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Brown Bag Lecture: FDR’s Fireside Chat (95th)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
95th Street Library
Meeting Room A
Bring a sack lunch to the library’s lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m., and then stay for an engaging lecture beginning at 1 p.m. The library will provide coffee and dessert. This month, living-history impersonator Robert Lindsey will present a dramatization of former president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats, speaking informally about his presidency, his wife Eleanor, Winston Churchill, Orson Wells and his Scotty dog Fala. Listen as FDR reads Depression-era letters from citizens asking for help and recounts the New Deal programs designed to help in the days when the people mattered. Stand with him as he faces the challenges of WWII and the many ifs facing the nation in 1942. *Program requires advanced registration.
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Brown Bag Lecture: African American Art in the 20th Century (95th)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
95th Street Library
Meeting Room A
Bring a sack lunch to the library’s lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m., and then stay for an engaging lecture beginning at 1 p.m. The library will provide coffee and dessert. This month, art historian Jeff Mishur of Art Excursions will present a lecture on a selection of African American artists of the 20th Century. Mishur will discuss several styles practiced by African-American artists within the context of major European and American art movements including the Harlem Renaissance. Works by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Aaron Douglass, Walter Ellison, Archibald Motley Jr., Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold and others will be covered. *Program requires advanced registration.
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Brown Bag Lecture: An Intimate Evening with Emily Dickinson (95th)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
95th Street Library
Meeting Room A
Bring a sack lunch to the library’s lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m., and then stay for an engaging lecture beginning at 1 p.m. The library will provide coffee and dessert. This month, Betsey Means of WomanLore will be performing “I Dwell in Possibility,” an adaptation from journals, autobiographies and personal writings of Emily Dickinson, one of the most loved and greatest American women poets. Through nature and life, Dickinson was able to glimpse into a mystic dimension beyond worldly distractions.
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Brown Bag Lecture: War Letters (95th)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
95th Street Library
Meeting Room A
Bring a sack lunch to the library’s lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m., and then stay for an engaging lecture beginning at 1 p.m. The library will provide coffee and dessert. This month, Don’t Know Much About History will present a live stage production of War Letters, American stories of courage, longing and sacrifice. Based on newly discovered personal correspondence from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War, this presentation brings to life vivid eyewitness accounts of famous battles, intimate declarations of love and longing, poignant letters penned just before the writer was killed and heartbreaking “Dear John” letters from home. Read by a live cast, the letters are illustrated with a blend of dramatic archival footage and photographs, evocative recreations, and images of those who wrote and those who read letters from American battlefronts.
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Brown Bag Lecture: The Battle of the Bulge (95th)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
95th Street Library
Meeting Room A
Bring a sack lunch to the library’s lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m., and then stay for an engaging lecture beginning at 1 p.m. The library will provide coffee and dessert. This month, veteran battlefield historian Robert Mueller presents Battle of the Bulge: The Forgotten Heroes. Although the Battle of the Bulge was western Europe’s largest battle of World War II and eventually involved over one million combatants, German plans for turning the tide of the war were defeated by small groups of American soldiers who were in the right place at the right time and frequently mad the ultimate sacrifice. Mueller will revisit the places and remember the men who beat Hitler’s last desperate gamble.
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Brown Bag Lecture: Catch the Twain, an Evening with Mark Twain (95th)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
95th Street Library
Meeting Room A
Bring a sack lunch to the library’s lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m., and stay for an engaging lecture beginning at 1 p.m. This month, Warren Brown, a Mark Twain scholar, will present an interactive, first-person portrayal, Chautauqua-style talk as Mark Twain. Drawing from over 20 years of experience portraying Twain, Brown will bring this great American hero to life– telling of his life, writings and world travels. Brown authentically replicates the courageous spirit of America’s greatest humorist, demonstrating Twain’s down-to-earth wit and wisdom that are perfect antidotes to today’s fast-paced world.
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Brown Bag Lecture: Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales (95th)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
95th Street Library
Meeting Room A
Bring a sack lunch to the library’s lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m., and stay for an engaging lecture beginning at 1 p.m. Join historian Jim Gibbons as he discusses one of the world’s most beloved princesses to this day, Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales. Gibbons will discuss Diana’s life as princess, her marriage, motherhood, royal presence and controversial death. Gibbons will also explain how Diana’s legend lives on as she lived her life like a “Candle in the Wind.”
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Brown Bag Lecture: Benjamin Franklin – Stories of Revolution (95th)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
95th Street Library
Meeting Room A
Bring a sack lunch to the library’s lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m. and stay for an engaging lecture beginning at 1 p.m. Join living history impersonator Robert Lindsey as he invites audience members to dinner with Ben Franklin, telling stories of his youth, inventions, public institutions and people of the revolution. From Philadelphia, London and Paris, enjoy stories of spies, secret codes, court intrigues, Congressional jealousies and America’s most clever ambassador, Ben Franklin, printer.
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