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Full Program Schedule

Events are FREE & reservations are required, except where noted.

Thurs, February 13, 6:30PM
East Lake Meadows: A Screening and Conversation
Wed, February 26, 6:30PM
A History of New York City in 27 Buildings: Sam Roberts in Conversation
Thurs, February 27, 6:30PM
Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright - Biographer Paul Hendrickson in Conversation
Tues, March 3, 6:30PM
CITY OF SCIENCE: Climate Change - The Effects on Coastal Environments
Fri, March 6, 7:00PM
LIVE@365: A GLOBAL MUSIC SERIES - Yungchen Lhamo
Tues, March 10, 6:30PM
Another Silicon Valley? New York as a Tech City
Thurs, March 12, 6:30PM
Arguing with Zombies: Paul Krugman in Conversation with Joy-Ann Reid
Mon, March 16, 6:30PM
Reimagining the University
Wed, March 18, 6:00PM
Pop-Up Salon in the Mina Rees Library: Surveillance and Research
Tues, March 24, 6:30PM
Janis: Her Life and Music Biographer Holly George-Warren in Conversation
Fri, March 27, 7:00PM
LIVE@365: A GLOBAL MUSIC SERIES - Flamenco Festival New York - Songs of Light: Rocío Márquez Featuring Miguel Ángel Cortés
Mon, March 30, 6:30PM
Capital and Ideology: Thomas Piketty in Conversation
Thurs, April 2, 6:00PM
Pop-Up Salon in the Mina Rees Library: Privacy 101
Tues, April 21, 12:00PM
Stacey Abrams in Conversation with Johnnetta Betsch Cole
Thurs, April 30, 6:30PM
The Price of Democracy: Julia Cagé in Conversation
Tues, May 5, 6:30PM
CITY OF SCIENCE: Climate Change - What Can We Do About It?
Mon, May 11, 6:30PM
CITY OF SCIENCE: Phillip A. Sharp and Siddhartha Mukherjee in Conversation
Wed, May 13, 6:30PM
Artistic Visions of Democracy
Tues, May 19, 6:30PM
Inside The Graduate Center: A Dissertation Showcase
Fri, May 29, 7:00PM
LIVE@365: A GLOBAL MUSIC SERIES - Rwanda: The Good Ones


In this challenging year, we presented a wide range of in-person and online events featuring leading thinkers, legendary authors, and voices at the forefront of cultural change. View highlights of the season below, and revisit or catch up on events you may have missed in our VIDEO ARCHIVE. Or read articles and view expanded content on our series The Promise and Perils of Democracy.

Season Highlights 2019-2020

Cheryl Dunye

Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, co-chair of the Board of Directors of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies, interviewed pioneering filmmaker Cheryl Dunye about her work and life, as Dunye received the annual Jose Munoz Award. (September 23)

Robert Caro

Robert Caro, two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author of biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, spoke about his memoir Working at a Leon Levy Center for Biography event. (October 15)

Triumph of Injustice

Economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman joined in a discussion of their book The Triumph of Injustice, in our series “The Promise and Perils of Democracy. Janet Gornick, director of the Stone Center on Economic Inequality, moderated the event, also featuring Lily Batchelder, professor at NYU, and Paul Krugman, distinguished professor at The Graduate Center. (October 23)

Race and Democracy

Johnnetta Betsch Cole, former president of Spelman College, moderated the panel “Racism and Democracy” in our series “The Promise and Perils of Democracy.” The timely discussion featured Jessie Daniels, professor at Hunter College and The Graduate Center; Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; Jelani Cobb, staff writer at The New Yorker; and Mary Hooks, co-director of Southerners on New Ground. (October 24)

Black Holes

The City of Science series event “Exploring the Mysteries of Black Holes” featured three leaders in black hole research from CUNY: Matt O’Dowd (Lehman College, host of PBS Space Time), Saavik Ford (BMCC, American Museum of Natural History), and Dan Kabat (Lehman College). (November 7)

Nancy Rosenblum

Nancy L. Rosenblum, professor emerita at Harvard University, gave a talk, “The New Conspiricism and the Assault on Democracy,” as the 2019 Irving Howe Memorial Lecture, presented with the Center for the Humanities. (November 20)

Andre Aciman

Hilton Als, staff writer at The New Yorker, spoke with André Aciman, distinguished professor of comparative literature and French at The Graduate Center, about his novel Find Me, the anticipated sequel to Call Me by Your Name. (December 4)


Branko Milanovic, visiting presidential professor and senior scholar at the Stone Center for Socio-Economic Inequality at The Graduate Center, joined in a discussion about his book Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World, as part of our democracy series. (December 10)

Ken Burns

A screening and discussion of the PBS documentary East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story featured Nikita Stewart of The New York Times; filmmakers David McMahon and Sarah Burns; executive producer Ken Burns; Lawrence Lightfoot and Aseelah Muhammad, who appeared in the film; and Carla Shedd, associate professor of sociology and urban education at The Graduate Center. (February 13)

Yungchen Llhamo

Tibetan-born singer Yungchen Lhamo brought her mediative sounds to The Graduate Center as part of Live@365: A Global Music Series. (March 6)

Dissertation Showcase

As events moved online, we produced the 2020 Dissertation Showcase as a lively video broadcast. Doctoral students presenting their research included Alison Walls, Theatre and Performance Studies; Brandon del Pozo, Philosophy; Amanda Sanseverino, Business; Illya Nayshevsky, Chemistry; Cecilia Zumajo, Biology - Plant Science; and Robert P. Robinson, Urban Education. (May 19)


The livestreamed event “Reducing Inequality Now” featured moderator Janet Gornick, director of the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality; Darrick Hamilton, professor of public policy, sociology, and economics at Ohio State University; Eduardo Porter, economics reporter for The New York Times; and Paul Krugman, distinguished professor at The Graduate Center. (June 18)