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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard

New York, NY 10037

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The Schomburg Center’s annual Open House is an opportunity for the public to meet our librarians, archivists, and curators. Visit our renovated divisions, learn how to conduct your own research using the Schomburg’s collections, get tips on creating a personal archive, visit the current exhibitions, and attend programs in the Langston Hughes Auditorium. The Schomburg Open House has something for all ages!

This year we will explore the theme: Environmentalism in Black Cultures. What is environmental justice? Historically, how have black communities, scholars and activists acted to protect the environment and ensure fair distribution of environmental benefits and allieviate the burdens?


SCHEDULE (As of 10/29)

TALKS

12:00 PM | Slavery and the Roots of Environmental Racism

Presented by the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery

Presented by Dr. Michelle Commander, associate director and curator of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery, this open archive will feature items from our transatlantic slavery collections to reflect on some of the origins of contemporary forms of environmental injustice, racism, and global anti-blackness. Selections will include legal and religious documents from across the Atlantic world.

1:00 PM | Conversation with Quilt Artist Michael Cummings

Michael A. Cummings is a nationally recognized quilter who lives and works in the historic Sugar Hill neighborhood of New York, NY. Self-taught, Cummings brought years of painting and collage skills to his quilt making. He will be in conversation with Tammi Lawson, Curator, Art & Artifacts Division. Several of Cummings' quilts are in the Schomburg's archive and will be on view.

1:30 PM | Between the Lines: Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands (RSVP Here)

Featuring Hazel V. Carby (Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands), Gaiutra Bahadur (Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture), Saidiya Hartman (Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments), Jayna Brown (Babylon Girls: Black Women Performers and the Shaping of the Modern), Anne McClintock (Imperial Leather. Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest) and moderator Marisa J. Fuentes (Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive)

3:00 PM | Agricultural Resistance and Land Reclamation (RSVP Here)

Featuring Dr. Monica White author of "Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement" and Leah Penniman, co-founder of Soul Fire Farm and author of "Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land" in conversation with Chef Therese Nelson, historian and founder and culinary curator of Black Culinary History.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

4:00 PM | Teen Curators FEMMETOGRAPHY

Join the Schomubrg Teen Curators for a special tour of the Femmetography: The Gaze Shifted exhibition! Meet some of the young curators involved in the art-making, exhibition installation and curatorial process.

12:30 PM & 2:30 PM | Afro-Botany! Plants of Our African Diaspora

Receive a hands on introduction to seed-saving and making your own Ancestral Cookbook Cartonera to archive your family’s memories, favorite meals and recipes! During the Translatlantic Slave Trade, indigenous communities carried with them seeds and roots from Africa to the “New World”. Many of these African plants continue to sustain our bodies, souls, spirits, and resilience. Workshop designed by Catherine Feliz & Kimberly Curtis.

WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES

The Public Scholar - How to Use the Schomburg Center (30 mins)

12:30 pm | Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division

1:30 pm | Moving Image & Recorded Sound Division

2:30 pm | Photographs & Prints Division

3:30 pm | Art & Artifacts

4:30 pm | Manuscripts, Archives, & Rare Books Division

ONE STORY EVERYDAY ARCHIVE

3:30pm - 5pm | Media Gallery

Want to share your history of Harlem? In this small group session, we invite participants to bring one item such as a photograph, a letter, newspaper, or a piece a clothing, anything that helps you tell your story about Harlem of the past or present. We will help you craft a short script and will invite you tell your story on camera.

SCREENINGS

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Moving Image & Recorded Sound Division

Screenings of footage from our archives around the theme "Environments are Political” presented by Moving Images and Recorded Sound

Available throughout the day | Media Gallery

Crafting in America: Michael Cummings (10 mins)

Michael A. Cummings is a nationally recognized quilter who lives and works in the historic Sugar Hill neighborhood of New York, NY. Self-taught, Cummings brought years of painting and collage skills to his quilt making. Inspired by jazz and working in the narrative tradition, Cummings and his sewing machine tell stories of the African American experience across historical, cultural, philosophical and mythical realms.

CRAFT IN AMERICA: QUILTS Premieres On PBS On December 27, 2019 At 9pm (Check Local Listings)

Freedom To Breathe Tour


EXHIBITION TOURS + TALKS (available throughout the day!)


Please contact us immediately for American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Requests can be made by calling 212-340-0951 or 212-340-0909, or e-mail accessibility@nypl.org



GUESTS
Please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.

AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING
Programs are photographed and recorded by the Schomburg Center. Attending this event indicates your consent to being filmed/photographed and your consent to the use of your recorded image for any all purposes of the New York Public Library.

PRESS
Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Amy Geduldig at amygeduldig@nypl.org.

Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.

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