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Tue, March 1
@ 6:30 p.m.
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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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, March 3
@ 6:30 p.m.
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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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Mon, March 7
@ 6:30 p.m.
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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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, March 9
@ 6:30 p.m.
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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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, March 10
@ 6:30 p.m.
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The 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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Mon, March 14
@ 6:30 p.m.
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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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, March 15
@ 6:30 p.m.
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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.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, March 16
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Forgotten Hollywood, with Manny Pacheco, a veteran of more than three decades in radio and television in Southern California.
This presentation highlights Hollywood’s Golden Age stories starring: Lionel Barrymore, Frank Morgan, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Van Heflin, Louis B. Mayer, and Jack Warner and features a documentary trailer, Triumph Over Disability: Lionel Barrymore’s Pioneering Story, with Oscar-winner Margaret O’Brien; Oscar-nominated Debbie Reynolds and with the narration by Emmy-winner Jeff Bordner. It looks at how cinema influenced our fight to change the nation's views regarding people with disabili…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, March 17
@ 6:30 p.m.
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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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Mon, March 21
@ 6:30 p.m.
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"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…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, March 22
@ 6:30 p.m.
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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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Wed, March 23
@ 6:30 p.m.
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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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Thu, March 24
@ 6:30 p.m.
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The Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art, with Jeffrey Ian Ross, Ph.D., Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, College of Public Affairs, and Research Fellow of the Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore
This illustrated lecture integrates and reviews current scholarship in the field of graffiti and street art. 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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Tue, March 29
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Housing First Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems and Changing Lives, with Deborah K. Padgett, Benjamin F. Henwood, and Sam J. Tsemberis.
The authors trace the origins of the ‘housing first’ (HF) approach pioneered by Pathways to Housing, Inc.as a paradigm shift that has transformed homeless services in the U.S. and abroad. 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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Mon, April 4
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Smuggler's Blues: A True Story of the Hippie Mafia, with Richard Stratton, the author of the underground cult classic novel, "Smack Goddess," and an award-winning writer and filmmaker.
This illustrated lecture is a psychedelic road trip through international drug smuggling, the hippie underground, and the war on weed. 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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Tue, April 5
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Bus on Jaffa Road: A Story of Middle East Terrorism and the Search for Justice, with Mike Kelly, a journalist and author of two books as well as numerous prize-winning newspaper projects and columns for "The Bergen Record."
This lecture takes the audience on a horrifying trip through the sad events of February 25, 1996 and their aftermath. When a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest on the No. 18 bus in Jerusalem, the lives of the terrorists and victims intersected It looks at both the personal and political aspects of the event, providing some insight into the difficult situation in the Middle East today. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, y…
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Wed, April 6
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Convicting the Innocent: Death Row and America's Broken System of Justice, with Stanley Cohen, a veteran award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist.
This illustrated lecture explores our justice system that has delivered the ultimate punishment nearly one thousand times since 1976, though it cannot guarantee accurate convictions. 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, April 7
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Hidden Waters of New York City, with Sergey Kadinsky, a staffer for the New York City Parks Department and an adjunct professor of history at Touro College.
This illustrated lecture offers a glimpse at the big city’s forgotten past and ever-changing present, including:Minetta Brook, which ran through today's Greenwich Village; Collect Pond in the Financial District, the city's first water source; Newtown Creek, separating Brooklyn and Queens; and Bronx River, still a hotspot for urban canoeing and hiking. 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…
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Tue, April 12
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Playing Against the House: The Dramatic World of an Undercover Union Organizer, with James D. Walsh, journalist.
This lecture highlights the author's experience when he went undercover posing as a buffet server and attempted to organize a labor union at a Florida casino. It explores the trials of day-to-day life for the working poor, labor organizing's effects on the middle class and the face of twenty-first century union busting. His investigation sheds light on the inner-workings of the casino industry, as well as the fight for labor rights in the growing service sector of the economy. Events at The Ne…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, April 14
@ 6:30 p.m.
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"Camus: A Stranger in New York," with historian Robert Zaretsky, author of "Albert Camus: Elements of a Life," and "Camus:  A Life Worth Living" in conversation with writer and essayist Adam Gopnik, author of "Paris to the Moon."
On the occasion of "Camus: A Stranger in the City," a festival celebrating the 70th anniversary of Albert Camus' one and only visit to New York, historian Robert Zaretsky and writer and essayist Adam Gopnik discuss the relevance of Camus’ work in the contemporary era. Fifty-six years after his tragic death in a car crash, French writer Albert Camus remains a colossal intellectual figure. His reflections on the search for meaning in life preoccupy readers from all over the world. His views on v…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, April 19
@ 6:30 p.m.
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The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time, with Maria Konnikova, bestselling author of "Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes," and a contributing writer for "The New Yorker."
This talk features the art of persuasion—and deception. It explores and explains the psychological principles that make swindling so easy and provides an investigation into the minds, motives, and methods of con artists. In her entertaining and insightful talk, she tells the fascinating stories about some of the most seductive imposters in history, taking us into the world of the con to examine not only why we believe in confidence artists, but how our sense of truth can be manipulated by those…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, April 20
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Harlem Supers: The Social Life of a Community in Transition, with Terry Williams, Fellow at Yale University, and Professor at the New School for Social Research.
This visual lecture focuses on the large role that superintendents play in the formation of relationships and networks within their neighborhood. Through ethnographic fieldwork, it illustrates daily life of superintendents in the lower Harlem area. 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.
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Thu, April 21
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Footprints in New York: Tracing The Lives Of Four Centuries Of New Yorkers, with James and Michelle Nevius, New York City experts.
This illustrated lecture explores the lives of two dozen iconic New Yorkers, including Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, Central Park architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, business titan JP Morgan, and music legend Bob Dylan. 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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Tue, April 26
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Love and Science: A Memoir, with Jan Vilcek, professor of Microbiology at NYU Langone Medical Center.
This illustrated lecture tells two intertwined stories—one personal, one professional—how, improbably, the enormous obstacles the author faced went hand in hand with a charmed life of scientific discovery. As a child the author survives World War II in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, grows up under Communist rule, then thrives as an immigrant scientist in America, and contributes to the development of a blockbuster drug that helps millions of patients with autoimmune disorders. In the process he a…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, April 27
@ 6:30 p.m.
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The Disaster Profiteers: How Natural Disasters Make the Rich Richer and the Poor Even Poorer, with John C. Mutter, professor at Columbia University with appointments in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and International / Public Affairs.
This illustrated lecture combines natural science and physical science to explore how disasters deepen social inequalities. The aftermath, of natural disasters, the extensive cleanup and rebuilding process, such as hit New Orleans, Indonesia, Hati, and other places, fuels global inequality. 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, May 2
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Defeating ISIS: Who They Are, How They Fight, What They Believe, with Malcolm Nance, internationally renowned intelligence veteran, author, and counter-terrorism expert.
This illustrated lecture explains the religious and military origins of ISIS—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, its virulent propaganda, and how it spreads its cult ideology throughout the Middle East and to disaffected youth across the globe through ultra-violence. 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, May 5
@ 6:30 p.m.
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The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe, with Stephon Alexander, jazz saxophonist, astrophysicist and professor of physics at Brown University.
This illustrated lecture highlights the various ways that music, in particular, jazz improvisation is linked with modern physics and cosmology. 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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Mon, May 9
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Please Make This Look Nice: The Graphic Design Process, with Peter Ahlberg, designer and principal/creative director of AHL&CO, and teacher of graphic design and visual/critical studies at the School of Visual Arts.
This illustrated lecture provides a behind-the-scenes look at the graphic design process of graphic designers, typographers, and studios from around 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.
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Tue, May 10
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food, with Roger Horowitz, a food historian and director of the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library.
This illustrated lecture follows the fascinating journey of kosher food through the modern industrial food system. It recounts how iconic products such as Coca-Cola and Jell-O tried to become kosher; the contentious debates among rabbis over the incorporation of modern science into Jewish law; how Manischewitz wine became the first kosher product to win over non-Jewish consumers (principally African Americans); the techniques used by Orthodox rabbinical organizations to embed kosher requirements…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, May 11
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Building A Business of Politics: The Rise of Political Consulting and the Transformation of American Democracy, with Adam Sheingate, Associate Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University.
This illustrated lecture traces the history of political consultants from its origins in the publicity experts and pollsters of the 1920s and 1930s to the strategists and media specialists of the 1970s who transformed political campaigns into a highly profitable business. 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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Thu, May 12
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America, with Tamara Draut, the Vice President of Policy and Research at Demos, and the author of "Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead."
This illustrated lecture examines a sleeping giant, the new working class, that is just now waking up to its untapped political power, and the role it will play in our economic and political future. 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, May 16
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Summoned: Identification and Religious Life in a Jewish Neighborhood, with Iddo Tavory, assistant professor of sociology at New York University.
This illustrated lecture, based on ethnographic fieldwork, presents an account of the fabric of everyday life in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, and an attempt to think through the relationship among actors' identifications, the crystallization of their social worlds, and the micro-patterning of social interaction. 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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Tue, May 17
@ 6:30 p.m.
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The Green and the Black: The Complete Story of the Shale Revolution, the Fight over Fracking, and the Future of Energy, with Gary Sernovitz, a managing director at Lime Rock, an oil- and gas-focused private equity firm.
This illustrated lecture explains the reality of fracking and America’s shale revolution and how it can be made safer, how the oil business works and how we can harness the benefits of our resources. 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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Thu, May 19
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Political Suicide: Missteps, Peccadilloes, Bad Calls, Backroom Hijinx, Sordid Pasts, Rotten Breaks, and Just Plain Dumb Mistakes in the Annals of American Politics," with Erin McHugh, a former publishing executive and an award-winning author.
This entertaining lecture sheds light on cautionary tales of political missteps in American history, from the birth of the nation through the present day. 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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Mon, May 23
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City, with Adina Hoffman, also the author of "House of Windows," "My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness," and the co-author with Peter Cole of "Sacred Trash."
This illustrated lecture offers a prismatic view into one of the world's most beloved and troubled cities and provides a portrait of three architects who helped build modern Jerusalem. It is also a gripping exploration of the ways in which politics and aesthetics clash in a place of constant conflict. 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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Tue, May 24
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities, with Claudia Kalb, acclaimed health and science journalist.
This illustrated lecture looks at the evolution of mental health and gives a glimpse into the lives of high-profile historic figures through the lens of modern psychology, weaving groundbreaking research into biographical narratives that are deeply embedded in our culture. From Marilyn Monroe’s borderline personality disorder to Charles Darwin’s anxiety, it provides compelling insight into a broad range of maladies, using historical records and interviews with leading mental health experts, biog…
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Wed, May 25
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency, with David Greenberg, Associate Professor of History and of Journalism & Media Studies, Rutgers University; former Fellow, Wilson Center and presidential historian.
This illustrated lecture recounts the rise of the White House spin machine from Teddy Roosevelt to Barack Obama, going behind the scenes to see how the tools and techniques of image making and message craft work. The lecture also examines the profound debates Americans have waged over the effect of spin on our politics. 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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Thu, May 26
@ 6:30 p.m.
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CANCELED - Planet/Cuba: Art, Culture, and the Future of the Island, with Rachel L. Price, a professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages at Princeton University, and author of "The Object of the Atlantic."
This illustrated lecture examines the transformations in Cuban art, literature, and culture in the post-Fidel era, and features a fascinating array of artists and writers, who are tracing a new socio-cultural map of the island.. 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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Tue, May 31
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World, with Baz Dreisinger, an associate professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a journalist, film and radio producer, and founder of the Prison-to-College-Pipeline.
This illustrated lecture is a first-person odyssey, covering nine countries, beginning in Africa and ending in Europe, investigating the current conditions in prisons worldwide, and looks into the human stories of incarcerated men and women and those who imprison them, creating a jarring, poignant view of a world to which most are denied access, and a rethinking of one of America’s most far-reaching global exports: the modern prison complex. Events at The New York Public Library may be photogra…
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Wed, June 1
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Adult Sibling Relationships, with Geoffrey L. Greif, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Michael E. Woolley, an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
This illustrated lecture explores the strengths and strains of adult-sibling bonds. It clarifies the most confounding elements of sibling relationships and provides specific suggestions for realizing new, productive avenues of friendship in middle and later life. 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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