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Lapidus Family Fund 

Thanks to a recent grant by Sidney and Ruth Lapidus and their family, the Program collaborates with the Program in Judaic Studies to offer courses and events related to American Jewish Studies. 

Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman has written music and lyrics for Unknown Soldier, which recently played at the Williamstown Theater Festival, The Fortress of Solitude, which recently played at the Public Theater; Love’s Labour’s Lost and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (both with Alex Timbers); Saved, and, with the theater company The Civilians, for Canard Canard GooseGone MissingNobody's LunchThis Beautiful CityIn the FootprintThe Great Immensity, Pretty Filthy, Rimbaud in New York, as well as music for Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns and the company’s 2012 TED Talk. He is the co-author of Paris Commune (with Steve Cosson). He has been a MacDowell Fellow, a Princeton Hodder Fellow, a Meet The Composer Fellow, a Barron Visiting Professor at the Princeton Environmental Institute, and an artist-in-residence at Spring Workshop Hong Kong. He has written for the London Review of Books, The New Yorker, and the Paris Review, and his recent Tedx talk, “The Song Makes a Space,” is available on YouTube. An evening of his songs was featured in Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, and he received an OBIE Award for sustained achievement. His series of songs about the 2016 elections, "State of the Union," can be heard on the New Yorker Radio Hour on WNYC. He is currently Artistic Director of City Center Encores! Off-Center and Artist in Residence and Director of the Public Forum at the Public Theater.

Paul Levitz

Paul Levitz is a comic fan (The Comic Reader), editor (Batman), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes, executive (30 years at DC, ending as President & Publisher), historian (Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel, Abrams ComicArts, 2015)) and educator (including the American Graphic Novel at Columbia).  He won two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine, received Comic-con International’s Inkpot Award, the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Comics Industry Appreciation Award from ComicsPro and the Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award from the Hero Initiative.  His 75 Years of DC Comics won the Eisner Award, the Eagle Award and Munich’s Peng Pris, and has been released as three separate volumes in 2013-5. His over 400 comics have been collected in over 20 graphic novels, and he is the first writer to have appeared on the New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller List for both fiction and non-fiction. Levitz also serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and Boom! Studios.

The author of a record-setting 17 year run on comic's most successful title in modern times has provided the fuel for a generation's imagination with over 750 million copies sold, movies, television programs, cartoons and video games based on his work. A pioneer in bringing empowered women to American comics, and introducing a more diverse and inclusive cast to his stories.

Chris joins us for a conversation moderated by his long time friend, writer and former DC Comics Publisher Paul Levitz, who is currently teaching Comics, Graphic Novels & The American Jew here at Princeton.

Cosponsored by the Depart of English, the Program in Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, and the Princeton Writing Program.

For video of the talk, please click here (link is external).