Author @ the Library, June 2013
Annotation:June 4th. In an illustrated lecture, the author explores how Medicare works, how it could work better, and where it will go if reforms are not made.
Annotation:June 5th. In this illustrated lecture the author chronicles the swift path of her illness and the lucky, last-minute intervention led by Dr. Souhel Najjar at NYU Langone Medical Center. Doctor and patient will join the stage for the first time together to share the story of “Brain on Fire.”
Annotation:June 6th. The author's visual lecture explores the history behind coffee and cola, tempting the audience with secret plots, the true story behind coca-cola, and what coca-cola had to do with Prohibition (quite a bit, actually). It is a gloriously illustrated tale of hypocrisy and intrigue.
Annotation:June 10th. A former New York Times reporter tells the story of her own struggle to learn how to care for her aging and ailing mother and offers helpful insights, and often surprising, advice for the rapidly increasing number of adult children responsible for aging parents.
Annotation:June 12th. The author's illustrated lecture is a tribute to America's innovators and traces the nation's history through its feats of engineering, citing the achievements of various individuals while challenging views about the reductions of innovations in the post-World War II decades.
Annotation:June 13th. This illustrated lecture depicts the author's life as the American child of Yiddish-speaking, Orthodox, European concentration camp survivors. She tracks her ambitious quest to rescue her parents from enduring trauma – and in the process, heal herself. From her law degree at Yale to her education at Oxford, the journey climaxes with a surprising and catalytic love story that changes everything. It is a classic story of forging an individual, American identity which blends past, present and future.
Annotation:June 17th. This illustrated presentation explores the world's “extreme deserts,” which receive less than four inches of precipitation per year. The author has spent 15 years on his epic body of work, the first comprehensive photographic collection of the world's deserts, capturing surreally beautiful visions of deserts, from China’s great Gobi Desert to the Sahara in northern Africa to Death Valley in California.
Annotation:June 18th. The author's illustrated lecture, drawing on interviews with doctors, researchers and other experts, exposes the dangers lurking behind the scenes at large food companies.
Annotation:June 19th. David Weber, founder and President of the NYC Food Truck Association, explores the food trucks that offer more to NYC than a quick place to grab a snack on the go. Food trucks provide jobs, stimulate tourism, generate tax revenue, activate public space, incubate new businesses, and for the first time in 2012 were used in new ways -- as first-responders in the wake of superstorm Sandy.
Annotation:June 24th. Local authors reveal stories of an ever-changing SoHo, short for “South of Houston,” one of New York’s trendiest neighborhoods. This lecture will explore innovative restaurants and fashion-forward shops that line Broome and Spring Streets, where artists reside above in modern lofts. As part of the SoHo Cast–Iron Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places, its beautiful old buildings hold tales of the neighborhood’s fascinating history, urban decline and regeneration.
Annotation:June 25th. A commentator specializing in business, regulation, trade and international economic relations, reveals refreshing new insights into the relationships between human behavior and economic activity. He uncovers the true story behind the prices we pay and reveals what those prices are actually telling us, taking us on a global economic adventure, from comparing the relative prices of a vote in São Tomé and in the United States to assessing the cost of happiness in Bhutan to deducing the dollar value we assign to human life.
Annotation:June 26th. In an illustrated lecture, the author, a cultural anthropologist with a camera, attempts to document some of what has recently been discovered about ancient Nubia, with its remarkable history, architecture, and culture, and thereby to give the audience a picture of this rich, but unfamiliar, African legacy.
Annotation:June 27th. This illustrated lecture showcases the lives of Peter Cooper, Abram Hewitt and their kin as a quintessentially New York story of family, philanthropy and legacy. Discover an amazing story of wealth and generosity, politics and integrity, and family and community which could have only unfolded in New York.