Hugh Ryan is a Brooklyn based curator and writer. In 2010, he founded the Pop Up Museum of Queer History, a grassroots organization dedicated to helping local communities create engaging exhibitions related to their own experience. He is also the author of When Brooklyn Was Queer, the first full length LGBT history of Brooklyn, set to be published with St. Martin’s Press next month. This project was supported by the New York Public Library’s Martin Duberman Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in Nonfiction Literature, and a residency at the Watermill Center. In a talk that aligns with the Humanities Institute’s theme of “The Humanities Go Public,” Ryan will discuss his book in relation to his experience as a public historian.