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Alumni-Faculty Forum: The Future of the Arts in Society: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges

May 27, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Location: McCosh Hall, Room 10



Judith Hamera
Chair, Lewis Center for the Arts; Professor of Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts and American Studies, Princeton University



Annalyn Swan ’73
Biographer, with Mark Stevens ’73, “de Kooning: An American Master” and “Francis Bacon: Revelations”

Hobart Earle ’83
Music Director and Principal Conductor, Odesa Philharmonic Orchestra

Selwyn Hinds ’93
Creator/Showrunner, “Washington Black”

Catherine Cohen ’13



Judith Hamera
Judith Hamera’s books and publications examine the ways U.S. dance and performance shape and are shaped by periods of structural change and explore performance as a conceptual framework. Her most recent book, “Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization,” received the Outstanding Book Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Biennial Sally Banes Publication Prize from the American Society for Theatre Research and the Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize for Dance Research from the Dance Studies Association. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she is the recipient of the National Communication Association’s Lilla Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Performance Studies. Hamera is affiliated with Princeton’s Programs in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Urban Studies. She came to Princeton in 2014.



Annalyn Swan ’73
Annalyn Swan began her career as a writer at Time, then joined Newsweek in 1980 as music critic, before becoming the magazine’s arts editor. In 2004, Swan and the art critic Mark Stevens ’73, her husband, published “de Kooning: An American Master.” The biography won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography. It was also named one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times. In 2021, Stevens and Swan published their second biography, “Francis Bacon: Revelations,” about the 20th-century British artist. It was named The Times of London’s Art Book of the Year and was a finalist for the Apollo and Plutarch Awards. Swan was Princeton’s first female Marshall Scholar and earned her master’s degree at King’s College, Cambridge University. She is a former trustee of Princeton University and former board chair of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Hobart Earle ’83
Born in Venezuela of American parents, Hobart Earle has earned a reputation on several continents as a dynamic and exciting conductor. In Europe, he has led orchestras from countries as diverse as Italy and Denmark, in North America, orchestras from California to Florida and in Asia, orchestras from Bangkok to Taipei. He was recognized as one of 30 “Professionals of the Year” by Musical America Worldwide (2014), and the Russian Cosmonaut Association named a star in the ‘Perseus’ constellation as ‘Hobart Earle’ (2003). At the helm of the Odesa Philharmonic Orchestra for over 30 years, Hobart Earle has elevated the orchestra to a position of international prominence unprecedented in the history of the organization. In 2013, he was awarded the title “People’s Artist of Ukraine,” the first western citizen in the history of Ukraine so honored.

Selwyn Hinds ’93
Selwyn Seyfu Hinds is a prolific and award-winning creator and storyteller: author, editor, music scribe, producer and screenwriter. Currently he is the creator, showrunner and executive producer of the television adaptation of Esi Edugyan’s novel “Washington Black” for Hulu, starring Sterling K. Brown. He also recently founded his production company, Mad Massive Entertainment, which has an overall deal for television at Universal Content Productions at Universal Studio. Hinds’s storytelling life before screenwriting includes co-creating the Vertigo comic-book series, “Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child”; serving as consulting producer of original programming and executive producer of News and Docs at BET Networks; penning two critically hailed non-fiction books, his memoir “Gunshots in My Cook-Up: Bits and Bites of a Hip-Hop Caribbean Life,” and “To a Young Jazz Musician: Letters from the Road,” written with Wynton Marsalis; and serving as editor-in-chief of “The Source” magazine during the late ‘90s.

Catherine Cohen ’13
Catherine Cohen is best known for her hit Netflix comedy special “The Twist…? She’s Gorgeous.” The same live show won her the coveted title of Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in 2019. She can currently be seen in the Paramount+ feature film, “At Midnight,” and later this summer in the upcoming Hulu series “While You Were Breeding.” Her first book, entitled “God I Feel Modern Tonight,” was published in 2021, and features her collection of comedic poetry. Her TV screen credits include FX’s “What We Do In The Shadows,” Comedy Central’s “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens” and “Broad City,” Netflix’s series “Special,” HBO’s “High Maintenance,” and TBS’s “Search Party.” Her feature credits include Michael Showalter’s feature “The Lovebirds,” Disney+ reboot of “Home Alone,” and the IFC feature “Dating & New York.”


May 27, 2023
10:30 am - 11:45 am
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