September 25, 2018

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.

Event: His & Hers 3-Hour AIA Boat Tour – June 14

Join BNC Gotham on a boat trip around Manhattan, led by an American Institute of Architects guide, who will educate us on landmarks, icons, architecture, and engineering masterpieces of the city. This three hour trip will be both educational and fun as we cruise in style in a vintage, 1920s-style yacht around the island. Drinks and small snacks will be provided and we will be free to walk around the deck to take in the views.

This trip leaves at 1:30 from Pier 62 at the Chelsea Piers and returns at 4:30

Event: Yeshiva University Museum Tour – April 25th

Join BNC Gotham on April 25th for a tour of the Yeshiva University Museum. This museum, in connection to the University, is a celebration of Jewish work and accomplishments throughout history and around the world. The collection of 10,000 artifacts, exhibitions, programs, and installations attempt to capture the cultural, intellectual and artistic achievements of the Jewish people spanning 5,00 years. Exhibits feature fine art, folk art, clothing, textiles, ceremonial and ritual objects, historically significant documents, letters, photographs, and other objects of quotidian and significant events.

The museum is composed of four galleries, an outdoor sculpture garden, a children’s studio workshop, and a discovery center. As a teaching museum, in concert with Yeshiva University, it provides unique opportunities and programs for research and learning.

Following our tour we will have lunch together at Serenata.

Please see the bulletin for more details and directions.

Event: Good Housekeeping Institute Tour – April 13th

Come explore the behind-the-scenes of Good Housekeeping on this tour of the Institute. Good Housekeeping, a health, life, and style magazine, is backed by the Good Housekeeping Institute where products are reviewed and tested. On our tour we will visit the labs, meet the experts, and learn about the testing and reviewing process.

Good Housekeeping was started in 1900 with the goal of providing it’s reader’s with the best information to create a happy healthy life. Before there were the food and safety regulations we enjoy today, there was Good Housekeeping. It was warning its readers about dangerous preservatives in food products and lead levels in children’s toys long before any legislation was in place. Truly a institution ahead of its time, Good Housekeeping went beyond product testing to advise readers on lifestyle and health choices, such exercise and diet instead of weight loss pills and installing seat belts in cars. The Institute’s findings helped create the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Food and Drug Administration, among other safety standards.

After the tour we will enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant together. Please see the Bulletin for further information.

Event: His & Hers NY Museum of Jewish Heritage Tour – March 22nd

Join us on this educational event on March 22nd. We will be touring the Core Exhibition of the NY Museum of Jewish Heritage in its entirety. Lead by a docent, we will explore the three floors the exhibit which includes Jewish Life a Century Ago, The War Against the Jews, and Jewish Renewal. The museum’s goal is to educate visitors of all background about Jewish heritage and life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Though it is a living memorial to the Holocaust, the museum makes a point of presenting life before and after,  proclaiming that the Jewish people are not defined solely by atrocity.

The museum covers from the 1880s to present day and features 800 artifacts and 2,000 photographs in the core exhibit alone. Other temporary exhibits will also be on view.

See the Bulletin for further details and directions.

Event: Alexander Hamilton US Custom House Tour – March 8th

BNC Gotham invites you to join us on this tour of the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House and the following luncheon. Come explore this beautiful, historic building and learn about its past as the duty collections point for the port of New York. Currently serving as the host of the National Museum of the American Indian on the first three floors, this seven story structure is a magnificent example of American Beaux Art design. Envisioned by Cass Gilbert, and completed in 1907, the building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1972. The inside is just as stunning as the exterior, complete with columns, statues, marble, and hand painted murals. This trip includes a visit to the Collector’s Office with woodwork from Tiffany Studios. This event is a must for architect enthusiasts and history buffs.

Following the Custom House we will take lunch at a restaurant in the area.

Please see the bulletin for further details.

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