Emanuel Series Past Events 2012-13

JUNE 2013

Sunday, June 2, 3pm




“The Envelope, Please”

A Celebration of Award-Winning Songs!

Celebrate an American tradition as four of New York’s most sought after vocalists “open the envelopes” to reveal, and perform, the songs that won the coveted Oscars, Tonys and Grammys.

Accompanied by a live band, these seasoned entertainers will walk you down “Memory Lane” to the songs you associate with your favorite films, Broadway shows, and all the great hits from the top of the Billboard charts.

The hottest ticket in town, this totally unique concert takes to the road for the very first time. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy some of the greatest music that’s come to seem like the soundtrack of our lives.

MAY 2013

Sunday, May 5, 3pm



Robert H. Frank

Liberty, Competition & the Common Good


Robert H. Frank is H. J. Louis, Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University.

In addition, he has been the Peter and Charlotte Schoenfeld Faculty Fellow at NYU’s Stern School of Business during the 2008-2009 academic year. He also contributes to the “Economic View” column, which appears every fifth Sunday in The New York Times.

An internationally renowned behavioral economist, Robert H. Frank studies the ways in which social and psychological forces affect market behavior and the ways markets and economics affect human behavior. He is an expert on the causes and consequences of social inequality, and the ways that public policy can enhance market efficiency and improve the well-being of middle-income families.

Frank is the author of several well-received books, including an economics textbook co-written with Ben Bernanke, and The Economic Naturalist: In Search of Explanations for Everyday Enigmas. His newest book, The Darwin Economy, explores who is the greater economist, Adam Smith or Charles Darwin. His books have been translated into eleven languages.

He has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Nepal, chief economist for the Civil Aeronautics Board and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

A book-signing will follow the lecture.

APRIL 2013

Sunday, Apr. 7, 3pm



“We Are Still Here” with the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble

We attempt to tell the story, through music, of the culture that was lost, the careers dislocated, the barbarism of genocide, and of art, spun like gold, from the dross of the ugliest cruelty of which we humans are capable…

Since 1969, the internationally acclaimed vocal sextet, The Western Wind, has devoted itself to the special beauty and variety of a cappella music. The Ensemble’s repertoire reveals its diverse background — from Renaissance motets to Fifties rock ‘n’ roll, from medieval carols to Duke Ellington, from complex works by avant-garde composers to the simplest folk melodies. In addition to maintaining a demanding performance schedule, which has included such venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, ArtPark, The Ordway Theater, The Metropolitan Museum, The Western Wind regularly conducts Workshops in Ensemble Singing.

As part of its non-profit mission to spread the joy of music to people of all ages, The Western Wind coordinates a highly acclaimed arts-in-education program in the New York City public school system called The Western Wind Goes To School. Since 1989, The Western Wind has produced a series of radio programs that are regularly broadcast by more than one hundred National Public Radio and Public Radio International affiliates throughout the United States.

MARCH 2013

Sunday, Mar. 3, 3pm


Robert Kagan

The Major International Challenges of Our Time

Robert Kagan is Senior Fellow of Foreign Policy, Center for United States and Europe, Brookings Institution. He founded The Working Group on Egypt, a group of policy experts aimed at ensuring that Egypt’s elections were free and fair. He was named to serve on the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Turkey. Kagan is the author and editor of several books on international affairs, most recently, The World America Made. His previous books include The Return of History and the End of Dreams and Dangerous Nation, which won the 2008 Lepgold Prize and was a 2007 Finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize.

His acclaimed book Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order was on the New York Times bestseller list for ten weeks and the Washington Post list for fourteen weeks, and has been translated into more than 25 languages.

Listed as one of the world’s “Top 100 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines, he writes a monthly column for the Washington Post and is a contributing editor at both the Weekly Standard and The New Republic. He was recently chosen #4 of the 50 Most Powerful Republicans on Foreign Policy by Foreign Policy magazine. Kagan served in the U.S. State Department as a member of the Policy Planning staff, as principal speechwriter for Secretary of State George Shultz, and as deputy for policy in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.

A book-signing will follow the lecture.


Sunday, Feb. 10, 3pm



Your ears won’t believe your eyes!

Duwende is to the millennium what doo wop was to the 50’s.

Duwende (pronounced Doo-WEN-day) is an award-winning a cappella group from New York City that performs a rich mixture of original and cover songs “like you’ve never heard them before.” They were recently featured at The East Coast Summit, SoJam, Acapella Stock and the New York Highline Ballroom, mesmerizing audiences with their special sound. Duwende does it all with over 1,000,000 YouTube hits and a national commercial in which they perform their original music for 1.800 OK CABLE.

Duwende’s albums, “Radio Screaming” (2004) and “Collective” (2007), won the 2004 and 2008 Contemporary Acappella Recording Awards for Best Pop/Rock Album and Best Pop Original Song from The Contemporary Acappella Society. Billboard magazine designated Duwende, “One of the Top Indie Acts to look out for.” They released their first cover album, “Remember: The Music of Michael Jackson,” in May 2011, followed by a whirlwind national and international live tour.

A Jackson medley, offered in tribute, will be a special feature of this concert.


Sunday, Jan. 13, 3pm


“Back to the 60s”

Starring The 1910 Fruitgum Company

Whether it’s the Bubble Gum music or the close vocal harmonies of the Beach Boys that you crave, you will want to join us as we re-live the classic sounds of the 60’s. One ticket gives you access to the mega-hits performed by the original 1910 Fruitgum Company (still with original members).

Their first release in 1968, Simon Says, became a top hit in the US and number 2 in the United Kingdom, staying on the charts for over 12 weeks. The group followed up with 1-2-3 Red Light, which cracked the charts at number 4 in the US. Indian Giver followed in March of 1969. All three records sold millions and credited The 1910 Fruitgum Company with three gold records.

Along with these chart-topping favorites, The 1910 Fruitgum Company will perform songs by The Turtles, Grass Roots, Monkees, British Invasion acts, Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, and several other of the best cover tunes from the 60’s.


Sunday, Dec. 16, 3pm

Peter Beinart & RABBI Shlomo Riskin. Complimentary

The Dialogue Continues: Israel & the Crisis of Zionism


Peter Beinart is the associate professor of journalism and political science at The City University of New York, a senior political writer for The Daily Beast-Newsweek, and a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Beinart burst onto the punditry scene immediately after graduating from Oxford in 1995. Since then, he has been editor of The New Republic magazine, written widely acclaimed books, and been a featured player on the television news circuit for his expertise and articulate analysis. His latest book, The Crisis of Zionism, was published in April 2012.


Shlomo Riskin is the founding rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue on the Upper West Side; founding chief rabbi of the Israeli settlement of Efrat in the West Bank; and founder and dean of the Ohr Torah Stone Institutions, a network of high schools, colleges, and graduate programs in the United States and Israel. He belongs to the Modern Orthodox stream of Judaism. Shlomo Riskin and Peter Beinart recently discussed their contrasting viewpoints on the current issues at stake in Israel at a debate hosted at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale.

A book-signing will follow the dialogue.


Sunday, Nov. 4, 3pm


Jonathan Alter

Between the Lines: Politics, Media & Society

Award-winning columnist, television analyst and author, Jonathan Alter has written two New York Times best-sellers, The Promise: President Obama, Year One and The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope. He is a weekly columnist for Bloomberg View. Before Bloomberg View, Alter spent 28 years as a correspondent, editor and columnist for Newsweek where he covered seven presidential elections and authored more than 50 cover stories.

Known at the podium for his insight, wit and first-hand anecdotes, Alter offers a unique behind-the-scenes take on life inside the Obama White House, analyzing where the President has succeeded and failed. His presentation is as fresh as the day’s headlines, but informed by a deep knowledge of history and a razor-sharp analytical mind offering audiences the knowledge and information they need to make informed decisions that will affect our country’s future.

Alter frequently interviews American presidents and other world leaders, regularly breaks news, and has written extensively over the years about politics, media, education, terrorism, anti-Semitism, at-risk children, national service and a wide variety of other issues. In 2004, Alter wrote the first cover story on Obama in a national magazine, one of several he has authored on the president.

Since joining NBC News and MSNBC in 1996, Alter appears regularly on NBC and MSNBC broadcasts.

A book-signing will follow the lecture.


Sunday, Oct. 14, 3pm


David e. Sanger

The Agenda: The 2012 Campaign

Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times and bestselling author of The Inheritance, David E. Sanger writes compelling front-page analyses from both the White House and around the globe that explain the most complex events of our time.
Known for his eloquent style, Sanger has reported for The Times for over 25 years on topics including business and technology, globalization, nuclear proliferation and Asian affairs. His current work as Chief Washington Correspondent utilizes his vast knowledge to cover a broad range of strategic issues from national affairs to foreign policy.

Sanger won the Pulitzer Prize as part of a Times reporting team on three occasions. His commentary on the Iraq and Korea crises took home the Weintal Prize, one of the highest honors for diplomatic reporting. He also won the White House Correspondents’ Association Aldo Beckman prize for his presidential coverage.

Sanger’s articulate style has made him a regular on a variety of radio and television programs including NPR’s special series Intelligence Squared US, PBS’ Charlie Rose and Washington Week, and CBS’ Face the Nation. He airs the Washington Report on WQXR, the radio station of the Times, twice a week.

At present, Sanger is a visiting scholar and adjunct professor of public policy at Harvard University. His newest book, Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, was published in June 2012.

A book-signing will follow the lecture.