Click here to listen to the
"The World in Me" Audio Essay on Bookpod.

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Click here to listen to Joseph Berger's interview with Leonard Lopate on NPR Dec. 27th
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Past speaking engagements have included:

Larchmont Women's Club "The World in a City" Orienta Beach Club 1054 Walton Avenue Mamaroneck, NY 10534

Conversation, Kate Roiphe
Breaking News in Jewish World

92d Street Y
92d Street and Lexington
New York, NY

Immigrants in New York
International House
Riverside Drive, 122d St.
New York, NY

Immigrants in New York
Yeshiva University High School
2540 Amsterdam Avenue
New York , NY

Conversation, Gershom Gorenberg
Breaking News in Jewish World
92d Street Y
92d Street and Lexington
New York, NY

NYU Continuing Education
“Future of Israel Under Obama”

Woolworth Building
15 Barclay Street
New York, NY

Ramaz High School
“Immigration and NY”

114 East 85th Street
New York, NY 10028

Conversation, Aaron David Miller, Breaking News in Jewish World
92d Street Y
92d Street and Lexington
New York, NY

Museum of Jewish Heritage
“World in a City”

36 Battery Place

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The World in a City:
Traveling the Globe through the Neighborhoods of the New New York


"Berger's descriptions of the adaptations of these newcomers serve as inspiration for even the most cynical New Yorkers. . . a travel cornucopia to prompt stick-in-the-mud New Yorkers to explore outlying neighborhoods" --
New York Times Sunday Book Review, Nov. 4, 2007

"What a wonderful world exists in The World in a City, superbly described by a great writer, Joe Berger. . . .The World in a City takes readers on a marvelous trip around the world without their ever having to leave New York." --
Edward I Koch, former mayor of New York City
   

 

Displaced Persons:
Growing up American after the Holocaust


"This powerful and sweetly melancholic memoir, brilliantly written by Joseph Berger, is a remarkable tribute not only to his parents but to an entire generation of Holocaust survivors who. . .succeeded in rebuilding their lives and dreams."
-Elie Wiesel

"An absorbing, deeply moving memoir." -The NY Times


Joseph Berger has been a New York Times reporter, columnist, and editor for a quarter century, writing about education, religion, and the vivid kaleidoscope that is New York City as well chronicling many of the events that have shaken Israel and the Middle East.

He is the author of three books, the latest, The World in a City: Traveling the Globe through the Neighborhoods of the New New York, an intimate insider's tour of a New York City transformed by immigration, gentrification and other forces. His previous book Displaced Persons: Growing Up American after the Holocaust is a memoir about his family's experience as refugees in New York in the 1950s and 1960s. It was chosen as a notable book of the year by The New York Times, which called it ”an extraordinary memoir” and was praised by Elie Wiesel as a “powerful and sweetly melancholic memoir, brilliantly written.” His first book was The Young Scientists: America's Future and the Winning of the Westinghouse, an upbeat portrait of America's best schools and the way they educate the nation's most scientifically talented youngsters. The book inspired many high schools to launch programs that train students to do research, not just learn basic science.

Berger is a prolific speaker about immigration, New York City, the Holocaust, Israel and themes in education. He has appeared in over 150 venues including the 92d Street Y, Barnes & Noble, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Museum of the City of New York, numerous book fairs and an array of colleges around the country, including Princeton, Columbia, Vassar, Barnard, Sarah Lawrence, and New York University. At the 92d Street Y, he has run a speaker series where he has interviewed Edward Koch, Mort Zuckerman, Cynthia Ozick and Jeffrey Toobin.