Community Conversations with Hannah Weisman


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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.

Three 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
Sunday, July 9, 2023 at 10:00 am with a craft corner for kids
Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at 5:30 pm

Conversations with the UC Berkeley community
Faculty and Staff: Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 3:00 pm
Students: Friday, August 25, 2023 time and location TBD

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

Join us, reflect on your relationship with The Magnes, and share your perspectives about what you’d like the museum’s future to hold.





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