Catching up ...
SPECIAL: We felt honored recently to be invited to present a lecture at the Library of Congress. We were also selected to appear at Google headquarters to tell the story of Dona Gracia Nasi as part of Google's authors@google series that also included Tom Brokaw and Al Gore. We are equally proud that a letter of ours on Amelia Bassano (see Lecture Topics page, item 4) was selected for the Editorial Page of the New York Times and that we won a Jewish journalism award a year ago for an article on Harbin (see "Lecture Topics" item 15)
NOTE: We continue to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Dona Gracia Nasi and we now have a traveling (portable) exhibit to accompany a program. Contact the author for details.
You can also join our community and see research updates by clicking on the following Facebook link: DonaGraciaWorldwide. There, you can offer your idea of which A-list performer you would like to see play the role of Dona Gracia and some of the other lead characters for our planned TV mini-series.
A SAMPLING OF UPCOMING TALKS and MINI COURSES for 2015
(for further details, or to register for a talk/course, call or e-mail contacts given below)
March 31, luncheon
book discussion: "Russian Dance"
Westport chapter of Hadassah
April 14, 21, 28, May 5
midday 4-part mini-course
Spain, Maimonides and his turbulent times
W76 St - Amsterdam Ave
New York, N.Y.
Ph: 646 505-5708
The Amazing Life of Dona Gracia Nasi
combined congregational event
Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean
Santa Fe, N.M.
May 28, lunch and learn
The Amazing Life of Dona Gracia
week of daily lectures TBD
Berkshire Hills Camp
August 2, morning talk
The Jews of Cuba
Yiddish Club of Whittingham, N.J.
September 17, morning
Westport Center for Senior
The Strange Life of Amelia Bassano:
Shakespeare's Dark Lady
October 15, morning
Westport Center for Senior
poss. Geneva TBD
poss. U. of Seattle
NOTE: scholar-in-residence programs and
mini courses are regularly available.
The author is also experienced at handling
TV and radio interviews and moderating
SPECIAL OFFER - no charge for leading
book group discussions of her works.
Travel costs a problem? These can also be
arranged using a Skype video-hook up.
See "Book Groups" page for details.
CONTACT US: firstname.lastname@example.org
A SELECTION OF LECTURE TOPICS AND MINI COURSES
(more details and a full list of topics can be found on the "Lecture Topics" page).
1. The Jews of India: from Solomon to Sassoon and beyond: Jews have been trading and settling in India since biblical times. We look at the various migrations and how they maintained their communities for almost three thousand years.
2. On the Fabled Road to Samarkand: a look at the Jews of the ancient Silk Road and later times (known as Bukharian Jews); based upon a trip taken by the lecturer to Uzbekistan in the fall of 2013.
3. Food in the History of the Jews: a tour through the evolution of of Jewish Food from biblical times to today.
4. From Blood Libel to Balfour Declaration: the remarkable history of the Jews of England.
5. The centuries-old history and culture of the Jews of Iran/Persia.
6. Exploring Cuba: its once and future Jews.A look at the way Cuban Jews are increasingly coming out of the religious closet; based upon a recent visit by Brooks to the island.
7. A Woman for the Ages. The unlikely tale of Amelia Bassano: the shadowy Jewish woman behind Shakespeare and his canon. And how it might change our traditional image of Shylock and the original goal of "The Merchant of Venice."
8. The origins and lesser-known history of the Jews of Russia: understanding their true role in the Bolshevik Revolution. Includes research compiled for her book "Russian Dance."
9. The Incredible story of Doña Gracia Nasi: a 16th century Jewish woman banker and leader. Includes back story of how documents were found.
10. The Origins of Jewish Life in Europe and the birth of Ashkenaz.
11. The Ancient Origins of Merchant Jews and their impact upon our history. Also taught as a mini course: "On the Road with Jewish Merchants."
12. The Jews in the Renaissance: the background, personalities and their artistic achievements. Why we rarely hear about them. Also taught as a mini course.
13. Keeping a secret for 500 years: the Strange Story of the Conversos and how it r
resonates even today. Also taught as a mini course.
14. Were there really Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean? Background and understanding.
15. The (real) history of the Jewish doctor.
16. How DNA studies and genealogical research is affecting our understanding of Jewish history and ourselves.
17. Magic, merchants and miracles: the 2,000-year history of the Jews of Morocco.
18. The hidden history of the Jews of China.
19. Our Past, Ourselves. The real story of the early 20th century mass Jewish immigration into America and their impact upon our attitudes today.
20. Jewish Women through the ages: five-part mini course looks at women from ancient Alexandria through to the revolutionaries of the early 20th centuries.
21. Bad Boy of the Jewish World: a new look at the life of Baruch Spinoza, the excommunicated Dutch philosopher.
22. Communism, McCarthy and the Jews
23. ... and for teachers, school counselors, parents and grandparents: Raising the Over-Privileged Child; based upon her award-winning book/workbooks "Children of Fast Track Parents," recently updated and offered as an e-book. A one-hour Emmy-nominated documentary, based upon the research, is also available from amazon.com. Ask author for details.
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