Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America
Tuesday, October 22, 8:00 pm
$10 General; FREE to Members
Hear from James Poniewozik, chief television critic for the New York Times, on the rise of Donald J. Trump—a being made of pure “television”—to the nation’s highest office in part through his use of popular media.
Don’t miss bestselling author Alice Hoffman on her sweeping new novel, which follows three young women in Berlin in 1941 who must act with courage and love to survive. The work poignantly asks: How much can one person sacrifice for love? And in a world where evil can be found at every turn, can we still hope that love will prevail? Hoffman will be in conversation with Mary Hendra (Southern California Program Director for Facing History and Ourselves).
Tom Kiefer, Francisco Cantú, and Dora Rodriguez in Conversation
Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 pm
$12 General; FREE to Members
Photographer Tom Kiefer and author Francisco Cantú (The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border) both worked on the US-Mexico border at the same time: Kiefer as a janitor for Customs and Border Protection and Cantú as a Border Patrol agent. Each felt compelled to share stories from this period: Kiefer through photography and Cantú through memoir writing. In this conversation, they will be joined by migrants’ rights advocate Dora Rodriguez, whose story of crossing the border in 1980 is featured in El Sueño Americano | The American Dream: Photographs by Tom Kiefer and who now works as trainer and recruiter for La Paloma Family Services in Tucson. Together, they will reflect on their experiences and their continuing efforts to assist those who are trying to reach the United States. Moderated by Skirball curator Laura Mart.
For centuries the port city of Salonica was home to the large Levy family. As leading editors and publishers, they chronicled modernity as it was experienced by Sephardic Jews across the Ottoman Empire. The wars of the twentieth century, however, redrew the borders around them, while global migrations cast them in many directions. Award-winning historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein shares the true story of a frayed and diasporic Sephardic Jewish family preserved in thousands of letters in Family Papers, recently honored with a Kirkus Star. At the Skirball, Stein will be in conversation with race and gender scholar Brenda E. Stevenson.
Alana Newhouse, Ruth Reichl, and Edward Lee in Conversation
Thursday, December 12, 7:30 pm
$15 General; $10 Members
Through essays, recipes, and stories, delve into this list of the 100 most significant Jewish foods, both culturally and historically. And it’s all up for debate! Join editor Alana Newhouse, former New York Times restaurant critic Ruth Reichl, and James Beard Award–winning chef Edward Lee for this conversation moderated by food historian and writer Lara Rabinovitch.