Bill Cook: "WAS MACHIAVELLI A MACHIAVELLIAN?"
Mar
14
to Mar 15

Bill Cook: "WAS MACHIAVELLI A MACHIAVELLIAN?"

2-Day Event March 14-15th
SPEAKER: Bill Cook: "WAS MACHIAVELLI A MACHIAVELLIAN?"
a requested return engagement from last season's events
Known as one of the top ups Professors
March 14th - 11:30am Luncheon & Discussion at Villa dei Fiori - DAY 1
March 14th - 5:30 PM Members Reception
March 15th - 9:00 am Breakfast Discussion at Villa dei Fiori - DAY 2
2-day seminar & Round Table Discussion.
This will be a journey together, with Mr. Cook as guide.
Bill Cook retired from teaching at SUNY Geneseo after 42 years, with the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor of History. He has authored several books about medieval history and local history and has made 10 audio/video courses for The Great Courses. Bill has won innumerable teaching awards from SUNY, The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Baylor University, and the Medieval Academy of America. He is a specialist in the history of Christianity and has written extensively about St. Francis of Assisi and his Order.

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Concert in the Garden: Romantic Quintets
Mar
10
4:00 PM16:00

Concert in the Garden: Romantic Quintets

CONCERT IN THE GARDEN: ROMANTIC QUINTETS
Featuring five brilliant young artists from famed Curtis Institute, including Oliver Herbert, cello, Michael Davidman, piano, and Erin Schreiber, violin, Abigail Fayette,
violin and dynamic sensational young conductor and former Metropolitan Opera Linderman conductor Daniel Stewart, viola in a program of two of the most cherished quintets by Cesar Franck and Robert Schumann.

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Ann Rockefeller Roberts & Mary Louise Pierson: "Kykuit, the Rockefeller Family Home and Abby Rockefeller, founder of the Museum  of Modern Art”
Mar
8
11:30 AM11:30

Ann Rockefeller Roberts & Mary Louise Pierson: "Kykuit, the Rockefeller Family Home and Abby Rockefeller, founder of the Museum  of Modern Art”

SPEAKERS: Ann Rockefeller Roberts & Mary Louise Pierson
"Kykuit, the Rockefeller Family Home and Abby Rockefeller, founder of the Museum
 of Modern Art”
The subject of the talk is about Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and her adventures as an art collector and founder of the Museum of Modern Art. And then the relationship between her and her son, Nelson Rockefeller (my grandfather), which carried Nelson into the same passion for the arts. He became one of the greatest contributors to the 20th century modern art movement as well as an advocate for the art of indigenous people. Not only was Abby Aldrich from a family that appreciated art, but so was John D. Jr, her husband ( my great-grandfather). This knowledge and exposure to different forms of art has greatly influenced many generations of my family. 

I will be using my photographs to show a lot of the sculpture that is now placed throughout the Rockefeller Family Estate, as well as historical photos.

Mary Louise Pierson

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 Judith Glickman Lauder: "Beyond the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception"
Mar
5
11:30 AM11:30

Judith Glickman Lauder: "Beyond the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception"

SPEAKER: Judith Glickman Lauder, Author of New Release:
"Beyond the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception"
Judy Glickman Lauder responds to the Holocaust in photographs, depicting the death
camps where six million Jews, and millions of others besides, perished during World
War II. Her photographs, often deploying the ghostly reversed pull effect of infrared
film, are personal and expressive. They serve as contemplative spaces to reflect
 on the scope and horror of the Holocaust and upon those who survived and those 
who lost their lives. Glickman Lauder’s visual response to the sites of the Holocaust also serves as context for her telling of the story of the Danish Rescue, on its seventy-fifth anniversary, in words and pictures. The Danish Story is told through portraits and stories of Jewish and non-Jewish survivors, who participated in the dramatic and perilous rescue.

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Lisa Frelinghuysen:  "Behind the Scenes at the Supreme Court: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her Legacy"
Feb
27
11:30 AM11:30

Lisa Frelinghuysen: "Behind the Scenes at the Supreme Court: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her Legacy"

SPEAKER: Lisa Frelinghuysen, Former Supreme Court Clerk
"Behind the Scenes at the Supreme Court: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her Legacy"

Lisa Beattie Frelinghuysen was Chief of Strategy & Chief Legal Officer at David Yurman Enterprises for seven years, where she oversaw all legal matters and advised the owners on CEO search, Board development, and succession planning.  

Prior to that, Lisa practiced media law at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC, representing Disney, NBC, and Newsweek in various litigation matters.

Lisa served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court, where she worked on the Court’s big women’s rights case, Virginia Military Institute. Lisa also clerked for Judge Harry Edwards, Chief Judge of DC Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where she was President and Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Law Review.

Lisa sits on the Board of Planned Parenthood of NYC, overseeing the organization’s strategic plans and financial health. In addition, Lisa frequently speaks on women’s rights and reproductive justice. 

Lisa lives in NYC with her husband and four children.  

SPONSORED BY THE ALVIN AND LOUISE MYERBERG FAMILY FOUNDATION

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"Time for Three" Music Gala at the Sailfish Club
Feb
18
6:00 PM18:00

"Time for Three" Music Gala at the Sailfish Club

MUSIC GALA: "Time for Three"
Cocktails & Supper
Join us in celebrating eighteen years of dynamic mind-stimulating programing from
the Coudert Institute featuring mega star trio “Time for Three” with classically trained
virtuosos Nicholas Kendall, Charles Yang and Ranaan Meyer, in a fun-filled evening
of great food and fabulous music.

SPONSORED IN PART BY : Bill & Vickie Johnston

*LOCATION: The Sailfish Club

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Ari Rubenstein of Corporate Accountability
Feb
12
11:30 AM11:30

Ari Rubenstein of Corporate Accountability

SUBJECT: “Empowering People to Move Goliaths”

Corporate Accountability wages strategic campaigns that compel transnational corporations and the governments that do their bidding to stop destroying our health, human rights, democracy and planet. Corporate Accountability activates people power to challenge and change destructive corporations at every level - from communities to international democratic institutions.

Sponsored by Robert & Millie Monks

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Alan Patricof and John Sculley III
Jan
31
11:30 AM11:30

Alan Patricof and John Sculley III

SPEAKER: Alan Patricof, Founder & Managing Partner of Greycroft LLC, a longtime innovator and advocate for venture capital
and…
SPEAKER: John Sculley, III, Former President of PepsiCo and CEO of Apple, Inc. - now a private investor

SUBJECT: “Reinventing Yourself for Act II - or Act III”

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Tim Wride:  "Art or Artist? Ethical Questions on the heels of the #MeTooMovement"
Jan
22
11:30 AM11:30

Tim Wride: "Art or Artist? Ethical Questions on the heels of the #MeTooMovement"

SPEAKER: TIM WRIDE, Photography Curator of the Norton Museum of Art
"Art or Artist? Ethical Questions on the heels of the #MeTooMovement"

PANEL DISCUSSION with:
Tim B. Wride
William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photographs
Norton Museum of Art

Ruth Baum
Collector of Contemporary Art
Palm Beach Resident

Dr. Jane Caputi, Ph.D.
Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Florida Atlantic University

Leonard Gross
Professor Emeritus of Southern Illinois University School of Law,
Legal Ethicist, and Board Member of the Palm Beach chapter of the ACLU

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Gillian Tett:  "Dazed and Confused: An Anthropologist's Guide to Populism and Politics"
Jan
16
11:00 AM11:00

Gillian Tett: "Dazed and Confused: An Anthropologist's Guide to Populism and Politics"

SPEAKER: Gillian Tett, PHD, Cultural Anthropologist and US Managing Director of
the Financial Times.
"Dazed and Confused: An Anthropologist's Guide to Populism and Politics"
Her weekly columns cover a range of economic, financial, political and social issues.
With a PhD in anthropology, she has been referred to as a "cultural anthropologist". In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. In June 2009, her book Fool's Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear's Book Awards. Tett's past roles at the FT have included US managing editor (2010-2012), assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.

PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE TO 11:00 AM

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 Bruce D. Jones: "Chaos From Order? The Future of American Foreign Policy"
Jan
9
11:30 AM11:30

Bruce D. Jones: "Chaos From Order? The Future of American Foreign Policy"

SPEAKER: Bruce D. Jones, VP & Director, Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution
"Chaos From Order? The Future of American Foreign Policy"
Bruce will provide a global overview of shifting power dynamics among major powers,
current and potential conflicts, the Trump administration's use of power and what
that portends for the future of American foreign policy, and also how Brookings 
Foreign Policy is contributing policy ideas to the key actors in these different
 areas. He will also spend some time discussing the ways in which the U.S. and China are
 the consequential relationship of the 21st century.

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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"

  • THE LCATION HAS CHANGED TO: Villa dei Fiori (map)
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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.

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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.  

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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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