Co-sponsored by the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University
the guiding premise of the series is that the study of improvisation can
present a new animating paradigm for scholarly inquiry in the humanities, arts
and the social, political and natural sciences.
Margo JeffersonProfessor, School of the Arts, Columbia University
Margo Jefferson participated in the World Leaders Forum event, The Conversations Series: Improvisation in Everyday Life, in September 2007.
Margo Jefferson was a staff critic for The New York Times from 1993 to 2006. At the Times, she served as a daily book reviewer, the Sunday theater critic and a Sunday Book Review columnist, and eventually became a Critic-at-Large, receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1995. She has been a Senior Fellow in Columbia University's National Arts Journalism Program and an Artist-in-Residence at Anna Deveare Smith's Institute for The Arts and Civic Dialogue. She was a staff reviewer for Newsweek and a Contributing Editor to VOGUE, and has also written and performed two theater pieces at The Cherry Lane Theater and The Culture Project. Essays that appeared in Grand Street and The Nation received awards from The Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines and The American Library Association. Her book On Michael Jackson was published by Pantheon in 2006. She teaches at Columbia University and Eugene Lang College at The New School.