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History Discussion Group (Leader: Brenda Rossini)

Title: SISTINE SECRETS: MICHELANGELO'S FORBIDDEN MESSAGES IN HEART OF THE VATICAN

Authors: BENJAMIN BLECH &  ROY DOLINER

Date: April 25, 2021

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00 PM

Description


The Shocking Secrets of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Artwork

The recent cleaning of the Sistine Chapel frescoes removed layer after layer of centuries of accumulated tarnish and darkness. The Sistine Secrets endeavors to remove the centuries of prejudice, censorship, and ignorance that blind us to the truth about one of the world's most famous and beloved art treasures.

About the Author


Rabbi Benjamin Blech is an internationally recognized educator, religious leader, author, and lecturer. A recipient of the American Educator of the Year Award, he has been a professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University since 1966. He is the author of eleven books and has written for the New York TimesNewsweek, and Newsday. He lives in New York City.

Roy Doliner's studies span the spectrum of the humanities: languages, comparative religion, art history, Italian and Roman history, and Judaica (including Talmud, Midrash and Kabbalah). He is often called upon to act as a docent for scholars and international dignitaries to Rome and the Vatican Museums. He divides his time between Rome and New York City.

 

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ISBN: 9780061469053
Published: HarperOne - May 12th, 2009

History Discussion Group

Mystery Diuscussion Group (Leader: Mary Ellen Johnson)

Title: The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem

Author: Stacy Schiff

Date: October 31, 2021

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00 PM

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Description


The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials. It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic. As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, The Witches is Stacy Schiff's account of this fantastical story -- the first great American mystery unveiled fully for the first time by one of our most acclaimed historians.

About the Author


Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award; Cleopatra: A Life, winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for biography; and The Witches: Salem, 1692.

Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and named a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French Government, she lives in New York City.

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ISBN: 9780316200592
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 20th, 2016

History Discussion Group

History Discussion Group (Leader John Miniutti)

Title: A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution 

Authors: Dr. Jennifer A.  Doudna and Dr. Samuel H. Sternberg

Date: February 28, 2021

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00PM

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ISBN: 9781328915368
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Published: Mariner Books - August 21st, 2018

History Discussion Group (NEW DATE)

History Discussion Group (New Date) [Leader Erin McLaughlin]

Title: The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family's Quest to Bring Him Home 

Author: Sally Mott Freeman

Date; February 7, 2021

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00PM

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ISBN: 9781501104169
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 22nd, 2018

History Discussion Group

History Discussion Group:

Leader: Alan Krause

Title: Presidents of War: The Epic Story from 1807 to Modern Times

Author: Michael Beschloss

Date; May 30, 2021

Day; Sunday

Time: 2:00PM

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Widely acclaimed and ten years in the making, Michael Beschloss’s Presidents of War is an intimate and irresistibly readable chronicle of the Chief Executives who took the United States into conflict and mobilized it for victory. From the War of 1812 to Vietnam, we see these leaders considering the difficult decision to send hundreds of thousands of Americans to their deaths; struggling with Congress, the courts, the press, and antiwar protesters; seeking comfort from their spouses and friends; and dropping to their knees in prayer. Through Beschloss’s interviews with surviving participants and findings in original letters and once-classified national security documents, we come to understand how these Presidents were able to withstand the pressures of war—or were broken by them.
 
Presidents of War combines this sense of immediacy with the overarching context of two centuries of American history, traveling from the time of our Founders, who tried to constrain presidential power, to our modern day, when a single leader has the potential to launch nuclear weapons that can destroy much of the human race.

 

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ISBN: 9780307409614
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Published: Crown - October 22nd, 2019

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