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Professor Ian Morris draws on archaeology, anthropology, biology and history to put forward a compelling new argument about the root of civilisations. Civilisations and their values, Morris argues, are driven by the most basic force of all: energy.
Hadley Freeman hosted a Saturday night Valentine's Special at JW3 based on her latest book, Life Moves Pretty Fast, explaining why the 1980s was a truly dazzling decade in cinema history.
In This is London: Life and Death in the World City, Ben Judah takes the lid off a new London, where over one-third of its population are immigrants, immersing himself in their sometimes hidden worlds.
Henry Goodman, Issy Van Randwyck and Clive Rowe presented two performances of song, anecdotes and glamour celebrating the musical theatre of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
In his provocative book, The Pater, Elliot Jager tackles a near-taboo topic: the Orthodox Jewish attitude towards infertility and what it feels like to be a childless Jewish man. He is in conversation with journalist Simon Hattenstone.
Ayelet Tsabari discusses her internationally acclaimed fiction -The Best Place on Earth - peopled with characters at the crossroads of nationalities, religions and communities, with writer and playwright Samantha Ellis.
To mark the publication of the expanded 4th edition of her much-lauded Oxford Companion to Wine, and the brand new 24-hour Wine Expert, the FT’s wine critic Jancis Robinson talks to the newspaper’s food critic Nicholas Lander.
Pedro Ferreira, Andrew Jaffe and Steven Gimbel evaluate the significance of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity in the light of recent discoveries about gravitational waves.
Ingrid Carlberg, winner of the prestigious August Prize for her seminal biography, Raoul Wallenberg, is joined by Philippe Sands and Henry Goodman to explore the extraordinary life and unique contribution of Sweden’s Special Envoy to Budapest in 1944. Wallenberg’s heroism and ingenuity at the height of the Holocaust saved countless lives while ultimately costing him his own.
Judith Kerr, one of the world's finest and best-loved children's authors, talks about her life-story and her life-in-books with Nicolette Jones.
The diaries of Ivan Maisky, Soviet Ambassador to the UK from 1932-43, discovered and scrupulously edited by Gabriel Gorodetsky, offer unprecedented insight into events surrounding the Second World War and the key players in both British and Soviet life. He is joined by John Thornhill with readings by Henry Goodman.
Andrew Solomon, author of international best-seller The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger take the association between loss and depression, so acutely observed in Freud’s Mourning and Melancholia, as the starting point for a free-ranging conversation about love, loss, grief and the human condition.
Harry Freedman, Bishop Michael Ipgrave and Rabbi Raphael Zarum analyse the surprising damage inflicted by troublesome translations.
Katya Krausova, co-founder of Portobello Pictures and co-creator of Last Folio, presents this unique project, which includes extracts of filmed interviews with survivors from eastern Slovakia, where Yuri Dojc's haunting photographs of a dynamic culture reveal time has stood still. She is in conversation with documentary-maker Roger Graef.
A breathtaking and unforgettable tour-de-force from two consummate storytellers.
Simon Schama returns with a unique event devised exclusively for JBW. In his recent book, exhibition and BBC TV series, The Face of Britain, Schama examines portraits by some of the UK’s greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. In this talk, he looks at the works and legacy of several major Jewish artists.
Find out who is in the running to win 2016’s prestigious JQ Wingate Prize as this year’s judges, Tahmima Anam, Samantha Ellis, Hugo Rifkind and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, discuss the shortlist with JQ editor Nicola Christie.
Historian of Ideas, Dan Stone, presents his unique inquiry into the events leading up to, and the aftermath of, the liberation of the concentration and extermination camps. He is joined by Alain Bornstein, son of Dr Ernst Israel Bornstein, whose Holocaust Memoir, Die Lange Nacht, was originally published in Germany in 1967.
Dina Gold’s Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin is a gripping, true story of her battle to reclaim the majestic six-storey building seized by the Nazis from her once-prominent Berlin family. Dina Gold outlines the unfolding of this unusual narrative in conversation with Melanie Phillips.
In Born Survivors Wendy Holden recounts the tale of three exceptional women who all gave birth in concentration camps towards the end of the war. Wendy Holden is joined by one of the ‘infant’ survivors, Eva Clarke, and interviewed by the journalist Jenni Frazer.
Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers describes the profound existential scepticism of the Children of Israel’s forty-year wandering through the wilderness, a generation who are the receivers of the Torah, are fed on miracles and nurtured directly by God.
Accompany Edmund de Waal on his personal pilgrimage along The White Road, which tells the story of his obsession with porcelain – ‘white gold’ – and the lure it has held for those who have encountered it.
David Pryce-Jones, former literary editor of The FT and Spectator and author of several major works, talks about his life, at once very English and singularly exotic, with journalist Jonathan Foreman.
In The Invention of Russia Arkady Ostrovsky explores those who have shaped the new Russia. Peter Pomerantsev describes his unique journey into the surreal heart of 21st century Russia in his award-winning Nothing is True and Everything is Possible. They explore Putin's Russia with James Harding.
The life of Moses is full of ambiguity. He is one of the most significant figures in Jewish history, making a uniquely potent contribution to both the Jewish religion and the Jewish nation, yet he grew up as an Egyptian. His early life and dual identity are explored by the eminent scholar Avivah Zornberg.
Michael Berkowitz has conducted the first-ever historical investigation of the vital contribution Jews have made to photography’s history. He discusses his findings with photography critic Francis Hodgson.
In a landmark work of history, winner of the JQ/Wingate Prize, Nikolaus Wachsmann, offers an unprecedented account of the Nazi concentration camps from their inception in 1933 through to their demise in the spring of 1945.
In conversation with psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz, award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch describes how writing Party Animals: Growing Up Communist, his memoir of early life amongst communists in Britain, led him to re-examine his own memories, uncovering the unspoken shame and fears that provided the unconscious background to his own existence as a party animal.
Epidemiologist Sir Michael Marmot talks to neurosurgeon Henry Marsh about new evidence from around the world that has the potential to make us look afresh not only at health and societies, but also at ourselves.
Two of our fastest-rising literary stars, author and editor, Virginia Baily, and Polly Samson, journalist, author and lyricist for some of Pink Floyd’s most celebrated songs, share a platform to discuss their compelling new novels Early One Morning and
Evolutionary biochemist Nick Lane and geneticist Adam Rutherford, discuss their recent books. They not only cover the past 4m millennia, but offer an up-to-the-minute overview of the latest developments in our understanding of DNA and gene manipulation.
The 3rd Woman is a high-concept thriller set in a world in which the USA bows to the People’s Republic of China. Jonathan Freedland explores the genesis of his fiction and international politics with broadcaster and journalist Mark Lawson
Black Horse Ride: The Inside Story of Lloyds and the Banking Crisis reveals what really occurred on perhaps the worst single day in banking history, bringing together the accounts of all the power players involved in this dramatic saga.
Professor Margaret MacMillan interrogates the past with fellow-historian Antony Beevor to consider the role of individuals and their behaviour.
Leah Trachtman-Palchan’s migration from Eastern Europe to Palestine in 1921 proved problematic in the very least. Her association with the Communist movement in Palestine led to her deportation by the British to the Soviet Union for 30 years, throwing her into the path of some of the most pivotal events of the 20th-century. Her great-nephew, historian Nir Arielli, presents her story with musicologist Anastasia Belina-Johnson..
In 1976 a group of German and Palestinian terrorists hijacked an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris, eventually forcing it to land in Uganda. In Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe, historian and broadcaster Saul David presents a fast-paced account of the hijacking and subsequent ultra-secret rescue operation.
Simon Kuper, the highly respected and entertaining Paris columnist for the Financial Times, discusses the current situation with bestselling author and political commentator, Jonathan Fenby, whose recent book The History of Modern France: From the Revolution to the Present, is a riveting analysis of France’s existential problems.
Experts on the Classical world, Professor Edith Hall and Professor Tessa Rajak, discuss the relationship between the Greeks, the Jews and other civilisations in the Classical era. How did the Greeks regard the Jews, and what did the Jews think about the Greeks?
Abba Eban: A Biography is the first examination for almost 40 years of the man whose exceptional skill as a spokesman for Israel in the international arena elicited wide scale admiration. Historian Asaf Siniver is in conversation with journalist Natasha Lehrer.
Frederic Raphael talks with Baroness Joan Bakewell about his memoir, Going Up, a dazzling piece of virtuoso prose writing that is fabulously indiscreet but also deeply moving, laced throughout with wit and erudition.
In The Future of the Professions, Professor Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind predict the transformation and decline of today’s professions and the systems that will replace them as technology transmogrifies the way we all work.
Mishka Ben-David served in Mossad as a high-ranking officer. Now a full-time novelist, he writes tense thrillers about Mossad agents worldwide. Forbidden Love in St Petersburg is his second translated novel. He is in conversation with fellow thriller-writer Adam LeBor, author of The Washington Stratagem.
Ian Buruma pays homage to the lives and achievements of his grandparents that included helping twelve Jewish children to escape Nazi Germany and find new lives in Britain. His spellbinding story tells of the sustaining power of a family’s love and devotion through very dark days. Ian Buruma is in conversation with author Adam Thirlwell
Everyone has their favourite Woody Allen film – whether it's one of his nervous but hilarious urban romances such as Annie Hall or Manhattan, or the later, lighter dramas such as Vicky Cristina Barcelona or Blue Jasmine. Film critic Jason Solomons
The Big Debate, featuring Jonathan Freedland, Howard Jacobson, Melanie Phillips and Simon Schama, addressed the critical issues and challenges confronting Jews today.
The Israeli Right first came to power nearly four decades ago. Its election was described then as 'an earthquake' and its reverberations endure. In The Rise of the Israeli Right, Professor Colin Shindler poses important questions – How did the Right rise to power?
Tim Judah examines the impact of ongoing conflict on the inhabitants of Ukraine. He talks to those whose memories of a contested past shape their attitudes, allegiances and hopes for the future. With his son Ben Judah he discusses how together their stories paint a vivid picture of a nation trapped between powerful political and historical forces.
In The Ignorant Maestro, symphony orchestra conductor Itay Talgam draws on his experience on the podium to reveal the conductor’s art.
JBW joins forces with the Society of Authors to celebrate Persephone Press’s new edition of Leonard Woolf’s forgotten classic, The Wise Virgins. Written on the Woolfs’ honeymoon in 1912, the semi-autobiographical novel examining moral, personal and social dilemmas is discussed by founder of Persephone Books Nicola Beaumann and literary biographer Lyndall Gordon, with Anne Sebba.
Philip Rylands - Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum - is coming especially from Venice to give an illustrated talk about the collection and its contents, also taking in the close connection between the works and the life of its founder.
Nordic Noir has already swept the world. Finland’s Harri Nykänen, creator of Jewish detective Ariel Kafka, and journalist and author, Adam LeBor, introduce their latest Jewish-themed page-turners to UK audiences.
Aaron Rosen has conducted the first in-depth study of an international roster of contemporary artists who use their work to explore religion’s cultural, social, political and psychological impact on today’s world. He is joined by Rev. Professor Ben Quash and artist Leni Diner Dothan.
In conversation with Irma Kurtz, Arlene Heyman, New York psychoanalyst and Bernard Malamud’s muse, introduces her debut collection of short stories, revealing what really goes on in people's minds, relationships and their beds.
Who is Tuvia Tenenbom, alias Tobi the German, the Bnei Brak-born gonzo journalist who goes where others fear to tread? Everywhere Tobi ventures he encounters anti-Israel sentiment or self-hating Jews. Chaired by journalist Nick Cohen.
Scholar and author Emanuela Barasch-Rubinstein’s beautiful collection of short stories describes the ‘five selves’ of modern Israeli identity, covering diverse themes from intergenerational concepts of identity to mourning a father’s death.
What Happened at the Metropole – a docudrama in two acts – is written by Adam Fergusson and Caroline Moorehead. Derived from the records of a meeting held by the International Red Cross in Geneva in 1942 in response to newly available evidence about the death camps, the play features characters based on real historical figures.
In his book The Soho Chronicles, Matthew Kentridge documents the series of ten animated films made over 22 years by his brother, the internationally-celebrated artist William Kentridge.
The legendary Akiva ben Josef has fascinated Jews for centuries. One of the most important early Jewish sages, his theology is still pondered, argued over and revered today. Rabbi Reuven Hammer throws new light on one of Judaism’s most powerful scholars.