Teen Educational Enrichment Program

Since 1985, 92Y's Teen Program has been a center of educational enrichment for New York City high school students and teachers in science, moral and ethical development, tolerance, humanities and politics.

Enrichment programs bring students in 9th-12th grades and educators together with cutting edge scientists, writers, social scientists, religious leaders and political thinkers, using the 92nd Street Y lecture program as the centerpiece. Topics include and are not restricted to: religion and politics, ethnic identity, journalism, social policy issues and more.

For more information about these programs, call the Teen Center at 212.415.5614 / email. No fee.

Past programs have included the Spitzer Institute for Tomorrow's Leaders and The Feldberg Project on Political Perspectives and the series listed below.



On the Brink (Science Enrichment)


Sylvia Earle, NOAA
Robert Jastrow, author of Red Dwarf, White Giant
James Watson, Noble Prize, DNA


Matilda Krim, AIDS AMFAR
John Allen, Biosphere 2
Michael Oppenheimer, author of Dead Heat


Richard Leakey, Paleoanthropologist
Arno Penzias, Nobel Prize, Radio waves, ATT Labs
Caroline Porco, University of Arizona Head of Imaging, Galileo Mission


David Kessler, Head of Food and Drug Administration
Stephen Jay Gould, author, evolutionist, paleobiologist
Leon Lederman, Nobel Prize, physics, author of The God Particle, Promoter of Superconducting Supercolider


E.O. Wilson, Biologist, Pulitzer Prize, Sociobiology
Jaron Lanier, inventor of virtual reality helmet & glove
Robert Pollack, Columbia University, author of Signs of Life (about DNA)


Richard Leakey, second time
Oliver Sacks, neurologist, author of Awakenings, Anthropologist on Mars
Margaret Geller, astrophysicist, mapping the galaxies


Robert Ballard, Woodshole, discoverer of sunken Titanic
Freeman Dyson, physicist, author, Princeton
Joel Cohen, Rockefeller University Population studies


Lynn Margulis, Univ. of Mass., author of What is Life and the seminal Symbiosis and Cell Evolution
Norm Thagard, astronaut, cosmonaut, engineer, & physician
Shirley Tilghman, Princeton, Human Genome Project, research in genetic imprinting


Jane Goodall, PhD, founder of Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanzania
Roger Fouts, PhD, director of the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute at Central Washington University
David Levy, astronomer, comet hunter, & science educator
Richard Dawkins, Oxford University, author of The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker
Donald Johanson, paleoanthropologist, discovered "Lucy"


Sir John Maddox, former editor of Nature, author of What Remains To Be Discovered
Lee Silver, Princeton University, author of Remaking Eden: Cloning and Beyond in a Brave New World
Dr. Rosalyn Yalow, Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine for radioimmunoassay
Eugene Straus, MD, author of Rosalyn Yalow, Nobel Laureate: Her Life and Work in Medicine
Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner


Wade Davis, ethnobotanist, author of seven books including The Serpent and the Rainbow
Thomas Gold, scientist, author of The Deep Hot Biosphere
James Gleick, author of Chaos: Making a New Science and Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything
Robert Krulwich, news correspondent, creator of ABC's Brave New World
Dr. Rita Colwell, director of the National Science Foundation
Neil de Grasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, author of The Sky Is Not The Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist


Klaus Jacob, meteorologist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University
S. Jay Olshansky & Bruce A. Carnes, authors of The Quest for Longevity
Jonathan Weiner, author of Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior, writer in residence at Rockefeller University


Feldberg Project on Political Perspectives: James F. Hoge, Jr, General Wesley K. Clarke, Richard Butler

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Expanding Visions (Humanities and Social Science)

Archbishop Desmund Tutu on South Africa

Cornel West in conversation with Charlie Rose on his books, Race Matters and Blacks and Jews: Conflicts and Coalescence

Reverend Bernice King on Race and Politics

Alice Walker in conversation with Gloria Steinem

Alice Walker in conversation with Anna Deavere Smith (1994-95) Note: At this event, a teen from the 92nd St Y's Young Women's Group participated in the panel discussion on stage.

Former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo interviewed by playwright Wendy Wasserstein

Carol Gilligan on A Women's Psychology and Girls' Development

Senator Sam Nunn on Looking After America's Interests in the Post Cold War World

Elie Wiesel on All Rivers Run to the Sea

Alan Dershowitz, in the Forum on Contemporary Values

Marian Wright Edelman in the Forum on Contemporary Values

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on What Kind of Society Do We Want, with Robert Krulwich, moderator

Dan Goleman, Ph.D. on Emotional Intelligence

Shlomo Avineri, Ambassador Collete Avital, Dr. Steven Bayme, Ambassador Abba Eban, Martin Peretz on Jerusalem 3000

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Belfer Lecture on Tolerance (Ethics and Morality)


Coretta Scott King
Elie Wiesel
Art Exhibit: America and the Civil Rights Movement: 1954-1968


Senator Charles Schumer
Kofi Annan
Art Exhibit: Integrating the Schools: 1954-Present


Douglas Brinkley on Rosa Parks
How Race Is Lived In America: Panelist of Journalists

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These programs are supported by Anne and Bernard Spitzer and Michael Feldberg and Ruth Lazarus.