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New York attracts world's best minds to its shores: they come here to interact with each other at conferences and seminars, and while they are here they are often invited to give a talk, a lecture, to be a part of a public discussion. We at Club Free Time give you an opportunity to be a part of it: to watch how those best minds in the world work! Don't miss the opportunities that only New York City (NYC) provides!

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17 free talks, lectures, discussions in New York City (NYC) Wed, 11/25/2020 - and on...

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!

Book Discussion | Notable New Yorkers of Manhattan's Upper West Side: Author Talks About His Book (virtual)


Author Jim Mackin talks about his new book, some of the people he's written about and some of the curiosities about the neighborhood that he uncovered during the course of his research. What do Humphrey Bogart and Patty Hill (co-author of "Happy Birthday," the most popular song of all time) have in common? Both of them once lived in the neighborhood of Morningside Heights and Bloomingdale, a strip of land that runs from the 90s to 125th Street, between the Hudson River and Central Park. Spanning hundreds of years, Notable New Yorkers of Manhattan's Upper West Side is a compilation of stories of nearly 600 former residents who once called Manhattan's Upper West Side home.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Nov 30
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, November 30, 2020, 11/30/2020, Notable New Yorkers of Manhattan's Upper West Side: Author Talks About His Book (virtual)

Discussion | Transforming the Financial System for a Zero-Carbon Future (virtual)


Financial capital powers an outdated system that has brought us to the brink of climate disaster. We need a new way of understanding value and returns that will drive resources toward sustainable solutions that scale. There are trillions of dollars invested in so-called 'green' funds, but how do we fundamentally redesign financial markets to make responsible, climate-focused investing the rule, rather than the exception? Join the conversation with the New York Times climate journalists and experts from the field.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 1
1:30 pm

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Discussions, December 01, 2020, 12/01/2020, Transforming the Financial System for a Zero-Carbon Future (virtual)

Discussion | Beethoven's Ninth Symphony: Explore the Work with a Music Historian and Conductor (virtual)


Music historian, American Classical Orchestra's (ACO) Artistic Director and Founder Thomas Crawford will take you on a tour of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, exploring this seminal work through music analysis, facts unique to performance practice, and illuminating anecdotes. ACO Principal Bass John Feeney lends his deep historical and artistic knowledge to the conversation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 1
7:30 pm

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Discussions, December 01, 2020, 12/01/2020, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony: Explore the Work with a Music Historian and Conductor (virtual)

Discussion | Native Artist Spotlight (virtual)


Often when people think of Native art they focus on historic pieces or artifacts from the West, however modern, traditional, folk art and handicrafts are still created in NY and beyond, by Native artists. Join the conversation to learn from these artists and explore the range of their art and what it means to be a Native artist in the 21st century. Artist panelist from Queens, the Bronx, Long Island and Colorado include: Tecumseh Ceaser (Matinecock) Wampum Carver; Denise Silva-Dennis (Shinnecock) Painter /Teacher; Lydia Chavez (Unkechaug/Blood) Wampum designer; Jeremy Dennis (Shinnecock) Photo and digital artist; Tohanash Tarrant (Shinnecock) Beader.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 2
7:00 pm

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Discussions, December 02, 2020, 12/02/2020, Native Artist Spotlight (virtual)

Slide Lecture | Speakeasies of NYC: A Tale of Crime, Creativity, and Celebration (virtual)


Explore the history of speakeasies in New York City, and how the strict men's only drinking clubs of pre-1920s America were replaced with cosmopolitan watering holes where the only rule was to have fun. Led by art historian and museum educator Sylvia Laudien-Meo, this presentation will include: - An overview of the Temperance Movement, from the series of events that led to the 18th Amendment in 1920, to the complex effects it had on NYC's social life, to creative ways people worked around it; - The rise and proliferation of the Speakeasy -- while it created new trouble in American society like bootlegging and organized crime, it also paved the way for a burgeoning of gifted entertainers and the women's social liberation movement; - A closer look at some of the most infamous NYC speakeasies, including Lansky's Lounge and Chumley's, larger dance halls like the Stork's Club or 300 Club, and secret beer caves in the Bronx; - How speakeasies kept their operations hush-hush, from quietly transporting booze to their bars, to escape routes and tunnels, to tricks they used to hide their illicit operations in case they were raided. Q&A will follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 2
8:00 pm

$10
Slide Lectures, December 02, 2020, 12/02/2020, Speakeasies of NYC: A Tale of Crime, Creativity, and Celebration (virtual)

Slide Lecture | Cold War Cosmopolitan: Korean Cinema of the 1950s (virtual)


South Korea in the 1950s was home to a burgeoning film culture, one of the many “Golden Age cinemas” that flourished in Asia during the postwar years. One of the most important filmmakers of the time was Han Hyung-mo, director of the era’s most glamorous and popular women’s pictures including the blockbuster Madame Freedom (1956). Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Boston College Christina Klein provides an illuminating analysis of Han's career and films with careful attention to key issues of modernity—such as feminism, cosmopolitanism, and consumerism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 3
6:00 pm

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Slide Lectures, December 03, 2020, 12/03/2020, Cold War Cosmopolitan:&nbsp;Korean Cinema of the 1950s (virtual)

Lecture | How a Perturbed Microbiome Fuels Modern Epidemics with a Prominent Physician (virtual)


Dr. Martin J. Blaser's talk will concentrate on his groundbreaking work: the relationship of the human microbiome with health and diseases including asthma, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. In 2015, Dr. Martin J. Blaser was included in the Time Magazine list of the 100 most influential people in the world. For more than 20 years, Dr. Blaser has been actively studying the human microbiome, the bacteria that live inside the human body, which is the subject of his book, Missing Microbes: How the over-use of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues, now published in 20 languages.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Dec 4
3:00 pm

Free
Lectures, December 04, 2020, 12/04/2020, How a Perturbed Microbiome Fuels Modern Epidemics with a Prominent Physician (virtual)

Discussion | Six Feet Apart but Still Together: Photographer Talks About His Work (virtual)


Among many other projects, Paul A. Davies, a long time resident of the Lower East Side, has recently been working on photographs of the East Village's streets during pandemic. He will show the audience his work, discuss the process and inspirations, and answer questions. "As a photographer, I am always drawn to the street as a place to capture the mood of the moment. I have never experienced a year like this one. Besides the huge impact of Covid of life on the streets, we have witnessed activities relating to the Black Lives Matter movement, the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, climate change, the Presidential Election campaigns and the associated vote drive. As well as providing the stage for activities, the streets participate, observe and comment on these societal changes through posters, murals, graffiti and signage. These are the cave paintings of our modern society. At some point the cave paintings will fade away or be covered by new ones, the plywood palaces where we sit bravely grabbing a meal or a drink will be disassembled and the small circle on the floor of the post office where we stand patiently waiting in line to buy a stamp will be a distant memory. Until then we stand six feet apart but still together" - Paul Adrian Davies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 5
3:00 pm

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Discussions, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, Six Feet Apart but Still Together: Photographer Talks About His Work (virtual)

Discussion | Tony Winning  Director Discusses Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (virtual)


Tony Award-winning (and seven-time nominated) director Daniel Sullivan will join host Nathan Winkelstein, Red Bull’s Associate Artistic Director, for a conversation focused on the ‘Tent Scene’ from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Sullivan has directed the production multiple times, including on Broadway starring Denzel Washington. They’ll read passages from the scene and discuss subtext, character, and friendship in Shakespeare. They’ll take your questions, too.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 7
7:30 pm

Free
Discussions, December 07, 2020, 12/07/2020, Tony Winning&nbsp; Director Discusses Shakespeare&rsquo;s Julius Caesar (virtual)

Conference | Business Networking Conference (virtual)


Digital Networking Conference: make connections with relevant businesses, informative discussions, interviews with industry professionals, special guests, Q & As and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 8
10:00 am

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Conferences, December 08, 2020, 12/08/2020, Business Networking Conference (virtual)

Discussion | "Pop-Surreal" Tile Art and Demo: Conversation with Artist (virtual)


Join a conversation with artist Ralph Almeida about his colorful ceramic and acrylic art that combines many influences - of indigenous and modern artists, the ancient and contemporary, nature and spirituality. He will also provide a hands-on demonstration of his tile-making technique.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 10
11:00 am

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Discussions, December 10, 2020, 12/10/2020, "Pop-Surreal" Tile Art and Demo: Conversation with Artist (virtual)

Book Discussion | K-pop Confidential: Author Talks About His Book and K-pop Culture (virtual)


In K-pop Confidential, the novel from journalist Stephan Lee, a Korean-American girl plunges into the complex world of an idol factory and K-pop trainees in South Korea while staying true to herself in the process. Join a conversation with Stephan Lee (Entertainment Weekly, Bustle) about his debut novel and everything K-pop, from its ever-increasing popularity in the U.S. to the challenges the K-pop trainees face to the issues Korean Americans grapple with as they find their own heritage.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 10
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, December 10, 2020, 12/10/2020, K-pop Confidential: Author Talks About His Book and K-pop Culture (virtual)

Slide Lecture | Monuments, Memory, and the Art of Indigenous History (virtual)


Native Studies scholar Shari Huhndorf presents Monuments, Memory, and the Art of Indigenous History. U.S. monuments, including those of U.S. presidents, create celebratory national narratives premised on Indigenous erasure, the obliteration from national memory of violent conquest in the past as well as ongoing Indigenous presence. After exploring this history, Shari Huhndorf will consider how Native artists revise official histories to counter Indigenous erasure and assert contemporary claims in the context of such recent events as the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Contests over the meaning of the past, as these artworks reveal, are also contests over land and political power in the present. Shari M. Huhndorf is Professor of Native American Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. She is the author of Going Native: Indians in the American Cultural Imagination and Mapping the Americas: The Transnational Politics of Contemporary Native Culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 12
3:00 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Monuments, Memory, and the Art of Indigenous History (virtual)

Slide Lecture | Chopin's Scherzo, Op. 31: Classical Conversation (virtual)


Find out why Chopin biographer James Huneker wrote of Scherzo, Op. 31 in B-Flat Minor: "What masterly writing, and it lies in the very heart of the piano! A hundred generations may not improve on these pages." Join artistic director of The Discovery Orchestra and host of Inside Music on WWFM 89.1, The Classical Network, George Marriner Maull to peer inside this scherzo that dazzles our senses and makes audiences weep. You'll also receive a downloadable listening guide and suggested YouTube performances to make sure you don't miss a beat!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Dec 13
7:00 pm

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Slide Lectures, December 13, 2020, 12/13/2020, Chopin's Scherzo, Op. 31: Classical Conversation (virtual)

Discussion | Traditional Irish Music and Demo with a Celebrated Musician (virtual)


Join a conversation with highly-acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator and co-founder of the Irish American power band Solas, Seamus Egan. He will demonstrate traditional Irish instruments and chat with folklorist Stephen Winick, followed by a Q&A with attendees.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 17
6:00 pm

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Discussions, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Traditional Irish Music and Demo with a Celebrated Musician (virtual)

Slide Lecture | Fanny Brice - The Consummate Performer! (virtual)


You may remember Fanny Brice as the creator and star of the top-rated radio comedy series The Baby Snooks Show, or you may know her only from Barbara Streisand’s portrayal in “Funny Girl”, but she was a popular and influential American comedienne, singer, theatre and film actress, who made many stage, radio and film appearances. She could do it all: sing, dance, act, and most especially make you laugh. Fanny started in burlesque and wound up as one of the most famous performers of her time. Despite her efforts to succeed as a serious actress and singer, Brice –who spoke no Yiddish – rose to stardom performing comedy with a Yiddish accent. Telling the tale of this storied woman will be historian Dr. Sharon Keller.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 21
7:00 pm

$6.27
Slide Lectures, December 21, 2020, 12/21/2020, Fanny Brice - The Consummate Performer! (virtual)

Slide Lecture | Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3: Classical Conversation (virtual)


Sergei Rachmaninoff believed that every movement of every musical work should have “a point”—one special moment of greatest emotional impact. Find out exactly what is the “point” of Movement 3 of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30. Join the presentation by artistic director of The Discovery Orchestra and host of Inside Music on WWFM 89.1, The Classical Network, George Marriner Maull. You’ll also receive a downloadable listening guide and suggested YouTube performances to make sure you don’t miss a beat!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jan 30
7:00 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, January 30, 2021, 01/30/2021, Rachmaninoff's&nbsp;Piano Concerto No. 3:&nbsp;Classical Conversation (virtual)
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