Sep
19
8:30 PM20:30

The Gallery at W83 Presents: "Noble Work" Photographs by Rachel Martin

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Noble Work: Recognizing Those We Need to Keep America Running


There is value in good work. Whether by a banker or bricklayer, work done well contributes to the flourishing of our communities. But blue-collar workers are often overlooked.


In this series of portraits, Rachel Martin brings the working class to the foreground, emphasizing the dignity and value of their work.

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Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Gallery at W83 Presents: Gallery Talk: "Don't Forget Me" | Ghost Bikes Photographs with Genea Barnes

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Join photographer Genea Barnes, who documented memorials at the site of fatal bike accidents from around the country, as she invites us to pause and pay respect to the dead even as we contemplate how we live, with a gallery talk on the story of her project.

What would it look like to keep not just ourselves safe, but to also truly watch out for one another?

"Don't Forget Me" | Ghost Bike Photographs by Genea Barnes

For New Yorkers young and old, bike rides are ubiquitous during summer in the city. As more cyclists share the streets with cars and pedestrians, this is also a season when bike safety is emphasized. Sadly, hundreds of cyclists are killed nationally each year in traffic accidents.

Temporary memorials are often erected at the sites of these accidents: photographs, flowers, candles, and even bikes painted in white called “ghost bikes.” In most cities, these memorials are often removed within a few months, sometimes weeks. For the bereaved family and friends, these mementos are a way to honor their loved ones and call our attention to how quickly carelessness can take away a life. In Genea Barnes’ collection of photographs documenting ghost bikes from around the country, she invites us to pause and pay respect to the dead even as we contemplate how we live.

In a world that is fast and fleeting, how do we move deliberately, respectfully, carefully, and lovingly? How do we live with caution even as we delight in the joys of sun, air, sky, and our own physicality? What would it look like to keep not just ourselves safe but to also truly watch out for one another?

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Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

The Gallery at W83 Presents: "Don't Forget Me" Opening | Ghost Bikes Photographs by Genea Barnes

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For New Yorkers young and old, bike rides are ubiquitous during summer in the city. As more cyclists share the streets with cars and pedestrians, this is also a season when bike safety is emphasized. Sadly, hundreds of cyclists are killed nationally each year in traffic accidents.


Temporary memorials are often erected at the sites of these accidents: photographs, flowers, candles, and even bikes painted in white called “ghost bikes.” In most cities, these memorials are often removed within a few months, sometimes weeks. For the bereaved family and friends, these mementos are a way to honor their loved ones and call our attention to how quickly carelessness can take away a life. In Genea Barnes’ collection of photographs documenting ghost bikes from around the country, she invites us to pause and pay respect to the dead even as we contemplate how we live.


In a world that is fast and fleeting, how do we move deliberately, respectfully, carefully, and lovingly? How do we live with caution even as we delight in the joys of sun, air, sky, and our own physicality? What would it look like to keep not just ourselves safe but to also truly watch out for one another?

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"Don't Forget Me" | Ghost Bike Photographs

Interview with Genea Barnes
 

How did you get the idea for this project?

In May 2010, I was living in San Francisco and used to come to New York pretty regularly. I was walking around shooting stuff and saw my first ghost bike. It just hit me as something really profound. I rode a bike. I’m not a crazy bike rider, but it was my main means of transportation, and I was just struck. I saw a couple more over the course of my trip, and wanted to come back and shoot them, and it snowballed from there. I sought them out in every city I went to over the next few years, and decided I wanted to make a full project out of it. I did a Kickstarter and funded a road trip. I flew to NY to start it, went down the east coast, and zig-zagged up through the midwest and Canada and back down through Vermont, New York, and Maine.


How did you choose your route?

I knew there were a lot of ghost bikes in New York. In my other travels I discovered they were often cut down very soon after they were placed. My idea was to be able to cover as much ground as I could in the amount of time that I had, and usually bigger cities had more opportunities for ghost bikes, so I chose parts of the country where I could travel from city to city as quickly as possible.

How did you find ghost bikes in a city?

There is a website called ghostbikes.org that I originally used to find my ghost bikes. But I discovered you can’t really go by what was placed at one time. So I did a ton of research. I mapped out the basic areas I wanted to hit, and reached out to people in the bicycle communities in those towns to find out if there were any that were up.

How did the ghost bike phenomenon start?

I believe a man in St. Louis did an art project where he painted bicycles white and locked them to every intersection where a cyclist had been killed. People saw it and were moved by it. Now you find them in Europe and South America. It’s not just in the United States.

What is it like to stand at one of those sites?

You see a lot of roadside memorials, and you always know somebody died there, but you don’t know how it happened. When you stand at a site and you see a ghost bike, you know there was a moment in time where someone was careless and not paying attention to where they were in reference to other people or things around them. And that is something that affects all of us, not just people that ride bikes.  We are so in our own heads and in our devices that we are not conscious of where we are in space anymore. And so a ghost bike is such a reminder of the worst possible outcome of that lack of awareness. 

Do any of the bikes you’ve seen stand out in your mind?

There's one in Chicago I was at twice over the span of two years, and I believe that after the winter, the mom went out and redecorated it. Right outside of Detroit, they take the ghost bike down for the winter and then they put it back up. I think that sometimes when bikes are placed by loved ones there’s more care to the decoration and the representation of who the bike was for, the actual person. But I think the power of the idea is really the thing that keeps them the same. It doesn’t matter if the bike is completely stripped, barely there. It’s still a reminder to be cautious, and remember what’s happened and do our best to not repeat the past.

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Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

The Gallery at W83 Presents: Gallery Talk on Displaced: Stories From the Syrian Diaspora, with Majd Taby and Sara Kerens

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In 2015, writer Majd Taby and photographer Sara Kerens spent ten weeks travelling among groups of refugees from Syria and the surrounding region, following their migration route from Turkey to Greece, then all the way to Germany in Western Europe, in order to document and share their stories.

Join both Taby and Kerens from 7:00 - 8:30 pm on Tuesday, June 25, as they discuss the experience and Kerens' remarkable photographs, on display at The Gallery at W83 from May 29 - June 30.

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"...their faces betray their reality. The faces of people these stories belong to do not match the images developed over a lifetime of news and entertainment consumption. In the minutiae of daily life, smiles and jokes and small talk hide frowns and distant stares.” -Majd Taby

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May
29
6:30 PM18:30

The Gallery at W83 Presents "Displaced: Stories from the Syrian Diaspora" with Sara Kerens and Majd Taby

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In 2015, writer Majd Taby and photographer Sara Kerens spent ten weeks traveling among groups of refugees from Syria and the surrounding region, following their migration route from Turkey to Greece, then all the way to Germany in Western Europe, in order to document and share their stories.

What’s remarkable about the faces portrayed in this exhibit is not how different they seem from any one of us, but how familiar. The stories Kerens and Taby captured are full of loss, love, hope, and the aspiration of all people to build better lives for themselves and their families.

Opening: Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

On display at The Gallery at W83 from May 29 - June 30.

"...their faces betray their reality. The faces of people these stories belong to do not match the images developed over a lifetime of news and entertainment consumption. In the minutiae of daily life, smiles and jokes and small talk hide frowns and distant stares.” -Majd Taby


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May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Redeemer Grace & Race Presents The Asian American Voice with Min Jin Lee and Michael Luo

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Amidst the many conversations surrounding racial issues in America, the experiences, concerns and role of Asian Americans are often unclear and invisible, even among those in the Asian American community. Redeemer Grace & Race is excited to present an event focused on exploring the Asian American experience and how Asian Americans may possess a unique perspective to offer in dialogue and movements on racial justice.

Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko and Free Food for Millionaires, and Michael Luo, editor of newyorker.com, will discuss the uniqueness of the Asian American voice as they share from their personal and professional experience.

Ticket Price: $10

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May
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Gallery at W83 and Agora Present: "Tears Into Song" with National Book Award Nominee Vesper Stamper

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A Talk and Workshop on Healing Through Art with Vesper Stamper


New York author and illustrator Vesper Stamper discusses her National Book Award-nominated graphic novel, What The Night Sings, which traces the story of a teenage musician who survives the Holocaust and seeks to find her voice as a singer again. The discussion will be followed by a hands-on art workshop.


Order tickets, and your own copy of What The Night Sings, here.


"The narrative is spare but powerful as it depicts the daily horrors of the camps and the struggle to survive, hold on to humanity and, once freed, understand how to live again."—School Library Journal, starred review of What The Night Sings

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May
11
8:00 PM20:00

New York Classical Players Season Finale: Mozart and Now

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NYCP shares two premieres and two familiar Mozart masterworks in the season’s final orchestral concert. Mozart’s beloved “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” and joyful Divertimento No. 3 in F major are paired with Samuel Adler’s Gedenkfeier (US Premiere) and a new double concerto by Eric Nathan, featuring emerging stars Yoonah Kim (clarinet) and Stefan Jackiw (violin) in this original program that celebrates timeless virtuosity.

Dongmin Kim, conductor
Stefan Jackiw, violin
Yoonah Kim, clarinet


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May
11
11:30 AM11:30

Knitty City Moms and Makers Market

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The Upper West Side’s own Knitty City hosts their second annual market of indie-dyed yarn, jewelry, pottery, plants, diverse dolls, baked goods, and other handmade gifts by local artists, to benefit Moms Demand Action.

With raffle and auction donations from local businesses including Annie’s Needlepoint - Ark Restaurants - Asia Ingalls Jewelry - Blue Sky Fibers - Bloom Handmade Studio - Book Culture - Brodo - Caroline Blum -  CPW Boutique - Irving Farm - Joe Coffee - Kamibashi- Levain Bakery - Loome- Lucie Young - LUSH - Magpie New York - Nerd Bird Makery - Paper Source - ROAM Workshop - Ronnie Downey - Rowan Yarn - Savor Beauty + Spa UWS - Silver Moon Bakery - Supermud - Suzan Colon - T2Tea - Textile Arts Center - The Craft Studio - Warby Parker - Well Done Experience - West Side Wine - Yarn Over New York

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Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

Agora Presents: Turning Toward Love: What We Learn When We Reach Across Our Differences, a conversation with Amy Julia Becker and Andy Crouch

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Join Amy Julia Becker, author of White Picket Fences, as she talks with Andy Crouch, author of Strong and Weak, about what she’s learned about privilege as the mother of a child with special needs. The conversation invites us to respond to privilege with generosity, humility, and hope, and opens us up to questions we are afraid to ask, so that we can walk further from fear and closer to love, in all its fragile and mysterious possibilities.  

With special guests from Do For One and Young Life Upper West Side's Capernaum program, who work to build connections between people with and without disabilities.

W83 Loft / doors open at 6:30

Order tickets, and your own copy of White Picket Fences, here.

"This book helps us believe that in a world so often torn by violence and indifference, love can still have the last and best word."  - Andy Crouch on White Picket Fences


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Apr
21
7:00 PM19:00

Hope For New York presents: Safe Families For Children Info Session

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Safe Families is a volunteer-driven ministry with the goal of keeping kids safe and families intact. They organize vetted and trained volunteers from local churches to offer individualized support for families in crisis. They aim to offer a broad community of support to those in our city who may need assistance and/or have limited resources.

RSVP HERE to join us for an info session and learn how you can serve as a volunteer and come alongside overwhelmed families. The roles are flexible and volunteers can offer support according to their skills, interests, and availability.

Volunteer roles:
1. Family Friend- helps parents to increase the stability of their lives, their home environment and their parenting, in order to improve the well-being of their children. They are volunteers who befriend, mentor and support parents through their crisis, helping them get back on their feet and making the home stable for them and their children.
2. Resource Friend- donates and delivers a variety of items (beds, clothes, diapers, etc.) or services (medical care, dental care, counseling, etc.) to families.
3. Family Coach- coordinates the team of volunteers, making sure that the parent, child, and family friends have the resources needed to thrive.

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Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

Hope For New York Presents: Housing and Inequality In NYC

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In the face of increasing rents and decreasing access to affordable housing, who are our most vulnerable neighbors when it comes to housing accessibility? What are the opportunities for Gospel practice in the places we occupy and its implications for our neighbors?

In this workshop, we will learn about the landscape of housing in our city today and hear from practitioners working with vulnerable New Yorkers to find and remain in their homes.

RSVP here.

Speakers include:

Matthew Dunbar - Vice President, External Affairs, Habitat for Humanity NYC

Josiah Haken - Vice President, Outreach Operations, New York City Relief

Rev. José Humphreys - Pastor, Metro Hope Covenant Church and author of Seeing Jesus in East Harlem: What Happens When Churches Show Up and Stay Put

Kathleen Slocum - Executive Director, Open Hands Legal Services


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Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Redeemer Writers Group: Art, Poetry, and Jazz

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“It would be an exotic moment
without rush”

~from “Keeping Quiet,” by Pablo Neruda

 
Join us for a collaboration of the arts—visual, musical, and spoken word—coinciding with Julie Shelton Snyder’s show of mokuhanga woodblock prints, “now we will count to twelve,” in The Gallery at W83. The Center for Faith & Work’s Redeemer Writers Group will present original poetry accompanied by jazz violinist Elinor Speirs, and audience members will be given an opportunity to create poetry in response to the art during a wine reception. For free tickets, RSVP here.

Featured readers include Debra Ayis, Jennifer Bangs, Lyonel Laverde, Stephanie Nikolopoulos, Louiza Patsis, Rachel Printy, Lancelot Schaubert, Cristina Spataro, Ellen Stedfeld, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, and Amelia Thompson. 

The Redeemer Writers Group crafts words so that they might be light in a dark space, wildflowers breaking through cracks in the pavement, water to thirsty souls. We have been meeting monthly for close to a decade to seek the flourishing of New York City. We hold discussions, critiques, readings, and conferences.


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Mar
5
to Apr 28

The Gallery at W83 Presents: Julie Shelton Snyder, "now we will count to twelve"

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Julie Shelton Snyder’s mokuhanga woodblock prints, inspired by a residency at the foot of Mount Fuji, invite the viewer into contemplation during the liturgical season of Lent. For Snyder, who sees her work as an artist as an integral part of her Christian practice, contemplation isn’t an escape from life, but a pause in order to return to the world with more active, intentional engagement.  

Opening Celebration. March 5, from 6:30- 8:30 pm.

Morning Contemplative Experience. March 2, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Spend a Saturday morning with the artist and a guide from Contemplative Outreach in guided meditations on the artwork, the Neruda poem that gives the show its name, and the psalms.


"Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still
for once on the face of the earth,
let's not speak in any language;
let's stop for a second,
and not move our arms so much."

--From “Keeping Quiet” by Pablo Neruda

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Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

The Gallery at W83 Presents: Art and Contemplation Event with Julie Shelton Snyder and Contemplative Outreach

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Spend a Saturday morning in guided contemplation amidst the mokuhanga woodblock prints of Julie Shelton Snyder, inspired by her residency at the foot of Mount Fuji.  Join the artist and Contemplative Outreach leader Lindsay Boyer in meditations on the artwork, the Neruda poem that gives the show its name, and the psalms.

Doors at 9:30 am. Event begins at 10:00 am and ends at 12:00 noon.

The event is free but space is limited, so please register here.

"Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still
for once on the face of the earth,
let's not speak in any language;
let's stop for a second,
and not move our arms so much."

--From “Keeping Quiet” by Pablo Neruda


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Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

EnsembleNYC: Brahms Requiem in Rare Chamber Version

EnsembleNYC is a choral group recently organized to bring hope to the people of New York City by offering concerts that are a place of respite and encouragement. They are also committed to giving a minimum of 10% of ticket proceeds to other charitable organizations.

This concert will feature Johannes Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem in the 4-hand piano version written by Brahms himself. Vanessa May-lok Lee and Tom Jennings will serve as pianists, with Maggie Woolums and Andrew Jurden as soloists.

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Jan
15
to Feb 24

The Gallery at W83 Presents: Growing Community

In the summer of 2018, W83 Ministry Center welcomed the International Academy of New York into our building. With curriculum taught in English, Spanish, and Chinese, IANY is a young school that boasts a diverse multicultural group of students, faculty and staff, offering rich and varied perspectives not just from around New York City, but from around the globe.


“Growing Community” is a group exhibit showcasing art from both the grown-up faculty and the still-growing students. The Gallery at W83 is proud to give IANY’s diverse voices a place to join in the conversation with our ever-expanding community and to share their NYC stories.

image shown: “My Friends, My Community and My City” by Zadie Lopez, Aaron Scutchings, and Charlotte Toole

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Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Agora presents "Social Animals": a documentary about the real lives of social media stars

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“So many people want to be who they aren’t.”  

What is life really like for the teenage stars of social media? Find out at the New York City screening of the new documentary Social Animals, which traces the paths of a daredevil bridge-climber, an aspiring swimsuit model, and a midwestern girl-next-door as they seek love, acceptance, and fame on social media. Then join a conversation about what that means for all of us, based on the film the Austin Chronicle calls “a smart, cautionary tale.”

Film runtime: 87 minutes, followed by a panel conversation.

Doors at 6:30 pm. Event starts at 7:00 pm.

To view the trailer, click HERE.

Tickets: $3 in advance, $5 at the door, or $10 for ticket plus digital copy of the film.

Presented by Redeemer West Side's "Agora: Conversations for the Common Good."

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Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

The SymphoNYChorus: Sing We Now of Christmas

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The SymphoNYChorus, under the direction of Henric Ideström, invites you to "Sing We Now of Christmas". This concert will feature The SymphoNYChorus' signature blend of traditional, Gospel, and contemporary Christmas music - from majestic 8-part harmonies to intimate a cappella works.

About the SymphoNYChorus: The SymphoNYChorus is a group of volunteers committed to professional excellence with members coming together from all boroughs of New York City and the surrounding tri-state area. We put on two major productions a year, one at Christmas and a themed concert in the spring, while also performing regionally once or twice a month. Our music spans across the genres - gospel, contemporary, classical, Broadway, spirituals, and more. The SymphoNYChorus, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 2008 by Henric Ideström. 

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Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

Life After Life in Prison: The Bedroom Project | Panel Discussion

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Fifteen to thirty years in maximum security prison left the women in Sara Bennett’s photos profoundly changed. Having overcome the struggles of repeatedly denied parole, constant supervision, lack of personal space, and limited freedom of choice, how do they cope when given back their freedom and a place of their own? Through Bennett’s photos and their own handwritten words, we are invited into these women’s personal spaces and given a glimpse of their lives after incarceration.

Join us for a discussion with Bennett and two of the women featured in her photographs as we explore how prison has affected the lives of these women, as well as Bennett's approach to her work.

This event is free, but space and seating is limited. Please RSVP.

”Life After Life in Prison: The Bedroom Project” exhibit is on view at the Gallery at W83 November 29, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

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Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas Time Is Here: Album Release Party NYC

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Celebrate the release of Melinda DeRocker's newest album, Christmas Time Is Here and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, Christmas cookies, hot cider, and a glass of wine (or two) while you hear Melinda and her fabulous band perform selections from the album. 

Admission to the CD release party is $20 online and $25 at the door on the day of the event. There is also a special admission & CD bundle for $30 online.

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Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

"Life After Life in Prison: The Bedroom Project" opening reception

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Photographer Sara Bennett returns to the Gallery at W83 with Life After Life in Prison: The Bedroom Project, a continuation of her original Life After Life in Prison series.

Fifteen to thirty years in maximum security prison left the women in Sara Bennett’s photos profoundly changed. Having overcome the struggles of repeatedly denied parole, constant supervision, lack of personal space, and limited freedom of choice, how do they cope when given back their freedom and a place of their own? Through Bennett’s photos and their own handwritten words, we are invited into these women’s personal spaces and given a glimpse of their lives after incarceration.

Opening reception is 6:30 to 8:30 pm, free and open to the public.

The exhibit runs through January 6, 2019.

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Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Nov 28: Harper's Magazine Presents: John Cleese and Iain McGilchrist

What do a comic genius and an internationally renowned psychiatrist have in common? Quite a bit, it turns out. So much, in fact, that Harper’s Magazine and Book Culture on Columbus will present John Cleese and Iain McGilchrist in conversation for two back-to-back evenings this fall in New York City.

On Tuesday, November 27th, John Cleese will be the focus of the discussion and Iain McGilchrist will act as interlocutor, the following evening McGilchrist will take the hot seat and be interviewed by John Cleese. These complementary events are intended to provide ample opportunity for Cleese and McGilchrist to explore the commonalities in their work as well as their unique and exceptional paths. Tickets are $60 for one evening, $90 for both and include a copy of the headlining author’s book and a year subscription to Harper’s Magazine.

John Cleese’s latest book, Professor at Large features the beloved English comedian and actor in his lesser-known role at Cornell University where he has contributed talks, essays, and lectures for close to twenty years. This collection of the very best moments from Cleese under his mortarboard provides a unique view of his endless pursuit of intellectual discovery across a range of topics.

Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist and writer committed to the idea that the mind and brain can be understood only by seeing them in the broadest possible context, that of the whole of our physical and spiritual existence, and of the wider human culture in which they arise – the culture which helps to mold, and in turn is molded by, our minds and brains. He is author of The Master and His Emissary, among other works.

A special discount is available for friends of W83 Ministry Center: enter W83FRIEND for the promotional code on Eventbrite to receive 10% off all tickets.


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Nov
27
7:00 PM19:00

Nov 27: Harper's Magazine Presents: John Cleese and Iain McGilchrist

What do a comic genius and an internationally renowned psychiatrist have in common? Quite a bit, it turns out. So much, in fact, that Harper’s Magazine and Book Culture on Columbus will present John Cleese and Iain McGilchrist in conversation for two back-to-back evenings this fall in New York City.

On Tuesday, November 27th, John Cleese will be the focus of the discussion and Iain McGilchrist will act as interlocutor, the following evening McGilchrist will take the hot seat and be interviewed by John Cleese. These complementary events are intended to provide ample opportunity for Cleese and McGilchrist to explore the commonalities in their work as well as their unique and exceptional paths. Tickets are $60 for one evening, $90 for both and include a copy of the headlining author’s book and a year subscription to Harper’s Magazine.

John Cleese’s latest book, Professor at Large features the beloved English comedian and actor in his lesser-known role at Cornell University where he has contributed talks, essays, and lectures for close to twenty years. This collection of the very best moments from Cleese under his mortarboard provides a unique view of his endless pursuit of intellectual discovery across a range of topics.

Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist and writer committed to the idea that the mind and brain can be understood only by seeing them in the broadest possible context, that of the whole of our physical and spiritual existence, and of the wider human culture in which they arise – the culture which helps to mold, and in turn is molded by, our minds and brains. He is author of The Master and His Emissary, among other works.

A special discount is available for friends of W83 Ministry Center: enter W83FRIEND for the promotional code on Eventbrite to receive 10% off all tickets.


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