Tentative conference schedule

Posted on August 20, 2012

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This is the VERY tentative schedule for the 2013 White Rose Conference. Details will depend on final location. We are trying to find a location that will permit use of dorm rooms at a low cost for anyone who cannot or does not wish to pay for cost of hotel room.

We welcome your comments, suggestions, critique! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Check-in. Provide “brown bag lunch”. This will be held in a very large room (banquet room) where universities, Holocaust programs (Shoah Foundation, USHMM, Wiesenthal), and publishers can have booths recruiting students and selling books. [Note: No hawking unrelated wares – I don’t want this to devolve into a flea market.]

2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Walk. I won’t “spoil” this other than to say it’s a way for all conference attendees to get to know one another in a fun way.

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Free time. Booths above still open.

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 or 9:00 p.m. Buffet dinner, greetings, welcoming everyone, and concert. Fictionist? Nizza Thobi? Kirby Krackle? This sets the tone. For YouTube videos for each performer, clicking on the link that is their name will take you to a good example of their work. [If wishes and buts were candies and nuts: Fictionist or Kirby Krackle for this evening, Nizza Thobi for Saturday night.] Note about Kirby Krackle: They make their money singing at Comic-Con and related venues, very very popular among that crowd. But their founders (the old guys in the video) have been involved with social justice and informed dissent for a very long time. I’ve already asked them about adding a verse to “I Want to Live in a World Full of Heroes” to include White Rose.

Friday, July 12, 2013

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet.

9:00 a.m. – Noon. First set of competitions. I had originally wanted Music one day, Humor another, and Plays a third. But that will have to wait until we can afford to do this for an entire week. So for our inaugural year, we will have to have everything running simultaneously.

I would like all the competitions to be done “Sundance” style. While the next group is setting up, the judges (“facilitator” – and we need a better word) get the audience to talk about the performance that has just taken place, asking questions of the performers, director, etc. Part of the score will include this audience interaction – how well the play, music, comedy routine resonated with the audience, among other things.

Each play = 20 minutes, so 20 minutes + 20 – 30 minutes for audience, equals three plays per session. Or six to eight plays. Clearly we’ll have to have a prescreening process, since we will get more than eight submissions. [Note: If the location offers us reasonably priced access to multiple theaters, we will have fewer worries about space limitations and can accept more competitors in this category.]

We can do more music and comedy entries, since shorter set-up time. But we will prescreen due to time and space limitations (prescreen by video? live performance? YouTube?). Also, we will have to decide later whether we want non-competing participants to state in advance which performances (not specific, just plays/music/comedy) they intend to attend, or whether that should just be first come first served.

Noon to 1 p.m. Buffet Lunch.

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. With 20 minute intermission at 3:30. Remaining contestants.

7 – 10 p.m. Nice sit-down dinner, with awards presentation. How about the idea of getting a local German band to entertain with appropriate German songs like “Die Gedanken sind frei” mixed with appropriate American folk songs like “This Land is Your Land” and “Blowin’ in the Wind”, mixed with a Yiddish song or two such as “Oyfn Prepetchik” ?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast buffet.

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Optional stuff (free time). With brown bag lunch. If in Los Angeles, optional events could include Villa Aurora, the Lion Feuchtwanger house in Pacific Palisades; or Wiesenthal Center. If in Milwaukee, visit to the Mildred Harnack exhibit. If in Utah, visit to Oral History Center in Salt Lake City (not part of Family History Library – OHC is dedicated to actually preserving oral history), or Family History Library to introduce researchers to materials there.

3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Break off into discussion groups. Russian-language discussion group with Igor and Rustam: Alex Schmorell, the Russian archives, their work in Orenburg. German-language discussion group with Domenic: His grandmother Lilo Fürst-Ramdohr, projects he’s working on. English-language discussion groups: Still thinking. If we get any Israeli participants, I’d love to have a Hebrew-language discussion group on Holocaust education and specifically remembrance of German resistance in Israel.

7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Closing dinner. Igor speaking about Alex Schmorell (executed 7/13/1943). Helen speaking about how compassion motivates action. I don’t want this evening to become speech-heavy, but I do want it to focus on remembering-and-doing, on our mission statement! Here is where I think Nizza Thobi would be spectacular. Presentation of Wieland-Forster prize for scientist involved in social justice project. Official closing ceremony.

Sunday morning, July 14, 2013, OPTIONAL: Interfaith psalm reading. Quiet and contemplative, no sermonizing, simply psalm reading from participating religious traditions.

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