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Join us as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Fritz Ascher’s death by discussing the psychological repercussions of having to go into hiding for a long stretch of time–especially for someone who was almost stereotypically a “sensitive artist.” This topic seems particularly relevant to conditions right now, when so many of us are in hiding.

Dr. Eva Fogelman is a social psychologist, psychotherapist, author and filmmaker. She is in private practice in New York City and was co-founder and co-director of Psychotherapy with Generations of the Holocaust and Related Traumas at Training Institute for Mental Health, and Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers, ADL (Jewish Foundation for the Righteous), currently co-director Child Development Research (includes International Study of Organized Persecution of Children). Dr. Fogelman is co-editor of Children During the Nazi Reign: Psychological Perspective on the Interview Process and Children in the Holocaust and Its Aftermath. She is the writer and co-producer of the award-winning documentary Breaking the Silence: The Generation After the Holocaust(PBS). Dr. Fogelman is a Pulitzer Prize nominee for Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust.Her hundreds of writings appear in professional as well as popular publications.  Dr. Fogelman is a pioneer in therapeutic interventions for generations of the Holocaust and related historical traumas, and is a frequent consultant and speaker nationally and internationally.

Dr. Ori Z. Soltes teaches at Georgetown University across a range of disciplines, from art history and theology to philosophy and political history. He is the former Director of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, and has curated more than 85 exhibitions there and in other venues across the country and overseas. He has authored or edited 21 books and scores of articles and essays. Some of his recent books include Our Sacred Signs: How Jewish, Christian and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source; Searching for Oneness: Mysticism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam; Untangling the Web: Why the Middle East is a Mess and Always Has Been;andTradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art & Architecture.

Rachel Stern is the Director and CEO of The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, Inc. in New York. Her book, The Expressionist Fritz Ascher, was co-edited with Ori Z. Soltes and published by Wienand in 2016. Raised in Germany and educated at Georg-August Universität Göttingen with an MA in Art History and Economics, she immigrated to the US in 1994. She worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as an independent writer and curator. Rachel is a recipient of a 2002 NEA Grant and the 2017 Hans and Lea Grundig Prize.

In conjunction with the exhibition “Fritz Ascher, Expressionist” at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA (CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS).

The event is sponsored by Allianz Partners.

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