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Arts and Culture

Former Sec. of Defense, NY Philharmonic Director to Discuss Diplomacy in N. Korea

By Jon Hussey

A collection of photographs titled “Inside North Korea with the New York Philharmonic” will be displayed and discussed at American University in a pair of events exploring cultural diplomacy. The photographs from Mark Edward Harris, which document the Philharmonic’s February trip and performance in North Korea, will be displayed through Wednesday, Oct. 22, along the hallways of the Katzen Arts Center.  

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5 in the Katzen Arts Center Rotunda, the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Performing Arts will host a reception for the photography exhibit. Honorary host Maestro Lorin Maazel, the music director of the New York Philharmonic, will speak during the reception. Maazel is committed to environmental and humanitarian causes, and has raised millions of dollars for such organizations as the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, and the Red Cross. Professionally, he has conducted more than 130 orchestras in more than 4,000 performances.

The second event will feature a talk with former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, hosted by the School of International Service. This event, titled “Cultural Diplomacy through Music,” will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. Perry, who attended the Philharmonic’s concert in North Korea, has been involved with security issues on the Korean Peninsula for more than 15 years. He played a key role in developing the U.S.-North Korean Agreed Framework and developing a negotiating strategy in the 1990s. He will discuss these experiences, with a focus on his trip with the New York Philharmonic and the potential impact of such a program.

This program of events surrounding the exhibition of “Inside North Korea with the New York Philharmonic” is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of International Service, and the AU Korean Student Association. Located in Washington, D.C., American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries and providing opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.