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Kelly Anderson’s My Brooklyn
premiered at the 2012 Brooklyn Film Festival, where it won an Audience Award for Documentary. It subsequently had a sold-out run at reRun theater in Brooklyn and has been invited to the Frankfurt Film Festival, the Belfast Film Festival, and This Human World Human Rights Film Festival (Vienna), among other venues. Her work has been shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, and on HBO. She is an associate professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College, CUNY.
, before becoming publisher at Little, Brown, was editorial director of Reagan Arthur Books, an imprint of Little, Brown. She began her career at St. Martin’s Press. Writers she has worked with include Kate Atkinson, Kate Braestrup, Tony Earley, Joshua Ferris, Elin Hilderbrand, Elizabeth Kostova, Denise Mina, George Pelecanos, Josh Bazell, Kathleen Kent, and Joanna Scott.
, the senior political writer at the Daily Beast,
is the author of four books, including The Icarus Syndrome
and, most recently, The Crisis of Zionism
. He is an associate professor at the CUNY Graduate Center and at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Shari Springer Berman
, along with partner Robert Pulcini, wrote and directed American Splendor
, which won over 30 awards including the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the FIPRESCI Award at Cannes; it was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Their HBO film Cinema Verite
received nine Emmy nominations including Best Movie, Outstanding Directing, and Best Editing (for which it won).
During his fourteen years at the Center for an Urban Future, Jonathan Bowles
has been the architect of its policy agenda and has turned the center into one of New York’s most influential think tanks. As the author of numerous policy reports, he has written about the city’s tech start-up scene and the impact of immigrant entrepreneurs on urban economies.
Flutist Claire Chase
, a 2012 MacArthur Fellow, is a soloist, collaborative artist, entrepreneur and activist for new music. She cofounded the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2001 and serves as its artistic director, in addition to playing over fifty concerts a year as an ensemble member.
is associate professor at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, where she teaches courses in economic development and urban policy. In addition to her books The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art, and Music Drive New York City
and Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity
, Currid-Halkett has written for the New York Times
, the Wall Street Journal
, the New Yorker
, and various academic publications.
is co-founder and co-host of Planet Money
, a co-production of NPR and This American Life
. He also writes the weekly "It's the Economy" column for the New York Times Magazine
. Davidson has won several major awards including the Peabody, DuPont-Columbia, and the Polk. He has also written for the Atlantic
, and Rolling Stone
, a photographer and filmmaker, won the Best Cinematography Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival for the movie Without
, which she also produced.
an assistant dean of studies at Oberlin College who writes periodically about The Clash and other rock rebels, has published widely in the field of cultural studies. His scholarly publications include studies of Ralph Ellison’s adventures in Marxism, ex-punks taking up swing dancing, and the political economy and neurophysiology of illegal file-sharing. He earned his PhD from the Graduate Center’s sociology department in 2003.
is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard, where he also serves as director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. Specializing in the economics of cities, including growth, segregation, crime, and housing markets, Glaseser has been particularly interested in the role that geographic proximity plays in creating knowledge and innovation.
has had an extraordinary impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times through more than twenty operas, eight symphonies, numerous concertos, compositions for his own ensemble, film soundtracks, and wide-ranging collaborations with leading rock, pop, classical, and world music artists.
was recently appointed editor of long-form journalism and opinion at Politico.
She is the former editor in chief of Foreign Policy
. During her tenure, the magazine was honored for online general excellence by the Overseas Press Club and won three digital National Magazine Awards. Glasser spent four years as co-chief of the Washington Post
's Moscow bureau.
is a music manager and musician, best known for her work with the Magnetic Fields, with whom she records and performs as their pianist, percussionist, and occasional singer. She also sings with Future Bible Heroes, and she has played drums in the bands Tender Trap and Honeybunch. Gonson has written and performed her own music with Shirley Simms and author Rick Moody.
Eminent social theorist David Harvey
is the world’s most cited geographer, a leading thinker in the field of urban studies, and a distinguished professor in the Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program in Anthropology. Harvey is the author of many highly influential books, such as The New Imperialism; Social Justice and the City
; The Condition of Postmodernity
; and Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference.
As a contributing editor for New York
, Mark Jacobson
has covered everything from 9/11 conspiracy theorists to New York’s top escort to the new Brooklyn. Jacobson is the author of several books, including The Lampshade: A Holocaust Detective Story from Buchenwald to New Orleans; Teenage Hipster in the Modern World;
and Everyone and No One.
Before becoming president of Simon & Schuster, Jonathan Karp
was editor-in-chief of Random House, where he began his career in 1989. Among the books he has acquired and edited are Seabiscuit
by Laura Hillenbrand; The Orchid Thief
by Susan Orlean; In One Person
by John Irving; Thank You for Smoking
by Christopher Buckley; and Franklin and Winston
by Jon Meacham. He has also overseen the publication of such bestsellers as Steve Jobs
by Walter Isaacson, Obama's Wars
by Bob Woodward, The Greater Journey
by David McCullough and The Lost Years
by Mary Higgins Clark.
William P. Kelly
, before taking up his current post as interim chancellor of the City University of New York, in July 2013, served for eight years as president of the Graduate Center. A distinguished scholar of American literature, he is chairman of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the CUNY Research Foundation and has published essays and reviews in a broad range of publications, including the Times Literary Supplement,
the New York Times Book Review,
and the American Scholar.
Kate D. Levin
is the commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Levin directs cultural policy for New York City, supporting and strengthening nonprofit cultural organizations through public funding, technical assistance, and advocacy. Prior to her appointment, Levin taught at the City College of New York, CUNY, worked at several New York City cultural organizations, and served in the Koch administration.
was born in Brooklyn, in 1929, and is a graduate of Brooklyn College. During his tenure at BAM, from 1967 to 1999, he expanded it into a major New York City venue, supporting the work of Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Eliot Feld, Bill T. Jones, and Pina Bausch. He also brought landmark productions to BAM, such as Peter Brook's epic stage version of the Mahabharata
. In 1999 President Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Arts.
currently in his 15th season at New Dramatists, has worked closely with more than 100 of America's leading playwrights, and he has advocated nationally and internationally for hundreds more. In addition to An Ideal Theater
, London is the author of The Artistic Home
and Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play
, and has written, edited, and contributed to 11 other books.
is the lead singer and guitarist of The Dismemberment Plan, a Washington D.C.-based band that has been active since 1993. He is also the cofounder of Shoutabl, a social-networking site for artists. Well-versed in music genres from John Coltrane to German art rock, Morrison is a computer programmer as well as a guitarist.
, who describes himself as “genre agnostic when it comes to amazing songs,” began his career as an assistant at Elektra Records, where he worked his way up to overseeing radio promotion for the alternative music roster. Today he is responsible for signing and developing new and established songwriters for the East Coast creative team of Warner/Chappell Music.
is the author of It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music
and Pink Moon
. She is a contributing editor to The Oxford American, and her music and culture writing have appeared in The New York Times
, Pitchfork, The Atlantic
, and elsewhere. She presently teaches creative writing at New York University. Her new book about 78rpm record collectors, Do Not Sell At Any Price
, is forthcoming from Scribner in 2014.
Seth W. Pinsky
served as president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation from 2008 to 2013. Appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg seven months before the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Pinsky re-evaluated the agency’s strategy to position the city as a global center for innovation.
has been contributing to the Nation
since 1980. Her 1992 essay on the culture wars, "Why We Read: Canon to the Right of Me," won the National Magazine Award for essays and criticism. Many of her contributions to the Nation
are compiled in Reasonable Creatures; Subject to Debate;
and Virginity or Death!
. She has also published two collections of personal essays, Learning to Drive and Other Life Stories
and The Mind-Body Problem
is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling memoir Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.
is the author of Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs
, Dreamers and Rebels; Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers;
and Hothouse Kids
. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Quart has written for the New York Times Magazine
, O Magazine
, the Nation
, Marie Claire
, the Atlantic,
and the Columbia Journalism Review
Joy-Ann (“Joy”) Reid
is the managing editor of TheGrio.com
and an on-air contributor on MSNBC. Reid has worked in television and radio news since 1998 and has appeared as a political commentator on CNBC and Britain’s Sky News
Daniel R. Schwarz
is Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1968. He is the author fifteen books including Endtimes?
, Broadway Boogie Woogie: Damon Runyon and the Making of New York City Culture
; Imagining the Holocaust
; and Reading Joyce's
is a broadcast news producer and weekly co-host of Democracy Now!
. A former managing editor at the Asia Society, she is the author of The Present as History: Critical Perspectives on Global Power
began his career in 1989 as an editorial assistant at W. W. Norton. In 1991 he moved to Janklow & Nesbit Associates as a junior literary agent and became a director of the firm in 2007. Two years later he departed for William Morris Endeavor, where his clients include Pulitzer Prize winners Edward P. Jones, Jhumpa Lahiri, Stacy Schiff, and many other critically and commercially acclaimed authors from Jonathan Lethem to Bill O’Reilly.
oversees both the hardcover and paperback trade fiction and nonfiction publishing programs at Crown Publishers. Before joining Crown, in 2010, Stern worked at Viking for fifteen years, editing a range of critically acclaimed authors including Jasper Fforde, Geraldine Brooks, Garrison Keillor, David Benioff, and Sue Monk Kidd.
is editor at large for New York
magazine, where he writes news and culture stories, as well as “The Approval Matrix.”
began reporting for the New York Times
in 1956. He wrote for Esquire
from 1965 on, producing a series of influential pieces, many of which are collected in The Gay Talese Reader: Portraits and Encounters
. Talese has written for the New Yorker
, and Newsweek
, and four of his books have been best sellers: The Kingdom and the Power
(1968), Honor Thy Father
, Thy Neighbor’s Wife
, and Unto the Sons
. His most recent book is A Writer’s Life
is a filmmaker, writer, and activist whose documentary films include Zizek!
and Examined Life
. Her writing has been published in n+1
, the Nation
, the Baffler
, and the London Review of Books
. She also coedits Occupy! Scenes from Occupied America
and is one of the instigators of the Occupy Wall Street offshoot Strike Debt, which buys and abolishes debt for pennies on the dollar.
, coauthor of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898
, is a distinguished professor of history at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the chair of the advisory board of the Graduate Center’s Gotham Center for New York History.
is an historian and award-winning filmmaker. Meat Hooked!
premiered at the New York Food Film Festival, where it won Best Feature, and it was broadcast on the PBS series America ReFramed. Wasserman is director of the Gotham Center for New York City History at the Graduate Center.
is chairman of The Slate Group, overseeing Slate
, The Root
, and the video site Slate V.
Weisberg is the author of In Defense of Government
and The Bush Tragedy
, and coauthor with former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin of In an Uncertain World.
Previously a writer and editor at the New Republic
, he joined Slate
in 1996 as chief political correspondent and served as its editor from 2002 to 2008.
is editorial director of New York Media’s digital properties: nymag.com
, the online outpost of New York
; Grub Street
; and TheCut
. Under his leadership, the sites have won six National Magazine Awards, including three for General Excellence, and contributed to New York’
s 2013 win for Magazine of the Year.
Mason B. Williams
is a Bernard and Irene Schwartz postdoctoral fellow at the New-York Historical Society and the New School. Williams earned a Ph.D. in 2012 at Columbia University, where his doctoral thesis (the basis for City of Ambition
) won the Bancroft Dissertation Prize.