Wednesday February 6, 2013

By Berkshire Eagle StaffShakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer can be seen holding court in the New York Times Magazine’s feature, "The Approval Matrix," for the week of Feb. 11. The piece is described by the New York Times as "Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies." Story Body:

By Berkshire Eagle StaffShakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer can be seen holding court in the New York Times Magazine’s feature, "The Approval Matrix," for the week of Feb. 11. The piece is described by the New York Times as "Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies."

Packer is featured in the "highbrow" and "brilliant" quadrant of the matrix, along with Sundance film fave "Fruitvale" and New York Historical Society’s display of objects from artist Keith Haring’s Tokyo Pop Shop.

The caption beside a cutout of Packer reads, "In ‘Women of Will,’ the majestic Tina Packer, pushing 75 (and not an Elizabethan man in drag), plays all of Shakespeare’s great women in a night, at the Judson," referring to the production that’s being staged at the Gym at Judson Memorial Church. A full theater review appeared in print on Feb. 4 on Page C1 of the Times’ New York edition with the headline, "Shakespeare’s Mighty Sorority."Read the Times’ feature online: http://nym.ag/WRsZES.

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Ascension to the presidency: At the recent meetings in Chicago of the American Academy of Religion and the North American Paul Tillich Society, Dr. Charles W. Fox of Williamstown was elected president of the Tillich Society.

The Tillich Society was founded to honor and extend the theological and philosophical work of Paul Tillich, one of the two or three greatest theologians of the 20th century. Tillich was the first non-Jewish professor to be fired from a German university when Hitler took power in 1933, given Tillich’s sustained theological critique of fascist tendencies in the decade after World War I in Germany.

Soon after his academic termination in Frankfort, Tillich was brought to this country by Reinhold Niebuhr to teach at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University.

After his retirement from Union/Columbia, Tillich became a University Professor at Harvard, where Fox had the opportunity to work closely with him and was one of his teaching assistants. Fox received his doctorate in philosophy of religion from Harvard University, and subsequently taught at Williams College and the State University of New York until his retirement from academic tenure.

Fox’s term of leadership with the Tillich Society will extend for a three-year period.

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Paying it forward: Moments House’s free community art program, "Art with Heart," is expanding into the local schools beginning today, thanks to a grant from Berkshire Bank Foundation. This program has been making gifts for people in Berkshire County living with cancer for the past two years. The workshop is regularly held on the first Saturday of each month at Moments House, 194 Fenn St., Pittsfield.

The ultimate goal of this program is to allow middle and high school students to facilitate the art workshops with the elementary students in order to share the message that "you are never too young to come together to make a difference in our community."

The projects made during the workshops are then delivered to the waiting room at Berkshire Hematology/Oncology to brighten the days of the patients and families members when they visit for appointments or treatments.

Moments House is looking for additional class groups and student or service group volunteers to continue to expand the program. If interested, contact Moments House at (413) 443-6800 or alice@
momentshouse.org.