Harry J. Elam, Jr. - At Work - Celebration of the Arts & Humanities

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Harry J. Elam, Jr. discusses his work as an arts advocate, theater director, and scholar at the first event of the 2019 Induction Weekend, "A Celebration of the Arts and Humanities."

Held on Friday, October 11, 2019, "A Celebration of the Arts and Humanities" served as the 2082nd Stated Meeting of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

After a welcome from Nancy Andrews and an introduction by David Oxtoby, the celebration featured presentations from newly-elected Academy members Harry J. Elam, Jr., Patricia Barber, Donald Margulies, and Elizabeth Alexander, as well as a short video from Mark Bradford.

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Harry J. Elam, Jr. is the Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, Senior Vice Provost for Education, Vice President for the Arts, and the Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. He is an internationally recognized scholar on African American theater and performance, most particularly on the late playwright, August Wilson. He is the author and editor of seven books, including The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson, winner of the Errol Hill Award from the American Society of Theatre Research. His articles and essays have appeared in a wide variety of journals and collections in the United States and abroad. Professor Elam is the winner of the Betty Jean Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching from the American Theatre and Drama Society, the winner of the Excellence in Editing Award from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, and the winner of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Theatre Research. He was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre in 2006 and awarded the Career Achievement Award from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education in 2014. At Stanford, he has been awarded six different teaching awards. In addition to his scholarly work, he has directed professionally for over twenty-five years: most notably, he has directed many of August Wilson’s plays, including Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Two Trains Running, and Fences, the latter of which won eight Bay Area “Choice” Awards. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019.

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