Chelsea Clinton, Edie Falco, Google’s Marissa Mayer, Terry Tempest Williams, and More
March and April bring a variety of influential women to 92nd Street Y -- CEOs, actors, writers, innovators -- to talk about everything from politics, culture, and the current residents of the white house to cooking, mobile technology, and childbirth.
Mon, Mar 19, 8:15 pm, from $29
Join a spirited discussion between two of the most outspoken and provocative voices on the state of modern childbirth practices. Legendary midwife Gaskin and author and reporter Block discuss why methods of giving birth matter to all of us, where medical evidence diverges from current medical practice and how we can make childbirth more rewarding, without compromising safety, for parents and care providers.
Wed, Mar 21, 7:30 pm, tickets from $29
Lorraine Abramson shares her unique experiences of growing up as a gifted Jewish athlete under the Apartheid system of South Africa and gives a firsthand account of her unease with the system of social inequality that both celebrated and excluded her. Lorraine Abramson was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and became a championship runner. She is the author of My Race: A Jewish Girl Growing Up Under Apartheid in South Africa (DBM Press). Co-presented by the 92Y Resource Center for Jewish Diversity.
Wed, Mar 28, 8 pm, from $29
Glamour and 92nd Street Y welcome a panel of high-powered women involved in politics to discuss how things have (and haven’t)changed for women in office. Would more women in government have an impact on the public’s negative views of politicians? How can we get more young women to vote and run for office? And when will a woman become President? Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour, moderates a discussion that includes panelists Chelsea Clinton, Abby Huntsman Livingston (daughter of John Huntsman), Stephanie Shriock (president of Emily’s List)and Nicole Wallace (former communications chief for President George W. Bush).
Tue, Mar 27, 8 pm, from $29
Mayer is one of the handful of people who have made Google what it is. She joined the firm in 1999 as its first female engineer and only its 20th employee overall. Since then, she has largely created the distinctive look of Google’s homepage. She was integral to the development of Gmail and Google Search which, under her direction, grew from a few hundred thousand searches per day to more than two billion. Now the vice president of local, maps and location services, Mayer spearheads Google’s Mobile Apps, Google Earth, Google Maps, Zagat, Streetview and local search. What’s next on her agenda? Find out as she talks with Norman Pearlstine, the chief content officer of Bloomberg LP and chairman of Bloomberg Businessweek.
Thu, Mar 29, 8:15 pm, from $29
Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” turned out to be the perfect vehicle for Emmy-winning Edie Falco after her stunning portrayal of Carmela in “The Sopranos.” In “Nurse Jackie,” she plays a strong-willed, brilliant, but very flawed emergency room nurse dealing with the stresses of her job and life in her own way. 92Y offers a sneak preview of the fourth season, starting April 8, as Falco is joined by co-stars Bobby Cannavale and Merritt Wever and Brixius, Wallem and Jackson who write and executive produce the show. The new season finds Jackie confronting her addiction and struggling to mend relationships with family, friends and co-workers.
Mon, Apr 2, 8 pm, $19 ($10 for those ages 35 and under)
Lionel Shriver is the author of We Need to Talk About Kevin (now a major motion picture starring Tilda Swinton), and her new novel is The New Republic (HarperCollins). Her work is “tough, complicated, brilliant,” wrote Ruth Franklin. “Shriver isn’t the kind of writer who lets her themes bubble up opaquely; she seizes them and interrogates them for all they’re worth.” Kathryn Harrison’s new novel is Enchantments (Random House). “She’s one of the most compelling writers I know,” wrote Elizabeth Berg. “A true artist whose formidable talent is matched by her courage.”
Thu, Apr 5, 8:15 pm, $19 ($10 for those ages 35 and under)
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson’s new collection of essays is When I Was a Child I Read Books (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux). “Above all, there is the precision and lyrical power of her language,” wrote The New Yorker’s James Wood. “And the way it embodies a struggle—the fight with words, the contemporary writer’s fight with the history of words and the presence of literary tradition, the fight to use the best words to describe both the visible and the invisible world.” Robinson is also a well-known literary critic and she teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Mon, Apr 9, 8 pm, from $29
Golden Globe winnerLaura Linney is both the star and one of the executive producers of “The Big C,” a sometimes quirky and humorous show centered on a woman’s battle with cancer. Co-stars Oliver Platt, Gabourey Sidibe, John Benjamin Hickey and Gabriel Basso and fellow executive producer and showrunner Jenny Bicks discuss the third season and what lies ahead for the feisty Cathy.
Mon, Apr 9, 8:15 pm, from $29
Are men and women the same under the chef’s hat? Actress/model/author Padma Lakshmi was nominated for an Emmy award for her role as host and judge on Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Amanda Hesser has been a food columnist and editor at The New York Times for more than a decade. She is the author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook and co-founder of the blog food52.com. They speak with New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik for this new series of talks for the curious eater. Gopnik’s new book is Table Comes First (Knopf).
Sun, Apr 22, 7:30 pm -- SOLD OUT
Kantor, a NY Times Washington correspondent and author of the best-selling book The Obamas (Little, Brown), takes us deep inside the White House as the Obama family grapples with their roles: changing the country, raising children and maintaining friendships. In this talk with New York Times Executive Editor and The Puppy Diaries author Jill Abramson, Kantor offers her insights into the Obamas’ partnership, emotions and personalities – and the ironies of public life.
Thu, Apr 26, 8:15 pm, $19 ($10 for those ages 35 and under)
Heather McHugh’s most recent book of poems is Upgraded to Serious (Copper Canyon Press). “She’s practically playing with her words as she writes them down. ‘Joycean’ is a word that comes to mind,” wrote Robert Haas. McHugh is “a poet for whom wit is a form of spiritual survival.” Lucia Perillo’s most recent collection is Inseminating the Elephant (Copper Canyon Press). “I have two words for anyone who wants to know why people turn to poetry in times of need: Lucia Perillo. She’s the funniest poet writing today,” wrote David Kirby. “Which is saying a lot, since she’s also the poet most concerned with the treachery practiced on us daily by our best friends and worst enemies—our bodies.”
Sun, Apr 29, 7:30 pm, from $29
Twenty years ago, Terry Tempest Williams published her iconic book Refuge (Vintage), which posits that the seven deaths of women in her family from cancer (and nine mastectomies), were all likely the result of exposure to the fallout of atomic bomb tests in the 1950s. When her mother died, she left Williams her journals, which were all found to be blank. Williams sits down with Eve Ensler to discuss that discovery and the conclusions that she reached while writing a new memoir When Women Were Birds (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux). Ensler, a Tony award-winning playwright, performer and activist, also has a new book, I Am An Emotional Creature: The Secret Life Of Girls Around The World.
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