Deborah Higgins Named Fetzer Institute Vice President of Program
Fetzer Institute President and CEO Robert Boisture has named Deborah Higgins vice president of program effective immediately. A member of the Institute’s program team since 2001, Higgins has served as program officer for evaluation and most recently as director of programs. As vice president of program, Higgins will help guide the development and implementation of the Institute’s program strategy and community development. “I am proud and excited to make this announcement,” said Boisture. “This appointment recognizes the extraordinary leadership Deb has brought to deepening our spiritual grounding, strengthening our staff community, and guiding our program team. Her deep understanding of—and passionate commitment to—the Institute’s spiritual identity and our aspirations for our staff and program are essential qualities for this position. She is a true exemplar of our values of love, trust, authenticity, and inclusion.”
"FACING FEAR" NOMINATED FOR ACADEMY AWARD®
Images and a trailer from the Fetzer-funded film, "Facing Fear," which was nominated for an Academy Award® Best Documentary Short Subject. Synopsis As a 13 year-old, Matthew Boger was thrown out of his home for being gay. While living on the streets of Hollywood, he was savagely beaten by a group of neo-Nazi skinheads. Boger managed to survive the attack and escape life on the streets. Twenty-five years later, Boger found himself in a chance meeting with a former neo-Nazi skinhead, Tim Zaal. The two men soon realized that they had met before...Zaal was one of the attackers who beat Boger and left him for dead. With their worlds turned upside down, the two embarked on a journey of forgiveness and reconciliation that challenged both to grapple with their own beliefs and fears. Neither could imagine that it would to lead to an improbable collaboration...and friendship. "Facing Fear" retraces the haunting accounts of the attack and the startling revelation that brought these men together again. Delving deep into their backgrounds, the roots of the ideologies that shape how they handle the reconciliation process are exposed. Self-doubt, anger, and fear are just a few of the emotions they struggle through as they come to terms with their unimaginable situation. Shot on location in Los Angeles, the film is the theatrical directorial debut for Jason Cohen. Edited by the award-winning Tom Christopher with cinematography by Svetlana Cvetko (Academy Award-winning INSIDE JOB), the film takes an introspective trip through the world of early 80's Hollywood while delicately addressing past events that shaped the men involved, from early childhood to their present relationship.
Love and Forgiveness, An Evening of Music
Photos of key performers at "Love and Forgiveness, An Evening of Music," a concert bringing together international stars of music, drama and art to cap the Fetzer Institute's Global Gathering: A Pilgrimmage of Love and Forgiveness in Assisi, Italy. Participating actors and singers include tenor Andrea Bocelli, pop singers Dionne Warwick, Massimo Ranieri and Nina Zilli, actors Bianca Guaccero and Enzo Decaro, sopranos Patrizia Orciani, Antonella Ruggiero, and Pretty Yende, mezzo-soprano Annalisa Stroppa, and baritone Alberto Gazale. They will be accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Bologna and the Choir of the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. For more on the concert, see (release)