Monday, August 19, 2013

Howdy Partner!

This blog comes from Gabriel Sanders, our director of public programs, who always has a sweater handy. 
The faint chill in the air last week served as a reminder that fall is nearing, and so, in looking toward the weeks ahead, be sure to have a sweater handy – and a copy of the Museum’s newly-released September-October calendar.

In September, we’ll be kicking off an exciting new discussion series in partnership with 92Y.

The first in the series, on September 15, will be with the Danish journalist, diplomat, and historian Bo Lidegaard, whose new book, Countrymen, discusses the two week period in the fall of 1943 when Danes banded together to help save their Jewish compatriots from the Nazis. On the 29th, we'll be welcoming Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, author of the bestseller Hitler's Willing Executioners, for a discussion of his latest book,  The Devil That Never Dies, which discusses the rise of the new global anti-Semitism. Then, on October 23, Seth Lipsky will join us to talk about his new biography of Abraham Cahan, the journalistic pioneer who turned the Jewish Daily Forward into America's biggest ethnic newspaper. And finally, on October 30, Alisa Solomon comes to the Museum to discuss her new cultural history of Fiddler on the Roof, Wonder of Wonders, with playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner.

Our series with the Y isn't our only new partnership this season. On October 2, we'll be joining forces with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for a screening of the documentary 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus, which tells the story of a Philadelphia couple that traveled to Nazi-occupied territory to help rescue 50 Jewish children.

Another highlight of the coming months will be the third in what's become an annual series of fall food programs. This year, on October 6, we turn our attention to New Israeli Cuisine, which has moved well beyond the realm of hummus and falafel. We'll host a conversation with a panel of food mavens and follow it with a delectable spread by star chef Einat Admony.

This fall will mark the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. We'll use the anniversary both to remember the fallen and to look at the deep links between the World Trade Center and Battery Park City, our home neighborhood.

We'll have two family programs this fall: one right after Rosh Hashanah and a second toward the end of October. The first, on September 8, will feature the indie rock stylings of The Pop Ups, and the second, on October 27, will be with songstress Joanie Leeds and her backup band, The Nightlights.

October will mark 70 years since the uprising at the Sobibor concentration camp. To mark the anniversary, on October 16, we'll be screening a new documentary about the archeologists looking to unearth the former death camp's buried secrets.

Finally, on October 9, we'll host historian Wendy Lower for the launch of her chilling new book, Hitler's Furies, about the role of women in the Nazi killing machine.

It's a jam-packed season with something for everyone. Come join us!

Image: Cover of Wonder of Wonders. Courtesy of Metropolitan Books.

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