University Day 2021

Wednesday, May 5

9:30 am - 12:05 pm

Prepaid registration by April 24

$5.00/ Per Park Member

$10.00/ Per Guest

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Morning Schedule on Zoom

9:30 - 11:00 am       For all Attendees

Opening Remarks
9:30 - 9:40 am

Welcome & Morning Message from Rabbi Joshua Skoff

Weinberg University Day Fund Keynote Address

9:45 - 10:45 am

"The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton"

Features Professor Andrew Porwancher, Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy at Harvard, and the Wick Cary Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma. This presentation debunks a string of myths about Hamilton's origins to arrive at the startling conclusion: In all likelihood, Hamilton was born and raised Jewish. Uncovering the truth about Hamilton's religious upbringing gives us a fresh perspective on both his adult years and the American republic he fought to create.

Take a Break!
10:50 - 11:00 am

Take a break - stretch, get a cup of coffee, etc..

Morning Workshop Sessions on Zoom

11:00 - 11:55 am

Select one workshop to attend

* PLEASE NOTE: If participants in the same household want to attend different workshops, each will need to be on Zoom on a separate computer, I-pad or smart phone and register with two different email addresses.

Workshop A
“There is Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself: A Portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt" 

Susan Cannavino, Professional Speaker with Presentations with Pizzazz

This workshop will explore Eleanor Roosevelt's fascinating relationships and her private life, beginning with her difficult childhood. Enjoy learning about her roles as daughter, student, friend, mother, wife and leader. This riveting presentation offers a unique perspective of this amazing woman. 

Workshop B
“Global Jewry: A Snapshot of the World's Jewish Communities Today”

Professor Alanna Cooper, Abba Hillel Silver Chair in Jewish Studies, CWRU

Get a view of Jewish life outside of Israel and the US and hear discussion about the future of global Jewish life. What are the implications of Jewish absence from Eastern Europe, North Africa, Central Asia, and other large areas of the world where Jews lived prior to WWII? What new possibilities present themselves with the current emergence of Jewish life in Africa, Southeast Asia, and other unexpected places?

Workshop C
“Israel's Recent Elections: Lessons from the Past, Thoughts on the Future"

Professor Doron Kalir, Clinical Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

On March 28, Israelis went to the polls -- alarmingly, for the fourth time in two years. What can we learn from the outcome of the elections? What kind of government is Israel about to have? Is a fifth election cycle in the making? Professor Kalir, who was born and raised in Israel, will discuss these and other developments in Israel today.

University Day Closing

12:00 - 12:05 pm

University Day wrap-up & Closing


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