leisure 11.9.15

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A discussion of Dominicans and other Latinos in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, NAC Building, 60 Convent, on November 20, 6:30-8:30pm.
Free but RSVP.

Mary Beard has written SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, a revisionist take that she discusses tonight at 92Y. It's sold out but you can listen thanks to their Livecast.

On Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer [Conover/Van Brunt], Janna Levin, Professor of Astrophysics at Barnard/Columbia, talks with NASA astronaut Mike Massimino and Professor Lawrence Krauss about the practical and existential implications of a One-Way Ticket to Mars.

Poetry scholar and Harvard Professor Helen Vendler delivers this year's Robert B. Silvers Lecture at NYPL on the topic of Poets as Editors. Tuesday, December 8, 7-9pm, $25-$40.

Sarah Maslin Nir, who wrote the story of nail salon worker for the Times, and Lauren Hilgers, author of the New Yorker article on Chinese restaurant workers, discuss the The American Dream in NYC at the Tenement Museum on November 18, 6:30pm. [Photo: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times]

On Wednesday, December 9, 7-8:30pm, at the NY Academy of Sciences, two philosophers take on virtue, vice and human nature in an evening titled The Moral Animal.

Morality isn't so much the issue when it comes to the afterlife in the ancient Mediterranean. Brooklyn Brainery discusses the world Before Heaven and Hell on Tuesday, November 17, 8:30-10pm, $10.

Cumberbatch as Hamlet and director Gregory Doran's Henry V, courtesy of the National Theatre and the RSC, screened at Symphony Space on select dates starting November 15 (that date is already sold out).

This Thursday at AMNH, Dr. Thorne Lay, professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at University of California, Santa Cruz gives a talk on the Global Surge of Earthquakes and how it is forcing scientists to reconsider tenets of seismology.

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