Virtual Talks, Lectures, and Performances This Week

Quarantine culture may be limited, but there are still virtual live events to enjoy from the (relative) comfort of home. We’ve got some livestreams for the week to keep you informed and entertained—across talks, lectures, and performances. Stay healthy out there and look forward to Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Nobel Laureate Robert J. Shiller, and a pair of historians explaining how fascism works.

Monday, July 6

Follow along with Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin as she gives an unscripted talk on Lincoln, the Roosevelts, LBJ, and leadership in challenging timesTemple Emanu-El.

For more on leadership join the Film Society of Lincoln Center for a screening . Interviews and rare archival footage chronicle John Lewis’s 60-plus years of activism in John Lewis: Good Trouble; the evening comes with an accompanying conversation. 

Tuesday, July 7

Listen in with author Helena Dea Bala as Shakespeare & Co. hosts a virtual book launch for Craigslist Confessional: A Collection of Secrets from Anonymous Strangers.


With the Trump 2020 campaign now outright appropriating Nazi imagery, it’s an optimal time to revisit historic fascism. World-renowned historian Federico Finchelstein presents his new book, A Brief History of Fascist Lies, which explores the lineage of “post-truth” aspirations for an era where the real news is labeled fake and fictions become official policy. Finchelstein will be joined by scholar of propaganda (and child of World War II Jewish refugees) Jason Stanley, whose How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them lays out the 10 pillars of fascist politics. 192 Books.

Before there was Vegas there was Hot Springs. Hear some gritty Arkansas history from David Hill, author of the new book The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice. Hill will be in conversation, relating his three main characters: Cotton Club owner Owney Madden, who resettled in Hot Springs; local boss gambler Dane Harris; and the author’s own grandmother, who worked for Harris at his casino. The Strand.

Wednesday, July 8

Meet up with the final resting places of many of the luminaries in Bill Greer’s new A Dirty Year: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in Gilded Age New York, looking at an action-packed 1872. Green-Wood Cemetery.

Go deep into the race for a COVID-19 vaccine as a panel of cutting-edge researchers talks evolutionary biology, 6, and genomics. They’ll cover the biology of viruses, what exactly vaccines are, and the way social elements collide with science. American Museum of Natural History.

Staying on brand for 2020, it was a wild term at the Supreme Court. The 92nd Street Y and the Forum on Law, Culture & Society at NYU School of Law gather a panel of experts to look at recent rulings on abortion, Obamacare, DACA, workplace protections, and the separation of church and state.

Thursday, July 9

At this point it seems there’s more coronavirus misinformation than information available to most of America. Join the Brennan Center for an evening dedicated to fighting conspiracy theories—and worse—on the way to safeguarding the 2020 election at Pandemic Propaganda: A New Electoral Crisis

The dismal science has a tendency to favor rational thinking. Unfortunately, if the current pandemic is teaching us anything, it’s that we shouldn’t put too much stock in the horse sense of our fellow humans. Nobel Laureate and Yale economist Robert J. Shiller will explain the way we underestimate the power of stories to affect markets as he presents his latest book, Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events. 92nd Street Y.


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