March 3, 2020
Lunch Conversation with Local Writers and Scholars About Books, Writing, Society and Culture
Our Guests: Brett Kaplan, Professor in Comparative and World Literature, Alice McGinty, Award-Winning Children's Book Author and Writing Coach, and Dov Cohen, Professor of Social and Cultural Psychology.
This will be the second of a series of lunch-and-learn events designed to introduce members of our CU Jewish community who work in the arts, business, services, academia, government and religious organizations. In each meeting, two to four speakers representing one or two of these areas will share a bit about their personal and professional lives.
The March lunch-and-learn will be a moderated conversation and Q-and-A session with local scholars and writers. They will talk about books and scholarly papers they have written and are in the process of writing, their process for writing and for getting inspiration, and they may share their findings, reflections and insights on society and culture.
February 18, 2020
Lunch Conversation with Local Artists About Their Art, Lives and Businesses
Our Guests: Jacki Loewenstein (theater), Arielle Weinstein (music), Jon Dessen and Larry Kanfer (photography)
This will be the first of a series of lunch-and-learn events designed to introduce members of our CU Jewish community who work in the arts, business, services, academia, government and religious organizations. In each meeting, two to four speakers representing one of these areas will share a bit about their lives, experiences and work.
The upcoming lunch-and-learn will be a moderated conversation and Q-and-A session with local artists.
November 19, 2019
Preparing Agriculture for Global Climate Change
Our Guest: Lisa Ainsworth
Global climate change will alter the future crop production environment. Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration, average temperature, and tropospheric ozone concentration will be higher, droughts will be more frequent and severe, more intense precipitation events will lead to increased flooding, and climatic extremes will be more likely to occur. The Soybean Free Air Concentration Enrichment (SoyFACE) facility is an open-air field “laboratory” for investigating the effects of atmospheric and climate change on crops, including soybean and maize. For two decades, experiments have examined the productivity, physiology and genetics of crop responses to atmospheric and climatic change in the field under replicated, fully open-air conditions. This presentation will describe our research to prepare agriculture for the challenges imposed by global climate change.
September 17, 2019
Klezmer Music: A Living Tradition
Our Guest: Frances Harris
Klezmer music is the traditional simcha music of the Ashkenazi Jewish communities of Eastern Europe. It is rooted in a Yiddish culture that spanned modern-day Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Hungary, Russia, Moldava, Ukraine, Turkey, and more. Today the klezmer music scene is more vibrant than ever, blossoming in Europe as well as on this side of the AtlanticÑand even as far away as Japan! Frances will give an overview of this rich and varied tradition, illustrating with sound clips and video. She may even bring her fiddle.
The CHAI committee provides visits and holiday gift bags to nursing home residents and people who are ill or bereaved, and hosts daytime programs of interest to seniors. The CHAI committee also plans daytime talks and lectures. There is a small fee, which covers lunch for attendees.