Participants choose from the below options for track four programming
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Science reveals truths more wondrous than any myth but lacks an infrastructure for celebration and mourning. Boing Boing co-founder David Pescovitz and author Sasha Sagan (daughter of Carl) explore the scientific phenomena at the heart of our rituals, navigating skepticism without cynicism.
How can thoughtful, skeptical, spiritual-but-not-religious, seeking-but-not-finding people think about — and connect with — the Divine? Ask Michelle Obama's speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz and award-winning poet and Harvard divinity student Arianna Reines. Moderated by Manny Yekutiel of San Franciso's beloved Manny's.
Jews have played a role in hip-hop culture since the music exploded out of NYC in the 1980s. Best-selling author Adam Mansbach (Go The F**k To Sleep) and pioneering hip-hop journalist Dan Charnas (The Big Payback) sit with artist and Gender Studies professor Courtney Desiree Morris and "breakbeat poet" Kevin Coval as they examine the complex continuum of Black-Jewish interplay in a changing America.
A workshop about music and the sacred, lead by musicians and scholars Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewlia Eisenberg, that dissects the Passover tradition through rigorous engagement with historic Jewish sounds and classic texts for a positive affirmation of the inherent beauty of all voices.
Exploring the possibilities and the limitations of a Jewish “utopia” with journalist Collier Meyerson (The Nation/WIRED) and filmmakers Matt Wolf and Stacey Reiss, whose Sundance grand jury prize-nominated documentary Spaceship Earth tells the story of Biosphere 2.
In a spin on Name That Tune, four contemporary Jewish women comics respond on the spot to rare live performances by legendary bawdy Jewish women comics of the 1960s who will still have you clutching your pearls and howling with laughter.
Participants will choose from the below Happy Hour program options.
A "60-Minute Revolution on War, Immigration, Language, DNA, History, and Home," this live, one-woman performance written by and starring Syrian-American refugee Sara Abou Rashed, and directed by Larry Smith (Six-Word Memoir), makes its West Coast debut.
Make a mess with cooking blogger and TV producer Gabi Moskowitz (Brokeass Gourmet, Young & Hungry) and her husband, educator and style blogger Evan Wolkenstein, as they serve up a sticky-sweet lesson in caramel making as a metaphor for the Torah's winding road to redemption.
Take a deeper look at the photographs from the Looking for Justice: Jews, Photography & Civil Rights presentation, assembled by curator at the International Center of Photography, founder and director of the Jews and Photography Initiative and Visiting Professor at Yale University, Maya Benton.
Come experience two groundbreaking experiences that blend storytelling with new technologies.
USC Shoah Foundation’s Dimensions in Testimony enables people to ask questions that prompt real-time responses from pre- recorded video interviews with Holocaust survivors and other witnesses to genocide. The pioneering project integrates advanced filming techniques, specialized display technologies and next generation natural language processing to create an interactive biography.
Persuasion Machines is a VR experience that begs the question: Are we in control of our devices or are they in control of us? The filmmakers of "The Great Hack" documentary use mixed reality and surveillance technologies to bring to life the invisible world of data.