Monday, November 10 • 7:30pm • Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at UM • $10 Admission
Gidi Grinstein, Flexigidity: The Secret of Jewish Adaptability
The Forward’s Deputy Arts Editor Ezra Glinter will interview the author
Flexigidity offers a systemic view of Jewish society and explores what the author believes is the secret of Jewish survival, resilience, security, prosperity and leadership during past millennia. Gidi Grinstein, argues that this secret stems from a unique societal hybrid between old and new, tradition and innovation, rigidity and flexibility – Flexigidity. He is the founder of a non-partisan, non-profit policy group based in Tel Aviv. Grinstein served as the Secretary and Coordinator of the Israeli negotiation team between Israel and the PLO during Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s administration (1999-2001).
Co-sponsored by The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami
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It may be the most interesting and yet loneliest spot on earth: a volcanic rock surrounded by a million square miles of ocean, named for the day Dutch explorers discovered it, Easter Sunday, April 5, 1722. Here people created a complex society, sophisticated astronomy, exquisite wood sculpture, monumental stone architecture, roads, and a puzzling ideographic script. And then they went about sculpting amazing, giant human figures in stone.
This richly illustrated book of the history, culture, and art of Easter Island is the first to examine in detail the island's vernacular architecture, often overshadowed by its giant stone statues. It shows the conjecturally reconstructed prehistoric pole houses; the ahu, the sculptures' platform, as a spectacular expression of prehistoric megalithic architecture; and the Easter Island Statue Project's inventory of the colossal moai sculptures.
Tuesday, November 11 • 7:30pm • Beth David Congregation • $18 Admission
Daniel Gordis, Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s Soul
Remarks from the Consul General of Israel & Puerto Rico
Daniel Gordis, the award-winning author of Saving Israel, presents his latest book Menachem Begin, a fascinating biography about the sixth prime minister of Israel. He follows the evolution of the pre-state terrorist who became the first Israeli leader to sign a peace treaty with an Arab county. Begin was a complex and controversial figure who was reviled as a fascist demagogue by his great rival Ben-Gurion, venerated by Israel’s underclass, and the first Israeli to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
The author is Senior Vice president and Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem.
This program is co-sponsored by The Galbut Family Miami Beach JCC on the Simkins Family Campus and Israel Bonds
Co-sponsor Galbut Family Miami Beach JCC & Israel Bonds
In Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves. Using a synthesis of memoir, reportage, and cultural critique, Almond asks a series of provocative questions:
• Does our addiction to football foster a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and homophobia? • What does it mean that our society has transmuted the intuitive physical joys of childhood—run, leap, throw, tackle—into a billion-dollar industry? • How did a sport that causes brain damage become such an important emblem for our institutions of higher learning?
There has never been a book that exposes the dark underside of America’s favorite game with such searing candor.
About the Author:
STEVE ALMOND was raised in Palo Alto, California, and was a newspaper reporter in Texas and Florida before writing his first book, the story collection My Life in Heavy Metal. His second book, Candy Freak, was a New York Times bestseller, was named the Booksense Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year, and won the American Library Association Alex Award. His short fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and he writes commentary and journalism regularly for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Los Angeles Times. Almond lives outside Boston with his wife and three children.
La periodista Liz Balmaseda, ganadora del Premio Pulitzer presentará al autor.
Carlos Frías, premiado periodista e hijo de cubanos exiliados, nacido en Estados Unidos, se crió oyendo sobre la tierra natal de sus padres sólo en parábolas. La Cuba de sus padres, la que dejaron atrás hacía cuatro décadas, era etérea. Para él existía solo en sus anécdotas y en la familia que permanecía en Cuba —meros fantasmas del otro lado de la línea de teléfono—.
Hasta que enfermó Castro. Enviado a Cuba por su periódico cuando el país se empezaba a cerrar a la prensa extranjera en agosto de 2006, Frías se embarcó en la travesía secreta de su vida —doce días en la tierra de sus padres—. Esa experiencia llevó a esta evocativa, espectacular e inolvidable memoria. Llévame contigo está escrita a través de la mirada única de un cubano-americano de primera generación, contemplando aquel país prohibido de sus ancestros por primera vez. Llévame contigo brinda una mirada fresca de Cuba, despojada de un abierto comentario político, enfocándose en vez en las duras y tangibles vidas de las personas que viven en la Cuba de Castro. Frías toma a la nación isleña de hoy, e intenta reconstruir cómo fue el pasado para sus padres, volviendo sobre sus pasos, buscando sus raíces y descubriendo su historia. El libro genera reacciones duraderas e inesperadas en su familia a ambos lados del Estrecho de Florida —y en el mismo autor—.
Sobre el autor:
Carlos Frías, reportero de proyectos especiales para la sección de deportes de The Palm Beach Post, es un premiado escritor que ha sido considerado uno de los periodistas jóvenes más destacados del país. Vive en Pembroke Pines, Florida. Visita su sitio en www.cfrias.com.
A delightful book that will appeal not only to those interested in sailing, but to anyone who’s ever tasted wanderlust or dreamt of breaking free from ‘normal’ life and doing something truly extraordinary. Harrison blends journal entries, unique historical commentary, song lyrics, personal photos, and more in his adventure autobiography of a couple in the 1970’s who make it through challenging and oftentimes hilarious odds while building a 38’ sailboat in the mountains of Costa Rica. Quirky, heartfelt, and fun, Sailing Down the Mountain is a must-read that transcends generations.
About the Author:
Ben Harrison is a distinctive voice with a wonderful sense of the ridiculous and a vivid storytelling ability. As an author, musician, and playwright, Ben has recorded nine albums of original music, written three musicals, and four books. Spending his early years in Corpus Christi, Texas, he graduated SMU Law School in 1972, and moved to San Francisco with his wife Helen soon after. In 1974 they drove to Costa Rica and together they built a 38-foot sailboat that they lived on for 11 years, and which became the prototype for the Cabo Rico 38’. In 1979 they sailed into Key West, Florida, where he played music nightly on Duval Street for over 16 years. In 1986 he and Helen opened Harrison Gallery, which celebrated its 28th anniversary in 2014. They have two sons, Benjamin and Cole.
Presentación de Cómete a ti mismo, una novela de Nicolás Méndez ganadora del PREMIO EQUIS 2014. Presentan Pedro Medina León y Hernán Vera Álvarez. Organizadores de EQUIS: Suburbano Ediciones, Revista Specimens y Editorial El Cuervo.
Cristina Favretto joined the faculty of the University of Miami libraries in 2008 as the Head of Special Collections. This Department houses the Libraries’ collections of rare books and manuscripts, which also include rare maps, photographs, scrap books, art work, and oral histories and other historical materials. Cristina is responsible for further building and facilitating access for these collections, with the aim of forming a world-class research collection. She and her team also curate physical and virtual exhibits, host class visits, and work with community members to ensure that the rich history of South Florida is preserved and made available to researchers everywhere.
Before joining the Special Collections Department, Cristina has held a variety of posts throughout the country, including Head of Special Collections at San Diego State University, Curator of Rare Books at UCLA’s Charles E. Young Library, and Director of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University. She has also worked at the Boston Public Library, Harvard University Libraries, and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her M.L.S. and C.A.S. (Certificate of Advanced Studies) at the University of Pittsburgh, and her B.A. in English Literature and Art History at the State University of New York at Albany. Cristina spent her formative years in Trieste, Italy, and received her Baccalaureate from the Liceo Giosue` Carducci in that city.
Cristina has given talks throughout the country on the topics of collecting women’s history materials, as well as on preserving local heritage collections. Her area of study is 19th century women’s domestic cultures, with a particular interest in culinary history and the cuisines of immigrant cultures in the United States.
This event will be bilingual, este evento será bilingüe
How to Have a Match Made in Heaven: A Transformational Approach to Dating, Relating and Marriage, offers real, practical ways men and women can create harmony and happiness in their relationships, whether they are single or divorced, dating or married.
"To invest in this book is to invest in your happiness for a lifetime." -Ivan Misner, Ph.D., NY Times bestselling author and founder of BNI
"Halleluja, a relationship book that makes sense!" - Alan Cohen, author of Don't Get Lucky, Get Smart
Cómo crear la relación ideal, un nuevo y transformador enfoque sobre las relaciones y el matrimonio, ofrece ejemplos reales de personas corrientes, sobre cómo las personas pueden crear harmonía y felicidad en sus relaciones, sin importar si son solteras, divorciadas, durante el noviazgo y citas o son casadas.
"Invertir en este libro es como invertir en la felicidad para toda la vida." -Ivan Misner, Doctor en Comportamiento Organizacional, autor de la lista de más vendidos del NY Times y fundador del BNI
"¡Aleluya, un libro sobre las relaciones que tiene sentido!" -Alan Cohen, autor de No seas suertudo, sé inteligente (Don't Get Lucky, Get Smart)
About the authors / sobre los autores:
Since 1987, award-winning authors Ariel and Shya Kane have taught individuals, couples and organizations across the globe how to live in the moment and unwire the knee-jerk behaviors that get in the way of living with ease. Together, for 32 years and counting, people still ask Ariel and Shya if they are on their honeymoon.
Desde 1987, Ariel y Shya Kane, autores ganadores de varios premios, han enseñado a personas, parejas y organizaciones de todo el mundo a vivir en el momento y a desprenderse de las conductas automáticas que les impiden vivir la vida de una forma relajada. Juntos por 32 años y aún contando, las personas les preguntan si están todavía en su luna de miel.
SHIVA , a debut novel by Stuart Rojstaczer,
is a wryly funny bildungsroman of middle-age and a fresh look at family,
genius, and the Jewish Eastern European immigrant experience following the
combined darkness of World War II and Stalinism.
Karnokovitch and his family would like to mourn the passing of his mother,
Rachela, with modesty and dignity. But Rachela, a famous Polish émigré
mathematician and professor at the University of Wisconsin, is rumored to have
solved the million-dollar Navier-Stokes Millennium Prize problem. Rumor also
has it that she spitefully took the solution to her grave. To Sasha’s chagrin,
a ragtag group of socially challenged mathematicians arrives in Madison and
crashes the shiva, vowing to do whatever it takes to find the solution—even if
it means prying up the floorboards for Rachela’s notes. Sasha must do his best
to keep these geniuses in check, keep his patchwork family happy, and figure
out who he is now that he no longer exists in relief against his mother’s
towering presence—all at the same time. Written by a PhD geophysicist, this
hilarious and multilayered debut novel brims with colorful characters and
brings to life the elegance of mathematics itself, brilliantly capturing
humanity’s enduring drive not just to survive, but to solve the impossible.
About the Author:
Stuart Rojstaczer was born in Milwaukee,
WI, and has degrees from the University of Wisconsin, the University of
Illinois, and Stanford University. For many years, he was a professor of
geophysics at Duke University. He has written for The New York Times and The Washington
Post, and his scientific research has been published in many journals,
including Science and Nature. He lives in Northern California.