The Of Many Institute and Skirball Talks present the Fritzi Weitzmann Owens Memorial Lecture, with Esther Perel.

Esther Perel is a world-leading psychotherapist and best-selling author whose work tackles the intersection of intimacy, sexuality, and relationships across cultures. She is the author of the best-selling books Mating in Captivity and The State of Affairs, and she hosts the hugely popular podcast, “Where Should We Begin?

This talk will explore the nature of sex and relationships in an era of #MeToo and the spiritual crisis of loneliness. Join us to learn how to create meaningful connections, a sense of belonging and erotic intelligence. Q&A Moderated by Yael Shy.

Held weekly every Monday at 6:30pm during the academic terms,  Skirball Talks hosts visionaries from the worlds of politics, the arts, sciences, academia, and more. This event is free and open to the public.


We are no longer accepting RSVPs. If you do not have a reservation, a standby line will form 30 minutes prior to the event. Patrons are discouraged from arriving to form a line earlier than 6pm. Entry is not guaranteed. All tickets are subject to availability.



Limit 1 RSVP per person. RSVP does not guarantee a ticket. You can begin picking up tickets at the NYU Box Office (566 LaGuardia Pl) 2 hours prior to event. Tickets must be claimed by 6:10 pm. Unclaimed tickets may be released to those on the standby line. Even if you have picked up a ticket, please be aware that if you are not seated in the theater by 6:20pm, we will open seating to those on the standby line.

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Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Esther Perel is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships. Fluent in nine languages, she helms a therapy practice in New York City and serves as an organizational consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered more than 20 million views and her international bestseller Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence became a global phenomenon translated into 25 languages. Her newest book is the New York Times bestseller The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity (HarperCollins). Esther is also an executive producer and host of the popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Learn more at

Yael Shy is the Senior Director of Global Spiritual Life at NYU and the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership and the Founder and Director of MindfulNYU, the largest campus-based mindfulness in the country. She is the author of the award-winning book, What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond (Parallax, 2017).

New York University and Global Spiritual Life provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. Requests for accommodations for events and services should be submitted by April 1, 2019. Please email or call 212-998-4959 for assistance. You must include your name, e mail address and phone number in your request as an NYU representative may be back in touch with you with questions.

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The Skirball Talks series is made possible in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

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