The Leadership in the Arts and Public Humanities learning cohort is a collaboration between the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School at Princeton University, the McCarter Theatre Center, other local partners, and graduate alumni of Princeton University. The PDLC will bring a range of graduate students together in a dynamic, interdisciplinary co-curricular space to explore the reciprocal relationships between performance and research, criticism and production, theory and practice, and administration and academia while thinking about potential careers in arts-related fields.
The cohort's interdisciplinary discussions will be fueled by engaging, research-based readings, as well as by the presence of visiting scholars and practitioners. Geared for graduate students interested in learning how to collaborate with arts-related communities within and beyond academia, this cohort will be an informal community of critical inquiry and an engaging, supportive learning environment in which graduate students will discuss broad questions about the past, present, and future of cultural organizations, while learning valuable lessons and acquiring contacts that will help them navigate their own career journeys. Graduate students will learn about ways to engage, partner with, and work for cultural organizations—particularly those that foster social change and advance the public interest through the arts.