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Tue, March 28
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Anne Enright and Meghan O'Rourke: Storytelling from the Periphery
Man Booker Prize-winning author Anne Enright “possesses an unusual combination of talents,” says The New Yorker's James Wood. “She is a rich, lyrical prose writer, who cascades among novelties—again and again, she finds the unexpected adjective, the just noun.” In recent novels such as The Green Road and The Forgotten Waltz, Enright deploys that beguiling literary touch to a hard-headed search for both the melancholy and the comic among the fissures that tear at the hearts of family lives. And s…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Wachenheim Trustees RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Tue, March 28
@ 7 p.m.
Martin Duberman's Jews Queers Germans: A Novel
Please join us on Tuesday, March 28th at 7pm in the Margaret Liebman Berger Forum as Martin Duberman and Alisa Solomon discuss his new book Jews Queers Germans: A Novel. A breathtaking historical novel that recreates the intimate milieu around Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm from 1907 through the 1930s, a period of great human suffering and destruction and also of enormous freedom and creativity, a time when the remnants and artifices of the old word still mattered, and yet when art and the social sc…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumAdults
Wed, March 29
@ 6:30 p.m.
Art Talks
The Big Picture | Nicholas Baume, Adrienne Edwards, Jens Hoffmann, Matthew Israel, Arezoo Moseni | An Art Book Series Event
FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED Registration does not guarantee admission. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. On the occasion of the publication of the new book The Big Picture: : Contemporary Art in 10 Works by 10 Artists, author Matthew Israel, and influential museum curators and directors Nicholas Baume, Adrienne Edwards, and Jens Hoffman discuss contemporary art's rel…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students
Thu, March 30
@ 6:30 p.m.
Conservators Forum - The Price of Illusion
For Conservators level members ($1,500) or higher Novelist, essayist, critic, and former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, Joan Juliet Buck has led a life fame and glamour, but also scandal and loss. Join us as Ms. Buck speaks with Caroline Weber, professor of French at Barnard College, Columbia University, on her new book, The Price of Illusion: A Memoir. To reserve your spot, please visit nypl.org/forum or call the Membership Office at 212.930.0653. Events at The New York Public Li…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Wachenheim Trustees RoomNYPL Supporters
Mon, April 3
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Noam Chomsky with Wallace Shawn: Rigorous Rationality
Noam Chomsky has offered wisdom to the world in many capacities, as a linguist, philosopher, political theorist and more. But how does Chomsky wrap his head around today's political landscape and rhetoric? His friend, the beloved writer, playwright, and actor Wallace Shawn comes to LIVE to mine his intellectual hero's mind. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A note to our patrons: LIVE from the NY…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos ForumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Tue, April 4
@ 5 p.m.
Introduction to the Map Warper
This hands-on workshop will give you an overview of the NYPL Map Warper tool and how you can use it to explore local history. What is the Map Warper? The Map Warper is a free tool (available at maps.nypl.org) that enables you to transform digital images of historical maps into the tiles of a v…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, April 5
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Getting Started in Genealogy
This class will demonstrate the first steps and highlight the basic resources in genealogical research, and serve as an introduction to using genealogy and local history collections at NYPL.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, April 11
@ 12 noon
Scottish Genealogy - Finding People and Finding Places
You CANNOT do Scottish Genealogy properly from Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, MyHeritage etc. WHY? Because they just don’t have the records Surname distributions can be a vital clue as to ancestral origins and to where records may exist. And yet Scotland has the longest-reaching, best-preserved and most accessible records on the planet. Where are they? How to access them? What do they contain? How to use them? “What’s where?” – Sources and methods “What’s on Scotland’s People…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, April 11
@ 2:15 p.m.
Scottish Heraldry and Coats of Arms
Heraldry is often dismissed as mediaeval mumbo-jumbo, difficult to understand, recondite and of no contemporary relevance. But it is a living science and art, a vital tool in genealogical research and paradoxically very easy to understand. Scottish Arms from the Armorial de Gelré, ca 1400. Dr Bruce Durie will explain how heraldry works (law and rules) why there is no such thing as a “Family Coat of Arms" how to get a legal Coat of Arms in Scotland A handout will be provided. Dr. Br…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Wed, April 12
@ 12 noon
Researching the History of Your New York City Home
Have you ever wondered about the history of your home? Who used to live there or what their lives were like? This class will show you how to research the history of your building and the people who owned and lived in it. The Milstein Division is home to one of the largest free United States history, local history and genealogy collections in the country. Looking at censuses, city directories, land conveyances, and photographs, newspapers and local histories available at the New York Public Libra…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, April 12
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author Talks
Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age
David Callahan, founder and editor of Inside Philanthrophy; author of The Givers (Knopf, April 2017) in conversation with Alexander Heffner, host of PBS’s The Open Mind While media attention focuses on famous philanthropists such as Bill Gates and Charles Koch, thousands of donors are at work below the radar promoting a wide range of causes. David Callahan’s new book, The Givers: Wealth, Power and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age, charts the rise of these new power players and the ways in whi…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Wachenheim Trustees RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
NYPL Supporters,
Teachers,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Adults,
Teachers
Thu, April 13
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Vital Records and the Census
Discover genealogical resources at the New York Public Library with an exploration of vital records and the census. First, learn how to search for and find your ancestors on birth, marriage, and death certificates. Next, we'll explore the history of the U.S. Federal Census, explore what other types of census records exist, and offer a variety of search strategies to use in your genealogy research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, April 13
@ 6:30 p.m.
Conservators Forum - Cuban Design and the Future of the Cuban Economy
For Conservators level members ($1,500) or higher After 56 years of limited discourse, Cuba and the United States have now entered a new period of reconciliation. Economist and political strategist Richard E. Feinberg believes that Cuba’s new economy will bolster creative and design industries, providing unprecedented opportunities for American collaboration. In his upcoming book, Havana Living Today, Library Council member Hermes Mallea illustrates how individual design expression did not d…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Wachenheim Trustees RoomNYPL Supporters
Mon, April 17
@ 7 p.m.
Conversations from the Cullman Center
The Osage Murders: David Grann and Jeffrey Toobin
All events are free, but you must reserve seats. We generally overbook to ensure a full house. All unclaimed seats are released 10 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. Click here to reserve your seats! David Grann and Jeffrey Toobin talk about his Grann's book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. After huge petroleum reserves were discovered on the Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma in the 1920s, members of the tribe were…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults
Tue, April 18
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author Talks
Immigrant Stories: Min Jin Lee in Conversation with Simon Winchester
Novelist Min Jin Lee, author of the critically acclaimed Free Food for Millionaires, speaks with New York Times best-selling author Simon Winchester about her latest novel, Pachinko. Immigration may preoccupy American politics, but immigrants’ stories are everywhere. And the themes which unite them—escape and adaptation, assimilation and discrimination, alienation and inclusion, advancement and stagnation—exceed many of the differences that distinguish them. Pachinko traces multiple generation…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students,
Families,
Immigrants,
NYPL Supporters,
Teachers,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Teens/Young Adults (13-18 years),
Teachers
Wed, April 19
@ 3 p.m.
Old Books, Rare Books: Learning About the Value of Your Books
Learn what you need to know before buying or selling an old book. Have you ever wondered how the experts on TV can look at an old book and know about its value? Do you have an old book? Do you wonder how much it is worth? If you want to learn more about what makes an old book rare or valuable, then join us as we explore the world of antiquarian books. The Library has many resources to help you develop an appreciation for antiquarian books and to assist you in determining if your books are rare…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students,
Adults
Thu, April 20
@ 2 p.m.
Discuss Great Books in a Great Setting
Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is Bleak House by Charles Dickens Location: Room 216 (Second floor)
Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingAdults,
Book Lovers
Tue, April 25
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
African-American Genealogy: Resources and Research Methods
From 1565 to 1790, Africans surpassed Europeans among the roughly one million newcomers to what would become the United States. A majority of these nearly 360,000 men and women crossed in bondage. Centuries of local and federal laws related to the livelihood of black Americans have created a complex paper trail of genealogical resources. This class aims to provide introductory historical context and recommend basic research methods in the pursuit of African-American family history.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, April 25
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Elif Batuman with Mary Karr: Playing the Fool
Elif Batuman’s first novel, The Idiot, is as much a story of self-invention as it is one of self-discovery. Dramatizing life on the cusp between child- and adulthood, she cleverly takes her book’s title from Fyodor Dostoevsky, whose own Idiot, Prince Myshkin, is “a perfect child, and even quite pathetic.” Batuman’s main character, Selin, travels from her first year at Harvard to Paris and the Hungarian countryside, where, much as it proves for Myshkin, circumstances in these new places are beyon…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Wachenheim Trustees RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Wed, April 26
@ 6:30 p.m.
Art Talks
Until | Nick Cave, Helga Davis, Bob Faust, Denise Markonish | An Artist Dialogue Series Event
FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED Registration does not guarantee admission. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. In celebration of Until, an enormous, elaborate journey through the workings of the artistic mind, the acclaimed artist Nick Cave discusses his newest work, currently on view at MASS MoCA, with the Museum's curator Denise Markonish, Faust principal and creative d…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students
Thu, April 27
@ 12 noon
Writing Your Family History
If you have been collecting the information, now it is time to shape your genealogy research into a cohesive family history for others to read. Learn the different types of family history writing styles and explore the writing manuals that will match your writing style. Explore the history of the places where your family lived, tips for creating a cohesive narrative, and why writing a family history is the ultimate goal of genealogy research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, May 2
@ 7 p.m.
Conversations from the Cullman Center
The Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Lectures on American Civilization and Government: "The Half-Life of Freedom." Two lectures by Jelani Cobb, May 2 and 9
All events are free, but you must reserve seats. We generally overbook to ensure a full house. All unclaimed seats are released 10 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. THE HALF-LIFE OF FREEDOM To attend both events, you MUST reserve separately for each lecture. Part 1: Tuesday, May 2, at 7 pm: "The Media and Alternative Facts" To an unprecedented extent, the 2016 election raised questions about the role and function of the media, its responsibilit…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults
Wed, May 3
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Cory Doctorow with Edward Snowden: Dystopia, Apocalypse, and other Sunny Futures
In Walkaway, Cory Doctorow imagines a world in which people are no longer needed by the super-rich and the clever machines that can print all of life's basic necessities -- food, clothing, shelter. The 99% might be obsolete, but they're not going to take it lying down. They walk away, living on the exhaust stream and stolen code of the default world, surviving threats, and, ultimately, war. Doctorow, co-owner of Boing Boing, Activist in Residence at the MIT Media Lab and special consultant for t…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos ForumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Mon, May 8
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Alec Baldwin: The Personal Made Political
Acclaimed actor Alec Baldwin has been keeping busy playing Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, but his storied career spans decades and genres. Baldwin earned seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role of Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, and has received two Emmys, and Tony and Oscar nominations over the course of his career. Baldwin also penned the deeply personal book A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce, and hosts WNYC's Her…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos ForumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Thu, May 11
@ 2 p.m.
Researching with E-Resources: Periodicals and Newspapers
Explore current and historical newspapers and periodicals available online through NYPL
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Mon, May 15
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Colm Tóibín with Louise Glück: Clytemnestra Revisited
In his forthcoming book House of Names, award-winning author Colm Tóibín inhabits the mind of one of Greek mythology’s most divisive characters, Clytemnestra, retelling her tragic story of power, deception, and murder. Tóibín’s humanizing portrait of Agamemnon’s wife and killer imagines the love, lust, and pain that must have driven her. Joining Tóibín for an exploration of the character's enduring intrigue and relevance is the beloved award-winning poet Louise Glück. This event is co-presente…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos ForumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Wed, May 17
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Getting Started in Genealogy
This class will demonstrate the first steps and highlight the basic resources in genealogical research, and serve as an introduction to using genealogy and local history collections at NYPL.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, May 18
@ 2 p.m.
Discuss Great Books in a Great Setting
Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton Location: Room 216 (Second floor)
Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingAdults,
Book Lovers
Tue, May 23
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Ship Passenger Lists and Maritime Research
Learn how to get started using the genealogy research methods and resources related to ship passenger lists for vessels arriving at U.S. ports in the 19th and 20th centuries, in addition to some of the introductory resources for historical U.S. maritime research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, May 23
@ 6:30 p.m.
Metamorphosis | James Welling, Quentin Bajac, Robert Robert Slifkin | An Art Bo
FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED To celebrate the release of his new monograph, Metamorphosis, photographer James Welling is joined by Quentin Bajac, The Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, and Robert Slifkin, Professor of Fine Arts at New York University, to examine highlights from four decades of work and discuss his first survey show, currently on view at S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium and traveling to Kunstforum Wien in May. Emerging out of the “Picture G…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students
Wed, May 24
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Genealogical Research with Newspapers and Periodicals
Historical newspapers and genealogy periodicals can reveal a wealth of information about your ancestors. Learn about NYPL’s vast collections of newspapers and periodicals and find out how these resources can supplement your family history research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, May 31
@ 2 p.m.
Researching the History of Your New York City Home
Have you ever wondered about the history of your home? Who used to live there or what their lives were like? This class will show you how to research the history of your building and the people who owned and lived in it. The Milstein Division is home to one of the largest free United States history, local history and genealogy collections in the country. Looking at censuses, city directories, land conveyances, and photographs, newspapers and local histories available at the New York Public Libra…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, June 1
@ 7 p.m.
The Seventeenth Annual Young Lions Fiction Award
Honoring the best of today's young writers. Join us for cocktails, music, and mingling as we toast our five finalists and announce this year's winner. 2017 Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists: Clare Beams, We Show What We Have Learned Brit Bennett, The Mothers Nicole Dennis-Benn, Here Comes the Sun Kaitlyn Greenidge, We Love You Charlie Freeman Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs Judges: Amelia Gray, Susan Minot, Salvatore Scibona Thursday, June 1, 2017 7 p.m. Cockt…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos ForumNYPL Supporters
Wed, June 7
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Getting Started in Genealogy
This class will demonstrate the first steps and highlight the basic resources in genealogical research, and serve as an introduction to using genealogy and local history collections at NYPL.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, June 7
@ 6:30 p.m.
Art Talks
Architecture and the Art Museum | Hilary Ballon, Francesco Dal Co, Arezoo Moseni, Troy Conrad Therrien, Billie Tsien, Tod Williams | Architectural Explorations in Books Series Event
FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED Registration does not guarantee admission. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. What is the place of the museum in the modern city? What role does architecture play? How can these buildings be effectively interpreted? Frank Lloyd Wright’s design for the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan broke with all existing conventions, setting a new standar…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students
Thu, June 8
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Vital Records and the Census
Discover genealogical resources at the New York Public Library with an exploration of vital records and the census. First, learn how to search for and find your ancestors on birth, marriage, and death certificates. Next, we'll explore the history of the U.S. Federal Census, explore what other types of census records exist, and offer a variety of search strategies to use in your genealogy research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, June 14
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Naturalization Records
In this class we explore the history of how your ancestors became citizens of the United States of America, the kinds of records they generated when they did so, what information those records contain, and where you can find them.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, June 15
@ 2 p.m.
Discuss Great Books in a Great Setting
Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Location: Room 216 (Second floor)
Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingAdults,
Book Lovers
Thu, June 15
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Philip Glass with Paul Holdengräber: A Mind of Music
LIVE hosts one of the most important musical and creative minds of the 20th and 21st centuries: Philip Glass. The composer, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year, will be joined by Paul Holdengräber, to reflect on a lifetime of creation and composition. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A note to our patrons: LIVE from the NYPL programs begin promptly at 7PM. We recommend arriving twenty min…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos ForumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Tue, June 20
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Lee Friedlander with Giancarlo T. Roma: Passion Projects
Speaking in public for the first time in over three decades, the pioneering photographer Lee Friedlander will take to the LIVE stage in conversation with his grandson Giancarlo T. Roma. Friedlander is perhaps best known for his portraits of the social landscape, which have penetrated to the heart of American life for half a century. But his photographic contributions are rivaled only by his prolific bookmaking. In the 1970s, he established a self-publishing company called Haywire Press; 30 years…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos ForumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
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