By feeding his visions for the future to a well-regarded contemporary, the prolific inventor offered a peek into his brilliant mind

With his thirst for adventure, his rags-to-riches success story, and his progressive political ideas, London’s stories mirrored the passing of the American frontier and the nation’s transformation into an urban-industrial global power.

 

Fifty years ago, author E.L. Konigsburg wrote her children’s literature classic that highlighted the wonder of museums

 

 

How much have things changed since Jane Austen held forth as the premier novelist is clearly shown in this quote from Vicky Gan’s article: “The lower one’s rank, the more physically demanding the work; scullery maids, lowest of the female servants, were expected to clean and scour the kitchen for 18 hours a day.” 

 

Illustration: Portrait of Jane Austen, from the memoir by J. E. Austen-Leigh. Image from Wikimedia Commons

 

Casablanca at 75 2017/11/30 13:30:52

The iconic Hollywood movie still draws praise, 75 years after it opened in World War II

 

Photo: Original ad featuring Casablanca stars Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart

When: Nov. 27, 2017, Monday, 7:00 PM

Where: Deutsches Haus, 420 116th St.

(off Amsterdam Ave.) 

Yuri Shevchuk will introduce the film and lead the discussion.

In Ukrainian and English with English subtitles.

Free and open to the public.

 

What: Book presentation

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 12Noon

Where: Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 Int’l Affairs Building),

The Harriman Institute of Columbia University, New York City

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Who: Olena Nikolayenko (PhD Toronto) Associate Professor, Fordham University.

What: Presentation of her book as titled above

Where: Rm 1219 International Affairs Building. Columbia Univ, NYC

When: 12:00 Noon, Oct 19, 2017

NOTE: Free and open to the public

 

Self-exiled from Russia, Masha Gessen continues to write about her homeland with unique perspective and understanding. Her books have considerable interest for Ukraine since Russia seems utterly incapable of considering Ukraine a truly independent state, with the subversion of Ukraine the major building block of Vladimir Putin’s obsession of empire.

Andriy Lyubka [pictured] will read excerpts from his novel Carbide, which is a dark comedy about one Ukrainian writer’s romantic attempt to make his people one with the European Union.

 

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