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Date/TimeTitle/DescriptionLocationAudience
Tue, May 30
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Character, with Marty Appel, a former Yankee public relations director, television executive producer, and author.
This lecture paints an intimate portrait of a private man who was larger than life and remains the embodiment of the national pastime. 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, June 1
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
"Making Sense of Food Waste," with Andrew F. Smith, author/editor of 32 books including his latest 3-volume work, "Food in America," of which the second volume is "Food and the Environment."
This talk explores why food waste has become such a popular concern, and the next steps in dealing with food waste. 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, June 5
@ 6:30 p.m.
Finding in Pictures in New York City with Gary Hershorn
New York Press Photographers Association presents: Finding in Pictures in New York City with Gary Hershorn, Former Editor-in-Charge at Reuters North America News Pictures For the past few years Gary Hershorn has been working to documents the ever changing skyline of NYC. From sunrise to sunset and each month with the rise of a full moon he looks for ways to show off the beauty of the city using Instagram and social media as the platform to display the photos. Monday, June 5, 2017 6:3…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Mon, June 5
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America, with Nathaniel Frank, Director of the What We Know Project at Columbia Law School.
This lecture showcases the history of how an idea that once seemed unfathomable—and for many gays and lesbians undesirable—became a legal and moral right in just half a century. 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, June 7
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are, with Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a New York Times op-ed contributor, a visiting lecturer at The Wharton School, and a former Google data scientist.
This illustrated lecture explores how Google searches open an unprecedented window into human behavior, choice, and decision-making and reveals the human psyche. 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, June 8
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Lower Manhattan Through Time, with Richard Panchyk, author of 26 books, including "New York City Skyscrapers," "German New York City," "Catholic New York City," and "New York City History for Kids."
This illustrated presentation features a discussion of how much some parts of Lower Manhattan have changed over time, while also showing just how much other downtown locations have remained the same, using the popular "then and now" format. 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, June 12
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Aging in America: A Cultural History, with Lawrence R. Samuel, founder of Boomers 3.0. and author of several books, including "Freud on Madison Avenue: Motivation Research and Subliminal Advertising in America."
This illustrated lecture traces the story of aging in the United States over the course of the last half century. 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, June 12
@ 6:30 p.m.
Sports Photography: Capturing the Moment with Al Bello
New York Press Photographers Association presents: Sports Photography: Capturing the Moment with Al Bello, Chief Sports Photographer, Getty Images A presentation of Sports photographs that show the pictures, the behind the scenes , and the process of how the Sport photographs were captured. Monday, June 12, 2017 6:30 PM Mid-Manhattan Library Corner Room - First Floor Al Bello is the Chief Sports Photographer for Getty Images in North America. He has photographed sport and p…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, June 13
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Home Front to Battlefront: An Ohio Teenager in World War II, with Frank Lavin, a US ambassador, White House aide, banker, and trade negotiator.
This lecture features World War II history told through combat infantryman Carl Lavin, the author’s father, and offers insight into the United States (including New York City) in war time and the brutality of war in Europe. 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, June 14
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Jack's Wife Freda: Cooking From New York's West Village, with Dean Jankelowitz and Maya Jankelowitz, the co-owners of Jack’s Wife Freda, the wildly popular pair of identically named restaurants in New York City’s Greenwich Village and Soho neighborhoods.
This illustrated lecture tells the story of Jack’s Wife Freda, a pair of downtown restaurants whose signs bear the illustrated face of their namesake grandma, and have become part of the epicenter of Jewish comfort-food dining in New York’s Greenwich Village. 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, June 15
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
A Description of the New York Central Park, with Maureen Meister, art historian, professor, and author.
This illustrated lecture reintroduces readers to A Description of the New York Central Park, published in 1869 and widely considered the most important book about the park to appear during its early years. 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, June 16
@ 6 p.m.
Mid-Sentence: Writers in Conversation | Rakesh Satyal, Grant Ginder
FREE - Doors to the Corner Room open at 5:30 PM. Rakesh Satyal, author of NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME, and Grant Ginder, author of THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING, discuss their recent novels. Mid-Sentence features writers in conversation on the state of literature today. All events are free and open to the public. For more upcoming events, visit http://bit.ly/midsentence ABOUT THE AUTHORS Rakesh Satyal is the author of the novel Blue Boy, which won a 2010 Lambda Literary Award and the…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults
Mon, June 19
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights, with Paulo Lemos Horta, Assistant Professor of Literature at New York University Abu Dhabi, in conversation with Lawrence Weschler, author of “Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative."
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. After the talk, there…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults
Tue, June 20
@ 6:30 p.m.
"Memorable Moments from Broadway Musicals," with Mel Haber, a devoted music lover, primarily of popular music and opera.
Broadway musicals have delighted audiences for well over a century. Naturally not all musicals have been successful but those that have succeeded have given us many memorable moments. This illustrated lecture features videos of some wonderful songs sung by legendary performers, including Jerry Orbach, Ethel Merman, Ezio Pinza, Jennifer Holliday, and John Raitt, among others. The songs "Try to Remember," “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Some Enchanted Evening," "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Goin…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wed, June 21
@ 6:30 p.m.
Portraits in a Small Room with Robert Deutsch, Senior Photographer, USA Today
New York Press Photographers Association presents: Portraits in a Small Room with Robert Deutsch, Senior Photographer, USA Today The ins and outs or photographing celebrity portraits in less than ideal conditions … small hotel rooms, in a short amount of time. What to do, and what to not do. Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:30 PM Mid-Manhattan Library Sixth Floor - Community Room Robert Deutsch is a staff photographer for USA TODAY since 1983, covering news, sports, and entertain…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, June 22
@ 6:30 p.m.
Beautiful Boy: Artist Lissa Rivera and Muse BJ Lillis in Dialogue
Lissa Rivera, Motel, Virginia. Image courtesy of the artist and ClampArt, NY Beautiful Boy: Artist Lissa RIvera and Muse BJ Lillis in Dialogue June 22, 2017, 6:30 - 8 PM Mid-Manhattan Library, sixth floor FREE - Elevators access the sixth floor at 6 PM. Lissa Rivera (photographer and curator) and BJ Lillis (historian and museum professional) will discuss their project ‘Beautiful Boy.’ Rivera’s photographs of BJ, her romantic partner and muse, reference historical examples of gende…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Mon, June 26
@ 6:30 p.m.
Surviving Photojournalism: Becoming a Swiss Army Knife of Media with Todd Maisel
New York Press Photographers Association presents: Surviving Photojournalism: Becoming a Swiss Army Knife of Media with Todd Maisel, Senior Staff Photographer, New York Daily News Photojournalism is no longer about being just a good photographer, but entails being a “Swiss Army Knife,’ in the field. This means taking video, knowing geography, writing a good story and caption, taking notes, recording interviews and being active in social media including Twitter, Facebook and other mediums. By…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, June 29
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
The Making of Jane Austen, with Devoney Looser, a professor of English at Arizona State University.
This illustrated lecture tells new stories about how Jane Austen (1775-1817) was made into an international literary icon in the two centuries after her death. 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, June 30
@ 6 p.m.
Mid-Sentence: Writers in Conversation | Hala Alyan, Hannah Lillith Assadi, Jimin Han
FREE - Doors to the Corner Room open at 5:30 PM. Debut novelists Hala Alyan, Hannah Lillith Assadi, and Jimin Han discuss writing first novels and the interplay between art and identity. Hala Alyan was born in 1986. After living in various parts of the Middle East, she completed a doctorate in psychology and is now in practice at New York University. She has been published in Guernica and other literary journals, and is the award-winning author of three poetry collections. Alyan is also a seas…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults
Thu, July 6
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters, with Thomas M. Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, and an adjunct professor at the Harvard Extension School.
This illustrated lecture explores the perils of un-vetted information, that credentials are still important, and that giving experts their due is democratic. 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, July 10
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
The Seasons Alter: How to Save Our Planet in Six Acts, with Philip Kitcher, professor of philosophy at Columbia University.
This illustrated talk presents the realities of global warming in the most human of terms―everyday conversation. 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, July 12
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Fear City: New York's Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics, with Kim Phillips-Fein, author of "Invisible Hands," and an associate professor of American history in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.
This illustrated lecture provides an epic, riveting history of New York City on the edge of disaster―and an anatomy of the austerity politics that continue to shape the world 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
Thu, July 13
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Abandoned America: Dismantling The Dream, with Matthew Christopher, photographer and writer.
The author returns to the Library for a second installment of Abandoned America. 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, July 20
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System, with T. R. Reid, one of the nation's best-known reporters through his books and articles, his documentary films, his reporting for the Washington Post, and NPR.
This illustrated lecture looks to other countries to rethink America's complicated tax code and features sensible, efficient tax systems from around the world that the United States could emulate. 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, July 24
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Not A Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science, with Dave Levitan, a journalist.
This illustrated lecture features an eye-opening tour of the political tricks that subvert scientific progress. 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, July 26
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, with James Forman Jr., professor of law at Yale Law School.
This illustrated lecture enriches our understanding of why our society became so punitive and offers important lessons to anyone concerned about the future of race and the criminal justice system in America. 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, July 27
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence with Melvin A. Goodman, writer and former senior analyst and Division Chief at the CIA from 1966 to 1990.
This lecture presents a rare insider's account of the inner workings of America's intelligence community. 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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