We RecommendThursday, October 19, 2017by JBW
While you're waiting for the JBW 2018 programme to be released, why not try one of these events from our friends at JW3?
Thursday 26th October
In 1923, a group of young radical German thinkers, among them Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse, came together to form what came to be known as the Frankfurt School. Their ideas, like their lives, profoundly reflected and shaped the shattering events of the twentieth century and forever changed the way we think.
In conversation with Naomi Gryn, Guardian journalist Stuart Jeffries discusses his new book, Grand Hotel Abyss which combines biography, philosophy, and storytelling to reveal the personalities behind the Frankfurt School and show how influential and still relevant their ideas proved to be.
Tuesday 7th November
An expert panel including Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Fania Oz-Salzberger, Henry Hardy, Helen Fry and Trudy Gold will examine the impact of four momentous events that all occurred in one week, 2–9 November. In that week in 1917, two world-changing events occurred, the Russian Revolution and the Balfour Declaration. Isaiah Berlin witnessed the first and was committed to the ideas of the second. He died on 5 November 1997. In addition, at the end of that week the November pogrom, Kristallnacht, was perpetrated. Looking through the eyes of one of the greatest liberals of the twentieth century, we will discuss the historic relevance of these events and their impact on our world today.
Thursday 30th November
Well, they says Jews are the people of the book… Let’s find out!
Writer and broadcaster Marcel Theroux’s literary quiz is always a highlight of the annual Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall and now he’s bringing it here to JW3 so we can test the theory... or at least have some fun with it. Make up a table up with your book group or come along and team up with other bookish souls. Let the battle commence.