Baseball, Tradition and God

Straus Center Presents December 17 Conversation with Columnist George Will and NYU President John Sexton

Yeshiva University’s Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought presents a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will and New York University President John Sexton on “Baseball, Tradition and God” on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Shenk Community Shul, 560 West 185th Street, New York City. The discussion, moderated by Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, director of the Straus Center, will begin at 7 p.m.

George WIll
George Will

Will is one of the country’s most widely-read political columnists, as well as its foremost conservative voice. His popular twice-weekly column for The Washington Post syndicate reaches nearly 475 newspapers throughout the United States and Europe. He appears regularly on FOX News’ daytime and primetime programming and as a contributing analyst with ABC News and ABC’s “This Week.” Will is the author of New York Times Bestsellers Bunts (1999) and Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball (1991). His latest book, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred, was published in March 2014.

Sexton, the 15th President of New York University, is also the Benjamin Butler Professor of Law and NYU Law School’s Dean Emeritus. Sexton, who holds an honorary degree from Yeshiva University, among many other universities, is an author of numerous books, including his latest, Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game, published in March 2013.

John Sexton
John Sexton

The Straus Center is named in honor of Moshael J. Straus, an investment executive, alumnus and member of YU’s Board of Trustees, and his wife Zahava, a graduate of YU’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. The Center’s mission is to help develop Jewish thinkers and wisdom-seeking Jews by deepening their education in the best of the Jewish tradition, by exposing them to the richness of human knowledge and insight from across the ages, and by confronting them with the great moral, philosophical, and theological questions of our age.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is the latest in The Straus Center’s “Great Conversation” series, which has included Senator Joseph Lieberman, Supreme Court Justic Antonin Scalia, and Mayor Cory Booker, among others.

Will’s book, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred, and Sexton’s book, Baseball as a Road to God, will both be available for sale at the event. To RSVP, please email