Thought Gallery: Three Virtual Events To Keep You Busy

Consider these recommendations for upcoming virtual talks, readings and more in and around New York City:

Susannah Cahalan—The Great Pretender
Wednesday, May 20, 2 p.m.
Columbia University
Live stream only
“If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them?” begins a landmark 1973 study by Stanford psychology professor David Rosenhan. Rosenhan oversaw a team of volunteers who had themselves admitted to mental hospitals and then struggled to get themselves released. But new research by best-selling author Susannah Cahalan reveals that Rosenhan may have been a bit of a fake himself. She’ll explain as she presents her recent book, The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness (free).

David Rohde in Conversation with David Remnick
Wednesday, May 20, 7 p.m.
92nd Street Y
Live stream only
Three-fourths of the country believes in a cabal that secretly runs American policy. This theory crosses party lines, running from explanations for Trump’s impeachment to why we’ve been in Afghanistan for nearly 20 years. David Rohde, author of In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America’s Deep State, examines a half century of security state abuses on his way to explaining who actually has been protecting or abusing the public trust ($20).

Matt Ridley on How Innovation Really Works
Thursday, May 21, 12 p.m.
Company HQ
Live stream only
Best-selling author Matt Ridley argues that we need to re-think our understanding of innovation, the major driver of change in the 21st century. He’ll premiere his new book, How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom, which shows the way innovation is “an incremental, bottom-up, fortuitous process.” The examples that Ridley touches on are encyclopedic, ranging from steam engines to search engines, with stops for vaccines, wheeled suitcases, the number zero, and the biological innovation that is life itself (free).

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