October 1, 2023

Spring Luncheon

Spring Luncheon
BNC Gotham Chapter – Thursday, June 6, 2019
12:00 Noon
420 East 59TH Street
Please join us for a very special day
to connect with new and old friends while enjoying
an authentic Italian and Mediterranean three course meal. Lunch will include coffee or tea and a glass of wine.
Installation of officers 2019-2020
Special guest speaker : Ingrid Schorr
Director of the Arts at Brandeis University
She will speak about Leonard Bernstein.
Click on this link!
Please send checks payable to BNC to:
Joyce Cohen
75 Lotus Oval North
Valley Stream NY 11581
Any amount over $54 is a charitable contribution to the Brandeis National Committee’s Magnify the Mind: Advancing Neuroscience Research.


Get ready for Spring 2019 with our new events! Click here for details.

New Bulletin

Our Fall 2018 bulletin is now available for your review here.

Announcement: Awards

We are very excited to announce that the BNC Gotham chapter has won a Financial Goal Award and a Membership Goal Award for 2018. These awards recognize that BNC Gotham has achieved their financial and membership goals. Through a wide array of study groups ranging from walking tours to literature groups to luncheons featuring Brandeis lecturers, BNC Gotham offers it all.

We would like to thank all of our members and chapter leadership for their support of Brandeis University and enthusiastic participation in chapter activities. We look forward to spending another wonderful year learning, exploring, and supporting Brandeis together.

Special Event: “Marshall” Movie Screening – October 21st

The Arts AlumniAlumni of Color, and Lawyers Networks cordially invite you to attend this Alumni Club of New York City event.

Marshall movie poster. Picture includes multiple men and women.‘Marshall’ Movie Screening & Discussion with Screenwriter Michael Koskoff ’63

Sunday, Oct. 21
11 a.m. | Doors open
11:45 a.m. | Program starts
Question and answer session to immediately follow

Join us for a screening of the critically acclaimed film “Marshall,” starring Chadwick Boseman. Set in Connecticut in 1941, the film is centered around a highly publicized trial in which 32-year-old Thurgood Marshall joins with a young Jewish lawyer, Sam Freidman, to defend a black man accused of the rape and attempted murder of his white socialite employer. While war rages in Europe, the trial, set against a backdrop of racism and anti-Semitism, proves to be a career-defining one for Marshall.

Immediately following the film, you are invited to participate in a question and answer session with Michael Koskoff ’63, who wrote the screen play for “Marshall” with his son, Jacob. Whether your interests are in law, the arts or civil rights, Koskoff has had his hands in it all.

AMC Empire 25
234 West 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036

Tickets are $15 per person. Includes concession voucher and snacks.

RSVP before Monday, Oct. 12. Pre-registration is required.

For questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumnievents@brandeis.edu or 781-736-4012.

Michael Koskoff ’63
A trial lawyer for more than 50 years, Koskoff early in his career defended the Black Panthers in an historic New Haven trial. In other notable cases, Koskoff has served as counsel for plaintiffs in civil rights and malpractice suits, including for the family of singer-songwriter Michael Jackson. Presently, he is a principal at Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, a Connecticut trial law firm, known for its representation of the families of the Sandy Hook massacre.

The critically acclaimed “Marshall,” an Academy Award Nominee, received this year’s Silver Gavel Award, the American Bar Association’s highest honor in recognition of media and the arts. The ABA also lists it as one of the best legal movies of all time.

Event: Book and Author Luncheon – October 29th

Get ready for our annual Book and Author luncheon at the Yale Club! We have three exciting authors lined up for this even.

Tina Brown is an award-winning writer, editor, and founder of Women in the World Summit. She has edited for the Tattler, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker,  and written a New York Times Best seller. She founded the Daily Beast, Women in the World Summit, and Tina Brown Live Media. Her most recent book, The Vanity Fair Diaries, chronicles her role in revamping a failing magazine.

Gail Lumet Buckley is the daughter of Lena Horne. She frequently writes for the New York Times as well as multiple books. Her most recent book, The Black Calhouns, traces her family line from the Civil War to today’s cultural struggles.

Camille Aubray is an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship winner and mentee of Margaret Atwood. She has written and produced for ABC News, PBS and A&E. Her best selling book, Cooking with Picasso, has gained critical acclaim. It follows the story of Ondine, a cook for Picasso, and the effects he has on her life.

All proceeds for this event benefit the Magnify the Mind Fund.

Fall Bulletin 2018

We are excited to announce that the Fall 2018 BNC Gotham bulletin has arrived! Spanning September 2018 to January 2019 we have arraigned for a jam-packed season to keep our members learning and having fun.

Inside the bulletin, members can find information on study groups and special events, and important leadership contact and chapter policy information.

This year our events include general meetings, tours, the annual Book and Author luncheon, and study groups about literature, film, theater, art, history, and more. We are sure there is something for everyone!


Fall 2018 Bulletin *note: due to the file’s size, it has been compressed. For a higher quality copy, please request it from leadership.

Announcement: Magnify the Mind

Brandeis has long had one of the best neuroscience programs in the country. Nobel Prize winner Michael Rosbash, MacArthur “genius” grant recipient Gina Turrigiano and world-renowned neuroscientist Eve Marder are all pioneers in the field. Their breakthroughs have helped transform our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and autism.

But to remain cutting edge — and continue to make advances in our understanding of human health — Brandeis needs to upgrade its microscopes. The university currently owns an aging fluorescence microscope that uses a technique called two-photon excitation to image intact brain circuitry in the living brain. This technique has allowed Brandeis researchers to study how genes and experience interact to produce functioning brain circuits. However, this equipment is no longer state-of-the-art because it uses old and slow scanning technology that takes only one image per second. This speed severely limits the type of research questions that can be answered.

The Brandeis National Committee would like to provide Brandeis with a next generation resonant scanning two-photon microscope. This new technology would enable Brandeis researchers to take 30 to 50 images per second. This increase in speed can be used to observe the brain much closer to its native processing speed, or can be used to take many photographs of the same tissue that can be averaged together to create very high resolution views, allowing Brandeis researchers to study structures as small as single synapses in the living brain.

Brain plasticity — how neurons react to changes in the environment — is one of the most important areas in brain research, understanding what brings about changes in behavior. When the processes responsible for plasticity malfunction, it can give rise to neurodegenerative illnesses. Resonant scanning will generate a trove of new insights and data to understanding why this happens.

Researchers at Brandeis will further be able to explore the role of molecules, dendrites and synapses in the brain and reveal operating principles. The Brandeis National Committee’s campaign to raise $500,000, launches July 1, 2018. Contact 781-736-7588 to donate today.

View the video here.

Brandeis News: $1 Million Grant for Science

Brandeis University has been awarded a $1 million, 5-year grant from The Howard Hughs Medical Institute (HHMI) to aid in fostering undergraduate diversity in the sciences. The funding will help the Brandeis support undergraduates in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — especially those students who are first generation college students, from low-income backgrounds and military veterans.

Brandeis is one of 33 institutions of higher educations to receive the HHMI Inclusive Excellence award this year for its commitment to increase its capacity for inclusion. Part of the funding will be used to continue the success of the Science Posse program which focuses on attracting and retaining talented, underrepresented student in science.  Another part of the grant will go towards the Galaxy Program, a mentoring program intended to provide extra support and guidance to undergraduate students in the early stages of a scientific education.

These programs, as well as initiatives enabled by the grant, will further Brandeis’ commitment to social justice by helping all talent shine through in the sciences field, regardless of background.

We would like to thank all of our BNC members for your continued support of Brandeis’ sciences and libraries. Your generosity makes it possible for students from all walks of life to excel even when grants are not available.

Read the full article here.

Summer Reading Recommendations

As we officially enter summer, we hope all our members have some time to kick back and enjoy the sun. What better way to enjoy the warmth (or the AC) than with a good book? Brandeis University has released its list of summer reading recommendations from various professors and librarians. This extensive list ranges from historical and political analysis, to graphic novels and crime thrillers.

Here is the list:

The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker by Kathy Cramer and recommended by Jill Greenlee, Associate Professor of Politics.

No Fire in the Ashes: Coming of Age Black and Free in America by Darnell L. Moore and recommended by Chad Williams, Samuel J. and Augusta Spector Chair in History

The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire Series #1) by Craig Johnson and recommended by Matthew Sheehy, University librarian

In the Skin of a Jihadist: A Young Journalist Enters the ISIS Recruitment Network by Anna Erelle and recommended by Jytte Klausen, Lawrence A. Wien Professor of International Cooperation

Biogea by Michel Serres and Highway Kind by Justine Kurland, both recommended by Peter Kalb, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art on the Cythia L.and Theodore S. Berenson Chair and Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies

Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 by Edward Sorel and recommended by Thomas Doherty, Professor of American Studies

Haifa: City of Steps by Nili Scharf Gold, Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s by Marc Dollinger, and The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine by Gabrielle Rossmer Gropmand and Sonya Gropman, recommended by Sylvia Fuks Fried, Director of Publications at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and Executive Director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry


See the original article for further details about each book.

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