So you think there is dysfunction in Washington? 

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If you think there is dysfunction in Washington you are correct, but that is nothing new according to our Great Issues Lecture Series speaker, Dr. Robert Watson.

Sunday, May 5, 4:00 pm, at Temple Beth El
Free & Open to the Public

Dr. Robert Watson, an award-winning author, historian, professor, and political commentator, has published more than 40 books and 200 scholarly articles, been featured on numerous documentaries, and is a frequent media commentator on TV and radio. On Sunday, May 5, the event will begin at 4:00 pm with a reception with the speaker and refreshments; he will begin speaking at approximately 4:30 pm.

Dr. Watson noted that “there is a long history of partisanship, gridlock, and incivility in American politics, but it has been a long time since the nation has experienced the kind of dysfunction that now seems to define so much of our politics.” His lecture will explore the history of political dysfunction in an effort to both understand it and to suggest how the current crisis might be resolved.

Bill and Lynn Foggle explained why they wanted Dr. Watson as a speaker, “We are delighted to be introducing Dr. Robert Watson to our community. He is not only an amazing and knowledgeable historian, he’s a marvelously entertaining speaker and story teller. We have been to dozens of his lectures over many years and have been amazed at the diversity and depth of his knowledge. We’re convinced that you’ll want to hear him as often as we do.”

Dr. Robert Watson, Author

ghost shipDr. Watson’s recent books include The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution (2017). In that work, he recounts the most horrific struggle of the American Revolution, which occurred just 100 years ago off the coast of New York.  In that incident more men died aboard a rotting prison ship than were lost to combat during the entirety of the war. The book won the John Barry and John Lyman Book Award and is the subject of an upcoming National Geographic TV special. In another one of his books, The Nazi Titanic: The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II (2016), Watson writes about the little-known story of the most intriguing ship ever to set sail. Built in 1927, the German ocean liner SS Cap Arcona was the greatest ship since the RMS Titanic. When the Nazis seized control in Germany, the SS Cap Arcona was used as a floating barracks and troop transport.  It was also cast as the “star” in a propaganda film about the sinking of the Titanic and ultimately was packed with thousands of concentration camp prisoners. Just days before Germany surrendered, the vessel was mistakenly bombed by the British Royal Air Force and nearly all of the prisoners were killed in what was the last major tragedy of the Holocaust and one of the worst maritime disasters in history. This book is being made into a motion picture and a Discovery Channel TV special. Finally, his newest book, George Washington’s America, will be released in late 2019.

Free and open to the public

This program is free and open to the public. Reservations requested but not necessary. Seating is limited, on a first come first serve basis. Please use the form at right to make a reservation.



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