Current Affairs

92Y is where the world’s most influential policymakers, politicians and pop culture icons come to share thoughts and inspire debate through classes and lectures on the timeliest issues and most compelling cultural topics of the day.

Our world-renowned lecture program presents some 250 leading speakers and thinkers each year from virtually every walk of life. Committed to presenting diverse voices, 92Y’s lectures and classrooms are a forum for open consideration of varying viewpoints on both timeless and timely social, cultural and political issues. The roster of speakers numbers in the thousands and includes national and political leaders like Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Gen. David Petraeus, Newt Gingrich, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Al Gore; international figures such as Queen Noor, Margaret Thatcher, Shimon Peres, Tony Blair, Wangari Maathai and Mikhail Gorbachev; artists and entertainers such as Woody Allen, Patti Smith, Tom Stoppard, Paul McCartney, Beverly Sills, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Kline, Annie Leibovitz and Rosanne Cash; journalists such as Jeff Greenfield, Roger Rosenblatt, Robert Krulwich, Tina Brown and Frank Rich; business leaders such as Bill Gates, Richard Parsons, Abby Joseph Cohen, Leonard Riggio, Meg Whitman and Jack Welch; scholars such as Antonia Fraser, Eric Kandel, Simon Schama, James D. Watson and Neil DeGrasse Tyson; and countless others.

Explore the options on the right to learn about all our Current Affairs offerings.