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Ronan Farrow, Whose Weinstein Exposés Were
Among 2017’s Top Scoops, Is Dec. 20 Speaker

Ronan Farrow

Here’s what you need to know about Ronan Farrow: Journalist, prodigy, advocate and — while still a teenager — government advisor.

Born into a family of Hollywood headliners — his parents are Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, his grandparents were Maureen O’Sullivan and John Farrow — he was the youngest student ever admitted to Bard College at Simon’s Rock (11) and the youngest to graduate from Bard (15); he was also the youngest to enter Yale Law School (16), getting his degree when he was 22. He had already begun public service at the age of 14, starting an eight-year stint as a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth, advocating for the protection of refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan. He was a foreign policy advisor during the Obama administration, overseeing U.S. relationships with civil society and non-governmental organizations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2011, he was appointed Special Advisor for Global Youth Issues to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. A year later, he studied international relations as a Rhodes Scholar. He never completed his dissertation, but began writing essays and op-ed pieces for a variety of publications, including The Atlantic, Foreign Policy and The Wall Street Journal.

He joined NBC, filed investigative pieces for the network, hosted a short-lived news program on MSNBC in 2014, and this year wrote two explosive exposés that helped blow the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal wide open. Farrow’s reporting, published in The New Yorker after NBC passed on it, was instrumental in yanking aside the curtain that until then had veiled the way women were being exploited by powerful men in the movie industry. The second blockbuster told of the ways Weinstein attempted to muzzle and menace the media into ignoring his behavior. Farrow is also the author of the forthcoming “War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence.”

All of this, he managed to accomplish before reaching the ripe old age of 30, a milestone he will not mark until Dec. 19. And on the following day, Wednesday, Dec. 20, Ronan Farrow will be in our midst to talk about it all. Do not hesitate to make your lunch reservation now. You know this one will be a seat-filler.

The date: Wednesday, Dec. 20
The time: Noon
The place: The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

IMPORTANT CHANGE: The procedure for making lunch reservations has recently changed, but please note that reservations are still required.

You can no longer reserve by emailing David Andelman.

You may reserve via Eventbrite by linking to:

When you reach that site, click on the word “TICKETS” and follow the directions.
Be aware that you may continue to reserve by calling the Silurian reservation line at 212-532-0887. Lunch prices remain at $50 for members, $55 for guests, payable at the door by cash (exact change, please), check or credit card. Regardless of how you reserve, if you’re bringing a guest, make sure to give us your guest’s name. Each member is allowed to reserve for one guest, with additional guests put on a waiting list, pending a final count.

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