Eastside Conversations

Loosely fashioned after the popular City Club Forum, these sessions provide the community with a unique luncheon program once a month, in which contemporary issues are discussed. Led by local university faculty and laypeople, this forum provides participants the opportunity to engage in meaningful questions and conversations.

Lecturer(s):
Jonathan Cohen
May 10, 2019|noon-1:30 p.m.

Starting in the late 19th century, Jews seeking to integrate as citizens throughout the West engaged with Zionism.

Lecturer(s):
Jonathan Cohen, Yaron Kohlberg, Michael Scharf, Anthony Wexler
May 10; June 21; July 19; August 16|noon-1:30 p.m.

Join us for all four of our interesting Eastside Conversations programs in Summer 2019. This unique monthly luncheon program led by local university faculty and laypeople allows participants to engage in meaningful questions and conversations on contemporary issues. All sessions are held on Fridays from noon-1:30 p.m and include lunch.

Lecturer(s):
Michael P. Scharf
June 21, 2019|noon-1:30 p.m.

The Assad regime is poised to launch a campaign against Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in Syria. The US and its allies have warned that if Syria uses chemical weapons, they will again respond with airstrikes as they did last April.

Lecturer(s):
Yaron Kohlberg
July 19, 2019|noon-1:30 p.m.

Internationally renowned pianist Yaron Kohlberg discusses the challenge of introducing classical music to younger generations. Through his experience performing to people of diverse cultures and backgrounds around the globe, Kohlberg has developed ideas on how to appeal to new audiences.

Lecturer(s):
Anthony Wexler
August 16, 2019|noon-1:30 p.m.

Since its founding in 1948, Israel has played an important role in the Jewish American imagination. But the Jewish state has come to mean very different things to different segments of the Jewish-American population. Not surprisingly, many 20th century Jewish-American writers steered clear of the topic.