News and Updates

Casual Conversation with David Kertzer, Oct 9th, 2022

Brown Professor David I. Kertzer won a Pulitzer Prize for his book The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe (Random House 2014), and on June 7 his new book will be published: The Pope at War: The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini, and Hitler (Random House).   His new book is already (as of May 29) ranked as #90 of all books on

Casual Conversation with Ted Baehr on September 18th, 2022

After much persuading by Tex Talmadge and me, our classmate Ted Baehr has agreed to spend time with us as our guest in a Casual Conversation to be held via Zoom on Sunday, September 18 at 3 pm Eastern Time (US).  Ted has had a career unique, to my knowledge, to anyone in the Class.  He has forged his own path, exemplifying through his life and work the values he holds dear, and I consider it a real coup that he has agreed to s

Casual Conversations: The Fall Lineup

After the moving Casual Conversation with Shalom Lamm, head of Operation Benjamin, who was responsible for the replacement by the United States of a Latin Cross with a Star of David as the headstone of classmate Bruce Alpert’s wife’s uncle at his grave in Europe as a GI who died during WWII, we move into the Fall with a series of Casual Conversation notable for the variety of participants and their subject matter knowledge:

Casual Conversation September 11: How the Nazis Stole My Grandmother's Cookbook

Karina Urbach tells a remarkable story in Alice’s Book: How the Nazis Stole My Grandmother’s Cookbook.  You can gather from its title one theme of the book: the Aryanization of books, not burning them but appropriating them by stealing their intellectual property, including the titles, striking anything remotely Jewish or international in them, and attributing the content to another (Aryan) author.  T

Casual Conversation About Operation Benjamin, August 28th, 2022

On Sunday, August 28 at 3 pm Eastern Time, Shalom Lamm, CEO of Operation Benjamin, will be speaking with us from Israel in a Casual Conversation under the sponsorship of the Jewish Culture Group.  As always, all classmates (and friends) are invited to join us.  Please read classmate Bruce Alpert’s (who is Chair of the Jewish Culture Group) description below of the organization and of his perso