SJCC Talks

The SJCC Cultural Arts Department welcomes noted speakers on a variety of topics during our season. Previous speakers include Broadway and Hollywood composer Marvin Hamlisch, former Seattle Symphony conductor Gerard Schwarz, Millie Perkins, star of George Stevens’ acclaimed 1959 film, “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and many more!

Upcoming Talks

Daniel Dawes: The History & Future of the Affordable Care Act

obamacare-web2Sunday, January 8 | 4 p.m.
$12 | $8 SJCC members, seniors, students, youth

TThis year marks a critical juncture for our country. Join us to hear from a leader in the national health equity movement who will discuss the opportunities for ObamaCare post-election. To shed light on the creation and implementation of the most sweeping equalizer in the history of American health care, Healthcare Attorney Daniel Dawes wrote “150 Years of ObamaCare” to share his insider’s backstory as a key player in a large coalition of organizations that helped shape the Affordable Care Act (or ObamaCare). Daniel Dawes is a nationally recognized health care lawyer and administrator and is the executive director of government affairs and health policy at Morehouse School of Medicine. Stick around after the event for book sales and signing. Coffee and tea served.

Co-sponsored by Northwest Health Law Advocates, State of Reform, and Island Books.

The Science of Love

science-of-love-pepper-webThursday, February 2 | 7:30 p.m.
$15 | $10 SJCC members, seniors, students, youth

Falling in love is mysterious, but there is science underlying human attraction! Dr. Pepper Schwartz, a relationship expert and author of “50 Myths About Human Sexuality,” will discuss the science of love. Schwartz will touch on the different theories of what makes people fall in love, conflicting styles of showing love, and how love and intimacy (sexual and sensual) can be renewed in relationships. Adults only. Followed by Q&A, book sales and signing.

Dr. Schwartz, a professor of sociology at UW, has written and co-authored 25 books and is the author of over 50 academic articles on intimate relationships, marriage, love, and sex. Schwartz is the AARP Love, Sex, and Relationship Ambassador and one of four experts on the A&E Network TV show “Married at First Sight.”

Wine Tasting: Grapes of Portugal and Spain

wine-tasting-web2Saturday, February 25 | 7:30 p.m.
Food trucks at 6:15
$20 | $15 SJCC members, seniors, students, youth

Elevate your Purim celebration! At this wine seminar and tasting you’ll learn about the grapes of Portugal and the lesser-known regions of Spain. Led by world-class sommelier Orr Reches. After completing his IDF service, Reches, a Tel Aviv native, took a bartender course, moved to New York City, and became a barman and sommelier at some of the city’s finest dining Michelin-rated establishments.

Wine generously supplied by Olé Imports. Come early and buy dinner before – food truck arrives at 6:30 p.m.

Kertzer Brothers: David and Jon in Conversation

kertzer-webThursday, May 11 | 7:30 p.m.
$15 | $10 SJCC members, seniors, students, youth
Book sales and signing at the event

Author David Kertzer talks about his work in a conversation moderated by his Seattle-based brother, Jon Kertzer, a Seattle music luminary, scholar, and KEXP/KBCS radio host.

The brothers will discuss David’s Pulitzer-winning biography “The Pope and Mussolini,” as well as “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” a National Book Award finalist in 1997 that’s being adapted by Tony Kushner and Steven Spielberg for 2017 film release, starring Mark Rylance.

Daughters of Iraq

daughters-iraq-webSunday, May 21 | 2 p.m.
$12 | $8 SJCC members, seniors, students, youth
Book sales and signing at the event

A talk about the forgotten women of Iraq and Iraq’s Jewish community based on Revital Shiri-Horwitz’s novel “Bat Iraq,” about her family’s immigration from Iraq to Israel in the early ’50s. The book’s characters are predominantly women – strong, intelligent, creative and life-savers.

Shiri-Horowitz was born and raised in Israel, lives in Seattle. she has been married for over twenty years and is a proud mother of four boys. She writes poetry and a blog for the newspaper Haaretz. Book sales and signing at the event.

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