It's coming: Brandeis in the Berkshires '03Released on November 05, 2002
Contact: Kathryn Levine 781-736-3355
Israel, Islam, justice, politics among topics
The University this summer will again conduct Brandeis in the Berkshires, a series of institutes where professional and community leaders gather to examine major issues of the day and ways to address them.
Session dates are scheduled for July 6-11, July 27-Aug. 1, and Aug. 10-15 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Mass. Questions to be addressed include: How do advances in technology require us to rethink our fundamental values? Where are the world's next trouble spots? What preventive actions might avert bloodshed and promote justice? How steps can Jewish leaders take to promote the health and vitality of Jewish life in the United States and around the world?
Brandeis in the Berkshires was founded in 2002 through the support and vision of Harold Grinspoon and with the generous support of the Harold Grinspoon Foundations, according to Daniel Terris, director of Brandeis's International Center on Ethics, Justice and Public Life. Terris and Sylvia Barack Fishman, associate director of Contemporary Jewish Life and co-director of the Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women, both at Brandeis University, serve as program directors for Brandeis in the Berkshires. Kathryn Levine of the Office of Development is the program coordinator.
Participants include experienced moderators from Brandeis and elsewhere, and national leaders in business, law, medicine, the arts, diplomacy, and other areas. Conversations are built upon three kinds of texts: classic and contemporary readings, plays, music and other productions by professional companies in the Berkshires, and the "rich and varied experiences" of participants and speakers, Terris said. Through the academic resources of Brandeis University and the creative resources of Shakespeare & Company, Brandeis in the Berkshires has become an attraction in its own right.
Sessions are tentatively titled Justice and Politics; Shifting Landscape: Jewish Life in 21st Century America; and Islam, Judaism, Christianity: Pluralism and Discord in the Contemporary World. More information about the 2003 institutes will be made available closer to the start of the sessions.