New York Council for the Humanities offers free discussion groups andinteractive presentations around the state.

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Community Conversations brings together members of a group, organization or neighborhood to join in a facilitated discussion of a short reading. Throughout the year, the Council provides materials for community groups to
discuss current events together.
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Reading & Discussion Program

In each of the Council’s reading and discussion programs, participants read a series of thematically linked texts over the course of four, five, or six sessions. At each session, they come together with others in their community to discuss a text in conversation facilitated by a trained local scholar.
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Public Scholars Program

Public Scholars is the newest Council program. It promotes vibrant public humanities engagement across New York State by offering a selection of dynamic, compelling presentations facilitated by humanities scholars. The Public Scholars program replaces the Council's Speakers in the humanities program, and both expands upon and deepens the premise of that longstanding program.
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