Special Events


Every other week, on B week, at 1:00PM, Quest has a Distinguished Guest Lecture Series.  These speakers are recognized experts in their fields and speak on a wide variety of interesting and varied topics, followed by a lively Q&A session with Quest members.

How do we get our speakers?  Either we have heard them present on the subject, or,  one of our QUEST members will make a recommendation….and then we issue the invitation!  Just contact Hedy Shulman or Barbara Oliver.


Here’s our calendar for the Fall term:                           


Date Presenter Title
9/27/17 Ann Goldstein The Art of Translation. Ann Goldstein is the translator of the popular Elena Ferrante novels (My Brilliant Friend, etc.)
10/11/17 Eric Sanderson Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society
10/25/17 David Kaufman interviewed by theatre critic David Finkle Biographer of Mary Martin
12/6/17 Loren Schoenberg Founding director of The Jazz Museum in Harlem, saxophonist/conductor, music historian and winner of two Grammy awards




Several times each semester, we have Friday morning tours, organized by Joan Briller and Yvonne Kress,  to less well-known museums in the city.  Inspired by the success of last semesters “under the radar” museum visits to the Park Avenue Armory and the Ukrainian Museum in the East Village, we are planning two new docent led visits for the spring semester. These Friday morning tours may include the Museum of American Illustration, home of some of the greatest names in American illustrations and The Hispanic Society of America Museum, which features art and culture of Spain, Portugal and Latin America with over 400 paintings and sculptures. We are also exploring the newly restored Morgan library and the Onasis Center among other possibilities. We try to vary the experience each time, focusing on different disciplines-i.e., art, history or ethnic culture.

There are usually between 20 and 30 Questers that participate, and we ask that if you are planning to join us please sign up on the sign-up sheet posted on the Quest bulletin board.

_Governors IslandSome museums restrict us to 30 participants, so sign up early. Lunch together after the tour is optional, and is always at a restaurant within easy walking distance from the museum. Lunch has become an important and very enjoyable part of our Fridaymuseum visits. We try to find a restaurant that can accommodate a big group and that is not too expensive, with a variety of food.

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