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About LIVE from the NYPL:

LIVE from the NYPL is The New York Public Library’s flagship ticketed event series, offering programs that are as unique and engaging as the Library itself, and embody the institution’s mission to educate, inform, and inspire the diverse community it serves in New York and beyond. Under the direction of Paul Holdengräber since it launched in 2005, LIVE’s provocative conversations, real debates, irresistible performances and original experiences are exercises in cognitive theater designed to stimulate cultural curiosity. During its Fall and Spring seasons, LIVE welcomes to its stage the literary icons, groundbreaking artists, creative filmmakers, notable historians, influential leaders and emerging tastemakers who are shaping the world today.

Past guests at LIVE from the NYPL include: Margaret Atwood, David Byrne, Don DeLillo, Joan Didion, Umberto Eco, Jeffrey Eugenides, Shepard Fairey, Jonathan Franzen, Frank Gehry, Gilberto Gil, Elizabeth Gilbert, Newt Gingrich, Werner Herzog, Jay-Z, Miranda July, Barbara Kingsolver, Fran Lebowitz, Spike Lee, Jonathan Letham, Toni Morrison, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Haruki Murakami, Lou Reed, Keith Richards, Salman Rushdie, Oliver Sacks, Al Sharpton, Russell Simmons, Patti Smith, Zadie Smith, Pete Townshend, Derek Walcott, John Waters, Robert Wilson, Howard Zinn, and Slavoj Zizek.

LIVE from the NYPL is made possible with generous support from Celeste Bartos, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos, and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Public Education Endowment Fund.

About Paul Holdengräber, Director of LIVE from the NYPL:

Known for probing his guests to step far beyond talking points and orchestrating unexpected onstage pairings, Paul Holdengräber is the director of LIVE from the NYPL and is responsible for curating the series’ Spring and Fall programs each year. Prior to joining The New York Public Library in 2004, Holdengräber founded and served as the director of the Institute for Art and Cultures at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In 2003, the French government awarded him the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his cultural contributions. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Getty Research Institute from 1995 to 1996, before starting at LACMA the following year. He has taught at Princeton University, Williams College, the University of Miami, and Claremont Graduate University. He has been a Fellow at the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities (University of Southern California) and served as a Board Member at the Santa Monica Museum of Art from 2000 to 2004. Fluent in four languages, Holdengräber lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.