We are delighted to host Joe Schlesinger at the Boston Bar Association and
hope you will join us to hear about his remarkable life, career, and
observations. An hors d’oeuvres reception will follow Schlesinger’s
About our guest for the evening...
As a child, Canadian journalist Joe Schlesinger was a refugee from Hitler
As a young man, he escaped Stalin’s tyranny by barging his way through the Iron
Curtain. Those traumatic beginnings led him to spend the bulk of the next
half century reporting on the world’s natural disasters, political upheavals and
wars from Vietnam to the Persian Gulf.
He will be joining us for a lively discussion of his experiences as a
correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation covering everything from
haute couture and haute cuisine in Paris to revolutions from Mao Zedong’s
Cultural Revolution in China to the end of communism in Europe with the fall of
the Berlin Wall and the Velvet Revolution in his old homeland, Czechoslovakia.
He was in Russia with Richard Nixon, in China with Pierre Trudeau, in the Middle
East with Jimmy Carter, in Tehran when the Shah fell and the Ayatollah Khomeini
returned triumphantly to take over. He was in St. Peter's Square when John Paul
II became pope and was with him on his many travels. He also covered Ronald
Reagan on his campaign swings and foreign trips, including his summit meetings
with Mikhail Gorbachev.
The discussion will be moderated by Attorney Ellen Susser Kief, who
practices immigration law and family law in Boston.
Joe Schlesinger’s contribution to Canadian journalism has been recognized
with the award of the Order of Canada and six honorary doctorates.
In 2001, a film he wrote and narrated, “The Power of Good,” won an
International Emmy award. The film profiles Sir Nicholas Winton, an Englishman
who organized Kindertransports that saved more than 600 children from the Nazis
– Joe among them -- by taking them from Nazi-occupied Prague to safety in
England. Schlesinger is also featured in another film about Sir Nicholas’s
efforts, “Nicky’s Family”, currently in theaters.
His book of memoirs, "Time Zones," published in 1990, became a
At age 85, Schlesinger is an optimist. At a time when gloom reigns over
the world’s many troubles, he looks at history all the way back to mankind’s
beginnings and sees a world that is getting better and better. And he has the
facts and the figures to back it up.