LITHUANIA 2012: UPDATES ON OUR 20th PROGRAM:
JOIN US AT OUR LARGEST, MOST UNIQUE
PROGRAM TO DATE!
For the very first time participants of Jewish Lithuania will be invited to take part in the program of fellow NGO Maceva - we will invite guests of SLS to visit one of 200 old Jewish cemeteries, and help to have them cleaned and photographed in order to protect the memories of 700 years old Jewish community which thrived in the country before being almost completely exterminated. The Board of Advisors of Maceva include such names as prof. Vytautas Landsbergis, Howard Margom and probably most known contemporary Jewish novelist Grigory Kanovich.
Songer/Songwriter Dan Bern added to Lithuania Faculty:
Dan Bern will be joining us in Lithuania this summer to run a song-writing workshop and perform for the program participants as well as members of the local community. Bern's father was a concert pianist who emigrated from Lithuania to Palestine in 1939 and his mother a a singer and poet who had also escaped the ravages of World War II. In time Bern found the guitar, and his way to the West Coast, whre he got his footing in the neo-folk music scene in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. After seventeen albums, he's amassed a strong underground following, built in part on his prodigious output of intellectual and topical songs. Learn more about Dan on his website.
Multi-disciplinary Quintan Ana Wikswo joins the faculty for the 2012 Lithuania Program -- SLS Lithuania: The Heart of Europe. Wikswo will be a running a course, "The Phoenix and the Pilgrim" in cooperation with the local artistic community, and engaging with centuries of intersections and collisions of Litvak and Lithuanian experience.
Along with bringing a number of young Belarusian writers to participate in the full program and workshops, we are now able to offer parallel workshops for local Lithuanian writers, led by renowned contemporary Eastern European writers. The expanded, meaningful, and unique new Lithuania program offers you the choice of one of two dynamic two-week sessions or the chance to stay for a month in the heart of central Europe: Vilnius, Lithuania. We are also expanding our Jewish Lithuania component, including prominent local and Eastern European participation. Our award-winning faculty includes Eileen Myles, Laimonas Briedis, Peter Cole, John Coy, Jonathan Garfinkel, Eric Goodman, Arielle Bernstein, Adina Hoffman, Ilya Kaminsky, Sergey Kanovich, Claudia Keelan, Kerry Shawn Keys, Libby Hodges, Fiona McCrae, Andrew Miksys, Ander Monson, Quintan Ana Wikswo, Josip Novakovich, Dawn Raffel, Pierre Joris, Donald Revell, Steve Stern, and Meg Wolitzer and others TBA.
The program continues to be expanded; look for updates in upcoming newsletters!
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