Monday, October 17, 2011

A Bounty of Programs this Fall

This blog is by Gabriel Sanders, who would like to entice you to put down the hot cider or pumpkin latte and head to the Museum for some fantastic programming. Here is just a sampling of what's in store for the rest of the fall and for the early winter.

After the relative quiet of holiday-rich October, we begin November with back to back blockbusters.

On the 6th, in connection with our ongoing exhibition Deadly Medicine, we will host an afternoon with cultural historian Sander Gilman, an authority on the field of Nazi science, and medical ethicist Arthur Caplan. After their compelling talks, they’ll engage in a discussion moderated by Museum Director David G. Marwell, who has fascinating professional insight himself, having been very involved in the search for the notorious Nazi Josef Mengele.

The very next night, in collaboration with the Primo Levi Center, we will offer a staged reading starring John Turturro devoted to the great Italian author’s scientific works.

Next Wednesday, just in time for the Statue of Liberty’s 125th birthday, we’ll be opening the exhibition Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles. The poet is in many ways the guiding spirit of our programming for the rest of the year, as themes related to immigration and the Statue recur in program after program.

A November 30 discussion will encompass two very different stories of immigration. The Wall Street Journal’s Lucette Lagnado, author of the bestselling 2007 memoir The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, will discuss her follow-up effort, The Arrogant Years: One Girl's Search for Her Lost Youth, from Cairo to Brooklyn, with fellow memoirist and master raconteur Malachy McCourt.

On December 11, June Feiss Hersh will discuss her bestselling cookbook Recipes Remembered: A Celebration of Survival with Gabriella Gershenson of Saveur magazine.

In 1876, Emma Lazarus, published a story based on the life the Book of Esther’s Vashti, Ahasuerus’ banished queen. Like Lazarus, the poet and songwriter Alicia Jo Rabins has drawn inspiration from some of the Bible’s more rowdy heroines. On December 21, Rabins’ band, Girls in Trouble, will celebrate both Hanukkah and Emma Lazarus, a rabble-rouser herself.

Yes, the Statue’s golden door may be closing for renovation later this month, but on December 25, she—or at least versions of her that have appeared in film—will be lifting a lamp for all to see. Join us for Hitchcock’s 1942 thriller Saboteur, the animated classic An American Tail, and, perhaps Lady Liberty’s biggest role ever, Ghostbusters II.

The mercury may be dropping, but inside Edmond J. Safra Hall the temperature is always pleasant.

Give us your huddled masses!

Image: An American Tail. Courtesy of Swank Motion Pictures.

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