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2017 St. Louis Jewish Book Festival Schedule

August 23: William D. Cohan

William D. Cohan
Cohan author photo (c) Gasper Tringale resizedWednesday, August 23, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building

If you like your smartphone or your widescreen TV, your car or your 401(k), then—whether you know it or not—you are a fan of Wall Street.

William D. Cohan is one of America’s most respected financial journalists. He has long been critical of the bad behavior that plagued much of Wall Street in the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, and because he spent seventeen years as an investment banker on Wall Street, he is an expert on its inner workings as well. In his new book, WHY WALL STREET MATTERS, Cohan reminds us of the good these institutions do—and the dire consequences for us all if the essential role they play in making our lives better is carelessly curtailed.

Cover for WHY WALL STREET MATTERSWILLIAM D. COHAN is the New York Times bestselling author of The Price of Silence, Money and Power, House of Cards, and The Last Tycoons, which won the 2007 FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.

This event is free and open to the community (no registration required).


November 5: Senator Barbara Boxer

Boxer_CAA Speakers_PhotoSenator Barbara Boxer
Sunday, November 5, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex

Throughout her dynamic career, Senator Barbara Boxer of California (1993-2016) advocated for public education, improved physical and mental services for veterans and military families, reaffirmed our country’s important relationship with Israel, protected our environment, and defended women’s rights.

A champion of quality public education, Senator Boxer wrote landmark legislation establishing the first-ever federal funding for afterschool programs. Her law now covers 1.6 million children. She continues to work to expand afterschool programs nationwide as chair of the Senate Afterschool Caucus.

In 2010, she founded the Senate Military Family Caucus to help address the challenges faced by families of U.S. service members. She worked to establish the West Coast Combat Care Center in San Diego and helped create the Defense Task Force on Mental Health.

Senator Boxer wrote the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, which President Obama signed into law in July 2012, strengthening economic and security cooperation between the two nations. She is also the author of the Syria Accountability Act, which strengthened sanctions against Syria over the country’s support for terrorism.

Senator Boxer has won numerous awards for her environmental efforts. She has fought to ensure that drinking water standards protect children, has led efforts in Congress to protect California’s coast from offshore oil drilling, and fought to end the unethical use of human subjects in pesticide testing.

A leading defender of a woman’s right to choose, Senator Boxer helped lead the floor fight for passage of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. In the Senate, she has fought back against repeated attacks on women’s health and a woman’s right to privacy.

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