New Season, New Ideas, New Tenement Talks!
August 30, 2012

What do Opium Wars and Supreme Court decisions have in common with Emily Dickinson’s servants? They’re among the incredibly diverse topics we’ll cover this fall at our free evening Tenement Talks. We’re launching a spirited new season on September 10th—join us at 103 Orchard Street for fascinating conversations with some of today’s most intriguing writers, artists and thinkers. All Talks take place at our Visitor Center, 103 Orchard Street at Delancey.

Check out a few highlights below—or click here for a full list of upcoming Talks, or to watch and listen online!

Marketing of the President 2012
Investigate This: Conversations with ProPublica

September 10 at 6:30 PM

These days, political campaigns are using sophisticated online targeting and marketing techniques to influence voters—but much of this activity remains in the shadows. This timely discussion will shine a light on these practices.

Civic Classics with Richard Beeman, Terry Golway, and Jay Feinman
September 11 at 6:30

In time for the 2012 election, Richard Beeman leads a panel of scholars on the historic documents, speeches, and important Supreme Court decisions that express core principles, ideals, and tell a story of the American experiment in self-government.

The Last Bohemia: Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg with Robert Anasi
September 13 at 6:30 PM

Everything changes. This is truly evident in the transformation of Williamsburg, from factory backwater to artists’ district to trendy hub and high-rise colony. Williamsburg tenant and journalist, Robert Anasi discusses this evolving story of urban renewal.

Maid As Muse

Maid as Muse: How Servants Changed Emily Dickinson’s Life and Language with Aife Murray in conversation with Kathleen Hill
September 18 at 6:30 PM

A writer to writer investigation of the creative process and its interplay with domesticity and intimacy using Emily Dickinson and her maid Margaret Maher as signature figures.

City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York
September 20 at 6:30 PM

Hasia Diner introduces Tenement Museum Vice President Annie Polland and co-editor Daniel Soyer for a talk and performance on Emerging Metropolis, the second volume in the City of Promises series. They partner with actors to bring to life primary sources and tell the story of urban Jewish immigrant society.

Dark Money Rises: The Influence of Nonprofits on Campaign 2012
Investigate This: Conversations with ProPublica
October 9 at 6:30 PM

While people are familiar with super PACs, few know the extent of spending and political activity by social nonprofits. Our panel debates questions of disclosure, restrictions and other possible rules in this new world of fundraising.

When America First Met China

When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail with Eric Jay Dolin
October 11 at 6:30 PM

Dolin provides insights into everything from pirates, the world-changing impact of the silk trade, the British-Chinese Opium War of the 1840s and the fearlessness (and naïveté) of the early missionaries to tales of adventure on the high seas.

— Posted by Kira Garcia