First Person: Celebrating Bronx Faces & Voices Feb 2!


Boy on Wall with Popeye Graffiti, 1980. Photograph by Walter Rosenblum.

Boy on Wall with Popeye Graffiti, 1980. Photograph by Walter Rosenblum.

Please join us on February 2 for a reading and conversation on Bronx Faces & Voices.

Monday, Feb 2, 6:30pm-8:30pm
HMA2 Architects, 1239 Broadway btwn 30th and 31st Sts., 16th Fl. PH


“[Bronx Faces & Voices] should be required reading for anyone interested in New York City or American history in the middle decades of the twentieth century.” Kenneth T. Jackson,  Columbia University

Edited by Emita Hill and Janet Munch, Bronx Faces & Voices presents the personal, uncensored stories of sixteen borough residents, an eclectic group of men and women who lived through a period of dramatic change in their urban environment.

These accounts, accompanied by the striking photography of Walter Rosenblum and Georgeen Comerford, chronicle the Bronx before, during, and after the troubled years of the ’70s and ’80s. Read about Bronx Faces & Voices in The New York Times (January 9, 2015).

The evening celebrates the publication of the book through readings presented by ID Studio Theater followed by a conversation on the Bronx then and now between the authors and award-winning documentarian Nina Rosenblum, moderated by writer and producer Adam Harrison Levy.

The event is part of First Person, a new conversation series produced by HMA2 + Superscript that features personal narratives about design and urban environments.





Monday, Feb 2, 6:30pm-8:30pm

HMA2 Architects, 1239 Broadway btwn 30th and 31st Sts., 16th Fl. PH

6:30-6:45pm Readings presented by ID Studio Theater
6:45-7:30pm Conversation, Q&A
Drinks reception following.

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Emita Brady Hill and Janet Butler Munch are the editors of Bronx Faces & Voices (Texas Tech UP, 2014). Emita Hill is the former chancellor of Indiana University Kokomo and spent twenty years at Lehman College, the Bronx campus of CUNY, in various roles including department chair, dean, vice president, and professor of French language and literature, and was the program director for two NEH-funded programs, The City and the Humanities and the Bronx Regional History Project. Emita has been a member of the New York Women’s Forum since 2000. Janet Munch is an associate professor and special collections librarian at Lehman College, CUNY. For the past twenty years, she has worked with Bronx researches and collections including Lehman’s Bronx Institute Archives of community and oral histories, books, documents, maps, and photographs.

Nina Rosenblum is an Academy Award-nominated producer, director and writer of documentaries, shorts and segments. President of Daedalus Productions, she has produced and directed for TBS, HBO, PBS, NY Times TV, Showtime, ABC and NBC. She’s a member of the DGA, NYWIFT, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Independent Feature Project and the International Documentary Association. Her films includeAmerica and Lewis HineThrough the WireLock-Up: The Prisoners of Rikers IslandWalter Rosenblum: In Search of Pitt Street, Twin Lenses, Code Yellow: Hospital at Ground Zero, Zahira’s Peace and In the Name of Democracy.

Adam Harrison Levy is a writer and freelance documentary film producer. For the BBC he has conducted interviews with a wide range of actors, writers, musicians and film-makers including Meryl Streep, Philip Glass, and Paul Auster. He is a contributing writer for The Design Observer and wrote the catalog essay for Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945, at the International Center for Photography and Saul Leiter: Retrospective at the Deichtohallen, Hamburg.  He is a faculty member on the Design Research, Writing and Criticism course at the School of Visual Arts and is a visiting assistant professor in the Film Studies Department at Wesleyan University. In 2012 he was a Poynter Fellow at Yale University.

ID Studio Theater Performance and Research Center is a non-profit arts organization committed to the cultural enrichment and transformation of immigrant communities through the performing arts. The work of ID Studio Theater joins artistic excellence with social justice by bringing theater into underserved communities, training performers, and creating new audiences in these communities. In 2015, ID Studio’s projects will include a student exchange program with DreamYard in the Bronx and Théâtre du Bout du Monde in Nanterre, France; a musical trilogy that will be presented in El Barrio NYC, based on songs from Cuba, Colombia, and Mexico; and a new play in development with the Latino community in New Haven, Ct.

Hosted by HMA2 with Superscript.