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

Appearances by Bill Bryson, Adam Schiff, and John Grisham highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.

Monday, October 14

Design a way to attend this event with Patricia Moore, a designer and gerontologist who has been declared one of the 100 most important women and won the 2019 National Design Award for her efforts to “recognize people of all ages and abilities as equal in their right for the highest quality of life, by Design.” New York School of Interior Design.

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof talks with Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, about the latest White House intrigues92nd Street Y.

Tuesday, October 15

How much of our nation’s current thrall to selfishness can be traced back to Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum? A new book from historian and activist Lisa Duggan explores Rand’s adventures, from the Russian Revolution to Cold War America. Book Culture

Watch the next Democratic debate with a crowd—and comedic commentary—at Q.E.D.’s Mystery Science 3000-style watch party, which features Frank Conniff.

Psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher Loch Kelly deploys neuroscience, psychology, and wisdom practices “to support awakening as the next natural stage of human development.” Kelly leads an experiential evening workshop inspired by his new book, The Way of Effortless Mindfulness: A Revolutionary Guide for Living an Awakened LifeNew York Open Center.

NYC-based sex researcher, writer, and educator Dr. Zhana Vrangalova, PhD, leads a Think & Drink session. She’ll bust seven common myths of the female orgasm, with looks at everything from genetics to romantic passionSubject.

Ronan Farrow shares the back story of his groundbreaking reporting on a massive sexual exploitation scandal, including “the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims” in his new book, Catch and Kill. Find him at The Cooper Union.  

Professor Clifton Hood, author of 722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York, talks about the history of the subway, how we got to the dysfunctional state we’re in today, and potential solutions for moving the system forward. Company HQ.

Wednesday, October 16

Best-selling author John Grisham gets together with Preet Bharara, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, to talk about the issues raised in Grisham’s latest, The Guardians. Lawyers who defend the wrongfully convicted will be a focus. John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

A new focus on competition is eroding four decades of connection in trade and innovation between the U.S. and China. If it comes to blows, who will win in trade and tech? Catch a panel of experts as they examine the future of Sino-U.S. relations and conduct an Oxford-style “great debate.” Asia Society and Museum.

Thursday, October 17

Bill Bryson lends his considerable skills to an inward tour. Join him in Cooper Union‘s Great Hall as he presents The Body: A Guide for Occupants, full of surprising facts (i.e., your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this).

Drill down into the roots of a colonial crisis as Book Culture hosts author Ed Morales, celebrating the release of his new book Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico.

As long as we’ve pondered life on other planets we’ve wondered how we might make ourselves understood. Wired writer Daniel Oberhaus takes on Extraterrestrial Languages in his new book. Join him as he looks at “how philosophy, linguistics, mathematics, science, and art” are reflected in our concepts of interstellar communication. The Strand.

Find our picks for the weekend here.

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