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  • Misty Copeland Discusses Ballet and Body Image
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    Ballet and Body Image

    Misty Copeland, the first African America principle dancer in the history of the American Ballet Theatre, talked about her life and new book, Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a…

  • Smithsonian Institution Secretary David Skorton Remarks at the National Press Club
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    David Skorton on the Smithsonian Institution

    David Skorton talked about the future of the Smithsonian Institution and responded to questions from audience members. He focused his speech on the importance of investments in arts and…

  • National Endowment for the Arts Chair Jane Chu at the National Press Club
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    Jane Chu on the National Endowment for the Arts

    Jane Chu, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, spoke the day before her organization’s 50th anniversary at a National Press Club breakfast. She unveiled about her organization’s latest new…

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Chair William Bro Adams Remarks
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    National Endowment for the Humanities

    William Adams, the newly appointed chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), spoke at a National Press Club luncheon. He announced the NEH’s “Common Good: The Humanities in the Public…

  • Address on the Future of the Kennedy Center
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    Future of the Kennedy Center

    Deborah Rutter talked about her plan for the future of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She emphasized the importance or arts education and cultural diplomacy. Afterward,…

  • Art and Politics
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    Art and Politics

    Alec Baldwin talked about federal funding for arts and education. In his remarks,he stressed the importance of art to American culture and the economy. In addition, he commented on social media…

  • Contemporary Art
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    Contemporary Art

    Contemporary artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude spoke about the project they have been preparing: assembling and suspending massive silver fabric panels horizontally over 40 miles of the Arkansas River…

  • National Symphony Orchestra Operations
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    National Symphony Orchestra Operations

    Leonard Slatkin addressed a National Press Club luncheon and reflected on his twelve years with the National Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Slatkin will be leaving to become musical director for…

  • Society and the Arts in the 21st Century
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    Society and the Arts in the 21st Century

    Terrence Jones of Wolf Trap Foundation brought special guest Marvin Hamlisch with him for a special presentation. Each year Mr. Jones brings the Wolf Trap summer schedule with him. He and…

  • Digitizing Books
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    Digitizing Books

    Moderated by Marvin Kalb, the panelists debated all sides of the topic, “Whose Work Is It, Anyway? The Google Print Project and the Future of the Written Word.” They talked primarily about…

  • Actors Perspective
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    Actor's Perspective

    Scott Bakula talked about performing in Ford’s Theatre production of the Tony Award-winning Civil War musical “Shenandoah.” In it Mr. Bakula portrays the main character Charlie Anderson, the family patriarch “who…

  • Museums and Cultural Property
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    Museums and Cultural Property

    Philippe de Montebello, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, talked about antiques as cultural property and legal issues concerning ownership of art and collecting practices. In his remarks he…

  • Preserving Cultural Heritage
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    Preserving Cultural Heritage

    Mr. Jones spoke on the topic, "Preserving our Heritage: Cultural Continuity through the Performing Arts". He was joined by Grammy award-winning artist, Al Jarreau. They spoke about the…

  • Perspective on Music
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    Perspective on Music

    Leon Fleisher, noted pianist and conductor, spoke about his life, work in music, public funding for the arts and American culture in a speech to the National Press Club. Following his…

  • CSPANs 25th Anniversary
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    C-SPAN's 25th Anniversary

    Brian Lamb detailed his personal biography and his development of the C-SPAN cable networks. He praised the many cable executives and other persons who made it possible. 25 years ago C-SPAN was created as a new…

  • Arts Programs
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    Arts Programs

    Mr. Domingo talked about the Washington National Opera, philanthropy for arts programs, and the future 50th anniversary season. Following his remarks he answered questions from the audience.

  • Funding the Arts
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    Funding the Arts

    Mr. Gioia talked about the operation of the National Endowment for the Arts and its impact on American culture. Following his remarks he answered questions from the audience.

  • National Gallery of Art
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    National Gallery of Art

    Mr. Powell talked about the history and development of the National Gallery of Art, and about art in general. He also responded to questions from the audience. The video and audio do not…

  • Terrorism
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    Mr. Wiesel discussed the Holocaust, human rights, and his writing. He also talked about terrorism and the threat it posed to future peace. Following his remarks he responded to questions…

  • emStep Across This Lineem
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    Step Across This Line

    Mr. Rushdie discussed his book Step Across This Line: Collected Non-Fiction 1992-2002, published by Random House. He talked about the various pieces included in the book and read selections…

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