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Monday, January 4, 2016
6:30 p.m.The Reproach of Hunger: Food, Justice and Money in the Twenty-First Century, with David Rieff, a political analyst, journalist and cultural reviewer.
This lecture explores whether ending extreme poverty and widespread hunger is within our reach. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016
6:30 p.m.Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own," with Kate Bolick, journalist, cultural critic, contributing editor for The Atlantic, and host of "Touchstones at The Mount," an annual literary interview series at Edith Wharton's country estate in the Berkshires.
This illustrated lecture gives a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
6:30 p.m.Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway, with Michael Riedel, a theater columnist for the "New York Post" and the co-host of "Theater Talk" with PBS.
This illustrated lecture showcases the people, the money, and the power that re-invented an iconic quarter of New York City, turning its gritty back alleys and sex-shops into the glitzy, dazzling Great White Way—and bringing a crippled New York from the brink of bankruptcy to its glittering glory. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Thursday, January 7, 2016
6:30 p.m.Lockdown on Rikers: Shocking Stories of Abuse and Injustice at New York’s Notorious Jail, with Mary E. Buser
Mary E. Buser, who worked in the Mental Health Department on Rikers Island and co-founded the Samaritans of New York suicide prevention hotline, chronicles her five-year stint in the department. Buser shines a light into the deepest and most horrific recesses of the criminal justice system, demonstrating how far it has really drifted from the ideals we espouse. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image…
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Monday, January 11, 2016
6:30 p.m.Invented by Law: Alexander Graham Bell and the Patent that Changed America, with Christopher Beauchamp, Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School.
This illustrated lecture discusses the unprecedented legal battles that followed the invention of the telephone. It also examines the patent system, and sheds new light on the history, while resonating with the calls of reform we hear today regarding patent law. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
6:30 p.m.Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books, with Cara Nicoletti
This illustrated lecture explores the intersection of great books and great food. It serves up stories and recipes inspired by beloved books and the food that gives their characters depth and personality. Cara Nicoletti is a butcher, former pastry chef, and author of the literary recipe blog Yummy Books.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
6:30 p.m.Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness, with Eric Metaxas, the New York Times #1 bestselling author of "Bonhoeffer," "Miracles," "Seven Men," and "Amazing Grace."
This lecture tells the captivating stories of seven women who changed the course of history. Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Maria Skobtsova, Corrie ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Teresa — each of these world-changing figures follows the call placed on her life, doing so with remarkable feminine dignity. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Thursday, January 14, 2016
6:30 p.m.Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age, with Edward T. O'Donnell, associate professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and author of "Ship Ablaze."
This illustrated lecture is a social biography of the great reformer, Brooklyn resident Henry George, whose activism in the 1880s inspired a vibrant working class movement and helped to shape 20th century progressive thinking. It examines both the rise of Henry George and his influence on the era, but also the wider context of Gilded Age America and the social turmoil and bitter debates over how best to control an industrial system that produced unprecedented progress and wealth, but also unprec…
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
6:30 p.m.Postponed
Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler, with Mark Riebling, a pathbreaking writer on secret intelligence, and also the author of "Wedge: The Secret War Between the FBI and CIA."
This illustrated lecture shatters preconceptions of Vatican silence in the face of Nazi atrocities. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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6:30 p.m.Never Surrender: Winston Churchill and Britain's Decision to fight Nazi Germany in the fateful summer of 1940, with John Kelly, the author of the acclaimed bestseller "The Great Mortality" and "Three on the Edge."
This lecture spotlights the critical six months in 1940 when Winston Churchill debated whether the British would fight Hitler. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
6:30 p.m.Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America, with Ioan Grillo, a journalist, writer and TV producer based in Mexico City, in conversation with Bernardo Ruiz, a Mexican and American documentary filmmaker.
This illustrated lecture covers the history of drug trafficking and the incredibly shocking story of the men at the heads of the cartels throughout Latin America, and the crime wars now wracking Central and South America and the Caribbean, regions largely abandoned by the U.S. after the Cold War. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Thursday, January 21, 2016
6:30 p.m.Last Night’s Reading: Illustrated Encounters with Extraordinary Authors, with Kate Gavino, a Brooklyn-based writer and illustrator.
This illustrated lecture features irresistible illustrations of authors and the charming, wise and hilarious things they say at their readings. At every book reading the author attends, she hand-letters the event's most memorable quote alongside a charming portrait of the author, and takes us on her journey through the New York literary world, from literary legends to celebrity authors to contemporary favorites, on topics ranging from friendship and humor to creativity and identity. Events at T…
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Monday, January 25, 2016
6:30 p.m.City on a Grid: How New York Became New York, with Gerard Koeppel, also the author of "Bond of Union: Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire," and "Water for Gotham: A History."
This illustrated lecture tells the grid's story: What prompted it? how did the commissioners and their surveyor develop the plans? and how has the lengthening life of the city been shaped by it? are some of the questions that are explored. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
6:30 p.m.Sharon Tate: A Life, with Ed Sanders, an American Book Award winner and the author of "The Family," "Fug You," "Tales of Beatnik Glory," and numerous volumes of poetry.
This illustrated lecture takes a close look at Tate's life—from her itinerant childhood and early career in fashion to her transition to film, passionate marriage to the brilliant and troubled Roman Polanski, and violent murder at the hands of the Manson family cult. It offers new insights into what happened on the night of her death and explores new motives for the targeting of the Polanski household. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these eve…
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
6:30 p.m.The Rise of the Right to Know: Politics and the Culture of Transparency, 1945-1975, with Michael Schudson, a sociologist and historian of the news media and a professor at the Columbia Journalism School.
This lecture emphasizes the relative infancy of the right to know, from the Freedom of Information Act to fuller disclosure on product labels and environmental-impact statements. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Thursday, January 28, 2016
6:30 p.m. The Phone Book, with Robert Herman, a street photographer.
This illustrated lecture features photographs taken entirely on an iPhone, with the Hipstamatic app. and chronicles the photographer's international travels between 2010 and 2015, capturing the illuminating colors of the streets and landscapes of the cities he visited and the colorful people that live in these locales. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Monday, February 1, 2016
6:30 p.m.Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture, with Tina Frühauf, Ph.D., a musicologist, writer, and a professional organist, who serves on the faculty of Columbia University and is editor at Repertoire International de Littérature Musicale
This illustrated lecture spotlights music in the Jewish communities of Germany after 1945. It draws together Jewish music, German culture, and the legacy of the Holocaust and makes powerful arguments about the impact of the Holocaust and its aftermath in changing contexts of musical performance and composition. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
6:30 p.m.Falafel Nation: Cuisine and the Making of National Identity in Israel
When people discuss food in Israel, their debates ask politically charged questions: Who has the right to falafel? Whose hummus is better? This illustrated lecture aims to move beyond the simply territorial to divulge the role food plays in the Jewish nation. In conversation with Yael Raviv, Director of the Umami Food and Art Festival in New York City. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voic…
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Thursday, February 4, 2016
6:30 p.m.The Con Men Hustling in New York City, with Terry Williams, a professor of sociology at the New School for Social Research and Trevor B. Milton, an assistant professor in social sciences at Queensborough Community College, CUNY.
This conversation, moderated by Hakim Hasan, former director of Public Programs at the Museum of the City of New York, spotlights hustling in New York City and explores the sociological reasons why con artists play their game and the psychological tricks they use to win. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Monday, February 8, 2016
6:30 p.m.The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America, with D. Watkins, an award-winning writer, educator, speaker, and columnist for Salon.
This illustrated lecture is a socio-cultural history and an urgent call to action, following the author's experience and that of his community as Trayvon Martin was killed, as Ferguson was torn apart, and as Baltimore itself exploded after the death of Freddie Gray. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
6:30 p.m.Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival, with Stephen Petrus, an Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellow at the New-York Historical Society.
This illustrated lecture explores New York's central role in fueling the nationwide craze for folk music in postwar America. It shows that the city’s artistic, political, and commercial assets helped to shape a breeding ground for the folk music revival, one of the great cultural phenomena of the twentieth century Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
6:30 p.m.Woody: The Biography, with David Evanier, a former senior editor of "The Paris Review" and the author of ten books.
This lecture features key movies, plays and prose and his personal life and tackles the themes that Allen has spent a lifetime sorting through in art: morality, sexuality, Judaism, the eternal struggle of head and heart. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Thursday, February 11, 2016
6:30 p.m.Word Nerd: Dispatches from the Games, Grammar and Geek Underground, with John D Williams Jr., former executive director of the National SCRABBLE Association and the coauthor of the best-selling Everything SCRABBLE®.
This illustrated lecture explores anagrams, palindromes, the highest-scoring SCRABBLE plays of all time, the birth of the World SCRABBLE Championship, as well as many of the more colorful figures that inhabit this subculture. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
6:30 p.m.Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square, with Alfred Pommer, a licensed New York City Guide and Joyce Pommer, a former art gallery owner in New York City.
This illustrated lecture features the stories and history of two of Manhattan’s most desirable neighborhoods for more than 150 years. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Thursday, February 18, 2016
6:30 p.m.The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm, with Annie Novak, the co-founder and head farmer of the nation's first commercial green roof row farm, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn.
This illustrated roof showcases how to make an edible rooftop garden thrive. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Monday, February 22, 2016
6:30 p.m.A Light Shines in Harlem: New York’s First Charter School and the Movement It Led, with the author, Mary C. Bounds, an award-winning journalist, in conversation with Dawn M. Hill, a co-founder of the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem.
This lecture and dialogue tells the fascinating story of the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem, the first charter school in New York, and of the charter movement. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Thursday, February 25, 2016
6:30 p.m.Passage to Cuba: An Up-Close Look at the World's Most Colorful Culture, with Cynthia Carris Alonso. photographer and photo editor.
This illustrated lecture features the author/photographer's portraits of Cuba's most famous musicians, news events and daily life of Cuba's people as it transitioned from being a closed society under Soviet support to the now more open culture, which invites and attracts tourists from around the world. She shares her knowledge and experience of the culture, traveling to Cuba, and its changing relationship with the United States. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or reco…
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016
6:30 p.m.Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars, with Samuel I. Schwartz, a.k.a. “Gridlock Sam,” former NYC Traffic Commissioner and one of the leading transportation experts in the United States today.
This illustrated lecture presents the millennial revolution of the urban landscape and the rise of the pedestrian, the cyclist, and the public transportation commuter. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Thursday, March 3, 2016
6:30 p.m.Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession, with Elizabeth Benedict, bestselling novelist, journalist, teacher of creative writing, editor, and writing coach in conversation with contributors Siri Hustvedt, Suleika Jaouad, & Honor Moore.
A dynamite cast of women writers candidly share the stories of their lives through the hair on their heads. Representing women from all walks of life, the panelists show just how tightly our identities are tied up in our tresses. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Monday, March 7, 2016
6:30 p.m.A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet My Grandfather's SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth, with Rita Gabis, poet and reporter, who born into a family of East European Jews and Lithuanian Catholics.
This illustrated lecture features the compelling, complicated truth about her grandfather, who had been chief of security police under the Gestapo in the Lithuanian town of Sˇvencˇionys, near the killing field of Poligon, where eight thousand Jews were murdered over three days in 1941, and what he had done. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
6:30 p.m.Briefly Seen, New York Street Life, with Harvey Stein, a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, and author based in New York City.
This illustrated lecture documents the iconic areas of Midtown and Downtown Manhattan in 172 beautiful black-and-white photographs taken over 41 years, from 1974 through 2014. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Thursday, March 10, 2016
6:30 p.m.Up South Cookbook: Chasing Dixie in a Brooklyn Kitchen, with Nicole A. Taylor, who currently hosts Hot Grease, a food culture podcast and is the principal of NAT Media.
This illustrated lecture showcases the Georgia native's classic Southern personal favorite recipes, informed and updated by newly-discovered ingredients and different cultures. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Monday, March 14, 2016
6:30 p.m.When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II, with Molly Guptill Manning, a staff attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, who sits on the board of editors of the "Federal Bar Council Quarterly."
This illustrated lecture tells the story of a beloved and nearly forgotten government program, of distributing 120 million paperbacks, cheaply printed and distributed free, to deployed troops, to keep up morale. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016
6:30 p.m.The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet, with Justin Peters, a correspondent for Slate and a contributing editor at the "Columbia Journalism Review."
This illustrated lecture explores the history of the Internet free culture movement and its larger effects on society—and the life and shocking suicide of Aaron Swartz, a founding developer of Reddit and Creative Commons. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Thursday, March 17, 2016
6:30 p.m.Fast Food: The Good, Bad and Hungry, with Andrew F. Smith, a writer and lecturer on food and culinary history and the general editor for the "Edible Series."
This talk explores why the fast food industry has been so successful and examines the myriad ethical lines it has crossed to become so. It shows that fast food—plain and simple—devised a perfect retail model, one that works everywhere, to provide highly flavored calories with speed, economy, and convenience. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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Monday, March 21, 2016
6:30 p.m."Shadowboxing with History: The Conundrum of Fiction vs. Non-Fiction" -- a panel discussion with Jerome Charyn, prolific chronicler of American life, Jay Neugeboren, author of 22 books, and moderator, Paul Hond, associate editor for COLUMBIA Magazine
In this moderated dialogue, acclaimed authors and two friends of six decades, Jay Neugeboren (Max Baer and the Star of David: A Novel ) and Jerome Charyn (A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century) talk about the interplay of history and art in the writing of fiction and non-fiction, about the necessary "lies" of non-fiction, and the reshaping of certain truths in the writing of historical fiction. What do all historical figures, re-imagined or not, have in common? How does language i…
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
6:30 p.m.Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian, with Ethelene Whitmire, a Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies.
This illustrated lecture showcases the life of Regina Anderson Andrews (1901 – 1993), the first African American to head her own branch of the New York Public Library, and who also played a key role in the Harlem Renaissance, supporting writers and intellectuals with dedicated workspace at her 135th Street Branch Library. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purpose…
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016
6:30 p.m.Gangland New York: The Places and Faces of Mob History, with Anthony M. DeStefano, the author of three books on the Italian Mafia, including "Vinny Gorgeous," and a staff reporter for "Newsday."
This illustrated lecture features an on-the-ground guide to mob life in the Rotten Apple. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
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