Community Conversations with Hannah Weisman


The Magnes to host Community Conversations with new Executive Director

May 12, 2023

This summer The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life will host a series of Community Conversations with Executive Director Hannah Weisman to engage in meaningful dialogue around the museum’s past, present, and future.

“The Magnes originated as a community entity, and part of our charge now is to stay connected with our existing friends while building new relationships across the Bay Area,” reflected Weisman. “We are more successful in helping people make connections and find meaning when they collaborate with us.”

Hosted by Weisman and museum staffers, these casual conversations provide an opportunity for members of the community to meet with new leadership and for the staff of The Magnes to better understand the broad range of memories, perspectives, and ideas the collection inspires.

“These conversations are a wonderful opportunity to honor The Magnes’s deep roots in the community and foster dialogue with the many people who want to see it shine as a vital resource for the Bay Area and beyond.” said UC Berkeley Arts and Humanities Dean Sara Guyer.

Four of the hour-long sessions will focus on engaging public audiences. The last two will bring UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students together in conversation.

Conversations with the public
Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 3:00 pm at The Magnes
Sunday, July 9, 2023 at 10:00 am at The Magnes with a craft corner for kids
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 4:30 pm via Zoom
Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at 5:30 pm at The Magnes

Conversations with the UC Berkeley community
Faculty and StaffTuesday, August 15, 2023 at 3:00 pm at The Magnes
StudentsFriday, August 25, 2023 at 2:00 pm at Berkeley Hillel, 2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

For sessions held at The Magnes Collection, 2121 Allston Way in Berkeley, the galleries will open 30 minutes prior to the meeting and light refreshments will be provided.

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