Authors Out Loud: John Rosengren and Aviva Kempner
Authors Out Loud presents:
Our Hank: The 80th Anniversary of Baseball's Hebrew Hammer
John Rosengren, author of Hank Greenberg: Hero of Heroes
Aviva Kempner, director of The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
Moderated by Kevin Blackistone
The Chaim Kempner Author Series
Thursday, April 4, 7:30 pm
$10; $8 Members/Students with ID/Seniors
Hank Greenberg was a five-time Major League Baseball All-Star, a two-time American League MVP, and a Hall of Famer. He was also Jewish – in a time when a generation of Jews was struggling to find their way in the New World, Hank Greenberg transformed the way non-Jews viewed Jews, and the way Jews saw themselves. Author John Rosengren will discuss his new book and director Aviva Kempner will screen exciting new extras from the new DVD of her Peabody award-winning documentary, which includes a phone interview with Ted Williams, more fun fan stories from Senator Carl Levin, Alan Dershowitz, and Walter Matthau, new interviews with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and much more.
John Rosengren is the author of several sports books, including Blades of Glory: The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win, and Hammerin’ Hank, George Almighty and the Say Hey Kid: The Year that Changed Baseball Forever.
Aviva Kempner's career goal is to make films about lesser-known Jewish heroes. In addition to the Emmy-nominated and Peabody award-winning The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, she also wrote, directed and produced the critically-acclaimed Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg. Kempner founded the Washington Jewish Film Festival and writes about film.
Kevin Blackistone is a longtime national sports columnist and a panelist on ESPN's Around the Horn. He currently serves as the Shirley Povich Chair in Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland.