If you're going to be in New York on December 11, think about attending the "Cookie: Tasting and History with Francine Segan" program at the 92nd Street Y. (Tickets are $40 apiece.) From the Y's description:
“Join food historian and expert Francine Segan as she journeys through the past and present of our favorite foods! Programs include rich histories and delicious tastings.
Mallomars, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, gingerbread men and more--cookies have been popular since ancient times, when the Romans invented a two-sided sweet resembling an Oreo. Discover the fascinating history and origins of many of our favorite cookies, and nibble your way through dozens of delicious treats from China, Japan, Israel, Italy, India, South America and more.”
Doesn't that sound cool!? I found out about this program through a piece of junk mail. Yay, junk mail!