Sedona AZ (November 20, 2013) – New York’s famous 92nd Street Y returns to Sedona on Tuesday, Nov. 26 when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts “Meeting of the Minds: On Compassion” with Karen Armstrong and Thomas Cahill with Rabbi Jennifer Krause. The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre, live as it is happening in New York.
Join two of the world’s preeminent interfaith scholars and historians in a lively and provocative conversation about compassion and its crucial place in both modern and ancient times. How do we lead compassionate lives? Why should we care? What has happened historically when we allow compassion’s opposite, the ego, to take over?
Karen Armstrong and Thomas Cahill will explore these essential questions.
A former Catholic nun who left the convent to study literature, Karen Armstrong is an authority on world faiths, religious fundamentalism and monotheism. Her poignant and captivating talks, spark worldwide debate and healthy discussion. Armstrong’s bestselling books include The Battle for God, The Spiral Staircase, The Great Transformation and, most recently, The Bible: A Biography. She was a key advisor on Bill Moyers’ landmark PBS series on religion, has addressed members of the U.S. Congress and was one of three scholars to speak at the UN’s first ever session on religion. The Sunday Times calls her “a bridge between religions.”
Thomas Cahill is the author of the bestselling Hinges of History series (a planned seven part series) including How The Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (1996), The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels (1999), Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus (2001), Sailing the Wine Dark Sea: Why The Greeks Matter (2004), Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe (2006) and A Saint on Death Row (2009).
Jennifer Krause is the author of The Answer: Making Sense of Life, One Question at a Time (Perigee), her writing and commentary also have been featured in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast and O, The Oprah Magazine. Dubbed “one of NYC’s Hippest Rabbis” and “the Jewish Katie Couric” by WNET’s MetroFocus, Jennifer serves as the High Holidays rabbi at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y and is the first woman to hold that post in 92Y’s 138-year history.
“Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y” features a series of lectures, interviews, panels and readings featuring newsmakers, political figures, opinion-shapers and authors. Join some of the world’s most fascinating people for compelling and thought-provoking interactive discussions on the issues and events that affect our lives. Most of the programs provide opportunities for questions and answers with the presenters where participants from remote locations can ask questions as if they were in the New York audience.
This “Live from New York’s 92nd Street Y” event is sponsored by the Cultural Committee of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley with special assistance from the estate of long-time supporter Lou Getoff.
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the festival office. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. Call 928-282-1177 for tickets and information or visit www.SedonaFilmFestival.org .