Kingsborough Community College to Host Roundtable on Brooklyn Development

September 21, 2011 | Kingsborough Community College

Brooklyn, September 21 – Dr. Regina Peruggi, President of Kingsborough Community College (KCC), today announced that the college will host a roundtable on Brooklyn and Development, Thursday, October 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The roundtable will be held at the Marine Activities Center (MAC) Rotunda.  It is free and open to the public. 

The roundtable will focus on the most significant changes taking place in the Borough, from construction projects to population shifts, from economy to culture.  It will examine what drives these changes, who is affected by them, what role do individuals or communities have in shaping decisions that involve them directly and indirectly.

The roundtable panelists will include Tom Angotti, professor, Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs and Planning; Elizabeth Call, special collections librarian, Brooklyn Historical Society; Ted Hamm, editor, The Brooklyn Rail; John Manbeck, former Brooklyn Borough historian, professor emeritus, Kingsborough Community College; Paul Moses, professor of journalism, Brooklyn College, former city editor, Newsday; Kevin Powell, author and activist and Sharon Zukin, professor of sociology, Brooklyn College. Professors Libby Garland and Eben Wood are the roundtable coordinators.  Prospective attendees may RSVP to them at libby.garland@kingsborough.edu and eben.wood@kingsborough.edu.

The roundtable is a follow-up to the 2009 conference Dreamland Pavilion: Brooklyn and Development, at which academics, journalists, urban planners, activists, artists, students and others attended to explore the past, present and future meanings of development in Brooklyn.  In the two years since that conference, Brooklyn has continued to change; these changes raise a number of questions that this roundtable sets out to explore.

Registered attendees will be the guests of Kingsborough for a reception and early dinner catered by the college’s program in Culinary Arts under the expert direction of Chef Thomas Smyth, followed by the panel and a question-and-answer discussion with audience members. A related exhibition, “Borough/Borrow: Four Brooklyn Artists,” will run for the month of March, 2012 in Kingsborough’s Art Gallery.  As part of an ongoing series, the October roundtable and March exhibition will continue to link the college’s academic mission to its engagement with a larger community through the topic of development.

About Kingsborough Community College

KCC, among the top ten percent of community colleges in the country, is located on a 70-acre campus in Manhattan Beach, on the southern tip of Brooklyn.  It was founded in 1963 and serves approximately 30,000 students per year.  It offers a wide range of credit and non-credit courses in liberal arts and career education, as well as numerous specialized programs.  The campus overlooks three bodies of water:  Sheepshead Bay, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. 

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