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On the Art and Activism, Ebb and Flow of Global Brooklyn: A Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 27th, 7-9 PM

A Panel and Launch for Brooklyn Tides: The Fall and Rise of a Global Borough with Savitri D, Dulcie Canton, Brennan Cavanaugh, Robin Laverne Wilson, Mark Noonan, and Benjamin Heim Shepard.

Join us for a panel discussion on the activism, aesthetics, and changes taking place in Brooklyn along its waterfront and throughout the borough. The speakers will explore the aspirations and struggles of local residents, the work of artists, and the battles to save community in this globalizing space.

Brooklyn has all the features of a “global borough”: It is a base of immigrant labor and ethnically diverse communities, of social and cultural capital, of global transportation, cultural production, and policy innovation. At once a model of sustainable urbanization and over development, the question is now: What will become of Global Brooklyn?

Tracing the emergence of Brooklyn from village outpost to global borough, Brooklyn Tides investigates the nature and consequences of global forces that have crossed the East River and identifies alternative models for urban development in global capitalism. Benjamin Shepard and Mark Noonan provide a unique ethnographic reading of the literature, social activism, and changing tides impacting this ever-transforming space.

The book also features images of a rapidly transforming global borough by photographer Caroline Shepard, including its magnificent cover, as well as other artists including Brennan Cavanaugh, Erik R. Mcgregor, Robin Michals and Jose Parla.  These photos will be on display at the reading.

 

About the book:

“Fusing NYC literary history, urban planning, and first-hand activist experience, the authors offer a unique perspective on various recent struggles. The many excellent photos illustrate the gritty resilience of Brooklyn’s everyday people. Readers worldwide should check out what the Brooklyn Tides bring in.”  Theodore Hamm, Associate Professor, St. Joseph’s College

“This history of Brooklyn doesn’t stop with the great man violence of Lucky Luciano or Robert Moses. The authors review the red tooth and claw evolution of our borough, capturing a part of the story that most writers miss. Ben Shepard lives here. He has risked arrest for this place, for this life. We have the pleasure of knowing there will be a neighborhood dance party in the upcoming pages, and that some illegal eviction notice will be torn from a door as a part of the dance.” Bill Talen, author of The End of the World

 

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