Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D.

History and Political Science

Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D., taught History and International Relations at Georgetown University for 38 years. He received the Excellence in Teaching award from the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. Professor Nurnberger has served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and Director of Congressional Relations for the Bureau of Export Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Professor Nurnberger received his B.A. from Queens College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was captain of the varsity tennis team. He holds an M.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University.

The Dutch Golden Age, Tulip Mania and the Jews of Amsterdam

Amsterdam was the wealthiest city in Europe in the 17th century. In this one-time talk, Professor Ralph Nurnberger will discuss how the city achieved such prominence and how this affected its finances, unique canals, and its banking and trading systems. This, in turn, led its citizens to seek what they thought were profitable investments. Many invested in tulip bulbs. The collapse of “tulip bulb futures” was the first great capitalist “bubble,” and like so many bubbles that followed, this one destroyed the finances of many “investors.” The presentation will also focus on the great artists, scientists, writers and scholars who lived in Amsterdam in the 17th century. Finally, there will be a discussion of the Jews of Holland, beginning with the influx of Jews from Portugal. This will include such key figures as Baruch Spinoza and Anne Frank.
Register Early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a one-time lecture or event.

Course # F1R4 — One Time Event
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Thursday, November 16 2017
Time:7 - 8:30 PM
Fee:$25 / member; $35 / non-member

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