In Part III of the Wisconsin Academy's "Perspectives on a Post-9/11 World" Academy Evenings event on September 11, 2011, panelists consider how the arts can provide new ways of understanding tragedy: John DeMain, music director of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Academy Fellow; Jane Simon, curator at the Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida (who until recently was curator of exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art); and Valerie Laken, assistant professor of English at UW–Milwaukee and author of Separate Kingdoms: Stories.
Making Art, Making War: The Role of the Arts in Response to Tragedy
Now in his 18th season as Music Director of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, John DeMain is noted for his dynamic performances on concert and opera stages throughout the world. "
Valerie Laken is the Pushcart Prize-winning author of the novel, Dream House, which received the Anne Powers award and was named among Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2009. She holds an MFA from the University of Michigan and teaches in the graduate program for Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Jane Simon is a curator at the Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida, where she is also a professor of Museum Studies. Previously, she was the curator of exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, where she organized exhibitions such as, T.L. Solien: Myths and Monsters and Return to Function.
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