Hilda Vallin Feigenbaum Memorial Lecture Series





The 47th annual Hilda Vallin Feigenbaum Memorial Foundation Lecture will be held on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad Street in Pittsfield. The speaker will be Katty Kay, lead anchor of BBC World News America, and the topic will be “Washington 2014: A Unique Perspective.” The lecture, sponsored by the Temple Anshe Amunim Feigenbaum Lecture Endowment, is free and open to the public.
This year’s speaker, Katherine “Katty” Kay, is a longtime journalist and best-selling author. In addition to her work for the BBC, Ms. Kay is a frequent guest commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press and MSNBC’s Morning Joe where she also frequently acts as guest co-host.

“We are delighted to host Ms. Kay, with her particular insight on Washington and national politics, as we face the mid-term elections as well as many other challenges,” said Andy Hochberg, lecture committee co-chairman. “This is the 47th year of the Hilda Vallin Feigenbaum Memorial Foundation Lecture series and it presents an opportunity to emphasize the civic and spiritual legacy of this outstanding woman. It is also an occasion to pay a special tribute to her sons Dr. Armand Feigenbaum and Dr. Donald Feigenbaum, who established the Hilda Vallin Feigenbaum Lecture Series in perpetuity as a living memorial to their mother’s spirit.” 

Ms. Kay, now the lead anchor of BBC World News America, previously served as the Washington Correspondent for BBC since 2002.

Ms. Kay's career with the BBC began in Zimbabwe in 1990 where she started filing radio reports for BBC World Service radio. From there she also covered the end of apartheid in South Africa. Ms. Kay then went on to work as a BBC correspondent in London, and later Tokyo, reporting on stories including the Kobe earthquake and the Japanese economic recession. She settled in Washington in 1996 where she took some time out of broadcast journalism to join The Times’ (the British newspaper) Washington bureau before returning to the BBC in 2002.

From Washington, Ms. Kay covers the full gamut of American and global affairs – reporting on U.S. elections, the White House, Congress, Wall Street, global economies and world trouble spots. She also witnessed and reported on the huge change in American policy and psyche brought on by the attacks of September 11. Ms. Kay was at the Pentagon just 20 minutes after a hijacked airplane flew into the building - one of her most vivid journalistic memories is of interviewing soldiers still visibly shaking from the attack.

In The New York Times best seller Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success, Ms.Kay and co-author Claire Shipman explore how women can create a professional life that meets their needs – and in the process creates more profitable companies with happier and more productive employees. Her most recent book, published in April 2014, also co-authored with Claire Shipman, is The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance -- What Women Should Know.

Ms. Kay grew up all over the Middle East, where her father was posted as a British diplomat. She studied modern languages at Oxford from where she went on to work for a brief period with the Bank of England. She speaks fluent French and Italian and also what she describes as “rusty Japanese.” Ms. Kay is married to Tom Carver, a strategic risk consultant.  They live in Washington, D.C., with their four children.

The Hilda Vallin Feigenbaum Foundation continues to enhance the spiritual and intellectual life of Temple Anshe Amunim and the larger community. The Foundation has sponsored lectures by leaders in American government, literature, theology, and journalism including such personalities as Julian Bond, Representative Barney Frank, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Bernard Kalb, Stephen Roberts, Steven Emerson, Mara Liasson, and Ambassador Martin Indyk.

Refreshments will be served after the lecture. For more information, please call the Temple office: (413) 442-5910 or visit the website at www.ansheamunim.org.

Feigenbaum Lecture Past Speakers

1968: Meyer Levin

1969: Dr. Leonard Fein

1970: Dr. Samuel Sandmel

1971: Dr. Eugene Borowitz

1972: Dr. Seymour Martin Lipset

1973: Dr. Joachim Prinz

1974: Dr. Franklin Littell

1975: Isaac Bashevis Singer

1975: Dr. Jacob Rader Marcus

1976: Dr. Nathan Glazer

1977: Dr. Irving Howe

1978: Dr. Abraham Leon Sachar

1979: Dr. Oscar Handlin

1980: Dr. Martin A. Cohen

1981: Max Dimont

1982: Trude Weiss-Rosmarin

1983: Rabbi Gunther Plaut

1984: Jack Rosenthal

1985: Rabbi David Saperstein

1986: Stuart Eizenstadt

1987: Dr. Marc H. Tanenbaum

1988: Rabbi Alexander Schindler

1989: Rabbi Eugene Lipman

1990: Jeff Greenfield

1991: Sander Vanocur

1992: Stephen Rosenfeld

1993: Dr. Egon Mayer

1994: Dr. Lawrence A. Hoffman

1995: Hodding Carter

1996: Congressman Barney Frank

1997: Senator Howard Metzenbaum

1998: The Honorable Abner J. Mikvah

2000: Julian Bond

2001: Stephen Roberts

2002: Bernard Kalb

2003: Dan Raviv

2004: Steven Emerson

2005: Peter Salgo, M.D.

2006: Mara Liasson

2007: Ambassador Daniel J. Kurtzer

2008: Lawrence O’Donnell

2009: Howard Fineman

2010: Ron Suskind

2011: Martin S. Indyk

2012: Eleanor Clift


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