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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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22 free talks, lectures, discussions in New York City (NYC) Sat, 03/06/2021 - 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!

Discussion | Acclaimed Filmmakers: Pushing the Boundaries of Documentary Form (virtual)


Join renowned documentary filmmakers Garrett Bradley, Kirsten Johnson, Bill & Turner Ross, and John Wilson in a panel examining their critically acclaimed works of 2020, each of which pushes the boundaries of documentary form through their highly personal and poetic filmmaking styles. Moderated by film and television critic Matt Zoller Seitz. Films discussed: Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (Amazon) Dick Johnson Is Dead (Netflix) How to With John Wilson (HBO Max) Time (Amazon Prime)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 6
2:00 pm

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Discussions, March 06, 2021, 03/06/2021, Acclaimed Filmmakers: Pushing the Boundaries of Documentary Form (virtual)

Discussion | Yes, We're Still Soldiers: An Enlisted Reunion with Cast and Creators (virtual)


This is a reunion of the principal cast members of FOX's comedy series "Enlisted" with series co-creators Kevin Biegel ("Cougar Town") and Mike Royce ("One Day At A Time"). Series stars Mort Burke ("Drunk History"), Michelle Buteau ("The First Wives Club"), Angelique Cabral ("Life in Pieces"), Keith David ("Greenleaf"), Kyle Davis ("American Horror Story"), Tania Gunadi ("A.P. Bio"), Chris Lowell (Promising Young Woman), Ross Phillips ("Halt and Catch Fire"), Mel Rodriguez ("The Last Man on Earth"), Geoff Stults ("Little Fires Everywhere"), and Parker Young ("Twenties") will appear in this exclusive event, which will feature a live-streamed reading of the season one episode "Prank War," followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A for the audience led by Vanity Fair Contributing Editor Maureen Ryan. Following its initial presentation, it will be available on-demand through March 10th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 6
7:00 pm

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Discussions, March 06, 2021, 03/06/2021, Yes, We're Still Soldiers: An Enlisted Reunion with Cast and Creators (virtual)

Slide Lecture | Dolly Parton's 75th Birthday: Music History (virtual)


Learn more about the legendary singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress and humanitarian Dolly Parton in this musical history program, led by historian Robert Kelleman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 6
8:00 pm

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Slide Lectures, March 06, 2021, 03/06/2021, Dolly Parton's 75th Birthday: Music History (virtual)

Book Discussion | WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, Author Talks About her Book Co-Written with Gillian Anderson (virtual)


WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, an inspiring, empowering and provocative manifesto for change by writer and journalist Jennifer Nadel. Jennifer will discuss the book she co-wrote with Gillian Anderson - a friend and co-conspirator with whom she has stumbled along for over a decade, learning, failing, crying, laughing and trying again. WE is a not a theoretical treatise but instead a rallying cry to create a life that has greater meaning and purpose. What better way to mark the International Women's Day?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Mar 8
1:30 pm

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Book Discussions, March 08, 2021, 03/08/2021, WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, Author Talks About her Book Co-Written with Gillian Anderson (virtual)

Lecture | Astronomy: Growing Supermassive Black Holes (virtual)


Supermassive black holes! Where do they come from and how do they get so big? We now know that supermassive black holes, with masses of millions to billions of times the mass of the Sun, are found at the centres of most galaxies (including our own galaxy, the Milky Way). But where do they come from and how do they get so big? This talk will describe how astronomers are able to see growing black holes and why we think they play a key role in shaping the Universe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Mar 8
2:00 pm

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Lectures, March 08, 2021, 03/08/2021, Astronomy: Growing Supermassive Black Holes (virtual)

Discussion | The New York Times Critic in Conversation (virtual)


Maya Phillips is The New York Times critic, where she writes about theater, movies, TV, books, and nerd culture. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in American Literary Review, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, among others, and her arts and entertainment journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vulture, Mashable, American Theatre, and more. The event is a part of "Live at The Lortel" podcast, hosted by Eric Ostrow, along with co-hosts Joy DeMichelle and John-Andrew Morrison.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Mar 8
7:00 pm

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Discussions, March 08, 2021, 03/08/2021, The New York Times Critic in Conversation (virtual)

Discussion | Race to City Hall: Andrew Yang, Mayoral Candidate (virtual)


Andrew Yang joins 92Y CEO Seth Pinsky for a one-on-one conversation about his mayoral run. What is his vision for New York City, and his plans for public health, economic recovery, housing, racial justice, education, the arts and culture?
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Mar 8
7:00 pm

Free
Discussions, March 08, 2021, 03/08/2021, Race to City Hall: Andrew Yang, Mayoral Candidate (virtual)

Discussion | Directors of Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) Documentary in Conversation (virtual)


In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp "for the handicapped" in the Catskills, exploded those confines. Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place with summertime sports, smoking and makeout sessions awaiting everyone, and campers felt fulfilled as human beings. Their bonds endured as they migrated West to Berkeley, California - a promised land for a growing and diverse disability community - where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption and unity might secure life-changing accessibility for millions. Co-directed by Emmy winning filmmaker Nicole Newnham and film mixer and former camper Jim LeBrecht, this joyous and exuberant documentary arrives the same year as the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, at a time when the country's largest minority group still battles daily for the freedom to exist. IDA Award winner for Best Feature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Mar 8
9:00 pm

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Discussions, March 08, 2021, 03/08/2021, Directors of Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) Documentary in Conversation (virtual)

Discussion | Leonard Lauder of The Estée Lauder Companies in Conversation (virtual)


Join Leonard Lauder, Chairman Emeritus and former CEO of The Estée Lauder Companies, for a conversation with Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein about Mr. Lauder’s extraordinary career and personal story — and his new memoir, The Company I Keep: My Life in Beauty. Having helped his mother transform the company she formed in 1946 into an iconic global beauty company, Mr. Lauder took the lessons he learned from growing up in New York City during the Great Depression into a remarkable 60-year career and life in philanthropic giving. Hear him and Rabbi Rubinstein discuss his views on the hallmarks of great leadership, how the beauty industry changed postwar America, and much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Mar 9
6:00 pm

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Discussions, March 09, 2021, 03/09/2021, Leonard Lauder of&nbsp;The Est&eacute;e Lauder Companies in Conversation (virtual)

Slide Lecture | Hollywood Greatest Comedienne Carole Lombard, The Screwball Queen (virtual)


In 1937, Carole Lombard was the highest paid film star in Hollywood. In that year, she appeared in her only colour film, Nothing Sacred, as an angelic looking fraudster, in a performance that embodies her star persona in terms of physicality, comedy, beauty and style. In this richly illustrated talk, film historian Lucy Bolton will consider Lombard's career and performances, in the context of her biography, and demonstrate how Lombard was a Hollywood spirit through and through, who came to be crowned the Queen of Screwball.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 10
1:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, March 10, 2021, 03/10/2021, Hollywood Greatest Comedienne Carole Lombard, The Screwball Queen (virtual)

Book Discussion | Abandoned: America’s Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection, Author in Conversation (virtual)


Join a book chat with Anne S. Kim, winner of the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice. Kim's Abandoned: America’s Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection explores why nearly five million young people— including those aging out of foster care or entangled with the justice system—have been shut out of jobs and education. She also profiles organizations across the country that are successfully reconnecting them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 10
7:00 pm

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Book Discussions, March 10, 2021, 03/10/2021, Abandoned: America&rsquo;s Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection, Author in Conversation (virtual)

Discussion | President, CEO of the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum on the Future of NY (virtual)


How do we recalibrate reality to create a better, brighter future for New York? Join the conversation with Scott Rechler, chair of the Regional Plan Association and CEO of RXR Realty, and Alice Greenwald, President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Before joining the 9/11 Memorial & Museum Greenwald was the Associate Museum Director, Museum Programs, at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 10
7:00 pm

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Discussions, March 10, 2021, 03/10/2021, President, CEO of the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum on the Future of NY (virtual)

Discussion | Playdate: A Playing House Reunion with Cast and Creators (virtual)


This is a reunion of USA's comedy series "Playing House" with stars and co-creators Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair. Joining them will be cast members Brad Morris ("Great News"),Lindsay Sloane ("The Odd Couple") and Zach Woods ("Silicon Valley"), and others. This event will feature a live-streamed reading followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A for the audience led by Vulture comedy contributor and host of the podcast "Good One" Jesse David Fox.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 13
7:00 pm

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Discussions, March 13, 2021, 03/13/2021, Playdate: A Playing House Reunion with Cast and Creators (virtual)

Discussion | Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe and Tony-Winning Composer and Songwriter Alan Menken (virtual)


Enjoy music and conversation with Alan Menken, best known for his scores and songs for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), Pocahontas (1995), Enchanted (2007), Tangled (2010) and many more. His accolades include eight Academy Awards, a Tony Award, eleven Grammy Awards, and seven Golden Globe Awards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Mar 16
9:00 pm

Free
Discussions, March 16, 2021, 03/16/2021, Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe and Tony-Winning Composer and Songwriter Alan Menken (virtual)

Slide Lecture | Ships, Shanties, and the Shamrock: Brooklyn’s 19th Century Irish Waterfront (virtual)


On March 17, 1863, the gunboat Shamrock was launched from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, an event attended by more than 5,000 onlookers and tremendous fanfare. The christening of this ship was meant to recognize the contributions of Irish troops to the Union cause, but it also represented a watershed moment during the ascendancy of the Irish in the city’s waterfront trades. This program will examine the growth of Irish communities along the waterfront before and after the Civil War, look at the centers of civic life, including churches, pubs, and political clubs, some of which persist to this day, and learn about groundbreaking Irish admirals, engineers, and entrepreneurs that helped shape the city’s waterfront.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 17
6:00 pm

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Slide Lectures, March 17, 2021, 03/17/2021, Ships, Shanties, and the Shamrock: Brooklyn&rsquo;s 19th Century Irish Waterfront (virtual)

Discussion | The MTA Chairman and CEO in Conversation on the Future of NY (virtual)


How do we recalibrate reality to create a better, brighter future for New York? Join the conversation with Scott Rechler, chair of the Regional Plan Association and CEO of RXR Realty, and Chairman and CEO of the MTA Patrick Foye.
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Thu, Mar 18
7:30 pm

Free
Discussions, March 18, 2021, 03/18/2021, The MTA Chairman and CEO in Conversation on the Future of NY (virtual)

Discussion | What's at Stake in the NYC Elections? Local Political Journalists in Conversation (virtual)


On November 2, 2021 NYC will hold its local general elections, where not only the mayor, but many other key city officials, will be decided. Much of the political jockeying, however, will happen ahead of the primary elections that take place in June. With so many candidates on the ticket, and the future of a city emerging from crisis in the balance, making an informed choice at the ballot is as important as ever. Join a revealing and broad-ranging discussion with local political reporters who have been on the ground, covering the candidates and issues in depth: o Sally Goldenberg, Senior Reporter and City Hall Bureau Chief for Politico New York o Ben Max, Executive Editor at Gotham Gazette o Gloria Pazmino, Political Reporter at Spectrum News NY1 Moderated by Rachel Meltzer, Associate Professor and Chair, Public and Urban Policy, The New School
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Mar 19
12:00 pm

Free
Discussions, March 19, 2021, 03/19/2021, What's at Stake in the NYC Elections? Local Political Journalists in Conversation (virtual)

Discussion | Apple TV+'s Servant: Cast in Conversation (virtual)


Join the cast of Apple TV+'s hit psychological thriller series Servant - Tony-nominated actor Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free, and Rupert Grint - in conversation with Entertainment Weekly's Christian Holub about the show's acclaimed second season. Beloved by critics and audiences alike and created by Tony Basgallop with executive producer and director M. Night Shyamalan, Servant follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home. Following its suspenseful season one finale, the second season takes a supernatural turn with a darker future for all lying ahead. Hear the actors discuss the making of the new season, the show's eerie ambiance and unique sense of tension, stories from behind the scenes and much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 20
7:00 pm

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Discussions, March 20, 2021, 03/20/2021, Apple TV+'s Servant: Cast in Conversation (virtual)

Book Discussion | A Bright Ray of Darkness: Oscar Nominee Ethan Hawke Talks About his Book (virtual)


The acclaimed actor/writer/director’s first novel in 20 years is the blistering story of a young man making his Broadway debut in Henry IV just as his marriage implodes. Four-time Academy Award nominee, twice for writing and twice for acting, Ethan Hawke’s new novel is a bracing meditation on fame and celebrity and the redemptive, healing power of art; a portrait of divorce; and a poignant consideration on fatherhood. It’s also a passionate love letter to the world of theater. His narrator is a young man in torment, disgusted with himself after the collapse of his marriage, still half-hoping for a reconciliation that would allow him to forgive himself and move on. But he might find his redemption in the challenge of performing Hotspur in a production of Henry IV under the leadership of a brilliant director, helmed by one of the most electrifying—and narcissistic—Falstaffs of all time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Mar 22
8:00 pm

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Book Discussions, March 22, 2021, 03/22/2021, A Bright Ray of Darkness: Oscar Nominee Ethan Hawke Talks About his Book (virtual)

Book Discussion | Melissa Bernstein, Founder of Melissa & Doug, Talks About her Book on Overcoming Depression (virtual)


Join Melissa Bernstein, Co-Founder of the wildly successful toy company Melissa & Doug, on a journey to triumph over anxiety, depression, and despair--a story she hopes will help others find their path to meaning and inner peace. Now, more than ever, Melissa's message is needed by others, and her promise to all who journey with her is that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Who would ever guess that Melissa Bernstein, happily-married mother of 6, creator of over 5,000 toys which have sold over a billion dollars, begins many days the same way far too many others do, wondering if she'll make it to tomorrow?  Melissa's book LifeLines takes the readers on her path through depression, revealing how her "lifelines" transformed despair into a beacon of hope. Filled with prose, gorgeous photography, and many of Melissa's verses that express her struggles and breakthroughs, LifeLines is committed to helping others who are "stuck" develop a plan for themselves to survive and thrive. 
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Tue, Mar 23
7:00 pm

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Book Discussions, March 23, 2021, 03/23/2021, Melissa Bernstein, Founder of Melissa & Doug, Talks About her Book on Overcoming Depression (virtual)

Lecture | Legendary Pianist Ursula Oppens on American Piano Music (virtual)


Ursula Oppens, a legend among American pianists, is widely admired for her original and perceptive readings of new music, but also for her knowing interpretations of the standard repertoire. No other artist alive today has commissioned and premiered more new works for the piano that have entered the permanent repertoire. Over the years, Ms. Oppens has premiered works by such leading composers as John Adams, Luciano Berio, Anthony Braxton, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, John Harbison, Julius Hemphill, Conlon Nancarrow, Charles Wuorinen, and many more. As an orchestral guest soloist, Ms. Oppens has performed with virtually all of the world's major orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, and London Philharmonic Orchestras.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 25
6:30 pm

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Lectures, March 25, 2021, 03/25/2021, Legendary Pianist Ursula Oppens on American Piano Music (virtual)

Book Discussion | How Beautiful We Were: Bestselling Novelist Talks About Her New Book (virtual)


The bestselling novelist Imbolo Mbue (Behold the Dreamers) returns with a heart-wrenching tale of the conflict between corporate greed and community power. Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, How Beautiful We Were tells of people living in fear amid environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company. Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children are dying from drinking toxic water. Promises of cleanup and financial reparations to the villagers are made--and ignored. The country's government, led by a brazen dictator, exists to serve its own interests. Left with few choices, the people of Kosawa decide to fight back. Their struggle will last for decades and come at a steep price.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Mar 30
8:00 pm

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Book Discussions, March 30, 2021, 03/30/2021, How Beautiful We Were: Bestselling Novelist Talks About Her New Book (virtual)
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