Our Missions: Research, Education, Public Outreach

Through Its Research Mission, the Center
• supports faculty research fellows
• supports undergraduate and graduate research fellows (students will work with faculty members on research projects, participate in seminars, and assist in the archiving and digitizing of various historical materials)
• engages City Tech’s Ursula C. Schwerin Library as an archival repository for locally based/endangered industrial records/archives related to the Brooklyn waterfront.
The Center also works with the Brooklyn Historical Society on these issues.

Through Its Educational Mission, the Center
• develops examples and models of place-based education
• makes technology (GIS, mapping work, open platforms) central to its mission by producing tools and content that can then be used in courses
• works with public schools on the development of place-based curriculum
• offers summer workshops for faculty of public schools (cf. Along the Shore).

Through Its Public Outreach Mission, the Center
• offers public lectures, seminars, and forums that inform public dialogue on issues
related to Brooklyn’s historic waterfront
• participates in events such as the annual City of Water Day
• joins with community groups to develop waterfront-based arts programming
• creates cultural exchanges among local colleges and institutions and organizes public events that explore connections between the historical past and the industrial present of waterfront locations such as the Greenpoint Manufacturing Center, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Red Hook’s commercial center, and the Newtown Creek Alliance.

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