A project of Brooklyn Historical Society

What's Purity Got to Do with It? Searching Family History & Genealogy


Event Date:

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 3:00pm

Part Two of the reading series Quantifying Bloodlines

How do stories help us to understand the ways in which we dissect lineage?

Bring in your own family tree, genealogical research, family photos, or family name origins, while we take a close look at The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African Warrior, His White Descendants, A Search for Family by Joe Mozingo.  Short multi-media pieces will be screened detailing more about Joe Mozingo's search for family history through a surname that both haunts, confuses and intrigues him, and unlocks hidden histories about migration and genealogy.  

If you are just beginning a search for your family history or have searched for many years, this discussion session with Jennifer Scott, anthropologist and public historian at the New School, will help to illuminate the discovery process about lineage, identity and race. 

Please plan to have read the book prior to our meeting.

Saturday, December 7th, 2013
3:00PM – 6:00PM

Brooklyn Historical Society, Othmer Library

Session is limited to 15 participants. Active participation is key. 

The event is the second in a two-part reading series, Quantifying Bloodlines.  Continue the conversation:

What's Biology Got to Do with It?
November 16th
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


Jennifer Scott is a Part-Time Professor at The New School for Public Engagement, Parsons School of Art and Design History and Theory, and Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Arts and Cultural Management, where she teaches courses in cultural anthropology, museology and global studies. An anthropologist and oral historian, she performed historical and curatorial research for a number of museums, non-profits, arts and history organizations for almost 20 years. She is an Interviewer for the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history project.


This reading and discussion group is co-sponsored by MixedRaceStudies.org