Great Collaborations Town Hall Meeting


Posted on Dec 19, 2012 • Event Date: Dec 27, 2012


Thursday, December 27, 5:30-7:30 pm at the JCC

Topic: Tainted Games - The Politics of Race in the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Guest Speaker: Dr. David Clay Large, Author, "Nazi Games, The Olympics of 1936"

A reaction panel will follow his presentation featuring Sala Udin, Joy Braunstein and Holocaust Educator Jason Russo.

This first Town Hall Meeting is part of the Great Collaborations program. Throughout the 20th century, Blacks and Jews have shared in the struggle against violence, bigotry and the fight for civil and human rights. These collaborations have forever changed the world's political and cultural landscapes.

The August Wilson Center in partnership with the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh present the exhibit, "The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936." This exhibit focuses on one of the most extraordinary times in the history of the world, the 1936 Olympic games, when athletes from all over the world converged on Berlin, Germany. These games show the triumphs of Black and Jewish Athletes, even as Adolph Hitler was laying secret plans to attempt the total annihilation of Jews in Germany and all of Europe. As Hitler prepared to receive the world to attend the games, Black and Jewish athletes prepared to shatter Olympic records while also shattering Hitler's theories of "Aryan Superiority" and the racial inferiority of Blacks and Jews.

This exhibit signals the launch of a seven month educational and cultural series called Great Collaborations, which will explore collaborative milestones between Blacks and American Jews throughout the 20th century. In addition to the exhibition, the Great Collaborations series will include four Town Hall Meetings and three cultural presentations in each of the August Wilson Center artistic disciplines: music, theatre and dance.

The goal of the Great Collaborations educational and cultural series is to explore past collaborations and use them to open dialogue that leads to collaborations in the future.