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Climate Change & Tikkun Olam: A Journey Through Poetry

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Climate Change & Tikkun Olam: A Journey Through Poetry

February 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST


In this course we’ll look at climate change through a Jewish lens. 

Professor Deborah Leipziger, a sustainability expert who is also a poet, and co-founder of the New England Jewish Poetry Festival, leads this course.

Together, we will explore poetry from Ellen Bass, Marge Piercy, Matthew Olzmann, and Israeli poet Yoni Hammer-Kossoy, among others. We will incorporate several Jewish concepts including tikkun olam (repairing the world), kavannah (intention), blessings, and witnessing.

Each week you will receive prompts to generate new writing and be encouraged to share and reflect on your stories and personal narratives. No experience in poetry or climate change is required. Please bring a notebook.

Professor Leipziger joins The Vilna as our inaugural Jewish Arts Collaborative Creative Fellow in Residence.  

This course is part of Centered on Culture, a new initiative that introduces Jewish and Israel studies through small group seminars rooted in arts and culture.

What does Jewish tradition teach us about how to cope and respond to this environmental and humanitarian challenge? How can poetry and creative endeavors help us build resilience while cultivating hope, empathy, and action?


February 28
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST


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