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BILL T. JONES is a multitalented artist, choreographer, dancer, artistic director, and writer who has, over his 40-year career, received distinguished honors ranging from the 2013 National Medal of Arts to a 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2010. He also has earned two Tony awards for best choreography—for Spring Awakening in 2007 and Fela! in 2010. Join us for a candid conversation about his life in the arts as he discusses a creative process that addresses idealism, activism, and the dilemmas of self and identity.
The incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century. Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. Because of his modesty, Rosenwald’s philanthropy and social activism are not well-known today. He gave away $62 million in his lifetime.