Bar talks: how New Yorkers quench their thirst for knowledge

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Heard the one about the professor who walked into a bar? New Yorkers soon will: the city is preparing for a mass public education event in which 50 world-renowned academics will escape from the lecture theatre and deliver free talks to drinkers in the bars and cafes of Manhattan.

The pioneering project, Raising the Bar, is sponsored by Columbia and New York universities, with more top higher education institutions due to come on board as it expands to Boston and the West Coast in the coming months. The aim is to bring the wisdom of high profile educators such as the economist Joseph Stiglitz and Higgs Boson scientist Michael Tuts to a wider community – who must book tickets but will pay nothing (except their bar bill).

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