Baruch College Launches "Weissman Talks", A Forum for Exploring the Arts and Society
Actress Tovah Feldshuh talked to Jeffrey Peck, dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, about the Jewish experience in Poland during World War II for the first installment of Weissman Talks.
-- Photo by Carol Rosegg
New York, NY - Oct. 14, 2008 - "Irena’s Vow," the Broadway-bound play about one woman’s heroism in Nazi-held Poland, marks the debut of Weissman Talks, a new series of thematically linked dialogues and performances presented by Baruch College’s Weissman School of Arts and Science.
Conceptualized by Jeffrey Peck, dean of the Weissman School, Weissman Talks will focus on the arts as reflections of history and society. Each spring and fall, a special program will accompany performances and explore important contemporary issues through the creative prism of theater, film and dance staged at Baruch College’s Antonowsky Center for Performing Arts. Conversations among actors, authors, directors and Weissman faculty will enhance the performances by providing literary and historical perspectives.
The Fall 2008 program takes as its theme “the Holocaust in Poland.” It launched on October 16, with Dean Peck interviewing Tovah Feldshuh, the Tony Award-winning actress who plays the lead in "Irena’s Vow." Two additional discussions will follow on October 19 and 28.
"The liberal arts and the performing arts have natural affinity," said Dean Peck, "since both deal with profound existential issues that concern all human beings. We expect this series to engage and challenge our students. We hope it will also introduce the broader public to the rich intellectual and cultural tapestry that is Baruch College, and especially the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences."
The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences offers Baruch students a classical liberal arts education. Whatever careers they intend to subsequently follow, all students are required to complete two years of liberal arts studies as a foundation for future endeavors. More than 40 areas of study, including numerous interdisciplinary programs are available to undergraduates.
The Antonowsky Center for Performing Arts showcases a wide range of drama, music, comedy and dance both to New York audiences and to the Baruch College community. Its intimate but state-of-the-art performance spaces make it an ideal incubator for the work of new playwrights and other emerging artists.