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  • Hollywood’s history lesson: What counts when truth gets in the way

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 19, 2013 | 7:04 am

    The year is 2063. In a Los Angeles classroom, a group of history students awaits the day’s lesson on the Civil War period. The teacher announces that instead of reading from a textbook, the class will watch the movie “Lincoln,” by Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner. The lights dim,...

  • Social-cultural youth program to launch in L.A.

    By Ryan Torok

    December 12, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    A new social program for 20- and 30-something Jews is bringing comedian Sarah Silverman, playwright Tony Kushner, New York literary editor Ira Silverberg, and other Jewish artists and cultural leaders all under one tent — metaphorically — in 2013.

    The effort, appropriately called...

  • The first Jewish president? Lincoln, in the Abrahamic tradition

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 14, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    Abraham Lincoln has been dead for almost 150 years, yet suddenly he’s everywhere. At the Skirball Cultural Center, you can see an original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Lincoln, amid an impressive array of founding American documents. The Huntington Library is...

  • Writer’s Guild to Honor ‘Extremely’ Talented Screenwriter Eric Roth

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 26, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    Several weeks before he was to receive the lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America, West, Eric Roth was in his study in Malibu conducting a breezy conversation that veered from his communist Jewish parents to his Oscar-winning screenplay for “Forrest Gump.”...

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  • The Tony Kushner flap: What does it say about the discourse on Israel in America?

    May 10, 2011 | 4:34 pm

    It was the latest dustup over what constitutes acceptable discourse in the American Jewish community when it comes to Israel.

    Except this time the battle wasn’t contained within the community, but began at a university board meeting and spilled over onto the front page of The New...

  • Tony Kushner to receive CUNY honorary degree after all

    May 10, 2011 | 10:24 am

    Trustees of the City University of New York approved an honorary degree for playwright Tony Kushner, reversing an earlier decision.

    The executive committee of the CUNY board of trustees voted Monday night to award Kushner an honorary doctorate during commencement ceremonies next...

  • CUNY Reverses Kushner Decision

    By Rob Eshman

    May 9, 2011 | 10:35 am

    Immediately after CUNY voted not to give an honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner early last week, Bloggish predicted the university would reverse that decision.

    The board began the process of reversing itself on Friday.  As The New York Times reported:

    Under mounting...

  • After Tony Kushner stumble, CUNY tries to dust itself off

    May 9, 2011 | 10:32 am

    From NYTimes.com:

    Having embarrassed themselves more than was absolutely necessary in the eyes of many New Yorkers, trustees of the City University of New York are gathering Monday evening to undo the damage.

    The issue is an honorary doctorate that a university campus, John Jay...

  • Koch to CUNY: Boot trustee who attacked Kushner

    May 6, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Ed Koch call for the City University of New York to terminate its relationship with a trustee who engineered the denial of an honorary degree to Tony Kushner because of the playwright’s criticism of Israel.

    “I can’t think of a dumber academic action,” the former New York mayor and...

  • Kushmet

    By Rob Eshman

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Last Monday night, I was sitting on stage at American Jewish University interviewing Tony Kushner, talking Life and Judaism and Big Ideas to a man who is arguably America's greatest living playwright, when, suddenly, the words of what is arguably the world's cheesiest bubble-gum song...
  • UJ’s Levy crafts confab to celebrate authors

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Considering that he's an educator, whose job description is heading up a university adult-ed program, you might not expect Gady Levy to be so ... well-connected. Yet here he is in his office at American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism), looking more the...
  • Kushner’s (old) testament to Lincoln

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Tony Kushner burst into the zeitgeist in the early 1990s with his operatic "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," a two-evening exploration of rage, hope and irony in the era of AIDS and Reagan Republicanism. The epic, which like all of Kushner's work is as defined...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 5, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    Saturday the 7th

    Take a stroll for a good cause at today's 14th annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. More than 100 teams are scheduled for the 5K recreational walk around Hollywood Park racetrack, and those wishing to register today are also welcome. Also ambling are...
  • A Kushner Series That Will Offend All

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    After director Mike Nichols took his wife, Diane Sawyer, to the first screening of his six-hour HBO film of Tony Kushner's epoch-defining, "Angels in America." She said, "I know what this is about. It's about being Jewish."

    She's right, but it's also about being gay in the latter 20...

  • Shoah-Era Opera an Allegory of Victory

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When she was 11 years old, Ella Weisberger got her first starring role, playing the cat in a children's opera called, "Brundibar."

    But Weisberger didn't perform in a grand concert hall; instead she sang in the barracks of Terezin, the "model" concentration camp that the Nazis set up...

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