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Quintessential Queens Conference — Speakers & Topics

Robert Sullivan, Keynote: Queens! Circling New York City's Largest Borough

Arts & Culture in Queens— Jimmy Van Bramer

Queens: An Unnaturally Natural Landscape — John Waldman

Becoming Queens: Rural County, Urban Borough, Diverse City — Jeffrey Kroessler, John Jay College

What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong (and Other Jazz Greats) in Queens — Michael Cogswell

The Place of Queens in American History — Jack Eichenbaum, Official Queens Historian

The (Extremely) Diverse Peoples of Queens — Andy Beveridge, Queens College

Many a Neighborhood - Astoria to the Rockaways — Nicole Steinberg, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

Excerpts from Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America —Judith Sloan and Warren Lehrer, Earsay

From The Great Gatsby to the Traveling Typewriter: A Look at The Queens Literary Scene — Nicole Cooley, Queens College

Queens 2030: Imagining the Future — Jonathan Bowles, Center for an Urban Future

Poem — Paolo Javier, Poet Laureate of Queens




Experience Quintessential Queens: Celebrating America’s Fourth Largest City on video!

Standing alone, the borough of Queens would be America's fourth largest city. Yet, as one of New York's five boroughs, it doesn't always receive the recognition it deserves for its vitality, diversity, and cultural heritage. Quintessential Queens: Celebrating America's Fourth Largest City was an all-day conference held in October 2013 that celebrated both this remarkable borough and the 75th anniversary of one of its most important institutions, Queens College of the City University of New York.

Queens College has long been among the intellectual and cultural centers of this borough of more than two million people. Quintessential Queens gathered academics, government employees, college and high school students, and the public to learn about the place of Queens in the world, the nation, and the city. Lectures by experts on Queens covered the borough broadly, including the evolution of Queens and its defining events, its landscape and natural places, its demographics, its neighborhoods, its long history of welcoming immigrants, and its place in literature and popular culture.

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​​Quintessential Queens
Special Conference
LeFrak Concert Hall
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597
John Waldman
Queens College - The City University of New York

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Queens Organizations Displaying at the Conference
Alley Pond Environmental Center

Museum of the Moving Image
Museum of Elevator History
The Bowne House
The Friends of Steinway Mansion
Parkway Village Historical Society
Flushing Town Hall
Greater Astoria Historical Society
Voelker Orth Museum
Louis Armstrong Museum
Queens Historical Society
Queens Preservation Council
Bayside Historical Society
Queens Memory Project
New York Council for the Humanities

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