“Cybersecurity for Life – Surviving the Coming Era of Cybercrime”
Dec
12
11:30 AM11:30

“Cybersecurity for Life – Surviving the Coming Era of Cybercrime”

Luncheon at the Sailfish Club  COST to Non-Members: $150
FEATURING: Brad Deflin, Total Digital Security
Brad’s presentation center on individuals and personal technology. How bad is cybercrime? Why is it happening and what does that mean for the future? What can I do about it?

Brad Deflin founded Total Digital Security after 25 years in executive leadership roles with Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Wells Fargo, and J.P. Morgan. His inspiration to start TDS in 2013 came from the purview of people, risk management, and an analytical understanding of digitally driven change. Brad’s career in the financial services industry honed his expertise in operations technology, risk management, and online digital security. The experience fueled his vision for a comprehensive approach to providing individuals and personal technology with enterprise-grade protection from cyber risk. 

Tickets $150
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“War, peace, art and money. Travels in Iran by a citizen of the Great Satan”
Dec
18
11:30 AM11:30

“War, peace, art and money. Travels in Iran by a citizen of the Great Satan”

Luncheon at the Sailfish Club  COST to Non-Members: $150
SPEAKER: Arthur Houghton
I went to Iran at the invitation of Mahdi Hojat, former deputy minister of culture, and at the instance of Nariman Hamed, an Iranian -American film producer-director, who is working on the story of the return of the Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasp.

 As you know the Shannameh -- "Book of Kings" -- is Iran's (Persia) national treasure, an epic poem of 50,000 couplets, created between 977 and 1010 by Abu'l Qasim Ferdowsi It tells of the mythical and historical past of the Persian Empire from the creation of the world until the Arab conquest of Iran in the 7th century. The work is of central importance in Persian culture and Persian language, regarded as a literary masterpiece, and definitive of the national identity of current-day Iran. The Shahnameh of Shah Tamahsp is the most sumptuously illustrated version known of Ferdowsi's epic poem. Completed in the 1530s, it included 759 folios, 256 of which were painted by the greatest court artists of the time. It was presented by Tamahsp to Sultan Selim II in 1568, and disappeared into the Ottoman Library for over three hundred years. It reappeared mysteriously in the hands of the Rothschild family, disappeared again, was taken among other Rothschild possessions by the Nazis, then restored to the family after World War II. Maurice de Rothschild consigned it to Rosenberg and Steibel in 1953.  My father was persuaded to buy it, and did so in 1959, for $350,000, a high sum at the time. 

Tickets $150
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Honoring Isaac Stern, a centenary celebration
Jan
7
5:30 PM17:30

Honoring Isaac Stern, a centenary celebration

SPEAKERS: David & Michael Stern

Honoring Isaac Stern, a centenary celebration

Maestro David Stern, entering his sixth season as principal conductor of the Palm Beach Opera and Michael Stern, Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony,  present a lively and informative tribute celebrating the centenary of their father, Isaac Stern, one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century,  global citizen and humanitarian.

Tickets $150
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Concert in the Garden: Opera Arias
Jan
12
4:30 PM16:30

Concert in the Garden: Opera Arias

COST to Non-Members: $75
CONCERT IN THE GARDEN: Opera Arias
Featuring: Charles Bettigieg, baritone and Michael Davidman, piano

An afternoon of thrilling opera arias and brilliant piano works with nineteen year old vocal phenomenon Charles Buttigieg, baritone from Malta and returning virtuoso pianist Michael Davidman share an afternoon of musical delights.

Tickets $75
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The Return to Mastery, the Current Educational Model
Jan
16
11:30 AM11:30

The Return to Mastery, the Current Educational Model

Luncheon at the Sailfish Club  COST to Non-Members: $150
SPEAKER: Dr. Scott Looney, CEO The Hawkin School
The current educational model was created during the industrial revolution to produce workers who could precisely complete repetitive tasks within a hierarchical organization.  This was useful in the 20th century, but will be less so in the future our current students face.  Ironically the answer for the future is to return to our past.  Scott Looney, Head of School at Hawken School and Founder of the Mastery Transcript Consortium, will explore the growing movement in education: Mastery based learning.  This is not a new movement, but a return to the oldest form of human learning.  Mastery based education asks students to work on increasingly complex tasks in a real world context under the guidance of an expert mentor, persisting to mastery past early stage failures.   Hawken School founded the Mastery Transcript Consortium in 2016 to provide a new way to present student achievement to colleges and employers, and is in the process of launching a new high school, the Mastery School of Hawken, meant to be a model for other schools interested in Mastery learning to follow.

There will be a Members Only Cocktail reception at Villa dei Fiori the evening before so members can meet the speaker.   

SPONSORED BY FARAH WALTERS

Tickets $150
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How Healthcare Will Impact the 2020 Election: Ideas for a Solution
Jan
22
5:30 PM17:30

How Healthcare Will Impact the 2020 Election: Ideas for a Solution

Cocktails and Light Supper at The Sailfish Club –  COST to Non-Members: $200
SPEAKER: Avik Roy, Founder of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunities
Avik Roy is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the author of the Forbes blog The Apothecary.

He has stated he is an "outside adviser to the Romney campaign on health care issues." He is a contributor to National Review Online, where he was described as a member of Mitt Romney's Health Care Policy Advisory Group.

SPONSORED BY IRWIN & MARY ACKERMAN

Tickets $200
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“An Intimate Evening with Shoe Designer Stuart Weitzman”
Jan
30
5:30 PM17:30

“An Intimate Evening with Shoe Designer Stuart Weitzman”

At the Sailfish Club

Includes Cocktails & Light Buffet
SPEAKER: Stuart Weitzman


Weitzman is known for providing one-of-a-kind, "million dollar" shoes to an Oscar nominee to wear at the Academy Awards, including a pair of platinum sandals adorned with 464 diamonds that actress Laura Harring wore to the 2002 ceremony. For the 2007 Oscars, shoes were designed for and provided to Diablo Cody, who subsequently declined to wear them, stating that she was not aware of nor interested in the publicity attendant with wearing the shoes. Weitzman uses unique materials including cork, vinyl, lucite, wallpaper, and 24-karat gold. His shoes are sold in over 70 countries.

SPONSORED BY IRWIN & MARY ACKERMAN

Tickets $200
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“Mama’s Last Hug: Are Humans as Smart as Animals?”
Feb
1
11:30 AM11:30

“Mama’s Last Hug: Are Humans as Smart as Animals?”

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Franciscus Bernardus Maria "Frans" de Waal is a Dutch primatologist and ethologist. He is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Primate Behavior in the Department of Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory, and author of numerous books including Chimpanzee Politics and Our Inner Ape. His research centers on primate social behavior, including conflict resolutioncooperationinequity aversion, and food-sharing. He is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

There will be a Members Only Cocktail Reception at Villa dei Fiori the evening before so members can meet the speaker.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PALM BEACH ZOO

Tickets $50
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2020 Gala & Fundraiser: An Evening with Yuja Wang
Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

2020 Gala & Fundraiser: An Evening with Yuja Wang

Cocktail Reception & Dinner COST to Everyone: $500pp Call for Table Pricing
ARTIST: Pianist Yuja Wang, Musical America’s Artist of the Year in 2017


Save the date for an exclusive celebration of the work of the Coudert Institute with an exciting evening of music, great food and elegance at The Breakers Palm Beach. Come be inspired by the supreme artistry and breathtaking virtuosity of internationally renowned pianist Yuja Wang.

The Coudert Institute’s annual awareness and fundraising gala showcases outstanding musical artists with an intimate and exclusive performance in some of Palm Beach’s most beautiful venues. A new highlight of the Institute’s year, the gala is an opportunity to increase community awareness and support of our ongoing mission to present informative talks and lively discussions on “subjects that matter with people who make a difference,” as well as concerts of distinction. Join us for this amazing evening of beauty, supreme artistry, and delicious food. Support the Institute’s continued mission of bringing world-class events to Palm Beach.

Critical superlatives and audience ovations have continuously followed Yuja Wang’s dazzling career. Yuja Wang was born into a musical family in Beijing. After childhood piano studies in China, she received advanced training in Canada and at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music under Gary Graffman. Her international breakthrough came in 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Two years later, she signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and has since established her place among the world’s leading artists, with a succession of critically acclaimed performances and recordings.

GALA CHAIR: Brenda Boozer

Tickets $500
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Blue Mind: How Being Near, In, On or Under Water Can Make You Happier and Healthier
Feb
19
11:30 AM11:30

Blue Mind: How Being Near, In, On or Under Water Can Make You Happier and Healthier

Luncheon at the Sailfish Club  COST to Non-Members: $150
SPEAKER: Wallace J. Nichols, PhD., CA Academy of Sciences, Co-founder Ocean Revolution
Through his work, J advocates for a deeper connection with nature and inventive solutions to pressing issues.  J knows that inspiration comes sometimes through adventures, or simply by walking and talking. Other times through writing, images, and art. Science and knowledge can also stoke our fires.  J’s research and expeditions have taken him to coasts and waterways across North, Central and South America, to Asia, Africa, Australia, and Europe where he continually finds that the emotional connection to waters of all kinds–is what keeps his colleagues and collaborators working hard to understand and restore our blue planet.

There will be a Members Only Cocktail Reception at Villa dei Fiori the evening before so members can meet the speaker.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PALM BEACH ZOO

Tickets $150
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“Welcome to Wonder! Museums & the Business of Astonishment”
Mar
3
11:30 AM11:30

“Welcome to Wonder! Museums & the Business of Astonishment”

Luncheon at the Sailfish Club  COST to Non-Members: $150
SPEAKER: Rebecca Hoffberger, American Visionary Art Museum

Hoffberger was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame and awarded the President’s Award of the Maryland YWCA in 2006. In 1998, Hoffberger won The Urban Land Institute’s coveted National Award for Excellence. In 1999, she was elected to serve as a member of the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce. In addition to her Honorary Doctorates from Pennsylvania College of Art (2007) and The Maryland Institute College of Art (1996), Hoffberger was awarded the title of ‘Dame’ for her work on behalf of establishing medical field hospitals in Nigeria. She has been the recipient of numerous mental health advocacy and equal opportunity awards and has served as a director of Jewish education and on the Board of The Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Center. A published author and development consultant for 28 years, at 16, Hoffberger became the first American to apprentice with mime, Marcel Marceau in Paris.

There will be a Members Only Cocktail Reception at Villa dei Fiori the evening before so members can meet the speaker.

Tickets $150
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Tocqueville and American Democracy: Today and the Future
Mar
19
to Mar 20

Tocqueville and American Democracy: Today and the Future

2-Day Event March 19th - 20th
COST for 2-day Seminar: $200

SPEAKER: Bill Cook, specialist in the history of Christianity
March 19th - 11:30am SEMINAR DAY 1 - at Villa dei Fiori - Luncheon
March 20th - 9:30am – 11:30am SEMINAR DAY 2 - at Villa dei Fiori - Breakfast

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.

Tickets $200
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“A Letter from Washington”
Mar
24
11:30 AM11:30

“A Letter from Washington”

Luncheon at The Sailfish Club - COST to Non-Members: $150
SPEAKER: Margaret Carlson, columnist – along with Steven Clemons
She is best known for being the first female columnist at Time magazine. Carlson joined Time in January 1988 from The New Republic, where she had been managing editor; in 1994, she became the first female columnist in the magazine's history. Carlson covered four presidential elections for TIME, but in 2005 she left for Bloomberg News where she writes a column.

Carlson spent a year after college working at the U.S. Department of Labor and three other agencies. During that year she lived on Yuma Street in Anacostia with her grandmother Nellie McCreary, a maid at the Hotel Washington (Washington, D.C.) and former nurse's aide at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. After that she taught third grade in Watts, Los Angeles, before joining Nader's raiders. After law school, she was briefly a Federal Trade Commission lawyer under Michael Pertschuk, until the Carter administration ended.

Steven Craig Clemons (born 1962) is an American journalist and blogger. He was appointed Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic and editor-in-chief of AtlanticLIVE, the magazine's live events series, in May 2011. Clemons also serves as editor-at-large of Quartz, a digital financial publication owned by Atlantic Media.

There will be a Members Only Cocktail Reception at Villa dei Fiori the evening before so members can meet the speakers.

Tickets $150
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“Gimme Shelter, an Architect’s view of Change and Permanence in Palm Beach and Beyond”
Mar
31
11:30 AM11:30

“Gimme Shelter, an Architect’s view of Change and Permanence in Palm Beach and Beyond”

Luncheon at The Sailfish Club - COST to Non-Members: $150
SPEAKER: Herbert Newman

Recipient Thomas Jefferson Lifetime Achievement Award for public architecture.


Designer, I. M. Pei & Partners, New York City, 1959-1964; visiting critic School of Architecture, Yale University, New Haven, 1965-1973; assistant professor architectural design, Yale University, New Haven, 1973-1975; associate professor, Yale University, New Haven, 1975-1987; critic architectural design, Yale University, New Haven, since 1987.

There will be a Members Only Cocktail Reception at Villa dei Fiori the evening before so members can meet the speaker.

Tickets $150
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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"

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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

EVENT FINISHED

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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