Our Faculty

Allen Oren

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Media, Communications, and Visual Arts

Location
  • @Pleasantville
    Choate House Room 225

Education


BA , Queens College of CUNY
Psychology

MS , Columbia University
Journalism

Awards and Honors

  • NYNATAS, 2012 - Two Emmy nominations
  • NYNATAS, 2004 - Emmy nomination
  • NYNATAS, 2001 - Emmy winner and additional Emmy nomination
  • Press Club, 1999 - Best TV Features

RESEARCH INTEREST


Researched, produced and presented television works on the history of Madison Square Garden, the history of New York City, the history of Long Island, Jewish prayer, and specialized in the arts and human-interest features for print and broadcast.

ARTISTIC AND PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCES AND EXHIBITS

"The Four Sons and All Their Sons: A Passover Tale"
[Documentary] PBS nationally

"18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre"
Independent production airing on PBS, USA

MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS

  • "The Four Sons and All Their Sons: A Passover Tale" documentary [Other], 2017
    My scholarship generally is the work I do in the field of Journalism. “The Four Sons” piece, a one-hour work that I produced, wrote, researched, and narrated, aired on PBS stations nationally this past April, the Passover season. The Four Sons are the focus of one of the most beloved and intriguing stories in the Haggadah, the book read and sung at the Passover Seder. The story is beloved despite being just a short fable about four boys at the Seder table and how they're treated by their father. It's intriguing because that fable has been revised relentlessly over the centuries--in words, in art, in music--until it must be right up there with Shakespeare's plays among the most re-interpreted tales ever told. Why so many versions? Because Passover and its Seder are really about passing on heritage--or any belief--to your children. And The Four Sons story suggests how to do that, as many suggestions as there are versions. The documentary shows the variety of those versions—34 in all—as it moves constantly from an actual Seder to Four Sons stories in art, words, or music to interviewees aged 17 to 70…and back to the Seder. The film was meant for Jewish viewers and for others because passing on beliefs is the cornerstone of Passover and the Seder as well as the cornerstone of most faiths, not mention of much parentlng.
  • "18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre" documentary [Other], 2011
    Produced, directed and researched the independent documentary “18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre,” which has aired on PBS each fall from 2010 to 2017. The piece tells the story of Judaism's most sacred prayer, the Kol Nidre, chanted on Yom Kippur. It was nominated for two Emmys after airing in 90 PBS markets nationally and receiving very positive reviews. Also produced related DVD, museum concert, and cineplex program.
  • MSG Network [TV], 2006
    Produced, reported, and hosted history pieces at MSG Sports Network. Won an Emmy and an additional Emmy nomination for a series on the history of Madison Square Garden, "Digging In the Garden," and an Emmy nomination for the historical documentary, “The World's Most Famous Arena And How It Got That Way.”
  • News 12 Network [TV], 2004
    At News 12 Network, the all-news channel in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, served as Entertainment Critic, presenting arts features and reviews that won top press awards. Also hosted and produced two history series, "This Old Town" and "Long Island: Our Story," both later released on video, with "Our Story" winning top press award.
  • US and Israeli print media [Newspaper], 1984
    At USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Herald, and Charlotte Observer published feature and arts pieces as full-time editor or critic, and at Jerusalem Post, Israel Magazine, and Ha'aretz newspaper in Israel published features as freelance reporter.
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