March 30, 2017

Apples to Apples: Just an Illusion

University on Wheels with Professor Don Katz for March 31 in New York City

New York-area Brandeis National Committee members and friends are invited to attend a seminar on Friday, March 31st with Professor Don Katz, who will discuss our sensory brain in his lecture, “Apples to Apples: Just an Illusion.”
People are comfortable in the belief that their sensory systems tell them what is out there in the world. An apple looks like an apple and tastes like an apple, and so we know it’s an apple. In reality, however, this belief  while comforting) is misguided: The information we get from our eyes and tongue is, in fact, highly ambiguous. Far from reporting “what’s out there,” the job of our sensory brain is to guess what’s out there, a job that it performs by putting together as many different sources of ambiguous information as it can.
Professor Katz will show the sensory process in action, demonstrating how easy it is to change what something tastes like and even looks like. These demonstrations are not merely parlor tricks – what they reveal is that illusions, which we like to think represent our sensory systems malfunctioning, are in fact the very basis of perception.
The event, will be held at 10:30 AM at the Barbizon Condominiums, 3rd Fl. 140 E.63 Street.
Admission is $15 per person, payable to BNC, to Shelley Greene, 165 E. 72 St. #2K, NY, NY 10021.

Good Housekeeping Institute Tour and Lunch

How does the Good Housekeeping test products? Come visit their labs, meet their experts, to learn how their engineers, chemists, textile professionals, and other scientists evaluate thousands of products each year, from vacuums to cosmetics to swimwear and more. Tour their test kitchens (where every Good Housekeeping recipe is triple tested), meet with their nutrition department to learn how they assess if a food lives up to its claims, and visit the famous Good Housekeeping dining room, which has been host to dozens of presidents, first ladies, celebrities, and other famous figures. After the tour, we will have lunch across the street at the organic Bareburger Restaurant.

March 10th- 11:15 am

Limited to 20 members at $46 per person

For more information, contact Linda M Schain, lmschain@gmail.com

 

Living Room Learning: Ruth Brayer, Handwriting Analyst

Ruth Brayer, handwriting analyst, certified graphologist and forensic expert witness qualified by the Supreme Court of the State of New York, will speak to us about how handwriting reveals our personality traits. As a past president of the National Speakers Association (New York chapter) and a former Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University, she has many years of experience, and we look forward to a fascinating afternoon.

This event is limited to members only, and costs $30 per person. Please contact Phyllis Chasin at phylchasin@aol.com, for more information.

Backstage at the Met

We will meet at the south end of the lobby at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. Join us in going behind the scenes for an exclusive look at what it takes to make operatic magic. Our tour includes visits to the scenic and carpentry shops, rehearsal rooms, costume and wig departments, dressing rooms and stage areas. The Metropolitan Opera House building is a work of art within itself, displaying costumes and photos throughout its hallways and filled with memorabilia of past performances.

Note: There will be long periods of standing, walking and stairs during this 75 minute tour. Totes and shopping bags will not be allowed on the tour, so please carry small handbags only. There are no checkroom facilities or restrooms available during the tour.

February 28th- 2:30 pm

For further information contact Maxine Schweitzer at mjrs141@gmail.com

$35 per person. Limited to 30 people

“Brandeis and You” Brunch

If you know anyone who may be interested in joining our chapter, bring them to our opening Membership Brunch! Come and eat delicious food with us, and get to know more about BNC’s vibrant history, the exciting events and the study groups we have planned! There are so many more to choose from this time.

We have a guest speaker: Susan L. Schulman, “True and Dishy Tales from a Theater Press Agent” As one of Broadway’s best press agent, Susan L. Schulman has worked with some of the theatre’s most talented and creative people — who sometimes behaved badly and often with astonishing grace – as they struggled to create theater magic. She turns the spotlight on what goes on behind the show curtain, sharing true tales of her life in the theater. Make your reservation now by sending your $25 check, payable to BNC, to Pat Glickman, 301 East 48th Street, #15F, New York 10017. For further information, call Pat 212-486-3976 or Francoise 212-787-0811

If your guest joins BNC by October 1st, 2016, you will be entitled to a FREE full year (8 sessions) of Study groups.

Annual Book and Author Luncheon

Join us at The Yale Club, The Grand Ballroom, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue on November 7th, 2016, for our annual Book and Author Luncheon!

Invitations will be sent out at the end of summer, and we have some exciting authors presenting their dynamic work!

Kati Marton is the author of True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy; Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Paris – A Love Story; The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World; Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History; Wallenberg; The Polk Conspiracy; A Death in Jerusalem; and An American Woman. She is an award-winning former NPR and ABC News correspondent and lives in New York City.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin, a Brandeis graduate, is an award-winning writer, lecturer, and founding editor of Ms. Magazine. She is the author of eleven books, including her most recent title Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate, as well as How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick and Deborah, Golda and Me. Her numerous articles have been published in The New York Times and the Washington Post, among other publications. Ms. Pogrebin is a leader in many social justice causes. She is on the board of Brandeis University’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

Michael Riedel is the theater columnist for The New York Post and co-host of Theater Talk on PBS. His book Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway won the 2015 Marfield Prize from the Arts Club of Washington. He appears regularly on the Imus in the Morning program, The Mark Simone Show, The Mike Gallagher Show, and Fox News’ Red Eye. Mr. Riedel lives in New York City. He is a graduate of Columbia University.

Stephen M. Silverman author of The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America is a twenty-year veteran of Time Inc. and was the first editor of People.com. His books include biographies of the filmmakers David Lean and Stanley Donen, and his work has appeared in Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, The Times of London, Vogue, and The Washington Post. He lives in New York City.

All event proceeds will go to the BNC Scholarship Campaign, and we encourage everyone to attend!

Friedberg Announced as BNC National President

Madalyn Friedberg, from the Central Westchester chapter, who has served as national vice president of fundraising for the past year, succeeded Barbara Sander as the Brandeis National Committee’s national president on July 1. Madalyn joined the BNC in 1973, and will serve as a leader for the organization and its 41 chapters.

Friedberg joined the BNC at the urging of a friend. A mother of three young children, she was seeking a group of like-minded lifelong learners. She knew about Brandeis University because her father, David Felix, had been friendly with Lawrence Wien, the founder of Brandeis’ Wien International Scholarship Program.

“I liked the BNC women right away,” Friedberg says. “I remember the women didn’t ask what my husband did for a living or how many children I had. They cared about who I was.”

As treasurer of the Central Westchester chapter for many years, she knows the financial advantages of establishing a charitable gift annuity for those interested in supporting the university. In 2015, Friedberg and her husband, Stephen, established a generous charitable gift annuity, planning to create another one this year.

“The premise on which the university was founded is very important to us,” Madalyn says. “Brandeis opened a whole world to people who needed an education. We want to do what we can to support Brandeis.”

http://www.brandeis.edu/magazine/2016/summer/imprint.html

Meet Arthur and Leslie Pearlstein

Including a bequest or charitable gift annuity in your estate plan is an easy and rewarding way to support Brandeis University and its students. You can receive guaranteed, fixed income payments for life. Rates are locked in at the time you donate. To learn more, please contact M’Lissa Brennan at 781-736-4178 or email at mlissa@brandeis.edu.

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Meet Sophia Glickman

Brandeis students like Sophia Glickman ’16 give us hope. A BNC Scholar from Valhalla, New York, Sophia is a double major in biology and environmental studies. She worked as an undergraduate researcher in K.C. Hayes’ laboratory, researching the effects of various diets on the development of diabetes in rats. She chose Brandeis because of its friendly atmosphere and the opportunities it offers students to find their own path. Read her thank you letter (http://bit.ly/1pH9GB9) where she thanks BNC members, like YOU, for making her Brandeis experience possible. Thank you for supporting the BNC Scholarship Campaign. https://giving.brandeis.edu/bncscholarship. Read more stories like Sophia’s here.
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Visit Brandeis

Now’s your chance — as an active member of BNC or perhaps even contemplating being more involved, join an exciting program May 2 – May 4th at Brandeis University geared to Chapter Leaders. Feel connected to Brandeis and see first hand how special the campus is and why your support is so vital. A few more spots are open. RSVP by April 5th, 2016. Contact the National Center at 781-736-4171.

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