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Bessie Margolin: Fair Labor Lawyer

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Historian Marlene Trestman discusses Supreme Court advocate Bessie Margolin, who shaped modern American labor policy while creating a place for female lawyers in the nations highest courts. Despite her beginnings in an orphanage and her rare position as a southern, Jewish woman pursuing a legal profession, Margolin became an influential Supreme Court advocate.

She launched her career in the early 1930s, when only 2 percent of America’s attorneys were female, and far fewer were Jewish and from the South. Margolin defended the constitutionality of the New Deal’s Tennessee Valley Authority, drafted rules establishing the American military tribunals for Nazi war crimes in Nuremberg, and, on behalf of the Labor Department, shepherded through the courts the child labor, minimum wage, and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

A founding member of the National Organization for Women, Margolin culminated her government service as a champion of the Equal Pay Act, arguing and winning the first appeals. Margolin’s passion for her work and focus on meticulous preparation resulted in an outstanding record in appellate advocacy, both in number of cases and rate of success. By prevailing in 21 of her 24 Supreme Court arguments, Margolin shares the elite company of only a few dozen people who attained such high standing as Supreme Court advocates.

Marlene Trestman, author of Fair Labor Lawyer, is a former special assistant to the Maryland attorney general and former law instructor at Loyola University of Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business & Management. A New Orleans native, Trestman had a personal relationship with Margolin that grew from common childhood experiences

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Patrick Iber & Karen Paget on the Cultural Cold War. May 31 2016 at Brooklyn Public Library

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Authors Patrick Iber and Karen Paget discuss the Cultural Cold War, the CIA’s attempt to champion left-wing cultural movements and student unions during the Cold War.

During the Cold War, left-wing Latin American artists, writers, and scholars worked as diplomats, advised rulers, opposed dictators, and even led nations. Their competing visions of social democracy and their pursuit of justice, peace, and freedom led them to organizations sponsored by the Soviet-backed World Peace Council, the U.S.-supported Congress for Cultural Freedom, and, after the 1959 Cuban Revolution, the homegrown Casa de las Américas.

Neither Peace nor Freedom (Harvard University Press) delves into the entwined histories of these organizations and the aspirations and dilemmas of intellectuals who participated in them, from Diego Rivera and Pablo Neruda to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Jorge Luis Borges. Patrick Ibercorrects the view that such individuals were merely pawns of the competing superpowers.

Iber will be joined by Skype by Karen Paget, author of Patriotic Betrayal (Yale University Press). In this revelatory book, Paget shows how the CIA turned the National Student Association into an intelligence asset during the Cold War, with students used—often wittingly and sometimes unwittingly—as undercover agents inside America and abroad. In 1967, Ramparts magazine exposed the story, prompting the Agency into engineering a successful cover-up.

A cautionary tale, Patriotic Betrayal, says Karl E. Meyer, a former editorial board member of the New York Times and The Washington Post, evokes “the aura of a John le Carré novel with its self-serving rationalizations, its layers of duplicity, and its bureaucratic doubletalk.”

Joel Whitney, author of the forthcoming Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World’s Best Writers (OR Books), hosts the discussion.

 

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New York. 3rd annual Brooklyn Youth Media Festival

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BRIC’s Youth Media Festival allows youth filmmakers to create videos and have the chance to showcase their work at BRIC’s Brooklyn Youth Media Festival alongside Emmy nominated videos. BRIC youth media interns, Amy Traore and Michael Williams, talk about their role in the program.

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New York. BRIC Youth Media Festival

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May 25 2016. SCREENINGS AT 11AM AND 6:30PM

This media showcase of work by youth under the age of 20 celebrates talented young media makers who are telling stories through short films, documentaries, and animations. Produced and curated by a group of media-savvy Brooklyn high school students as part of the BRIC Youth Media Internship Program….

 

We are excited to announce that BRIC is presenting its 3rd annual Brooklyn Youth Media Festival!

Concrete Stories is focused on unique stories that have been overlooked, created by youth under 21. Submissions can include but are not limited to short films, documentaries, music videos, and animations.

This is a chance to have your work showcased at BRIC House, one of the leading presenters of free cultural programming in New York City, alongside other Brooklyn media makers.

Submissions  online at bricyouthmediafestival.com . – Spread the word! Tell your friends!

For more information please visit our website or contact us at  youth@bricartsmedia.org.     SUBMIT NOW >>Sincerely,

BRIC Youth Media Festival Team – (Amy, Olivia, Kimani, Ariell, Jordan, Patrick, and Michael)  bricyouthmediafestival.com

 

 

 

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Training the Trainers: Intensive Wikipedia Training Edit-a-thon… May 21 2016

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WIKIPEDIA New York News Brooklyn 5 20 2016During this Training the Trainers: Intensive Wikipedia Training Edit-a-thon, AfroCROWD goes deeper in its training. We will have experienced Wikipedia Coaches on hand to teach you how to edit Wikipedia as well as more focused training on how to make your articles stick.

We will focus the session on some of the harder topics like navigating Wikipedia’s editing features, adding photos and infoboxes, notability, research and how to handle disappearing articles. You won’t want to miss it!

It’s free and there will be food and drinks. All languages and levels are welcome, come as you are. We will have laptops but feel free to bring your own. Feel free to bring friends.

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May 22, 2016 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Central Library 10 Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11238 ph 718.230.2100

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Concrete Stories: 2016 Brooklyn Youth Media Festival

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May 25 2016. SCREENINGS AT 11AM AND 6:30PM

This media showcase of work by youth under the age of 20 celebrates talented young media makers who are telling stories through short films, documentaries, and animations. Produced and curated by a group of media-savvy Brooklyn high school students as part of the BRIC Youth Media Internship Program….

 

We are excited to announce that BRIC is presenting its 3rd annual Brooklyn Youth Media Festival!

Concrete Stories is focused on unique stories that have been overlooked, created by youth under 21. Submissions can include but are not limited to short films, documentaries, music videos, and animations.

This is a chance to have your work showcased at BRIC House, one of the leading presenters of free cultural programming in New York City, alongside other Brooklyn media makers.

Submissions  online at bricyouthmediafestival.com . – Spread the word! Tell your friends!

For more information please visit our website or contact us at  youth@bricartsmedia.org.     SUBMIT NOW >>Sincerely,

BRIC Youth Media Festival Team – (Amy, Olivia, Kimani, Ariell, Jordan, Patrick, and Michael)  bricyouthmediafestival.com

 

 

 

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