50 Years


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The Robert B. Silvers Lectures

Jori Klein/New York Public Library
Robert B. Silvers

The Robert B. Silvers Lecture is an annual series at the New York Public Library, created by Max Palevsky in recognition of the work of Robert B. Silvers, editor of The New York Review of Books, of which he was a founder in 1963. The series features writers and thinkers whose fields correspond to the broad range of Mr. Silvers’s interests in literature, the arts, politics, economics, history, and the sciences. This year’s lecturer is Lorrie Moore.

Recordings of some of the past lectures in the series are featured below.


New York Public Library
Darryl Pinckney


Sarah Stacke/New York Public Library
Mary Beard


Jori Klein/New York Public Library
Derek Walcott


Peter Foley/New York Public Library
Oliver Sacks


Peter Foley/New York Public Library
Zadie Smith


Peter Foley/New York Public Library
Nicholas Kristof


New York Public Library
Daniel Mendelsohn


Previous Robert B. Silvers Lectures:

Michael Kimmelman: “The Dilemma of the New” (2005)

Ian Buruma: “Dictators: Their Allure and Their Future” (2004)

J. M. Coetzee: “As a Woman Grows Older” (2003)

Joan Didion: “Fixed Opinions, or The Hinge of History” (2002)

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