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  • Apr 17, 2014 · 3:45 PM
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Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross

Thursday, April 17, 4-5:15pm

Please arrive by

Gottesman Library, Teachers College

525 West 120th St.  – between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues, north side of street 

#1 train to 116th St.

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A photo ID is required for admission to building.


There will be a display of relevant books.

Coffee and refreshments can be purchased as youenter the Library.

Please come to share our experiences, understanding, and questions, including:

(1)What kind of friend do you try to be? 

(2)What do you seek from your friends? 

(3)Does friendship “just happen” and “grow naturally” –

or are there skills and techniques that can be helpful?

What’s one you’ve learned?

(4)Is friendship different at different stages of life?

(5)Do women’s and men’s friendships differ? How?

(6)How do you feel about re-connecting with old friends  with whom you have lost touch,  via Internet searching or other means?

(7) Are your friendships affected by digital technologies? 

(Those Facebook “Friends”…)

(8) What is one of your favorite portrays of friendship in literature, movies, TV, or other genres?  (Like Friends,  Seinfeld, or….?)

(9)What happens when friendships change, falter, or fail?

Optional Reading:

Available free on-line:

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics: Book VIII

Michael de Montaigne, On Friendship


Jacques Derrida, The Politics of Friendship

Steve Duck, Friends,For Life: The Psychology  of Personal Relationships

Joseph Epstein, Friendship: An Expose

Next Socratic Conversation: Thursday, 5/29.

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  • Ronald G.

    THANKS so much, Cynthia! We felt the same way about you, and about the whole session -- such articulate and feelingful sharing of ideas and experiences!

    April 22, 2014

  • cynthia

    I so thoroughly enjoyed the conversation and the company. I look forward to coming to more events and working with you

    2 · April 21, 2014

  • Yen

    We are now in Room 103 for the CNY Committee Meeting for newcomers.

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Conversations New Y.

    UPDATE - We are in Room 104 (far back right corner of library).

    April 17, 2014

  • Ronald G.

    THANKS for your thoughtful and feelingful reflections, Monique. I am sure many of us share your experience. Obviously you would have made some very valuable contributions!

    April 11, 2014

    • Monique

      Thanks Ron, 'til next time then

      1 · April 11, 2014

  • Monique

    What a shame the meeting is so early. I would have loved to attend this particular one, but I am performing a wedding at 2pm, so will have to bow out.
    Hopefully, you will repeat this one in the not too distant future.
    Friendship is so important in one's life. All my good friends live in another country so that is what I miss most in living in NY. However, when we do get together, it's like I had never left. We just pick-up where we left off. It is hard to make friends in this city because everyone seems so busy. Maybe in time.

    1 · April 11, 2014

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