february, 2020

11feb6:30 pm- 8:00 pmToxic City: Lead Poisoning and Its Silent Attack on the Vulnerable

Event Details

Toxic City: Lead Poisoning and Its Silent Attack on the Vulnerable
Brooklyn Historical Society

Tuesday, February 11
Doors: 6:00 pm
Event: 6:30 pm
$10 General Admission / $5 for Members
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Hidden in decaying walls and aging infrastructure, lead is an insidious threat to the health of Brooklynites and citizens throughout New York City, especially children and communities that have been historically marginalized by structural inequalities. Dr. David Rosner, Co-Director of Columbia’s Center for the History & Ethics of Public Health, shares this tainted history and joins a conversation with staff lawyer at North Manhattan Improvement Corporation Matthew Chachère, activist in the fight against lead poisoning Cordell Cleare, and Director of Lead Poisoning Prevention and Treatment at Montefiore Children’s Hospital Dr. Morri Markowitz about the efforts being made to treat illnesses caused by lead, to hold industrial interests accountable, and to secure the future of healthy communities in our city. Moderated by Christopher Werth, senior editor at WNYC whose reporting on lead poisoning has spurred citywide inspections of classrooms and other facilities.

Presented in connection with the exhibition Taking Care of Brooklyn: Stories of Sickness and Health

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(Tuesday) 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Brooklyn Historical Society