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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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87 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 |
A colorful display of master quilts from the museum’s renowned collection will be on view. The lively selection includes Amish, stenciled, pieced, and appliquéd quilts. Please enjoy these rarely seen textiles while a portion of our space undergoes repairs.
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Sat, May 28
1:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, May 28, 2016, 05/28/2016, Gallery Tour: Spring Fling: Quilts from the Collection
Lecture |
Democracy Spring is a mass nonviolent action to win a real democracy that works for people. Organizer Kai Newkirk will share his story and the story of this movement with us. Kai Newkirk is the organizer, co-founder and national coordinator of 99Rise. 99Rise is the nonviolent, mass movement and network of activists and organizers who are dedicated to ending corruption and reclaiming democracy from the domination of big money. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Sun, May 29
11:00 am

Free
Lectures, May 29, 2016, 05/29/2016, Democracy Spring
Conference |
Highlighting the unique contributions of scholarship in Latin America, this conference supports the broadening of hemispheric dialogue to include voices that are seldom heard in English-language publications.
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Tue, May 31
9:00 am

Free
Conferences, May 31, 2016, 05/31/2016, Education in the Americas: Knowledges and Perspectives
Gallery Talk |
A colorful display of master quilts from the museum’s renowned collection will be on view. The lively selection includes Amish, stenciled, pieced, and appliquéd quilts. Please enjoy these rarely seen textiles while a portion of our space undergoes repairs.
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Tue, May 31
1:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, May 31, 2016, 05/31/2016, Gallery Tour: Spring Fling: Quilts from the Collection
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Cynthia Bond.
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Tue, May 31
3:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, May 31, 2016, 05/31/2016, Book Club: Ruby
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Ayn Rand.
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Wed, Jun 1
3:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 01, 2016, 06/01/2016, Book Club: Atlas Shrugged
Book Discussion |
The winner of the 2015 National Design Award for Architecture Design, architects Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample present a selection of the projects featured in their new book Selected Works. Following the presentation, they are joined by Amale Andraos for a conversation about the various facets of their design process and their catalog of work.
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Wed, Jun 1
6:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 01, 2016, 06/01/2016, Architectural Explorations in Books
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture explores the strengths and strains of adult-sibling bonds. It clarifies the most confounding elements of sibling relationships and provides specific suggestions for realizing new, productive avenues of friendship in middle and later life.
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Wed, Jun 1
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, June 01, 2016, 06/01/2016, Geoffrey L. Greif and Michael E. Woolley discuss their book Adult Sibling Relationships
Gallery Talk |
A colorful display of master quilts from the museum’s renowned collection will be on view. The lively selection includes Amish, stenciled, pieced, and appliquéd quilts. Please enjoy these rarely seen textiles while a portion of our space undergoes repairs.
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Thu, Jun 2
1:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, June 02, 2016, 06/02/2016, Gallery Tour: Spring Fling: Quilts from the Collection
Discussion |
This program marks 50 years since Stokely Carmichael galvanized the Black Power generation in June 1966; and it suggests the long road to the Black Power era with three presentations. ,br> First, Caleb Smith traces the contours of white domination back to perhaps the first African-American prison narrative from the 1800s in Jim Crow New York in The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict. Second, Aldon Morris traces the birth of modern sociology back to W.E.B. Du Bois and the Atlanta School in The Scholar Denied. And third, Aram Goudsouzian traces the dawn of the Black Power era back to the 1966 Meredith March Against Fear in Down to the Crossroads. Civil rights icon James Meredith was shot down as he began his March Against Fear, and the black freedom movement mobilized against white terror.
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Thu, Jun 2
6:00 pm

Free
Discussions, June 02, 2016, 06/02/2016, The Struggle Against Racism and Repression
Gallery Talk |
Bahar Behbahani is an Iranian artist living and working in New York. His exhibition comprises paintings and an installation structured around the conflicted figure of Donald Wilber. Wilber is marked by duality: his writings on Persian gardens distinguish him as a well-respected Middle Eastern architectural scholar, one whose research the artist studied in college. However, Wilber was also a CIA secret agent, responsible for orchestrating the 1953 military coup in Iran.
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Thu, Jun 2
6:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, June 02, 2016, 06/02/2016, Artist Talk: Bahar Behbahani
Discussion |
Join singer-songwriter Richard Barone as he celebrates the music of the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene. Richard and his guests - journalists and musicians who were part of that vital community and its living legacy - will revisit that era with a series of multi-media discussions focusing on the singer-songwriters who helped shape the cultural and political landscape of New York, from Bob Dylan and Paul Simon to Janis Ian, Phil Ochs, and John Sebastian (of the Lovin’ Spoonful). Moderated by Barone, the panels will include such participants as Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis, A+R executive/writer Mitchell Cohen, Folk City author Stephen Petrus, producer Steve Addabbo. Special musical guest: Marshall Crenshaw.
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Thu, Jun 2
6:30 pm

Free
Discussions, June 02, 2016, 06/02/2016, Sorrows and Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960s
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture shows that genetic genealogy is a new tool for addressing old and enduring issues, including grappling with the unfinished business of slavery, establishing ties with African ancestral homelands, and making legal claims for slavery reparations.
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Thu, Jun 2
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, June 02, 2016, 06/02/2016, Alondra Nelson discusses her book The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome
Gallery Talk |
Fryd Frydendahl will be in conversation about Frydendahl's upcoming book and longterm project, Nephews. With Allen Frame.
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Thu, Jun 2
7:00 pm

$5 suggested donation...
Gallery Talks, June 02, 2016, 06/02/2016, Artist Talk: Fryd Frydendahl
Lecture |
Speaker Randy Fertel holds a PhD from Harvard University where he received a teaching award by student vote. He has also taught English at Tulane, LeMoyne College, and the New School for Social Research. His award-winning 2011 memoir, The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak, unspools untold tales as he tries to makes sense of his parents – and himself – in a colorful, food-obsessed New Orleans.
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Sat, Jun 4
11:00 am

Free
Lectures, June 04, 2016, 06/04/2016, Chaos and the Creative in the Cinema
Gallery Talk |
A colorful display of master quilts from the museum’s renowned collection will be on view. The lively selection includes Amish, stenciled, pieced, and appliquéd quilts. Please enjoy these rarely seen textiles while a portion of our space undergoes repairs.
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Sat, Jun 4
1:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, June 04, 2016, 06/04/2016, Gallery Tour: Spring Fling: Quilts from the Collection
Discussion |
In celebration of the site-specific Art in the Windows exhibition Dear Climate, the members of the team Una Chaudhuri, Fritz Ertl, Oliver Kellhammer, and Marina Zurkow will lead audience members in activities and discussion designed to “change your inner climate.” They will do “climate meditations,” read and write letters to the climate, and explore ways to Meet, Befriend, and Become climate change.
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Sat, Jun 4
2:30 pm

Free
Discussions, June 04, 2016, 06/04/2016, Artist Dialogue Series Event: Dear Climate
Discussion |
A panel featuring a discussion on the legacy of Sweet Basil and its vibrant activities with Bob Stewart and James Browne (previous proprietor of Sweet Basil), moderated by Willard Jenkins.
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Sat, Jun 4
7:00 pm

Free
Discussions, June 04, 2016, 06/04/2016, The Legacy of Sweet Basil, the Legendary Jazz Venue
Discussion |
A panel discussion. Participants TBA.
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Sun, Jun 5
11:00 am

Free
Discussions, June 05, 2016, 06/05/2016, Travel and Its Relation to the Creative Process in the Cinema
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Minette Walters.
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Mon, Jun 6
4:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 06, 2016, 06/06/2016, Book Club: The Cellar
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture reveals why confidence, consistency, and conviction, are increasingly becoming liabilities — while humility, inconsistency, and radical open-mindedness are powerful leadership assets.
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Mon, Jun 6
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, June 06, 2016, 06/06/2016, Al Pittampalli discusses his book Persuadable: How Great Leaders Change Their Minds to Change the World
Discussion |
A panel conversation with Jennifer Baker, Cat Fitzpatrick, Hafizah Geter, Jyothi Natarajan, & Kathi Wolfe, moderated by Lynn Melnick, hosted by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. ,br> The 2015 VIDA Count included new categories for Women of Color, Trans and Disabled writers, confirming the lack of parity in the publishing world. Join this panel of writer-activists as they discuss their experiences and work to change the literary landscape, and the best ways to continue the conversation, get involved, and be an effective ally.
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Mon, Jun 6
7:00 pm

Free
Discussions, June 06, 2016, 06/06/2016, We Count: Intersectionality and Activism in the Literary Landscape
Talk |
Join Hardy and curator Colleen Hill for an exciting conversation about Hardy's prosperous career. Hardy has been creative director of the women's and men's shoe collections at Hermès since 1990, and he collaborated with Nicolas Ghesquière during his time at Balenciaga. Hardy created his own fashion house in 1999 and last year was appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honor by the French state.
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Tue, Jun 7
6:00 pm

Free
Talks, June 07, 2016, 06/07/2016, Pierre Hardy, Paris-Based Designer for Hermès
Discussion |
The Farm Theater will present this bi-monthly meeting where theater professionals are invited to talk about their experience on a specific topic of interest for pre-professional and emerging artists in an intimate setting. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, engage in open discussion, and share their experience on the topic. Bullpen Sessions will address basic questions about the industry, share best practices, and build community.
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Tue, Jun 7
6:00 pm

Free
Discussions, June 07, 2016, 06/07/2016, Bullpen Sessions: Work of the Actor
Talk |
Featuring Rose Muzio of SUNY Old Westbury and author of Radical Humanity: Puerto Rican Political Activism in New York.
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Tue, Jun 7
6:30 pm

Free
Talks, June 07, 2016, 06/07/2016, Unidad Latina! Political Activism on the UWS in the 1960's and 70's
Talk |
Movements throughout history have sought to change systems of inequality and spurred leaders from within those movements to enter the political arena as candidates for elected office. Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, ran a formidable campaign for mayor of Oakland, California, in 1973. DeRay McKesson was led to activism following the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri. McKesson, a Baltimore native, returned to his hometown in 2015 to run for mayor after becoming a voice in the efforts to confront systems and structures that lead to police killings of black and other minority populations.
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Tue, Jun 7
6:30 pm

Free
Talks, June 07, 2016, 06/07/2016, DeRay McKesson discusses his own story of activism
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Issac Asimov.
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Tue, Jun 7
6:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 07, 2016, 06/07/2016, Book Club: Fantastic Voyage
Talk |
With introductory remarks by historian George Chauncey (Gay New York) and a brief salute to special guest Dick Leitsch, pioneering Mattachine Society activist. Despite common misconception, New York City’s LGBT community has a long and vibrant history that predates the 1969 Stonewall rebellion. Existing historic sites associated with arts and culture, important social centers such as bars and LGBT organizational locations, residences of notable figures, and activism (to name a few) span as far back as the 18th century. Yet despite this history, these tangible reminders of the city’s LGBT community remain largely unknown and potentially endangered. At this program, learn about the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project and its ongoing survey of historic and cultural sites throughout the five boroughs. Directors Andrew S. Dolkart, Ken Lustbader, and Jay Shockley and project manager Amanda Davis will also discuss the interactive online map of sites that the public will be able to use in order to learn more about LGBT place-based history and that will utilize the resources of the New York Public Library’s extensive LGBT collections.
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Tue, Jun 7
7:00 pm

Free
Talks, June 07, 2016, 06/07/2016, Making the Invisible Visible: NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project - Documenting Place-Based Cultural Heritage
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Alexandra Fuller.
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Wed, Jun 8
5:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 08, 2016, 06/08/2016, Book Club: Leaving Before the Rains Come
Talk |
On the occasion of the publication of Liz Deschenes, the artist discusses her work with Eva Respini, curator of Deschenes’s exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston opening in summer 2016. The writer and contributor Lynne Tillman does a reading of her fiction piece included in the publication.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 8
6:00 pm

Free
Talks, June 08, 2016, 06/08/2016, Artist Talk: Liz Deschenes
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Daniel James Brown.
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Wed, Jun 8
6:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 08, 2016, 06/08/2016, Book Club: The Boys in the Boat
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture tells the fascinating story, from the 1960s to the present, of the South Street Seaport District of Lower Manhattan.
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Wed, Jun 8
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, June 08, 2016, 06/08/2016, James M. Lindgren discusses his book Preserving South Street Seaport: The Dream and Reality of a New York Urban Renewal District
Discussion |
Henri Falcón, governor of the state of Lara, will share his views on the political stalemate and economic situation in Venezuela. As the governor of one of the most populous and economically active states in Venezuela, Falcón is a highly recognized leader. The governor’s remarks will be followed by a conversation with two leading experts to discuss likely economic scenarios and solutions as Venezuela endures a historic economic recession.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 9
5:30 pm

Free
Discussions, June 09, 2016, 06/09/2016, Venezuela's Politics and Economics
Book Discussion |
They are having a book social! They hope you’ll come and share a book you loved reading! What to expect at Open Book Night: 1. Introduce your book with its title, author, publication date and genre (mystery, memoir, play, etc.). One book per person. 2. Tell what it’s about and why you loved it in 2 minutes or less. 3. They want to have fun, so no negative criticism please. 4. Learn about titles of books that you may enjoy and share with your friends. This month's theme is "The Natural World."
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Fri, Jun 10
6:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 10, 2016, 06/10/2016, Open Book Night
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Jeff Hobbs.
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Sat, Jun 11
10:30 am

Free
Book Discussions, June 11, 2016, 06/11/2016, Book Club: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
Discussion |
How can we better grasp — and question — the complex building, city, and social codes that shape the neighborhoods around us? From the span of sidewalks and the lifetime of scaffolding to the rules of public restrooms and the limits of loitering, they’ll unravel the official and unofficial rules of public space. Get a guide to temporary design interventions in three nearby public and semi-public spaces in the Lower East Side. Afterward, join a discussion at 5:00 p.m., where they’ll look deeper into how decoding the regulations of public space can allow for unexpected “disruptions."
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Sat, Jun 11
3:30 pm

Free
Discussions, June 11, 2016, 06/11/2016, L.E.S. Decoded: Neighborhood Exploration and Conversation
Colloquium |
As neighborhoods along the L train brace for an interruption in service of unprecedented scale, this fast-paced competition asks interdisciplinary teams to propose implementable interventions that look beyond shuttle buses and private cars. Participants from design and non-design fields are invited to this program that asks how unforeseen design solutions can facilitate easier routes during service shutdowns. ,br> Spectators are invited to watch the presentation of proposals and jury comments, followed by the announcement of a winner.
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Sun, Jun 12
10:00 am

to 4:00 pm

Free
Colloquiums, June 12, 2016, 06/12/2016, L Train Shutdown Charette: Flash Competition
Lecture |
Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, Jun 13
6:00 pm

to 7:00 pm

Free
Lectures, June 13, 2016, 06/13/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
Discussion |
Discuss the book by Jessica Knoll.
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Mon, Jun 13
7:00 pm

Free
Discussions, June 13, 2016, 06/13/2016, Book Club: Luckiest Girl Alive
Book Discussion |
Corky, Lori, Dana and Tracy Pollan share more than 100 of their family's best recipes, cooking techniques and pantry wisdom for delicious, healthy and harmonious family meals. This gorgeous, fully illustrated collection is a BookPage Best Cookbook of 2015 and Winner of the Gourmand International Cookbook Award 2015, Best in the World, and Best First Cookbook.
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Mon, Jun 13
7:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 13, 2016, 06/13/2016, Corky Pollan discusses her book The Pollan Family Table: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom for Delicious, Healthy Family Meals
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Edith Wharton. Facilitated by author, filmmaker, and former cultural correspondent New York Times Dinitia Smith.
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Tue, Jun 14
12:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 14, 2016, 06/14/2016, Book Club: The Age of Innocence
Talk |
Eartha Watts-Hicks will discuss black music in the 90s, how and why music became a part of her debut novel Love Changes, briefly talk about the music licensing aspect of publishing and read those passages where music comes alive in the work.
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Tue, Jun 14
5:30 pm

Free
Talks, June 14, 2016, 06/14/2016, In Celebration of Black Music
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Rebecca Zackheim.
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Tue, Jun 14
5:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 14, 2016, 06/14/2016, Book Club: The Last Train to Paris
Gallery Talk |
Ellie Irons and Linda Stillman, two artists who collect flowers and leaves found in New York City public spaces, explore wild and cultivated environments. Irons and Stillman utilize natural plant pigments in their artwork to examine the layered relationships between people and plants. They will discuss their current show, Chroma Botanica.
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Tue, Jun 14
6:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, June 14, 2016, 06/14/2016, Artists Talk: Ellie Irons and Linda Stillman
Discussion |
With panelists Lyndsay Faye, Otto Penzler, and SJ Rozan of Mystery Writers of America. In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the June 1891 writing of “A Scandal in Bohemia,” AC Doyle’s story for Strand Magazine that became the first story in the 1892 hardback anthology, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a panel of Holmes experts talk about the incredibly durable popularity of that book and others in the canon, as well as the creation of the first “forensic detective.”
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Tue, Jun 14
6:30 pm

Free
Discussions, June 14, 2016, 06/14/2016, Sherlock Holmes: Celebrating 125 Years of Perfection in Detection
Book Discussion |
Trinchieri presents a haunting novel of the disintegration of an American and Italian family caught in Europe during World War II. Shifting between war-torn Europe and 1950s Massachusetts, Alice's daughter searches for answers about what really happened to Alice during the war.
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Tue, Jun 14
7:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 14, 2016, 06/14/2016, Camilla Trinchieri discusses her book Seeking Alice
Discussion |
Hosted by CNN’s Tom Foreman, My Year of Running Dangerously: A Dad, A Daughter, and A Ridiculous Plan Featured Celebrity Memoirists: American Supermodel Pat Cleveland, Walking With The Muse Editor Tin House Magazine Rob Spillman, All Tomorrow’s Parties Executive Writer Men’s Health Eric Spitznagel, Old Records Never Die: One Man’s Quest for His Vinyl and his Past From the adventures of a fashion model to the search for lost vinals…from finding a place to call home to ultra-marathon running…authors give insight into what it takes to write your own story.
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Wed, Jun 15
12:30 pm

Free
Discussions, June 15, 2016, 06/15/2016, Memoir Writers Panel
Discussion |
On June 16, 1966, Stokely Carmichael of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee introduced “Black Power” as a slogan. Like no other ideology before, the heterogeneous and ideologically diverse movement that gave the powerful rallying cry its strength and depth shaped black consciousness and built an immense legacy that continues to resonate in the contemporary American landscape. With this Black Power 50 conversation, former Black Panthers Kathleen Cleaver and Jamal Joseph will help launch a yearlong examination of the movement leading up to an exhibition and a book in the fall and additional programs through June 2017. This program will highlight the resonance of the 50th anniversary of the Black Power Movement in our contemporary social and political moment.
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Wed, Jun 15
6:30 pm

Free
Discussions, June 15, 2016, 06/15/2016, Black Power 50
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture redefines successful living and offers the audience a new life currency to build on, one that is steeped in wellbeing … Wellth.
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Wed, Jun 15
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, June 15, 2016, 06/15/2016, Jason Wachob discusses his book Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Résumé
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Patrick Modiano.
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Wed, Jun 15
7:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 15, 2016, 06/15/2016, Book Club: The Occupation Trilogy
Book Discussion |
Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion.
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Thu, Jun 16
2:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 16, 2016, 06/16/2016, Discuss Great Books in a Great Space: Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture provides a myth-shattering look at the present and future of gay rights, addressing the challenges that lie ahead for LGBT Americans.
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Thu, Jun 16
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, June 16, 2016, 06/16/2016, Michelangelo Signorile discusses his book It's Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Eric Morgenstern.
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Thu, Jun 16
6:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 16, 2016, 06/16/2016, Book Club: Night Circus
Discussion |
In an age of rapid technological change, the meaning of disruption has shifted from maddening to ground-breaking. This embrace of innovation has jolted the way we get from A to B, consume food and goods, and make a living. With: Steven Thrasher (writer, The Guardian), Kimberly Drew (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Jonathan Lee (Google Design), Riley Hooker (editor, Façadomy), Oscar Nuñez (Center for Urban Pedagogy), members of Picture the Homeless, critic/editor/curator Mimi Zeiger, and It’s Showtime subway dancers. In an evening of performances and provocations, participants will consider many definitions of this watchword (disruption). They will offer perspectives of radical change ranging from activism and technology to equity and design.
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Thu, Jun 16
7:00 pm

$7
Discussions, June 16, 2016, 06/16/2016, Steven Thrasher (The Guardian), Kimberly Drew (The Met) and more: technology, innovation, community
Lecture |
Maestro Francesco Santoro, art history scholar and world-renowned visual artist, will present the first of four public lectures and discussions (in Italian with simultaneous English translation) on the masters of modern art.
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Sat, Jun 18
2:00 pm

Free
Lectures, June 18, 2016, 06/18/2016, Masters of Modern Art: Picasso
Gallery Talk |
Artist talk with Aliza Augustine, Aileen Bassis, Patricia Cazorla, Patricia Dahlman and Nancy Saleme.
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Sat, Jun 18
3:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, June 18, 2016, 06/18/2016, 5 artists discuss their work
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture enables birdwatchers to efficiently explore urban and wild birding hotspots. It gives seasonal information for both popular birding sites and those off the beaten path, with precise directions to the best viewing locations within the region’s diverse habitats.
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Mon, Jun 20
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, June 20, 2016, 06/20/2016, Deborah Rivel and Kellye Rosenheim discuss their book Birdwatching in New York City and on Long Island
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by George R.R. Martin.
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Tue, Jun 21
12:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 21, 2016, 06/21/2016, Book Club: Game of Thrones
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Richard Russo.
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Tue, Jun 21
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, June 21, 2016, 06/21/2016, Book Club: Everybody's Fool
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture presents the true story of a group of elite young women at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. These women shared a love of math and and their work influenced military rocket design, brought us the first American satellite, shaped lunar missions, and ushered in a new era of space exploration that continues today at NASA where some of the women still work — now as senior engineers directing our missions to Mars and Venus.
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Tue, Jun 21
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, June 21, 2016, 06/21/2016, Nathalia Holt discusses his book Rise of the Rocket Girls
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Discuss the book by David Benioff.
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Wed, Jun 22
5:15 pm

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Book Discussions, June 22, 2016, 06/22/2016, Book Club: City of Thieves
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Discuss the book by Llyasah Shabazz.
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Wed, Jun 22
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, June 22, 2016, 06/22/2016, Book Club: X: A Novel
Talk |
For over 13 years, Thomas Holton photographed the Lam family living in Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood, and was witness to the ups and downs of life. Holton will speak about this project with a Q+A to follow.
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Wed, Jun 22
6:00 pm

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Talks, June 22, 2016, 06/22/2016, The Lams of Ludlow Street: An Evening with Photographer Thomas Holton
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Discuss the book by Harper Lee.
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Thu, Jun 23
5:45 pm

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Book Discussions, June 23, 2016, 06/23/2016, Book Club: Go Set a Watchman
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture tells the inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all.
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Thu, Jun 23
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, June 23, 2016, 06/23/2016, Pulitzer winner Amy Ellis Nutt discusses her book Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
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James Savage from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides an overview of common fraud and scams that target older adults. Learn about the resources the CFPB's Office for Older Americans has for older consumers, caregivers, professional intermediaries, and community stakeholders.
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Fri, Jun 24
12:15 pm

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Talks, June 24, 2016, 06/24/2016, Elder Financial Exploitation
Talk |
Sonia Ayala from the Social Security Administration discusses issues such as basic retirement eligibility, working after retirement, Social Security’s online services, how and when to contact Social Security, and when to file for Medicare.
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Fri, Jun 24
3:15 pm

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Talks, June 24, 2016, 06/24/2016, Social Security and Medicare: The Basics
Lecture |
Maestro Francesco Santoro, art history scholar and world-renowned visual artist, will present the first of four public lectures and discussions (in Italian with simultaneous English translation) on the masters of modern art.
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Sat, Jun 25
2:00 pm

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Lectures, June 25, 2016, 06/25/2016, Masters of Modern Art: Van Gogh
Talk |
A conversation with prominent women in theatre, as part of the League’s ongoing series which chronicles and documents the contributions of significant women in theatre.
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Mon, Jun 27
6:00 pm

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Talks, June 27, 2016, 06/27/2016, League of Professional Theatre Women: Oral History Project
Talk |
After five years of service at the Schomburg, Director Khalil Gibran Muhammad will begin a tenured position as Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and joins the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study as the Suzanne Young Murray Professor. Join us as we reflect upon the work of the Schomburg and its future at this special farewell program and reception, highlighted by an in-depth conversation between Dr. Muhammad and legendary panelist Bill Moyers.
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Mon, Jun 27
6:30 pm

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Talks, June 27, 2016, 06/27/2016, Library director Khalil Gibran Muhammad interviewed by Bill Moyers
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Herman Melville. Facilitated by journalist and magazine editor Mark Beauregard.
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Tue, Jun 28
12:30 pm

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Book Discussions, June 28, 2016, 06/28/2016, Book Club: Moby Dick
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Discuss the book by Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren.
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Tue, Jun 28
3:00 pm

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Book Discussions, June 28, 2016, 06/28/2016, Book Club: A Fighting Chance
Slide Lecture |
The history of the gay liberation has often been narrated as a story of political progress and sexual freedom, but this illustrated lecture uncovers how the 1970s engendered a literary, cultural, and religious awakening for LGBT people. The talk explores the creation of a LGBT church in New Orleans that was the victim of an arson attack in 1973, making it the largest massacre of gay people in U.S. history.
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Tue, Jun 28
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, June 28, 2016, 06/28/2016, Jim Downs reads from his book Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation
Discussion |
Hosted by Environmental Journalist and Environmental Fiction Writer Nathaniel Rich, Odds Against Tomorrow. With Lydia Millet, Mermaids in Paradise, Sweet Lamb of Heaven. Is it truth or is it fiction? Environmentally conscious writers with novels on natural disasters, ecological collapse, and the relationship between humans and the natural world.
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Wed, Jun 29
12:30 pm

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Discussions, June 29, 2016, 06/29/2016, Cli-Fi Panel: Climate Change Fiction
Talk |
Do you feel you shouldn’t have to sell yourself? Are you uncomfortable around people who are talking about their accomplishments? Do you find yourself looking for ways to get out of conversations rather than into them? In managing our careers we have to be regularly in touch with people who we don’t know well and whose good opinion we need. This puts us in the awkward position of talking to and potentially wanting favors from people we are not yet friendly with. ,br> Coach Win Sheffield discusses ways to move ahead in the face of shyness and reluctance to talk to strangers.
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Wed, Jun 29
6:00 pm

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Talks, June 29, 2016, 06/29/2016, Career Management for Introverts
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by J. Maarten Troost.
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Wed, Jun 29
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, June 29, 2016, 06/29/2016, Book Club: The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
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Discuss the book by Jean Philippe Blondel.
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Wed, Jun 29
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, June 29, 2016, 06/29/2016, Book Club: Discussing The 6:41 to Paris
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture features the history of activists’ passion and persistence in the struggle for marriage rights for same-sex couples in the United States, told in the words of those who waged the battle.
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Wed, Jun 29
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, June 29, 2016, 06/29/2016, Leslie Gabel-Brett and Kevin Cathcart discuss their book Love Unites Us: Winning the Freedom to Marry in America
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What would internationally acclaimed concert pianist Emanuel Ax listen to while taking a relaxing walk through Central Park? What’s on his dinner party playlist? What recording changed his life? What’s his favorite Mozart moment? Get to know one of the music world’s most thoughtful and admired artists through the recordings he loves. Join us for a conversation with Emanuel Ax, and listen to the recordings that have influenced and inspired him throughout his career, including rarely heard historic performances found in the Library’s vast recorded sound archive.
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Thu, Jun 30
6:00 pm

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Talks, June 30, 2016, 06/30/2016, Pianist Emanuel Ax’s Listen List
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Our business and our personal lives are marked by a stream of decisions. Some are small. Some are large. Some are life-altering or strategic. Few things are as valuable in business, and in life, as the ability to make good decisions. Can you imagine how much more rewarding your life and your business would be if every decision you made were the best it could be? Dr. Carl Spetzler is a leader in the field of decision science and has worked with organizations across industries to improve their decision-making capabilities. He co-authored Decision Quality: Value Creation for Better Business Decisions and he will show you how to frame a problem or opportunity, create a set of attractive alternatives, identify relevant uncertain information, clarify the values that are important in the decision, apply tools of analysis, and develop buy-in among stakeholders. His straightforward approach is elegantly simple, yet practical and powerful – and it can be applied to all types of decisions.
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Thu, Jun 30
6:00 pm

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Talks, June 30, 2016, 06/30/2016, Make Great Decisions. Embrace Uncertainty.
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture features videos of George Gershwin and his brother, Ira, who wrote lyrics and classic songs for numerous Broadway shows and films. The life of George Gershwin and singers Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Cliff Edwards, Al Jolson, Gene Kelly, and Fred Astaire are higlighted. They will be singing such memorable songs as "Swanee," "Somebody Loves Me," "Oh, Lady Be Good," "Someone to Watch over Me," "S'Wonderful," and "Our Love is Here to Stay." With: Mel Haber
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Thu, Jun 30
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, June 30, 2016, 06/30/2016, The Music of George Gershwin
Lecture |
Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, Jul 18
6:00 pm

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Lectures, July 18, 2016, 07/18/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
Lecture |
Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Aug 15
6:00 pm

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Lectures, August 15, 2016, 08/15/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
Lecture |
Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
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Mon, Sep 19
6:00 pm

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Lectures, September 19, 2016, 09/19/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
Lecture |
Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Oct 17
6:00 pm

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Lectures, October 17, 2016, 10/17/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
Lecture |
Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Nov 14
6:00 pm

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Lectures, November 14, 2016, 11/14/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
Lecture |
Astrological coach Lisa Karmen will inform your mind, vitalize your body and empower your spirit. The symbolism and language of astrology is a powerful tool on the journey of wellness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 12
6:00 pm

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Lectures, December 12, 2016, 12/12/2016, Astrology: guidance to wellness
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Cabaret | A tribute to French singers

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Jazz | standards and originals

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Comedy Club | Comedy on Broadway

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