Upcoming Census Events - Prospect Park Alliance

Upcoming Census Events

Friday, February 7
NALEO Educational Fund + 1199SEIU

The NALEO Educational Fund + 1199SEIU's comprehensive Train-the-Trainer is for individuals and organizations planning to do Census 2020 outreach in Latino communities. The first Train-the-Trainer will take place on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 10AM to 3PM at the 1199SEIU Auditorium at 330 West 42nd Street in Manhattan. Light breakfast and lunch will be served.
Click here to RSVP for Train-the-Trainer.

Thursday, March 26
Melissa Nobles and Why Being Counted Counts
Brooklyn Historical Society

Starting in 1790, the US government has collected racial and ethnic data on every person in every household once every ten years. A fundamentally political exercise, the census shapes the changing meaning of citizenship and determines where resources go. Join Melissa Nobles, MIT Professor of Political Science, Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and author of the book Shades of Citizenship: Race and the Census in Modern Politics, and FiveThirtyEight census reporter Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, for a conversation about what being counted means, how census information is used, and the ramifications of not participating.
Register here.

Tuesday, March 31
Adventures of a Census-Detective (or Learning to Love Data for the Secret Stories that It Holds)
Brooklyn Historical Society

Join historian Julie Golia, curator of BHS’s exhibitions Waterfront and Taking Care of Brooklyn; Dan Bouk creator of the website, Census Stories, USA and associate professor of history at Colgate University; and Kubi Ackerman, curator of Museum of the City of New York’s exhibit Who We Are: Visualizing NYC by the Numbers, for a look at how historians and artists sleuth through census data to paint pictures of the past and present day. Hear stories of how these deceptively dry records unlock dramatic tales of individuals and communities.
Register here.

Monday, April 6
The Unscientific Science of Categorizing Race
Brooklyn Historical Society

As long as there has been a census, its racial categories have been fluid. This history tells the story of our county’s evolving self-understanding, particularly in its social construction of race. Join Paul Schor, professor at the Université Paris Diderot and author of the ground-breaking book, Counting Americans: How the US Census Classified the Nation, for a fascinating examination of the slippery business of racial labeling, and what the census’ wildly changing racial categories reveal.
Register here.