Archive for December, 2017

By a Thread – A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother’s Hidden Identity at CJH

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Sunday, December 10
1:30pm
By a Thread – A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother’s Hidden Identity
Presented by Jewish Genealogical Society & Center for Jewish History
Lecture
New York journalist Marisa Fox knew her mother as Tamar Fromer Fox, a self-proclaimed freedom fighter and hero of the Israeli War of Independence. But Tamar’s Polish roots were more elusive, as she avoided any conversation of how she escaped the fate that claimed her own mother and large family who were murdered at Auschwitz. Nearly 20 years after Tamar died, Marisa discovers her mother had a hidden identity and goes in search of it. After a 7-year investigation from Manhattan to Melbourne, Toronto, Tel Aviv, Detroit, Haifa, Berlin, and Malmo, Sweden, finding survivors and relatives who knew her mother, Fox has directed a documentary about her search called “By a Thread.” Connecting the dots between her mother’s alias and her true genealogical roots and secret past, Fox asks: Is identity something that’s genetically determined or are we creatures of self-invention and reinvention?
Tickets: JGS members free; guests are welcome, $5 at the door.
Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/by-a-thread-2017-12-10

Violence, Grief and a Harsh Conscience in “Wind River”

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

by Herbert H. Stein

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Ancient human ancestor ‘Little Foot’ makes public debut

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Ancient human ancestor ‘Little Foot’ makes public debut By David McKenzie on the CNN website on December 6, 2017.

Little Foot skull (StW 573) April 2015 Wits University. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Why China Is Having A Healthcare Boom

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Click Here to Read and View: Why China Is Having A Healthcare Boom By Jonathan Vanian on the Fortune website on December 5, 2017.
Red-cross hospital Xining, Qinghai, China by Kelly Dombroski. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

German Historical Museum exhibition presents the October Revolution as an event of world-historical significance

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  German Historical Museum exhibition presents the October Revolution as an event of world-historical significance
By Verena Nees on the World Socialist Web Site on December 6, 2017.

Click Here to Read:  Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test at the Art Institute of Chicago—an introductory comment
Russian Revolutionary art exhibition opened October 29 By Jeff Lusanne and David Walsh On the World Socialist Web Site on October 31, 2017.

Click Here to Read: How the Bolshevik Revolution saved avant-garde art By Paul Mitchell on the World Socialist Web Site on November 30, 2017.

Day of the October Revolution , 1938 Image source: National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, New York.Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

 

Psychoanalysis meets film at dedicated festival in Bucharest

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Psychoanalysis meets film at dedicated festival in Bucharest by Ro Insider on the Romania Insider website on December 5, 2017.

Turmoil of the Heart: Lyricism and Drama in Music by Schubert and Brahms at CJH

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Thursday, December 7
7:30 pm
Turmoil of the Heart: Lyricism and Drama in Music by Schubert and Brahms
Presented by Center for Jewish History. Made possible by the generous support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
Concert
Phoenix Chamber Ensemble performs Schubert’s “Violin and Piano Duo Sonata,” Opus 162, D. 574, Brahms’ “Viola Sonata,” Opus 120, and Brahms’ “Piano Quartet,” Opus 25.
Tickets: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors, students
Click Here To Register
Images: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

 

The Ruined House by Ruby Namdar at the Center For Jewish History

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER @ the Center for Jewish History

Thursday, December 7
7 pm
The Ruined House by Ruby Namdar
Presented by American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History & 14th Street Y
Book Launch
Book talk to launch and celebrate the new English translation of Ruby Namdar’s award winning “The Ruined House” from Hebrew. Talk featuring Ruby Namdar and Liel Leibowitz (Tablet Magazine).
Tickets: $10 general; $5 AJHS/CJH/14th Street Y members, seniors, students; $12 at the door
Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/the-ruined-house-2017-12-07

A Power Pair: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  A Power Pair: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Portrait of a complex marriage: Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera painted each other for 25 years: those works give us an insight into their relationship, argues Kelly Grovier on the BBC Culture website on December 4, 2017.

Carl Van Vechten photograph collection (Library of Congress).  Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Our personalities are shaped by the climate we grew up in, new study says

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Our personalities are shaped by the climate we grew up in, new study says By Angela Fritz in the Washington Post on November 27, 2017.

FOTO:Fortepan — ID 20453: Nuvola filesystems folder home.svgInkscape.svgInformation icon.svg Adományozó/Donor : Urbán Tamás. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Ku Klux Klambakes

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Ku Klux Klambakes by Adam Hochschild in the New York Review of Books in the December 7, 2017 Issue.

The empire dreamt back

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017


Click Here to Read: 
The empire dreamt back: To help rule its empire, Britain turned to psychoanalysis. But they weren’t willing to hear the truth it told by Erik Linstrum on the Aeons website.

The National Archives of United Kingdom.  Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

 

A Discovery Without Hope

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Click Here to Read: A Discovery Without Hope by Yolanda Reid Chassiakos on the Huffington Post website on December 4, 2017,

Leo Hurwitz Filmography Tuesday: Here at the Water’s Edge

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Here at the Water’s Edge 1961 By Leo Hurwitz:  Seeing What Needs To Be Seen by Dr. Sandra E. Cohen on her Characters on the Couch blog on December 4, 2017.

New Data Reveal 250 Preschoolers Are Suspended or Expelled Every Day

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Click Here to Read: New Data Reveal 250 Preschoolers Are Suspended or Expelled Every Day By Rasheed Malik on the Center for American Progress website on November 6, 2017.

US National Guard Photo of Preschool Activity. Public Domain via Wikipedia Commons

Primo Levi on the Spiritual Value of Science and How Space Exploration Brings Humanity Closer Together

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Primo Levi on the Spiritual Value of Science and How Space Exploration Brings Humanity Closer Together by Maria Popova on the Brain Picking website.

Letters to the Editor: Let’s Talk About Male Sex Drive

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Let’s Talk About Male Sex Drive  Re “The Unexamined Male Libido” (Sunday Review, Nov. 26) by Henry J. Friedman and other in The New York Times on December 2, 2017,

Movies Monday: The Two of Us

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Click Here to Read: The Two of Us (1967 film) on Wikipedia.

Click Here to Read: Review of the Two of Us by Roger Ebert on the RogerEbert website on August 25, 2005.

Click Here to Read:  The Two of Us Reviewed By Renata Adler in The New York Times on February 20, 1968.

Click Here to Read: The Two of Us by Felicia Feaster on the Turner Classics Movies website.

Click Here to Read: Other Posts on Movies Monday on this website.

 

Jim Hall: December 4, 1930 to December 10, 2013

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Click Here to View:   Bimini – Power of Three with Jim Hall on YouTube.

Click Here to View: Jim Hall: “My Funny Valentine”  on YouTube,

Click Here to View: Jim Hall Quartet – Beija Flor on YouTube.

Click Here to View:  Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo with Jim Hall Sextet on YouTube. (more…)

POETRY MONDAY: December 3, 2017

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Janet MacFadyen

Good morning, everyone.  It’ s hard to believe we’re already in the middle of what everyone now calls “the holiday season,” which seems to begin while people are still carving pumpkins for Hallowe’en.  I hope you had a good Thanksgiving with family and friends.

The lively, happy young poet you see here is Janet MacFadyen, who is already well along in a poetry career that includes prize nominations, residencies and editorial positions.

The author of two well-regarded poetry collections, Waiting to Be Born (Dos Madres Press, 2017), and A Newfoundland Journal (Killick Press, 2019) as well as two chapbooks, she is the managing editor of Slate Roof Press and lives in western Massachusetts, where she also works as a free-lance editor.  Her work has been nominated for the Forward and Pushcart prizes and has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including  The Atlanta Review and Poetry.  She has held a nine-month residency at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, residencies at Cill Rialaig in Ireland, and the Fowler and C-Scape dune shacks in Provincetown.

I have to say that the energy and enthusiasm she shows in the photo above have paid off in her achievements thus far.  So here below, with pleasure, are three poems by Janet MacFadyen.

Irene Willis
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