The Brooklyn College Listening Project

An oral history and community interview initiative at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where students interview family, neighbors, friends and strangers about their lives, their experiences and their perspectives on the world. 

Recent Stories

Rayan Itani

Rayan Itani grew up in a house bursting with different languages. Her mother is Lebanese and her father is Mexican. She grew up speaking Arabic, French, Spanish and English. It was a linguistic whirlwind.

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Carlos

Carlos, an undocumented immigrant, told a harrowing story to Israel Salas-Rodriguez about his life in Mexico, his trips across the border and his life in the shadows in New York City. But the voices you hear are not his…

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Shanjida Choudhury

Shanjida Choudhury is an American Muslim who, when she was young, had trouble accepting her religion and held a good deal of anger towards God. Now she works to build ties between Muslims and Jews.

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Jeffrey Verna

Jeffrey Verna witnessed both the positive and negative sides to growing up in Brooklyn. “It was great, as far as my childhood, it was fun. I didn’t notice anything negative around me, but as you get older you notice all the negative things that were going on that we were so blinded by as kids.

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Myrna Skurnick

Myrna Gordon Skurnick never planned to come to America. Growing up in London during World War II, living through the Nazi bombing during the Blitz and her father’s loss of his job, by the end of the war, she wanted to get out.

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Steve Schwerner

Steve Schwerner, 79, has been an activist for over 60 years. He has marched against segregation, protested the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, done draft counseling during the Vietnam War,

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Issues

Gentrification

Gentrification has almost become synonymous with Brooklyn. Neighborhood after neighborhood—Williamsburg, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Carroll Gardens—has been transformed as real estate developers have scooped up older buildings, putting pressure on tenants to move out, rehabbing apartments and charging three or four times the previous rents.

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Brooklyn College Listening Project Brooklyn College Listening Project @BCListeningProj In June, we celebrate LGBT Pride Month 🌈 Romano Ivory is a Bahamian native who moved to Brooklyn. He is an active… https://t.co/xSpnilIg1J 2 weeks ago
Brooklyn College Listening Project Brooklyn College Listening Project @BCListeningProj The 2017-18 academic year is over, but the team at #BCLP is hard at work on our next big project. Stay tuned! 2 weeks ago
Brooklyn College Listening Project Brooklyn College Listening Project @BCListeningProj Missed our end of semester celebration? @SandySMui put together a Twitter Moment that features all our tweets about… https://t.co/XIuZruT1JM 6 weeks ago
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Brooklyn College Listening Project Brooklyn College Listening Project @BCListeningProj RT @SandySMui: MOMENT ⚡️ that compiles all of the tweets related to oral history presentations from @BCListeningProj's end of semester cele… 6 weeks ago
Brooklyn College Listening Project Brooklyn College Listening Project @BCListeningProj Footage for this to come later because @SandySMui has to go to class. https://t.co/fpa8NhfGdB 6 weeks ago
Brooklyn College Listening Project Brooklyn College Listening Project @BCListeningProj RT @SandySMui: Lesson here: Hard work pays off. #BCLP https://t.co/fxE0HLUeID 6 weeks ago
Brooklyn College Listening Project Brooklyn College Listening Project @BCListeningProj Performance time — here’s Prof. NaPoli’s colloquium class on social history! https://t.co/gyclceWwx5 6 weeks ago
Brooklyn College Listening Project Brooklyn College Listening Project @BCListeningProj He also discussed learning Spanish through his wife, who he's been married to for almost five years. Despite the di… https://t.co/7Xl2ZpdK7O 6 weeks ago
Brooklyn College Listening Project Brooklyn College Listening Project @BCListeningProj Emily DiSanti interviewed her uncle, who didn’t have much direction heading into college. He talked about working h… https://t.co/0VQubZ2Xlv 6 weeks ago
Brooklyn College Listening Project Brooklyn College Listening Project @BCListeningProj Essentially, Abdelkarim is not someone you'd consider a "traditional" Arab. Abdelkarim was in the audience and talk… https://t.co/kiRb6lqrvc 6 weeks ago