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Presidential Engagement Professors

Catherine Raymond

Catherine Raymond

Alex Gelman

Alex Gelman

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.