PCNY Member Experience Spring 2020


The Films of Charles Brackett FRIDAYS ATTHE MOVIES

FRIDAYS, MARCH 13, 20, 27, *6:00PM Charles Brackett was an exceptional individual: aWilliams College graduate (1915), Harvard-trained lawyer, recipient of the French Medal of Honor, novelist, The NewYorker drama critic, and an Algonquin Roundtable regular. His films won four Oscars including Best Picture for The Lost Weekend , Best Original Screenplay for Sunset Boulevard and Titanic , and Best Adapted Screenplay for The Lost Weekend . He was awarded an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1958. All three films will be introduced by Jerry Carlson (Williams ’72), film historian and Chair of the Department of Media and Communication Arts at The City College of NewYork. For Titanic on March 27, we will be joined by Jim Moore, Brackett’s grandson and biographer. MARCH 13: Ninotchka (1939)

Tom Szaky

David Seide

Michael Rothfeld

Joe Palazzolo

Women in Philanthropy

The book is full of great advice and humor for young professionals on questions that are rarely answered directly in the workplace. Yawitz covers everything from how your seemingly innocuous behavior and email tone can lead to lousy first impressions, to how to improve your small talk even when you think it’s superficial, passive-aggressive bosses, and credit hogs, to how to ask for a raise or promotion, to what to do when your manager asks you questions from the adjacent toilet stall. Flip-Flops and Microwaved Fish is the go-to etiquette guide for the new generation. Host Timothy Thomas. Members and Guests: Free. This event is hosted by the Young Alumni Committee (YAC). All members are welcome. *Please note later start time. The world produced approximately 350 million tons of plastic in the most recent year. Much of this plastic ends up scattered throughout the world’s oceans, as well as cramming landfills across the country. How should mankind deal with all this plastic as it slowly strangles the environment? Tom Szaky (’05), CEO of TerraCycle, will discuss how society needs to rethink discarding 80% of the plastic produced. As founder of TerraCycle, Szaky created new solutions to this vexing problem.The company offers a range of national, easy-to-use recycling platforms allowing everyone to #RecycleEverything, as well as Loop, a sustainable shopping experience moving the world away from single-use packaging. Come hear how society can change its throw-away culture into a new approach to help save the environment. HostWilliam McKeever. Members and Guests: Free. TerraCycle: Eliminating the Idea ofWaste TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 6:30PM WINE RECEPTION, 7:00PM PRESENTATION Computers and smartphones have become an essential part of everyday life.There is no better time like the present to embrace and master modern technology.WendyWeiss, Founder of TechTime, will present tips and tricks on your iPhone including texting, email, multiple applications, and Siri and address any specific questions you might have pertaining to your device. Q&A to follow. Whether you’re a novice or looking to become more tech-savvy, this workshop will equip you with the necessary knowledge and tools to manage your device. An iphone will be available for practice, though It is recommended that you bring your own iphoneWorkshop WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 11:00AM - 12:00PM

iphone to this workshop. After the workshop, enjoy lunch with your new classmates at the Bar & Grill. For dining reservations, please call 212.596.1205. Host Pam Blackman. Members: Free; Guests: $15. The Fixers WEDNESDAY,APRIL 29, 6:30PM WINE RECEPTION, 7:00PM TALK Reporters Michael Rothfeld and Joe Palazzolo will discuss their new book, The Fixers . In their book, Rothfeld and Palazzolo elaborate on their Pulitzer-prize winning coverage in The Wall Street Journal of secret payments to women who alleged affairs with Donald Trump. Rothfield and Palazzolo reveal the story of the lawyers and media tycoons who served Donald Trump, weaving his persona in the press, suppressing embarrassing stories, and refining the behaviors and tactics that propelled him into theWhite House. Host Pam Blackman. Members: Free; Guests: $15. MONDAY, MAY 18, 6:30PM WINE RECEPTION, 7:00PM TALK Many important moments which altered this country’s course in American history began with people who revealed secret information.Though whistleblowing dates back to the nation’s earliest days, it has always been and remains risky and controversial. How does a worker know what warrants a whistleblower response and when and how to report? Whistleblowers risk being portrayed either as an alarmist or disloyal employee or as implicity condoning illegal or unethical activity. David Seide (*83) is Senior Counsel at the Government Accountability Project, the nation’s leading whistleblower protection organization. Seide will take us through the roles, history, impact, and legal rights of whistleblowers, with a special focus on the most current whistleblowers in the news. Seide is an attorney with over three decades of public and private sector litigation and public policy experience. In 2019, Seide served as Special Counsel to Senator Jeff Merkley (*82), where he specialized on immigration issues. From 2011-2016, Seide led special investigations for two federal Offices of Inspector General – the US Department of State and the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Earlier, Seide was an Assistant US Attorney in Los Angeles, concentrating on white-collar criminal cases. Seide obtained his MPA from theWoodrowWilson School at Princeton University, JD from NYU Law School, and BA and MA degrees in American History from the University of Pennsylvania. HostWendy Gerber. Members: Free; Guests: $15. Whistleblowers: From the Pentagon Papers through Impeachment

TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 6:30PM WINE RECEPTION, 7:00PM PANEL DISCUSSION Philanthropy has rarely been as much in the public eye as it is today.The influence of private wealth in electoral politics and the rise of what has been termed “philanthrocapitalism” and its toxic presence on the boards of nonprofit art institutions stand in contrast to growing demands for accountability, decolonizing wealth, and deep structural changes. At a time when social movements for advancing economic, racial, and climate justice test out philanthropy’s notion of “doing good,” new ways of organizing and mobilizing wealth to mirror and support these movements are emerging.This shift in giving from “charity,” which often perpetuates the very issues it seeks to alleviate, to one that grounds giving in “justice,” counters structural inequities that make philanthropy necessary in the first place. Recognizing that women are leading this shift and the history of women philanthropists, panelists will demonstrate how a distinctly intersectional feminist perspective, when played out through philanthropy, can transform our cultural organizations into more social justice-driven, inclusive, and resilient spaces that boldly assert their civic roles. Members: Free; Guests: $15. Panelists: Cecilia Clarke , President & CEO, Brooklyn Community Foundation Catherine Gund, Founder-Director, Aubin Pictures Hali Lee (’89), Co-Director, Donors of Color Network; Founder, AsianWomen Giving Circle

Written by Charles Brackett, BillyWilder, and Walter Reisch, Ninotchka is a romantic comedy starring Greta Garbo in her penultimate role. Garbo plays the title character, a Soviet envoy sent to Paris on official business, who becomes unexpectedly involved with the

debonair Count Leon d’Algout (Melvyn Douglas).The film’s satirical politics caused it to be banned in the USSR. Ninotchka was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1980. MARCH 20: Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Directed and co-written by BillyWilder and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett, the film stars Gloria Swanson as an aging and all-but-forgotten silent film star, andWilliam Holden as a struggling writer who becomes swept up in her dreams to return to stardom.

Their tragic tale is a bleak and scathing examination of Hollywood’s dark side and society’s dangerous fixation on celebrity and youth. In 1998, it was named by the American Film Institute as the 12th greatest American film of the 20th century. MARCH 27: Titanic (1953)

Produced and co-written by Brackett, Titanic follows the final days of an estranged couple before the infamous sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912. It stars CliftonWebb and Barbara Stanwick. Brackett found a clever way in the film to sneak in a subtle homage to his alma

mater, as well as its rival – the ship’s orchestra is heard to play the fight songs of bothWilliams (“Yard by Yard”) and Amherst Colleges (“Lord Jeffery Amherst”), the former mere minutes before the sinking of the ship. Members and Guests: Free. Cash bar will be available for drinks. The Williams Club and The Princeton Club of NewYork proudly co-host this event. *Please note early start time.

Hali Lee

Catherine Gund

Cecilia Clarke





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