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Baruch College Welcomes Author Alisa Solomon

Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof

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NEW YORK, NY - November 8, 2013 - The Jewish Studies Center and Department of Journalism at Baruch College invite you to a discussion titled Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof with author Alisa Solomon on Tuesday, December 3. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Solomon will discuss her latest book, Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof (Metropolitan Books, 2013), where she draws on her expertise in theater studies, Yiddish language literature, the relationship between art and its social context, and musicals.

Her book examines the history of the musical Fiddler on the Roof, which was adapted from a series of stories by the Yiddish writer Sholem-Aleichem. When it opened in 1964, the musical became an enormous commercial and critical success, as well as a cultural touchstone, not only for Jews and not only in America. The book not only provides an in-depth look at the production history of this monumentally important musical, but also tells a cultural story about how Fiddler spoke to deep conflicts and desires all over the world.

Solomon teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism where she directs the Arts and Culture concentration in the MA program. For eighteen years, Solomon was a professor of Journalism at Baruch College.

A theater critic and reporter for the Village Voice from 1983 to 2004, she has also contributed to The New York Times, The Nation, Tablet, The Forward,,, American Theater, TDR - The Drama Review, and many other publications. Her first book, Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and Gender, won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.

This event is co-sponsored by The Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program and The Department of Journalism. It is open to the public.


WHAT: Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof

WHEN: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

6:00 -8 p. m.

WHERE: Baruch College Performing Arts Center

E. 25th St. bet. Lexington and 3rd Avenue




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. 4 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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