Asking Eric Posner about President Obama's use of executive discretion. A conversation with Rosanna Warren on poetry as history. Hearing Alison Winter explain the unusual source materials she discovered while studying memory. Any one of these conversations could be the highlight of a graduate-level course. For students to have multiple opportunities—one every week for a quarter—is an extraordinary circumstance, but it happens in the graduate seminar that is a signature project for the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture.
Shulamit Ran, who has served as the artistic director of Contempo since 2002, looks ahead to the 50th-anniversary season, which features world premieres of three commissioned works by luminaries John Eaton, Sofia Gubaidulina and Gunther Schuller.