What we're about

Learn, Grow, Pay It Forward

Are you a lifelong learner?

"Manhattan Lectures & Conversations" (MLC) is a group of growth minded volunteers looking for engaging conversations and lectures. The vision is to connect people who love learning—old and young, singles and couples, boroughs and islanders alike, in a way that fosters both community and growth.

NYC has some of the greatest minds on earth coursing through it on a daily basis, so let's take advantage of that fact and get our learn on!

Additionally, we will have coffee and discussion after each lecture for those who are interested.


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About "Conversations New York"


Hundreds of New Yorkers coming together in small groups of neighbors

and fellow citizens to discuss topics of intensive interest…

Hosted at no cost and at convenient locations and times…

Aided by simple guiding principles…

Inspired by the city’s grand tradition of robust conversation…

Our vision is to inspire, organize, publicize, facilitate and celebrate a renaissance of healthy dialogue in New York City.

Our Mission:

1. Encourage and support interesting and important conversations among New Yorkers at the grass-roots level,

2. Establish simple, affordable, and sustainable infrastructure to foster such conversations throughout the city year-round.

3. Add to the worldwide image of New York as a metropolis where culture and intellect thrive among the people.

4. Maintain conversations with a human face by discussing topics in-person.

Note: For access to all CNY-sponsored events, go to www.conversationsnewyork.com (http://www.conversationsnewyork.com/) and subscribe to our blog,

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Join our network:

"NYC Socrates Cafe" (https://www.meetup.com/NYCSocratesCafe)

"NYC Myers Briggs Personality Typing Meetup" (https://www.meetup.com/MBTIxMeetup)

"TED Talk Inspired Meetups" (https://www.meetup.com/TEDxMeetup)

"Conversations New York" (https://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York)

"Applied Psychology NYC" (https://www.meetup.com/psychology-NYC)

Upcoming events (4+)

FTI: Intelligent Self Management [Host: Dr. Krishnesh]

Online event

Topic: Intelligent Self Management
Speaker: Dr. Krishnesh
Saturday, September 18, 12 pm to 1:30 EST
1 hr talk followed by 30 min Q&A

Description: All management and leadership begin with self-management. Only when we can manage ourselves can we manage others. In this session, we try to understand self-management from the perspective of the latest in the cognitive and brain sciences and ancient wisdom. The basic takeaway from the session would be introductory physiology altering ways to self-manage.

About the speaker: Dr. Krishnesh is a renowned science, design management, yoga , and spirituality expert, and a TEDx speaker.
His TEDx link:

Building deep/meaningful relationships [Hosts: Garrett/Dr. Krishnesh/Himanshu]

Brought to you by the Free Thinker Institute (freethinkerinstitute.org, join our online discord community!)

* Why meaningful relationships are important
The #1 factor to a happy and long life is having deep and meaningful relationships. There is a dearth of these today, the # of close friends people have is far lower than several decades ago. Google “number of close friends dropping” and you will find many articles on the topic from various sources. Many of us are trying to combat this crisis. If you read “on the origins of totalitarianism” by Hannah Arendt, you will learn that this was the same type of scenario where the Nazis gained power - they offered friendship to lonely germans in exchange for loyalty to their ideology. This means we need to work hard to build more meaningful relationships, both for the health and happiness of our people and the resiliency of the freedom we value. Here is a source for the benefits of having close friends:

* Some background to learn from others
Here are some tips on the 3 pillars of friendship, which I heartily agree with:

But I’d like to get more specific in this discussion… I’m going to cover a lot of ground in 30 minutes, the agenda is as follows:
1. On Trust: How do we know how trustworthy someone is?
2. On combating misunderstandings: 90% of conflict is from misunderstandings, so how can we prevent misunderstandings which often lead to frustration and conflict
3. How can you share who you are with others in a way that keeps you safe from harm
4. How can you learn about others effectively to build meaningful relationships
5. How do you handle disagreements with others
6. Synergistic conversations
7. When is it time to agree to disagree

Format: ~30 minute talk, 30 min breakout room small conversations, 30 minutes of sharing as a large group

Bryant Park Movie "Mrs. Doubtfire" (Host: Yen)

Bryant Park

(Fully vaccinated members only to minimize risks for all the participants. Thank you.)

Trailer: https://youtu.be/3euGQ7-brs4

Bryant Park Webcam: https://bryantpark.org/about-us/terms-and-conditions/webcam

Directed by Chris Columbus, starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, and Harvey Fierstein


IN-PERSON OUTDOOR MEETUP WITH THE FULLY VACCINATED (at least 14 days since your final vaccination). PLEASE BRING YOUR ID AND A COPY OF YOUR CDC VACCINATION CARD (a paper copy or a photo of it).

1) Please post your vaccination status in the "comment section" below for the other participants to see, and I will message you the location of this meetup via Meetup.com.

2) When you arrive at the meetup, please show a copy of your CDC Vaccination Card & ID to your table-mates as you introduce yourself. Thank you.

NOTE: Participation is strictly voluntary. Traveling and meeting up while everyone is not fully vaccinated during a pandemic has inherent risks to health and safety. By participating you agree to take full responsibility for your health and safety, and you agree to share in the responsibility for protecting others by complying with any and all venue, local government, CDC, and host's health & safety precautions. Participants who do not comply with the health and safety precautions will be asked to leave. If the participant does not leave, the Event Host will publically end the meetup immediately. By participating, you agree to accept responsibility for all related risks.

Masks are required when within 6 feet.
No walk-ons are permitted.
The MTA has no restrictions against passengers keeping the windows open to ventilate the cabin.
Beware of giving away personal info to counterfeit vaccination verification apps.

Thank you.

Protect Children Under 12—Get Vaccinated. Thank Essential Workers—Donate Blood

Protect the children under age 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine yet by getting vaccinated. Walk-in vaccinations are available for everyone age 12 or over at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/ Hotline: (833)[masked]

Thank an essential worker worker by getting vaccinated and/or by donating blood.


Many thanks to all the essential workers on the front lines in healthcare, in homes, in farming, in food processing, in transportation, in utilities, & in public service putting themselves & their family members at risk to keep us safe and not wanting at home during the height of the pandemic. ABC #AmericaStrong www.facebook.com/watch/?v=[masked]https://giveessential.org/


George W Bush: (00:06)
This is a challenging and solemn time in the life of our nation and world. A remorseless invisible enemy threatens the elderly and vulnerable among us, a disease that can quickly take breath and life. Medical professionals are risking their own health for the health of others, and we’re deeply grateful. Officials at every level are setting out the requirements of public health that protect us all, and we all need to do our part.

The disease also threatens broader damage, harm to our sense of safety, security and community. The larger challenge we share is to confront an outbreak of fear and loneliness, and it is frustrating that many of the normal tools of compassion, a hug, a touch, can bring the opposite of the good we intend. In this case, we serve our neighbor by separating from them. We cannot allow physical separation to become emotional isolation. This requires us to be not only compassionate, but creative in our outreach, and people across the nation are using the tools of technology in the cause of solidarity.

In this type of testing we need to remember a few things. First, let us remember we have faced times of testing before. Following 9-11 I saw a great nation rise as one to honor the brave, to grieve with the grieving and to embrace unavoidable new duties, and I have no doubt, none at all, that this spirit of service and sacrifice is alive and well in America. Second, let us remember that empathy and simple kindness are essential powerful tools of national recovery. Even at an appropriate social distance, we can find ways to be present in the lives of others, to ease their anxiety and share their burdens. Third, let’s remember that the suffering we experience as a nation does not fall evenly. In the days to come it will be especially important to care in practical ways for the elderly, the ill and the unemployed. Finally, let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat. In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants, we are human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God. We rise or fall together and we are determined to rise. God bless you all.


"To learn more about the importance of donating during this time and to answer your questions regarding COVID-19, please visit https://nybc.org/donate-blood/covid-19-and-blood-donation-copy/

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Must be 14 days symptom free if recovered from COVID-19
May NOT donate if they have a positive diagnostic test or experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
May not donate if they have been told to self-quarantine due to exposure risk, including travel. We follow current State and CDC travel recommendations.
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Past events (1,391)

ONLINE: Assertive Communication (Zoom Call)

Online event

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