Program Speakers

A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965
Site Support Notebook

  • David Lehman is the author of the book, A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Nextbook/Schocken, 2009).
  • John Kenrick is an author, theatre and film historian, and adjunct teacher of musical theatre history at New York University. He lectures on many of the themes and the composers mentioned in A Fine Romance. Please see his website ( for a list of lecture topics: which include “Jews in the American Theater,” Irving Berlin, Dorothy Fields, the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Jerome Kern.
  • Contact the history, music, Jewish studies, and humanities departments of local community colleges, colleges and universities for suggestions of faculty members who have expertise in “A Fine Romance” exhibit themes (including immigration) and composers.
  • The American Jewish Historical Society has established an Academic Council Speakers Bureau, available to lecture on a wide array of topics in American Jewish history, life, and culture. To learn more about the Council Speakers Bureau, please visit:
  • Your state humanities council has a list of scholars who have experience with public programming.
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