Author @ the Library, April 2013
Annotation:Peter Pennoyer's illustrated lecture on April 1 features one of the most successful and prolific architectural practices in America during the first three decades of the twentieth century, producing over three hundred major projects, including the celebrated Grand Central Terminal (designed in association with Reed & Stem).
Annotation:On April 2 Prof. John M. Marzluff discusses new research findings that crows are among the brightest animals in the world. This illustrated talk explores and marvels at the birds’ behavior: they play, take risks, reward people who help (or feed) them, use cars as nutcrackers, seek revenge on harassing animals, and dream—all things we humans might find strangely familiar.
Annotation:Cesare Civetta's multi-media presentation on April 4 is an intriguing collection of vivid, one-of-a-kind interviews with artists, who performed with the celebrated conductor Arturo Toscanini, who raised the standards of orchestral and operatic performance over an astonishing 69 years on the podium. A portrait of the inner workings of the maestro emerges through these extensive conversations, conducted by the author over a period of 20 years, together with other firsthand recollections. These accounts clarify Toscanini's philosophy, musical style, and techniques.
Annotation:Randy Cohen's amusing and engaging illustrated lecture on April 8 delivers answers to life's most challenging dilemmas—timeless and contemporary alike, challenges the audience to think about how they would (or should) respond when faced with everyday moral challenges, from sex and love to religion, technology, and much more. It is certain to ignite brain cells and spark healthy debate.
Annotation:Regina Lee Blaszczyk's visual talk on April 9 traces the relationship of color and commerce, from haute couture to automobile showrooms to interior design, describing the often unrecognized role of the color profession in consumer culture. The author examines the evolution of the color profession from 1850 to 1970, telling the stories of innovators who managed the color cornucopia that modern artificial dyes and pigments made possible.
Annotation:Paul Arvich's illustrated lecture on April 10 examines the possibilities and perils of political faith and protest, through a pair who both terrified and dazzled the world. Paul Avrich, a leading historian of anarchism, collected stories about Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman for decades. When he died in 2006, he left his unfinished manuscript on the pair in the hands of his daughter, Karen Avrich. She offers an unprecedented glimpse into their intertwined lives, the lasting influence of the anarchist movement they shaped, and their unyielding commitment to equality and justice.
Annotation:In his book and his lecture on April 11, Jacques Berlinerblau argues for a return to America's hard-won secular tradition; the best way to protect religious diversity and freedom lies in keeping an eye on the encroachment of each into the other. He passionately defends the virtues of secularism, reminds us what it is and what it can protect, and urges us to mobilize around its cause, which is for all Americans to continue to enjoy freedom for--and from--religion.
Annotation:Melanie Kirkpatrick's lecture on April 15 explores the experiences of North Koreans, who have fled the country and their travel along a secret route known as the new underground railroad.
Annotation:Authors Siobhan Wallace & Alexandra Penfold host a panel discussion on April 17, "Tweeting and Eating: How Social Media has Changed the Way We Eat."
Annotation:In a visual presentation on April 22, Miriam Finder Tasini, M.D shares the inspiring true story of a courageous Jewish family’s escape from the Nazis and survival against all odds. The author graphically recounts how she and her family narrowly escaped from Krakow, Poland, in 1939, just ahead of the advancing Nazi invaders, when the author was only three years old.
Annotation:On April 23, Frances Moore Lappé, a giant of the environmental movement, confronts accepted wisdom of environmentalism. Drawing on the latest research from anthropology to neuroscience and her own field experience, she argues that the biggest challenge to human survival isn’t our fossil fuel dependency, melting glaciers, or other calamities. Rather, it’s our faulty way of thinking about these environmental crises that robs us of power.
Annotation:On April 25, John A Ochsendorf's illustrated lecture draws attention to an innovative builder and visionary architect whose work still attracts the eye of visitors to vaulted ceilings, which are considered structural and aesthetic marvels.
Annotation:On April 29 the author recounts her involvement, with forty-six of her female colleagues, in a class action lawsuit against Newsweek for hiring and promotion discrimination on March 16, 1970. She recalls the lead-up and execution of the lawsuit, filed the same day the magazine ran a cover-story on the women's movement, and the affect the lawsuit had on the litigants and future female journalists.