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:

American Eden: Botany and Medicine in the Early Republic
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.
Green-Wood Cemetery
Live stream only
Manhattan is the unlikely site of the first botanical garden in the U.S.—developed by Dr. David Hosack (the doctor on duty at the Hamilton-Burr duel). Author Victoria Johnson, associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter College, will tell the story as she presents her book American Eden: Botany and Medicine in the Early Republic ($9).

Lon Chaney in The Penalty (1920)—A Live “Anything but Silent” Event!
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
Cinema Arts Centre
Live stream only
Catch a Halloween edition of a silent classic featuring a criminal mastermind scheming to loot San Francisco—and get revenge on the doctor who amputated his legs in a botched surgery. Features live piano accompaniment by renowned accompanist Ben Model (free/pay-what-you-can).

From R&D to FDA Authorized and Approved: The COVID-19 Vaccine Process
Thursday, Oct. 22, 3 p.m.
Aspen Institute
Live stream only
Get an inside look at Operation Warp Speed and the process of bringing a safe COVID vaccine to market. Obama Administration FDA Commissioner Dr. Peggy Hamburg joins current FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn in a conversation moderated by veteran health journalist and EIC of Fortune Magazine Clifton Leaf (free).
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