New York Thought: Smart Things to Do in NYC This Week
Drunk Science in space, a Jonathan Pryce appearance, and “The End of White Christian America” highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.
Monday, July 25
Catch art experts [Silence Is Accurate]’s summer Art Escape with drawings by artist/scientist Jessica Johnson, along with Creative Flow Gong Meditations beneath an installation sculpture in Cafe Grumpy’s yard.
Tuesday, July 26
Expect some lively conversation in conjunction with this look at Michel Foucault’s The History of Sexuality: Volume 1. The class will examine how Foucault helps us challenge received ideas about our own desires, and even our notions of self.
Head to the Bryant Park Reading Room for “About Love and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov,” a discussion of short story craft and Chekhov’s lasting influence on it.
Wednesday, July 27
The societal anxieties exposed by the Republican National Convention have a basis in real demographics. Hear from Robert P. Jones, author of The End of White Christian America, who looks at the change as it impacts American debates on equality, race, gay rights, and religious freedom. Open Society Foundations–New York.
Thursday, July 28
Amid China’s rapid change has come efforts toward raising awareness of inequality and discrimination. Hear from one of the “Feminist Five” arrested in 2015, along with an expert in how marginalized communities can mobilize around the law within authoritarian regimes. Asia Society and Museum.
Think Olio’s series of philosophy talks continues at Round K Cafe on the Lower East Side. “Dharma and Desire” considers the Indian epic Ramayana through the development of a “just soul,” connecting with the story of Persephone in the background allows us to understand the shape of ancient thought and its contemporary relevance in a new way.
Zombies can provide more than brain-chasing escapism: catch a clip-enhanced class that looks at the mirror that zombie films hold up to societal fears, from immigration to epidemics to civil unrest. Brooklyn Brainery.
Find our picks for the weekend here.
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