In an effort to provide cultural programming to the community that is interesting and relevant, B’Nai Vail, in partnership with the 92nd Street Y in New York City, brings to the Vail Valley “Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y” lecture series. The series includes five compelling broadcasts to be held at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel, beginning with a very timely and poignant set of interviews tonight.
Go inside the West Wing with two men who gave voice to America’s past two presidents — Robert Gibbs and Ari Fleischer, the first White House press secretaries for President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush. This will be a lively evening of stories and candid reflection about the nation’s leadership, moderated by former chief White House correspondent Ben Fuller, who covered both presidents for The Associated Press.
Gibbs was a top adviser to Obama for nearly a decade and senior adviser for his 2012 re-election. As Press Secretary to Obama, Gibbs served as the primary voice of the administration on every major issue that came across the president’s desk.
As former White House press secretary, Fleischer was the primary spokesman for Bush and delivered the daily White House briefings from 2001 to 2003. He previously served as the senior communications adviser and spokesman for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign. In his almost four years working for Bush, he served as spokesman during the historic presidential recount, the attacks of Sept. 11, two wars and the anthrax attack. His best-selling book, “Taking Heat,” details his years in the White House and reached No. 7 on The New York Times best-seller list.
Prior to joining then-Texas Gov. Bush’s campaign, Fleischer was the national spokesman and communications director for Elizabeth Dole’s presidential campaign. In November 1994, Fleischer was hired as communications director by the House Committee on Ways and Means after Republicans took control of the Congress. He also served as press secretary to New Mexico Sen. Pete V. Domenici from 1989 to 1994. From 1983 to 1989, Fleischer served as press secretary to two members of Congress from New York and worked on several political campaigns.
The 92nd St. Y lectures are streamed live via satellite to the Edwards Interfaith Chapel and will be an interactive experience where audience members will have the chance, during the live event, to submit questions to the speakers via email.
The satellite broadcast series, now in its 12th year, brings lectures, interviews and readings from nationally and internationally recognized political figures, entertainers, newsmakers and authors to community organizations across America and Canada. Audiences at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel can take part in discussions with some of the world’s most fascinating people.
The series begins today at 6 p.m. with Gibbs and Fleischer with Ben Feller discussing “Full Court Press: Inside the Bush and Obama White Houses.” Audience members will go inside the West Wing with two men who gave voice to America’s past two presidents — Gibbs and Fleischer, the first White House press secretaries for Obama and Bush. It will be a lively night of stories and candid reflection about the nation’s leadership, moderated by former chief White House correspondent Ben Feller, who covered both presidents for The Associated Press.
Upcoming broadcasts at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel will include:
Nov. 18: A Conversation with Jeb Bus, 6 p.m.
Nov. 26: Meeting of the Minds: On Compassion Karen Armstrong and Thomas Cahill with Rabbi Jennifer Krause, 6 p.m.
Dec. 9: Howard Gardner: On the App Generation, 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 16: Jeremy Ben-Ami: What Does it Mean to Be Pro-Israel in America Today? 6:15 p.m.
Tickets for each lecture are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Tickets include appetizers and wine.