Past & Upcoming Events

Documentary Film Screening: "Letters from Baghdad" (the Life of Gertrude Bell)

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One of our regular members, Rania, will be hosting a screening of a documentary entitled "Letters from Baghdad" at the Village East Cinema.  There will also be a pre-screening dinner at a nearby restaurant.

The general admissions tickets are $15 each and you can purchase them in advance by clicking here.



6:30 to 8:00pm -- pre-screening discussions over dinner at a nearby Italian restaurant (Cacio e Pepe, located at 182 2nd Ave).

8:20 to 10:00pm -- the film screening.

* If your schedule doesn't permit both segments, you can go directly to the theater and skip the dinner portion of the event.


An excerpt of the film description:

A viewing of an Alexander Hamilton documentary (July 2nd, Part One)

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Our friends at Pourt, a new state-of-the-art "workspace" cafe, has invited this group for an exclusive use and reservation of its conference room. 

As we celebrate the Fourth of July, we'll take this opportunity to hangout and watch an Alexander Hamilton documentary (part of PBS' "American Experience" series) over coffee, wine and / or beer.


*** SPOILER ALERT -- below is the documentary that we'll be watching:


The conference room can only hold up to eight people, so there will be a firm cap on this number.  We only have seats for those with a confirmed "YES" RSVP.

After the viewing, we'll go to a nearby restaurant for a Revolutionary-themed trivia, over food and drinks.

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Trivia Night: "The American Revolutionary Period" (July 2nd, Part Two)

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Come stop by for burgers, beer and trivia -- not necessarily in that order.

The trivia questions will be based on the "American Revolutionary Period" (circa 1750s to 1790s).  Test your knowledge and learn interesting new factoids over food and drinks.

Unfortunately, the earlier event that day, the Hamilton documentary viewing, is completely booked with no more seats left.


Although it's free to attend, because the restaurant is allowing us to exclusively reserve the second floor, each attendee should purchase something from the menu.  Each attendee is responsible for his or her portion of the bill, so please bring CASH to cover it.

The menu can be viewed here.

New York, NY - USA

Sunday, July 2 at 6:30 PM


Law & Politics: A Discussion of the Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions

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It's that time of the year again -- as the Court finishes its 2016 Term, a series of important decisions will be handed down in the waning days.  While the cases are not as contentious as the 2014 or the 2015 Terms, nonetheless, we expect this Term to be brimming with cases with public policy significance.


As always, we'll be discussing these cases from a prism of  political or public policy lenses -- no prior legal experience, or a comprehensive understanding of the Constitution or the Supreme Court is required.


•  Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley -- Does the exclusion of churches from an otherwise neutral and secular aid program violate the First Amendment’s guarantee of free exercise of religion and the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause? (Holding: yes).

The Marshall Plan -- 70th Anniversary

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As we commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the introduction of the Marshall Plan, we'll explore the historical, economical, and geopolitical factors and justifications that gave rise to this grand stimulus plan.

The topics will include the following:

• The role of the "Truman Doctrine"

• The outcome of the "Yalta Conference"

• The economic and development objectives

• The emergence of the World Bank and the IMF

• Criticisms and the unintended consequences

More details to follow.

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Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 PM


Rise of Nationalism (+ Military Expansionism) -- Part 2: China, India, Pakistan

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This is a multi-part discussion series examining the ostensibly-sudden rise of nationalism in different parts of the world, including the U.S.

Building from themes that emerged from Part One,  for Part Two, we'll explore the current political climate and the "nationalistic fervor" enveloping in China, India, and Pakistan, including the following:

• "Nationalism" as a political ideology, giving rise to "Ethno-Nationalism" and "religious-based" nationalism.

• The emergence of the "National Consciousness"

• How "Nationalism" spills over into overseas or extraterritorial military expansion.

• The difference between "populist nationalism" and "authoritarian nationalism."


CHINA, then and now:


INDIA and PAKISTAN, then and now:

Law, History & Politics: the Chinese Exclusion Act + Korematsu v. U.S.

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We'll continue our discussion in this new series -- LAW, HISTORY AND POLITICS

The LHP series explore the intersections of its namesake -- an in-depth study of a particular law, court decision, or a legal precedent that shaped the political forces and its historical ramifications.

The LHP series will start out with subject matters that directly relate to the U.S.  For instance, we'll discuss landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, particular Constitutional Amendments, or an influential Legislative body of work.

The advanced LHP series will explore international and comparative law from a historic perspective.  These may include: Magna Carta, the Code of Justinian, the Code of Hammurabi -- to more recent selections, such as the Treaty of Versailles, the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights and the Geneva Convention.


For this meeting, we'll read and discuss the following:

"Policy Night" with NYC Council Member Ben Kallos

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A discussion of various local public policies at Council Member Kallos' district office.  Ask questions, express your concerns, or offer suggestions to improve the City life!

Official description: Policy Night is a chance for residents who have a policy idea they want to pitch and help implement; the goal is to empower residents and turn ideas into real solutions.

The date is tentative -- more details to follow.

New York, NY - USA

Tuesday, September 26 at 6:00 PM


Movement Politics (Part 3): Black Lives Matter and The Tea Party

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The "Movement Politics" series explore the various social movements, political forces, and coalitions that aim to bring about certain political changes, reforms or outcomes in furtherance of advancing a particular ideology.  The "Movement Politics" series are purely intended to be for discussion purposes only, as the NYCPF does not endorse or advocate on behalf of any groups or organizations. 

Our aim is to explore these movements or groups, in depth, without the veneer of hyperpartisan rhetoric -- thus, the discussions will be based on factual evidence, coupled with sound, logical reasoning and persuasion with the highest level of intellectual rigor.

The past discussions included:

Part One -- "The "Alt-Right"­ and the "Regressive Left"

Part Two -- The Rise and the (Ostensible) Fall of the Religious Conservatives in the U.S.