Le Conversazioni: An Evening with Gay Talese on Muhammad Ali
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Gay Talese, Antonio Monda (moderator)
Tue, November 15th, 2016 | 6:30 pm
(Members $24)


Gay Talese, one of the great storytellers of our time, is a pioneer in literary journalism. His prolific body of work encompasses a rich cast of characters, including the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali. In an intimate conversation focusing on his relationship with the heavyweight champion, Talese reflects upon the memorable experiences and personalities throughout his decades-long career—including his journey to Havana with Ali to meet with Fidel Castro—as well as the great boxing moments of the 20th century.

Gay Talese is the author of numerous books, including The Voyeur’s Motel, and a contributor to The New Yorker. Antonio Monda (moderator) is artistic director of Le Conversazioni literary festival and artistic director of the Rome Film Festival.

Presented in anticipation of the exhibition Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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Presented in partnership with Dazzle Communication and CPW Conversations. Presented under the Patronage of MiBACT Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. Major support has been provided by Persol (main sponsor). Additional support has been provided by Rai Radiotelevisione Italiana (official sponsor & media partner), Terna, Ferrero, and Acea (official sponsors), and SIAE.

Creative: Tronvig Group