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New York attracts world's best minds to its shores: they come here to interact with each other at conferences and seminars, and while they are here they are often invited to give a talk, a lecture, to be a part of a public discussion. We at Club Free Time give you an opportunity to be a part of it: to watch how those best minds in the world work! Don't miss the opportunities that only New York City (NYC) provides!

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free talks, lectures, discussions in New York City (NYC)

In New York City, you can talk with and listen to the best minds in the world without spending a dime! Just take a look at free talks, lectures, discussion, seminars, conferences listed on this page below!

Gallery Talk |
Join a 45-minute docent-led tour of the ABC of It exhibition. Start times: 12:30pm, 2:30pm. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, August 29, 2014, 08/29/2014, Exhibit Tour: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
Gallery Talk |
Enjoy an interactive and informative tour led by a knowledgeable museum educator. Material Histories ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Gallery Talks, August 31, 2014, 08/31/2014, Gallery Tour: Material Histories: Artists in Residence 2013–14
Gallery Talk |
A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 01, 2014, 09/01/2014, Infinity of Nations Guided Tour
Gallery Talk |
Join a 45-minute docent-led tour of the ABC of It exhibition. Start times: 12:30pm, 2:30pm. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 02, 2014, 09/02/2014, Exhibit Tour: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture showcases a dazzling array of surprising rooftop escapes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Slide Lectures, September 02, 2014, 09/02/2014, Leslie Adatto discusses her book Roof Explorer's Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops
Lecture |
Mass festivals were a trademark of twentieth-century authoritarianism, as seen in fascist Italy, Nazi ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Lectures, September 03, 2014, 09/03/2014, Becoming Soviet: The Transformation of Everyday Life in Stalin's Times
Gallery Talk |
Join a 45-minute docent-led tour of the ABC of It exhibition. Start times: 12:30pm, 2:30pm. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 03, 2014, 09/03/2014, Exhibit Tour: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
Gallery Talk |
A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 03, 2014, 09/03/2014, Infinity of Nations Guided Tour
Slide Lecture |
Majewski, a cofounder and editor-in-chief of "Teen People" and an executive editor of "Entertainment ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Slide Lectures, September 03, 2014, 09/03/2014, Lori Majewski discusses her book Mad World: An Oral History of the New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined 1980s
Discussion |
In April, The Nation began a series of reports titled “Cities Rising,” claiming that big cities are ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Discussions, September 03, 2014, 09/03/2014, The Progressive Mayor? Bill de Blasio So Far
Gallery Talk |
Simon Leung's projects in various media include an opera set in Griffith Park; a live/video performance ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 03, 2014, 09/03/2014, Artist Talk: Simon Leung
Book Discussion |
Join the Great Books Discussion Group. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Discussions, September 03, 2014, 09/03/2014, Book Group: Antigone by Sophocles
Gallery Talk |
Join a 45-minute docent-led tour of the ABC of It exhibition. Start times: 12:30pm, 2:30pm. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 04, 2014, 09/04/2014, Exhibit Tour: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
Gallery Talk |
A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 04, 2014, 09/04/2014, Infinity of Nations Guided Tour
Gallery Talk |
Join a 45-minute docent-led tour of the ABC of It exhibition. Start times: 12:30pm, 2:30pm. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 05, 2014, 09/05/2014, Exhibit Tour: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
Lecture |
In The Estrangement Principle, Ariel Goldberg thoroughly examined the problems around labeling ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Lectures, September 05, 2014, 09/05/2014, The Estrangement Principle: On the Problems with Labeling Art 'Queer'
Gallery Talk |
Join a 45-minute docent-led tour of the ABC of It exhibition. Start times: 12:30pm, 2:30pm. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 06, 2014, 09/06/2014, Exhibit Tour: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
Gallery Talk |
Fahamu Pecou has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in the US and abroad. Museum shows ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 06, 2014, 09/06/2014, Artist Talk: Fahamu Pecou
Discussion |
Keanan Duffty, Senior Director of Fashion Merchandising, Academy of Art University, in conversation with ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Discussions, September 06, 2014, 09/06/2014, Academy of Art University Presents: 180 Degrees of Style
Gallery Talk |
A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 08, 2014, 09/08/2014, Infinity of Nations Guided Tour
Discussion |
Mexican Congressmen Héctor Humberto Gutiérrez De la Garza, and Juan Pablo Adame Alemán take part in ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; advance registration required
Discussions, September 08, 2014, 09/08/2014, Telecommunications Reform in Mexico: What Lies Ahead?
Book Discussion |
Read the book and join in - they're a welcoming bunch. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Discussions, September 08, 2014, 09/08/2014, Book Group: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Forum |
The architecture of embassies, from their public spaces to their security apparatus and art selection, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Forums, September 09, 2014, 09/09/2014, Architecture and Diplomacy: Transatlantic Approaches
Slide Lecture |
Greenspan, a writer and urban anthropologist currently teaching at Harvard University, gives this illustrated ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Slide Lectures, September 09, 2014, 09/09/2014, Elizabeth Greenspan discusses her book Battle for Ground Zero: Inside the Political Struggle to Rebuild the World Trade Center
Book Discussion |
Join the non-fiction book group in their discussion. Please read the book first. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Discussions, September 09, 2014, 09/09/2014, Book Group: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Discussion |
Legendary songwriters and performers Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) and John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful) ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Discussions, September 09, 2014, 09/09/2014, Songwriters Hall Of Fame Master Sessions: John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful and Feliz Cavaliere of The Rascals
Gallery Talk |
A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 10, 2014, 09/10/2014, Infinity of Nations Guided Tour
Talk |
Talk by Barry Rosenthal about creating art from salvaged items. Perhaps a chance to make some art too. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Talks, September 10, 2014, 09/10/2014, Turning Found Objects Into Beautiful Art
Talk |
Nisha Agarwal, New York City's new Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs, talks about her goals to support ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Talks, September 10, 2014, 09/10/2014, Immigration: Today and Tomorrow
Book Discussion |
Richard Howard and Leo Carey will discuss Sanford Friedman’s final work, Conversations with Beethoven. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Discussions, September 10, 2014, 09/10/2014, On Conversations with Beethoven
Talk |
A talk and video screening by artist and activist Gabrielle Le Roux and Ugandan human rights defender ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; reservations required
Talks, September 10, 2014, 09/10/2014, Art for Social Justice
Gallery Talk |
A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 11, 2014, 09/11/2014, Infinity of Nations Guided Tour
Discussion |
Join celebrity style expert and red carpet commentator George Brescia for an evening of life, love, laughter, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Discussions, September 11, 2014, 09/11/2014, Fashion on Broadway
Discussion |
An overview of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, with members of the United States Pavilion team: ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Discussions, September 11, 2014, 09/11/2014, Venice Arch Biennale Panel + Exhibition Opening
Slide Lecture |
Richard Tenguerian, one of New York’s most sought after architectural model makers, gives this illustrated ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Slide Lectures, September 11, 2014, 09/11/2014, Architectural Models
Lecture |
Ambassador Kelly will discuss his experiences dealing with Russia during his foreign service career, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; registration required
Lectures, September 12, 2014, 09/12/2014, A Talk by Ambassador Ian Kelly
Lecture |
Born a slave in New Orleans in 1825-1826, Warburg was the son of a German Jewish immigrant and a mixed-race, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Lectures, September 12, 2014, 09/12/2014, 'A Mulatto Sculptor from New Orleans': Eugene Warburg's European Career in the 1850s
Discussion |
A discussion about the work of Taiwan's celebrated filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien in conjunction with the ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Discussions, September 12, 2014, 09/12/2014, Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien
Conference |
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm: Iteration as Aesthetic Principle in Language Based (Video) Performances ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP requested
Conferences, September 13, 2014, 09/13/2014, The Poetics of Seriality
Gallery Talk |
A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 15, 2014, 09/15/2014, Infinity of Nations Guided Tour
Lecture |
With Ritu Birla, associate professor of History and director of the Center for South Asian Studies at ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Lectures, September 15, 2014, 09/15/2014, Capitalism and The Public as (Emerging) Market: Indian Colonial Genealogies of Neoliberal Governing
Lecture |
Philip Mirowski (University of Notre Dame) will deliver a talk. Dr. Mirowski is the author of, among ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Lectures, September 15, 2014, 09/15/2014, Science 2.0: Neoliberal Nirvana
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture explores how philanthropy and international development, HELP, has emerged into ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Slide Lectures, September 15, 2014, 09/15/2014, Miles Wortman discusses his book The Road to HELP: The Revolution in Charity, Philanthropy, and International Development
Lecture |
In this lecture, based on her New York Times best-selling book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use it ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Lectures, September 15, 2014, 09/15/2014, Considering the Creative Habit: A Lecture by Twyla Tharp, Tony- and Emmy-Winning Choreographer
Lecture |
Professor of English at Wesleyan University Henry Abelove asks and tries to answer this question: How, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Lectures, September 16, 2014, 09/16/2014, The Closet: A Lecture by Henry Abelove
Discussion |
The Historic Districts Council and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation present a ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; reservations required
Discussions, September 16, 2014, 09/16/2014, The Mayoral Agenda: Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation
Lecture |
Professor Claudia Benthien will present a talk on based on her current research project which analyzes ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP requested
Lectures, September 16, 2014, 09/16/2014, Literature and New Media Art
Gallery Talk |
A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 17, 2014, 09/17/2014, Infinity of Nations Guided Tour
Book Discussion |
The story of an African American family held together with a mother's gift and monumental courage. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; registration required
Book Discussions, September 17, 2014, 09/17/2014, Book Group: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
Slide Lecture |
For more than two decades, renowned graphic designer and self-described Italophile Louise Fili has traveled ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Slide Lectures, September 17, 2014, 09/17/2014, Louise Fili discusses her photography book Grafica della Strada: The Signs of Italy
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture explores why caffeine has such a powerful effect on everything from boosting ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Slide Lectures, September 17, 2014, 09/17/2014, Murray Carpenter discusses his book Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us
Book Discussion |
Please read the book first. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Discussions, September 17, 2014, 09/17/2014, Book Group: Paris Architect by Charles Balfoure
Gallery Talk |
Basim Magdy was born in Assiut, Egypt in 1977. He currently lives and works in Basel, Switzerland and ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 17, 2014, 09/17/2014, Artist Talk: Basim Magdy
Book Discussion |
Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; registration required
Book Discussions, September 18, 2014, 09/18/2014, Discuss Great Books in a Great Space: 1984 by George Orwell
Gallery Talk |
A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 18, 2014, 09/18/2014, Infinity of Nations Guided Tour
Lecture |
After decades of remaining at about 60%, the gender pay 
ratio started to rise in the late 1970s. The ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Lectures, September 18, 2014, 09/18/2014, The Gender Pay Gap: Going, Going...But Not Gone
Slide Lecture |
Andrew Gustafson, the Vice President of Turnstile Tours and a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Slide Lectures, September 18, 2014, 09/18/2014, Brooklyn Army Terminal: Transportation, Architecture, and Industry
Slide Lecture |
The New York Public Library has one of the world’s most significant collections of photography that ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Slide Lectures, September 19, 2014, 09/19/2014, The Romanovs and Photography: A New Lens on Empire
Conference |
Making Cities3: Innovation, Incubation, Inclusion is part of a three-year research project between the ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; reservations required
Conferences, September 22, 2014, 09/22/2014, Making Cities3: Innovation, Incubation, Inclusion
Gallery Talk |
A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 22, 2014, 09/22/2014, Infinity of Nations Guided Tour
Discussion |
A conversation with prominent women in theatre, as part of the League’s ongoing series that chronicles ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Discussions, September 22, 2014, 09/22/2014, League of Professional Theatre Women Oral History Project: Phylicia Rashad interviews Billie Allen
Slide Lecture |
In this illustrated lecture, the journalist explores the Wild West of data capture and all the ways our ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Slide Lectures, September 22, 2014, 09/22/2014, Adam Tanner discusses his book What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data – Lifeblood of Big Business – and the End of Privacy as We Know It
Discussion |
Each month they’ll explore the writings of famous environmental authors. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Discussions, September 22, 2014, 09/22/2014, Readings in Deep Ecology
Lecture |
What determined the magnitude and the timing of the Jewish migration from the Pale of Settlement in czarist ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Lectures, September 23, 2014, 09/23/2014, Pogroms, Networks, and Migration: Jewish Migration from the Russian Empire to the United States 1881–1914
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture shows New York's largest borough between the years 1920 and 1950, when it was ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Slide Lectures, September 23, 2014, 09/23/2014, Kevin Walsh discusses his book Forgotten Queens
Conference |
Making Cities3: Innovation, Incubation, Inclusion is part of a three-year research project between the ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; reservations required
Conferences, September 24, 2014, 09/24/2014, Making Cities3: Innovation, Incubation, Inclusion
Gallery Talk |
A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 24, 2014, 09/24/2014, Infinity of Nations Guided Tour
Gallery Talk |
A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 25, 2014, 09/25/2014, Infinity of Nations Guided Tour
Lecture |
This presentation examines the principal narratives employed by the immigrant rights movements in the ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Lectures, September 25, 2014, 09/25/2014, Framing the Immigrant Movement as about Rights, Family, or Economics: Which Appeals Resonate and for Whom?
Discussion |
Eyebeam is the leading not-for-profit art and technology center in the United States. Founded in 1997, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Discussions, September 25, 2014, 09/25/2014, Eyebeam Computational Fashion: Fashion Theory and Technology
Talk |
Christina Moon presents her ongoing research which examines the social ties and cultural encounters between ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Talks, September 26, 2014, 09/26/2014, Fashion and Manufacturing
Discussion |
With leader Curt Collier. Lifestyle choices, our impact on the planet, and ways we can make a meaningful ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Discussions, September 28, 2014, 09/28/2014, Sustainable Living Support Circle
Gallery Talk |
A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Gallery Talks, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Infinity of Nations Guided Tour
Slide Lecture |
The adventurous woman nicknamed La Belle Créole is brought to life in this illustrated lecture through ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Slide Lectures, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Alina García-Lapuerta discusses her book La Belle Créole
Discussion |
What are we talking about in discussing “male” and “female”? Chromosomes? Hormones? Behavior? ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Discussions, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Sexes, Genders, and Brains: Four Scientists, Four Perspectives
Lecture |
With Rania Antonopoulos, senior scholar and program director of Gender Equality and the Economy. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Lectures, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, The State as an Employer of Last Resort: Thinking the 'Thinkable'
Lecture |
With David Miliband, the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Lectures, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, Migrants, Refugees and Deportees: Confronting the Humanitarian and Political Challenge
Talk |
Graphic design legend Tom Geismar talks about the first retrospective of his work to feature his groundbreaking ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Talks, October 07, 2014, 10/07/2014, Designer Talk: Tom Geismar
Forum |
Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden’s The New York Times Feminist Reading Group is a public forum that encourages ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Forums, October 18, 2014, 10/18/2014, The New York Times Feminist Reading Group
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