Three Prominent Experts on Brooklyn Waterfront to Speak at City Tech on February 27

Three prominent scholars will speak about the Brooklyn waterfront from their unique perspectives at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) on Wednesday, February 27, 3 to 5 p.m., in the Atrium Amphitheatre, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn. For more information, the public may call 718.260.5130 and the media may call 718.260.5979.

On hand will be Professor Joshua Freeman (CUNY Graduate Center), author of Working-Class New York: Life and Labor Since World War II, who will discuss the history of Brooklyn waterfront labor since the 1940s. Professor Betsy McCully (Kingsborough Community College), author of City at the Water’s Edge: A Natural History of New York, will focus on the environmental history of the waterfront, and Professor Karen Karbiener (New York University), author of Walt Whitman and New York, will discuss Whitman’s close relationship to the waterfront and its presence in his poetry.

The event is part of an initiative called “Water and Work: the Ecology of Downtown Brooklyn,” a faculty development project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The year-long project gives 18 City Tech faculty the chance to study the history and ecology of Downtown Brooklyn— the immediate environment of the College — and its integral relationship to the waterfront. The goal is to create a model for interdisciplinary studies at City Tech.

The largest public college of technology in New York State, City Tech enrolls more than 13,500 students in 57 baccalaureate, associate and specialized certificate programs in 21st century technologies and related fields. Located at 300 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, City Tech is at the MetroTech Center academic and commercial complex, convenient to public transportation.

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For more information, contact Michele Forsten, mforsten@citytech.cuny.edu/718.260.5979 or Dale Tarnowieski, dtarnowieski@citytech.cuny.edu/718.260.5109.