SEASON HIGHLIGHTS 2020–2021
In a year when the world was in crisis, audiences from around the world tuned in to our online events for inspiration and insight on the important issues affecting their lives.
Revisit highlights of the season below, or catch up on events in our Video Archive.
As people demanded change, we responded with the CHANGE series, exploring ways to create a more equal and democratic society. The series took on highly relevant topics such as prison abolition, labor in the post-pandemic economy, climate action after COVID-19, how to make education more equitable, and how artists lead the way toward social justice.
Our major spring series, RETHINKING NYC, addressed key issues while New York City was re-opening, rebuilding, and electing a new mayor. Experts from a variety of backgrounds provided innovative ideas on reforming the NYPD, ensuring economic recovery for all, transforming the arts and public spaces, and how to effectively govern such a diverse city.
As inequality became an even more pressing concern in the world, leading thinkers shed light on crucial questions such as, who will benefit from economic recovery, and what will the future of globalization look like?
Our City of Science series continued with fascinating discussions on the ethics of artificial intelligence, the challenges of reporting on COVID-19 in an age of misinformation, and the science of superheroes.
Over 30 events featured leading thinkers, artists, activists, scientists, scholars, best-selling authors (such as poet and novelist Jacqueline Woodson), and award-winning biographers (such as Tamara Payne, 2021 Pulitzer Prize for The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X).
Closing out the year, the fourth annual Dissertation Showcase featured 10 students presenting their amazing research in three-minute talks on topics from cannabis to robots to Virginia Woolf to immigration.