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Columbia to Host Conversation with NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman and Cultural Counselor for French Embassy Antonin Baudry

WHAT:          

Columbia University's Maison Française, the World Leaders Forum and the School of the Arts host National Endowment for the Arts Chairman, Rocco Landesman, and Cultural Counselor for  the French Embassy in the U.S., Antonin Baudry, for a conversation on arts policies and practices in the U.S. and France. The discussion will be introduced by Carol Becker, Dean of the School of the Arts, and moderated by Shanny Peer, Director of the Columbia Maison Française.
                        
WHO:            

Rocco Landesman was appointed Chairman of the NEA by President Obama in 2009.  He received his bachelor's degree from Colby College and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and earned a doctorate in Dramatic Literature at the Yale School of Drama. Following his graduation at Yale, he worked as an assistant professor for four years. In 1977, he left the Yale School of Drama to start a private investment fund which he ran until his appointment in 1987 as president of Jujamcyn, a company that owns and operates five Broadway theaters. Mr. Landesman has produced the Broadway shows "Big River" (1985 Tony Award for Best Musical); "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches" (1993 Tony Award for Best Play); "Angels in America: Perestroika" (1994 Tony Award for Best Play); and The Producers (2001 Tony Award for Best Musical). In 2005, he purchased Jujamcyn and operated it until 2009. Mr. Landesman has been active on numerous boards, including the Municipal Art Society; the Times Square Alliance; The Actor's Fund; and the Educational Foundation of America.

Antonin Baudry is the Cultural Counselor for the French Embassy in the U.S. He was trained both as a civil engineer and as a literary scholar. From 2002 to 2004, he was a Diplomatic Envoy for the Office of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs. He then became a Technical Advisor in the Office of the French Minister of the Interior. In 2006, Mr. Baudry worked as Technical Advisor and Director of International Cultural Affairs, Francophonie and International Economic Affairs in the Office of the French Prime Minister. In 2006, he was appointed Cultural Counselor for the French Embassy in Spain. Since September 2010, Mr. Baudry has been serving as Cultural Counselor for France in the United States and Permanent Representative for French Universities in the United States in the French Embassy's office in New York.

WHEN: 

Tuesday, November 27, 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: 

Altschul Auditorium, 417 International Affairs Building (SIPA)
Columbia UniversityMorningside Heights campus Transit:  1 train to 116 Street/Columbia University

SPONSORS:           

Columbia University's Maison Française, the World Leaders Forum and the School of the Arts

MEDIA:         

Media must register with Nick Obourn, 212-854-8336 or no2201@columbia.edu

 

Contact

Nick Obourn
212-854-8336
no2201@columbia.edu