Big City News Guys Come to FoHi

October 25, 2007 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

On Nov. 1, the Central Queens Y is hosting its annual “Meet the Author” event, which is a lunch + speaker. This year, the guest speakers/eaters will be Gary Rosenblatt of the Jewish Week, J. J. Goldberg of the Forward, Mark Rosenblum, who heads up Queens College’s Jewish Studies Program, and Bret Stephens of the Wall St. Journal and Fox News.

I know from following these guys for a few years that the first two are top-notch thinkers and people. I’ve also heard good things about Prof. Rosenblum. Bret Stephens I don’t know anything about, though his credentials raise my eyebrows.

This could be worth the time and money ($40). Despite its dilapidated facilities, its beyond pathetic Web site (which doesn’t even publicize such events), and its average demographic of 60+-year-old retirees who often lack manners, the Y has a fantastic library program that pulls in some heavy hitters. This week, Naim Kattan, a well-known French-Canadian intellectual who was born in Iraq, spoke. Not the most dynamic speaker, granted, but definitely a name. And let’s face it: it’s one of only a handful of Queens .orgs bringing an ounce of culture to our environs. Why not support it?

You can get more info on this by contacting I’ll be there, pulling down the average age by at least a few years.


Entry filed under: adult ed., Forest Hills.

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