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Ben Shpigel

"Beyond the Box Score: Sensational Sports in Our Times"

Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center Presentation Room
$12, $5 students

He's played board games with Rex Ryan and thrown Alex Rodriguez curveball questions. And for nearly a decade, Ben Shpigel has had a front-row seat for some of the biggest stories and most unforgettable moments in professional sports as a beat writer for The New York Times. A tireless and prolific reporter, he'll take us inside the locker room to talk about the glories and scandals from both on and off the field.

This event is supported by the Department of English and the Department of Communication.

Ben Urwand

"Hitler and Hollywood"

Monday, October 28, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Quick Center for the Arts

Ben Urwand, author of The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler, will reveal the shocking bargain some Hollywood producers made during the World War II years: To continue doing business in Germany after Hitler's ascent to power, studios agreed not to make films that attacked the Nazis or condemned Germany's persecution of Jews. Urwand, whose subjects include Hollywood icon Louis B. Mayer and notorious political leaders such as Joseph Goebbels and Hitler himself, is a junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.

This event is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences Judaic Studies Program and the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies.

qc_92y_logoOpen VISIONS Forum-Espresso is partnering with 92nd Street Y, New York's premier cultural institution and community center, to broadcast selected live programming. The format will combine "livestreaming" broadcasts from 92Y with "live" town hall-style conversations featuring faculty and community experts on stage. During the fall semester two events from 92Y's American Conversations series, which features the best in substantive, thought-provoking political dialogue from the 92Y stage in person and online, will be broadcast:

"Full Court Press: Inside the Bush and Obama White Houses"
Robert Gibbs and Ari Fleischer with Ben Feller

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
42 Bellarmine (across the street from the Quick Center for the Arts)

Ari Fleischer and Robert Gibbs are the first press secretaries for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, respectively. Ben Feller, former chief White House correspondent for The Associated Press, will moderate their discussion at 92Y. Those gathered on campus will also enjoy a 7:30 p.m. pre-lecture, "The Future of Spin," with Dr. Michael Serazio, assistant professor of communication and deputy director of Open VISIONS Forum. Dr. Philip Eliasoph, professor of art history and founder/director of Open VISIONS Forum, will lead a post-lecture discussion with Dr. Serazio and Dr Gwendoline Alphonso, assistant professor of politics.

"My Life in Law"
Attorney and author Alan Dershowitz and author and CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin

Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Quick Center for the Arts

CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin will interview noted attorney and author Alan Dershowitz at 92Y. Connecticut attorney Alan Neigher will present a 7:30 p.m. pre-lecture, "Highlights of Alan Dershowitz's Legal Career," to introduce the event at the Quick Center. A post-broadcast talk will include Dr. Philip Eliasoph, professor of art history and founder/director of Open VISIONS Forum, Neigher and Dr. Debra Strauss, J.D., associate professor of business law.