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The Top Upcoming Lectures In NYC This Fall

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Updated: 5 October 2016
For those coming to New York City looking to learn something, there’s plenty to keep you busy. There are endless museums, monuments, libraries, and tours where you can learn about New York and beyond, but sometimes it can get exhausting. So luckily, if you just do a little research, you’ll see that most museums and other cultural spaces have talks and lectures throughout the year. Professionals, artists, entrepreneurs, and more come from all over the world to give lectures at symposiums in NYC, so here’s a list of some worth checking out this fall.

The New School

The New School hosts tons of events that are open to the public, so it’s always worth checking out their events page. Their talks are often less educational and more about discussing progressive and debatable topics in art, so it’s always a lively conversation. Some options to check out are ‘NY Comics & Picture-Story Symposium’ on August 30th, ‘Arts Activism & Youth In The System’ on September 9th, ‘What We See: Stories From The Global Refugee Crisis,’ on September 13th, ‘The Vegan Study Project’ on October 19th, and many more.

The New School, 66 W 12th St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 229 5600

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New York Public Library

The New York Public Library has so many resources that most people don’t know about, and one of them is its extensive options for lectures, talks, and discussions. There’s something happening every day, but some events to look out for this fall are a talk with controversial photographer Sally Mann on September 27th, Margaret Atwood on October 14th, and Art Spiegelman on October 27th.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The variety of talks, discussions, lectures, panels, and symposiums at The Met can be overwhelming, but start by checking out their list of free events – just one of the many options in The Met’s educational program, ‘MetSpeaks.’ All the talks are sure to be great, but if you’re unsure, go with the ‘Diane Arbus: In The Beginning’ on September 25th to gain some knowledge about one of the most famous photographers of all time.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 535 7710


The Museum Of Modern Art

You’ll find a similar variety of educational talks at the MoMA, so if your feet are hurting from walking through museums, a lecture could be the perfect break. This fall, lectures include ‘Lost Chapters of Modernism’ on September 13th, ‘A Symposium On Bruce Connor’ on September 23rd, and ‘I Don’t Remember: A reading by Hilton Als followed by a conversation with Thomas Beard’ on October 25th.

The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 708 9400

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92Y is a community center hosting talks and lectures about every topic imaginable. You can hear Bruce Davidson (New York photographer famous for depicting the subway) speak on September 7th, learn about Dim Sum on September 15th, listen to acclaimed novelist Jonathan Safran Foer on October 21st, or learn about the science of stress on November 3rd. There are countless lectures here, so it’s best to search their site for exactly what you’re looking for.

92Y, 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 415 5500


The Strand Bookstore

Even though The Strand Bookstore is likely on your list of top things to do, be sure to check out their calendar of events before you go. Along with their miles and miles of books to browse, The Strand hosts talks, panels, and lectures almost daily, so you’ll want to see what’s on. Find their full calendar of talks here.

The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 473 1452

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