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Beyond Sustainability: Cultural Organizing for Social Justice
Monday, May 17 at 6 pm
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Chinatown Art Brigade curated and will moderate this discussion about how cultural collectives have developed new pathways for grassroots organizing, mutual aid, and creative activism, all while celebrating community resilience and resistance.

Construction of the Female Identity in WW I France: Fashion and its Repercussions
Wednesday, May 19 at 2 pm
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In this virtual tour of BGC’s 2019 exhibition, French Fashion, Women, and the First World War, fashion will be the lens through which you learn about the war’s impact on women’s changing identities across all social strata. You will examine how clothing, caricatures, and period photographs have been employed to reflect and critique wartime reality.

Materiality and Politics: How Integrated were Diaspora Jews in the Roman Empire? Lecture 3
Wednesday, May 19 at 6 pm

In the course of three lectures, Seth Schwartz will challenge the rosy picture of stable and successful Jewish corporate life under Rome through skeptically minimalistic analysis of Asian Jewish materiality and the ways in which it has been deployed in modern historiography. He will also try to account for what in the final analysis were divergent Jewish experiences in different Roman provincial settings. Join us for the third, and final, lecture, Did the Asian Jews Attain Stability in the High and Later Roman Empire (250–600 CE)?

Library Artists in Residence Exhibition Virtual Opening
Thursday, May 20 at 6 pm
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Join us to virtually explore library installations created by BGC’s current Library Artists in Residence (AiR), Harley Ngai Grieco and Jennifer Tobias. These “pop-up exhibitions” and their accompanying catalogues are the culmination of a year of research and exploration in the BGC Library. Learn about the artists’ creative processes and how they worked with the BGC Library collection and staff to achieve their visions.

A Hat for Every Head: A Children’s Workshop
Sunday, May 23 at 11 am
Central Park West 85th Street Entrance
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How do you like to accessorize? What do your hats say about who you are or what you like to do? Join us as we investigate ideas of identity and decoration through interactive activities designed for kids 8–11 and their caregivers. Inspired by the hats French women wore during World War I, build your own hat that communicates something about you during this outdoor art-making workshop in Central Park!

*Any donation of $1 or more gratefully accepted!