Book Burning Throughout History: Our Ignorance is Their Power

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Book Burning Throughout History: Our Ignorance is Their Power

Join this thought-provoking exploration of destruction of books and libraries presented by our terrific lecturer and guide.

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Claudia Returns with a New Lecture!

Book Burning Throughout History: Our Ignorance is Their Power

Tuesday, December 13

11am-12:30pm (PT), 12-1:30pm (MT), 1-2:30pm (CT), 2-3:30pm (ET)

on Zoom

Authoritarian governments and extremists of all types are responsible for widespread cultural destruction through terrorism, war, ethnic cleansing, and other forms of mass violence, of which book & library burnings are also a clear and prime example.

One way of making an ethnicity or culture disappear is to kill all its people; another one is to erase their past, their traditions, their culture, and replace them with the conqueror´s, which are considered to be better, more powerful, and even the only or true ones.

To generate unity and loyalty among members of a group or nation, it is important to convince them that their group, dynasty, clan, religion, ethnicity, fraternity, political party, sports team, is better than the others. Taken to an extreme, this idea can lead to discrimination, even to war and genocide.

There have been book & library burnings since ancient times. Though many may think that this destruction is a thing of the past, it still continues today! Our beloved lecturer Claudia returns with another fascinating and thought-provoking topic, providing several examples and analysis of the motivations for this symbolic act.

It is important to understand that what is at risk with book burning is the preservation and continuation of the common cultural heritage of the world, something that should be defended at all costs.

Save! Register by Dec 11th for "Early Bird" pricing!

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About Claudia

Our wonderful Argentinian guide & lecturer - Claudia - is not only a translator but also a sculptor and painter, whose main subjects are Memory and Uprooting, in honor of her four grandparents who emigrated from Poland to Argentina in the ´30s.

Claudia was born and raised in Buenos Aires in the Argentinian Jewish community. Twenty years ago, she became bored of translating books with a computer as her only company, so she decided to study tourism and history. She has been conducting city, art and Jewish tours ever since, and enjoying every single moment of it.

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Tickets & Notes:

"Early Bird" Tickets ($12.50): Available until 48-hours prior to the class.

"Regular" Tickets ($15): Available until the start of class.

Tickets are 1) are per device, not per person on Zoom, 2) are non-refundable & non-exchangeable, and 3) are not available on a single-ticket basis.

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The Fine Print:

Fortunately, we've had very few issues, but just to be clear...

Your Zoom “Event Link”: The Zoom event link will be emailed to all registrants 2-days before the series begins. To help it land in your "inbox," before registering, please add the following emails to your contacts:

  • James Sokol -- jsokol@marinjcc.org
  • JCC Alliance -- alliance@marinjcc.org

Registrants are requested to make sure the email w/link has arrived by the evening of Dec 4th. If the email does not arrive, please see "Troubleshooting" below.

The email w/link will be re-sent to all registrants about 2-hours prior to the event. NB: However, if it landed somewhere other than in your inbox upon registration, it will probably do the same later.

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Troubleshooting: We will do our best to remedy any issues. Registrants who have NOT received the email w/link are asked to check their email "junk" and "spam" folders. If found, please move the email to your inbox. If the email/link is still not there, please contact James (see below) immediately.

Late Troubleshooting: We will try our best - but cannot guarantee - help with Zoom links to guests contacting James less than 1/2-hour prior to the event.

Live Only: In agreement with our guides, artists, instructors, special guests, etc., events are not recorded. Make-up sessions are unavailable. Credit/refund is not given for missed events.

Liability: While we will do our best to remedy any issues, The Osher Marin JCC & its Program Partners cannot be held responsible for 1) issues related to Eventbrite or Zoom, 2) ticket buyers not following the instructions above, nor 3) packing, shipping, or deliver services of food/beverages not received in time for tasting events.

Don’t ya just hate “the fine print?!!”

Questions? Please email alliance@marinjcc.org.

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Still Traveling is created by the Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael, CA) and offered by the National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance. See below for a full list of Alliance Partners.

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