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@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
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.
Author @ the Library
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.
Author @ the Library
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 p.m.
Between Carnival and Purim: Brazilian and Jewish Cultural Encounter. An illustrated lecture with Alex Minkin
An Illustrated Lecture with Alex Minkin One of the first dialogues between Brazilian and Jewish cultures took place at a so-called Yiddish Avenue. This neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, where the majority of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe settled in the 1920s, was also referred to as Little Africa, with Jews and African Brazilians living side by side and attending samba performances on adjacent streets. In celebration of the Brazilian national holiday of Carnival, and less than two week…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomFamilies,
Immigrants
Wed, March 1
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
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.
Author @ the Library
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
Fri, March 3
@ 6 p.m.
Mid-Sentence: Writers in Conversation | Melissa Febos, Leigh Stein
FREE - Doors to the Corner Room open at 5:30 PM. Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me (Bloomsbury, 2017), discusses her new essay collection with writer Leigh Stein. Mid-Sentence features writers in conversation on the state of literature today. All events are free and open to the public. 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 Library, The Corner RoomAdults
Sat, March 4
@ 2:30 p.m.
Art Talks
Moving the Waters, Catskill Dreams: New York City’s Liquid Assets | Margaret Cogswell, Diane Galusha | 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 conjunction with the exhibition Moving the Water(s): Croton Fugues and honoring the centennial anniversary of the initiation of the Catskill Aqueduct which in 1917 brought water from the Catskills more than 100 miles away, Margaret Cogswell and Diane Galusha di…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults
Mon, March 6
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
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
Mon, March 6
@ 6:30 p.m.
Homenaje a ilustres mujeres latinoamericanas
Homenaje a ilustres mujeres latinoamericanas Las tres integrantes de Fuego de Luna nos deleitarán con sus poemas además de presentar brevemente el legado de seis ilustres mujeres latinoamericanas: Antonieta Rivas Mercado, Carmen Mondragón (Nahui Ollín), Blanca Varela, Tilsa Tsuchiya, Chabuca Granda y Juana Azurduy. Cada integrante presentará dos mujeres destacadas y leerán poemas de su autoría. FUEGO DE LUNA Las integrantes de Fuego de Luna, Silvia Siller, Linda Morales Caballero y Maureen H…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students,
Immigrants,
NYPL Supporters,
Teachers,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Teachers
Wed, March 8
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
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.
Author @ the Library
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.
Author @ the Library
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.
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.
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.
Author @ the Library
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
Wed, March 15
@ 6:30 p.m.
Art Talks
The Arcades Project in New York | Kenneth Goldsmith, David Kishik, Eric Jarosinski | Art and Literature 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. Two writers, Kenneth Goldsmith and David Kishik, unbeknownst to each other, wrote books reimagining Walter Benjamin's unfinished masterpiece about Paris in the 19th century, The Arcades Project, as being completed in New York in the 20th. While Kishik wrote a hist…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults,
College & Graduate Students
Mon, March 20
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
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
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
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.
Author @ the Library
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.
Mid-Manhattan Library
UCP
Adults
Thu, March 23
@ 6:30 p.m.
Boris Pasternak - Поверх барьеров.  Борис Пастернак,  страницы жизни.
Иллюстрированная лекция - представляет Ирина Волкович Бори́с Леони́дович Пастерна́к (1890-1960)-русский писатель, поэт, переводчик; один из крупнейших поэтов XX века. Первые стихи Пастернак опубликовал в возрасте 23 лет. В 1955 году Пастернак закончил написание романа «Доктор Живаго». В 1958 году писатель был награждён Нобелевской премией по литературе, вслед за этим он был подвергнут травле и гонениям со стороны советского правительства. Программа "Поверх барьеров" основана на мемуарах, во…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers,
Families,
Immigrants
Fri, March 24
@ 6 p.m.
Mid-Sentence: Writers in Conversation | Alexandra Kleeman, Patty Yumi Cottrell, Ariana Reines
FREE - Doors to the Corner Room open at 5:30 PM. As elements of feminism enter the cultural mainstream, traces of gender norms continue to shape our responses to women--both on and off the page. Enter the Feminine Grotesque: The woman who makes a spectacle of herself, who won't behave--the woman who is unregulated, always too much or not enough. Why do we still find it so frightening when women spill past their own boundaries, taking on shapes in excess of social norms and expectations? And h…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults
Mon, March 27
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
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
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
"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.
Author @ the Library
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.
Author @ the Library
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.
Author @ the Library
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.
Author @ the Library
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
Thu, April 6
@ 2:30 p.m.
Teatro Hispanoamericano - Literatura al alcance de todos
M i d - M a n h a t t a n L i b r a r y en colaboración con H u n t e r C o l l e g e presentan LITERATURA AL ALCANCE DE TODOS: EL TEATRO HISPANOAMERICANO El Departamento de Lenguas Romances de Hunter College y la Biblioteca Pública de Nueva York ofrecerán clases de literatura en español a los ciudadanos de Nueva York en el programa Literatura al alcance de todos. Un grupo combinado de estudiantes de Hunter y usuarios de la biblioteca discutirán textos narrativos y fílmicos duran…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students,
NYPL Supporters,
Teachers,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Teachers
Mon, April 10
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
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.
Author @ the Library
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.
Author @ the Library
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
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
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.
Author @ the Library
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
Wed, April 19
@ 6:30 p.m.
Revival Type | Paul Shaw, Jonathan Hoefler, Tracy Ma | Design and Style Series Event
FREE - The Corner Room doors open at 6 PM. There are over 200,000 typefaces (fonts) available today. This has led many people to ask why we need new ones. Moreover, why do we need new versions of older typefaces? The notion of reviving past typefaces began in the Victorian era and took permanent root when William Morris looked to 15th century Venice as a source for his Kelmscott Press types. Since then revivals of classic types—an often-debated term—has become a routine activity for type foundr…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomBook Lovers,
College & Graduate Students
Thu, April 20
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
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
Fri, April 21
@ 6 p.m.
Mid-Sentence: Writers in Conversation | Sarah Gerard, Amber Tamblyn
FREE - Doors to the Corner Room open at 5:30 PM. Join us as Sarah Gerard discusses her new essay collection SUNSHINE STATE with writer and actress Amber Tamblyn. With the personal insight of The Empathy Exams, the societal exposal of Nickel and Dimed, and the stylistic innovation and intensity of her own break-out debut novel Binary Star, Sarah Gerard’s Sunshine State uses the intimately personal to unearth the deep reservoirs of humanity buried in the corners of our world often hardest to f…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults
Mon, April 24
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
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.
Author @ the Library
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
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
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.
Author @ the Library
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
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