“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”Anna Quindlen in How Reading Changed My Life
Congressman Dan Glickman: My Education in Congress, on the Farm and at the Movies in conversation with award-winning journalist, author and editor Sandee Brawarsky
How did a Jewish boy, son of self-made, entrepreneurial parents and a grandson of Eastern European immigrants end up as a Kansas congressman, secretary of agriculture, and chief lobbyist for Hollywood? Dan Glickman, a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center will share his guiding principles, including the need for a strong sense of humor and ability to laugh at himself.
Thursday, January 20, 11 am, $12/$15
The Unexpected Spy
When Tracy Walder enrolled at USC, she never thought she would offer her pink beanbag chair in the Delta Gamma house to a CIA recruiter, or that she’d fly to the Middle East under an alias identity. Hear from this former CIA Staff Operations Officer and FBI Special agent about her secret life taking down some of the world’s most notorious terrorists. She’ll share her experiences in a very male-dominated field, as a spy and counterintelligence expert.
Thursday, February 3, 11 am, $12/$15
The History of Stand-Up
Today’s top stand-up comedians sell out arenas, generate millions of dollars, tour the world, and help shape our social discourse. Learn from Emmy-nominated stand-up comedian, actor, author, professor, and podcaster Wayne Federman how this came about. He’ll take us from pre-vaudeville to today’s comedians of HBO and Netflix. (You’ll recognize Wayne from his many roles on film and tv. “Oh, he’s the guy…)
Thursday, February 17 , 11am, $12/$15
Unstoppable: Siggi B. Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey From Auschwitz Survivor to Wall Street Legend
Renowned Holocaust scholar and filmmaker Joshua Greene tells us the ultimate immigrant story of Siggi Wilzig who was liberated from Mauthausen and came to America where he started selling neckties from the back of his car and in a little over decade rose to CEO of an oil company and a bank with assets over $4 billion.*
Thursday, May 12, 12:45 pm, $20/$25
*Co-sponsored with the James H Grossmann Memorial Jewish Book Month Endowment Fund
Sunday of Strong Women 2022
Hear the voices of three strong women with unique ideas to share. Audacious and tenacious, these women will engage, enlighten, and entertain.
Deborah Copaken: Ladyparts
Did you see Emily in Paris on Netflix? What about Modern Love on Amazon? Deborah Copaken wrote on those shows and wrote the bestselling book Shutterbabe, among others. She is a contributing writer at the Atlantic and has been an Emmy award-winning news producer and photojournalist. Her latest book Ladyparts is about the female body and the body politic of womanhood in America. It’s irreverent and funny and very serious.
Gillian Laub: Family Matters
Photographer and filmmaker Gillian Laub spent decades using her camera to explore political, social, and psychological conflict, inviting both her subjects and viewers into conversations about reconciliation. In 2016, during the most divisive election in US history, with her family on two sides of the gaping divide, Laub discovered that this conflict was inextricably linked to the complex and loving relationships she had been chronicling in her own family for more than two decades. This book, companion to her current exhibit at ICP contains those photographs.
Qian Julie Wang: Beautiful Country
In China she was the daughter of professors. In Brooklyn her family was ‘illegal.’ Qian Julie Wang was seven when she moved to America, the ‘Beautiful Country’, where she and her parents found that the roads of New York City were not paved with gold, but with crushing fear and scarcity. Barely surviving, she battled hunger and loneliness at school. A heartrending story of a girl who comes of age in the shadows and never stops seeking the light.
Sun, Mar 20, 10:30-1:30pm, $40/$48 (includes lunch)
Call Kathy Graff 201.408.1454 for more information.
Supported in part by the James H. Grossmann Memorial Jewish Book Endowment Fund
Celebrity Authors in Your Living Room (virtual)
In partnership with JCCs across the country
Political and cultural icons talk to you from their living rooms while you’re home in yours.
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