The Jepson Leadership Forum 2013-14 Events

CULTURE SHOCK: The ART of Leading Society


Does culture influence us or do we influence culture? How can we distinguish between a cultural icon and a cultural leader? Under what conditions do contributors to specific arts become leading contributors to the culture of their times? How does culture shape how we view each other and ourselves?

Peter GuralnickTHE MUSIC HISTORIAN
Peter Guralnick
Sept. 247 p.m.Jepson Alumni Center

MOVING TO A DIFFERENT BEAT: 

How a record producer changed music, shaped culture, and gave birth to rock ‘n’ roll

Biographer and music historian Peter Guralnick discusses how famed Sun Records founder Sam Phillips ignited a music revolution, moved culture to a different beat, and got us all shook up by launching Elvis’ career and discovering forward thinking icons such as blues singer Howlin’ Wolf, piano man Jerry Lee Lewis, and man-in-black Johnny Cash. We can’t help falling in love ...

Conversation on Leadership Video

Cosponsored by the Department of History and the Department of English and part of the James MacGregor Burns Lectureship in Leadership Studies and Biography

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Giles GunnTHE CULTURAL CRITIC
Giles Gunn
Oct. 237 p.m.Jepson Alumni Center

BRIDGING THE GAP:
Cultural differences in a globalized world

Cultural critic Giles Gunn discusses the ways in which culture shapes everything from foreign policy and economics to how we view others. In a world increasingly fractured along lines of difference, he offers suggestions for how we can bridge challenging cultural differences and define culture in ways that include both the mainstream and the marginalized.

Conversation on Leadership Video

Cosponsored by the Office of International Education

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Emily NussbaumTHE TV CRITIC
Emily Nussbaum
Nov. 67 p.m.Jepson Alumni Center 

FROM I LOVE LUCY TO BREAKING BAD:
How ambitious modern television rebelled against formula by exploding it

Emily Nussbaum, television critic for The New Yorker, discusses the new Golden Age of Television and how groundbreaking shows like The Wire, 30 Rock, and Breaking Bad turned classic genres inside out, changed our views, and challenged the culture of TV. In the process, they led the way for new forms of media entertainment.

Lecture Video

Cosponsored by the Department of Journalism

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Moises KaufmanTHE PLAYWRIGHT AND DIRECTOR
Moisés Kaufman
Feb. 247:30 p.m.Modlin Center for the Arts, Camp Concert Hall

TOWARD A NEW THEATER:
A conversation with The Laramie Project’s Moisés Kaufman

Tony- and Emmy-nominated director Moisés Kaufman discusses the power of theater to foster dialogue on current events and social and political issues that affect us all. Kaufman is well known for his work on The Laramie Project, a powerful play that paints a complex portrait of the town of Laramie, Wyoming, after the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was savagely beaten and left to die in an act of hate that shocked the nation.

Conversation on Leadership Video

Lecture Video

Part of the Jepson Leadership Forum, One Book, One Richmond program, and the WILL/WGSS Speaker Series. Cosponsored by Common Ground and Theatre & Dance

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Janet JarmanTHE DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER

Janet Jarman
March 267 p.m.Jepson Alumni Center

FRAMING THE CONVERSATION:
Immigration and other contemporary social issues

Award-winning photographer and multimedia storyteller Janet Jarman discusses her 16-year photojournalism project on immigration in the U.S. and how she uses the art of photography to change the conversation and help society see contemporary social issues, such as environmental destruction and open government, in a new light. If a picture is worth a thousand words, Jarman—whose work has appeared in The New York Times, TIME, The Washington Post, and other national publications—has written volumes.

Cosponsored by the Department of Journalism


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With special thanks to media sponsor STYLE Weekly, Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion


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Special Musical Performance

Abigail Washburn
Folk Musician
Abigail Washburn
April 11, 7 p.m., North Court, Perkinson Recital Hall

“I see the power of music to connect cultures. I see it when I stand on a stage at a bluegrass festival … and I bust out into a song in Chinese, and everybody's eyes just pop wide open.”
                    –Abigail Washburn, TED TALK

Abigail Washburn thought she wanted to improve U.S.-China relations by becoming a lawyer. Then she picked up a banjo. Now the singing, songwriting, Chinese-speaking, Nashville-based, clawhammer banjo player uses the power of music to connect cultures. When she toured the Asian continent in 2005 with renowned banjo player (and now husband) Béla Fleck, fiddle virtuoso Casey Driessen, and cellist Ben Sollee, the U.S. government sponsored the tour.