2022: Discussion of the life and times of Aristides de Sousa Mendes. Sousa Mendes was the Portuguese aristocrat and consul in France who saved thousands from the Nazis in WWII by disobeying orders and issuing visas to those fleeing occupied France.
TBD: Review the work of photographer Jacob Merkelbach, founded one of the best-known Amsterdam studios specialized in portrait photography of the early twentieth century. His customers included many Jewish businessmen, intellectuals and artists including artist Chaya Goldstein, actor Louis de Vries, and Madi Hari. The Rijksmuseum and Jewish Museum in Amsterdam have exhibited his work.
July 24, 2016 Reading of Kenneth Cavander’s translation of Antigone directed by Ricardo Riethmuller. The translation was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The reading will be followed by a discussion lead by Mr. Cavander, Mr. Riethmuller and actor Nina Smilow who plays Antigone. According to Mr. Cavander, the event is, to his knowledge, the world premier of this translation (albeit a […]
July 17, 2016 Dr. Beth Cohen and Prof. Alan Shapiro (John Hopkins), both noted art historians, presented their recent research. Presentations included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Admission was by private invitation.
March 23, 2016 Reception for pianist and dear friend, Sahan Arzuni, in honor of his being awarded the Presidential Movses Khorenatsi medal, the Republic of Armenia’s highest cultural award. Several leaders of New York’s Armenian community, including Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, attended. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served. Admission was by private invitation.
Reading of playwright, Daniel Mitura’s new play “Lorca” followed by a discussion. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served. Admission was by private invitation.