The 92nd Street Y series begins in Vail
VAIL, Colorado Its time for community conversation, for hearing from great minds, and for kibbutzing to follow. We are pleased to open the 2008 Y programs this week, and everyone is invited said C.J. Tenner, president of BNai Vail.
From the Vail Interfaith Chapel, BNai Vail hosts satellite feed from New York of talks with powerful speakers on a variety of national and global topics. Structured so that members of the Vail audience can participate with the speakers in real time, audience members can submit questions to the speaker via email from the talk. Not only are the featured speakers notable, the interviewers have varied resumes, as well. Half of the fun of the broadcasts is being invited to witness a powerful conversation between great intellectuals. The interview format is engaging, in that the skilled questioners pull great stories and thoughts, while pushing boundaries and testing the edges of their proclaimed ideas, said Ben Kleimer, a board member for BNai Vail. Being able, as an audience member, to participate in this format is an added bonus.Heres this winters line up:
The Threat of Islamic Extremism The first Live from the 92nd Street Y program kicks off on Thursday, when Norman Podhoretz will talk with Jay Nordlinger, the managing editor of The National Review, about why he considers the war against global terrorism as legitimate and necessary as the two World Wars and the Cold War. Podhoretz is credited as one of the patriarchs of neo-conservatism, the political school of thought with origins in the 1970s. He has fueled countless political and intellectual debates throughout the country. Podhoretz contends that past administrations, both Republican and Democratic, have failed to respond with appropriate force to attacks by Muslim terrorists on American citizens throughout the world. In 2004 Podhoretz was honored by President Bush with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, for his support of the war in Iraq. Podhoretz continues to support the Bush doctrine of unilateral action, pre-emptive war, and the exportation of democracy to the Middle East. He has since met with President Bush to advise various foreign strategies. Norman Podhoretz is the editor emeritus of Commentary magazine, where he worked from 1960 to 1995. He has also authored numerous bestselling books, including Breaking Ranks, Making It, My Love Affair with America and, most recently, World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism. He currently serves as the senior foreign policy advisor on the Rudy Giulianis presidential campaign.
Foreign AffairsOn Sunday, Jan. 20, tune in for an intimate evening with Dr. Madeline Albright. In 1997 Dr. Albright was named the 64th Secretary of State of the United States and the first female to hold the position. She became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced Americas alliances, advocated democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade and business, labor and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and as a member of the presidents cabinet. Her forthcoming book set to hit stores this month is entitled, Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore Americas Reputation and Leadership. Dr. Albright will be interviewed by James F. Hoge, Jr., the editor of Foreign Affairs magazine and the Chair at the Council on Foreign Relations.
The U.S. and The Middle East Where Do We Go From Here?Feldman, constitutional law expert, is the author of Divided by God: Americas Church-State Problem and What We Should Do About It; What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building; and After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy. He is a professor of law at Harvard University and is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine. Noahs New York Times essays have been fueling the current national discussion on topics such as separation of church and state and the U.S. position in Iraq. Noah will discuss what the state of global anti-Semitism is, and where is it headed; what will the Middle East look like in a decade or even a month? On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Professor Noah Feldman examines whats at stake.
Witness to Nuremberg The chief interpreter for the American prosecution at the Nuremberg trials discusses startling new information about the Nazi war criminals and the origins and development of the Holocaust on Thursday, Feb. 28. Learn about his adventures before and after the trials, from his childhood in Germany to his participation in the liberation of Dachau. At age 22, Richard W. Sonnenfeldt became chief American interpreter at the Nuremberg trials. He was later a principal developer of color television, computers and the technology for the first moon landing.Over a dozen communities across the country access the 92nd Street Y lecture series via satellite. The evenings are free of charge, with a suggested donation of $10, and all lectures are held in the Vail Interfaith Chapel.