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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 Museum Ambassador for a guided tour through the permanent exhibition. This exhibition presents works of art from throughout Native North, Central, and South America, with more than 700 works on display. The rich exposition of focal objects, including a magnificent Apsáalooke (Crow) warrior’s exploit robe, demonstrates the degree to which Native America was interconnected before European peoples arrived and how cultural exchange has profoundly shaped our shared histories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 22, 2014, 12/22/2014, Exhibition Tour: Infinity of Nations
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture chronicles the fascinating microhistory of New York’s transit system and examines 20 specific events between 1940 and 1968, book-ended by subway unification and the creation of the MTA.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lectures, December 22, 2014, 12/22/2014, Andrew J. Sparberg discusses his book From a Nickel to a Token: The Journey from Board of Transportation to MTA
Gallery Talk |
Join a Museum Ambassador for a guided tour through the temporary exhibition. This exhibition presents the work of Kiowa photographer Horace Poolaw, who documented life in rural Oklahoma from the 1920s to the 1960s. The tour will discuss Kiowa pictorial traditions, the formation of Oklahoma, Native participation in the U.S. Armed Forces, and the American Indian Exposition, as documented by Poolaw.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 23, 2014, 12/23/2014, Exhibition Tour: For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture is a narrative of the author’s travels to more than 60 countries around the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lectures, December 23, 2014, 12/23/2014, Jon Haggins discusses his book Chasing Wild Ass
Gallery Talk |
Join a Museum Ambassador for a guided tour through the permanent exhibition. This exhibition presents works of art from throughout Native North, Central, and South America, with more than 700 works on display. The rich exposition of focal objects, including a magnificent Apsáalooke (Crow) warrior’s exploit robe, demonstrates the degree to which Native America was interconnected before European peoples arrived and how cultural exchange has profoundly shaped our shared histories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 24, 2014, 12/24/2014, Exhibition Tour: Infinity of Nations
Gallery Talk |
A tour of the exhibition led by the museum’s gallery guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 27, 2014, 12/27/2014, Exhibition Tour: A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America
Gallery Talk |
Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art explores the ways in which contemporary artists use Ebony and Jet as a resource and as inspiration in their practices. The show features over thirty works by a multi-generational, interdisciplinary group of sixteen artists. It includes photography, painting, sculpture and sound works that will occupy the Museum's Main galleries and Project Space.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 28, 2014, 12/28/2014, Gallery Tour: Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art
Gallery Talk |
Join a Museum Ambassador for a guided tour through the permanent exhibition. This exhibition presents works of art from throughout Native North, Central, and South America, with more than 700 works on display. The rich exposition of focal objects, including a magnificent Apsáalooke (Crow) warrior’s exploit robe, demonstrates the degree to which Native America was interconnected before European peoples arrived and how cultural exchange has profoundly shaped our shared histories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 28, 2014, 12/28/2014, Exhibition Tour: Infinity of Nations
Gallery Talk |
Join a Museum Ambassador for a guided tour through the permanent exhibition. This exhibition presents works of art from throughout Native North, Central, and South America, with more than 700 works on display. The rich exposition of focal objects, including a magnificent Apsáalooke (Crow) warrior’s exploit robe, demonstrates the degree to which Native America was interconnected before European peoples arrived and how cultural exchange has profoundly shaped our shared histories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 28, 2014, 12/28/2014, Exhibition Tour: Infinity of Nations
Gallery Talk |
Join a Museum Ambassador for a guided tour through the permanent exhibition. This exhibition presents works of art from throughout Native North, Central, and South America, with more than 700 works on display. The rich exposition of focal objects, including a magnificent Apsáalooke (Crow) warrior’s exploit robe, demonstrates the degree to which Native America was interconnected before European peoples arrived and how cultural exchange has profoundly shaped our shared histories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 29, 2014, 12/29/2014, Exhibition Tour: Infinity of Nations
Slide Lecture |
With Mel Haber. "Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight" is the title of a song that captures this visual presentation. Videos of funny songs from shows and films, including songs from "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Guys and Dolls," "Kiss Me Kate," Sweeney Todd," "Singing in the Rain," "Gigi," and "The Music Man" are intended to make the audience smile and laugh, as well as have a good time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lectures, December 29, 2014, 12/29/2014, Funny Songs from Stage and Screen
Gallery Talk |
Join a Museum Ambassador for a guided tour through the temporary exhibition. This exhibition presents the work of Kiowa photographer Horace Poolaw, who documented life in rural Oklahoma from the 1920s to the 1960s. The tour will discuss Kiowa pictorial traditions, the formation of Oklahoma, Native participation in the U.S. Armed Forces, and the American Indian Exposition, as documented by Poolaw.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 30, 2014, 12/30/2014, Exhibition Tour: For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw
Slide Lecture |
With Michael T. Luongo, a New York City-based freelance writer, editor, photographer and a lecturer of travel writing at New York University. This photo lecture showcases Rome as the city pulses with holiday energy from December to early January’s Epiphany. Few places in the world match the sheer joy, beauty and religious fervor of Christmas in Rome, the Eternal City.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Slide Lectures, December 30, 2014, 12/30/2014, Christmas in Rome, The Eternal City, with a Focus on the Vatican and Pope Francis
Gallery Talk |
Join a Museum Ambassador for a guided tour through the permanent exhibition. This exhibition presents works of art from throughout Native North, Central, and South America, with more than 700 works on display. The rich exposition of focal objects, including a magnificent Apsáalooke (Crow) warrior’s exploit robe, demonstrates the degree to which Native America was interconnected before European peoples arrived and how cultural exchange has profoundly shaped our shared histories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 31, 2014, 12/31/2014, Exhibition Tour: Infinity of Nations
Gallery Talk |
Moderator: Robert Morgan. Critics: Jonathan Goodman, Donald Kuspit, Paul Laster. Entang Wiharso is one of the foremost Indonesian artists who represented his country at the last Venice Biennale. He speaks with a heightened sense of urgency, through many mediums: painting, sculpture, video, installation, and performance. The artist’s own experience living in both Indonesia and the US are deeply embedded in this body of work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, January 04, 2015, 01/04/2015, A Critics' Discussion on Artist Entang Wiharso
Discussion |
The United States incarcerates more of its people than any country in the world – and more than at any point in its history. The numbers have exploded in the last four decades, but the crisis is rooted in much longer practices that reinforce social inequality. How might public memory of mass incarceration foster public engagement in its future? How can the humanities join with design to activate participation in the incarceration crisis? Join a moderated conversation between two historical witnesses to the mass incarceration crisis now working to shape its future. With: Tyrone Werts was released from Pennsylvania’s maximum security Graterford Correctional Institution in 2011 after his life-without-parole sentence was commuted by former Governor Ed Rendell. He was incarcerated for 36 years. Werts, who holds a BA from Villanova University, served as president of the Graterford “lifers” organization for over two decades, a tenure that saw the expansion of the organization’s mission to include community service activities and advocacy on issues related to the rights of the incarcerated. Werts is a founding member of the Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program Think Tank, founder and president of The Lifers Public Safety Initiative, and a fellow at the Open Society Foundations. Marc Mauer is Executive Director of the Sentencing Project and author of Race to Incarcerate, a groundbreaking book on how sentencing policies led to the explosive expansion of the U.S. prison population. Mauer began his work in criminal justice with the American Friends Service Committee in 1975. His 1995 report on racial disparity and the criminal justice system led the New York Times to editorialize that the report “should set off alarm bells from the White House to city halls – and help reverse the notion that we can incarcerate our way out of fundamental social problems.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, January 05, 2015, 01/05/2015, Global Dialogues: Mass Incarceration and Public Memory
Conference |
THATCamp is an open meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. The day opens with “Dork Shorts” – lightning talks about people’s digital projects, followed by five 50-minute sessions chosen through a participatory process. During THATCamp, the HAL: Global Dialogues’ incarceration project will offer fixed workshop sessions inviting participants to imagine how to create a digital platform for exploring the history of incarceration and fostering dialogue on how to address the crisis today. The day will end with closing remarks and evaluations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, January 06, 2015, 01/06/2015, THATCamp: The Humanities and Technology Camp
Gallery Talk |
In 1977, Romare Bearden (1911-1988) created a cycle of 20 collages and watercolors (miniature variations of his collages) based on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. Rich in symbolism and allegorical content, Bearden’s “Odysseus Series” created an artistic bridge between classical mythology and African-American culture. The works conveyed a sense of timelessness and the universality of the human condition, but their brilliance was displayed for only two months in New York City before being scattered to private collections and public art museums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, January 07, 2015, 01/07/2015, Gallery Tour: Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey
Discussion |
Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill and Program Annotator James M. Keller discuss Danish composer Carl Nielsen and The Nielsen Project.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, January 07, 2015, 01/07/2015, Perspectives on Nielsen: A Conversation with Clarinetist Anthony McGill
Discussion |
Moderated by artist and arts writer Melissa Stern.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, January 08, 2015, 01/08/2015, The Psychology of Art and the Art of Psychology
Gallery Talk |
In 1977, Romare Bearden (1911-1988) created a cycle of 20 collages and watercolors (miniature variations of his collages) based on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. Rich in symbolism and allegorical content, Bearden’s “Odysseus Series” created an artistic bridge between classical mythology and African-American culture. The works conveyed a sense of timelessness and the universality of the human condition, but their brilliance was displayed for only two months in New York City before being scattered to private collections and public art museums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, January 10, 2015, 01/10/2015, Gallery Tour: Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey
Symposium |
Internationally renowned scholars and curators will present recent scholarship relating to the exhibition “Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry.” Lorraine Karafel, assistant professor of Art History and Associate Dean of Art and Design History and Theory, moderates.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposiums, January 11, 2015, 01/11/2015, Grand Design Symposium Morning Session: Pieter Coecke and Brussels's Industry of Woven Gold
Conference |
New York City’s 207 branch libraries are serving more New Yorkers in more ways than ever before. In conjunction with the Center for an Urban Future’s ongoing research on branch libraries in New York City, The Architectural League collaborated on a design study to articulate new architectural, financial, and programmatic possibilities for these essential, neighborhood-based resource centers. During the event, the five design teams will present their research and designs in depth at this public event.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, January 12, 2015, 01/12/2015, Re-envisioning New York's Branch Libraries
Gallery Talk |
In 1977, Romare Bearden (1911-1988) created a cycle of 20 collages and watercolors (miniature variations of his collages) based on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. Rich in symbolism and allegorical content, Bearden’s “Odysseus Series” created an artistic bridge between classical mythology and African-American culture. The works conveyed a sense of timelessness and the universality of the human condition, but their brilliance was displayed for only two months in New York City before being scattered to private collections and public art museums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, January 14, 2015, 01/14/2015, Gallery Tour: Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey
Gallery Talk |
In 1977, Romare Bearden (1911-1988) created a cycle of 20 collages and watercolors (miniature variations of his collages) based on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. Rich in symbolism and allegorical content, Bearden’s “Odysseus Series” created an artistic bridge between classical mythology and African-American culture. The works conveyed a sense of timelessness and the universality of the human condition, but their brilliance was displayed for only two months in New York City before being scattered to private collections and public art museums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, January 17, 2015, 01/17/2015, Gallery Tour: Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey
Gallery Talk |
In 1977, Romare Bearden (1911-1988) created a cycle of 20 collages and watercolors (miniature variations of his collages) based on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. Rich in symbolism and allegorical content, Bearden’s “Odysseus Series” created an artistic bridge between classical mythology and African-American culture. The works conveyed a sense of timelessness and the universality of the human condition, but their brilliance was displayed for only two months in New York City before being scattered to private collections and public art museums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, January 21, 2015, 01/21/2015, Gallery Tour: Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey
Lecture |
Born in Algiers in 1970, Amara Lakhous departed for Italy during the violence that ravaged Algeria in the 1990s. His critically acclaimed novels in Arabic and Italian include Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio (2010), Divorce Islamic Style (2012) and Dispute over a Very Italian Piglet (2014). Using humor to explore the encounter of cultures, religions and languages, Lakhous's work explores the experience of exile and the dynamics of migration in the contemporary Mediterranean.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, January 22, 2015, 01/22/2015, Writing across Borders and Languages: A Conversation with Italian-Algerian Author Amara Lakhous
Gallery Talk |
In 1977, Romare Bearden (1911-1988) created a cycle of 20 collages and watercolors (miniature variations of his collages) based on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. Rich in symbolism and allegorical content, Bearden’s “Odysseus Series” created an artistic bridge between classical mythology and African-American culture. The works conveyed a sense of timelessness and the universality of the human condition, but their brilliance was displayed for only two months in New York City before being scattered to private collections and public art museums.
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Gallery Talks, January 24, 2015, 01/24/2015, Gallery Tour: Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey
Gallery Talk |
In 1977, Romare Bearden (1911-1988) created a cycle of 20 collages and watercolors (miniature variations of his collages) based on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. Rich in symbolism and allegorical content, Bearden’s “Odysseus Series” created an artistic bridge between classical mythology and African-American culture. The works conveyed a sense of timelessness and the universality of the human condition, but their brilliance was displayed for only two months in New York City before being scattered to private collections and public art museums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, January 28, 2015, 01/28/2015, Gallery Tour: Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey
Lecture |
For several decades, le hip-hop has shown another face of French culture. Danced by minorities associated with immigration and the suburbs, it has channeled rage against racism and unequal opportunity and offered a movement vocabulary for the expression of multicultural difference that challenges the universalist discourse of the Republic. But French hip-hop has also been supported by Socialist cultural policy, subsumed into the national heritage, and instituted as a pedagogy. Felicia McCarren discusses the poetics and politics of le hip-hop with Barbara Browning (Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU) and Madeleine Dobie (French &amp; Comparative Literature, Columbia).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, January 29, 2015, 01/29/2015, The Cultural Politics of French Hip-Hop
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In 1977, Romare Bearden (1911-1988) created a cycle of 20 collages and watercolors (miniature variations of his collages) based on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. Rich in symbolism and allegorical content, Bearden’s “Odysseus Series” created an artistic bridge between classical mythology and African-American culture. The works conveyed a sense of timelessness and the universality of the human condition, but their brilliance was displayed for only two months in New York City before being scattered to private collections and public art museums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, January 31, 2015, 01/31/2015, Gallery Tour: Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey
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