Culture

Carbondale Public Arts Commission

Carbondale will get several new pieces of public art this week. The sculptures from around the country will dot busy intersections and sidewalks. It’s the 12th year of the Art Around Town exhibition and, once erected, the sculptures stay in place for a full year. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Sue Edelstein, a member of the Town-appointed Public Arts Commission. She says 60 artists submitted work and thirteen pieces were chosen.

What Do TV Shows Tell Us about Ourselves?

How much can we learn about our society through our TV shows? Can they break social barrier, or even help catalyze social change? Writer/producers of some of television’s most influential programs and characters—James Brooks (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Taxi, The Simpsons) and Brian Grazer (24, Parenthood, Arrested Development, Friday Night Lights)—consider what relationship onscreen life has to real life.

James L. Brooks, Kurt Andersen

Principled Pluralism: Report of the Inclusive America Project on America's Changing Religious Landscape


How do we engage America’s religious pluralism as a force for the common good? David Gergen will report the findings of a new report, “Principled Pluralism: Report of the Inclusive America Project,” prepared by a distinguished panel convened by the Institute’s Justice and Society Program. Gergen will describe how America’s religious diversity is a source of civic engagement and how we can bridge religious differences to build a stronger social fabric. The sad legacy of religious diversity around the globe has been conflict. Yet, in the United States, we have largely escaped this fate. After the Boston Marathon bombing, will our luck still hold? The report provides good news and a roadmap for the way forward.

David Gergen Meryl Chertoff E. J. Dionne, Jr.