Class Correspondent

A new musical inspired by a documentary film by Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman ’64 opened this June at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. The play, “War Paint,” charts the ascent and rivalry of cosmetics entrepreneurs Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. Ann Carol and Arnie’s film “The Powder and the Glory” helped inspire the musical, as did the book “War Paint,” by Lindy Woodhead. Neil Kauffman’s son Brian married Stacey Kallem on Aug. 1, 2015, in Philadelphia. Brian is the director of the Keystone Energy Alliance Association, and Stacey is a resident physician at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. After retiring from a human-resources career focused on diversity in the high-tech industry, Ron Krouk says he is now much happier painting, and teaching drawing, painting and printmaking at a local museum school (Danforth Art) and art association (Concord Art). He and his wife, Christina, often visit her native Sweden. He writes, “I love re-connecting with my Brandeis friends and acquaintances whenever the opportunity presents itself, and I always find that we still have much in common.” Judith Lasker authored “Hoping to Help: The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering.” The book is based on extensive research, including interviews with host-country staff, sponsor-organization leaders and volunteers, as well as a national survey of sponsors and participant observation. Judith is a sociology professor at Lehigh University. During the past year, Amy Merrill’s play “The Square” has had readings in the Boston area and NYC. Amy has spent 14 years teaching literature and writing at Berklee College of Music, while also writing and producing plays. Forty-seven years after Larry Miller, PhD’80, and Brandeis sociology professor Maurice Stein celebrated the original publication of “Blueprint for Counter Education,” a re-edition, three wall charts, the original book and a second volume of commentary were published this spring. Larry is an associate professor of sociology at UMass Dartmouth. Hillel Schwartz continues his work on three book projects: a history of a villa on the Wannsee in Berlin that houses the Hans Arnhold Center of the American Academy; a history of whistling; and a history of the changing nature, notion and experience of emergency since the 1760s. Leon Stechenberg is enjoying life after retiring from an active practice of general and vascular surgery in the Springfield, Massachusetts, area. Ani Tuzman’s historical novel “The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov” was published this spring. The novel brings to life the world of Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezer, a rare teacher who saw love everywhere and beckoned it forth from the hearts of rag pickers, ruby merchants, midwives and murderers. Eda Warren writes, “I finally went to Israel for the first time last year. It was grand, and I felt like I was home.” Norm Winer, program director at legendary rock station WXRT for 36 years, won a Fifth Star Award from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The award honors exemplary Chicago artists and arts institutions that have made significant contributions in arts and culture.
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