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Wed Feb 07 // 6:30 pm

Happier Hour: Philosophy to make your life suck less

Presented by Caveat

Philosophy means a “love of wisdom,” but what can wisdom teach us about l-o-v-e? Come find out with our stellar  line-up of philosophers and philosopher-ish folk as they share how some of humanity’s greatest ideas can help make us… dare we say it… a little happier.* After a smashing inaugural event last month, The Happier Hour returns to bring philosophy out of the ivory tower of academia and into our modern day agora: the bar.  It’s like the self-help section-- only way funnier, smarter, and with booze. Single or paired (or, you know, whatever), we’ll cheers to love all together!

*Results not guaranteed. 

Doors: 6:30, Show: 7:00, Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, 21+

This is a mixed seated and standing venue, arrive early for the best seats.


Monica McCarthy loves meaningful dialogues, beginning with her career as an actress on Broadway and in television and film, then and as the impresaria for communities like Holstee, Impact Hub, 92Y, and Escape The City, where she has curated and facilitated thousands at least a couple hundred events focused on purpose and interdisciplinary connections.  Monica also believes philosophy shouldn’t be boring and is the creator and host of philosophical and literary events including Cheshire Parlour (a monthly philosophic dinner salon), Philosophy & Cocktails, and The Write DrunkMonica is a professional speaker on the topic of purpose in an angst-ridden era, and consults with organizations wishing to deepen their messaging and connection with their communities.  Monica is currently writing two books and a play, and procrastinates doing both by researching plane tickets. She also used to be blonde and can neither confirm nor deny if they have more fun. @MissMcCarthy



Skye C. Cleary is an Australian philosopher in NYC.  She’s the author of Existentialism and Romantic Love, and teaches at Columbia, Barnard, and City College of New York.  Her work has been published with Aeon, Ted-Ed, The Paris Review, and others. She co-hosts a Philosophy Café with Massimo Pigliucci and is the Managing Editor of the Blog of the American Philosophical Association. She has a black belt in taekwondo, loves cocktails, cares about marine conservation, and often wonders what it’d be like to be a mermaid.  Learn more about Skye at skyecleary.com and@Skye_Cleary

Terri Cole is a New York-based, licensed psychotherapist, relationship expert and founder of Real Love Revolution and Boundary Bootcamp, her two female empowerment courses reaching women in over 25 countries, and host of her popular Hello Freedom podcast. For two decades, Terri has worked with some of the world’s most well known personalities from international pop stars, athletes, Broadway performers and TV personalities to thought-leaders and Fortune 500 CEOs. She has been featured as an expert therapist and master life coach on A&E’s Monster In-Laws, TED X, The Lisa Oz Show, Real Housewives and had a weekly radio show on Hay House Radio. Plus she regularly writes for The Huffington Post, Positively Positive, The Daily Love, Well+Good, and has been featured in Italian Elle, Forbes, Origin, Vogue, Self and most recently was on the cover of Inspired Coach magazine. @terri_cole

Dr. Home H.C. Nguyen is a Professor of mindful leadership, and an advisor and coach to senior executives, entrepreneurs, and educators.  His coaching is inspirational and practical, and grounded in mind-body and spirituality practices. Dr. Home is the founder of the MindKind Institute, which provides coaching  for high-achieving leaders who are ready to create powerful and lasting change for their team and organization. Dr. Home, a certified executive coach, earned his Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.  He is also trained in Traditional Thai Massage, Sacred Intimacy and various psycho-spiritual healing modalities.  He has been practicing Vipassana meditation for over twenty years.Dr. Home was born and raised in Vietnam during a time of war.  He escaped from the Communist regime on a boat at the age of 14.  After surviving his ordeal at sea, he lived in a refugee camp for a year before  immigrating to America. He grew up in Los Angeles, and started his career as a theater artist, writing and directing theater performances which focused on excavating and weaving stories of the refugee experience.  His theater work also incorporated performance arts for HIV/AIDS education and prevention.  Dr. Home currently lives in New York City and also on a farm in New York City with his husband, Rev. Leng Leroy Lim.