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Leading figures convene to discuss arts and the economic crisis--UPDATED

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. · McCosh 10; simulcast in Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

UPDATE: Due to a last-minute change in schedule, Rocco Landesman no longer can attend. Marjorie Garber, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, where she is also chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, will now join the morning panel.

Leading figures in the arts world will convene at Princeton for a daylong symposium on "The Arts and the Economic Crisis" on Saturday, Nov. 14, in McCosh 10.

The Lewis Center for the Arts is hosting the symposium to bring together the perspectives and insights of artists, artistic directors, arts administrators and advocates to increase understanding of issues rooted in the nation's economic and political systems that are confronting those involved in the arts. Speakers will include: Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman; Rocco Landesman, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts; renowned director Peter Sellars; Nobel laureate novelist and Princeton professor emeritus Toni Morrison; and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, the Howard G.B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities and chair of the Lewis Center.

Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman will open the symposium at 9:30 a.m. Sessions will run until 9:30 p.m.

Muldoon explained the rationale behind Princeton hosting the symposium. "As the role of the university in the arts becomes more and more significant, we think it is appropriate that a university provide the forum for this discussion," he said

Registration is closed for non-students, but unclaimed seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from a wait line before the start of each panel. The symposium also will be simulcast in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. Seating for the simulcast is free and open to the public, with no tickets required.

Ticket distribution for Princeton students wishing to attend the symposium starts at noon Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Frist Campus Center ticket office. Tickets will be available weekdays from noon to 6 p.m. while supplies last. Students may receive one ticket per TigerCard and may present up to two TigerCards.

Landesman will participate in the morning panel on "Meta-View: The Economic Crisis and Amercia's 'Art Ecology,'" along with Randall Bourscheidt, president of the Alliance for the Arts, and Robert Lynch, president of Americans for the Arts. Jordan Roth, president of Jujamycn Theaters, will moderate the panel.

Discussing "The Practice of the Arts in Hard Times" will be artistic directors Oskar Eustis of the Public Theater; Susan Marshall of Susan Marshall & Company, director of Princeton's Program in Dance; Wu Han of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and Julían Zugazagoitia of El Museo del Barrio. Laura Aswad of the New York State Council on the Arts and executive director of Real Arts and Culture will moderate the panel, which will consider what it takes to produce art and the significant ways art impacts culture in this time of dire economic conditions.

Hoffman, Sellars and Morrison will participate in the evening discussion on "Art in the Time of Crisis: Arts Inventing Culture." Homi Bhabha, director of the Humanities Center at Harvard University, will moderate.

The symposium is sponsored by the Lewis Center's Performance Central program and is co-organized by Muldoon and Ellen Goellner, associate director of the Princeton Atelier.

Members of the news media who wish to attend must e-mail no later than noon Thursday, Nov. 12, to express their interest. Seating is extremely limited, and no photographers or broadcast media will be able to attend. Photographs of the three panel sessions will be made available online after the event. Headshots of the speakers also are available upon request. For more information, call (609) 258-5262.

For more information, visit the symposium website at

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