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Himan Brown Senior Program

Four Elections Impacting America’s Economic System

with Doug Brin

Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21, and 28
1:30–2:30 pm

Mar 14 - Part II (1896–1928):
The Gilded Age and Its Influence: Bryan and the Progressive Fight Against the Titans

Mar 21 - Part III (1932–1948):
FDR, the Depression and the Recovery: It Takes a World War to Climb Out of Failure

Mar 28 - Part IV (1950–on):
The Modern, Materialistic Era: Excesses, Inequity and Uneven Prosperity

The Great Ones: Artists from the Kennedy Center Honors

with Sara Lukinson, award-winning writer and filmmaker

Hear the stories and watch the films of the great artists chosen as Kennedy Center Honoree—from theater, film, dance, comedy, classical, and popular music.

From the soaring cello of Yo Yo Ma to the groundbreaking dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov and Alvin Ailey. The changing faces of screen heroes from Bette Davis to Meryl Streep, Gregory Peck to Robert de Niro. Theater innovators from Tennessee Williams to Stephen Sondheim. Voices of song from Frank Sinatra to Ray Charles. And the wild comic genius Carol Burnett and Mel Brooks.

Fridays, Mar 8–Apr 19
11 am–12:15 pm

  • Mar 15: DANCE—Breaking the Mold from Ballet to Broadway
    Jerome Robbins, (or Jacques D’Amboise), Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alvin Ailey
  • Mar 22: SCREEN ACTRESSES—From Hollywood’s Golden Age to Today
    Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, (or Katharine Hepburn) Meryl Streep
  • Mar 29: SCREEN ACTORS—From Hollywood’s Golden Age to Today
    Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas, Robert De Niro
  • Apr 5: THEATER WIZARDS—Magic Makers and Adventures in the Theater
    Tennessee Williams, Jason Robards, Stephen Sondheim
  • Apr 12: LIGHT OF TOUCH—The Comic Entertainers: “Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard.”
    Johnny Carson, Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks
  • Apr 19: A NEW KIND OF VOICE—Singers from the American Song Book to the Blues and Rock and Roll
    Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand (or Tina Turner)

Sara Lukinson is a 3-time Emmy Award winning filmmaker and writer, known for her biographical films of artists, and was the long-time filmmaker and writer for the Kennedy Center Honors. Her other film portraits have been seen on American Masters, PBS, and HBO. Her personal essays have been in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Intima. She has also taught “Autobiography and Memoir” at the Himan Brown Senior Program.

A Dish Best Served Cold: Short Stories, Plays, and a Novel on the Theme of Revenge

Dr. Richard Larschan, English Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

Tuesdays, Mar 12–Apr 23
12:30–1:30 pm

Erroneously ascribed to Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s 1782 epistolary novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, then mistranslated as “La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froide,” the idea that revenge is a dish best served cold apparently has several more recent attributions: to the 1949 Ealing Studio’s classic comedy, Kind Hearts and Coronets (“Revenge is a dish which people of taste prefer to eat cold”); to Don Corleone in The Godfather (“Revenge is a dish that tastes best when it is cold”); and to Star Trek’s Captain Kirk in 1982 (“Revenge is a dish best served cold”). Whatever its actual origin, the meaning is clear enough: Passage of time only compounds the satisfactions of vengeance for avengers. The short stories, plays, and novel we’ll be discussing all invite us to consider whether or not revenge truly is satisfying in the end.

  • Mar 12: “Trifles,” by Susan Glaspell and “The Catbird Seat,” by James Thurber
  • Mar 19: “The Vendetta,” by Guy de Maupassant and “Enoch and the Gorilla,” by Flannery O’Connor
  • Mar 26: “The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg,” by Mark Twain
  • Apr 2: “Haircut,” by Ring Lardner and “The Possibility of Evil,” by Shirley Jackson.
  • Apr 9: “The Visit,” by Fredrich Durrenmatt
  • Apr 16: “The Squad,” by Donal Ryan and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (first 5 chapters)
  • Apr 23: Finish Wuthering Heights (Shakespeare birthday celebration?)

Other than Wuthering Heights, all readings will be available for purchase in the Himan Brown office for $10.

Nutrition and Wellness Focus Groups

We Need Your Feedback!

As we evaluate our current Nutrition and Wellness Programs and plan for our future needs, we would appreciate your feedback.

Did you attend any of the Nutrition Project lectures, workshops, or screenings? Participate in a cooking class? Or have suggestions you would like to share? Please join us for a small group discussion.

Healthy snacks will be served.

Please sign up in the Himan Brown Senior Program Office if you are interested in participating or call Elizabeth at 212.415.5649 for more information.

Wed, Mar 13
12:30-1:30 pm

Mon, Mar 18
11:45 am-12:45 pm

Passover Food Drive

in cooperation with Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

Cash donations preferred.

Mar 18-28

Special Purim Event!

The 92Y’s ATID Middle Schoolers will be recreating the ancient city of Shushan using Lego blocks. We have been invited to come join the fun!

Mon, Mar 18
Starting at 4 pm
Warburg Lounge

Social Sunday: Brooklyn Museum

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

$25 (includes Project CART and admission ticket for self-guided tour)

Followed by lunch at The Norm

  • CART pick-ups will begin at 10:30 am
  • Arrival at the museum will be at 11:30 am
  • There will be two lunch seatings: the first at 1:15 pm and the second at 1:30 pm

Sun, Mar 24

Social Action Committee Open Meeting

“A Jewish Response to the Immigration Crisis: Learning from the Past Rising to the Future”

Facilitated by Merrill Zack, VP for Community Engagement, Hias

Mon, Mar 25
2 pm
Warburg Lounge

Movie Club with Erica Shein

The Wife

A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Please see the film independently. This club is a discussion group.

Tue, Apr 2
2:30–3:30 pm

Finding Your Roots: Explorations in Jewish Genealogy

Are you curious about your family history? The Center for Jewish History’s experienced genealogy librarians are here to help.

Please join us for the following two-part workshops:

  • Part 1: Lecture at 92Y
    Thu, Apr 11, 1:30-2:30 pm, S102/103

    Learn how to get started in your family history research and discover how the Center for Jewish History’s resources can assist you in your search.
  • Part 2: Guided computer research at the Center for Jewish History
    Mon, Apr 15, 10:30 am-12 pm

    With our expert assistance, search for your ancestors’ immigration records, birth/marriage/death records, and more, in the Center’s genealogy databases. You will also have the opportunity to explore the Center’s exhibits if you choose to remain after the group departs.

Please note that transportation to the Center for Jewish Heritage will be provided by Project CART. We will depart from 92Y at 9:45 am and depart from the Center at Jewish Heritage at 12:15 pm.

Passover Seder Celebration

Join us as we celebrate Passover as a community with a Seder lead by Rabbi Peter Rubinstein, Director of Jewish Community and Bronfman Center for Jewish Life and Rebecca Schoffer, Director of Jewish Family Engagement and Shababa Leader. Come participate in the holiday traditions, sing along with Rebecca Schoffer and enjoy a light, festive lunch. All are encouraged to attend no matter your religious background!

Tickets $20

Tue, Apr 16
12-2 pm
Buttenweiser Hall

Book Discussion Group with moderator Erica Shein

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother Polly goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. Left with no one to care for him, eleven-year-old Deming is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.

A vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. The Leavers is the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away—and how one woman learns to live with the mistakes of her past.

Thu, Apr 18
11:45 am

America’s First Ladies

with Doug Brin

Thursdays, April 18 and 25
1:30–2:30 pm

Apr 18 - The First Ladies: Part I
Martha Washington to Nellie Grant: The Women Behind the Throne

Apr 25 - The First Ladies: Part II
Lucy Hayes to Melania Trump: Many Worth Noting

She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York Gracie Mansion

She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York is an installation of works by 44 artists and collectives in the public spaces of Gracie Mansion. The show is the largest one to be mounted there and the first to focus exclusively on female and women-identified creators, all of whom have significant connections to New York City. Some are young—like Jordan Casteel, born in 1989, and Kaveri Raina, born in 1990; three are centenarians—Toko Shinoda, born in 1913, Carmen Herrera, born in 1915, and Florence Knoll, born in 1917; and many are no longer living. The subtitle refers to the period from 1919, the year the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote, was sent to the states for ratification, to today.

Transportation to be provided by Project CART to and from 92Y $5 (CART driver to be paid directly by individuals)

For security reasons, please bring a government-issued picture ID.

Wed, Apr 24
11:30 am-12:30 pm
Private docent-led Tour

Contact Us

For registration information, please contact the Himan Brown Senior Program office: 212.415.5633 / email