Speakers

Speaker Date Topic
Nevet Basker Oct 19, 2017
Three Narratives on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Three Narratives on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Nevet Basker is an independent educator, public speaker, writer and policy adviser specializing in modern-day Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Based in Seattle, Washington, Nevet speaks regularly to youth and adults, Jewish and non-Jewish, and leads discussion groups about current events in Israel and the Middle East. Her approach is pluralistic and inclusive, nuanced and open to a range of viewpoints, welcoming constructive debate as an essential component of love and support for Israel. She focuses on education and also—and especially—on building community, emphasizing shared values, collective identity, and respectful discourse.

What is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict all about? The answer is not as straightforward or unambiguous as it might seem. Like the old parable of the blind men and the elephant, there are multiple and divergent answers to this question. Each answer is based on historical truths and strong passions—and each points to a completely different path in the quest for progress and, hopefully, eventual peace.

This session explores, without judging or taking sides, the facts and the underlying emotions of three different perspectives on the conflict. It explains the Israeli right-wing/settler version, the Palestinian/refugee version, and the international/two-state version. It offers a baseline for a deeper understanding and engagement, for dialog and debate. And it also clearly explains why the conflict has been so intractable for so long!

If you are familiar with the basic issues of the conflict, learn how others see it. And if you aren’t really sure where to start, you’ll find some possible angles to consider.

David Fischer Oct 26, 2017
Broadway Center for the Performing Arts - Bright Lights in Tacoma
Broadway Center for the Performing Arts - Bright Lights in Tacoma

David Fischer’s professional background in the arts began as a professional theater artist in 1977. His degrees in theater and film (BA, MFA) and his career path have allowed him to become deeply invested in the arts through theatre production, performing arts presenting, arts management, fundraising, advocacy, teaching, and urban design. He has worked as Producing Artistic Director for Tacoma Little Theatre, Executive Director of the Pierce County Arts Commission, Deputy Executive Director of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, and prior to returning to Tacoma, as Executive Director of The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts (formerly the Luther Burbank Center) in Santa Rosa, California. Fischer reorganized the non-profit , Wells Fargo Center, including its staff, fundraising, capital investment, endowment growth, Board and volunteer achievement, and programmatic impact on the community resulting in annual operational revenue growth of 125% and an improvement to the balance sheet of $14 million in 5-1/2 years.

During the past seven years, serving as Executive Director of Tacoma’s non-profit performing arts center, the Broadway Center for the Arts, Fischer has transformed the organization to focus on strengthening the core infrastructure resulting in increased relevance and service to the community.

Jane Terrano and Margaret Bullock Nov 16, 2017
What's New at Tacoma Art Museum

Margaret Bullock and Janine Terrano will update you on what’s happening at your community museum from new collections to new construction.

Janine Terrano: Ms. Terrano is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Topia Technology, Inc. Topia supports a portfolio of technologies focusing on the secure movement and management of data between disparate components, devices, platforms, and systems. Topia has secured contracts with the Federal Aviation Association (FAA), U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), U.S. Air Force, Boeing, and other commercial and government agencies.

Ms. Terrano launched Topia Technology with the skills and talents that enabled her to build Business Internet Services (BIS) into a multi-million dollar venture and one of the Northwest’s premier Internet development, technology and marketing companies. Prior to Topia and BIS, Ms. Terrano co-founded 7thAvenue Creative, an award-winning advertising agency in Seattle, and founded Matrix Strategic Planning, a marketing strategy firm.

Ms. Terrano also serves on the advisory boards of Entertainment Capital Corporation, MultiCare Health Systems, and the Tacoma Art Museum. She is a TedX speaker and the recipient of the ‘2013 Small Business Leader’ award from the University of Washington, Tacoma.

Margaret Bullock has been Curator of Collections and Special Exhibitions at Tacoma Art Museum since 2007. She has an MA in Art History from the University of Oregon and an MA in Anthropology from Washington State University. Prior to joining the Tacoma Art Museum in 2007, she was curator at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico, Associate Curator of American Art at the Portland Art Museum, Oregon and a research fellow at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama. Her specialty is late 19th and early 20th century American art with a particular focus on the art of the Pacific Northwest.