Socrates in the City Gala!
About Christian Wiman
Christian Wiman is an American poet and editor who has written poems, criticism, and personal essays in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's and various other publications. He graduated from Washington and Lee University and has taught at Northwestern University, Stanford University, Lynchburg College in Virginia, and the Prague School of Economics. In 2003, he became editor of the oldest American magazine of verse, Poetry. His first book of poetry, The Long Home, won the Nicholas Roerich Prize. His 2010 book, Every Riven Thing (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), was chosen by poet and critic Dan Chiasson as one of the best poetry books of 2010.
Date and Times
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Light refreshments begin at 6pm; interview with Christian Wiman starts at 6:30 sharp, followed by a booksigning, then Eric's Birthday Bash at 7:45.
NOTE: Once you register, please email SITC at firstname.lastname@example.org to request that we assign your seat(s) or table(s) for Eric's birthday bash. Also, please print and bring your email confirmation with you, as this is your ticket.
The Union League Club**
(38 East 37th Street)
**Club requires appropriate attire for all persons; coat and tie for gentlemen. Remember to dress fancy on accounta it's Eric's birthday -- and the ULC enforces the dress code. No joke.
$250 - “Irving Berlin” Individual Ticket
$500 - “Ella Fitzgerald” Individual Ticket
$2,500 - “Bobby Darin” Table for 10
$5,000 - “Dean Martin" Table for 10
$10,000 - “Frank Sinatra" Table for 10
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Featured Video: Dr. Os Guinness
The Greek philosopher Socrates famously said that "the unexamined life is not worth living." Taking this as a starting point, Eric Metaxas thought it would be valuable to create a forum that might encourage busy and successful professionals in thinking about the bigger questions in life. Thus Socrates In The City: Conversations on the Examined Life was born.
Every month or so Socrates In The City sponsors an event in which people can begin a dialogue on "Life, God, and other small topics" by hearing a notable thinker and writer such as Dr. Francis Collins, Sir John Polkinghorne, Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, N.T. Wright, Os Guinness, Peter Kreeft, or George Weigel. Topics have included "Making Sense Out of Suffering," "The Concept of Evil after 9-11," and "Can a Scientist Pray?" No question is too big—in fact, the bigger the better. These events are meant to be both thought-provoking and entertaining, because nowhere is it written that finding answers to life's biggest questions shouldn't be exciting and even, perhaps, fun.
Eric Metaxas is the author of two critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling biographies, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery.
He is also the author of the Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask) apologetics trilogy, which has been praised by pastor Tim Keller ("The difficulty is not to gush."); Dick Cavett ("Stylish and entertaining... Metaxas deserves a prize); and the actress Ann B. Davis (Alice of the Brady Bunch), ("I'm absolutely smitten with this book!").
Metaxas is Founder and host of Socrates in the City, a Manhattan speakers series on "life, God, and other small topics" featuring such speakers as Dinesh D'Souza, Os Guinness, Sir John Polkinghorne, Baroness Caroline Cox, and Francis Collins.
Eric has worked for VeggieTales, where he co-wrote Lyle the Kindly Viking and was featured as the voice of the narrator on the Esther video. He has authored over 30 children's books, including Squanto and the Miracle of Thankgiving. His work for Rabbit Ears radio has won three Grammy nominations for Best Children's Recording.
Woody Allen has called Eric's humor writing “quite funny”, and the musician Moby has called Eric “one of the funniest people I know.” Metaxas edited the Yale humor magazine and his humorous essays and cultural commentary have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other places.
Eric has debated Christopher Hitchens about Jerry Falwell on CNN and has debated at the Oxford Union on the subject of American Christianity. He has been featured on Huckabee, Hannity & Colmes, NPR’s Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation, and many other programs.
Eric lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter, and may be found at www.ericmetaxas.com.