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

Chelsea Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and a talk on “The Essence of Non-Duality” highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.

Friday, June 23

Manuel Rodeiro looks at the Western philosophical canon and the competing schools of thought of differentiated and undifferentiated responsibility for the environment. He’ll also present a synthesis that offers the potential for change. The Strand.

Saturday, June 24

Spiritual teacher Rupert Spira comes to the New York Open Center to explore “The Essence of Non-Duality,” the understanding at the heart of spiritual traditions as diverse as Buddhism, mystical Christianity, and Sufism.

Chelsea Clinton comes to Symphony Space for an evening of readings and empowerment focused on her new children’s book, She Persisted.

Sunday, June 25

Learn about the life and work of Irving Penn, with a focus on his magazine photographs, at a Sunday afternoon session at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Credit: Steven Acres

Join Allison Meier of Hyperallergic for a Green-Wood Cemetery tour that looks at posthumous portraiture and the Victorian obsession with images of the dead.

Unearth some secrets on a walking tour that looks at Manhattan during the World Wars and Diamonds and Sabotage: Clandestine Affairs and Wartime Intrigue in Midtown. Prospect Heights Brainery.

It’s not every day you get to hear from the highest-ranking woman in the U.S. government. (And if the Democrats were to win back the House in 2018 and Pence and Trump were impeached, Nancy Pelosi would be elevated to President.) She’ll be in conversation at the 92nd Street Y with Joy-Ann Reid of MSNBC.


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