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Mystic Fire

Mystic Fire

On this day, Wim Hof — master of the Tibetan tantric practice of tumo, the ability to control the temperature of the body — broke his world record by staying immersed in an ice bath for one hour and 12 minutes. He was monitored by Dr. Kenneth Kamler, an expert in high-altitude medicine. Dr. Kamler [...]

Posted: Jan 26th, 2008 | Comments: 7
The Future of Pakistan

The Future of Pakistan

Imran Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) Party, spoke at the Asia Society about the need to pave the way for democratic governance in Pakistan.

Posted: Jan 25th, 2008 | Comments: 1
Capitalist Castles

Capitalist Castles

The city’s most affluent 19th century barons commissioned its most accomplished architects, designers, and craftspeople to build and embellish their homes. Professor Mosette Broderick, director of the Architecture and Urban Design Program at New York University and author of a new monograph on architect Stanford White, will take us inside these now vanished landmarks, where [...]

Posted: Jan 22nd, 2008 | Comments: 0
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

John Ratey, associate clinical professor of Psychiatry at Harvard University, discusses his book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. He is in conversation with Richard Wiese, journalist and explorer. This event was presented as part of the Brainwave Festival held by the Rubin Museum of Art, dedicated to the art of [...]

Posted: Jan 16th, 2008 | Comments: 0
The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 40th anniversary of his assassination, The Museum of Jewish Heritage hosted an evening of interfaith discussion about his legacy and the relationship between spiritual practice and social change. The participants were Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy of The Interfaith Alliance Foundation; Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J., West [...]

Posted: Jan 16th, 2008 | Comments: 1
How Green Is My City?

How Green Is My City?

Is New York as green as it can be? That was the topic of this discussion at the New-York Historical Society moderated by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers of the Foundation for Landscape Studies. The participants were Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Daniel Doctoroff, NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Robert Yaro of the Regional Plan Association, [...]

Posted: Jan 15th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Dark Retreats

Dark Retreats

“Dark retreat” (muntsam) — a form of solitary retreat that usually takes place in a cabin or cave and may last up to a few years — is known to a number of different schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, the only Bon teacher resident in the United States, discusses sensory deprivation [...]

Posted: Jan 12th, 2008 | Comments: 2
Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal

Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal

Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy lectures on his new book, SELLOUT: THE POLITICS OF RACIAL BETRAYAL. This lecture was delivered at Cooper Union.

Posted: Jan 10th, 2008 | Comments: 0
The Mind of the Market

The Mind of the Market

Author Michael Shermer discusses his latest book, THE MIND OF THE MARKET: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics, about how the latest brain imaging technologies are helping to reveal the evolutionary roots of our economic behavior. This lecture took place at the New York Academy of Sciences and was co-sponsored by [...]

Posted: Jan 9th, 2008 | Comments: 0
New York’s Uninsured

New York’s Uninsured

“New York’s Uninsured: A History of Good Intentions and Unintended Consequences” and “Public Sector Experiments: Mandates, Medicaid, and Markets” are the two panels in this far-reaching forum. Participants include James Knickman (New York State Health Foundation), James Tallon (United Hospital Fund of New York), and Mark Scherzer (New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage). This event [...]

Posted: Dec 11th, 2007 | Comments: 0
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