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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 ›
Lynn Melnick © Ada Donnelly Lynn Melnick © Ada Donnelly
David L. Ulin David L. Ulin

Refusenik: Lynn Melnick with David L. Ulin

Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 7 - 8 PM
The poet explores misogyny and anti-Semitism from Russia to Los Angeles to Brooklyn.Read More ›
Dan Charnas © Noah Stephens Dan Charnas © Noah Stephens
Jason Moran Jason Moran

Dilla Time: Dan Charnas and Jason Moran

Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 7 - 8 PM
The award-winning culture writer speaks with the pianist and composer about the life and afterlife of the hip-hop producer who reinvented rhythm.Read More ›
Glory Edim © Tiffany A. Bloomfield Glory Edim © Tiffany A. Bloomfield
Rita Dove © Fred Viebahn Rita Dove © Fred Viebahn

Rita Dove and Glory Edim with Salamishah Tillet

Thursday, February 3, 2022, 7 - 8 PM
The poet laureate and the literary tastemaker share poems and stories new and old.Read More ›
Patrisse Cullors © Ryan Pfluger Patrisse Cullors © Ryan Pfluger
Frederick Joseph Frederick Joseph

An Abolitionist’s Handbook: Patrisse Cullors with Frederick Joseph

Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 7 - 8 PM
The co-founder of Black Lives Matter discusses her framework for how everyday activists and organizers can help re-imagine a world where communities are treated with dignity, care, and respect.Read More ›
Andra Bucci Andra Bucci
Tatiana Bucci Tatiana Bucci
Eleanor Reissa Eleanor Reissa
Ruth Franklin Ruth Franklin

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Memory, Family, and Survival

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 1 - 2 PM
The authors of two new memoirs share stories of families that were irrevocably reshaped by the Holocaust.Read More ›
Wilfred Codrington © Spencer Heyfron Wilfred Codrington © Spencer Heyfron
John Kowal © Spencer Heyfron John Kowal © Spencer Heyfron

Reframing the Constitution

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 7 - 8 PM
Two scholars of constitutional law debate our continuing struggle to realize a more perfect union. Read More ›
Yasmine Seale Yasmine Seale
Paulo Lemos Horta Paulo Lemos Horta
S. A. Charkraborty S. A. Charkraborty
Elias Muhanna Elias Muhanna
Marjan Neshat Marjan Neshat

Reading the Arabian Nights

Thursday, January 20, 2022, 7 - 8 PM
Writers, translators, and artists celebrate the most famous story collection of all time. Read More ›
Andrew Pettegree Andrew Pettegree
Arthur der Weduwen Arthur der Weduwen
Jane Kamensky Jane Kamensky

The Library: A Fragile History

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 1 - 2 PM
Historians explore the contested and dramatic history of the library, from the famous collections of the ancient world to the public resources we cherish today. Read More ›
Uwem Akpan © Aaron Mayes Uwem Akpan © Aaron Mayes
Elif Batuman © Valentyn Kuzan Elif Batuman © Valentyn Kuzan

New York, My Village: Uwem Akpan with Elif Batuman

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 7 - 8 PM
The award-winning author’s debut novel explores tribalism everywhere, from Nigerian villages to New York publishing houses.Read More ›
Merve Emre © Christian Nakarado Merve Emre © Christian Nakarado
James Wood James Wood

Annotating Mrs. Dalloway: Merve Emre with James Wood

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 6 - 7 PM
The fellow scholars and critics revisit Woolf's modernist masterpiece. Read More ›
Ronald Daniels Ronald Daniels
Kwame Anthony Appiah Kwame Anthony Appiah

What Universities Owe Democracy: Ronald J. Daniels with Kwame Anthony Appiah

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 7 - 8 PM
The president of Johns Hopkins discusses what universities can do to reclaim their integral role in a functioning democracy.Read More ›
Louis Nelson © Reven Wurman Louis Nelson © Reven Wurman
Bill Kelly Bill Kelly

War and Memory: Louis Nelson with William Kelly

Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 1 - 2 PM
The designer of the mural wall at the Korean War Veterans Memorial discusses his memoir, MOSAIC, and the lasting impacts of the Korean War. Read More ›
Eli Dvorkin Eli Dvorkin
Jeffrey Fagan Jeffrey Fagan
Elizabeth Yeampierre Elizabeth Yeampierre
L. Joy Williams © Maro Hagopian L. Joy Williams © Maro Hagopian

NYC After the Election

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 7 - 8 PM
Thinkers and activists at the forefront of city politics discuss the biggest issues at hand in New York and imagine its comeback.Read More ›
Faith Hillis Faith Hillis
Mike Duncan © Brandi Duncan Mike Duncan © Brandi Duncan

Utopia's Discontents: Faith Hillis with Mike Duncan

Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 7 - 8 PM
Historian Faith Hillis examines the evolution of Russian émigré communities in Europe and their pivotal role in the Russian Revolution.Read More ›
Alex von Tunzelmann Alex von Tunzelmann
Paul M. Farber Paul M. Farber

Fallen Idols: Alex von Tunzelmann with Paul M. Farber on Toppling Statues

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 2 - 3 PM
The historian asks whether the people destroying and defacing monuments are erasing history or making it.Read More ›
Taffy Brodesser-Akner © Kathy Ryan Taffy Brodesser-Akner © Kathy Ryan
Lisa Ko © Art Streiber Lisa Ko © Art Streiber
Jacqueline Woodson © John D. & Catherine T., MacArthur Foundation Jacqueline Woodson © John D. & Catherine T., MacArthur Foundation
Isaac Fitzgerald Isaac Fitzgerald

Reading the City: Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Lisa Ko, Jacqueline Woodson, and Isaac Fitzgerald

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 7 - 8 PM
National Book Award–honored New Yorkers discuss the next chapter for NYC writing, reading, and living.Read More ›
Barrett Holmes Pitner Barrett Holmes Pitner
Lewis R. Gordon Lewis R. Gordon

The Crime Without a Name: Barrett Holmes Pitner with Lewis R. Gordon

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7 - 8 PM
The philosopher and journalist explores the linguistic void in how we discuss race and cultural erasure in the United States.Read More ›
Christian Cooper Christian Cooper
Akilah Lewis Akilah Lewis
Dr. Kevin Burgio Dr. Kevin Burgio
Jordan Rutter Jordan Rutter

Birds of New York: Audubon in the City

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 7 - 8 PM
Birders and scientists discuss the lives of birds in our urban environment and their efforts to make birdwatching more inclusive. Read More ›
Silvia Moreno-Garcia © Martin Dee Silvia Moreno-Garcia © Martin Dee
Gabino Iglesias Gabino Iglesias

Velvet Was the Night: Silvia Moreno-Garcia with Gabino Iglesias

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 7 - 8 PM
The New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic discusses her follow-up, a smoky noir set during the Mexican Dirty War of the '70s.Read More ›
Mae Ngai © Beowulf Sheehan Mae Ngai © Beowulf Sheehan
Eric Foner © Erin Silber Eric Foner © Erin Silber

The Chinese Question: Mae Ngai with Eric Foner

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 7 - 8 PM
The historian Mae Ngai explores the intertwined 19th-century stories of the Chinese diaspora, an emerging global economy, and the rise of enduring anti-Chinese racism.Read More ›