leisure 05.18.10

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Every Person in New York

The Goldberg Lecture: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Leonard Lopate interviews the author of Infidel, The Caged Virgin, and Nomad (just published), whose life story has propelled her to advocate against abuse of women by Islamic fundamentalists. The event is this Thursday, 8:15pm, at the 92Y, $27.

World Politics: The Struggle for Power
This NYU course examines various upheavals in the global balance of power. Eight sessions starting tonight or May 20th, at their Midtown Center, 11 W. 42nd [5th/6th], $525.

Live from the NYPL: Christopher Hitchens
There are times when Hitchens sends us into a sustained apoplectic fit. Yet sometimes he talks—and writes—brilliant sense. Even when you could just throttle him, you have to admit he's never boring. June 4th, 7pm, $25.

How the Architectural Walking Tour Built the Preservation Movement is a talk by historian, teacher, and walking tour guide Francis Morrone. It takes place at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont [Clinton] on Wednesday, June 16th, 7pm. $15

Climate Change: The Threat and Opportunity for Global Security
A conversation about an aspect of global warming that's not usually considered: the implications for national and global security. At the Museum of Natural History, Tuesday, June 22nd, 6:30pm, free.
Environmental Ethics
While BP isn't mentioned on the course prospectus, it's sure to play an unexpected starring role in the consideration of "rights and responsibilities with regard to nature and all of its inhabitants." Starts June 8th, 15 sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5:50pm, $595.

Adventures Among Ants
Mark W. Moffett, or as he prefers—the Indiana Jones of entomology—gives a talk at the Explorers Club on June 10th, 6pm. $20. Moffett's photographs shows that they're more than just picnic-crashers. They take on roles such as "warriors, builders, big-game hunters, and slave owners," engage in "market economies and production lines and deal with issues we think of as uniquely human, including hygiene, recycling, and warfare."

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Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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