Past & Upcoming Events

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:


** For Parts Three and Four, we'll examine Nationalism in other parts of the world, including in Russia, Turkey, Latin America, and the U.S.

*** This discussion series will segue into an upcoming discussion on the historical roots of modern "nationalism," stemming out of the Treaty of Versailles and the prelude to World War Two.


Previously on "The Rise of Nationalism (and Populism) -- Part One: Europe

New York, NY 10016 - USA

Thursday, June 22 at 7:00 PM


Motion Debate: Has “Political Correctness” gone too far?

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This is an invitation to attend and watch a live Motion Debate as an audience.  This event is in collaboration with, as part of the monthly debate series.   It's FREE to attend and complimentary beverages will be offered.  Click here to complete the registration at the WeWork website.

This month's Motion:  Has “Political Correctness” gone too far?

Michael and John will team up against Katherine and Christine in debating for and against the Motion, respectively.

PC is commonly defined as "the avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against."

Has the PC culture gone "too far" -- in other words, is PC more harmful than helpful to society?

What do you think? Join us for another exciting monthly installation of the Motion Debate!

The debate format will follow the "Intelligence Squared" format.

Once you RSVP, the organizers will send you a link to an external event page to complete the sign up.

Very limited spots available, offered on a first-come basis.


Event Schedule:

6:30pm -- pre-debate intro and social (complimentary beer, coffee, and tea offered)

7:00 to 8:30pm -- the Motion Debate (pro vs. con of the Motion



Is "Stop and Frisk" an effective policy?  (April 5th)

•  Does the government have a duty to educate its citizens? (Feb. 22nd)

Is abundance of open information more harmful or good to society? (Jan. 26th)

New York, NY - USA

Thursday, May 25 at 6:30 PM


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:

1) The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 -- Click here to access it online. 

Once upon a time, Congress enacted a law to prohibit an entire class of individuals from entering the U.S., based on race and ethnicity.

2) Korematsu v. U.S., 323 U.S. 214 (1944) Click here to access it online.

This infamous case upholding the constitutionality of the Japanese Internment Camp during the WWII, is universally criticized virtually by all legal scholars as being the most legally-misguided opinion -- yet, the ruling technically still stands, as it was never overruled.


While the reading assignments are not mandatory, all attendees are strongly urged to familiarize themselves with the general context of these selections.


Previous LHP series:

• Federalist Papers Nos. 2, 68 + the Dred Scott Decision (Feb. 2, 2017):

• Plessy v. Ferguson, (April 2017) -- a reading and critical discussion at the "Separate but Equal" doctrine:

New York, NY 10016 - USA

Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 PM


"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, August 8 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.


We'll compare and contrast both movements, including:

•  Philosophical governing principles and ethos

•  Shaping of the public policies

•  Electoral goals and strategies

More details to follow.

New York, NY 10001 - USA

Thursday, July 13 at 7:00 PM