With the rise of Islamic militarism in the world it’s important to understand its roots. Lawrence Wright traces the history of the existence of the state of Israel and the historic enmity between Israelis and Arabs. He treated the audience to fascinating psychological profiles of Jimmy Carter, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat, the three leaders who forged the Camp David accord in 1978, giving us an important reminder how peace is made.
Yotam Ottolenghi charmed a sold-out Kanbar Hall audience to celebrate the release of his new book Plenty More, a continuation of the vibrant, flavorful, and amazing vegetable recipes he shared with the world in his bestselling cookbook, Plenty, and his Guardian column. He was joined in conversation by the always-amazing Peter Stein. They discussed everything from Yotam’s early taste memories to his current focus on ingredients a bit further afield than those of his native Israel.
On January 29, we hosted an extremely thoughtful and thought-provoking conversation between Roger Cohen and Leon Wieseltier that ranged on topics both personal and political, including Jews and Muslims in Europe, displacement, identity, belonging, and Zionism. It was one of the best conversations we’ve presented on our stage.
Mountaineer and Western Women’s Mount Everest record-holder Melissa Arnot tells the story of her climbing life, from her first hike (in college!) to negotiating climbers off of Mt. Everest safely during an altercation, to the foundation she started to raise money for the families of Sherpas killed or injured on the mountain.
Former CIA operative Robert Baer is one of the most accomplished operatives in the agency’s history. He spent much of his 21 years with the CIA in the Middle East, and one of his notable assignments was an attempt to assassinate Saddam Hussein. His memoirs were turned into the Oscar-winning film Syriana. Robert discussed the history of assassination– the subject of his latest book, The Perfect Kill– with PBS Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman.