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Thu, October 6
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud, with author Elizabeth Greenwood in conversation with writer and editor Jaime Green.
This discussion investigates our all-too-human desire to escape from the lives we lead, and the men and women desperate enough to lose their identities—and their families—to begin again. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, October 13
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money, and Murder in New York's Chinatown, with Scott D. Seligman, writer, historian, genealogist, retired corporate executive and career "China hand."
This illustrated lecture explores the Chinese gang wars that engulfed New York’s Chinatown from the 1890s through the 1930s. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, October 18
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Food and the City: New York's Professional Chefs, Restaurateurs, Line Cooks, Street Vendors, and Purveyors Talk About What They Do and Why They Do It, with Ina Yalof, a journalist and non-fiction author who reports on a variety of diverse topics.
This lecture gives a behind-the-scenes tour of New York City’s dynamic food culture, as told through the voices of the chefs, line cooks, restaurateurs, waiters, and street vendors who have made this industry their lives. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, October 19
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Revolutionary Dissent: How the Founding Generation Created the Freedom of Speech, with Stephen D. Solomon, associate professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.
This illustrated lecture shares the stories of the dissenters who created the American idea of the liberty of thought. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, October 20
@ 6:30 p.m.
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The Power Greens Cookbook: 140 Delicious Superfood Recipes, with Dana Jacobi, the award-winning author of fifteen cookbooks.
This illustrated lecture introduces the fifteen Power Greens—from arugula to watercress—that are loaded with health-supporting nutrients and phytochemicals that enhance vitality and features healthy recipes for dark, leafy greens. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Mon, October 24
@ 6:30 p.m.
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When Paris Sizzled: The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Their Friends, with Mary McAuliffe, author of "Dawn of the Belle Epoque," "Twilight of the Belle Epoque," "Clash of Crowns," and "Paris Discovered."
This lecture portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, les Annees folles, when Parisians emerged from the horrors of war to find that a new world greeted them one that reverberated with the hard metallic clang of the assembly line, the roar of automobiles, and the beat of jazz. It traces a decade that saw seismic change on almost every front, from art and architecture to music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and, most notably, behavior.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, October 25
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Finding North: How Navigation Makes Us Human, with George Michelsen Foy, author of "Zero Decibels: The Quest for Absolute Silence," and twelve critically acclaimed novels.
This illustrated lecture shows how navigating affects our brains, our memory, ourselves and why forsaking our navigation skills in favor of GPS may lead not only to Alzheimers and other diseases of memory, but to losing a key part of what makes us human. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, October 26
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Priced Out: Stuyvesant Town and the Loss of Middle-Class Neighborhoods, with Lisa M. Morrison, Social Affairs Officer at the United Nations in New York City and a contributing author to the "Report on the World Social Situation."
This illustrated lecture explores Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Town housing development, the site of an ongoing struggle between long-term, rent-regulated residents, younger, market-rate tenants, and new owners seeking to turn this community into a luxury commodity. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Fri, October 28
@ 6 p.m.
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FESTIVAL DE LA PALABRA 2016
FESTIVAL DE LA PALABRA "LA CIUDAD, UNA ISLA ENTRE LA UTOPÍA Y LA PESADILLA" BIBLIOTECA MID-MANHATTAN VIERNES 28 DE OCTUBRE - 6:00 PM CORNER ROOM - PRIMER PISO Autores invitados: • MARINA PEREZAGUA • CARMEN BOULLOSA • MANOLO NÚNEZ NEGRÓN El Festival de la palabra es un encuentro mundial de escritores y lectores do…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults,
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Mon, October 31
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience, with Melanie Kirkpatrick, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal's editorial page.
This lecture brings to life the full history of the holiday and what it has meant to generations of Americans. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, November 1
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Focus: The Secret, Sexy, Sometimes Sordid World of Fashion Photographers, with Michael Gross, author of New York Times bestsellers House of Outrageous Fortune, 740 Park, and Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women, Rogues’ Gallery, and Unreal Estate.
This illustrated lecture brings to life the wild genius, ego, passion, and antics of the men (and a few women) behind the camera. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, November 3
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food, with Catherine Price, an award-winning journalist, in conversation with Seth Fletcher, author and senior editor at "Scientific American."
This dialogue takes the audience on a lively journey through the past, present and future of the mysterious micronutrients known as human vitamins -- an adventure that includes poison squads and political maneuvering, irradiated sheep grease and smuggled rats. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Mon, November 7
@ 6:30 p.m.
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The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910 with Esther Crain, a writer, who launched Ephemeral New York, a website that chronicles the city's past through photos, newspaper articles, art, and other artifacts.
This illustrated lecture tells the story of how New York transformed from a small-scale post-Civil War city lit by gas and powered by horses into a mighty metropolis of skyscrapers, subways, blazing electric light, and rapid social change. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, November 8
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Power at Ground Zero: Politics, Money, and the Remaking of Lower Manhattan, with Lynne B. Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor Emerita of Real Estate, author of "Times Square Roulette" and scholar of major urban reconstruction projects.
This illustrated lecture offers the definitive account of one of the greatest reconstruction projects in modern world history. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, November 9
@ 6:30 p.m.
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9/11 Memorial Visions: Innovative Concepts from the 2003 World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition, with Lester J. Levine, a management consultant and poet.
This illustrated lecture tells the personal stories of more than 170 designers whose creative perspective translated an horrific event, giving deeper thought to the relation of memorial spaces to history, geography, technology and cultural diversity. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, November 10
@ 6:30 p.m.
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American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division, with Michael A. Cohen, national political columnist for The Boston Globe.
This lecture captures the full drama of a watershed election, establishing 1968 as the hinge between the decline of political liberalism, the ascendancy of conservative populism, and the rise of anti-government attitudes that continue to dominate the nation's political discourse. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Mon, November 14
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Subway Beats: Celebrating New York City Buskers, with Kurt Boone, a native New Yorker, freelance writer, and poet.
This illustrated lecture showcases performers who collectively express the soul of the Big Apple while entertaining thousands of commuters and visitors daily. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, November 17
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Undisclosed Files of the Police: Cases From the Archives of the NYPD, From 1831 to the Present, with Philip Messing, a veteran journalist, Bernard Whalen, a lieutenant in the NYPD, and Robert Mladinich, a retired NYPD detective.
This illustrated lecture provides an insider's look at more than 80 real-life crimes that shocked the nation, from arson to gangland murders, robberies, serial killers, bombings, and kidnappings. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Mon, November 21
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
GIRL: My Childhood and the Second World War, with Alona Frankel, a renowned Israeli picture book writer and illustrator, the author of many classic children's books as well as recently published poetic memoirs for young adults.
This illustrated lecture features a discussion of Alona Frankel's first book for adults, her memoir about a Polish Jewish girl’s survival hiding as a Gentile in Nazi-occupied Poland. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, November 22
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Trotsky in New York 1917: A Radical on the Eve of Revolution, with Kenneth D. Ackerman, a writer and attorney in Washington, D.C.
This illustrated lecture tells the story of Leon Trotsky’s sojourn in New York City on the eve of the Russian Revolution in 1917. It presents a portrait not only of a towering yet all-too-human political figure on the cusp of history, but also of the city itself at a special moment in our collective memory. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Mon, November 28
@ 6:30 p.m.
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I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life, with Ed Yong, an award-winning science writer on the staff of "The Atlantic."
This illustrated lecture explores the world of microbes, allowing us to see how microbes do everything from defending us from disease to guiding our behavior and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, November 29
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again, with Elaine C. Kamarck, a senior fellow in the Governance Studies program at Brookings and the founding director of the Center for Effective Public Management.
This illustrated lecture explores the difficulties of governing in our modern political landscape, and offers examples and recommendations of how the next American president can not only recreate faith in leadership, but also run a competent, successful administration. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Mon, December 5
@ 6:30 p.m.
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The Brooklyn Experience: The Ultimate Guide to Neighborhoods & Noshes, Culture & the Cutting Edge, with Ellen Freudenheim, a freelance writer based in Brooklyn.
This illustrated lecture offers insights into one of the most creative, dynamic cities in the modern world. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, December 6
@ 6:30 p.m.
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The Landmarks of New York: An Illustrated, Comprehensive Record of New York City's Historic Buildings, with Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, chairwoman of New York State Council on the Arts and author of 23 books.
This illustrated lecture showcases New York City’s architectural history and richness, surveying a broad range of styles and building types: colonial farmhouses, Gilded Age mansions, churches, schools, libraries, museums, and the great twentieth-century skyscrapers that are recognized throughout the world. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, December 7
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Words on the Move: Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally), with John H. McWhorter, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
This illustrated lectures takes the audience on a lively tour of how the English language is evolving before our eyes -- and argues why we should embrace this transformation, not fight it. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Mon, December 12
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Muhammad Ali: Fighter's Heaven 1974: Photographs, with Peter Angelo Simon, a photographer whose photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the Smithsonian.
This illustrated lecture captures Muhammad Ali up close and unguarded in the run-up to the "Rumble in the Jungle," a historic boxing match in Zaire on October 30, 1974. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, December 13
@ 6:30 p.m.
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The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods, with Jeffrey Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern, cofounders of The Gefilteria.
This illustrated lecture explores the authors' mission to revitalize Ashkenazi cuisine with recipes that draw inspiration from Jewish bakeries, neighborhood delis, old-fashioned pickle shops, and their own childhood kitchens. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, December 14
@ 6:30 p.m.
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The Jews of Harlem: The Rise, Decline, and Revival of a Jewish Community, with Jeffrey S. Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University and prize-winning author about American Jewish history.
This lecture follows Jews into, out of, and back into the renowned metropolitan neighborhood over the course of a century and a half. It analyzes the complex set of forces that brought several generations of central European, East European, and Sephardic Jews to settle in Harlem. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, December 21
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story, with John Bloom, a veteran investigative journalist, three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, and a Pulitzer Prize nominee.
This lecture traces the conception, development, and launching of Iridium, a revolutionary satellite system developed by Motorola in the early 1990s. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, December 22
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Klezmer: Music, History and Memory
Klezmer: Music, History and Memory: Aesthetic and Cultural Dimensions published by Oxford University Press, Fall 2016 A lecture and musical program with Dr. Walter Zev Feldman (author, cimbal) and Deborah Strauss (violin) Emerging in 16th century Prague, the klezmer became a central cultural feature of the largest transnational Jewish community of modern times - the Ashkenazim of Eastern Europe. Much of the musical and choreographic history of the Ashkenazim is embedded in the European klezme…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, December 27
@ 6:30 p.m.
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City of Gods: Religious Freedom, Immigration, and Pluralism in Flushing, Queens, with R. Scott Hanson, Lecturer in History at the University of Pennsylvania and an Affiliate of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University.
This illustrated lecture explores the history of the section in New York City, known locally as the birthplace of American religious freedom, now so diverse and densely populated that it has become a microcosm of world religions. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, December 29
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness, with Craig Nelson, historian and author of the New York Times bestseller "Rocket Men," and "The Age of Radiance," "Thomas Paine," "Let’s Get Lost," and "The First Heroes."
As we remember the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and its relevance to American diplomacy today, this illustrated lecture tells the rich personal narratives of sailors, soldiers, pilots, admirals, emperor, and president as they take their place in history—some for the first time in public discourse. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, January 3
@ 6:30 p.m.
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The Fermented Man: A Year on the Front Lines of a Food Revolution, with Derek Dellinger, a writer, brewer, and fermentation enthusiast based in the Hudson Valley.
This illustrated lecture spotlights "the fermented man's" year spent on an unorthodox diet, revealing insights about the science of fermentation, as well as its cultural history, its culinary value, and its nutritional impact. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, January 4
@ 6:30 p.m.
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The Syrian Colony on Washington Street, with Linda K. Jacobs, a New York-based scholar and author of "Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900."
This illustrated lecture tells the never-before-told story of the first Arab immigrants to settle 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 voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, January 5
@ 5:30 p.m.
Canceled
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Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure, with Ingrid Burrington, who writes about the Internet, politics, and art, and has been published in The Atlantic, The Nation, ProPublica, and San Francisco Art Quarterly.
This illustrated lecture offers guided tour of the physical Internet, as seen on, above, and below the city’s streets. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, January 5
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why, with Sady Doyle, a writer and blogger whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Slate, The Atlantic, Rookie, and other publications.
This talk dissects a centuries-old phenomenon, raising questions about gender expectations and the "female trainwreck." 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Mon, January 9
@ 6:30 p.m.
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What They Do With Your Money: How the Financial System Fails Us and How to Fix It, with Jon Lukomnik, executive director of the Investor Responsibility Research Center and Stephen Davis, Ph.D. a senior fellow at the Harvard Law School.
This illustrated lecture explains a system that doesn’t appear to be working in the public interest and calls to reboot capitalism and preserve $85 trillion in retirement savings for their owners—not for use as the financial industry’s ATM. The industry is supposed to be a service industry and this talk shows how to realign it to make it serve the real economy. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, January 10
@ 6:30 p.m.
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A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression, with food historians Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe.
This illustrated lecture provides an in-depth exploration of the greatest food crisis the nation has ever faced—the Great Depression—and how it transformed America’s culinary culture. 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, January 11
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Our Bodies, Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records, with Adam Tanner, writer-in-residence at Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the 2016–17 Snedden Chair in Journalism at the University of Alaska.
The illustrated lecture explores how the hidden trade in our sensitive medical information became a multibillion-dollar business, but has done little to improve our health-care outcomes 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, January 12
@ 6:30 p.m.
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You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin, with Rachel Corbett, executive editor of Modern Painters magazine.
This illustrated lecture reveals one of the great stories of modern art and literature: Rodin and Rilke’s years together as master and disciple, their heartbreaking rift, and ultimately their moving reconciliation. 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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