About the Second Tuesday
The Second Tuesday Lecture Series is the oldest and longest running cultural event of The
LGBT Community Center (GayCenter.org) in New
Since 1985, the series has presented over 140 noted speakers in the arts, academia, and politics in lectures, discussions, and readings. Speakers representing every major cultural award in America, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy Award (Grammys), the Academy Award (The Oscars), Broadway's Tony Awards, the Lambda Literary Award, the National Book Award, and the British Man Booker award, have made presentations.
It was through this program that Larry Kramer (a last minute replacement speaker) in March 1987 spoke about the devastating plight of the AIDS Crisis. Critical of the organized community's response to the disease, what began as a speech led to an intense discussion and the decision to meet again the following week to see what could be done. This was the beginning of ACT-UP (The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), which became one of the largest direct action AIDS organizations in the world.
Unless noted otherwise, Second Tuesday programs start at 7:00pm, often with a reception before the presentation. The LGBT Center suggests a donation of $10, although all donations are voluntary and any amount is appreciated. All are welcome and no one is ever turned away because they can't afford to pay.
Tuesday, January 10 at 7:00 pm
Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of the monumental biography "Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume Three: 1939-1962"
Join us for the third installment of author Blanche Wiesen Cook's epic biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. Historians, politicians, and critics have praised her three-volume biography of this amazing first lady as the essential portrait of a woman who towers over the twentieth century. The final volume, Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962, takes us through World War II, FDR’s death, the founding of the UN, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s death in 1962. It follows the arc of war and the evolution of a marriage (including her lesbian relationships), as the first lady realized the cost of maintaining her principles even as the country and her husband were not prepared to adopt them.
This is a sympathetic but unblinking portrait of a marriage and of a woman whose passion and commitment has inspired generations of Americans to seek a decent future for all people.
Blanche Wiesen Cook is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is senior editor of the Garland Library of War and Peace, in addition to the three-volume biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, she is the author of The Declassified Eisenhower.
Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00 pm
David France, author of the AIDS history "How To Survive a Plague"
The definitive history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic—from the creator of the seminal documentary How To Survive A Plague.
A riveting, powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Ignored by public officials, religious leaders, and the nation at large, and confronted with shame and hatred, this small group of men and women chose to fight for their right to live by educating themselves and demanding to become full partners in the race for effective treatments. Around the globe, 16 million people are alive today thanks to their efforts.
Expansive yet richly detailed, this is an insider’s account of a pivotal moment in the history of American civil rights. Powerful, heart-wrenching, and finally exhilarating, How To Survive A Plague is destined to become an essential part of the literature of AIDS.
David France is the author of Our Fathers, a book about the Catholic sexual abuse scandal, which Showtime adapted into a film. He coauthored The Confession with former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey. He is a contributing editor for New York and has written as well for The New York Times. His documentary film How to Survive a Plague was an Oscar finalist.