Rector’s Forum

Choosing Reconciliation: A Courageous Journey


What happens when formerly estranged peoples look at their entwined history together? Asking that question led to Louise Steinman to Poland and to her latest book, “The Crooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation”

As a writer and literary curator, Steinman’s work frequently deals with memory, history and reconciliation. After attending a Zen Peacemaker retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2000, she embarked on a decade-long exploration—into her own family’s history in a small Polish town—as well as an immersion in what she describes as “the exhilarating and discomforting, sometimes surreal, yet ultimately healing process of Polish-Jewish reconciliation taking place in today’s democratic Poland.”

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Jeff Castelaz

Jeff Castelaz & Joe Henry: “Profitable Prophets: Exploring Social Change in Pop Music”

The intersection of music, action, and social change pulses with transformative energy. It is a place familiar to Jeff Castelaz — the president of Elektra records and a widely respected leader in independent and mainstream music.

Jeff Castelaz was joined by Joe Henry for a discussion in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, October 12, 2014.