The October Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month
By Alison Durkee
Autumn has arrived. Time to bring in the harvest, and to complement your calendar with our guide to the smartest talks, tours, and art events in New York City in October.
Monday, Oct. 2. You won’t pay a high premium for this free conversation on the future of health care in America, featuring Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman. CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Tuesday, Oct. 3. Join French rock star intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy at the next Intelligence Squared debate, which looks at the proposition: Western Democracy Is Threatening Suicide. Merkin Concert Hall.
Thursday, Oct. 5. Fly over to the Upper West Side to watch a panel of comedians, including Janeane Garofalo and Michael Ian Black, hash out whether invisibility or flying is the best superpower to have. Symphony Space.
Saturday, Oct. 7. Ponder the question, Is genius a category open to all if we just put in the hours? Yale professor Craig Wright puts the concept to the test while looking back at confirmed geniuses in the all-new class “The Nature of Genius: From Leonardo Da Vinci and Mozart to Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs.” New York Institute of Technology.
Tuesday, Oct. 10. Lend an ear as an author, a neurologist, and a philosopher come together for the initial talk in the new series The Will to Meaning: Seeking the “Why” of Our Existence. This first conversation looks at The Power of Meaning: The Quest for an Existential Roadmap, asking questions about how to proceed amid suffering, and whether we can draw on universal sources for purposeful existences. New York Academy of Sciences.
Thursday, Oct. 12. Catch up with Jhumpa Lahiri, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies, as she returns to her alma mater for a conversation with literature professor Hisham Matar. Barnard College.
Friday, Oct. 13. Settle in to a Think Olio evening that looks at the historic ideals of unalienable rights and moves “Toward a Human Rights Culture (With a Little Help From Buddhism and Psychedelics.)” The Strand.
Sunday, Oct. 15. Delve into the philosophy and psychology of good and evil with Buddhist thinker Stephen Batchelor and a talk on Mara (more or less the Buddhist version of the devil). Tickets include entry to a performance of Batchelor’s MARA: A Chamber Opera. Rubin Museum of Art.
Monday, Oct. 16. Build the wall! The Public Art Fund’s new exhibition will have you thinking of territories in new ways as Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors comes to strategic spots across all five boroughs. New York Times immigration correspondent Vivian Yee joins Weiwei in person for a TimesTalks conversation on art, politics, and the international migration crisis. The New School.
Thursday, Oct. 19. Listen deeply to thoughts about “what makes music mean,” the theme of a conversation between scholars representing the humanities and cognitive science. They’ll examine the power of music to communicate both emotions and ideas on a “Seminars in Society and Neuroscience” evening. Columbia University.
Sunday, Oct. 22. Break into song at this session delving into six memorable musicals that changed Broadway. The Schafler Forum.
Wednesday, Oct. 25. Evolve your opinions at this event on Darwin’s theory of natural selection and how the revolutionary thinker’s ideas can help explain how the animal world–and our own–chooses our mates. 92nd Street Y.
For a printable PDF of the October calendar, click here.
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