The Wexner Foundation recently launched a new interactive videoconference series of “36 Minutes LIVE” for Wexner Fellows, Members and Alumni. This series will examine facets of leadership, introduce new Jewish learning and explore burning issues that we, as leaders and Jews, are called upon to address.  

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming sessions (with more to follow!), and RSVP to Aliza Storchan to receive the “dial in” instructions. 

Wednesday, December 3rd, 9:00 am PDT – 12:00 pm EDT – 19:00 Israel time
Professor Alisa Solomon
“Fiddler’s Fortunes: The Mighty Afterlife of a Broadway Musical”

This series, moderated by Cindy Chazan, Vice President of The Wexner Foundation, will begin with 18 minutes of concentrated teaching and then allow for up to 18 minutes of questions and discussion. Participation is capped at 100 so please RSVP ASAP.

Previous week’s conversation, included Dr. Erica Brown, author of Confronting Scandal, was “Leadership in Crisis: Abuse of Power and Authority in the Jewish Community” and Israeli journalist Matti Friedman. Matti’s subject was “Israel, Gaza and the Media Malfunction”  and Dr. Brown used excerpts from Jewish texts and psychological research to explore why abuses of power happen and then encouraged participants to think about how to put systemic  checks and balances of power in place to prevent future breaches in their own organizations.

A recording of the conversation with Dr. Erica Brown is available here.

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Dr. Alisa Solomon directs the Arts & Culture concentration in the M.A. program at Columbia University’s Journalism School. In addition to being featured on NPR and contributing to The Nation, The Forward, The New York Times and other publications, she was on staff at The Village Voice for 21 years, where she was a regular theater critic and cultural and political reporter, winning awards for stories on reproductive rights, electoral politics, women’s sports and immigration policy. Her latest book, “Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof,” came out last year, and she is the editor of three anthologies: “Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” (with Tony Kushner); “Theater and Social Change” (Theater, 31:3); and “The Queerest Art: Essays on Lesbian and Gay Theater” (with Framji Minwalla). Her book “Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and Gender,” won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.