Upcoming Livecasts

Off the Top: The Neuroscience of Creativity

Sun, Mar 1, 8 pm ET

Science rapper Baba Brinkman (Rap Guide to Evolution) teams up with neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin, neuropsychologist Rex Jung and cognitive psychologist and science writer Scott Barry Kaufman to explore the brain basis of improvisation, mixing freestyle rap with the latest research. What’s going on “under the hood” when a comedian or musician improvises? Why are the spontaneous moments of life always the most memorable? Does anything actually rhyme with Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex? A new marriage of science and spontaneous creativity.
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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!: A Seussational Celebration of the Genius of Storytelling for NEA’s Read Across America

Mon, Mar 2, 10:30 am ET

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Celebrate the genius of everybody’s favorite storyteller at this whimsical read-aloud. March 2 is a very special day indeed—not only is it Dr. Seuss’s birthday, but it’s also the first day of the National Education Association’s Read Across America initiative. Hear bestselling authors and media personalities read from their favorite Dr. Seuss books and enjoy live musical performances. Please come in costume! Every classroom leaves with a 25th anniversary edition of Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, courtesy of Random House.
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Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein: The Genius of Religion

Tue, Mar 3, 8:15 pm ET

What is the genius of religion and faith? Can religion claim itself as the source of morality and moral behavior? The archbishop of New York is joined by Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, 92nd Street Y’s director of Jewish community and the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, to explore the moral aspects and traits of the genius of religion, such as generosity, curiosity and duty. They’ll look at how individuals such as Mother Teresa, Elie Wiesel, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi have inspired and harnessed the power of communities for good, and explore how the great partnerships between faiths can heal our world.
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Thomas Piketty, Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz: The Genius of Economics

Wed, Mar 4, 8 pm ET

“It seems safe to say that Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the magnum opus of the French economist Thomas Piketty, will be the most important economics book of the year—and maybe of the decade. Piketty, arguably the world’s leading expert on income and wealth inequality, does more than document the growing concentration of income in the hands of a small economic elite. He also makes a powerful case that we’re on the way back to ‘patrimonial capitalism,’ in which the commanding heights of the economy are dominated not just by wealth, but also by inherited wealth, in which birth matters more than effort and talent,” wrote Paul Krugman in The New York Times. Krugman and his fellow Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz (author of The Great Divide) join Piketty to discuss the genius of economics.
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Wired Communities and the Genius of Technology

Thu, Mar 5, 8:15 pm ET

Join a vibrant discussion about how technology and innovation is transforming our cities and communities—and how we should seize today’s opportunities to improve lives. Rachel Haot, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology, New York State, Minerva Tantoco, Chief Technology Officer of New York City, Rachel Sklar, journalist and creator of an innovative online women’s community, and Joichi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab, explore how the most ambitious, even intellectually radical or contrarian ideas, can lead our communities into the future.
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The Genius of Einstein

Fri, Mar 6, 7:30 pm ET

What made Albert Einstein one of the greatest scientific geniuses the world has ever known? His scientific breakthroughs revolutionized the way we understand the universe. The World Science Festival, in partnership with the 92Y’s 7 Days of Genius Festival, presents an in-depth look into the genius of Einstein. Join physicist Brian Greene, neurologist Frederick Lepore and author and filmmaker Thomas Levenson for a lively and informative conversation on the science, the brain and the life of one of history’s most fascinating men.
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Walter Isaacson: The Genius of Innovation

Sun, Mar 8, 5 pm ET

Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute, former chairman of CNN and former managing editor of Time, closes the Seven Days of Genius festival with a lecture on the one-in-a-million geniuses whose work has impacted every aspect of our lives today: the people who created the computer and the internet. How did their minds work? What made them so inventive? And how can their innovation, creativity and teamwork inform our own out-of-the-box thinking today? There will be a selling and signing of Walter Isaacson’s new book, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, following the event.
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Genius and Madness

Sun, Mar 8, 8 pm ET

Genius and Madness—Many of the most recognized geniuses in history suffered from some sort of mental illness. Is there a link between creativity and mental illness? What do we currently understand about any connection? Renowned psychoanalyst, author and “TODAY” show contributor Dr. Gail Saltz explores this topic with: Dean Keith Simonton, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis, who has devoted 40 years to the scientific study of genius, creativity and leadership; James C. Kaufman, Professor of Educational Psychology at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, and the author/editor of more than 30 books; and Sylvia Nasar, former economics correspondent at The New York Times and the author of A Beautiful Mind.
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The Supreme Court and the Constitution in an Age of Political Partisanship: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and Noah Feldman

Thu, Mar 12, 8:15 pm ET

In a wide-ranging interview with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer conducted by Harvard Law professor and Bloomberg View columnist Noah Feldman, we look at the issues and challenges confronting the Court at a time when legislation and the law are subject to unusually heightened political passions.
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Read Aloud Series: Bad Kitty

Mon, Mar 16, 10:30 am ET

In celebration of 10 chaotic, mischievous and catastrophic years of everyone’s favorite grumpy feline, Nick Bruel will share with students what he’s learned in the ten years he’s been writing and illustrating the immensely popular Bad Kitty series. Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group will be donating copies of the special 10th Anniversary edition of the very first Bad Kitty picture book to each class that attends.
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Malcolm Gladwell in Conversation with Brian Grazer: Genius and Curiosity

Tue, Apr 7, 7:30 pm ET

Two thinkers. Two books. Two angles on genius. In Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath, the author of Blink and Outliers uncovers the hidden patterns that link history’s triumphant underdogs. And in Brian Grazer’s new A Curious Mind, the Oscar®-winning producer of films like Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind explores the untold intellectual rewards of curiosity. Why does the dark horse win the race, and what are the habits of mind that get him there? Discover how genius can emerge from unexpected corners—and how it flourishes.
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S.H.E. Summit 2015

Wed & Thu, May 6 & 7, 10 am – 5 pm ET

Each year, a unique event takes place to celebrate & accelerate the global advancement of women … the advancement of YOU. The global women’s leadership and lifestyle event is back with the most powerful roster of speakers, programming, attendees and partners yet. In its 4th year, S.H.E. Summit is an unforgettable, once-a-year experience designed to: Propel your next phase of personal and professional success. Shift you into your MOST EMPOWERED state of self. Re-align you with authentic goals and values. Add game changing relationships to your career and network. Realize your personal power to drive today’s modern women’s movement.
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