Catie Lazarus


Active In Documentaries

By Catie Lazarus

Active In Documentaries
In the past year, provocative, stylized documentaries like “Catfish” and “I’m Still Here” enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame. For 2011, documentaries tackling social justice issues — such as “Waiting for Superman,” “The Tillman Story” and “Inside Job” — have won over the audiences and critics at theaters and film festivals and are garnering nominations for this year’s Producer’s Guild, Golden Globe and Oscar awards.Read More


Chronicling Obama’s Presidency Via Poetry

By Catie Lazarus

Chronicling Obama’s Presidency Via Poetry
When President Kennedy uttered the now famous phrase “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country,” during his inaugural address, America took him at his word. Almost 50 years later, when President Obama took office and stated, “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking America,” a more fragmented country interpreted and debated his words. Luckily, there were citizens who felt inspired to act, like the poets Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker, albeit in their own unique way.Read More


2006: Fact or Faux Pas?

By Catie Lazarus

In lieu of establishing a “Jewish Awareness Month” in 2007, take the YPASI (You’re Probably An Antisemite If…) test to see if you’re an A-S.Read More






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