92Y Video: Rabbi Meir Lau In Conversation With Rabbi Menachem Genack
Did you miss Rabbi Israel Meir Lau in conversation with Rabbi Menachem Genack at 92nd Street Y in November? Enjoy a clip from that extraordinary evening, above.
Rabbi Lau regaled the audience with tales of his childhood during the Holocaust and his experiences as Chief Rabbi of Israel. Audience members had the opportunity to ask questions and Rabbi Lau was candid and authentic. He commented on questions such as the recent exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and whether or not Yom HaShoah should be commemorated on Tisha B’Av.
This endowed lecture, the annual Francine and Abdallah Simon State of World Jewry Lecture, is just one of the incredible lectures offered by the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at 92Y. See all upcoming lectures of Jewish Interest, here.
If you’re interested in more stories from the Holocaust, don’t miss the series of special program at 92Y, Will to Create, Will to Live: The Culture of Terezín in January. One featured event, The Story of Terezin, on Jan 18, will delve into one of the most moving and inspiring stories of the Holocaust era with documentary film clips and stories from survivors of Terezín itself.
The 2013 Ford Motor Company International Fellowship of 92nd Street Y is now accepting applications from community leaders who are citizens and residents of China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, India, Israel, Lesotho, Nepal, Nicaragua, South Africa, and Swaziland. Applications must be postmarked, faxed, or emailed by June 30, 2012 to be considered. For more information, please visit our website at 92Y.org/Ford. To download the application and brochure, visit the “2013 Application and Brochure”.
92Y Video: From the Poetry Center Archive: Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus
Legendary comic-book artist Art Spiegelman returned to 92nd Street Y in early October, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Maus by sitting for a conversation with editor Hillary Chute—who he calls the “chief enabler” of his new book, MetaMaus, a project which emerged from him having granted her “free access to [his] rat’s nest of files, archives, artwork, notebooks, journals, books and dirty laundry.”
In today’s featured recording, Spiegelman discusses one of the central questions which any reader of Maus can’t help but ask—Why Comics?—as well as how he has tried to honor both the historical record and his father’s own memories of living through the Holocaust.
In an ongoing effort to share with our readers some of the great literary moments which the Unterberg Poetry Center has presented across the decades, this blog has begun to feature regular postings of archival recordings. For access to other recordings, please click here.
Unterberg Poetry Center webcasts and access to our archive are made possible in part by the generous support of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.
The New York Times reporter Kyle Spencer recently took a closer look at the rising popularity of “unit blocks — those basic, indestructible wooden toys created in the early 1900s,” in New York City’s early education schools. Spencer spoke with 92nd Street Y’s Fretta Reitzes, an expert in parenting and early childhood education. “Ms. Reitzes,” wrote the Times, “said many educators were embracing blocks as an antidote to fine-motor-skill deficits and difficulty with unstructured activity, problems that they blame on too much time in front of screens and overly academic preschools.”
When Michael is not illustrating comics, he’ll glance at the website English Russia, if time allows. And he get his news on Twitter, the “magic grapevine.” Read more about his culture and media habits below, in the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A.
Where do you go for news when you start your day?
Twitter. It’s a magic grapevine.
What are your favorite websites?
I have no time anymore, but an amazing one to look at is English Russia. Apparently Russia is a cross between The Road Warrior and Brazil. Endlessly fascinating.
How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
A lot. I genuinely enjoy Twitter and the interactions I find there; with Facebook I enjoy the interactions but detest the site itself. Someone on my Twitter feed recently compared it to East German in the 1970s, which I thought was very apt; the spying, the control, the fact that you can never do what you want/need to. It’s maddening!
Roya Hakakian with Joe Klein: The Unreported Iran. Hear the fascinating story of the 1992 political assassinations of Iranian opposition leaders in Berlin, one of the most important legal cases in modern European history and the greatest blow to Tehran since the 1979 revolution.
Wed, Dec 7
Why Do We Need Trees?: The benefits trees provide are increasingly important in our urban existence. Could we live without them?
Sundays at Three: Sydney Skybetter & Associates: Skybetter & Associates returns to 92Y to present highlights from the company’s deepening investigation into affect, mathematics and the human condition.
Beyond the Stage: Discussion on Stephen Breyer: These thought-provoking, town meeting-style conversations, led by global affairs expert and World Policy Journal editor David A. Andelman, take place in advance of key current-events lecture
Stephen Breyer: Making Our Democracy Work. Stephen Breyer, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, gives an insider’s perspective on this American institution today and its shaping of our future.
In the video above, Elliott Carter talks about Greenwich Village when he was young, a place “filled with speakeasies.”
In honor of Elliott Carter’s 103rd Birthday on Sunday, December 11th, Boosey & Hawkes is offering Carter fans the opportunity to personally wish him a happy birthday via Twitter. Tweet your happy 103rd birthday wishes and include the hashtag #Carter103. Tweets submitted before Tuesday, December 6 at 5pm EST will be included on a birthday card and presented to Carter at Elliot Carter’s 103rd Birthday Concert on December 8 at 92nd Street Y! More details here.
Daytime: A History of the Piano: From Mozart to Modern Jazz with Stuart Isacoff. From Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin to Duke Ellington, Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk, the great composers and musicians all made famous use of the piano.
92Y Podcast: From the Poetry Center Archive: The Letters of Samuel Beckett
Upon the publication, in 2009, of the first volume of the Letters of Samuel Beckett, editors Martha Dow Fehsenfeld and Lois More Overbeck visited 92Y to speak about the influence of music on his art. In anticipation of the editors’ return visit on December 18 (the second volume is just published), here is an audio recording of their earlier presentation.
Volume II covers the years 1941-1956, and in a preview of their upcoming talk, Fehsenfeld and Overbeck write: “After World War II, Beckett is a changed man: his work shifts from the parameters of self to the wider boundaries of all humanity. Watt is written in the early forties out of the absurd and often impossible situations imposed by the war. Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable are forged from isolation and loss. Waiting for Godot offers a stark reminder of the responsibility of survival—’was I sleeping when the others suffered?’
“From 1946, Beckett begins to write in French. He writes plays and becomes involved in their production. In letters to friends, publishers, actors, translators, interpreters and critics, we witness Beckett honing his aesthetic—particularly through the incomparably intense series of letters to George Duthuit. From 1941 to 1956, Beckett’s work emerges from virtual obscurity to achieve international recognition and Beckett must learn to protect his work and writing life from the encroachments of literary renown.”
To purchase tickets to the event, which takes place as part of the Unterberg Poetry Center’s Books and Bagels series, please click here.
In an ongoing effort to share with our readers some of the great literary moments which the Poetry Center has presented across the decades, this blog has begun to feature regular postings of archival recordings. For access to other recordings, please click here.