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 sessions with Masha Gessen, Matthew Modine, and the professor who teaches the most popular course in the history of Yale.

Monday, June 8

Spot a great fashion talk as theatrical fashion historian Jo Weldon presents her ever-popular lecture Leopard Print: History’s Fiercest Fashion StatementNew York Adventure Club.

A recent poll shows 44% of Republicans believe Bill Gates wants to use a coronavirus vaccine to microchip and track them. Between anti-vaxxer ignorance, climate change denial, and an executive branch war on science, the story of Galileo Galilei is more timely than ever. Astrophysicist Mario Livio sits down with mathematician Steve Strogatz to discuss Livio’s new book, which shows how a freethinker reimagined the universe at the risk of his life.

In the wake of police targeting the press during George Floyd protests, catch a timely talk with a press critic, philosopher, historian, and two journalists. Deutsches Haus at NYU hosts Journalists as Hate Object: Populism, Authoritarianism, and the Free Press.

Tuesday, June 9

Connect with the (perhaps) unlikely duo of opera star Renée Fleming and alternative medicine avatar Deepak Chopra as they present a “Music and Mind Live” session taking an Integrative Approach to Covid-19 and the Mind.

The ability to socially learn helps species survive by allowing change to take place much more quickly than with genes alone. Ecologist Carl Safina looks at how this plays out among fauna, illuminating the experiences of sperm whales, scarlet macaws, and chimpanzees in his new book Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace192 Books.

Three-fourths of the country believes in a cabal that secretly runs American policy. This theory crosses party lines, running from explanations for Trump’s impeachment to why we’ve been in Afghanistan for nearly 20 years. David Rohde, author of In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America’s Deep State, examines a half century of security state abuses on his way to explaining who actually has been protecting or abusing the public trust. NYU (Other).

Wednesday, June 10

In April of 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering one of the most notorious disasters of the 20th century. The truth of the events has often been obscured, but award-winning author Adam Higginbotham gets to the bottom of it in his Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster. Find him in conversation on Wednesday at The National Arts Club.

Sidney Lumet’s 1957 classic 12 Angry Men has been called “the most radical courtroom drama ever made.” Catch a screening of this revealing look at the American legal system and draw inspiration from the potential of the individual to force change. The evening will include a conversation on these themes with actor Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket). NYU (Other).

Thursday, June 11

Help the show go on and join in with the Afro-Peruvian Sextet’s Livestreaming Experience.

Alas, COVID-19 will not be the last challenge of its kind in our lifetimes. As antibiotic resistance increases, we have bacteria to worry about now, too. Get a jump on the next pandemic with biomedical scientist Dr. Muhammad H. Zaman, who’ll share his adventures in labs, jungles, cities, and archives preparing his new Biography of Resistance: The Epic Battle Between People and Pathogens.

What do disasters of the past have to say to us today? Aaron Jakes, Co-Director of Capitalism Studies at The New School, looks at the diversity of historic responses to A World of Disasters: Famine, Plague, and Crisis in Global History. He’ll show how they may be “good to think with” and “might allow us to discern and map the movement of large-scale socio-historical transformations.”

Find our picks for the weekend here.

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