Housing, local and federal politics, the environment--New Yorkers have a lot on their minds.
Mid-Manhattan Library is organizing a series of lectures and conversations around public philosophy and the life of the mind for the average New Yorker.
Following each public lecture, librarians will facilitate a dialogue with the goal of connecting neighbors and building new relationships through meaningful dialogue about local issues.
Session 1: The Life of the Mind in New York City | Lecture & Conversation with Michael Menser, Brooklyn College Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 6:30 PM - Program Room
Please join us for the first lecture in our series, The Life of the Mind in New York City: Public Philosophy and Participatory Democracy, with Michael Menser, professor at Brooklyn College.
Philosophy began in the city amongst diverse people pursuing wisdom and democracy, what role might it play now in this time of political divisiveness and ecological/economic crises? Menser will explore possible (and actual!) roles for philosophy and public institutions striving for participatory democracy, raise questions about the values that drive it and concepts that shape it, and offer examples of it in action right here in NYC, from climate adaptation to participatory budgeting.
Following the lecture, please join us for a community conversation on these issues. Share your insights and join the dialogue!
About the Presenter
Mike Menser teaches philosophy and urban sustainability studies at Brooklyn College and is co-founder of the Participatory Budgeting Project.
The brand new Community Conversations initiative at The New York Public Library introduces a space for discussion on local topics that matter most to you. Local librarians at select branches will co-facilitate these dialogues with community organizations, inviting anyone and everyone to the table to share and listen. Let's create a truly democratic space where we can connect together through meaningful dialogue! Learn more and browse all of our conversations online at: https://www.nypl.org/events/community-conversations