Walking the Brooklyn Bridge
City Within A City
A specialist in Renaissance and Baroque art, Irina Oryshkevich teaches art and architectural history at Columbia University where she also earned her PhD in 2003. She has published numerous articles in her field, worked for several New York Old Master galleries, and received fellowships for her academic work from the National Gallery in Washington, the Fulbright Foundation, the Getty, the Society of Fellows and the Italian Academy (both at Columbia) and the American Philosophical Society. In addition to teaching in her area of specialization, Irina, a native New Yorker with a deep interest in local history, has been offering a class on the architecture of New York City at Columbia for the past four years.
Ben Rubin holds a bachelor's degree from Hanover College, a Master's from Western Carolina University, and is completing his Ph.D. at Drew University. He is also a graduate of the Cornell School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. His work has been published in the Journal of Backcountry Studies and in Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution. In addition to academic experience, Ben worked as a docent at the Biltmore House in Asheville, and as a whitewater raft guide on the Nantahala River.
Robert Bell is a PhD student in the department of History at New York University, wherein he has cultivated a refined interest in themes of historical urban change and cultural development and is highly attuned to the curious, idiosyncratic local histories of New York City. As a docent, Robert hopes to engage tour participants not only in the monumental history of New York’s urban space, but also share the history of those quotidian, daily realities that form the city’s particular charm and character. Robert was born in San Francisco, raised in Canada, and has lived in Brooklyn for the past seven years.
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