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92Y is Back. In the face of a worldwide pandemic, many people have reached out to have Brotherhood offer up a Virtual 92Y that could be viewed at home, on your smart TV or on your computer, tablet, or smart phone. I am happy to report that we have found a variety of current programs to meet many of your needs. The 92Y has thus far provided us with programs shown in September to December to choose from, waiting until January for 2021 to announce others. We have selected 4 outstanding programs so far (see below) and will leave the remaining 2 programs till then.

The season pass for the 6 regular programs is still only $50 per household and a single ticket for any one performance is $15. And this year, you won’t have to see the program on the listed release date. You will receive an email prior to each release date of the program you purchased together with a link to view the program and associated movie and an access code for you alone. You may watch whenever you wish and with whomever you wish. In fact, if you did not purchase a previously released program, you can order it via our registration website.

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Thomas L. Friedman with Gidi Grinstein 
While We Were COVID-ing: Innovation at a Time of Crisis

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman with Gidi Grinstein, founder of Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM), for a conversation about the global innovators coming up with creative solutions to our most pressing problems and the Covid-19 crisis at breakneck speed. 

If necessity is the mother of invention, then the pandemic has presented unprecedented opportunities to fix our health care system and economy. Friedman and Grinstein discuss TOM’s brilliant use of 3-D printing and open-source design that could help distribute innovative solutions and protective equipment all over—and share stories of people coming up with new ways to better our world.

Aaron Sorkin with Annette Insdorf
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 

The Trial of the Chicago 7, currently on Netflix, is the latest film from acclaimed playwright, producer, screenwriter and director Aaron Sorkin. Incorporating film clips, Moderator Annette Insdorf will focus on his evocative recreation of the late 1960s trial following arrests at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

They will also discuss his screenplays for such award-winning films as A Few Good Men, The American President, Charlie Wilson's War, Steve Jobs, and The Social Network. And they will explore his television work as creator and producer of The West Wing and The Newsroom. He also wrote the Broadway stage adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

Prior to the 92Y discussion, the Netflix movie The Trial of the Chicago 7 will be shown. 

Bette Midler and Cast with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota 
Coastal Elites

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 

Join cast members Bette Midler, Kaitlyn Dever, Dan Levy, Sarah Paulson, and Issa Rae, playwright Paul Rudnick (Addams Family Values) and director Jay Roach (Bombshell) as they talk with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota about their new HBO socially distanced comedy, Coastal Elites.

The special presentation spotlights five hilarious and wildly distinct characters across the United States grappling with the pandemic and the politics that surround it. Hear their reflections on the film’s exploration of our yearning for connection amidst divided politics and learn what it’s like producing a work about life in quarantine—with a cast and crew in quarantine.

Coastal Elites is available globally on HBO and will be available to you for viewing before the 92Y discussion.

Jon Meacham in conversation with Frank Buckley 
A Revealing Portrait of John Lewis, His Truth is Marching on

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 

An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America.
JON MEACHAM is a Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer. A contributing writer for The New York Times Book Review and a contributing editor of Time magazine, he is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Hope of Glory, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, American Gospel, and Franklin and Winston. Meacham, who holds the Rogers Chair in the American Presidency at Vanderbilt University, lives in Nashville.  This program is made available through Live Talks Los Angeles.

Director Jeff Orlowski with Katie Couric 
The Social Dilemma

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 

Join award-winning documentary filmmaker Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral) for a conversation with leading technology experts Tristan Harris, Tim Kendall, Cathy O’Neil, and Rashida Richardson, moderated by Katie Couric, about the dark side of social media and his new film, The Social Dilemma.

A probing and eye-opening examination of the shocking ways in which social media has shaped our world and collective psyche, The Social Dilemma presents an urgent wake-up call for the digital age. Don’t miss this clarifying conversation with Orlowski and the film’s subjects about how our behavior is being tracked online and Silicon Valley’s hidden influence on every aspect of our lives.

The Social Dilemma is available globally on Netflix and will be available to you for viewing before the 92Y discussion.

John Leguizamo in conversation with Mark Ruffalo
92Y Confronts Hate – Critical Thinking

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Join Tony and Emmy-winning star John Leguizamo in conversation with Mark Ruffalo about his new film, Critical Thinking – the unforgettable true story of a teacher and five students from Miami whose lives are changed preparing for the National Chess Championship in 1998. A magnetic and deeply compelling look at education, system racism, poverty, and the transformational power of chess, Critical Thinking also showcases Leguizamo's massive talent as both actor and director. Don't miss his conversation with Ruffalo about adapting the story for film, working with brilliant young actors, stories from behind the scenes, and more. 

The movie Critical Thinking will be available to you for viewing before the 92Y discussion.

David Brooks with the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks 
Finding a Moral Compass in Challenging Times

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

An international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author and respected moral voice, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks  served as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013. Prior to his death this past November, he was the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. He authored more than 30 books; the most recent, Not in God's Name,  was awarded a 2015 National Jewish Book Award in America. In 1995, Rabbi Sacks received the Jerusalem Prize for his contribution to diaspora Jewish life, and in 2005 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. 

David Brooks has been an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since 2003. He is also a commentator on PBS's NewsHour, NPR's All Things Considered and NBC's Meet the Press. His most recent book is The Road to Character, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and named as one of the best books of the year by The Economist.  He teaches at Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.  

Our 92Y programs for the year have concluded. We look forward to you joining us for next year's programming beginning in the Fall. 


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