Milim Spring 2019

Norman Lebrecht

Genius and Anxiety: How Jews Changed the World 1847-1947

Between the middle of the 19th and 20th centuries, some three-dozen individuals changed the way we see the world. About half were Jews. How is that possible? Some are well known – Marx, Freud, Proust, Einstein, Kafka. Others have vanished from collective memory despite their enduring importance in our daily lives. Without Karl Landsteiner, for instance, there would be no blood transfusions or major surgery. Without Paul Ehrlich no chemotherapy. Without Siegfried Marcus no motor car. Without Rosalind Franklin genetic science would look very different. Without Fritz Haber there would not be enough food to sustain life on earth. How could Jews see what others could not?

Lucy ~Manning

In conversation with Lucy Manning

Lucy Manning is a BBC News special correspondent based in London. Prior to joining BBC News on September 9, 2014. Lucy was a UK editor for ITV News he was part of the team that won a BAFTA for their coverage of the Woolwich Attacks

Eva Frojmovic and Jay Prosser

Jewish objects in a time of crisis: Cecil Roth as collector

Cecil Roth began researching in Italy in the 1920s, during a double crisis: Jews were abandoning tradition and emptying their family’s attics of old documents, and Mussolini was rising to power. Cecil Roth had begun to collect what he could: family bibles, wedding poems, song books, communal records. In the 1930s and 40s, Roth was among the first to recognise the needs to ‘rescue’ Jewish treasures from ‘cultural genocide”. In our presentation, we will think about the joys and challenges of some of Roth’s objects, and about the vital importance of material objects for reconnecting with history

This is a talk organised jointly by Milim and the Leeds branch of the Jewish Historical Society of England

Eva Frojmovic is an art historian at the University of Leeds with a strong interest in Jewish art and heritage. She directs the University of Leeds Centre for Jewish Studies

Jay Prosser is reader in humanities at the University of Leeds. His areas include cultural memory and Jewish Studies.


Tatton Spiller

We're Living Through the Breakdown and Here's What We Can Do About It

The Breakdown is a smart, entertaining guide to politics in a messed up world – and to what we can do about it.

We have just come through the five most turbulent years in our peacetime history and start a new decade seemingly angrier and more divided than ever. All of which has led us to The Breakdown. The breakdown of communication. The breakdown of understanding. The breakdown in trust.

Tatton Spiller is the founder of Simple Politics, the hugely successful project that makes politics clear and interesting. He has been a journalist and a teacher, and worked at the Houses of Parliament. Simple Politics has a social media following of over 350,000 and Tatton speaks country-wide. His growing media profile includes appearances on national TV, radio, podcasts and columns for Metro.


Details of his book:

We’re Living Through the Breakdown and Here’s What We Can Do About It by Tatton Spiller, £9.99 paperback  (ISBN 13: 978-1-78396-497-0)

Marching on Together

Marking the centenary of Leeds United

Marking the centenary of Leeds United, an evening of lively discussion and debate about the club, its players and management. Hosted by the broadcaster Gary Bloom

*** Please note: a charge of £3 is being made to join this talk. The proceeds will be divided equal between Leeds Cares – the fund raising charity of the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust – and Milim CIC as a contribution to the ongoing the cost of the Zoom licence fee. The talk will NOT be available to watch on Milim Catchup ***.

Paul Anthony Jones

The Cabinet of Calm: Soothing Words for Troubled Times - Paul Anthony Jones Description

For almost a decade, Paul Anthony Jones has written about the oddities and origins of the English language, amassing a vast collection of some of its more unusual words. Last year, doubly bereaved and struggling to regain his spirits, he turned to words – words that could be applied to difficult, challenging times and found solace. The Cabinet of Calm is the result. Paul has unearthed fifty-one linguistic remedies to offer reassurance, inspiration and hope in the face of such feelings as grief and despair, homesickness and exhaustion, worry about the future and a loss of hope.

Paul has a Masters in Linguistics and is a language blogger from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. His obsession with words began with a child’s dictionary he received as a Christmas present when he was eight years old. As @HaggardHawks he has tweeted obscure words since 2013 and now has a social media following of over 75k, including the likes of JK Rowling, Robert Macfarlane, Susie Dent, Richard Osman, Greg Jenner, Ian McMillan, Rufus Sewell, Simon Mayo, Michael Rosen and Cerys Matthews. brings together the entire HH network including a blog, books, quizzes and games, the 500 Words YouTube series, Instagram gallery and newsletter. He regularly contributes to the media.

THE CABINET OF CALM Soothing Words for Troubled Times by PAUL ANTHONY JONES
Price:  £12.99 B-format hardback, ISBN: 9781783964703