In 2013, the Graduate Center presents a yearlong public programming series, Cultural Capital: The Promise and Price of New York’s Creative Economy, produced by Graduate Center’s Office of Public Programs in collaboration with the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC).
For more than a century, New York City has played a central role in the world’s creative and knowledge-based industries—publishing, journalism, film, fashion, theater, technology, music, and more. Recent evolutions in technology and our uncertain economic climate call for a comprehensive exploration of these industries and the challenges they face. Throughout the year, Cultural Capital programs will examine the benefits that accrue to the city from the creative economy, as well as the attendant complications and debates.
The series, presented in partnership with New York magazine, begins Tuesday, Sept. 10, with a screening of Kelly Anderson’s documentary My Brooklyn, followed by a discussion with the director. On Thursday, Sept. 19, “Is There Still Alternative Culture in New York?” will be the question for a panel of creative artists—Jessica Dimmock, Claudia Gonson, Alissa Quart, and Astra Taylor—moderated by New York editor Carl Swanson.
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, a panel of guests will address the heart of the issue: “What Is the Current State of New York’s Creative Economy?” Participants include Kate D. Levin, commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Manhattan-based Center for an Urban Future; and sociologist Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, author of The Warhol Economy. William P. Kelly, interim chancellor of the City University of New York, will moderate.
The full schedule is available here.