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!
Leo Frank: Murder In Marietta
A century ago, Leo Frank, a young Jewish factory superintendent in prison on suspicion of murder, was kidnapped and lynched in Georgia. The incident inspired the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Parade,” a TV mini-series with Jack Lemmon (“The Murder of Mary Phagan”), a PBS special, and numerous novels, songs, and books. Lecturer Stephen Kalish, professor emeritus of legal ethics at Nebraska College of Law, helps us understand this earth-shattering story in legal history and popular culture.
Take My Spouse, Please!
In love, as in comedy, timing is everything. One bad night doesn’t mean it’s time to quit. Have patience: great marriages, like a successful comedy career, take time. Turns out the cardinal rules of comedy have an uncanny resemblance to building a strong marriage. With humor and grace, in this comic author talk and performance, Dani Klein Modisett helps us navigate rough patches, bad jokes, and tough nights when you bomb with wit and wisdom. Book sales and signing at the event.
Dani Klein Modisett is the comedian-turned-author, who, before children, worked a comedian at clubs and colleges across the country and taught stand-up comedy at UCLA for nearly a decade.
“This book makes you realize how valuable laughter is in a marriage. Buy it for your spouse and add years to your relationship.”—Ben Stiller
150 Years of ObamaCare
Health care lawyer Daniel Dawes shares the inside scoop, backstory, and history of the health equity movement. Dawes, the executive director of government affairs and health policy at Morehouse School of Medicine, was instrumental in shaping the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). Signed copies of Dawes’ book “150 Years of ObamaCare” will be on sale at the event.
The Science of Love
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.”
Kertzer Brothers: David and Jon in Conversation
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
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.