All lectures are free, but reservations are required.

Digging Dutch New Amsterdam: What Archaeologists Have Discovered about the Lives of Africans, Europeans, and Natives in Early New York

Dr. Anne-Marie Cantwell and Dr. Diana diZerega Wall
Thursday, December 5, 2013
5:00–6:30 pm

Join Archaeologists Anne-Marie Cantwell and Diana diZerega Wall for a discussion on how excavations are shedding new light on the lives of Africans, Europeans, and Native Americans in 17th-century New Amsterdam. During this dramatic time in New York’s history, people from three very different continents encountered each other for the first time. Many of the city’s seemingly humble artifacts, such as pieces of animal bone, shell, nails, broken tiles, and pots and plates, reveal how these people adjusted to new cultural and physical environments while retaining strong continuities with their traditional pasts.

This lecture is sponsored by the New Netherland Institute. Light refreshments will be served. The first 20 teachers to RSVP will receive a copy of Touring Gotham's Archaeological Past.


Childhood Pleasures: Learning about Children in the Netherlands and New Netherland

Dr. Donna R. Barnes and Peter G. Rose
Thursday, December 19, 2013
5:00–6:30 pm

Join us for an illustrated lecture and workshop exploring the historical importance of Dutch childhood activities in the 17th century. Donna Barnes and Peter Rose, co-authors of Childhood Pleasures: Dutch Children in the Seventeenth Century, will discuss the similarities and differences in Dutch children's lives in Holland and in New Netherland during the 1600s. They will use art and food as an enjoyable and effective means for engaging today's students in understanding the past.

This lecture is sponsored by the New Netherland Institute. Light refreshments will be served. The first 20 teachers to RSVP will receive a copy of Childhood Pleasures: Dutch Children in the Seventeenth Century.


Social Activism: Freedom of the Press from Colonial Times to Today

Dr. Angelo Angelis
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
5:00–6:30 pm

The trial of Peter Zenger in 1734 involved a complex interplay of politics, law, and early understandings of essential rights. This talk will examine the origins, conduct, and outcomes of the trial and its connection to American understandings of freedom of the press.


Social Activism: 1930s Literature

Dr. Stephen Petrus
Thursday, March 6, 2014
5:00–6:30 pm

Learn how literature in the 1930s—including novels and poems—was used as a tool by those with a radical political ideology to advance their agenda on behalf of the working class.


Social Activism: Civil Rights and Segregation

Dr. Kris Burrell
Thursday, April 24, 2014
5:00–6:30 pm

Discuss the interconnections amongst African-American intellectuals, such as Kenneth Clark, Milton Galamison, Bayard Rustin, and Malcolm X, as they worked together, and at times competed with one another, to shape the course of the struggle for black equality in New York City during the 1950s and 1960s.


Social Activism: Community Activism and the Bronx

Dr. Evelyn Gonzalez
Thursday, May 22, 2014
5:00–7:00 pm

Dr. Evelyn Gonzalez, author of The Bronx, will lecture on the borough’s history of community activism. The lecture will be followed by a reception to celebrate the Bronx’s centennial.