Presidential Engagement Professors
Presidential Engagement Professors connect through the arts
"The life of the arts, far from being an interruption or distraction in the life of a nation, is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose – and is a test of the quality of that nation’s civilization," wrote President John F. Kennedy in 1961.
Both of this year’s Presidential Engagement Professors illustrate the power of art in nation-building, be it on stage, in a classroom or at a museum gallery. Catherine Raymond and Alex Gelman have dedicated their careers to creating partnerships that allow art to speak truth and build bridges to people of all backgrounds.