Enjoy thought-provoking readings, conversations, panel discussions, and spoken word programs. Also check out virtual talks now streaming on the Skirball’s YouTube channel.
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    Perspectives on American Jewish Experiences

    The Inaugural Howard I. Friedman Memorial Lecture

    Sunday, May 22, 3:00 pm (galleries open 4:00–5:00 pm)

    FREE; Reservations required

    Consider the complex relationships between Jewish values and American immigration during the Skirball Cultural Center’s inaugural Howard I. Friedman Memorial Lecture, named for the Skirball’s founding chairman.

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  • Cover of the book featuring Marie Yovanovitch looking into the camera with the words "Lessons from the Edge" at the top

    Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch—Lessons from the Edge

    Online Talk

    Tuesday, May 24, 6:00 pm (PT)

    FREE

    Join Writers Bloc Presents® and the Skirball Cultural Center for an online talk with former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in conversation with Angela Stent, senior adviser to the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies and professor emerita of government and foreign service at Georgetown University.

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  • Cover of the book, Refugees in America, Stories of courage, hope, & resilience in their own words

    Refugees in America

    Stories of Courage, Resilience, and Hope in Their Own Words

    Wednesday, June 15, 7:30 pm (doors at 6:30 pm)

    $15 General; $10 Members and Full-Time Students

    What does it really mean to welcome the stranger? During this panel discussion, humanitarian and author of Refugees in America, Rabbi Lee T. Bycel, speaks with individuals from around the world who have fled oppression, violence, and war in search of a better life in the United States.

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  • Cover of the book, Rough Draft by Katy Tur

    Katy Tur—Rough Draft

    Stories from a Life Lived in TV News

    Saturday, June 18, 2:00 pm (doors at 1:00 pm)

    $20 General

    Writers Bloc Presents® and the Skirball Cultural Center invite you to hear from MSNBC anchor Katy Tur. In her new book, Rough Draft, Tur shares stories from a life lived in TV news—from her beginnings as the daughter of groundbreaking LA helicopter journalists to national news anchor, and now, mother of two. Tur will be joined in conversation by MSNBC correspondent and fellow author Jacob Soboroff.

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  • Cover of the book, Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli

    Ted Merwin—Pastrami on Rye

    An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli

    Tuesday, June 21, 7:30 pm (galleries open 6:00–7:30 pm)

    $18 General; $10 Members and Full-Time Students; Includes admission to The Jewish Deli, Talking Back to Power, and Visions and Values

    Dig into the “overstuffed history” of the American Jewish deli with Ted Merwin, award-winning author of Pastrami on Rye. During this insightful and entertaining discussion, learn all about the impact of deli, its relevance in pop culture, and how these gathering places remain a tangible (and tasty!) reminder of Central and Eastern European Jewish heritage for Jews and non-Jews alike.

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