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Lecture-Concert Series to Present Arts Advocate Bill Ivey


JONESBORO – The Lecture-Concert Series at Arkansas State University will present an online presentation by arts advocate and acclaimed writer Bill Ivey at 3 p.m. Monday, April 26, via Zoom.

In addition to serving as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Ivey has been a museum director, national chairman of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the founder and director of a major cultural policy center at Vanderbilt University. He will provide an interactive session in which he offers his insights for supporting arts and cultural initiatives with a special focus on supporting heritage sites in Arkansas.

Reared in a small mining town in rural Northern Michigan, Ivey holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Indiana University, where he completed his graduate work at the Folklore Institute. His new book, “Rebuilding an Enlightened World: Folklorizing America,” casts a broad net, arguing that centuries-old Enlightenment values are threatened by the resurgence of ancient ways — tribalism, sub-national groups, and fundamentalist religions.

He is the author of three books, co-author of one, co-editor of three volumes, and frequent contributor to journals and online publications. He will open this session by bringing remarks on ways to support arts and cultural programs by offering perspectives that he developed for his landmark book “Arts, Inc.” A discussion session will follow, and participants are invited to engage in an interactive discussion to gain insights into ways to support the arts and cultural heritage.

With generous funding from the A-State Lecture-Concert Series, this session is free of charge and open to the public.

For more details, one may contact Dr. Ed Owen, chair, Lecture-Concert Committee, at (870) 972-3862 or via email at eowen@AState.edu.

Bill Ivey
Bill Ivey