The June Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month
By Alison Durkee
June is bustin’ out all over—and it’s filled with events that will start your summer off right. Spend the month taking in these wide-ranging talks and events, which span everything from the Summer of Love to Seinfeld.
Saturday, June 3: Hearken to professor of behavioral and evolutionary biology Kevin Laland as he speaks on “How Culture Transformed Human Evolution,” a look at animal traditions, humanity’s rise from scavenger apes, and the unique qualities of “intelligence, language, teaching, and cooperation” that make us human. Jefferson Market Library.
Sunday, June 4: Tap into your inner flâneur and stroll to The Jewish Museum for Paris Capital of the 19th Century / New York Capital of the 20th Century, a day of artistic collaborations inspired by Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project.
Wednesday, June 7: Make a snap judgment on Alexander Todorov, who explains why we put so much stock in our quick reads of faces—and why we’re so often wrong. The latest in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, and computer science help tell the story. (So does award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn.) Rubin Museum of Art.
Wednesday, June 14: There’s no soup for you at Psychoanalyzing Seinfeld, a discussion with Sherry Amatenstein and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong on their recent books and the many neuroses of the famed sitcom’s characters. Book Culture.
Thursday, June 15: Get on the beat at this discussion with legendary composer Philip Glass in honor of his 80th birthday. New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwartzman Building.
Monday, June 19: Make an exception for Exceptional America: What Divides Americans From the World and Each Other, an examination of America’s deep polarization and idea of its own exceptionalism. 92nd Street Y.
Tuesday, June 20: Spend a cultural night out at Night at the Museums, an evening of free admission and special offerings at 15 of lower Manhattan’s museums and historic sites.
Wednesday, June 21: Dig deeper into a portrait of genius with an NYU professor’s session on Albert Einstein (he’ll employ Einstein’s thought experiment techniques so his thinking can be understood with a minimum of mathematics). New York Institute of Technology.
Thursday, June 22: Expose yourself to the work of artist Lissa Rivera and her muse BJ Lillis at this conversation about their new work “Beautiful Boy.” New York Public Library – Mid-Manhattan Library.
Friday, June 23: Head through the concrete jungle of Manhattan to Man’s Separation from Nature and Where to Go from Here, an event with philosopher Manuel Rodeiro on our unsustainable relationship with nature. The Strand.
Saturday, June 24: See the final resting place of numerous famed New Yorkers on this tour of Green-Wood Cemetery.
Friday, June 30: Look into “the psychic and social ramifications of being a question” on a night dedicated to the fairer sex. Follow evolving perceptions through democratic revolutions, Victorian reform, and market capitalism, and forward to American female suffrage. The Strand.
For a printable PDF of the June 2017 calendar, click here.
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