LIVE from NYPL: Past Programs

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Alex Majoli Alex Majoli
Susan Meiselas Susan Meiselas
Rafał Milach © Dita Pepe Rafał Milach © Dita Pepe
Ira Lupu Ira Lupu
Fred Ritchin Fred Ritchin

Seeing Ukraine

Friday, June 24, 2022, 6:30 - 8 PM
Photographers and curators discuss the complexities of bearing witness in Ukraine.Read More ›
Bill Goldstein © Bill Hayes Bill Goldstein © Bill Hayes
Garth Greenwell © Oriette D'Angelo Garth Greenwell © Oriette D'Angelo
Robert Jones Jr. © Al Vargas Robert Jones Jr. © Al Vargas
Torrey Peters Torrey Peters
Pamela Sneed © Patricia Silva Pamela Sneed © Patricia Silva

Bill Goldstein, Garth Greenwell, Robert Jones Jr., Torrey Peters, and Pamela Sneed: Writing and Living through AIDS

Thursday, June 23, 2022, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
NBC book critic Bill Goldstein and a multi-generational panel of writers reflect on the social and literary legacy of AIDS. Read More ›

Rooftop Happy Hour with the Schomburg Center and Brittle Paper

Friday, June 17, 2022, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Join us on the SNFL terrace for readings, drinks, crafts, and more! Celebrate the 4th-annual Schomburg Center Literary Festival.Read More ›
Nomi M. Stolzenberg Nomi M. Stolzenberg © Scarlett Freund
David N. Myers David N. Myers © Scarlett Freund
Elizabeth Platt Elizabeth Platt

American Shtetl: Nomi M. Stolzenberg and David N. Myers with Elizabeth Platt

Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Discover the story of Kiryas Joel, the uniquely American, self-governing religious community in upstate New York.Read More ›
Anne Carson © Peter Smith Anne Carson © Peter Smith
Hilton Als © Brigette Lacombe Hilton Als © Brigette Lacombe
Sam Anderson Sam Anderson

Anne Carson, Hilton Als, and Sam Anderson: Herakles in New York

Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 7 - 8 PM
The poet and translator joins The New Yorker theater critic to read and discuss H of H Playbook, her recreation of Euripides’s 5th-century BC play Herakles.Read More ›

Rooftop Happy Hour with Ada Limón and Sarah Ruhl

Friday, May 27, 2022, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Join us on the SNFL terrace for readings, drinks, crafts, and more!Read More ›
Peter Kuper Peter Kuper
Dr. Jessica L. Ware Dr. Jessica L. Ware
Dr. Elena Tartaglia Dr. Elena Tartaglia
Chef Joseph Yoon Chef Joseph Yoon

Bugging Out! Peter Kuper and friends celebrate INterSECTS

Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Bug-lovers of all stripes discuss drawing, studying, and eating insects.Read More ›
Lesley Blume © Claiborne Swanson Frank Lesley Blume © Claiborne Swanson Frank
Janine di Giovanni © Rannjan Joawn Janine di Giovanni © Rannjan Joawn
Erin Overbey Erin Overbey

New Yorker Treasures: John Hersey & "Hiroshima"

Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 6 - 7:15 PM
Lesley M.M. Blume, the author of Fallout, joins New Yorker editor Erin Overbey and journalist Janine di Giovanni to discuss the story behind John Hersey’s masterpiece “Hiroshima.”Read More ›
Khin Mai Aung Khin Mai Aung
Judge Victor Marrero Judge Victor Marrero
Jenna Ryall Jenna Ryall
Jesse Wegman Jesse Wegman

Civic Education and Democracy in Crisis: A Conversation in Memory of Judge Robert A. Katzmann

Monday, May 23, 2022, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Experts in policy, law, and education discuss how restoring widespread civic education and action can provide a lifeline to our imperiled democracy.Read More ›
Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
John Sexton ©Hollenshead: Courtesy of NYU Photo Bureau John Sexton ©Hollenshead: Courtesy of NYU Photo Bureau

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and John Sexton: Searching for Happiness

Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 7 - 8 PM
The globally recognized humanitarian and peace envoy offers a practice for finding inner calm.Read More ›
Francine Houben © Coco van Egeraat Francine Houben © Coco van Egeraat
Elizabeth Leber Elizabeth Leber

Francine Houben & Elizabeth Leber: Designing a 21st-Century Library

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 7 - 8 PM
The architects of NYPL’s all-new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) discuss designing physical space to meet the changing needs of libraries and New Yorkers.Read More ›

Rooftop Happy Hour with Latinx in Publishing

Friday, April 29, 2022, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Join us on the SNFL terrace for readings, drinks, crafts, and more, co-hosted with Latinx in Publishing!Read More ›
Yascha Mounk © Steffen Jaenicke Yascha Mounk © Steffen Jaenicke
Jane Coaston Jane Coaston

Yascha Mounk with Jane Coaston: Making Diverse Democracies Endure

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 7 - 8 PM
The popular political thinker shares his big-picture vision for how to bridge the bitter divides within diverse democracies.Read More ›
Cixin Liu Cixin Liu
Jing Tsu Jing Tsu

Cixin Liu with Jing Tsu: Worlds of Science Fiction | 作家刘慈欣先生与石静远教授对话:科幻小说的世界

Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 1 - 2 PM
China’s most beloved science fiction writer discusses his life and work. This event is presented in Mandarin with English subtitles. 走近中国最受欢迎的科幻作家,了解他的日常生活和工作。本次活动将以普通话进行,并附有英文字幕。Read More ›
Bernardine Evaristo Bernardine Evaristo
Brit Bennett © Miranda Barnes Brit Bennett © Miranda Barnes

Bernardine Evaristo and Brit Bennett: Transatlantic Conversations

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 1 - 2 PM
The Booker Prize–winning novelist and the New York Times bestseller share stories from their lives in letters.Read More ›
Brewster Kahle Brewster Kahle
Tony Marx Tony Marx

Brewster Kahle and Tony Marx: The Internet Archive at 25

Monday, April 25, 2022, 7 - 8 PM
The founder of the Internet Archive speaks with the President of The New York Public Library about the changing roles of libraries in the digital age.Read More ›
Margo Jefferson © Claire Holt Margo Jefferson © Claire Holt

Margo Jefferson with Doreen St. Félix: Constructing a Nervous System

Monday, April 18, 2022, 7 - 8 PM
The award-winning critic and memoirist discusses her wildly innovative new work of depth and stirring beauty.Read More ›
Sofija Stefanovic © Justin J Wee Sofija Stefanovic © Justin J Wee
Christine Yvette Lewis Christine Yvette Lewis
André Aciman André Aciman
Abeer Hoque Abeer Hoque
Magogodi oaMphela Makhene Magogodi oaMphela Makhene
Matt Huynh Matt Huynh
Xochitl Gonzalez © Mayra Castillo Xochitl Gonzalez © Mayra Castillo
Rufat Agayev Rufat Agayev
Roxanne Fequiere Roxanne Fequiere
Cleyvis Natera © Beowulf Sheehan Cleyvis Natera © Beowulf Sheehan
Tatenda Shumirai Ngwaru Tatenda Shumirai Ngwaru
Suketu Mehta Suketu Mehta

Alien Nation: True Tales of Immigration

Thursday, April 14, 2022, 7 - 8 PM
Sofija Stefanovic and friends celebrate immigrant lives in America, inspired by the long-running Joe’s Pub series.Read More ›
Elizabeth Alexander © Djeneba Aduayom Elizabeth Alexander © Djeneba Aduayom
Charles M. Blow © Beowulf Sheehan Charles M. Blow © Beowulf Sheehan

Elizabeth Alexander with Charles M. Blow: The Trayvon Generation

Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
The bestselling author examines the power of art and culture to illuminate America’s unresolved problems with race.Read More ›
Gara LaMarche Gara LaMarche
Darren Walker Darren Walker
Peter Osnos Peter Osnos

Darren Walker and Gara LaMarche with Peter Osnos on George Soros

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Darren Walker, Gara LaMarche, and Peter Osnos discuss one of the most consequential, complex, and misunderstood figures of our time.Read More ›
Georgette F. Bennett Georgette F. Bennett
Shadi Martini Shadi Martini
George Rupp George Rupp

Georgette F. Bennett and Shadi Martini with George Rupp: Confronting Crisis in Syria

Monday, March 21, 2022, 1 - 2 PM
The founder of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian refugees recounts how she forged a series of partnerships across national, tribal, and religious boundaries to impact an overwhelming crisis against near impossible odds.Read More ›
Mary Beard © Robin Cormack Mary Beard © Robin Cormack
Tim Gunn © Robert Erdmann

Mary Beard with Tim Gunn: Faces of Power

Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Called the “world’s most famous classicist,” Beard speaks about her latest book, Twelve Caesars, with a fashion icon who “can’t get enough” of ancient history.Read More ›
Fintan O'Toole © Benson Russell Fintan O'Toole © Benson Russell
Belinda McKeon © Alen MacWeeny Belinda McKeon © Alen MacWeeny

Fintan O’Toole with Belinda McKeon: We Don’t Know Ourselves

Monday, March 14, 2022, 7 - 8 PM
The prize-winning Irish writer discusses his chronicle of the wrenching transformations that dragged his homeland into the modern world.Read More ›
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  © Peter Simon Henry Louis Gates, Jr. © Peter Simon
Andrew S. Curran Andrew S. Curran

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. & Andrew S. Curran: The Robert B. Silvers Lecture

Thursday, March 10, 2022, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
The two scholars reveal a hidden chapter from the 18th-Century invention of race.Read More ›
 Ta-Nehisi Coates © Gabriella Demczuk Ta-Nehisi Coates © Gabriella Demczuk
Timothy Snyder Timothy Snyder

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Timothy Snyder: Ill Fares the Land

Monday, February 28, 2022, 7 - 8 PM
Friends and admirers discuss Tony Judt and the reissue of his classic 2010 polemic.Read More ›