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

Marianne Williamson, digital immortality, and the science of gender highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.

Monday, September 16

Martine Rothblatt is the highest-paid female CEO in the U.S., known for creating SiriusXM and United Therapeutics, a biotech company that cures rare diseases. Join her as she presents her book Virtually Human: The Promise—and the Perilof Digital Immortality, which examines the consequences of creating digital twins. Rothblatt should know—she commissioned BINA48, an AI robot with 64 facial expressions that used Rothblatt’s wife as the template. Company HQ.

In his new book, former FBI special agent Michael German details the post-9/11 “transformation of the FBI from a law enforcement body into a secretive domestic intelligence agency.” He’ll talk civil liberties and the risks posed by overlooking white nationalist terrorism. NYU School of Law.

Your knowledge will “flower” through this event asking: What do Typography and Botany have in common? The Center for Book Arts.

Tuesday, September 17

Evolutionary biologist Dr. Diana Santos Fleischman brings in biology, psychology, sociology, and economics to explain gender. Join her at a Think & Drink Different night that looks at whether male and female minds are really distinct and what gender-egalitarian cultures can tell us about ourselves. Subject.

The U.S. spends 1½ times more of its GDP on healthcare than similar nations. And that’s with less of the population covered by insurance and lower life expectancies. Democratic candidates who support Medicare for All are now favored by majorities. Is it time? Or is there still a need for private health insurance? Four experts hash it out at the next Intelligence Squared U.S. debateKaye Playhouse at Hunter College.

Téa Obreht, Crystal Hana Kim, Laurie Stone, and Ryan Chapman are the authors appearing at Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room as the #YeahYouWrite series returns for another season.

Wednesday, September 18

Despite a strong egalitarian underpinning, Buddhist Studies doctorate James Marks notes that the religion has often underserved women. Catch part one of a five-part series on Women in Buddhism, which will range across regions, traditions, and texts. Jefferson Market Library.

Get the back story on Marianne Williamson‘s left-field campaign from the candidate herself; she’ll talk about her plans for a U.S. Department of Peace, protecting Afghan women, and her hopes for America. 92nd Street Y.

Page through the history of LGBTQ literature and how it’s evolved at this conversation between authors Scott Alexander Hess, Robert Levy, and Darley Stewart. Bluestockings.

Dr. Andrew Vidich, the co-author of Let There Be Light: Experiencing Inner Light Across the World’s Sacred Traditions, leads a midday session looking at the higher self and what lies beyond physical existence. New York Public Library—Grand Central Library

Thursday, September 19

Head back to Wild West to learn a hidden feminist history with the latest edition of Nevertheless She Existed: The Women They Don’t Want You to Know About at Caveat.

As New York belatedly begins a public push to acknowledge the contributions of women, join Joshua Jelly-Schapiro (Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas) and Julie Scelfo (The Women Who Made New York) for an evening celebrating the City of Women Map 2.0. See the unveiling of a newly updated version, honoring honors the often unsung women who have shaped our city. New York Transit Museum.

Get a new “lease” on life at this Graduate Center, CUNY event on the housing crisis and why the rent is too damn high—even in Florida. (For a look at how transit agencies are dealing with the crisis and trying to keep people from being priced out of decent transportation, head to TransitCenter Thursday evening.)

Find our picks for the weekend here.

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