The US-Iran Relationship: From Monarchy and Revolution to Reengagement Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
This talk starts with the 1953 coup d’etat, and covers Iran's modern history through today, when thirty-five years of estrangement might have ended with the 2015 nuclear deal had US politics not blocked the relationship reset. This journey unfolds through the personal experiences of the speaker's family and friends, who played a role in Iran's recent history.
Resistance Then and Now: Learning from the Dutch Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
Nazi banners and chants of “blood and soil” infested the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia in August of 2017, and a protestor was killed there. What are the actual parallels between Nazi Germany and the present, and the warnings we should be heeding? This talk and discussion will focus on the lessons of Amsterdam under the Nazis and how that consummately civil society allowed 80% of its Jewish population to be rounded up and murdered.
Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great Heatwave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
One of the worst natural disasters in American history, the 1896 New York heat wave killed almost 1,500 people in ten oppressively hot days. The heat coincided with a pitched presidential contest between William McKinley and the upstart Democrat William Jennings Bryan. Bryan's hopes for the presidency began to flag amidst the abhorrent heat just as a bright young police commissioner named Theodore Roosevelt was scrambling to mitigate the dangerously high temperatures by hosing down streets and handing out ice to the poor. This presentation tells a vivid story that captures the birth of the progressive era and revives the forgotten disaster that almost destroyed a great American city.
The Great Flu Epidemic of 1918 Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
The influenza epidemic of 1918-19, the so-called “Spanish Flu,” was one of the worst pandemics in history. It killed between 20 and 50 million people --- more than died fighting in the First World War, which was raging at the same time. It wiped out a larger proportion of the world’s population than any event, natural or human-caused, other than the Black Death of the fourteenth century. This talk will discuss how it happened; why it was so hard to bring under control; what we have learned about epidemics, immunology and vaccines since then; and how prepared the medical and scientific communities are to prevent a similarly catastrophic outbreak in the future.