A BRIEF HISTORY OF PAST EVENTS

Though The Prologue Society was established in 1992,
this list has been updated annually at the close of each season since 2007.

    • 15 Dec 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Temple Israel of Greater Miami - Wolfson Auditorium, 137 NE 19th St, Miami, FL 33132
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    *** NEW DATE: December 15 ***

    Cuba: An American History

    “Full of…lively insights and lucid prose” (The Wall Street Journal) an epic, sweeping history of Cuba and its complex ties to the United States—from before the arrival of Columbus to the present day—written by one of the world’s leading historians of Cuba.

    In 1961, at the height of the Cold War, the United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba, where a momentous revolution had taken power three years earlier. For more than half a century, the stand-off continued—through the tenure of ten American presidents and the fifty-year rule of Fidel Castro. His death in 2016, and the retirement of his brother and successor Raúl Castro in 2021, have spurred questions about the country’s future. Meanwhile, politics in Washington—Barack Obama’s opening to the island, Donald Trump’s reversal of that policy, and the election of Joe Biden—have made the relationship between the two nations a subject of debate once more.

    Now, award-winning historian Ada Ferrer delivers an “important” (The Guardian) and moving chronicle that demands a new reckoning with both the island’s past and its relationship with the United States. Spanning more than five centuries, Cuba: An American History provides us with a front-row seat as we witness the evolution of the modern nation, with its dramatic record of conquest and colonization, of slavery and freedom, of independence and revolutions made and unmade.

    Along the way, Ferrer explores the sometimes surprising, often troubled intimacy between the two countries, documenting not only the influence of the United States on Cuba but also the many ways the island has been a recurring presence in US affairs. This is a story that will give Americans unexpected insights into the history of their own nation and, in so doing, help them imagine a new relationship with Cuba; “readers will close [this] fascinating book with a sense of hope” (The Economist).

    Filled with rousing stories and characters, and drawing on more than thirty years of research in Cuba, Spain, and the United States—as well as the author’s own extensive travel to the island over the same period—this is a stunning and monumental account like no other
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    Ada Ferrer is Julius Silver Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University, where she has taught since 1995. She is the author of Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868–1898, winner of the Berkshire Book Prize for the best first book by a woman in any field of history, and Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution, which won the Frederick Douglass Book Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University as well as multiple prizes from the American Historical Association. Born in Cuba and raised in the United States, she has been traveling to and conducting research on the island since 1990.




    Photo credit: AdaFerrer.com
    Publisher: Scribner



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    Updated 10/11/2022

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    • 01 Jan 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • 30 Apr 2023
    • Temple Israel - Wolfson Auditorium, 137 NE 19 Street Miami FL 33132
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    Updated 12/1/2022
    • 30 Jan 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Temple Israel of Greater Miami - Wolfson Auditorium, 137 NE 19th St, Miami, FL 33132
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    Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O'Connell's urgent mission to bring healing to homeless people

    The powerful story of an inspiring doctor who made a difference, by helping to create a program to care for Boston’s homeless community—by the Pulitzer Prize–winning, New York Times bestselling author of Mountains Beyond Mountains

    When Jim O’Connell graduated from Harvard Medical School and was nearing the end of his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, the chief of medicine made a proposal: Would he defer a prestigious fellowship and spend a year helping to create an organization to bring health care to homeless citizens? Jim took the job because he felt he couldn’t refuse. But that year turned into his life’s calling. Tracy Kidder spent five years following Dr. O’Connell and his colleagues as they served their thousands of homeless patients. In this illuminating book we travel with O’Connell as he navigates the city, offering medical care, socks, soup, empathy, humor, and friendship to some of the city’s most endangered citizens. He emphasizes a style of medicine in which patients come first, joined with their providers in what he calls “a system of friends.” 
     

    Tracy Kidder has been described by The Baltimore Sun as a “master of the nonfiction narrative.” In Rough Sleepers, Kidder shows how one person can make a difference, as he tells the story of Dr. Jim O’Connell, a gifted man who invented ways to create a community of care for a city’s unhoused population, including those who sleep on the streets—the “rough sleepers.”

    Much as he did with Paul Farmer in Mountains Beyond Mountains, Kidder explores how a small but dedicated group of people have changed countless lives by facing one of American society’s difficult problems instead of looking away.

    Tracy Kidder has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Award, among other literary prizes. His books include Mountains Beyond Mountains, Strength in What Remains, The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, Old Friends, Hometown, and A Truck Full of Money.


    Photo credit: Frances Kidder
    Publisher: Random House



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    • 09 Mar 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Temple Israel of Greater Miami - Wolfson Auditorium, 137 NE 19th St, Miami, FL 33132
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    Making History: The Storytellers Who Shaped the Past

    A “supremely entertaining” (The New Yorker) exploration of who gets to record the world’s history—from Julius Caesar to William Shakespeare to Ken Burns—and how their biases influence our understanding about the past.

    There are many stories we can spin about previous ages, but which accounts get told? And by whom? Is there even such a thing as “objective” history? In this “witty, wise, and elegant” (The Spectator), book, Richard Cohen reveals how professional historians and other equally significant witnesses, such as the writers of the Bible, novelists, and political propagandists, influence what becomes the accepted record. Cohen argues, for example, that some historians are practitioners of “Bad History” and twist reality to glorify themselves or their country.

    “Scholarly, lively, quotable, up-to-date, and fun” (Hilary Mantel, author of the bestselling Thomas Cromwell trilogy), Making History investigates the published works and private utterances of our greatest chroniclers to discover the agendas that informed their—and our—views of the world. From the origins of history writing, when such an activity itself seemed revolutionary, through to television and the digital age, Cohen brings captivating figures to vivid light, from Thucydides and Tacitus to Voltaire and Gibbon, Winston Churchill and Henry Louis Gates. Rich in complex truths and surprising anecdotes, the result is a revealing exploration of both the aims and art of history-making, one that will lead us to rethink how we learn about our past and about ourselves.


    Richard Cohen is the author of By the Sword, Chasing the Sun, and How to Write Like Tolstoy. The former publishing director of two leading London publishing houses, he has edited books that have won the Pulitzer, Booker, and Whitbread/Costa prizes, while twenty-one have been #1 bestsellers. He has written for most UK quality newspapers as well as for The New York Times Book Review and The Wall Street Journal, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Connect with him on Facebook @RichardCohenAuthor and Twitter @AboutRichard.




    Photo credit: Christopher Dickey
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster



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PAST EVENTS

21 Nov 2022 Lunch with Stacy Schiff, "The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams"
18 Oct 2022 Lunch with David Maraniss, "Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe"
07 Apr 2022 Helen Rappaport, "After the Romanovs"
14 Mar 2022 Imani Perry, "South to America"
22 Feb 2022 Carl Bernstein, "Chasing History"
28 Jan 2022 Scott Eyman, "20th Century-Fox"
06 Dec 2021 Andrew Roberts, "The Last King of America"
09 Nov 2021 H.W. Brands, "Our First Civil War"
19 Oct 2021 Nancy Goldstone, "In the Shadow of the Empress"
24 Sep 2021 Anderson Cooper, "Vanderbilt"
01 Jan 2021 Spring 2021 Events
01 Sep 2020 Fall 2020 Events
04 Apr 2020 Summer Hiatus
03 Apr 2020 *CANCELED* Lunch with Esther Safran Foer, "I Want You to Know We're Still Here"
06 Mar 2020 Lunch with Erik Larson, "The Splendid and the Vile"
27 Feb 2020 Lunch with Marilyn Holifield, "Seven Sisters and a Brother"
24 Jan 2020 Lunch with Andrew Bacevich, Jr., "The Age of Illusions"
17 Dec 2019 Lunch with Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), "Sailing True North"
22 Nov 2019 Lunch with Marie Arana, in Conversation with Dabney Park
15 Oct 2019 Lunch with Victoria Riskin, "Fay Wray and Robert Riskin"
25 Apr 2019 Lunch with Andrew S. Curran, "Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely"
27 Mar 2019 Lunch with William Middleton, "Double Vision"
12 Feb 2019 Lunch with Doug Bradburn, and "Washington: A Life" by Ron Chernow
31 Jan 2019 Lunch with Andrew Roberts, "Churchill: Walking with Destiny"
05 Dec 2018 Lunch with Antony Beevor, "The Battle of Arnhem"
16 Nov 2018 Lunch with Doris Kearns Goodwin, "Leadership"
04 Oct 2018 Lunch with Jack E. Davis, "The Gulf"
24 Aug 2018 An Evening with David Lawrence, Jr. (A Dedicated Life)
11 May 2018 An evening with Les Standiford (Center of Dreams) in conversation with Stuart Blumberg
18 Apr 2018 Lunch with David Grann (Killers of the Flower Moon)
08 Mar 2018 Lunch with Giles Milton (Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare)
22 Feb 2018 Lunch with Bijan Omrani (Caesar's Footprints)
17 Jan 2018 Lunch with Simon Sebag Montefiore (Red Sky at Noon)
05 Dec 2017 Lunch with Arlo Haskell (The Jews of Key West)
17 Nov 2017 An evening with Walter Isaacson and Leonard Da Vinci (cocktails and hors d'oeuvres)
10 Oct 2017 Lunch with James Holland (The Allies Strike Back)
06 Apr 2017 Lunch with Annie Jacobsen (Phenomena)
15 Mar 2017 Lunch with Caitlin Fitz (Our Sister Republics)
15 Feb 2017 Lunch with Gregory W. Bush (White Sand Black Beach)
26 Jan 2017 Lunch with David Oshinsky (Bellevue)
08 Dec 2016 Lunch with David France (How to Survive a Plague)
17 Nov 2016 Lunch with Ross King (Mad Enchantment)
21 Oct 2016 Lunch with Jon Meacham (Destiny and Power)
22 Sep 2016 Lunch with Catherine Fletcher (The Black Prince of Florence)
31 Aug 2016 2016-2017 Fall Season Preview (September through December)
13 May 2016 Lunch with Simon Sebag Montefiore (The Romanovs)
14 Apr 2016 Lunch with Janice Nimura (Daughters of the Samurai)
17 Mar 2016 Lunch with Les Standiford (Water to the Angels)
24 Feb 2016 Lunch with Fergus Bordewich (The First Congress)
20 Jan 2016 Lunch with Arva Moore Parks (George Merrick, Son of the South Wind)
10 Dec 2015 Lunch with Sean McMeekin (The Ottoman Endgame)
30 Nov 2015 Lunch with Karl Rove (The Triumph of William McKinley)
20 Nov 2015 Lunch with Stacy Schiff (The Witches)
27 Oct 2015 Lunch with Tim Weiner (One Man Against the World)
07 Oct 2015 Arva Moore Parks | Special Event
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