LOVE! Conversations Throughout NYC in February
LOVE is the subject of conversations throughout NYC during the month of February, leading up to Valentine’s Day on Saturday the 14th and continuing throughout February, in a project sponsored by Conversations New York (CNY) and listed on its calendar at www.conversationsnewyork.com.
“Lively-minded New Yorkers are gathering to share their ideas, experiences, and feelings,” says Ron Gross, founder of CNY, who conducts Socratic Conversations at Columbia University. “They are going deeper than the Hallmark hoopla and heart-shaped boxes of candy!”
Throughout the month, individuals, organizations and institutions are exploring the subject from diverse perspectives, ranging from the personal to the political, from the literary to the scientific.
Why not host one yourself – with whomever you like, wherever and whenever you like — to explore LOVE from your perspective. It’s a great way to nurture rapport and understanding!
Many of the Conversations are listed on the CNY calendar– including ones at the C.G. Jung Center on 2/3, at the NY Society for Ethical Culture on 2/4, at the Royalton Hotel on 2/7, at Panera Bread in Queens on 2/2, 2/9, and 2/11, at Senior Planet on 2/11, at Café Philo on 2/19, etc. On Valentine’s Day itself, Love will be discussed in the Times Square area amidst the hundreds of couples who will be there popping the question, getting married, or renewing their vows. Discussions of the CUNY TV series Love is being conducted at Whole Foods on Greenwich Street. Concluding the month’s events will be conversations on February 28th at the LGBT Expo at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center.
Conversations are taking place in a myriad of public venues, ranging from welcoming cafes and restaurants, to the atriums of business buildings like CitiGroup, IBM, and SONY.
Among the topics being discussed at these conversations are:
What does love mean, to you?
Is love different for men and for women, for gay and straight folks, and for others?
Does the meaning of love change as we get older?
What have you learned about loving wisely and well?
What the relationship between love and sexuality?
Is love “natural” – or is it “socially-constructed”?
How is love effected by its political, social, and economic environment?
Conversations New York (www.conversationsnewyork.com) is a community of volunteers which has promoted more and better conversations among New Yorkers by such activities as Conversation Day in Bryant Park last summer, and a national symposium on The Power of Conversation at Columbia University.