Creative Director, FOLCS
Thane is a novelist, essayist, and Distinguished Professor at Touro College where he directs the Forum on Life, Culture & Society (“FOLCS”). He is the author of the widely praised novels, How Sweet It Is! , The Stranger Within Sarah Stein, The Golems of Gotham, Second Hand Smoke, and the novel-in-stories, Elijah Visible. His articles, reviews and essays appear frequently in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Slate, Salon, Huffington Post, and Daily Beast, among other national publications.
Olivia Simon graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a Bachelor’s of Science in International Politics. While in school, she wrote a column for The Hoya and participated in the Georgetown University Women in Leadership network.
FOLCS provides an unmatched perspective on culture, politics, and current affairs. Our events represent New York culture at its finest, reminiscent of a bygone era of intelligent and entertaining conversation, with an engaged audience eager to discuss, debate, and dissect the big ideas of our day. By becoming a member, you will join our cultural community, help support our plans for future programs and receive great benefits, too!