A panel of poets and artists discusses the power and potential of the arts both within America and throughout the world. Their conversation touches on various issues with art in America as well as the American media's presence in the world.
Jeffrey Brown was named a senior correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer in May 2005, responsible for conducting studio discussions and reporting from the field. His primary responsibilities are in the areas of culture, arts, and the media.
Mr. Brown has profiled and interviewed dozens of leading American and international writers, musicians and other artistic figures, including Philip Roth, John Updike, Isaac Stern, Nancy Wilson, Youssou N'Dour, Mark Morris, Kevin Kline, Richard Avedon, Nicholas Kristof and George Clooney among others. In addition, he contributes stories in other areas including music, religion and science.
Prior to joining the NewsHour, Mr. Brown was a producer and writer for the Columbia University Seminars on Media & Society, an independent television production headed by Fred W. Friendly. He produced many programs for public television on a wide variety of subjects, including foreign policy, ethics, and the Constitution.
Mr. Brown earned an undergraduate degree in Classics from the University of California, Berkeley and a masters degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He studied law at the UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall.
Dana Gioia is a poet, critic, and arts leader. He currently serves as the Director of the Harman-Eisner Program in the Arts at The Aspen Institute. He is also the author of numerous books, including Interrogations at Noon (2002), which won the American Book Award in poetry, and Can Poetry Matter? (1992), which was short-listed for the National Book Critics Circle Prize. A translator and opera librettist, Gioia has also edited over two dozen literary anthologies.
Gioia served as the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2009 where he helped create the largest programs in the agency’s history, including the Big Read, Shakespeare in American Communities, and Poetry Out Loud. He also led the U.S. cultural delegation to UNESCO.
The Honorable Dan Glickman
Dan Glickman is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and he co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform, Democracy Project, Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative and Task Force on Defense Budget and Strategy. Rep. Glickman is the executive director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program—a nongovernmental, nonpartisan educational program for members of the United States Congress. Previously, Rep. Glickman served as the U.S. secretary of agriculture from March 1995 until January 2001. Before his appointment, he represented the 4th Congressional District of Kansas for 18 years, and was an active member of the House Judiciary Committee, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and acted as a leading congressional expert on general aviation policy.
Sarah Jones is the Tony Award-winning playwright and performer of Bridge & Tunnel. She recently became an ambassador for UNICEF, performing for audiences in Indonesia, Ethiopia, the Middle East, and Japan.
A 2007 Brendan Gill Prize winner, she has also received commissions from Lincoln Center Theater and the Ford Foundation and awards including an NYCLU Calloway Award for being the first artist to sue the FCC for censorship. The lawsuit reversed an indecency ruling targeting her hip-hop poem recording, Your Revolution.
A regular guest on public radio, she has also appeared on Charlie Rose, the Today Show, Now, CBS Sunday Morning, and Sesame Street as "Ms. Noodle." She is developing a feature based on her characters for HBO films.
Dan Glickman, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association, talks about Americas feel-good movie culture and why he feels it's so successful in transcending borders. Glickman discusses the success of Meet the Fockers in India and the international appeal of Walle.
An audience member suggests that an American movie featuring a Muslim woman as the heroine would be a great way to show America's respect for Middle-eastern people and their culture, and panelists discuss the idea and how it could support soft power.