New York Thought: Smart Things to Do in NYC This Week

Talks on climate change, the global Nietzsche, and art and the brain with a Nobel Prize winner highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.

Monday, April 24

Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric R. Kandel speaks on reductionism, applying his work with the neurobiological underpinnings of learning and memory to the world of art. Columbia University.

Don’t just simulate your enthusiasm at MoMA’s Modern Mondays screening and discussion with animation artist Ian Cheng. Museum of Modern Art.

Although it may seem like Trump has already been in office for longer than FDR, it won’t even be 100 days until April 29th. Get a jump start on the look backs at an Intelligence Squared event that brings together five debaters from across the political spectrum to argue both sides of a brief, calamitous period.

Tuesday, April 25

Catch an illustrated lecture telling the story of a serial bomber who stalked the streets of New York for decades, and how catching him led to a new front in policing. Mid-Manhattan Library.

Photo by Susan Johann

Winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama Lynn Nottage joins the director of Sweat and a WNYC editor for an unconventional conversation on the award-winning play. The Greene Space.

Wednesday, April 26

Cokie Roberts will help you revolutionize your knowledge of one of the nation’s first First Ladies at this talk on the groundbreaking story of Dolley Madison and her political influence. New-York Historical Society.

Looking at our teeth as living fossils, paleoanthropologist Peter Ungar describes a journey into the recesses of human evolution. He’ll share his conclusions on paleoclimatology, human development, and what might be the most natural diet for humans. The Cooper Union.

The next convening of Selected Shorts at Symphony Space brings together the pop culture-forward lit org Electric Literature and some serious star wattage. Stockard Channing and Michael Imperioli will be among the actors reading the work of the likes of Viet Thanh Nguyen, Phil Klay, and Etgar Keret.

Thursday, April 27

Compelling new books bring together two philosophers for a night that looks at change. Philosopher of science Philip Kitcher (he’s also speaking on Tuesday) will discuss his new book’s recipe for How to Save Our Planet in Six Acts. John Kaag will speak of his adventures in a lost library and the wisdom uncovered there.

The final session of Nietzsche 13/13 looks at critical works from around the world in dialogue with Nietzsche. The thinking of revolutionary Islamist philosopher Ali Shari’at (1933–1977) will be a focus. Columbia University.


Find our picks for the weekend here.

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