Message from the Chair

Professor Kathy Engel
Professor Kathy Engel

Welcome to an international, intellectual, cultural, and political community where embodied research and knowledge dance with historic text; where old and new ideas about sovereignty, safety, health, justice, and peace converge and reinvent. The languages of theory and practice collide with the surprise of all forms of art making.

We invite you to grapple with the most challenging questions of our times, breaking down artificial lines between art and politics, the past and the present, theory and practice, individual and collective.  We investigate power, voice, community, identity. We explore, imagine, build, each, and together, the possibilities for another way of being.

Kathy Engel
Chair, Department of Art and Public Policy
Tisch School of the Arts


Societies may never know it, but the war of an artist with his society is a lover’s war and he does, at his best, what lovers do, which is to reveal the beloved to himself and, with that revelation, to make freedom real.

— James Baldwin, The Creative Process