Sunday, February 12, 2012

Symposium: The Art of Being Jewish in the City

This will surely be a day of interesting discussion...unfortunately the schedule doesn't go into more detail about specific topics.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Edward H. Rosen Hillel Center
Temple University (Philadelphia)
1441 Norris (corner of N. 15th Street)
Philadelphia, PA 19122

A day-long symposium exploring arts-led urban development and the role that Jews play in envisioning new forms of urban life. Free and open to the public.

Temple University's Feinstein Center for American Jewish History brings together scholars and urban practitioners to consider the public and private forces that shape urban art and culture. The culminating event of two years of programming on "Jews and the American City," this symposium invites the public to join in conversation with some of the most important urban thinkers today. How are Jews imagining, funding, and creating urban arts and culture for the future?


9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Registration and breakfast

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Opening Remarks, Lila Corwin Berman, Director of the Feinstein Center and Murray Friedman Professor of American Jewish History, Temple University

9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Jewish Centers of Urban Arts and Culture
  • Elise Bernhardt, President and CEO, Foundation for Jewish Culture
  • Rachel Chanoff, Founder and Director, THE OFFICE performing arts + film, and Artistic Director, Celebrate Brooklyn!
  • Daniel Belasco, Henry J. Leir Associate Curator, The Jewish Museum of New York
  • Dan Friedman, Arts and Culture Editor, the Forward
  • Dan Schifrin, Director of Public Programs and Writer-in-Residence, Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Julia Foulkes, Associate Professor of History, The New School, and author of To the City: Urban Photographs of the New Deal (2010)
  • MODERATORS: Warren Hoffman, Director of Arts and Cultural Programming, the Gershman Y, and Josh Perelman, Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Collections, National Museum of American Jewish Histor
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  
Private Funds and Public Urban Missions
  • Andrew Eisenstein, Managing Director of Ironstone Strategic Capital Partners and real estate developer
  • Jeremy Nowak, President, William Penn Foundation, and former CEO, The Reinvestment Fund
  • Zannah Mass, Director, Brooklyn Creative Lab, and former Cultural Affairs Director, Two Trees Management Company, and General Manager, St. Ann's Warehouse
  • Michael Royce, Executive Director, New York Foundation for the Arts
  • Sharon Zukin, Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College and City University Graduate Center, and author of Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places (2010)
  • MODERATOR: Bryant Simon, Professor of History, Temple Universit
3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.  
Visions of a City and Its Public Meaning
  • Cara Schneider, Media Relations Director, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation
  • Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia
  • Mark Oppenheimer, Author of the Beliefs column for the New York Times, and Director, Yale Journalism Initiative
  • Jane Golden, Executive Director, Mural Arts Program
  • MODERATORS: Carolyn Adams, Professor of Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University, and Beth Wenger, Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
For a full program and to register, visit:

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