The Arts and Foreign Affairs [SOLD OUT]

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Foreign Policy Association
Resource Center for Cultural Engagement

Event Details

Monday, October 20, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
McGraw Hill Financial
1221 Avenue of the Americas
James R. McGraw Hall, 50th Floor
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Transcripts and Video

Hisham Aidi


Jonathan Hollander and Emad Salem


Cynthia Schneider


Karen Hopkins


Joni Maya Cherbo


Event Speakers

    • Karen Hopkins - Panelist
      President, Brooklyn Academy of Music

      Karen Brooks Hopkins is the president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), where she has worked since 1979. She oversees the institution’s 230 full-time employees and its multiple theaters and cinemas. Hopkins has served as the Chair of the Cultural Institutions Group, has been a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and the New York State Board of Regents, and she is currently a member of the Boards of NYC & Company, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and the Global Cultural Districts Network.

      Hopkins was appointed Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star from the Royal Dramatic Theater of Sweden, named Chevalier de L’Ordre des arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France, and awarded the King Olav Medal by Norway. She was designated a “Woman of Achievement” by the professional association Women in Development in 2013 and named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” by Crain’s. Among the many honors BAM has received during her tenure is the 2013 National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts organizations by the US government; the Medal was presented to Hopkins by President Obama at a White House ceremony. In 2014, Hopkins was one of 10 esteemed business leaders appointed to the inaugural Crain’s Hall of Fame.

      Her widely read book, Successful Fundraising for Arts & Cultural Organizations is currently in its second edition. A graduate of the University of Maryland, she received her MFA from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Hopkins resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

    • Karen Hopkins
    • Hisham Aidi - Panelist
      Author, Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture; Lecturer, Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs

      Hisham Aidi's research interests include cultural globalization and the political economy of race and social movements.  He received his PhD in political science from Columbia University, and has taught at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and at the Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Redeploying the State (Palgrave 2008), a comparative study of privatization and labor movements in Latin America and the Arab world.  From 2002-2003, Aidi was a consultant for UNDP's Human Development Report.

      As a journalist, he has written for various outlets. From 1999-2003, he worked as a cultural reporter, covering Harlem and the Bronx for, The New African, ColorLines, and Socialism and Democracy.  More recently, his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Al Jazeera, and Salon. Since 2007, he has been a contributing editor of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Culture, Politics and Society.  In 2008, Aidi was named a Carnegie Scholar.  In 2010, he was a Global Fellow at the Open Society Foundation.  Aidi is the author most recently of Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture (Pantheon 2014), a study of American cultural diplomacy.


    • Hisham Aidi
    • Jonathan Hollander - Panelist
      Artistic & Executive Director; Founder & Choreographer, Battery Dance Company

      Jonathan Hollander is one of the outstanding choreographers of his generation and has taken a leadership role in international cultural exchange and social activism.  He founded Battery Dance Company in lower Manhattan in 1976 and has choreographed over 75 works that have been presented by the Company in more than 60 countries. He has established arts education residencies in New York City public schools; and has served in Fulbright positions in India and Malaysia.  He has received leadership awards in the U.S., Germany and Poland and is a frequent keynote speaker for the State Department, Aspen Institute, Asia Pacific International Dance Conference and others.  He is co-founder of the Indo-American Arts Council and a founding member of Lower Manhattan Arts League. 


    • Jonathan Hollander
    • Cynthia Schneider - Panelist
      Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service; Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at Brookings Institute's Center for Middle East Policy

      Cynthia P. Schneider, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, teaches, publishes, and organizes initiatives in the field of cultural diplomacy, with a focus on relations with the Muslim world. Ambassador Schneider co-directs the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown, as well as the Los Angeles-based MOST Resource (Muslims on Screen and Television). Additionally, she co-directs the Timbuktu Renaissance, an innovative strategy and platform for countering extremism and promoting peace and development, which grew out of her work leading the Arts and Culture Dialogue Initiative within Brookings’ Center for Middle East Policy.

      Professor Schneider teaches courses in Diplomacy and Culture in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where, from1984-2005, she was a member of the art history faculty, and published on Rembrandt and seventeenth century Dutch art. She also organized exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

      Dr. Schneider publishes and speaks frequently on topic related to arts, culture, and media and international affairs, particularly the Muslim world. Her writings range from blogs for the Huffington Post,, and Foreign Policy to policy papers for Brookings.

      From 1998-2001 she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, during which time she led initiatives in cultural diplomacy, biotechnology, cyber security, and education.

      Dr. Schneider has a PhD and BA from Harvard University and she serves on multiple Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards.

    • Cynthia Schneider
    • Emad Salem - Panelist
      Vice President & Director of Operations, Battery Dance Company

      Emad Salem oversees Battery Dance Company's international programs, monitoring and evaluation, and the cultural diplomacy toolkit. Emad's previous experiences include advising and consulting NGO's multilateral organizations, and governments on public diplomacy, capacity development, education development, research methodologies, and strategic development. During his tenure at Battery Dance Company, Emad has played a pivotal role in the creation of the Company's Dancing to Connect Institute, has accompanied the dancers on tours of South America, Eastern Europe and Africa, and will lead the company's upcoming program as part of the Guangzhou Dance Festival in November. Emad holds a Masters, with a focus on Economic and Political Development, from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and a Dual Bachelors in International Studies and Economics from American University.  

    • Emad Salem
    • Joni Maya Cherbo, Ph.D. - Originator and Moderator
      President and CEO, Resource Center for Cultural Engagement (RCCE)

      JONI MAY CHERBO PhD, has been a leading voice in the US arts and cultural policy field as an independent arts practitioner, author and educator.

      She is the CEO/President of the Resource Center for Cultural Engagement (RCCE), a nonprofit whose mission is to advance international arts exchanges around the globe. RCCE is working with Visiting Arts UK and Librios UK to develop a Web 2.0 platform which will facilitate international cultural engagements for practitioners in the field.  RCCE has currently partnered with the Foreign Policy Association in presenting a series on the arts and foreign relations.

      Dr. Cherbo participated in and wrote a white paper for the Salzburg Global Seminar, Public and Private Cultural Exchange-Based Diplomacy: New Models for the 21st Century held in Salzburg, Austria.  She was the Cultural Policy Coordinator for Americans for the Arts inaugural National Arts Policy Roundtable, a think tank convened at Sundance, and was the Research Director for the American Assembly think tank meeting, The Arts and the Public Purpose, convened by Columbia University.

      Dr. Cherbo has taught at Columbia University, Hunter College, SUNY-Purchase and New York University, and has written extensively on the arts and cultural policy. She is a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, for which she has contributed numerous articles.  As a found editor of The Public Life of the Arts in America, a series on arts policy issues sponsored by Rutgers University Press, she co-edited books which are considered standards in the field.  Dr. Cherbo has produced three research studies for the National Endowment for the Arts.

      In a philanthropic capacity, Dr. Cherbo has served on a number of boards and committees of cultural institutions in New York City including American Ballet Theatre, International Center for Photography, Musical Theatre Works, Magic Circle Opera Repertory Company, the National Policy Board of Americans for the Arts, and the Museum of Arts and Design.  

    • Joni Maya Cherbo, Ph.D.

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