Join the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth and your co-hosts Les Chao ’78 P’20 P’24 and Yue-Seng Chiu ’98 for a discussion about the role of the arts in promoting internationalism, and the preservation, development, and celebration of cultural traditions.

Following the panel discussion, enjoy a streamed performance featuring global musicians from the Aga Khan Music Programme.

Featured Speakers

Mary Lou Aleskie, the Howard L. Gilman ’44 Director of the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, immediate past president of the International Society for the Performing Arts, and former director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, a public-private partnership in collaboration with Yale, the City of New Haven, and the State of Connecticut.

Ted Levin, the Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music at Dartmouth, founding executive director of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, and senior advisor to the Aga Khan Music Programme, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. His research and advocacy activities focus on the role of arts and culture in promoting and strengthening civil society, pluralism, and cosmopolitanism in countries where it is imperiled or still emerging.

Paul Tam, a long-time Hong Kong arts administrator currently serving as executive director, Performing Arts, of the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, one of the largest and most ambitious cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong on 40 hectares of reclaimed land located alongside Victoria Harbour.

Soomin Kim ’20, a recent graduate with a dual major in music and quantitative social science currently working as a research assistant in the Music and Audio Research Group and Seoul National University. As an undergraduate, Soomin was president of the Glee Club, a founding member of the Dartmouth Opera Lab, a Hopkins Center Fellow, and won third place in the 2020 Dartmouth Idol vocal competition.  

About the Aga Khan Music Programme

The performance and artistic exchange features several of the Aga Khan Music Programme’s world-class artists, including award-winning pipa player Wu Man; doira player and ambassador of Uzbek culture Abbos Kosimov; saxophonist Basel Rajoub; long-necked lute performer Sirojiddin Juraev; qanun player Feras Charestan; and viola d’amore player Jasser Haj Youssef. These esteemed musicians come together from three corners of the world — California, Switzerland and Tajikistan — to present a concert of stunning musical selections.