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The White Rose: Still Relevant Today

On November 5, 2017, I was honored to be the talk back speaker after a performance of The White Rose at the Broom Street Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. The producer, Brian Belz, and director, Simone LaPierre invited me to talk after seeing my short film on The White Rose, which recently debuted at the CLU Exchange. Everyone at Know Better Productions gave an outstanding performance and I have no doubt the students they portrayed would have been pleased.

The White Rose - PosterThe White Rose was written by Lillian Groag and premiered in 1991 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. The play is about the Nazi student resistance group called The White Rose and deals with their Gestapo interrogations prior to their executions in 1943 in Munich. Although the play blurs some facts with fiction, their iconic story serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of civic engagement, moral courage, and independent thinking. Every day we are all faced with moral dilemmas and must decide whether to resist, conform, or remain indifferent. Whatever we decide, we must be prepared to accept the consequences.

Visit Know Better Productions’ Facebook page for more upcoming shows. I’m sure you will leave inspired. If you can’t attend one of their performances, I encourage you to follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Similar to the White Rose students shown in my short film, the cast and crew work hard to make a social impact through the power of their words. I was impressed with their attention to detail, research, acting, and overall performance. Brian, the producer, had it right when he first invited me to give the talk back session. He wrote, “Saying and doing what is good and right does matter and more importantly can echo for generations.” Sometimes all we can do is the right thing. And that alone, matters.

Stephani Richards-Wilson

Stephani Richards-Wilson

Dr. Stephani Richards-Wilson teaches in the Social Impact graduate program at Claremont Lincoln University. She is an Assistant Professor of Management at Alverno College where she teaches organizational leadership, strategic management, and global marketing. In 2013, she graduated with her second doctorate from the German Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her first doctorate is in Education with an emphasis in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. Her research interests include social entrepreneurship, business education, and Nazi resisters, most notably Willi Graf of the White Rose. She has been involved with social impact education and practice for several years and manages a social enterprise with her husband. Prior to her academic career, she worked as an International Marketing Specialist at Nalge Company, manufacturer of NALGENE water bottles in New York.

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Stephani Richards-Wilson

Stephani Richards-Wilson

Dr. Stephani Richards-Wilson teaches in the Social Impact graduate program at Claremont Lincoln University. She is an Assistant Professor of Management at Alverno College where she teaches organizational leadership, strategic management, and global marketing. In 2013, she graduated with her second doctorate from the German Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her first doctorate is in Education with an emphasis in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. Her research interests include social entrepreneurship, business education, and Nazi resisters, most notably Willi Graf of the White Rose. She has been involved with social impact education and practice for several years and manages a social enterprise with her husband. Prior to her academic career, she worked as an International Marketing Specialist at Nalge Company, manufacturer of NALGENE water bottles in New York.