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Mark Morris in Conversation with Joan Acocella

Choreographer and conductor Mark Morris discusses his work with a special focus on his company's 20th anniversary performances of Dido and Aeneas. He is joined by Joan Acocella, dance writer for...

How Pleasure Works

Why do we like what we like? This wide-ranging and humorous discussion explores the idea that there are deep and surprising commonalities in the pleasures that we get from art, food, sex, stories...

The Irish Literary Landscape

Three generations of Irish writers share their stories and discuss writing for the 21st Century. Featuring Colm Toibin, an award-wining novelist, short-story writer and critic whose bittersweet...

Haiti: Models for Rebirth

Last year's catastrophic earthquake was one of several humanitarian crises Haiti has faced in recent decades.

Emeline Michel, a native Haitian singer and songwriter whose music draws from...

Jill Abramson in conversation with Linda Greenhouse, at the Visionary Leadership Award, November 2011

On November 4, 2011 the International Festival of Arts and Ideas honored New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson with its 2nd annual Visionary Leadership Award. At the award luncheon,...

Bridging the U.S.-China Cultural Divide: the Role of Chinese-Americans in U.S.-China Relations

A panel of contemporary Chinese American artists and intellectuals share their unique hybrid experiences to illuminate how we might better understand cultural and social differences and...

The Black Panthers and Young Lords and the Civil Rights Movement

Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz, founders of the 15-year old poetry theater ensemble Universes, whose works invite old and new generations of theater crafters to create the new stories of today. Join...

Imagine Ireland: An Irish State of Mind

Fintan O Toole, Irelands foremost cultural commentator and assistant editor for The Irish Times, discusses the country's robust cultural landscape, which continues to flourish amidst tough...

2011 Visionary Leadership Award

The Visionary Leadership Award was created in honor of Jean M. Handley's leadership as a Founding Director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. The Award is presented annually to a...

Freedom's Journey: Poetic Reflections on African American Legacies

As the nation memorializes the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War, Connecticut honors its diverse cultural history. Robert Stanton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior,...

Frank McCourt & Rose Styron in conversation

Frank McCourt exploded onto the international literary stage with his searing, heartbreaking, and Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes, and his revelations continued in 'Tis and Teacher...

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