On Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Foundation Hall’s Manzulli Boardroom, please join us for a lecture and discussion, “Educational Leadership for a Humane Culture in a Globalizing Reality,” featuring keynote speaker Caryn McTighe Musil and panelists from the Wagner Education Department and visiting faculty from the Kibbutzim College of Education in Tel Aviv, Israel. This fascinating discussion about civic engagement, transformational leadership and humane, socially responsible education will be followed by a reception. The two parts of the program are described below.
Part 1: 5 to 6 p.m.
Keynote speaker: Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy, Association of American Colleges and Universities
Topic and discussion with Kibbutzim College faculty: Our rapidly globalizing world presents challenges for diverse cultures to talk to one another and to find common ground around values. This is especially a concern in diverse democracies that rely on deliberation. Despite the pressing need for people across cultures to learn from the values embedded in each others' world views, the current educational context in the United States too often shies away from controversial cross-cultural explorations and emphasizes a values-neutral, information-oriented approach to pedagogy.
Increasingly, however, there is a need to understand and lead within value-laden social, political and economic frameworks that have not yet been fully articulated. How, then, might current P-16 educators conceptualize and promote the educational goals for the next generation of citizens dedicated to pluralistic democracy through which people can more effectively deliberate and act across and through differences to address pressing common challenges?
Kibbutzim faculty will respond to the following questions:
- Why is education -- from preschool through graduate school -- such a critical place to develop practices and commitments that promote leadership for a humane society in a globalizing world?
- What should committed practitioners contemplate as key actions to create change within our educational systems?
- What can we at Wagner College learn from Kibbutzim College that might help us realize the goal of helping create a humane, democratic world through our students' experiences in higher education?
Part 2: Breakout Sessions, 6 to 7 p.m.
Wagner and Kibbutzim faculty will lead break-out discussions with all participants on four topics:
- Evaluating teachers and teaching
- Educating educators in political contexts
The Wagner College Theatre program continues its 45th season with a production of the girl-loves-ghoul rock ’n’ roll musical, “Zombie Prom,” running Tuesday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 24 in the Stage One studio theater.
Directed by Wagner theater professor Mickey Tennenbaum, with choreography by Lee Tennenbaum Schnall and music direction by Matthew Hosmer, “Zombie Prom” features music by Dana P. Rowe and book and lyrics by John Dempsey, based on a story by John Dempsey and Hugh Murphy.
Set in the Atomic ’50s, “Zombie Prom” is the tale of a sweet, Gidget-like teenage girl named Toffee, played by Adena Ershow, and her “rebel without a cause” boyfriend, Jonny, played by Brad Cashman. The two meet at Enrico Fermi High School and fall in love, but the principal, Miss Delilah Strict (Bronwyn Whittle) intervenes, persuading the indecisive young Toffee to break up with Jonny. Tortured by the betrayal, Jonny drives his motorcycle to the nearby nuclear power plant and flings himself from the top of a cooling tower. Guilt-ridden and alone, Toffee mourns the loss of her love until, one day, Jonny returns, risen from the dead as a teenage nuclear zombie — and the fun begins!
In addition to cast members already named, Wagner College Theatre’s production features performance majors Arielle Gordon (Candy), Ailsa Hoke (Coco), Gregory Ippolito (Jake), Becky Kalman (Ginger), Dan Kriss (Joey), T.J. Lamando (Josh) and Joe O’Malley (Eddie Flagrante).
The production design team includes Alison Savino (sets), Brendan McCann (costumes) and Sara Bandurian (lights). Brendan Stackhouse is assistant director, and Lisa Angell is production stage manager.
“Zombie Prom” plays Tuesday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 24 in the Stage One studio theater. Showtimes are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday.
All tickets to “Zombie Prom” are $10.
The Wagner College Theatre box office can be contacted at (718) 390-3259 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. Wagner College students, faculty and staff attend free with current ID.