A Tribute to Joan Konner Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2:00pm

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A Tribute to Joan Konner
Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2:00pm
A Tribute to Joan Konner
Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2:00pm
Join us at RoCA as we celebrate the life and legacy of Joan Konner.
Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2:00pm
Order of Service
“Life is Love Song”
- a short film by Joan Konner with introdution by Alvin Perlmutter
Time of Remembrance
Jacqui Drechsler: flute
Principal flutist of Rockland Symphony Orchestra.
Karen Gilbert: violin
Concert Mistress of Rockland Symphony Orchestra.
Steve Reid: cello
Principal cellist of Rockland Symphony Orchestra.
Please RSVP
Vivian Smith @ RoCA
(845) 358-0877
Joan Konner, an award-winning television executive, producer and documentarian became the first woman to lead the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After raising two daughters, Ms. Konner got a late start professionally, graduating from Columbia’s journalism school in 1961 when she was 30, almost a decade after she had received her bachelor’s degree. By the late 1960s, she began producing documentaries at NBC and after twelve years she became Executive Producer for national news and public affairs for WNET/Thirteen, the public broadcasting station of New York. From the early 1980s she was the Executive producer of “Bill Moyers Journal,” and then President and Executive Producer of Mr. Moyers’ production company, Public Affairs Television.  In 1988 Joan was appointed dean of the Columbia J-School and professor of Journalism where she served as dean until 1997. Throughout her career on television, Joan produced more than 50 acclaimed documentaries and television series, including the six-part “Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers” (1987- 88), which she co-produced with her husband, independent television producer, Alvin H. Perlmutter. In addition to the “Power of Myth,” the couple went on to collaborate on many projects. Her work won 16 Emmys, a Peabody Award and Alfred I. du Pont Award.
Ms. Konner also wrote or edited a half-dozen books, including “The Atheist’s Bible” in 2007 “You Don’t Have to be Buddhist to Know Nothing” and “The Book of ‘I’”in 2009. She described her books as “takeout gourmet food for thought.”
Edited version of biography by Sam Simon
The Catherine Konner Sculpture Park at Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) was dedicated in memory of Joan Konner’s daughter Catherine in 2006.
The centerpiece of the memorial is a sundial, constructed by Palisades artist Robert Adzema.
RoCA thanks Joan Konner, Alvin Perlmutter and M&T Weiner for their ongoing support of The Catherine Konner Sculpture Park.
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