Jewish Lives: Irving Berlin: New York Genius (REMOTE)

Daniel Goldmark
Professor, Head of Popular Music, Director of the Center for Popular Music Studies, CWRU
Wednesdays, June 24 - July 8
10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

The Jewish Lives series, published by Yale University Press, explores the stories of historical and present-day influential individuals whose Jewish experiences shaped their contributions to culture, science, and politics. Local professors lead these book discussions.

The respective book should be brought to class. Irving Berlin: New York Genius can be purchased here
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Irving Berlin has been called the greatest songwriter of the golden age of the American popular song. In a career that spanned nine decades, Berlin wrote some 1500 tunes, including “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “God Bless America,” and “White Christmas.” Join Daniel Goldmark to explore James Kaplan’s book, Irving Berlin: New York Genius, which offers a visceral narrative of Berlin as a self-made man who was a witty, wily, tough Jewish immigrant. Kaplan’s book underscores Berlin’s continued relevance in American popular culture today.

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This lecture is held in collaboration with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

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