Lunch & Learn: Art & Ethics

Mar/28 12:15 - Mar/28 13:30

Gratz College Reading Room

March 28, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Gratz College Reading Room

Gratz is happy to be a program partner with “One Book One Jewish Community” in offering this special presentation about “And After the Fire” by Lauren Belfer. This program will discuss one of the central conflicts of the book, which narrates the fictional discovery of a previously unknown Bach cantata — but one with a virulently anti-Semitic text. Should we experience and even celebrate works of art with offensive or hateful content? Was Bach really an anti-Semite? Does that matter? Indeed, how does this question affect our opinions of other great composers and writers? Even if you have not read “And After the Fire,” you will find it a challenging discussion.

$18 by March 21, $20 starting March 22 (includes lunch)

Steve Hirsch has been choir director at Temple Brith Achim in King of Prussia for 30 years. He is an avid amateur musician, and has composed much of the music the Brith Achim choir performs. He also plays piano and, for reasons he still doesn’t understand, has taken accordion lessons for the last 3 years. Steve is retired from software company SAP in Newtown Square. Prior to his conversion to high technology he was Chairman of the Humanities Division of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. He holds a Doctor of Arts degree in American Literature from the State University of New York at Albany.

Event contact information

Register online or

Contact Mindy Cohen at or 215-635-7300 x155.