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71 free events take place on Thursday, November 9 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out November 9 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of November . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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71 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, November 9, 2023

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Workshop | Fitness Yoga Class


Experience something new or enhance your yoga practice with instructors from Chelsea Piers Fitness. A complimentary, hour-long Vinyasa Flow classes in the Maker's Studio and start your day with a bit of balance. Make sure to bring your own mat. All levels are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 am
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Conference | Artificial Intelligence: Crime, Security and International Regulation (in-person and online)


This conference will consider both the opportunities and risks of AI in crime, national security, and international regulation. Senior government, industry, and civil society speakers will discuss tools and capabilities of AI in law enforcement and national security and the civil liberties concerns with its use. The keynote will focus on international AI regulation, with a panel of AI law and policy experts to follow. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Dance Lesson | Dance Bachata


This 4-week course will take you from absolute beginner to proficiency in one of the hottest Latin dances taking hold of the world - BACHATA! Led by Joe Burgos from the Piel Canela Dance School, you will learn its historical upcoming and how to take the dance floor in any setting. Joe Burgos is the Director of Piel Canela Dance School, and has over 25 years of professional dance teaching experience in Salsa On2 and Bachata. He has taught in many corporate and public environments and has performed around the world spreading the joy of Latin dancing. You must register for each individual session you wish to attend Comfortable clothing and footwear should be worn Please arrive 15 minutes early to the class Participants must sign a Consent/Release Form for each class they attend.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Film | Singin' in the Rain (1952) with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds


When the transition is being made from silent films to "talkies," everyone has trouble adapting. Don and Lina have been cast repeatedly as a romantic couple, but when their latest film is remade into a musical, only Don has the voice for the new singing part. After a lot of practise with a diction coach, Lina still sounds terrible, and Kathy, a bright young aspiring actress, is hired to record over her voice. Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse Gene Kelly was an American dancer, actor, singer, director and choreographer. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style and sought to create a new form of American dance accessible to the general public, which he called "dance for the common man." He starred in, choreographed, and co-directed with Stanley Donen some of the most well-regarded musical films of the 1940s and 1950s. Debbie Reynolds was an American actress, singer, and businesswoman. Her career spanned almost 70 years. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer with her portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film Three Little Words. Her breakout role was her first leading role, as Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain (1952). Her other successes include The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953), Susan Slept Here (1954), Bundle of Joy (1956 Golden Globe nomination), The Catered Affair (1956 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Winner), and Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), in which her performance of the song Tammy topped the Billboard music charts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free

Talk | Meet Me in the Kitchen: Making Healthy Choices


Nutritionist Lauren C. Kelly offers creative twists on classic recipes, food prep and cooking trends. From appetizers, to entrees, to dessert, learn how to design menus using helpful tips and current research findings for better health and eating.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
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Talk | Repatriating Stolen and Looted Cultural Property


Matthew Bogdanos, Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan and author of the book Thieves of Baghdad, will discuss the sensitive legal and ethical issues involved in repatriating stolen and looted cultural property. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Talk | Rethinking Work: HR in an Era of AI (online)


This talk will explore the vast opportunities that artificial intelligence offers to those working in the field of human capital management and related technologies. It will delve into the pragmatic approach on how to prepare your organization for this transformative era, ensuring that your team is well-equipped to harness the power of AI responsibly. It will also discuss critical considerations and potential pitfalls, shedding light on what to watch out for when integrating AI into HR practices. Speaker Rajamma Krishnamurthy is Leader of the AI Center of Excellence for Enterprise at Microsoft.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lecture | Russian Authoritarian Federalism in Time of War (in-person and online)


The capacity of the Russian leadership to wage the large-scale war will largely depend on the stability of center-regional relations. If Moscow begins to lose political and economic control over the regions, its ability to continue the war will be limited - far more than current or new Western sanctions might. So far, Russia demonstrates significant degree of resilience regarding center-regional relations. The current Russian authoritarian "federalism" relations serves the interest of Moscow and, no less important, regional governors. The war did create incentives for the model of the center-regional relations to be reformed by the Center or challenged by the regions. Instead, the regional governors actively implement "patriotic agenda". In the regime of Putin's personalized rule the governors heavily rely on Putin for their political survival. Lacking their own legitimacy, governors tend to follow Moscow's directives, thus maintaining the stability of the existing regime. Perhaps most significantly, without competitive elections, incumbent governors have little incentive to advocate for greater autonomy or prioritize their regions' interests over those of the central government. A lecture by Irina Busygina, Visiting Scholar.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
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Discussion | The Tales the Books Will Tell: The Physical Aspects of Books and Manuscripts (online)


With: -- Rabbi Dr Jacob J Schacter, University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University -- Abigail Slawik, Conservator, University Libraries -- Shai Zamir, Lapidus Graduate Fellow, Center for Jewish History
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Lecture | What is Regression Analysis, and Why Is It Useful for Studying Global Affairs? (online)


We often want to know why things happen: why some people vote for authoritarian candidates while others don’t; why some countries have relatively more women in government while others have less, and so on. This is because if we could just know why these things happen, we could potentially get better at understanding the dominant influences and, ultimately, address them for the better. The challenge, of course, is that there is often a dizzying number of factors that could be involved, making such questions hard to answer. This is where regression analysis comes in: at its heart, it attempts to build a statistical model for why things happen, isolating one factor’s effect from another. Professor John V. Kane will walk you through the fundamental logic and value of regression analysis, with several applied examples from real-world researchers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Discussion | AI and Analytics in Heart Health


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) persists as a global challenge that profoundly impacts lives, economies, and healthcare systems. CVD is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the world, responsible for a third of all mortalities globally. In the United States, spending on cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular risk factors (cardiovascular spending) accounts for a significant portion of overall healthcare expenditures. From 2018-2019, the total cost of cardiovascular disease care in the U.S., including direct and indirect costs, was approximately $407 billion, or approximately 10.7% of total overall U.S. healthcare expenditures. The societal and economic burden of CVD has only risen since then, and its ripple effect extends far into outcomes impacting individual well-being, labor force productivity, and the economic growth of the nation. There is a significant opportunity for innovation in heart health to augment the quality of cardiovascular disease care and overall outcomes. Digital innovation is a vital part of an accessible, efficient, and transformative healthcare system. When paired with investments in preventative and early-detection health solutions, it can significantly reduce the socioeconomic burden, boost productivity, and amplify health outcomes for all. This is a remarkable discussion with leaders in digital innovation in healthcare who will discuss the pivotal role that AI and analytics are playing in advancing healthcare, provide insights into how cutting-edge technologies are reshaping the future of cardiovascular disease, and share pathways future business leaders and investors can take as they identify new approaches to addressing significant issues for the U.S. healthcare system. Panelists: -- Ashley Beecy, MD, FACC, Medical Director of AI Operations at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at Weill Cornell Medical College -- James K. Min, MD, FACC, FESC, MSCCT, Founder and CEO of Cleerly, Inc. -- Armen Vidian, Venture Capitalist with 10+ years of experience (now launching a new firm at the intersection of "deep tech" and healthcare) Moderator): Jing Dong, PhD, Regina Pitaro Associate Professor of Business
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:45 pm
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Discussion | Twenty Years On: Humanitarian Action and the Legacy of the Iraq War (in-person and online)


This event marks the 20th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq and reflect on its enduring impact on the humanitarian landscape. Culminating the series is this fourth and final webinar exploring technology's influence on the nature of warfare and humanitarian action. The 9/11 attacks and subsequent invasion of Iraq marked the onset of a period characterized by swift advancements in military technology, resulting in a fundamental shift in the nature of warfare and in far-reaching effects on humanitarian action. The advancement of technology has ushered in a new phase of war strategy in which satellite surveillance, drones, precision munitions, artificial intelligence, and other technologies increasingly complicate the nature of conflict and change the experiences of civilians living in conflict zones. This panel will explore how technology has been harnessed in war, creating new vulnerabilities for civilians, while also offering innovative opportunities within humanitarian systems established to safeguard individuals exposed to conflict. Panelists: Azmat Khan, Patti Cadby Birch Assistant Professor of Journalism and Director of the Simon and June Li Center for Global Journalism Belkis Wille, Associate Director of the Crisis and Conflict Division at Human Rights Watch Laura Walker McDonald, Senior Advisor on Digital Technology and Data Protection, International Committee of the Red Cross Monette Zard, Associate Professor and Director, Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University (moderator)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by J.S. Bach for Violin and Harpischord (In Person AND Online)


Cynthia Roberts, violin; Peter Sykes, harpsichord. Program J.S. Bach (1685-1750), G Major Sonata J.S. Bach (1685-1750), C Minor Sonata
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Classical Music | Piano Works by Beethoven, Ravel and Dorman


Jiahao Han, piano, performs works by Beethoven, Ravel and Dorman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Lecture | “Race, Trust, and Inequality in Urban Schools (in-person and online)


Speaker Britanny Fox-Williams is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Lehman College.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Discussion | Creative Skills for Community Development


This presentation, curated by Juanli Carrion, discusses how different professionals working in the field of Creative Community Development approach their practices. Artists, curators, administrators, and stakeholders will present their work with communities to spark dialogues about processes, successes, challenges, failures, innovation and best practices. A Conversation with Manuela Moscoso about Creative Skills for Community Development Manuela Moscoso (she/her) is a curator and critical producer. Moscoso is the inaugural Executive Director of Center for Art Research and Alliances (CARA) in New York City. In her practice, Moscoso studies the process of artmaking and its effects in the world. Inspired by non-western forms of thinking, Manuela is researching a different understanding of embodiment, porosity, kinship and digestion as a way to challenge the western conception of the body and its relationships.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Lecture | Mission [Im]possible: In Search of Lithuania’s New National Monument (in-person and online)


For over thirty years, the Lukiškės Square question remains the biggest mnemonic dilemma in Vilnius. Known as Lenin Square during the Soviet occupation, it used to have a focal point – Nikolay Tomskiy’s statue of the Leader of the World Proletariat – and a clear function – the principal site of mass gatherings and official ceremonies. Furthermore, with key administrative buildings, including the Council of Ministers of the Lithuanian SSR and the KGB Headquarters in its vicinity, this square was the representational lynchpin of Soviet power for the entire country. The restoration of independence sealed the fate of the Lenin statue. Its removal amidst the cheering crowds on 23 August 1991 (the fifty-second anniversary of the Molotov- Ribbentrop Pact signing) gave tangibility to a highly symbolic act: the Pact’s reversal. However, the urge to fill in the void left after Lenin’s departure with a national monument proved to be as great for the city authorities as it was difficult to realise. In this presentation, Dr. Dzmitry Suslaŭ examines the continued attempt to find an unambiguous, unifying national symbol to grace Lukiškės Square following its designation as a preeminent (national) representative space in 1999. Today, after several competitions, heated debates, and court hearings, the square remains monument-free, suggesting that a shared vision of the past exemplified by conventional commemorative forms is inevitably at odds with a discourse of competing memories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Open Studios | Open Studios


Presenting an open studio month allowing the public to see the art-making process of Lautaro Cuttica and Isadora Capraro. As part of their yearlong programming partnership, Isadora Capraro and Lautaro Cuttica present a hybrid between an art gallery, an artist studio, and a cultural center. It is a space where you can always find something artistic, stimulating, and unique happening.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Adam Ekberg: Minor Spectacles


A solo exhibition of photographs by Adam Ekberg. Ekberg builds constructions and executes experiments in front of the camera lens. These fabricated subjects are ephemeral and result in an event which ultimately exists only as a photograph. Ekberg’s interventions vary in complexity from a single pumpkin bouncing off a trampoline to a concoction with a milk jug, bucket, cocktail umbrella, and lighter referencing a Rube Goldberg machine.    As a whole, this collection of images speaks to a simultaneously playful but also lonely practice. These constructions exist only for the artist and the camera in the moment. The hand of the constructor is never explicitly shown, as if these occurrences miraculously came to be in a landscape devoid of humanity. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Adrian Ghenie: The Brave New World


The new paintings and works on paper included examine the constantly evolving relationship between the human body and technology, meditating on the ways that digital devices and fugitive images have fundamentally altered our everyday existence and experience of the world. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Alvaro Barrington: Island Life


From the artist: "One of my interests is how the Caribbean and my time spent there has influenced how I understand myself but also how those from the islands have impacted the global imagination. Island Life gets its name from the amazingly wonderful Grace Jones and her album “Island Life.” I've returned to the hibiscus flower as a way to depict notions of intimacy and migration having left Grenada to join my mother in Brooklyn when I was 8 years old."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Calida Rawles: A Certain Oblivion


In a series of new paintings, Los Angeles-based artist Calida Rawles skillfully reclaims water as a reparative space. Often declining to immediately reveal her subjects to the viewer, Rawles’ paintings offer recuperative alternatives to the regimes of hypervisibility and surveillance to which women’s and young girls’ bodies have so often been subjected. The young women and girls portrayed in these paintings are the next generation, women whose graceful determination transcends the riptides of contemporary American life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Confluence: Safe Crossing


An exhibition of animations, films, prints and sculptures by MFA Computer Arts students and alumni. Curated by India Lombardi-Bello, the show explores human and non-human nature. Humans often look out in judgment of all living things without understanding their place alongside all living things. If instead of resisting, humans embraced their ephemeral role in earth's tapestry, perhaps they would find a greater sense of peace and belonging. This exhibition acts as a pathway from alienation through integration, but not without some uncomfortable confrontations along the way.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Drum and Flag: Group Show


An exhibition of works that feature the sights and sounds of celebration. They depict celebrations of life, of people, of events big and small and in images and symbols both specific and abstract. Yet in all the works, a moment of melancholy creeps in. The moment is fleeting and the contradictions inherent in a celebration appear. The celebration of something implies the absence of something else. The moment of celebration must always end.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Georg Baselitz: The Painter in His Bed


An exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Georg Baselitz. Over the past six decades, Baselitz has pursued a form of figuration that is direct, provocative, and informed by the history of art. A pioneer of Neo-Expressionism, he began in 1969 to invert his images as a means to focus on the painting process and to slow down the viewer’s perception and comprehension of his works. Often incorporating references to his own previous paintings, Baselitz harnesses uninhibited gestures to create emotionally charged compositions that remain centered on the human form. The compelling works featured in The Painter in His Bed focus on two motifs: figures in bed and the stag. Defining human and animal anatomy with raw expression, Baselitz negotiates apperception of these subjects through his distinctive painterly approach. Vigorously applying layers of paint, he affixes stretched nylon stockings and sheets of gauze across the upper parts of the paintings or makes monoprinted impressions of their shapes. With these additions, Baselitz extends the innovation of Springtime, his 2021 exhibition in the same space in New York. Dedicated to the spirited provocations of Hannah Höch, Kurt Schwitters, and other Dadaists, the works in Springtime draw upon these artists’ irreverent introduction of everyday materials into the realm of art. Whereas many of the Springtime paintings are exuberantly colored, the new works are dominated by elemental contrasts of black and white.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | In Common: New Approaches with Romare Bearden


The exhibition highlights Romare Bearden’s work as an artist, educator, scholar, songwriter, and social activist. Drawing from the Romare Bearden Foundation collection and other private collections, the exhibition presents a selection of works demonstrating Bearden’s keen exploration of race and racial stereotypes, often taking inspiration from history, literature, the Bible, jazz, and African American communities. His work is complemented by six leading and emerging contemporary artists—Black Quantum Futurism, Kahlil Robert Irving, Lorraine O’Grady, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, and Charisse Pearlina Weston—whose visions resonate with those of Bearden and contribute to a multigenerational dialogue on the political agency of art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Jenna Gribbon: The Honeymoon Show!


Brooklyn-based artist Jenna Gribbon presents a dual examination of intimacy and subjecthood represented through portraits of the artist’s wife, Mackenzie Scott. The exhibition is portrayed in two acts—with scenes from the couple’s honeymoon in Thailand juxtaposed against theatrically posed portraits of Scott.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Josepha Gasch-Muche: Dangerous Beauty


This exhibition of work by German artist Josepha Gasch-Muche includes eleven works by the award-winning artist dating from 2006-2021. Gasch-Muche explores essential geometric forms and patterns using densely layered glass shards and light. Originally trained as a painter, Gasch-Muche studied with Boris Kleint, a former Bauhaus member and an assistant to the Weimar school’s core teacher and theorist, Johannes Itten. Kleint inculcated Gasch-Muche with the Bauhaus credos of essential materiality of substances and economy of means. In 1998, when she started experimenting with very thin, industrial liquid crystal display glass, the then-new material allowed her to fully realize them.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Ling-lin Ku: Insight Outsight


A solo exhibition by Pittsburgh-based artist Ling-lin Ku. The exhibition playfully interrogates relationships between natural, built, and digital environments through the lens of insects. Ku’s sculpture and installation works utilize digital fabrication to generate a world that leaps between macro and micro scales, questioning familiar dichotomies between animal and human, ecology and technology, and the metaphorical and the physical.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Marko Stout: Symphony of Opulence


Marko Stout has taken the art world by storm, and this exhibition promises to be a visual spectacle. His avant-garde creations, inspired by contemporary society and encompassing elements of luxury fashion, classic art, modern art, and erotic art, have garnered critical acclaim and a dedicated following. The event represents a celebration of opulence, creativity, and the fusion of art with the essence of modern luxury.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Negotiation, Identity and Justice: Pathways to Agreement


Dr. Daniel Druckman on his latest book, which discusses his multifaceted career and presents key contributions on the topics of negotiation, national identity, and social justice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Pablo Picasso: 14 Sketchbooks


Marking the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death, 14 Sketchbooks will offer a unique and intimate view of the ways in which the artist worked, tracing the evolution of his observations and ideas into plans for his compositions across painting and sculpture.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Paul Insect: See You


A London-based artist who originally hails from south-east England, Paul Insect's distinct artistic style is a mesmerizing interplay of revelation and obscurity, urging viewers to contemplate their subjectivity in a society marked by constant streams of information. A true mixed media artist, Insect has worked with painting, screen printing, video, performance, and sculptures from found and discarded objects.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Pipilotti Rist: Prickling Goosebumps & a Humming Horizon


In November 2023, self-described “wild and friendly” Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist will present a selection of new and recent sculptural works and projections in Prickling Goosebumps & a Humming Horizon, a major two-part exhibition opening in Chelsea. The exhibition has been conceived by the artist as a multisensory experience for visitors. In these complementary presentations, Rist will explore interior and exterior—internal and external physical and psychological spaces.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Robert Ryman: 1961–1964


An exhibition of early paintings by Robert Ryman (1930–2019). Curated by Dieter Schwarz and organized in collaboration with the artist’s family, the exhibition will focus on the years 1961–1964. Composed primarily of significant loans from museums and private collections in the United States and Europe, this will be one of the most extensive looks at this formative moment in Ryman’s career.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Stéphane Mandelbaum: Fifty Works on Paper


A reception to celebrate the opening of Stéphane Mandelbaum. The first solo exhibition of the artist’s drawings in the United States, Stéphane Mandelbaum will feature more than fifty works on paper, including sixteen large-scale portraits, and will occupy the entirety of exhibition space. Ranging from large-scale portraits to small sketches, Stéphane Mandelbaum’s drawings of historic figures, friends, and anonymous characters who populated Brussels’s subcultures are consummate in technique and deeply disturbing in subject matter. A native of Brussels, Mandelbaum made art for ten years, but in that time he created hundreds of drawings. Mandelbaum sought to capture the essence of his subject’s characters with a ballpoint pen, graphite, and color pencil, often adding collaged magazine clippings, scribbles, lists, and text in French, Yiddish, Italian, and German. A precocious and skillful draftsman, Stéphane Mandelbaum used his artistry to probe the depths of his own persona by conjuring some of the darkest visages of the twentieth century in Europe. His drawings are inhabited by figures from his nightmares like the German Nazis Joseph Goebbels and Ernst Röhm, as well as those from his fantasies like Arthur Rimbaud and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Raised in a Jewish household impacted by the Holocaust, Mandelbaum’s subjects are often Jewish figures, and his pages are filled with words in Yiddish, a language that the artist had taught to himself. The presence of the Hebrew alphabet juxtaposed with images of Nazis and underworld characters give his drawings a patina of menace and even violence, which was tragically borne out by the artist’s assassination by a criminal syndicate in 1986 at age twenty-five. Mandelbaum’s sensational end is a coda to an artistic life lived on the edges of society.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Tales of Brave Ulysses: Group Show


Featuring Al Loving, Howardena Pindell, Alan Shields, and Richard Van Buren.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | The Floating University: Empire and the Politics of Knowledge (online)


In 1926, NYU professor James E. Lough embarked on a bold experiment he called the Floating University, in which he took five hundred American college students around the globe by ship. Tamson Pietsch's book excavates a rich and meaningful picture of Lough’s grand ambition, its origins, and how it reveals an early-twentieth-century America increasingly defined both by its imperialism and the professionalization of its higher education system.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | The Girl Who Counted Numbers by Roslyn Bernstein


Roslyn Bernstein will read from her award-winning novel The Girl Who Counted Numbers. The book tells the story of a young Jewish American girl who goes to Israel during the 1961 Adolf Eichmann trial to see if she can find any trace of her uncle who had not been heard from since his family left Poland before the Holocaust.  She will talk about the experiences that inspired her to write the book which is both a mystery and a coming-of-age novel. After the talk, she will answer questions and have books available for signing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | These Burning Stars: A Queer Space Opera Debut Novel (in-person and online)


A reading, interview, and book signing featuring debut science fiction author Bethany Jacobs. A dangerous cat-and-mouse quest for revenge. An empire that spans star systems, built on the bones of a genocide. A carefully hidden secret that could collapse worlds, hunted by three women with secrets of their own. All collide in this explosive space opera debut from a powerful new voice in sci-fi.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | Artist Talk. Stagecraft


An artist talk with photographer Vesna Pavlović, whose work will be on display from October 23rd – December 15th. Currently a professor of Art at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, in the 1990s, in Belgrade, Pavlović worked closely with the feminist pacifist group Women in Black. She provided artistic witness to the disintegration of her native Yugoslavia through documentary work. In her work, Pavlović examines photographic representations of specific political and cultural histories. These representations include photographic archives and related artifacts, which she treats as material to produce new images and installations. She challenges traditional modes of photographic representation, expanding the photographic image beyond its frame, traditional format, and narrative. Vesna Pavlović is interested in the moments of our collective history that we choose to keep, and which ones to forget. What is the promise and the agency of the archive? Our memories are in the continuous process of mediation. The memory is in always in flux and never fixed. It is big and small, far, and near. She is invested in Pierre Nora’s notion of the opposition of memory and history, ‘one being in permanent evolution, a bond tying us to the eternal present, while the other, remaining problematic and incomplete, of what is no longer’.
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Concert | Chamber Music on the Water


A one hour performance (no intermission), including a Q & A session with the musicians. The program is announced at the performance.
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Classical Music | Choral Music


Choral Music Performed by C4: Choral Composer/Conductor Collective. The C4: Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, an award-winning collective ensemble focused on choral music written in the last 25 years, presents an evening of new choral works composed by members of the Collective. Registration required.
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Open Mike | Open Mic Night


Hosted by Jonathon Timpanelli. Enjoy a night of singing, comedy, poetry and art.
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Lecture | The Nature of the Beast: Gender and Sexual Embodiment in Medieval Bestiaries


Medieval bestiaries are moralized Christian accounts of the natural world, some of which were richly illuminated. These texts offer an invaluable resource for histories of gender and sexuality today. Yet their significance for such histories remains poorly understood and undertheorized. This talk emerges from a new book project titled A Moral Ecology of Creation, which addresses these gaps in our understanding of this major tradition and further argues for the significance of the French bestiary in this context. Focusing on bestiary creatures that challenge more conventional binary expectations of gender and sexual embodiment, my talk considers how current scholarship on gender and sexuality—including intersectional work in transgender studies and animal studies—illuminates the contemporary relevance of these medieval texts. Emma Campbell is Associate Professor/Reader in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Warwick University and a 2023–2024 Fellow in the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University.
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Opening Reception | Voices and Visions: Group Exhibition


Featuring Jackson Hill, Yongjae Kim, Stuart Lantry, and Jonathan Macgregor.
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Classical Music | Works by William Byrd and More (In Person AND Online)


The New Consort performs the works of William Byrd, Salamone Rossi, Reena Esmail, Shireen Abu Khader, and Hope Littwin. William Byrd (1540 - 1623) was an English Renaissance composer. Considered among the greatest composers of the Renaissance, he had a profound influence on composers both from his native country and on the Continent
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Book Discussion | A Woman of Endurance: A Novel of the Puerto Rican Atlantic Slave Trade


Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa’s groundbreaking novel illuminates a little discussed aspect of history—the Puerto Rican Atlantic Slave Trade—witnessed through the experiences of Pola, an African captive used as a breeder to bear more slaves.
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Staged Reading | Hereville: A New Jewish Musical (online)


Based on the award-winning Hereville graphic novels by Barry Deutsch, this female-driven, family-friendly musical follows Mirka, an 11-year-old girl in a small Orthodox Jewish town. When Mirka meets a witch in the woods, she triggers a series of events that force a reckoning with the memory of her mother, her fractious relationship with her stepmother, and a meteor that could destroy Hereville altogether! At its core, Hereville is a musical for family audiences; a love story between a stepmother and stepchild as they navigate the formation of their blended family. Rated PG for scary situations and content relating to grief and loss. This is a staged concert reading. Book by Robby Sandler with Jess Kaufman Music by Lizzie Hagstedt Lyrics by Robby Sandler Directed by Laura Brandel
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Book Discussion | Kennan: A Life Between Worlds (in-person and online)


The diplomat and historian George F. Kennan (1904–2005) ranks as one of the most important figures in American foreign policy―and one of its most complex. Drawing on many previously untapped sources, Frank Costigliola’s authoritative biography offers a new picture of a man of extraordinary ability and ambition whose idea of containing the Soviet Union helped ignite the Cold War but who spent the next half century trying to extinguish it. Always prescient, Kennan in the 1990s warned that the eastward expansion of NATO would spur a new cold war with Russia. An absorbing portrait of an eloquent, insightful, and sometimes blinkered iconoclast whose ideas are still powerfully relevant, Kennan invites us to imagine a world that Kennan fought for but was unable to bring about―one not of confrontations and crises but of dialogue and diplomacy.
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Book Discussion | Kenneth Frampton: Conversations  with Daniel Talesnik (in-person and online)


Kenneth Frampton: Conversations with Daniel Talesnik presents seven interviews with the architectural historian reflecting on the long arc of his rich and influential career in the discipline. Spanning Frampton’s early years as an architecture student at the Guildford School of Art to his nearly fifty years as a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, the interviews trace not only the development and implications of his work but also the cultural, political, and discursive terrain surrounding it. Here Frampton outlines the formation of his seminal ideas of “critical regionalism” and “tectonic culture,” and also ruminates on how he understands his own role as a writer on architecture.
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Book Discussion | Lies and Sorcery: New Translation of a 1948 Italian Novel


Elsa Morante is one of the titans of twentieth-century literature—Natalia Ginzburg said she was the writer of her own generation that she most admired—and yet her work remains little known in the United States. Written during World War II, Morante’s celebrated first novel, Lies and Sorcery, is in the grand tradition of Stendhal, Tolstoy, and Proust, spanning the lives of three generations of wildly eccentric women. The story is set in Sicily and told by Elisa, orphaned young and raised by a “fallen woman.” For years Elisa has lived in an imaginary world of her own; now, however, her guardian has died, and the young woman feels that she must abandon her fantasy life to confront the truth of her family’s tortured and dramatic history. Elisa is a seductive, if less than reliable, spinner of stories, and the reader is drawn into a tale of secrets, intrigue, and treachery, which, as it proceeds, is increasingly revealed to be an exploration of a legacy of political and social injustice. Throughout, Morante’s elegant writing—and her drive to get at the heart of her characters’ complex relationships and all-too self-destructive behavior—holds us spellbound.
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Film | The Prowler (1951): Married Victim and Cop Fall for Each Other, with Van Heflin


After Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way. Director: Joseph Losey Stars: Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell 92 min. Followed by a discussion. Free popcorn.
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Book Discussion | The Story of NFTs: Artists, Technology, and Democracy


Non-fungible tokens captured a cultural zeitgeist inside–and well beyond–the art world in March 2021 when the artist Mike Winkelmann, better known as Beeple, sold Everydays: The First 5,000 Days at Christie’s for $69.3 million. The sale was the third highest auction price ever paid for a work by a living artist. Yet NFTs have a longer and much more varied history that takes root in conceptual artists’ such as Sol LeWitt’s practice of issuing certificates of authenticity, as well as in activist movements such as the Art Workers’ Coalition and debates around artists’ resale royalties. In this lecture, Professor Amy Whitaker will talk about NFTs in the context of conceptual artistic practice and economic sustainability for artists, drawing on her 2023 book.
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Screening | Harlem African Animation Festival


Featuring film screenings and engaging discussions. The festival celebrates African animators, connecting film and media professionals to explore storytelling and industry-related topics. Our goal is to provide a gateway to contemporary Africa, foster a sense of belonging for African immigrants, and promote dialogue and mutual understanding between Africa and the Black diasporas. Established in 2021, this festival is the first of its kind in the United States, exclusively dedicated to African animated films and series. Animation has a rich history in Africa, mirroring the growth of the African screen media production industry, just like live-action cinema.
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Discussion | The Rising Anti-Immigrant Sentiment of the 19th-Century New York (online)


A discussion on the rising anti-immigrant sentiment of the 19th century. In 1855, New York City became a majority-immigrant city for the first time, with Irish and German immigrants making up the most populous of the city's newcomers. Though immigration and the growth of the economy propelled New York into a metropolis, and the fourth largest city in the world, not everyone welcomed the immigrants. The Know Nothing Party, for example, feared Catholicism and proposed a 25-year wait time before immigrants could become citizens. The Republicans passed temperance laws that threatened lager beer saloons, striking at the heart of German economic, social and political life. By the 1880s, nativists directed their venom at Chinese immigrants, resulting in the Chinese Exclusion Act. Historian Tyler Anbinder, author of City of Dreams, joins Professor Mae Ngai, author of The Chinese Question, and Tenement Museum President Annie Polland in a conversation on exclusion and inclusion, discrimination and prejudice, and how it impacted immigrants and migrants in similar and different ways.
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Book Discussion | A Thread of Violence: A Story of Truth, Invention, and Murder


From the award-winning author Mark O'Connell comes the gripping tale of one of the most scandalous murderers in modern Irish history, at once a propulsive work of true crime and an act of literary subversion.
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Book Discussion | Climbing the Rough Side of the Mountain: The Extraordinary Story of Love, Civil Rights, and Labor Activism


Norman and Velma Hill discuss their newest book, a joint memoir reflecting on their six-decade-long love story amid the turmoil, excitement, and struggle for civil rights and labor movements.
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Book Discussion | On Community: Is It Slipping Away?


We need community to live. But what does it look like? Why does it often feel like it's slipping away? We are all hinged to some definition of a community, be it as simple as where we live, complex as the beliefs we share, or as intentional as those we call family. In an episodic personal essay, Casey Plett draws on a range of firsthand experiences to start a conversation about the larger implications of community as a word, an idea, and a symbol. With each thread a cumulative definition of community, and what it has come to mean to Plett, emerges. Looking at phenomena from transgender literature, to Mennonite history, to hacker houses of Silicon Valley, and the rise of nationalism in North America, Plett delves into the thorny intractability of community's boons and faults. Deeply personal, authoritative in its illuminations, On Community is an essential contribution to the larger cultural discourse that asks how, and to what socio-political ends, we form bonds with one another.
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Book Discussion | The English Experience: Taking Students Abroad


In Julie Schumacher's novel, Jason Fitger may be the last faculty member the dean wants for the job, but he’s the only professor available to chaperone Payne University’s annual “Experience: Abroad” (he has long been on the record objecting to the absurd and gratuitous colon between the words) occurring during the three weeks of winter term. Among his charges are a claustrophobe with a juvenile detention record, a student who erroneously believes he is headed for the Caribbean, a pair of unreconciled lovers, a set of undifferentiated twins, and one young woman who has never been away from her cat before.
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Talk | Artist Talk: Moving-Image Works


Ilana Harris-Babou's moving image works play with the genres of home improvement television, self-help vlogs, and YouTube-style tutorials as they explore the machinations of aspirational culture and what notions of expertise it upholds. The screening will include Cooking with the Erotic (2016), Decision Fatigue (2020), and Reparation Hardware (2018), tracking Harris-Babou's evolving inquiries into the language of commodity and wellness culture. Following the screening, Harris-Babou will be in conversation with writer Wendy Vogel.
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Discussion | Pulitzer-Winning Nonfiction Writers in Conversation


A reading by Hua Hsu and a conversation with Parul Sehgal. Hua Hsu is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific (2016) and the memoir Stay True (September 2022), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 2023. The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Margo Jefferson previously served as book and arts critic for Newsweek and The New York Times. Her memoir, Negroland, received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. She is also the author of On Michael Jackson and is a professor of writing at Columbia University School of the Arts. Parul Sehgal is a staff writer at The New Yorker. Previously, she was a book critic at the Times, where she also worked as a senior editor and columnist. She has won awards for her criticism from the New York Press Club, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Robert B. Silvers Foundation. She teaches in the graduate creative writing program at New York University. 
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Classical Music | Futuros: New Ideas in Composition


Hear some of New York’s most unique Latin voices. Composers in new music, experimental, and neo-classical fields showcase the depth and breadth of this vibrant corner of the Latin cultural multiverse. Queens-native, vocalist, composer and multi-media performance artist stefa marin alarcon presents a selection of their new material, an amalgamation of punk, experimental pop, and classical minimalism with maximalist ethereal aesthetics. Then NYC-based bassist and composer Brandon Lopez joins Argentinian composer and multimedia artist Cecilia Lopez for an electrifying improvisation session. Rounding out the evening, NYC-based Latinx vocalist and interdisciplinary artist Isabel Crespo Pardo presents songs from their upcoming album, entangling music, visual art, text and performance. The evening will end with a brief post concert discussion and chance to connect with the composers and performers.
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Master Class | Piano Master Class


Piano Master Class with Manuel Laufer.
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Concert | The American Tradition of Shape-Note Music


The Westerlies play their first concert as an ensemble-in-residence. This concert will introduce the newest member of the ensemble, Addison Maye-Saxon. This will be Addison's first concert with The Westerlies in New York, and their final NYC concert of the 2023 season.  The Westerlies have long been fascinated by the rich tradition of American shape-note music, a body of work written with a notation system designed to facilitate congregational and social singing. Here the ensemble presents traditional shape-note hymns alongside original compositions inspired by the musical properties of shape-note singing. With concert hall precision and folklike approachability, The Westerlies invite the listener into their musical world, cutting new trails across the vast expanse of the American musical landscape. Program: Three Shape Note Hymns Louisiana — William Walker Weeping Mary — Traditional Parting Friends — Traditional Three Original Compositions by The Westerlies Kerhonkson — Chloe Rowlands The Evening Trumpet — Riley Mulherkar The 5:10 to Ronkonkoma — Andy Clausen Entr’acte — Caroline Shaw, Arr. The Westerlies
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Book Discussion | The Art of Military Innovation: Lessons from the Israel Defense Forces (online)


Edward Luttwak will speak on his latest book, which traces the roots of the IDF's astounding success. What sets the IDF apart, the author argues, is its singular organizational structure. From its inception, it has been the world’s only one-service military, encompassing air, naval, and land forces in a single institutional body. This unique structure, coupled with a young officer corps, allows for initiative from below. The result is a nimble organization inclined toward change rather than beholden to tradition.
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Discussion | The Crisis of Higher Education and What It Means for the Jews (online)


A discussion on the state of the American university and how Jewish parents should think about the choices before them. It will explore the forces shaping higher ed, the consequences of ideological and bureaucratic capture, and the opportunities to reform or build institutions that are worthy of our children. Speakers: Pano Kanelos, Joe Lonsdale and Eric Cohen
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Lecture | The Jewish Warrior: Ancient and Modern (online)


Speaker Dr. Jonathan Silver is the senior director of Tikvah Ideas, where he is also the Warren R. Stern Senior Fellow of Jewish Civilization. The editor of Mosaic, he is also the host of the Tikvah Podcast on which he has hosted hundreds of writers, rabbis, educators, military officers, artists, and political figures, including members of Israel’s Knesset, the U.S. Senate, and the prime minister of Israel.
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