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A special program to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Wednesday July 2, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the single most important piece of legislation passed by Congress in American history, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Join The Anne Frank Center USA as we mark the 50th anniversary of this landmark legislation with a reading by New York Times editor Clay Risen from his new book “The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act,” alongside a performance of our production, Letters from Anne and Martin. Acclaimed author Clay Risen’s book unfolds the historic battle, waged from the streets of the deep South to the halls of Congress, to bring this revolutionary bill into law. Letters from Anne and Martin is a unique production that combines the iconic voices of Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr. Developed from excerpts from The Diary of Anne Frank and Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, this piece evokes the important messages from these legendary figures, as they write of their hopes and plans for a peaceful and unified world.

A Q&A, book signing and reception will follow the program.

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Night at the Museums

June 24, 2014 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Exhibit can be viewed Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Anne Frank Center USA is proud to participate in “Night at the Museums” as part of Lower Manhattan’s River to River festival. Along with 13 other museums, the AFC will offer free admission to our gallery and current exhibition by artist Joseph Goldyne between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm on June 24th.

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A la Mémoire des Enfants Déportés
In memory of the children of Paris, deported to Auschwitz, 1942-1944

Calligraphic paintings by Eleanor Winters

April 9, 2014 through June 20, 2014

Exhibit can be viewed Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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“Eleves de ce Lycee” 2012 by Eleanor Winters

 

Introduction to Calligraphy
A workshop for adults with artist Eleanor Winters

Saturday June 7, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5

Space limited. Reservations required.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

Calligraphy is the art of beautiful writing. Before the age of printing, calligraphy was used to make books and documents and for all written communication. Today we study it as an art form, both for fine-art and commercial use, but also for the great pleasure of making something beautiful. As part of her exhibit, A la Mémoire des Enfants Déportés, artist Eleanor Winters will offer an introductory workshop for adults, focusing on the tools and techniques of the calligrapher. Participants will learn how to use a traditional broad-edged calligraphy pen to reproduce the basic forms of Italic and Gothic calligraphy.


A la Mémoire des Enfants… Gymnase Japy, 2012

 

Stories from a Childhood in Hiding
A special program honoring the hidden children of the Holocaust

Saturday May 31, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Space limited. Reservations required.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

Anne Frank was but one of thousands of Jewish children who were in hiding during the Holocaust. As part of our annual Spirit of Anne Frank Awards this June, The Anne Frank Center USA will celebrate the lives of these hidden children, and acknowledge the righteous individuals who helped to save them. Join us for special program in advance of our gala event, to hear the remarkable stories of two hidden children: award winning author and educator Johanna Reiss, and Evi Blaikie, writer and co-founder of the Hungarian Hidden Children group. The program will be introduced by Louise O. Vasvári, Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and Linguistics at Stony Brook University.

A Q&A and reception will follow the program.

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left to right: authors Johanna Reiss and Evi Blaikie, and professor Louise Vasvári, signing books as part of the program
 

 

Confronting Intolerance Today
A Panel Discussion on LGBT Rights and Global Efforts to Promote Tolerance and Respect

Wednesday May 14, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

This event is to be held at:
120 Kearny Street
Suite 3100
San Francisco, CA

This program brings together Boris Dittrich, Human Rights Watch’s Advocacy Director for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights, with Susan Belinda Christian, Chair, San Francisco Human Rights Commission, and the Transgender Law Center’s Senior Strategist, Cecilia Chung, for a panel discussion addressing the issue of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The program will be introduced by Hugo von Meijenfeldt, Consul General of the Netherlands. As part of The Anne Frank Center’s Confronting Intolerance Today speaker series, this event will provide a global perspective on this crucial topic; contrasting LGBT rights in the Netherlands, the first country in the world to open civil marriage to gay and lesbian couples, with the recent government crackdown on homosexuality in Russia. Examples from Africa and Europe will be discussed in conjunction with a diversity of attitudes from within San Francisco, a city synonymous with gay rights and marriage equality.

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Courtesy of Human Rights Watch

 


(L to R) Cecilia Chung, Susan Christian and Boris Dittrich

Boris Dittrich addresses the audience

 

 

Calligraphy for kids
A workshop for children with artist Eleanor Winters

Saturday April 26, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5
$20 for a family ticket (consisting of 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children)

Space limited. Reservations required.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

Ever wanted to try your hand at calligraphy and experiment with Gothic lettering? As part of her exhibit, A la Mémoire des Enfants Déportés, artist Eleanor Winters will offer a workshop for children aged 8 and up, introducing them to calligraphic arts. Inscribe your name, or a favorite phrase, and take it home as memento. Art supplies and paper will be provided.

 

 

 

A la Mémoire des Enfants Déportés
In memory of the children of Paris, deported to Auschwitz, 1942-1944

Calligraphic paintings by Eleanor Winters

April 9, 2014 through June 20, 2014

Exhibit can be viewed Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Opening reception Wednesday April 9, 2014 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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“Eleves de ce Lycee” 2012 by Eleanor Winters

 

As part of The New Amsterdam History Center book series
The Anne Frank Center USA is proud to present

Confronting Intolerance Today
Author Russell Shorto and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik discuss Mr. Shorto’s new book
Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City

Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 PM

This event will be held at Congregation Shearith Israel

Congregation Shearith Israel
8 West 70th Street
New York, NY 10023

In this effortlessly erudite account, Russell Shorto traces the idiosyncratic evolution of Amsterdam, showing how such disparate elements as herring anatomy, naked Anabaptists parading through the streets, and an intimate gathering in a sixteenth-century wine-tasting room had a profound effect on Dutch-and world-history.

Open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP here

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Yvonne Simons, Executive Director AFC, Russell Shorto,
Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and Rob de Vos, Consul General of the Netherlands.

Russell Shorto in conversation with Rabbi Meir Soloveichik.

 

200+ guests attended “Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City,” with Russell Shorto and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, at Congregation Shearith Israel for a discussion of Mr. Shorto’s new book, as part of The Anne Frank Center USA’s Confronting Intolerance Today speaker series.

Weaving in his own experiences of his adopted home, Shorto provided an ever-surprising, intellectually engaging story of Amsterdam from the building of its first canals in the 1300s, through its brutal struggle for independence, its golden age as a vast empire, to its complex present in which its cherished ideals of liberalism are under siege. A Q&A, book signing and reception followed. Rabbi Meir Soloveichik engaged Mr. Shorto in a wonderful dialogue covering all issues in his book, paying particular attention to Anne Frank and the concept of Tolerance in the Netherlands, explaining that 23 Dutch- Portugese Jews founded his Congregation. Executive Director, Yvonne Simons, introduced the Center and the program as part of a speaker series in the Confronting Intolerance Project. The Center was one of three co-sponsors of this event. We would like to thank Board members, Gerhard van der Poel, Salomon van Dias, Tom Wijsmuller and Consul General Rob de Vos for attending this wonderful event.

This event was sponsored by Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan, the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, The Anne Frank Center USA, and the New Amsterdam History Center. It was supported as part of The Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, and through funding from the ministries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Netherland-America Foundation, and KLM Royal Dutch airlines, the official airline of The Anne Frank Center USA.
 

 

Girl Rising
Part of The Anne Frank Center USA’s Human Rights Film Series

Tuesday March 25, 6:30 pm -8:30 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5

Reservations required.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

In honor of International Women’s Day, join us in celebrating brave women and girls everywhere with a special screening of Girl Rising, a groundbreaking feature film, released in 2013.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the film’s Campaign Outreach Manager, Lindsay Morris, and a reception.

This program is made possible by Ten Times Ten LLC.

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Lindsay Morris, Campaign Outreach Manager for Girl Rising.
 

 

Documenting Diaspora
A discussion and presentation on Jewish émigré communities from around the globe, by artist Julian Voloj.

Wednesday March 12, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5

Reservations required.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

The program will be followed by a Q & A and a reception, and is presented as part of the Faith & Form exhibit, in partnership with the Jewish Art Salon.

Documenting Diasporas is made possible through COJECO’s Center Without Walls, sponsored by the UJA-Federation of NY and Genesis Philanthropy Group.

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“Cuba” by Julian Voloj

 


Julian Voloj – Photo by: Veronica Price

Julian Voloj & Rebecca Faulkner – Photo by: Veronica Price

 

 

Recreating the Golem:
From Prague to the Simpsons

February 4, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

In conjuncture with Faith & Form, the current exhibition at The Anne Frank Center USA, artist Mark Podwal and author Thane Rosenbaum will explore representations of the golem legend in words and images.

Adults $8 and Seniors/Students $5

The program will be followed by a Q&A and a reception, and is presented in partnership with the Jewish Art Salon.

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Golem by Mark Powdal

 


Thane Rosenbaum

Thane Rosenbaum