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Past Lectures

We've had an incredible roster of distinguished alumni and faculty present at Speakers on the Square. Past lectures include: 

A Conversation with Janet Mock (GSAS ’06)

February 3, 2016


Janet Mock (GSAS '06) is the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness. She considers herself a Beyoncé scholar, but is widely known as a sought-after speaker and prominent advocate for trans women’s rights. Currently, she hosts the weekly culture show So POPular! on MSNBC’s Shift network and serves as Contributing Editor for Marie Claire.

Read more about Janet Mock and her presentation at NYU here.

A Conversation with Bethenny Frankel (WSC ’92)

June 10, 2015

Natural foods chef, best-selling author, reality TV star, self-made businesswoman, and mom, Bethenny Frankel (WSC '92) first came to national attention with her wit, wisdom, and humor when she was named first runner-up on NBC's "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart." Her success on the series led her to Bravo’s "The Real Housewives of New York City" for three seasons, as well as two spin-off series on the network, "Bethenny Getting Married?" and "Bethenny Ever After…." After a three-season hiatus, she made her highly anticipated return for season seven of “The Real Housewives of New York City”. 

Read more about Bethenny Frankel and her presentation at NYU here.


A Conversation between Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and David Brooks

January 29, 2015

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is a global religious leader, philosopher, internationally renowned speaker, author of more than 25 books, and moral voice for our time. Until September 2013 he served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, having held the position for 22 years. He is currently the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and the Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University. He has also been appointed as Professor of Law, Ethics and the Bible at King’s College London.

David Brooks became an Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times in September 2003, and has authored three books including a New York Timesb Bestseller. He is currently a commentator on The PBS Newshour, NPR’s All Things Considered, and NBC’s Meet the Press.

Read more about Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, David Brooks, and their conversation at NYU here.

Speakers on the Brooklyn
NYU in Space: The Future of Space Exploration

Featuring Charlie Camarda (POLY ’74), Lee Morin (GSAS ’78, MED ’81, ’82), and Paolo Nespoli (POLY ’88)

October 23, 2014

This evening featured a moderated panel discussion with astronaut alumni Charlie Camarda (POLY ’74), Lee Morin (GSAS ’78, MED ’81, ’82), and Paolo Nespoli (POLY ’88). It was a pleasure to welcome NYU alumni to Brooklyn to discuss the topic of space exploration and the University’s contribution to science and engineering.

Learn more about the speakers and their discussion here.

A Conversation with Billy Crystal (TSOA '70)

September 15, 2014

With a shtick that hearkened back to a bygone era, renaissance man Billy Crystal (TSOA '70) would rightfully earn his place as one of Hollywood's most endearing stars. Comedian-actor-writer-director-producer-emcee-author, were all hats the perpetually peppy entertainer wore at one time or another. As a frequent host of the annual Academy Awards, Crystal also found himself regarded as arguably the best emcee the ceremony had ever had. In addition to onscreen efforts, Crystal would lend his vocal talents to the Disney/Pixar mega-hit Monsters, Inc. In 1984 when Crystal joined the cast of Saturday Night Live he took television by storm by creating the character Fernando, a superficial nightclub performer for whom everything is "mahvelous." As either a performer or a personality, Crystal remains one of the most versatile, prolific and beloved figures in entertainment.

Read more about Billy Crystal and his performance at NYU here.

A Conversation between Mayor Bill de Blasio (WSUC '84) and Maria Bartiromo (WSUC '89)

April 17, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio (WSUC '84) is the 109th Mayor of New York City. From his early days as a young City Hall staffer, to serving on his local school board, to his most recent position as Public Advocate for the City of New York, Bill de Blasio has spent his life fighting to ensure that every New Yorker—in every neighborhood throughout our five boroughs—gets a fair shot.

Maria Bartiromo (WSUC '89) is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University, the Board of Directors of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York and the Board of Directors of The National Italian American Foundation.

Read more about Bill de Blasio and Maria Bartiromo and their conversation at NYU here.

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