Author @ the Library, February 2013
Annotation:February 4. This dialogue between author Stéphane Gerson and cultural historian Mitch Horowitz chronicles Nostradamus’s rise to celebrity, and explains how and why Nostradamus has held an unwavering amount of interest and influence on society for centuries.
Annotation:Robert Litwak's lecture on Febrary 7 examines the role of the United States as an enforcer against the development of nuclear weapons in the international community. In the Bush Era, Iran and North Korea were branded "rogue" states for their flouting of international norms, and changing their regimes was the administration's goal. The Obama administration has chosen Instead to call the countries nuclear "outliers" and has proposed means other than regime change to bring them back into "the community of nations." The “outlier” strategy is the successor to the strategy described in Dr. Litwak’s influential book, Regime Change: U.S. Strategy through the Prism of 9/11 (2007). The author explores this significant policy adjustment and raises questions about its feasibility and its possible consequences.
Annotation:Marion Nestle's illustrated lecture on February 12 explores everything the average person might want to know about calories and then some: from the unit of measure’s history and scientific definition, to its impact on the food industry and current topics in public health. The talk also covers issues of calorie expenditure, metabolism and effective dieting. Learn about the essence of the calorie, its relationship to government policy, and the surprising facts, one of the most respected nutritionists in America, discovered despite decades of nutrition expertise.
Annotation:On February 13 former Top Chef contestant and the host of TLC’s “Home Made Simple”, food TV personality for Cooking Channel’s “Unique Eats” divulges delicious secrets for staying slim, saving money, and cooking and eating well. Coined as the next inspiring food guru of her generation, she encourages men and women of all ages to obtain optimum health and wellness through their food.
Annotation:Growing up in her mother’s and grandmother’s kitchens, the author became an expert in traditional Latin-American cuisine. In this illustrated lecture on February 14, she “Daisifies” those classics and includes a hearty sampling of dishes from her travels across Spain, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Argentina.
Annotation:“Is relativity Jewish?” The Nazis denigrated Albert Einstein’s revolutionary theory by calling it “Jewish science,” a charge typical of the ideological excesses of Hitler and his followers. On February 19 philosopher of science Steven GImbel explores the many meanings of this provocative phrase and considers whether there is any sense in which Einstein’s theory of relativity is Jewish.
Annotation:Ronald S. Codrington's visual presentation on February 21 explores the men of color who fought for their freedom during the Civil War, through profiles illustrated with original wartime photographs. These previously unpublished photographs of African American Civil War participants, who served in roles that ranged from servants and laborers to enlisted men and junior officers, are compelling archival images with biographical stories revealing the human side of the war.
Annotation:February 25. Complete with never-before-revealed details about the sex, violence, and drugs in her life, this multi-visual presentation reveals the incredibly turbulent life of Motown artist, Mary Wells. Based in part on four hours of previously unreleased and unpublicized deathbed interviews with Wells, this account delves deeply into her rapid rise and long fall as a recording artist, her spectacular romantic and family life the violent incidents in which she was a participant, and her abuse of drugs. From tumultuous affairs, including one with R&B superstar Jackie Wilson, to a courageous battle with throat cancer that climaxed in her gutsiest performance, this lecture draws upon years of interviews with Wells’s friends, lovers, and husband to tell the whole story of a woman whose songs crossed the color line and whose voice captivated the Beatles.
Annotation:On February 26 Eric Manheimer, M.D. medical director at Bellevue (1997-2012), clinical professor at the NYU School of Medicine and now medical director the NYU Langone Medical Center takes the audience through the medical system from top to bottom and on a tour between life and death. The internist, administrator, teacher, writer and social commentator, became a patient after being diagnosed with throat cancer.
Annotation:On February 27 Tanner Colby presents his thoughts on the social, economic, and political factors that he believes have obstructed integration in America. He chronicles America’s troubling relationship with race through four interrelated stories: the transformation of a once-racist Birmingham school system; a Kansas City neighborhood’s fight against housing discrimination; the curious racial divide of the Madison Avenue ad world; and a Louisiana Catholic parish’s forty-year effort to build an integrated church.
Annotation:John Krubski's illustrated talk on February 28 is a fresh take on what makes America America and Americans Americans and about how and why Americans make decisions. His book began as an exercise to better understand why people make the decisions they make and how they value what they value.