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Liesl M. Blockstein Memorial Lecture with Jennifer Uphoff Gray

Jennifer Uphoff Gray, Artistic Director of the Forward Theater Company (FTC) in Madison was the Blockstein Memorial Lecturer on Sunday, February 12, 2017. She spoke about her background (her local upbringing, Harvard education, NYC theater years) and how that led to her founding of Forward Theater. She reflected on the advantages and disadvantages she’s encountered as a woman along the pathway of her career, and about how she sees the role of FTC in the broader community. She described how her background – and gender – have perhaps positioned her to see the world that way.

The Liesl M. Blockstein Fund was established by her family after her untimely death in 1986. The Fund supports two purposes: a scholarship for a Wisconsin woman who chooses to study at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in the fields of rabbinical studies, cantorial studies, or education, and presenting an annual lecture at Temple Beth El. The Liesl Blockstein Memorial Lecture series annually honors a Wisconsin woman involved in politics, academics, the arts, and/or cultural affairs to address our community. This lecture is co-sponsored by Temple Beth El and Jewish Social Services of Madison in which Liesl was actively involved.


If you missed the lecture, it is available online here.