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July 2017

Monday, July 24 | 10 a.m.

 

Shari Lowin, Associate Professor, Stonehill College

 

When Muhammad first began preaching in Arabia, he and those around him insisted that he was a prophet on par with Moses, and even exceeded Moses. For the Jews among whom the early Muslim community lived, this posed a particularly problematic claim. After all, according to Judaism, the Bible insists there will never be another prophet like Moses. In this session, we will investigate the Jewish reaction to the Muslim claim of Muhammad’s superiority over Moses. We will look at the Jewish arguments against Muhammad presented to Muhammad himself, later midrashic accounts of Moses’ life as anti-Muhammad polemics, and the writings of medieval Jewish scholars in Muslim lands, such as Maimonides and Ibn Kammuna. We will see the ways in which the Jewish perception of Muhammad shifted (or not) through the centuries. 

 

Landmark Centre | Members: free; Nonmembers: $5 (Advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

Monday, July 24 | 7 p.m.

 

Shari Lowin, Associate Professor, Stonehill College

 

Both Judaism and Islam trace their religious (and biological) origins to the same forefather, Abraham, whom both traditions credit with founding monotheism in an age of paganism. Interestingly, the Muslim and Jewish traditions on how this happened frequently resemble each other so closely that, at points one can hardly tell which tradition one is reading. Yet despite this similarity, Judaism and Islam are not clones of one another. In this session, we will investigate the ways in which the Jewish and Muslim narratives of Abraham’s discovery of God both shared and departed from one another. Importantly, we will discuss what ultimate lessons about being Muslim or Jewish arose from these different depictions.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: free; Nonmembers: $5 (Advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

Tuesday, July 25 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists: 

  • Brandon E. Chrostowski, Founder, Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Inst.
  • Peter Rubin, President, The Coral Company
  • Edward W. Rybka, Chief of Regional Development, City of Cleveland Captain
  • John Sotomayor, Cleveland Police Fourth District

Moderator: Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer

 

Positive excitement is building around the possibilities for Shaker Square. This panel will focus on Shaker Square's past, present and future; retail, housing and security. Join us for an interesting discussion about this significant neighborhood for both Cleveland and Shaker Heights. 

 

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Advance Ohio, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Lakewood Public Library, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Solon Community Center, and corporate sponsor, First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Shaker Public Library Main Branch | Free (advanced registration recommended | REGISTER >

August 2017

Wednesday, August 16 | noon–1:30 p.m.

 

Michael Weil, Gallery Owner and Instructor, Cleveland Institute of Art

 

Smartphone cameras have initiated a radical increase in the number of pictures and picture-makers around the world. We will consider how this proliferation has enhanced, redefined, or ruined the idea of photography as a medium of creative expression.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: $20; Nonmembers: $25 (includes lunch) | REGISTER >

 

Friday, August 18 | 11:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m.

 

Kindertransport: A Rescued Child 

Mimi Ormond, Author

 

Mimi Ormond's autobiographical book Kindertransport: A Rescued Child, deals with her escape from the Nazis on the lifesaving trains.

 

Cleveland Skating Club (2500 Kemper Rd.) | ACE members: $35; Nonmembers: $40 | REGISTER >  

Tuesday, August 29 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists: 

Tom Beres, Reporter, WKYC-TV (retired)
Michael Nelson, President Cleveland NAACP
Chris Quinn, Editor and President, Advance Ohio

Moderator: Leila Atassi with Cleveland.com

 

The city of Cleveland finds itself at a critical juncture in 2017. The upcoming Mayoral and Council elections in September (primary) and November (general) offer the publica virtually unprecedented choice of candidates in almost every ward of the city. This forum will discuss the critical issues and positions that have been staked out by the major candidates.  

 

Co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Media Group plus Lakewood and Cuyahoga County Library Systems. Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom, CWRU Campus | Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

Wednesday, August 30 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.

 

Meet the instructors who will be teaching courses at Siegal Lifelong Learning this fall. Explore your possibilities by attending this fun series of 10-minute session-samplings. Refreshments will be served.

 

Landmark Centre | Free and open to the public | Advance registration encouraged but not required |REGISTER

 

September 2017

Tuesday, September 5-Saturday, September 9

 

For a second year, Cleveland becomes a national literary destination during Cleveland Book Week, an extended celebration of books and the people who love them. 

 

Tuesday, September 5 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cleveland Book Week Launch
Public Square

Wednesday, September 6 4:30 p.m.
Peter Ho Davies, 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Award Winner, fiction, The Fortunes
Baker-Nord Center, Case Western Reserve University

Wednesday, September 6 7:30 p.m.
Colson Whitehead, Writers Center Stage 
Maltz Performing Arts Center 

Thursday, September 7 | 6 p.m.
82nd Annual Anisfield-Wolf Awards Ceremony
State Theater in Playhouse Square

Friday, September 8 | 10 a.m.
Margot Lee Shetterly, 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Award Winner, nonfiction, Hidden Figures
Waetjen Auditorium, Cleveland State University

Friday, September 8 | 12 p.m.
Isabel Allende, 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Award Winner, Lifetime Achievement
The City Club of Cleveland Friday Forum

Friday, September 8 | 1 p.m.
Karan Mahajan, 2017 Anisfield-Wolf award winner, fiction, The Association of Small Bombs 
Live with Professional Book Nerds Podcast
Cuyahoga County Public Library, South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

Friday, September 8 | 5:30 p.m.
Tyehimba Jess, 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Award Winner, poetry, Olio
Karamu House

Friday + Saturday, September 8-9
MOCA Cleveland BOUND: Art Book + Zine Fair
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

Saturday, September 9 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Cleveland Flea: Cleveland Book Week Edition
3615 Superior Avenue

 

For more information and to see the full Cleveland Book Week schedule in detail, go to www.anisfield-wolf.org/2017/06/second-annual-cleveland-book-week-kicks-off-september-5/

Thursday, September 7 | 10 a.m.

 

Samuel Freedman, award-winning author, columnist, and professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism

 

In Jew vs. Jew (2000), award-winning author and journalist Samuel Freedman addressed American Jews’ battles with each other around questions of identity, authenticity, politics and ideology. Now, American Jews remain divided more than ever, with Israel as a particular flashpoint of contention. Join Freedman as he reflects on where we have come and where we are headed.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: free; Nonmembers: $5 (Advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

Thursday, September 7 | 7 p.m.

 

Samuel Freedman, award-winning author, columnist, and professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism

 

Never before has religion been a more significant and controversial part of public life in America— the most religious nation in the Western world. So why have journalists so often struggled to knowledgeably and incisively report on the role of faith in politics, education, foreign policy, and other areas? Are America’s newsrooms anti-religious, innocently ignorant of religion, or something else?

 

Landmark Centre | Members: free; Nonmembers: $5 (Advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

Monday, September 11 | 7 p.m.

 

Matt Goldish, Samuel M. and Esther Melton Chair of History, The Ohio State University

 

Many of us know that there was a very important circle of kabbalists in the Galilean town of Safed during the sixteenth century. Together we will learn a little more about some of the leading figures in this group, how they ended up in Safed, and what some of the ideas were which they studied and taught. We will be aided by tales in Shivhei ha-Ari, stories collected about Rabbi Isaac Luria and his colleagues.

 

Landmark Centre | Members & Nonmembers: Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

Thursday, September 14 | 7 p.m.

 

Panelists: Kevin Berg, Tenure Track Counseling Faculty, Tri-C

Tom Gilson, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner and Director of the Regional Forensic Science Laboratory

Emily Metz, Program Coordinator, MetroHealth Cuyahoga County Project DAWN

 

Join Kevin Berg, Tom Gilson and Emily Metz to get a brief history of the disease of addiction, the growing death toll in Cuyahoga County and the help being provided by the Project DAWN program and the use of Narcan also known as Naloxone.

 

Landmark Centre | Free to the public | REGISTER >

Friday, September 15 | Noon–1:30 p.m.

 

Barbara Greenberg, Attorney and Magistrate

 

Created by the Constitution in 1971, we will ask some difficult questions: Is compromise a dirty word for our 2 branch legislative leg? Are our political parties more concerned with party over our country's best interest? Is the Judicial branch still independent? We will look to the words of the Constitution to explain the three branches and determine if it is still working.

 

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $20; Nonmembers: $25 (includes lunch) | Advance registration required | REGISTER >

 

Tuesday, September 19 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists: TBD

Moderator: Jeremy Pelzer, Cleveland.com

 

The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act is a citizen-initiated statute slated for the November ballot. It would require the state of Ohio to pay no more for prescription drugs than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which has negotiated a discount of up to 40 percent. Is this a good idea? Panelist will include people on both sides of the issue.

 

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Advance Ohio, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Lakewood Public Library, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Solon Community Center, and corporate sponsor, First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Cuyahoga County Public Library-Bay Village | Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

Friday, September 22 | 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

For courtesy, comfort, and just plain fun, you cannot match the experience of a cruise on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie aboard Cleveland's largest sightseeing vessel. Enjoy the fast changing panorama of Cleveland's skyline and the Flats area as you listen to Larry Morrow point out the many sights and little known historical facts about our All-American City.

 

825 East Ninth Street Pier, North Coast Harbor | ACE members: $35; Non-member: $39 (Includes a buffet lunch!) | REGISTER >

Wednesday, September 27 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists: TBD

Moderator: Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer

 

Ohio has one of the worst levels of infant mortality in the entire country. How is this possible and what is being done to improve survival rates. The discussion promises to be thoughtful and reflective of current policy and new thinking for future initiatives.
 

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Advance Ohio, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Lakewood Public Library, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Solon Community Center, and corporate sponsor, First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Cleveland Heights-University Height Public Library | Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

October 2017

Monday, October 9 | 9:15 a.m - 2 p.m.

 

Moderator: John Grabowski, Professor of History, CWRU, and Historian and Senior Vice President for Research and Publications, Western Reserve Historical Society

Speakers: Sinan Ciddi, Executive Director, Institute of Turkish Studies, Georgetown University and Ori Z. Soltes, Professor of History, Georgetown University

 

This timely event focuses on the background and internal and external ongoing events in Turkey today.

 

Mayfield Sand Ridge Country Club | ACE Members: $35; Nonmembers: $45 | REGISTER >

 

Tuesday, October 17 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists: TBD

Moderator: Tom Beres, WKYC-TV emeritus

 

Municipal home rule was a critical objective for Cleveland Mayor Tom L. Johnson and his followers which they successfully included in the Ohio Constitution of 1912. However, ever since, the Ohio state legislature and Supreme Court have taken local power away in many key policy areas. We will discuss both sides of this issue and how it relates to Northeast Ohio cities today.

 

Co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Media Group plus Lakewood and Cuyahoga County Library Systems. Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Location TBD | Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

Wednesday, October 18 | 7 p.m.

 

Alex Jassen, Associate Professor of Hebrew andJ udaic Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University

 

Have you ever wondered what the Dead Sea Scrolls are and why there is so much controversy surrounding them? In this lecture, Professor Alex Jassen reveals what they are, where they come from, when they were composed and why they have become scandalous.


Landmark Centre | Members: free; Nonmembers: $5 (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

Thursday, October 19 | 10 a.m.

 

Alex Jassen, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University

 

In this lecture, Professor Alex Jassen examines the exciting insights that the Dead Sea Scrolls continue to offer 70 years after their discovery. This lecture explores how the Dead Sea Scrolls contribute to our understanding of the Bible's origins, the growth of Judaism and emergence of Christianity.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: free; Nonmembers: $5 (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

Thursday, October 19 | 7 p.m.

 

Panelists: Mark Singer, Leonard W. Mayo Professor of Family and Child Welfare at the Mandel School of Applied Sciences, Deputy Director of the Semi J. and Ruth W. Gegun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education and Co-Director of the Center on Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, CWRU;

Tony Weiss, Detective, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Aughority Police Dept. and Sergeant, Village of Grand River Police Dept.

 

Nothing is on an officer’s belt to help them deal with the multitude of social issues they face as first responders, yet 80 % of their time is spent on dealing with people in need of a range of services including counseling and safe housing. Designated by the US Department of Justice as “a promising initiative,” the Police Assisted Referral Program (PAR) addresses this shortcoming and trains officers, giving them the tools to help those in need. Whether domestic violence, housing or substance abuse is the issue, through PAR officers have the ability to refer people to programs that can help. Mark Singer and Detective Tony Weis explain how police officers from the Cuyahoga County Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department are trained as “first social responders.

 

Landmark Centre | Free to the public | REGISTER >

Friday, October 20 | noon–1:30 p.m.

 

Kenneth Ledford, Chair of the Department of History, CWRU

 

After 65 successful years, the European Union faces multiple challenges, the common currency (the euro) continues to be threatened, and newer members increasingly deviate from the fundamental membership requirements of adhering to principles of democracy and the rule of law. At the same time, member states continue to stress the Union's benefits, and most young Europeans prove resistant to the siren call of nationalist populism. How can Americans grasp this unique political structure, even as our own key democratic traditions seem under attack?

 

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $20; Nonmembers: $25 (includes lunch) | Advance registration required | REGISTER >

 

Sunday, October 22 | 2-3:30 p.m.

 

Diane F. Afoumado, Chief of the Research and Reference Branch at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

 

Learn about one of the largest Holocaust archives in the world, the International Tracing Service, (ITS), located in the Bad Arolsen, Germany. Dr. Afoumado will share how to use the ITS collection, housed in the United States at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, (USHMM) in Washington, D.C. Opened in 2007, the ITS digital collection contains about 200 million digital images of documentation such as: camp arrival lists, grave locations, transport lists, prisoner cards, forced labor lists, death lists, displaced person applications for assistance, deportation lists, emigration applications/questionnaires, registration and work cards, sometimes with photographs. The archive was established by the Allied powers after World War II to help reunited separated families and to trace missing family members. Dr. Afoumado will be available for a limited number of individual appointments to search ITS.

 

Laurel School - Lyman Campus | Lifelong Learning Members & Nonmembers: Free | REGISTER >

 

Diane Afoumado’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland, Kol Israel Foundation, Laurel School, Siegal Lifelong Learning Program of Case Western Reserve University and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

 

November 2017

Monday, November 13 | 7 p.m.

 

Oren Gutfeld, Archaeologist and Researcher at the Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology

 

The Dead Sea scrolls found in the 1940s offered groundbreaking new information about the history of the Hebrew Bible and the origins of Christianity. This past winter, archaeologist Oren Gutfeld discovered a new scroll cave. Although the contents were looted, jug-shards, textiles, and parchments that were left behind shed new light on an old and intriguing history.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: free; Nonmembers: $5 (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

Tuesday, November 14 | 10 a.m.

 

Oren Gutfeld, Archaeologist and Researcher at the Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology

 

When Jordan occupied Jerusalem’s Old City in 1948, the Hurvah Synagogue and Tiferet Israel Synagogue were bombed, leaving behind only rubble. In recent years, both sites have been excavated and rebuilt. Archaeologist Oren Gutfeld, who directed the dig at Tiferet Israel, presents the rich finds discovered on location, dating back to the Second Temple era.

 

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: free; Nonmembers: $5 (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER > 

 

Thursday, November 16 | 7 p.m.

 

Panelists: Mayor Merle Gorden, Beachwood;

Mayor Kathy Mulcahey, Orange Village;

Mayor Paritck Ward, Lyndhurst 


Join these local mayors of some of our Eastside communities to learn what is happening locally and how you can help with the growing issue of the substance abuse epidemic.

 

Landmark Centre | Free to the public | REGISTER >

Thursday, November 16 | 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Panelists:  TBD

Moderator: Andrew Tobias, Cleveland.com


2018 promises to be an interesting year for politics in Ohio. This panel will explore the major political races including campaigns for U.S. Senate, Ohio Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor, Treasurer and the state legislature.

 

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Advance Ohio, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Lakewood Public Library, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Solon Community Center, and corporate sponsor, First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

 

Cuyahoga County Public Library | Free (advanced registration recommended) | REGISTER >

 

Friday, November 17 | noon–1:30 p.m.

 

Richard Block, Head Rabbi at the Temple-Tifereth Israel

 

Join Rabbi Block as he reflects on how the Jewish landscape has changed throughout his tenure as Head Rabbi of The Temple-Tifereth Israel.

 

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $20; Nonmembers: $25 (includes lunch) | Advance registration required | REGISTER >

December 2017

Thursday, December 7 | 7 p.m.

 

Panelists: Russell Goodwin, LPC, LICDC, Founding board member, Sober Living Cleveland;

Erin Helm, Executive Director, Woodrow House-Lakewood and Chemical Dependency Counselor;

Kelly Meyers, House Manager, Meadowdale Sober Living House-Cleveland Heights

Too often people leaving treatment for substance abuse return to an unhealthy living situation.  Recovery housing, often called sober housing, has existed for decades but only recently has it become recognized as vital support for successful recovery from the chronic disease of addiction.  Locally, Sober Living Cleveland and The Woodrow Project have created safe, affordable homes for women that support recovery, provide living skills, and promote wellness. One of Meadowdale’s residents will round out this panel with her personal experience living in recovery housing.

 

Landmark Centre | Free to the public | REGISTER >

Friday, December 15 | noon-1:30 p.m.

 

Peter Whitehouse, Professor of Neurology, CWRU

 

Involving learners of all ages can enhance life-long education. Through topics like positive aging, brain health and inter-generational learning, we will identify how we create purposeful programs to support experiential learning and collective wisdom

 

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $20; Nonmembers: $25 (includes lunch) | Advance registration required | REGISTER >