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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, November 7

Nov 7, 2019

First hour: Discussing the JCC play, "Division Street"

Second hour: Princeton University history professor Julian Zelizer on the roots of Donald Trump's presidency

A new play on stage at the Jewish Community Center is generating conversations about race in America. “Division Street” is the latest project by playwright Jason Odell Williams. It tells the story of an interracial couple in Hollywood after the white husband is nominated for a Golden Globe for playing a racist police officer. The play explores a range of issues, including race relations, cultural appropriation, and which voices are elevated in Hollywood and how. We discuss those issues with our guests:

  • Esther Winter, actor who plays Nia in “Division Street”
  • David Andreatta, actor who plays Robert in “Division Street”
  • Ralph Meranto, director of “Division Street”
  • Jason Odell Williams, playwright of “Division Street”

Then in our second hour, we sit down with Princeton University history professor, Julian Zelizer. Zelizer is a scholar of American political history, with a focus on the second half of the 20th century and the 21st century. He joins us to discuss the roots of President Trump in American politics, the current impeachment inquiry, and his thoughts on the impact of this most recent election in states like Virginia and Kentucky, where Democrats won big. In studio:

  • Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University