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January 28: The Non-Motivational Speaker Series Returns

Bringing up Brooklyn: The Non-Motivational Speaker Series returns on Thursday, January 28th to examine the better borough's bevy of BoBos. Speakers include Amy Sohn, (paid) Brooklyn writer and author of Park Slope-set novel Prospect Park West; owner of Williamsburg's Traif Bike Geschaft bikeshop and mediator of Hipster-Hasid hostilities Baruch Herzfeld; and Dr. Jay Parkinson, Brooklyn's own prescription-scrawling, instant-messaging digital doc.

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November 19: The Non-Motivational Speaker Series Returns

Learn from pranksters and bane of law-and-order types everywhere at this month's Non-Motivational Speaker Series: Eitan Gorlin (aka "Martin Eisenstadt"), perpetrator of the Sarah Palin "Africa" hoax and co-creator of The Eisenstadt Group, a fake rightwing think tank that fooled the BBC; and Charlie Todd, comedian and founder of public nuisance-making corps Improv Everywhere.

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October 22: The Non-Motivational Speaker Series Returns

Find out what's on The Teevee and more at this month's Non-Motivational Speaker Series, featuring Slate TV critic and New York Reality TV School alum Troy Patterson, and John Ortved, Vanity Fair contributor and author of just-published opus on America's real first family, The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History.

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September 24: The Non-Motivational Speaker Series Returns

Get schooled at this month's Non-Motivational Speaker Series, returning to Brooklyn on Thursday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m [at the recession-defenestrating price of FREE]. Hear former magazine editor and current Bronx public school teacher Sam Rubenstein, prep school memoirist Hannah Friedman, and Eliot Weiss, coach of the nation's best HS chess team and subject of 2007 bestseller Game of Kings. (UPDATE 9/20: Weiss will be joined by former Murrow chess team captain Ilya Kotlyanskiy).

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August 27: The Non-Motivational Speaker Series Returns

The Non-Motivational Speaker Series returns to Brooklyn on Thursday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m [at the recession-defenestrating price of FREE]. Come hear the New York stories of Doug Quint, proprietor of NYC's newest, proudest food truck, the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck; photographer and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Harvey Wang, photographer for the book Flophouse: Life on the Bowery, a photojournal of downtown Manhattan's last skid row; and Salvatore “Buddy” Scotto, owner of the Scotto Funeral home in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

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Neil MacFarquhar at Non-Motivational Speaker Series

Neil MacFarquhar explains why nobody can wish you a happy birthday like the media relations department of the Hizbollah. The New York Time writer spoke at July's Non-Motivational Speaker Series.

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Lucette Lagnado at the Non-Motivational Speaker Series

From Cairo to New York and back again. Lucette Lagnado talked about her memoir on her Egyptian-Jewish family at July's Non-Motivational Speaker Series.

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July 23: The Non-Motivational Speaker Series Returns

The Non-Motivational Speaker Series returns to Brooklyn on Thursday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m [at the recession-emasculating price of FREE]. Find out what you don't know about the Middle East as Neil MacFarquhar, NYT Middle East correspondent and author of The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday, and Lucette Lagnado, author of The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, a memoir of growing up Jewish in Egypt, reflect on the eccentrics, oddities, and (lesser known) tragedies of the region.

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Josh Neufeld at the Non-Motivational Speaker Series

Click through to see graphic novelist Josh Neufeld reveal "how to become an obscure alternative cartoonist specializing in real-life topics."

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Farley Katz at the Non-Motivational Speaker Series

At July's Non-Motivational Speaker Series, New Yorker cartoonist Farley Katz confabulates the secret, bushy society that is the Mustache Club. Click through for the revelatory video.

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