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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 26, 2022?

48 free events take place on Wednesday, October 26 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 October 26 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 October . 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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48 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Wednesday, October 26, 2022

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free events nyc An afternoon of classical music featuring works by J.S. Bach (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc How AI Is Changing Artistic Creation (online)
free events nyc Fashion Designer Who Has Worked with Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, and Others
free events nyc The Great Fiction on Stage: From Great Novels to Legendary Productions in Italy (online)
free events nyc Censorship, Socialism, and Synagogues: The Rich Legacy of Jewish History South of Union Square
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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
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Tours, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Workshop | Figure Al Fresco


This event offers a unique setting to observe and sketch the human figure. Each week a model will strike short and long poses for participants to draw. An artist/educator will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Drawing materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media.
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Workshop | Improve Your Resilience With Professional Coaching


Meet with a Resilience Coach who can assist you in developing and sustaining a positive mindset, overcoming adversity, and building confidence. Coaches provide a safe space for you to share your thoughts and be yourself, while offering personalized feedback to help you work through challenges - identifying or filling in the gap between where you are now and where they want to be personally or professionally.
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Workshops, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, Improve Your Resilience With Professional Coaching

Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
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Book Discussion | Generation Gap: Why the Boomers Still Dominate American Politics and Culture (online)


How does age influence our political and cultural divisions, and how will this generational conflict define politics in the coming decade? With author Kevin Munger.
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Book Discussions, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, Generation Gap: Why the Boomers Still Dominate American Politics and Culture (online)

Discussion | Racial Equity in Education and Employment (online)


Leading practitioners, scholars, and intellectuals discuss new models and frameworks for racial equity in education and employment. Topics will include innovations in education equity, social investment, and next-generation opportunities to eliminate barriers to educational attainment and career mobility. Speakers: Eve Stotland - Program Director, Education and Justice, New York Community Trust Eric Abrams - Chief Inclusion Officer, Stanford Graduate School of Education Dr. Ofronama Biu - Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute and Research Affiliate, Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy
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Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
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Classical Music | An afternoon of classical music featuring works by J.S. Bach (In Person AND Online)


The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, with Avi Stein, conductor, perform works by J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750). Program Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes Sehet, welch eine Liebe hat uns der Vater erzeiget Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim?
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Concerts, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, An afternoon of classical music featuring works by J.S. Bach (In Person AND Online)

Discussion | Climate Displacement: A Crisis in South Asia (online)


Since 2018, environmental catastrophes have caused about three times as many displaced individuals as violence and armed conflict. Climate displacement will become a more pressing worldwide issue as disasters become more severe and frequent as a result of climate change. The worst floods in modern Pakistani history occurred in August 2022 as a result of strong monsoon rains, destroying villages and uprooting 33 million people. Bangladesh is also susceptible to severe and persistent flooding. An estimated 7.2 million people are said to have been affected by Bangladesh's record-breaking floods. Climate displaced persons are exposed to a wide range of flood-related risks and hazards, including from damaged buildings and drowning in floodwaters, and are at increased risk of waterborne diseases and malnutrition. They are also living in the open with their families without access to drinking water, food, or a means of support. This is a discussion with three experts to understand the cause of these climate disasters with a focus on South Asia, dealing with aftermath and directing efforts towards sustainable development in light of climate change.  Panelists: Erum Haider, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies, College of Wooster Eric Shahzar, PhD Candidate in climate change and environmental degradation, Karachi University in Pakistan Lisa Thalheimer, Climate scientist and Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment, Princeton University
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Discussions, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, Climate Displacement: A Crisis in South Asia (online)

Lecture | Colonial New York’s Emergence as a Center of North American Jewish Commercial and Communal Activity (in-person and online)


Noah Gelfand's talk employs an Atlantic perspective to examine the economic and religious endeavors of New York's growing Jewish population in the eighteenth century, an era when Jewish settlers developed the colony into one of the most important locations for Jewish people in the Atlantic world.
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Lectures, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, Colonial New York&rsquo;s Emergence as a Center of North American Jewish Commercial and Communal Activity (in-person and online)

Discussion | Renowned Choreographer Pina Bausch and Tanztheater: History and Screening (in-person and online)


Dance historian and educator Wendy Perron discusses Pina Bausch's years in New York from 1959-1961. Bausch (1940 - 2009) was a German dancer and choreographer who was a significant contributor to a neo-expressionist dance tradition now known as Tanztheater. Topics include Bausch's time as a student at Juilliard, the ensuing year when she chose to stay in New York, danced in the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and a piece by Paul Taylor, and collaborated with Paul Sanasardo and Donya Feuer. Perron will screen excerpts of the final spring concert at Juilliard in 1960, A Choreographer Comments by Antony Tudor, Seasons by La Meri and discuss how these experiences influenced her life's work.
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Discussions, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, Renowned Choreographer Pina Bausch and Tanztheater: History and Screening (in-person and online)

Discussion | The Dance Historian Is In with Wendy Perron (in person and online)


Dance historian and educator Wendy Perron discusses Pina Bausch's years in New York from 1959-1961. Topics include her time as a student at Juilliard, the ensuing year when she chose to stay in New York, danced in the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and in a piece by Paul Taylor, and collaborated with Paul Sanasardo and Donya Feuer. Philippine "Pina" Bausch (1940 - 2009) was a German dancer and choreographer who was a significant contributor to a neo-expressionist dance tradition now known as Tanztheater. Bausch's approach was noted for a stylized blend of dance movement, prominent sound design, and involved stage sets, as well as for engaging the dancers under her to help in the development of a piece, and her work had an influence on modern dance from the 1970s forward. Her work, regarded as a continuation of the European and American expressionist movements, incorporated many expressly dramatic elements and often explored themes connected to trauma, particularly trauma arising out of relationships. She created the company Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, which performs internationally. A streaming link will be emailed to everyone on the morning of the event for those wishing to attend virtually. Seating is first come, first served
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Discussions, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, The Dance Historian Is In with Wendy Perron (in person and online)

Discussion | The Voting and Social Justice Conversation (in-person and online)


Within the last few years, the US Supreme Court and local and state legislatures have drastically changed the everyday lives of people in the United States. Local and midterm elections are not taken as seriously as presidential elections, but the former have a greater impact on the lives of communities made vulnerable in crises. Speakers Shanelle Matthews, Trevon Mayers, and Alex Kramer talk about the voting process and how to support voting for change.
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Concert | Vocal Arts Performances Accompanied by Piano


Singers and pianists perform a variety of contemporary and classical works.
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Screening | Us (2019), written and directed by Jordan Peele


A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgangers appear and begin to terrorize them. With Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker. Rated R 116 minutes Enjoy a free screening of the film, as well as a recommended reading list based on the movie. Jordan Peele is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker best known for his film and television work in the comedy and horror genres. His 2017 directorial debut, the horror film Get Out, was a critical and box office success, for which he received numerous accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, along with nominations for Best Picture and Best Director. He received another Academy Award nomination for Best Picture for producing Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman.
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Workshop | Elements of Nature Drawing


A community of artists of all skill levels are inspired by our surroundings to create with drawing materials, pastels and watercolors. Embolden your artwork amidst the flower-filled and seasonally evolving palette of the verdant gardens. An artist/educator will provide ideas and instruction. Materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media.
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Discussion | How AI Is Changing Artistic Creation (online)


Should art generated by AI be considered art? Can machines be as creative as humans? Generative art made with algorithms has existed since the early days of computing in the 1960s. In recent years, a new strand of generative art has emerged: AI-generated art, which leverages the recent progress of artificial intelligence to create artworks. Unlike old-fashioned generative art, AI-generated art is not produced with an explicit set of programming instructions provided by human artists; instead, it involves training an algorithm on a dataset so that it can later produce artworks (images, music, or video clips) using its own internal parameters that have not been explicitly defined by a human. This process raises fascinating questions at the intersection of computer science, art history, and the philosophy of art. At a superficial level of analysis, AI-generated art seems to offload much of the creative impetus of art production to the machine, requiring minimal intervention from the artist. On closer inspection, however, it involves a novel process of curation at two key stages: upstream in the selection of the dataset on which the algorithm is trained, and downstream in the selection of the outputs that should qualify as artworks. Instead of replacing human artists with computers, AI-generated art can be understood as a new kind of collaboration between mind and machine, both of which contribute to the aesthetic value of the final artwork. This discussion will bring together AI artists and philosophers to explore the significance of this new mode of art production. We will discuss the implications of AI-generated art for the definition of art, the nature of the relationship between artists and tools, the process of digital curation, and whether AI systems can be as creative as humans.
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Discussions, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, How AI Is Changing Artistic Creation (online)

Discussion | Jewish Museums and Contemporary Art: Preservation of Memory or Forging Futurity?


POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw is a museum of public history. While it is not an art museum, contemporary art plays an important role in both the Core Exhibition and the temporary exhibitions. Contemporary artists are invited to create new works for exhibitions on such topics as Jewish culinary culture. Existing works are incorporated into exhibitions on such topics as how blood unites and divides us. An entire exhibition is dedicated to the work of one artist, for example, Frank Stella and Wilhelm Sasnal. This event will explore the role of contemporary art at POLIN Museum. The Jewish Museum Frankfurt is both collecting and exhibiting as well as encouraging contemporary art productions that are reflecting on Jewish history and culture. In the frame of its preoccupation with diverse contemporary Jewish cultures the museum enables commission of artworks to particular topics as well as artist residencies and aims at empowering younger Jewish artists to take a public stand. Mirjam Wenzel will present contemporary artworks that are either commissioned or presented by the Jewish Museum Frankfurt and expend on the changing exhibition "Revenge: History and Fantasy," in particular. Panelists: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Mirjam Wenzel Eduard Freudmann
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Discussions, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, Jewish Museums and Contemporary Art: Preservation of Memory or Forging Futurity?

Talk | Taiwan, Berlin, and the Ghost Town (in-person and online)


Speaker Kevin Chen began his artistic career as a cinema actor, starring in the Taiwanese and German films Ghosted, Kung Bao Huhn, and Global Player. Now based in Germany, he is a staff writer for Performing Arts Reviews magazine. He’s published several novels and short story collections, including Attitude, Flowers from Fingernails, Ghosts by Torchlight, the essay collection Rebellious Berlin, Three Ways to Get Rid of Allergies and other titles.  
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Book Discussion | No Plan B: A New Jack Reacher Adventure (online)


Lee and Andrew Child celebrate their new book.  In Gerrardsville, Colorado, a woman dies under the wheels of a moving bus. The death is ruled a suicide. But Jack Reacher saw what really happened: A man in a gray hoodie and jeans, moving stealthily, pushed the victim to her demise—before swiftly grabbing the dead woman’s purse and strolling away. When another homicide is ruled an accident, Reacher knows this is no coincidence. With a killer on the loose, Reacher has no time to waste to track down those responsible. 
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Book Discussion | West Winds: Recipes, History, and Tales from Jamaica, by Riaz Phillips


Riaz Phillips is passionate about celebrating the familiar Caribbean food of his childhood while also demystifying new and unknown ingredients for home cooks from around the globe. With 120 traditional and delicious dishes that draw on Riaz's personal memories, West Winds is a showcase of Jamaican cooking, rooted in the exploration of the island's heritage and culture. Riaz Phillips is an award-winning writer, video maker and photographer. Born and raised in London and now based in Berlin, Riaz self-published and released his first book Belly Full: Caribbean Food in the UK in 2017, for which he was awarded a Young British Foodie (YBF) Award. In 2020, he edited the Community Comfort cookbook, a collection of over 100 global recipes from cooks of immigrant backgrounds raising funds for the families of Covid-19 victims in their own community. Through his works Riaz has been featured on Masterchef, the BBC News, ITV News, and more.
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Discussion | The Politics of History in Brazil


How have those acting in the political sphere in contemporary Brazil used - and abused - the study of the past? And how have professional historians sought to intervene in politics? On the eve of Brazil’s momentous presidential election, please join us for this roundtable discussion featuring: Sidney Chalhoub, Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University, will be in conversation with Henrique Espada Lima, Associate Professor of History, Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil). A wine and cheese reception will follow. 
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Book Discussion | The Singularities: Nostalgia and Quantum Theory (online)


From the revered Booker Prize-winning author John Banville comes a playful, multilayered novel of nostalgia, life and death, and quantum theory, which opens with the return of one of his most celebrated characters as he is released from prison.
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Discussion | Reimagining Global: Are Extreme Crises the Only Way Forward?


A stimulating discussion as global thinkers help reimagine the concept of global in the current moment. The world today is more turbulent, more polarized, and more at-risk than in decades. Paradoxically, the many existential threats to our universe—natural and manmade—require global collaboration if we have any chance of success. How, then, should we think about the concept of “global” today?  What do we need to do to create a more collective vision of the world that will lead to a greater commitment to our mutual responsibilities?   Reception to follow.
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Discussion | Fashion Designer Who Has Worked with Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, and Others


New York-based fashion designer Nicole Miller in conversation with Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator. They will discuss Miller's career in fashion. After studying at Rhode Island School of Design and mastering the classic French techniques of Haute Couture while at Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, Miller founded her namesake brand in 1982. Her vision is grounded in empowering women who want to look and feel their best, while also making the world a better place through her philanthropy. Miller's designs have been seen on Beyonce, Blake Lively, Miley Cyrus, Keke Palmer, and Angelina Jolie among others.
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Discussions, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, Fashion Designer Who Has Worked with Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, and Others

Discussion | The Great Fiction on Stage: From Great Novels to Legendary Productions in Italy (online)


On the occasion of the publication of a new translation of Alessandro Manzoni's The Betrothed, this event will survey the history of the most important and legendary Italian theater productions that were based on great novels and will spotlight the artists that made such productions famous, beginning with Luca Ronconi's Orlando Furioso and even offering a brief overview of theater on black and white television.
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Discussions, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, The Great Fiction on Stage: From Great Novels to Legendary Productions in Italy (online)

Workshop | Yoga Wednesdays


A variety of yoga and meditation classes to make wellness and mindfulness more accessible to all.
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Opening Reception | Gi Huo: line


The first solo show of mixed-media artist Gi (Ginny) Huo. This new body of work draws upon the poetics of observing the unobservable and how the relationship to a line can evoke and inquire about unspoken experiences. Through family photo archives, Huo traces the stories and the lineage of their grandparents. The photographs, and sculptures within the installation, create new landscapes connecting to the Korean War, missionary work, celestial observatories and the use of language and translation as a central navigation point. Within the work, which features observatory platforms, archival photos, and abstractedGi Huo: telephone wires, Huo asks the viewer, what are the agreements to a line?
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Book Discussion | The Swedish Theory of Love: Individualism and Social Trust in Modern Sweden


Authors Henrik Berggren and Lars Trägårdh argue that the long-standing view of Sweden's welfare state as the result of socialist collectivism is flawed. While social values have been and remain strong, they have co-existed with a radical form of individualism.
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Discussion | Abolitionist Feminism (online)


Over the past year, archivists have been processing the collections of the New York Coalition for Women Prisoners, a formation led by formerly incarcerated people organizing against the gendered violence of the carceral state. Working with the materials of the CWP and its members has sparked significant reflection about the relationship between archives and the carceral state and, in turn, the implications of incorporating stories, narratives, and histories of anti-carceral organizing into the institutional archive as it currently exists.  As scholars like Saidiya Hartman, Marisa Fuentes, and Jarrett Drake teach us, the archive—much like the prison—is a site of containment, one which confines, controls, and  exerts ownership over knowledge to discipline our collective understanding of history and the present towards the needs and desires of the racial capitalist state. With this in mind, what does it mean to archive the histories and narratives of incarcerated people when the archive itself is, in many ways, a carceral enclosure? What are the implications of holding collections of materials documenting anti-carceral struggles within universities like Columbia, which are deeply invested in maintaining systems of carcerality and fueling carceral expansion in their surrounding neighborhoods? This panel brings together scholar-activists who have gone against the grain of the carceral archive to construct historical accounts that deepen genealogies of anti-carceral organizing and propel today’s abolitionist feminist movements forward. Through grappling with these questions, we’ll begin to imagine the possibilities (or impossibilities) of an abolitionist feminist archive.
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Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Namaste! Unwind from the day with outdoor yoga. Immerse yourself in this meditative practice- surrounded by the Hudson’s peaceful aura. Strengthen the body and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels are welcome. Bringing your own mat is encouraged, as provided accessories are first come first serve.
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Talk | Brazil and the World Economy


Alberto Ramos of Goldman Sachs discusses contemporary Brazil's major economic, political, and social problems with leading analysts, activists, business leaders, and public figures.
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Book Discussion | Making Space for Justice: Social Movements, Collective Imagination, and Political Hope (in-person and online)


From nineteenth-century abolitionism to Black Lives Matter today, progressive social movements have been at the forefront of social change. Yet it is seldom recognized that such movements have not only engaged in political action but also posed crucial philosophical questions about the meaning of justice and about how the demands of justice can be met. Author Michele Moody-Adams argues that anyone who is concerned with the theory or the practice of justice—or both—must ask what can be learned from social movements. Drawing on a range of compelling examples, she explores what they have shown about the nature of justice as well as what it takes to create space for justice in the world. Moody-Adams considers progressive social movements as wellsprings of moral inquiry and as agents of social change, drawing out key philosophical and practical principles. Social justice demands humane regard for others, combining compassionate concern and robust respect. Successful movements have drawn on the transformative power of imagination, strengthening the motivation to pursue justice and to create the political institutions and social policies that can sustain it by inspiring political hope.
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Book Discussion | Constructing a Nervous System: A Memoir by Pulitzer Prize Winner Margo Jefferson (in-person and online)


Margo Jefferson, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and former longtime arts critic for The New York Times, discusses the anticipated follow-up to her memoir Negroland, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. In Constructing a Nervous System, Jefferson brings to life the figures who have contributed to her sense of self — family members, jazz musicians, artists, and athletes. The stunning result — combining memoir with reflections on the likes of Josephine Baker, James Baldwin, Kara Walker, Ike Turner, and even Bing Crosby — reveals the mind of one of our great critics, examining both herself and American culture and society. She speaks about the book with fellow memoirist and nonfiction writer Elizabeth Kendall.
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Book Discussion | A discussion of an award-winning author's new book Song of the Cell (in person and online)


The best-selling author Siddhartha Mukherjee dives deeper into the mysteries of the human body in his latest book, Song of the Cell, an exploration of cells and cellular medicine. Song of the Cell is the third in Mukherjee's exploration of what it means to be human, following up on his Pulitzer Prize winner The Emperor of All Maladies, and the NY Time best-seller The Gene. In The Song of the Cell, Mukherjee tells the story of how scientists discovered cells, began to understand them, and are now using that knowledge to create new humans. Traveling from the 1600s to the forefront of medical technology, Mukherjee shows how the discovery of cells -- and the reframing of the human body as a cellular ecosystem -- announced the birth of a new kind of medicine. Mukherjee will discuss his latest book with activist, writer, and National Book Award winner Andrew Solomon.
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Talk | Artist Talk: Living Outdoors for a Year (online)


Artist Tehching Hsieh will engage in conversation with Director Jose Esparza Chong Cuy on his One Year Performance 1981-1982 in which he spent a year living outdoors.
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Talks, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, Artist Talk: Living Outdoors for a Year (online)

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: The Color of Everything


A solo exhibition of new abstract paintings and sculpture by Alteronce Gumby. It is the culmination of eight years of experiments and theories, which progressed as the artist investigated the history of monochromatic painting, color theory, cosmology, astrophysics, interstellar photography and Impressionism. Gumby’s process is the fulcrum of his work. It begins with the examination of light, its properties, and media, including resin, glass and gemstones. The result is what Gumby calls his, “tonal paintings”, made of unorthodox materials, which produce different hues, values and energies. His awareness of these ocular and kinetic possibilities derives from intensive research and observation. Gumby’s paintings are constituted to expand the understanding of abstraction, life and the origins of the universe.
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Talk | Censorship, Socialism, and Synagogues: The Rich Legacy of Jewish History South of Union Square


Explore the incredibly rich and varied Jewish history of Greenwich Village and the East Village South of Union Square -- from censorship battles to socialist agitators, and synagogues galore, including the former home of one of the country's first reform congregations, which would build what was the world's largest synagogue. We'll also discuss efforts to seek landmark designation for this historic, endangered area, which has played such a crucial role in not only Jewish but African American, LGBTQ+, women's, labor, literary and artistic history Speaker Andrew Berman has been the Executive Director of Village Preservation for over twenty years, since January 2002. During that time, the organization has focused on expanding landmark and zoning protections throughout their neighborhoods, securing landmark protections for over 1,250 buildings, and zoning protections for nearly 100 blocks. Andrew has often focused that advocacy on protecting sites connected to great artists and artistic movements, as well as previously overlooked and underrepresented histories such as those of immigrants, women, LGBTQ+ people, and African Americans. His academic background focused on art history and urban architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, Censorship, Socialism, and Synagogues: The Rich Legacy of Jewish History South of Union Square

Lecture | Deaths of Artists


Deep within the bowels of The Metropolitan Museum of Art are two macabre scrapbooks packed with century-old obituaries of artists who died tragically by suicide, foul play, disease, or in bizarre accidents. Join Jim Moske, Managing Archivist of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as he profiles the eccentric curator who compiled this strange archive, and shares images of the most startling headlines and stories. These grim fragments retrieved from the past echo disturbing themes and motifs common in popular depictions of creative people for centuries.
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Discussion | Recognizing and Protecting Jewish History


A night of landmark discussion on the history of Union Square, and historic preservation! Special guest Village Preservation will discuss Union Square’s path to landmark status designation. Beginning with a historical overview of the Square, they’ll continue through to the landmarking campaign, and finish with an audience Q&A. Come learn how Union Square became a landmark.
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Discussions, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, Recognizing and Protecting Jewish History

Film | Bony Piles (2021): Russia's Aggression Against Ukraine


This documentary is about the Russian aggression against Ukraine that started in 2014 with the annexation of Crimea and the attack of the Russian regular army on the Donbas region presented by the Kremlin propaganda and its amplifiers in the West as a civil war. Already then, thousands of Ukrainian civilians, including children, were being brutalized by Russia on an everyday basis, while Western governments expressed concern and did little to punish the aggressor, while some Russia experts advocated against arming Ukraine so as not to “provoke Putin.” Director: Taras Tomenko In Russian and Surzhyk with English subtitles
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Book Discussion | Come Back in September: A Literary Education on West Sixty-Seventh Street, Manhattan


Critic and writer Darryl Pinckney recalls his friendship and apprenticeship with Elizabeth Hardwick and Barbara Epstein and the introduction they offered him to the New York literary world.
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Book Discussions, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, Come Back in September: A Literary Education on West Sixty-Seventh Street, Manhattan

Book Discussion | From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education (online)


Authors Tia Brown McNair, Estela Mara Bensimon, and Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux discuss their book which delves into design and application of campus change strategies for achieving equitable outcomes and provides guidance on building an equity-minded campus culture, aligning strategic priorities and institutional missions to advance equity, and more. They will be interviewed by Anita Davis, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion at Trinity College.
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Movie in a Park | Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978): Aliens Take Over, with Donald Sutherland


When strange seeds drift to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade San Francisco, replicating the city's residents one body at a time. Director: Philip Kaufman Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum 115 min.
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Book Discussion | Meret Oppenheim: My Album


The launch of two publications that celebrate the life and work of groundbreaking Swiss surrealist Meret Oppenheim. My Album, is the first English translation of Oppenheim’s album From Childhood to 1943 and a previously unpublished autobiographical text. Edited by Oppenheim’s niece Lisa Wenger and art historian Martina Corgnati, the publication gives unprecedented insights into the renowned artist’s inner world. In tandem, artist Susanna Pozzoli will present Un’estate con Meret Oppenheim, a book of photographs that document Oppenheim’s beloved holiday house in Carona, Switzerland. The house was purchased by the Wegner-Oppenheim family in 1917 and later reimagined and renovated by Oppenheim from 1967 to 1968 as a Gesamtkunstwerk that blended the artist’s singular artistic vision with the legacies and memories of her family.  The program will begin with a slide presentation of Pozzoli’s photographs, followed by selected readings from My Album by Lisa Wenger and Martina Corgnati. The evening will culminate in a panel discussion on Oppenheim moderated by art historian Barbara Stehle. 
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Discussion | Emerge: Asian Diasporic Writers in Conversation


Five Asian writers read from their debut novels and discuss what it means to be an emerging writer today. Poet and authors Wo Chan, Sanjena Sathian, Sarah Thankam Mathews, Qian Julie Wang, and Ryan Lee Wong work across a variety of disciplines and represent the vibrancy of work emerging from the vast Asian diasporic community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, Emerge: Asian Diasporic Writers in Conversation
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