Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
It’s 2016, do we still need to be talking about voting rights? Yes we do, now more than ever. Though the Voting Rights Act was signed into law 50 years ago voter suppression is happening today. Ari Berman, author, political commentator and senior contributing writer for The Nation magazine will provide history and insight into this vital political and civil rights issue. *
Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Yada yada yada. Spongeworthy. Double dipping. Master of your domain. Popular culture author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong will talk about how Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer and the sitcom Seinfeld became a cultural touchstone (despite the network’s fear that it was “too Jewish”).
The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel: The Rise of a Village Theocracy and the Battle to Defend the Separation of Church and State
Twenty years ago, the New York State Legislature created a publicly funded school district to cater to an extremely insular sect of orthodox Jews. Author Louis Grumet became the plaintiff in this landmark case to uphold separation of church and state. He will give us a window into the Satmar Chasidic community and tell us the inside story of his fight for the First Amendment.**
Cezanne, Van Gogh, Seurat, and Gauguin: Post-Impressionism and the East
An influential group of late 19th-century painters wanted to re-invent painting and how the world was portrayed. Professor Seth Gopin (back by popular demand) will explore how the four great Post-Impressionists approached their work, their debt to art of Japan and China, and how they laid the foundation for modern art of the 20th century.
The Vietnam War: Seeing Beyond the American Perspective
The word “Vietnam” conjures up a war with an almost exclusive emphasis on the American experience. Professor Tom Grunfeld will put the Vietnam War into the larger context of Vietnamese history. In addition, utilizing newly declassified documents, this presentation will discuss current U.S. policy towards the region.
David Levine Took on the Most Powerful Men of the Free World– With His Pen
Join archivist and author David Leopold as he shares the best of satirist David Levine’s five decades of portraits of the American Presidency. From Washington to Obama, from the Great Emancipator to the Great Society, and even this year’s candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Leopold will share stories of the artist, his views on different presidents, and even some presidential history.
The (Dis)Honesty Project—A Full Day Screening and Discussion Event
It’s human nature to lie; we all do it. From scandalous headlines to little white lies, (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies explores the complex impact dishonesty has on our lives and everyday society. Interweaving groundbreaking experiments from celebrated behavioral economist Dan Ariely with personal stories from individuals affected by the unraveling of their lies, Ariely and a team of scientists uncover our propensity to be dishonest—sometimes even unknowingly. It’s a fascinating look at the forces behind our collective behavior.
Introduction by film director Yael Melamede 10:45-11, Film Screening 11:00-12:30, Lunch 12:30-1:15, Director talk, Q&A and Truth Exercise 1:15-2:15
(First 20 Participants to sign up for the full series receive speaker Ari Berman’s book Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America)
Call Kathy Graff at 201.408.1454
*Sponsored by the Berit and Martin Bernstein Open Forum Endowment Fund and the Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation
**Co-sponsored with the James H. Grossmann Memorial Jewish Book Month Endowment Fund