What we're about

Mission Statement

Rooted in community, New York Circle provides a venue for a healthy and free exchange of ideas, where all people and opinions are welcome. We promote open, informed, and meaningful discussion based on current topics, classical thought, and the writings of great thinkers and philosophers. It is through a healthy exchange of ideas addressing complex issues in our community, we seek a more perfect union.

About us

The New York Circle began with a bunch of university students meeting in coffee shops weekly to discuss various philosophical texts. Then known as the Philosophical Reading Group, it provided a venue for people with various backgrounds to share perspectives. Often taking the given ideas and relating them to the here and now: politics, family, and society at large.

Participants were a cross section of all races, ages, and creeds. The point of the conversation was not to convince the other participants of one particular view, rather it was to hear various perspectives and examine their pros and cons together. From this vantage we not only increased our own knowledge, but gained greater insights.

Today, the New York Circle remains true to its origins while expanding its role and membership. We still hold weekly open meetings, but we now expanded the Circle to provide a dynamic interchange in the larger community, including cultural field trips, social events, as well as a meeting place of ideas. Our members now include not only students and academics, but business professionals and people from many other walks of life. The goal is to promote a forum for healthy debate on topics which affect our lives and community.

To learn more, please visit our website: NewYorkCircle.org

Upcoming events (1)

Critical Race Theory

Online event

This meeting will be facilitated by Rich Ohlrogge.


The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) to the United States Constitution was adopted on July 9, 1868. Often considered one of the most consequential amendments, it addresses citizenship rights and equal protection under the law and was proposed in response to issues related to former slaves following the American Civil War. Under any context this subject would require an entire course to cover so we have a challenge before us. The four resources listed below are all important but recognizing the time limitations we all have, I request that you review at least 1 & 2 and if possible watch the first episode from resource 3. Resource 4 dives deeper into the essence of CRT but is not necessary for the conversation.

1. Article: Critical Race Theory is a lens.

2. Audio: Critical Race Theory has no place in the classrooom. https://omny.fm/shows/the-munk-debates-podcast/be-it-resolved-critical-race-theory-has-no-place-i

3. NETFLIX Docuseries: Amend: The Fight for America
A lot of hours to watch all, but if you can, at least watch the first episode.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h9gmJxvZU0
Documentary Series (6 hour long episodes): https://www.netflix.com/title/80219054

4. Article: A Lesson on Critical Race Theory

Past events (248)


Online event

Photos (158)

Find us also at