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Past Events

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2002 - 6:30 PM | Performance | Members' Room

    Edgar Allan Poe lectured at the New York Society Library in February 1848. Now, in a one-time repeat engagement, he returns with some of his best-loved horror stories.

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2002 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room

    James's biographer speaks about him as the great proponent of consciousness as something fluid, evanescent, but above all active.

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2002 - 6:00 PM | Children | Members' Room

    Master storyteller and Tony Award winner Jim Dale shares his favorite moments from J.K. Rowling's record-breaking series.

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room

    The leading expert on the migrations of birds in the New York City area introduces birds of the area, with slides of some surprising local avian encounters.

  • Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room

    Ved Mehta has led readers through his multi-faceted life in India, England, and America in his autobiographical books with the omnibus title Continents of Exile.

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room

    The author of Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe explores this most puzzling among major American writers.

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2002 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room

    The founder of Scientific American shares insights from his book The Age of Science.

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2002 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Temple Israel

    The life-changing author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression speaks of his own experience and that of Emily Dickinson as shown in her poetry.

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 6:30 PM | Performance | Members' Room

    The author of A Most Ingenious Paradox: The Art of Gilbert & Sullivan addresses one of the most beloved of English-language operas, with sung examples.

  • Wednesday, December 5, 2001 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Temple Israel

    An internationally recognized expert in her field, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers brings her impressive experience to this extraordinary study of landscapes and the historical and cultural backdrops against which they have been formed.

  • Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room

    November marks the 150th anniversary of Moby-Dick's publication. In celebration, Andrew Delbanco, Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, joins Library members to talk about its author's writing and world.

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2001 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Temple Israel

    In thirty-five essays Wendy Wasserstein's Shiksa Goddess covers everything from her sister's battle with cancer to the charm of cardboard coffee cups. This event is co-sponsored by WNET/Thirteen New York.

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2001 - 6:00 PM | Children | Members' Room

    What happens when Manhattan teen Mia Thermopolis finds out her father rules a small country, and she is the heir to the throne? Meg Cabot tells all in The Princess Diaries, recently made into a movie.

  • Thursday, October 11, 2001 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room

    Casson brings to life ancestors of the modern library and describes how kings, scholars, and readers interacted among the shelves.

  • Thursday, May 17, 2001 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room

    The author of Book Business describes how digital publishing may change books and libraries as profoundly as the invention of movable type.

  • Tuesday, April 10, 2001 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room

    The author of Emerson: The Mind on Fire focuses on the American prophet's views of history, the modern self, religion, and poetry.

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2001 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room

    The author of Hawthorne: A Life unravels the history of this elusive man and his busy Yankee world.

  • Tuesday, March 6, 2001 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room

    Cynthia Ozick brings her views on New York City to the Library with a lecture based on her essay "The Synthetic Sublime." Ms.

  • Tuesday, February 6, 2001 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Temple Israel

    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. turns his sharp eye on his own past in A Life in the Twentieth Century: Innocent Beginnings 1917-1950. This event is co-sponsored by WNET/Thirteen New York.

  • Tuesday, December 5, 2000 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Temple Israel

    The husband-and-wife team, Washington Post and New York Times journalist Karl E. Meyer and CBS documentary producer Shareen Blair Brysac, offer fluent guide to the rich and complex history of Central Asia and Tibet.

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2000 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room

    Dr. Putnam summarizes the various interpretive angles, identifies themes that permeate the epic, and analyzes the poem's influence on later writers, including Ovid, Lucan, Seneca, and Dante.

  • Tuesday, October 24, 2000 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Temple Israel

    Ms. Hertog's first full study of the aviator and writer gives a picture of her marriage, her triumphs, her personal tragedies, and her commitment to writing. This event is co-sponsored by WNET/Thirteen New York.

  • Friday, February 25, 2000 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Temple Israel

    Graham Greene became friends with Shirley Hazzard and her husband, Francis Steegmuller on Capri in the 1960s. Ms.

  • Wednesday, October 27, 1999 - 6:30 PM | Reading Group | Members' Room

    Dr. Beye leads three evenings of discussion on Homer's epic poem.

  • Tuesday, October 19, 1999 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Temple Israel

    The distinguished Biblical scholar speaks on his book The Great Poems of the Bible. This event is co-sponsored by WNET/Thirteen New York.

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