The CSI Library Archives & Special Collections is host to three programs this semester, offering the CSI community a chance to discover Staten Island history and the activities of CSI faculty members.
On September 14, Professor Richard Flanagan of the Department of Political Science gave a talk in which he discussed the central issues of his upcoming book, Staten Island Politics: a Conservative Bastion in a Liberal City. Professor Flanagan touched on well-known issues, such as secession and the Fresh Kills Landfill, in addition to placing Staten Island’s conservative roots in the context of New York City as a whole.
In addition to Professor Flanagan’s talk, the Archives & Special Collections is pleased to announce two programs in the month of October. On October 13 at 1:30PM, we celebrated our 5th annual Archives History Day, with a lecture on Seguine House in Prince’s Bay. In preparation for a book about the 1830s mansion, Mary Bullock researched the structure and its history. She discussed the challenges she faced in identifying and using archival materials to find out about the house and the family who built and lived in it from more than 150 years. This event is being held in conjunction with SI 350 (the year long observance of the 350th anniversary of the settlement of Staten Island) and American Archives Month.
American Archives Month is observed nationally during October to celebrate and promote the rich documentary heritage of our nation and the importance of archival and historical records to our lives. Through exhibitions, lectures, receptions and other events the public is invited to archival repositories to get a glimpse of the letters, journals, and other materials that historians use in the writing of history.
On November 10 at 1:30 PM, the Archives & Special Collections will host a Faculty Author Talk. As a corollary to the library’s display of books authored by CSI faculty and staff, the Archives & Special Collections hosts events during club hours each semester to give authors a chance to talk briefly about the research that went into their book.
This semester’s authors include: Prof. Irina Lyublinskaya and Prof. Judit Kerekes (Department of Education), Prof. Edward D. Miller (Department of Media Culture), and Prof. Nan M. Sussman (Department of Psychology).
For more information, please visit our web site at http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/archives/index.htm
You may also wish to contact:
Prof. Rachel Jirka
Assistant to the Archivist
(718) 982 4131