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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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69 free talks, lectures, discussions in New York City (NYC)

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!

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A health talk on how stress can cause drug and alcohol abuse during the holidays The talk will be in English and Spanish
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 11
5:30 pm

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Talks, December 11, 2017, 12/11/2017, Stressed Out About the Holidays?
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How much do you need to worry about salt in your food? This is an informative discussion and healthy levels of salt and Hypertension (high blood pressure). High blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, cancer, osteoporosis and dementia.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 11
5:30 pm

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Discussions, December 11, 2017, 12/11/2017, Salt Matters and Hypertension
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Michael John LaChiusa is a five-time Tony Award-nominated composer, lyricist, and librettist for his Broadway productions of The Wild Party, Marie Christine, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. LaChiusa’s acclaimed off-Broadway musicals have been seen at The Public Theater and Lincoln Center, and include Giant, Queen of the Mist (Outer Critic’s Circle Award, Best Musical), See What I Wanna See, First Lady Suite, Bernarda Alba, Hello Again, Little Fish, First Daughter Suite, and four short operas: Break, Agnes, Eulogy For Mr. Hamm, and Lucky Nurse. LaChiusa sits at the library piano and joins a conversation about his life, works, and process.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 11
6:00 pm

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Talks, December 11, 2017, 12/11/2017, Michael John LaChiusa, 5-Time Tony Nominee
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Rudolf Mrazek, Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, will talk about his forthcoming book “Complete Lives of Camp People: Boven Digoel in the Dutch East Indies (1927-1943) and Theresienstadt in Bohemia (1942-1945).” There are five chapters in the book: “Fashion (and bodies),’ “Sound (and breathing),” “Light (and enlightenment),” “City (and spacing)”; “Scattering (or escape)” the topic of the talk, is the book’s final and summarizing chapter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 11
6:00 pm

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Lectures, December 11, 2017, 12/11/2017, Complete Lives of Camp People: Colonialism, Fascism, Concentrated Modernity
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Guest Speakers: Ari Berman, Mother Jones reporter and Professor Christine Greer
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 11
6:00 pm

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Lectures, December 11, 2017, 12/11/2017, Race and Electoral Power
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As a set of disciplines, the humanities face the challenge of how to write about embodied experiences that resist easy verbal categorization such as illness, pain, and healing. The recent emergence of interdisciplinary frameworks such as narrative medicine goes some way to address these challenges. Yet conceptualizing a field of medical humanities also offers a broader umbrella under which to study the influence of medico-scientific ideas and practices on society. Whether by incorporating material culture such as medical artefacts, performing symptomatic readings of poems and novels, or excavating the implicit medical assumptions underlying auditory cultures, the approaches that emerge from a historiographical or interpretive framework are different from those coming from the physician's black bag. Speaker: Megan Coyer, Lecturer of English Literature, University of Glasgow
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Mon, Dec 11
6:00 pm

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Lectures, December 11, 2017, 12/11/2017, James Hogg (1770-1835) and Illness Narratives in a Scottish Context
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THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED Founded by photojournalist and filmmaker Akintola Hanif, Hycide is a photography magazine dedicated to stories of survival and freedom. Hycide, the White Privilege/Black Power double issue, presents new and revelatory ways of viewing the construct of race and how it shapes our individual and collective consciousness. The issue features stories and images by Jamel Shabazz, Zun Lee, Denene Millner, Michael Gonzales and more. This is a conversation with photographer and contributor Russell Frederick, Associate Professor of Law, and criminal attorney Kenneth J. Montgomery, Esq., along with guest editor, professor and producer Dr. Yaba Blay, creator of (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race and #ProfessionalBlackGirl.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 11
6:30 pm

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Discussions, December 11, 2017, 12/11/2017, CANCELLED***Photography Culture: Hycide Magazine***CANCELLED
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This lecture by Jennie Hirsh, Maryland Institute College of Art, focuses on a series of highly provocative posters produced by the state-sponsored Ente Radio Rurale, which, beginning in 1933, broadcast a weekly series of educational radio programs aimed at children living in Italian rural communities, and especially Mussolini’s so-called “new towns” (città nuove), or communities developed through land reclamation (bonifica).  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 11
6:30 pm

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Lectures, December 11, 2017, 12/11/2017, Transmissions of Fascism: Advertising Architecture through the 'Ente Radio Rurale' Poster Campaign
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This conversation will introduce New York audiences to Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia—an extraordinary new composition that fuses music, voice, movement, and visuals—commissioned by Cambodian Living Arts and premiering in the US as part of Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2017 Next Wave Festival to honor the two million victims of the Khmer Rouge regime. It is the first major symphonic work that addresses the traumas of the late 1970s in Cambodia, and the first collaboration between filmmaker Rithy Panh and composer Him Sophy, both survivors of the Khmer Rouge and now at the forefront of Cambodia’s cultural renaissance. A conversation with Rithy Panh, Phloeun Prim, Him Sophy, Trent Walker, and Carol Becker will explore this fusion of forms, as well as the role of art in post-conflict societies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 11
7:00 pm

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Discussions, December 11, 2017, 12/11/2017, Introducing Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia
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Erik Hoel, neuroscientist and 2017 Emerging Writers Fellow, interviews authors Zia Haider Rahman and Mark de Silva. Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Zia Haider Rahman’s In the Light of What We Know weaves an intricate tale of the 2008 financial crisis, the Afghanistan war, and how we construct our personal narratives. Mark de Silva’s Square Wave spans from the future of the United States to the past of Sri Lanka, addressing climate change, and the nature of art and consciousness, drawing from the author’s PhD in philosophy from the University of Cambridge. Erik Hoel is a writer and neuroscientist at Columbia University researching the neurobiological basis of consciousness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 11
7:00 pm

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Discussions, December 11, 2017, 12/11/2017, Syntax/Synapse: Exploring the Intersections Between Literature and Neuroscience
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Faculty members Richard Schechner and Barbara Browning have a discussion and Q&A that breaks down stereotypes of what it means to age. Exploring personal, practical and literary perspectives on aging.          
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 12
2:00 pm

Free
Discussions, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Stereotypes of Aging
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As the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office, Pete Souza captured the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama’s presidency in an unprecedented detail, that brought us, the viewers, inside the life of the man and the White House. Pete Souza’s images allowed us all to be a proverbial fly on the wall in ways never captured before. In this presentation Souza will show some of his iconic images and discuss what it is like to be a photographer tasked with recording history. A book signing will follow his talk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Dec 12
2:00 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Photographer Pete Souza discusses his book Obama: An Intimate Portrait
Book Discussion |
Discuss A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 12
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Ottendorfer Book Club
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Elana K. Arnold writes for and about children and teens. She has titles published and forthcoming from Random House, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Lerner Press, and Simon & Schuster. Some of her books have been included on the LA Public Library’s Best Books of the Year list, the Bank Street Best Book list, the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, have been ALAN picks, and have been selected for inclusion in the Amelia Bloomer Project (feminist books for young readers).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 12
6:30 pm

Free
Forums, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Writing for Children and Young Adults Forum
Tue, Dec 12
6:30 pm

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Book Discussions, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Book launch by internationally renowned photographer
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Boris Efimov (1900-2008) was the most prolific Soviet propagandist. Over the course of his astonishing career, which spanned the entirety of the Soviet experiment, he estimated that he published 35,000 cartoons in publications such as Izvestiia, Krokodil, and Ogonek. Efimov’s cartoons allow us a chance to see consistent themes, figures, and mentalities within Soviet culture from beginning to end. Stephen Norris is Professor of History and Interim Director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. His research focuses on Russian visual culture and propaganda.  He is the author of two books, A War of Images: Russian Popular Prints, Wartime Culture, and National Identity, 1812-1945 (2006) and Blockbuster History in the New Russia:  Movies, Memory, Patriotism (2012).  He is currently writing a biography of Boris Efimov.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 12
7:00 pm

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Talks, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Communism’s Cartoonist: Boris Efimov and Soviet Political Caricatures
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Regina José Galindo was born in 1974 in Guatemala City. She has completed residencies with Le Plateau, Paris (2005); Artpace, San Antonio, Texas (2008); and Chateau Třebešice, Czech Republic (2009). In her most celebrated work, Who Can Erase the Traces? (2003), she walked barefoot through the streets of Guatemala City, from the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura to the Corte de Constitucionalidad, carrying a basin filled with human blood into which she periodically dipped her feet.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 12
7:00 pm

Free
Talks, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Artist Talk: Regina José Galindo
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The Second Tuesday series is proud to present a tribute to Mark Merlis, who gave us the novels American Studies, An Arrow's Flight, Man About Town, and, most recently, JD. Speakers including Christopher Bram, Scott Heim, William Johnson, Paul Russell, Michael Lowenthal, Patrick Merla, Ed Sikov, and William Sterling Walker will recall Merlis’ life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 12
7:00 pm

$10 suggested donation
Discussions, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, A Tribute to Writer Mark Merlis
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Antonio M. Rosario is a professional photographer and filmmaker who shoots predominantly on the street, teaches street photography, and is one of the hosts of a popular photography podcast called "Street Shots." Following in the footsteps of his father, also a photographer, Antonio studied at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He began his career in the industry working as a photo editor for many years, before finally taking the plunge and quitting his day job to become a full-time photographer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 12
7:00 pm

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Slide Lectures, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Photographer Antonio Rosario shows his work
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Shusaku Endo.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 13
5:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, December 13, 2017, 12/13/2017, Silence: Jesuits in Japan
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What is the role of facts in scientific revolutions? Some of the most important controversies and discoveries in modern science involved agreement about basic facts but disagreement about something else. A long tradition in the history and philosophy of science, from Thomas S. Kuhn to Bruno Latour, has focused on the emergence of scientific facts. This talk will continue that work by discussing advances in science that were not settled by known facts, focusing in particular on the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Speaker: Jimena Canales, Research Affiliate in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Wed, Dec 13
6:00 pm

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Lectures, December 13, 2017, 12/13/2017, How Far Can Facts Take Us?: Einstein and Bergson, Ghosts and Demons
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Discuss Booth Tarkington's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
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Wed, Dec 13
6:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, December 13, 2017, 12/13/2017, Book Club: The Magnificent Ambersons
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2017 marks the centennial year of genius poet Gwendolyn Brooks, born on June 7, 1917. Brooks was the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for any literary genre. She had published 75 poems by the age of 16 and recalled “very early in life I became fascinated with the wonders language can achieve. And I began playing with words.” This evening, celebrate the wonder of language as influenced by Brooks’s life and compositions.
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Wed, Dec 13
6:30 pm

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Discussions, December 13, 2017, 12/13/2017, Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Celebration
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Ever wonder what literary agents do? Or why they have become so necessary to both budding and established writers?  Want to meet agents? A panel of leading literary agents will discuss the do's and don'ts of publishing and answer the questions most frequently asked by writers about how to get published. Come hear them speak and tell you about their work, their lives, their careers, and their authors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 13
6:30 pm

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Discussions, December 13, 2017, 12/13/2017, Meet the Literary Agents
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On December 13, 1941, in their first broadcast after the tragic bombing of Pearl Harbor, Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra presented a commemorative program of American music, including Barber’s mournful Adagio for Strings, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, and Toscanini’s own rousing arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Listen to America in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack, with a radio collage featuring the December 13th NBC Symphony Orchestra broadcast, plus excerpts from The Bell Telephone Hour of December 8, 1941, remarks by President Roosevelt, and other archival recordings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 13
7:00 pm

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Talks, December 13, 2017, 12/13/2017, Toscanini’s American Anthems: Archival Recordings
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Focusing on malaria eradication in mandatory Palestine, this lecture will examine the global and transnational dynamics that influenced Jewish state-formation. Malaria was a major problem, which threatened to undermine Zionist goals, such as immigration and settlement, given the high morbidity rates that made early settlements barely able to sustain themselves. The lecture will look at the dynamics of scientific knowledge that was implemented in Palestine as well as the logic that dominated the organization of antimalarial activities to show how these were imported to the country from various other places including the United States, Panama and India. Speaker Omri Tubi is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at Northwestern University and the recipient of the 2017 Martin and Rhoda Safer/JDC Archives Fellowship.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 14
2:00 pm

Free
Lectures, December 14, 2017, 12/14/2017, What Can Malaria Eradication Teach Us about the History of Israel?
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The Community Conversations Cafe is a series that engages neighborhood residents on the topics most important to you in an open discussion with leaders from the local scientific and medical community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 14
5:30 pm

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Discussions, December 14, 2017, 12/14/2017, Depression and Anxiety
Book Discussion |
They will be discussing Ghetto by Mitchell Duneier.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 14
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, December 14, 2017, 12/14/2017, Morningside Heights Book Discussion Group
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While working in the per-ankh or "house of life" where vast repositories of manuscripts were kept, Egyptian scribes made every effort to transmit ancient knowledge through Egyptian history. Over the course of several millennia, these individuals were confronted with damaged papyri, misinterpreted passages, and language difficulties. In this talk, Emily Cole will look at the tools that were developed by those ancient intellectuals to overcome those problems and preserve Egyptian cultural materials even in the face of foreign rule in the first millenniums BCE and CE.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 14
6:00 pm

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Lectures, December 14, 2017, 12/14/2017, Tricks of the Trade: Scribal Creativity in Ancient Egypt
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Lecturer Patricia Kitcher is Roberta and William Campbell Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. She is the author of two books on Kant’s conceptions of cognition and the self.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 14
6:00 pm

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Lectures, December 14, 2017, 12/14/2017, Immanuel Kant on Freedom in Thought and Action
Gallery Talk |
From the artist: "I try to resist strong attachments to physical things, yet I experience a visceral reaction when I lose something that has meaningful associations. In creating Immemorial I wanted to examine such attachments and find others who also hold onto personal possessions so tenaciously. I asked my friends and family to share these items with me as well as their stories and explanations of why these objects are important to them. I then borrowed the chosen objects so I could photograph them in the context of a still life."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 14
6:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, December 14, 2017, 12/14/2017, Photographer Talk: Bina Altera
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What are manners? A mask behind which our “true feelings” hide, or a necessary form of cultural exchange? Is there a difference between manners and “political correctness?” What do manners mean in an era where the President of the United States frequently expresses himself through vulgarities without restraint or consequence? Cultural critic Angela Nagle, author of Kill All Normies, weighs in.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 14
6:30 pm

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Discussions, December 14, 2017, 12/14/2017, A Tragedy of Manners
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Why mix museums and their publics with universities and their researchers? What can we expect from the museums of tomorrow? What role might the academy play, and how can the latest research across science, art, and the humanities be integrated? This informal panel discussion will try to imagine new audiences, new engaging experiences, and new types of institutions.   Gathering prominent museum professionals and scholars from the arts and sciences, this panel brings together Creative Director of the Wellcome Collection Ken Arnold, Chief Science and Technology Officer for the Shed Kevin Slavin, Princeton University Professor of History of Science D. Graham Burnett, and University of California at Berkeley Professor Emerita of Art History Svetlana Alpers.   
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Thu, Dec 14
6:30 pm

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Discussions, December 14, 2017, 12/14/2017, Next Generation: Museums
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The Chrysler Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, and Rockefeller Center are among the hundreds of Art Deco monuments during the 1920s and ‘30s and that shaped the image of New York City as the world’s Modern Metropolis.  Noted architectural historian and author Anthony W. Robins will give an illustrated lecture on this enriching aspect of New York’s history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Dec 14
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, December 14, 2017, 12/14/2017, Art Deco Metropolis: The Magnificent Buildings of Modern New York
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Precocious seven-year-old Elsa and her feisty grandmother have been inseparable her whole life, bonding over stories set in the fairy-tale-influenced Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas. Yet, it's when Granny passes away that the true adventures begin. Full of heart, hope, forgiveness, and the embracing of differences, Elsa's story is one that sticks with you long after you've turned the last page. Written by Fredrik Backman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Dec 15
2:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, December 15, 2017, 12/15/2017, Contemporary Classics Book Discussion: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
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Writing faculty Susan Shapiro and luminaries from top online magazines and newspaper sections discuss the latest problems and trends in feature journalism and how to break in with your own writing. Featuring Lisa Bonos, Washington Post Solo-ish editor, James Dao, New York Times Op-ed editor, David Haglund Newyorker.com literary editor, Raakhee Mirchandani Dow Jones Moneyish editor-in-chief, Vera Papisova Teenvogue.com wellness editor, Jerry Portwood, Rollingstone.com editorial director, and Sade Strehlke, Time.com deputy editor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Dec 15
6:30 pm

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Discussions, December 15, 2017, 12/15/2017, Best Online Editor Panel
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Big Daddy Kane will kick-off the 30th-anniversary celebration of his debut album Long Live The Kane, discuss Afro-masculinity, his novel, and the influential “Dark Gable” persona. Youth ages 13-19 have priority seating.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Dec 16
1:00 pm

Free
Talks, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Big Daddy Kane: Seminal, Grammy-Winning Rapper
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If you collect, read, or are just interested in classic pulp magazines, you want to know about the Gotham Pulp Collectors Club. They are pulp readers and collectors who meet once a month to talk about their favorite subject: popular fiction magazines from the first half of the 20th century. They discuss what they've been reading along with new developments in the fields of reprints, movies, TV, auctions, conventions, "new pulp" fiction, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 16
1:00 pm

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Discussions, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Gotham Pulp Collectors Club
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Clean Music Matters is concerned about predominant negative messaging in popular music and entertainment that glorifies criminal lifestyles, promiscuity and violence - which has a detrimental impact on multicultural youth and spurs racial tension. Clean Music Matters purpose is to promote, inspire and popularize healthy lifestyles through music in a form youth relate; institute positive balance in media directed toward our communities on a local, regional and national scale; and bridge divides.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 16
2:00 pm

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Symposiums, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Clean Music Matters Symposium
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The Giver by Lois Lowry - The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 16
10:30 pm

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Book Discussions, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Book Discussion Group
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Doug Reside, Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator for the Library's Billy Rose Theatre Division, leads a tour of the Leonard Bernstein at 100 exhibition, examining in detail Leonard Bernstein's theatrical works, including his breakout Broadway hit On the Town, his most revered masterpiece West Side Story, plus works from later in his career, such as 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Mass.  
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Mon, Dec 18
12:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Lunchtime Tour: Leonard Bernstein at 100
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Uninspired by one-size-fits all strategies to make amends for centuries of spiritual and physical turmoil? Tired of the same-old-same-old offers of animals and land you have no use for? Why shouldn’t the currency of your reparations be as specifically and thoughtfully tailored to you and your lifestyle as the uniquely ingrained burdens of white supremacy? Shouldn’t the settlement reflect damages? And why should the offender get to decide what retribution looks like? At Reparations, Live! I'll invite some of today’s brightest thinkers and makers to tell us what America owes them, and brainstorm the infinite paths to getting paid. Tonight's panel: Kimberly Drew Diamond Sharp Jayson P. Smith Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib Host: Morgan Parker
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Mon, Dec 18
9:00 pm

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Discussions, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Reparations, Live!
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Discuss the book by Lisa See. Explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter, who has been adopted by an American couple, tracing the very different cultural factors that compel them to consume a rare native tea that has shaped their family's destiny for generations.
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Tue, Dec 19
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, December 19, 2017, 12/19/2017, Book Club: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
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Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe.
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Thu, Dec 21
2:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
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Discuss the book by Fredrik Backman.
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Thu, Dec 21
2:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Book Club: A Man Called Ove
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A discussion of The Goliath Bone by Mickey Spillane.
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Tue, Dec 26
6:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, December 26, 2017, 12/26/2017, Detective Novel Discussion
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Discuss the book by Yuval Noah Harari.
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Thu, Dec 28
4:30 pm

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Book Discussions, December 28, 2017, 12/28/2017, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind: Biology, History and Us
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This month's selection is Leave Me by Gayle Forman. Please come prepared.
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Thu, Dec 28
5:45 pm

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Book Discussions, December 28, 2017, 12/28/2017, Upper West Side Book Discussion
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A discussion of Carson McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
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Thu, Dec 28
6:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, December 28, 2017, 12/28/2017, Classics Book Discussion
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A discussion of The Box: Uncanny Stories by Richard Matheson.
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Tue, Jan 3
6:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, January 02, 2018, 01/02/2018, Science Fiction Book Discussion
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This month's selection is : Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton. A New England farmer must choose between his duty to care for his invalid wife and his love for her cousin.
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Wed, Jan 4
3:30 pm

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Book Discussions, January 03, 2018, 01/03/2018, Riverside Book Club
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Discuss the book by Kazuo Ishiguro. From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The Remains of the Day comes a luminous meditation on the act of forgetting and the power of memory.
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Thu, Jan 5
5:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, January 04, 2018, 01/04/2018, Chelsea Talks Book Club: The Buried Giant
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An afternoon with Larissa Shmailo and Dean Kostos. Since myths were chanted above the swirling fires of prehistory, contradictions arose in these received tales. Myth, in the classical tradition, also includes the irreverent frolicking of gods and goddesses. There was something comforting, as well as terrifying, in the deities' human flaws.  
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Sat, Jan 7
3:00 pm

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Discussions, January 06, 2018, 01/06/2018, Myth, Magic, Archetypes: Received, Reinvented
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The novelists Teri Emory (Second Acts) and Heidi Mastrogiovanni (Lala Pettibone’s Act Two) have between them well over a century’s life experience, and they’ve got tales to tell. Come hear them discuss how they’ve managed to support their writing habits over many years, how they handle the ageless scourge of rejection, how they create female characters who resemble actual women, how they published debut novels in the seventh decade of life, and how they view “chick lit,” “women’s fiction,” and other labels.
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Sun, Jan 8
2:00 pm

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Discussions, January 07, 2018, 01/07/2018, Writing While Female
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Lisa Boily of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics discusses the employment outlook and the latest edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook.  Learn how to effectively manage your job search or your career in transition.
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Mon, Jan 9
12:00 pm

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Talks, January 08, 2018, 01/08/2018, Employment Outlook from 2018 Into 2026
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The Fire Department of New York has a long and storied presence on Roosevelt Island, according to FDNY historian and author Gary R. Urbanowicz. Walk back in time when only one family lived on Blackwell’s Island, (now known as Roosevelt Island) and trace the development of the firefighters’ presence in the island’s community, up to today’s Special Operations Command. Urbanowicz is the author of Badges of the Bravest: A Pictorial History of Fire Departments of New York City.
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Thu, Jan 12
6:30 pm

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Lectures, January 11, 2018, 01/11/2018, The FDNY on Blackwell’s and Welfare Islands
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Discuss the book by James Baldwin. A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement.
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Sat, Jan 14
10:30 am

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Book Discussions, January 13, 2018, 01/13/2018, Book Club: The Fire Next Time
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Discuss the book by Lauren Elkin. In this memoir, Elkin takes us to all the cities in which she has lived and creates a rich, cultural mosaic of what these cities have meant to women who have lived in them through literature, art, history and film.
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Sun, Jan 15
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, January 14, 2018, 01/14/2018, Book Club: Flaneuse
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Discuss the book by Ben H. Winters.
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Wed, Jan 18
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Harlem Heights Book Group: Underground Airlines
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Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is My Antonia by Willa Cather.
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Thu, Jan 19
2:00 pm

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Book Discussions, January 18, 2018, 01/18/2018, Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
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Discuss the book by Isabel Wilkerson.
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Thu, Jan 19
2:00 pm

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Book Discussions, January 18, 2018, 01/18/2018, Book Club: The Warmth of Other Suns
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If you collect, read, or are just interested in classic pulp magazines, you want to know about the Gotham Pulp Collectors Club. They are pulp readers and collectors who meet once a month to talk about their favorite subject: popular fiction magazines from the first half of the 20th century. They discuss what they've been reading along with new developments in the fields of reprints, movies, TV, auctions, conventions, "new pulp" fiction, and more.
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Sat, Jan 21
1:00 pm

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Discussions, January 20, 2018, 01/20/2018, Gotham Pulp Collectors Club
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Bob Santelli, curator of the centennial exhibition Leonard Bernstein at 100, leads a conversation with Jamie Anne Bernstein, Nina Maria Felicia Bernstein, Alexander Bernstein, and other special guests.
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Tue, Jan 24
7:00 pm

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Discussions, January 23, 2018, 01/23/2018, Leonard Bernstein Family Memories
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As part of the Bernstein centennial celebration, the library reconsiders the question “What is American Music.” After listening to a historic WNYC recording of Bernstein and his contemporaries, a diverse quartet of contemporary music makers, including Vijay Iyer (pictured), Gabriel Kahane, Tania Leon, and Julia Wolfe, gather around the piano to discuss a new definition for what is American.
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Thu, Jan 26
6:00 pm

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Discussions, January 25, 2018, 01/25/2018, Leonard Bernstein Findings: What is American Music?
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Discuss the book by Franz Kafka.
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Thu, Jan 26
6:30 pm

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Book Discussions, January 25, 2018, 01/25/2018, Classics Book Club: The Metamorphosis
Symposium |
The Jerome Robbins Dance Division celebrates the centennial of Jerome Robbins, with a day-long symposium, featuring presentations by Library fellows, including Alastair Macaulay, Julie Lemberger, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Ninotchka Bennahum, Robert Greskovic, and Hiie Saumaa.
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Fri, Jan 27
10:00 am

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Symposiums, January 26, 2018, 01/26/2018, Jerome Robbins Symposium
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Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee When legendary soprano and sensation of the Paris Opera, Lilliet Berne, is offered an original role, she realizes with alarm that the libretto is based on a hidden piece of her past. Only four could have betrayed her. As she mines her memories for clues, she recalls her life as an orphan who left the American frontier for Europe and was swept up into the glitzy, gritty world of Second Empire Paris.
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Tue, Jan 31
3:00 pm

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Book Discussions, January 30, 2018, 01/30/2018, Midtown Book Discussion Group
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Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe.
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Tue, Jan 31
6:15 pm

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Book Discussions, January 30, 2018, 01/30/2018, Classic Book Discussion
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Lectures and panels include topics such as the emergence of the plus-size fashion industry in the early twentieth century, the impact of popular culture on how we assess the female body, and fashion accessibility for the disabled in the technological age. The symposium hopes to foster a dialogue about how the fashion industry has contributed to the marginalization of certain body types, and to shed new light on the work of designers, models, and activists who challenge what constitutes the “ideal” fashion body. Speakers include Project Runway co-host Tim Gunn; designers Prabal Gurung, Christian Siriano, and Becca McCharen; author of The Fashioned Body Dr. Joanne Entwistle; co-founder of JAG Models Gary Dakin; founder of The Model Alliance Sara Ziff; and Aimee Mullins, who has transcended her own physical challenges to gain worldwide recognition as an Olympian, a model, and an actor.  
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Fri, Feb 24
10:00 am

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Symposiums, February 23, 2018, 02/23/2018, Fashion and Physique
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