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:

Philosophy in the Library: Ian Olasov Discusses Ask a Philosopher
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn Public Library—Central Library
Live stream only
Ian Olasov travels around with the Ask a Philosopher booth. He’s gathered together some of the burning questions he’s received, like are people innately good or evil?, should I give to the homeless?, and is there life after death? in his new book Ask a Philosopher: Answers to Your Most Important and Most Unexpected Questions. He’ll share his answers and the ways philosophy can be “perfectly continuous with everyday life, and also utterly transporting” (free).

Master Class with Paul Krugman and Mauro Guillén: Our World in 2030
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m.
92nd Street Y
Live stream only

Wharton’s Mauro F. Guillén talks about his new book 2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything, with Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman. Guillén will explore modes of “lateral thinking,” the pluses and minuses of increased automation, and the ways cryptocurrencies might sink banking ($20).

America Walks Into a Bar
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Live stream only
What do we lose when bars are shuttered? More than frivolous spaces, bars have played an important role in American history—learn more from cultural history expert Christine Sismondo as she presents her book America Walks Into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops (free).

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