Thought Gallery: Three Virtual Events To Keep You Busy This Week

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

The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 5 p.m.
The Aspen Institute
Live stream only
Harvard political philosophy professor Michael Sandel has been called “the most popular professor in the world.” He’ll preview his forthcoming book in conversation with Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President of The Aspen Institute. Sandel offers better ways forward as we “rethink the attitudes toward success and failure that have accompanied globalization and rising inequality” (free).

Women’s Suffrage Movement with Antonia Petrash
Thursday, Aug. 6, 5:30 p.m.
John Jermain Memorial Library
Live stream only
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s constitutional right to vote with Antonia Petrash, the retired Director of the Glen Cove Public Library, where she managed the local history collection. She’ll talk about the local movement, as described in Petrash’s book Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement (free).

HOPE: Where and How Can We Find It Now?
Friday, Aug. 7, 3 p.m.
Great Neck Public Library
Live stream only
Weigh in on the thing with wings as a Socrates Salon Conversation takes on hope, how to distinguish it from wishful thinking, and its essential role in times of tribulation (free).
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