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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Author Daniel Mendelsohn On Writing And Discovering The Holocaust Anew

Essayist and author Daniel Mendelsohn speaks on the Case Western Reserve campus as part of the Think Forum series. Photo credit: Daniel Milner Cultural critic Daniel Mendelsohn paused in Cleveland this October before his written remarks to take in the stunning, restored Temple-Tifereth Israel, repurposed at the heart of a new Maltz Performing Arts Center. A month earlier, the richly glowing Silver Hall reopened its doors with a performance from the Cleveland Orchestra, occupying the stage where Mendelsohn stood. The musicians played "The Creatures of Prometheus" and "Leonore," both overtures from Beethoven, on 26 instruments rescued from the Holocaust. “I am dazzled by the space we are all sitting in,” said Mendelsohn, gesturing toward the burnished wood and subdued golds. The... Read More →

Poet Eugene Gloria Brings Discussion On Identity To Hiram College

  Credit: Kirsten L. Parkinson Tom Pantic, a junior at Hiram College in Ohio, wanted to know how poet Eugene Gloria felt about being put in the Asian box. Gloria, known for his nuanced poems exploring identity, geography and masculinity, took a moment in the college’s wood-paneled Alumni Heritage Room to gather his thoughts on a complicated question. “I’m OK with being grouped with Asian American poets – I’m very proud of that community,” he said. “It is a problem to be put on the ethnic shelf, with ‘American poets’ shelved elsewhere – that’s a problem for me. I’m happy to represent. I’m a Filipino poet but there are many other identities I inhabit.” Gloria, now 58, was the youngest of six children when his family left Manila and settled in San... Read More →

REVIEW: “A Ballerina’s Tale: The Incredible Rise Of Misty Copeland”

"A Ballerina's Tale" is a delightfully intimate portrait of Misty Copeland—full of close-ups, uncomfortable silence, and peeks behind the curtain of one of the nation's most prominent dancers. Documentary-maker Nelson George spent three years filming. Balletomanes already know much of the biography: As one of six children raised by a single mother in San Pedro, California, Misty found refuge from a sometimes unstable home at the local Boys & Girls Club, where she first took a ballet class at 13. In the 20 years since, she has become the face of modern dance, appearing everywhere from The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to Prince's Welcome to America tour. But that fame didn't happen overnight. When she was 17, Misty moved from California to New York to join the American Ballet... Read More →

WATCH: Highlights From Our 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award Ceremony

This past September, Jericho Brown, Marlon James, Marilyn Chin and Richard S. Dunn accepted their 2015 Anisfield-Wolf awards at a sold-out ceremony at the Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square, while David Brion Davis addressed the crowd in a pretaped acceptance speech. Peek into their magical evening with this 2-minute highlight clip:   Highlights of the 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Ceremony from Anisfield Wolf on Vimeo.     Read More →

Education Writer Jonathan Kozol On Racial And Class Disparities In Our Nation’s Schools

As I approached the ballroom of the Cleveland Convention Center to reach the Open Doors Academy luncheon, I heard a commotion that seemed a bit out of place--more like a pep rally. Students flanked both sides of entrance to the ballroom, arms outstretched, giving enthusiastic high-fives to each guest. “No one asked them to do that,” executive director Annmarie Grassi shared with the audience. "That enthusiasm is all their own." Students greet keynote speaker Jonathan Kozol as he arrives to the event. Photo credit: Dennis Crider Photography More than 500 attendees filled the ballroom to support Open Doors Academy, a 13-year-old enrichment and leadership nonprofit serving some 400 students in Northeast Ohio. These students, buoyed by academic tutoring, volunteer projects and summer... Read More →
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