Great Neck Library’s Socrates Salon host to be honored by Columbia

Ron Gross, the long-time host of the Great Neck Library's Socrates Salon, is being honored by Columbia University. (Photo courtesy of Ron Gross)
Ron Gross, the long-time host of the Great Neck Library's Socrates Salon, is being honored by Columbia University. (Photo courtesy of Ron Gross)

Ronald Gross, the long-time host of the Library’s popular Socrates Salon, will be honored for “distinguished scholarship and great service” by the University Seminars at Columbia University on April 10.

Gross has served as the co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Innovation for 20 years, involving thought leaders such as Kwame Appiah, the Times Magazine’s weekly Ethicist columnist and author of Cosmopolitanism; Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Price-winning author of “The Soul of America;” and Harry Frankfurt, professor emeritus at Princeton on his book “On Bullshit.”  

The Socrates Salon meets on the first Friday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Main Library, located at 159 Bayview Ave., Great Neck, for conversations about various topics. Recent topics have included respect, humor, nature, justice, wealth, hope, food, travel, luck, and friendship

“The Salon is part of a grand tradition,” Gross said.  “In every age and culture, lively-minded people have come together to share ideas, experiences, and friendship.” 

The topic for the next session, on Friday, April 5, is “How Are We Fooled?”, and will explore how we fool others, how we fool ourselves, and how we are fooled by the media and advertising.

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