Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Midnight Symposium continues

Midnight Symposium with Lesley Hazelton, celebrated author of After the Prophet, the epic tale of Shia-Sunni split in Islam. November 11th 8pm.

Our first Symposium was a riotous success, with sold-out attendance, and much bawdy inquiry into the F-word with Jesse Sheidlower. Expect a podcast of the evening soon. We continue the series with acclaimed journalist, novelist, and all around grand dame of letters Lesley Hazelton.

The Midnight Symposium concept is simple: we will continue to host some of the leading intellectuals, artists, and writers of our time for a casual course on a subject of their choosing. On Nov. 11thth 40 guests will take the elevator to the 7th floor Penthouse of the Sorrento, glasses will be filled, bellies will be sated and a late night symposium will begin.

Symposium Number Two: "The Ugly American: arrogance, ignorance, or innocence abroad -- or are they all related?" with Lesley Hazelton. November 11th 2009.

*Upon confirmation of their reservation guests will receive a pdf of required reading. In a Symposium dialogue is encouraged.

$50/person. Includes a hearty stew, a big bottle of whisky to be shared, and some wine. If you like to drink heavily we encourage you to bring additional bottles. For reservations email:

LESLEY HAZLETON is the author of four acclaimed books about the Middle East—After the Prophet, Israeli Women, Where Mountains Roar, and Jerusalem, Jerusalem. Other books include: Mary: A Flesh-and-Blood Biography of the Virgin Mother and Jezebel. A former psychologist, she reported from Israel for Time magazine, and has written on Middle Eastern politics for The New York Times, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books.

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