Closing Plenary Panel – Promoting the Arts to Full Partner: A Discussion About Deep Arts Integration on Campus from Various Leadership Perspectives

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 4:00-5:30pm, Mahler Hall

We know how to raise money for gleaming new arts buildings that shine a spotlight on the arts on campus. We also know how to create world-class degree programs in the arts, and even how to foster research collaborations between artists and other kinds of researchers. But we often struggle to envision and implement a more holistic, campus-wide strategy for the arts and creativity at our universities. The arts are still viewed by many administrators, faculty members, and students as optional, even ornamental to the mission of research, teaching, and learning. Join us for a lively conversation with leaders who are working to embed the arts more deeply in their institutions. What are the principles of successful arts planning at a university? What stands in the way, and who needs to be at the table in order to fully harness the power of the arts across the campus?


Peter Linett is chairman & chief idea officer of Slover Linett Audience Research, a social research firm for the cultural sector. He and his colleagues help arts organizations, museums of all types, science communicators, and cultural funders and agencies understand their communities, evaluate their impact, and experiment with new strategies for engagement. Linett has worked with Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, Goodman Theatre, Folk Alliance International, Chicago Public Radio, the National Academy of Sciences, Cornell University, the MacArthur Foundation, and the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, among many other cultural and community innovators. He serves on the editorial board of Curator, the museum field’s leading peer-reviewed journal, and was previously the journal’s associate editor for theory and practice. He co-organized the Evolving Culture of Science Engagement initiative, which began in 2013 with a convening of game-changing science communicators at MIT. Linett was an associate of the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago from 2008 to 2014, and has spoken at conferences and symposia in the US and UK. He serves on the advisory board of Guerilla Science. Linett lives in Santa Fe and Chicago.


Harry J. Elam, Jr. is the Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, Senior Vice Provost for Education, Vice President for the Arts, and the Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. Elam is the author of numerous books and in addition to his scholarship, he has been an award-winning professional director for over twenty years. As a decorated scholar and teacher, he has received more than six of Stanford University’s highest awards for teaching as well as national distinctions as: the Betty Jean Jones award for Outstanding Teaching from the American Theatre and Drama Society, the Excellence in Editing Award from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Theatre Research. An inductee into the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Theatre, in 2014 Elam also received the Association of Theater in Higher Education’s Career Achievement Award, the highest distinction given to either a practitioner or scholar in the field of theater studies. Harry J. Elam, Jr. received his AB from Harvard College in 1978 and his PhD in Dramatic Arts from the University of California Berkeley in 1984.