2007 Historian Martha Hodes explores the many meanings of freedom that emerged at the end of the Civil War. Although the war was over, new conflict erupted between freed slaves and former slave owners over what […]

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