2018-2019 Syllabus


Genesis 19 tells the story of Lot’s Wife who turns to see the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and becomes a pillar of salt. Did she act in disobedience or out of compassion? What is our responsibility to bear witness? Is looking back redemptive or paralyzing? Might we see contemporary events (mass tragedies, refugees) in the light of this text?  These are just a few of the questions we will explore as we examine Genesis 19 through religion, art, poetry, and music.


  • Julia Muney Moore, Director of Public Art for the Arts Council of Indianapolis

  • Sandy Sasso, Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck

  • Steven Stolen, Host of WFYI's Stolen Moments

  • Shari Wagner, Author and Indiana Poet Laureate (2016-2017)

  • Joseph Tucker Edmonds, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Religious Studies at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Interpretations of Genesis 18-19 with a focus on Lot’s wife


27 September 2018

Presenters: Sandy Sasso and Joseph Tucker Edmonds


Lot’s Wife in Music


11 October 2018

Presenter: Steven Stolen

Lot’s Wife in Poetry


18 October 2018

Presenter: Shari Wagner

Lot’s Wife Through Visual Art


1 November 2018

Presenter: Julia Muney Moore

6 December 2018

Open Discussions

17 January 2019

Artist Presentations

7 February 2019

Artist Presentations

7 March 2019

Exhibition and Performances
Jewish Community Center of Indianapolis, 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260
5:30 pm reception; 6:30 pm performance

Art exhibit will run for two months, opening on March 7 with the exhibit and performances.

3 April 2019

Maya Beiser in Concert and Conversation
Performance and Discussion
Jewish Community Center of Indianapolis, 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260
7 - 8:30 pm

Critically acclaimed cellist, Maya Beiser, will discuss and perform excerpts from her cello-opera, Elsewhere, an imaginative and psychological retelling of the biblical story of Lot's wife. Offered in partnership with The Judaism, Arts, Interfaith and Civic Engagement Fund of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, the Center for Interfaith Cooperation, Indiana Humanities, and the Jewish Community Center of Indianapolis.