Beyond the Stage Events and Discussion - New Jerusalem

On April 1, 2012, in conjunction with a remount of NEWJERUSALEM: THE INTERROGATION OF BARUCH DE SPINOZA, we hosted a dynamic day-long Spinozium (Spinoza Symposium) where we'll reargue the merits and relative injustice of the fate meted out against Spinoza by the Jewish community.   Below is the schedule.   CLICK HERE FOR VIDEOS OF THE DAY




Post Show Discussions   

All post show discussions are free and open to everyone

Thursday, March 1 at 9:45 p.mPreview Talk Back


Sunday, March 4   Preview Talk Back with Jeremy Skidmore (director) and the Designers of New Jerusalem


Thursday, March 8 at 9:45 p.mScripture and Spinoza

Jerome Copulsky (Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Director of Judaic Studies at Goucher College)

Alison Peterman (Northwestern University)


Sunday, March 11 at 9:45 p.mModern Judaism Wrestles with Spinoza

Moderated by Stephen Stern

Rabbi Lyle Fishman (Ohr Kodesh)

Joel Schwartz (National Endowment for Humanities)


Wednesday, March 14 at 9:45 p.m. A Spinozian Sense of Justice: Crime and Punishment in a World According to Spinoza 


Thursday, March 15 at 9:45 p.m.   Washington Hebrew Congregation


Sunday, March 18 at 5:15 p.m.   The Politics of Excommunication, Then and Now

Yitzhak Melamed (Author of Spinoza’s Metaphysics of Substance and Thought, Johns Hopkins University)

John Brandau (Johns Hopkins) 

Rabbi Charles Feinberg (Adas Israel)

Ken Pennington (Professor of Ecclesiastical and Legal History, Catholic University)


Thursday, March 22 at 9:45 p.m.   Cast Talk Back


Sunday, March 25 at 5:15 p.m.   Spinoza: A University Debate (University of Michigan)


Thursday, March 29 at 9:45 p.m.  Spinoza, Superstar of the millennium?

Moderated by Al Munzer

Daniel Schwartz (Author of The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image, George Washington University)

Dorothy Kwek (Johns Hopkins University)





    April 1,  1:00 - 5:30 pm   


    Re-open the case against Spinoza and his accusors.  Spinoza faces trial once more, entreating our community to render a new verdict.  The Spinozium promises to be a day full of provocative discourse, debate, and even a theatricalized session of closing arguments and a new verdict as we engage our own community in a sustained and cohesive series of conversations about the relative (in)justice of Spinoza's fate.



    SPINOZA 101 

    April 1 at 12:00 pm   

    Free lunchtime lecture.   An accessible, intriguing and eye-opening introduction to Spinoza and his philosophies.  Led by Daniel Spiro, coordinator of the Washington Spinoza Society.  Bring a lunch or purchase a boxed lunch from our Distrikt Bistro for only $10 and join us for this enlightening conversation.

    RSVP today!   Email with your name and how many are attending



    A world premiere staging of playwright, public intellectual, and Spinozium Artist-in-Residence, Colin Greer’s Spinoza’s Solitudeexploring the impact of Spinoza's banishment on the fragile yet formidable man himself.  To be performed at Theater J  

    Directed by Christopher Gallu
    Featuring Rena Cherry Brown
    , Ed Christian, Will Cooke, Daniel Flint, Ashley Ivey, K. Clare Johnson, Tim Rogan and Betsy Rosen


    March 12 at 7:30 pm

    March 13 at 7:30 pm

    March 27 at 7:30 pm

    April 1 at 10:30 am

      $10 or become a Spinozaphile and save on everything Spinoza!