April 2, 2024   by NYTW

We are proud to add a series of robust conversations as part of Here There Are Blueberries, including special post-show discussions with our partners at FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics). Check out who will be participating, browse the full slate of discussions, and get your tickets! A reminder that a ticket to that evenings performance will be required for entry.

FASPE DISCUSSIONS

PAULIST FR. STEVEN BELL, CSP
Co-Moderator: “The Next Generation: How Do We Deal with the Sins of Our Fathers – Literally and Metaphorically?” on May 16
Paulist Fr. Steven Bell, CSP leads parish missions, retreats, revivals and workshops, all of which consider the importance of reconciliation and healing. Fr. Steve previously served as associate director of Newman Hall / Holy Spirit Parish at the University of California at Berkeley and associate director of St. Thomas More Newman Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.To hear some of his powerful homilies at the Newman Center, please visit this podcast archive.He also previously served as associate pastor of St. Austin Church in Austin, TX, and as associate director of Busted Halo’s media ministry. Fr. Steve serves on the Board of Directors of Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). He is a faculty member for FASPE’s seminary program where he engages with seminary and medical graduate students and professionals on ethics. A native of Washington, D.C., Fr. Steve was ordained a priest on June 22, 2008, by then-Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

SHEILA S. CORONEL
Co-Moderator: “Democracy in Retreat, Journalism under Siege-Then & Now” on May 23
Sheila S. Coronel is director of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice at the Columbia Journalism School. She began her reporting career in the Philippines and was co-founder of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. She has reported on the rise of populism, human rights abuses, corruption, and the challenges to democracy.

REBECCA ERBELDING
Co-Moderator: “What did Americans know? What did they do?” on May 10
Rebecca Erbelding is a historian of American responses to the Holocaust and the author of Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe, published by Doubleday in 2018, which won the National Jewish Book Award for Writing Based on Archival Material. She served as a historical advisor and an on-camera expert in Florentine Films’ The U.S. and the Holocaust, directed by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein, which debuted on PBS in September 2022. She is an educator and historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and frequently presents on the War Refugee Board; US immigration policy during the 1930s; and the “Hoecker album,” a photograph album owned by Karl Hoecker, the final adjutant to the commandant of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Her work on the Hoecker album has been adapted into a theatrical production, Here There are Blueberries, written by Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich, and developed by the Tectonic Theater Project. She holds a PhD in American History from George Mason University.

DAVID GOLDMAN
Co-Moderator: “The Next Generation: How Do We Deal with the Sins of Our Fathers – Literally and Metaphorically?” on May 16
David Goldman is the founder and Chairman of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). FASPE promotes ethical leadership within the professions, using the unique lens of the actions, choices, rationales and motivations of their professional counterparts in Nazi Germany as a starting point for analysis of contemporary professionalism and professional responsibility. FASPE provides graduate students in professional schools and early career professionals with fellowships to study professional ethics, responsibility and leadership. The Fellowships now focus on Business, the Clergy, Journalism, Law, Medicine and Technology. FASPE also conducts ethical leadership training for professionals (and leadership) within law firms, consulting firms, private equity funds and other corporate organizations.David, now retired, was a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. He served as the head of the firm’s International Corporate Practice and as head of the firm’s New York office. David’s practice focused on corporate counseling in a variety of settings and industries. David has served on the board of a number of for‐profit and non‐profit organizations. He was chairman of the Auschwitz Jewish Center and was formerly on the Board of Directors of the Yale Law School Fund. David is a graduate of Washington University (BA, 1973) and Yale Law School (JD, 1976). He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

JORDYN HOLMAN
Co-Moderator: “There Were Blueberries: The Transformation of Norms and Complicity as the New Normal” on April 25
Jordyn Holman is a business reporter at The New York Times where she writes about the biggest American retail companies and the consumers who fuel the U.S. economy. Her stories focus on the ways retail business models are changing, how the economy shapes the decisions people make, and how culture and identity influence our purchases and the companies we purchase from. She has spent her career writing about big companies from Wall Street to Main Street, with her work often touching on the ways companies grapple with race, class and gender within their workforces and consumer bases. Before The Times, Jordyn worked at Bloomberg News, where she wrote for Bloomberg Businessweek and made frequent appearances on Bloomberg TV. Jordyn participated in FASPE in 2018 as a Journalism Fellow. She is currently on the Board of FASPE’s Alumni Steering Committee.

STUART LIEBMAN
Co-Moderator: “Of Monsters to (Ordinary?) Men (and Women)” on May 1
Stuart Liebman received his B.A. degree Magna Cum Laude in Sociology from Brandeis University in 1970. He received an M.A. in Art History from Boston University in 1972, an MA in Cinema Studies from NYU in 1974, and his Ph.D from NYU in 1980 with a dissertation on Jean Epstein and early French film theory. He taught at Queens College, CUNY from 1973 and the CUNY Graduate Center from 1985 until he retired in 2011. He has edited or co-edited five volumes devoted to diverse topics including “Alexander Kluge: Theoretical Writings, Stories, and an Interview” (October, No 46; Fall 1988); “Berlin 1945: ‘Liberators Take Liberties'” about the mass rape of German women at the end of World War II (October, No. 72, Spring 1995; Winner of the Association of American Publishers award for “Best Single Issue of a Journal in 1995); and Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah (Oxford University Press, 2007). Stuart has published about two hundred articles and reviews on various topics, mostly about past and contemporary films in publications in Polish, Korean, French, Italian, Spanish, and English, among other languages, and has lectured widely in the United States and abroad.

MARK LUKASIEWICZ
Co-Moderator: “Democracy in Retreat, Journalism under Siege-Then & Now” on May 23

Mark Lukasiewicz is Dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University. He is a veteran producer, journalist, and media executive who has spent his professional career telling important stories to worldwide audiences and helping media organizations deal with transformational change.
At Hofstra, he supervises one of the university’s largest and most innovative academic units, offering degree programs in film, journalism, sports media, screenwriting, and many other communications disciplines. Prior to his appointment as Dean, Lukasiewicz was senior vice president of specials at NBC News, planning and supervising coverage of major breaking news events such as the death of Osama bin Laden, the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and presidential elections and debates from 2004 to 2016. Before NBC, Lukasiewicz spent 11 years at ABC News where he was executive producer of Good Morning America, senior producer of World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and senior producer of Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson.
In his decades-long career, he has produced numerous live and long-form programs, winning 10 Emmys, two Peabody Awards, and the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, among other journalism and international film festival awards. Dean Lukasiewicz is a frequently quoted commentator on news media. He serves on the jury of the prestigious duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards, and is a judge in the annual Scripps Howard journalism awards.

DAVID G. MARWELL, PH.D.
Co-Moderator: “Mengele at Auschwitz” on May 29
David G. Marwell, Ph.D. has had a distinguished career in public history. He spent nine years at the US Department of Justice, where, as Chief of Investigative Research for the Office of Special Investigations (OSI), he conducted research in support of the investigation and prosecution of Nazi war criminals in the United States. As a part of this effort, he played major roles in the Klaus Barbie and Josef Mengele investigations and helped to author the two major reports that resulted.

In 1988, Marwell went to Berlin to become the (last) Director of the Berlin Document Center, a repository for captured personnel-related files of the Nazi Party and its component organizations. After overseeing the complete microfilming of the collection, Marwell returned to the US, in 1994, to become the Executive Director of the JFK Assassination Records Review Board, an independent federal agency established to identify, locate, and make available to the public (through declassification) all records relating to the assassination of President Kennedy. Following this service, he became the Associate Museum Director at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing key museum departments (exhibitions, collections, archives, education, international programs, library). In 2000, Marwell was appointed Director & CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City and led this important institution for fifteen years, before stepping down at the end of 2015 to pursue writing and not-for-profit projects. Marwell serves as President of the Leo Baeck Institute New York|Berlin, and on the boards of Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE), the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation, the Defiant Requiem Foundation, and as an Arbiter for the Independent Appeals Authority of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Marwell’s book, MENGELE: Unmasking the “Angel of Death” was published by W.W. Norton & Company in January 2020 and has received enthusiastic reviews in such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Science, The Times Literary Supplement (UK), Moment Magazine, and the Dublin Review of Books. Nine foreign-language editions of the book have been published. He is currently working on a biography of Robert Feix (working title: Blood and Marmalade).

TREVOR MORRISON
Co-Moderator: “Mass Complicity and Transitional Justice” on May 7
Trevor Morrison is the Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at New York University School of Law. His research and teaching interests are in constitutional law and federal courts. He has written extensively about constitutional law as practiced in the executive branch and about the role of historical practice in informing our understanding of the constitutional separation of powers. He previously served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the US Supreme Court and to Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama, as a Bristow Fellow in the Justice Department’s Office of the Solicitor General, and as an attorney-advisor in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. In 2021, President Joe Biden appointed him to the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States; in 2023, President Biden appointed him to the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations. Before coming to NYU, he was on the faculties of Cornell Law School and then Columbia Law School. Since 2022, he has been of Counsel at the law firm Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP.

CLAIRE B. ROSEN
Co-Moderator: “Mengele at Auschwitz” on May 29

Claire B. Rosen MD MSME (she/her) is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She completed her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Public Health Studies in 2014, and then earned her MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2018 before her residency in general surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Claire additionally acquired her Master of Science in Medical Ethics through the University of Pennsylvania and was a FASPE Medical Fellow in 2022, using this additional training to support her academic interests in surgical bioethics and investigating surgical decision making through patient-centered health services research. Beyond her academic career, Claire is an avid adventurer, reader, and improv comedian.

JESSICA ROTH
Co-Moderator: “Mass Complicity and Transitional Justice” on May 7
Jessica Roth is a Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law, where she is Co-Director of the Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law. Previously she was a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for seven years. As a prosecutor, she focused on violent crime and securities fraud and conducted numerous jury trials. Professor Roth’s teaching and research interests are in criminal law, evidence, and legal ethics. Her scholarship has appeared in the UCLA Law Review, the Northwestern Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, and the American Criminal Law Review, among other publications. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Innocence Project. Professor Roth is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and then for the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also worked at the New Jersey law firm now known as the Gibbons Firm, where she was the recipient of the John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest and Constitutional Law to work exclusively on pro bono litigation. Three of Cardozo’s graduating classes have honored Professor Roth with the award for “Best Professor.”

NATE SILVER 
Co-Moderator: “Of Monsters to (Ordinary?) Men (and Women)” on May 1
Nate Silver is currently the Head of Operations and People at Adonis, a revenue intelligence and automation platform for medical practices and hospitals. He previously worked as a management consultant within Deloitte’s Human Capital practice, focused on helping global organizations navigate the future of work and address their most complex workforce challenges. A former theater director and arts administrator, Nate served as Managing Director of Jackalope Theatre in Chicago from 2013 – 2017 and has worked as a freelance theater director on and off-Broadway and around the world. Nate serves on the board of the National Student Leadership Foundation, an organization focused on career-oriented youth leadership programs, where he previously spent several years as Director of Operations. Originally from Providence, RI, Nate has an AB in Drama from Vassar College, an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and was a 2019 FASPE Business Fellow.

THORSTEN WAGNER
Co-Moderator: “There Were Blueberries: The Transformation of Norms and Complicity as the New Normal” on April 25
Co-Moderator: “What did Americans know? What did they do?” on May 10

Thorsten Wagner is the Executive Director for Strategy and Academics at FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) and has been involved with the organization since its beginnings in 2009. He is a German historian, who grew up in Denmark and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and his graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Technische Universität Berlin, and the Freie Universität Berlin, earning his MA from the TU Berlin in 1998. Living in Berlin for about two decades, Thorsten worked as a research fellow at the Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and started teaching at the Humboldt University in Berlin. From 2010-2019, he held a permanent position as Associate Professor at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad/University of Copenhagen. Having authored numerous academic publications in the fields of Modern German and European Jewish History, antisemitism, Holocaust studies, cultures of memory, and Israeli history and society, he also worked as the historical consultant for the acclaimed documentary “Germans and Jews”, dealing with contemporary Germany, its relationship to its Nazi past and the reemergence of Jewish life. He, his wife Johanna and their two children live in New York City.

 

AFTERWORDS

MOISES KAUFMAN
Moisés Kaufman‘s Broadway credits include Paradise Square (10 Tony Award nominations), the revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song, Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams, the revival of The Heiress starring Jessica Chastain, 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda (Tony Award nomination for Best Play), and Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife (Obie Award and Tony, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award nominations). West End: Gross Indecency, I Am My Own Wife, This Is How It Goes. Off-Broadway / Regional: Here There Are Blueberries (Tectonic Theater Project/La Jolla Playhouse), Seven Deadly Sins (Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, Tectonic Theater Project/Madison Wells Live), One Arm by Tennessee Williams (Tectonic Theater Project/The New Group); The Laramie Project (writer/director; Theater in the Square, Drama Desk nomination); The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (writer/director; Alice Tully Hall); Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (writer/director; Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and the Joe A. Callaway Award for Direction); Macbeth with Liev Schreiber (Delacorte Theater); Master Class with Rita Moreno (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Opera: El Gato Con Botas (New Victory Theater). Film/TV: “The Laramie Project” (HBO; two Emmy nominations for writing and directing, Opening Night Selection at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, National Board of Review Award, the Humanitas Prize); “The L Word.” Kaufman is the Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project, a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting, and an Obie Award and Lucille Lortel Award winner. In 2015, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama, which he accepted in a ceremony at the White House.

AMANDA GRONICH
Amanda Gronich has devoted her career to bringing true stories to the stage and screen. An Emmy-nominated scriptwriter, she created dozens of hours of top-rated series and specials for non-fiction broadcast networks, including NatGeo, Discovery Channel, History Channel, WeTV, Animal Planet and Science Channel. Over a ten-year career in television, she worked as a lead series writer for National Geographic Television and became the Supervising Senior Writer at Hoff Productions. Prior to this, Ms. Gronich was a charter member of Tectonic Theater Project, where she directed the company’s Toronto production of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and was one of the group of artists who traveled to Wyoming and co-created The Laramie Project, later made into an HBO film. Currently, she works as a playwright and a script development consultant in theater and documentary television. She also teaches interview-based storytelling as a Lead Teaching Artist at the Moment Work Institute, using techniques she developed as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Graduate Program in Educational Theatre, City College New York. She is at work founding a non-fiction play development institute. In addition, a book about her original play-devising methods will be released by SIU Press.

DAVID BENGALI
NYTW Debut. Broadway: Water for Elephants, The Thanksgiving Play; 1776;Off-Broadway: Walk on Through(MCC),Twilight: LA 1992 (Signature-Henry Hewes Award, Drama Desk Nom); Without You (New World Stages); Monsoon Wedding (St. Ann’s Warehouse); The Visitor (The Public-Lortel Nom); Circle Jerk (Fake Friends-Obie Award, Drama League Nom.); Einstein’s Dreams(59E59 -Drama Desk Nom); Van Gogh’s Ear (ERC – Drama Desk Nom); National Tours: Peter Pan, 1776; Rockin‘ Road To Dublin. MFA: NYU

DOUG WRIGHT
Co-Moderator: In Conversation: Amanda Gronich, Moisés Kaufman and Menachem Rosensaft
Doug dates the beginning of his playwriting career as November 1995, when the New York Theatre Workshop produced his play Quills; the show’s success allowed him to shed his many “day jobs” and earn a living as a writer. His Broadway credits include Good Night, Oscar, opening this April at the Belasco Theater, War Paint starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk nomination), The Little Mermaid, Grey Gardens (Tony Award nomination) and I Am My Own Wife (Tony, Pulitzer Prize). His work has been featured Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, The Atlantic, the Vineyard, the Minetta Lane, and the WPA and has been seen in over thirty-three countries around the globe. His films include his screen adaptation of Quills (Golden Globe nomination) and the upcoming The Burial starring Jamie Foxx and Tommy Lee Jones. He is the former president of the Dramatists Guild and a member of SAG-AFTRA, SDC and the WGA. Doug serves on the Board of the New York Theatre Workshop and has taught at NYU, Princeton and Yale. He has mentored young screenwriters at Sundance for twenty years. He lives in Manhattan with his husband singer-songwriter David Clement, and their cats Glynis and Murray.

MENACHEM Z. ROSENSAFT
Co-Moderator: In Conversation: Amanda Gronich, Moisés Kaufman and Menachem Rosensaft
Menachem Z. Rosensaft is Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, and General Counsel Emeritus of the World Jewish Congress. In July 2023, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Tuzla for his “contribution to raising awareness of the genocide against Bosnians in Srebrenica and the Holocaust, through the fight against the denial of crimes and the falsification of historical facts, and for contributing to peace building and the development of a culture of remembrance.” He is the author of Poems Born in Bergen-Belsen (2021) and of the forthcoming (January 2025) collection, Burning Psalms, inspired by the biblical Book of Psalms.

TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT MASTERCLASS

GRANT JAMES VARJAS
Grant James Varjas is a writer, deviser, and company member at Tectonic Theatre Project, and an Advanced Teaching Artist in their Moment Work Institute. He performed in the HBO film adaptation of The Laramie Project, the Los Angeles (CTG) production of 33 Variations with Jane Fonda, and Here There Are Blueberries at LaJolla Playhouse and Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C. (all directed by Moisés Kaufman). Off-Broadway he has performed at Lincoln Center and The Roundabout, and in many other productions in New York City. Grant also played David in The Sign In Sidney Brustein’s Window (dir. Anne Kauffman) at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. He is the playwright and composer of 33 To Nothing (GLAAD Nomination) and Accidentally, Like A Martyr (“Top 10 Best Plays Of 2015,” TimeOut Chicago), both plays produced in Chicago (A Red Orchid Theatre), and New York City (wild project). Grant is the creator and writer of the queer web series “Way Down” (waydownseries.com).

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