The Aspen Leadership Series: Conversations with Great Leaders
In Memory of Preston Robert Tisch
Reynold Levy, President, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
In Conversation with
Ken Auletta, Author and Columnist, The New Yorker
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.
The Aspen Leadership Series: Conversations with GreatLeaders in Memory of Preston RobertTisch
is a series of discussions featuring inspiring and innovative leaders who are improving their communities and the world. Its five yearly programs explore themes of values-based leadership, civic engagement and public service, and how diverse leaders are facing the most critical issues affecting American communities, especially urban centers. The Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership is awarded annually to an individual who has made a significant positive impact on his or her community.
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Speaker and Moderator Biographies
Reynold Levy has been President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts since 2002. During his tenure, Lincoln Center’s award winning and critically acclaimed programs flourished, even as its unprecedented and much applauded physical transformation modernized and expanded successfully its artistic facilities, its public spaces and its physical infrastructure. In 2009 he received the Design Patron Award granted by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum for his stewardship of Lincoln Center’s massive physical transformation.
His leadership at Lincoln Center continues a distinguished career of public service, including President of the International Rescue Committee, senior officer of AT&T in charge of government relations, President of the AT&T Foundation, Executive Director of the 92nd Street Y, and Staff Director of the Task Force on the New York City Financial Crisis.
Reynold Levy is a graduate of Hobart College, and received both a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Government and Foreign relations from the University of Virginia. He also holds a law degree from Columbia University.
Ken Auletta has written Annals of Communications columns and profiles for The New Yorker Magazine since 1992. He is the author of eleven books, including five national bestsellers—among them, Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way. Auletta was among the first to popularize the so-called information superhighway with his 1993 profile of Barry Diller’s search for something new. In addition, he has profiled the leading figures and companies of the Information Age, including Google, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, Time Warner, John Malone, Harvey Weinstein, and the New York Times.
Starting in 1974, he was the chief political correspondent for the New York Post, then staff writer and weekly columnist for the Village Voice and Contributing Editor of New York Magazine. He has hosted numerous public television programs and served as political commentator for WNBC-TV and WCBS-TV.
Auletta was chosen a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library and one of the 20th Century’s top 100 business journalists by a distinguished national panel of peers. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the State University College at Oswego, New York, a Master’s in political science from Syracuse University and a Doctor of Letters from the State University of New York.