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 alien life to #MeToo to the history of magic.
Friday, June 1: Automate a way to attend this talk on artificial intelligence and whether self-taught robots will be our downfall. NYU Skirball Center.
Saturday, June 2: Queer your Saturday night with the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday, which will celebrate Pride with LGBTQ poets, artists, and performers. Brooklyn Museum.
Sunday, June 3: Look to the cosmos for this talk speculating what happens next if and when we discover alien life. NYU Global Center.
Monday, June 4: “State” your intention to attend this conversation with former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. Temple Emanu-El.
Tuesday, June 5: Speak freely at this conversation with author Nadine Strossen on her new book Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, which explores a timely divide. Open Society Foundations – New York.
Wednesday, June 6: Add things up at this talk on the racist history of math. Caveat.
Thursday, June 7: See politics from a woman’s perspective at this conversation on women and democracy with former Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards and former deputy chief of staff to President Obama Alyssa Mastromonaco. NYU School of Law.
Friday, June 8: Make it work at this talk with Tim Gunn and author Min Jin Lee on the fashion guru’s favorite books. Jefferson Market Library.
Saturday, June 9: Unravel the mysteries of Hart Island, which has served as a war camp, sanatorium, potter’s field, and Nike Missile site. Q.E.D.
Sunday, June 10: Put the kettle on for this Grand Victorian Garden Tea party in true turn-of-the-century fashion. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden.
Monday, June 11: Be inclusive at this talk on how the #MeToo movement can play a role in LGBTQ communities. Brooklyn Historical Society.
Tuesday, June 12: Be provoked by critic Roxane Gay as she presents her new book, Not That Bad, with actor and book contributor Ally Sheedy. First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn.
Wednesday, June 13: Go psycho for this lecture answering everything you wanted to know about psychopaths but were afraid to ask. Subject.
Bieke Depoorter, Al-Mahalla al-Kubra, Al-Gharbiya, November 2015; from Bieke Depoorter: As it may be (Aperture, 2018)
Thursday, June 14: Find two of Magnum’s leading female photographers in conversation as Susan Meiselas and Bieke Depoorter describe capturing the social landscape, with a book signing to follow. Aperture Gallery and Bookstore.
Friday, June 15: Improvise at this Chelsea Musical Festival event discussing Variation, Improvisation, and Poetry, which will be preceded by a performance of Bach chorales. Deutsches Haus at NYU.
Saturday, June 16: Magically appear at this discussion with famed magician David Copperfield talking the history of illusion. New-York Historical Society.
Sunday, June 17: Learn more about South America at this session on the current economic and political crisis in Argentina.
Monday, June 18: Go off world as astrophysicist Adam Frank joins the Secret Science Club for an exploration of exoplanets and the existential threats facing Earth. The Bell House.
Tuesday, June 19: Don’t be scared at this look at medieval monsters and how artists in the Middle Ages used their images to express vital ideas. 92nd Street Y.
Wednesday, June 20: Raise a glass – and some issues – at this Drunk Education roast of “great” literary men. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.
Thursday, June 21: Sky-scrape by at this talk with starchitect Daniel Libeskind on the World Trade Center and how the site has evolved in the wake of 9/11. National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
Friday, June 22: Spend your own night at the museum at the American Museum of Natural History’s sleepover for grown-ups, where you’ll be able to party and explore the museum before sleeping under the museum’s iconic blue whale.
Saturday, June 23: Stroll down one of New York’s most celebrated boulevards on this tour of the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The Municipal Art Society of New York.
Sunday, June 24: Celebrate Pride with transgender actor Becca Blackwell’s one-person show They, Themself, and Schmerm. The Public Theater.
Monday, June 25: Go “full frontal” at this conversation between Samantha Bee and journalist Irin Carmon. New-York Historical Society.
Tuesday, June 26: Have high “spirits” at this conversation and tasting of a long-forgotten combination: gin and oysters. Museum of the City of New York.
Wednesday, June 27: Investigate America’s cultural obsession with dead women in media at this event with author Alice Bolin. The Strand.
Thursday, June 28: Don’t be moody at this event on the history of hormones and how they control just about everything. The New York Academy of Medicine.
Friday, June 29: Revolutionize your Independence Day celebrations with this walking tour of New York’s Revolutionary-era history. Fraunces Tavern Museum.
David Levine (American, born 1970). Untitled, 2018. Digital photograph, dimensions variable. Collection of the artist. © 2018 David Levine.
Saturday, June 30: Don a metaphorical mask as artist David Levine moderates a conversation with a writer, a critic, and an art historian, exploring the contemporary worlds of bots and fake crowds. Brooklyn Museum.
For a printable PDF of the June 2017 calendar, click here.
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