Thursday, February 8, 2007
Events tonight (other than our potluck)
From Stephen Feinstein of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies:
1. Thurs. Feb. 8th 4pm “Performance Polarities: Activist Therapeutic Theater in Israel/Palestine” Nolte Library.
Chen Alon will present his research and practice adapting Augusto Boal's "Theatre of the Oppressed" within the Israeli-Palestinian political context. Alon's work expands on the ethodology developed at Tel-Aviv University within its community theatre program, connecting students with state prisons and drug addiction-homeless rehabilitation centers.
Alon'spresentation, “Performing Polarities,” will focus on the joint Palestinian-Israeli interactive theater project, Viewpoints. Where Boal proposes that transformative scenarios must be enacted with an oppressed community, Viewpoints illuminates how interactive theatre can productively work with both occupied (Palestinian) and occupiers (Jewish Israeli) groups to create transformative political alliances while rehearsing social change.Sponsored by Institute for Advanced Study, Space & Place Research Collaborative, Institute for Global Studies, and Dept. of Theatre Arts and Dance
2. Thurs. Feb. 8th, 8pm, On the Objection Front, Law Center, Wiley HallHow does a soldier grapple with the human rights of individuals under
occupation? The Human Rights film series presents On the Objection Front, Shiri Tsur’s award-winning documentary exploring the controversy in Israel over soldiers who refuse to serve in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. In a country with the highest regard for security and ethical military service, the film focuses on six Israeli reservist officers who felt they could no longer serve conscientiously in the Occupied
Territories. These soldiers speak of the memories that haunt them, the soul-searching that led to their decision, and its impact on themselves, their families, and their society. The film introduces a complex moral dilemma, but according to the The Jerusalem Report, “is neither
heavy-handed nor polemical, and acknowledges the real disagreement that exists even within the left over the principle of refusing duty [in the Occupied Territories].”The film will be introduced by (Res.) Major Chen Alon, one of the six officers interviewed in the film, and followed by a discussion with (Res.) Major Alon and a representative from the Human Rights Center.Sponsored by Human Rights Film Series, Institute for Advanced Study, Space & Place Research Collaborative, Institute for Global Studies, and Dept. of Theatre Arts and Dance
Further reading on Chen Alon: