2 DAY EVENT: Bill Cook:  “From the Pit of Hell to the Vision of God"
Mar
20
to Mar 22

2 DAY EVENT: Bill Cook: “From the Pit of Hell to the Vision of God"

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THIS EVENT IS A 2 DAY SEMINAR on the influence of The Divine Comedy on the arts

There will not be a "Meet & Greet" Cocktail Party for Members.

Tickets include 2 DATES with breakfast included
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Richard Tofel: “A view from the frontier of non-profit journalism, and what it means for our democracy”
Mar
16
11:30 AM11:30

Richard Tofel: “A view from the frontier of non-profit journalism, and what it means for our democracy”

Richard Tofel was founding editor of ProPublica, a publisher of the Wall Street Journal and counsel to the Dow Jones and Rockerfeller Foundation.

We will look at the role of journalism and to spur change through journalistic means. We try to quite rigorously track all the pick-up of our major work and what kind of change we are producing. There’s a big temptation to say that a Congressional press release is change, a news conference is change, or a hearing is change. It isn’t. It can lead to change, although frankly, most of the time it doesn’t. Change is when something actually changes. Sometimes it takes a very, very long time.

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Concert in the Garden: Lauren Eberwein
Mar
11
4:00 PM16:00

Concert in the Garden: Lauren Eberwein

Cocktails at Villa dei Fiore

Lauren Eberwein, Canadian/American soprano with The Canadian Opera’s Ensemble Studio, is known for her “soulful and engrossing depth of tone”(Philadelphia Inquirer) and her “robust dramatic voice”(Broadway World). Lauren presents an afternoon of opera arias with a few popular cabaret hits, with Robert Sharon. piano.

Tickets $75
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Concert in the Garden: Chen Cao, cello and Michael Davidman, piano
Feb
11
4:00 PM16:00

Concert in the Garden: Chen Cao, cello and Michael Davidman, piano

Cocktail reception at Villa dei Fiore
The standout twenty year old pianist Michael Davidman, hailed  by critics as “already a mature artist” “incredible” and  “electrifying pyrotechnique with great finesse” joins young Chinese cello phenomenon, Chen Cao for an afternoon of musical fireworks by Kodaly and  St. Saens.  

Tickets $75
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Alvin Feltzenberg: A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley, Jr.
Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

Alvin Feltzenberg: A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley, Jr.

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Alvin Felzenberg has announced the publishing of his most recent book, A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley, Jr. Its theme is how, in the course of a half century, Buckley used his multiple personal gifts across multiple platforms to move the center of opinion in the United States closer in his direction. It explores a previously unexamined part of his life, how he exerted his influence behind the scenes to advance or retard the agendas of several presidents.

His previous book, The Leaders We Deserved and a Few We Didn’t (Basic Books) has been back in the news as a result of the recent CSPAN historians’ ratings of the nation’s presidents.

Alvin S. Felzenberg has served in senior policy posts at the state and national levels and is a recognized expert on American politics and political movements. He served in two presidential administrations and as an adviser to the Departments of State and Defense and was principal spokesman for the 9-11 Commission.

In 2006, he was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Since 2007, Dr. Felzenberg has taught communications the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been a lecturer in communications and political science at Princeton, Yale, Johns Hopkins and George Washington Universities. (While at Yale, he directed a student-initiated seminar on William F. Buckley, Jr. and his contemporaries.

He is a former columnist for US News and World Report and Fox News. Felzenberg has appeared as a commentator on major public affairs television shows, including CNN’s “Crossfire,” C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation,” and multiple others. His writings have appeared in the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Politico, and National Review online.

 

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Cabaret
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

Cabaret

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In memory of Muriel Siebert with Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO, whose electrifying combination of warmth, wit, swing and sensuality have made them the nightclub world's most celebrated team, are every bit as entertaining as they are musically savvy.  Although this married musical duo has been compared to Bobby Short and Lena Horne, Fred and Ginger, and Lunt and Fontanne, the “golden couple’s” style is all their own, with a wide choice of material that brings the generations together.  Their repertoire runs the gamut from Cole Porter to Paul Simon, from Duke Ellington to Joni Mitchell, from Sinatra to Sting. Eric and Barbara make all of it fresh, new, spontaneous and fun -- and their audiences feel they've been to a terrific party where the music and the stories have been equally great. 

Regular performers at New York’s most prestigious clubs and concert halls, Eric and Barbara’s cozy New York apartment is filled with awards for their concerts and recordings.  Most recently, they were honored for the third time with the 2016 Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) award for Major Duo Artists.  As well, Barbara’s newest CD “BUSY BEING FREE” was awarded the 2016 MAC Award for Major Recording of the Year. Their fast-paced and swinging concerts of songs from the jazz and pop songbooks have been hailed as “exhilarating” and “witty” by The New York Times, and have had audiences standing and cheering from coast to coast.

Stephen Holden of The New York Times declares that "Mr. Comstock and Ms. Fasano are turning the neighborhood into a hotbed of pleasure." Rex Reed of The New York Observer writes, "He is hip, daring, confident and dynamic. She gives off palpable electricity.  If love is a wave, they’re riding the crest of it."  The New York Post’s Frank Scheck raves, "Their joint venture is a capital idea. When they sing together the evening is transformed from collaboration to alchemy."

Their many New York engagements include Carnegie Hall, The Appel Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Feinstein's, The Carlyle,  The Algonquin, Birdland, Jazz at Kitano, and the 92nd Street Y's ‘Lyrics and Lyricists’ series, as well as concert halls and festivals coast to coast and in Europe.  In the words of jazz critic Ira Gitler, they “have it all, and then some … artistic, swinging, and superbly entertaining."

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Rethinking Nuclear Policy
Mar
8
11:30 AM11:30

Rethinking Nuclear Policy

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Open to Public: Jonathan Granoff executive director of the Global Security Institute, a non profit organization working on an international level to prevent nuclear proliferation. He will tell us what we DON’T hear in the press. Underwritten by Marlene and Martin Silver. 

Mr. Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, is an international lawyer and former professor of international law, and serves as a Senior Advisor and Special Representative to the United Nations for the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. He is the Chair of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association, and Ambassador for Peace and Security of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. He focuses his advocacy efforts on the legal, moral, political and spiritual dimensions of peace with a particular emphasis on the rule of law and the elimination of nuclear weapons.   He serves on numerous advisory and governing boards such as the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security at the UN, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Middle Powers Initiative, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, and the Jane Goodall Institute. He is a Fellow in the World Academy of Arts and Science and recipient of numerous awards such as the Arthur E. Armitage, Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award of Rutgers University School of Law.  Mr. Granoff is the award-winning screenwriter of The Constitution: The Document that Created a Nation, and has articles in more than 50 publications and books including: The Sovereignty Revolution, Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World, Imagining Tomorrow, Analyzing Moral Issues, Perspectives on 911, Toward a World In Balance, Reverence for Life Revisited, and Hold Hope, Wage Peace. He has been a featured guest and expert commentator on hundreds of radio and television programs, and testified as an expert in the US Congress, Parliaments of the UK and Canada, and at the UN numerous times.  He has represented the Nobel Laureate organization the International Peace Bureau at Nobel Laureate Summits and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. 

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Stephen Waarts, Violin and Chelsea Wang, Piano
Mar
4
4:30 PM16:30

Stephen Waarts, Violin and Chelsea Wang, Piano

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Violinist Stephen Waarts has been praised for playing “with technical command and a totally natural sense of musical drama” (Strings Magazine). He has already garnered worldwide recognition, having captured both, audience prizes and a jury laureate prize at the Queen Elizabeth competition in Belgium. Furthermore he won First Prize, the Bach Prize and the Composer’s Prize at the 2014 Menuhin Competition and many more.

He just completed his Florida debut with Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he started his music education in a young age. After graduating from both, high school and the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory at age 14, he has studied with Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he has recently received a bachelor of music while holding the Frank S. Bayley Annual Fellowship. He is currently a Master’s student at the Kronberg Academy in Germany, working with Mihaela Martin. 

Praised by the New York Times as an “excellent young pianist”, Chelsea Wang has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many venues across North America, Asia, and Europe, including Kennedy Center in Washington DC, New York’s Merkin Hall and Buffalo Chamber Music Society among others. She is a prizewinner of many national and international piano competitions; for example the 2012 New York International Piano Competition or the 2012 Music Teachers National Association Yamaha Senior Competition.

She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, studying with Ignat Solzhenitsyn. At Curtis, she holds a full-tuition scholarship as a recipient of the William A. Horn M.D. Fellowship. Previous instructors include Meng-Chieh Liu, Ksenia Nosikova, Chiu-Ling Lin, and Damarez Alvarez.

Event held at a private residence for members and guests. Please call for more information 561-659-6161.

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Lewis Lapham: Worlds in Time
Feb
22
11:30 AM11:30

Lewis Lapham: Worlds in Time

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Lewis Lapham is an American writer. He was the editor of the American monthly Harper's Magazine and is a noted author and editor of many publications. He will speak at a private location with lunch.

The founder and editor of Lapham's Quarterly, Lewis Lapham was for thirty years (1976-2000), editor of Harper's Magazine. The author of fourteen books and essays, among them Money and Class in America, Theater of War, The Wish for Kings. Most recently in October 2016, The Age of Folly.

Lapham's writing over the years has prompted the New York Times to liken him to H. L. Mencken, Vanity Fair to suggest a resemblance to Mark Twain, Tom Wolfe to compare him to Montaigne. He was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editor's Hall of Fame in 2007 and awarded the Insignia of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by The French Government in 2016.

In 2005 Lapham wrote and presented a documentary film, "The American Ruling Class," that continues to make a frequent appearance on college campuses.  Between 2010—2014 Lapham produced for Bloomberg News a weekly podcast, "The World in Time," that discussed with their authors new books of history.  A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Lapham lives in New York City.

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Arthur Houghton: The Making of a Novel
Feb
19
5:30 PM17:30

Arthur Houghton: The Making of a Novel

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In the late 1980s the J. Paul Getty Museum, the richest museum in the world, was rocked by a scandal that forever changed the world of antiquities.  A rogue curator had stolen millions from the museum's coffers, and as was later learned some of the most prized antiquities acquired by the Getty and many famous museums had been looted from other countries.  Arthur Houghton served as curator at the Getty during this period of upheaval and will provide a unique inside perspective of these momentous events that became the genesis of his recent thriller novel, Dark Athena.

Arthur Houghton brings his extensive diplomatic experience and credentials in art and classical studies to unfold the fascinating story of the Getty scandal and the resulting sweeping changes in international laws involving the acquisition of antiquities.  With degrees from Harvard College and the American University of Beirut, Arthur Houghton entered the U.S. Department of State in 1966, where he held assignments in Beirut, Amman, Cairo and Washington, D.C.  He returned to Harvard to secure a second degree in art history in 1981 and served as Associate Curator and Curator in Charge of Antiquities at the Getty Museum from 1982 to 1986.

Houghton has been personally involved in evolving international antiquity policies as a member of numerous boards, including the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the Cyprus-American Archaeological Research Institute, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the American Numismatic Society, the Middle East Institute and American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), among others.  More recently, he served on the U.S. Cultural Property Advisory Committee and on the U.S. Mint’s Citizens’ Coin Advisory Committee.  

Houghton's publications include four books and more than fifty articles on ancient coinages and economics.  Dark Athena, his first novel, is to be followed by a second, The Genesis Cypher.

Dinner is included. Tickets are $150 each by clicking the link below. There is no charge for members but we request that you rsvp to coudertinstitute@me.com

 

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The Art of Meditation and Staying Calm
Feb
11
11:30 AM11:30

The Art of Meditation and Staying Calm

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Revised meditation session with the following speakers:

1. TORRENCE HARDER will demonstrate Buddhist techniques of Meditation as practiced by the Lama Migmar and we will meditate.

2. JEFFREY DREBEN will discuss the techniques of Transcendental Meditation and the techniques to achieve inner peace and wellness:
- deep relief from stress & anxiety for a brighter more positive state of mind
- clarity of mind for greater energy, creativity and awareness
- a healthier heart
TM meditators will have a 20 minute meditation session.

Tickets are $125. Event to be held at a private location.

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Mapping the Arab-Israeli Conflicts: Implications for the Trump Administration
Feb
9
5:00 PM17:00

Mapping the Arab-Israeli Conflicts: Implications for the Trump Administration

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Open to Public: Dr. Ralph Nurnberger returning to the Coudert Institute speaking on “Mapping the Arab-Israeli conflicts”. He will provide a historical context to the current issues by reviewing how the borders and proposed boundaries have changed over time. Tickets are $150 each by clicking the link below and include cocktails and dinner. There is no charge for members but we request that you rsvp to coudertinstitute@me.com

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Fighting for our Democracy: Fair Courts, Money in Politics, Voting & Justice
Jan
25
11:30 AM11:30

Fighting for our Democracy: Fair Courts, Money in Politics, Voting & Justice

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Open to Public: We host Matthew Menendez Michael Waldman representing the Brennan Center. Mr. Waldman is President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a non partisan law and policy institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice.  Mr. Menendez serves as counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where his work focuses on fair, impartial and independent courts. Also, on the panel will be Larry Leamer, author of “The Price for Justice, a true story of greed and corruption." Tickets are $125 each by clicking the link below. There is no charge for members but we request that you rsvp to coudertinstitute@me.com

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The Global Threat Assessment
Jan
19
11:30 AM11:30

The Global Threat Assessment

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Open to Public: Chad D. Jenkins is a former Army Ranger deployed to Iraq four times and awarded three Bronze Star Medals and an FBI Special Agent. He is currently the CEO of the Jenkins Group, a local security company for the public and private sectors. Tickets are $125 each by clicking the link below. There is no charge for members but we request that you rsvp to coudertinstitute@me.com

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Alexander Beridze
Jan
6
5:30 PM17:30

Alexander Beridze

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Please join us for the private concert with Alexander Beridze, critically acclaimed pianist who recently performed at Carnegie Hall to a sold out audience will perform Beethoven, and discuss a period in cultural history where music began to grasp emotion and imaginative ideas as its roots hence The Birth of Romanticism. As a protege of Vladimir Feltsman there is no wonder why he is a burgeoning star concert- pianist. Tickets are $150 each by clicking the link below. There is no charge for members but we request that you rsvp to coudertinstitute@me.com

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The Transition of the United States Presidency and Our Future Path
Dec
16
4:00 PM16:00

The Transition of the United States Presidency and Our Future Path

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We open with a fall event for members with cocktails, dinner and a discussion with Alvin S. Felzenberg at Ville De Fiori. Alvin S. Felzenberg is author of The Leaders we Deserve; & A Few We Didn’t… Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game. He has served two presidential administrations, as advisor to the U.S. Department of State & Defense, and on the majority staff of U.S.House of Representatives.  He was the principle spokesman for the 9/11 commission.  He  was a former columnist for US News, World Report, Fox News. Tickets are $150 by clicking the link below. There is no charge for members but we request that you rsvp to coudertinstitute@me.com

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Brunch in the Garden: The Future of Design and Architecture
Feb
29
11:00 AM11:00

Brunch in the Garden: The Future of Design and Architecture

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Campion Platt, named one of the 100 Best interior designers by Architectural Digest and, 2013 ASLA Award of Honor recipient Landscape Architect Keith Williams join to share their ideas for future interior design and landscape. Reservations required. 

The perfect background for this event is being held at Villa Dei Fiori for brunch.

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The Life and Often Implausible Times of a Sportswriter
Feb
17
5:30 PM17:30

The Life and Often Implausible Times of a Sportswriter

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New York Times Ira Berkow will talk about  fascinating behind-the-scenes observations from the world of sport. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting and commentary. Ira has also written several best-sellers, including "Red" a biography of the great sports columnist and literary figure Red Smith. Reservations required.

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