New York Council for the Humanities offers free discussion groups and lectures around the state for both adults and children.
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 Programs for Adults
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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Speakers in the Humanities
Launched in 1983, the Speakers in the Humanities program brings the best in humanities scholarship to thousands of people at hundreds of cultural organizations in virtually every corner of New York.
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Speakers in the Schools
The New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Schools program offers free top-notch lectures by a renowned and diverse group of scholars on a wide variety of humanities subjects to high school communities across New York State.
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Together—Book Talk for Kids and Parents brings
together parents and their 9- to 11-year old children in a library setting
to explore and debate important issues about American identity and life,
using the shared context of books.
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