Category Archives: Culture and democracy

Baseball love

If you know me, you probably know that I’m a baseball fan. It’s a terrific game. People who seriously follow baseball call it their religion, or a mirror for life. People have said the same about theatre and other art … Continue reading

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Preview: The Ouroboros

Next week, I will be delivering the keynote or “framing” remarks at UW-Madison’s Arts Business Symposium, in advance of which I offer my opening thoughts: The title of the event includes the word “Bi-directionality” and promotes the excitement over the potential … Continue reading

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Quality, Diversity, and New Year’s Food

Today is New Year’s Day.  For dinner last night, New Year’s Eve, I made blini with caviar and today I am making Hoppin’ John with black-eyed peas, a food traditionally eaten in the American south on New Year’s Day day … Continue reading

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Community Fellowship

Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk writes a beautiful passage among many beautiful passages in his novel The Museum of Innocence that explains why the small screen, be it television, computer, or smart phone, will never replace the shared experience of being part … Continue reading

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The New Normal

In his Op-Ed column today, Paul Krugman reported on the not very rosy economic picture that fellow economist Larry Summers painted at the recent IMF annual conference.  “Mr. Summers went on to draw a remarkable moral: We have, he suggested, … Continue reading

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Hip Hip Hooray for the ACA

Some may remember today’s date, October 1, 2013, for the temporary government shutdown that resulted from political posturing in Washington.  If you work in the arts and culture sector, however, it is a day to shout “hip hip hooray,” because … Continue reading

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Censorship or Stewardship

Members of the Phoenix arts community are, to put it mildly, a bit miffed about the cancellation on August 30 of a group show originally scheduled to open September 5 at the Herberger Theatre Center Gallery. Concerns were raised by … Continue reading

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Symposium Magazine

[If you are looking for my piece refuting Peter Singer's either/or philosophy of philanthopy, click here] “The academy,” “higher education,” “the university,” is stereotypically characterized as an “ivory tower” in which faculty in obscure subdisciplines of the sciences, arts, and … Continue reading

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Either/Or or And

“Opportunity cost” is a basic concept in economics in which one considers the cost of doing one thing as the cost of not-doing something else.  It involves a binary decision: if I do X, I do not do Y.  This … Continue reading

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Trying Not to Feed the Beast

I started writing this post a couple of days ago about adding an ownership incentive to arts organizations: When I teach my arts entrepreneurship students about different business forms that are available for artists and arts organizations, I explain a … Continue reading

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