FPA Centennial Lecture: Elites, Education, and the Future, A Talk with Bard College President Leon Botstein


Event Details

Thursday, January 18, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
The University Club
1 W. 54th Street
New York , NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  
(212) 481-8100 x250 
Admission Types
Guest of FPA Member: $15.00
Non- Member: $25.00
Student: $5.00
FPA Member: Free

Event Description

Please join the Foreign Policy Association in welcoming Leon Botstein, President, Bard College, who will deliver the latest installment of the Foreign Policy Association’s Centennial Lecture Series.   Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.  A reception will follow the lecture.  

The Foreign Policy Association’s year-long Centennial Lecture Series, commenced in the spring of 2017, celebrating 100 years of commitment to fostering an educated public discourse on the most influential topics in U.S. foreign policy. The Foreign Policy Association’s Centennial Lecture Series features extraordinary speakers, who will take the long view and imagine the future in their respective disciplines. The importance of providing citizens with accessible, in-depth, non-partisan material is vital to future world peace and prosperity. In one of his final public addresses, President Franklin D. Roosevelt told the Foreign Policy Association that “In a democracy the Government functions with the consent of the whole people. The latter must be guided by the facts.” Now more than ever, this message continues to have resonance, and will remain the guiding principle and goal of the Foreign Policy Association.



Event Speakers

    • Leon Botstein - Speaker
      President, Bard College

      Leon Bostein has been president of Bard College since 1975, where he is also Leon Levy Professor of Arts and Humanities.  

      He is chairman of the board of the Central European University and a board member of the Open Society Foundations. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He is coartistic director of the SummerScape and Bard Music Festivals at Bard College, and conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, where he served as music director from 2003 to 2010. Forthcoming publications: a sequel to his Jefferson’s Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture (1997); an anthology of essays for the Bard Music Festival; the 2011 Tanner Lectures on The History of Listening from Oxford University Press; anthology of essays in German from Szolnay Verlag in Vienna, 2013. Other published works: The Compleat Brahms (ed. 1999); Jews and the City of Vienna, 1870–1938 (ed. 2004); Judentum und Modernität: Essays zur Rolle der Juden in der Deutschen und Österreichischen Kultur, 1848–1938 (1991; Russian edition 2003). Editor, The Musical Quarterly. Honors include the National Arts Club Gold Medal; the Centennial Medal of the Harvard Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences; the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art; the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award; American Philosophical Society in 2010; Longy Conservatory’s Leonard Bernstein Award, 2012. 

    • Leon Botstein

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