RBG, Dick Wolf, Amy Sedaris, Joe Kennedy III and More in Feb at 92Y

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Ruth Padel & A.E. Stallings

Mon, Feb 4, 8 pm; Tickets from $22

Ruth Padel’s new collection of poems is Emerald. “Her voice has an astonishing resonance,” wrote Colm Tóibín. “An exquisite image-maker who can work wonders with the great tradition of line and stanza.” A.E. Stallings’s new book of poetry is Like. “Her scrupulous intelligence never serves her better than in her powerfully understated approach to myth,” wrote Adam Kirsch. “And her poems about love, sex, and heartbreak have that rare combination of emotion and reason, sweetness and sourness, that used to be called worldly-wise.”


Tues, Feb 5, 8 pm; Tickets from $35 (XYZ Members $20; Membership is free)

Teach girls bravery, not perfection. That’s the sound advice of Reshma Saujani, whose Girls Who Code nonprofit is working to close the gender gap in technology while teaching girls confidence and bravery through coding. Join her and hear about the ideas in her new book, Brave, Not Perfect. If you’ve ever passed up an opportunity—a job, a relationship, a personal challenge—for fear you wouldn’t nail it right away or look foolish trying, this is a must-see event. Saujani’s inspiring message shows us how to break free from the trap of perfection and rewire ourselves for bravery—and how by being brave, not perfect, we can all become the authors of our biggest, boldest, and most joyful life.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Conversation with David Rubenstein

Wed, Feb 6, 7 pm; Tickets from $12 SOLD OUT/WAIT LIST AVAILABLE

As the Supreme Court welcomes a new judge to its ranks, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a 25-year veteran of the court, sits down for a wide-ranging discussion with Carlyle Group co-CEO and philanthropist David Rubenstein on her career and the state of the nation. How does Justice Ginsburg, a lifelong trailblazer for gender equality, view the #MeToo movement? And what is the crucial role of the Supreme Court—and the rule of law—at a moment of huge political tumult for our country? Don’t miss an opportunity to experience the wit, wisdom and insight of one of the most influential figures in America.

Morgan Parker & Danez Smith

Sun, Feb 7, 8 pm; Tickets from $22; Purchase $15 tickets to this event by signing up for XYZ

Morgan Parker, author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, now publishes Magical Negro, her third book of poems. “She is a fearlessly forward and forward-thinking literary star,” wrote Terrance Hayes. Danez Smith is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead—“a mighty work and tremendous offering, a voice we need now more than ever as living, feeling, complex, and conflicted beings,” wrote Tracy K. Smith. “It gives me a dose of hope at a time when such a thing feels hard to come by.”


Sat, Feb 9, 11 am; Tickets from $35 (XYZ members pay $20; membership is free)

Fashion super influencer Arielle Charnas joins us for a live talk about her brand, her personal style, and the latest on Something Navy. With over a million Instagram followers and a clothing line so popular it racked up $1 million in sales in just 24 hours, Arielle Charnas is changing the way America consumes fashion. Join the super influencer for a conversation about the substance of style, the business of fashion and the power of social media as she launches her newest line in February of Something Navy, in Nordstrom.

World Politics with Ralph Buultjens | russia: 18 years of putin

Sun, Feb 10, 5 pm; Tickets from $35

Will Putin endure? That’s the question NYU Professor Ralph Buultjens asks in his annual review of Russia. What are Putin’s plans for 2019? How can a weak state be so disruptive? And what are the ramifications for Western democracy? He’ll explore all these questions, and more.


Sunday Feb 10, 7:30 pm; Tickets from $35

Thane Rosenbaum invites top New York Times columnists for a riveting, insightful conversation about the state of the nation and our democracy. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Bret Stephens has developed a reputation for courageous opinion writing, from his provocative perspective on climate change to his steadfast support for Israel to his pro-immigration stance and his devastating critiques of both Presidents Obama and Trump, the latter coinciding with his move from The Wall Street Journal to The New York Times. Frank Bruni, one of The New York Times ’ most popular columnists, writes on diverse topics from American politics, higher education, and pop culture to gay rights. Meet these always astute, engaging, and entertaining chroniclers of the American political scenes, with our Talk Show host, novelist, and law professor Thane Rosenbaum.

Antisemitism: Here and Now: Deborah Lipstadt in Conversation with Bari Weiss

Mon, Feb 11, 7:30 pm; Tickets from $40

When a Holocaust revisionist sued her for libel, Deborah Lipstadt seized the chance to stand up to anti-Semites—and won. Her experience became the basis of the film Denial, starring Rachel Weisz. Now the professor is back with a new book, Antisemitism: Here and Now. Join this brilliant and inspiring woman for a penetrating discussion with The New York Times’ Bari Weiss about the horrifying, devastating rise of antisemitism at home and abroad in the past ten years, and about how we can, and must, address it. A book signing follows the event.

COZY: Isabel Gillies in Conversation with Mariska Hargitay

Tues, Feb 12, 7:30 pm; Tickets from $35

In these increasingly difficult times, why is it important to identify what cozy means to you? To New York Times bestselling author Isabel Gillies (Happens Every Day, A Year and Six Seconds, Starry Night), “cozy” is more than the warmth of a fire on a chilly day—it comes from deep within us, is specific, unexpected, and can be named. She characterizes the themes that foster a cozy life—connection, control, and organization—in her new book COZY: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World. Gillies talks with award-winning actress (and fellow Law & Order: SVU cast member) Mariska Hargitay, exploring the elements from which we make cozy happen anywhere, even in troubling circumstances. This fascinating talk is for anyone seeking to live a more authentic, manageable, and meaningful life. A book signing follows the event.

JAMEL Brinkley and Valeria Luiselli

Tue, Feb 12, 8 pm; Tickets from $22; Purchase $15 tickets to this event by signing up for XYZ

Jamel Brinkley’s debut story collection, A Lucky Man, is a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award. “It is one of those collections that takes your breath away: the voices we hear, the people we meet, they scratch and pull and ache and rage, revealing secrets we usually keep hidden,” wrote Daniel Alarcón. “Every line is pitch perfect.” Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive is an American road-trip novel that weaves the voices of a mother and her son with a collection of texts and images telling earlier tales of migration and displacement. “She is a writer of formidable talent, destined to be an important voice in Latin American letters,” wrote Alarcón. “Her vision and language are precise, and the power of her intellect is in evidence on every page.”


Wed, Feb 13, 7 pm; Tickets from $40

Is America in the process of retreating from its traditional world leadership role? Bernard-Henri Lévy, one of the West’s leading intellectuals, takes an informed and provocative look at the state of world politics today in conversation with historian and author Simon Schama. How are Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, and Sunni radical Islamism taking steps to assert power and influence? And what are the ramifications of the steps they are taking to undermine the liberal values that have been a hallmark of Western civilization? Join him for a clear-eyed look at the world stage, as he talks about his important new book, The Empire and the Five Kings: America’s Abdication and the Fate of the World . Drawing upon lessons from history and the eternal touchstones of human culture, Lévy reveals the stakes facing the West as America retreats from its leadership role, a process that did not begin with Donald Trump’s presidency and is not likely to end with him. The crisis is one whose roots can be found as far back as antiquity and whose resolution will require the West to find a new way forward if it—and its values—are to survive.

Amy Sedaris AND PAUL DINELLO in Conversation with Daniel Levy

Fri, Feb 15, 7:30 pm; Tickets from $35

Amy Sedaris has many talents. She’s not just an actress, comedian, and author—she’s also a master of entertaining. And in her Emmy-nominated truTV series At Home with Amy Sedaris, a hilariously offbeat sendup of cooking and hospitality shows now entering its second season, she teaches her viewers the nuts and bolts of world-class homemaking (emphasis on nuts). Join us for a special screening and conversation between this hilarious, brilliant performer, her co-creator, director and producer Paul Dinello and Schitt’s Creek co-creator, showrunner, and star Daniel Levy.

Who is Alex Trebek? Celebrating 35 Seasons of Jeopardy! Moderated by Michael McKean

Tue, Feb 19, 8 pm; Tickets from $50

Jeopardy!, the top-rated, award-winning, and beloved quiz show, has been in the hands of iconic host Alex Trebek for a record-breaking 35 years. In celebration, America’s Favorite Quiz Show is debuting a new tournament in a new format: The Jeopardy! All-Star Games, with 18 elite contestants—the winningest in the show’s recent history—returning to compete in teams. The 10-day tournament kicks off the day after Trebek’s 92Y appearance. Join Trebek and actor/comedian/musician Michael McKean, who won Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Jeopardy!, as they discuss Trebek’s remarkable history with the show, the fascinating contestants he encounters every day, his facial hair through the years, and much more.

Food Talks with Kitchen Arts & Letters | THE ROOTS OF CARIBBEAN COOKING
Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau with Cherry Bombe‘s Kerry Diamond

Wed, Feb 20, 7 pm; Tickets from $35

Caribbean food is often thought of as rustic and unrefined, but sisters Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau process that Caribbean food can be vibrant, diverse, and nourishing cuisine. Join them, as they discuss their new cookbook Provisions: The Roots of Caribbean Cooking which includes 150 vegetarian recipes that pay homage to the meals and market produce that have been farmed, sold, and prepared by Caribbean people—particularly the women—for centuries. Includes a tasting.

CBS’ FBI: A Screening and Conversation with Creator Dick Wolf and Cast moderated by Vladimir Duthiers

Wed, Feb 20, 7:30 pm; Tickets from $35

Join us for a sneak peek at a new episode of the riveting CBS series FBI and conversation with legendary showrunner Dick Wolf (creator of the Law & Order franchise) about the making of the show, along with stars Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Sela Ward, Jeremy Sisto and Ebonée Noel. FBI shows us how it’s done. The series follows an elite unit of federal agents based in New York City as they investigate and battle some of the country’s biggest threats. CBS News Journalist Vladimir Duthiers moderates the conversation.

L’Oreal’s Jean-Paul Agon in Conversation with David Rubenstein: The Future of Global Business

Tue, Feb 20, 8 pm; Tickets from $35

As Chairman and CEO of the world’s leading beauty company, with its 34 iconic brands and 89,000 employees in 140 countries, L’Oréal’s Jean-Paul Agon is a giant in global business. He’s also one of its great forward thinkers, coupling his drive for digital transformation and technology innovation with a commitment to ethics, social responsibility, and sustainability. Agon talks with David Rubenstein—co-founder of the Carlyle Group and one of America’s leading philanthropists—about his strategy of universalization (globalization without uniformization), about running an international corporate giant with the spirit of a start-up, and why in his own words, “The future looks beautiful.”

The Talk Show with Thane Rosenbaum | HARVARD’S LAWRENCE S. BACOW IN CONVERSATION WITH with Thane Rosenbaum

Thur, Feb 21, 7 pm; Tickets from $30

Thane Rosenbaum sits down for a broad-ranging conversation with Harvard’s new president, Lawrence S. Bacow. Join them for a penetrative discussion about the current state of further education. Topics will include high cost of college, the rise of political correctness, student activism, free speech on campus, intersectionality, “safe spaces,” “trigger warnings,” and “microaggressions” and the effects of safetyism on intellectual rigor. In addition, Bacow, the child of a Holocaust survivor and the third Jewish president in Harvard’s history, will cover the BDS movement, anti-Semitism, and Israel on campus.

A Conversation with Joe Kennedy III

Thur, Feb 21, 7:30 pm; Tickets from $30

Joe Kennedy III has emerged as a powerful voice for social and economic justice across the country. He is considered a rising Democratic star and has played a key role in the party’s efforts to take on President Trump. Join him for a wide-ranging conversation on issues facing our communities today.

comedy Central’s The Other Two: Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider in Conversation with John Mulaney

Thurs, Feb 21st, 8:00pm; Tickets from $35

Comedy Central’s new scripted series, The Other Two will premiere on Thursday, January 24 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT following the final season premiere of Broad City. The Other Two is created by, written by and executive produced by Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, who recently departed Saturday Night Live after serving as co-head writers during one of the series’ most memorable seasons. The series stars Drew Tarver (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$) as a 28-year-old actor struggling to get better auditions than “Man At Party Who Smells Fart,” and Heléne Yorke (Masters of Sex ) as his 30-year-old sister, who is struggling in general. As the two work toward finding themselves, their lives are completely upended when their 13-year-old brother, ChaseDreams played by Case Walker, becomes incredibly famous overnight. The Other Two will also feature Molly Shannon, who plays the siblings’ fame-ready mother, and Ken Marino (Party Down), as ChaseDreams newly-hired manager.

Alice McDermott and Roger Rosenblatt in Conversation: The Writing Life

Sun, Feb 24, 7 pm; Tickets from $40

Writing is hard. The isolation and loneliness that come with working as a writer can be harder still. Is it worth it? How do celebrated authors like Alice McDermott and Roger Rosenblatt keep going? Join these two friends for an uplifting and inspiring conversation about the beauty and madness of writing life. They’ll share insights, wisdom, and humor—as well as stories from their ongoing “humiliations competition” in which they report their latest hilarious humbling experiences as writers. And they’ll discuss their faith in art as a light leading away from horror and cruelty and toward a nobler life.


Wed Feb 27, 7 pm; Tickets from $29

Robert Kennedy was a central figure during 1960s, as he embodied hope and idealism in a time of tragedy and division. Join award-winning journalist, Frye Gaillard, and Robert F. Kennedy’s daughter, Kerry Kennedy, as they discuss this turbulent decade, the legacy of Robert Kennedy—and more broadly of the 1960s—against the backdrop of problems still unsolved.
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92nd Street Y is a world-class, nonprofit cultural and community center that fosters the mental, physical and spiritual health of people throughout their lives, offering: wide-ranging conversations with the world’s best minds; an outstanding range of programming in the performing, visual and literary arts; fitness and sports programs; and activities for children and families. 92Y is reimagining what it means to be a community center in the digital age with initiatives like the award-winning #GivingTuesday, launched by 92Y in 2012 and now recognized across the US and in a growing number of regions worldwide as a day to celebrate and promote giving. These kinds of initiatives are transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action both locally and around the world. More than 300,000 people visit 92Y annually; millions more participate in 92Y’s digital and online initiatives. A proudly Jewish organization since its founding in 1874, 92Y embraces its heritage and welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives. For more information, visit www.92Y.org.

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