January 17, 2008 - The New York Public Library - LIVE from the NYPL
January 17, 2008

LIVE from the NYPL

SPRING 2008 SEASON

LIVE from the NYPL

LIVE is Ripe, Rigorous
Real Debates & Performance

LIVE is Salty Conversations

LIVE is Cognitive Theater
Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street
New York NY

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Tuesday, Jan 29
KRISTA TIPPETT & STUART BROWN in conversation with Paul Holdengräber
For Play

None of the murderers studied by Dr. Brown, founder of The National Institute for Play, had ever engaged in pleasurable, purposeless activity. Krista Tippett, host of public radio’s Speaking of Faith, joins Stuart Brown to discuss relationships between the vitality of living life and of religious practices. Are faith and playfulness connected? Can healthy play be the basis for healthy spirituality?

Wednesday, Jan 30
BERNHARD SCHLINK in conversation with Paul LeClerc
Homecoming

In his novel Homecoming, set against the background of postwar Germany, Bernhard Schlink, the author of The Reader, tells the story of one man’s odyssey and another man’s pursuit. Addressing moral questions that confront the children of World War II, Schlink’s book reveals the humanity that survives the trauma of war. Bernhard Schlink is in conversation with Paul LeClerc, President of The New York Public Library.

Thursday, Feb 21
SAMANTHA POWER
Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World

Pulitzer Prize-winner of A Problem from Hell, Samantha Power examines the humanitarian work of Sergio Vieira de Mello, who died in a 2003 terrorist attack on the UN headquarters in Iraq. Power addresses the question, “Who possesses the moral authority, the political sense, and the military and economic heft to protect human life and bring peace to the unruly world order?”

Tuesday, Mar 18
COLM TOIBIN & others on JAMES BALDWIN

The author of five novels, including The Master and Mothers and Sons, Colm Tóibín leads a discussion on the great American prose stylist James Baldwin. In this examination of Baldwin’s large body of uncollected works, a new light is cast on his views on writers and writing, his politics, and his vision for the future of the
United States.

Thursday, Mar 20
NICHOLSON BAKER
Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization

In Human Smoke, Nicholson Baker, author of The Size of Thoughts and Double Fold, weaves together a chronicle of the beginnings of World War II, and presents an indictment of the treasured myths that have romanticized much of the 1930s and 40s. Human Smoke offers a new perspective on the political, social, religious, and economic events of the years preceding World War II.

Friday, Apr 11
PICO IYER in conversation with Paul Holdengräber
The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Observer of globalism and Buddhism, Pico Iyer gives us the first serious consideration of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama’s work and ideas as a politician, scientist, and philosopher. Iyer illuminates the hidden life, the transforming ideas, and the daily challenges of this global icon. Pico Iyer is the author of Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, The Global Soul, and Abandon.

Programs begin at 7 pm

Made possible with generous support from Celeste Bartos and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Public Education Endowment Fund.

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