Past & Upcoming Events

Current Events Forum: Bye Bye Amazon HQ2, Mueller Report, and New Zealand

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As we wrap up another busy month, we'll take a look back at the important events and stories unfolding in our City, Nation and around the world.

- The City: As Amazon's plans for its HQ2 in Queens has reversed its course (for now), we'll look at the fallout. Was it a net positive or negative for New Yorkers? Who bears the responsibility, if any , for this abrupt reversal?

- The Nation: Now that the Special Counsel Mueller's investigation into the Russia Probe has now finally concluded, we'll have our VERY FIRST (and probably the only) discussion on the outcome of the findings . . . pending the release of the report from the Attorney General's office.

- The World: As New Zealand is still mourning over the mosque killings, we'll discuss the larger ramifications, if any, of this incident, including: 1) the government of New Zealand's swift response in proposing restrictive changes to gun laws; 2) the apparent rise in hate crimes and rampant Islamophobia in some corners of the world; and 3) the role of social media and the press in covering this event.

More details to follow.

New York, NY - USA

Saturday, March 30 at 3:00 PM


Book Club: "The Fountainhead" -- by Ayn Rand (Parts One and Two)

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This is a two-part book club series reading and discussing the 1943 novel "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand.

This meeting is intended to be a small group discussion to allow robust exchange of views and ideas.

PLEASE NOTE: reading assignments are mandatory, if you wish to attend. The central focus of the discussions will be directly based on the reading assignment.

This is a 700-page book. Here's the reading assignment for the first meeting, which will encompass the first 389 pages.

Part One: Peter Keating (Chapters 1 to 15)
Part Two: Ellsworth M. Toohey (Chapters 1 to 15)

This book club will carry on for two meetings -- the second meeting will cover the remainder of the book.

New York, NY 10001 - USA

Saturday, March 30 at 1:00 PM


Law, History & Politics: Founding of UN + Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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For this meeting, we'll discuss:

1) the founding of the United Nations; and

2) the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (circa Dec. 1948)

To that end, we'll discuss and analyze each of its three distinct components: Law, History and Politics.

The Premise:
In the previous episode of LHP, World War II had just ended ( Various international tribunals were formed, adjudicating the "crimes against humanity" of the recently-defeated Axis powers. The rise and fall of "nationalism" during the early part of the Twentieth Century -- giving rise to the bloodiest conflict in human history -- has now given way to grand reconstruction efforts, by way of the Marshal Plan and the formation of the United Nations.

Here are the discussion topics:

I. Law

The Charter of the United Nations