NYU’s Kevyne Baar will deliver “From Transvestites and Greenwich Village to Covered Women and Gezi Park: Teaching the American Civil Rights Movement in Turkey,” a public lecture, on Wed., March 4, 5:30 p.m. at Jurow Lecture Hall.

Street shot of a crowd in Turkey

Four months after the uprisings in Taksim Square’s Gezi Park began, Baar entered a classroom in Ankara, Turkey to teach her course, “Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs: The Fight for Equality in the United States.” How she worked with her students—and what she learned from them—will be the focus of this lecture.

Baar obtained her doctorate in history from Saybrook University in 2006 after a long career in theater and union organizing. Previously a labor archivist at NYU’s Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, Baar received a 2013-2014 Fulbright Award to teach history, theater, and research methods at Turkey’s Hacettepe University, where she also directed a play, “Twelve Angry Jurors.” In 2012, she received the Outstanding Teaching Award from NYU’s College of Arts and Science for her course, “Women, the Entertainment Industry, and the Blacklist Era.”

The event, an NYU College of Arts and Science Bentson Dean’s Lecture, is free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Please call 212.992.9817 for more information. Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street).

Reporters wishing to attend the lecture must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu.

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