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Baruch College's Jewish Studies Center Hosts Conference: "Jewish Arts and Identity in the Contemporary World"

NEW YORK, NY-- April 24, 2013 The Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College is hosting a conference to explore the portrayal of Jewish identity in theater, music and visual arts. The “Jewish Arts and Identity in the Contemporary World” conference will feature panel discussions with directors, Off-Broadway actors, composers, artists, museum educators and college professors from noon - 8:30 p.m., May 7. Audio and video clips of performances will be shown.

Carol Zemel, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at York University, will give the keynote address. Dr. Zemel was a Fellow at the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; completed a book, Graven Images: Visual Culture and Modern Jewish History; and is co-founder and co-director of Project Mosaica, a web-based exploration of Jewish cultural expression in the arts.

Noon -1:45 p.m.: Panel 1: The Jew on Stage
Gordon Edelstein, Director of the New Haven Long Wharf Theater
Ari Brand, Actor, Off-Broadway play “My Name is Asher Lev”
Lenny Wolpe, Actor, Off-Broadway play “Old Jews Telling Jokes”
Edna Nahshon, Professor of Hebrew, The Jewish Theological Seminary
The panel discussion will be moderated by Baruch College Music Professor Elizabeth Wollman

2 p.m.-3:45 p.m.: Panel 2: Jewish Music: Listening To Its Worldly Influences
Bruce Adolphe, renowned composer
Gil Harel, Baruch College Professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department
Mark Kligman, Hebrew Union College Professor of Jewish Musicology
Dr. Galeet Dardashti, Taub Center Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University, lead vocalist of Divahn

4-5:45 p.m.: Panel 3: Jewish Ways of Seeing: The Visual Arts and the Jewish Tradition
Vivian Mann, Director of the Master's Program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture, Jewish Theological Seminary
Dr. Tom Freudenheim, Museum Consultant, former Deputy Director and COO of Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Germany and former Executive Director of YIVO
Audrey Flack, nationally recognized painter and sculptor
Samantha Baskind, Associate Professor of Art History at Cleveland State University

5:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m.Refreshments and Book Sales

6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. – Audrey Flack and the Art History Band

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Keynote Address, “New Jews/New Diasporas: Re-forming Identity in the Visual Arts” by Carol Zemel, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at York University


8 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.: Reception


WHAT:                 Conference, “Jewish Arts and Identity in the Contemporary World”

WHEN:                 Noon – 8:30 p.m., May 7, 2013

WHERE:               Baruch Performing Arts Center, Engelman Recital Hall, Newman Vertical Campus,
                               55  Lexington Avenue (Enter on 25th Street)

RSVP:                   Jessica Lang, Director of the Jewish Studies Center, at (646) 312-3975 or



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to


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