NYPL Discussion, May 22

In an effort to open a public discussion of the New York Public Library’s Central Library Plan, the organizers of a petition calling on NYPL President Anthony Marx to reconsider the $350 million plan are holding a meeting at the Theresa Lang Community Center at the New School.

The Central Library Plan and the Future of the New York Public Library
6:30 to 8:30 PM, Tuesday, May 22
Theresa Lang Community Center, Eugene Lang College, New School for Liberal Arts
55 W. 13th St., New York, NY
Sponsored by n+1 and the New York Institute of the Humanities

National Book Critics Circle President Eric Banks will moderate a panel consisting of Joan Wallach Scott, professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; architect, preservationist, and architectural historian Mark Alan Hewitt; David Nasaw, professor of history at the Graduate Center at CUNY; and Charles Petersen, an n+1 associate editor and author of a piece on the NYPL, online now and forthcoming in Issue 14.

The NYPL has been invited to send a representative to join the discussion.

UPDATE (May 22): NYPL President Anthony Marx and NYPL Trustee Robert Darnton, university professor and university librarian at Harvard, have agreed to join the discussion.

Please plan on arriving early, as seating will be limited.

UPDATE (May 30): For those who missed the panel, footage of this fascinating and rather contentious discussion is now available from the NYPL.