‘Can Americans move beyond polarization to foster ‘The Common Good?’ A talk with professor Michael D’Innocenzo, his daughter Leah Libresco Sargeant at Temple Emanuel

Prof. Michael D'Innocenzo

All members of the community are invited to view Temple Emanuel’s “virtual” SCW Friday night service, Jan. 22, 2021 at 7:30 p.m., when Professor Michael D’Innocenzo and his daughter Leah Libresco Sargeant will speak on the topic: “RES PUBLICA: Can Americans Move Beyond Polarization to Foster ‘The Common Good’?”

Leah Libresco Sargeant is the author of two books, “Arriving at Amen” and “Building the Benedict Option.”

She has worked as a statistics professor, a data journalist, and a Bayesian probability instructor at an organization teaching “defensive driving for your brain.” Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, FiveThirtyEight, First Things, America, and other publications.

Her dad, Michael D’Innocenzo, Hofstra University’s professor emeritus of history, continues to teach at Hofstra (since 1960).

In 2008, The American Historical Association selected him as the national distinguished college history teacher of the year with the Eugene Asher Award. He is a founding member of Hofstra’s Center for Civic Engagement and the Institute for Peace Studies. He is an Ambassador for the National Issues Forums Institute, and serves on the board of directors of The International Association for Senior Debate. He is a columnist for Blank Slate newspapers.

Leah and Mike will focus on American values, practices and institutions that advance the public good, but, in light of the domestic terrorism that occurred on Jan. 6 at the Capitol, they will briefly take into account the judgments by leading historian David Blight, David Rothkopf, and others regarding the extent to which Donald Trump and “Trumpism” must be publicly confronted.

The talk is preceded by a brief service conducted by Rabbi Robert S. Widom and cantorial soloist Todd Frizzell.

Funding for this “virtual” SCW Friday at Emanuel was generously provided by Barbara Shapiro, past president of the synagogue.

At the time of the service, go to:


There is no registration fee. Call 516.482.5701 for further information.


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