Cool Daytime Events in June and July
|Daytime at 92YTribeca is where downtown's most influential, intellectual, lead-your-own-personal-revolution classes, lectures and events are delivered by the experts who've made 92nd Street Y one of New York's most revered cultural and social destinations. Here's a sampling:
In the Fullness of Time: Women Writers on Life After 50
Erica Jong, Ntozake Shange, Tina Howe, Carolyn See and Abigail Thomas with Emily Upham and Linda Gravenson, moderators. An A-list panel of some of the most influential writers of our time present a candid and deeply personal view of what it means to grow older as a woman in our world. Hear their insights on life, love, loss, and the wisdom and opportunities of age.
Wed, Jun 16, 12-1:30 pm
The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind
Science writer Barbara Strauch offers a fascinating glimpse of the surprisingly talented middle-aged mind and explains how the brain's optimal processes can be maintained. For many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time, which led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking and even depression. New research suggests that the brain reorganizes, improves in important functions and even helps us adopt a more optimistic outlook in middle age.
Thu, Jun 17, 12-1 pm
Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: The Hollywood Years
Hear film historian Cari Beauchamp recount the fascinating story of patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy who, in the mid-1920s, used his political talents and business acumen to become a major Hollywood player. During this time, Kennedy had an affair with Gloria Swanson, masterminded the mergers that created the blueprint for contemporary Hollywood and made the fortune that became the foundation of his empire.
Thu, Jun 24, 12-1 pm
Wide Awake: A Memoir of Insomnia
More than 64 million Americans suffer from insomnia each year. Patricia Morrisroe's case was so bad, she was forced to become an expert. In this frank talk, Morrisroe mixes personal experience with science, history, humor and cultural commentary to reveal an insightful look at sleep deprivation. And there's a happy ending: She finds sleep right around the corner from where she began her journey.
Wed, Jun 30, 12-1 pm
Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
This talk is for anyone interested in becoming a more effective leader and inspiring change. Author and strategic communications expert Simon Sinek offers a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership that starts with the question "Why?" Sinek argues that with a little discipline, anyone can learn to inspire. He explains why some people and organizations are more innovative, more profitable, command greater loyalty from customers and employees and most important, are able to repeat their success. His examples of inspirational leadership include such disparate examples as Apple, Martin Luther King and the Wright brothers.
Tue, Jul 13, 12-1 pm
The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big in Business
As part of the notorious MIT team depicted in the bestseller Bringing Down the House and the film 21, Jeff Ma used math and statistics to master the game of blackjack and beat casinos for millions of dollars. In his new book, he shows how lessons learned at the blackjack table can help business people reap immense benefits too. Ma takes his cutting-edge insights and applies them to the business world, showing how numbers are the key to analyzing nearly everything from spotting and profiting from global market inefficiencies to having multiple backup plans for every probability.
Thu, Jul 15, 12-1 pm
FILM DISCUSSION CLASSES:
Lunch and a Movie: The Best Films You Probably Haven't Seen Yet—Subscription Series
During his lifetime, Van Gogh never sold a single painting. Herman Melville couldn't make enough money as a writer to quit his day job as a clerk. The Wizard of Oz and It's a Wonderful Life were box office flops and Oscar losers during their initial runs: it took years for them to achieve classic status. In this class, we screen—and then discuss over lunch—a variety of terrific movies you may have missed, but are definitely worth seeing.
First Session: Wed, Jun 16, 10 am-1 pm
Intro to meditation
What exactly is meditation? How does it work and how can it affect your life? What are the obstacles to practicing? Discuss these questions in relation to issues such as relationships, stress, uncertainty, anger, conflict, fear and more. Each session includes a guided meditation exercise and demonstration of different meditation techniques. Instructor: Robert Bernstein/Padman
First Session: Mon, Jun 14, 10 am-12 pm
Sell Your Memoir
There is a huge market for creative nonfiction; even first-time writers can get advances. Movie production companies often buy the options to these stories, but the story has to be good—really good. Learn how to turn your life story into a book proposal that you can take to agents or publishers. Instructor: Andrew Craft
First Session: Thu, Jun 17, 10 am-12:30 pm
The Creative Process
Have an idea for a great creative writing piece but don't know how to get started? This class is for people who want to write but don't know where to begin. Through games, exercises, readings, word play, journal-keeping and dream work, you'll discover the story that's in you and gain the confidence to sit down, start writing and continue developing your work. Instructor: Andrew Craft
First Session: Thu, Jun 17, 1-3 pm
New Job or Career After 50 workshop
Discover how to make your job search most effective, and come away with an understanding of the challenges of the 50+-year-old job seeker, what your mission is, how to select your job or career targets, and how to create your brand and personal marketing campaign. Bring your resume and other career/job search materials. Instructor: Stan Broitman
First Session: Wed, Jun 23, 10-11 am
Jewish American Literature
Laugh, debate and kvell as we let Jewish American literature take us through the Jewish American experience. Join us as we read and discuss themes of Jewish life in America from immigration to assimilation to intergenerational conflict. We examine what is unique about the Jewish immigrant experience in America and in the writing of Jewish Americans by reading works from the perspectives of different generations, including the most recent. Instructor: Carol Rial, MFA
First Session: Fri, Jul 9, 10:30 am-12:00 pm