For over 20 years the New York City Salons covered a wide range of interests including new trends and issues in the sciences, arts, world affairs, human rights, health, architecture and interior design, psychology, education,religious and spiritual dimensions, peace studies, and a number of additional topics.  The Salon program closed at the end of 2014.

2014 Salons

Cultural Diplomacy:  Challenges and Opportunities in the Information Era with Simons-Mirela Misculescu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations

Ruth Lynford: My Life In Design with Ruth Lynford and Susan Szenasy, Editor-In-Chief of Metropolis Magazine, serving as interviewer

When the Ends and the Means Require No Justification: Buddhism, Non-Violence,and Tibet with Tenzin Ganden Tai Thurman, Executive Director, Tibet House U.S.

 2013 Salons Topics

  • Mediation Through Understanding with Jack Himmelstein, Co-founder and Co-director of The Center for Understanding in Conflict
  • The Terezin Legacy: Resisting The Nazis with Beauty, Wisdom, Courage and Hope with Murry Sidlin, Creator/Conductor of The Defiant Requiem Project, President/Founder of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, Creative Producer/Music Director of the Documentary film Defiant Requiem
  • Black in China: So Far From Home, So at Home with Me with C. Jama Adams, Associate Professor and Chair, Africana Studies Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY
  • The Future of Global Aid: Turning Beneficiaries into Changmakers with Sasha Fisher, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Spark MicroGrants, a nonprofit organization developing novel models for catalyzing locally driven development

Previous Salon topics include:

  • Human Rights in a Connected World: Progress, Fragility, and Illusion with Peter Godwin, award-winning foreign correspondent, author, documentary-maker, screenwriter, and current president of PEN American Center
  • The United Nations Today: Its Relevance as as Global Player with Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations
  • Storytelling Through Documentary Film: Giving Voice to the Voiceless with Chandler Griffin, Founding Director, Barefoot Workshops
  • Empowering Architecture with Michael Murphy, Founding Partner and Executive Director, MASS Design Group
  • Transcending Boundaries and Inspiring Spirits Through the Performing Arts with Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
  • The Simplicity and Complexity of Human Rights with Jesse Hawkes, Executive Director, Global Youth Connect
  • Stimulating Young People To Learn About the World with Roberta Seret, Ph.D., President and Founder of International Cinema Education
  • Tackling Violence Against Children with Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations on Violence Against Children
  • Holding On To Humanity in a Hospital Setting with Theresa Brown, RN
  • The Creative Journey to Self-Discovery: A Conversation with Linda Freeman, Artist and Documentary Film-Maker
  • We As A Human Genetic River with Professor Janis Roze, Evoluntionary Biologist
  • The Crisis of Depopulation: Will Culture Thrive? with Robert Cancro, Med.D.Sc.,M.D., Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Psychiatry and Chairman Emeritus, New York University Langone Medical Center
  • Make Poverty History! with Cay Hehner, Ph.D., Director of Education, Henry George School of Social Science
  • Coping Well with Adversities: The Remarkable Life of Albert Ellis and the Application of His Wisdom to Our Own Lives with Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis
  • “Thinking Maps: From Rote to Reflection” with David Hyerly
  • China’s Conflict in Tibet: A Crisis of Interpretation with Robert Barnett, Director, Modern Tibeten Studies Program, Columbia University.
  • Dumbing Down and Talking Up with Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer Prize Winner.
  • Journey’s End – Going Home or Final Exit with Cheryl Avellanet, Jeanne Dennis and Irene Seeland.
  • The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us and What We can Do About It with Joshua Cooper Ramo, Managing Director, Kissinger Associates.
  • A Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin with Conductor Murry Sidlin, Dean of the School of Music, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
  • The World Before Racism with Professor Lisa Farrington, Founding Chair, Art and Music Department, John Jay College, The City University of New York
  • Learning Together – Living Together: Integrated Bilingual Multicultural Schools at Hand in Hand, The Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel with Maura Milles, Director, New York Office, Hand in Hand
  • To Begin the World Anew: The Global Influence of the American Constitutional Experience with A.E. Dick Howard, White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Climate Change and the Nature of Collaborative International Relations with Richard Jordan, Recent Chairman, 60th UN NGO/DPI Conference on “Climate Change: How It Impacts Us All”.
  • Affiliation vs. Alienation with Carole Malsin, Psychotherapist.
  • Human Trafficking: Raising the Profile of Child Sexploitation and Implementing Practical Solutions – Using the Media and the Entertainment Industry to Effectuate Social Change with Guy Jacobson, President, Priority Films and Red Light Children.
  • American Buddhism: Origins, Essence, Attractions and Potential with Tenzen Ganden Tai Thurman, Executive Director, Tibet House U.S.
  • The Culture of Peace with Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations (1996-2001) and United Nations Secretary General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States (2002-2007).
  • Is It Possible to Apologize for and Forgive the Unforgivible? The Meaning and Value of Political Apology with Jean-Marc Coicaud, Head, The United Nations University.
  • A Haven at Journey’s End – Hospice: Then and Now, An Integrative Care Model with Jeanne Dennis, Executive Director of Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Hospice Care; Cheryl Avellanet, Director of Patient and Family Services at Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice; and Dr. Irene Seeland, Psychiatrist.
  • The World Crisis: The Geopolitical Fallout From Wall Street with Bret Stephens, Member, Editorial Board and Foreign Affairs Columnist: “Global View”, The Wall Street Journal.
  • Love of Oneself and Love of Others in the Contemporary World with Jean-Marc Coicaud, Head, The United Nations University.
  • Don’t Lose Your Temper – No One Wants to Find It – Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Anger and How to Harness It with Dawson Ambosta.
  • The Future of Journalism – Can it Survive the Media? with Bret Stephens, Foreign-Affairs Columnist of The Wall Street Journal and a member of the Journal’s Editorial Board.
  • Genocide: ” Never Again” Revisited with Jacqueline Murekatete, herself a Rwanda genocide survivor and internationally recognized for her work as a humanitarian, speaking out for victims and survivors of genocide.
  • The Magic and Miracles Encountered in the Making of the “Ancient Ones” with Hans Li, writer, photographer, architect
  • Corporate Green – A Commitment to Sustainability with John A. Lijewski, Senior Vice President / Interior Designer Executive, Bank of America Corporate Workplace
  • Building Green in America: Stewardship of the Planet, One Home At A Time with Kevin Contreras, Executive Producer and Host of the PBS series “Building Green”
  • Diversity in a Divided World with Wayne C. Winborne – Vice-President, Business Diversity Outreach at Prudential Financial, New Jersey
  • An Inquiry into World Citizenship in a Time of Great Integrations and Great Divisions with Nancy Roof, editor and publisher of the journal “Kosmos”.
  • The Power of Image with Leonid Lubianitsky and Lev Poliakov, international Photographers
  • Media, Mystics, Musings with Rolland Smith, broadcast journalist and poet
  • Creativity as A Way of Life with Erika Landau – psychotherapist and educator
  • The Creative Impulse: Antebellum African-American Women Artists with Lisa Farrington, Ph,D., author and senior art historian at Parson School of Design, New York.
  • Capturing Life Energy – How to Enhance Your Health and Live a Long Life
    with Aristide H. Esser, M.D., psychiatrist, Rye Hospital Center; Research Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the New York University Medical School.
  • Collage, Culture and Society with Pavel Zoubok, art historian and gallery owner
  • Living Vicariously through Opera with Joseph Colaneri, conductor of opera, oratorio and symphonic works, educator and lecturer.
  • Images of Later Life
    with Msgr. Charles Fahey, Marie Ward Doty Professor of Aging Studies, Emeritus, Fordham University.
  • The Web of Life with Marcos Terena of the Terena people of the Pantanol Region of Matto Groso do Sur, Brazil, a leader working for the rights of indigenous peoples both in Brazil and internationally.
  • The Healing Meeting in the Life and Work of Martin Buber
    with Maurice Friedman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of religious studies, philosophy and comparative literature at San Diego State University and author.
  • A Conversation on Science and Consciousness with Hans-Peter Duerr, Board of Directors of Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik und Astrophysik, Munich.
  • The Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity’s Future
    with Irene B. Seeland, M.D. – Psychiatrist, author and lecturer.
  • The Sense of Being Stared At
    with Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., biologist, researcher and writer
  • On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
    with Tony Stern, M.D. psychiatrist.
  • Chaos and Order
    with David Appelbaum and Martin Barrett – Editors of Parabola Magazine
  • On Hope with Lamar Carter, Steven Knoblauch, Ph.D., William J. Paul, Ph.D. and Irene Seeland, M.D., Consulting Advisors and Associates of Hope Consulting Services, ICIS Center for A Science of Hope
  • Reflections on Memory Fields with Slomo Breznitz, Ph.D. – Lady Davis Professor of Psychology and the Founding Director of the R. D. Wolfe Centre for the Study of Psychological Stress, University of Haifa.
  • The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era with Thomas Berry, theologian and author.
  • Copenhagen World Summit for Social Development with Rashmi Mayur
  • Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complimentary Approaches to Cancer with author Michael Lerner.
  • Soul: Readings from Socrates to Ray Charles with author Phil Cousineau
  • The Fruitful Darkness: Reconnecting with the Body of the Earth with author Joan Halifax
  • To Be Human Against All Odds with author Frederick Franck
  • Ecological Design: Inventing the Future with Chris Zelov (Knossus Project)
  • Spirit, Healing, and the Sacred in the Life of a Native American with Mad Bear
  • Music in the Care of the Dying with Therese Schroder-Sheker
  • Emotional Intelligence with author Daniel Goleman