New York Council for the Humanities offers free discussion groups and lectures around the state for both adults and children.

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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 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 becomes Public Scholars

As of June 30, 2015 our Speakers in the Humanities program is closed. We excitedly begin the transition to our new public lecture series program, Public Scholars. See the Public Scholars page for program details and check back in September when the new roster of lectures becomes available.

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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