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!
Pepper Schwartz: 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.”
Wine Tasting: Grapes of Portugal and Spain
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.
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.