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Presented by Van Alen Institute and Times Square Alliance, Crossroads Conversations is a public program series hosted at the base of the Red Steps in Times Square that invites passersby from all walks of life and political convictions to engage in thoughtful dialogue on some of the most pressing issues of our time in an iconic public space.

Harnessing the distinctive power of public space as a platform for unexpected encounters and compassion between strangers, Crossroads Conversations invites participants to join in 10-minute conversations with a fellow stranger facilitated by journalists at the base of the Red Steps. This series encourages people from across the nation and around the globe to reveal multifaceted personal beliefs, provoke robust debate, and find common ground with those who may share differing viewpoints.

All Crossroads Conversations events are free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required.

Past Conversations:

IMMIGRATION
Monday, March 20, 6pm - 7pm

HEALTH
Friday, April 7, 6pm - 7pm
Occurring on World Health Day 2017
In partnership with New York Academy of Medicine

OUR PLANET
Friday, April 21, 6pm - 7pm
In advance of Earth Day 2017
In partnership with The American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects

GENDER & SEXUALITY
Monday, May 8, 6pm - 7pm
In partnership with QSPACE

INFRASTRUCTURE
Tuesday, May 16, 6pm - 7pm
Part of the Van Alen spring public program festival, Arteries: NYC in Circulation, May 12 – 18, presented with NYCxDesign