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

        

Lecture | Sennacherib: Father of His People (online)


A fascinating talk given by internationally renown expert on Assyrian art and culture Dr. Julian Reade. Over 2700 years ago, Sennacherib, King of Assyria, was making Nineveh, his capital-city, the center of the world. His imaginative projects -- represented by canals and monuments still visible in northern Iraq -- offered freedom from the perils of drought, famine, and other insecurities. They depended in part, however, on forced labour, the antithesis of freedom. This online talk given by internationally renown expert on Assyrian art and culture Dr. Julian Reade is presented in collaboration with the St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts. The former British Museum curator in the Department of Western Asiatic Antiquities examines how Sennacherib transformed an ancient civilization.
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Lectures, February 08, 2023, 02/08/2023, Sennacherib: Father of His People (online)

Lecture | Class Traitors: One Percenters for Radical Redistribution


Most rich people don’t seem to have a problem with massive economic inequality, justifying their wealth with reference to their hard work and moral character. But some wealthy people don’t buy these justifications, because they recognize that they have had "unearned" advantages, and see themselves as beneficiaries of an unfair and unjust system. They want to use their social advantages—money, connections, and influence—to dismantle those same advantages and the social conditions that produce them. Though they are relatively few in number, these “class traitors” merit study because—like white antiracists working against white supremacy, but unlike most social movement actors—they are challenging systems that have benefitted them. Based on over 100 interviews with these rich redistributors and their non-wealthy movement partners, as well as ethnographic fieldwork among them, Class Traitors investigates this process of using power to give up power. In so doing, I argue, these wealthy confront deeply taken-for-granted cultural narratives about accumulation as the basis for worthy personhood and parenthood. In partnership with non-wealthy activists, they offer a vision of the common good that re-conceptualizes their own self-interest and challenges dominant ideas of who deserves what and why. Refreshments will be served. Speaker: Rachel Sherman, Professor of Sociology
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Lectures, February 08, 2023, 02/08/2023, Class Traitors: One Percenters for Radical Redistribution

Discussion | The Rapid Rise in U.S. Interest Rates (online)


Congress mandates the U.S. Federal Reserve to achieve conditions that satisfy their dual mandate of price (inflation) stability and maximum employment. The primary tool employed by the Fed to accomplish this challenging goal is adjustments to the Fed Funds Rate in response to what's happening in the economy. To combat the recently raging U.S. inflation rate, which is currently at a 40-year high, the Fed has been employing a very aggressive strategy of increasing the Fed Funds Rate to slow down economic activity and bring inflation back in line with historical averages. The magnitude and pace of these rate increases haven't been seen since the 1990s and are having a significant effect on all aspects of the U.S. economy, both the private and public sectors. Banks must carefully manage the impact of rate hikes on the market, credit, and liquidity risks arising from assets and liabilities on their balance sheets. Meanwhile, consumers feel the effects of skyrocketing borrowing costs on their credit card and home mortgage payments. Mortgage rates recently hit a 20-year high, negatively impacting home affordability. On the other hand, higher interest rates also present unique opportunities for financial institutions and consumers who now earn very high yields on deposits and other assets after many years of meager rates. This panel of experts from a cross-section of U.S. banks and broker-dealers will discuss the positive and negative impacts of this unique and volatile interest rate environment on financial institutions and consumers and provide their outlook for 2023. Moderator: Michael Leibrock, Managing Director - Chief Systemic Risk Officer and Head of Counterparty Credit Risk, Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation Panelists: Anna Bertoni, Senior Director - Consumer Credit Review, Capital One Evan Gerhard, President, ASL Capital Markets Arthur Laichtman, M.D. Regional Head of Credit, Nomura Securities Louis Latona, Senior Portfolio Manager - Treasury, Standard Chartered Bank
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Feb 8
5:00 pm

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Discussions, February 08, 2023, 02/08/2023, The Rapid Rise in U.S. Interest Rates (online)

Lecture | Learn About A Historic NYC Neighborhood


Stories of our Upper West Side neighborhood and of the thrills of chasing them down, along with an introduction to the neighborhood history collection and tips for your own research.
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Lectures, February 08, 2023, 02/08/2023, Learn About A Historic NYC Neighborhood

Book Discussion | Free: A Child and a Country at the End of History


Author Lea Ypi grew up in one of the most isolated countries on earth, a place where communist ideals had officially replaced religion. Albania, the last Stalinist outpost in Europe, was almost impossible to visit, almost impossible to leave. It was a place of queuing and scarcity, of political executions and secret police. To Lea, it was home. People were equal, neighbours helped each other, and children were expected to build a better world. There was community and hope. Then, in December 1990, everything changed. The statues of Stalin and Hoxha were toppled. Almost overnight, people could vote freely, wear what they liked and worship as they wished. There was no longer anything to fear from prying ears. But factories shut, jobs disappeared and thousands fled to Italy on crowded ships, only to be sent back. Predatory pyramid schemes eventually bankrupted the country, leading to violent conflict. As one generation's aspirations became another's disillusionment, and as her own family's secrets were revealed, Lea found herself questioning what freedom really meant. Free is an engrossing memoir of coming of age amid political upheaval. With acute insight and wit, Ypi traces the limits of progress and the burden of the past, illuminating the spaces between ideals and reality, and the hopes and fears of people pulled up by the sweep of history. Lea Ypi is Professor in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science and an Honorary Professor in Philosophy at the Australian National University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Feb 8
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, February 08, 2023, 02/08/2023, Free: A Child and a Country at the End of History

Book Discussion | Lune: Croissants All Day, All Night


A conversation with Kate Reid celebrating the debut cookbook from Lune, the world-renowned croissant bakery in Australia. Lune Croissanterie is one of the most talked about bakeries in the world. From rave reviews from Nigella Lawson, Yotam Ottolenghi, René Redzepi and Rachel Khoo, to features in news outlets such as The New York Times and The Guardian, Lune has been touted as 'the best croissant in the world' since it opened its doors in 2012. Customers are queuing quite literally around the block from the early hours to eat Lune's pastries, but what makes this book so special is how Kate Reid elevates croissant pastry from a classic breakfast staple to a refined vehicle for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With step-by-step techniques for rolling and shaping croissants, followed by recipes for every hour of the day, plus what to do with leftovers and how to make a croissant a special occasion, this is the ultimate guide to baking the world's best-loved pastry. Kate Reid wasn’t always a baker—far from it, in fact. After studying Aerospace Engineering at university, she followed her lifelong passion for Formula 1 racing and became an aerodynamicist for the Williams F1 team in the UK in the mid-2000s. In 2008, though, she wanted to change direction, and returned to her native Melbourne to find her new niche—pastry. After working in the cafes and bakeries of Melbourne and a stint in Paris, she knew that she wanted to create something perennially popular, and take her skills to a new level, and so, Lune Croissanterie was born. Since opening Lune in 2012, it has amassed a cult, global following, with celebrity devotees and an Instagram following of 232k. It’s gone from a one-person show to a five-site bakery with queues around the block from dawn and The Cube, where Kate and her 120-strong team develop regularly changing recipes for everything from takeaway breakfasts to tasting menus of croissants.
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Book Discussions, February 08, 2023, 02/08/2023, Lune: Croissants All Day, All Night

Discussion | Becoming Lit: The Limitless African Story


A salon-style conversation between authors Bisi Adjapon and Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond. The authors will discuss the recent surge of diverse African stories in publication and reflect on the differences in their experiences seeking publication and navigating shifts in public attention in America—versus working with the continent’s publishers and literary scene shapers. The conversation will explore how African storytellers have defied Western gatekeepers’ strident dismissal and rejection of their work and built a literary infrastructure that promoted the limitless African story—and strategies to grow and maintain it. The conversation will feature readings from Adjapon’s new novel, Daughter in Exile and Brew-Hammond’s new book Relations.  
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Discussions, February 08, 2023, 02/08/2023, Becoming Lit: The Limitless African Story

Lecture | Just an Illness: The Black Death, Without Its Metaphors


How do we tell the history of the Black Death today? A global history of humanity’s largest demographic catastrophe over the longue durée, from our present pandemic times? Drawing from his teachings at the Collège de France and his Theatre of the Plague production with the Théâtre National de Bretagne, acclaimed medievalist Patrick Boucheron reflects back on his long standing engagement with the plague and its contagious, overflowing metaphors. Speaker Patrick Boucheron is a Professor and Chair of the History of Powers in Western Europe from the 7th to the 16th at Collège de France. The lecture will be in French with an English text available.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, February 08, 2023, 02/08/2023, Just an Illness: The Black Death, Without Its Metaphors

Book Club | Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour


An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building, hanging out with his girlfriend, Soraya, and eating his mother’s home-cooked meals. All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels, the silver-tongued CEO of Sumwun, NYC’s hottest tech startup, results in an exclusive invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team on the thirty-sixth floor.
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Discussion | Roma/New York, 1953–⁠1964: Exhibition Discussion


A panel discussion in celebration of Roma/New York,1953–1964, led by Massimiliano Gioni, the Edlis Neeson Artistic Director of the New Museum. Gioni, also the director of the Nicola Trussardi Foundation, will be in conversation with artist Peter Saul, Claire Gilman, the chief curator at The Drawing Center, Antonio Monda, founder and the artistic director of Le Conversazioni, and David Leiber.
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Discussions, February 08, 2023, 02/08/2023, Roma/New York, 1953&ndash;⁠1964: Exhibition Discussion

Lecture | Black Architects of the 19th Century (online)


From Robert Robinson Taylor to Paul R. Williams, Black Architects have contributed significantly to architecture in the nineteenth century in all styles from Beaux Arts ranging through Art Deco and International Style. As minorities they achieved projects both nationally and internationally with great odds against them. King focuses on architects who were born Black in the 19th century and their contribution and achievements in the architectural profession. Speaker Robert Arthur King is an architect who has taught at the New York School of Interior Design since 1988.
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Lectures, February 08, 2023, 02/08/2023, Black Architects of the 19th Century (online)

Talk | Five-time Emmy Award-Winner Hosts Special Taping of Public Radio Broadcast


The New York Academy of Art presents host Randy Cohen and Person Place Thing with special guests gallerists Wendy Olsoff and Brigitte Mulholland. The event will also feature live music by "Piano Pete" (Pete Favilla), and will be recorded with a live audience for later broadcast at Public Radio syndicates nationwide. Since 2008, Public Radio's Person Place Thing has been drawing hundreds of thousands of listeners on the premise that people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves, but about something they care about. Known for his Emmy Award-winning writing for "The Late Show with David Letterman" and Michael Moore's "TV Nation", as well as for being a regular contributor at the New Yorker and Newsweek, host Randy Cohen interviews guests in front of a live audience, asking them to speak about one person, one place, and one thing that have shaped their lives.
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Lecture | The Mind and Music of George Gershwin


Dr. Richard Kogan discusses the life, psyche, and music of one of America's greatest composers during an evening that will include piano excerpts of Gershwin's work. Dr. Kogan was trained in piano at Julliard and in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and is currently Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Artistic Director of the Music and Medicine program at Weill Cornell Medical Center.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Feb 8
6:30 pm

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Lectures, February 08, 2023, 02/08/2023, The Mind and Music of George Gershwin

Talk | Winter Birds and Their Adaptations (online)


With Tod Winston. Learn about the great variety of birds that spend the winter in New York City and the fascinating adaptations that allow them to survive below-zero temperatures! Explore the ecology of Dark-eyed Juncos, Harlequin Ducks, Snowy Owls, and other northern species that spend the colder months with us. 
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Book Discussion | Decent People: A Novel of Shame, Race, Homophobia, and Money (online)


Author De'Shawn Charles Winslow celebrates his newest, unforgettable novel. A propulsive mystery with crucial social commentary, Decent People is set among the Black community in the fictional town of West Mills. The town is reeling from a triple homicide and the secrets the killings reveal. Novelist Garth Greenwell joins Winslow for a conversation on this powerful novel about shame, race, homophobia, money, and the reckoning required to heal a fractured community.
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Book Discussions, February 08, 2023, 02/08/2023, Decent People: A Novel of Shame, Race, Homophobia, and Money (online)

Book Discussion | Lives of the Wives: Five Literary Marriages


A witty, provocative look inside the tumultuous marriages of five writers, illuminating the creative process as well as the role of money, power, and fame in these complex and fascinating relationships. Author Carmela Ciuraru shares the stories of five literary marriages, exposing the misery behind closed doors. The legendary British theatre critic Kenneth Tynan encouraged his American wife, Elaine Dundy, to write, then watched in a jealous rage as she became a bestselling author and critical success. In the early years of their marriage, Roald Dahl enjoyed basking in the glow of his glamorous movie star wife, Patricia Neal, until he detested her for being the breadwinner, and being more famous than he was. Elizabeth Jane Howard had to divorce Kingsley Amis to escape his suffocating needs and devote herself to her own writing. Surprisingly, the most traditional partnership in Lives of the Wives is a lesbian couple, Una Troubridge and Radclyffe Hall, both of whom were socially and politically conservative and unapologetic snobs.  
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Book Discussion | Author of New York Times Best-Seller in Conversation with New Yorker Staff Writer 


In Jessamine Chan's The School for Good Mothers, one lapse in judgement lands a young mother in a government reform program where custody of her child hangs in the balance. A novel which has been described as “surreal” (People), “remarkable” (Vogue), and “infuriatingly timely” (The New York Times Book Review), will be the focus of a discussion moderated by essayist Jia Tolentino, also a New York Times best-selling author.
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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.
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Lecture | Building the Space of Socialist Internationalism: Exchanges Between Mongolia and Socialist Countries During the Cold War (online)


In 1961, construction of the industrial town of Darkhan started in the northern Mongolian steppes. The project was carried out through the joint effort of six socialist countries, among them Hungary, Czechoslovakia, the GDR, Bulgaria, Poland and the Soviet Union. Apartments in residential areas of Darkhan were furnished with Romanian furniture, Polish record players and German carpets. Darkhan was one of multilateral international collaborative construction projects launched in Mongolia in the name of ‘socialist internationalism.’ During the Cold War, such international assistance to Mongolia increased to a point that it reached 80 percent of the overall investments in the country. Observers described Mongolia as one huge construction site, with thousands of foreign specialists launching housing, industrial facilities and transport infrastructure in the country. This talk traces how Mongolia’s transnational effort to join the socialist world materialised in urban space and shaped experiences of workers, specialists and citizens alike – those, who inhabited and experienced this space. While plans for the urbanisation of Mongolia were often drafted abroad, it was up to local construction companies to deliver these projects. Relocating and housing workers, organising their everyday life, these companies became major agents of urbanisation; yet, they promoted a very different vision of internationalism from the planning offices. The policies of socialist internationalism may have helped forge unprecedented contacts between actors on the ground; they also revealed rising inequalities between various nationals, as the space of socialist modernity opened up great opportunities for some and did not leave any chances for others. Speaker Nikolay Erofeev is an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Kassel in Germany.
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Lectures, February 09, 2023, 02/09/2023, Building the Space of Socialist Internationalism: Exchanges Between Mongolia and Socialist Countries During the Cold War (online)

Discussion | The Algorithmic State: God Is AI (online)


A virtual discussion with artist Zach Blas and curator Christiane Paul about Blas's artistic practice and its ramifications for contemporary society under the regime of the digital. Blas uses research-based and artistic practices to scrutinize the relationship between digital technologies and systems of power and the beliefs that they advance. Critical of today's big technological corporations and their use and abuse of theological narratives and symbolism, Blas extensively considers the fictions, desires, fantasies, histories and icons increasing in today's technological language, PR and mediation. Looking into three of his recent works that include representations of digital divine entities, which deal with judgment (processing), prophecy (prediction) and immortality (the data self), Blas points to both the liberatory potentialities and political challenges of the present posed by the deployment of religious signifiers.
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Thu, Feb 9
12:00 pm

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Discussions, February 09, 2023, 02/09/2023, The Algorithmic State: God Is AI (online)

Discussion | Conversations About Crafting (Online)


Join a community of fellow crafters and talk your latest creation. Whether you knit, stitch, sketch, or sculpt, you can chat and share tips with crafty people just like you.
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Book Discussion | Buried Beneath the City: An Archaeological History of New York (online)


What lies beneath? Buried Beneath the City answers this question for New Yorkers by thoroughly examining a range of artifacts excavated from all corners of the city. Join us for a conversation on urban archaeological history with co-authors Amanda Sutphin and Jessica Striebel MacLean. Featuring 49 sites from Riverdale to Tottenville, this book traces the development of archaeological practice in New York while telling the city's history through objects, from the tools of 10,000-year-old indigenous communities to the contents of 19th century households.
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Book Discussions, February 09, 2023, 02/09/2023, Buried Beneath the City: An Archaeological History of New York (online)

Book Discussion | City of Refugees: The Story of Three Newcomers Who Breathed Life into a Dying American Town


In the 1990s, Utica, New York was nearly destroyed by depopulation and arson. Real estate prices were so low that entire streets of the old upstate manufacturing town were torched for insurance payouts. Author Susan Hartman shows how an influx of refugees--Vietnamese, Bosnians, Somalis, Iraqis, Burmese, and other groups--helped revive this small city, opening small businesses, fixing up abandoned houses, and adding a spark of vitality to forlorn streets. This book sprang from a story Hartman wrote about Utica for The New York Times in 2014. Her first week reporting, she met three newcomers--Sadia, Ali, and Mersiha--and their families. After the story was published, she followed them for almost a decade as they adapted to a new world. Light refreshments will be served.
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Book Discussions, February 09, 2023, 02/09/2023, City of Refugees: The Story of Three Newcomers Who Breathed Life into a Dying American Town

Book Discussion | Stars and Shadows: The Politics of Interracial Friendship from Jefferson to Obama (in-person and online)


A discussion of the new book by Rutgers University professor of political science Saladin Ambar. The first historical analysis of its kind, Stars and Shadows delivers a sweeping and comprehensive exploration of the significance of interracial friendships to American democracy, from the founding to the present. The author will be in conversation with professor of history D’Weston Haywood.
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Book Discussion | Tolstoy as Philosopher: Reflections During the Darkest of Times


In better times, this talk may have been given as a detailed account of the practices and side stories that had been part of this just published anthology titled, a result of a quarter-century work on Tolstoy’s manuscripts and research at international archives. The finished book can be abstracted as follows. Beginning with Tolstoy’s first extant records of his written œuvre, the anthology assembles seventy-seven unabridged texts that cover more than seven decades of his life, from 1835 to 1910.  It constitutes the most complete single-volume edition to date of the rich variety of Tolstoy’s philosophical output: apothegmatic sayings, visions, intimate sketchbook and day notes, book reviews, open letters, dialogues, pedagogic talks, public lectures, programs and rules for personal behavior, fictions, and reminiscences.
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Book Discussion | Colette's Cheri and The End of Cheri Moderated by New Yorker Staff Writer


Join esteemed translators Rachel Careau and Paul Eprile as they discuss their new translations of Colette's masterpieces, Cheri (1920), and its sequel, The End of Cheri (1926). The conversation will be moderated by journalist Judith Thurman, author of Secrets of The Flesh: A Life of Colette (Ballantine Books, 2000) and finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the L.A. Times Book Award.
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Book Discussion | Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator


Ccartoonist and writer Sofia Warren and New York State Senator Julia Salazar discuss Warren’s new graphic novel. In early 2018, cartoonist Sofia Warren was not paying attention to New York state politics. But that summer, her Brooklyn neighborhood began buzzing about Julia Salazar, a 27-year-old democratic socialist running for state senate whose grassroots campaign was inspiring an army of volunteers. When they beat the odds and won, Warren found herself wondering what would happen next. How does it work when an outsider who runs on revolutionary change has to actually do the job? So she decided to find out. Using the graphic memoir format, Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator is a remarkable firsthand account of Warren’s experience embedded with Julia Salazar and her staff during their first year in office. From candid conversations and eyewitness experiences, Warren builds a gripping and intimate portrait of a scrappy team of community organizers battling entrenched power structures, particularly to advance Julia’s marquee issue of housing rights.
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Book Discussion | The Guest Lecture: A Visit from John Maynard Keynes (online)


Author Martin Riker in a conversation about his poignant and startlingly original new novel. The Guest Lecture follows a newly jobless academic, lying awake at night and rehearsing a speech on John Maynard Keynes within the rooms of her own consciousness, bringing along a comforting albeit imaginary companion to keep her on track—Keynes himself. Novelist Hilary Leichter joins Riker for a discussion on his innovative and deliciously fun novel of ideas.
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Book Discussion | Sexuality Beyond Consent: Risk, Race, Traumatophilia (online)


Avgi Saketopoulou, a queer, NYC-based psychoanalyst and faculty member of NYU, presents her latest work, an analysis of our culture's hyper-focus on healing sexual trauma that raises the need to reroute our attention to what subjects do with their trauma. Moving between clinical and cultural case studies, Saketopoulou takes up theatrical and cinematic works such as Slave Play and The Night Porter to demonstrate how the force of the erotic surges through aesthetic domains.
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Book Discussion | Heidegger in Ruins: Between Philosophy and Ideology (online)


Martin Heidegger’s sympathies for the conservative revolution and National Socialism have long been well known. As the rector of the University of Freiburg in the early 1930s, he worked hard to reshape the university in accordance with National Socialist policies. He also engaged in an all-out struggle to become the movement’s philosophical preceptor, “to lead the leader.” Yet for years, Heidegger’s defenders have tried to separate his political beliefs from his philosophical doctrines. They argued, in effect, that he was good at philosophy but bad at politics. But with the 2014 publication of Heidegger’s Black Notebooks, it has become clear that he embraced a far more radical vision of the conservative revolution than previously suspected. His dissatisfaction with National Socialism, it turns out, was mainly that it did not go far enough. The notebooks show that far from being separated from Nazism, Heidegger’s philosophy was suffused with it. In this book Richard Wolin explores what the notebooks mean for our understanding of arguably the most important philosopher of the twentieth century, and of his ideas—and why his legacy remains radically compromised.
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Book Discussion | Like a Rolling Stone: A Memoir from Jann Wenner, Founder of Rolling Stone Magazine


Jann Wenner co-founded the legendary Rolling Stone Magazine in 1967, when he was just 21. The rest is rock and roll--and journalistic-- history. In his new memoir, Wenner, not one to mince words, dishes on everything from his relationships with The Stones, The Beatles, and Bruce Springsteen, to his myriad drug experiences, his relatively late-in-life marriage to Matt Nye, a fashion designer, and his various recent major surgeries, including a coronary bypass. Wenner was not only instrumental in the music world, but helped forge the careers of such iconic writers as Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe, not to mention that of famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. Wenner will be interviewed by award-winning writer David Fricke, a former long-time senior editor at Rolling Stone, who received a Grammy nomination for his liner notes and several ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards for excellence in music journalism.
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Discussion | Artist Talk: Letterpress Printing (online)


The American Center Moscow has invited Chief Curator Angelina Lippert to interview celebrated letterpress printer Amos Kennedy. Learn about his path toward creative expression and what his posters and prints mean for uplifting communities around the world.
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Book Discussion | Crossing the Bridges: From Lvov Across the Steppes to Asia to London’s Doodlebugs (in-person and online)


Eva Hoffman Jedruch, author, will give a talk about her book about one women's wartime journey. At the turn of the twentieth century, Central and Eastern Europe was a configuration of nations dominated by three empires: Austrian, German and Russian, whose borders promised to be set in concrete. The Austrian Empire was a multi-ethnic entity of countries that had been absorbed over time. Among these were Polish lands annexed by Austria in the eighteenth century, which became the Austrian province of Galicia, where Zofia Neuhoff was born in 1905 into an upper-middle-class family. Victorian manners reigned supreme, young ladies were coached to gracefully alight from the carriage and ‘culture’ was a magic word, socially distinguishing people who possessed it from those who did not. That haute bourgeoisie morphed into the central-European intelligentsia. Zofia’s childhood was upended by five years of WWI which she spent in the picturesque environs of Innsbruck. By 1918, the three imperishable empires disintegrated and several sovereign states emerged from the ruins. After the Neuhoffs returned to independent Poland, Zofia’s life continued on an even keel with a happy marriage and a law degree unusual for a woman in the 1930s. In September 1939, Poland was invaded by both Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. Overnight, Zofia’s existence was shattered. Alone, with an 18-month-old toddler, in the midst of mass arrests and deportations of civilian population, how could she cope with this new harsh reality for which her sheltered life had not prepared her?
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Book Discussion | Nietzsche and Music: Philosophical Thoughts and Musical Experiments


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is one of the few philosophers who have an intimate connection to music. This connection has much to do with his early music education. His contemporaries testify that he was a good pianist. His musical ambition, or his musical daimon, urged him to compose music, although he had no training in this area. Most of his compositions are from his late teens; his earliest inspirations are Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Schumann and Wagner. His compositions were gathered together and published by Curt Paul Janz in Friedrich Nietzsche, Der musikalische Nachlass. Nietzsche’s music is available in several productions. However, Nietzsche did not follow a musical path and decided to become a philologist and dedicated his life to writing and philosophy. Nietzsche’s background in music, on the other hand, influenced his way of thinking and writing. All of these interesting areas between music, literature, and philosophy and Nietzsche’s relationship to music understood on a broad spectrum have been explored by many Nietzsche scholars including Georges Liébert, Graham Parkes, Francois Noudelmann, Stefan Lorenz Sorgner and others in this anthology,
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Gallery Talk | A Tour of the Peabody Essex Museum’s Fashion and Design Gallery (online)


Petra Slinkard, the Peabody Essex Museum’s Nancy B. Putnam Curator for Fashion and Textiles and Director of Curatorial Affairs, leads an armchair tour of the museum’s Fashion and Design gallery. Featured highlights of the collection include examples of avant-garde fashions from designers like Alexander McQueen and Comme des Garcon, plus clothing worn by Iris and Carl Apfel, as well as stellar and unusual examples of everyday dress and global design. Petra Slinkard joined PEM in 2018, where she fosters the growth and inclusive spirit of the museum’s celebrated fashion collection.
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Book Discussion | A Feminist Mythology: Exploring the Canoniocal Myths


A Feminist Mythology takes us on a poetic journey through the canonical myths of femininity, testing them from the point of view of our modern condition. A myth is not an object, but rather a process, one that author Chiara Bottici practises by exploring different variants of the myth of "womanhood" through first- and third-person prose and poetry. Follow a series of myths that morph into each other, disclosing ways of being woman that question inherited patriarchal orders. In this metamorphic world, story-telling is not just a mix of narrative, philosophical dialogues and metaphysical theorizing: it is a current that traverses all of them by overflowing the boundaries it encounters. In doing so, A Feminist Mythology proposes an alternative writing style that recovers ancient philosophical and literary traditions from the pre-Socratic philosophers and Ovid's Metamorphoses to the philosophical novellas and feminist experimental writings of the last century.
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Book Discussion | Francis Rothbart!: The Tale of a Fastidious Feral


Celebrate the launch of the stunning, head-turning, “graphic opera” masterpiece from acclaimed painter and illustrator Thomas Woodruff, in conversation with painter and comics artist Keith Mayerson.   Francis Rothbart! follows a feral child who is raised by magpies and other creatures and is repeatedly struck by lightning. Because of the phenomena, the child develops eccentric talents, which he then abuses, leading to his ultimate destruction by the same natural world that once nurtured him. Written mostly in rhymed verse, Francis’s picaresque saga unfolds in an allegorical environment, much like the topographical constructions behind renaissance religious paintings. Referencing both the Venetian landscapes of Bellini, Pierro di Cosimo and Carpaccio, mixed with the unlikely animated backdrops of Jay Ward and Chuck Jones, Woodruff’s images recall the fictive gardens of a paradise lost that lingers somewhere deep in all our souls, moist and dark like the caves of the pious saints.  
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Book Discussion | The Great New York Fire of 1776: A Lost Story of the American Revolution (online)


Who set the mysterious fire that burned down much of New York City shortly after the British took the city during the Revolutionary War? New York City, the strategic center of the Revolutionary War, was the most important place in North America in 1776. That summer, an unruly rebel army under George Washington repeatedly threatened to burn the city rather than let the British take it. Shortly after the Crown’s forces took New York City, much of it mysteriously burned to the ground. This is the first book to fully explore the Great Fire of 1776 and why its origins remained a mystery even after the British investigated it in 1776 and 1783. Uncovering stories of espionage, terror, and radicalism, Benjamin L. Carp paints a vivid picture of the chaos, passions, and unresolved tragedies that define a historical moment we usually associate with “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
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Gallery Talk | DomesticanX: Exhibition Walkthrough


A gallery tour to explore and discuss the on-view exhibition that explores the concept of “domesticana,” first theorized by artist, scholar, and critic Amalia Mesa-Bains in the 1990.
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Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Architettura


Architettura is a collection of photographs by artist Mickey Smith relating specifically to the practice of architecture. A presentation of selected works from the collection will be displayed on the gallery’s mezzanine through March 4, 2023. The show draws from Smith’s ongoing body of work which documents bound periodicals and journals in public libraries. In the images Smith does not alter reality through lighting or manipulation. The artist leaves the books as they are found and photographs them as they were seen in the library. The majority of bound periodicals and journals photographed over that time have since been deaccessioned, so Smith’s images now represent the sole record of their existence. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Menand writes of the series: “One important thing about the images is their found-ness. The photographs are taken from life; they’re not made from props in a studio. The artist was on library safari.”
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Gallery Talk | Juan Francisco Elso: Por América: Exhibition Walkthrough


A gallery tour to explore and discuss the on-view exhibition that examines the brief yet significant career of the late Cuban artist Juan Francisco Elso (1956-1988).
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Book Discussion | Black Metal Rainbows: A Misunderstood Music Genre?


Black metal is a paradox. A noisy underground metal genre brimming with violence and virulence, it has captured the world’s imagination for its harsh yet flamboyant style and infamous history involving arson, blasphemy, and murder. Today black metal is nothing less than a cultural battleground between those who claim it for nationalist and racist ends, and those who say: Nazi black metal fvck off! This is a radical collection of writers, artists, activists, and visionaries, including Drew Daniel, Kim Kelly, Laina Dawes, Espi Kvlt, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Svein Egil Hatlevik, Eugene S. Robinson, Margaret Killjoy, and many more. Across essays and theory-fictions, artworks and comics, we say out loud: Long live black metal’s trve rainbow!
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Gallery Talk | DomesticanX: Exhibition Walkthrough


A gallery tour to explore and discuss the on-view exhibition that explores the concept of “domesticana,” first theorized by artist, scholar, and critic Amalia Mesa-Bains in the 1990.
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Gallery Talk | Juan Francisco Elso: Por América: Exhibition Walkthrough


A gallery tour to explore and discuss the on-view exhibition that examines the brief yet significant career of the late Cuban artist Juan Francisco Elso (1956-1988).
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Discussion | Two of the greatest Jewish voices on stage together: Bernard-Henri Levy and Natan Sharansky (online)


Freedom and Tyranny: two of the greatest Jewish voices of the past half-century appear on stage together for the first time in what promises to be a significant public intellectual event. French philosopher, essayist, playwright, and filmmaker Bernard-Henri Levy joins heroic former Soviet prisoner of conscience Natan Sharansky to address and debate the most urgent questions of our moment, starting with Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and ongoing U.S. engagement with Iran's tottering dictatorship as it pursues a nuclear bomb. Levy and Sharansky will offer their perspectives, then be joined by moderator David Samuels, the Literary Editor at Tablet.
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Discussions, February 12, 2023, 02/12/2023, Two of the greatest Jewish voices on stage together: Bernard-Henri Levy and Natan Sharansky (online)

Discussion | Stories Survive: Holocaust Survivor Speaks (online)


David Wiener was born on May 30, 1926, in Lodz, Poland, one of Moshe Chaim and Hannah Sur Wiener’s nine children. When he was thirteen, Wiener escaped alone from Lodz, which had been turned into a ghetto in February 1940. During the war, he survived slave labor camps, prison, and Auschwitz. His parents and all but one of his siblings were murdered by the Nazis. After the war, Wiener immigrated to the U.S., married, had two children, and became a successful businessman. Wiener will be in conversation with Monica Gordon about his life and experiences during and after the Holocaust.
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Book Discussion | I've Had to Think Up a Way to Survive: On Trauma, Persistence, and Dolly Parton (online)


When everything fell apart for Lynn Melnick, she went to Dollywood. It was perhaps an unusual refuge. The theme park, partly owned by and wholly named for Dolly Parton, celebrates a country music legend who grew up in church and in poverty in rural Tennessee. Yet Dollywood is exactly where Melnick—a poet, urbanite, and daughter of a middle-class Jewish family—needed to be. Because Melnick, like the musician she adores, is a survivor. In this bracing memoir, Melnick explores Parton’s dual identities as feminist icon and objectified sex symbol—identities that reflect the author’s own fraught history with rape culture and the grueling effort to reclaim her voice in the wake of loss and trauma. Each chapter engages with the artistry and cultural impact of one of Parton’s songs, as Melnick reckons with violence, creativity, parenting, abortion, sex work, love, and the consolations and cruelties of religion. Guided by Parton’s music, Melnick walks the slow path to recovery in the company of those who came before her and stand with her, as trauma is an experience both unique and universal. Candid and discerning, I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive is at once a memoir and a love song—a story about one life and about an artist who has brought life to millions.
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Discussion | Black Feminism in a Transatlantic Context


Alice Hasters, German journalist, author, and podcaster, as well as a 2023 Fellow at the Thomas Mann House Los Angeles, joins bestselling author Morgan Jerkins for an intimate reading and discussion on Black feminism.   Alice Haster’s autobiographical book Was weiße Menschen nicht über Rassismus hören wollen (What White People Don't Want to Hear About Racism), published by Hanser Verlag, interrogates the structural racism which is present in German society and permeates every aspect of private life. The entrenchment of racism in social structures is often invisible to white subjects but has profound effects on BIPoC, who must contend with cultural intolerance, discrimination, and the pressure to assimilate on a daily basis. Racism does not merely belong to the right-wing fringes of society. This discussion will explore Black feminism in a transatlantic context, examining the lived experience of Black women in the USA and Europe, including the commonalities and differences, as well as constructing ways of overturning structures of racism and oppression.
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Book Discussion | Fit Nation: The Gains and Pains of America's Exercise Obsession


Natalia Mehlman Petrzela in conversation about her new book about the past, present, and future of United States fitness culture.
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Book Discussion | The Diaries of Franz Kafka: A New Translation


A conversation among Ross Benjamin, Vivian Liska, and Ulrich Baer about Ross Benjamin's new translation of The Diaries of Franz Kafka. Benjamin will read from his new essential translation of Kafka's complete, uncensored diaries, and reflect on the choices he made in realizing this translation.
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Lecture | Correcting Mistaken Ideas: Revisiting The People’s Program at Lincoln Hospital (online)


In November of 1970, the People’s Program was founded by members from the Young Lords along with members of the Black Panther Party and the Health Revolutionary Unity Movement. Through direct action, the activists collectively organized and occupied Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx, demanding the city officials and hospital administrators improve health services amidst a heroin epidemic and a moment when the city’s public health infrastructures were failing and neglecting poor, Black, and Latinx communities. After taking over the hospital, they created the People’s Program (also known as Lincoln Detox Program), an addiction treatment center to serve and care for the community that was housed within Lincoln Hospital and ran until 1978. The People’s Program was a collective effort in confronting and rectifying a dysfunctional public health system, while also serving as a pedagogical space for healthcare, political education, and grassroots organizing.  One of the activists involved in the People’s Program was speaker Walter Bosque, a member of the Young Lords, health worker, and radical acupuncturist. Bosque, along with Mutulu Shakur, formed the Acupuncture Collective after researching drug detox treatments and studying Chinese acupuncture practices used in China to treat opiate addiction. Eventually, they developed their own radical acupuncture treatment called “The People’s Protocol,” a treatment that continues to be used in treating addiction today. In this lecture, Bosque reflects on public health interventions and shares the history of radical acupuncture, the People’s Program, and the potential for political education and building public health infrastructure through collective care practices.
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Talk | Love at the Tenement (online)


Intimate relationships thrive in close communities. On this virtual tour, hear the rarely shared stories of romantic and platonic relationships of 97 Orchard Street, from forbidden to familial love. Learn about dating, courting, and marriage traditions observed in different times and cultural groups. Discover who fell for a boarder, and how you would have wooed a crush in 1910.
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Lecture | Naturally Universal: How Aristotle Explains the Success of Medieval French Song


Poets and singers in a number of medieval vernacular languages reached non-native audiences and inspired speakers of other languages to compose in theirs; and many imagined their compositions enjoying a universality similar to that of cosmopolitan languages like Latin and Arabic. An interesting rationalization of these aspirations can be discerned in a short verse narrative of a well-known episode in the youth of Alexander the Great, conqueror of India, together with his tutor, the philosopher Aristotle. Not only does it involve Greeks and Indians singing French songs and cosplaying French lovers, but the philosopher is induced to pretend to be a horse and then justifies his behavior as "natural," with far-reaching implications which this talk will explore.   Speaker Sarah Kay is Professor Emerita in the Department of French Literature, Thought and Culture at New York University and Life Fellow at Girton College, University of Cambridge 
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Discussion | Talk about life and death in an informal, open-minded setting (Online)


Partake in an informal, group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. Instead, the purpose of this conversation is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives. This is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.
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Gallery Talk | From A(gam) to Z(aritsky): Highlights of Israeli Art from Yeshiva University Museum’s Collection: Curator's Tour


Collections Curator Bonni-Dara Michaels will explore the character of Israeli art and the personal relationships between artists, collectors, and donors on this special tour of the exhibition.
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Book Discussion | My Last Innocent Year: An Affair with a Professor


An incisive, deeply resonant debut novel about a nonconsensual sexual encounter that propels one woman’s final semester at an elite New England college into controversy and chaos—and into an ill-advised affair with a married professor. It’s 1998 and Isabel Rosen, the only daughter of a Lower East Side appetizing store owner, has one semester left at Wilder College, a prestigious school in New Hampshire. Desperate to shed her working-class roots and still mourning the death of her mother four years earlier, Isabel has always felt like an outsider at Wilder but now, in her final semester, she believes she has found her place—until a nonconsensual sexual encounter with one of the only other Jewish students on campus leaves her reeling. Enter R. H. Connelly, a once-famous poet and Isabel’s writing professor, a man with secrets of his own. Connelly makes Isabel feel seen, beautiful, talented: the woman she longs to become. His belief in her ignites a belief in herself, and the two begin an affair that shakes the foundation of who Isabel thinks she is, for better and worse. As the lives of the adults around her slowly come apart, Isabel discovers that the line between youth and adulthood is less defined than she thought. A coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal, Daisy Alpert Florin's book is a timely and wise portrait of a young woman learning to trust her voice and move toward independence while recognizing the beauty and grit of where she came from.
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Book Discussion | Learn About the Works of Famed Argentinian Writer Jorge Luis Borges (Online)


Read and discuss three classic stories by Jorge Luis Borges: Funes, the Memorious; The Secret Miracle; The Aleph. Moderated by Ilan Stavans. Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo (August 1899 - 1986) was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, as well as a key figure in Spanish-language and international literature. His best-known books, Ficciones (Fictions) and El Aleph (The Aleph), published in the 1940s, are collections of short stories exploring themes of dreams, labyrinths, chance, infinity, archives, mirrors, fictional writers and mythology. Borges' works have contributed to philosophical literature and the fantasy genre, and majorly influenced the magic realist movement in 20th century Latin American literature. Award-winning, internationally-renowned teacher, essayist, translator, and cultural critic Ilan Stavans is the publisher of Restless Books, the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, and a consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary.
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Discussion | Curatorial Roundtable (online)


With Su Wei, an art writer and curator based in Beijing. Wei was the senior curator of Inside-Out Museum Beijing from 2017-2019. His curatorial projects include the seventh Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale "Accidental Message: Art is Not a System, Not a World," OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen (2012); and "No References: A Revisit of Hong Kong Media and Video Art from 1985" at Videotage, Hong Kong (2016); among others.
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Book Discussion | The Estate Origins of Democracy in Russia: From Imperial Bourgeoisie to Post-Communist Middle Class (online)


Tomila Lankina's book argues that the Bolsheviks failed to obliterate the social structure of Tzarist Russia. The author argues that these divisions continue to have implications for understanding popular support for autocracy in Putin’s Russia now. The author makes this argument by analysing the transition of Tzarist Russia’s educated proto-bourgeoisie into modern high human capital status groups. The book challenges the notion that the Soviet Union destroyed the social structure of the past and built a new, Soviet, society, with a new party and nomenklatura elite.
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Book Discussion | Breaking the Frame: New School of Polish-Jewish Studies (online)


This book, edited by Irena Grudzinska Gross and Konrad Matyjaszek, is a collection of the most incisive texts of the New School of Polish-Jewish studies, a direction of critical thinking in Polish-Jewish history and in Holocaust studies. In facing the Holocaust, the New School opposes two intellectual frames. One of them is the framework of Polish nationalism, built around the myth of Polish innocence that either conceals or justifies centuries-old antisemitism. The other is the post-Cold War conviction that the history of Polish Christians’ anti-Jewish violence is an obstacle to Poland’s Western future and that the history of that structural violence should be told as the country’s harmonious and tolerant past. The authors of the volume reformulate the terms and conditions of discourses in history, cultural and literary studies, and other fields of research. Addressing the anti-Jewish violence perpetrated through Polish history, the book is founded on a thought that past violence can be overcome and prevented in the future if it is documented and worked through – intellectually as well as emotionally – together with its cultural context.
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Lecture | Moshiach, Moshiach!: Differing Notions of Messiah in Second Temple Judaism (online)


What do we mean when we talk about the messiah? This was a question circulating throughout ancient Judaism during the Second Temple Period (6th century BCE- 1st century CE). The figure of the messiah as articulated in various ancient Jewish and early Jewish-Christian texts was polylithic, varied and differentiated in significant ways. Among differing notions of the messiah emerges one of great significance, but which has long been misunderstood: the potential divinity of the messiah. Was the messiah a human-God? And, if some Jews thought the messiah would be divine, how helpful might early Christian texts be for helping to consider the landscape of these Jewish beliefs? In this talk, Rachel Slutsky of Seton Hall University demonstrate that ancient Jews did not have a consensus view of the messiah. She argues that present theological differences pertaining to the messiah in Judaism and early Christianity were not as stark as one might think, and that the question of the messiah's divinity and possible Godliness was in no way exclusive to the early Jesus movement.
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Book Discussion | And There He Kept Her: A Monster Reappears (online)


Debut author Joshua Moehling's thrilling page-turner introduces readers to a complicated new hero and pushes readers to consider what happens when the monster has gotten away, gets old, and is suddenly reengaged.
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Discussion | X as Intersection: Artists on Autobiography and Memory (online)


Drawing from artist Carmelita Tropicana’s concept of "Live Memoir," this panel invites participants to consider how autobiography, the archive, memory, and collective traditions inflect their cross-disciplinary artistic practices. Latinx Artist Fellows Carmelita Tropicana, Juana Valdéz, Koyoltzintli, and Candida Alvarez, in conversation with Susanna V,. Temkin and Rita Gonzalez, will also discuss particular chapters in their careers, and share their collective knowledge across decades of artistic practice.
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Book Discussion | New Approaches to 3D Vision: How Humans, Animals and AI Navigate the 3D World


This launch event for the Royal Society volume that explores how AI, animals, and humans see and navigate the 3D world. 3D vision is central to a number of contemporary innovations. In Artificial Intelligence (AI), 3D vision is enabling autonomous cars and robots to freely navigate the world and helping AI to solve fundamental scientific questions like protein folding. In animals, brain recordings from freely moving animals are enabling us to understand how animals process and navigate through space. In humans, virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D cinema are all having a transformative effect on our 3D visual experience. In turn, these innovations are revolutionizing our understanding of 3D vision and navigation. In traditional approaches to computer vision (SLAM: simultaneous localization and mapping), animal navigation (cognitive maps), and human vision (optimal cue integration), the assumption has been that it is important to produce an accurate 3D model of the world. By contrast, these new approaches rely on partial or distorted models of the world, or no model at all. Speakers: Fulvio Domini, Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University Kate Jeffery, Head of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Glasgow Ida Momennejad, Senior Researcher in Reinforcement Learning at Microsoft Research Moderated by Paul Linton, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience and Fellow of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University
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Book Discussion | Pat in the City: My Life of Fashion, Style, and Breaking All the Rules


Fashion visionary Patricia Field celebrates the launch of her memoir with Fern Mallis and Caroline Vazzana. From the iconic stylist and fashion provocateur whose designs transformed culture—bringing the glitz of Studio 54 and the sophistication of Sex and the City to the mainstream—comes a playful yet intimate memoir of a life spent challenging conventions. Carrie Bradshaw’s pairing of a tutu with a tank top is one of the most iconic outfits ever seen on television—and a look that turned avant-garde New York designer and stylist Patricia Field into a household name. But before she was crowned the fairy godmother of haute couture, Field was the owner of the longtime East Village emporium Pat Field, a haven for drag queens, club kids, starving artists, NYU freshmen, and creative visionaries alike. Presiding over downtown with her distinctive vermillion hair and a constantly lit cigarette, Patricia was a rock ’n’ roll den mother to everyone from Amanda Lepore to Lady Bunny to Patti Smith, with her store providing the city’s eccentrics with a place to discover a sense of family, home, and a rhinestone bedazzled bustier or two. In Pat in the City, Field describes her journey from scrappy Queens kid peddling men’s pants to the fashion world’s most notorious renegade. As the daughter of immigrant parents, Field learned the principles of glamour from her entrepreneurial mother, and applied her NYU lessons on democracy to inform a fashion ethos that would reach millions. From her Studio 54 disco-glam styling to her award-winning work in The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City to today’s buzzy costuming in Emily in Paris, Field’s inimitable styling has pushed the envelope and created trends that have become the culture standard. Now in her seventies, Patricia Field is ready to tell her story—not to take a final bow, but to spread her credo of challenging convention and filling the world with joy and dancing.    
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Book Discussion | Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation (online)


Through case histories as well as independent reporting, author Linda Villarosa’s remarkable third book elegantly traces the effects of the legacy of slavery — and the doctrine of anti-Blackness that sprang up to philosophically justify it — on Black health: reproductive, environmental, mental and more. Beginning with a long personal history of her awakening to these structural inequalities, the journalist repositions various narratives about race and medicine — the soaring Black maternal mortality rates; the rise of heart disease and hypertension; the oft-repeated dictum that Black people reject psychological therapy — as evidence not of Black inferiority, but of racism in the health care system.
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Lecture | The First Modern Woman Artist


How, in one century, does a woman artist go from anonymity to MoMA? In 2017 The Museum of Modern Art celebrated its acquisition of "the earliest self-portrait by a woman . . . in our collection:" "Self-Portrait with Two Flowers" (1907) by Paula Modersohn-Becker was also the artist's last self-portrait, painted late in her pregnancy. After giving birth, Modersohn-Becker died, age 31, an unknown artist. Today, this self-portrait is proclaimed in the capital of modern art. How, in one century, does a woman artist go from anonymity to MoMA? Hear the answers from art historian and author Diane Radycki whose scholarship is credited with making it happen.
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Book Discussion | Moonrise Over New Jessup: Thriving in the Black South (online)


Jamila Minnicks in a rich conversation on her acclaimed debut novel, winner of the 2021 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. In this enchanting novel, Alice arrives in New Jessup, a thriving, self-sufficient Black community where people are skeptical of those lobbying for integration. There, she falls in love with Raymond Campbell, whose clandestine organizing activities challenge New Jessup’s longstanding status quo. The book offers an insightful, fresh perspective of Black people flourishing in the American South, a celebration of Black joy, and a timely examination of the opposing viewpoints that attended desegregation in America.
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Book Discussion | Wanting: Women Writing About Desire


An intimate and empowering anthology of essays that explore the changing face of female desire in whip-smart, sensuous prose, with pieces by Tara Conklin, Camille Dungy, Melissa Febos, Lisa Taddeo, and others What is desire? And what are its rules? In this daring collection, award-winning and emerging female writers share their innermost longings, in turn dismantling both personal and political constructs of what desire is or can be. Featuring essays by Elisa Albert, Kristen Arnett, Molly McCully Brown, Angela Cardinale, Tara Conklin, Sonia Maria David, Jennifer De Leon, Camille T. Dungy, Melissa Febos, Amber Flame, Amy Gall, Aracelis Girmay, Sonora Jha, Nicole Hardy, Laura Joyce-Hubbard, TaraShea Nesbit, Keyanah B. Nurse, Torrey Peters, Amanda Petrusich, Larissa Pham, Rena Priest, Joanna Rakoff, Karen Russell, Domenica Ruta, Susan Shapiro, Terese Svoboda, Lisa Taddeo, Ann Tashi Slater, Abigail Thomas, Merritt Tierce, Michelle Wildgen, Jane Wong, and Teresa Wong.
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Book Discussion | We Are Not One: A History of America’s Fight Over Israel


Bestselling historian Eric Alterman uncovers the surprising roots of America’s long alliance with Israel and its troubling consequences. In conversation with Kai Bird (Leon Levy Center for Biography).
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Discussion | The Craft of Fiction: Flash Fiction and Innovative Forms (online)


What can be discovered within a narrative mosaic? How can the most succinct stories become building blocks for a larger tale? Three envelope-pushing writers--Kim Chinquee (Pipette), Eugene Lim (Search History), and writing workshop instructor Dawn Raffel (Boundless as the Sky)--will explore these questions and more. This is a rich conversation on the possible uses of flash fiction: novel-as flash, novella-as flash, and other structures of unexpected connections. Don't miss the chance to dive into questions of craft--the language, structure, vision, and voice in these forms--and questions of interest--why we're attracted to these patchwork structures
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Gallery Talk | Closer-Look Tour: Folk Artists Between 85 and 95 (online)


Bill Traylor, one of the 20th century's best known self-taught artists, created his body of work between the ages of 85 and 95. Many others waited, or had to wait, until they retired, were widowed, or raised their children--or all of the above. In this program, explore the work of artists from the collection who came to art-making later in life.
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Discussion | A Conversation with WNYC's Brian Lehrer (online)


Julie Salamon sits down with WNYC and podcast host Brian Lehrer. Lehrer is host of The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC Radio's daily call-in program, covering politics and life, locally and globally. He also hosts Brian Lehrer: A Daily Politics Podcast. The New York Times has called Lehrer a "master interviewer." David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, says Lehrer is "the equivalent of Lebron James or Steph Curry in the interviewing game." New York Magazine put him on its "dream dinner party guest list."
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Discussion | Conversations About Crafting (Online)


Join a community of fellow crafters and talk your latest creation. Whether you knit, stitch, sketch, or sculpt, you can chat and share tips with crafty people just like you.
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Lecture | If the Shoe Fits: Cinderella Narratives in Proust and Nella Larsen (in-person and online)


This presentation would project what Mary Jane Lupton has identified as the Cinderella narrative in Jessie Redmon Fausset’s Comedy: American Style onto a comparative analysis of the character of and fashions worn by Odette in Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu and the Cinderella narrative’s subversion in Nella Larsen’s Passing and Quicksand. Clothing will be analyzed in all three novels to discuss the tensions between racial and class self-transformation and the idea of passing. Although not all of the characters in the novels examined successfully pass, as do the protagonists of Passing, there are moments— for example in Quicksand’s Danish chapters, and at the end of Le Temps retrouvé—when the transformation and acceptance into a different social world seems nearly complete and seamless. Yet, these borrowed moments are ultimately undermined by social realities, and the need for narrative repayment. Speaker Adele Kudish is Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College,.
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Lecture | Telling War: Theater and the Multiplicity of Experiences in Postwar Soviet Ukraine (in-person and online)


How do societies explain what happened during war, what they did and what was done to them? In the Soviet Union after World War II theater played a central role in constructing a narrative of war appropriate to general audiences, officials, and most artists. The Theater of the Carpathian Military District in recently-conquered Lviv, Ukraine, was a central factory of such war stories. Yet this theater told these stories in a place of multiple and often conflicting experiences: here were Holocaust survivors, returning Ostarbeiters, partisans, nationalists, those who survived occupation, those whose wartime traumas, and losses did not fit the Soviet narrative. This talk explores the disparity between the stories on stage and those true war stories of place, and argues for the importance of place in telling war. Local experiences shaped Soviet meanings. The struggle in Soviet Ukraine with finding words for war might offer a platform to explore the emerging theatrical narratives of Russia’s war in Ukraine today and to figure out how such stories are constructed, how they include or exclude experiences, and how theater can, or cannot, address trauma. Speaker Dr. Mayhill C. Fowler is an historian of Ukraine and associate professor in the Department of History at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida.
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Lecture | What Makes Ukraine Resilient in an Asymmetric War? A Survey of Local Governments' Emergency Responses (in-person and online)


Ukraine revealed puzzling resilience in the face of the full-scale Russian invasion on February 24, 2022. Local authorities, in particular, continue to provide public services and respond to crises arising from Russian attacks on critical civilian infrastructure and housing and massive internal displacement. This survey illuminates how local authorities ensure the effectiveness and legitimacy of their emergency responses using elements of collaborative and anticipatory governance. These findings also highlight a shifting social contract in Ukraine towards partnership between authorities and citizens as a foundation for democracy more broadly. Speaker Oleksandra Keudel is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Policy and Governance at the Kyiv School of Economics.
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Gallery Talk | How Jews Became Citizens: Curator's Tour


What does citizenship mean to you? What are the rights and responsibilities that come with citizenship? Curator Ivy Weingram leads a tour in which she addresses these meaningful questions in the special exhibition, How Jews Became Citizens: Highlights from the Sid Lapidus Collection. The Lapidus collection tells the complex, ongoing story of the Jewish people’s path to emancipation—the process through which Jews obtained rights—in Europe, across centuries. Read more about the exhibition  here.
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Lecture | The Audience in Female “Personation”: Centering Women through Interplay on the All-Male Stage (online)


This talk will explore how the all-male playing companies of Shakespeare’s London could work to resist their own maleness by enlisting the playgoer as direct addressee of the cross-dressed “boy-heroine.” Arguing that early modern conceptions of “personation” entail the character rather than the player addressing the audience, Nancy Selleck's claim in the case of many cross-dressed female roles is for the authority of the character’s voice, as opposed to the frequent critical view of its erasure via the perceived presence of the boy player “beneath.” She suggests that the English convention of the boy-actress creates its own distinct form of audience interplay, making the representation of female character a collaborative process. Engaging playgoers directly with the voice, action, & consciousness of the cross-dressed heroine works to re-center authority away from subjective masculinity and toward the exciting interpersonal complexity typical of cross-gendered perspectives. Speaker Nancy Selleck is the author of a book on Shakespeare and the language of identity in the Renaissance, The Interpersonal Idiom in Shakespeare, Donne, and Early Modern Culture, as well as essays and articles appearing in Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Modern Drama, Ballet Review, and John Donne in Context.
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Book Discussion | Inventing the It Girl: How Elinor Glyn Created the Modern Romance and Conquered Early Hollywood


In this groundbreaking portrait of a courageous icon of independence, Hilary A. Hallett traces Elinor Glyn’s meteoric rise from a depressed society darling to a world-renowned celebrity author who consorted with world leaders from St. Petersburg to Cairo to New York. After reporting from the trenches during World War I, Glyn was lured by American movie producers from Paris to Los Angeles for her remarkable third act. Weaving together years of deep archival research, Hallett movingly conveys how Glyn, more than any other individual during the Roaring Twenties, crafted early Hollywood’s glamorous romantic aesthetic. She taught the screen’s greatest leading men to make love in ways that set audiences aflame, and coined the term “It Girl,” which turned actress Clara Bow into the symbol of the first sexual revolution.
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Book Discussion | The American Way: A True Story of Nazi Escape, Superman, and Marilyn Monroe


Family lore had it that author Bonnie Siegler’s grandfather Jules crossed paths with Marilyn Monroe in Midtown Manhattan late one night in 1954, her white dress flying up around her as she filmed a scene for The Seven Year Itch. Siegler wasn’t sure she quite believed her grandfather’s story…until, cleaning out his apartment, she found the film reel. That discovery would prompt her to investigate her grandfather’s seemingly-tall tales — and lead her in pursuit of a remarkable, poignant piece of forgotten history, bridging old Hollywood, the birth of the comic book, and the Holocaust. The American Way is a kaleidoscopic tale of hope and reinvention, of daring escapes and fake identities, of big dreams and the magic of movies, and what it means to be a real-life Superman.
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Book Discussion | The Caretaker: The Perils of Devotion


Doon Arbus’s book takes no prisoners as it explores the perils of devotion and the potentially lethal charisma of things. Following the death of a renowned and eccentric collector, the fate of the privately endowed museum he cherished falls to a peripatetic stranger who had been his fervent admirer. In his new role as caretaker of The Society for the Preservation of the Legacy of Dr. Charles Morgan, this restive man, in service to an absent master, at last finds his calling. The peculiar institution over which he presides is dedicated to the annihilation of hierarchy: peerless antiquities commune happily with the ignored, the discarded, the undervalued and the valueless. What transpires as the caretaker assumes dominion over this reliquary of voiceless objects and over its visitors is told in a manner at once obsessive and matter-of-fact, and in language both cocooning and expansive.
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Book Discussion | Irena Klepfisz: Her Birth and Later Years: New and Collected Poems, 1971-2021 (online)


For fifty years, Irena Klepfisz has written powerful, searching poems about relatives murdered during the war, recent immigrants, a lost Yiddish writer, a Palestinian boy in Gaza, and various people in her life. A trailblazing lesbian poet, child Holocaust survivor, and political activist whose work is deeply informed by socialist values, Klepfisz is a vital and individual American voice. Klepfisz's new book is the first and only complete collection of her work.
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Discussion | Harlem Speaks of Ray Carman of The Duke Ellington Society


Ray Carman was giant man, literally and figuratively. When he wasn't busy leading The Duke Ellington Society, he and his wife Marlene devoted hundreds of hours to greeting and educating visitors to the museum for many years. Celebrate his love of all things Ellingtonia with music and memories of a great man.
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Discussion | Novelists in Conversation


A fiction reading by Uzodinma Iweala and a conversation with Darin Strauss, followed by a reception/signing. Uzodinma Iweala is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and medical doctor. His books include Beasts of No Nation, Our Kind of People, and Speak No Evil. Darin Strauss is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Chang and Eng, The Real McCoy, and More Than it Hurts You,  the memoir Half a Life, and most recently the acclaimed novel The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story.
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Lecture | Trembling Bodies, Buried Beast, and Nomadic Objects: The Performative Life of Greetings from Jerusalem Avenue


Greetings from Jerusalem Avenue is arguably the most iconic art project realized in Poland's public space after the political transformation of 1989. Conceived as a social experiment by the internationally recognized Polish artist Joanna Rajkowska, this site-specific installation was meant to metaphorically bring the "vanished Jews back into the landscape of contemporary Poland." However, due to the ongoing difficulty in Poland to deal with Polish-Jewish history, as well as the present social, economic and political struggles, since its inception, the project's location has become a prominent site for various activists, including women, nurses, LGBTQ+ communities, environmental activists, protesters against the war in Ukraine, and others. Justyna Wierzchowska will discuss the performative life of Rajkowska's installation from historical, postcolonial and psychosocial perspectives to read it as symptomatic of the most sensitive areas of Polish cultural memory and identity. Wierzchowska is an Associate Professor at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw.
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Lecture | The Renovation of the National Gallery in London


Annabelle Selldorf, Principal of Selldorf Architects, presents her insights into a renovation of the National Gallery London Selldorf Architects is working on a renovation of the National Gallery London including improvements to its surrounding public realm. The firm was selected in July 2021 as lead of a multidisciplinary team to create a more welcoming, inclusive and accessible National Gallery. Other recent international projects include Luma Arles, a center for contemporary arts in France, and multiple galleries and other arts venues. Annabelle Selldorf is Principal of Selldorf Architects a 70-person architectural design practice she founded in 1988. The firm creates public and private spaces that manifest a clear and modern sensibility to enduring impact. Selldorf is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the Board of the Architectural League of New York and the World Monuments Fund.
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Lecture | Dirty Literature: Towards an Ecopoetics of Russian Soil (in-person and online)


In this talk, Mieka Erley will present selected episodes from her recent book, On Russian Soil: Myth and Materiality. As a whole, the book takes an ecocritical approach to the place of soil in Russian and Soviet culture, considering key moments in the evolving mythology of soil across a century of modernization, colonization, and ecological change. This talk will focus on literary depictions of soil in literature, from 19th-century naturalism to mid-20th-century Virgin Lands literature. Within this tradition of "dirty literature," Erley will excavate the meaning of three symbolic keywords: native soil (pochva), dirt (griaz'), and virgin land (tselina). Examining these keywords reveals how soil, in its many forms, served to focus larger debates about the hygienic boundaries between art and life, between culture and nature, and between classes and nations. At the conclusion of the talk, Erley will reflect on how attention to materiality can reinvigorate our understandings of literature and culture. Erley is Associate Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at Colgate University.
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Gallery Talk | Residential Rising: Lower Manhattan Since 9/11: Curator's Tour


Museum's director Carol Willis will offer a gallery tour of the show, which focuses on Downtown's doubled population and transformed skyline over the past twenty years.
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Discussion | A Conversation with Lifestyle Designer Joseph Abboud


Legendary lifestyle designer Joseph Abboud discusses his illustrious career. Launching his namesake brand in 1987, Abboud has succeeded in establishing an exceptional style sensibility. His trademark approach to color is subtle yet highly refined as he strives to capture a timelessness harmony in tonality and hue. Abboud has received numerous honors including The Cutty Sark Award for Most Promising Menswear Designer, Person of the Year from the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award from MR magazine, and the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year two years in a row. After leaving his brand in 2005, Abboud launched Black Brown 1826 for Lord & Taylor and was instrumental in reinvigorating Hickey Freeman. In 2015 he launched the Joseph Abboud Black Label Collection, and most recently hosted the national lifestyle radio show "Threads", on WABC.
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Talk | Queer History: Drag and the Waterfront


Featuring author and drag legend Linda Simpson. Why are queer communities often found at geographic peripheries like the waterfront? What is the connection between drag and the seaport? This is a conversation with drag performer and documentarian Linda Simpson, who will answer these questions while illuminating the “herstory” of drag on the waterfront. In this lively presentation, Linda Simpson explores the relationships between queer community and geographic periphery and drag and New York’s seaport. She will share personal photos and memories (including the annual Wigstock and a drag-themed boat cruise that embarked from the South Street Seaport) curated for this event—a firsthand archive of the rise and evolution of drag and queer activism in New York City during the 1980s and 90s. Linda’s lookback on nightlife, queer activism, and pop-culture moments, not to mention colorful characters such as Lady Bunny, Lypsinka, Mona Foot, RuPaul, and Leigh Bowery, will educate, entertain, and provide a deeper understanding of those who laid the foundation for today’s drag renaissance.
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Gallery Talk | DomesticanX: Exhibition Walkthrough


A gallery tour to explore and discuss the on-view exhibition that explores the concept of “domesticana,” first theorized by artist, scholar, and critic Amalia Mesa-Bains in the 1990.
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Gallery Talk | Juan Francisco Elso: Por América: Exhibition Walkthrough


A gallery tour to explore and discuss the on-view exhibition that examines the brief yet significant career of the late Cuban artist Juan Francisco Elso (1956-1988).
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Book Discussion | A Pill for Promiscuity: Gay Sex in an Age of Pharmaceuticals


Editor Andrew Spieldenner in conversation with contributors Justice Jamal Jones and Theodore (Ted) Kerr for the launch of this book that brings together artists, academics, and artists from various disciplines to reflect on how gay sex has changed in a post-PrEP era.
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Gallery Talk | DomesticanX: Exhibition Walkthrough


A gallery tour to explore and discuss the on-view exhibition that explores the concept of “domesticana,” first theorized by artist, scholar, and critic Amalia Mesa-Bains in the 1990.
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Discussion | The Voices of the Second Generation: Children of Survivors Writing Their Stories (online)


Many in the second generation have chosen to write about their experiences as the children of Holocaust survivors. The products of these efforts take many different forms, from personal recollections to nonfiction and academic books. This program will explore the different processes 2G writers take to create their works. Dr. Irit Felsen, a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with Holocaust survivors and their families, will be in conversation with Dr. Talila Kosh Zohar, author of The Ethics of Memory: The Voices of Mnemosyne and the Literature of the Second Generation and Martha's Notebooks, which is currently being translated into English, and Goran Rosenberg, author of A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz, about their writing and their experiences as children of survivors. 
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Discussions, February 19, 2023, 02/19/2023, The Voices of the Second Generation: Children of Survivors Writing Their Stories (online)

Gallery Talk | Juan Francisco Elso: Por América: Exhibition Walkthrough


A gallery tour to explore and discuss the on-view exhibition that examines the brief yet significant career of the late Cuban artist Juan Francisco Elso (1956-1988).
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Slide Lecture | 10 Images, 10 Stories (online)


Throughout a photography career, there are always some images that just stand out. Jeff Berlin’s photo career has transcended a number of genres, from fashion and beauty, to aviation and western lifestyle, as in cowboys, cowgirls and rodeo. He discuss the stories and techniques behind some of his most resonant images. 
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Slide Lectures, February 20, 2023, 02/20/2023, 10 Images, 10 Stories (online)

Book Discussion | No Machos or Pop Stars: When the Leeds Art Experiment Went Punk (online)


After punk’s arrival in 1976, many art students in the northern English city of Leeds traded their paintbrushes for guitars and synthesizers. In bands ranging from Gang of Four, Soft Cell, and Delta 5 to the Mekons, Scritti Politti, and Fad Gadget, these artists-turned-musicians challenged the limits of what was deemed possible in rock and pop music. Taking avant-garde ideas to the record-buying public, they created Situationist antirock and art punk, penned deconstructed pop ditties about Jacques Derrida, and took the aesthetics of collage and shock to dark, brooding electro-dance music. Author Gavin Butt tells the fascinating story of the post-punk scene in Leeds, showing how England’s state-funded education policy brought together art students from different social classes to create a fertile ground for musical experimentation. Drawing on extensive interviews with band members, their associates, and teachers, Butt details the groups who wanted to dismantle both art world and music industry hierarchies by making it possible to dance to their art. Their stories reveal the subversive influence of art school in a regional music scene of lasting international significance.
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Book Discussion | Arthur Miller: American Witness (online)


In the new book, distinguished theater critic John Lahr brings a unique perspective to the life of Arthur Miller, the playwright who almost singlehandedly brought twentieth-century American theater to a new level of cultural sophistication. Organized around the fault lines of Miller's life and concentrating largely on his most prolific decades of the 1940s through the 1960s, Lahr provides an original interpretation of Miller's work, personality, and legacy. Lahr will be in conversation with award-winning playwright John Guare.
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Book Discussions, February 21, 2023, 02/21/2023, Arthur Miller: American Witness&nbsp;(online)

Discussion | Poetry About Contemporary Issues


Join fellow poetry enthusiasts in unpacking the layered meanings of poetry through an informal group discussion, focusing on contemporary poems that embody the spirit of political and social resistance. Reading selections for this event are: Danez Smith, Tonight in Oakland Laura Da', Passive Voice Donika Kelly, Dear ---- Please note that contemporary poetry deals frankly with contemporary issues and all works discussed are artistic expressions selected for an adult audience.
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Lecture | "With Love and Best Wishes for Peace": Soviet-American Pen-Friends Confront the Cold War (in-person and online)


The late 1940s are generally considered a time of notorious Soviet isolationism and anti-western hysteria, fomenting by Kremlin. Likewise, the Truman administration’s anxieties about containing communism touched off a series of laws designed to limit contact with the Soviet Union and verify Americans’ loyalties. Yet, throughout this tumultuous time, American and Soviet women were in regular, intimate contact. Between 1943 and 1950, they exchanged over 500 letters, writing to establish peace and mutual understanding between their countries. This talk delves into their conversations. It investigates how individual women confronted the complexities of ideology and policy in a deeply personal way. As they shared the details of their lives, the letter-writers critically reflected upon their own societies and discovered how deeply their life choices and habits of mind were embedded in the political. They also discovered the power that the personal–that raw human vulnerability and emotion–held as a tool for shaping geopolitics. Speaker Alexis Peri is an Associate Professor of History at Boston University.
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Talk | Long Exposure Photography: Between Concept and Technique


Photography has the power to freeze time, to capture the world and reality. In most people’s mind photography has to be truthful to reality. It has to depict a scene, and atmosphere, and event accurately. But photography is so much more than a simple tool to document our lives. It is also a way to express ourselves, our point of view, to share our messages. Photography is art. Photography can be abstract and minimalistic. It allows us to change what we see based on our emotions and intent. Long exposure is a technique that embraces this approach: it transforms reality into something else, into a dialogue between the artist, the subject and viewer. By stretching the time used to capture a single image, the photographer includes movement in their art: water becomes smooth, clouds create long silky streaks, trees blur out in the wind... the effects are endless. Long exposure is a different mindset. One that comes from within and uses what is out there in order to produce unique and breathtaking images. Images that go beyond documenting and bridge into the Fine Arts. In this technical lecture, Sony's Thibault Roland will introduce long exposure and will discuss the equipment needed to shoot with this technique. At the end of the presentation, you will have a checklist of the different steps to follow as well as tips and tricks that will help you take breathtaking images using this unique approach.
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Lecture | Reading Tragedy in Pandemic Time


Seizing on the anachronism inherent in every act of reading while refusing the dichotomy between ancient text and modern reception, Mario Telo (University of California Berkeley) shows how Greek tragedy can speak to us about the pandemic as well as the crises it has aggravated and come to epitomize. Re-reading Antigone in light of Saidiya Hartman's Litany for Grieving Sisters and W. E. B. Du Bois's The Comet helps us conceptualize the relationship between tragedy and the end of the world, or the end of the human, a prospect that the pandemic and climate change have made palpable. More importantly, this affective and interpretive re-engagement with Sophocles' play might allow us to locate imaginative forms of being beyond extraction and beyond human extinction.
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Book Discussion | Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World


For decades, a single, free-market philosophy has dominated global economics. But this intellectual monoculture is bland and unhealthy. Author and economist Ha-Joon Chang makes challenging economic ideas delicious by plating them alongside stories about food from around the world, using the diverse histories behind familiar food items to explore economic theory. For Chang, chocolate is a lifelong addiction, but more exciting are the insights it offers into postindustrial knowledge economies; and while okra makes Southern gumbo heart-meltingly smooth, it also speaks of capitalism's entangled relationship with freedom.
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Book Discussion | I Have Some Questions for You: Murder at Boarding School (online)


Rebecca Makkai's novel has been named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2023 by Time, NPR, USA Today, Elle, Newsweek, Salon, Bustle, and more. In this unforgettable novel, film professor and podcaster Bodie Kane is content to forget her tragic past—including the murder of her former roommate, Thalia Keith—until she is invited back to her old boarding school to teach a class. There, she is inexorably drawn back to the allegedly solved murder case and its increasingly apparent flaws, and falls down the very rabbit hole she was so determined to avoid.
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Book Discussion | The Night Travelers: Four Generations of Women in an Epic Novel


Four generations of women experience love, loss, war, and hope from the rise of Nazism to the Cuban Revolution and finally, the fall of the Berlin Wall in this sweeping novel from the bestselling author of The German Girl. Writer Armando Lucas Correa is an award-winning journalist, editor, author, and the recipient of several awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the Society of Professional Journalism.
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Tue, Feb 21
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Talk | Photo Lecture: Telling Authentic Stories


A talk with Brooklyn-born fashion and portrait photographer Timothy Smith. Smith has worked with top international agencies featuring global brands such as Casio, ESPN x New York Marathon, Espy’s, Gucci x Far Fetch and UGG. In addition to his editorial work, Smith is passionate about curating personal photography projects that creatively embody rich culture and tell authentic stories of style and triumph. His aesthetic is described as timeless with a “polished grit vibe.”
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Discussion | The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright in NYC (Online)


Join architect, artist, art historian, writer, and professor, Anthony Alofsin for a presentation on Frank Lloyd Wright and early twentieth-century New York, revealing the city's role in establishing the career of America's most famous architect. With unprecedented access to the recently opened Wright archives held by Columbia University and the Museum of Modern Art, Alofsin's foundational research provides a crucial and innovative understanding of Wright's life, his career, and the conditions that enabled his success. The result is Alofsin's new book, Wright and New York: The Making of America's Architect, an intimate dual portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright and early twentieth-century Manhattan. Anthony Alofsin is internationally recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and as an expert on modern architecture. He was also the consulting curator for the major retrospective Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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Tue, Feb 21
7:00 pm

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Discussions, February 21, 2023, 02/21/2023, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright in NYC (Online)

Talk | The Life and Legacy of Artist Richard Bernstein


Explore the life and legacy of Richard Bernstein with his nephew Rory Trifon who now leads the estate. The artist's iconic vision as the creator of the legendary portraits for Warhol’s Interview magazine continues to impact visual culture with a myriad of exhibitions and creative collaborations. Beginning in the mid-60s Bernstein’s bold and innovative techniques captured the zeitgeist of the Pop Art movement. As one of the first artists to blur the line between commercial and fine art, his technicolor compositions inspired Warhol to dub him “my favorite artist.”
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Discussion | Curatorial Roundtable (online)


With Ingrid Haug Erstad, director of Bergen Assembly, a triennial for contemporary art that takes place in the city of Bergen, Norway. Erstad has previously worked as the curator of Bergen Kunsthall’s projects space, Landmark, as well as at Multiplex, a curatorial platform devoted to artists’ films and moving image works in Berlin.
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Discussions, February 22, 2023, 02/22/2023, Curatorial Roundtable (online)

Lecture | The Influence of Bertram Ross on Modern Dance (In Person and Online)


A discussion by Andy Chiang on the choreography of Bertram Ross and his influence on Nai-Ni Chen. Andy Chiang of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company discusses modern dance icon Bertram Ross, Ross's work, and his concert with Nai-Ni Chen. Ross taught at NYU and at the Mary Anthony Dance Studio on Broadway, where he met and taught Nai-Ni Chen. Chen became one of his favorite students and, in his words, a formidable choreographer. To introduce Nai-Ni Chen to the dance world, Mary Anthony sponsored a concert commissioned two dances from Bertram (Entrances and Exits, and Nocturne), and Nai-Ni Chen showed two dances of her own at the Nicholai Louis Dance Lab. Chiang examines the wonderful choreographic craft of Bertram Ross in these two works and how it might serve as exemplary choreographic lessons for future generations. The lecture also includes video of Nai-Ni Chen's later work, Movable Figures, following some of the ideas from Bertram Ross's Entrances and Exits, but expanding upon it in multiple directions.
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Lectures, February 22, 2023, 02/22/2023, The Influence of Bertram Ross on Modern Dance (In Person and Online)

Book Discussion | Murder Your Employer: Devilish New Thriller (online)


In this devilish thriller, Rupert Holmes delivers a killer concept: The McMasters Conservatory for the Applied Arts, a luxurious, clandestine college dedicated to the fine art of murder where earnest students study how best to “delete” their most deserving victim.
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Book Discussions, February 22, 2023, 02/22/2023, Murder Your Employer: Devilish New Thriller (online)

Book Discussion | Africatown: America's Last Slave Ship and the Community It Created


Nick Tabor launches his book, the powerful story of the enslaved people brought over on America’s last slave ship. An evocative and epic story, Africatown charts the fraught history of America from those who were brought here as slaves but nevertheless established a home for themselves and their descendants, a community which often thrived despite persistent racism and environmental pollution. In 1860, a ship called the Clotilda was smuggled through the Alabama Gulf Coast, carrying the last group of enslaved people ever brought to the U.S. from West Africa. Five years later, the shipmates were emancipated, but they had no way of getting back home. Instead they created their own community outside the city of Mobile, where they spoke Yoruba and appointed their own leaders, a story chronicled in Zora Neale Hurston's Barracoon. That community, Africatown, has endured to the present day, and many of the community residents are the shipmates' direct descendants. After many decades of neglect and a Jim Crow legal system that targeted the area for industrialization, the community is struggling to survive. Many community members believe the pollution from the heavy industry surrounding their homes has caused a cancer epidemic among residents, and companies are eyeing even more land for development. At the same time, after the discovery of the remains of the Clotilda in the riverbed nearby, a renewed effort is underway to create a living memorial to the community and the lives of the slaves who founded it.
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Discussion | A Conversation with FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh


Person Place Thing host Randy Cohen hosts a wide-ranging conversation with FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh. Commissioner Laura Kavanagh, who first joined the FDNY as Director of External Affairs in 2014, is credited with key FDNY initiatives, including increasing the department's number of women graduates. An alumnus of the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Post Graduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Summer Institute, she has a BA from Whittier College and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
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Wed, Feb 22
6:00 pm

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Discussions, February 22, 2023, 02/22/2023, A Conversation with FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh

Book Discussion | Ted Kennedy: A Life (in-person and online)


John A. Farrell's magnificent biography of Edward M. Kennedy is the first single-volume life of the great figure since his death. Farrell's long acquaintance with the Kennedy universe and the acclaim accorded his previous books--including his New York Times bestselling biography of Richard Nixon, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize--helped garner him access to a remarkable range of new sources, including segments of Kennedy's personal diary and his private confessions to members of his family in the days that followed the accident on Chappaquiddick. Farrell is, without question, one of America's greatest political biographers and a storyteller of deep wisdom and empathy. His book does full justice to this famously epic and turbulent life of almost unimaginable tragedy and triumph.
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Discussion | A Frank Talk About Love and Learning Disorders (In Person and Online)


The poet and essayist Camonghne Felix speaks about her meditation on loving yourself in the face of heartbreak with multi-disciplinary artist, spiritual teacher, and musician Bunny Michael. When Felix goes through a monumental breakup, culminating in a hospital stay, everything--from her early childhood trauma and mental health to her relationship with mathematics--shows up in the tapestry of her healing. Diagnosed as a child with dyscalculia--a learning disorder that affects a person's ability to understand numbers and math--Felix reckons that part of herself against her miscalculations in love. Surveying her adult gambles in intimacy, she asks who gets to assert their right to pain? Camonghne Felix, poet and essayist, is the author of Build Yourself a Boat, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Poetry, shortlisted for the PEN/Open Book Awards, and shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Awards. Bunny Michael is a multi-disciplinary artist who has dedicated their work to awakening higher self-consciousness on the planet- the manifestation of love within all humans deconditioned by a hierarchical thought system. Bunny uses writing, music, visual art, and social media activism to spread their message, and has given talks and performed music throughout the United States and Europe.
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Wed, Feb 22
6:30 pm

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Discussions, February 22, 2023, 02/22/2023, A Frank Talk About Love and Learning Disorders (In Person and Online)

Book Discussion | The Great Displacement: Climate Change and the Next American Migration


Jake Bittle's book is the untold story of climate migration in the United States—the personal stories of those experiencing displacement, the portraits of communities being torn apart by disaster, and the implications for all of us as we confront a changing future. Even as climate change dominates the headlines, many of us still think about it in the future tense—we imagine that as global warming gets worse over the coming decades, millions of people will scatter around the world fleeing famine and rising seas. What we often don’t realize is that the consequences of climate change are already visible, right here in the United States. In communities across the country, climate disasters are pushing thousands of people away from their homes.
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Book Discussion | We Should Not Be Friends: The Story of a Friendship


By the time Will Schwalbe was a junior at college, he had already met everyone he cared to know: the theater people, writers, visual artists and comp lit majors, and various other quirky characters including the handful of students who shared his own major, Latin and Greek. He also knew exactly who he wanted to avoid: the jocks. The jocks wore baseball caps and moved in packs, filling boisterous tables in the dining hall, and on the whole seemed to be another species entirely, one Will might encounter only at his own peril. All this changed dramatically when Will collided with Chris Maxey, known to just about everyone as Maxey. Maxey was physically imposing, loud, and a star wrestler who was determined to become a Navy SEAL (where he would later serve for six years). Thanks to the strangely liberating circumstances of a little-known secret society at Yale, the two forged a bond that would become a mainstay of each other’s lives as they repeatedly lost and found each other and themselves in the years after graduation. From New Haven to New York City, from Hong Kong and Panama to a remarkable school on an island in the Bahamas—through marriages and a divorce, triumphs and devastating losses—We Should Not Be Friends tracks an extraordinary friendship over decades of challenge and change. Schwalbe’s marvelous new work is, at its heart, a joyful testament to the miracle of human connection—and how if we can just get past our preconceptions, we may find some of our greatest friends.
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Book Discussion | New Collections: Evil Flowers / A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness (online)


Authors Jai Chakrabarti, Gunnhild Øyehaug, and Hernan Diaz join the stage for a discussion of the ever-versatile and wildly divergent short story form and its craft. Their featured new works include Evil Flowers—Norwegian author Øyehaug’s playfully surreal, madcap collection about love, death, and metamorphosis—and A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness—Chakrabarti’s masterful collection exploring what it means to cultivate a family today, across borders, religions, and race.
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Discussion | Brother to Brother: A Forum on the Black Masculine Body


The cultural significance, joy, and risk of being a Black man in America is a constantly shifting battlefield. One thing is for certain: to be Black and masculine is to be at war against stereotypes. For Black men, even (and perhaps especially) those who have reached the top of their field, the tension between fear and desire can be paralyzing. The image of a Black male artist presents a strange blend of complimentary and dehumanizing traits—strong, dark, virile, threatening—that can isolate and unman. For this unique open forum, a selection of successful NYC-based dancers, educators and curators explore their personal experiences navigating the pitfalls of Black masculinity and queerness, both within and without the world of the arts, for a frank and honest conversation about modern inclusivity. Featuring: Kenneth Murphy (Moderator) – Artist, Dancer, Jerome Robbins Dance Division at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Ballroom Community Activist, and Educator Isaiah Blake (Moderator) – Artist and History Educator Omari Wiles – Artistic Director Les Ballet Afrik, Father of the House of Oricci, HBO Max "Legendary" Season 2 competition series Robert Mason – Artist, Juilliard Class of 2022 Alumnus, Dancer, Actor, Model, and Educator
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Book Discussion | Against NGOs: A Critical Perspective on Civil Society, Management, and Development (online)


What would development look like if its practitioners and scholars were 'against NGOs,' challenging common sense about them? Nidhi Srinivas's book presents a critical perspective on NGOs, describing how they emerged as key agents of development over time.
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Lecture | Family History Today: Polish Jews in the USSR During WWII (online)


When the “Ribbentrop-Molotov pact” divided Poland between the Soviet Union and Germany in 1939, the Polish territories annexed to the Soviet Union had a Jewish population of approximately 2 million. About 400,000 residents of these territories, many of them Jews, were deported to “special settlements,” mostly in Siberia. Additionally, about 250,000 to 300,000 Jewish refugees from German-occupied western Poland fled to the Soviet Union after the war broke out. In this lecture, Serafima Velkovich, Head of the Family Roots Research Section at the Yad Vashem Archives, will provide an overview of the route and the fate of Jewish refugees from Poland who spent the war years in the USSR, and their post-war search for a new home. She will also explain how you can research the experiences and fates of family members who were among these refugees.
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Book Discussion | The Shamama Case: Contesting Citizenship Across the Modern Mediterranean (online)


A nineteenth-century lawsuit over the estate of a wealthy Tunisian Jew illuminates the history of belonging, citizenship, and Jewishness. Author Jessica M. Marglin is Associate Professor of Religion, History, and Law and the Ruth Ziegler Early Career Chair in Jewish Studies at the University of Southern California.
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Discussion | Conversations About Crafting (Online)


Join a community of fellow crafters and talk your latest creation. Whether you knit, stitch, sketch, or sculpt, you can chat and share tips with crafty people just like you.
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Lecture | Sociolingustics (in-person and online)


Professor Sharese King will speak on the area of Sociolinguistics.
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Book Discussion | Growing Up Underground: A Memoir of Counterculture New York (online)


Hear Steven Heller's firsthand account of New York City’s counterculture in the 1960s and ‘70s as he shares the experiences that defined his early 20s. Much like the book, this conversation will be filled with reminisces and entertaining anecdotes, and is not to be missed.
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Symposium | Ancient Sex, Ancient Gender: A Comparative Investigation


This symposium wagers that any impulse to investigate origins, an impulse surely animating the study of the ancient world, will inevitably encounter the problematic of sexual difference. Bringing together three comparative literature and philosophy scholars with expertise across Ancient China, Mesopotamia, India, Mesoamerica, and Greece, this international, comparative, decolonial, queer symposium will engage speculative poetics to encounter anew questions of sexual difference and sexuality across the ancient world.
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Book Discussion | Patience is a Subtle Thief: A Novel of Fraud in Nigeria (online)


Abi Ishola-Ayodeji's book is a coming-of-age story about young Nigerians striving to realize their dreams during the country’s political turmoil in the early 1990s. The story's protagonist, 18-year-old Patience Adewale, enters a life of fraud in Lagos to gather the money she needs to reunite with her estranged mother in America. Set against the backdrop of the country's historic 1993 election, Patience faces unexpected consequences and the realities of her most dangerous job as Nigerians endure the strain of instability after years of military dictatorships, the dashed hope for democracy, and bloody protests. The book tackles patriarchy, classism, and how people are made to wait for basic human rights and social change.
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Book Discussion | Topographies: Aerial Surveys of the American Landscape


Stephen Shore is joined by publisher Michael Mack for an expansive conversation about photography and bookmaking to celebrate the launch of his new book. During this talk, they will discuss the ways an artist can continue to reinvigorate and challenge their artistic practice; Shore’s recent inquiries into drone technology and its relationship to New Topographics; and the making of Shore’s experimental memoir Modern Instances: The Craft of Photography. Topographies is a series of photographs shot by drone from 2020 onwards, which reveal in arresting detail the interplay of natural and man-made landscapes in Montana, North Carolina, New York, and beyond.  
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Discussion | One Year Later: Russia’s War in Ukraine, Germany’s Policy Pivot, and Implications for Transatlantic Relations


In a special address to the German Bundestag on February 27, 2022, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced far-reaching policy changes as a response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This included a commitment to take a more active role in issues of defense and security policy by increasing defense spending and reconsidering choices in military deployment and weapon systems. This dramatic policy shift not only has implications for domestic policy debates but also for the international stage and especially for Germany’s role within the EU and vis-à-vis the U.S. This is a discussion with Member of the German Bundestag Metin Hakverdi. After opening remarks, Hakverdi will engage in an exchange with the audience providing a first-rate opportunity to reflect upon evolving policy issues and the future of the transatlantic relationship.
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Discussions, February 23, 2023, 02/23/2023, One Year Later: Russia&rsquo;s War in Ukraine, Germany&rsquo;s Policy Pivot, and Implications for Transatlantic Relations

Book Discussion | Against Redemption: Democracy, Memory, and Literature in Post-Fascist Italy (in-person and online)


This book by Franco Baldasso discloses the richness of ideas and sheds light on the controversy that characterized the transition from fascism to democracy, examining authors, works and memories that were subsequently silenced by Cold War politics. How a shared memory of Fascism and its cultural heritage took shape is still today the most disputed question of modern Italy, crossing the boundaries between academic and public discourse. Against Redemption concentrates on the historical period in which disagreement was at its highest: the transition between the downfall of Mussolini in July 1943 and the victory of the Christian Democrats over the Left in the 1948 general elections. By dispelling the silence around the range of opinion in the years before the ideological struggle fossilized into Cold War oppositions, this book points to early postwar literary practices as the main vehicle for intellectual dissent, shedding new light on the role of cultural policies in institutionalizing collective memory.
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Thu, Feb 23
6:30 pm

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Book Discussions, February 23, 2023, 02/23/2023, Against Redemption: Democracy, Memory, and Literature in Post-Fascist Italy (in-person and online)

Discussion | Writers in Conversation


Readings by Erica Hunt and Dawn Lundy Martin and conversation with Claudia Rankine, followed by a reception/signing.  Erica Hunt is a poet, an essayist, a scholar, and an organizer. She is the author of Jump the Clock, Veronica: A Suite in X Parts; Piece Logic, Arcade, and Local History. Dawn Lundy Martin is an American poet and essayist. She is the author of four books of poems: Good Stock Strange Blood, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life; DISCIPLINE, and A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering. Claudia Rankine is the author of six collections of poetry, including Just Us: An American Conversation, Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely.
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Book Discussion | Inside Congressional Committees: Function and Dysfunction in the Legislative Process (online)


Author Dr. Maya L. Kornberg presents her newest book. It is widely believed that Congress has broken down. Media accounts present the storied legislature as thoroughly gridlocked, immobilized by partisan rancor, and political scientists find that Congress is passing fewer laws and spending less time on legislative work. Which parts of this supposedly dysfunctional legislature continue to function? Through a comprehensive exploration of whom committees hear from and how they listen, this book demonstrates that Congress is not as dysfunctional as is often claimed.
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Symposium | Fresh, Fly, Fabulous: 50 Years of Hip Hop Style Symposium


A fashion symposium hosted and led by Elena Romero and Elizabeth Way. The symposium will draw on the expert voices of hip hop style from journalists, designers, and stylists to curators, professors, and archivists who will explore topics that center hip hop fashion as a force that has shaped American culture for five decades. Talks and panels focus on the role of jewelry, custom design, media, collecting, and designer brands in amplifying hip hop's impact on fashion and society. This symposium is held in conjunction with the exhibition Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style.
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Fri, Feb 24
10:00 am

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Lecture | Alexander Weissberg-Cybulski, Austrian Physicist Who Spread Word of the Gulag (online)


This talk concerns the life of Alexander Weissberg-Cybulski (1901-1964), an Austrian-Jewish physicist, writer, businessman, communist, then anti-communist and gambler. In his twenties, Weissberg was a member of an international brotherhood of physicists at the peak of that science and of a cosmopolitan leftist milieu of European intelligentsia. He is best known for the book on his imprisonment in the USSR (The Accused, 1951), and for his testimony at the Paris trial of David Rousset vs. Lettres Francaises (1951), both instrumental in spreading knowledge about the Gulag. He also survived five years in prisons, a labor camp, Krakow ghetto and hiding in Nazi occupied Poland. On that second period, he wrote only one seven-page letter. In the last part of his life, he addressed the issues of war in his second book, written as a first person narration of Joel Brand, the man who in 1944 unsuccessfully negotiated with Adolf Eichmann for the lives of Hungarian Jews. Speaker Irena Grudzinska Gross emigrated from her native Poland after student unrest of 1968. She studied in Poland, Italy and in the United States; she received her PhD from Columbia University in 1982. She taught East-Central European history and literature at Emory, New York, Boston and Princeton universities. She is now a professor in the Institute of Slavic Studies at the Polish Academy of Science and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.
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Fri, Feb 24
12:30 pm

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Lectures, February 24, 2023, 02/24/2023, Alexander Weissberg-Cybulski, Austrian Physicist Who Spread Word of the Gulag (online)

Book Discussion | Discover New Books (Online)


Need a new book for the month? Let the pros guide you through a virtual book tasting! Learn more about of a variety of new and popular books from the librarians of the New York Public Libraries.
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Lecture | Crescendo: On Major Artists Who Turned Their Final Years into a Moment of Lasting Achievement (online)


A virtual presentation by Richard Lacayo, former Time art critic, on how artists like Goya, Matisse, Hopper and Louise Nevelson made some of their most profound work in the final decades of their lives, even sometimes in the face of enormous personal challenges or brutal upheaval in the world outside.
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Lecture | Some Like it Hot: The History and Biology of Chili Peppers 


Join food historian and archaeologist Peggy Brunache, and biologist Sonya Hanson for a discussion of the sensory science of spice, the historical and cultural context of how chili peppers became so widespread, and the ways in which taste can be used to embody understanding. 5:30 p.m.: Doors open 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Lecture  7:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Reception Peggy Brunache is a lecturer on the history of Atlantic slavery at the University of Glasgow. Brunache's international media appearances include The Discovery Channel, BBC Television, the U.K.’s Channel Four, and Germany’s Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), among many others.  Sonya Hanson joined the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Biology in 2021 in the department of structural and molecular biophysics. Prior to joining the CCB, Hanson was a researcher at Oxford University, the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics at Columbia University, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 
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Talk | Tide to Table: Celebrating America's Oysters


Oysters support working waterfronts and are critical to restoring coastal habitats. Spend a night learning about oysters, modern growing practices, and emerging trends in oyster appreciation with Virginia Shaffer, a published food writer and the founder of Lady Oyster Blog, a website that documents the stories of oyster farms, raw bars, oyster tourism, and industry enthusiasts. An oyster shucker will be on hand to offer samples.
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Gallery Talk | DomesticanX: Exhibition Walkthrough


A gallery tour to explore and discuss the on-view exhibition that explores the concept of “domesticana,” first theorized by artist, scholar, and critic Amalia Mesa-Bains in the 1990.
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Gallery Talk | Juan Francisco Elso: Por América: Exhibition Walkthrough


A gallery tour to explore and discuss the on-view exhibition that examines the brief yet significant career of the late Cuban artist Juan Francisco Elso (1956-1988).
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Gallery Talk | DomesticanX: Exhibition Walkthrough


A gallery tour to explore and discuss the on-view exhibition that explores the concept of “domesticana,” first theorized by artist, scholar, and critic Amalia Mesa-Bains in the 1990.
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Gallery Talk | Juan Francisco Elso: Por América: Exhibition Walkthrough


A gallery tour to explore and discuss the on-view exhibition that examines the brief yet significant career of the late Cuban artist Juan Francisco Elso (1956-1988).
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Discussion | The Rosenstrasse Protest: Commemorating the 80th Anniversary


The Rosenstrasse Protest of 1943 was held against the incarceration and potential deportation of roughly 2,000 people who were arrested by the Gestapo on February 27, 1943. With their loved ones held at Rosenstraße 2-4 in Berlin, family members, many of whom were women, kept their protest going for a week until Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels ordered the prisoners' release on March 6, 1943. This program marks the 80th anniversary of the protest and the context of the mass arrest which targeted "exempted" Jews, a term used for those who were married to a non-Jew or had one non-Jewish parent. Nathan Stoltzfus, the Dorothy and Jonathan Rintels Professor of Holocaust Studies at Florida State University; Ruth Wiseman, daughter of Dr. Rita Jenny Kuhn, who was detained at Rosenstraße; and Mordecai Paldiel, former head of the Righteous Among the Nations Department at Yad Vashem; and Jessica Hammer and Moyra Turkington, creators of the educational role-playing game Rosenstrasse, will discuss the history and why it is important to study today. 
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Book Discussion | The Jews of Summer: Summer Camp and Jewish Culture in Postwar America (online)


In the decades directly following the Holocaust, American Jewish leaders debated how to preserve and produce Jewish culture, fearful that growing affluence and suburbanization threatened the future of Jewish life. Many communal educators and rabbis pinned their hopes on residential summer camps for Jewish youth: institutions that sprang up across the U.S. as places for children and teenagers to socialize, recreate, and experience Jewish culture. Camp life was shaped both by adults’ fears, hopes, and dreams about the Jewish future as well as children and teenagers own desires and interests. Focusing on the lived experience of campers and camp counselors, Sandra Fox’s new book explores how a cultural crisis birthed a rite of passage that remains a significant influence in American Jewish life.
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Lecture | Late Persianate, Late Soviet: Classical Poetic Form at the End of Communist Internationalism (in-person and online)


What remained of the Persianate literary tradition, after the vernacularizing projects of Soviet, Middle Eastern, and South Asian nation-builders? What remained of its rhetorical resources, after they had been deployed in service of nationalist and internationalist programs of political representation for more than a half century, when secular nationalism and communist internationalism alike faltered in the ideological crises of the late Cold War? This talk suggests that the late in late Persianate was the late in late Soviet, and that since 1991, the elegiac memory of the Persianate cultural commons has been inextricably linked to communist nostalgia. Examining a series of Soviet, Afghan, and Iranian literary works and films from the 1960s through the 2000s, it shows how these works, in their recovery of Persianate forms, read those forms through the repertory of Soviet multinational culture, even as they strain against the imperial project of Soviet internationalism. Speaker Samuel Hodgkin is an assistant professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University.
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Mon, Feb 27
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Book Discussion | Soul Serenade: King Curtis and His Immortal Saxophone (online)


Although in 2000 he became the first sideman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, “King Curtis” Ousley never lived to accept his award. Tragically, he was murdered outside his New York City home in 1971. At that moment, thirty-seven-year-old King Curtis was widely regarded as the greatest R&B saxophone player of all time. He also may have been the most prolific, having recorded with well over two hundred artists during an eighteen-year span. Timothy R. Hoover's Soul Serenade is the definitive biography of one of the most influential musicians of the 50s, 60s, and early 70s. Timothy R. Hoover chronicles King Curtis’s meteoric rise from a humble Texas farm to the recording studios of Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and New York City as well as to some of the world’s greatest music stages, including the Apollo Theatre, Fillmore West, and Montreux Jazz Festival. Curtis’s “chicken-scratch” solos on the Coasters’ Yakety Yak changed the role of the saxophone in rock & roll forever. His band opened for the Beatles at their famous Shea Stadium concert in 1965. He also backed his “little sister” and close friend Aretha Franklin on nearly all of her tours and Atlantic Records productions from 1967 until his death.
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Book Discussion | Be-Spoke: Revelations from the World's Most Important Fashion Designers


Acclaimed fashion journalist Marylou Luther celebrates the launch of her book with illustrator Ruben Toledo, moderated by fashion journalist Marilyn Kirschner and introduced by Maryanne Grisz, president and CEO of Fashion Group International. This is a collection of witty and sometimes wry quotes, inspiring edicts, and philosophies about fashion and style by celebrated fashion designers—from Coco Chanel to Tom Ford—as told to Luther.
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Book Discussion | Confronting Saddam Hussein: George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq (in-person and online)


America's decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003 is arguably the most important foreign policy choice of the entire post-Cold War era. Nearly two decades after the event, it remains central to understanding current international politics and US foreign relations. In Confronting Saddam Hussein, Melvyn P. Leffler analyzes why the US chose war and who was most responsible for the decision. Employing a unique set of personal interviews with dozens of top officials and declassified American and British documents, Leffler vividly portrays the emotions and anxieties that shaped the thinking of the president after the shocking events of 9/11. With author Melvyn P. Leffler.
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Mon, Feb 27
6:30 pm

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Discussion | Reform: Between Labor and Institutions (in-person and online)


With the successful conclusion of the part-time faculty strike at the college, this seminar makes space to process and understand the strike and its aftermath within the broader cultural and political context of labor organizing and its demands for reform of both contemporary labor conditions and the very workings of our institutions.
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Lecture | Flows, Infrastructure, Citizenship in India and China (online)


Dr. Sarandha Jain will explore how flows, infrastructures, and citizenship encounter each other, and what their co-arrangements mean for the evolving nature of the state. How do flows of people, objects, and natural substances facilitate and/or obstruct the constructions of infrastructure, and vice versa? How do these flows relate similarly to constructions of citizenship?
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Book Discussion | Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy


Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams are in conversation with Ben Smith about their new book, the shocking inside story of the struggle for power and control at Paramount Global, the multibillion-dollar entertainment empire controlled by the Redstone family, and the dysfunction, misconduct, and deceit that threatened the future of the company.  
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Lecture | Does the Ocean Have a Floor? Melville's Ontology of the Archipelago


In this talk, Branka Arsić (Columbia University) focuses on images of the elemental, vegetal and animal that traverse Melville's work as a means of investigating how he imagined the capacity of matter to move and transform. In Melville, not only different forms of life, but also elements enter into strange assemblages: moss grows on animals, vegetation turns out to be made of stones, metal glitters on the feet of tortoises, dogs host humans, and lizards hiss with divine anger. This talk reads such strange taxonomies against the backdrop of contemporary American science, cosmologies of the Pacific islands, and a series of ethnographic narratives of African religions and customs known to Melville, to chart how their divergent accounts of matter gave rise to his stories of metamorphosis and conjuration, with complex political consequences.
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Book Discussion | Overcoming Impossible: Learn to Lead, Build a Team, and Catapult Your Business to Success


Author Robert Irvine is a world-class chef, entrepreneur, and tireless philanthropic supporter of our nation’s military. The host of Food Network's hit show Restaurant: Impossible, he has given struggling restaurateurs a second chance to turn their lives and businesses around in over 200 episodes and counting.  He would know a thing or two about running a successful business. In addition to his restaurants—Robert Irvine's Public House in Las Vegas and Fresh Kitchen by Robert Irvine within the Pentagon—he is the owner of FitCrunch, makers of protein bars and snacks; Robert Irvine Foods, which makes restaurant-quality prepared meals available in grocery stores; and Boardroom Spirits, makers of Irvine's Vodka and Irvine's American Dry Gin.
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Book Discussion | Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers, with New York Times Theater Critic Jesse Green


When Mary Rodgers began her memoir about her life as the daughter of composer Richard Rodgers and, later, as the mother of composer Adam Guettel, she set out to be honest, unabashedly so. In her posthumously published book, which was co-authored by Green, the reader comes to know her as a musical genius herself and the sometimes wounded daughter of a famous father and difficult mother. Her work lives on as the composer of Broadway sensation Once Upon A Mattress. She collaborated with everyone from Judy Holliday to Carol Burnett and Leonard Bernstein, along with romantic interludes with Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince. Jesse Green reveals how he finished the book, why Rodgers’s life resonates with us still, and what her life can teach us.
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Tue, Feb 28
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Book Discussions, February 28, 2023, 02/28/2023, Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers, with New York Times Theater Critic Jesse Green

Book Discussion | The Confidante: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Helped Win WWII and Shape Modern America (online)


A Hungarian Jewish immigrant with only a high school education, Anna Marie Rosenberg, FDR's special envoy to Europe in World War II, was among the first Allied women to enter a liberated concentration camp, and stood in the Eagle's Nest, Hitler's mountain retreat, days after its capture. She was a key figure behind national policies critical to America winning the war and prospering afterwards, guiding the direction of the Manhattan Project and the G.I. Bill of Rights. In this first-ever biography of Rosenberg, who was dubbed by Life Magazine "the most important woman in the American government," Christopher C. Gorham affords her the recognition she so richly deserves.
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Talk | Tenement Bedrooms: Birth Control and Childbirth from the 1970s to the 1930s (online)


For Women’s History Month, a virtual tour for an exploration of birth control and childbirth from the 1870s into the 1930s. They'll trace the history of women’s reproductive health through the perspectives of two women who lived in 97 Orchard: Caroline Schneider—a German immigrant who helped operate a saloon, and Rosaria Baldizzi—an Italian immigrant who raised two children during the Great Depression. Through their stories, we’ll consider how immigrant women made decisions about contraception and childbirth in the United States and discuss influential movements and figures that impacted their reproductive choices.
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Book Discussion | Driving the Green Book: A Road Trip Through the Living History of Black Resistance (online)


Broadcaster, political activist, and renowned financial educator Alvin Hall brings us into his tour-de-force journey through the history of segregation. In this moving, vital story of our past, Hall travels from New York to Detroit to New Orleans using the former Green Book — the guide that helped Black people travel safely on the nation’s highways and roadways — as a guide, and collects the memories of the last living witnesses who struggled under segregation and for whom the Green Book meant survival. New Yorker correspondent Jelani Cobb joins Hall for a discussion on this essential and hopeful chronicle of Black resilience and resistance, through segregation and beyond.
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Book Discussion | The Absent Moon: A Memoir of a Short Childhood and a Long Depression


A literary sensation in Brazil, Luiz Schwarcz’s brave and tender memoir interrogates his ordeal of bipolar disorder in the context of a family story of murder, dispossession, and silence—the long echo of the Holocaust across generations When Luiz Schwarcz was a child, he was told little about his grandfather and namesake, Láios—“Luiz” in Hungarian. Only later in life did he learn that his grandfather, a devout Hungarian Jew, had defied his country’s Nazi occupiers by holding secret religious services in his home. After being put on a train to a German death camp with his son André, Láios ordered André to leap from the train to freedom at a rail crossing, while Láios himself was carried on to his death. What Luiz did know was that his father André, who had emigrated to Brazil, was an unhappy and silent man. Young Luiz assumed responsibility for his parents’ comfort, as many children of trauma do, and for a time he seemed to be succeeding: he blossomed into the family prodigy, eventually growing into a groundbreaking literary publisher in São Paulo. He found a home in the family silence—a home that he filled with books and with reading. But then, at a high point of outward success, Luiz was brought low by a devastating mental breakdown. The Absent Moon is the story of his journey to that point and of his journey back from it, as Luiz learned to forge a more honest relationship with his own mind, with his family, and with their shared past. The culmination of that path is this extraordinary book, which is beautiful, tragic, noble, piercingly honest, and ultimately redemptive—the product of a lifetime’s reflection, given powerful literary shape in the refiner’s fire by a master storyteller.
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Discussion | Origins of Hip Hop Dance


The Versa-Style Dance Company as members of the company explore the origins and roots of street vernacular dances such as locking, [opping, krump, and more. The program will trace the history of Hip Hop and street dance culture through performance, workshops, and panel discussions with some of the pioneers and leaders of the hip hop dance community immersing audience members into the depth and beauty of a dance style that unites us all. Panelists include Michele Byrd-Mcphee, who is the founder and Executive Director of Ladies of Hip-Hop, a non-profit organization empowering girls and women through Hip-Hop culture and arts, and Emilio "Buddha Stretch" Austin Jr., who was the first Hip-Hop dancer to teach Hip-Hop in a mainstream dance studio. Jackie Lopez (aka Miss Funk), Versa-Style’s co-founder and co-artistic director moderates. The programs follows the Los Angeles-based company's NYC debut with their latest work, Freemind Freestyle, at the Joyce Theater.
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Book Discussion | Don't Think, Dear: On Loving and Leaving Ballet


Alice Robb is in conversation with Leslie Jamison to celebrate the launch of her memoir, an incisive exploration of ballet’s role in the modern world, told through the experience of the author and her classmates at the most elite ballet school in the country: the School of American Ballet.
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Book Discussion | Americans in Paris: Artists Working in Postwar France, 1946–1962


Debra Bricker Balken and Lynn Gumpert discuss the lives and careers of American artists in postwar France to celebrate the publication of thei book, the first substantial, scholarly overview of the American creative community living in postwar Paris, featuring never-before-published interviews with Americans and French artists, critics, and dealers.
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Book Discussion | The Revolt Against Humanity: Imagining a Future Without Us


In this blistering book about the history of an idea, Adam Kirsch, one of our leading critics, draws on his dazzling range and calls our attention to a seemingly inconceivable topic that is being seriously discussed: that the end of humanity’s reign on earth is imminent, and that we should welcome it. Kirsch journeys through literature, philosophy, science, and popular culture, to identify two strands of thinking: Anthropocene antihumanism says that our climate destruction has doomed humanity and we should welcome our extinction, while transhumanism believes that genetic engineering and artificial intelligence will lead to new forms of life superior to humans.
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Lecture | 3 Uncommon Artists (online)


Speakers include art historian and activist Tímea Junghaus on new approaches to Ceija Stojka’s visual language, historian Philip Deloria on Mary Sully’s Indigenous modernism, and historian Jason Young on David Drake’s poetic ceramic practice in connection with the exhibition Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Discussion | Fashion Is Spinach: The Life and Work of Elizabeth Hawes


A panel discussion of the life and work of fashion designer and writer Elizabeth Hawes, who is known for her timeless fashion designs and her written critique of the fashion system, such as in her 1940 book Fashion Is Spinach. In a conversation moderated by author and podcaster April Calahan, professors and fashion historians Lourdes Font and Francesca Granata will discuss the importance of Hawes in American fashion.  
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Book Discussion | The Candy House: From Pulitzer Prize Winner Jennifer Egan (online)


Egan will read excerpts from her captivating novel and then the audience will have a special opportunity to engage in conversation with her about themes, stylistic choices, and the writing process in an extended Q&A. The story opens with Bix Bouton and his successful tech company which allows users to access every memory they have ever had and share those memories in exchange for access to other people’s memories; the result is an intellectually daring tapestry of narratives exploring what it means to long for connection, love, and authenticity.
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Book Discussions, March 07, 2023, 03/07/2023, The Candy House: From Pulitzer Prize Winner Jennifer Egan (online)

Book Discussion | The Latecomer: A Novel of Folk Art (online)


Jean Hanff Korelitz reads from and discusses her latest novel. From a pivotal scene in a museum’s bathroom to plot points revolving around collection artist A.G. Rizzoli to descriptions of the transformative power of Shaker furniture, the book is replete with folk art content and context. Korelitz will be with writer Nicole Haroutunian to delve into The Latecomer and its connections to the American Folk Art Museum.
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Talk | The Mind and Music of Leonard Bernstein 


Dr. Richard Kogan discusses the life, psyche, and music of one of America’s greatest composers during an evening that will include piano excerpts of Bernstein's work. Dr. Kogan was trained in piano at Julliard and in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and is currently Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Artistic Director of the Music and Medicine program at Weill Cornell Medical Center.
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Wed, Mar 8
6:30 pm

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Talks, March 08, 2023, 03/08/2023, The Mind and Music of Leonard Bernstein&nbsp;

Book Discussion | Birnam Wood: Gripping Psychological Thriller (online)


Man Booker Prize-winning author Eleanor Catton presentsf her gripping psychological thriller. The novel follows the attempts of an undeclared, unregulated, sometimes-criminal, sometimes-philanthropic guerrilla gardening collective to occupy an abandoned New Zealand plot of farmland. They clash with billionaire Robert Lemione, who intends to build an end-times bunker on the property.
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Wed, Mar 8
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Book Discussions, March 08, 2023, 03/08/2023, Birnam Wood: Gripping Psychological Thriller (online)

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.
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Thu, Mar 9
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Talks, March 09, 2023, 03/09/2023, Meet Me in the Kitchen: Making Healthy Choices

Book Discussion | The Curator: From New York Times Bestselling Author Owen King


A Dickensian fantasy of illusion and charm where cats are revered as religious figures, thieves are noble, scholars are revolutionaries, and conjurers are the most wonderful criminals you can imagine. Dora, a former domestic servant at the university, has a secret desire—to find where her brother went after he died, believing that the answer lies within The Museum of Psykical Research, where he worked when Dora was a child—and where conspiracy lurks.
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Book Discussions, March 09, 2023, 03/09/2023, The Curator: From New York Times Bestselling Author Owen King

Discussion | moim: Trans and Queer People of Korean Descent


"moim" is the Korean word for gathering. Presented in collaboration with members of KQTx (the first national network for Queer and Transgender folx of Korean descent), this is a symposium of healing, celebration, and affirmation. Tonight will have a panel discussion and Q&A with fabulous community leaders, healers, and organizers.
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Thu, Mar 9
7:30 pm

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Symposium | Conflicting Relations: Indigeneity in Finland  (in-person and online)


This conversation brings together institutions, curators, and artists whose practices go beyond hospitality and act as correctives to prescribed host and guest hierarchies, on intimate and infrastructural levels. Following this discussion, Matti Aikio expands on his research on the so-called “neo-Lapp movement” in Finland and settler-colonial attempts at claiming Indigenous identity. Taking into consideration Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination, Aikio looks past individual violations to question the structural and large-scale implications of this movement as a counter-strategy to the political mobilization of the Sámi.
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Sat, Mar 11
11:00 am

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Sat, Mar 11
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Book Discussion | Who We Are Now: Stories of What Americans Lost and Found During the Covid-19 Pandemic (online)


Michelle Fishburne did the unthinkable during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic: she motor-homed 12,000 miles all over the United States and sat down with hundreds of people face to face. Everyone's story is different. Some, like Fishburne, lost their jobs. Others lost family, friends, and even their own health and well-being. And yet among the difficulties, many found something that had eluded them before the pandemic. Fishburne lets us hear people's stories as if we were there, in real time, at the beginning of COVID-19, when employment was uncertain, schools were online, and American life more unpredictable than ever before.
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Mon, Mar 13
7:30 pm

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Book Discussions, March 13, 2023, 03/13/2023, Who We Are Now: Stories of What Americans Lost and Found During the Covid-19 Pandemic&nbsp;(online)

Book Discussion | The Snow Hare: Love and Consequences (online)


In Paula Lichtarowicz's riveting, heartfelt novel of love and consequences, a woman dreams of becoming a doctor until World War II leads her instead into an astonishing love—and a fateful choice.
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Tue, Mar 14
3:00 pm

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Book Discussion | Award-Winning Journalist Analyzes the Patriarchy (In Person and Online)


Learn more about Angela Saini's groundbreaking exploration of gendered oppression looks for truth behind distorted ideas about male supremacy. For centuries, prominent thinkers have treated male domination among humans as natural or inevitable. But how would our understanding of gender inequality look if we didn't assume that men have always ruled over women? Award-winning science journalist Angela Saini explores the roots of what we call patriarchy, uncovering a complex history of how it first became embedded in societies and spread across the globe from prehistory into the present. Relying on research that stretches from the earliest known human settlements to contemporary gender issues, Saini makes the case that there was never anything inevitable about male domination, and that our history of gender and power dynamics is far more diverse, and fluid, than many people believe. Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist whose print and broadcast work has appeared on the BBC and in the Guardian, New Scientist, Wired, The Economist, and Science. A former Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, she won the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Kavli Science Journalism gold award in 2015. Saini has a master's degree in engineering from Oxford University, and she is the author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story and Geek Nation: How Indian Science Is Taking Over the World.
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Book Discussions, March 14, 2023, 03/14/2023, Award-Winning Journalist Analyzes the Patriarchy (In Person and Online)

Book Discussion | The Sassoons: The Rothschilds of the East


An exploration of Dr. Joseph Sassoon's recent book, Global Merchants, the story of a family dynasty who gave the world the first global female CEO, supported over half of Bombay's households, reshaped the skyline of Shanghai, and forever changed the destinies of nations. Dr. Sassoon is Professor of History and Politics at Georgetown University and a Senior Associate Member at St. Antony's College, Oxford.
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Tue, Mar 14
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Discussion | Photographers Discuss Their Creative Processes (online)


We tend to get to know most photographers through the images they create, the stories they tell. We don’t always have the ability to dive inside their minds to experience the way they truly see the world. Sit down with Mark DePaola and Phil Penman to peel back their creative processes and look at what makes them both so uniquely dynamic in the way they capture images.
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Wed, Mar 15
1:00 pm

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Discussion | Looking Back on the Pandemic (In Person and Online)


Approaching the third anniversary of the city's shutdown, new archival, photographic, and literary projects reflect back on New York's early pandemic days. The Pandemic Diaries project launched in 2020, inviting people to submit audio recordings of themselves and their loved ones telling personal stories about life amid the pandemic. Collecting those stories for over a year, the project captures a moment in time, in the City and beyond, as told by the voices who lived through it. In honor of the collection becoming publicly accessible this year, join one of the project's leaders alongside writers and artists whose own unique work grappled with similar experiences in the early days of the pandemic through different mediums. Featuring: Julie Golia, Curator of The Pandemic Diaries and Associate Director of Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books and Charles J. Liebman Curator of Manuscripts at The New York Public Library. Jeremiah Moss, author of Feral City: On Finding Liberation in Lockdown New York. Camilo Jose Vergara, photographer and creator of the Pandemic Diary.
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Wed, Mar 15
7:00 pm

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Book Discussion | National Book Award–Winner Discusses Latest Release


Join award-winning New Yorker staff writer Judith Thurman for a discussion of her latest collection of essays, A Left Handed Woman, moderated by award-winning poet and best-selling memoirist Mary Karr.
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Thu, Mar 16
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Book Discussion | Black Ball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spencer Haywood, and the Generation that Saved the Soul of the NBA (online)


Author and scholar Theresa Runstedtler talks about her new book. Of this vital narrative history of 1970s pro basketball and the Black players who shaped the NBA, Howard Bryant says, "The NBA is cool. The story of the Black players who transformed the game into what it is today is even cooler."
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Thu, Mar 16
7:30 pm

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Book Discussion | Exploring Bias in Race, Gender, and Ability (In Person and Online)


The word glitch implies an incidental error, as easy to patch up as it is to identify. But what if racism, sexism, and ableism aren't just bugs in mostly functional machinery—what if they're coded into the system itself? In her new book, Meredith Broussard demonstrates how neutrality in tech is a myth and why algorithms need to be held accountable. A data scientist and one of the few Black female researchers in artificial intelligence, Broussard explores facial recognition technology that favors light skin, mortgage-approval algorithms that encourage discriminatory lending, and the dangers of medical diagnostic algorithms trained on insufficiently diverse data.  Broussard discusses More than a Glitch and solutions that aren’t about making tech more inclusive, but rather rooting out the algorithms that target certain demographics as “other” to begin with.  Meredith Broussard is Associate Professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University and Research Director at the NYU Alliance for Public Interest Technology. She is the author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, BBC, Wired, The Economist, and more.
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Mon, Mar 20
6:30 pm

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Book Discussions, March 20, 2023, 03/20/2023, Exploring Bias in Race, Gender, and Ability (In Person and Online)

Gallery Talk | What That Quilt Knows About Me: Curators' Tour (online)


Curators Emelie Gevalt and Sadé Ayorinde go behind the scenes of What That Quilt Knows About Me to learn more about the artworks, the artists and the themes included in this exhibition. Featuring approximately 40 quilts and related works of art from more than two centuries ago into the present, the exhibition presents a large and rich selection of artworks chosen from the museum’s own collections of American textiles. In this program, curators Emelie Gevalt and Sadé Ayorinde walk through the exhibition, which is not organized by time period, style, culture, or technique. Instead, the visitor is encouraged to revel in a wide range of objects and their stories, and focus attention on the intimacy of the human-textile relationship.
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Tue, Mar 21
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, March 21, 2023, 03/21/2023, What That Quilt Knows About Me: Curators' Tour (online)

Book Discussion | The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle over Harlem


With its gleaming shopping centers and refurbished row houses, today’s Harlem bears little resemblance to the neighborhood of the midcentury urban crisis. In his book, first published in 2017 by Harvard University Press, Brian Goldstein traces Harlem’s Second Renaissance to a surprising source: the radical social movements of the 1960s that resisted city officials and fought to give Harlemites control of their own destiny.
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Tue, Mar 21
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Book Discussion | The God of Endings: An Immortal Woman Navigates Love


By turns suspenseful and enchanting, this breathtaking first novel weaves a story of love, family, history, and myth as seen through the eyes of one immortal woman. Collette LeSange is a lonely artist who heads an elite fine arts school for children in upstate New York. Her youthful beauty masks the dark truth of her life: she has endured centuries of turmoil and heartache in the wake of her grandfather’s long-ago decision to make her immortal like himself. Now in 1984, Collette finds her life upended by the arrival of a gifted child from a troubled home, the return of a stalking presence from her past, and her own mysteriously growing hunger. Combining brilliant prose with breathtaking suspense, Jacqueline Holland's The God of Endings serves as a larger exploration of the human condition in all its complexity, asking us the most fundamental question: is life in this world a gift or a curse?
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Tue, Mar 21
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Book Discussions, March 21, 2023, 03/21/2023, The God of Endings: An Immortal Woman Navigates Love

Book Discussion | The Morganthaus: Power, Privilege, and The Rise of a New York Dynasty


Journalist Andrew Meier discusses his recent book, Morganthau, which traces a family dynasty which includes an early 20th-Century U.S. ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, the U.S. Treasury Secretary to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the longest-serving district attorney in New York State. Andrew Meier is a regular contributor to the BBC, CNN, NPR, and PBS, as well as the co-director of the recent Netflix documentary, Our Godfather. Meir will be joined in conversation with Marie Brenner of the The New Yorker.
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Tue, Mar 21
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Book Discussions, March 21, 2023, 03/21/2023, The Morganthaus: Power, Privilege, and The Rise of a New York Dynasty

Book Discussion | The People's Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine (online)


Writer, teacher, and practicing doctor Ricardo Nuila presents his debut work. For many, U.S. health care is unaffordable and often unavailable. But not for patients at the Ben Taub Hospital, operated by the Harris Health System in Houston, TX. With compassionate insight, Ricardo Nuila follows the cases of five patients to show how this publicly funded hospital supports the community by making good health care accessible to all.
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Wed, Mar 22
7:30 pm

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Book Discussions, March 22, 2023, 03/22/2023, The People's Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine&nbsp;(online)

Book Discussion | The Safras: A Banker's Journey from Aleppo 


In this discussion of his new book, A Banker’s Journey, Daniel Gross will tell the story of Safra family, the greatest bankers of their generation, whose empire reached across Europe, the U.S., Brasil, the Far East and Israel. Gross is a journalist for The New Republic, Bloomberg News, Slate and Newsweek, and is the bestselling author of eight books.
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Tue, Mar 28
6:30 pm

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Book Discussions, March 28, 2023, 03/28/2023, The Safras: A Banker's Journey from Aleppo&nbsp;

Book Discussion | Discover New Books (Online)


Need a new book for the month? Let the pros guide you through a virtual book tasting! Learn more about of a variety of new and popular books from the librarians of the New York Public Libraries.
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Book Discussion | South Bronx Rising: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of an American City


Thirty-five years after this landmark of urban history – originally titled We're Still Here in a 1986 first edition – Jill Jonnes continues to chronicle the rise, fall, rebirth, and ongoing revival of the South Bronx. The once-thriving New York City borough, ravaged in the 1970s and ’80s by disinvestment and fires, then heroically revived and rebuilt in the 1990s by community activists, has been Jonnes's subject in three editions. Though now globally renowned as the birthplace of hip-hop, the South Bronx remains America’s poorest urban congressional district. In this new edition, Jonnes describes the present generation of activists who are transforming their communities with the arts and greening, notably the restoration of the Bronx River. For better or worse, real estate investors have noticed, setting off new gentrification struggles.
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Tue, Apr 4
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, April 04, 2023, 04/04/2023, South Bronx Rising: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of an American City

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.
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Book Discussion | The Great American Transit Disaster: A Century of Austerity, Auto-Centric Planning, and White Flight


Historian Nicholas Dagen Bloom offers a potent re-examination of America’s history of public disinvestment in mass transit. Countering the standard histories that critique American auto-centric culture and government policies, Bloom asserts our transit networks are bad for a very simple reason: we wanted it this way. Focusing on Baltimore, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, and San Francisco, Bloom provides overwhelming evidence that transit disinvestment was a choice rather than destiny. This wide array of case studies reveals three major factors that led to the decline of public transit across the United States: municipal austerity policies that denied most transit agencies the funding to sustain high-quality service; the encouragement of auto-centric planning; and white flight from dense city centers to far-flung suburbs. As Bloom makes clear, local public policy decisions were not the product of a nefarious auto industry or other grand conspiracy—all were widely supported by voters, who effectively shut out options for transit-friendly futures. With this book, Bloom seeks not only to dispel our accepted transit myths but to lay new tracks for today’s conversations about public transportation funding.
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Tue, May 16
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, May 16, 2023, 05/16/2023, The Great American Transit Disaster: A Century of Austerity, Auto-Centric Planning, and White Flight

Discussion | Conversations on Dance


An afternoon of screenings, discussion, shared practice, and context to illuminate "Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life" and other works by John Bernd, which premieres the following week. Choreographers/co-directors Miguel Gutierrez and Ishmael Houston-Jones, musician Nick Hallett, and others will reflect on the process of making this work and explore Bernd’s vast archive.
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Sat, May 20
12:00 pm

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Discussions, May 20, 2023, 05/20/2023, Conversations on Dance
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