Marco Polo and Machiavelli

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Monday, November 12, 2007

We look at the history of prayer in American public schools since 1963. Also: new perspectives on the lives of two legends - Marco Polo and Machiavelli. It turns out that Machiavelli may not have been as cold-hearted as history books would have us believe! Plus, Iranian-American novelist Porochista Khakpour.


Porochista Khakpour

School Prayer, 1963-2007

A major Supreme Court decision in 1963 continues to shape the debate over school prayer and religious freedom in the US. Ellery Schempp was the student who sparked the case when he protested the prayers said every day at his public school; Stephen Solomon’s new book, Ellery’s Protest, analyzes the ...

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The Softer Side of Machiavelli?

Niccolo Machiavelli may not have been the cold-hearted, power-hungry man the history books would have us believe. Biographer Ross King shows a different side of the man in his new book, Machiavelli.

Event: Ross King will be speaking
Monday, November 12 at 8 pm
92nd Street Y

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Iranian-Americans After 9/11

Porochista Khakpour’s debut novel, Sons and Other Flammable Objects, chronicles the life of an Iranian-American family in California who suddenly must deal with changing political currents immediately after 9/11.

Event: Porochista Khakpour will be speaking with Dalia Sofer, Marsha Mehran, and Nahid Rachlin
Monday, November 19 at 7 pm


The Adventures of Marco Polo

The 13th century adventurer and travel writer Marco Polo ended his days in Venice as a greedy and litigious merchant. Find out more about the remarkable life of the man – beyond the classic kids’ water game – with Laurence Bergreen, author of the new biography Marco Polo: From Venice ...

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