“How I Went From Fact to Fiction” Interview with Dr. Seret, New York University Lifelong Learning Webinar, Hosted by Alicia Kubes
About the Book: This historical novel Introduces Mica at seventeen-years-old, when her parents are plotting to bring down Ceausescu as he comes to power. They are arrested and she realizes she will be next. In the middle of the night, she escapes Transylvania on her bicycle. But she is not alone – she has taken her father’s colored diamonds that were hidden in their basement. Her only fear is that she remembers he had told her, they come from Auschwitz and they may be cursed. The Gift of Diamonds reveals hidden secrets of how Fascism led to Communism which began the seeds of modern-day Terrorism.
About the author: Roberta Seret is the director of Advanced English and Film for the Hospitality Committee at the United Nations and Founder of the NGO at the United Nations, International Cinema Education. She has created a global classroom for students of all ages at the United Nations and now at New York University Her work for the United Nations has been praised by various influential Americans, including Michelle Obama, Mike Bloomberg, and Caroline Kennedy. In addition to the Transylvanian Trilogy, she is the author of World Affairs in Foreign Films and is also the creator of a new visual-literary pedagogy in short video formats, FILMeds©, that she has created with a 5-year Ford Foundation grant.