Past Event

Symposium: Across Generations and Borders—Mentoring Artists in a Global Culture

December 4, 2005
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Miller Theatre

This World Leaders Forum program features a moderated panel discussion with master artists from around the world to share their mentoring experiences with students and the general public. The program will offer a unique opportunity for the artists to discuss with each other and with the audience, how they have reached across lines of age, nationality, and artistic discipline through their mentoring activities. 

Following the panel discussion, there will be a free public presentation of Tshepang, a one-act play written and directed by Lara Foot Newton. Hailed by South Africa's Sunday Independent as "superbly written and performed." The play, featuring actors Mncedisi Shabangu and Kholeka Qwabe, is a deeply moving drama from Cape Town's theater community in response to the world's devastating stories of child molestation and abuse.

Welcome and Introduction by:
Lee C. Bollinger, President at Columbia University in the City of New York
Patrick Heiniger, Chief Executive Officer of Rolex and Chairman at Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative

Program Participants:
Trisha Brown, Choreographer and Dancer
Ariel Dorfman, Essayist, Poet, Playwright and Novelist
Sir Peter Hall, Theatre, Opera and Film Director
Geraldine James, Actress
Tahar Ben Jelloun, Author
Mario Vargas Llosa, Novelist, Playwright, Essayist, Journalist, and Literary Critic
Mira Nair, Filmmaker
Wole Soyinka, Playwright, Poet, Novelist and Essayist

Moderated by:
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Center for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University

Cosponsored by:
Columbia University Arts Initiative and Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative