We are pleased to invite you to attend this year’s Dean’s Luncheon at Apple Restaurant as part of NYU Alumni Day 2013. In the tradition of Gallatin’s Great Books series, Professor Michael Dinwiddie will lead a discussion of Matthew Lopez’ play The Whipping Man, winner of the 2011 John Gassner New Play Award from the New York Outer Critics Circle. A copy of the play will be forwarded to all registrants before Alumni Day. Copies also will be available at the luncheon itself.
Saturday, Oct. 19
12:00 p.m. to 2 p.m.
17 Waverly Place
It is Passover, 1865. The Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the country. One of these homes, belonging to the DeLeons of Virginia, sits in ruins. Confederate officer Caleb DeLeon has returned from the war to find his family missing and only two former slaves remaining. Caleb is badly wounded and the two men, Simon and John, are forced to care for him.
As the three men wait for the family's return, they wrestle with their shared past as master and slave, digging up long-buried family secrets along the way as well as new ones. Slavery and war, they discover, warp even good men's souls.