To date, Wikipedia can list more than 400 openly gay politicians. But if Wikipedia had existed in 1977 (along with the Internet), the list would consist of only one: Harvey Milk. It was in that year that Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, in which he fought not only for gay rights but for the rights of everyone, from senior citizens to union workers. Tonight, learn more about his inspiring and tragic story (he was assassinated in 1978) as New York Times editor Marcus Mabry moderates the TimesTalk event, The Life and Legacy of Harvey Milk, to promote Gus Van Sant’s latest film Milk, which hits theaters at the end of the month. The panel includes screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, actors James Franco and Emile Hirsch, and the real-life activist that Hirsch portrays in the film, Cleve Jones, who is also the AIDS Memorial Quilt founder.

Mon., Nov. 17, 8:30 p.m., 2008