Talks and Lectures This Week in NYC

For the best talks and lectures in NYC this week we’re looking forward to presentations on mindfulness and the workplace, when nostalgia was fatal, and what gravitational waves have to teach us.

Monday, February 17

Work up an appetite at this evening of storytelling and conversation focused on writings about food and how it provides comfort. Symphony Space.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Berlin Documentary Forum 3. 29.5-01.6. 2014. Marcus Lieberenz/

Filmmakers Basma alSharif (Palestinian, resides in Egypt; above) and Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation, resides in Vancouver) present a Modern Mondays/Doc Fortnight 2020 screening of their moving-image work in dialogue. Museum of Modern Art.

Tuesday, February 18

Astrophysicist Chiara Mingarelli joins The Secret Science Club to talk gravitational waves. Predicted by Einstein in 1916, it took 99 years to prove their existence. Mingarelli will explain their significance, and what they may have to teach us about “dark matter, dark energy, black holes, and the Big Bang.” The Bell House.

A distinguished panel (Caleb Crain, Naomi Fry, Ben Ratliff, and Eric Banks) cosponsored by the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU delves into the post-social-media critical landscape of today. McNally Jackson Seaport.

Stroll down Fifth Avenue on this tour of the thoroughfare’s lost and forgotten Gilded Age mansions.

Wednesday, February 19

Apply temporality and phenomenology to the world of music with Columbia University professor Mariusz Kozak. Kozak’s new book, Enacting Musical Time: The Bodily Experience of New Music, argues that “musical time is itself the site of the interaction between musical sounds and a situated, embodied listener.” A panel of music experts joins in.

Long before nostalgia meant flipping through TCM listings at odd hours it was a sensation that could prove fatal. Columbia historian Thomas Dodman (What Nostalgia Was: War, Empire, and the Time of a Deadly Emotion) talks about a lost medical history, tracing it back to 1688 Switzerland. He’ll also identify the scientific and historical bases that provide continuity to nostalgia in the modern world. NYU (Other).

The FBI belatedly announced last week that it was elevating white national extremism to a terror level equal to ISIS. Three events this week will provide context. AtTemple Emanu-El you can catch the program “Taking on White Nationalist Violence,” which features the Co-Lead Counsels of a case against the organizers of the 2017 Charlottesville march.

Also on Wednesday, the Brooklyn Historical Society hosts investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell, author of the new book Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era. (Thursday, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum discusses the slippery question of what makes a domestic terrorist—and how best to prosecute them.)

Thursday, February 20

Dai Ajari Ryojun Shionuma underwent two of the most difficult ascetic practices in the Shugendo Buddhist tradition—from a 1,000 day sacred walk to completing the “Four Deprivations” (nine days without food, water, or lying down). He’ll speak about applying mindfulness to the workplace with self-management pioneer Jeremy Hunter, Founding Director of the Executive Mind Leadership Institute. Japan Society.

Come play with this concert/lecture preview of a new opera adaptation of The ShiningThe National Arts Club.

The Tenement Museum‘s Tenement Talk series continues with an examination of the U.S. immigrant detention industrial complex. A panel of experts talks about the more than 50,000 immigrants and refugees currently locked up, and the policies over the decades that have led us to this moment where we put children in cages.

Find our picks for the weekend here.

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