We bring in engaging, high profile authors to speak on a variety of topics. Speaker Series events takes place Saturday at 5 pm. Children’s Speaker Series events take place Sunday afternoons.

Past speakers include:

Are You Being Duped? Understanding Science vs Pseudoscience with Natalia Pasternak, a microbiologist, with a PhD and post-doctorate in Microbiology, in the field of Bacterial Genetics at the University of São Paulo. 

Ending Needless Waste: Anna Sacks Finds Treasures and “Solutions” in the Trash with Anna Sacks, aka “The Trashwalker,” who rocketed into the public eye by posting her excursions through NYC exposing the mountains of edible food, functioning items, and merchandise that companies, non-profits, schools, and people toss to the curb every week.

Is a College Degree Worth It? with Mark Horowitz & Anthony Haynor, Associate Professors of Sociology at Seton Hall University

The Quest for Character: How to Pick Better Leaders and Live a Good Life with Massimo Pigliucci is an author, blogger, podcaster, as well as the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York, with a PhD in both Evolutionary Biology and Philosophy. 

How to Talk to Kids About the “Big Questions”: Kids’ Book Reading and Discussion with Award-winning children’s book author J.R. Becker who read his book, Annabelle & Aiden: Worlds Within Us, about the big bang, and how we are all made of stardust. (a Sunday 3 pm event)

Speaker Series: Inside Scientology – How Cults Manipulate Minds with Chris Shelton, an author, podcaster, and researcher around the subjects of coercive control, thought reform, and destructive cults.

Rewriting the Code of Life with CRISPR with Samuel H. Sternberg, who runs a research lab at Columbia University, where he is an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics.

From the Quantum World to the Multiverse with Matthew Kleban, Chair of the Physics Department at New York University, where he explores cosmology, elementary particle physics, and string theory.

Dismantling the “Cult of Smart”: Why the Left & Right are Wrong about Education with Freddie DeBoer, a writer, academic, and the author of The Cult of Smart. His works have appeared in dozens of outlets, including The New York Times, Current Affairs, Harper’s, Foreign Affairs, and The Guardian