The Happier Hour: Philosophy To Help Life Suck Less

SAT // APR 27 // 03:30PM

This month: HUMILITY

Is humility necessary for contemplation? Is there room for humility in the age of the selfie? Are humble people happier people? And why does fame so often bring out the worst in us? Hear what happens when humility meets in the middle of philosophy and self-help.

“On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.” ― Michel de Montaigne

Find out why ABC, CBS, and The New York Times all recommend The Happier Hour as a must-do NYC event! (See that not-so-humble brag there?)

The Happier Hour is a monthly event series and podcast taping bringing philosophy out of the ivory tower of academia and into our modern day agora: the bar. Each show features a philosophy professor and a philosophic-ish expert. It’s like the self-help section– only way funnier, smarter, and with booze. #thehappierhour

Doors 3:30 PM, show 4:00 PM.
Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
This event is mixed seated and standing room. Seats are first-come, first-served.
REFUND POLICY: Tickets may be refunded up to 24 hours before the event. Within 24 hours we may take exchanges for other events at our discretion. No refunds after the event.


Monica McCarthy is the creator and host of the live event and podcast, The Happier Hour: Philosophy To Help Life Suck Less. She is also the founder of Cheshire Parlour, a communications consulting agency bringing meaningful dialogues to communities including The School of Life, Holstee, Impact Hub, 92Y, and Escape The City, where she has curated and facilitated hundreds of events focused on purpose and interdisciplinary connections. Monica is also an actress, and has performed on Broadway and in television and film, from from NYC to LA to Japan to the UK. Speaking of travel, Monica's passport is never far away. So far her travels have taken her to about 50 countries on 6 continents and counting. But she still has zero sense of direction. (@MissMMcCarthy)


A.J. JACOBS is an author, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig. His writing combines memoir, science, humor and a dash of self-help. He is the author of Thanks a Thousand, It’s All Relative, Drop Dead Healthy, and the New York Times bestsellers The Know-It-All, The Year of Living Biblically, and My Life as an Experiment. He is a contributor to NPR, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly. He is also editor at large at Esquire magazine and a columnist for Mental Floss magazine. In 2015 AJ helped to build a family tree of the entire world and held the biggest family reunion ever. He lives in New York City with his wife and kids. Visit him at and follow him on Twitter @ajjacobs.

Serene J. Khader is a philosopher and feminist theorist. Serene holds the Jay Newman Chair in Philosophy of Culture at Brooklyn College and is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focuses on moral and political issues relevant to women in the global South. Her work on adaptive preferences, including her first book Adaptive Preferences and Women’s Empowerment (Oxford University Press 2011), develops an approach to responding to choices made by oppressed and deprived people that perpetuate their own oppression and deprivation. Her second book, Decolonizing Universalism, Transnational Feminist Ethics (Oxford University Press 2018), concerns the normative commitments required for cross-border feminist solidarity.  

Free Haikus Lisa Ann Markuson of Ars poetica

With 10 years of experience as a freelancer, indie event producer, moonlight journalist, curator, social media executive, yoga teacher, bicycle tour guide, and 5 years as co-founder and CEO of The Haiku Guys + Gals, Lisa Ann will be honored to write your poems in Spanish, English, or Swedish.

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