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

Thomas Frank. Samantha Bee. Nona Hendryx. Read on for our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.

Monday, June 25

A report last month suggested the carbon dioxide released by the Chicxulub Asteroid Impact warmed the climate for 100,000 years. Given our current experiments with rising CO2 levels, understanding the regular role cataclysms play in planetary history is an urgent matter. Hear from Michael R. Rampino (NYU and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies) as he shares his expertise in astrobiology and mass extinctions. The Explorers Club.

Emmy-winning journalist and comedian Samantha Bee joins journalist Irin Carmon to discuss women, politics, and the media today at a Center for Women’s History salon at the New-York Historical Society.

Tuesday, June 26


Unexpected Pairings: Gin & Oysters: The Museum of the City of New York’s outdoor terrace is the setting for this evening of jazz, tastings, and discussion of two staples of the New York diet, dating back to the Dutch days.

Musician Nona Hendryx, vocalist/artist Helga Davis, dancer/choreographer Francesca Harper, and FLEXN dance pioneer Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray and his company the D.R.E.A.M. Ring present performative responses to Nick Cave’s “dance-based town hall” at The Park Avenue Armory.

Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University Louis Masur talks about a lesser-known aspect of America’s founding: the differing visions of Federalists and Democratic-Republicans and the important rivalry between Jefferson and Hamilton.

There’s no such thing as a natural disaster,” geographer Neil Smith wrote after Katrina. Join Think Olio at Nowadays to examine this concept, unpacking antagonisms like capital versus citizenry, and drawing on Katrina and Maria to understand the social history that underlies the impacts of “acts of God.”

Wednesday, June 27

As alliances crumble, get a glimpse of what the future may hold for Western democracies in an Albertine conversation with Foreign Affairs Executive Editor Daniel Kurtz-Phelan (The China Mission) and author Romuald Sciora.

Thomas Frank follows up on his books Listen, Liberal and What’s the Matter with Kansas with a tour through a disintegrating democracy, tempered by an energetic call for responses to rising inequalities. He appears in support of his new book, Rendezvous with Oblivion, released this week. Book Culture on Columbus.

Investigate America’s cultural obsession with dead women in media at this event with author Alice Bolin. The Strand.

At a time of flux for responses to injustice, catch a “The Future Is Fluid” session with sujatha baliga, a practicing Buddhist, and Chief Justice Emeritus of the Navajo Nation Robert Yazzie. Rubin Museum of Art.

Thursday, June 28

Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein, author of the forthcoming book Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything, shares insight into the history of endocrinology. She’ll cover ground from fountain-of-youth quackery to tomorrow’s life-saving therapies. The New York Academy of Medicine.

On the heels of last year’s Guggenheim immersion in the Salon de la Rose+Croix, learn more at a Grand Lodge of New York multimedia evening. A talk on the connections between music and spirituality will be followed by a performance that uses “Hermetic Laws as they appear in the Kybalion and inspired by the Orphic, Hermetic, and Rosicrucian traditions.”

Historian Joshua Freeman hosts a book signing and reception in honor of his new book, which tells the story of the rise of industrialization and its sweeping impact on human society. The General Society Library.


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