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Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse , and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide, with Josh Katz, graphics editor at "The New York Times."
This illustrated lecture is a delightful exploration of American language, taking the audience on an extraordinary and beautiful tour through the American vernacular. 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, February 23
@ 6:30 p.m.
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New York Rock: From the Rise of The Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB, with Steven Blush, music writer and bestselling author of "American Hardcore."
This illustrated lecture explores the rock scene's half-century connection to New York. 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, February 27
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Before the Fires: An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx from the 1930s to the 1960s, with Bob Gumbs, an artist, publisher, and author, and Mark Naison, Professor of History and African American Studies at Fordham University.
This illustrated lecture tells the personal stories of seventeen African-American men and women who lived in the South Bronx before the social and economic decline of the area that began in the late 1960s. 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, February 28
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Manhattan Churches, with Richard Panchyk, author of 25 books, including "New York City Skyscrapers," "German New York City," "Catholic New York City," and "New York City History for Kids."
This illustrated lecture celebrates the wonderful diversity of churches in New York City’s oldest borough. 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 1
@ 6:30 p.m.
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The Past and Future City: How Historic Preservation is Reviving America's Communities, with Stephanie Meeks, president and chief executive officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
This illustrated lecture explores the many ways that saving and restoring the historic fabric can help a city create thriving neighborhoods, good jobs, and a vibrant 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 and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, March 2
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack, with Steve Twomey, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter.
This illustrated lecture provides a fascinating look at the twelve days leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor—the warnings, clues, and missteps. 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 6
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Homelessness in New York City: Policymaking from Koch to de Blasio, with Thomas J. Main, Professor at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York.
This illustrated lecture tells the remarkable story of how America’s largest city has struggled for more than thirty years to meet the crisis of modern homelessness through the landmark development, since the initiation of the Callahan v Carey litigation in 1979, of a municipal shelter system based on a court-enforced right to shelter. 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 f…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, March 8
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Barney: Grove Press and Barney Rosset, America’s Maverick Publisher and the Battle against Censorship, with Michael Rosenthal, former Roberta and William Campbell Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.
As the head of Grove Press, Barney Rosset liberated American culture from the constraints of Puritanism. This illustrated lecture explores how Grove's landmark legal victories freed publishers to print what they wanted, and traces Grove's central role in the countercultural ferment of the sixties and early seventies. 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 9
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums, with Samuel J. Redman, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
In 1864 a U.S. army doctor dug up the remains of a Dakota man who had been killed in Minnesota. Carefully recording his observations, he sent the skeleton to a museum in Washington, DC, that was collecting human remains for research. In the “bone rooms” of this museum and others like it, a scientific revolution was unfolding that would change our understanding of the human body, race, and prehistory. This illustrated lecture unearths the story of how human remains became highly sought-after arti…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Mon, March 13
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Ten Restaurants That Changed America, with Paul Freedman, history professor at Yale University, author, and editor.
This illustrated lecture offers a daring and original history of dining out in America as told through ten legendary restaurants. 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 14
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights, with Paulo Lemos Horta, Assistant Professor of Literature at New York University Abu Dhabi.
This illustrated lecture reveals the cross-cultural encounters—the collaborations, borrowings, and acts of literary larceny—that produced the Arabian Nights in European languages. Ranging from the coffeehouses of Aleppo to the salons of Paris, from colonial Calcutta to Bohemian London, Paulo Lemos Horta introduces audience to the poets and scholars, pilgrims and charlatans who made crucial but largely unacknowledged contributions to this most famous of story collections. Events at The New York…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, March 15
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Dream of a Universal Language, with Esther Schor, professor of English at Princeton University, and Sam Green, documentary filmmaker and director of "The Universal Language."
In this illustrated lecture and film screening, writer Esther Schor and director Sam Green trace the life of the invented language Esperanto. The lecture will be followed by a screening of the documentary The Universal Language (30 minutes) and a Q&A with the presenters. 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 20
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How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood, with Peter Moskowitz, freelance journalist and graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
This lecture uncovers the massive, systemic forces behind gentrification in New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York. 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 21
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The Joint Ventured Nation: Why America Needs a New Foreign Policy, with Edward Goldberg, who teaches international political economy at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs.
This lecture explores the future of American foreign policy through the lens of globalization. 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 22
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future, with Thomas M. Shapiro, professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Brandeis University.
This lecture reveals how forces of wealth disparity and racial inequality trap families in place. 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 27
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Feeding Gotham: The Political Economy and Geography of Food in New York, 1790–1860, with Gergely Baics, assistant professor of history and urban studies at Barnard College, Columbia University.
This illustrated lecture explores how America’s first metropolis grappled with the challenge of provisioning its inhabitants. 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 28
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"Sharing Jokes across Cultures: Problems and Possibilities" with Carol C. Gould, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Political Science, City University of New York and author of "Interactive Democracy: The Social Roots of Global Justice."
Drawing on the author's recent book as well as current events, this illustrated lecture analyzes several examples of jokes—American, Jewish, Irish, Egyptian, Eastern European, etc.—and some hard cases of offensive jokes and cartoons that have provoked visceral reactions from various cultural communities. It also considers the uses of humor for enhancing cross-cultural understanding in contemporary social and political life. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, March 29
@ 6:30 p.m.
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No Friends but the Mountains: Dispatches from the World's Violent Highlands, with Judith Matloff, who teaches conflict reporting at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
In this illustrated lecture, a veteran war correspondent describes her journeys to remote mountain communities across the globe—from Albania and Chechnya to Nepal and Colombia—to investigate why so many conflicts occur at great heights. 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 30
@ 6:30 p.m.
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City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York, with Tyler Anbinder, a professor of history and former chair of the History Department at George Washington University.
This illustrated lecture provides a vivid sense of what New York looked like, sounded like, smelled like, and felt like over the centuries of its development and maturation into the city we know today. 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, April 3
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital, with David Oshinsky, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, professor in the NYU Department of History, and director of Medical Humanities at the NYU School of Medicine.
This illustrated lecture chronicles the riveting history of New York's iconic public hospital and America's oldest hospital. It charts the turbulent rise of American medicine, the path from butchery and quackery to a professional and scientific endeavor, and the rise of New York to the nation's preeminent 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
Wed, April 5
@ 6:30 p.m.
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My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home, with Lisa Anselmo, a writer and creative director.
This illustrated lecture explores one woman’s search for peace and meaning, and how the ups and downs of expat life in Paris taught her to let go of fear, find self-worth, and create real, lasting happiness. 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, April 10
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration—and How to Achieve Real Reform, with John Pfaff, Professor of Law at Fordham Law School.
This illustrated lecture is a groundbreaking examination of our system of imprisonment, revealing the true causes of mass incarceration as well as the best path to reform. 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, April 12
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores, with Bob Eckstein, an award-winning illustrator, writer, New Yorker cartoonist, snowman expert, and author of "The History of the Snowman."
This illustrated lecture captures our lifelong love affair with books, bookstores, and book-sellers and features evocative paintings and colorful anecdotes about the local bookshop, each with its own quirks, charms, and legendary stories. 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, April 17
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders, with Dylan Thuras, cofounder and creative director of Atlas Obscura, and Ella Morton, associate editor of AtlasObscura.com.
This illustrated lecture celebrates the strangest and most curious places in 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
Tue, April 18
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Eleanor Roosevelt, The War Years and After, 1939-1962, with Blanche Wiesen Cook, a distinguished professor of history at John Jay College and Graduate Center, City University of New York.
This lecture explores the life of the first lady, looking through the window of 1939 – 1962, carrying audience through WWII, the death of FDR, and the formation of the UN, as well as Eleanor’s continued work to mend the shaken nation up until her death in 1962. 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, April 19
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca, with John McWhorter, an American academic and linguist who is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
This lecture, devoted to the form, structure, and development of Black English, explores its fundamentals and rich history, while carefully examining the cultural, educational, and political issues that have undermined recognition of this transformative, empowering dialect. 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 20
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Abandoned America: Dismantling The Dream, with Matthew Christopher, photographer and writer.
This illustrated lecture explores the quiet catastrophes dotting American cities, examining the losses and failures that led these ruins to become forsaken by communities that once embraced them 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, April 24
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Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917 - A World on the Edge, with Helen Rappaport, historian and the New York Times bestselling author of "The Romanov Sisters."
This illustrated lecture spotlights the outbreak of the Russian Revolution through eye-witness accounts left by foreign nationals who saw the drama unfold. During 1917 Petrograd was turned into a 'red madhouse' as diplomats, military attaches, governesses, journalists, businessmen and nurses watched history being made in the war-torn capital. 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 Li…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, April 25
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling, with Michael Cannell, author of "The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit" and "I.M. Pei: Mandarin of Modernism."
This illustrated lecture recounts the story of a serial bomber who stalked the streets of 1950s New York and how the race to catch him gave birth to a new science called criminal profiling. 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 27
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One Nation Under Baseball: How the Sixties Collided with the National Pastime, with John Florio, freelance writer and novelist, and Ouisie Shapiro, Emmy-winning writer and producer of sport documentaries.
This illustrated lecture highlights the intersection between American society and America’s pastime during the 1960s, when the hallmarks of the sport—fairness, competition, and mythology—came under scrutiny 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 1
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Confessions of a Wall Street Insider: A Cautionary Tale of Rats, Feds, and Banksters, with Michael Kimelman, an entrepreneur.
This illustrated lecture reveals the triumphs, pains, and struggles in the high-risk life of a former proprietary trader. 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, May 3
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Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936, with Edward Sorel, an illustrator, caricaturist, and cartoonist.
This illustrated lecture spotlights the travails of the Oscar-winning actress alongside the author's personal story of discovering an unlikely muse. 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 4
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Black Ops Advertising: Native Ads, Content Marketing and the Covert World of the Digital Sell, with Mara Einstein, a professor of media studies at Queens College, City University of New York, and an independent marketing consultant.
This illustrated lecture dissects this rapid rise of “sponsored content,” a strategy whereby advertisers have become publishers and publishers create advertising—all under the guise of unbiased information. 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 8
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We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie, with Noah Isenberg, professor of culture and media at The New School.
This illustrated talk tells the incredible story of how Casablanca was made and why it remains the most beloved of Hollywood films. 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, May 10
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Inside-Out Health: A Revolutionary Approach to Your Body, with Dr. Robert Silverman, a certified nutrition specialist, certified clinical nutritionist and a certified sports nutritionist.
This illustrated lecture tells the attendees how to turn your health around in an entirely new and different way, and take charge and improve your wellbeing with actionable steps you can do yourself. 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 11
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Quarks to Culture: How We Came to Be, with Tyler Volk, professor of biology and environmental studies at New York University.
This illustrated lecture explores the rhythm within what the author calls the "grand sequence," a series of levels of sizes and innovations building from elementary quanta to globalized human civilization. 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 15
@ 6:30 p.m.
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Books for Living, with Will Schwalbe, author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The End of Your Life Book Club."
This talk is an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity. 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, May 17
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The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland, with Marisa Scheinfeld, photographer.
This illustrated lecture features photographs and history of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. 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 22
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Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall, with Nina Willner, a former U.S. Army intelligence officer who served in Berlin during the Cold War.
This illustrated lecture recounts a story about a world at war - about the Soviet-American superpower struggle for ideological superiority, about the birth and death of a reclusive communist nation - and about the power of one family's love and their four-decade struggle to transcend authoritarian oppression, to find each other 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 fo…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, May 25
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Super Freak: The Life of Rick James, with Peter Benjaminson, "The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard" and "Mary Wells: The Tumultuous LIfe of Motown's First Superstar."
This illustrated lecture sheds light on Motown’s most controversial superstar. 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
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