Brooklyn Bridge Lecture at The Hyde
On Sunday, July 24, at 2pm, The Hyde Collection will host a lecture titled Brooklyn Bridge Forever: A Monument in Stone and Steel, in conjunction with the Museum’s New York, New York! The 20th Century exhibition which runs until September 18, 2011.
Presented by Professor John B. Manbeck, his talk maps the development and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, showing how 19th-century pioneers overcame natural obstacles to create “The Eighth Wonder of the Modern World.” The event is funded by the New York Council for the Humanities, Speakers in the Humanities program.
Manbeck was Brooklyn Borough Historian between 1993-2002, taught English and Journalism for 32 years at Kingsborough Community College, and is now professor emeritus. Among his publications is the text for Coney Island Kaleidoscope, (1991) and he edited Neighborhoods of Brooklyn for Yale University Press/Citizens Committee of NYC (1998 with a revised paperback edition in 2004). He also wrote the text for The Brooklyn Century (2001), a Brooklyn Borough Hall publication.
Professor Manbeck taught English and Journalism at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn for 32 years. Prior to that, he received at Fulbright Teaching Grant to Helsinki University, Finland where he taught English Philology for two years. Before his university teaching, Manbeck taught English in New York City secondary schools and worked for American Broadcasting Company. He is a graduate of Bucknell and New York universities.