"Censorship--Avant-Garde or Offensive?" will be the subject of a panel discussion on Sunday, April 25th, 2004 at 4:00 PM at The Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, 44 East Sixth Street, downtown Cincinnati. Joseph P. Tomain, Dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, will moderate the panel comprised of Cincinnati Opera artistic director Nicholas Muni, Citizens for Community Values president Phil Burress, First Amendment attorney Louis Sirkin, Xavier University economics professor Nancy Bertaux, and CityBeat film critic Steve Ramos. Presented by the Hebrew Union College-University of Cincinnati Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems in cooperation with the Cincinnati Opera, this event is open to the public and free of charge, however, tickets are required. For reservations, call (513) 241-2742.
This provocative discussion coincides with Cincinnati Opera's upcoming double-bill production of the company premiere of Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis (written while the composer was in the concentration camp at Terezín), and the U.S. premiere of Peter Bengtson's The Maids (based on Jean Genet's play Les Bonnes).
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu