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Conversations from the Cullman Center: Celebrating 50 Years of The New York Review of Books. The Future of Literary Journalism: A Conversation with Ian Buruma, Andrew Delbanco, Alma Guillermoprieto, and Zoë Heller, moderated by Robert Silvers and Joseph Lelyveld
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Noted contributors to the Review honor its essential place in contemporary culture. This event, a co-presentation with The New York Review of Books, will take place in the Celeste Bartos Forum.
The founding editor (with Barbara Epstein) of The New York Review of Books in 1963, Robert Silvers has edited over the past 50 years not only every issue of the Review but a number of books, including The First Anthology: Thirty Years of The New York Review of Books 1963-1993; the widely-praised essay collection Hidden Histories of Science; another on the performing arts, Doing It; and two volumes of The Company They Kept: Writers on Unforgettable Friendships. He is a Trustee of The New York Public Library, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and he serves on the boards of directors of the American Ditchley Foundation and the Paris Review Foundation. The French government named him Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite in 1988 and Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur in 1998. His many other honors and awards include, with Barbara Epstein, the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the Literary Community, an honorary Doctor of Letters from Harvard University, and the first New York City Literary Honor presented by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Ian Buruma, the Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College, was educated in Holland and Japan. He writes for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Corriere della Sera, and NRC Handelsblad. He is the author of over twenty books on culture, history, and politics in Japan and Europe. His most recent works include Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents; Murder in Amsterdam: Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Tolerance; and Inventing Japan, 1853-1964. His forthcoming book, Year Zero: A History of 1945, which he wrote while he was a fellow at the Cullman Center, will be published by Penguin (USA) in the fall of 2013. In 2008, Buruma was awarded the Erasmus Prize for making “an especially important contribution to culture, society or social science in Europe.”