WSHU's 'Join the Conversation' Presents Michael Goldfarb

News Story: November 5, 2009

National Public Radio member station WSHU Public Radio will hold a special event featuring NPR veteran/award-winning journalist Michael Goldfarb for a discussion about his new book, Emancipation: How Liberating the Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance, on Sunday, November 15, 2009, at 3:00 pm, at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. This event is part of WSHU’s popular lecture series, “Join the Conversation,” which puts noted authors together with public radio listeners for engaging, thought-provoking discussions. A book signing will follow his talk.

For almost 500 years the Jews of Europe lived in enforced segregation, sequestered in tiny rural villages, locked away at night inside ghettos. Then, in one remarkable act of the French Revolution the ghetto gates were opened. The Jews of France were given citizenship and an unstoppable process began: Jewish Emancipation. As Napoleon went off conquering Europe, he brought emancipation with him from Paris to Rome to Frankfurt and further east. Goldfarb tells the story of three generations of Jews, immigrants in their own countries, who instead of traveling across oceans simply came out from behind a wall. It is about a community reinventing its faith, changing its customs, and modifying its identity to take its place in the mainstream. Within a century, Marx, Freud, and Einstein created revolutions in politics, human science, and physics that continue to shape our world. Proust, Schoenberg, Mahler, Pissaro, and Kafka redefined artistic expression.

For almost two decades, Michael Goldfarb was public radio’s voice in London: First as NPR’s London Bureau Chief; then as Senior Correspondent of “Inside Out,” the award-winning public radio documentary program. His reports have won him the highest honors on both sides of the Atlantic including the DuPont-Columbia Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, and British radio’s highest honor, the Sony Award, in the category of Best Original Writing for Radio. He was the first American to win that award.

Talk/Book Signing:
Michael Goldfarb
Author of Emancipation: How Liberating the Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance
Sunday, Nov. 15 at 3:00 pm
University Commons, Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Ave., Fairfield, CT

Books will be available for purchase at the event. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. There will be a $3.00 suggested donation at the door to benefit WSHU Public Radio. To make reservations, or to find out more details, go to This event is sponsored by Ikea and RTK Environmental Group.