Author @ the Library, March 2013
Annotation:March 4. At the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, this visual presentation seeks to restore the document’s reputation by exploring its evolution. Professor Masur tells the full story of the critical period between September 22, 1862, when Lincoln issued his preliminary Proclamation, and January 1, 1863, when he signed the final, significantly altered, decree. He presents a fresh portrait of Lincoln as a complex figure who worried about, listened to, debated, prayed for, and even joked with his country, and then followed his conviction in directing America toward a terrifying and thrilling unknown
Annotation:Jessica B. Harris, esteemed culinary historian, journalist, consultant, tenured professor of English, and the author of twelve cookbooks documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora, discusses the topic of African-American Foodways in New York City on March 5.
Annotation:March 7. Cy A. Adler, founder and leader of the environmental and walking group Shorewalkers, presents his newly revised complete guide to walking from the southern tip of Manhattan at Battery Park all the way up to Bear Mountain near West Point. This fabulous route will be explored and much appreciated by walkers, history buffs, and anyone who wants to experience this great area up close and under their own power. The route is nicely broken into segments of 2.9 miles each so one can walk as little or as much of the route as desired at a time. The average walker can finish the entire route in two to four days.
Annotation:Craig R. Whitney's illustrated lecture on March 11 reexamines America’s relationship with guns, showing how guns are an important part of American culture. The earliest colonists needed them to survive. We have nearly 300 million of them today. Trying to restrict gun ownership doesn’t effectively deter crime—we need to get serious about what actually works. The author shows that, if we focus on controlling violence rather than guns themselves, the Second Amendment becomes less of an obstacle to reducing the number of deadly crimes.
Annotation:March 12. Michael F. Armstrong was Chief Counsel to the Knapp Commission and an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York (Chief, Securities Fraud Unit), as well as District Attorney for Queens County, New York. and is currently Chair of the New York City Commission to Combat Police Corruption. He examines corruption in the New York Police department in the 1970s and the ways in which the police are now policing themselves.
Annotation:March 13. In the celebration of the one hundred year old terminal, Sam Roberts looks back at Grand Central's conception, amazing history, and the far-reaching cultural effects of the station that continues to amaze tourists and shuttle busy commuters. This lecture will explore how the Manhattan transit hub truly foreshadowed the nation's westward expansion and growth via the railroad and the evolution of suburban expansion in the country.
Annotation:March 18. Documentarian Tal McThenia chronicles one of the most celebrated—and most misunderstood—kidnapping cases in American history. It took nearly a century, a curiosity that had been passed down through generations, and the science of DNA to discover the truth.
Annotation:March 19. David Rothenberg's multilayered life thrust him into Broadway’s brightest lights, prison riots, political campaigns, civil rights sit-ins, and a Central American civil war. His journey includes many of the most celebrated names in the theater. He produced an Off-Broadway prison drama, Fortune and Men’s Eyes, which reshaped his life. John Herbert’s chilling play led directly to the creation of the Fortune Society, which has evolved into one of the nation’s most formidable advocacy and service organizations in criminal justice. He shares these life-shaping experiences and many more, those with stars and presidents and with anonymous men and women who, once out of prison, fought to reclaim their lives.
Annotation:March 20. Raquel Cepeda presents a screening of selections from her current documentary work-in-progress, Deconstructing Latina, which looks at Latino identity in America, as well as a book talk about Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, part memoir and part chronicle of the author's year-long journey to discover the truth about her ancestry while looking at what it means to be a Latina today. Program co-sponsored by the African Film Festival, Inc.
Annotation:March 21. Drawing on decades of experience in health care policy, health care delivery reform, and economics, this illustrated lecture provides a non-partisan analysis of the reform and what it means for America and its future. The author shines a light on truths that have been hidden behind a raucous debate marred by political correctness on both sides of the aisle. She shows how health care reform was enacted only with the consent of health insurance companies, drug firms, device manufacturers, hospitals, and other special interests that comprise the medical-industrial complex, which gained millions of new customers with the stroke of a pen. Health care businesses in a market-oriented system are designed to generate revenue, which runs counter to affordable health care.
Annotation:On March 27 Moses Gates's llustrated talk gives a fascinating glimpse into the world of urban exploration. The author’s trespasses span four continents through underground canals, sewers, subways, crypts, in some of the most illustrious cities in the world, from Paris to Cairo to Moscow.
Annotation:Keith H. Melton's illustrated talk on March 28 covers the two centuries that New York City has been a center of international espionage and is about The City's clandestine history. The stories are of covert operatives who turned the tide of wars and shaped the history of nations. Their secret world is explored and covers virtually every major espionage case that involved New York from the Revolutionary War on.