National authority on creative campuses to discuss necessity of the arts in American society

Steven Tepper at Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Fine Arts Center, October 2, 7:30 p.m.
A national authority on the value of the arts in American society is bringing his message to the area.
Steven J. Tepper will deliver the lecture “From the Margins to the Center: How Arts and Design Can Transform Universities and Advance Public Life” on October 2, with a question-and-answer session afterwards. This event is free and open to the public.

National authority on creative campuses to discuss necessity of the arts in American societyA leading writer and speaker on U.S. cultural policy, Tepper is currently the dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Tepper’s work investigates the intersection of arts and public policy, from the role of culture in the Tea Party movement to the relevance of arts careers in today’s economy.
“I am thrilled that Dr. Steven Tepper is able to present,” says event organizer Jeff Cox, chairman of the department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “In a time when STEM continues to drive many decisions regarding education at all levels, it is critical that we not lose sight of the foundational necessity of the arts.”
In addition to the public lecture, Tepper will also speak at two sessions that are open to Five College students, faculty and staff members earlier in the day at Smith College and Mount Holyoke College. At Smith, he will discuss the role and strategies of a “creative campus” from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. in Earle Recital Hall. At Mount Holyoke, he will talk about the future of creative careers, 1:30 to 3 p.m., in the Pratt Music Building.
“Dr. Tepper is at the forefront of inspiring institutions to move forward into the 21st century and explore all the ways the arts can make a major difference in creating a successful future for our society,” says Cox.

Tepper received his graduate degree from Harvard University, and another masters and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He has published three books and established himself as a leading authority on creative  campuses and the careers of arts graduates.

This series of events is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts/UMass Amherst, UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance, Smith College Office of the Provost/Dean of Faculty, Mount Holyoke College Interarts Council, the Ada E. Berkey Music Fund of the MHC Music Department and Five Colleges, Incorporated.

For more information, contact:
Jeff Cox, (413) 545-0311