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92Y Lecture Series

Click here to register and pay for the 2019-20 programs.
Or, you may call the Synagogue’s 92nd St Y order line (516) 883-3144, ext. 390 and leave your name, phone number, the programs and the number of tickets.  
You may also e-mail Bert Tobin, for a reservation or more information.


"To Kill a Mockingbird"

Aaron Sorkin, Jeff Daniels, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Gbenga Akinnagbe discuss their Broadway smash hit To Kill A Mockingbird with DeRay McKesson, civil rights activist and author of On the Other Side of Freedom. What made them want to adapt Harper Lee’s masterpiece for the stage? What if Atticus Finch wasn't the hero of this story? How has Harper Lee’s legacy changed since she published her landmark novel in 1960? Sorkin and Daniels, longtime collaborators, grapple with these questions and more in an unforgettable conversation.

Wednesday, September 18, 7:30 PM 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

As the Supreme Court welcomes a new judge to its ranks, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a 25-year veteran of the court, sits down for a wide-ranging discussion with Carlyle Group co-CEO and philanthropist David Rubenstein on her career and the state of the nation.

How does Justice Ginsburg, a lifelong trailblazer for gender equality, view the #MeToo movement? And what is the crucial role of the Supreme Court—and the rule of law—at a moment of huge political tumult for our country? Don’t miss an opportunity to experience the wit, wisdom and insight of one of the most influential figures in America.

Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 PM   NOTE NEW DATE!

Doris Kearns Goodwin and John Meacham

On the day following the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, The Richmond Forum welcomed back two of America’s leading presidential historians to provide us with a long view of our nation’s newly elected presidents—from George Washington to Barack Obama, from their inaugural addresses to their fabled “first 100 days,” and from their promises as campaigners to their ability to deliver as leaders.

Jon Meacham and Doris Kearns Goodwin have written extensively about the U.S. presidency and our moderator for the evening, Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s Morning Edition, has conducted eight sit-down interviews with former President Barack Obama.

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The evening commenced with music from perennial Richmond Forum favorite The Butterbean Jazz Quartet.

Senior Vice President of Research, Development & Regulatory Affairs James E. Dillard from Altria Group gave opening remarks and welcomed our panelists to the stage.

Jon Meacham and Doris Kearns Goodwin were joined by NPR Morning Edition‘s Steve Inskeep to begin the discussion.

Wednesday, January 22, 7:30 PM

Neil deGrasse Tyson in conversation with Robert Krulwich: Letters From an Astrophysicist

Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the world’s most influential scientists.

As director of the Hayden Planetarium, and host of Cosmos and StarTalk, he has dedicated his life to exploring and explaining the mysteries of the universe. Join him for an evening of humor, passion and big ideas as he shares insights and anecdotes from his new book, Letters from an Astrophysicist. Every year, Tyson receives thousands of letters from people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers to questions about science, faith, philosophy, life and, of course, Pluto. His replies are by turns wise, funny and mind-blowing. Join the galactic conversation as he talks with Radiolab host Robert Krulwich about his quest to understand our place in the cosmos.

Wednesday, March 11, 7:30 PM

Who Will Write Our History?: Roberta Grossman, Nancy Spielberg and Samuel Kassow with Wolf Blitzer

In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back.

Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told as a feature documentary. Who Will Write Our History mix the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations to transport us inside the Ghetto and the lives of these courageous resistance fighters.

Join Roberta Grossman, the film’s writer, producer and director, Nancy Spielberg, executive producer, Samuel Kassow, writer for a conversation moderated by Wolf Blitzer following a screening of the documentary.

Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 PM (includes 1 1/2 hour screening)

Dave Barry, Adam Mansback and Alan Zweibel: A Field Guide to the Jewish People

Why do random Jewish holidays keep springing up unexpectedly? Why are yarmulkes round? Why did the Jews flee Egypt by running straight into a large body of water?  If you’ve ever tussled with these and other baffling questions about Judaism (we’re not even going to mention kugel), help is at hand.

Three of the funniest people* God ever created—Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dave Barry and his co-authors Adam Mansbach (#1 New York Times bestselling author of Go The F**k to Sleep) and original SNL author Alan Zweibel—are here to talk you through the salient points of their new magnum opus, A Field Guide to the Jewish People: Who They Are, Where They Come From, What to Feed Them, What They Have Against Foreskins, How Come They Carry Each Other Around on Chairs, Why They Fled Egypt by Running Straight to a Large Body of Water, and Much, More. Maybe Too Much More.

Wednesday, June 17, 7:30 PM

Fri, September 18 2020 29 Elul 5780