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NYPL Events: What's Happening 4/17-5/1


Welcome to our biweekly update on events happening during the next two weeks at The New York Public Library. With 92 locations across New York City, a lot is happening at the Library. We're highlighting some of our events here—including author talks, free classes, community art shows, performances, concerts, and exhibitions—and you can always find more at If you want our round-up in your inbox, sign up here. We look forward to seeing you at the Library.  

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

4/22: Beyond Marriage, Beyond Equality: LGBT civil rights movements have won notable victories and made great strides in recent years. But what's next? Scholars and activists come to the Library to discuss the goals and strategies of LGBT political movements moving forward in two compelling talks: "Beyond Marriage" and "Beyond Equality." Organized by Martin Duberman. 12 PM.

5/1: Future Perfect: Recording the History of NowLongtime contributors to The New York Review of Books Ian Buruma and Mark Lilla discuss "Democracy and Demagogues" with Sam Tanenhaus, as part of this series on how writers and storytellers relate to current events. 7 PM.

5/2 and 5/9: Jelani Cobb: The Half-Life of FreedomJelani Cobb, staff writer at The New Yorker and professor at the Columbia Journalism School, delivers this year's Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Lectures on American Civilization and Government. On May 2, Cobb will give the first part of the lecture, "The Media and Alternative Facts." The second lecture, "Midnight in America: The Demagogues of American History," will take place on May 9. Admission to the two lectures is free, but you must reserve seats separately for each. 7 PM.

The Schomburg Center

4/24: Black Colonists: The African History of the Pre-Sugar CaribbeanThe Lapidus Center presents this talk from David Wheat, author of Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, 1570-1640, which illustrates how African forced migrants became de facto colonists in Spanish Caribbean territory. He will be joined by historian Herman Bennett. 6:30 PM.

4/27: Harlem Premiere: A Hug for Harlem: The Harlem Chamber Players bring Jeff Scott's piece, A Hug for Harlem, to the Schomburg Center for its Harlem premiere. 6:30 PM.

5/1: Theater Talks: Sweat with Lynn Nottage:Lynn Nottage discusses her newly minted Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Sweat, set in the rust belt town of Reading, Pennsylvania as economic downturn leads to racial unease and community breakdown. 6:30 PM.

Library for the Performing Arts

4/22: Dialogues: Elie Wiesel, PlaywrightIn commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, rediscover Elie Wiesel's works as a playwright with an afternoon program of Remembrance Readings from A Jew Today. 2:30 PM.

4/27: International Contemporary Ensemble: Collecting Chaya CzernowinThe International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) comes to the Library for an interactive concert, where vocalist Tony Arnold will perform a world premiere of a new work by Chaya Czernowin. 7 PM.

4/28: Library Listen Fest: Antique Electronica: Explore the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound holdings of "Antique Electronica," electronic music from the 1950s and 1960s, celebrating the legacy of Pauline Oliveros. 7 PM.

Science, Industry and Business Library

4/28: Financial Planning DayThe Science, Industry and Business Library is hosting its biannual Financial Planning Day, featuring a full day of workshops, lectures, seminars, and more from 10 AM to 5 PM. Learn all there is to know from experts on financial planning, from investing to healthcare, and get familiar with the Library's resources to help you plan wisely for your financial future. 

4/18: The World Economy and Financial Markets TodayKarin Kimbrough discusses how important political changes both in the US and abroad will affect the world's economy and financial markets. 6 PM.

Around the Library

5/1: Law Day 2017: Transforming American DemocracyThe Library hosts a series of conversations, activities, and workshops at different branches around New York  to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. This year's theme is The Fourteenth Amendment: Transforming American Democracy. Various times and locations.

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