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92nd St. Y series returns with a conversation about compassion

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What: Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y” series on “Meeting of the Minds: On Compassion,” with Karen Armstrong and Thomas Cahill, moderated by Rabbi Jennifer Krause.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday; doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Edwards Interfaith Chapel.

Cost: $10 per person, includes light appetizers and wine.

More information: Visit http://www.92y.org.

This is the time of year that everyone thinks about giving. Giving thanks, giving gifts, giving food. It is a time of year that our thoughts take us to our better and more generous selves. But why do we focus on this so much just during this time of year?

Join the Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y series, as they broadcast live via satellite “Meeting of the Minds: On Compassion” with Karen Armstrong and Thomas Cahill, moderated by Rabbi Jennifer Krause on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel. This is an interactive experience in which audience members have the chance, during the live event, to submit questions to the speakers via email.

Lively conversation

Armstrong and Cahill are two of the world’s preeminent interfaith scholars and historians. Join them in a lively and provocative conversation about compassion and its crucial place in both modern and ancient times. How do we lead compassionate lives? Why should we care? What has happened historically when we allow compassion’s opposite, the ego, to take over?

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A former Catholic nun who left the convent to study literature, Armstrong is an authority on world faiths, religious fundamentalism and monotheism. Her poignant and captivating talks spark worldwide debate and healthy discussion. Armstrong’s bestselling books include “The Battle for God,” “The Spiral Staircase,” “The Great Transformation” and, most recently, “The Bible: A Biography.” She was a key adviser on Bill Moyers’ landmark PBS series on religion, has addressed members of the U.S. Congress and was one of three scholars to speak at the UN’s first ever session on religion. The Sunday Times calls her “a bridge between religions.”

Cahill is the author of the bestselling “Hinges of History” series (a planned seven part series) including “How The Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe” (1996), “The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels” (1999), “Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus” (2001), “Sailing the Wine Dark Sea: Why The Greeks Matter” (2004), “Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe” (2006) and “A Saint on Death Row” (2009).

Tuesday’s event

The evening will be moderated by Jennifer Krause, the author of “The Answer: Making Sense of Life, One Question at a Time” (Perigee). Her writing and commentary also have been featured in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast and O, The Oprah Magazine.

The satellite broadcast series “Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y”, now in its ninth year, brings lectures, interviews and readings from nationally and internationally recognized political figures, entertainers, newsmakers and authors to community organizations across America and Canada. Audiences in remote locations can take part in discussions with some of the world’s most fascinating people.

The cost for the event is $10, payable at the door, and includes wine and appetizers.

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